The number of high-end pitchers making two starts in Week 3 (April 12-18) allows for fewer two-start sleepers, which means more of my recommendations here are in line for only one start. It's worth the reminder, then, that most of you shouldn't need to resort to streaming so early in the season. Chances are the pitching staff you intended is still mostly intact and still your best bet, particularly in a week when the high-end guys are all throwing more.
But if you are in a pinch, there's some impact to be found on the waiver wire still. It's not even so much matchup-driven as just ... these guys have been overlooked so far. Particularly for the first six of these 10, you might just decide to hold on for the long haul.
Here are my favorite streamer pitchers rostered in less than 75 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
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Carlos Rodon SP
NYY N.Y. Yankees • #55 • Age: 30
As good as Carlos Rodon has looked so far, he's basically a must for a two-start week, even with the Red Sox swinging the bats so well right now.
TEX Texas • #17 • Age: 33
The continued improvement of his secondary arsenal has him looking like a better swing-and-miss pitcher this year, enough that I'll roll with him despite the two tough matchups.
Drew Smyly SP
CHC Chi. Cubs • #11 • Age: 33
His first start with the Braves saw him do something he didn't do with the Giants last year: go six innings. If they're using him like a conventional starter, expect a lot of strikeouts.
Casey Mize SP
DET Detroit • #12 • Age: 26
This one enters more dangerous territory because it's two questionable matchups for a pitcher still with much to prove, but I like the general direction Casey Mize is headed. They're sleepers, not must-starts.
LAA L.A. Angels • #47 • Age: 27
Not only has he recaptured the slider that made him so interesting as a rookie in 2019 but he's apparently now throwing it closer to 50 percent of the time. The matchup is solid.
Dane Dunning RP
TEX Texas • #33 • Age: 28
The Rangers have talked about using him more as the first starter in a piggyback situation than a conventional starter, but as good as he looked over five innings last time, you'll take the chance with two good matchups.
Logan Webb SP
SF San Francisco • #62 • Age: 26
A so-so first couple of starts has taken some of the wind out of Logan Webb's sails, but the matchup is strong enough that it might be worth giving him one more look if you're in a bind.
Kyle Gibson SP
BAL Baltimore • #48 • Age: 35
He followed up a terrible start on opening day with a terrific one Wednesday. He shows enough bat-missing ability that he'll always be tempting with the right matchups.
Steven Matz SP
STL St. Louis • #32 • Age: 32
He flashed improved velocity and looked very much in control while striking out nine in his first start for the Blue Jays. His second start over the weekend was decent, too.
ATL Atlanta • Age: 27
You're pinning most of your hopes to the first matchup, of course, but he was pretty reliable for the Mariners last season, delivering a quality start in six of his 10 outings.