Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 9/17 & 9/18

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 Offense Rankings (Updated 9/4)

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 2023 Streamer Record: 94-70

My pick yesterday: Sawyer Gipson-Long @ LAA

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 83-81

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Trevor Williams vs. MIL

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


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Brandon Woodruff vs. WSN – Aces gonna ace.

Sonny Gray @ CHW – Sonny is a little more volatile than we hope and oddly went four-seamer + cutter last time, which is not what we want.

Framber Valdez @ KCR – Framber is throwing more curves (finally) and it’s the Royals. Now get the cutter back please.


Probably Starts


Charlie Morton @ MIA – The Win chance and potential strikeouts against the Marlins make this a clear play, even if the ratio volatility can be frustrating.

José Quintana vs. CIN – He’s locked in as a Toby and the Reds are not scary.

Hyun Jin Ryu vs. BOS – He’s a Toby and Boston isn’t nearly as rough on the road.

Carlos Rodón @ PIT – Rodón finally sat 96 mph last time out and it pushed nine strikeouts in Fenway – no small feat. Now it’s the lowly Pirates and things could get fun fast.

Dean Kremer vs. TBR – His cutter was off last time out. I don’t expect that to persist.

Jordan Wicks @ ARI – Wicks’ last outing was in Coors and he overly compensated armside with everything. I’m curious to see how he continues to develop, especially in an easier situation against the Sneks. His changeup is good enough to make this worthwhile.


Questionable Starts


Logan Gilbert vs. LAD – It’s the Dodgers and I’m not sure how much faith I have in Gilbert’s four-seamer at the moment.

Jesús Luzardo vs. ATL – Ugggggh. He came through against the Padres and Dodgers and then sputtered against the Brewers. Now it’s Atlanta and good luck.

Gavin Williams vs. TEX – Williams is a Cherry Bomb with a luscious ceiling but do we want to chase it against the Rangers?

Dylan Cease vs. MIN – We know the strikeout impact Cease can make, but he’s as standard of a Cherry Bomb you’ll find.

Reid Detmers vs. DET – I didn’t expect to see this matchup for Detmers and it’s a bit more tempting than the Rays. I wonder if that changeup is real and sticks around.

Taijuan Walker @ STL – I have such a hard time trusting Walker on a given night with his fastball degradation and precarious splitter and cutter combo.

Nick Pivetta @ TOR – He looked great against the Yankees, but this is the Jays and I’m not sure how much we can trust it.

Zack Littell @ BAL – The man can’t get a Win and he’s due. That’s the Gamblar’s Fallacy. YOU’RE THE GAMBLER’S FALLACY. He pitched better last time out and I like it more than the volatility and poor matchups of those below him in this tier.

Andrew Heaney (Opener) @ CLE – He’s a Cherry Bomb and this looks like a bullpen game (Cody Bradford is starting as the opener), with Heaney possibly being the bulk guy and in position to steal a Win.

Brandon Williamson @ NYM – I really wish I could get behind this, but Williamson lost all the things we liked about him in his last start. Velocity was down two ticks, changeup wasn’t there, and his command was worse. Nevertheless, it’s possible this was just rust that needed to be shaken off after a two-week hiatus on the COVID-IL.

Emmet Sheehan @ SEA – It looks like he’s getting the chance to start and pitching for the Dodgers is a very good thing to do for fantasy. However, it may not be long, his whiff rates are up-and-down, and the Mariners are always a threat to put up a crooked number.

Ryne Nelson vs. CHC – I’m not as encouraged by Nelson’s breaker as I want to be and the Cubs are a solid crew. He could be taking a step forward, though.


Do Not Starts


Joey Wentz (Opener) @ LAA – This is the sneakiest play here as Wentz has flashed strikeout ability and the Angels are one of the weaker teams out there.

Andre Jackson (Opener) vs. NYY – Andre has had some luck in the past and the Yankees are prone to dry nights.

