Starting Pitcher Streamer Rankings Fantasy Baseball – ROS 9/28 – 10/1

Nick Pollack ranks the starting pitcher streamers ROS.

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 9/18)

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: 100-75

My pick yesterday: Brandon Pfaadt vs. CHW

PL Bot’s 2023 Streamer Record: 87-87

PL Bot’s Pick yesterday: Emmet Sheehan @ COL

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


9/28 Thursday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings





Zack Wheeler vs. PIT – Aces gonna ace.

Cole Ragans @ DET – He just took down the Astros and now it’s the Tigers. GET PUMPED – We’re watching this start (against SGL) live on playback.tv/pitcherlist at 1:10 pm ET. You better be there (it’s 100% free!).

Corbin Burnes vs. STL – He feels like an ace, but y’all know he hasn’t pitched like an ace.

Sonny Gray vs. OAK – Sonny has been stellar all year and his last stage features the Athletics. You can’t say no to that.

Chris Bassitt vs. NYY – He’s opponent agnostic, why stop now?

Jesús Luzardo @ NYM – Luzardo struggled in back-to-back starts against the Brewers, but the Mets shouldn’t be an issue…right?


Probably Starts


Sawyer Gipson-Long vs. KCR – We saw a bit more of the floor last time out from SGL (fewer strikes on changeups). It’s not enough to scare us away, just be aware that this isn’t a locked in 100% dope awesome-o start.

Jordan Montgomery @ SEA – Monty has been cruising, though the Mariners are a dangerous crew to face with October around the corner.


Questionable Starts


Dean Kremer vs. BOS – I worry that Kremer is running out of gas and may not have his best cutter and four-seamer here.

Chris Sale @ BAL – The Orioles have gone 3-for-3 destroying Sale this season. I generally avoid small samples like this, but it’s something to consider here. They may have his number.

Logan Gilbert vs. TEX – Gilbert’s four-seamer just isn’t what it used to be. He’s adapted to use more sliders in its place, but hot dang, he needs that pitch.

David Peterson vs. MIA – We’ve seen Peterson find strikeouts in different ways and now he gets the Marlins. There’s a chance for a solid 5+ frames here.

Ryne Nelson @ CHW – The White Sox are rough as an offense and if Nelson has a decent enough set of secondaries, he’ll be fine.


Do Not Starts


Dakota Hudson @ MIL – This is your desperate Quality Start play if you must. Don’t expect strikeouts or a good WHIP along the way.

Ryan Yarbrough @ COL – Pay attention to this one. Remember, the Dodgers like to use both the Fratty Pirate and Gavin Stone together, opening the door for a potential vultured Win if you pick the right one. That said, they both floundered against the Giants over the weekend.

UPDATE: AJ Smith-Shawver vs. CHC – He wasn’t stretched out in his few games in Triple-A (five frames between 9/15 and 9/22), though there’s a chance he’s able to go five here for a Win.

Touki Toussaint vs. ARI – Touki is a desperate strikeout play, even if that wasn’t the case recently. It’s all about 30-40% curveballs and a whole lot of splitters.

Marcus Stroman @ ATL – He’s likely under 80 pitches and it’s Atlanta. Nooooope.

Luke Weaver @ TOR – Weaver was able to go five frames against the Sneks, but even that wasn’t worthwhile and felt like a peak.

Luis Medina @ MIN – The slider showed promise in his last start, though there’s not a whole lot else to offer. The Athletics have been strange about the innings they’ve given their young arms and I question if Medina has the chance to go a full five, even if the slider is there.

Dylan Dodd vs. CHC – We haven’t seen Dodd perform well in far too long but at least there’s a chance here to snag a Win.

Chris Flexen vs. LAD – No thanks, I’m good.

Luis L. Ortiz @ PHI – He doesn’t go long and it’s the Phils.

Bryce Jarvis (Bullpen) @ CHW – This looks like a bullpen game for Arizona.


9/28 Thursday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


9/29 Friday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Brandon Woodruff vs. CHC – Aces gonna ace.

Zac Gallen vs. HOU – Aces gonna ace, even against Houston.


Probably Starts


Lance Lynn @ SFG – He hasn’t been pretty and yet we’re doing this. It’s the Giants.

Kyle Hendricks @ MIL – It looks like the Cubs are pushing back Hendricks after all. Sweet, now we start him against the Brewers instead of pushing him to the wire.

Nick Pivetta @ BAL – He’s in a good place and pitching in Camden is somewhat neutral.

Cal Quantrill @ DET – He’s the UnQuantrillfiable and it’s the Tigers. I still can’t believe he throws 40% splitters now.

