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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for April 15

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Thursday’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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DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
PHI Phillies +195 Over 7
NY Mets -240 Under 7
MIA Marlins +150 Over 8
ATL Braves -177 Under 8
SD Padres -175 Over 7.5
PIT Pirates +148 Under 7.5
SEA Mariners -120 Over 7
BAL Orioles +104 Under 7
BOS Red Sox +140 Over 8.5
MIN Twins -167 Under 8.5
CLE Indians +128 Over 7.5
CHI White Sox -148 Under 7.5
ARI Diamondbacks +160 Over 8
WAS Nationals -190 Under 8
TEX Rangers +165 Over 8.5
TB Rays -200 Under 8.5
DET Tigers +140 Over 8.5
OAK Athletics -167 Under 8.5
COL Rockies +235 Over 7.5
LA Dodgers -286 Under 7.5

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Pitchers

All

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Julio Urias SP COL $10,100
Patrick Corbin SP ARI $7,800
Sean Manaea SP DET $7,400
Tarik Skubal SP OAK $6,300

Hitters

Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Juan Soto OF ARI $6,000
Mookie Betts OF COL $5,900
Trea Turner SS ARI $5,800
Corey Seager SS COL $5,600
Justin Turner 3B COL $5,500
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B KC $5,100

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Salvador Perez C TOR $4,900
Bo Bichette SS KC $4,900
Will Smith C COL $4,800
Austin Meadows OF TEX $4,700
Kyle Schwarber OF ARI $4,600
Brandon Lowe 2B/OF TEX $4,500

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Joey Gallo OF TB $3,700
Josh Bell 1B ARI $3,600
Andrew Benintendi OF TOR $3,500
AJ Pollock OF COL $3,400
Jorge Soler OF TOR $3,400
Rowdy Tellez 1B KC $2,900

Offense Notes

Worthy Nationals Chalk?

The Nationals are probably in the best spot of any team on Thursday’s main slate, drawing a mediocre pitcher in Merrill Kelly ($7,100) while also getting the benefit of a strong hitting environment in their home stadium. At first glance it may seem like Juan Soto ($6,000) and Trea Turner ($5,800) are too expensive, but the rest of the lineup is cheap enough that it shouldn’t be very hard to fit those two into a stack. The Nats are going to be popular, but it seems fairly worthwhile to target them in GPPs regardless.

Leverage Spot for Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are on the opposite side of the game in D.C., and they’re facing Patrick Corbin ($7,800), who very likely will be the highest owned pitcher of the day of Thursday. Corbin is underpriced and is very deserving of the ownership, but that’s also because it’s a relatively weak pitching slate and not because he’s a safe play. Corbin struggled in his first start of the season last time out after returning from the COVID IL, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him struggle again even in a good matchup. The Arizona hitters are pretty cheap, and they should be low owned with so many lineups containing Corbin.

A’s Value Too Good to be True?

The Oakland A’s are probably the best spot to go to for salary savings on this slate, but it’s not necessarily as great of a spot as it looks. Tigers starter Tarik Skubal ($6,300) has had a rough start to the season, but he flashed a lot of upside in his rookie year in 2020 and he’s shown the ability to miss plenty of bats. The A’s also just simply aren’t a great offense, and the most appealing part of this team by far is the fact that they all don’t cost very much. This is likely going to make them a very popular choice for Thursday night, and it just seems like there are a lot of similarly competent teams who will be much lower owned.

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