Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 4/22 & 4/23

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 by tier):

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 4/22)

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.

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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.


Nick’s 2024 Streamer Record: 17-8

My pick yesterday: Casey Mize @ MIN

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 15-10

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Louie Varland vs. DET

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Tarik Skubal @ TBR – Aces gonna ace.

Jared Jones vs. MIL – You’re not benching Jared.

Dylan Cease @ COL – Coors isn’t the terror it used to be.


Probably Starts


Yusei Kikuchi @ KCR – Kikuchi is dealing, though the Royals are more threatening that usual.

Reynaldo López vs. MIA – López has a solid Win chance here against a poor offense.

Zack Littell vs. DET – He weirds me out but who cares, it’s the Tigers.

Carlos Rodón vs. OAK – Rodón hasn’t put it all together yet. This start against the Athletics could be his first step forward.

Chris Paddack vs. CHW – Our streaming pick of the day may surprise some. Paddack hasn’t been the electric arm some hoped for, though he’s able to go six frames against a horrid ChiSox offense.

Brandon Pfaadt @ STL – This is fine.


Questionable Starts


Reid Detmers vs. BAL – Detmers wasn’t as impressive in his last outing and the Orioles are a fierce offense.

Hunter Greene vs. PHI – He’s a Cherry Bomb against a solid(?) crew.

Jose Quintana @ SFG – A solid stream as Quintana can work the edges well against the Giants.

Albert Suárez @ LAA – His 96/97 mph fastball was there in his season debut, if he can hold it a second start, he’ll do well against the Angels.

Brady Singer vs. TOR – Singer is looking more like the sinker/slider arm of old and that scares me a bit, even against a Jays team that has been Hot/Cold.

Ranger Suárez @ CIN – It’s been a Vargas Rule for Suárez and I’d be cautious inside Cincy.

UPDATE: Bryce Elder vs. MIA – Elder has a solid Win chance here against a poor offense, but then again, it’s two-pitch McGee, Bryce Elder.


Do Not Starts


Keaton Winn vs. NYM – I don’t love his arsenal, but there is enough there to survive 5/6 innings.

Jonathan Cannon @ MIN – He’s a sinkerballer with a good sweeper and cutter. Low Win Chance, though.

Joe Ross @ PIT – Ross has moments nailing his slider locations and stealing strikes with his sinker ala Brady Singer.

JP Sears @ NYY – We haven’t seen it all come together yet for Sears and the Yankees are an offense to avoid.

Ryan Weathers @ ATL – He just had a phenomenal showcase of his stuff, but this is Atlanta. Don’t buy into the peak.

Lance Lynn vs. ARI – Sure, this could work, but why chance it?

Austin Gomber vs. SDP – COL story, Bro.


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Pablo López vs. CHW – Aces gonna ace.

Kevin Gausman @ KCR – Aces gonna ace.

Logan Webb vs. NYM – Aces gonna ace.

Grayson Rodriguez @ LAA – Aces gonn ace.

Max Fried vs. MIA – Aces gonna ace. Lower than Grayson simply because things have been slightly weird for Fried, despite feeling better long-term.

Ryan Pepiot vs. DET – His fastball is working as it should and if his change is cooking, this should be a breeze. Still a little tepid on the slider.

Marcus Stroman vs. OAK – It’s Oakland. All kinds of safe heree.

Logan Gilbert @ TEX – The Rangers are a strong crew, but we’re still rolling with this, of course.

Michael King @ COL – Coors isn’t as terrifying as it once was.


Probably Starts


Tanner Houck @ CLE – Houck has been a little volatile thus far and the Guardians aren’t a terrible offense. Very much worthwhile, but not a slam dunk.

Cristopher Sánchez @ CIN – Sánchez seems to be in a good place, though there is risk heading into Cincy.

James Paxton @ WSN – He just walked eight batters. He also gets the Nationals and has a great Win chance.

Michael Wacha vs. TOR – If Wacha has his usual command, this should be fine.

Luis Severino @ SFG – It’s a great matchup for Severino, even if I’m not the biggest believer in his arsenal.


Questionable Starts


Dane Dunning vs. SEA – Dunning isn’t one to chase, but the Mariners don’t pose a major threat. A decent Win stream here.

Wade Miley @ PIT – Miley hasn’t found his groove quite yet, though this is a solid opportunity for 5+ frames with good ratios.

Andrew Abbott vs. PHI – Abbott is a Cherry Bomb hosting what should be a strong offense in a HR park. Strikeouts could flow, but at what cost?

Erick Fedde @ MIN – He’s a bottom-end Toby and the ceiling isn’t all too high given the CrySox’s offensive struggles.


Do Not Starts


Kenta Maeda @ TBR – I nearly put Maeda in the third tier, but he’s looking rough as of late. I hope the Rays make this easy on him, allowing for at least a strikeout an inning.

Trevor Rogers @ ATL – It’s Atlanta and we should sit this out, even if I feel excited for Rogers’ BSB approach.

Griffin Canning vs. BAL – His velocity jumped back up against the Rays last week, but are his secondaries good enough? And even at his best, does that stave off the hawt O’s?

J.P. France @ CHC – As long as his cutter is cooking and the Astros offense wakes up (huge IFs, y’all), France should come through.

Tommy Henry @ STL – Henry has been oddly decent at times…? The are also Cardinals are struggling a ton right now.

Jordan Wicks vs. HOU – My heart says Wicks should be higher as the Astros offense isn’t firing quite yet, however, Wicks has yet to showcase his ceiling in a single start.

Bailey Falter vs. MIL – He has moments with his heater upstairs and secondaries underneath, but hot dang is that ceiling low.

Ryan Feltner vs. SDP – Feeltner has some fun qualities with a slider that’s earning whiffs + a flat attack angle four-seamer, but it’s Coors. And the Colorado coaching staff/Front office. And the Padres.

Ben Lively vs. BOS – It’s not Fenway and Lively was actually good once. That’s it? It’s the bottom of DNS, y’all.

Steven Matz vs. ARI – Matz can’t be trusted and the Sneks are solid.

Paul Blackburn @ NYY – Blackburn had a fun ride to start the year against weak clubs. You know better than to get attached.



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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.

3 responses to “Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 4/22 & 4/23”

  1. BoKnows says:

    An actually useful article for streaming pitchers on 4/22 would come out on 4/21.

  2. Joseph Mulvey says:

    Did you read through the 4-21 piece? You took the time to complain.

  3. BoKnows says:

    Yeah, half of each article is useless information because of waiver claims.

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