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.
It was a disappointment when Zack Wheeler failed to earn a spot in the Mets' rotation out of spring training, but he got an opportunity last week against the Marlins and held them to just one run on two hits and a walk over seven fine innings. The right-hander also recorded seven strikeouts on the night. With Jason Vargas' recovery from a fractured hand coming along more slowly than expected, Wheeler is expected to make at least two more starts for the Mets. He'll face a stiffer test in his next outing versus the Nationals, but the 27-year-old looks worthy of a gamble in fantasy leagues.