Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/10 & 5/11

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 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 those picks would be 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 5/6)

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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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: 26-17

My pick yesterday: Ben Lively @ CHW

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 24-19

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Keaton Winn @ COL

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Tyler Glasnow @ SDP – Aces gonna ace.

Jared Jones vs. CHC – Aces gonna ace.

Logan Webb vs. CIN – Aces gonna ace.

Joe Ryan @ TOR – Aces gonna ace.

Framber Valdez @ DET – Is the slider a thing or not, Framber. MAKE UP YOUR MIND.

Yusei Kikuchi vs. MIN – Y’all know he’s killing it.

Ranger Suárez @ MIA – Suárez is on a gorgeous run and the Marlins are sure to keep it going.

Tanner Houck vs. WSN – Just don’t leave everything over the plate, okay?


Probably Starts


Garrett Crochet vs. CLE – Arguably a top-tier option, I want to see Crochet feature solid changeups and sliders instead of just four-seamer/cutter.

Jameson Taillon @ PIT – He’s in a good place and the Pirates aren’t scary.

Andrew Abbott @ SFG – Abbott is hinting at his summer self and now has a lovely matchup.

Bryan Woo vs. OAK – He’s back from the ILL and should get above 70 pitches here. Can’t wait.

Clarke Schmidt @ TBR – The cutter is getting better and the Rays are not.

UPDATE: Javier Assad @ PIT – Taillon is TBD at the moment, pushing up Assad as he continues his Vargas Rule run against a poor offense.


Questionable Starts


Griffin Canning vs. KCR – I’ve been impressed by Canning’s lack of four-seamer mistakes lately + his secondaries have been delicately spotted across his last two outings.

Jon Gray @ COL – It’s his old stomping grounds. Coors isn’t the threat it’s been in the past and if Gray has his slider working, this should be fine.

Casey Mize vs. HOU – I still believe in Mize long-term this season, waiting for his slider and four-seamer to pair up for consistent 15%+ SwStr rates. In due time, hopefully it starts here against the Astros.

Paul Blackburn @ SEA – Blackburn has come through against poor offenses and the Mariners fit the bill.

Charlie Morton @ NYM – Morton is a Cherry Bomb but the Mets aren’t scary and the Atlanta offense should wake up.

Carlos Carrasco @ CHW – Carrasco sat three ticks harder last time out and it’s the CrySox.

Michael King vs. LAD – It’s the Dodgers, but if King has his command on point, he’ll come through.

Alec Marsh @ LAA – Marsh is returning to the rotation and gets a depleted Angels lineup. There is a touch of Still ILL here, too.

Brandon Pfaadt @ BAL – Baltimore is though RHP have fared better against the Orioles and at least Waltimore does Pfaadt favors with his longball tendencies.

Cole Irvin vs. ARI – Irvin was masterful with his curveball in his last start and there’s a decent Win chance here.


Do Not Starts


Robert Gasser vs. STL – It looks to be Gasser’s MLB debut on Friday (the most exciting one of the weekend, obviously) and I generally bench MLB debuts. It’s a flat-angled four-seamer with a good sweeper + cutter against a poor Cardinals lineup, but will he be pitch efficient enough to go five frames? Will jitters get in the way?

Taj Bradley vs. NYY – It’s the season debut for Bradley in this Still ILL and don’t forget all the concerns we’ve had about Bradley’s command. Who knows what we get.

Lance Lynn @ MIL – Like your four-year-old who doesn’t stop talking, you can’t trust Lynn anywhere these days.

Trevor Rogers vs. PHI – Despite featuring better control than previous seasons, Rogers has been horrendous. I can’t help but believe the skills are in there and maybe they give us a spark here…?

Austin Gomber vs. TEX – Gomber has been surprisingly decent lately, but this is Coors. Against Texas.

Jose Quintana vs. ATL – Quintana just allowed 8 ER and now it’s Atlanta. Noooope.

Patrick Corbin @ BOS – Just throw cutters and sliders. I beg of you, give it a shot.


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Cole Ragans @ LAA – Aces gonna ace.

Tarik Skubal vs. HOU – Aces gonna ace.

Max Fried @ NYM – Aces gonna ace.

Kevin Gausman vs. MIN – Aces gonna ace. He looked like himself last time out.

Freddy Peralta vs. STL – Aces gonna ace. Peralta was better with a few more touches of polish left.

Justin Steele @ PIT – It’s start #2, which should make for a higher pitch count and an easy 5+ frames.

Bryce Miller vs. OAK – Bryce still needs more than his heater and has a chance to show a rookie how to go six frames.


Probably Starts


Nick Lodolo @ SFG – Lodolo has his breaker working and pitching in Oracle Park is a lovely thing.

John Means vs. ARI – Means looked fantastic in his return from TJS and with the Orioles at his back, he’s an obvious start against the Sneks.

Nestor Cortes @ TBR – He’s done everything you could ask of him and gets a Rays team that has looked lost at the plate.

Paul Skenes vs. CHC – HE’S HERE. HE’S FINALLY HERE. Probably 75-80 pitches and MLB debuts are usually a sit for me, but I don’t care. HAVE FUN AND START THE MAN.

Andrew Heaney @ COL – His BSB approach has been great across the last few weeks and it looks here to stay. Coors ain’t so bad.


Questionable Starts


Cristian Javier @ DET – It’s a Still ILL for a guy who has had inefficiency issues in his day. Still stoked to have him back.

Triston McKenzie @ CHW – The dude is a runner exhausted by mile 3 but somehow finishes the marathon. I guess we’re giving it a go against the CrySox…

Kyle Gibson @ MIL – He’s been solid and despite his whole Cherry Bomb tendencies, you’re doing this.

Taijuan Walker @ MIA – It’s the Marlins. It’s also Taijuan throwing 90 mph heaters.

Cooper Criswell vs. WSN – He’s been decent for the Red Sox, but he’s not one to go deep into games with his sweeper/sinker approach.

Tyler Anderson vs. KCR – Anderson has looked like a proper Toby and could come through for five here.

Jesús Luzardo vs. PHI – It’s another Still ILL for a Cherry Bomb against a good Phillies team.

Christian Scott vs. ATL – It’s Atlanta, though I wonder if Scott’s “new” factor makes it tougher on Atlanta to figure him out + their bats haven’t had their classic thump this year.

Mason Black vs. CIN – He’s fine. The Reds are a lovely gift in Oracle Park.

James Paxton @ SDP – Paxton is hurling just 93 mph heaters and you’re hoping he squeezes out a Win in five innings.

Zack Littell vs. NYY – The Yankees are heating up and Littell doesn’t do a whole lot that excites me.

Simeon Woods Richardson @ TOR – He came through last outing and the Jays aren’t looking so hot.


Do Not Starts


Ryne Nelson @ BAL – Nelson’s four-seamer is looking great, though the cutter still has work to do. Waltimore will help, his opponent’s lineup will not.

Alex Wood @ SEA – He’s had some magic across the last month.

Mike Clevinger vs. CLE – Naaaaah, I’m good.

Jake Irvin @ BOS – In Fenway + Irvin does little to attract our attention.

Matt Waldron vs. LAD – Don’t Trust A Knuckleballer.

Ryan Feltner vs. TEX – It’s Coors. And Feltner. AND THE RANGERS.


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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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