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The Daily Diamond – 7.10 – Free KBO Slate Breakdown – FanDuel and DraftKings

Hey Playmakers!!! Nick Marro here with my KBO Breakdown for both DraftKings and FanDuel. Until the MLB returns, my focus will be on the Korean Baseball League. In addition to my Core-5 for each site, I’ve also provided you with my top Pitchers and Stacks for tonight/today’s slate which locks at 5:30 AM EST on DraftKings and  FanDuel.

It’s been a while since we’ve had any Baseball DFS, so it’s important to remember the following. Stacks win tournaments, there’s a ton of variability, and variance can be your friend as ownership is often correlated to the lines/odds in Vegas. I recommend starting any line-up with a hitter stack and then building from there. We don’t yet have the quality Sabermetrics we do for the MLB, so we’re stuck relying on some older metrics in some cases. Regardless, it’s going to take some time to get used to this new league. The slate locks at 5:30 AM EST on both sites, so set an alarm if you’re playing for a lot of money and make sure your guys are in the line-up. If you have a recommendation for what you’d like to see in this article, just let me know!!!

***SLATE NOTE***: Almost all of these games have some sort of Rain in the forecast. I expect all games on this slate to get in without delay, but we’ll have to monitor the weather across the league leading up until lock.

Top Pitchers
Drew Rucinski/NC Starting P ($9,400/$29): Rucinski is pretty clearly the best option we have on this slate. He hasn’t been perfect, but he comes into this start with a solid 3.78 FIP and a very impressive 8.32 K/9. LG bats have been hot, but oddsmakers are giving them a slate low 4.0 Runs. Rucisnski hasn’t allowed more than 3 ER in any of his starts since 5/12. He does a good job limiting damage and should be able to pitch around the bigger bats in this LG order. He’s a bit risky in this match-up, but his floor still feels considerably higher than anyone else on this slate. He’s my favorite option on this slate, I like him everywhere.

William Cuevas/KT Starting P ($7,500/$25): Cuevas has been mostly mediocre in 2020, but his 4.39 FIP is almost a full point lower than his ERA. This means that he’s likely been a victim of bad luck and things should get better for him moving forward. Samsung has been decent this season, but they’re still in the bottom half of the league in most hitting categories. It’s tough to fully trust Cuevas, but he’s the 2nd biggest favorite on the slate behind Rucinski.  I like him everywhere.

Min-Woo Kim/Hanwha Starting P ($7,100/$24): Kim hasn’t really looked great this season, but he’s coming off two solid outings in which he Struck Out 14 batters across 10 IP of 3 ER ball. If we had more options on this slate I probably wouldn’t look to him, but he’s in a favorable match-up with SK and his 9.66 K/9 is easily the best number on the slate. His floor is low, but his upside is very high here. At this price I plan to have exposure on both sites.

Also Consider: Hyun-Jong Yang/Kia Starting P, Chris Flexen/Doosan Starting P

Top Stacks (and who I’m targeting):
Note: Just like in MLB DFS, stacking is extremely important. Since the KBO has far fewer HRs than the MLB, ‘small ball’ can be your friend. Your one-off plays should either be excellent value – or guys with raw power (or stolen base) potential. Try your best to stack and double-stack using the following teams. From there feel free to use one-offs.

Doosan Bears (DOO):  Doosan bats have been hot lately. I’m more than happy to get on them again here tonight as they’re set to square off against Lotte’s Jun-Won Seo. We’ll have to monitor the weather, but if this one goes I fully expect Doosan to take advantage of Seo’s 5.67 FIP. His 3.99 ERA is a total mirage, as is also evident by the uncharacteristically low .274 BABIP he’s allowed so far this season. No surprise here, Jose Fernandez (1B) is the top bat to own on this team. His price is climbing, but he continuously produces as one of the best hitters in this league. He’s a top priority for me everywhere tonight. After Fernandez, Jae-Hwan Kim (OF) and Jae-Il Oh (1B) are both finally healthy. After Fernandez these are the highest upside bats on this team. Oh is far too cheap on DraftKings, but I’m happy to prioritize either or both of these guys wherever I can afford them . Joo-Hwan Choi (1B/2B) is still too cheap on DraftKings with a potent bat in his own right. I’m fine getting to him on FanDuel as well. Kyoung-Min Hur (3B) is still too cheap everywhere given his new everyday role. I like him in any format. Kun-woo Park (OF) and Soo-Bin Jung (OF) are solid plays here as well and both worth targeting. I prefer whoever (of the two) is hitting higher up in the batting order. If Jae-Won Oh (2B) or Jae-Ho Kim (SS) make the line-up they’ll excellent value options near minimum price. There’s really no wrong way to go when stacking this team. If a guy is in the Starting line-up for DOO, he’s in consideration for me everywhere. If you go this route it’s probably going to be worth waking up early and checking the line-ups. Catcher Se-Hyuk Park (C) is also viable everywhere if you need to fill that position on DK.

