It’s a full Wednesday slate around MLB, with aces aplenty on tap, and we’re back with our daily starting pitcher rankings for fantasy baseball. Should you trust Sandy Alcantara against the Colorado Rockies? Can Zac Gallen and Shane McClanahan keep it rolling? We answer those questions and more, plus add in a few streaming recommendations to help you set your lineup with confidence.
Starting pitcher rankings for Wednesday, May 24
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Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox — Kopech has been awfully hard to count on this season, alternating flashes of brilliance with disastrous starts, but I’m still a bit surprised that his ownership percentage remains so low after he spun eight innings of one-hit ball while striking out 10 against the Kansas City Royals last week. He earned a whopping 20 swings and misses in that outing, and while the Cleveland Guardians are a much more contact-oriented team, they don’t pack a ton of punch — Kopech should be able to roll again. You know, unless his command falls apart.
Brandon Bielak, Houston Astros — Bielak has been the definition of a back-end starter since taking over for the injured Luis Garcia and Jose Urquidy, and now he gets a struggling Milwaukee Brewers offense with a scorching-hot Houston lineup backing him (and giving him a very good chance to pick up a win). The righty has struck out 13 while allowing just two runs over 10 innings across his last two starts, and his diet of secondary offerings should allow him to navigate five innings again.
Ryan Weathers, San Diego Padres — Weathers finds himself thrust back into San Diego’s rotation due to Seth Lugo’s injury, and the lefty has been solid whenever called upon so far this season — he silenced the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves in starts back in mid-April. The Washington Nationals have been hot lately, but that’s largely been the result of facing some weak pitching staffs; Weathers should do well enough and get enough run support to have a good chance at a win.
And now, without further ado, here are your full starting pitcher rankings for fantasy baseball on Wednesday, May 24.
Starting pitcher rankings 5/24
|1||Shane McClanahan||vs. Blue Jays|
|2||Joe Ryan||vs. Giants|
|3||Bryce Miller||vs. Athletics|
|4||Zac Gallen||@ Phillies|
|5||Sandy Alcantara||@ Rockies|
|6||Nestor Cortes||vs. Orioles|
|7||James Paxton||@ Angels|
|8||Marcus Stroman||vs. Mets|
|9||Martin Perez||@ Pirates|
|10||Tony Gonsolin||@ Braves|
|11||Anthony DeSclafani||@ Giants|
|12||Michael Kopech||@ Guardians|
|13||Cal Quantrill||vs. White Sox|
|14||Brandon Bielak||@ Brewers|
|15||Tyler Wells||@ Yankees|
|16||Ryan Weathers||@ Nationals|
|17||Johan Oviedo||vs. Rangers|
|18||Bryce Elder||vs. Dodgers|
|19||Zack Greinke||vs. Tigers|
|20||Tyler Anderson||vs. Red Sox|
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|21||Tylor Megill||@ Cubs|
|22||Yusei Kikuchi||@ Rays|
|23||Matthew Boyd||@ Royals|
|24||Ranger Suarez||vs. Diamondbacks|
|25||Ben Lively||vs. Cardinals|
|26||Trevor Williams||vs. Padres|
|27||Steven Matz||@ Reds|
|28||Adrian Houser||vs. Astros|
|29||Ken Waldichuk||@ Mariners|
|30||Karl Kauffmann||vs. Marlins|