Connor Phillips @ STL – He’s a Cherry Bomb against a struggling offense, though he’s more polished than other young arms I’ve seen who “chuck and pray”. With the Cardinal offense struggling, I think we’ll see an impactful start here from Connor.

Allan Winans vs. WSN – Atlanta needs to rely on Winans down the stretch to get some innings to save their bullpen and the Nationals aren’t a tough ask. There’s a solid Win chance here from this Toby.


Questionable Starts


J.P. France @ ARI – He’s fine? France is a kitchen sink guy pitching for an Astros team clawing to keep hold of a Wild Card spot. I don’t particularly love what he does (why does he feature his cutter just 18% of the time?!), especially with his curveball failing to earn 50% strikes for three straight outings. It feels more precarious than I’d like.

John Means vs. BOS – I don’t love Means’ heater at the moment + his changeup isn’t getting down + the breakers are meh. It’s a Toby play as he could go six here and snag a Win.

Dylan Cease vs. SDP – We know Cease’s ceiling, especially after putting it all together in his last start. We also know he rarely stays in rhythm start-to-start. You don’t know what you’re gonna get.

Carlos Rodón @ KCR – After dropping from 96.5 mph to just 94 mph in his last start, I’m awfully cautious about this outing against the Royals.

Bryan Woo vs. TEX – Is his four-seamer going to be there? He threw over 40% cutters last time out (they were well spotted!) and his best pitch wasn’t there to support him. Let’s hope he steps up in his final regular season start – his team needs him.

Nick Martinez @ CHW – I was thrilled to see Martinez toss about 65 pitches in four frames in his last outing. I sincerely hope it means we’ll get five full frames against the White Sox. Fun fact: His last four starts have been 17 IP with 0 ER and a 0.65 WHIP combined. LET THE MAN START.

Aaron Civale @ TOR – I hope he has the pitch separation we love. This is a bit too risky for those close in ratios.

Hyun Jin Ryu vs. TBR – He’s a Toby against a team that could mess him up. The ceiling is low, though if he has his changeup and curve spotted, he’ll put through.

Ken Waldichuk @ LAA – He got bumped to a much more favorable matchup and with a true three-pitch mix now, there’s temptation to start Waldi against the Angels. It’s hard to trust his command, though, and think of it more of a strikeout play than to preserve ratios.

Kenta Maeda @ COL – I haven’t gotten full confirmation yet, but with the Twins needing a starter on Friday, it makes too much sense to have Maeda go, possibly with an opener. However, I don’t expect it to be a ton of frames as he’s been curated for a bullpen role.

Taijuan Walker @ NYM – Taijuan’s whole shtick is weird and I often wonder how he makes it all work. One more time, why not.

Alec Marsh (Opener) vs. NYY – Maybe the strikeouts are there? The Yankees are susceptible to a good right-handed breaker and Marsh has a lovely sweeper.


Do Not Starts


Joey Wentz vs. CLE – If you’re searching the barren wire for strikeouts, Wentz has a shot to go 5+ frames with more than a strikeout per inning.

Tylor Megill vs. PHI – I don’t want to start Megill against the Phils with his middling secondaries.

Nathan Eovaldi @ SEA – Eovaldi’s velocity dropped to sub 93.9 mph. He should not be starting.

Ty Blach vs. MIN – Blach.

Chase Silseth vs. OAK – I sincerely hope he’s healthy enough to make one more start before the end of the year.

Ross Stripling vs. LAD – Who knows with San Francisco. Whoever it is in truth, you don’t want to start them against the Dodgers.

Trevor Williams @ ATL – Team #NeverTrevor.

Osvaldo Bido vs. MIA – Naaaaaah. He’s not going to go a full five here, right?

Jake Woodford vs. CIN – There’s an outside chance of this working. Like when your friend has a country house and points to the woods outback that goes for miles and calls it all “outside”.

Enmanuel De Jesús @ PIT – I’m not sure what the Marlins are doing here and if it’s Enmanuel, I wouldn’t chase it in the slightest. The only hope is he somehow goes five and steals a Win, but the skills aren’t tantalizing enough.


9/29 Friday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


9/30 Saturday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings




Spencer Strider vs. WSN – Aces gonna ace.

Luis Castillo vs. TEX – Aces gonna ace.

Freddy Peralta vs. CHC – Aces gonna ace.

Justin Verlander @ ARI – We’re throwing Verlander out there if we have him. The Astros could be fighting for their life in Game 162. If not, I imagine Verlander gets some rest.

Merrill Kelly vs. HOU – He’s pitching too well to hold back from a start in your lineups, even with the Astros on the docket.

