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.
Brad Peacock's excellent work out of the Astros' bullpen earned him a start when Dallas Keuchel (neck) had to miss a turn. He struck out eight while allowing just one hit over 4 1/3 scoreless innings in the outing, and now he'll be given additional opportunities with Charlie Morton (lat) sidelined. Peacock holds a 0.87 ERA and 30/12 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 frames this season, numbers that obviously jump out at you. He has control issues and can be vulnerable versus lefties at times, but Peacock at the very least looks like an intriguing streaming option for fantasy owners.