While MLB appears to still be at least a month or two away from restarting, we don’t have to wait any longer for some professional baseball and – most importantly – baseball DFS. The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) is underway and DraftKings is welcoming the KBO into the fold with contests each and every night. On Friday, the action gets underway at 5:30 a.m. ET.
What do we know about the league? Who should we be putting into lineups? Let’s figure out all this together, position-by-position.
Set your lineups here: KBO $125K Bat Flip [$25K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)
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What to know about the KBO
StudHyun Jong Yang, KIA at SK, $9,000 – Most eyes will probably jump to Warwick Saupold ($8,700) here, but he’s been average since dominating Opening Day. Yang is trending in the opposite direction, getting dominated by KIW in his first start, and trending up ever since. That includes 22.7 DKFP against a dominant DOO offense. SK is as bad as it gets offensively, leaving a ton of potential for a big game from Yang.
ValueYoung Gyu Kim, NCD vs. HAN, $5,500 – Kim has the benefit of pitching for the Dinos, who are a pretty tough out in this league. He hasn’t registered a win yet, but still averages 13.8 DKFP. HAN is a solid offense, so this isn’t a layup, but Kim shouldn’t be the cheapest pitcher on this slate.
StudDong Won Park, KIW at LOT, $3,900 – Eui Ji Yang ($5,100) is the guy I’ve turned to each time as the stud catcher, and while a solid option, other plays are starting to offer similar upside for less. Park’s .326/3/11 line is better than Yang across the board, and he’s been hot lately, scoring 14 or more DKFP in three of his last four. Park also has a much better matchup on this slate.
ValueJin Sung Kang, NCD vs. HAN, $2,900 – Yang actually might not even be the best catcher play on his team right now. Kang is $2,200 cheaper, and playing just as well offensively. He’s worked his way into the lineup on a daily basis, thanks to hitting .462 with three homers and 11 RBI.
StudBaek Ho Kang, KTW at LG, $5,700 – Kang’s finally come off a hot streak where he scored 20-plus DKFP in three straight games. This opposite-hand matchup against Casey Kelly ($7,800) should be one that puts Kang in position to have another big game. Averaging 13.6 DKFP, Kang is generally an all-or-nothing play, making him more of a GPP consideration.
ValueRoberto Ramos, LG vs. KTW, $3,300 – Ramos is one of the most head scratching salaries in KBO. He continuously produces like a top end 1B play, but his salary only inches up slowly. This dude is hitting .404 with six bombs and 11 RBI, averaging more DKFP than every 1B play on the slate, other than Kang. He’s in an opposite-hand matchup against one of the worst pitchers on the slate, so I’ll lock Ramos in as my favorite play on this slate.
StudJose Fernandez, DOO at SAM, $6,400 – Fernandez continues to be the anchor of one of the most dangerous offenses in KBO. The Bears have been an over machine, mostly thanks to Fernandez hitting .458. Sung Hwan Yoon ($7,600) got blown up on the mound in his only appearance this season, leaving Doosan’s offense in prime position. The Bears should be a popular stack, and Fernandez should lead most of them.
ValueKeon Chang Seo, KIW at LOT, $3,200 – Sea has been absolutely on fire lately, scoring 10 or more DKFP in six of his last seven games. Even throughout all that production, his salary is up just $400 over the past week. Seo’s in an opposite-hand matchup against a below average arm, as the Giants continue to fall back to reality after their hot start. Seo feels like an extremely safe play at this price.
StudJae Gyun Hwang, KTW at LG, $4,500 – 3B was an extremely thin position less than a week ago, but I think these two plays I’ve highlighted have stepped in to really help provide reasonable targets. Hwang has scored double-digit DKFP in eight of his last 10 games, including 11-plus in five straight — a span he’s averaging 15.4 DKFP during. He has a solid matchup against Kelly and the Twins, giving him an opportunity to continue raking.
ValueDae In Hwang, KIA at SK, $3,900 – Hwang hopped into the Tigers’ lineup four games ago, and has seen some early success. Perhaps it’s just a flash in the pan, but he’s already racked up six hits (including a double and a homer), and is averaging 10.8 DKFP. He’ll be in an opposite-hand matchup against an awful SK squad, so at a thin position, I’d continue to explore the upside here.
StudHa Seong Kim, KIW at LOT, $4,700 – Dixon Machado ($5,400) was kind of a staple at SS, but has gone ice cold recently. SS is probably a position to find one of many pay down spots, but Kim does offer some intriguing upside. After brutal start to the season, Kim’s finally showing why he comes so highly priced. He’s scored double-digit DKFP in four straight, including 52 total DKFP in his last two games. This is just a hot play in a decent matchup.
ValueWoo Jun Sim, KTW at LG, $2,700 – Personally, I’m more comfortable paying down at SS, preferably for Sim. Sim’s hitting .317 and averaging 10 DKFP this season, which isn’t production you often find at a price like this. Sim’s scored between 9-27 DKFP in each of his last six outings, giving us another really safe value to roster on this slate.
StudMel Rojas Jr., KTW at LG, $5,900 – Rojas has been a hit-or-miss bat to pay up for this season, but more often a miss towards the start of the year. He’s found his stride recently, as the switch-hitter has brought his average all the way up to .456, thanks to seven multi-hit games in his last nine. With this offense scoring at least eight runs in five of its last six, Rojas should have chances to keep driving in runs.
ValueJung Hoo Lee, KIW at LOT, $4,200 – Lee isn’t your typical value, but generally is much more expensive. It’s interesting to see him this cheap with how well he’s playing lately — averaging 16.75 DKFP over the last four games. He’s in a very good opposite-hand matchup on this slate, and could easily be priced at $5,000. This is a cheap way to roster another stud.
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