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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for April 23

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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Notable Lineup Absences

Team Name Position Injury Status
Team Name Position Injury Status
Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout CF Scott Schebler will start in Trout's place.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
MIL Brewers +112 Over 9.5
CHI Cubs -132 Under 9.5
OAK Athletics -139 Over 9
BAL Orioles +116 Under 9
SEA Mariners +115 Over 9.5
BOS Red Sox -134 Under 9.5
NY Yankees -143 Over 8.5
CLE Indians +123 Under 8.5
KC Royals -115 Over 8.5
DET Tigers +100 Under 8.5
WAS Nationals +260 Over 7
NY Mets -315 Under 7
TOR Blue Jays +138 Over 7
TB Rays -162 Under 7
ARI Diamondbacks +145 Over 8.5
ATL Braves -177 Under 8.5
LA Angels +123 Over 8
HOU Astros -143 Under 8
PIT Pirates +133 Over 8
MIN Twins -159 Under 8
CIN Reds -108 Over 7.5
STL Cardinals -108 Under 7.5
PHI Phillies +100 Over 10.5
COL Rockies -113 Under 10.5
MIA Marlins +117 Over 7
SF Giants -136 Under 7
SD Padres +128 Over 7
LA Dodgers -148 Under 7



Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Jacob deGrom SP WAS $10,900
Clayton Kershaw SP SD $10,200
Tyler Glasnow SP TOR $10,100
Huascar Ynoa SP ARI $7,500
Alex Wood SP MIA $7,100


Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF ARI $6,300
Freddie Freeman 1B ARI $6,200
J.D. Martinez OF SEA $6,000
Mike Trout OF HOU $5,900
Mookie Betts OF SD $5,800
Bryce Harper OF COL $5,700
Trevor Story SS PHI $5,100
J.T. Realmuto C COL $5,100

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Alex Bregman 3B LAA $4,900
Francisco Lindor SS WAS $4,900
Matt Chapman 3B BAL $4,800
Rhys Hoskins 1B COL $4,600
Eugenio Suarez SS STL $4,600
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS LAD $4,600
Charlie Blackmon OF PHI $4,500
Mark Canha OF BAL $4,300
Giancarlo Stanton OF CLE $4,200
Mitch Haniger OF BOS $4,100
Kike Hernandez OF SEA $4,000

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Andrew McCutchen OF COL $3,900
C.J. Cron 1B PHI $3,900
Ty France 2B BOS $3,800
Jorge Soler OF DET $3,800
Brandon Nimmo OF WAS $3,800
Michael Conforto OF WAS $3,600
Alec Bohm 3B COL $3,500
Kyle Lewis OF BOS $3,200
Hunter Renfroe OF SEA $3,200
Nick Senzel OF STL $3,200
Justin Upton OF HOU $3,200
Manuel Margot OF TOR $2,700
Tommy Pham OF LAD $2,000

Offense Notes

Coors Field Value

Friday night’s MLB slate sets up with one of the more obvious lineup construction scenarios we’ve seen all season. There are three expensive aces on the slate, with Jacob deGrom ($10,900) likely being the focus, and most lineups are going to need to find cheap offense to be able to make the pitchers’ salaries work. This shouldn’t actually be too hard to do, because the Phillies are playing the Rockies at Coors Field, and several hitters from both sides appear to be dramatically underpriced. The best sources of value look to be in the mid range, with Andrew McCutchen ($3,900), C.J. Cron ($3,900), and Alec Bohm ($3,500) all clearly too cheap, and there could be some hitters at 3K or less making their way into the lineup as well. The hitters at the high end are strong values as well, with Rhys Hoskins ($4,600) in particular curiously falling short of the 5K range. It’s probably reasonable to play six or seven hitters from this game in cash lineups, but the problem is that the ownership is going to be through the roof on these guys in GPPs. It’s a 14-game slate so ownership isn’t as big of a concern, but there are surely going to be some severely under-owned players coming from many of Friday’s other games.

Unowned Expensive Offenses

With the aforementioned expensive pitching, most of the hitters that are priced above the ones at Coors are simply going to be an afterthought for most MLB DFS players on Friday night. The Oakland A’s are in a good spot in Baltimore and are on a tear lately with their 11-game winning streak, so they may be the exception to this, but teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, and Braves are going to be extremely difficult to prioritize. The matchups are pretty good for all three, but the salaries on Ronald Acuna Jr. ($6,300), Freddie Freeman ($6,200), and J.D. Martinez ($6,000) in particular are just not going to work for the typical lineup construction. Even Aaron Judge ($5,400) figures to be overlooked with a cost that’s higher than most of the Coors game, and these players could be pretty strong choices in GPPs. Stacking one of these teams most likely means a lineup devoid of a high-end pitcher, but these offenses are simply too good to be as contrarian as they’re bound to be.

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