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 $100K Bat Flip [$25K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)
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What to know about the KBO
StudEric Jokisch, KIW at LG, $8,900 – It’s hard to ignore the start of the season for Jokisch. A former journeyman in the MLB minor league system, Jokisch is making a splash in the KBO. After finishing last season with a 3.13 ERA, he has a 0.82 ERA through two starts this season. The Heroes are the largest favorite on the slate, so he should be able to keep his strong of the season going.
ValueMin Woo Kim, HAN vs. LOT, $6,500 – It’s a bit hard to know what to expect from Kim for the rest of the season. So far, he’s been dominant. Kim has a 2.38 ERA and is averaging 20.4 DKFP since he’s striking out over 10 hitters per nine innings. This is a stark difference from how he pitched last season. Last year, Kim finished his season with a 6.75 ERA. He’s only 24, so there is reason to think this season is the start of a breakout and not a fluke.
StudEu Ji Yang, NCD at SK, $5,300 – Whenever paying up for catcher, it seems like Yang almost has to be the play. He was arguably the best hitter in the KBO last year, leading the league in wRC+ and WAR. While we haven’t seen quite the same production from Yang this season, he’s still been extremely consistent and has at least 5.0 DKFP in eight of the nine games he’s started.
ValueSung Woo Jang, KTW vs. SAM, $3,000 – To this point, Jang has been the best fantasy producing catcher in the league. He’s averaging 8.7 DKFP and has at least a dozen fantasy points in four of his past seven games. While a matchup against former Phillies pitcher Ben Lively ($7,000) might seem tough, Lively has struggled to start the season. He has a 4.50 ERA and has lost each of his first two starts.
StudJae Il Oh, DOO at KIA, $4,200 – Oh finally cooled off a bit last night, but he still reached base via a walk. It was his first game this season without a hit, but he’s still yet to have a game where he didn’t reach base. Overall, he’s been a monster with an average of 12.8 DKFP and at least 15 DKFP in half of his games. Oh has at least 21 homers in four consecutive seasons, so he’s been one of the better power hitters in the KBO for a while.
ValueRoberto Ramos, LG vs. KIW, $3,000 – What does this guy have to do for a more expensive price tag? Ramos has at least 13 DKFP in five of his past seven games and is averaging 12.2 DKFP for the season. Despite this, the former Rockies minor leaguer continues to be priced as one of the cheapest first baseman on every slate. Ramos has yet to start a game and not record a hit.
StudJose Fernandez, DOO at KIA, $6,500 – He’s easily the most expensive second baseman on the slate and for good reason. Fernandez was one of the top hitters in the KBO last season and didn’t waste much time to get going this year. Fernandez has seven multi-hit games compared to just three games with less than two hits. He’s scored at least 18 DKFP in five of his past eight games.
ValueHoon Jung, LOT at HAN, $3,400 – Another on-base machine, Jung has opened the season batting .367 and is riding an eight-game hitting streak. While he might not have a ton of power, his making up for it with consistency. Jung has at least 5.0 DKFP in every game this season and is one of the top fantasy producing second baseman in the league with an average of 10.9 DKFP.
StudJae Gyun Hwang, KTW vs. SAM, $4,300 – Third base has been a really tough position to get value out of. There is a single player expected to start at the position tonight averaging more than 8.0 DKFP. Hwang is the one player here that I think has a reliable ceiling. He’s had at least 20 homers in his past four KBO seasons and looks like he’s starting to get going after a slow start to the season. Hwang has double-digit DKFP in five of his past seven games.
ValueKyoung Min Hur, DOO at KIA, $2,800 – Not only is third base tough to get production out of, there aren’t many cheap players at the position either. Hur is one of the only cheap options projected to start tonight. A boom or bust option, Hur has alternated good and bad games recently. Playing for the Bears, who have one of the league’s most potent offenses, there is reason to stick Hur into stacks.
StudDixon Machado, LOT at HAN, $5,700 – An infielder who didn’t have much success in MLB, Machado appears to have found a place he can finally shine. In the KBO, he’s averaging 11 DKFP, the most of any shortstop in the league. There is also reason to think he will improve going forward. Despite a strong 147 wRC+ for Machado, he’s been pretty unlucky with ball in play and only has a .259 BABIP.
ValueWoo Jun Sim, KTW vs. SAM, $2,400 – The speedy shortstop has shown us what kind of upside he has with his legs in the past couple of games. He’s stolen bags in back-to-back games, averaging 21 DKFP in those contests. Sim remains one of the cheapest shortstops in the league despite averaging 9.1 DKFP.
StudPreston Tucker, KIA vs. DOO, $5,300 – Hopefully, Tucker will be in the lineup tonight. He had to leave Saturday’s game early with an apparent leg injury, but did some serious damage prior to leaving. Tucker picked up four hits and scored 45 DKFP prior to leaving. This tied for the best offensive performance we have seen this season and the other hitter to score 45 DKFP was also Preston Tucker! He’s scored double-digit DKFP in five his past six games and is tearing up KBO pitchers.
ValueAh Seop Son, LOT at HAN, $3,500 – Son has reached base in every game this season, but his salary has actually gone down since Opening Day. Son started the season priced at $3,600 and after averaging 10.9 DKFP over the course of the past couple of weeks, he’s actually gotten cheaper. He’s a player we need to consider until his price finally goes up. Son is batting .424 on the young season.
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