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.
One of the best ways to find hitter value in DraftKings MLB contests is through lineup slot upgrades after pricing has been set. These lineup slot upgrades often do not happen until teams release lineups a few hours before the game locks. Check back before lock to see potential updates to the rankings.
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DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds
|TOR Blue Jays||+135||Over 8.5|
|ATL Braves||-157||Under 8.5|
|PHI Phillies||-114||Over 8|
|WAS Nationals||+100||Under 8|
|KC Royals||-103||Over 9|
|DET Tigers||-117||Under 9|
|STL Cardinals||+110||Over 6.5|
|MIL Brewers||-129||Under 6.5|
|MIN Twins||+120||Over 7.5|
|CHI White Sox||-139||Under 7.5|
|SF Giants||-162||Over 7.5|
|PIT Pirates||+140||Under 7.5|
|OAK Athletics||-103||Over 9|
|BOS Red Sox||-113||Under 9|
|NY Yankees||-143||Over 8|
|TB Rays||+123||Under 8|
|TEX Rangers||+165||Over 8.5|
|HOU Astros||-195||Under 8.5|
|CIN Reds||-148||Over 11|
|COL Rockies||+125||Under 11|
|MIA Marlins||-120||Over 8.5|
|ARI Diamondbacks||+102||Under 8.5|
|CLE Indians||-125||Over 7.5|
|SEA Mariners||+108||Under 7.5|
Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)
Are the Reds Too Chalky?
The visiting team at Coors Field is always a popular option, but tonight’s set up for the Reds is likely going to lead to unprecedented levels of ownership due to the combination of improving weather, low pricing, and a below-average Rockies pitcher in Chi Chi Gonzalez ($5,500). It’s been cold in Colorado for much of the 2021 season, and while 60-70 degrees isn’t hot by any stretch, the temperatures are no longer a significant negative for bats at Coors Field like they’ve been for the first few weeks. The Reds are also extremely affordable, with Nick Castellanos at ($6,000) and Jesse Winker ($5,100) being the only somewhat expensive hitters, and then the rest of the team priced below $5K. Nick Senzel ($3,700) has been batting leadoff in recent games and is eligible at both 2B and OF, and if he remains in that lineup spot he’s nearly a lock to be the slate’s highest owned hitter. It’s difficult to advise going away from the Reds hitters with how great of a set up this is, but the ownership is going to be such that you’ll need to work hard to sufficiently differentiate in GPPs when using them as a stack.
Undervalued Leverage Stacks
The next tier of ownership after the Reds figures to consist of the Rockies, Astros, and maybe the Marlins, A’s or Cleveland, and while there’s nothing wrong with any of those teams, there’s a few stacks further off the board that seem to present a much larger ownership edge. The Rangers and Mariners don’t look all that appealing on the surface, but the benefit to stacking them is that they’re both going up against chalk pitching. Cristian Javier ($10,000) and Zach Plesac ($8,300) are going to be two of the highest owned pitchers tonight, largely because this slate doesn’t have anyone resembling an ace. Neither pitcher is that far above average, and the likelihood of both of them doing poorly (even against bad offenses) looks as though it’s going to be underestimated by the field. Both the Rangers and Mariners have the capability of knocking out pitchers in the 30-50% ownership range if they score well in their respective matchups.
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