KT Wiz (KTW):  Yoong-Dong Heo is not very good. He comes into this start with a terrible 6.14 FIP and a shaky 1.60 WHIP.  He has looked alright at times this season, but against a tough lineup like this one I expect him to struggle. KTW has a lot of upside in their line-up starting with monster bats like Mel Rojas Jr. (OF), Baek-Ho Kang (1B/OF) and Jae-Gyn Hwang (3B). Any stack I build of KTW will start with all three of these guys. All three have true multi-HR potential, which is a rarity in this league. Rojas and Kang’s ISOs both sit over .280 and Hwang is finally heating up after a cold start to the season. Kyung-Soo Park (2B) and Jeong-Dae Bae (OF) comprise a second-tier of KTW bats I’m targeting. Both of these guys are far too cheap given their upside if this stack goes off. If I need additional value here I’m targeting Han-Joon Yoo (1B) and Young-Ho Jo (OF) who should both be in the line-up and affordable on both sites. Secondary value targets here include Catcher Sung-Woo Jang (C) at the bottom of this order. I don’t expect these Wiz to be as chalky as some of the other options we have on this slate, but their upside is exceptional.

NC Dinos (NCD): Chan-Gyu Lim has been pretty solid this season, but the Dinos have shown an ability to put up Runs on pretty much anyone. Lim has a respectable 3.90 FIP coming into this start, but his numbers are greatly inflated by the fact that he’s faced the league’s worst lineups in SK, Hanwha, and Samsung in 6 of his 9 total starts this season. Additionally, the Dinos have the 2nd highest Implied Team Total on the slate at 5.5 Runs. It’s not the best match-up on paper, but there’s a chance these guys come in lower owned than they should be tonight. Their upside is easily as good as the other top options on this slate. They’re expensive, but I like them everywhere. Eui-ji Yang (C) and Sung Bum Na (OF) are my two favorite bats to target here. They’re both on the pricey end, but they’re two of the best hitters in the entire league. Each of these guys has enough talent/ability to make an MLB roster if they were given the chance. I’ll squeeze in as much of them as possible here. Suk-min Park (3B) and Aaron Altherr (OF) are my third and fourth favorite options from this team. Park has consistently produced all season towards the top of this order and remains one of the more reasonably priced parts of this stack. Altherr has shown that no matter where he hits in this order, he can rack up fantasy points. He leads the Dinos in RBIs, and I’m happy to get to him on either site. After that, I like Jin-Sung Kang (OF) as lower-owned but still high-upside play and another outfielder in Hee-Dong Kwon (OF). Kwon has recently been utilized as an everyday player and at his current price point, he’s one of the better plays on this team. He provides a lot of power upside at an extreme discount. Myung-Gi Lee (3B) and Min-woo Park (2B) both appeal to me here IF they’re hitting at the top of the order. Jin-Hyuk No (SS) hasn’t down much for us lately, but he is viable shortstop option if he makes the line-up. There are a lot of moving parts here so be sure whoever you select for this stack is indeed starting. After KTW and Doosan there really aren’t any “smash” spots, so I expect to have plenty of NCD here.

Also Consider: 
KIA Tigers, Kiwoom Heroes, Hanwha Eagles

DraftKings Cash Core
SP – Drew Rucinski (NCD) $9,400
SP2 – William Cuevas (KTW) $7,500
1B – Jae-Il Oh (DOO) $4,700
1B/2B – Jose Fernandez (DOO) $6,400
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $3,000
OF – Jeong-Dae Bae (KTW) $3,400

FanDuel Cash Core
SP – NC Starting P (NCD) $29
IF – Kyoung-Min Hur (DOO) $10
IF – Jose Fernandez (DOO) $17
OF – Jeong-Dae Bae (KTW) $10
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $9

Top Value Plays on DraftKings (no particular order):
1B – Byung-Ho Park (KIW) $4,300
1B/2B – Joo-Hwan Choi (DOO) $3,900
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $3,000
OF – Myung-Gi Lee (NCD) $3,300
OF – Young-Ho Jo (KTW) $2,900

Top Value Plays on FanDuel (no particular order):
IF – Kyoung-Min Hur (DOO) $10
IF – Eu-Ji Yang (NCD) $13
IF – Suk-Min Park (NCD) $10
OF – Young-Ho Jo (KTW) $8
OF – Myung-Gi Lee (NCD) $9

BONUS BEST BETS:     (66-44)
NC Dinos RL -1.5 (-120)
KT Wiz RL -1.5 (+110)
Doosan Bears RL -1.5 (-125)

Nick Marro is a DailyPlayAction MLB expert and MLB Team Lead. He shares his player research/projections for KBO on DraftKings and FanDuel. Nick plays on both sites himself, and although he expresses his opinions, he may implement other plays and strategies without notice. Follow him on Twitter @NickMarroDFS.

