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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for April 16

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Friday’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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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

Team Name Position Injury Status
Team Name Position Injury Status
Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich LF Billy McKinney will start in Yelich's absence.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
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



Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Jacob deGrom SP COL $11,000
Max Scherzer SP ARI $10,400
Frankie Montas SP DET $7,300
Andrew Heaney SP MIN $6,800


Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Juan Soto OF ARI $6,000
Mike Trout OF MIN $5,900
Trea Turner SS ARI $5,800
Mookie Betts OF SD $5,700
Christian Yelich OF PIT $5,600
Pete Alonso 1B COL $5,600
Nick Castellanos OF CLE $5,500
Francisco Lindor SS COL $5,400
Aaron Judge OF TB $5,300
Bryce Harper OF STL $5,200
Dominic Smith OF COL $5,000

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Jose Ramirez 3B CIN $4,900
Giancarlo Stanton OF TB $4,700
Kyle Schwarber OF ARI $4,600
Joey Gallo OF BAL $4,400
Austin Meadows OF NYY $4,400
Eddie Rosario OF CIN $4,300
Jeff McNeil 2B COL $4,200
Michael Conforto OF COL $4,200
Gary Sanchez C TB $4,200
Brandon Nimmo OF COL $4,100

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Position Opp Salary
Position Opp Salary
OF PIT $3,700
OF BAL $3,700
1B ARI $3,600
OF HOU $3,200
OF WAS $3,000
2B/3B TB $2,900
OF CLE $2,600
OF CIN $2,600

Offense Notes

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:

  • Phillies
  • Rays
  • Reds
  • Giants
  • White Sox
  • Red Sox
  • Twins

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