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.
Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd was hammered for five earned runs over just 2 1/3 innings in his regular-season debut last Thursday on the south side of Chicago, but he roared back for six innings of scoreless ball on Tuesday afternoon against the visiting Twins -- yielding just one hit and two walks while striking out six in Detroit’s eventual 2-1 victory. Boyd showed a nasty changeup and slider while touching 94 mph with his fastball. The former sixth-round pick of the Blue Jays carried a good amount of fantasy hype into the 2017 season after a strong showing this spring in the Grapefruit League, but check to see if he was abandoned in your league after that ugly first-week showing. Boyd, 26, registered a dominant 2.44 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 335 strikeouts over 336 innings in the minor leagues. He could very well be legit.