Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 5/6 & 5/7

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 5/6)

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: 25-14

My pick yesterday: Bailey Falter vs. COL

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 23-16

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Bailey Falter vs. COL

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My streaming pick of the day is Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Zack Wheeler vs. SFG – Aces gonna ace.

Cole Ragans vs. MIL – Aces gonna ace.

Luis Castillo @ MIN – Aces gonna ace.


Probably Starts


Walker Buehler vs. MIA – He’s back! And it’s a great matchup! And it’s a Still ILLright? …yeah. Maybe. I think you’re safe.

UPDATE: Jack Flaherty @ CLE – The dude just fanned fourteen batters. How can we not give this a whirl?

Justin Steele vs. SDP – This is also a Still ILL that we feel okay about, with a little more encouragement given it wasn’t an arm injury, but against a tougher offense.

Andrew Heaney @ OAK – Our streaming pick is Heaney, who has pulled off the BSB effectively lately and now gets a solid matchup.

Tyler Anderson @ PIT – Anderson has been a decent Toby and the Pirates aren’t scary.

Triston McKenzie vs. DET – He has a bum elbow but was at 91+ mph and had a better curveball + this is Detroit.

Sean Manaea @ STL – Manaea has a kitchen sink of options against a Cardinals crew that is struggling.


Questionable Starts


Yu Darvish @ CHC – One more Still ILL for the road, this time with a volatile pitcher who likely isn’t stretched out properly.

Mitch Keller vs. LAA – He’s a Cherry Bombeven against the Angels.

Kyle Gibson vs. NYM – He’s been cruising lately, but it’s rare for Gibson to be a dependable arm, even with his sweeper working.

Tyler Alexander vs. CHW – It’s a solid matchup, but T-Lex isn’t anything special.

Kenta Maeda @ CLE – More Cherry Bomb stuff here from Maeda.


Do Not Starts


Mike Clevinger @ TBR – I’d personally like to avoid Clevinger everywhere.

Simeon Woods Richardson vs. SEA – If his command is good enough, this can work.

Alex Wood vs. TEX – There is some rare Wood magic here and there.

UPDATE: Mason Black @ PHI – I’m looking forward to watching Black and seeing how his 92 mph four-seamer performs + if there’s more than just four-seamer, sinker, sweeper. This isn’t the start to consider, but the next one as he hosts the Reds – he tossed just under 70 pitches in his last Triple-A outing.

Bryse Wilson @ KCR – I wouldn’t expect Wilson to repeat his last performance in the slightest.

UPDATE: Roddery Muñoz @ LAD – I kinda dig Roddery, but it’s the Dodgers.

Braxton Garrett @ LAD – It’s the final Still ILL of four, with the lowest ceiling and worst matchup.

TBD Giants SP @ PHI – Whoever this is, I wouldn’t roll the dice. Could be a bullpen game.


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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Auto Starts


Corbin Burnes @ WSN – Aces gonna ace.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto vs. MIA – Aces gonna ace.

Shota Imanaga vs. SDP – Aces gonna ace.

Zac Gallen @ CIN – Aces gonna ace. Worst matchup of the studs.

Bailey Ober vs. SEA – Expect another Bailey Special against a middling offense.

Zach Eflin vs. CHW – Eflin should be able to take advantage of this matchup.

Seth Lugo vs. MIL – He’s been cooking and if you have Lugo, you’re obviously running with him.


Probably Starts


Reynaldo López vs. BOS – ReyLó has been fantastic, and hopefully, the Atlanta offense will wake up and secure another Win.

Justin Verlander @ NYY – Verlander is a ratio darling and even against the Yankees, I’d let him fly.

José Berríos @ PHI – We don’t expect his current ratios to stick and I’m a little worried that we saw the downward trend beginning in his last outing.

Cristopher Sánchez vs. TOR – The changeup needs to be there and I expect it to come through.

José Buttó @ STL – He’s a Toby against a poor offense.

Logan Allen vs. DET – He’s also a ‘Toby” against a poor offense.


Questionable Starts


Kutter Crawford @ ATL – Atlanta aren’t as scary as of late, though I’d be very cautious with Kutter here.

Kyle Harrison @ COL – Coors isn’t as scary as it has been in the past, though I’m not enamored by Harrison’s arsenal.

Jack Leiter @ OAK – He’s back! The Athletics have been a bit of a surprise offensively this year and after some command + approach questions in his first start, it’s not a lock that Leiter is his best self here. I’m all for the spec add, though.

Luis Gil vs. HOU – Gil has pitched better across his last three starts, but this is the Astros. It’s a risky play.

Patrick Sandoval @ PIT – He just has his best outing of the year and gets a gift in Pittsburgh.

Edward Cabrera @ LAD – Yes, it’s the Dodgers. It’s also Cabrera, who has the stuff to dominate any offense. There’s less margin for error, but he’s more opponent-agnostic than most.

Kenta Maeda @ CLE – He’s had two solid starts after my denouncement, outlining a proper Cherry BombGood luck.

Colin Rea @ KCR – Rea has been quietly solid this year as a Toby and the Royals are slowing down offensively. That said, there is a low ceiling here.

Frankie Montas vs. ARI – Maybe he has a Quality Start in him?

Quinn Priester vs. LAA – Priester just flexed fantastic breakers + the Angels without Trout dampens their thump.


Do Not Starts


Emerson Hancock @ MIN – Hancock has enough in his arsenal to find his way through 5+ frames, but is it worth it?

Miles Mikolas vs. NYM – Despite being named Miles, he doesn’t go the extra mile for you.

Dakota Hudson vs. SFG – His fastballs could find gloves. It could happen.

Michael Soroka @ TBR – Soroka is suddenly a sinker/slider guy and I’m not a fan.

Ross Stripling vs. TEX – Strip is hard to trust against weak opponents, let alone the Rangers. The leash is long enough if he has himself a game, though.

Randy Vásquez @ CHC – I don’t see him going very long here, let alone with production.

Trevor Williams vs. BAL – #NeverTrevor.


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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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