Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/24 & 5/25

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 5/20)

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: 34-23

My pick yesterday: Frankie Montas vs. SDP

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 34-23

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Ryan Feltner @ OAK

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Corbin Burnes @ CHW – Aces gonna ace.

Shota Imanaga @ STL – Aces gonna ace.

George Kirby @ WSN – Aces gonna ace.

Zac Gallen vs. MIA – Aces gonna ace.

Seth Lugo @ TBR – He’s been too good.

Kutter Crawford vs. MIL – Crawford has been steady all season and the Brewers aren’t going to stop you from starting Crawford.


Probably Starts


MacKenzie Gore vs. SEA – It’s finally a good matchup for Gore and I’m stoked to see how he performs.

Yu Darvish vs. NYY – Darvish has failed to surrender a run in any of his last four starts. You can’t deny him the start, even against the Yankees, right?

Justin Verlander @ OAK – He’s not the overpowering arm of old, but it’s the Athletics. This should be a safe start.

Bailey Ober vs. TEX – Ober stumbled for the first time since his opening outing and now it’s the Rangers. Expect a rebound.

Christian Scott vs. SFG – Scott gets a lovely matchup and his four-seamer + sweeper combo should carve the Giants lineup.

Carlos Rodón @ SDP – Ródon has looked more like his old self with improved sliders and his fastball flirting with 96 mph on average.

Cristopher Sánchez @ COL – Coors isn’t so bad these days and Sánchez’s changeup has been showing up as of late.

Alek Manoah @ DET – Two strong outings of seven innings have raised our eyebrows on Manoah once again and a date with the Tigers feels managable.

Logan Allen @ LAA – Allen looked great last time out and the Angels are an inviting team to stream against.


Questionable Starts


Patrick Sandoval vs. CLE – He’s produced more than expected as of late, though I still have my concerns that The Irish Panda doesn’t have consistent command of his changeup and slider.

Michael Lorenzen @ MIN – You need a PQS? You may find it here.

James Paxton @ CIN – How about a Win? Why not, Paxton could be your guy.

Kyle Harrison @ NYM – Some strikeouts? Harrison is a Cherry Bomb but the Mets are pedestrian.


Do Not Starts


Tyler Alexander (Opener) vs. KCR – He has his moments, but the ceiling is too low to justify this.

Matt Manning vs. TOR – Manning hasn’t been the guy we want. It could show up here, though it’s unwise to anticipate it.

Darius Vines @ PIT –He’s been able to earn a Win with his changeup and slider before and with a cushy Pirates lineup, Vines could earn a sneaky Win.

Braxton Garrett @ ARI – Garrett hasn’t yet flexed his full arsenal effectively. Let’s hope his third start is when he fully shakes off the rust.

Miles Mikolas vs. CHC – The best quality of Mikolas is his long leash, which makes him a desperate QS play.

UPDATE: José Ureña @ MIN – He had a great changeup last time and who knows, maybe it works.

Bryse Wilson @ BOS – Wilson had one good outing. One.

Bailey Falter vs. ATL – It’s Atlanta. This is a Hail Mary play in hopes his four-seamer is spotted perfectly.

Graham Ashcraft vs. LAD – Who knows. Maybe Ashcraft throws effective cutters in this one and the Dodgers roll over everything.

Ross Stripling vs. HOU – Strip against the Astros isn’t what you’re looking for.

Chris Flexen vs. BAL – He had a nice run of nailing down four-seamers and cutters, but the Yankees exposed him and now it’s the Orioles. Yup.

Ty Blach vs. PHI – Blach.


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Aaron Nola @ COL – Aces gonna ace, even in Coors.

Logan Gilbert @ WSN – Aces gonna ace after not having his best stuff as of late.

Nick Pivetta vs. MIL – Pivetta is back in his groove following his IL stint.

Dylan Cease vs. NYY – Cease has been a Cherry Bomb over the years and it’s a hot Yankee offense. It’s been a great season thus far, though, and we’re hoping the Padres’ influence has made his valleys far smaller.

José Berríos @ DET – He’s the Great Undulator, but it’s the Tigers.

Reynaldo López @ PIT – ReyLó has been sturdy and gets a great matchup.

Walker Buehler @ CIN – Buehler was far better in his last outing and you’re rolling him out there with confidence, even in Cin City.


Probably Starts


Tanner Bibee @ LAA – I don’t like his heater and his secondaries are infrequently spotted. That said, it’s the Angels and his Cherry Bomb tendencies could be minimized.

Jordan Hicks @ NYM – Just throw strikes and you’ve got this.

Jordan Montgomery vs. MIA – It’s the Marlins. Montgomery isn’t flashy, but this should be fine.

Marcus Stroman @ SDP – Stroman found his secondaries last time out and has hopefully put his rough stretch behind him.

Brady Singer @ TBR – Singer is back to his sinker/slider ways of old that make for more volatility than ideal, but this is the Rays. You’re going for it.

Dean Kremer @ CHW – Kremer stumbled last time out and now gets the gift of the CrySox.

Jameson Taillon @ STL – He’s a Toby with a great matchup.

José Soriano vs. CLE – As long as Soriano has his curve and sinker, he should be able to produce across 5+ frames.

Spencer Arrighetti @ OAK – I like the Pasta Pirate’s four-seamer and his array of secondaries should keep his head above water long enough to secure a Win.


Questionable Starts


Hunter Greene vs. LAD – It’s a high risk/reward outing for Greene, who earning 17 four-seamer whiffs against the Dodgers in their last matchup.

Luis Severino vs. SFG – I wish I had more faith in Severino’s arsenal to push him into the second tier. The ceiling doesn’t seem high enough.

Reese Olson vs. TOR – I’d have him high in the second tier, but I’m worried Olson is still feeling the effects of the comebacker he endured earlier in the week.

Michael Lorenzen @ MIN –You need a PQS? You may find it here.

Aaron Civale vs. KCR – Civale is going through one of the roughest patches of his career. Here’s to the man turning over a new leaf in this game.

Mitch Keller vs. ATL – He’s a Cherry Bomb who is generally opponent agnostic. If he has his command, it’ll work regardless of the mighty Atlanta bats.


Do Not Starts


JP Sears vs. HOU – Sure, there are moments where Sears is locked in with his heaters and sweepers, but this is far too risky.

Erick Fedde vs. BAL – Maybe it works, though it’s not in Waltimore. Not enough juice for the squeeze.

Colin Rea @ BOS – He’s a Werewolf so who knows, maybe it’s a full moon.

Trevor Williams vs. SEA – #NeverTrevor.

Chris Paddack vs. TEX – Paddack’s stuff doesn’t demand success against the Rangers.

Sixto Sánchez @ ARI – He’s not the man of old.

Dakota Hudson vs. PHI – COL story, bro.

Matthew Liberatore vs. CHC – He’s not expected to go deep enough into this game, let alone produce in that time.


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Tomorrow’s Starting Pitchers

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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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