The daily grind: 8-21

The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every-morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!

The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.

Today’s grind

Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): This is what the grind is about, mediocre pitchers facing pitiful lineups. Marco Estrada faces the worst offense in baseball today—the Cubs. Trevor Cahill finds himself against the second worst offense—the Marlins. Dan Straily faces the Twins’ solid but unimpressive lineup.

Pitcher (bum): There are simply too many bums today. I think you’re capable of picking out the dozen easy ones. I expect big struggles from Roberto Hernandez and Francisco Liriano. Cliff Lee‘s a fair bet to allow half a handful of home runs.

Hitter (power): I’m out of things to say about Andruw Jones. Use him if you want power today. There’s also Todd Frazier and Delmon Young.

Hitter (speed): Coco Crisp and Carlos Gomez are the top speed picks of the day.

Tomorrow’s grind

There are a few solid options for tomorrow. Tommy Milone is about as low risk as they come on the waiver wire, but his upside is quite limited, even against the Twins.

Zach McAllister at Safeco seems like the perfect gig to me.

Matt Harvey is up against a decimated Rockies lineup. Making this match-up even better, it’s at Citi Field and Jeff Francis opposes.

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Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher
Athletics         Brewers      
  Brandon Moss L TBA     Carlos Gomez R Travis Wood
  Jemile Weeks S TBA   Cardinals      
  Chris Carter R TBA     Jon Jay L Bud Norris
  Coco Crisp S TBA   Diamondbacks      
  Jonny Gomes R TBA     Chris Johnson R Jacob Turner
Blue Jays               Wade LeBlanc
  Yunel Escobar R Anibal Sanchez     Stephen Drew L Jacob Turner
  Rajai Davis R Anibal Sanchez         Wade LeBlanc
Mariners           Gerardo Parra L Jacob Turner
  Eric Thames L Zach McAllister         Wade LeBlanc
  Mike Carp L Zach McAllister   Giants      
  Trayvon Robinson S Zach McAllister     Brandon Pill R Chris Capuano
  Michael Saunders L Zach McAllister     Angel Pagan S Chris Capuano
Rangers         Marlins      
  Geovany Soto R Tommy Hunter     Carlos Lee R TBA
  David Murphy L Tommy Hunter         TBA
Rays           Greg Dobbs L TBA
  Carlos Pena L Luis Mendoza         TBA
Tigers           Justin Ruggiano R TBA
  Omar Infante R Aaron Laffey         TBA
  Delmon Young R Aaron Laffey   Mets      
Twins           Jason Bay R Jeff Francis
  Ryan Doumit S Tommy Milone     Scott Hairston R Jeff Francis
White Sox           Andres Torres S Jeff Francis
  Jordan Danks L Phil Hughes   Nationals      
Yankees           Steve Lombardozzi S Kris Medlen
  Andruw Jones R Chris Sale   Padres      
            Yonder Alonso L James McDonald
            Carlos Quentin R James McDonald
            Cameron Maybin R James McDonald
            Will Venable L James McDonald
            Erik Kratz R Bronson Arroyo
            Domonic Brown L Bronson Arroyo
            Laynce Nix L Bronson Arroyo
            Juan Pierre L Bronson Arroyo
            John Mayberry Jr. R Bronson Arroyo
            Travis Snider L TBA
            Garrett Jones L TBA
            Zack Cozart R Vance Worley
            Todd Frazier R Vance Worley
            Ryan Ludwick R Vance Worley
            Tyler Colvin L Matt Harvey

The crop of hitters is a little thinner than usual. Delmon Young and Carlos Pena have the best match-ups on the AL side of the game and David Murphy is a solid second choice. The best NL choices include Scott Hairston, Domonic Brown, Todd Frazier and Gomez

Reliever watch

Chris Perez apparently got into a shouting match with a fan and used some uncouth verbiage for emphasis. Which is to say, he has a potty mouth. That’s the extent of reliever news today.

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Dave S.
Dave S.

Also, Straily isn’t pitching today for the A’s, Brett Anderson is taking his place

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Grumble. How dare team’s change their plans between yesterday and today…


It is H2H league so no IP limit.

I have – Bumgarner,Grienke,Dempster,Gallardo,Maholm,Billingsley

My opponent has –
King Felix,Wainwright,T.Hudson,Cain,Nova,Hughes

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Well, it’s neither a good match-up or a bad match-up. I could easily make a case for either action, there’s no clear cut “right” choice.


The kicker for me is I am clinched for playoffs.So every decision has to have that maintain now vs improving for playoffs balance.

If I needed to win this week it would be easier to say use Aybar/Ogando/Maholm to stream with.Especially considering the pitching he has.Since I’m in however, every decision has to be “Will it improve my playoff chances”.Of course streaming now doesn’t so.


Yay or Nay Maholm@WAS today?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Before anyone comments, yes, I know Drew was traded. I saw that after I submitted for the day.

Flip a coin. Or more to the point, where are you on your innings req? Because it’s a middling match-up.