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.
It's not often that a fantasy player gets the opportunity to add a superstar player to his roster for the stretch run at little-to-no cost, but that's the situation that we could be in right now. A.J. Pollock has made a miraculous recovery from his broken elbow and started a minor league rehab assignment with the Rookie League Diamondbacks on Friday. He's on track for a return before September 1, giving him four-plus weeks to help you squad during the most critical time of the season. Sure, he won't be available in leagues that have DL spots, but in leagues that don't, Pollock is readily available on many waiver wires just waiting to be snatched up. This is a guy who hit .315/.367/.498 with 20 bombs and 39 stolen bases last season. Get him while you can.