Michael Wacha @ CHW – Wacha has been absolute money this season and it’s the White Sox.


Probably Starts


Yusei Kikuchi vs. TBR – We just saw Kikuchi with a little worse command than usual last time out against the Rays. He should adjust.

Joe Ryan @ COL – His four-seamer is as good as ever, I wonder what secondaries we’ll see.

Cristopher Sánchez @ NYM – He’s had two ten-strikeout games in September and just fanned ten Mets on Sunday. As long as his lack of slider doesn’t ruin him, this should be a lovely Swan Song to a magical 2023 campaign.

Clarke Schmidt @ KCR – As long as the Yankees aren’t severely limiting his pitch counts (ahem, what happened Monday?!), Schmidt should be safe for at least five frames.

Edward Cabrera @ PIT – As long as he gets strikes with his changeup and curve, ECab should be fine here. Just don’t walk the whole lineup, please.


Questionable Starts


Clayton Kershaw @ SFG – This may be the last regular season game we see of TATIAGA…Let that sink in. I wonder how much the Dodgers will push him with the playoffs ahead and a fastball comfortably under 90 mph.

Kutter Crawford @ BAL – I don’t dislike where Crawford is with his stuff, but we don’t know what we’re going to get against a solid offense.

Jordan Wicks @ MIL – Wicks isn’t an arm to rely on for strikeouts, though his changeup and cutter are strong enough to keep him around for six frames against the Brewers. Some caution here: the Brewers have been oddly hot at home.

Joe Boyle @ LAA – I nearly put him in the second tier as I see a starter who can have success inside the zone against the Angels. However, I’m not sure if he can sit 70% strikes with his slider consistently. I sure hope he can.

Jon Gray @ SEA – Gray woke up in a major way in his last start, displaying his best start. However, it was just one game and he left his start with wrist tightness that may limit him here.

Kyle Gibson vs. BOS – He’s your Cherry Bomb poster boy.

Zack Littell @ TOR – He looked as good as ever in his last start…and still didn’t get a Win. Unfair.

José Quintana vs. PHI – We just saw Quintana return ten strikeouts against the Phils and poor ratios. It’s a lot more likely that the strikeouts disappear and not the poor ERA and WHIP.

Davis Daniel vs. OAK – He has decent command and was able to go 90 pitches. That could mean 5/6 innings are decency against a poor offense are ahead.

Triston McKenzie @ DET – He looked horrible in his first start back from the IL and I’m sure he’ll be desperate to rebound in one final chance before the end of year.

Kyle Harrison vs. LAD – Harrison was scratched earlier in the week with an illness and now he has one clear start to make his mark before the end of the year, while the Dodgers are sure to be resting their starters this weekend. It’s a gamble and there’s a better chance than the matchup would normally suggest. Please find a way to throw strikes.

Mike Clevinger vs. SDP – He had a lovely stretch against poor offenses, then survived six frames in Fenway with zero strikeouts. I don’t think we need more hints that he’ll struggle against the Pads.


Do Not Starts


Drew Rom vs. CIN – He’s performed well with his 91 mph heater and it could put his arsenal on his back as he hosts the Reds. The floor is horrific, though.

Jordan Lyles vs. NYY – He has the least, I’ll give him that.

Quinn Priester vs. MIA – Maybe he has another one in his magic hat?

Brandon Williamson @ STL – Williamson’s velocity has declined across three straight starts, now three ticks below his best self. YIkes.

Karl Kauffmann vs. MIN – I know, it’s a shame he pitches for Colorado, not Kansas City.

Joan Adon @ ATL – Absoutely not.

TBD Detroit SP vs. CLE – It’s unclear who this is and I wouldn’t start whoever gets the chance.


9/30 Saturday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


10/1 Sunday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings

Note: The Starting Pitchers who are underlined and not italicized are those who could have a high chance of being skipped on the final day of the year due to innings limits, playoff implications, or other reasons.

In addition, many starters will go fewer pitches than their usual workload to prevent a last minute injury and give some young guys one last chance. It’s a weird day.




Blake Snell @ CHW – Aces gonna ace. Go get that Cy Young and I expect the Padres to allow Snell this start in order to put a stamp on his 2023 season, especially now that he’s a Free Agent.

Kevin Gausman vs. TBR – Aces gonna ace. If the Jays have their wild card spot locked, expect Gausman to get skipped in favor of a callup or something else. He’s their Game 1 starter. If it’s not Gausman, it’ll be a bullpen game or something you don’t want.

