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.
Steven Wright went undrafted in most standard fantasy leagues this spring, and rightly so. A wrong-side-of-30 pitcher coming off a 4.09 ERA in 72 2/3 innings last season? A soft-tossing knuckleballer who will be making half his starts at Fenway Park? No thanks. But here were on May 9 -- five weeks into the 2016 regular season -- and Wright boasts some of the best numbers in baseball. He pitched a complete game on Sunday night against the rival Yankees, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out seven, and he now boasts a 1.52 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings this season. Get him rostered.