This week's list is more promising than the past couple, but I'm still having to hold my nose for some of these recommendations, most notably the final five.
But hey, sometimes you just need to fill an opening. To that end, here are my favorite streamer pitchers rostered in less than 80 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
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Kyle Gibson SP
TEX Texas • #44 • Age: 33
Another pitcher who's added a cutter this year, Kyle Gibson is getting better results with the rest of his arsenal as well, having delivered five straight quality starts.
SEA Seattle • #18 • Age: 30
He's been hit or miss both this year and last but is coming off a dominant outing against a tough Astros lineup. He has a much better matchup this week.
NYY N.Y. Yankees • #55 • Age: 28
His past two starts have earned him more leeway, and I mostly trust him to get the job done even with two shaky matchups.
TB Tampa Bay • #62 • Age: 24
The hard-throwing left-hander made everyone's eyes bug out with 15 swinging strikes on 59 pitches in his debut last Thursday and now lines up for two starts. They may be on the shorter side, but the ratios should impress.
Nick Pivetta SP
BOS Boston • #37 • Age: 28
The risk level ratchets up here, but the matchups make it worth it, especially coming off his best start of the season.
Alex Wood SP
SF San Francisco • #57 • Age: 30
Coors Field hasn't been playing like Coors Field so far, and he's had no-hit stuff in each of his past two starts. Starting him probably wouldn't be my move, but it's not so crazy.
Dylan Cease SP
CHW Chi. White Sox • #84 • Age: 25
Another one that may not be worth the risk, Dylan Cease saw an improved spin rate on his fastball last time out, striking out nine Tigers over seven shutout innings.
J.A. Happ SP
MIN Minnesota • #33 • Age: 38
I have absolutely no trust in J.A. Happ, but for you gamblers out there, he is coming off back-to-back seven-inning outings and has optimal matchups.
ARI Arizona • #40 • Age: 31
It's a big leap taking a chance on him after two starts in which his velocity was back to normal, but he's allowed a total of two earned runs over his past three starts and has a favorable matchup here.
PIT Pittsburgh • #31 • Age: 31
There are some things to like here now that he's out of Colorado, but the matchups maybe aren't the best for trying him out.