Kyle Bradish vs. BOS – I imagine the Orioles will have Bradish as their Game #2 starter, and would elect to sit Bradish if there aren’t any playoff implications here (home field advantage, for example).

Hunter Greene @ STL – I don’t expect the Reds to sit Greene as he missed plenty of time this year on the IL. They’d want him to get the innings.

Michael King @ KCR – Some have suggested the Yankees will give Cole one more start, I don’t see why they’d waste bullets on their 2024 ace. As for King, he just fanned 13 Jays, there’s no way you’re benching him here.


Probably Starts


Logan Webb vs. LAD – Webb is nearing his peak in innings and I would think the Giants could take this easy on Webb on Sunday, if he starts at all.

Ryan Pepiot @ SFG – I think this is Pepiot instead of Bobby Miller simply to give Miller rest entering the playoffs – even if the Dodgers have a bye.

Eduardo Rodriguez vs. CLE – Erod has been too good not to start here.

George Kirby vs. TEX – This could be an electric Game 162 and I’d hope Kirby steps up to the occasion. He’s their SP #2, though, so if they have it locked up, expect him to get some rest. If they are already out of it, also expect rest. No reason to push Kirby more.

Mitch Keller vs. MIA – The Pirates may elect to protect Mitch with two more years left in Pittsburgh and nearing 200 innings on the season. That said, he just killed it and if he gets this start, you let him fly.

Lucas Giolito @ DET – The skills just haven’t matched the results as of late and I love Giolito gets one more chance to prove his worth before his off-season paycheck. He’ll go all out here.

Bailey Ober @ COL – I really hope we get this start from Ober. Coors isn’t fun, but his changeup has been far better since returning from the minors. Four-seamer + changeup should work well in Colorado.

Bryce Elder vs. WSN – Given the minefield of the Atlanta rotation, you may see Elder get some rest here.

JP Sears @ LAA – I really don’t see why you wouldn’t be starting Sears against the poor Angels offense. He can go a strikeout per inning easily here.


Questionable Starts


Justin Steele @ MIL – I worry that Steele is gassed and if the Cubs can give him any rest – either out of the playoffs or locked in – they will.

Taj Bradley @ TOR – Who knows what we get here. Maybe the Jays take a break with a wild card spot locked up?

Kenny Rosenberg vs. OAK – Think discount Tyler Anderson against a terrible offense.

José Butto vs. PHI – Keep an eye on the Philadelphia lineup before this game – if they rest their starters, Butto could be a sneaky final-day stream.

Tanner Houck @ BAL – The slider is strong, the rest isn’t. Speaking of rest, Baltimore may give their starters a day off to prep for the playoffs.

Adrian Houser vs. CHC – Houser will get a solid leash here to help rest the pen in preparation for the playoffs ahead with Woody/Burnes/Peralta clearly the main arms of the rotation.

Hunter Brown @ ARI – Hunter could very well be fatigued and his Cherry Bomb label is more like Splenda.

Michael Lorenzen @ NYM – The Phillies are resting their stud arms (and likely bats too?), granting Lorenzen one last chance to start before season’s end. This ranking could be far too low given his success against middling teams all year, though I just don’t buy the skill set. I also want to note how moving from pen to rotation can take players out of their rhythm and I also imagine the Phils will likely hold back from pushing Lorenzen too hard – they’ll want him as long relief in the playoffs.


Do Not Starts


Zack Greinke vs. NYY – Now this is interesting. I could see this being the final game of Greinke’s Hall of Fame career, which means we’ll see him go all out in this start. Makes you wonder.

Miles Mikolas vs. CIN – He’s on track to make his 35th start of the year, marking just the third pitcher since the start of 2011 to do so. Unreal. Welp, still not starting him, but he does have the chance to go upwards of seven frames as he did earlier in the week. I just don’t trust the ratios to be good enough here with little strikeout upside.

Ryne Nelson vs. HOU – It’s Houston (though they may be resting their starters) and Nelson’s secondaries have not come through.

Chase Anderson vs. MIN – Watch Anderson win people leagues on Sunday. WOULDN’T THAT BE SOMETHING.

Bryan Hoeing @ PIT – Hoeing just got trounced and it’s hard to put yourself in the way of that again with his limited ceiling.

Cody Bradford @ SEA – I’m not a fan of his four-seamer + changeup combo, but weirder things have happened.

José Ureña vs. SDP – Remember kids, If you trust José, Ureña boatload of trouble. I know, he just had eight strikeouts and it was weird. Sure, there’s like a 5% chance it works, BUT COME ON.

Jackson Rutledge @ ATL – Naaaaaah.


10/1 Sunday’s Starting Pitcher Rankings


Good luck everyone!

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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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