The Daily Diamond – 7.9 – Free KBO Slate Breakdown – FanDuel and DraftKings

Hey Playmakers!!! Nick Marro here with my KBO Breakdown for both DraftKings and FanDuel. Until the MLB returns, my focus will be on the Korean Baseball League. In addition to my Core-5 for each site, I’ve also provided you with my top Pitchers and Stacks for tonight/today’s slate which locks at 5:30 AM EST on DraftKings and  FanDuel.

It’s been a while since we’ve had any Baseball DFS, so it’s important to remember the following. Stacks win tournaments, there’s a ton of variability, and variance can be your friend as ownership is often correlated to the lines/odds in Vegas. I recommend starting any line-up with a hitter stack and then building from there. We don’t yet have the quality Sabermetrics we do for the MLB, so we’re stuck relying on some older metrics in some cases. Regardless, it’s going to take some time to get used to this new league. The slate locks at 5:30 AM EST on both sites, so set an alarm if you’re playing for a lot of money and make sure your guys are in the line-up. If you have a recommendation for what you’d like to see in this article, just let me know!!!

Top Pitchers
Eric Jokisch/Kiwoom Starting P ($9,500/$30): Jokisch has been great for Kiwoom lately. He’s coming off back to back starts in which he allowed 0 ER and he comes into this one with a very impressive 3.06 FIP. He does an excellent job limiting damage and pitching deep into games. While his 6.36 K/9 certainly leaves a lot to be desired, he has flashed serious K upside with as many as 9 in a game this season. Samsung has been hitting the ball well lately, but they remain one of the more impatient teams in the KBO and they are certainly a line-up that top-tier pitching should be able to handle. He’s priced reasonably on both sites for this match-up. He’s my favorite pitcher on this slate and a priority for me everywhere tonight.

Drew Gagnon/Kia Starting P ($8,100/$25): He’s looked a bit shaky of late, but Gangon comes into this start with an extremely impressive 2.83 FIP as well as a healthy 8.95 K/9. There’s certainly a degree of risk involved in rostering any SP against these KT Wiz, but Gagnon has already shown he can handle them – striking out 8 Wiz batters on his way to a 7 IP 0 ER victory against them on 5/26. I wouldn’t be shocked if he got tagged for a couple runs here, but his K upside should outweigh any Runs allowed. He’s priced reasonably on both sites tonight as one of my preferred options on this slate.

Raul Alcantara/Doosan Starting P ($9,200/$28): Alcantara has a tough draw here against the LG Twins, but I have reason to believe he thrives in this spot. For starters, he twirled 8 Innings against this same line-up on 6/21 allowing only 1 ER and Striking Out 5. He comes into this start sporting a respectable 3.78 FIP as well as a very healthy 7.81 K/9. He feels a bit over-priced on both sites tonight, but he’s a viable option and a quality addition to any Pitcher Pool. He’s not a top priority for me tonight, but I plan to have some exposure.

Also Consider: Adrian Sampson/Lotte Starting P

Top Stacks (and who I’m targeting):
Note: Just like in MLB DFS, stacking is extremely important. Since the KBO has far fewer HRs than the MLB, ‘small ball’ can be your friend. Your one-off plays should either be excellent value – or guys with raw power (or stolen base) potential. Try your best to stack and double-stack using the following teams. From there feel free to use one-offs.

Kiwoom Heroes (KIW): Tonight, the Heroes are set to square off against a struggling SP in Samsung’s Jung-Hyun Baek. Baek has had a few decent starts this season, but he comes into this one with a very ugly 5.75 FIP allowing 2.09 HR per 9.  Oddsmakers are only giving the Heroes 5.25 Implied Runs here, but I’m pretty confident they can get over that number. Byung-Ho Park (1B) is once again one of my favorite bats on the slate.  He’s hot right now, hitting 4 HRs across his last 6 Games. He’s my favorite piece of any Kiwoom stack given his price, but after that I’m excited to get some exposure to Jung-Hoo Lee (OF) and Dong-won Park (C).  Lee is expensive, but both of these guys  have multi-HR upside – which is extremely rare in this league. Dong-won Park is way too cheap on FanDuel and a borderline Core play.  Finally healthy, Ha-Seong Kim (SS) is an excellent (but expensive) option here as well. He has a lot of power and in terms of raw point potential he’s one of the best shortstops in the KBO. Keon-Chang Seo (OF) and with Hye-Sung Kim (2B/SS) are both serviceable value options if you’re having trouble making things fit. Neither has the upside of the expensive guys, but point-per-dollar they’re both excellent. If you’re digging for additional value, I’m fine with Byung-Woo Jeon (3B) or Joon-Tae Park (OF). Just be sure they’re in the line-up prior to lock. These guys have let us down a few times already this season, but the spot here feels too good to pass on here. I’ll have a lot on both sites.

