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.
Ben Paulsen made for a somewhat interesting corner infield pick in fantasy drafts this spring as a guy who was slated to see the lion’s share of time at first base for the Rockies. Frustratingly, manager Walt Weiss has played Mark Reynolds a bunch at first in the early going, even against righties. However, with Charlie Blackmon (toe) now on the shelf, Paulsen has another opening to playing time in left field. He got the start there Thursday in the club’s first game without Blackmon and should see regular at-bats against right-handers for a while, whether they come at first base or in left field. Paulsen sports a solid career .285/.332/.479 batting line with 15 homers over 441 plate appearances. At the very least, he’s worth scooping up and starting in weeks where the Rockies will be at home.