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.
With Prince Fielder set to miss the remainder of the season with a neck injury, the door is once again open for Jurickson Profar to see full-time at-bats in the Rangers lineup. All he has done is hit when given an opportunity this season, slashing .298/.349/.426 with four homers and 14 RBI in 141 at-bats. He's owned in only 28% of all Yahoo leagues and provides extreme flexibility since he qualifies at first base, second base, shortstop and third base. He should also see plenty of time hitting atop the lineup with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined, providing ample opportunity to rack up counting stats.