Lotte Giants (LOT):  Bum-Soo Kim has looked decent for Hanwha so far this season, but he’s overdue for some serious regression. His 5.47 FIP sits nearly 2 full points higher than his 3.70 ERA and he’s walking more than 6 batters per 9 IP.   I don’t expect the former reliever to pitch too deep into this game, so once he’s out we also get a nice boost against Hanwha as they have one of the league’s worst bullpens. My favorite bat from this stack tonight is Dae-Hoe Lee (1B). He’s an underrated power bat, and given his upside in this spot, he’s far too cheap on both sites. After Lee, I’m likely to be heavy on a streaking Ah-Seop Son (OF) who seems to reach base almost every AB. He has that rare power/speed combo we love for DFS and fantasy purposes. Power-hitting Jun-Woo Jeon (OF) has yet to really get going in 2020, but he HR’d last night and I expect he turns a corner soon. I’m high on him here as well. Dixon Machado (2B/SS) is a fine option, but if he’s batting 8th or 9th again here I’d have trouble paying his DK price. Regardless, his upside is as good as anyone’s on this slate. Chi-Hong An (2B) and Dong-Hee Han (2B/3B) are affordable on both sites and should serve as secondary options once you load up on Jeon, Son, Lee, and Machado (if he’s in the middle/top of the order). If An is batting 3rd again tonight, he’s one of the better value plays on the entire slate. I’ve seen some sites projecting Hoon Jung (2B) leading off tonight. If he is, he’s one of the better value options on this team. Sooner or later, Bum-Soo Kim is going to fall back to earth. I expect that here in this match-up tonight.

NC Dinos (NCD):
Ricardo Pinto has looked decent at times this season, but you have to think these Dinos are the type of team that could give him some trouble. While his 4.34 FIP is decent enough, he’s walking nearly 5 batters per 9 IP and he has allowed 4+ ER in 2 of his last three starts. This is far from a “smash” spot for NC here, but they have the most talented lineup in the league so I’m always fine turning to them against mediocre pitching.  Eui-ji Yang (C) and Sung Bum Na (OF) are my two favorite bats to target here. They’re both expensive, but they’re two of the best hitters in the entire league. Each of these guys has enough talent/ability to make an MLB roster if they were given the chance. I’ll squeeze in as much of them as possible here. Suk-min Park (3B) and Aaron Altherr (OF) are my third and fourth favorite options from this team. Park has consistently produced all season towards the top of this order and remains one of the more reasonably priced parts of this stack. Altherr has shown that no matter where he hits in this order, he can rack up fantasy points. He leads the Dinos in RBIs, and I’m happy to get to him on either site. After that, I like Jin-Sung Kang (OF) as lower-owned but still high-upside play and another outfielder in Hee-Dong Kwon (OF). Kwon has recently been utilized as an everyday player and at his current price point, he’s one of the better plays on this team. He provides a lot of power upside at an extreme discount. Myung-Gi Lee (3B) and Min-woo Park (2B) both appeal to me here IF they’re hitting at the top of the order. Jin-Hyuk No (SS) hasn’t down much for us lately, but he is viable shortstop option if he makes the line-up. There are a lot of moving parts here so be sure whoever you select for this stack is indeed starting.

Also Consider: Doosan Bears, Kia Tigers

DraftKings Cash Core
SP – Eric Jokisch (KIW) $9,500
SP2 – Drew Gagnon (KIA) $8,100
1B – Byung-Ho Park (KIW) $4,600
2B – Hoon Jung (LOT) $4,100
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $2,900
OF – Jun-Woo Jeon (LOT) $4,500

FanDuel Cash Core
SP – Kiwoom Starting P (KIW) $30
IF – Byung-Ho Park (KIW) $14
IF – Dae-Ho Lee (LOT) $10
OF – Byung-Hun Min (LOT) $9
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $9

Top Value Plays on DraftKings (no particular order):
1B – Dae-Ho Lee (LOT) $4,100
1B/2B – Joo-Hwan Choi (DOO) $2,600
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $2,900
OF – Ah-Seop Song (LOT) $4,200
OF – Myung-Gi Lee (NCD) $3,100

Top Value Plays on FanDuel (no particular order):
IF – Kyoung-Min Hur (DOO) $10
IF – Jin-Hyuk No (NCD) $9
IF – Dong-Won Park (KIW) $9
OF – Hoon Jung (LOT) $9
OF – Myung-Gi Lee (NCD) $9

BONUS BEST BETS:     (63-44)
Kiwoom Heroes RL -1.5 (-130)
Kia Tigers ML -160
NC Dinos RL -1.5 (-110)

Nick Marro is a DailyPlayAction MLB expert and MLB Team Lead. He shares his player research/projections for KBO on DraftKings and FanDuel. Nick plays on both sites himself, and although he expresses his opinions, he may implement other plays and strategies without notice. Follow him on Twitter @NickMarroDFS.

The Daily Derby – Matchday 34 (Weds) – Premier League DFS

Welcome #Playmakers to the 7th edition of The Daily Derby, DPA’s official coverage of the English Premier League! We continue on with Matchday 34, and DraftKings has offered up 20K to the winner of Wednesday’s EPL Classic slate!

