UPDATE: We removed Tyler Wilson as he has been scratched while he continues ramping up his arm.
We are through Day 1 of the Korea Baseball Organization season, and the DFS transactions are coming in fast and furious.
There’s plenty of action out there, but we’re here to help you try and get the best of these big fields. Here’s our best bets for today’s DFS rosters in the KBO:
Pitcher: William Cuevas, KT Wiz ($7,300)
Cuevas moved to the KBO last year after playing in small parts of three different MLB seasons. He was a solid work horse, throwing the sixth most innings in the league. He ranked 17th among season-long starting pitchers with a 3.62 ERA and ninth among season-long starters in WHIP.
Catcher: Eui-Ji Yang, NC Dinos ($4,800)
All this guy does is rake and make it look easy. Sure he’s a bit pricier at $4,800, but his OPS of over 1.000 the last two seasons as a receiver just gives him too much value. And Samsung might have a pretty bad rotation. Save your pennies somewhere else and take this masher.
First Base: Byungho Park, Kiwoon Heroes ($4,800)
Sample size and all, but Park went 3-5 yesterday with a home run and 2 RBI’s for 24 fantasy points. He’s tied for the lead on the entire planet in professional baseball player fantasy points earned in 2020. Ride the hot hand.
Second Base: Dixon Machado, Lotte Giants ($4,300)
In his first-ever KBO game yesterday, Machado went 2-4 with a home run and four RBI’s. Maybe he really likes the food over there, but give the former Detroit Tiger the benefit of the doubt at this price early in the season.
Shortstop: Ha-Seong Kim, Kiwoom Heroes ($4,000)
Hit a home run yesterday, but that’s not a fluke. He’s hit at least 19 in each of the last five seasons in the KBO. Plus he’s facing Min-woo Lee, who might be really terrible: Matt Williams #2 starter was 2-6 last year with a 5.43 ERA.
Third Base: Suk-Min Park, NC Dinos ($4,600)
The knock on Park is his focus, but he hit a home run yesterday that shows he can take advantage of mistakes when needed. He also hit everything hard. The veteran hit 19 HR’s last year with a .396 OBP.
Outfield: Taek-Keun Lee, Kiwoon Heroes ($2,200)
A bargain at the price, Lee doesn’t hit for a lot of power but gets total bases. He hit .308 last year with an .825 OPS, and went 2-for-4 yesterday with a double in the 11-2 rout of the Tigers yesterday.
Outfield: Hyung-woo Choi, Kia Tigers ($5,000)
Qualifies at 1B as well, and has 302 career home runs with a .960 career OPS. If someone is going to get Kia out of this funk, especially with the pressure on the franchise this season, it’s like a veteran that knows his way around the league.
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