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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for May 20

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Thursday’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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DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
SF Giants +117 Over 9
CIN Reds -137 Under 9
TB Rays -162 Over 9
BAL Orioles +140 Under 9
NY Yankees -132 Over 8
TEX Rangers +110 Under 8
WAS Nationals +110 Over 10
CHI Cubs -130 Under 10
HOU Astros -122 Over 8.5
OAK Athletics +102 Under 8.5
MIA Marlins +106 Over 8
PHI Phillies -127 Under 8
PIT Pirates +165 Over 8.5
ATL Braves -195 Under 8.5
BOS Red Sox +115 Over 10
TOR Blue Jays -136 Under 10

Pitchers

All

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Drew Smyly SP PIT $8,400
Vince Velasquez SP MIA $7,500

Hitters

Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF PIT $6,100
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B BOS $6,000
Mookie Betts OF ARI $5,600
Bryce Harper OF MIA $5,300
Freddie Freeman 1B PIT $5,200

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Justin Turner 3B ARI $5,000
Max Muncy 1B/2B ARI $4,900
Teoscar Hernandez OF BOS $4,700
Will Smith C ARI $4,600

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Adam Duvall OF PHI $3,900
Hunter Renfroe OF TOR $3,700
Kike Hernandez 2B/OF TOR $3,500

Offense Notes

Balanced Pricing Should Make Braves the Most Popular Stack

Thursday night’s slate has just four games, but it seems like a large percentage of the field is going to be targeting the Atlanta Braves lineup on offense. Ronald Acuna ($6,100) might generally be hard to afford, but Freddie Freeman ($5,200) is actually priced down a bit from where he usually is, and a few other hitters are actually below $4K. There aren’t any true aces on this slate either, so getting a Braves stack to align with a couple of mid-tier pitchers won’t be hard to do and as a result it’s going to be a common strategy for much of the field. The matchup against Wil Crowe ($6,200) is a good one, and it’s going to look pretty appealing to most DFS players on Thursday.

The Next Tier of Teams

The Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Dodgers should all be less popular than the Braves, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be unowned either, and it’s not clear if simply moving off the Braves to one of them is going to be contrarian enough to be a sufficient way to differentiate in GPPs. That doesn’t mean these are bad stacks — they all have a pretty good chance to be the top offense on the slate — but playing a second-tier offense is still going to be fairly common strategy with limited options on such a small slate. Building stacks with lower-owned/bottom-of-the-order pieces from these teams could be one way to go, but there are probably other offenses that provide more of an edge due to even further suppressed ownership.

Leverage From Teams Facing Popular Pitching

With Thursday’s slate being so small and condensed, there’s more merit than usual to stacking against the higher-owned pitchers. The three arms that clearly seem to be top priorities are Sandy Alcantara ($9,300), Drew Smyly ($8,400), and Vincent Velasuez ($7,500), and the offenses against them are very likely going to have suppressed ownership as a result. The Phillies in particular look like a really strong target, as Alcantara isn’t really a great pitcher but may simply be the best of the below-average choices that this slate is providing. The Phillies are probably a bit more expensive than they should be too, but the upside is clearly there especially with how talented the top-end hitters in their lineup are.

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