The daily grind: 8-30

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.

There will be no Grind tomorrow. It’s a travel day.

Today’s grind

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): Kyle Kendrick has me stumped. He’s been masterful lately to the extent that he’s one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. But that doesn’t stop him from being Kyle Kendrick. Maybe something’s going on here, but I’ve watched these starts and the only thing I’ve seen is a little more movement out of his two seam fastball.

Jarrod Parker‘s ownership is at 43 percent, which is probably a little on the low end. Today, he’ll face the Indians.

On the other side of that match-up is Justin Masterson. He’s potentially available as well at 47 percent owned.

Pitcher (bum): Brooks Raley against the Brewers sounds unpleasant (for Brooks).

Jeremy Guthrie has settled in a bit with the Royals. He is pitching much better than he was for the Rockies, but that just means he’s mediocre now. The Tigers are a tough match-up for a mediocre righty.

Hitter (power): Lucas Duda has what is typically a pleasant match-up against Kyle Kendrick. Of course, Kendrick has been dealing lately. Dayan Viciedo against Zach Britton could return a long ball or two.

Hitter (speed): Rajai Davis will have the platoon advantage, but that hardly counts against Matt Moore. Carlos Gomez also has the platoon advantage and it definitely counts against Raley.

Tomorrow’s grind

Mike Minor has pitched ably in recent weeks. The biggest improvement has been in the walks allowed—he hasn’t allowed more than two free passes in a game since June 30. Against the Phillies and opposite Roy Halladay, we have the fixin’s for a low scoring game.

Mark Rogers is always a solid but risky choice. The Pirates still have a pretty crappy lineup, though they’ve produced runs in bunches for over a month. Now the roster is experiencing a bit of a team-wide slump and Rogers may be able to take advantage.

Clayton Richard isn’t a sexy pick, but the Rockies lineup is a shambles. The game is at Coors, so maybe count this as plan D.

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Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Alberto Callaspo R Kevin Millwood     Brett Wallace L Mike Leake
Athletics         Brewers      
  Brandon Moss L TBA     Carlos Gomez R Jeff Karstens
  Chris Carter R TBA     Norichika Aoki L Jeff Karstens
  Coco Crisp S TBA   Diamondbacks      
  Jonny Gomes R TBA     Chris Johnson R Aaron Harang
Blue Jays         Dodgers      
  Rajai Davis R Jeremy Hellickson     A.J. Ellis R Trevor Cahill
Indians         Giants      
  Travis Hafner L Ryan Dempster     Gregor Blanco L Chris Volstad
Mariners           Brandon Belt L Chris Volstad
  Eric Thames L Dan Haren     Angel Pagan S Chris Volstad
  Mike Carp L Dan Haren   Mets      
  Michael Saunders L Dan Haren     Lucas Duda L Nathan Eovaldi
Rangers         Padres      
  David Murphy L Ubaldo Jimenez     Yonder Alonso L Alex White
Red Sox           Carlos Quentin R Alex White
  Cody Ross R TBA     Cameron Maybin R Alex White
Royals           Will Venable L Alex White
  Salvador Perez R Cole De Vries   Phillies      
  Alcides Escobar R Cole De Vries     Erik Kratz R Mike Minor
  Lorenzo Cain R Cole De Vries     John Mayberry Jr. R Mike Minor
Twins         Pirates      
  Ryan Doumit S Will Smith     Travis Snider L Mark Rogers
  Ben Revere L Will Smith     Garrett Jones L Mark Rogers
Yankees         Reds      
  Raul Ibanez L TBA     Zack Cozart R Fernando Abad
  Andruw Jones R TBA     Todd Frazier R Fernando Abad
  Casey McGehee R TBA     Ryan Ludwick R Fernando Abad
            Willin Rosaio R Clayton Richard

I’d consider multiple Giants hitters against Chris Volstad, including a few not listed above.

David Murphy’s always a nice well-rounded choice.

Will Venable should get a chance to flash some speed against Alex White.

Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick slipped back onto my cheat sheet, but they don’t qualify as available players. Still, I like the match-up and Zack Cozart could benefit, too.

Reliever watch

Kenley Jansen may be returning to the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. This is a shame for those in keeper leagues as he’s shaping up to be the best closer this side of Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman. Ronald Belisario and Brandon League will likely battle for the role.

Alfredo Aceves blew another save on Tuesday, which could spell DOOM for Aceves. Honestly, Boston needs starters, right? Aceves has some speckled history as a starter. Maybe the Sox ought to take another look?

Casey Jannsen blew his third save but he’s completely safe in that shell of a bullpen.

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C – Weiters
1B – Colvin
2B – Pedroia
3B – Frazier
SS – Hanley
OF – Granderson/Gordon/Revere/Crisp
UTIL – Aybar
BN – Morse/Tex
Revere vs Gomez (SB/AVG need?)

Do I also need a Hr/Avg guy to make up for Tex health/Morse struggling? Or with the make up of my team do i ignore avg and go for counting stats?

Alvarez,I.Davis,Harper,Morales,D.Young,Vicideo,Morneau,D.Murphy,Moose,Reynolds,Joyce,Infante are available

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I prefer Gomez, but Revere has better guaranteed playing time. Gomez rests randomly against righties so you have to check lineups or put up with the occasional PH day.

You will hopefully be safe using Morse and Tex again soonish.