Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/4 & 5/5

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 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 by tier):

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 4/29)

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: 25-12

My pick yesterday: Jose Quintana @ TBR

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 23-13

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Hayden Wesneski vs, MIL

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Jared Jones vs. COL – This is such a softball matchup and we should expect nothing less but dominance.

Kevin Gausman @ WSN – Aces gonna ace. Please give us a classic Gaus start.

Tyler Glasnow vs. ATL – Aces gonna ace, even against Atlanta.

Pablo López vs. BOS – Aces gonna ace, though I have to acknowledge that Pablo hasn’t been himself lately.

Framber Valdez vs. SEA – He returned with a new slider and I sure hope it sticks around.

Logan Gilbert @ HOU – Gilbert’s new cutter is helping a ton and even without the best four-seamer command, he’s looked like an ace. Getting close to that AGA tag.


Probably Starts


Ranger Suárez vs. SFG – I understand how good he has been and you’re not benching him. I also recognize he’s not a stud.

Clarke Schmidt vs. DET – Schmidt’s cutter to LHB is improving, the Yankees are a winning team, and the Tigers aren’t threatening.

Erick Fedde @ STL – Fedde has recorded 20 strikeouts across his last two starts and the Cardinals aren’t swinging a big stick.

Zack Littell vs. NYM – Littell is a Toby against a meh Mets crew.

Michael King @ ARI – It’s been rough, I know, but King’s skills are still very much intact. Trust the man.

Trevor Rogers @ OAK – The BSB is there and he pitched better than the results show against the Nationals. The Athletics are a great team to stream against.

Christian Scott @ TBR – I usually skip MLB debuts, but the Rays are terrible and Scott is one of the premier pitching prospects in the game. Grab him and get hyped for this one – it’s a lively four-seamer that’s command super well upstairs + a big sweeper.

Ben Lively vs. LAA – He’s been able to spot fastball upstairs well with excellent extension and now he he gets a Trout-less Angel offense.

Brandon Pfaadt vs. SDP – Pfaadt is a Toby going against a decent offense. This is fine.

Jameson Taillon vs. MIL – If you haven’t heard me discuss my 45-minute one-on-one with Taillon yet, head to Playback.tv/pitcherlist and watch the beginning of the replay from May 2nd. We chatted about his approach, mechanical changes on sweepers vs. fastballs, and SO much more. In short, I trust Taillon is making the right adjustments to grind 6+ frames against the Brewers.

Casey Mize @ NYY – It’s the Yankees, though I think Mize is on the right track. Four-seamers are great, sliders are improving, and the splitter has a chance to show up.

Reid Detmers @ CLE – Detmer’s command has been a concern and I’m not sure it’s going to be there here against the Guardians.

Paul Blackburn vs. MIA – Blackburn was fantastic early against poor offenses and recently struggled against strong offenses. Yay Marlins.

Tobias Myers @ CHC – This is your shocking pick of the day as you may not even know who he is. It’s Myers’ third start with a full array of pitches, including an elite four-seamer he locates well upstairs. I see a Kutter Crawford type of arm here and the Cubs are not baring their teeth at the moment.


Questionable Starts


Dane Dunning @ KCR – He just fanned ten batters, maybe he’s got another in him?

Lance Lynn vs. CHW – It’s the CrySox and it’s possible Lynn treats this like a revenge game.

Keaton Winn @ PHI – Winn has performed well lately, earning all the strikes with his splitter. That said, Philadelphia is not a fun place to pitch.

John Means @ CIN – It’s a Still ILL and inside Cin City, though I’m stoked for Means. His four-seamer has elite iVB and he’s finally destined to rack up the Wins.

Michael Wacha vs. TEX – Wacha’s command has been shaky and the Rangers are no joke. Still a decent chance he pulls it together here.


Do Not Starts


Jake Irvin vs. TOR – Irivin has had some surprise starts, but it’s a poor roll of the dice.

Andrew Abbott vs. BAL – The Orioles smack LHP and I still don’t trust Abbott’s arsenal.

Austin Gomber @ PIT – COL story, Bro. At least it’s not in Coors and he only allowed four runs in Mexcio?

Bryce Elder @ LAD – It’s the Dodgers, but maybe he squeaks out a Win. Somehow.

Chase Anderson (Opener) @ MIN – Anderson is far away from being trustworthy. How many innings does he even go?


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Freddy Peralta @ CHC – Aces gonna ace. That four-seamer command should return.

Tarik Skubal @ NYY – Aces gonna ace. Velocity is back.

Joe Ryan vs. BOS – Aces gonna ace.

Logan Webb @ PHI – Aces gonna ace.

Ryan Pepiot vs. NYM – It’s the Mets. Pepiot is dope.

Garrett Crochet @ STL – Crochet now has a changeup, making a proper four pitch mix. Wild, I know.

Max Fried @ LAD – Aces gonna ace…against the Dodgers. Easily the worst matchup here and Fried lands at the bottom of the top tier even if he’s been superb lately.


Probably Starts


Nestor Cortes vs. DET – Cortes should have a day at the park against the Tigers.

MacKenzie Gore vs. TOR – Gore’s skills have been fantastic. Let’s see them hold against a hot/cold Jays crew.

Bryce Miller @ HOU – Miller didn’t care for last week’s tough matchup and we’ll let it ride.

Javier Assad vs. MIL – He’s a Vargas Rule and those who have im are starting him.

Luis Severino @ TBR – The Rays jumped on Quintana, but I still label them as a solid offense to stream against.


Questionable Starts


Kyle Gibson vs. CHW – Is it time to actually believe in Gibson…?

Nick Lodolo vs. BAL – The Orioles pummel LHP, while Lodolo is sure to collect strikeouts.

Bailey Falter vs. COL – It didn’t fare well in his first of two starts, but this is Rockie Road.

Jon Gray @ KCR – His slider is great, will the four-seamer be enough?

Cooper Criswell @ MIN – Cooper quietly performed early in the week and the Twins aren’t fierce.

Hunter Brown vs. SEA – We know the stuff is there and is this the start Brown clicks into place?


Do Not Starts


Alek Manoah @ WSN – Is he actually good enough to go? Do you really want to throw him out there?

Sixto Sánchez @ OAK – I’m not ready to jump back in on Sixto even if he gets the Athletics here.

Taijuan Walker vs. SFG – Walker is looking rough, though he could find a way through 5+ against the Giants.

Griffin Canning @ CLE – He’s still a bit too hittable for my liking. Good to see him avoid the heart of the plate with four-seamers lately, though.

Dean Kremer @ CIN – It’s a decent Win chance, but it’s also Cin City for a guy without an overwhelming arsenal. His last two starts have resulted in success, one with 17 four-seamer + cutter whiffs, the other with just…one.

Carlos Carrasco vs. LAA – Who wins, the mediocrity of Carrasco or the mediocrity of the Angels?

Joe Boyle vs. MIA – Even against the Marlins, Boyle isn’t your guy. He still has to throw strikes, after all.

Ryan Feltner @ PIT – Even on the road, I wouldn’t trust Feltner.

Ryne Nelson vs. SDP – It’s a clear Still ILL as Nelson returns from taking a comebacker to the arm.

Matt Waldron @ ARI – Don’t Trust A Knuckleballer.

James Paxton vs. ATL – Paxton has been declining across the last few weeks and it’s Atlanta.

Daniel Lynch IV vs. TEX – Absolutely not.


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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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