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 $100K Bat Flip [$25K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)
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What to know about the KBO
StudJae Hak Lee, NCD at SK, $9,700 – Lee’s more expensive than I prefer to spend at pitcher, but you’re easily getting the most upside of any arm on the slate. He was solid in his first start of the season, going 5.1 innings and striking out six batters. While Lee allowed four runs, it was to a Giants’ offense that ranks second in KBO. Lee will have a chance to build off his 15.2 DKFP in that outing by going up against an SK offense who’s 26 runs in eight games rank dead last in KBO.
ValueHyeong Jun So, KTW vs. SAM, $6,000 – So doesn’t have the ceiling that Lee brings, but you’re getting a pretty safe play here for just $6,000. So struck out just two Bears in five innings in his first start, but Doosan has the KBO’s top offense, while Samsung ranks just seventh in runs scored. You should be investing in a pretty safe floor here.
StudEu Ji Yang, NCD at SK, $5,000 – Yang is consistently the top catcher play. Not only is the position thin, just like MLB, but he’s legitimately one of the top hitters in KBO. Yang’s scored at least 5.0 DKFP in all but one game, plays on a daily basis, and is yet to go yard. Once we finally get a ceiling game from him, he could be even more expensive.
ValueSung Woo Jang, KTW vs. SAM, $3,200 – Jang only has two total DKFP in his last two games combined, but we saw him go for 19-plus DKFP in three consecutive games prior. You don’t get as safe a floor as you do with Yang, but for an $1,800 discount, there’s a high ceiling here.
StudJae Il Oh, DOO at KIA, $4,500 – There are plenty of more expensive 1B plays, and we can slot them in elsewhere thanks to multi-position eligibility. Oh stands out as a very affordable play with just as much upside as any. Not only is he hitting .429 with three homers, but he’s scored at least 15 DKFP in four straight, and had four hits for 31 DKFP in his last contest. Hitting in an opposite-hand matchup for the best offense in the league, Oh could easily be priced up another $1,000.
ValueRoberto Ramos, LG vs. KIW, $2,900 – A lot of cheaper plays on these slates pop for their DKFP average, but it’s due to some random success early in the season, and they aren’t actually everyday players. That’s not the case with Ramos, who’s played in all eight games for the Twins, hitting .419 with three homers. He averages 12.5 DKFP, and went off for a two-homer, 30-DKFP game against the Dinos. He offers some of the slates bet value, hitting in an opposite-hand matchup on Friday.
StudJose Fernandez, DOO at KIA, $6,300 – Fernandez seemed overpriced in the early going, but now he’s proven his worth in the Bears’ offense. A hot streak over his last four games has Fernandez hitting .500 at this stage of the season, with three multi-hit games in his last four — one was a four-hit game with a bomb and 33 DKFP. He has an opposite-hand matchup against a far inferior squad on this slate. Keep riding the hot streak if you can afford it.
ValueHoon Jung, LOT at HAN, $3,600 – Jung is just so consistent, scoring between 7-18 DKFP in every game so far this season. The Giants have the second-ranked offense in KBO, and even with the slight increase in price, the market still has not caught up on Jung. If you play cash games, this is a nice place to look for a safe, affordable target.
StudSuk Min Park, NCD at SK, $4,500 – 3B seems to consistently be the weakest position on these slates, so paying up feels like a risk to begin with. Park is just about as high as I’d go. After a solid start, Park’s only hit double-digit DKFP once in his last six contests, but made the most of it, bashing two home runs and scoring 31 DKFP. The upside is there, I’m just not sure the move isn’t to pay down here.
ValueMin Sung Kim, LG vs. KIW, $3,600 – Kim offers a little bit more of a discount, but I wish there was more of a punt play to capitalize on. Kim’s been a pretty consistent and safe play, but hasn’t offered any home run upside. If you prefer to pay down even more, I don’t blame you, but Park and Kim provide the most safety at 3B.
StudDixon Machado, LOT at HAN, $5,700 – Machado has slowed down some from his hot start, but still is the dominant force among the SS options. I hate that we’re dealing with a $1,000 price jump here, so this could be a good slate to consider fading him. But if I do pay up for an expensive SS, Machado’s the only consideration.
ValueJae Ho Kim, DOO at KIA, $2,300 – There are some good SS values, and Kim really highlights that. The ceiling is obviously limited, scoring 10 DKFP twice this season, but he also hasn’t scored fewer than 6.0 DKFP since Opening Day. Hitting .387 for an explosive offense like the Bears should come with a higher price tag. This is a great punt play for cash.
StudJae Hwan Kim, DOO at KIA, $5,300 – Kim can slot in at 1B/OF, but with so many other options at 1B, I prefer rostering him in the OF. Averaging 16.6 DKFP, Kim has scored 11 or more DKFP in six of his eight games this season. He’s hitting .419 with four homers and a whopping 14 RBI. He’s been red-hot in his last four outings, averaging 22.75 DKFP, and has another tremendous matchup on this slate. Kim is a must for any Bears stack.
ValueChun Woong Lee, LG vs. KIW, $3,400 – Lee was $4,400 on the first KBO slate, but got off to a slow start in his first four games. Since then, he’s averaging 16.25 DKFP, with eight hits and eight runs in those four contests. We’re getting an obvious discount here, and Lee’s discounted for his poor start, but not yet adjusted for a hot streak that’s bringing him back towards his averages. Take advantage while we can.
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