Every day of the 2022 baseball season, I’ll be watching today’s and tomorrow’s scheduled starting pitchers and ranking their games for your fantasy baseball streams.
There’s a lot in there and you can hang out with me on Twitch.tv/pitcherlist to talk about specific ranks because I do them every weekday morning from 9-11am ET. If you have any questions about these ranks, please ask them during the morning Twitch AMA. These are my office hours as I generally do not respond to comments on the site.
There are four levels in these rankings with 12 teams in the lead:
Automatic start – Just do it. Don’t think too much about it, the man begins.
Probably start – I will probably start these weapons, although I recognize that there is more risk than we would like. Either it’s a tough game for a good pitcher or a weak lineup for a volatile arm.
Doubtful start – There are situations where I would take the risk, either with a strong enough advantage on the ability side, or a bad offense that a caster could take advantage of.
Do not start – The reward is not worth the risk. Don’t.
Obviously there will be circumstances where pitchers would need to move between teams for your specific situation and these new levels should act as a little more help than last year’s straight table.
Please keep in mind that streaming is far from a perfect game. In fact, if they work more than half the time, I would consider that a success. These rankings and streamer picks are going to be vastly different from the actual results throughout the year, so please have some sympathy ahead of the scathing comments and tweets. I’m only trying to help!
Be sure to read the notes if you’re wondering why I favor some pitchers over others – I won’t go to everyone and hopefully answer any questions you have.
There is a second table for tomorrow start pitcher clashes as well, helping everyone get a jump on their nighttime pick-ups. Please note that these matches are subject to change, however, and there will be be times when I have the wrong pitcher. Thank you for your future understanding.
Finally, there are my streaming picks of the day, and please keep in mind that I have to choose a streamer every day. Those highlighted in Green are second level and I would ride with them anywhere. The most common are those of Yellow in the third tier and should be decent if you are looking for Something on a given day. Finally, these are Red are the ones I really don’t want to start (they’re labeled as “Don’t Start”, after all) but have no other choice. Don’t stream these guys until you’re really desperate. A streaming pick is defined as “registered in 20% or fewer leagues”, which really highlights the fact that I would be happy if more than 50% of them worked. I could do the whole sub 30/40% list, but that’s no fun. You can use the leaderboards to figure out who those picks would be instead.
(Opening) – Indicates that a pitcher is open for that day and the indicated pitcher will follow the opener.
While I’m doing my grading, I thought it would be helpful to present a chart of how we categorize offenses:
Nick’s Loose Team Offense Rankings (Updated 8/16)
I’m sure that will change over the course of the year + there are differences between teams versus LHP or RHP, but it’s a great overall picture that you should all keep in mind.
Alright, let’s go.
Broadcast record in 2022: 77-58
Ranking of today’s starting pitchers
- It’s a small auto-start level as few de facto pitchers leave on Sunday. If you are shocked to see Dylan Quit ranked fourth, remember he hasn’t been locked in with his four seams and curve in recent outings.
- I can see that some want Adam Wainwright Where Noah Syndergaard in the top tier, but Atlanta is no pushover and Syndergaard just isn’t dominant enough.
- The second tier has a fair amount of little (rather) listed weapons that might help on Sunday. Nick Lodolo is our streaming pick of the day against Natty Lite, for example, while Ross Striplin might still be in your league as he takes on the angels.
- And why not, Eric Lauer against the Cubs could be available if the managers get tired of his volatility. I think Lauer is capable of making it worth it against a mediocre formation.
- It was not easy for Sean Manee, but I think the odds of him helping against the Royals are higher than hurting.
- It is the same for Corey Kluber, who has been a strong arm but has a tougher challenge against the Red Sox. Hopefully the knives and curves are on point.
- On the third floor, Edward Cabrera was stellar, but is that enough to risk a start against the Dodgers? Be careful here.
- Nick Pivette has redeemed himself lately, although I don’t like his command. I wouldn’t encourage a start against a tough crew, but the Rays aren’t the biggest threat.
- If you’re looking for a deep streamer, you might want to watch Kohei Arihara against the Tigers, because any pitcher who can go at least five frames is worth considering against the Tigers.
- Also note Jacob Junis and Clarke Schmidt as possible dissemination options. Junis’ slider has been fantastic and the Twins are suffering without Buxton. Schmidt has his chance in the rotation with Nestor on the mend, is stretched out and could get a win on the cheap.
- At the lower level, Austin Voth and Jake Odorizzi have been grooving, but facing tough lineups that warrant a bench wherever you can afford.
- There is an exterior blow that the two Aaron Sanchez and Drew Hutchison can show some magic against middle offense, which Sanchez throws at 50 percent curveballs and Hutchison…surviving.
Ranking of today’s starting pitchers
Ranking of tomorrow’s starting pitchers
- We have half of the schedule on Monday and I can see many quickly getting ahead of their opponents with some of those autostart arms. Jose Berrios and Frankie Montas are the debatable additions today, but their easy matches make decisions easier for fantasy managers.
- The second level is also quite clear. Pablo Lopez is often beneficial, although you’ll be hesitant to trust him against the Dodgers. This one is up to you, I imagine most managers start Pablo and his excellent change.
- Mike Clevinger and Ranger Suarez both face weak teams, but have their issues. Clevinger hasn’t found his secondaries, creating more havoc than usual, while Suárez isn’t quite the groove for 2021 just yet. Hopefully the two can enjoy their luscious schedules.
- The rest of these rankings are rough. J.T. Brubaker is my streaming pick of the day simply because I have to choose somebody. I wouldn’t recommend risking this one on a Monday, although there’s a chance his sinker will find the area and sliders could earn puffs.
- Brayan Bello is the only one to join Coffee Cakes in the third tier after looking more like the promised Bello in his last outing. You can ask Alex Wood on the danger the Twins attack still presents, although there is a chance that Bello will continue to step forward here.
- In the lower tier, I have no interest in pursuing any of these tough matchups, including Madison Bumgarner Where Dylan Bundy. Leave me out of this.
- chase anderson made a start for the first time in a long time…and it’s against the Cardinals, like we’re interested in first place. This seems to be an approximate date.
- I’m sure there’s a plot about Javier Assad after surviving his MLB debut, but it’s the Jays and his business doesn’t require your attention. If he finds himself against a weak team in the near future (Cardinals are next, it may take a while), we’ll revisit that.
Ranking of tomorrow’s starting pitchers
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