The power numbers are down but the offenses are up across the KBO. Though we’ve had just 28 home runs in 20 games, a total of 63 runs were scored yesterday alone. And we also had our first extra-inning game: A walkoff win for the Lotte Giants who scored a run without a hit in the bottom of the 10th inning, and won it on a wild pitch.
Small ball is winning so far, but it also scores less fantasy points. So keep that in mind as we take a look at the best fantasy options for May 9th in the KBO.
Pitcher: Tae In Won, Samsung Lions ($6,200)
I’d take you, yes you the person reading this, if you were under $6,500 and starting against the Kia Tigers right now. Won has already pitched in relief this season, but gets the start tomorrow. Matt Williams team put up an eight-spot on Thursday... and then got shut out today. They can’t hit enough.
Catcher: Eui-Ji Yang, NC Dinos ($5.100)
The league MVP is back, and he’s ready to roll. We were worried about Yang facing Tyler Wilson yesterday, but he went 3-5 with a double anyway as Wilson got shelled. The VORP of Yang is just greater than that of any other catcher, even at this price.
First Base: Byung-Ho Park, Kiwoom Heroes ($5,200)
Had a big day yesterday, and has been hitting the ball consistently hard all season. Facing the lightly regarded Kim Ee-whan (38 IP, 15K last season) makes this a value play.
Second Base: Jose Fernandez, Doosan Bears ($5,600)
Fernandez struck out twice with a double yesterday, but can still mash it as well as anyone in the KBO at the position. He or Dixon Machado should be in every lineup until further notice.
Shortstop: Jae-Ho Kim, Kiwoom Heroes ($3,000)
A 1.067 OPS, went 2-3 yesterday with a double, and just grinds out points every day. Facing Kim at Hanwah makes this an even better play while saving valuable cap room.
Third Base: Tyler Saladino, Samsung Lions ($4,300)
A good player on a bad team, Saladino has been outstanding value this entire season. He’s averaging 7 FPPG per game, and went 2-4 with a homer yesterday.
Outfield: Hyung Woo Choi, KIA Tigers ($5,200)
Aaron Altherr remains day-to-day, so this is the best start in the OF available. Averaging 10.3 FPPG and facing a marginal pitcher (as is everyone as were onto the fifth starters).
Outfield: Mel Rojas, Jr, KT Wiz ($5,400)
4-5 yesterday with a double and a home run, and a ridiculous 1.611 OPS through four games. Just ride him until he’s $6000 per game or more, as this could be the next breakout American star to re-track his career in Korea.
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