Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI on Tuesday night in Anaheim and is now batting .333 with a .379 on-base percentage in 27 at-bats since his activation from the disabled list on April 19. He also has two stolen bases in three attempts. Dyson immediately took over as the Royals' starting right fielder once his spring oblique strain healed and the 31-year-old speedster has been as impressive defensively as he's been offensively through a week-plus of action. He should keep getting everyday-like playing time, and when he plays he is usually producing useful fantasy stat lines. Dyson boasts 148 career stolen bases in 451 major league games, and only 306 of those games have been starts. He should be owned in all standard leagues.