The daily grind: 9-28

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

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): There are a couple options to throw against the wall today. The Orioles have decided to go with Chris Tillman rather than TBA, which means Tillman gets to face the Red Sox.

Homer Bailey is a non-terrible pitcher facing a non-excellent lineup. I know that’s a thrilling recommendation.

A.J. Griffin is the guy I’m excited about, but as I mentioned yesterday, I have no real cause to feel that way. I’m recommending him purely on numbers.

Pitcher (bum): Another reason to like Tillman is that he’ll be working opposite Aaron Cook. The Orioles should throw a couple crooked numbers before the fifth inning is completed.

On a typical day, Will Smith and David Huff would be easy to point out as bums. But since the Indians and Royals feature uninspiring lineups, it might not work out as planned.

Hitter (power): There are several good platoon match-ups to exploit today. Salvador Perez against Huff is a good place to start, since most owners have plenty of catcher games leftover. If you want outfielders, Raul Ibanez, Delmon Young, Seth Smith and Brandon Moss are waiting.

Hitter (speed): Will Venable and Ben Revere have the best match-ups from the speed contingent.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): This is the day you have been waiting for to exploit Yahoo’s innings limit. I hope you are ready.

Andy Pettitte faces the Blue Jays.

Ervin Santana has been very hot recently. A match-up with the Rangers is worrisome, but he won’t kill you if you lump him in with five others.

Dan Straily will be starring down a Mariners lineup that might be spending more effort on travel plans than baseball by now.

Steve Johnson will pitch against the Red Sox. He has a 0.00 ERA in his last 16.1 innings.

Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi will spin his second start. The Indians oppose.

A comparative study on an unwritten rule of baseball.

Marco Estrada burned us recently, but he faces the Astros.

Eric Stults has pitched very well, especially in Petco, despite being Eric Stults.

Trevor Cahill and Mike Minor are slightly over 50 percent owned, but they have strong match-ups and I’ve seen them floating around.

Pitcher (bum): With all those names above, there are still a couple bums. Ricky Romero has the misfortune of closing his season against the Yankees.

P.J. Walters might have it worse. He has to survive a potent, desperate Tigers offense AND he’s opposed by Justin Verlander.

Justin Germano is a journeyman minor leaguer and it shows in his stat line.

Hitter (power): It’s another Andruw Jones day.

His running mate on tomorrow’s ticket is Jonny Gomes.

There’s a pretty good chance the Diamondbacks will start Adam Eaton against Germano.
Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez has the platoon advantage, which morphs him from a decent player to a five category contributor.

Rajai Davis will face Pettitte.

Reliever watch

Former friend of the column, Todd Frazier, returned a John Axford fastball to the bleachers yesterday. Axford had been cruising along until this blown save. It’s late enough in the season that this is a curiosity rather than actionable information.

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