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 $100K Bat Flip [$25K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)
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What to know about the KBO
StudWarwick Saupold, HAN vs. LOT, $9,700 – Saupold dominated the first KBO slate with his complete game shutout of SK, racking up 31.5 DKFP despite just two strikeouts. He came down from his high in his second game, but he was still very solid and showed us he does have strikeout upside, recording five in six innings of work which translated to 15.9 DKFP against KIW. The Giants can score some runs, but were held to just one in their last game in this matchup. Without any other real competition for a top arm on this slate, Saupold remains the safest target.
ValueYoung Gyu Kim, NCD at SK, $6,200 – The upside here is in the matchup, with SK averaging by far the fewest runs in KBO (3.1). That makes for an interesting decision to set the opposing pitcher as the cheapest on the slate. Kim was nothing special in his season debut, allowing three runs in five innings (two home runs), but he struck out four and managed 8.5 DKFP against a very good Giants offense.
StudEu Ji Yang, NCD at SK, $5,100 – This one’s getting repetitive. Yang isn’t must-play — just like MLB, sometimes paying down at catcher is the answer to afford what you need. But if you do pay up, there’s no other play even worth considering. Yang’s one of the leagues top hitters, and while he hasn’t made much noise yet, he’s been consistently solid.
ValueSe Hyuk Park, DOO at KIA, $2,700 – Park is the most intriguing catcher play to me, pretty much putting up similar numbers to Yang. He’s scored at least 6.0 DKFP in four straight and had a three-hit game for 19 DKFP his last time out. His salary dropped $400 from the last slate, giving up a convenient time to target him.
StudJae Il Oh, DOO at KIA, $4,100 – Oh was the play here on the last slate, and while he didn’t play to the 31-DKFP ceiling we saw in the previous game, he did extend his double-digit DKFP streak to five games. Hitting .425 with three homers and 10 RBI, there isn’t much reason to justify a $400 price cut since the last slate. Keep rolling him out there.
ValueRoberto Ramos, LG vs. KIW, $3,000 – I pumped up Ramos on the last slate, saying how amazing it is to get an everyday player that’s been producing at this price. Of course, he got his first off day of the season, so we’re in the same spot again. Ramos is hitting .419 and averaging 12.5 DKFP, and should almost certainly return to the lineup.
StudJose Fernandez, DOO at KIA, $6,300 – Fernandez has shaken his slow start and is now becoming the most dominant player on these KBO slates. He was probably my favorite bat on the last slate, scoring at least 18 DKFP in three of his past four, and he had another three-hit game to extend that streak with 19 DKFP. The dude’s hitting .526, so I won’t be fading him.
ValueJoo Hwan Choi, DOO at KIA, $2,100 – Choi is 1B/2B eligible, giving you plenty of options to fit a nice pay down piece. Choi’s been an everyday player for the Bears, averaging 8.3 DKFP on a .308/2/5 line. He’s had an extra-base hit in three straight games, averaging just shy of 12 DKFP in that span.
StudMin Sung Kim, LG vs. KIW, $3,600 – I say it every slate, 3B is just as much of a punt position as any. In fact, I actually like Yang more than any 3B play. Kim was my value on the last slate, but just to get the idea of paying up out of your head, he’ll be our stud on this slate. A price of $3,600 is the most I’m willing to pay at 3B. Kim isn’t a home run hitter, but he gets on base and scores. Kim’s had an extra-base hit in four of his past five.
ValueSung Gyu Lee, SAM at KTW, $3,000 – If you want some cheaper upside, Lee offers it. He’s hit a pair of home runs, and even scored 27 DKFP in a game without going deep. He also plays for one of the worst offenses in KBO, and you’ll have to be prepared to get a goose egg from him. This is a GPP play only.
StudDixon Machado, LOT at HAN, $5,600 – Machado was a bust for the second consecutive contest, but look at his competition at SS. I don’t think there’s a SS play above $3,400 I’d roster outside of Machado, which makes him our default stud. The upside is obvious when you look at his early season success, but I’ll probably stay away from him in this matchup.
ValueJae Ho Kim, DOO at KIA, $2,000 – You might not even scroll down to Kim when looking for a SS to roster, and he’s the cheapest play by $200. He’s costed us as much as $3,600 on some slates, but inexplicably keeps dropping in price, now all the way down to the bare minimum. His high so far is 10 DKFP, so there’s a limited ceiling, but he’s also scored no fewer than 6.0 DKFP on any slate since Opening Day. This is a pretty strong cash play to get yourself a few cheap points, and open up salary to pay up at key positions.
StudPreston Tucker, KIA vs. DOO, $5,200 – You probably know Tucker from some relatively successful time in MLB. He’s off to a terrific start in KBO, with a .417/3/12 line on the young season. Tucker’s scored 10-plus DKFP in four of his past five contests, flashing some monster upside — a 45-DKFP outing with five hits (two homers) and six RBI. He’s in an opposite-hand matchup against Yong Chan Lee ($8,500) of the Bears, who seems significantly overpriced following a 13-12 win against KTW in his season debut.
ValueChun Woong Lee, LG vs. KIW, $3,400 – Lee continues to churn out numbers, but his salary just refuses to budge. Perhaps it’s because he’s yet to hit a homer, but Lee continues to get on base, swipe bags and score runs. He’s averaging 16.25 DKFP over his past four, scoring no fewer than 11 DKFP. Lee has another solid matchup against a pretty average Twins’ pitching staff.
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