Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/29 & 5/30

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 5/27)

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.


To spice up these streaming recommendations, I’ve included our new daily fantasy baseball projections powered by PLV, and I’ll be competing against PL Bot to pick the best streaming option each day.

These projections are different from your typical projections as they incorporate our pitch quantifier, assessing pitcher and hitter skills at a much more granular level than your standard box score.

To get access to PL Bot’s picks each day, sign up for PL Pro here.

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: 36-26

My pick yesterday: Matt Waldron vs. MIA

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 36-26

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Matt Waldron vs. MIA

Want PL Bot’s pick today? Sign up for PL Pro here.

My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Corbin Burnes vs. BOS – Aces gonna ace.

DH UPDATE: Tarik Skubal vs. PIT – Aces gonna ace.

Shota Imanaga @ MIL – Aces gonna ace.

Paul Skenes @ DET – Three strikeouts last time, but these are the Tigers. You know, the team that flounders against fastballs over the plate.

DH UPDATE: Jared Jones @ DET – Aces gonna ace. Why is Skenes ahead of Jones?! Because Jones faces Skubal. Higher Win chance for Skenes in Game 2 of the DH.

Bailey Ober vs. KCR – Who’s up for another Bailey Special? Great, I’m starving.

Yu Darvish vs. MIA – Darvish stumbled against the Yankees and fortunately gets the Marlins for some respite.

Jack Flaherty vs. PIT – 33% strikeout rate with two breakers at a 21% SwStr rate. It’s a great time to have Flaherty on your squads.

Luis Gil @ LAA – He’s hurling four-seamer strikes with more support from his changeup than usual. It feels like he’s turned a corner.

Seth Lugo @ MIN – Lugo is cruising and while I’m a bit skeptical that his run is anything more than poor offenses failing to connect on his heaters mixed with some flashes of genuinely good command.

George Kirby vs. HOU – He’s been in a funk, though it’s more of a Cherry Bomb funk than a “oh no, he’s just always bad” funk.


Probably Starts


Ryan Pepiot vs. OAK – His first start back from the IL wasn’t a fun time with his four-seamer command, now we can roll with him as we should expect a better heater + more pitches.

Justin Verlander @ SEA – He flexed his strikeout ability against the Athletics and the Mariners should be more of the same.

Cristopher Sánchez @ SFG – The changeup is working and even with some Cherry Bomb tendencies, you roll with Sánchez against the Giants, especially with how hot the Phillies have been.

MacKenzie Gore @ ATL – It’s Atlanta…without Acuña and Gore has yet to allow more than 3 ER in a game all year. He’s locked in.

Kutter Crawford @ BAL – It’s the Orioles and Crawford has been shaky lately. Still, he’s a RHP with Waltimore on his side.


Questionable Starts


Alek Manoah @ CHW – Two great starts, one terrible start, and now he gets a good matchup. Hey, it could happen.

Tyler Anderson vs. NYY – Anderson has been cruising with his changeup, but this is one of the hottest offense arounds.

James Paxton @ NYM – Here’s another Win chance for Paxton.

Braxton Garrett @ SDP – He just went the distance, though he had some help along the way. I would be cautious, especially without Garrett’s full arsenal blossoming yet.

Frankie Montas vs. STL – No, I don’t like it. He’s also able to go six frames and gets a middling offense so what the h*ck. Here’s your streaming pick AND YOU BETTER LIKE IT.


Do Not Starts


Joey Estes @ TBR – I was tempted to put Estes through Heaney in the third tier, but the ceiling just isn’t quite there. He does have the chance to spot pitches well enough to survive, though.

Spencer Schwellenbach vs. WSN – Uhhh, he’s kinda cool. Limited information is out there given his minute experience in pro ball (TJS return in 2023), but he’s carved up A+ and AA ball this year. Mid-90s heater with a legit breaker (or two?) and could slide into the rotation easily for Atlanta given their lit-up-and-obnoxiously-loud carousel of arms they’ve used for Strider’s vacant SP #5 spot.

