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Fantasy Baseball Rankings: DraftKings MLB DFS Picks for May 19

Matt Meiselman ranks the top fantasy baseball plays in each salary range for Wednesday’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
Chicago Cubs Javier Baez SS Eric Sogard will start with Baez out.
Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo 1B Kris Bryant will slide to 1B in Rizzo's absence.

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds

Teams Moneyline Total Runs
Teams Moneyline Total Runs
CHI White Sox -139 Over 8.5
MIN Twins +120 Under 8.5
COL Rockies +210 Over 7.5
SD Padres -250 Under 7.5
SF Giants -121 Over 8.5
CIN Reds +105 Under 8.5
MIA Marlins +104 Over 8
PHI Phillies -124 Under 8
BOS Red Sox +102 Over 10
TOR Blue Jays -120 Under 10
PIT Pirates +185 Over 7
STL Cardinals -225 Under 7
CLE Indians +108 Over 7.5
LA Angels -130 Under 7.5
MIL Brewers -175 Over 7.5
KC Royals +148 Under 7.5
HOU Astros -112 Over 8.5
OAK Athletics -106 Under 8.5
DET Tigers +120 Over 8
SEA Mariners -141 Under 8



Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Clayton Kershaw SP ARI $10,500
Max Scherzer SP CHC $10,000
Jack Flaherty SP PIT $9,700
Charlie Morton SP NYM $8,500
Zach Eflin SP MIA $8,300
Logan Gilbert SP DET $4,700


Studs ($5,000+)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Ronald Acuna Jr. OF NYM $6,200
Mookie Betts OF ARI $6,000
Trea Turner SS CHC $6,000
Juan Soto OF CHC $5,800
J.D. Martinez OF TOR $5,700

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

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Christian Yelich OF KC $4,600
Mitch Haniger OF DET $4,500
Kyle Schwarber OF CHC $4,100

Salary Relief ($3,900 and under)

Player Name Position Opp Salary
Player Name Position Opp Salary
Joc Pederson OF WAS $3,900
Hunter Renfroe OF TOR $3,600
Josh Bell 1B CHC $3,500
Starlin Castro 3B CHC $3,300
Eddie Rosario OF LAA $3,300
Kike Hernandez 2B/OF TOR $3,300
Avisail Garcia OF KC $3,200
Kyle Lewis OF DET $3,200
Lorenzo Cain OF KC $3,200
Justin Upton OF CLE $2,900

Offense Notes

Nationals Getting Plenty of Attention in an Elite Spot

The Nationals were largely unowned on Tuesday night’s slate, likely due to the concerning weather forecast, but Wednesday’s weather doesn’t look nearly as problematic and that’s going to make them a very popular target. The Nationals have a few extremely high-upside hitters in their lineup, and they’re getting a plus matchup against Jake Arrieta ($7,600) and the Cubs. Trea Turner ($6,000) and Juan Soto ($5,800) are two of the best pay-up options on the slate, but the main reason the Nationals are going to be popular is that the rest of their hitters are well-underpriced. Josh Bell ($3,500) figures to be a top target at first base, and Kyle Schwarber ($4,100), Josh Harrison ($3,400), Starlin Castro ($3,300), and Victor Robles ($2,500) all help to save salary as well. Turner and Soto are still probably worth a look, but most of these other Nationals are likely going to be higher owned than they deserve to be because of the savings they provide.

Overpriced but Contrarian Stacks Available Once Again

It seems to be a theme of the 2021 MLB DFS season (at least in this article) but the best GPP leverage plays day in and day out seem to be the overpriced offenses, who are comprised of very good hitters in good matchups but are simply too expensive to fit with the best pitching plays. Wednesday’s slate could be a little harder to predict from this angle due to the presence of a potentially popular Logan Gilbert ($4,700) at pitcher (for the Mariners), but it’s still hard to imagine that teams like the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Astros will all be go-to choices. The Astros in particular seem like an obvious afterthought in a closer-to-neutral matchup against Frankie Montas ($8,900) in Oakland, but there’s enough hitting talent in their lineup that there’s basically always reason to be excited about them whenever the field isn’t playing them. Montas isn’t that imposing, and the Astros are a good bet to wind up being the most under owned stack on Wednesday night’s slate.

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