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Pickup of the Day

PUD 4/17: Jarrod Dyson

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 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.


Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was pulled from Wednesday night's game against the Astros after suffering a Grade 1 groin strain. That's the least severe type of strain, but it could still send him to the 15-day disabled list. Which leaves the door open for Jarrod Dyson, who stole 34 bases last season for the Royals despite drawing only 62 starts. Dyson is owned in just 1 percent of Yahoo leagues. That's the kind of cheap speed you have to feast on in rotisserie formats, and he also makes plenty of sense for those in head-to-head formats while Cain is sidelined.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter.