KBO DraftKings DFS Picks and Strategy - KBO 2020

The Daily Rundown – DraftKings KBO DFS Picks – May 29, 2020 (5/29/20)

Welcome to the Daily Rundown for DraftKings KBO DFS contests on Friday, May 29, 2020.

We have another 5 games on the Friday slate, with DFS contests locking at 5:30am EST. 

Pitching Targets

Drew Rucinski (NC) and Min Woo Kim (HAN) are my two favourite pitchers for the slate.  The only downside is that I expect them to be the two highest starters owned.  With that said, at price points of $9,300 and $6,900 – they allow for a lot of flexibility to differentiate with your bats if you did want to load up on the two of them.

Rucinski had a great first season in the KBO and has carried it over into his second campaign.  He has been remarkably consistent, and although you have to pay a bit of a premium (at least as far as KBO SP pricing goes to roster him) – I think he’s worth it.  I like his chances of pitching deep into the game and picking up the win against Samsung in this one.

Kim is a wildcard – but at $6,900 – I think that is priced in.  He has been dismal over his KBO career, but something seems to have clicked in 2020 – he has registered 9.5 K/9 and when you layer that in alongside a matchup with SK Wyverns, it’s hard not to love the spot for him in this one at this price point.

If you are looking for a third arm to mix into your builds, or just as a pivot off of who I think will be the two highest owned options, Aaron Brooks against LG is worth a look for $8,100.  Brooks stumbled a bit in his last start, but he has done a pretty good job of missing bats outside of that start in 2020 – and his stuff should play well in the KBO.  He’s far from a sure thing going up against a pretty solid LG line-up – but I think he is worth sprinkling in some exposure into your builds.

Hitting Stacks to Target

Doosan has been annoying many players with a few disappointing days – but I love the spot for them in a bounce back effort on Friday.  Jose Fernandez is an elite option and with pricing pretty soft across the board, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a way to get him into your line-ups with ease, even at the expensive price point.  From there, the other usual suspects are worth considering tossing into your builds, depending on your budget:

  • 1B/OF Jae Hwan Kim ($5,500)
  • OF Kun Woo Park ($3,700)
  • 1B Jae Il Oh ($3,700) 

If you are looking for value plays, 1B/2B Joo Hwan Choi checks in at $2,200 – which to put it blunty, is absurd.

If you are looking for a stacking option that has the potential to be low owned, I like the spot for the Kia Tigers today.  I covered the Tigers in today’s FD article, and have included a snippet below from that piece, adjusted to the pricing on DK:

The Tigers are the third lowest run producing line-up in the KBO this season, which makes for an interesting option to consider as part of your builds for the slate.  The reason I like them in this spot is their match-up with Woo Chan Cha of the LG Twins.  Cha has always given up plenty of longballs – and despite solid advanced stats so far on the young season, that trend has continued so far, allowing 4 in 21 innings.  This is a lefty that has given up: 16, 27, 20, 16 and 28 HR’s respectively over the past 5 seasons, and a pitcher that I’ll be targeting with stacks for as long as he gets the ball every 5th day as a recommendation to include his opposition in your builds.  My favourite option for the Tigers are:

  • OF Preston Tucker ($6,100) – He’s expensive, but also the best bat that the Tigers have.  He owns a 1.123 OPS so far on the season to go along with 6 bombs.
  • 3B Dae In Hwang  ($3,500)- Hwang has been hitting the ball well to start the season, owning a .888 OPS.  It looks like he should be in the line-up hitting 5th against the southpaw, and at an affordable price, he’s a great option to mix into your Kia stacks as a source of salary relief
  • OF Ji Wan Na ($3,400) – Na was dismal a year ago, but so far this year has hit 4 HR and has an OPS over 1.000.  Given that he had 163 AB’s a year ago, I assume he missed time with significant injuries.  He had posted big numbers in the previous three seasons, clearing the .944 OPS mark in each of those seasons while hitting 26, 27 and 25 HR.  He looks to have recovered from whatever ailed him a season ago.

There are a couple of intriguing LOT OF’s that I have included below in the cheat sheet if you are looking for a few value plays with upside to use as a 2-man mini stack.

Cheat Sheet

Aaron Brooks
(8.1k / 13.38)
Eui-Ji Yang
(5.4k / 10.75)
Byung-Ho Park
(5.2k / 8.47)
Jose Fernandez
(6k / 10.68)
Eun-Won Jung
(5.1k / 6.31)
Ha-Seong Kim
(6.2k / 10.09)
Jae-Hwan Kim
(5.5k / 9.79)
Drew Rucinski
(9.3k / 14.04)
Jung-Hoo Lee
(5.4k / 8.79)
Min Woo Kim
(6.9k / 8.99)
Dong-Won Park
(4.6k / 6.74)
Roberto Ramos
(3.7k / 4.99)
Min-woo Park
(4.6k / 9.16)
Chan-Ho Park
(4.6k / 6.67)
Jeong Choi
(4.5k / 5.70)
Sung-Bum Na
(4.9k / 9.76)
Jun-Woo Jeon
(4.5k / 5.75)
Se-Hyuk Park
(2.7k / 3.79)
Joo-Hwan Choi
(2.2k / 3.92)
Keon-Chang Seo
(3.8k / 6.19)
Dae-In Hwang
(3.5k / 4.57)
Jae-Ho Kim
(2.2k / 3.53)
Ji-Wan Na
(3.4k / 4.93)
Ah-Seop Son
(3.6k / 4.60)

Best of luck out there!

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