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The Matchups

Manchester City (-800) vs. Newcastle (+2000) | O3.5

MCI1st in GF, 5th in GA | NEW14th in GF, 11th in GA

Sheffield United (+300) vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (+115) | O2.0

SHU16th in GF, 4th in GA | WOL8th in GF, 6th in GA

West Ham (EVEN) vs. Burnley (+300) | O2.5

WHU11th in GF, 17th in GA | BUR12th in GF, 12th in GA

Forwards

Michail Antonio | WHU | $8,300 – Has scored in b2b games for West Ham and is averaging over 3 shots per game over each of his last three outings. Antonio has also been directly involved in 5 goals in his last 6 EPL appearances for WHU. He holds the best odds to score (albeit not great odds) in the West Ham – Burnley game at (+200). A true goal or bust GPP play that will surely go underowned with City on the same slate, and one of my favorite GPP plays against a beatable Burnley side.

Gabriel Jesus | MCI | $8,500 – Jesus currently sports the best odds to score on the slate at (-159) and also leads City in xG (15.0) and in SoT% 44.4. As the net front presence for a heavily favored Manchester City side, he will be very popular at that price. Jesus is a solid play by all accounts on Wednesday.

Chris Wood | BUR | $8,000 – Wood looks set to return to the lineup against West Ham’s 17th ranked defense. Wood has scored 5 EPL goals against West Ham throughout his career already, and will be hungry to find the score sheet again on Wednesday. Makes a fine GPP pivot off of Gabriel Jesus in GPP tournaments.

Raheem Sterling | MCI | $8,900 – Ranked T-11th in EPL Goals (13th), and 3rd on a stacked Man City side in xG (13.0), Sterling should start in an advanced position against a porous Newcastle squad. Sterling holds the second best odds on the slate to score a goal at -125, and looks like a sound GPP pivot off De Bruyne / Gabriel Jesus if he starts.

Raul Jimenez | WOL | $9,400 – Ranks atop the EPL in shots taken (108) and 4th in the EPL in shots on target. Jimenez is tied for 7th in EPL goals with (15), and has the highest odds to score in this game at (+150). Sheffield pose a challenge defensively, but if Wolves score, Jimenez is likely to play a part as he has this season, contributing to 46% of Wolverhampton’s goals.

Jarrod Bowen | WHU | $9,500 – Bowen is someone I want to be over the field on, as the Hammers recent acquisition has really come on strong with 3 assists in his last two games. Bowen is a threat to score as well (+225 odds), and sends in several crosses as evidenced by recent performances. I can’t see Bowen being more than 10% owned tomorrow, which makes him an intriguing GPP play with an decent floor.

GPP Options: McBurnie (SHU), Jota (WOL), Rodriguez (NEW)

Midfielders

Phil Foden | MCI | $8,100 – Foden is my favorite City tournament play (sans KDB), as he has contributed to 5 goals in his last 4 appearances (3 Goals, 1 Assist). We also get a nice discount on him here, and if starting in the top third, has an excellent chance to net at (+120). Foden is an accurate shooter, leading City in SoT% (though through limited chances), and I think he scores against Newcastle on Wednesday.

Kevin De Bruyne| MCI | $11,700 – De Bruyne is a plug and play most slates, as his floor / ceiling combo is seldomly ever matched. I don’t have any reason to believe he can’t hit value again here, with great goal scoring odds (+129), while leading the Premier League in assists (17). He is very expensive, but still a prime cash game candidate with high tournament upside.

Dwight McNeil | BUR | $9,100 – 10th place Burnley have a good shot to upset 17th placed West Ham in this game, who will play hard to steer clear of the relegation zone. All relevant set pieces for Burnley will run through Dwight McNeil. He has three games over his last 10 appearances with 9+ crosses, and Oliver Norwood (mentioned below from Sheffield) launched 10 crosses against this same West Ham side in their last game, so I think there’s a good chance we could see 12+ crosses here from a better player in the same matchup with McNeil. This would become far more likely if Mark Noble and/or Cresswell don’t start, but I’m fine rostering McNeil either way.

Joao Moutinho | WOL | $6,900 – Moutinho is about as “cashy” as they come, but could potentially hit some upside if Traore comes off the bench rather than cracking the starting 11. If Traore starts, Moutinho would be a cash only play for me (albeit a good one), but I’d probably likely spend down to Norwood or possibly even Westwood instead in that scenario with the threat of Traore vulturing his chances at getting involved in the attack.

Oliver Norwood | SHU | $5,000 – Norwood as mentioned above, is coming off a 10 cross outing against West Ham, and should see a similar amount of set pieces with John Fleck out of hte lineup. At only $5,000, Norwood is mispriced, and would become a staple in my cash lineup (if I played cash in SOC). The Sheffield midfielder ranks top 10 in the EPL in crosses, and feels like a solid bet for 2x value on Wednesday’s slate,

Ashley Westwood | BUR | $6,400 – The Burnley midfielder is tied for the team lead in assists (6) and is second on the team in xA (4.5) and crosses (120). Westwood takes most of the Burnley corners, and I’m happy to run out either Westwood or McNeil in stacks with Chris Wood or Jay Rodriguez if looking to profit off of a potential Burnley win on Wednesday.

