Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 4/17 & 4/18

Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers for today & tomorrow.

Here are today’s daily SP Streamer rankings.

Every day of the 2023 baseball season, I’ll be looking at today and tomorrow’s slate of scheduled starting pitchers and ranking their matchups for your fantasy baseball streams.

There’s a lot that goes into this and you can hang out with me on Twitch.tv/pitcherlist to talk about the specific ranks as I make them every weekday morning from 10am – 12pm ET. If you have questions about these ranks, please ask during the morning Twitch AMA. Those are my office hours as I generally don’t answer comments on the site.

There are four tiers to these rankings with 12-teamers in mind:

Auto-Start – Just do it. Don’t overthink this, start the man. This includes “if I have them rostered, I’m starting them” pitchers.

Probably Start – I’m likely starting these arms, though I recognize there is more risk than we’d like there to be. Either it’s a tough matchup for a good-not-elite pitcher or a weak lineup for a volatile arm. These pitchers have a 50% or greater chance of performing well in my view.

Questionable Start – Think of this tier as “I don’t want to start these pitchers in a vacuum, but you could do worse.” Streamers found in this tier are not pitchers I’m targeting and are only if you are in dire need of one. To play it safe with streaming, just start the Probably Start streamers.

Do Not Start – The reward is not worth the risk. Don’t do it. Seriously, these pitchers have a very slim chance of success or sometimes none at all.

Obviously, there will be circumstances where pitchers should move between teams for your situation specifically and these new tiers should act as a little more help than the straight table from last year.

Please keep in mind that streaming is far from a perfect play. In fact, if they work out over half the time, I’d consider it a success. These matchup rankings & streamer picks are going to be wildly different than the actual results throughout the year, so please, have sympathy before the scathing comments and tweets. I’m only trying to help!

Make sure to read the notes if you’re wondering why I’m favoring certain pitchers over others – I won’t get to everyone and hopefully I answer what questions you will have.

There is a second table for tomorrow’s starting pitcher matchups as well, helping everyone get a jump on their nightly pickups. Please note that these matchups are subject to change, though, and there will be times when I have the incorrect pitcher going. I thank you for your future understanding.

Finally, there are my streaming picks of the day, and please keep in mind that I am forced to pick a streamer every day. Those highlighted in Green are in the second tier and I’d roll with them everywhere. Those in Yellow in the third tier and should be okay if you’re searching for something on a given day, but I don’t recommend streaming unless you’re in need. Finally, those are Red are those I really don’t want to start (they are labeled as “Do Not Start”, after all) but have no other choice. Don’t stream these guys until you are truly desperate. A streaming pick is defined as “rostered in 20% or fewer leagues,” which really emphasizes the point that I’d be happy if over 50% of these worked. I could do the whole sub 30/40% rostered, but there’s no fun in that. You can use the rankings to realize who would be those picks, instead.

(Opener) – Outlines that a pitcher is being opened for that day & the pitcher listed will follow the opener.

As I do my rankings, I thought it would be helpful to showcase a table of how we’re ranking offenses:

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 4/17)

I’m sure it’ll change through the year + there are differences to be made about teams vs. LHP or RHP, but it works as a general table that y’all should keep in mind.

Alright, let’s get to it.


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Nick’s 2023 Streamer Record: 11-6

My pick yesterday: Matthew Boyd vs SFG – Rained Out

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 7-10

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Matthew Boyd vs SFG – Rained Out

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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • We have plenty of aces on Monday, primed for two-start weeks to the rejoice of fantasy managers everywhere. Cristian Javier is the one I’m most curious about here as his heater and slider haven’t worked in tandem yet this season. If both are working, it won’t matter that he’s squared up against the mighty Jays offense.
  • Yes, Jesús Luzardo sits above Kevin Gausman on Monday. Luzardo’s skills are there and he gets a far easier matchup. Love them both, of course.


  • The second tier begins with Lance Lynn against the Phillies as I see him beginning his path to redemption with a big strikeout game last time out against the Twins.
  • Alex Wood hasn’t been dominant, but the Marlins open the door for a solid stream, marking my pick of the day. Just 5% rostered across Yahoo and ESPN leagues.


  • I’m excited to watch more of Taj Bradley as he’s expected to face the Reds in Cincinnati. It’s not the ideal matchup, but looking at the rest of the second tier, I felt like slotting the electric arm above the rest.
  • I’m back on the Jack Flaherty train after witnessing his increased velocity paired with a whiffable slider once again. The Diamondbacks aren’t the ideal matchup, but it’s a better situation than Dustin May (Mets and lack of whiffs) and his opponent Merrill Kelly (the man is a Toby and I don’t know what to make of the Cardinals offense right now).


