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Lineup advice for Samsung Lions-Lotte Giants Showdown

We break down ideal Showdown picks for Thursday’s KBO matchup between the Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants.

South Korea’s champions Samsung Lions celebrate after beating Japan’s champions Softbank Hawks during the 2011 Asia Series baseball tournament in central Taichung on November 29, 2011. South Korea won 5-3. Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP via Getty Images

The Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants are facing off in a KBO matchup Thursday at 5:30 a.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and DraftKings will have Showdown contests available for the game. We break down the ideal lineup strategy below, and you can play here.

Captain’s Picks

Chae Heung Choi, SP, Samsung Lions: $14,100

Choi has excelled this year and has a top five ERA (1.88) through 28 innings of work. He’s struck out 19 batters through four appearances while only giving up 14 hits. His 1.04 whip is also top notch. Getting a productive starting pitcher a this price against a below average scoring offense is enticing.

Dong Yeop Kim, OF, Samsung Lions: $9,300

Kim’s batting average (.275) and OBP (.293) might not be very impressive, but he’s managed to score at least 12 DKFP in three of his last four games. He’s hit four home runs and tallied 16 RBIs this season, proving he can still be a valuable contributor at the plate. He’s a value play that’s among the league leaders in several important statistics and should receive serious consideration.

Utility Picks

Ah Seop Son, OF, Lotte Giants: $7,400

Son hasn’t showcased a ton of power, but is an expert when it comes to getting on base. He’s batting .344 and has the second highest OBP (.494) in the KBO. Only the Doosan Bears’ Jose Fernandez gets on base more often.

Dae Ho Lee, 1B, Lotte Giants: $9,200

Lee is one of the Giants’ more consistent hitters. He and Jun Woo Jeon ($9,400) are tied with a team-high 24 hits on the year. Lee has the better batting average .353 and is a little cheaper, but both players should be solid flex options. Getting players who are typically locks to get on base is important.