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 probably too late to make this recommendation in many leagues, but J.D. Martinez needs to be owned in every league at this point. He remains without a home in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so clearly not everyone has received the memo. There isn’t a hotter hitter in baseball than Martinez, who is batting .314/.346/.619 with eight homers and 29 RBI over 37 games for the Tigers this season. Five of those longballs have come over his last eight contests. The 26-year-old is finding success with a revamped swing and should be in lineups daily while he’s red-hot.