Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/20 & 5/21

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 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 5/20)

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: 32-21

My pick yesterday: Michael Lorenzen vs. LAA

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 31-22

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Chris Paddack @ CLE

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.

Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Auto Starts


Pablo López @ WSN – Aces gonna ace.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto vs. CIN – Aces gonna ace.

Chris Sale vs. SDP – Aces gonna ace.

Kyle Bradish @ STL – Aces gonna ace.

Framber Valdez vs. LAA – Another solid matchup for Framber.

Logan Gilbert @ NYY – The Yankees are scary, Gilbert has been to good, save for some rare blips.

José Berríos vs. CHW – I was worried for a moment and he’s recalibrated + gets the White Sox here.

Tanner Houck @ TBR – How can you bench Houck with the season he’s had in a matchup against the Rays?


Probably Starts


Dylan Cease @ ATL – He’s nearing the AGA tag with a legit test here.

Sonny Gray vs. BAL – Sonny has stumbled lately, though I don’t buy a fall from grace, even with the Orioles on the docket.

Reynaldo López vs. SDP – He’s been too good to sit.

Reese Olson @ KCR – Reese is looking legit, and the Royals aren’t a deterrent.

Marcus Stroman vs. SEA – He brought himself out of his funk last time out and now gets what looks to be a quality start with a potential Win ahead.

Taj Bradley vs. BOS – I’m skeptical his command is good enough for a legit breakout, but Bradley has performed out of the gate.

UPDATE: Dean Kremer @ STL – He’s on a roll at the moment, though can we bank on sinker called strike threes sticking around?

Michael Wacha vs. DET – Wacha’s command has improved as of late and it’s the Tigers.

Joe Ross @ MIA – Ross just went BSB out of nowhere and now gets the Marlins.


Questionable Starts


Ben Lively vs. NYM – His fastballs are still working upstairs and it’s the Mets.

Erick Fedde @ TOR – Fedde has been decent and the Jays have not.

Mitchell Parker vs. MIN – Will his four pitch mix come through? Or will this be another game of “too many four-seamers”?

Ryan Weathers vs. MIL – Weathers looked great against the Tigers, sadly the Brewers are a stronger offense and will punish more of his fastballs down the pipe.

Reid Detmers @ HOU – We really can’t trust Detmers’ command these days + it’s the Astros.


Do Not Starts


Tylor Megill @ CLE – It’s a Still ILL as we hope he can locate his four-seamer upstairs and pair it with a legit secondary pitch.

Slade Cecconi @ LAD – Absolutely not, though there have been moments of bliss here and there.

Randy Vásquez @ ATL – Noooooooope.


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings



Auto Starts


Joe Ryan @ WSN – Aces gonna ace.

Kyle Bradish @ STL – Hey Bradish, can you nail down your slider and curve and be the ace you should be? K thx.

Yusei Kikuchi vs. CHW – He’s been unreal and I’m wondering if he’s two starts from AGA.

Logan Webb @ PIT – Webb’s start against the Dodgers was weird. Y’all might want to look at it and say “Aha! He’s actually great!” but then you notice he threw his best pitch (changeup, duh) the least of his four main offerings. It was like pulling off a trick shot – you can do it once and only once. I’m curious what we see here.

Garrett Crochet @ TOR – After the initial three-game blip, Crochet has settled down with four-seamer dominance. The slider and changeup are still in question, though, but the Jays are more suspect.


Probably Starts


Cristian Javier vs. LAA – The return from the IL was horrendous. Javier corrected himself in a massive way, with a performance featuring all the strikes. Let’s all hope that’s what we should expect indefinitely from Javier.

Clarke Schmidt vs. SEA – Schmidt has his cutters doing exactly what we wanted them to do in his last start and now gets a cushy matchup against Seattle. Check out my breakdown of Schmidt’s last start on YouTube.

Ranger Suárez vs. TEX – I know, he’s been stellar. I also don’t believe it’ll last forever and even last start came with mortality. Now against the Rangers, it’s not a given he’ll continue his absurd run.

Robert Gasser @ MIA – Gasser looked worse in his second MLB outing, though this is the Marlins. His four-seamer is still flat and his sweeper still sweeps.

Casey Mize @ KCR – It was a lovely result, though Mize’s four-seamer was a touch worse last time out. I’m still going for it in hopes it was an exception, though without the four-seamer leading the way, Mize’s foundation is in question.

Javier Assad vs. ATL – I didn’t love Assad against Atlanta last time out and he proved me wrong. Here’s my video on that start. I’m still skeptical, but fool me once, shame on you…I’M NOT GONNA HAVE SHAME.

Bryan Woo @ NYY – It’s the hot Yankees, it’s also Woo shaking off the rust without any talk of pain after his last start.

Gavin Stone vs. ARI – Here’s a solid Win chance. Stone is looking like a Toby these days and that’s a fun thing.

Alec Marsh vs. DET – Marsh has found strikeouts with precise high four-seamers and despite having an arsenal that doesn’t speak to sustainability, we’ll ride this one against the Tigers.


Questionable Starts


Cooper Criswell @ TBR – It’s Criswell vs. Littell again and both have displayed themselves as meh. 

Zack Littell vs. BOS – At least it’s not Fenway this time?

Andrew Abbott vs. SDP – I’m not sure what to make of Abbott. He feels like a Cherry Bomb and feel free to go for that if you like.

Cal Quantrill @ OAK – Ah yes. The UnQuantrillfiable. He’s gone, what, 5 of his last 6 with 1 ER or fewer? And it’s in O.Co? Wild.

Jon Gray @ PHI – His slider is legit but the Phils offense are too. Uhhhhh, Jonny G has a 1.30 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 26% Strikeout Rate, 6% Walk rate across his last nine games since April 6th. Oh snap. That does include 1.2 frames of perfect relief, but still. Welp, that’s not gonna hold, despite his HOTEL not being completely out of whack. He’ll allow more HRs and likely not get away with as much with his fastballs over time, but yeah, I understand if you’re running with this Vargas Rule.

Griffin Canning @ HOU – Canning has moved away from four-seamers and I’m a fan of that choice.

Brandon Pfaadt @ LAD – It’s the Dodgers, but Pfaadt can pull off a solid outing if he has his changeup and four-seamer avoiding damage in play, letting the sweeper cook.

Trevor Rogers vs. MIL – He finally had the start we were looking for against the Tigers, but it could very well be a Dennis.

Charlie Morton @ CHC – He was blissful for a day, then reverted to the Cherry Bomb we dislike so much. Maybe he has the Win in him here.

Aaron Brooks vs. COL – He commands the ball well enough and has a long enough leash to make for a sneaky stream in deep leagues against Rockie Road.


Do Not Starts


Martín Pérez vs. SFG – Nope, we’re off this train.

Carlos Carrasco vs. NYM – He just doesn’t do enough to chase, even if there is a QS chance.

Lance Lynn vs. BAL – Don’t.

Joe Musgrove @ CIN – It feels weird having Musgrove down here, but he’ll be heavily limited after sitting out for three weeks on the IL without a rehab start. It’s a very clear Still ILL.

Adrian Houser @ CLE – Maybe today’s the day he can actually earn a PQS?

Patrick Corbin vs. MIN – Y’all know not to risk this.


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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.

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