The daily grind: 9-4

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): I feel a little silly recommend Kyle Kendrick, but the options are thin today and he’s been getting the job done. I’d much rather use Jarrod Parker—even against the Angels—but his ownership rate is much higher than Kendrick’s.

Pitcher (bum): There are some players in the Tigers lineup who should hit Justin Masterson pretty hard. Likewise for the Rangers and Jeremy Guthrie.

Hitter (power): Scott Hairston and Tyler Colvin have fair match-ups today against Jaime Garcia and Tommy Hanson respectively. Both pitchers are usually good but appear to be suffering from injury induced funks. Let’s call David Murphy against Guthrie a power hitter since he fits neither category squarely.

Hitter (speed): Rajai Davis has the platoon advantage against the Orioles and Carlos Gomez can boast the same advantage versus Miami.

Tomorrow’s grind

Mike Minor is supposedly owned in only 39 percent of leagues, but I’ve seen no sign of him in any of mine. In any case, I like him to put up big numbers at home against the Rockies. I also have a gut feeling he’s going to be the next Javier Vazquez/Ricky Nolasco to saber-friendly fantasy owners.

Aaron Harang against the Padres is a fine match-up.

I’m tempted to recommend the Brewers’ TBA. Whoever it is will face a terrible Marlins lineup.

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
Athletics         Astros      
  Brandon Moss L Dan Haren     Brett Wallace L Kevin Correia
  Chris Carter R Dan Haren   Brewers      
  Coco Crisp S Dan Haren     Carlos Gomez R Nathan Eovaldi
Blue Jays           Norichika Aoki L Nathan Eovaldi
  Rajai Davis R Miguel Gonzalez   Dodgers      
Mariners           A.J. Ellis R Clayton Richard
  Eric Thames L Aaron Cook   Giants      
  Mike Carp L Aaron Cook     Gregor Blanco L Trevor Cahill
  Michael Saunders L Aaron Cook     Brandon Belt L Trevor Cahill
Rangers           Angel Pagan S Trevor Cahill
  Geovany Soto R Everett Teaford   Nationals      
  Craig Gentry R Everett Teaford     Steve Lombardozzi S Chris Volstad
Red Sox         Padres      
  Cody Ross R Kevin Millwood     Yonder Alonso L Aaron Harang
Royals           Carlos Quentin R Aaron Harang
  Salvador Perez R Ryan Dempster     Cameron Maybin R Aaron Harang
  Alcides Escobar R Ryan Dempster     Will Venable L Aaron Harang
  Lorenzo Cain R Ryan Dempster   Phillies      
Tigers           Erik Kratz R Mike Leake
  Delmon Young R Ubaldo Jimenez     Domonic Brown L Mike Leake
  Brennan Boesch L Ubaldo Jimenez     John Mayberry Jr. R Mike Leake
Twins         Rockies      
  Ryan Doumit S Jake Peavy     Josh Rutledge R Mike Minor
  Denard Span L Jake Peavy     Willin Rosaio R Mike Minor
  Ben Revere L Jake Peavy          
White Sox                
  Jordan Danks L P.J. Walters          
  Dayan Viciedo R P.J. Walters          
  Andruw Jones R Matt Moore          

It’s not often I point to Mariners hitters, but give the above a try tomorrow. Failing that, Brandon Moss will face an unrecognizable Dan Haren and for some reason I think the Giants might get to Trevor Cahill. The latter is one of those intuitive hunches that is really just me talking out of my bum.

Reliever watch

J.J. Putz blew the save yesterday. At this point in the season, I’m tempted to say it’s too late to expect them to install David Hernandez, who I have patiently stashed for most of the season believing him to be the superior pitcher. Put him on your short list for next year.

Luke Gregerson also blew the save. Unlike with Putz, the closer situation is settled in San Diego, assuming Huston Street is ever healthy.

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Daily league have to roll with 1 of Granderso/Morse who is more likely to play today?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Hate to say it, but I don’t have any more info than you do on those 2.


Dropped Colvin yesterday morning and Morse went DTD yesterday afternoon.leaving me with a bench of Morse/Tex/Granderson with an open util slot.Obviously Tex isn’t playing but Morse left hurt and Grandy only pinch hit.

Someone actually told me I am making it impossible for other owners to complain about their injury bug with how bad mine has been this year.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
I hear ya. In a shallow, 12 team H2H league, I spent most of my budget on Tulo, Ellsbury, Pujols, and Napoli. I traded Pujols (and League) after a month for Votto. There were plenty of good backups – more than I anticipated – so my offense still did OK. Still, it’s hard to succeed when $160 of players provides $25 of value. I built a rotation on the cheap – Moore, Nicasio, Paulino, Duffy, Lewis, Gee, and Buchholz. Notice a theme… Obviously, I cycled through some of those names over time. For example, I churn and burned Peavy, Capuano,… Read more »

Tulo,Freeman,Heyward,Craig,Jennings,Morrow,Garcia,Robertson,Dempster,Morse,Billingsley,Harper,Hanley,Bonifacio,Guerra all i can remember off the top of my head. The kicker being 1 DL slot.


Hope it’s not too late, but run Morse ot there Bluff…I hear he’s good to go today and Grandy’s status is still up in the air. Good luck!


Figures I hear the opposite, I have until game time to make the decision though.


FWIW, Morse is in. Lineups are up.


Harper isn’t so it is irrelevant have to start both