Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 4/2 & 4/3

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

Here are today and tomorrow’s daily SP Streamer rankings for fantasy baseball.

Every day of the 2024 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 Playback.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 Playback 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 and I’m starting them in the majority of situations.

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 that day’s streaming pick in the second tier and I’d roll with them everywhere. Those in Yellow are 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 according to Fantasy Pros. This 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 (in Alphabetical order):

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 4/1)

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.


This year, with our new daily fantasy baseball projections powered by PLV, I’ll be competing against PL Bot to pick the best streaming option each day.

To get access to PL Bot’s picks each day, sign up for PL Pro here.

The streaming record is determined by “Was this a productive game for 12-teamers if I started them?” Roughly a PQS with a Win and a strikeout per inning with a sub 1.20 WHIP, with a minimum of 5 IP. Close calls are decided by Playback chat.


2023 Results:

Nick’s Record: 101-77

PL Bot’s Record: 90-89


Nick’s 2024 Streamer Record: 5-0

My pick yesterday: Tanner Houck @ OAK

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 4-1

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Tanner Houck @ OAK

Want PL Bot’s pick today? Sign Up for PL Pro here.


My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Tyler Glasnow vs. SFG – Aces gonna ace.

Luis Castillo vs. CLE – Aces gonna ace.

Shane Bieber @ SEA – Aces gon–oh. Right. He looked like a new man against the Athletics and the Mariners aren’t scary. I get the sense he’ll be AGA before May 1st.

Zac Gallen vs. NYY – Lower velocity, worse command, and a solid Yankee offense. And yet, we gotta AGA this.

Jesús Luzardo vs. LAA – Slider and four-seamer were great against the Pirates + it’s the Angels.

Yu Darvish vs. STL – Fantastic pitch variety and confidence to not give in last time out.

Brayan Bello @ OAK – Bello is a QS fiend against a poor lineup.

Logan Webb @ LAD – AGA, even against the Dodgers. Still worth it.


Probably Starts


Casey Mize @ NYM – I’m absolutely stoked to watch Mize and his new four-seamer go after a mediocre Mets lineup.

Reynaldo López @ CHW – He should be able to go five frames while Atlanta does the rest.

Nestor Cortes @ ARI – The Sneks just had an offensive barrage, though it was against Colorado pitching. Cortes settled in after his first frame last week and this should be smoother sailing.

Framber Valdez vs. TOR – He’s not going to walk six again.

Zach Eflin vs. TEX – He had a rough opening outing as he left far too many pitches over the plate. Feel free to bench him against the mighty Rangers offense if you like, I’m expecting a rebound start.

José Berríos @ HOU – Berríos’ command was stellar against the Jays, allowing me to lean start against a strong Houston squad.


Questionable Starts


Garrett Crochet vs. ATL – We all know how well Crochet performed…against the Tigers. Now he faces Atlanta and has to maintain the same four-seamer precision, which may not be enough.

Louie Varland @ MIL – I’m excited for him to have runway as the SP #5, though we may want to give it a start before we lean into it.

Adrian Houser vs. DET – There’s a decent shot at a QS or Win here for Houser as he pumps heater after heater into the zone against a poor lineup.

Cole Irvin vs. KCR – I want to be more in, though Irivin’s spring velo fell and his command wasn’t pristine. However, we’ve seen arms rebound in their first starts already + this is a solid Win chance.

Tyler Anderson @ MIA – Are we scared of the Marlins offense? Maybe? Anderson is a Toby at best and there’s a shot here.

Graham Ashcraft @ PHI – I don’t want to face the Phillies offense, even if Ashcraft is outside of Cincy. He could go six with 2 ER and 2 Ks or whatever, though.

Kyle Freeland @ CHC – Look. I know. The Cubs aren’t as good as the Sneks + Freeland ran into some bad luck last time. THERE’S A CHANCE.


Do Not Starts


Andrew Heaney @ TBR – I don’t trust Heaney’s command and the Rays should scare you

Miles Mikolas @ SDP – Maybe he throws enough strikes with his secondaries and skirts through six frames.

Update: Ryan Yarbrough vs. SFG – The Dodgers are tossing a bullpen game, though the Fratty Pirate is expected to get the bulk innings. It could be a vulture Win if you’re into that.

