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.
Matt Joyce has had a pretty uninspiring season overall for the Rays, but the outfielder has shown signs of life lately, picking up nine hits – including three home runs – over his last 22 at-bats covering five games. Manager Joe Maddon moved the hot-hitting Joyce up to the No. 3 spot in the batting order over the previous three contests. The 29-year-old is unowned in 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues but is worth riding while he’s swinging a hot stick.