Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 7/31 & 8/1

Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers for today & tomorrow.

Here are today’s daily SP Streamer rankings.

Every day of the 2023 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.

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,” which 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):

Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 7/25)

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.

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. Close calls are decided by Playback chat.


Nick’s 2023 Streamer Record: 67-49

My pick yesterday: Cristopher Sánchez @ PIT

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 58-58

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Trevor Williams @ NYM

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


With the new formatting for the notes, I’ve made the streaming pick of the day Underlined and Italicized.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Corbin Burnes @ WSN – He’s on a hot streak, though I want to see the cutters get low and the secondaries continue their success before the AGA tag is real.

Tyler Glasnow @ NYY – Aces gonna ace, even with Judge.

George Kirby vs. BOS – I really hope the new strikeout rates are real. Highly unlikely without a whiff pitch in his secondaries (is it the splitter…?), but I can dream.

Andrew Abbott @ CHC – Abbott with four-seamers up and sweepers for strikes and under is a wonderful combo if Abbott can keep spotting them.


Probably Starts


Chris Bassitt vs. BAL – Bassitt is a sturdy arm you easily start against Baltimore but don’t expect the world.

Marcus Stroman vs. CIN – Same with Stroman, even if he’s been a little worse as of late.

Charlie Morton vs. LAA – He’s a premium Cherry Bomb that we live with and hope for the best.

Alex Cobb vs. ARI – The splitter returned last time out and traditionally it sticks around for a while when it does.

Brayan Bello @ SEA – Bello’s new cutter hopefully gets featured more than five times here as he takes on a middling offense.

Edward Cabrera vs. PHI – As long as he gets enough strikes, Cabrera will be worthwhile.

UPDATE: Nick Pivetta @ SEA – This is finally the day the Red Sox are actually letting Pivetta start. Or maybe with an opener, BUT HE’S GETTING INNINGS. I’m for it as the slider is nailing the down-and-armside location as of late.

Taijuan Walker @ MIA – Taijuan magic is still around with sinkers, cutters, and splitters, making him a proper Toby against a mediocre squad.


Questionable Starts


Domingo Germán vs. TBR – I’m not as scared of the Rays as we were a month ago, but they are still as strong crew while Germán’s fastball and change aren’t always good enough to survive.

J.P. France vs. CLE – He’s a Toby in a decent matchup. Simple as that.

Seth Lugo @ COL – It’s Coors, though Lugo is the kind of arm who could survive.

Ryne Nelson @ SFG – love the matchup and hate where Nelson is with his repertoire. Not a stream I’d go with.

Jake Irvin vs. MIL – Irivin was back over 95 mph and with a focus on his curve, but he needs one more offering to fill out the approach.

Griffin Canning @ ATL – It’s Atlanta, even if Canning has been a strikeout hound across the last month.

Kyle Gibson @ TOR – You never know with Gibson, but the extra element of Toronto has me sitting in most cases. There’s always a chance with Gibson, though.


Do Not Starts


Noah Syndergaard @ HOU – We haven’t seen Thor be a stable arm in ages + it’s Houston.

Austin Gomber vs. SDP – It’s Coors. It’s Gomber. It’s Gombors.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Spencer Strider vs. LAA – Aces gonna ace.

Zac Gallen @ SFG – Aces gonna ace. He’s been weird with his approach and command, but it’s such a lovely matchup.

Pablo López @ STL – He feels like an AGA arm, but the few blowups have kept his ERA higher than expected. On the stream this morning, I took another dive into Pablo and realized some fun facts: He has four pitches above an 80th percentile PLV, three of which are 90th+ percentile in Quality Pitch minus bad Pitch (insane). His fifth pitch is a sinker he exclusively throws to right-handers inside, returning a 94th percentile O-Swing and 96th percentile inside location. Sorry for all the numbers n all, it’s to say Pablo has one of the most well-rounded arsenals in baseball and I LOVE IT.

Sandy Alcantara vs. PHI – He was masterful in his last outing and it may be the start of a legit groove for the second half. He’s too good to have the ratios you see now.

