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.
In the wake of Friday's four-player deal that sent Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets, the Braves now have an opening at third base and conveniently in the middle of their lineup. That means that Chris Johnson will have a chance to resume an everyday role at the hot corner. A popular name himself in trade rumblings, the 30-year-old is hitting just .244/.281/.323 with a homer and nine RBI on the season. It's all about opportunity though, and he figures to be hitting in the middle of the lineup everyday which should provide plenty of RBI opportunities. This is a guy who hit .321/.358/.457 with 12 homers and 68 RBI in 2013, so the ability is there. He's worth a short-term look in all NL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues.