The daily grind: 8-7

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):No exciting options; today’s pitchers dabble in various brands of mediocrity. Ross Detwiler against the Astros may be the best, or maybe it’s Wade LeBlanc against the Mets. There’s also Patrick Corbin and Samuel Deduno to consider, although neither is anywhere close to a “must start.”

Pitcher (bum): Corey Kluber got hammered his first time out and the Twins’ lefty-heavy lineup won’t be terribly friendly to him.

If you want a more established bag of suck, The Cubs and their shiny new call-ups face Ross Ohlendorf. Meanwhile, the Nationals will see Jordan Lyles. He’s been struggling of late.

Hitter (power): Scott Hairston might be the best power option of the day. The new Cubs, Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, also have a good match-up for showing off some power.

Hitter (speed): Dial up the Twins, namely Denard Span and Ben Revere.

Tomorrow’s grind

People paid anywhere between $8 and $100 FAAB to acquire Dan Straily in my leagues, but he’s still available in most leagues.

Carlos Villanueva has been homer-prone his last three outings, but he’s still done solid work. Not a bad play against the Rays.

Clayton Richard at home against a patchwork Cubs offense might just work out. On the other side of that match-up is Jeff Samardzija, who also stands to have a solid outing.

Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Athletics         Brewers      
  Brandon Moss L Zack Greinke     Carlos Gomez R Mat Latos
  Seth Smith L Zack Greinke     Norichika Aoki L Mat Latos
Blue Jays         Cubs      
  Anthony Gose L Alex Cobb     Brett Jackson L Clayton Richard
  Rajai Davis R Alex Cobb     Josh Vitters R Clayton Richard
Indians         Dodgers      
  Shelley Duncan R Brian Duensing     A.J. Ellis R Jeff Francis
Mariners         Giants      
  Eric Thames L Tommy Hunter     Brandon Belt L Joe Kelly
  Mike Carp L Tommy Hunter     Angel Pagan S Joe Kelly
  Trayvon Robinson S Tommy Hunter   Marlins      
  Michael Saunders L Tommy Hunter     Carlos Lee R Chris Young
Orioles           Greg Dobbs L Chris Young
  Wilson Betemit S Kevin Millwood     Justin Ruggiano R Chris Young
Rangers         Nationals      
  David Murphy L Josh Beckett     Steve Lombardozzi S Armando Galarraga
Rays         Padres      
  Carlos Pena L Carlos Villanueva     Yonder Alonso L Jeff Samardzija
Red Sox           Carlos Quentin R Jeff Samardzija
  Cody Ross R Matt Harrison     Cameron Maybin R Jeff Samardzija
Royals           Will Venable L Jeff Samardzija
  Salvador Perez R Jose Quintana   Phillies      
  Alcides Escobar R Jose Quintana     Nate Schierholtz L Tim Hudson
  Lorenzo Cain R Jose Quintana     Domonic Brown L Tim Hudson
Tigers         Pirates      
  Delmon Young R CC Sabathia     Travis Snider L Ian Kennedy
Twins           Starling Marte R Ian Kennedy
  Ryan Doumit S Justin Masterson     Garrett Jones L Ian Kennedy
  Denard Span L Justin Masterson   Reds      
  Ben Revere L Justin Masterson     Zack Cozart R Randy Wolf
White Sox           Todd Frazier R Randy Wolf
  Dayan Viciedo R Jeremy Guthrie   Rockies      
Yankees           Josh Rutledge R Chad Billingsley
  Raul Ibanez L Anibal Sanchez     Tyler Colvin L Chad Billingsley

There aren’t too many batter match-ups worth getting giddy over tomorrow. I like the slew of Mariners against Tommy Hunter, but expectations must be tempered given that they are the Mariners.

Anthony Gose would be a good threat on the bases if he manages to get on. A start for him is never assured.

Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart stand to gain from their match-up against Randy Wolf

Reliever watch

Nothing to report.

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In the chart above, you might want to take Seth Smith out (DL). Hope you’re right on SP’s today… wink

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There goes my third favorite platoon…