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.
Cardinals slugger Brandon Moss continued his offensive surge Wednesday with a towering three-run shot at Minute Maid Park as part of a 2-for-5 afternoon. He now has three straight two-hit games and four home runs in his last 26 at-bats, giving him 22 total homers for the year. Moss fell off the radar somewhat in July while nursing an ankle injury, but he's been among the most consistently productive offensive performers in baseball since his return to action on August 2 and currently boasts a .924 season OPS. St. Louis is going to lean on Moss heavily over the next seven-plus weeks with Matt Holliday (thumb) and Matt Adams (shoulder) possibly done for the season. Moss can play first base and both corner outfield spots, giving the Cardinals some lineup flexibility through all the injuries. He is somehow owned in only 38 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.