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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for April 14

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Wednesday’s main DraftKings MLB slate.

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The idea of this fantasy baseball rankings page is to rank the top DraftKings options in each salary range, helping you make quick decisions when debating which players to roster for the upcoming main DraftKings MLB slate.

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Set your DraftKings fantasy baseball lineups here: MLB $200k Relay Throw [$100K to 1st]

Notable Lineup Absences

Team Name Position Injury Status
Team Name Position Injury Status
Houston Astros Alex Bregman 3B Abraham Toro will start with Bregman out.
Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez DH Ronnie Dawson will start in place of Alvarez.
Houston Astros Jose Altuve 2B Aledmys Diaz will start in Altuve's place.
Houston Astros Martin Maldonado C Jason Castro will start with Maldonado out.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
NY Yankees -121 Over 10.5
TOR Blue Jays +106 Under 10.5
WAS Nationals +110 Over 8.5
STL Cardinals -127 Under 8.5
CHI Cubs +143 Over 7.5
MIL Brewers -167 Under 7.5
LA Angels -136 Over 9
KC Royals +117 Under 9
BOS Red Sox +128 Over 6
MIN Twins -148 Under 6
CIN Reds -113 Over 8.5
SF Giants -103 Under 8.5
SD Padres -215 Over 8
PIT Pirates +185 Under 8
SEA Mariners +110 Over 9
BAL Orioles -132 Under 9
DET Tigers +210 Over 9
HOU Astros -265 Under 9
PHI Phillies -118 Over 8
NY Mets +102 Under 8
TEX Rangers +163 Over 8.5
TB Rays -195 Under 8.5
MIA Marlins +205 Over 8.5
ATL Braves -265 Under 8.5
CLE Indians +107 Over 7.5
CHI White Sox -129 Under 7.5
COL Rockies +240 Over 8
LA Dodgers -286 Under 8



Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Lance McCullers Jr. SP DET $9,900
Dustin May SP COL $9,400
Carlos Rodon SP CLE $8,900
Josh Fleming SP TEX $8,200


Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF MIA $6,100
Jose Altuve 2B DET $5,800
Mookie Betts OF COL $5,700
Freddie Freeman 1B MIA $5,400
Randy Arozarena OF TEX $5,300
Alex Bregman 3B DET $5,100
Trey Mancini 1B SEA $5,100

Midrange ($4,000-$4,900)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Yordan Alvarez OF DET $4,900
Austin Meadows OF TEX $4,800
Rhys Hoskins 1B NYM $4,800
Kyle Seager 3B BAL $4,800
Brandon Lowe 2B/OF TEX $4,600
Travis d'Arnaud C MIA $4,500
Cedric Mullins OF SEA $4,300
Kyle Tucker OF DET $4,300
Anthony Santander OF SEA $4,200
Marcell Ozuna OF MIA $4,200
Mitch Haniger OF BAL $4,000

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Joey Gallo OF TB $3,700
Andrew McCutchen OF NYM $3,700
Garrett Cooper 1B/OF ATL $3,500
Adam Duvall OF ATL $3,400
Evan White 1B BAL $3,300
Corey Dickerson OF ATL $3,100
DJ Stewart OF SEA $2,800

Offense Notes

Deserving Braves Chalk?

The Braves are going to be in contention for the highest owned offense on Wednesday’s slate, getting a home matchup against an underwhelming pitcher in Nick Neidert ($6,200). This slate also doesn’t have the same level of high-end pitching as the past couple have had, so playing high-priced stacks seems like an obvious strategy for much of the field. There are enough cheap pieces in the Braves lineup to make it fairly affordable, however, so it’ll be a tough call as far as whether guys like Ronald Acuna Jr. ($6,100) and Freddie Freeman ($5,400) are worthwhile. Both are clear cash game plays, but the excessive ownership could be a significant knock against them for GPPs.

Low-Owned Dodgers

The Dodgers aren’t in as good of a spot as the Braves and are facing a decent pitcher in Rockies starter Jon Gray ($7,200), and they’re more expensive too, but that’s likely going to make them lower owned than they should be. The Dodgers always have a ton of upside with how many good home run hitters they have in their lineup — even with Cody Bellinger on the IL — and with Mookie Betts ($5,700), Corey Seager ($5,500), Justin Turner ($5,200), and Max Muncy ($5,200) all priced above 5K, it’s just going to be hard for many people to prioritize them on Wednesday’s slate.

Set your DraftKings fantasy baseball lineups here: MLB $200K Relay Throw [$50K to 1st]

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