The KBO Rundown- FanDuel KBO DFS Picks- May 23rd, 2020 (5/23/20)

Welcome to the Daily Rundown for FanDuel for KBO DFS contests on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Friday saw Doosan put up a 12 spot, Lotte and Kiwoom slugging it out for a combined 16 runs, while the Kia Tigers who had the highest projected total for the slate won a squeaker, 2-1 over SK Wyverns.  Saturday has some pretty lopsided match-ups with a lot of bad pitchers pitching for the underdogs, leading us to what looks like it should be a high scoring Saturday in the KBO.  Let’s have a look at some options to consider when building line-ups!

Pitcher to Target

Using you can see the projected starters below for Saturday’s games:

  • KT Wiz (Kim Min, 1-0, 9.00) vs LG Twins (Woo Chan Cha, 2-1, 5.62)
  • Hanwha Eagles (Min Woo Kim, 0-0, 1.96) vs. NC Dinos (Rucinski, 2-0, 3.63)
  • Kia Tigers (Brooks, 0-1, 3.00) vs. SK Wyverns (Tae Hoon Kim, 0-1, 1.38)
  • Doosan Bears (Alcantra, 2-1, 4.00) vs. Samsung Lions (Dae Woo Kim, 0-0, 3.86)
  • Kiwoom Heroes (Jokisch, 2-0, 0.53) vs. Lotte Giants (In Bok Lee, 0-0, 0.00)

Raul Alcantara is my favourite pitching option for Saturday morning’s games out of options that I don’t think will be too popular with the masses.  He goes up against the Samsung Lions, who have scored the third fewest runs in the KBO and who lack a quality line-up.  Alcantara was very pedestrian in his first two starts this season before tossing a gem last time out, going 7 strong sprinkling in 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 9 in a victory over Kia.  I like his chances of carrying that over into this one, and the line is heavily slanted in Doosan’s favour, seeing them check in as -230 favourites in this one.  I also think that he will be significantly less owned than another arm that I like…

Aaron Brooks got roughed up by Doosan in his last start, but they are clearly the class of the KBO (along with the KT Wiz), so I am willing to give him a pass on that one.  The match-up this time out is the polar opposite of Doosan, going up against SK Wyverns, who have put up the fewest runs in the KBO by 10 at 3.6 per game.  Brooks has missed bats at a great clip (8.6 K/9) and the only downside to rostering him on Saturday in my opinion is his likely high ownership levels.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Drew Rucinski here of the NC Dinos as someone that you can sprinkle into your builds as a third option.  The Dinos are -235 favourites in a game with a projected total of 9.5 runs – going up against the Hanwha Eagles – who rank 2nd worst in the KBO in terms of run production.  Rucinski hit a bump in the road last time out against the lowly SK Wyverns, but I like him to bounce back in this one in a plus match-up.

Stack to Target

Doosan and LG are both projected to clear 6 runs on Saturday, making them the low hanging fruit when it comes to stacking options.  I love the spot for Doosan in particular (I’d recommend an overweight position on your stacks for DOO) – but as we’ve become accustomed to in this article, we will include the top options for the most obvious stack or two on the cheat sheets at the bottom of the article and build a case for a less obvious stack to consider as a core part of your builds.

I’m going back to the well with a recommendation on the Kiwoom Heroes for a second straight night.  They put up a seven spot yesterday, and I like their chances of approaching that total again on Saturday morning as they draw a match-up against In Bok Lee, a pitcher that has a career ERA over 10 in 39 innings across 3 seasons in the KBO.  He’s thrown two innings so far this season scoreless, but if he sticks around in this one:

  1. I don’t believe he is good
  2. We will likely see plenty of innings from the Lotte bullpen, which – while it isn’t a horrible group, would be tested going up against a line-up that I think has a lot of pop.
  3. Did I mention #1?

My favourite options are the usual suspects for Kiwoom:

  • IF Byung Ho Park – don’t read too much into his slow start as he has cleared the 30 dinger mark in each of the past six seasons – including hitting the 50 mark twice.  He’ll start to mash soon enough
  • IF Ha Seong Kim – also has had a slow start, the 20/20 threat is a rock solid option and should be a key part of your KIW stacks.
  • OF Jung Hoo Lee – fell flat yesterday, but has been hitting the ball very well so far to start the year, owning a slash line of .379/.463/.690.

Cheat Sheets

Make sure that you confirm that each player in your lineup is in their team’s lineup.

NC Starting P
(26 / 27.06)
Jose Fernandez
(17 / 18.03)
Jae-Hwan Kim
(17 / 16.62)
Kia Starting P
(25 / 23.37)
Ha-Seong Kim
(13 / 12.55)
Hyun-Soo Kim
(14 / 12.10)
Doosan Starting P
(25 / 19.09)
Min-woo Park
(13 / 8.86)
Byung-Ho Park
(12 / 13.04)
Aaron Altherr
(10 / 6.84)
Chan-Ho Park
(10 / 8.23)
Kun-Woo Park
(12 / 11.55)
Suk-Min Park
(11 / 8.16)
Dong-Won Park
(8 / 9.52)
Min-Hyeok Kim
(8 / 0.81)
Ji-Hwan Oh
(7 / 3.30)
Ja-Wook Koo
(9 / 6.91)

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