GPP Options: Mahrez (MCI), Neves (WOL), Soucek (WHU), Gudmundsson (BUR)

Cash Options: Rice (WHU)

Defenders

Matt Doherty | WOL | $5,400 – Doherty is my top GPP defender on this slate, as I think he goes under owned with respect to his goal scoring upside. I think he’ll land under 10% owned, and I’m fine taking some shots on him in tournaments, as he looks to build off of 4 goals and 2 assists this season.

Benjamin Mendy | MCI | $5,200 – Mendy is the most likely defender to end up on the score sheet (likely by way of assist) at +400 odds. With City having put up 14 goals and surrendered 0 in their last four home games, Mendy has the opportunity to both find the score sheet, and accrue bonus points via a clean sheet on Wednesday.

Kyle Walker | MCI | $4,800 – Walker isn’t as offensively minded as Mendy, but still can get lucky with the occasional assist from the wing back position. With most people flocking to Mendy, who is likely to draw high ownership, I’m not opposed to pivoting to Walker in tournaments, who could outscore him at half the ownership, and also has a strong likelihood of a clean sheet bonus (+3 points).

Jonny | WOL | $5,000 – Jonny is the more consistent of the two Wolverhampton wing backs, and would be my option in cash games if deciding between him and Doherty. Jonny has managed double digit DraftKings points in 5 of his last 6 games, and is a safe bet to do so again for 2x value tomorrow.

GPP Options: Baldock/Stevens (SHU), Saiss (WOL), Otamendi/Fernandinho (MCI)

CORE PLAYS

Highest Exposed: Kevin De Bruyne (KDB)

GPP CORE: Jesus, Wood, Antonio, Jimenez, McNeil, Sterling, Mahrez, Foden

CASH CORE: KDB, Norwood, Westwood, Moutinho, Jonny, Mendy, Pieters

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The Daily Derby – Matchday 34 (Tues) – Premier League DFS

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The Matchups

Crystal Palace (+650) vs. Chelsea (-220) | O2.5

CRY19th in GF, 7th in GA | CHE4th in GF, 9th in GA

Watford (-160) vs. Norwich City (+425) | O2.5

WAT18th in GF, 15th in GA | NOR20th in GF, 19th in GA

Forwards

Olivier Giroud | CHE | $7,900 – The French international feels underpriced to me, especially for a striker with the second best goal scoring odds on this mini two game slate (+129). Giroud has found the net 4 times in his last 7 appearances, and while Palace sport a stingier defense (7th in GA) / xGA 44.3, I do think Chelsea will break through at least twice. A 2-0 or 2-1 win in favor of Chelsea is what I see happening, and I could definitely see Giroud adding to his 2020 tally, while easily paying off his price tag. Giroud is a goal or bust option, so keep him in your GPP pool.

Troy Deeney | WAT | $7,100 – Watford should find goals at home against bottom dwellers Norwich, especially with the former trying to stave off relegation while the latter have nothing to play for. Deeney possesses the best odds to score on the slate at (+110) , and I’d consider him to be a strong GPP play despite not having scored since late February (5 game scoring drought). I’m hoping this will lower his ownership, and give us an opportunity to capitalize on Deeney shares in tournament play.

Jordan Ayew | CRY | $7,300 – If you like Crystal Palace to score tomorrow, there’s a good chance that goal will come via striker Jordan Ayew, who leads the team in goals (9), shots (51), and xG (6.3). Chelsea are middle of the pack defensively, so it’s not incomprehensible to believe that Ayew can break through. Crystal Palace will be about as contrarian as you can get on a two game slate, and in GPP, Ayew is a preferred goal scoring target.

GPP Honorable Mentions: Townsend (CRY) GPP VALUE, Pukki (NOR)

Midfielders

Willian | CHE | $10,500 – The Brazilian midfielder has been on fire of late, scoring 4 goals in his last 3 games. Willian contributes in many ways offensively, with an average of 7 crosses and 3 shots per game over his last 4 outings. He has the best floor/ceiling combination available on the slate, and is someone I’ll feel comfortable rostering in any format / regardless of game script.

Ismaila Sarr | WAT | $9,400 – Watford are big home favorites to Norwich city at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, and Sarr finally has a matchup that we can get excited about. The Senegalese midfielder has a set piece monopoly, so you can expect any and all distribution from corners or dead ball situations to come off of his boot. Sarr is also a threat to score (5 goals), and has decent odds to score (+150) against a defensively poor Norwich side that rank 19th in GA (61) and hold an embarrassing 51.7 xGA. This is about as good of a matchup as we could hope for the Watford attack, and I’ll likely be running a lot of Sarr-Deeney stacks *god bless my soul*

Emiliano Buendia | NOR | $8,000 – Buendia and Ondrej Duda ($6,000) split set pieces for Norwich, so if one of them is out while the other starts, the starting player becomes a great play with a set piece monopoly. If both start as projected, I won’t be interested in Duda as much as I would Buendia, who is Norwich’s primary set piece taker and assist leader (7). Buendia ranks 12th in the EPL in total crossing volume (154 on the season) and is someone that I’ll be targeting more than usual at an appealing price point on both sites, but especially on FanDuel at just $14.

Christian Pulisic | CHE | $8,800 – The American is sure to be chalky on this two gamer, but he’s essentially a lock for 3 shots tomorrow which isn’t awful for under 9k. Overall, I’d much rather spend up for Willian, but Pulisic has scored twice in his last 4, so he could make some noise in tournaments, and I’ll roster him in some GPP lineups for that reason.

Mason Mount | CHE | $7,800 – The 21-year-old is scoreless in his last 4 appearances, and we get a discount on him here against Palace. He does play a bit deeper than Pulisic/Willian though, so I’ll side with those two before I look to jam in Mount. Many other DFS players will consider that strategy as well however, so I wouldn’t fault you for looking to Mount as a way to get Chelsea exposure at slightly lesser ownership.

Danny Welbeck | WAT | $5,500 – Nothing fancy about Danny Welbeck, as he’s literally done jack shit this season, but the price is cheap, and his goal scoring odds are surprisingly good at (+160). Even more interesting, is the fact that Welbeck has 3 Premier League goals against Norwich City in his career. If he does indeed start in the top 3 of the Watford formation tomorrow, I’m into rostering him as a GPP goal or bust option.

GPP Honorable Mentions: Milivojevic (CRY) TAKES PKs, O. Hernandez (NOR) GPP VALUE, Duda (NOR), Doucoure (WAT), McCarthy (CRY)

Defenders

Marcos Alonso | CHE | $6,400 – MACROS Alonso is a fantastic option against Palace on Tuesday. He gets forward frequently and already has 4 goals on the season. The Spaniard becomes an even healthier and cash viable play if Azpilicueta sits. Highly recommend having at least one Chelsea defender in the majority of your lineups tomorrow, as none of the other teams really have great offensive defender options.

Cesar Azpilicueta | CHE | $5,900 – We get a slight discount on Azpilicueta from Alonso, who is less likely to score a goal, but conversely more likely to assist on a goal (+400). He leads Chelsea in assists (6) and xA (5.7). If Azpilicueta sits, then Reece James ($5,700) would make for a very formidable play in a similar role.

Patrick van Aanholt | CRY | $5,200 – The Dutch left back has been a force for Palace all season, ranking 2nd on the team in crosses (79) and corner kicks (40). I like him as a floor play (solid for cash games) that could easily eclipse 10 points tomorrow.

Jamal Lewis | NOR | $3,900 – Up until this point of the season, I’ve preferred Max Aarons, who starts at the same position but on the opposite side for Norwich City. Lately, it seems as though Lewis has been the wing back getting forward, while crossing the ball more often. Lewis has two games of 4+ crosses in his last three outings, where as Aarons has none. Happy to pay under 4k for Lewis if looking to save at D.

Jose Holebas | WAT | $4,500 – Holebas appears to be in Nigel Pearson’s dog house, as the player has failed to start much at all this season. When he has played however, Holebas has demonstrated an ability to get forward, with two games of 8 and 12 crosses consecutively. If he gets the start, I would be intrigued at that price point, though as it stands, I’m not expecting him to have that priviledge.

GPP Honorable Mentions: Masina (WAT), Cahill (CRY) PUNT

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League of Legends – LPL SUMMER – 7/7 – Breakdown – LoL DFS

By: Robbie Catterton aka TeamCATT – July 6th, 2020

Who’s ready for some League of Legends, Playmakers! Robbie Catterton here, ready to provide all of you the information necessary to compete consistently in the unpredictable, crazy, awesome eSports world that we call eSports!

For all of our new playmakers wondering who is this guy trying to get me interested in the world of eSports, I am known as TeamCATT here at Daily Play Action. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA playing and following all sports growing up and was lucky enough to compete in both Football and Baseball at the Division I Collegiate level. I have been involved in DFS since 2017 and have been full go in this life we call Daily Fantasy Sports ever since. Just like many of you, I had never played eSports in DFS before the major sports leagues stopped back in March, but dove in immediately after we lost our favorite pastimes and have risen all the way to currently being ranked in the Top 25 Nationally in eSports in less then 2 months of playing, to go along with a Top 500 National ranking in all sports.

Alright enough about me, let’s get onto the real reason were all here today; League of Legends DFS!

Before I dive into the teams, let’s talk a little bit about lineup construction and lay out some ground rules first. The preferred way to attack these LoL slates is to stack players from winning teams, more specifically 4-3, 4-2-1, or 3-3-1 stacks. My preference is the 4-3 stacking method, as it is the optimal way to build over 80% of the time. When looking at specific players for your lineups the pairings you will want to try and fit together are ADC/SUP (the Supports main objective is to assist the other team members that get the Kills, mainly the ADC position) and the MID/JNG positions are also a great pairing option (while the JNG has other objectives, like farming to get points, it creates Kills as well, specifically for the MID position by assisting them in battles. Last but not least, one thing to ALWAYS keep in mind is when selecting a Captain option, target the ADC and MID positions as they generate the most fantasy points on a game by game basis as Kills are king and these two positions definitely wear the Crown. OK, now that we have that covered, let’s jump into tomorrow’s slate!

