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.
At this stage of the season, every single counting statistic is immensely important. We are in the process of trying to eke out every single possible point that we can in order to climb as high as we can up the standings before the end of the day on Sunday (or Monday if there are additional games required). With that in mind, let's consider this interesting idea. David Wright is going to appear in his final major league game on Saturday at Citi Field. He's completely unowned in all formats. Think about it though, if the Marlins have a lead in that game, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see one of the Marlins' pitchers groove him one so he can go out on a high note. Plus, think of the story that you would have to tell, being able to say that you won your fantasy title because David Wright homered in his final career game. I think he makes for an interesting addition, as I would be shocked if he didn't pick up at least a hit at a minimum.