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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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Notable Lineup Absences
|New York Mets||Brandon Nimmo||CF||Kevin Pillar will continue to start in Nimmo's absence.|
DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds
|ARI Diamondbacks||+125||Over 8.5|
|CIN Reds||-148||Under 8.5|
|PIT Pirates||+104||Over 8.5|
|DET Tigers||-121||Under 8.5|
|NY Yankees||-107||Over 8|
|CLE Indians||-109||Under 8|
|SEA Mariners||+145||Over 9|
|BOS Red Sox||-175||Under 9|
|NY Mets||-115||Over 9|
|CHI Cubs||+100||Under 9|
|LA Angels||+110||Over 8.5|
|HOU Astros||-129||Under 8.5|
|MIA Marlins||+125||Over 8.5|
|SF Giants||-150||Under 8.5|
|SD Padres||+155||Over 8|
|LA Dodgers||-182||Under 8|
|Fernando Tatis Jr.||SS||LAD||$4,800|
Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)
Winds Boosting Offense at Wrigley
The Mets and Cubs combined for 20 runs on Wednesday night (16-4 Cubs) and offense for their game on Thursday should be plentiful once again. It’s not warm enough in Chicago to get the optimal wind situation (the ball travels further in the summer) but there is expected to be some wind blowing out towards center field. The Mets in particular look like an appealing stack against Trevor Williams ($8,500), with a few expensive players in their lineup but also some underpriced outfielders like Brandon Nimmo ($3,700) and Michael Conforto ($3,500). The other side of the game could be more appealing in GPPs, with the Cubs going against a better pitcher in Joey Lucchesi ($6,500), which likely will make them significantly lower owned than the Mets. The Cubs offense isn’t as good as the Mets and they’re similarly priced, but they have plenty of upside with the aforementioned windy conditions.
Is Boston too Expensive?
The Red Sox are in arguably the best spot on the slate against Justin Dunn ($6,800) and the Mariners, and there’s expected to be some significant wind blowing out to right field. The Red Sox offense has played well lately and this would ordinarily make them an extremely popular stack, but their prices may be high enough that it’ll be too hard for too many people to prioritize them. J.D. Martinez ($6,000), Xander Bogaerts ($5,800), and Rafael Devers ($5,700) are among the highest owned players on the slate, and there’s not much salary relief in the lineup either that would help to make them more affordable. Boston’s hitters won’t be unowned by any stretch, but they could wind up being a secondary choice for most people and that would make them pretty appealing.
Leverage Spot for the Padres
Walker Buehler ($10,000) is the one true ace on Thursday’s slate, or at least that’s what most people seem to think of him. Buehler is widely regarded as an elite starting pitcher, and while he’s certainly a very good pitcher, his actual numbers seem to fall short of the hype that surrounds him. Buehler is going to be a popular choice on a night where there aren’t any other pitchers on his level, but his matchup is actually fairly difficult against an above average Padres offense. With Buehler being popular and the Padres surely being unpopular, there’s an opportunity here to get some good hitters at low ownership that will provide leverage against the field in GPPs.
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