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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for May 27

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

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago White Sox Kamil Krzaczynski-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
Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson SS Danny Mendick will start at SS in Anderson's absence.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
PHI Phillies +120 Over 7
MIA Marlins -143 Under 7
COL Rockies +114 Over 5
NY Mets -132 Under 5
CHI Cubs -139 Over 7.5
PIT Pirates +120 Under 7.5
CLE Indians -177 Over 7
DET Tigers +150 Under 7
SD Padres -124 Over 8
MIL Brewers +107 Under 8
KC Royals +155 Over 7.5
TB Rays -182 Under 7.5
BAL Orioles +210 Over 9
CHI White Sox -245 Under 9
LA Angels +133 Over 8
OAK Athletics -155 Under 8
STL Cardinals -109 Over 9.5
ARI Diamondbacks -106 Under 9.5
TEX Rangers -103 Over 8.5
SEA Mariners -113 Under 8.5



Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Dylan Cease SP BAL $9,200
Stephen Strasburg SP CIN $8,500
Chris Bassitt SP LAA $8,300
Shohei Ohtani SP OAK $7,700
Alex Wood SP LAD $6,900
Chris Flexen SP TEX $6,200


Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Trea Turner SS CIN $6,200
Juan Soto OF CIN $5,900
Mookie Betts OF SF $5,800
Jose Abreu 1B BAL $5,300

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Ketel Marte OF STL $4,800
Justin Turner 3B SF $4,700

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Josh Rojas OF/SS STL $3,800
Adolis Garcia OF SEA $3,600
Nate Lowe 1B SEA $3,500
Dylan Carlson OF ARI $3,100

Offense Notes

Cheap Pitching to Allow for Easy Lineup Building

Thursday night’s slate is an unusual one in that there is an abundance of cheap pitchers to choose from, and because of that there’s going to be much less restriction on lineup construction due to salary constraints. The Cardinals are underpriced and should be a very popular target as a result, but the White Sox figure to be among the chalkiest teams too despite being fairly expensive. There are basically two teams on the slate who are expensive enough to also be contrarian, and that’s the A’s and Dodgers, who are in mediocre matchups and probably will be overlooked. Both teams are theoretically going to be hard to fit, but pitching is cheap enough on Thursday that it really shouldn’t be all that difficult to do. Nonetheless, these teams should remain low-owned, and that’s largely because of the tremendous appeal that the White Sox are going to have for their plus matchup at home against the Orioles.

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