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Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball: 7/8 & 7/9

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 StartI’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 7/1)

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: 57-42

My pick yesterday: Jonathan Cannon @ MIA – W

PL Bot’s 2024 Streamer Record: 56-43

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Edward Cabrera vs. CHW – L

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

 

Chris Sale @ ARI – Aces gonna ace.

Jack Flaherty vs. CLE – Aces gonna ace.

 

Probably Starts

 

Christian Scott @ PIT – It’s a great matchup and Scott’s ratios were intact until the final pitch last time out.

Mitchell Parker vs. STL – He’s been a solid Toby.

Mitch Keller vs. NYM – It’s been a good run, but this is the Mets with the Power of Grimace.

Gavin Williams @ DET – His heater had questionable iVB last time out, here’s to hoping it was just rust.

Andrew Abbott vs. COL – Abbott has been a Cherry Bomb and walked ten in his last two, but this is an easy time at the park.

 

Questionable Starts

 

Jon Gray @ LAA – I simply don’t trust him.

Chris Flexen vs. MIN – Flexen’s arsenal and command have been better than you’d think + it’s the Twins without Royce.

Miles Mikolas @ WSN – Mikolas had the 9 ER clunker, but has been decent otherwise.

Davis Daniel vs. TEX – Daniel doesn’t have a whole lot in the arsenal to get you excited, but he could find a way through the Rangers.

 

Do Not Starts

 

UPDATE: Keider Montero vs. CLE – Montero is going instead of Flaherty and has a better chance to go long than the ones below him. Not a target here.

Chris Paddack @ CHW – It’s a Still ILL for a highly questionable arm before his IL stint.

Yilber Diaz vs. ATL – It’s an MLB debut for a pitcher profiled out as a reliever. Expect a whole lot of inefficient pitches.

Ryan Feltner @ CIN – At least he’s on the road…? It’s Cin City. It’s not Coors. Close enough.

 

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Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

 

Auto Starts

 

Zack Wheeler vs. LAD – Aces gonna ace. Don’t care that it’s the Dodgers.

Logan Gilbert @ SDP – Aces gonna ace.

Bailey Ober @ CHW – He’s in peak form and gets the CrySox.

Ronel Blanco vs. MIA – Blanco vs. the Marlins is a dream.

Zac Gallen vs. ATL – Gallen is throwing harder and should do well against Atlanta.

Jake Irvin @ NYM – You’re not benching him now.

 

Probably Starts

 

Carlos Rodón @ TBR – Just 25% heaters last time is a pretty cool thing + it’s the Rays.

Yusei Kikuchi @ SFG – Slider focus is back and the four-seamer should overwhelm.

Max Scherzer @ LAA – He’s not his old self, but good enough to deal with the Angels.

Ryan Pepiot vs. NYY – It’s not the best matchup and his command has been wonky, but hot dang, the ceiling.

Michael Wacha @ STL – This is a safe Toby play against a mediocre squad.

Ben Lively @ DET – Lively is rolling and gets another great matchup.

Erick Fedde vs. MIN – He’s a Toby against a team without Royce.

Jose Quintana vs. WSN – Quintana’s command is where we want it to be.

Brayan Bello vs. OAK – The changeup came back last outing and we should feel safe against the Athletics. Let’s hope that wasn’t a Dennis.

Dean Kremer vs. CHC – Kremer excelled in his last outing and could steal a Win with some strikeouts.

 

Questionable Starts

 

Bobby Miller @ PHI – The line was fine last time, but I’m still not sold his command is there. The Phils will have Schwarber back, too.

Charlie Morton @ ARI – He will always be a Cherry Bomb.

Frankie Montas vs. COL – Maybe six innings are in the cards?

Andre Pallante vs. KCR – He can chuck heaters over the plate and get away with it.

Jameson Taillon @ BAL – Taillon has found punchouts lately, but this is the Orioles. Be careful.

Colin Rea vs. PIT – Rea’s recent success surely won’t last, but this is the Pirates…

 

Do Not Starts

 

Blake Snell vs. TOR – This is a clear Still ILL as we don’t expect him to go very long.

Cal Quantrill @ CIN – The splitter goes in-and-out and it’s Cin City. It’s too risky.

Adam Mazur vs. SEA – The Mariners are a crew that could enable his high heater to return more strikes than usual.

Joey Estes @ BOS – I know he just went the distance like Hercules, but Fenway is not a place you want to pitch.

Trevor Rogers @ HOU – He’s not ready.

Kenta Maeda vs. CLE – Don’t start Maeda. It’s such a low floor.

Quinn Priester @ MIL – Absolutely not.

Roansy Contreras vs. TEX – He’s not even stretched out yet.

 

Enjoy these rankings? Support my work and Pitcher List by getting PL+ or PL Pro! You’ll get an Ad-Free website, access to our incredible non-toxic baseball Discord community, my weekly PL Pro exclusive SP FAAB Forecast podcast, a full suite of fantasy baseball tools, and much more. Get 10% off yearly with code SPSTREAMERS here.

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: 7/8 & 7/9”

  1. Doug says:

    Erick Fedde may be a Toby against a team without Royce, but they replaced him with Brooks Lee, who’s slashing 474/476/684 since being called up, and the rest of the Twins offense has become pretty daunting since early in the season. Even without Royce, they’re putting up 12 run games.

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