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.
It's Addison Russell day, but he's already owned in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues, so it would be a waste of time to include him here. Instead, I'll go in a different direction, as some fantasy owners are likely hurting with the recent injuries to Yan Gomes, Travis d'Arnaud, and most recently, Jonathan Lucroy. Names like Yasmani Grandal, Mike Zunino, and Miguel Montero are out there in shallow leagues, but this is a good time to take a flier on Kevin Plawecki in deeper formats, as he's expected to get the majority of the playing time behind the plate while d'Arnaud is sidelined. A supplemental first-round pick from 2012 (thanks, Jose Reyes), the 24-year-old has produced a .292/.368/.435 batting line in the minors. It's a lot to ask to expect immediate success in the majors, but his ability to make contact and get on base provides reason for optimism about the transition. He's definitely worth a flier in two-catcher mixed leagues.