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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for May 11

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Tuesday’s main DraftKings MLB slate.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

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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
San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr. SS Tatis Jr. has been placed on IL due to health and safety protocols.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
TEX Rangers +140 Over 8
SF Giants -167 Under 8
CHI Cubs +160 Over 6.5
CLE Indians -190 Under 6.5
CIN Reds +100 Over 8
PIT Pirates -118 Under 8
PHI Phillies +114 Over 9
WAS Nationals -132 Under 9
OAK Athletics +112 Over 8.5
BOS Red Sox -132 Under 8.5
KC Royals -130 Over 8
DET Tigers +114 Under 8
BAL Orioles +133 Over 6.5
NY Mets -157 Under 6.5
NY Yankees -132 Over 8
TB Rays +110 Under 8
TOR Blue Jays +107 Over 8.5
ATL Braves -124 Under 8.5
STL Cardinals +108 Over 7
MIL Brewers -129 Under 7
LA Angels +132 Over 8.5
HOU Astros -155 Under 8.5
MIN Twins +100 Over 8
CHI White Sox -118 Under 8
MIA Marlins -104 Over 8
ARI Diamondbacks -113 Under 8
SEA Mariners +195 Over 7
LA Dodgers -235 Under 7

Pitchers

All

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
John Means RP NYM $10,300
Walker Buehler SP SEA $9,800
Freddy Peralta SP STL $9,400
Marcus Stroman SP BAL $9,100

Hitters

Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Mookie Betts OF SEA $6,100
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF TOR $6,000
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS COL $5,900
Mike Trout OF HOU $5,800
Bryce Harper OF WAS $5,700
Juan Soto OF PHI $5,300

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Trent Grisham OF COL $4,300
Wil Myers OF COL $4,200
Adam Duvall OF ARI $4,100
Matt Olson 1B BOS $4,100

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Teoscar Hernandez OF ATL $3,900
Mark Canha OF BOS $3,800
Josh Bell 1B PHI $3,600
Kyle Tucker OF LAA $3,300
Jorge Soler OF DET $3,200
Starlin Castro 3B PHI $3,100
Avisail Garcia OF STL $2,900
Justin Upton OF HOU $2,500
Nomar Mazara OF KC $2,200

Offense Notes

Chalk at Coors Yet Again

Popular offenses at Coors Field are basically a certainty whenever the Rockies have a home game on an MLB DFS slate, and Tuesday night is no different with the Padres likely being the highest owned team of the day. The Padres matchup is obviously a good one, and even with the high ownership, it’s not necessarily a situation that needs to be faded. There are two components to the “chalk” lineup construction for Tuesday, one being the Padres, with the other being Brady Singer ($5,700). Singer is this slate’s most underpriced pitcher by a substantial margin, and a result he’s going to be among the most popular. Singer is especially likely to be a prominent piece of Padres-heavy lineups, because the salary-saving you get with him makes those expensive San Diego bats much easier to fit in. The questions to figure out aren’t really whether or not you want to play Singer or whether or not you want to play the Padres, but more so whether it’s worth combining the most popular offense with the most popular cheap pitcher. Playing either side of this equation is certainly fine, but combining these two chalk pieces in GPPs is going to make it extremely difficult to generate a sufficiently unique lineup.

Nationals Value

Looking past the Padres, the next most popular team figures to be the Nationals, who have two expensive but elite hitters in Trea Turner ($5,600) and Juan Soto ($5,300), but otherwise have an extremely affordable lineup. Josh Bell ($3,600), Josh Harrison ($3,600) and Starlin Castro ($3,100) make this stack much more playable, and the good matchup figures to result in some reasonably heavy chalk. This game between the Phillies and Nationals is probably one that’s worth getting some pieces from, but a five-man Nats stack isn’t likely to be very contrarian.

Unowned Yankees and Astros

The Yankees and Astros are both in mediocre spots, with the Yankees going into a pitcher’s park in Tampa Bay and the Astros drawing a good pitcher in Shohei Ohtani ($7,400). Both of these offenses are a bit overpriced, and as a result there’s probably going to be very little ownership on either of them. The Yankees offense is good enough to be worth considering in any situation, but their opposing pitcher Luis Patino ($5,500) isn’t actually that good anyway. The Astros are a high-upside offense as well, and while Ohtani is an extremely talented pitcher, he’s shown plenty of volatility throughout his pitching career. Both of these teams are likely to be afterthoughts on a slate with comparable teams who are cheaper, so they both make for strong targets in GPPs.

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