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.
Don’t forget about Jorge Polanco, who will rejoin the Twins on Monday after serving an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The 24-year-old was a useful fantasy option last season, batting .256/.313/.410 with 13 home runs, 74 RBI, and 13 steals over 133 games. These numbers were admittedly weighted heavily by a strong finish, so it’s important to keep expectations in check, especially coming off a suspension such as this. Still, he’s capable of helping in mixed leagues from a middle infielder spot. As of Monday morning, Polanco was available in 92 percent of Yahoo leagues.