The first KBO series of 2020 are complete, and despite no home runs being hit on the third day of action, the over went 5-0 yesterday.
And with that in mind let’s take a look at who might be able to hit the ball out of the yard, or keep it from happening, as we take a look at the best fantasy options for May 8th in the KBO.
Pitcher: Hee Kwan Yoo, Doosan Bears ($8,500)
Doosan looks to have their championship form back with the bats, and Yoo last season was 11-8 with a 3.25 ERA, pretty good for a fourth starter. His strikeout rate is very low (64 K in 166 IP last season), but he also had two complete games. Let the Bears play defense behind you, and hopefully get a quality start as he did 17 times in 27 opens last season.
Catcher: Dong Won Park, Kiwoom Heroes ($4,200)
There goes our Heroes — watch ‘em as they hit. The Heroes are facing the KIA Tigers Jang Min-jae, he of the 5.43 ERA and 1.48 WHIP last season. We always love Eui Ji Yang at C, but he’s getting Tyler Wilson tomorrow. Take Park and the cheaper price.
First Base: Jae-Hwan Kim, Doosan Bears ($5,300)
Kim has been very good for the defending champs so far this season, but tomorrow his opponent is 18-year-old Hyeong-Jun So, who is making his KBO debut against the Korea Series champs from 2019. That’s a tough spot for anyone, much less your first game. We’ll be fading the youngster.
Second Base: Jose Fernandez, Doosan Bears ($5,900)
Same as Kim above, but Fernandez has a 1.308 OPS so far this season. He should be licking his chops seeing an 18-year-old 60 feet six inches away.
Shortstop: Jae-Ho Kim, Kiwoom Heroes ($3,300)
Same as above, but cheaper. Also a .916 OPS in all three games played so far this season.
Third Base: Chan-Ho Park, KIA Tigers ($4,000)
Facing Samsung Tigers pitcher Chae-heung Choi, he of the 4.81 ERA last season. Park was 2-5 yesterday, and can save you a few dollars here in front of a big day.
Outfield: Hyung Woo Choi, KIA Tigers ($5,700)
Aaron Altherr is day-to-day, so this might be the best start in the OF available. Also facing Chae-heung Choi, and has a 1.212 OPS so far this season.
Outfield: Jae-Hwan Kim, Doosan Bears ($5,300)
1.112 OPS this season facing an 18-year-old starter. This should be another great chance moving forward to score some points.
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