With the MLB regular season still a few weeks away, we don’t have to wait 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 main slate locks at 5:00 am ET. Let’s break down some targets and values.
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Chris Flexen, DOO vs. HAN, $8,300 - Flexen’s hot start has cooled down lately, but the competition has also become more difficult. We know there’s 25-plus DKFP upside here, and his first matchup of the season against KBO’s worst offense seems like the right spot to get back on track.
NONE - What makes Flexen even more attractive is that he’s not that expensive and the value at pitcher just isn’t there. There are cheap plays, but a quick glance at their game logs and matchups makes it pretty tough to talk yourself into this being a good slate to roster them. I’ll double-down on paying for pitchers and find value elsewhere.
Se Hyuk Park, DOO vs. HAN, $3,700 - Paying for expensive pitchers means finding some extra value, which almost certainly means you’re not paying up at catcher. If you do have the luxury, I don’t think you need to pay up all the way. Park provides some home run upside for an elite offense, which is as much as you can ask for at the position.
Ji Young Lee, KIW at KTW, $2,100 - If you do go the savings route, might as well go all in. Lee doesn’t have the home run upside of other catchers, but I wouldn’t expect it at this price. He’s hitting .311 and has the ability to get hot and have multi-hit games. He also has 15 and 20 DKFP efforts in his past four games.
Ja Wook Koo, SAM vs. LG, $4,700 - Koo averages a solid 10 DKFP this season, but everything points to this being an above-average spot. He’s averaging 12 DKFP over his past 10 games and has played significantly better at home (11.5 DKFP) than on the road (7.6 DKFP). Koo has also played very well in this specific matchup, averaging 12.5 DKFP against LG. Scoring 14 or more DKFP in four of his past five, this feels like a spot for Koo to perform.
Joo Hwan Choi, DOO vs. HAN, $3,400 - Choi is simply a consistent source of production at an affordable price. He plays in a tremendous offense and has home run upside, along with 1B/2B eligibility.
Hoon Jung, LOT vs. SK, $3,800 - Jung’s been playing well lately, with 13-plus DKFP in three of his past four games. He’ll be squaring off against what could be a dumpster fire of a pitching effort from SK, so there’s a lot of upside here for a Giants offense that plays better at home.
Chi Hong An, LOT vs. SK, $3,400 - Sticking with that theme, you can save a few bucks on An, who’s a good play for most of the same reasons. An averages 9.6 DKFP in home games and 11.7 DKFP in matchups against SK this season.
Jae Gyun Hwang, KTW vs. KIW, $4,800 - Third base is generally my least favorite position, and while you have to pay for the production here, Hwang is finally a stud play I’m on board with. He’s averaging 15.7 DKFP over his past nine games and has scored 26 or more DKFP three times in his past six. That’s a ceiling worth paying up for.
Kyoung Min Hur, DOO vs. HAN, $3,400 - Hur is kind of becoming my generic 3B value. He’s a high floor/ceiling hitter in a great offense against a bad team, which is pretty rare to find on the cheap. The only thing not to like here is that his salary does keep climbing because of his strong play, but that doesn’t mean he’s still not underpriced.
Ha Seong Kim, KIW at KTW, $5,100 - Kim’s been the clear-cut SS stud for a while now and his play is only getting stronger — he’s averaging 14.3 DKFP over his past 10 games. He’s been above average against KTW this season and offers home run upside that no other SS comes close to competing with.
Hye Sung Kim, KIW vs. KWT, $3,100 - The SS value is a bit rough, but we can stick to the same lineup for some value. Kim has 2B/SS eligibility, has a solid 7.3-DKFP average and is pretty consistent. He’s also dominated against KTW this year, going 8-for-17 and averaging 15 DKFP per.
Mel Rojas Jr., KTW vs. KIW, $6,000 - I really want to write someone else up here after featuring Rojas so much, but if he keeps raking there’s not much else to do. Before finally getting shutout in his last game, Rojas was averaging 14.9 DKFP over his previous nine. No reason to think this shouldn’t be a bounce-back spot.
Aaron Altherr, NCD vs. KIA, $5,100 - This is not your classic value play, but I couldn’t ignore what Altherr is doing. Outfield is a position to load up on studs and this guy was on everyone’s radar to begin the season but underperformed. He’s finally found his stride in his past nine contests, averaging 16 DKFP. Keep riding him.
If you need a more traditional OF value, there are some cheap plays that can put up numbers. Jeong Dae Bae ($2,800) and Hee Dong Kwon ($2,700) stand out.
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