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. On Sunday morning, the action gets underway at 4:00 a.m. ET.
What do we know about the league? Who should we be putting into lineups? Let’s figure out all this together, position-by-position.
Set your lineups here: KBO $40K Relay Throw [$10K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)
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What to know about the KBO
Eric Jokisch, KIW vs. SK, $9,100 – Jokisch doesn’t strike out a ton of hitters, but he also rarely gives up runs. He’s yet to give up more than three runs in a start this season and he is sporting a 1.68 ERA. This has allowed Jokisch to average 18.7 DKFP, the most of any starting pitcher on the slate. I think of him as the safest starter on Sunday’s slate.
Jin Ho Kim, NCD vs. HAN, $4,000 – As per usual, the Dinos are the largest favorite on the slate and are -230 to win over the Eagles. This makes sense since the Dinos have the best record in the league and the Eagles have the worst. This makes Kim, a recent call up, a really interesting value option at min price. He’s only made one start this season, and while it didn’t go great, he wasn’t awful, allowing three runs and scoring 9.6 DKFP. In an easy matchup against the Eagles, it seems to reasonable to think he could pick up a win and Kim doesn’t have to do much to pay off such a cheap price tag.
Dong Won Park, KIW vs. SK, $5,400 – This has been an interesting week for catchers. On the high end, we are typically debating whether Park or Eui Ji Yang is the best option. It’s been a question easier to answer than normal this week. Earlier in the week, Park was injured and now Yang is out due to vertigo. Since these are the only two expensive options, Park is the expensive play since he’s the only one to choose from. For the season, he averages 8.4 DKFP and has a .970 OPS.
Se Hyuk Park, DOO at LG, $3,000 – Coming off a season-high 25 DKFP, Park has been a cheap catcher with upside as of late. This is something we haven’t seen from catchers for most of the season. Typically, we need to spend big dollars at the position to get any kind of big game. Over his past five starts, Park has scored double-digit DKFP three times and he’s reached base in every game this week.
Jin Sung Kang, NCD vs. HAN, $5,000 – It’s pretty crazy to think that Kang was priced under $4,000 at the start of June. He has a hit in all but one of his games this month, bringing his DKFP average up to 11.0 per game. At 26 years old, Kang is having a breakout season and is turning into a star. He’s among the league leaders with a 224 wRC+ and his contact skills are much improved from last season. Kang has cut his strikeout rate to 11% after having K rates of 19.2% and 22.7% in his past couple of seasons.
Joo Hwan Choi, DOO at LG, $2,300 – Until his price goes up, Choi looks like a must-play and he also has second base eligibility. He comes into Sunday with four consecutive multi-hit games and he has scored over 20 DKFP in three of those games. In total, he has scored eight runs and driven in seven runs during this four-game stretch.
Dixon Machado, LOT at KIW, $4,500 – Machado’s first season playing overseas has been an odd one. The former MLB utility player came out of the gates on fire. He was hitting for power and stealing bags as one of the top fantasy producers over the first couple weeks of the season. Then Machado faded and wasn’t fantasy relevant for a while. Now, he’s back! Machado has scored at least 8.0 DKFP in five consecutive games and has racked up 12 hits during this stretch. With some of the more expensive second baseman struggling, this is a good time to jump on Machado.
Hoon Jung, LOT at KTW, $3,800 – Since having his first hitless game of the season on Thursday, Jung has bounced back and averaged 11 DKFP in his next two games. He missed a chunk of the season due to an abdomen injury but has been super productive when healthy. Jung averages 9.9 DKFP, the second most of any second baseman in the league.
Tyler Saladino, SAM at KIA, $4,400 – Not only is Saladino on a hot streak, but his price also dropped by $300 after he scored 21 DKFP on Saturday morning. After a slow start to the season, Saladino has picked his play up in June and been the top third baseman for DK purposes this month. He’s scored at least a dozen DKFP in seven of his past 10 starts. Nothing has helped Saladino’s production more than his speed. Over his past 10 games, he’s stolen five bases.
Chan Ho Park, KIA vs. SAM, $3,500 – Typically in the lineup because of his defense, Park has added value with his bat over the last few games. He has three consecutive multi-hit games, scoring as many as 21 DKFP over this recent stretch. Overall, I don’t love Park as a play although it’s hard to find many viable cheap options at third base. At least Park has shown some upside lately, which is more than I can say for most of the players priced around him.
Ha Seong Kim, KIW vs. SK, $5,600 – It’s been an up-and-down season for Kim. He was the second in the league in WAR last year and hasn’t been quite as consistent this season. Injuries and cold streaks have made him tough to trust for DFS purposes. With that said, when he’s been hot, he’s strung multiple big games together. After Kim scored 32 DKFP and homered on Saturday, he might be poised to go on another hot stretch.
Ji Hwan Oh, LG vs. DOO, $3,000 – Easily, Oh is in the middle of his best stretch of the season. He’s scored at least 8.0 DKFP in nine consecutive starts and his price has actually gone down since this stretch started. He was $3,600 and his salary has steadily been dropping over the past couple of weeks, even though he continues to produce.
Mel Rojas Jr., KTW vs. LOT, $5,600 – In his past nine games, Rojas has hit four homers and scored double-digit DKFP seven times. It’s hard to look past this kind of consistent production and despite a lofty price tag, he was $6,700 last week. It might seem weird, but $5,600 is a discount on Rojas considering where he’s been priced for most of the season. He leads the league with 13 homers.
Hae Seong Kook, DOO at LG, $2,100 – A new name in the Bears’ lineup, Kook got his first start of the season just a week ago. It took him a little while to find his way at the plate, but he’s now getting comfortable and appears to have earned himself a regular job in the starting lineup. Kook hit his first homer of the season on Saturday and is averaging 22 DKFP over his past two games.
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