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Starting pitcher streamer rankings for fantasy baseball for Friday, April 7th

Chris Landers ranks every starting pitcher to stream in fantasy baseball for Friday, April 7th.

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he leaves the mound during a 10-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on April 01, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Every day of the 2023 baseball season, I’ll be breaking down the day’s slate of scheduled starting pitchers and ranking their matchups so you can start, sit and stream with confidence for your fantasy teams.

After a light slate on Thursday, the MLB schedule is back in a big way on Friday — but which starting pitchers should you trust (or pick up) for your fantasy teams? We’re here to break them all down, from Clayton Kershaw to Brandon Woodruff to Lucas Giolito and more.

Starting pitcher rankings for Friday, April 7th

Pitchers to stream

Zach Eflin, Tampa Bay Rays — A sinker/slider merchant, Eflin won’t provide a ton of strikeout upside, but he does give you an excellent chance at a win and great ratios at home against the A’s and is still available in around 50 percent of leagues.

Tylor Megill, New York Mets — Megill is a bit of the reverse of Eflin: lots of strikeout upside but with questionable command that could hurt his WHIP. Still, the Mets figure to be fired up in their home opener at Citi Field, and the Miami Marlins shouldn’t present too much of a challenge to his nasty slider.

Aaron Civale, Cleveland Guardians — Civale already spun seven strong innings once this season against the Mariners, and he could do it again at home at Progressive Field if his new-look cutter continues to miss barrels. There won’t be many strikeouts, but he has the defense behind him to turn balls in play into outs, and the Guardians let their pitchers go deep into games if you’re looking for a quality start on the waiver wire.

And now, without further ado, your full starting pitcher rankings for Friday, April 7th.

Starting pitcher rankings 4/7

Rank Pitcher Matchup
Rank Pitcher Matchup
1 Clayton Kershaw @ Diamondbacks
2 Zack Wheeler vs. Reds
3 Brandon Woodruff vs. Cardinals
4 Logan Gilbert @ Guardians
5 Lucas Giolito @ Pirates
Strong plays
6 Hunter Greene @ Phillies
7 Zach Eflin vs. Athletics
8 Alex Cobb vs. Royals
9 Nathan Eovaldi @ Cubs
10 Chris Bassitt @ Angels
11 Marcus Stroman vs. Rangers
12 Tylor Megill vs. Marlins
12 Sonny Gray vs. Astros
13 Aaron Civale vs. Mariners
14 Edward Cabrera @ Mets
15 Clarke Schmidt @ Orioles
16 Patrick Sandoval vs. Blue Jays
17 Brad Keller vs. Giants
18 Jose Urquidy @ Twins
19 Jack Flaherty @ Brewers
20 Nick Martinez @ Braves
21 Ken Waldichuk @ Rays
22 Rich Hill vs. White Sox
Don't do it
23 Dean Kremer vs. Yankees
24 Jared Shuster vs. Padres
25 MacKenzie Gore @ Rockies
26 Jose Urena vs. Nationals
27 Madison Bumgarner vs. Dodgers