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Korean Baseball Fantasy Picks: Top DraftKings KBO DFS Targets and Values for June 24

With the MLB season still delayed, 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 Wednesday…

With the MLB season still delayed, 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 Wednesday morning, the action gets underway at 5:30 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 $75K Bat Flip [$20K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)


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What to know about the KBO


PITCHER

Stud

Dan Straily, LOT vs. KIA, $9,200 – Full disclosure: If you’re not planning on setting an alarm for Wednesday’s slate, don’t bother making any lineups. All five games have rain in the forecast, though it appears that Tigers-Giants at least has a chance of starting on time. In any event, with all pitching matchups in question, let’s just focus on Straily’s recent success. The RHP has exceeded 24.0 DKFP in four of his past five outings and he currently leads all qualified SP in K/9 (10.0). Add that to a sterling 2.75 FIP and it’s hard to find a reason why Straily isn’t the best and most trustworthy arm potentially taking the hill.


Value

Jong Hoon Park, SK vs. DOO, $7,700 – The matchup is awful and the expected weather is even worse, but Park is the lone pitcher with any upside below $8K on this slate. It’s also not as if he hasn’t shown the ability to thrive in tough spots. In fact, Park registered a season-high 28.0 DKFP against this very same Bears lineup back on May 26, allowing just two hits across seven innings of work. Additionally, the RHP is in possession of the KBO’s fourth-highest strikeout rate (25.3%), so Park doesn’t need to be perfect to be viable.


CATCHER

Stud

Eui Ji Yang, NCD at KTW, $6,100 – Yang is so, so expensive, but this is truly a perfect spot to use the backstop. The RHB returned from a multi-game absence on Tuesday due to an illness and proceeded to smack his seventh home of the season. That long ball was also Yang’s fourth extra-base hit in his past four starts, so you know his bat is starting to heat up. With Min Soo Kim ($6,000) and his 2.02 WHIP on the mound for the Wiz, I’ll be trying to find the salary for Yang.


Value

Kang Nam Yoo, LG vs. KIW, $4,000 – Day or night, rain or shine, always use Yoo against a left-handed pitcher. The catcher is 12-for-22 (.545) with three doubles and three home runs versus LHPs in 2020, essentially making him a steal at this mid-tier price point. Plus, the southpaw in question is Seung Ho Lee ($6,700), who owns an ugly 5.25 FIP so far this season.


FIRST BASE

Stud

Jin Sung Kang, NCD at KTW, $5,000 – Of the 67 qualified hitters in the KBO, Kang continues to lead the league in many major statistical categories, including batting average (.407), OPS (1.185), wOBA (.508) and wRC+ (206). Sure, regression is probably coming for the 26-year-old at some point, but I doubt it’s Wednesday against KT’s awful pitching staff.


Value

ByungHo Park, KIW at LG, $3,900 – Park was basically given four days off for maintenance last week and it appears to have done wonders for the formerly slumping slugger. Suddenly, Park’s racked up six hits and three home runs in his past three starts, including two long balls on Tuesday in a win against the Twins. Tyler Wilson ($8,500) isn’t generally the archetype of pitcher I’m looking to pick on, but few players have a higher ceiling than Park and he’s a bargain below $4K.


SECOND BASE

Stud

Dixon Machado, LOT vs. KIA, $4,500 – Machado has been on absolute fire the past week or so, following a horrendous stretch at the dish that saw his batting average dip down towards the Mendoza Line. In the import’s past seven games, he’s registered 13 hits, six runs and a pair of stolen bases; while Machado’s also managed to score at least 8.0 DKFP each and every night within that stretch. I’d expect the good times to keep rolling with Min Woo Lee ($8,000) on the mound for the Tigers, as the RHP has conceded 15 earned runs over his last 15 innings.


Value

Hoon Jung, LOT vs. KIA, $3,800 – Jung’s been good in his limited sample so far this season, posting a .376 wOBA over his first 60 plate appearances. The veteran should also be back in the Giants’ starting lineup on Wednesday after getting a day-off to begin the week. Plus, with the aforementioned Machado carrying shortstop eligibility, you can fit both Lotte infielders into a single build if you’re looking to stack against the scuffling Lee.


THIRD BASE

Stud

Tyler Saladino, SAM vs. HAN, $4,600 – Saladino was a massive disappointment on Tuesday, coming up empty in terms of DKFP even with the Lions scoring a slate-high 11 runs. Anyway, he’ll get a chance to redeem himself on Wednesday when he faces Shi Hwan Jang ($6,500), who has yet to find any level of success so far in 2020. In fact, Jang comes into this matchup in possession of a 2.11 WHIP – the highest mark for any of the 41 pitchers that have tossed 30-plus innings this season.


Value

Kyoung Min Hur, DOO at SK, $2,200 – This is a play that’s counter-productive if you’re planning to own the aforementioned Park, yet Hur returned from a three-week stay on the IL last night and he was thrown immediately into the fire. The third baseman hit leadoff in the Bears’ eventual victory, with Kun Woo Park ($3,500) moving down in the lineup to the three-spot. It remains to be seen if Hur will be given that opportunity again; however, that level of plate appearance volume this close to the minimum is enticing.


SHORTSTOP

Stud

Jeong Choi, SK vs. DOO, $5,100 – Choi is clearly out of his early-season slump, as the veteran has posted a .317 average and a .603 slugging percentage so far in the month of June. That last part is the most important, as Choi’s hit five home runs after managing just two back in May. With Hui Kwan Yu ($7,200) – a contact-oriented southpaw – taking the hill for Doosan on Wednesday, it’s hard to think of a better situation to pay up for the 34-year-old.


Value

Hak Ju Lee, SAM vs. HAN, $4,200 – Lee isn’t the cheapest possible option at the position on Wednesday, but I’d still consider him a value based upon his fantastic production so far in June. To wit, in 57 at-bats, the infielder is batting .316 with three doubles and three home runs in the month. For the season as a whole, the LHB has also hit all four of his long balls off of RHPs, so a matchup with the struggling Jang is very much ideal.


OUTFIELD

Stud

Sung Bum Na, NCD at KTW, $6,300 – I’m just having a hard time seeing how the combination of Kim and the Wiz’s bullpen is supposed to keep Na from having a productive Wednesday evening. Coming into this slate, KT actually owns a team ERA of 5.84, a figure certainly not helped by the fact that their scheduled starter has surrendered 18 earned runs in just 20.1 innings of work this season. I’d look for Na, who currently owns a .993 OPS, to have a big performance.


Value

Myung Gi Lee, NCD at KTW, $3,600 – Finally, a cost-effective member of a Dinos stack. Lee doesn’t possess a lot of pop in his bat, yet he does primarily hit in the two-spot for NC, a role’s he’s earned with a robust .406 OBP. Sure, his ceiling isn’t the highest with the potential to hit a home run; however, even without that ability, Lee’s managed to exceed 14.0 DKFP five times in his past 10 starts. Not bad at all.

Set your lineups here: KBO $75K Bat Flip [$20K to 1st] (Korean Baseball)


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