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 Saturday, the action gets underway at 1:00 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
StudDrew Rucinski, NCD vs. HAN, $9,300 – Since the Dinos are the largest favorites on tonight’s slate, it’s pretty difficult to overlook Rucinski as the their starting pitcher. At the very least, he has a high floor since he seems fairly likely to pick up a win. The Dinos have the best record in the KBO at 12-3 and the Eagles 7-9 record has them towards the bottom of the standings.
ValueRaul Alcantara, DOO at SAM, $7,600 – This is not an easy slate to find cheap pitching. While Alcantara isn’t exactly at a bargain price, he’s inexpensive enough that we can slide him into lineups as an SP2. He’s been inconsistent to open the season, but there is reason to be optimistic going forward. Alcantara has 16 strikeouts this season to just two walks and he’s coming off of a 32.8 DKFP outing. It seems he will be prone to giving up runs on occasion although he might be able to cancel out some of the negative points with strikeouts.
StudEu Ji Yang, NCD vs. HAN, $5,100 – If paying up for a catcher, I think Yang almost always has to be the best option. He’s arguably the best hitter in the KBO and his bat is starting to come alive after a slow start to the season. We are also getting Yang on extra rest after he got last night off. Over his past four starts, Yang is averaging 11.75 DKFP.
ValueSe Hyuk Park, DOO at SAM, $3,100 – The Bears have the highest implied run total on the slate, so this is a team I am going to want to get a lot of exposure to. Park doesn’t have a ton of power upside, but he’s consistently getting on base. He has a .341 batting average and has reached base in nine consecutive games. Since the Bears are expected to score a ton of runs tonight, Park’s ability to get on base should lead to RBI and run scoring opportunities.
StudJae Hwan Kim, DOO at SAM, $5,900 – It’s been a while since Kim hit a homer, but he still has four on the season and is one of the top power hitters in the KBO. He’s hit 35 or more homers in three of the past four seasons. Even without hitting long balls, Kim has managed to stay productive. He’s reached base in five consecutive games and averages 11.1 DKFP for the year.
ValueRoberto Ramos, LG vs. KTW, $3,400 – I can’t figure out why Ramos’ price tag isn’t going up. A product of the Rockies’ farm system, Ramos is hitting the ball like he’s playing at Coors Field. He’s opened the season with a .392/.483/.824 slash line and averages 11.6 DKFP per game, yet remains one of the cheapest first baseman on just about every slate. Ramos is too talented a hitter to continue to be so inexpensive.
StudJose Fernandez, DOO at SAM, $6,400 – Fernandez is an absolute hitting machine. The man has been nearly impossible to get out this season and his .476 batting average is the evidence. Fernandez has back-to-back games with three hits and leads all hitters in the KBO by averaging 13.4 DKFP. Even though his salary is lofty, he’s hard to look past hitting in the middle of the order of the team with the highest implied run total on the slate.
ValueKeon Chang Seo, KIW at LOT, $3,600 – Seo is white hot coming into today. He’s scored at least 10 DKFP in five consecutive games and is doing a bit of everything over this stretch. He’s homered, stolen bases, drawn walks — the only thing he doesn’t do very often is strikeout. Seo is a player we need to consider due to his cheap price and current form.
StudSang Su Kim, SAM vs. DOO, $4,900 – Third base is such a tough position to get production out of. The only player 3B in the league averaging more than 10 DKFP is Jae Gyun Hwang ($4,500) and he’s currently dealing with a finger injury. Kim hasn’t hit any homers this season, although he does come with a decent floor. He’s reached base in 13 consecutive games and has scored double-digit DKFP in four of the past seven games.
ValueByung Hee Kim, KTW at LG, $2,200 – Kim has recently gotten playing time due to the aforementioned injury to Jae Gyun Hwang. So far, Kim has looked decent in his two starts. He’s hit a homer and is averaging 8.5 DKFP. At nearly min price, he looks like a solid value as long as Hwang is out of the lineup. If Hwang plays, there is a chance Kim returns to a bench role, so we are going to need to be on the lookout for a starting lineup.
StudHa Seong Kim, KIW at LOT, $5,100 – After not starting last night due to an ankle injury, Kim is expected to be back in the Heroes’ lineup for the weekend. Hopefully, the injury doesn’t throw off his timing. Prior to sitting out on Friday, he had four consecutive games with double-digit DKFP, averaging 20.5 DKFP over this stretch.
ValueWoo Jun Sim, KTW at LG, $2,800 – Sim is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and his fantasy production has been terrific during this streak. He’s scored at least 8.0 DKFP in all these games and is averaging 13.9 DKFP during this hitting streak. This has propelled Sim to be the best shortstop in the league as far as per game fantasy production goes. It’s also nice that his salary has only gone up $300 since the start of his hitting streak.
StudPreston Tucker, KIA at SK, $6,200 – Tucker failed to get a hit on Friday morning, but it shouldn’t take him long to get back on track. He has yet to go back-to-back games without a hit this season and the last time he scored 0 DKFP, he bounced back with 10 DKFP. Nobody has a greater ceiling than Tucker and he has two games this season with 45 DKFP.
ValueMoon Ho Kim, HAN at NCD, $3,200 – Kim didn’t open the season as a starter for the Eagles. Once he finally got an opportunity, he hit so well that the team couldn’t take him out of the lineup. He averages 11.5 DKFP and has yet to have a game where he didn’t pick up at least one hit. Kim is also coming off his best game of the season, as he hit a pair of homers and scored 30 DKFP in Friday morning’s win.
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