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.
Aaron Harang has displayed better-than-vintage form through three starts this season with the Braves, boasting a 0.96 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 17/6 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. The hot start isn't meant to last -- Harang is 35 years old and finished with a 5.40 ERA in 2013 -- but the veteran right-hander faces the Mets at pitcher-friendly Citi Field in his next scheduled outing and he shut down that lineup for two hits and one run over six innings on April 8, striking out nine. It's a good streaming opportunity in standard fantasy leagues.