Logan Allen @ COL – I just feel meh starting Allen at the moment and Coors is weird, even if it’s not as dangerous as previous seasons.

Andrew Heaney vs. ARI – And maybe Heaney finds his BSB groove again after losing it for his last two starts.

Kyle Harrison vs. PHI – I’m absolutely stunned that Harrison is rostered in over 50% of leagues, well ahead of Gore. He’s too volatile, has a limited ceiling, hasn’t displayed growth this season, and here gets the Phils. Move. On.

DH UPDATE: Keider Montero vs. PIT – It’s a doubleheader for the Tigers and with Jackson Jobe not ready, the Tigers are looking to Montero to make his MLB debut. It’s a mid 90s heater with a lateral slider and vertical curve that hasn’t overwhelmed in Triple-A across 72.2 IP in two seasons. There’s a touch of upside and I’d expect the Tigers to get the most they can out of Montero.

UPDATE: Dane Dunning vs. ARI – It’s a Still ILL and Dunning doesn’t do a whole lot.

Bryse Wilson vs. CHC – Wilson has erratic moments of success. It’s unwise to chase it.

Ryne Nelson @ TEX – The Rangers are solid and Nelson hasn’t put it together yet.

Chris Flexen vs. TOR – He’s no longer Flexen at the beach.

David Peterson vs. LAD – He’s back! And it’s a Still ILL with likely a pitch count + the Dodgers. Nooooope.

Ty Blach vs. CLE – Blach.

Andre Pallante @ CIN – Is he actually starting here? Do we care?


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Zac Gallen @ NYM – Aces gonna ace.

Jack Flaherty @ BOS – You want strikeouts? You’re getting strikeouts.

Nick Pivetta vs. DET – It’s an easier lineup than Flaherty and given the Tigers’ propensity to flail at fastballs in the zone, this should work. That said, Pivetta’s command has looked more like his frustrating self frequently since coming off the IL.

Logan Gilbert vs. HOU – Gilbert isn’t doing all the things, but he’s doing enough of the things. Let’s hope he keeps his AGA tag.

Carlos Rodón @ LAA – Rodón’s heater isn’t the 95/96+ of old, but 94/95 was worked well and the slider is far better than we saw in 2023.

Reynaldo López vs. WSN – I’m shocked he holds just two Wins to his name and hopefully the Atlanta offense can support him here.


Probably Starts


Christian Scott vs. ARI – Scott’s best skill is locating his four-seamers upstairs and that skill has gone on vacation recently. I’d expect it to return while his #2 skill – the fantastic sweeper – is still present.

Brady Singer @ MIN – He’s a sinker/slider guy on a good run. But he’s a Cherry BombAnd the Twins aren’t that great. I’m leaning start if you have him.


Questionable Starts


Spencer Arrighetti @ SEA – Not a great pick for streamers on Thursday and I’ll go with Arrighetti despite the results. I dig his four-seamer in the zone and as long as his secondaries can earn strikes, I think he can take down the Mariners. Decent Win chance with the Astros offense behind him, too…even if he’s up against Gilbert.

Jameson Taillon @ MIL – We haven’t seen Taillon find his groove yet, and Milwaukee can be a nuisance.

Chris Paddack vs. KCR – Paddack has had moments, at least he has the leash to go six frames if he’s efficient enough.

Tyler Alexander vs. OAK – You never know with T-Lex. At least it’s the Athletics.

Trevor Williams @ ATL – #NeverTrevor.


Do Not Starts


Patrick Sandoval vs. NYY – He’s had himself a solid start to the year, though the Yankees are as hot as anything.

Colin Rea vs. CHC – Rea has had moments of magic.

Kyle Muller @ TBR – Absolutely not.


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Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Photos Courtesy of IconSportswire | Adapted by Aaron Asbury (@aarongifs on Instagram)

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.

One response to “Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/29 & 5/30”

  1. Bill says:

    Trevor Williams is your daddy

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