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.
Michael Saunders got a late start to the season after requiring knee surgery following a freak accident in spring training when he stepped on a sprinkler. He’s expected to be activated from the disabled list this weekend, though, and his fantasy potential in Toronto is intriguing. The 28-year-old was nearly a 20/20 player in 2012 (19 homers, 21 steals) in his only season in the majors where he received 500+ plate appearances, and going from Safeco Field to Rogers Centre can only help the outfielder’s power potential. Saunders should play regularly versus right-handed pitching and makes for a sneaky pickup in fantasy leagues.