The daily grind: 9-13

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

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): Today’s a big start for Wei-Yin Chen against the Rays. The O’s are in a dog fight for first with the Yankees, while the Rays have fallen to three games back.

Phil Hughes is 53 percent owned, but his match-up against the depleted Red Sox should reap some rewards.

Tyler Cloyd is underwhelming and he’s pitching on short rest, but the Astros offense is particularly pitiful these days.

Pitcher (bum): Liam Hendriks against the Royals. Need I explain myself?

Honorable mention goes to Fernando Abad against the white hot Phillies.

Hitter (power): I’m crossing my fingers that the Phillies throw Darin Ruf a start against the left-handed Abad. Andruw Jones is also on the docket with Felix Doubront opposing.

Hitter (speed): Ben Revere, Denard Span and Alcides Escobar round out the speed crew today.

Tomorrow’s grind

There are four solid options to choose from today. A couple are solid pitchers against good lineups, like Ross Detwiler against the Braves and Hisashi Iwakuma versus the Rangers. And a the other two are inconsistent youngsters who have great talent—namely Tyler Skaggs against the Giants and Andrew Cashner at Petco against the Rockies.

Mental Health and the CBA
A particular bit of language in the latest CBA could have negative consequences for some players.

Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher
Angels         Brewers      
  Alberto Callaspo R Bruce Chen     Carlos Gomez R Jon Niese
Athletics         Cubs      
  Chris Carter R Joe Saunders     David DeJesus L James McDonald
  Coco Crisp S Joe Saunders   Diamondbacks      
  Jonny Gomes R Joe Saunders     Adam Eaton L Matt Cain
Blue Jays         Dodgers      
  Yunel Escobar R TBA     A.J. Ellis R Joe Kelly
  Rajai Davis R TBA   Giants      
Mariners           Brandon Pill R Tyler Skaggs
  Eric Thames L Yu Darvish   Marlins      
  Mike Carp L Yu Darvish     Carlos Lee R Bronson Arroyo
  Michael Saunders L Yu Darvish     Greg Dobbs L Bronson Arroyo
Rangers           Justin Ruggiano R Bronson Arroyo
  David Murphy L Hisashi Iwakuma   Padres      
Red Sox           Yonder Alonso L Tyler Chatwood
  Cody Ross R Aaron Laffey     Carlos Quentin R Tyler Chatwood
Royals           Cameron Maybin R Tyler Chatwood
  Salvador Perez R C.J. Wilson     Will Venable L Tyler Chatwood
  Alcides Escobar R C.J. Wilson   Phillies      
  Lorenzo Cain R C.J. Wilson     Domonic Brown L Lucas Harrell
Tigers         Reds      
  Omar Infante R Corey Kluber     Zack Cozart R Jacob Turner
  Delmon Young R Corey Kluber   Rockies      
  Brennan Boesch L Corey Kluber     Tyler Colvin L Andrew Cashner
  Ryan Doumit S TBA          
  Denard Span L TBA          
  Ben Revere L TBA          
White Sox                
  Dayan Viciedo R Cole De Vries          
  Andruw Jones R David Price          

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to use Jonny Gomes around these parts. Teammates Chris Carter and Coco Crisp join him in a solid match-up.

Will Venable is hot these days and Tyler Chatwood is not. That combination could result in some stolen bases.

Cody Ross is owned at a 43 percent rate, but his match-up against Aaron Laffey is first rate if he’s available.

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W/ERA/WHIP streamer for 9/14 – Iwakuma@Tex,De Vries vs CWS,Niese@MIL,Milone vs BAL,Detwiler@ATL?

Venable is hot? 5/25 last 14 days 1/12 last 7 days is hot?

Choose 2 H2H (help needed in every category but avg as i have a lead of .309 to .248) – Morneau,Gordon,Eaton,Aoki,Lawrie,Mayberry,Solano,A.Escobar,McCann,Utley,Maybin,Donaldson

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Brad Johnson

Venable – 21/68 last 30, 18/2/8/7/.897 (OPS)

I don’t look at periods shorter than 30 days (except the beginning of the season obviously).

Gordon and Utley.