The daily grind: 8-28

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): Scott Diamond is 49 percent owned and given his match-up against the Mariners, this could be his last appearance in the Grind for the season.

Tommy Milone and Zach McAllister square off today. Both pitchers are solid but unspectacular, and both lineups are merely unspectacular.

Pitcher (bum): None of the pitchers today are terrible, but the new-look Dodgers could put together some runs against Tyler Chatwood. Especially since the Rockies are home.

Ricky Romero against the Yankees is a recipe for runs too.

Hitter (power): Andruw Jones appears to be the top power option for today. Domonic Brown also has a decent match-up but his swing isn’t showing much room for power production and he has a bum wheel, so he doesn’t fit in the speed category either.

Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez and Ben Revere show up frequently and there’s a reason. Both are strong plays for today.

Tomorrow’s grind

Matt Harvey‘s not nearly as good as his early numbers might indicate and he’s already 39 percent owned. His match-up against the Phillies is definitely start-worthy.

I want to be able to recommend Alex Cobb, but he’s facing the Rangers and that just isn’t a good gamble. He’s been hot and isn’t walking anyone lately.

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Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Alberto Callaspo R TBA     Ben Francisco R Barry Zito
Athletics           J.D. Martinez R Barry Zito
  Brandon Moss L Corey Kluber   Brewers      
  Chris Carter R Corey Kluber     Carlos Gomez R Jeff Samardzija
  Coco Crisp S Corey Kluber     Norichika Aoki L Jeff Samardzija
Mariners         Cubs      
  Eric Thames L Samuel Deduno     David DeJesus L Mike Fiers
  Mike Carp L Samuel Deduno   Dodgers      
  Michael Saunders L Samuel Deduno     A.J. Ellis R Drew Pomeranz
Rangers         Giants      
  David Murphy L Alex Cobb     Brandon Pill R Dallas Keuchel
Red Sox           Angel Pagan S Dallas Keuchel
  Cody Ross R C.J. Wilson   Marlins      
Royals           Carlos Lee R Ross Detwiler
  Salvador Perez R Anibal Sanchez   Mets      
  Alcides Escobar R Anibal Sanchez     Scott Hairston R Cole Hamels
  Lorenzo Cain R Anibal Sanchez   Nationals      
Tigers           Steve Lombardozzi S Jacob Turner
  Omar Infante R Bruce Chen   Padres      
  Delmon Young R Bruce Chen     Carlos Quentin R Tommy Hanson
Twins           Cameron Maybin R Tommy Hanson
  Ryan Doumit S Jason Vargas     Will Venable L Tommy Hanson
  Denard Span L Jason Vargas   Phillies      
  Ben Revere L Jason Vargas     Erik Kratz R Matt Harvey
White Sox           Domonic Brown L Matt Harvey
  Jordan Danks L Miguel Gonzalez     Juan Pierre L Matt Harvey
Yankees           John Mayberry Jr. R Matt Harvey
  Andruw Jones R J.A. Happ   Pirates      
  Casey McGehee R J.A. Happ     Travis Snider L Joe Kelly
            Garrett Jones L Joe Kelly
            Zack Cozart R Patrick Corbin
            Tyler Colvin L Mat Latos

Brandon Moss, Delmon Young and our old friend Andruw Jones have good power match-ups for tomorrow. For those in need of speed, Coco Crisp, Juan Pierre and Will Venable look like good places to start.

Reliever watch

Rafael Soriano blew the save last night. His job security isn’t perfect since David Robertson is available. That said, his role is safe for now.

Speaking of Robertson, he’s now a father. He opted not to take the short paternity leave that players are entitled to.

And speaking of paternity leave, Dale Thayer has been away the last two nights, opening the door for Luke Gregerson. He’s converted two saves in Thayer’s absence, which only muddies the water.

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You really think Span will play tomorrow against Vargas?  Lefty vs. lefty…

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Probably one of Span or Revere, it’s hard to say which.

Even with lefty on lefty, Vargas is a pretty unintimidating opponent. The match-up isn’t that bad.
Guest’s rankings are based on consistency. Of Diamond, Milone, and McAllister, I’ve got McAllister far and away the best of this group.


Careful with Span, he’s still DTD while nursing an injury…check before inserting into lineup if possible….