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

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 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,” 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 (in Alphabetical order):

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 5/8)

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: 20-18

My pick yesterday: Brandon Pfaadt vs MIA

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 19-19

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Brandon Pfaadt vs MIA

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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • We have aces returning to the slate, but only Clayton Kershaw has a matchup you’re excited about. Kevin Gausman has oscillated his fastball velocity, Zack Wheeler hasn’t had his entire repertoire in conjunction, Luis Castillo get the Rangers, Justin Verlander was fine against the Tigers, and Cristian Javier hasn’t been incredibly consistent this year.
  • And yet, we start them all. Start your studs.


  • At the end of the tier are Justin Steele and Eduardo RodriguezI don’t believe either of them to be auto-starts come August this year, but with the way their seasons have started and matchups against the Cardinals and Guardians, respectively, you start them both.
  • Sandwiching the second-tier divider are Pablo López and Hunter Greenetwo pitchers we expect to be top-tier but are in a difficult situation. I’m still heavily starting López against the Padres, while Greene at home against the Mets gives me a little more hesitation with a possible HR onslaught.


  • Lance Lynn has allowed at least 4 ER in five of his last six games and I’m still going to start him everywhere against the Royals. He’s held a 30% strikeout rate across his last five games and is starting to steer the ship in the right direction.
  • It’s hard to deny Merrill Kelly against the Marlins, nor Josiah Gray and Jordan Montgomery on Wednesday…even if The Bear gets the tougher matchup of the crew.


  • The end of the tier has our streaming pick of the day with Sean Manaea. I loved Manaea’s three-way repertoire split last time out and with his velocity holding in the rotation, there’s legit upside to be had here.
  • In the third tier, we have a few streaming options that I’d rather avoid if possible. Peyton Battenfield could make it work against the Tigers, Rich Hill gets Rockie Roadand Jhony Brito could go five strong against the Athletics. All don’t come with enough of a ceiling with a creaky floor, but they are a step above the bottom tier.


  • I still don’t trust Edward Cabrera’s command enough to lift him into the second tier and Seth Lugo has a chance to go six with a Win against the Twins, though it’s hard to make out if his stuff is good enough to rely on.
  • Wade Miley has been proving himself as a Tobybut do we want to let it ride against the Dodgers? They’re struggling! It won’t last forever.



Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


  • Just six games on Thursday with a trio of clear top tier starters in Yu Darvish, Drew Rasmussenand Nathan EovaldiPretty dang obvious that you should be starting all of them.
  • In the second tier, Alex Cobb is a bit of a Cherry Bomb and holds the fort for the entire tier. As long as he has his splitter, he should help your fantasy teams against the Diamondbacks.


  • The third tier has three debatable arms and…Brady SingerHe’s been a huge mess this season, however – and this might sound weird – I don’t think he’s all too different from previous seasons with his command. He’s at the bottom of questionable for a reason, but the ceiling is still very much present.
  • The other three would all be in the second tier if not for tough opponents. Kodai Senga will do his best to avoid the longball, the Padres are sure to make Bailey Ober labor, and Domingo Germán will do everything he can to replicate his last start against the Rays.


  • The bottom tier carries our streaming pick of the day (I have to select someone y’all) in Mike Clevinger against the Royals. Maybe he has his best stuff here, but I really don’t want to test the waters.
  • Tommy Henry has a shot against the Giants, but he could also toss three innings and call it a day. Ken Waldichuk has flashed his ceiling over the last few starts, but hasn’t polished it and has a horrific challenge against the Rangers, and it’s the return of Raggedy Anne as Lively faces the Mets. I haven’t used that nickname in six years.


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.

2 responses to “Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 5/10 & 5/11”

  1. Jeff Corey (Ucaimaman) says:

    Love, love, love what you do here! I’ve been playing fantasy sports forever (1980s) and we’ve needed someone to do what you do forever. Thanks for doing this – it’s a huge commitment.

    Since I’m old, I probably like Tobys a bit more than you. Rich Hill would have been my pickup of the day. I’m also interested in Senzatela as I think he’s actually been pretty good on the road this season.

  2. Palms Mahoney says:

    Prediction: Bailey Ober does a lot better with San Diego’s lineup than predicted here.

    (Not advertising or selling anything — I get paid a salary to work a job, revolutionary stuff!)

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