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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for May 3

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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Notable Lineup Absences

Team Name Position Injury Status
Team Name Position Injury Status
Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani P Ohtani was scratched from his start after being hit by a pitch on Sunday. LHP Jose Quintana will start Monday.
Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper RF Odubel Herrera will start in RF with Harper sidelined due to a wrist injury.
Philadelphia Phillies Rhys Hoskins 1B Brad Miller will start at 1B in Hoskins' absence and bat second.
Philadelphia Phillies Andrew McCutchen LF Matt Joyce will start in LF with McCutchen out and bat leadoff.

Monday’s Cubs-Dodgers and Rockies-Giants games have been postponed.

Christian Yelich will return to action for the first time since April 11 and bat third for Milwaukee.


DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
MIL Brewers -103 Over 9
PHI Phillies -114 Under 9
TEX Rangers +160 Over 8
MIN Twins -190 Under 8
LA Dodgers -195 Over 8.5
CHI Cubs +163 Under 8.5
CLE Indians -120 Over 8.5
KC Royals +102 Under 8.5
SF Giants +102 Over 10
COL Rockies -117 Under 10
TB Rays -118 Over 7.5
LA Angels +102 Under 7.5
TOR Blue Jays +110 Over 8.5
OAK Athletics -127 Under 8.5
PIT Pirates +155 Over 9
SD Padres -180 Under 9

Pitchers

All

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Kenta Maeda SP TEX $7,800
Shohei Ohtani SP TB $7,600
German Marquez SP SF $7,100
Tyler Anderson SP SD $7,000
Vince Velasquez SP MIL $7,000
Miguel Diaz RP PIT $4,000

Hitters

Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Mookie Betts OF CHC $6,000
Fernando Tatis Jr. SS PIT $5,900
Trevor Story SS SF $5,600
Pete Alonso 1B STL $5,300
Rhys Hoskins 1B MIL $5,200

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Justin Turner 3B CHC $4,900
Corey Seager SS CHC $4,800
C.J. Cron 1B SF $4,600
Will Smith C CHC $4,600
Max Muncy 1B CHC $4,300
Anthony Rizzo 1B LAD $4,200

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Austin Meadows OF LAA $3,900
Michael Conforto OF STL $3,800
Mitch Haniger OF BAL $3,700
Charlie Blackmon OF SF $3,700
Brandon Belt 1B COL $3,400
Avisail Garcia OF PHI $3,100
Daniel Vogelbach 1B PHI $2,800

Offense Notes

Difficult Day for Ownership

Monday night’s MLB DFS slate is a pretty unusual one, and that should be obvious looking at the pitcher section above. There are some high-end arms to potentially pay for tonight, but Tyler Glasnow ($10,300) is overpriced for his matchup on the road against the Angels, and Walker Buehler ($9,600) shouldn’t be a major priority in a mediocre spot at Wrigley against the Cubs. The best pitching value is all in the mid-to-low end of the salary range, which makes the bats on the slate all very affordable. Affording expensive hitters on the Dodgers or on the teams at Coors Field isn’t going to be that difficult, but the prices aren’t that restrictive on any of these lineups either. The bottom line is that pricing isn’t very tough to manage on this slate, which means that lineups aren’t going to be forced into any particular construction.

Dodgers and Rockies

Although the stacks on this slate should be fairly spread out, it still seems clear that the Dodgers and Rockies will be the two most popular, even if it’s not by a huge margin. The Dodgers are just an extremely proficient offense and they’re in a good spot against Kyle Hendricks ($6,500), who has struggled immensely so far in 2021. Whether or not you prioritize Dodgers stacks probably has a lot do with what you think of Hendricks, who has allowed 16 runs across his last three starts. There’s nothing especially great about the Rockies matchup except for the fact that they’re in Coors, and that alone has historically been enough to turn them from a bad offense into a good one. Aaron Sanchez ($7,300) is certainly beatable, and the majority of the lineup is reasonably priced. These two teams do look like the two best stacks today in terms of point production and pricing, but they’re not overwhelmingly better than many other teams and it could be worth looking elsewhere due to their popularity.

Mets and Blue Jays

The Mets and Blue Jays seem like the two most likely teams to have egregiously low ownership, and they’re just overpriced enough that they probably won’t be significant priorities for most of the field. The Blue Jays in particular are still priced up from their home series against the Braves, and they’re getting a park downgrade going into Oakland to face Frankie Montas ($8,100). Montas is a fine pitcher and Oakland is generally a tough place to score to score runs, so the biggest reason to like the Jays is the combination of offensive talent and low ownership. George Springer ($5,500) has been dealing with injury problems and may not be in today’s lineup, but this is still one of the best offenses in baseball even without him and there just won’t be that many people stacking them on Monday’s slate.

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