Sean Manaea @ COL – I’m stoked the Giants are letting Manaea actually start and toss over 80 pitches, but why does it have to be Coors?

Patrick Corbin @ MIL – We just saw Corbin accrue all the slider whiffs last time out, executing the BSBI’ve seen Corbin have moments of brilliance many times this year, only to fall back down the following outing.

Dakota Hudson vs. PHI – Hudson always has a weird chance of going six innings if you’re in dire “MUST GET QS” mode. I know how that can be.

Ken Waldichuk (Opener) vs. SDP – Waldichuk showcased promise with a legit changeup last time out and if this were a stellar matchup, I’d actually be encouraged. The Padres crushed lefties, though, and Ken is not the same doll every time.

Pedro Avila (Opener) @ OAK – It’s a great matchup, unfortunately Avila hasn’t had the skills you want to see to suggest starting him. Nick Martinez is officially starting, though I imagine Avila gets the bulk.

Chris Flexen vs. SFG – Flexen has survived in Coors before…

Gavin Stone (Opener) @ SEA – It’s not Sheehan and the Dodgers have said it’s Stone getting the “bulk” of the innings. I don’t like his repertoire and don’t see this as a play to make, unless you’re desperate for a Win – if he’s the bulk guy, then maybe that means he has an opener and is pitching at the end of the fifth or sixth.

Jordan Lyles vs. HOU – He’s a Werewolf but come on y’all. It’s Houston.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Freddy Peralta @ STL – Aces gonna ace.

Justin Verlander vs. BAL – It wasn’t great last time and we’re not going to overract to it.

Bryan Woo @ OAK – Woo was dominant in his last one and it’s the Athletics.

Joe Ryan @ CIN – I dig Ryan’s heaters, the splitter and slider need a little work and this is in Cincy. Still, Ryan is worth it.


Probably Starts


Zack Wheeler @ ATL – He was fantastic across four frames until a terrible fifth against Atlanta last time out. He’s an ace and you still roll the dice.

Lance Lynn vs. DET – Lynn is weird, but the Win chance is too dang good.

Michael Wacha vs. COL – Wacha struggled against the Dodgers, fortunately this is Rockie Road.

Jordan Montgomery vs. BOS – He survived with 16 sinkers in play last time out. It’s weird yet hosting the Red Sox should be fine.

Cal Quantrill @ KCR – He’s a Toby against a poor offense.

Mike Clevinger @ WSN – He’s come through against poor lineups more times than not.

Edward Cabrera vs. NYM – Cabrera didn’t have the same command last time out. I’m going to go with this with more pitches in the tank and imagine he’ll be better.



Questionable Starts


José Butto @ MIA – Butto’s last start was great, though I’m a little cautious that this is a trap play. I hope he can pull off the BSB again with more efficiency, but it’s not something I’m chasing in 12-teamers.

John Means @ HOU – Means didn’t have the skills last time out that make me confident here. However, it was his first start back from TJS, so there’s a chance he was shaking off some rust…but this is the Astros.

Kutter Crawford @ TEX – Crawford did well against the Yankees, but the Rangers are tougher.

JP Sears vs. SEA – He’s a Cherry Bomb y’all.

Brady Singer vs. CLE – He’s a Cherry Bomb who hasn’t come through for two starts since missing time with arm fatigue. Yikes.

Connor Phillips vs. MIN – We saw a great MLB debut, then horrid command the following start. It’s a Cherry Bomb play for those desperate.


Do Not Starts


Joan Adon vs. CHW – I don’t like his stuff, at least he has a long enough leash.

Kyle Wright vs. PHI – The curveball wasn’t what we want it to be and this is the Phillies. He’s too risky.

Ty Blach @ SDP – Blach.

Alex Faedo @ LAD – It’s the Dodgers + Faedo is awfully inconsistent + how many pitches will he actually go?

Adam Wainwright vs. MIL – Wainwright is one Win away from #200. I sure hope he gets it.


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.

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