  • The third tier starts with one of the biggest disappointments thus far in Hayden WesneskiThis feels like a “make or break” start for the youngin’ as he faces the weak Athletics lineup. I’m leaning start as the slider should overwhelm in time and I’m hoping his first two starts were just him getting settled in.
  • Wesneski will be facing Kyle Mullerwho displayed solid four-seamer/slider pitch separation last time out and it could fare better against the Cubs. Not my favorite play, but it could work.


  • There’s another interesting pitching matchup in Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Hunter GaddisRodriguez could coast six frames with decent strikeout numbers, while Gaddis should have a much easier time against the Tigers than the Yankees who jumped him for 8 ER last week.
  • I know, I put Kyle Freeland in this tier as he hosts the Pirates inside Coors. It’s the third tier (which means I hate it in the first place), but I recognize the man has gotten results thus far and this should be an easier time facing Pittsburgh.


  • We’re getting our first look at Brayan Bello this year on Monday as he’ll be removed from the IL. Yes, that means this is a Still ILL and I’d leave him in your IL spots if I could.
  • There’s a chance Ryan Weathers or Jordan Lyles overcome their difficult matchups (not really for Rich Hill inside Coors), but I don’t think the reward is worth the risk.


  • Updates: The Giants and Tigers rained out yesterday, pushing Logan Webb and Matthew Boyd into today’s games…making Boyd our streaming pick of the day with Alex Wood pushed to tomorrow.
  • It looks like the Tampa Bay Rays are electing to go with a bullpen game today and starting Taj Bradley on Tuesday instead.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • Not too many overwhelming outings in the top tier on Tuesday with Spencer Strider, Clayton Kershawand Nick Lodolo each facing tougher matchups than ideal. Still obviously worth the starts, of course.
  • The bottom half of the tier are your middling better-than-a-Toby types with Marcus Stroman and Jordan Montgomery as your premier options. Nathan Eovaldi getting roughed up by the Royals last time has him slightly below them.


  • In the second tier, Alex Wood is our streaming pick of the day as he faces Miami. He hasn’t been dominant, but the Marlins open the door for a solid stream, marking my pick of the day. Just 5% rostered across Yahoo and ESPN leagues.
  • Two veterans in Chris Bassitt and Chris Sale make the second tier despite not earning the trust of managers quite yet. I believe in Bassitt to be a rock throughout the year (even against the Astros) while Sale has pitched better than the box score will tell you + the Twins have been far from menacing out of the gate.


  • I’m excited to watch more of Taj Bradley as he’s expected to face the Reds in Cincinnati. It’s not the ideal matchup, but looking at the rest of the second tier, I felt like slotting the electric arm above the rest.
  • In the third tier, Blake Snell leads the way against Atlanta. His breakers have failed to find strikes with any sort of consistency, making this a coin-flip game against an offense that’s sure to punish mistakes.


  • There are some intriguing plays who could pay off if things go right. Drey Jameson gets the Cardinals and may have his best fastball/slider combo working. Brad Keller has turned heads with a new pitch mix (whoa that curveball!) and if he excels against the Rangers, you bet I’m leading with him in the roundup.
  • Don’t overlook Peyton Battenfield as a streaming option against the Tigers as he featured 12 cutter whiffs against the Yankees last week. Eduardo Rodriguez goes opposite him and could be a solid play for six frames as well.


  • I don’t trust the command of Edward Cabrera to vault him into the second tier, but he could find his way against a middling Giants crew.
  • Dean Kremer didn’t come through against Oakland, but the Nationals aren’t swinging a mighty stick. Kremer could bounce back and thrive.


  • The rest of the tier is mighty suspect. I dig the new approach from Josiah Graybut he still has work to do with his breakers. Bailey Falter and José Urquidy aren’t doing a whole lot to make me chase them, and Tylor Megill has to endure the Dodgers without the elite velocity we saw last season.
  • I wouldn’t call myself optimistic about Clarke Schmidt putting it all together at the moment. He needs to show more with this slider and curveball before I’m ready to jump in.


  • In the final tier, Ken Waldichuk gets a great matchup against the Cubs, but his command has been all over the place. I wouldn’t risk this one.
  • Colin Rea amazed us last week and there’s a chance he does it again. I have little faith this will work out, but hey, it could happen.


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

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Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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