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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 9/10

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.

Picked up via trade last week from the Phillies, Juan Nicasio has earned a save each of the last two nights for the Cardinals, protecting a three-run lead and then a one-run lead in his first two appearances with his new club. The veteran righty looks like the clear favorite for saves in St. Louis down the stretch and remains widely available in fantasy leagues.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.