Alex Wood vs. BOS – His stuff wasn’t the worst thing ever against the Guardians and he certainly has a decently long leash.

Alec Marsh @ BAL – Marsh struck out 11 in one game last year, right?

Javier Assad vs. COL – I don’t expect Assad to go long in this one, nor do I have plenty of adoration for the skill set.

Jakob Junis vs. MIN – It’s just a good slider.

Spencer Turnbull vs. CIN – Turnbull is four-seamer/sweeper with said heater acting more like a cutter. Is he even stretched out for 5+ frames?


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Spencer Strider @ CHW – Aces gonna ace.

Corbin Burnes vs. KCR – Aces gonna ace.

Zack Wheeler vs. CIN – Aces gonna ace.

Tarik Skubal @ NYM – Aces gonna ace.

Tyler Glasnow vs. SFG – Aces gonna ace.

George Kirby vs. CLE – Aces gonna ace.

Nick Pivetta @ OAK – Not an ace, but hot dang is this a juicy matchup.

Cole Ragans @ BAL – Aces gonna ace…but gets Baltimore and the Win chance is lower than Pivetta, who gets the Quad-A’s.


Probably Starts


Joe Musgrove vs. STL – He was rough early, then settled down and should be fine against the Cardinals. He’s in this tier because I know, I feel the anxiety too. We just need one solid outing to purify our emotions.

Merrill Kelly vs. NYY – The Yankees are looking great, though Kelly seems to be in his groove.

Cristian Javier vs. TOR – The changeup is fantastic, though we don’t have a large sample of its consistency. I want to believe, even against the Jays.

Nathan Eovaldi @ TBR – The Rays are tough, but I believe in the pitchability of Eovaldi.

Chris Bassitt @ HOU – Same with Bassitt. Don’t overthink Bassitt.

Mitch Keller @ WSN – I’m not a fan of Keller for the full year, but this is the Nationals. You do this.

Carlos Rodón @ ARI – We’re not out of the woods yet with Rodón as I want to see another outing above 95.5 mph, especially during the later frames.

A.J. Puk vs. LAA – It was a horrible season debut, though we shouldn’t expect his control to be nearly as poor again. And it’s the Angels, y’all.


Questionable Starts


Logan Allen @ SEA – The Mariners lack bite and Allen is decent enough to go six frames.

Aaron Civale vs. TEX – I hate the matchup, even if Civale excelled against the Jays. I’m still a little cautious here.

Jose Quintana vs. DET – It’s the Tigers and Quintana’s curve + change are in a good place.

Chris Paddack @ MIL – Ayyy, we finally get Paddack! I’m being conservative and waiting until Paddack gives us a full outing to witness his arsenal.

Frankie Montas @ PHI – He gave you a stream on opening day against the Nats and who knows, maybe he can spin enough sliders and force heaters into gloves against the threatening Phillies crew.


Do Not Starts


Kyle Harrison @ LAD – It’s the Dodgers + Harrison is as volatile as it gets. I guess there’s a chance he pulls it off, but the risk is massive.

Cal Quantrill @ CHC – Quantrill has the ability to survive outside Coors, for what it’s worth. But why chase it? Win chance! He’s opposite Assad! Maaaaaybe.

Patrick Sandoval @ MIA – The Marlins could make for a better day at the park than the Orioles last week, though I don’t dig Sandoval’s command, even with a harder heater.

Ross Stripling vs. BOS – Stripling isn’t the guy you want to chase.

Joe Ross vs. MIN – The Twins are a good team to stream against with Royce on the mend, but does Ross have enough in the tank to take advantage? Probably not.

Trevor Williams vs. PIT – #NeverTrevor.

Zack Thompson @ SDP – Thompson’s command is actually solid, but the four-seamer’s velocity is down and the Padres can mess up guys quickly.

Drew Smyly vs. COL – I don’t expect many frames here – maybe it’s a Ben Brown vulture Win?

Nick Nastrini? vs. ATL – I don’t know if Nastrini will get called up here to make his MLB debut, and if he does, y’all know I’m against MLB debuts for the most part + he walked five and strikeout none in his final spring start + the low Win chance on the ChiSox + IT’S ATLANTA.


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Featured Image by Kurt Wasemiller (@KUWasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram)

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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