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 Sunday, 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)
What are some trends that are happening in the KBO?
StudMike Wright, NCD vs. HAN, $8,900 – Wright is a similar play to what Drew Rucinsky was on the last slate. There aren’t many great pitching options, so Wright stands out since the Dinos are the largest favorites on the slate. He’s also pitching extremely well to start the season. Wright has a 1.69 ERA and the Dinos have won all three games that he’s started. For fantasy purposes, Wright has also been solid, averaging 18.7 DKFP.
ValueChan Gyu Lim, LG vs. KTW, $7,200 – Almost every game on the Sunday morning slate has a double-digit run total, making it tough to find much security in the starting pitchers. Lofty total aside, it’s pretty hard to ignore how well Lim has pitched to start the season. He averages 21.6 DKFP, more than any other pitcher on the slate and comes with solid strikeout upside. In two starts, he’s struck out 13 batters and only issued one walk.
StudDong Won Park, KIW at LOT, $4,200 – At catcher, I almost always default to writing up Eui Ji Yang ($5,200) in this spot. Unfortunately, he got injured Saturday morning, so it seems unlikely he will be playing on this next slate. This has me looking to Park as a good option to pay up for. He has at least 7.0 DKFP in six straight starts and averages 9.2 DKFP for the season.
Editor’s Note: Eui Ji Yang (neck) will not start Sunday vs. Eagles, per Hyeong Rae Jo of OSEN.
ValueJin Sung Kang, NCD vs. HAN, $2,900 – With Yang likely out, we can count on Kang sticking in the starting lineup. As of late, he’s mostly been playing at first base. Earlier in the season, he made a spot start in place of Yang and played well enough the Dinos didn’t want to take him out of the lineup. This has led to Kang becoming a regular player for the team. He is averaging 9.3 DKFP and is on a seven-game hitting streak.
StudJa Wook Koo, SAM vs. DOO, $4,500 – Koo left Saturday’s game early due to a hip injury. The good news is that the injury doesn’t appear to be serious, so he should be in the lineup for Sunday’s game. As long as this is the case, he should keep mashing. Prior to leaving Saturday’s game early, Koo was on an eight-game hitting streak and had scored at least 12 DKFP in five of his past seven games.
ValueRoberto Ramos, LG vs. KTW, $3,400 – I don’t have much else different to say about Ramos other than what I have been saying. He is one of the top hitters in the KBO and his price almost never moves. He leads the league with six homers, yet his price has only gone up $100 since Opening Day. Ramos is an elite value on every slate until his salary moves.
StudJose Fernandez, DOO at SAM, $6,000 – Fernandez had another run of the mill four-hit game Saturday with a homer. This brought his batting average up to .500 for the season. This is another strong spot for the Doosan Bears, who have the highest implied run total of any team on the slate. Fernandez has at least three hits in three consecutive games, so he figures to be involved in the action.
ValueKeon Chang Seo, KIW at LOT, $3,500 – The Heroes’ leadoff hitter, Seo seems to do some sort of damage every game. Saturday, the team scored 12 runs and he was able to contribute with a hit, a walk and a scored run. Seo now has at least 9.0 DKFP in eight of his past nine games and is one of the cheaper starting second baseman on the slate.
StudSang Su Kim, SAM vs. DOO, $4,800 – I always struggle with third base. It’s a tough position to get production out of, so it probably makes most sense to go cheap at this position and save some salary. Jae Gyun Hwang is the top fantasy producer at the position and he’s out for what will likely be an extended period of time because of a finger injury. At least Kim makes for a safe play. He’s reached base in 14 consecutive games.
ValueJin Hyuk No, NCD vs. HAN, $3,200 – No’s game logs are a roller coaster. For tournament purposes, he definitely has the chance to make or break a lineup. Over the past seven games, he three games with multiple hits and four games where he held without a hit. This kind of variance can set a lineup apart in a GPP, but also makes him too risky for cash games.
StudHa Seong Kim, KIW at LOT, $5,100 – Kim was on fire prior to getting hurt with an ankle injury. He took a game off, but it didn’t appear to effect him on Saturday. He picked up three hits, including a homer as the Heroes scored 12 runs in a win. Excluding the game where he got hurt, Kim has now scored at least 19 DKFP in four of his past five games.
ValueWoo Jun Sim, KTW at LG, $3,000 – Hitting leadoff for the Wiz, Sim has a hit in eight consecutive games and leads all shortstops in DK scoring with an average of 9.7 DKFP. Despite his recent success, Sim’s salary has actually gone down since Opening Day, making him a pretty obvious value play. Not only is he getting on base, Sim provides a lot of speed once on the base paths. He has five stolen bases during his hitting streak.
StudMel Rojas Jr., KTW at LG, $6,100 – Rojas hadn’t homered in a week, a power slump he busted out of when he launched a pair of long balls in Saturday’s win. This should open the flood gates for more homers in the near future. In his two KBO seasons, Rojas is averaging over 30 homers. He still has a 216 wRC+ this season, so it’s not like he needs homers to be productive.
ValueAh Seop Son, KIW at LOT, $3,300 – Son figures to bounce back from a rough 0-5 performance this morning. That was actually the first time all season that he failed to reach base. Son is among the league leaders with a 22.5% walk rate, leading to a .493 OBP. He’s gotten on base two or more times more often than not this season.
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