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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.
One of the best ways to find hitter value in DraftKings MLB contests is through lineup slot upgrades after pricing has been set. These lineup slot upgrades often do not happen until teams release lineups a few hours before the game locks. Check back before lock to see potential updates to the rankings.
Editor’s Note: Tonight’s games between NYM/COL, TOR/KC and CWS/BOS have been postponed due to inclement weather.
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Friday’s Red Sox/White Sox, Blue Jays/Royals and Mets/Rockies games have all been postponed due to rain/snow. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Noteable Lineup Absences
|Milwaukee Brewers||Christian Yelich||LF||Billy McKinney will start in Yelich's absence.|
DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds
|ATL Braves||-125||Over 8|
|CHI Cubs||+105||Under 8|
|STL Cardinals||+125||Over 8.5|
|PHI Phillies||-145||Under 8.5|
|ARI Diamondbacks||+170||Over 8.5|
|WAS Nationals||-200||Under 8.5|
|CHI White Sox||+100||Over 9.5|
|BOS Red Sox||-120||Under 9.5|
|CLE Indians||+105||Over 9|
|CIN Reds||-125||Under 9|
|SF Giants||-130||Over 8.5|
|MIA Marlins||+110||Under 8.5|
|BAL Orioles||+110||Over 8.5|
|TEX Rangers||-130||Under 8.5|
|PIT Pirates||+130||Over 8.5|
|MIL Brewers||-150||Under 8.5|
|TOR Blue Jays||-115||Over 8.5|
|KC Royals||-105||Under 8.5|
|NY Mets||-275||Over 7.5|
|COL Rockies||+220||Under 7.5|
|MIN Twins||+135||Over 9|
|LA Angels||-155||Under 9|
|DET Tigers||+165||Over 8.5|
|OAK Athletics||-195||Under 8.5|
|HOU Astros||-110||Over 8|
|SEA Mariners||-110||Under 8|
|LA Dodgers||-150||Over 8|
|SD Padres||+130||Under 8|
Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)
Cold Weather for Mets at Coors Field
The Mets are theoretically in an ideal spot on Friday night, traveling to Colorado to take on Chi Chi Gonzalez ($6,200) and the Rockies at Coors Field. It’s certainly a good matchup by any objective standard — Gonzalez is a below-average pitcher even outside of Coors — but the weather could negate a lot of the offensive boost that hitters normally get from playing in Colorado. Game time temperatures are expected to be around freezing, and there’s a chance for some snow too, so this won’t be your typical night at Coors Field. The Mets still figure to be the best offense on the slate and are priced up for good reason, but if they wind up being too popular it probably will make sense to look elsewhere in GPPs. It’s a 14-game slate and a six or seven run game certainly won’t be good enough to win a tournament, though there’s definitely a significant chance for the Mets to have a huge offensive game despite the bad weather.
Indians Value Bats
The Indians are priced down coming off of a series where they faced some tough pitching in Chicago against the White Sox, and there’s clear pricing value going into Cincinnati against Jeff Hoffman ($7,000). Hoffman is probably a below-average pitcher, and there tends to be a lot of variance in his starts as he’s good at getting strikeouts but also struggles to limit walks and fly balls. Jose Ramirez ($4,900) is clearly underpriced, and so are guys like Eddie Rosario ($4,300) and Josh Naylor ($2,600) for their home run upside from the left side of the plate. There’s downside for the Indians if Hoffman is able to have a big strikeout game, and whether or not this stack makes sense in GPPs is going to come down to just how popular they get. It does seem like they could be a pretty popular target with a few expensive pitchers that will be worth paying up for, so deciding what to do with the value here could be one of the toughest decisions on the slate.
Overpriced/Low-Owned Stack Choices
The decision-making process for GPPs on a 14-game slate is different from the norm, as there are bound to be several decent teams that just don’t have any ownership due to the sheer volume of games. It’s also true that the “chalk” won’t be quite as chalky as usual either, because having so many games to choose from will dilute the ownership at the high end too. Whether or not it makes sense to go with an unowned stack probably depends to a large degree on what contest you’re in, and in large-field GPPs, finding an unowned team with sufficient upside is probably the right play even if the popular teams aren’t all that popular. With that said, here are a few teams that cost a bit too much but have a reasonable enough shot to break the slate:
- White Sox
- Red Sox
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