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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for May 24

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Monday’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
TB Rays -112 Over 10.5
TOR Blue Jays -105 Under 10.5
PHI Phillies +107 Over 7
MIA Marlins -127 Under 7
COL Rockies +118 Over 7
NY Mets -139 Under 7
CLE Indians +110 Over 8.5
DET Tigers -127 Under 8.5
SD Padres -106 Over 7
MIL Brewers -109 Under 7
BAL Orioles -109 Over 9
MIN Twins -107 Under 9
STL Cardinals +145 Over 8.5
CHI White Sox -175 Under 8.5
SEA Mariners +135 Over 7.5
OAK Athletics -159 Under 7.5

Pitchers

All

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Lance Lynn SP STL $9,300
Blake Snell SP MIL $8,900
David Peterson SP COL $7,000
Frankie Montas SP SEA $6,200
Austin Gomber RP NYM $5,600

Hitters

Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Nelson Cruz OF BAL $6,100
Jose Ramirez 3B DET $5,800
Trey Mancini 1B MIN $5,500
Jose Abreu 1B STL $5,100

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Josh Donaldson 3B BAL $4,400
Cedric Mullins OF MIN $4,100

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Austin Hays OF MIN $3,600
Jeimer Candelario 3B CLE $3,600
Ryan Mountcastle 1B/OF MIN $3,500
Jordan Luplow OF DET $3,500
Miguel Cabrera 1B CLE $3,400
Eddie Rosario OF DET $3,400
Anthony Santander OF MIN $3,300
Jonathan Schoop 1B/2B CLE $3,300
Avisail Garcia OF SD $3,200
Lorenzo Cain OF SD $3,100
Tommy Pham OF MIL $3,000

Offense Notes

Targeting Offense in a Matchup Between Aces?

Monday night’s slate is a pretty small one with just six games and twelve teams to choose from, but there also isn’t any one particular team that stands out as the top offensive target. As a result, there’s likely going to be excessive ownership on a handful of teams — notably Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, and Minnesota — and some others that are much lower owned than they should be. Two of the teams that could be among the strongest GPP options are the Padres and Brewers, and that may seem peculiar considering the matchup between Brandon Woodruff ($10,600) and Blake Snell ($8,900). Again, this slate is on the smaller side and that means there’s more of a need to do something unique to gain an edge in GPPs.

So why this game in particular? Well this matchup between Woodruff and Snell is sort of a duel of aces, but in reality these are really second tier arms (a notch below Cy Young level) and they’re getting treated as better than what they are due to the context of Monday’s slate, where there aren’t any truly elite starting pitchers to pick from. The prices on the Padres and Brewers hitters also aren’t that appealing either — see Fernando Tatis Jr. ($6,200) — so there’s just no way for the vast majority of lineups to prioritize these players, especially when they’re paying up for expensive pitchers. Simply put, both of these teams have good hitters who are in bad-but-not-horrible matchups, and there’s far more upside here than what the field is going to give them credit for.

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