Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – 9/4 & 9/5

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 8/16)

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, with a minimum of 5 IP. Close calls are decided by Playback chat.


Nick’s 2023 Streamer Record: 84-67

My pick yesterday: Tyler Anderson @ OAK

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 77-74

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Michael King @ HOU

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




Pablo López @ CLE – Aces gonna ace.

Corbin Burnes @ PIT – Yeah, it was bad last time but it’s the Pirates. THE PIRATES.

Zach Eflin vs. BOS – He’s been so solid.

Cole Ragans vs. CHW – IT’S COLE RAGANS DAY – I’m hosting a live watch party of this start at 2:10pm ET – playback.tv/pitcherlist. It’s 100% free, y’all.

Grayson Rodriguez @ LAA – The Angels are a weak offense and Grayson has been gold.

Merrill Kelly vs. COL – Kelly gets Rockie Road and you have to start him.

Logan Webb @ CHC – It’s the toughest matchup of the top tier and yet we’re still doing this.

Justin Steele vs. SFG – Steele’s command has been off for about a month now, but fortunately he gets the Giants.

José Berríos @ OAK – Berríos has been granted the gift of Oakland. Don’t spoil it.

Lucas Giolito vs. MIN – It’s his debut for the Guardians against a squad he’s faced many times. Oh, and he’s at 94 mph and has a whiff-heavy changeup once again.


Probably Starts


Brayan Bello @ TBR – The sole member of the tier is a clear choice. I wonder if his new sweeper-esque breaker takes a step forward here.

UPDATE: Aaron Civale @ CLE – That’s another good ‘ole Toby.

UPDATE: Bryan Woo @ CIN – Not a fun matchup but I think we still go with Woo if we have him.


Questionable Starts


Andrew Heaney vs. HOU – It’s the Astros, but Heaney is the Cherry Bomb poster boy. There’s a chance it work, especially if you’re chasing strikeouts.


Do Not Starts


Peter Lambert @ ARI – You really shouldn’t start anyone from this tier, but don’t completely rule out this Rockies staff on the road in Arizona. They have their moments.

Taijuan Walker @ SDP – I really don’t like starting Walker and the Padres still pack thump in their lineup.

José Urquidy @ TEX – It’s the Rangers and you can’t quite trust Urquidy here.

J.P. France @ TEX – This is too risky to start on a Monday, but if you find yourself chasing Wins, it can work. The 10 ER game against Boston should have been far fewer (Dusty admitted he would have normally pulled him sooner but wanted to try to save the bullpen).

Jesse Scholtens @ KCR – The Royals make for a decent matchup for an arm who will be allowed to go six. That’s the best I can say.

Luis L. Ortiz vs. MIL – Ortiz just isn’t the same guy he was last September.

UPDATE: Tejay Antone vs. SEA – It’s a hot offense + it’s his first start returning from TJS + this is likely a touch low given the excitement around it, but I’d prefer to flat-out avoid. I hope to be leading with him tonight for the roundup.

Kenny Rosenberg vs. BAL – I have zero interest in this young arm getting the start with his changeup/four-seamer focus.

Luke Weaver @ CIN – I wonder how long the Mariners will let him go.

Ken Waldichuk vs. TOR – His command is poor and the Jays can punish him quickly.

Brett Kennedy vs. SEA – Absolutely not.


Rich Hill vs. PHI – I doubt he’ll go five frames.


Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Tomorrow’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Gerrit Cole vs. DET – Aces gonna ace.

Brandon Woodruff @ PIT – Aces gonna ace.

Clayton Kershaw @ MIA – It’s TATIAGA against the Marlins, though he’s a little more limited than the rest.

Zach Eflin vs. BOS – He’s been so solid.

Sonny Gray @ CLE – Gray is still one of the AL ERA leaders. Incredible.

Chris Bassitt @ OAK – It’s Oakland and you pretty much start Bassitt without thought.

Tanner Bibee vs. MIN – Bibee is a little weird to me, but yeah, you’re starting him.


Probably Starts


José Quintana @ WSN – I don’t see a reason to deny Quintana – I guess the Nats are better against LHP?

Kyle Hendricks vs. SFG – He’s making a play for Spider-ManSidenote: I saw Across the Spider-Verse on the plane home from LA and that was stupid good. Jeeeeeeez.

Jesús Luzardo vs. LAD – Luzardo is coming through lately but it’s the Dodgers. Up to you, I’m going for it.

Bryce Miller @ CIN – It’s not fun pitching in Cincy, though Bryce’s ceiling outweighs the floor.

Dean Kremer @ LAA – As long as the four-seamer isn’t atrocious, Kremer should come through here.

Dylan Cease @ KCR – It may be time to move on from Cease in some situations, but this matchup is too juicy to pass up.

Brandon Pfaadt vs. COL – He’s our streaming pick of the day, facing a weak Rockie Road lineup and tossing enough sweepers and four-seamers for strikes.


Questionable Starts


Brady Singer vs. CHW – He’s dealing with arm fatigue and the sinker command hasn’t matched his stellar slider.

Michael Soroka? vs. STL – Is this actually happening? If it is, I can see Soroka cruising for 6+ for a fantastic Win opportunity.

Framber Valdez @ TEX – It’s Texas and for some reason, Valdez has moved away from cutters and curves.

Andre Jackson vs. MIL – Andre has come through lately and the Brewers don’t make for a massive threat. Not the highest ceiling, though.

Kutter Crawford @ TBR – Crawford is fine. Not really something to be excited about, but it’s fine.

Nathan Eovaldi? vs. HOU – Is he actually returning from the IL? What will the velocity be? How limited will he be? Can he stave off the Astros? That’s a Still ILLalright.

Reid Detmers vs. BAL – Detmers isn’t the man he once was, but maaaaaybe it’s back and the Orioles’ offense can be cold at times.

Michael Lorenzen @ SDP – Ugggggh, I’d avoid in most cases. There’s a PQS chance, though.


Do Not Starts


Kyle Freeland @ ARI – At least he’s on the road against a middling offense, right?

Joey Wentz @ NYY – Wentz has these moments of bliss and the Yanks could give him one.

Patrick Corbin vs. NYM – Corbin has the chance for six frames and that’s at least something.

Connor Phillips vs. SEA – He’s making him MLB debut as a “pound the zone with 95 mph fastballs” arm and a sweeper. This is all kinds of risky.

Pedro Avila vs. PHI – There’s some promise in here. The rhythm and leash isn’t there, sadly.

Sean Manaea @ CHC – I can’t stand how the Giants use their pitchers.

Zach Neal vs. TOR – Maybe he makes it through 5/6 frames. I guess.

Miles Mikolas @ ATL – This is a nightmare waiting for you to fall asleep and accidentally leave Mikolas in your lineup.


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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