Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/21 & 5/22

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: 33-21

My pick yesterday: Michael Wacha vs. DET

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 32-22

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Michael Wacha vs. DET

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.

Today’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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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings



Auto Starts


Tyler Glasnow vs. ARI – Aces gonna ace.

Tarik Skubal @ KCR – Aces gonna ace.

Cole Ragans vs. DET – Aces gonna ace.

Jared Jones vs. SFG – Aces gonna ace.

Freddy Peralta @ MIA – Please let me continue to call you an ace moving forward.

Jesús Luzardo vs. MIL – His slider is cooking and the Brewers aren’t scary.

Max Fried @ CHC – Aces gonna showcase that they aren’t in a proper downtrend trend. Probably.


Probably Starts


Nestor Cortes vs. SEA – Cortes is a solid Holly and gets a middling Mariners offense.

Chris Bassitt vs. CHW – I have less faith in Bassitt than in previous seasons, though it’s the CrySox.

Brayan Bello @ TBR – Bello hasn’t been the QS darling thus far, though I think multiple starts from his IL stint make for a solid day at the park, especially with his new focus on his slider.

John Means @ STL – He’s a Toby for a winning club facing a poor offense. Yup.

Triston McKenzie vs. NYM – McKenzie has been making it work. Somehow. His four-seamer and curve are not what they were in 2022, but we’re rolling with this Vargas Rule til the end.

Justin Steele vs. ATL – He hasn’t been at his sharpest and it’s Atlanta. I nearly put him and Miller in the tier below, but I think you’re chancing it if you have both.

Bryce Miller @ NYY – Please throw good secondaries. The Yankees are scary and you need the help.


Questionable Starts


Michael King @ CIN – After demolishing the Dodgers, King was trounced by Rockie Road of all teams. He’s acting like a Cherry Bomb and now heads into Cin City, though I believe in the long term King.

Blake Snell @ PIT – It’s a Still ILL…even if he struck out ten in five frames across just sixty pitches without allowing a hit in his final Triple-A tune up. That’s bonkers. Sure is, but still only sixty pitches.

Ryan Pepiot vs. BOS – He hasn’t had a rehab start and I’m curious how much we’ll actually see of Pepiot in this Still ILL.

Simeon Woods Richardson @ WSN – I’m not the biggest SWR fan, but it’s the Nationals and he’s had solid command the last two outings.

Tyler Anderson @ HOU – Anderson is on a Vargas Rule himself, but this is the Astros. Is it really worth it?

Andrew Heaney @ PHI – He’s had the BSB working for him across the last month and after a stumble last time out, the Phils could continue the spiral downward.


Do Not Starts


Hunter Brown vs. LAA – I want to believe this will work, but hot dang is he volatile.

Nick Martinez vs. SDP – Martinez just tossed five shutout frames against the Dodgers with an opener, can he replicate his secondaries against his former squad?

Jake Irvin vs. MIN – He’s had some random magic here and there. Not to be trusted.

Kyle Gibson vs. BAL – It’s a gamble if you’re desperate for a QS.

Joey Estes vs. COL – This can actually work against Rockie Road for those in deep AL-Only leagues.

Jose Quintana @ CLE – I’m not a believer in Quintana’s command at the moment.

Austin Gomber @ OAK – It looks like the Gomber start. Four out of his last five have been with 1 ER or fewer, it’s on the road, it’s against Oakland…

Mike Clevinger @ TOR – Naaaaah, I’m good.

Taijuan Walker vs. TEX – Walker does not look solid at all.

Ryne Nelson @ LAD – Nelson isn’t blossoming into the pitcher we want him to be.


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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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