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.
The Blue Jays surprisingly decided to cut Danny Valencia loose earlier this month despite a .296/.331/.506 batting line. He was quickly scooped up on waivers by the A’s and they’re already seeing the benefits of the move, with the 30-year-old hitting .400/.455/.850 with a couple homers in his first five contests for Oakland. He’s even batted cleanup for the A’s each of the last four games. Valencia is virtually unowned in fantasy leagues, but that should change.