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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Notable Lineup Absences
|New York Yankees||Giancarlo Stanton||DH||Stanton has been placed on 10-day IL with a quad strain.|
|Chicago White Sox||Jose Abreu||1B||Andrew Vaughn will slide to 1B with Abreu out.|
DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds
|SF Giants||+118||Over 8|
|CIN Reds||-137||Under 8|
|NY Mets||+128||Over 8|
|ATL Braves||-148||Under 8|
|WAS Nationals||+132||Over 8.5|
|CHI Cubs||-152||Under 8.5|
|CHI White Sox||-112||Over 9.5|
|MIN Twins||-106||Under 9.5|
|NY Yankees||-295||Over 8|
|TEX Rangers||+240||Under 8|
|CLE Indians||+117||Over 9|
|LA Angels||-137||Under 9|
|DET Tigers||+150||Over 7.5|
|SEA Mariners||-177||Under 7.5|
|ARI Diamondbacks||+180||Over 7|
|LA Dodgers||-215||Under 7|
|COL Rockies||+155||Over 7|
|SD Padres||-182||Under 7|
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||OF||NYM||$6,300|
Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)
Added Incentive to Save Salary
Finding underpriced hitters is always part of the goal when playing MLB DFS, but the need for cheap hitting is going to be amplified even further on Monday night’s slate. There are three top-end pitchers who are all in good matchups: Gerrit Cole ($10,900) at Texas, Yu Darvish ($10,200) vs the Rockies, and Walker Buehler ($10,000) vs the Diamondbacks, and the cheaper pitching doesn’t look especially appealing. With that in mind, a large percentage of the lineups tonight are going to try to fit two of these stud pitchers, and that’s going to mean extra attention for inexpensive hitters.
GPP Ownership Contingent on Lineups
Figuring out ownership seems to be more of a challenge today because of the salary crunch, and the most popular team stacks are going to be determined to a large degree by the presence of cheap hitters, especially near the top of the batting order. The Yankees, Mariners, Angels, and Nationals all have a mix of expensive hitters as well as cheap options, so those stacks will likely to be popular due to the combination of high-end hitters and affordability. The Mariners are the least capable offense of these four teams, but they’re also the cheapest, and they could be this slate’s most prominent target for lineups that contain two of the aforementioned pitchers.
Paying Way Up (or Way Down) to be Contrarian
There are two teams that stand out as having a lot of upside while also being low owned: the Braves and the Cubs. Both teams are in pretty good spots, but both are extremely expensive and the ownership on both is likely going to be pretty low as a result. Using a cheaper pitcher (or two) is almost certainly going to be necessary to fit 4 or 5 hitters from one of these teams, but it could be the best way to generate leverage on tonight’s slate. One other potential route is paying all the way down to the Detroit Tigers, which certainly will make it easy enough to fit two high-end pitchers. The Tigers could be the lone inexpensive team on Monday’s slate that stays low owned, in large part because the pitcher they’re facing is probably going to be popular. Yusei Kikuchi ($7,800) figures to be the go-to choice for most people trying to save some pitcher salary, and a Tigers stack provides some leverage against what should be this slate’s highest owned cheaper pitcher.
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