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.
Joakim Soria has already picked up two saves since Tigers closer Joe Nathan landed on the disabled list last Wednesday with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow, and the 30-year-old right-hander looks capable of running away with Detroit's ninth-inning gig while Nathan is on the shelf. This is another really good Tigers team -- they've opened the 2015 season with a record of 6-0 -- so anyone getting save opportunities in that bullpen is going to carry massive fantasy value. Soria isn't quite as dominant as he once was, but this is a guy with a 2.59 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 419 strikeouts in 385 career major league innings. Along with 179 career saves. There should be plenty left in the tank, even if his save conversions now don't come as easy. His average draft position was 243.7, so he might still be on the wire in casual leagues.