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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for April 27

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Tuesday’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
Chicago White Sox Luis Robert LF Jake Lamb will start in Robert's absence.
Toronto Blue Jays George Springer OF Springer is close to returning to action, but he won't be active Tuesday.
Chicago Cubs Javier Baez SS Nico Hoerner will continue to start at SS with Baez out.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
MIN Twins -115 Over 8.5
CLE Indians -104 Under 8.5
KC Royals -114 Over 8
PIT Pirates -103 Under 8
NY Yankees -186 Over 9.5
BAL Orioles +160 Under 9.5
WAS Nationals -118 Over 8.5
TOR Blue Jays +100 Under 8.5
BOS Red Sox +128 Over 8.5
NY Mets -148 Under 8.5
OAK Athletics -114 Over 8
TB Rays -103 Under 8
CHI Cubs +145 Over 8.5
ATL Braves -165 Under 8.5
MIA Marlins +140 Over 8
MIL Brewers -165 Under 8
PHI Phillies -112 Over 8.5
STL Cardinals -107 Under 8.5
LA Angels -155 Over 9
TEX Rangers +133 Under 9
DET Tigers +215 Over 8
CHI White Sox -250 Under 8
SEA Mariners +165 Over 8.5
HOU Astros -195 Under 8.5
SD Padres -157 Over 9
ARI Diamondbacks +135 Under 9
COL Rockies +145 Over 8
SF Giants -167 Under 8
CIN Reds +205 Over 7.5
LA Dodgers -240 Under 7.5

Pitchers

All

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Lucas Giolito SP DET $9,500
Cristian Javier SP SEA $9,300
David Peterson SP BOS $7,500
Frankie Montas SP TB $7,300
Jose Quintana SP TEX $6,500

Hitters

Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Mike Trout OF TEX $6,300
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF CHC $6,200
Bryce Harper OF STL $6,000
Freddie Freeman 1B CHC $5,900
Mookie Betts OF CIN $5,800
Aaron Judge OF BAL $5,600
Justin Turner 3B CIN $5,400
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS ARI $5,400
Trea Turner SS TOR $5,200
Jose Altuve 2B SEA $5,000

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Anthony Rendon 3B TEX $4,900
Manny Machado 3B ARI $4,800
Giancarlo Stanton OF BAL $4,700
Gary Sanchez C BAL $4,700
Max Muncy 1B/2B CIN $4,600
Trey Mancini 1B NYY $4,600
Will Smith C CIN $4,600
Kris Bryant 3B/OF ATL $4,500
Josh Bell 1B TOR $4,400
Shohei Ohtani 1B/OF TEX $4,300
Gleyber Torres SS BAL $4,200
Kyle Schwarber OF TOR $4,100
George Springer OF WAS $4,100

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Mark Canha OF TB $3,900
Starlin Castro 3B TOR $3,800
Austin Meadows OF OAK $3,600
Avisail Garcia OF MIA $3,500
Gio Urshela 3B BAL $3,100
Aaron Hicks OF BAL $3,000
Rougned Odor 2B/3B BAL $3,000
Kole Calhoun OF SD $2,800
Rowdy Tellez 1B WAS $2,800
Clint Frazier OF BAL $2,700
Tyrone Taylor OF MIA $2,400
Yadiel Hernandez OF TOR $2,000

Offense Notes

Prioritizing Yankees Stacks Again

The Yankees were predictably extremely highly owned on Monday’s slate, and despite the fact that it didn’t work out it looks like they’re going to be the highest owned team on Tuesday once again. The prices on the Yankees are just simply far too low, with Aaron Hicks ($3,100), Gio Urshela ($3,000), Rougned Odor ($3,000), and Clint Frazier ($2,700) all substantially underpriced. Giancarlo Stanton ($4,700) is a strong value on the high end against a below-average lefty in Bruce Zimmerman ($6,000), and playing four or five Yankees bats in cash games seems like the right move. In GPPs, this once again comes down to ownership, and while the stack sets up better than any other on the slate there’s just going to be too much popularity amongst this group to create and edge in tournaments. The same logic from Monday applies where playing Yankees’ hitters is fine, but stacking five of them is going to make it too hard to create a sufficiently unique lineup.

Expensive Teams Going Overlooked Again

In addition to the Yankees, there are a few teams that offer a good mix of salary savings as well as high end players, with the most notable choices being the Padres and Angels. The Giants and Brewers offer cheap values to help afford some of the expensive pitching, but beyond that there are going to be a lot of good offenses that aren’t priorities. The Red Sox, White Sox, Astros, and Phillies are all extremely expensive and won’t be able to fit very easily with pitchers like Max Scherzer ($10,900), Walker Buehler ($10,200), and Lucas Giolito ($9,500), but all four are in good matchups (with the exception of maybe Boston) and won’t have very much ownership. Playing some of these teams with cheaper pitchers is probably the easiest way to make viable contrarian lineups on Tuesday’s slate.

Jays Hitters in a Good Spot vs. Scherzer?

Max Scherzer is the most expensive and maybe the best pitcher on Tuesday’s slate, but the priorities maybe should actually be on the other side of this game. As mentioned above, it’s going to be hard to differentiate while using expensive pitching, and Scherzer’s salary is extremely restrictive. It’s also true that Scherzer has seen a slight velocity drop in 2021, but he’s managed to go three straight starts without allowing a home run in spite of that. Scherzer did allow four homers in his first start of the year against the Braves though, and he can be homer prone at times since he’s a fairly extreme fly ball pitcher. The Blue Jays offense is among the best in baseball when healthy and they should be getting George Springer ($4,100) back from the IL ahead of tonight’s game. The park in Dunedin is also hitter friendly especially the warmer it gets, and the leverage against a likely-popular Scherzer could be a sneaky move with a lot of upside in GPPs.

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