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 for big prizes. Saturday’s five-game KBO slate locks at 4 a.m. ET. Let’s breakdown some targets and values.
Set your lineups here: KBO $50K Relay Throw [$10K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)
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Jae Hak Lee, NCD vs. HAN, $8,900 – Lee’s had a pretty inconsistent season, but the matchup here should be an easy indicator of a good spot. The Eagles have the worst offense in KBO and are on a historic losing streak. Lee had 20 DKFP at Hanwha just two starts ago.
Ki Young Im, KIA vs. SAM, $7,600 – Im has been on a pretty solid run lately and is coming off his best start of the season — 27.1 DKFP in a win over SK. Im is in position to carry that momentum into a start against a slightly below average Samsung offense.
Kang Nam Yoo, LG vs. DOO, $4,000 – The top-tier catchers haven’t been producing lately, but Yoo has been doing well for a good Twins offense. Yoo’s scored 10-plus DKFP in four of his past five contests, and the trend of Doosan games scoring runs on the road is one of the hottest in KBO. The Bears have hit the over in 17 of 21 road games, and these two teams combined for 28 runs in the previous game. You’ll notice plenty of targets from this one.
Se Hyuk Park, DOO at LG, $2,800 – Park’s shown a little bit of pop recently, and this gives us cheap exposure to where we should see the most runs. Neither pitcher in this one is trustworthy.
Roberto Ramos, LG vs. DOO, $5,200 – Ramos was absolutely raking prior to his injury and will be playing in his third game since returning. He only has six DKFP thus far in his first two games, but he’s eventually going to bounce-back to form. The .353/13/31 line speaks for itself, with 30-DKFP upside in almost any matchup. Playing against Doosan at home is just another bonus.
Jin Sung Kang, NCD vs, HAN, $4,500 – First base is a position you want to spend some salary, but I’ll give you some much cheaper value plays at the rest of the positions. Kang’s averaging over 11 DKFP on the season and gets a tremendous matchup against the Eagles. He’s dominated them this season, averaging 19.3 DKFP in seven games. Kang also has 1B/OF eligibility, so you can fit him even if you prefer another heavy-hitting 1B target.
Jose Fernandez, DOO at LG, $5,800 – Fernandez comes with the same conditions on any slate. He’s the only 2B play that gives you elite upside, and while he can be worth his price tag, I prefer the value options. He does play in that Bears vs. Twins game, though, which is very much worth stacking.
Joo Hwan Choi, DOO at LG, $2,000 – You can also get super cheap exposure to this game from a player that’s playing just as well right now. Choi has hit eight home runs this season, which is unheard of for his salary. He’s scored over 20 DKFP in three straight games for the Bears and is one of my favorite plays on this slate.
Tyler Saladino, SAM at KIA, $4,700 – Saladino’s getting his season back on track, averaging 10.8 DKFP over his past 10 games. Kia does have the best pitching staff in baseball, though, and I like the pitching option a lot. While I’m not afraid to play Saladino on an island, I do prefer getting more value here so we can spend at 1B/OF.
Seon Woo Oh, KIA vs. SAM, $2,800 – Oh has only been up for seven games this season but is hitting .375, so he’s likely to grind you out a decent return for close to no salary. Third base is probably the weakest play on the slate, so take what you can get.
Jeong Choi, SK at KIW, $5,400 – Choi’s been one of the lone bright spots for the Wyverns this season, and has a pretty decent matchup. He’s been finding his way out of the ballpark lately, with three homers in his past five contests, along with two games of 23-plus DKFP.
Jae Ho Kim, DOO at LG, $2,500 – Kim’s a pretty consistent option at another weak position, which is always worth considering just buying some cheap points. He’s scored double-digit DKFP three times and has managed at least 5.0 DKFP in six straight.
Preston Tucker, KIA vs. SAM, $5,600 – Tucker’s been dominant lately for the Tigers and has a favorable opposite-hand matchup on this slate. He’s had tons of ceiling games, and is coming off one in the series opener against Samsung — a homer and two doubles helped him to 33 DKFP. Tucker’s averaging 22.3 DKFP against Samsung this season.
Kun Woo Park, DOO at LG, $3,300 – Park’s been on an insane hot streak, and even with so many elite plays in the OF I can’t imagine fading him. Park’s averaging 13.8 DKFP over his past 10 outings and provides cheap exposure to the most attractive game.
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