Framber Valdez vs. CLE – Valdez lost his AGA label as he’s been shaky across his last five outings now. I don’t believe it’ll stick and we start him against the Guardians.

Freddy Peralta @ WSN – There’s an argument to be made for Peralta to be above Valdez given how dominant he was last time and with the Nationals ahead. I want to see more of it before getting too excited and I’m looking forward to this one.

Justin Steele vs. CIN – The four-seamer and slider were not nearly as precise last time out and yet we don’t care and start him. It’s likely a one day thing.


Probably Starts


Zach Eflin @ NYY – He’s been cleared to start after his barking knee messed up his last outing. As long as he starts, we should feel good about Eflin, though he may be a little limited as a precaution.

Bryce Miller vs. BOS – Bryce isn’t as dominant with the four-seamer lately as he was out of the gate, though he’s still very worthwhile in this matchup against the Red Sox.

Carlos Rodón vs. TBR – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Rodón is only going to get better as the season goes on. The Rays are also trending down offensively and it makes this decision a bit easier. Do not treat Rodón as the pitch you’ve seen shake off rust in July.

Lance Lynn vs. OAK – I don’t have a whole lot of faith (maybe a tinge?) that the Dodgers are going to fix Lynn, but this is too good of a matchup to pass up, even if it’s just for the strikeouts.

Brayan Bello @ SEA – Bello’s new cutter hopefully gets featured more than five times here as he takes on a middling offense.

José Quintana @ KCR It’s a perfect matchup (in Kansas City, too!) and Quintana’s command is better than I expected this early from his return from the IL.

Jack Flaherty vs. MIN – He’s fine. I don’t love it, but I think Flaherty is good enough to start over benching.


Questionable Starts


Jon Gray vs. CHW – Gray’s slider is cooking, but is the fastball in a good enough spot? This could be the outing where things start becoming wonderful again for Gray.

Gavin Williams @ HOU – I love Gavin’s heater upstairs. I hate the feel of the breakers. He’ll get better with more starts, but this one may be one of his growing pains outings.

Johan Oviedo vs. DET – It’s a solid matchup and Oviedo’s breakers can earn a ton of whiffs. But is that fastball too hittable…

Josiah Gray vs. MIL – Josiah may have figured something out by becoming Canibal McSanchez and I’d want to see another start of it before jumping in.

Matt Manning @ PIT – Great matchup, horrible last start. Thing is, Manning’s velocity jumped to 95 mph and he returned slider whiffs. It was just the locations and if that locks in…

Kyle Bradish @ TOR – Bradish was on a hot stretch before his last outing and now he gets the Jays. Blegh. If his slider and curve are fantastic, he’ll survive regardless of the opposition.


Do Not Starts


Hyun Jin Ryu vs. BAL – Whoa, HE’S BACK! Ryu is returning from TJS and I’m stoked to see where he’s at. It’s a very clear Still ILLbut I’d recommend a spec add and take it from there.

Ranger Suárez @ MIA – The Marlins aren’t a bottom-of-the-barrel offense and Suárez isn’t in the command groove he needs to be in.

Ben Lively @ CHC – The slider isn’t what it used to be. He’s been a little better over the last month, but I’m not into it.

Patrick Sandoval @ ATL – It’s Atlanta and The Irish Panda hasn’t had both his slider and changeup dominating in ages.

Alex Wood vs. ARI – He hasn’t come through against weak opponents.

Ken Waldichuk @ LAD – It’s the Dodgers and Waldichuk isn’t polished yet.

Zack Greinke vs. NYM – Greinke does what Greinke does.

Peter Lambert vs. SDP – He had some success lately…? Nah it’s Coors.

Ryan Weathers @ COL – Absolutely not.

Jesse Scholtens @ TEX – Is he even going to go five? Do we want him to?


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Featured Image by Kurt Wasemiller (@KUWasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 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.

2 responses to “Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 7/31 & 8/1”

  1. Babbo B says:

    Stroman, “a little worse as of late” – as in 24 ER in 27 IP over his last six starts.

  2. joe says:

    This is my last time that I’ll be coming to this website. Only an absolute moron would continue to advise people to start Stroman, when he gets hammered hard,
    every time he pitches – since June.

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