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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for April 13

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Tuesday’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.

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.

Set your DraftKings fantasy baseball lineups here: MLB $300K Jr. Man of Steal [$100K to 1st]

Notable Lineup Absences

Team Name Position Injury Status
Team Name Position Injury Status
Houston Astros Alex Bregman 3B Abraham Toro will start with Bregman out.
Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez DH Ronnie Dawson will start in place of Alvarez.
Houston Astros Jose Altuve 2B Aledmys Diaz will start in Altuve's place.
Houston Astros Martin Maldonado C Jason Castro will start with Maldonado out.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
NY Yankees -121 Over 10.5
TOR Blue Jays +106 Under 10.5
WAS Nationals +110 Over 8.5
STL Cardinals -127 Under 8.5
CHI Cubs +143 Over 7.5
MIL Brewers -167 Under 7.5
LA Angels -136 Over 9
KC Royals +117 Under 9
BOS Red Sox +128 Over 6
MIN Twins -148 Under 6
CIN Reds -113 Over 8.5
SF Giants -103 Under 8.5
SD Padres -215 Over 8
PIT Pirates +185 Under 8
SEA Mariners +110 Over 9
BAL Orioles -132 Under 9
DET Tigers +210 Over 9
HOU Astros -265 Under 9
PHI Phillies -118 Over 8
NY Mets +102 Under 8
TEX Rangers +163 Over 8.5
TB Rays -195 Under 8.5
MIA Marlins +205 Over 8.5
ATL Braves -265 Under 8.5
CLE Indians +107 Over 7.5
CHI White Sox -129 Under 7.5
COL Rockies +240 Over 8
LA Dodgers -286 Under 8



Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Lance McCullers Jr. SP DET $9,900
Dustin May SP COL $9,400
Carlos Rodon SP CLE $8,900
Josh Fleming SP TEX $8,200


Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF MIA $6,100
Jose Altuve 2B DET $5,800
Mookie Betts OF COL $5,700
Freddie Freeman 1B MIA $5,400
Randy Arozarena OF TEX $5,300
Alex Bregman 3B DET $5,100
Trey Mancini 1B SEA $5,100

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Yordan Alvarez OF DET $4,900
Austin Meadows OF TEX $4,800
Rhys Hoskins 1B NYM $4,800
Kyle Seager 3B BAL $4,800
Brandon Lowe 2B/OF TEX $4,600
Travis d'Arnaud C MIA $4,500
Cedric Mullins OF SEA $4,300
Kyle Tucker OF DET $4,300
Anthony Santander OF SEA $4,200
Marcell Ozuna OF MIA $4,200
Mitch Haniger OF BAL $4,000

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Joey Gallo OF TB $3,700
Andrew McCutchen OF NYM $3,700
Garrett Cooper 1B/OF ATL $3,500
Adam Duvall OF ATL $3,400
Evan White 1B BAL $3,300
Corey Dickerson OF ATL $3,100
DJ Stewart OF SEA $2,800

Offense Notes

Yankees/Jays Expensive but Undervalued

The Yankees vs. Blue Jays game from Dunedin on Tuesday night has a decent pitching matchup — James Taillon ($9,400) against Hyun-jin Ryu ($8,000) — but these are two of the strongest offenses in baseball and they’ll be teeing off in an above-average hitting environment. Last night’s matchup produced almost no offense outside of the two home runs from Kyle Higashioka, and the combination of that low output and the high price tags figures to make tonight’s game pretty low owned. There’s enough cheap pitching value on this slate to make “overpaying” for offense a viable GPP strategy, and it’s likely a route that will be very contrarian, especially with how much the Yankees offense has struggled in recent games.

Back to the Astros?

The Astros struggled in a plus-matchup against the Tigers on Monday night, but they figure to actually be more popular for Tuesday’s game despite managing just two runs. Matt Boyd ($6,200) is a better pitcher than Casey Mize, but as a left-hander he makes righties Jose Altuve ($5,600) and Alex Bregman ($5,000) much more appealing plays. The righties that the Astros will likely have in the lineup tonight are cheaper than their left-handed counterparts, so the stack will be more affordable as well. It’s important to note, however, that the roof was open for last night’s game but is expected to be closed tonight, and the hitting environment won’t be the same as the one that produced five home runs (three by the Tigers) in Monday’s game.

Set your DraftKings fantasy baseball lineups here: MLB $300K Jr. Man of Steal [$100K to 1st]

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