Game 1:  Rogue Warriors (RW) – Vici Gaming (VG)

Game One brings us our largest favorite of the day as Vici Gaming sitting at 3-3 take on Rogue Warriors who are still searching for their first victory at 0-7. On paper this matchup definitely looks one sided as even though VG are .500 right now they have talent from top to bottom of their lineup. After starting off slow Vici have won two of their past three games since inserting free agent signing JNG Leyan $6,600 into the starting lineup as he has averaged six kills and sixteen assists per game since coming on, breathing new life into this squad. The partnership of SUP Hang $5,400 and ADC iBoy $7,600 are lethal when on their games and both seem to be hitting their stride as of late. Their opponent, Rogue Warriors, sit at the bottom of the LPL standings but seem to be coming into their own in the past three games. While they are still winless, RW are extremely aggressive and will bring the fight to anyone at anytime no matter the opponent as evident by them taking defending league champions JDG to three games just a week ago. ADC ZWuji $7,200 and JNG Haro $6,200 are by far their best players with both averaging around six kills and fifteen assists per game and for Rogue Warriors to have any chance tomorrow these two will need to bring it.

My Core 2 for RW: ZWuji (ADC $7,200), Haro (JNG $6,200)

My Core 2 for VG: iBoy (ADC $7,600), Leyan (JNG $6,600)

Game 2:  eStar (ES) – Suning (SN)

My how a few months can change things drastically for teams. Our second and final game of the day brings us an eStar team who in the spring looked liked true contenders. They are built to dominate for seasons to come and have flashed their talent already, even as they sit at 2-6. All five of their starters average over double digits in either kills or assists and love to battle from start to finish. The thing concerning me this split is that ES have been inconsistent as of late. They fell from the top third of the league in spring to near dead last in the summer. Talent wise they can compete with anyone and are led by the combo of ADC Wink $7,400 and SUP ShiauC $5,200. Suning, eStar’s opponent, were a talented but inconsistent team in the spring but have now become a real threat to compete in the playoffs. SN sit at 5-3 and just like ES, can defeat any team in the league at anytime. ADC huanfeng $7,800 and MID Angel $7,600 both average close to ten kills and are both over double digits in assists per game and are the leaders in every aspect of the word for this team. SN have been playing like a complete team this split and will be very hard to defeat tomorrow but I believe this match will be closer then the records show and I will have shares to both sides of this one.

My Core 2 for ES: Wink (ADC $7,400), Wei (JNG $6,400)

My Core 2 for SN: Angel (MID $7,600), bin (TOP $6,200)

*TeamCATT’s Top Captains: iBoy (ADC $11,400), Wink (ADC $11,100), Angel (MID $11,400), huanfeng (ADC $11,700), Zeka (MID $11,100)

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League of Legends – LPL SUMMER – 7/6 – Breakdown – LoL DFS

By: Robbie Catterton aka TeamCATT – July 5th, 2020

Who’s ready for some League of Legends, Playmakers! Robbie Catterton here, ready to provide all of you the information necessary to compete consistently in the unpredictable, crazy, awesome eSports world that we call eSports!

For all of our new playmakers wondering who is this guy trying to get me interested in the world of eSports, I am known as TeamCATT here at Daily Play Action. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA playing and following all sports growing up and was lucky enough to compete in both Football and Baseball at the Division I Collegiate level. I have been involved in DFS since 2017 and have been full go in this life we call Daily Fantasy Sports ever since. Just like many of you, I had never played eSports in DFS before the major sports leagues stopped back in March, but dove in immediately after we lost our favorite pastimes and have risen all the way to currently being ranked in the Top 25 Nationally in eSports in less then 2 months of playing, to go along with a Top 500 National ranking in all sports.

Alright enough about me, let’s get onto the real reason were all here today; League of Legends DFS!

Before I dive into the teams, let’s talk a little bit about lineup construction and lay out some ground rules first. The preferred way to attack these LoL slates is to stack players from winning teams, more specifically 4-3, 4-2-1, or 3-3-1 stacks. My preference is the 4-3 stacking method, as it is the optimal way to build over 80% of the time. When looking at specific players for your lineups the pairings you will want to try and fit together are ADC/SUP (the Supports main objective is to assist the other team members that get the Kills, mainly the ADC position) and the MID/JNG positions are also a great pairing option (while the JNG has other objectives, like farming to get points, it creates Kills as well, specifically for the MID position by assisting them in battles. Last but not least, one thing to ALWAYS keep in mind is when selecting a Captain option, target the ADC and MID positions as they generate the most fantasy points on a game by game basis as Kills are king and these two positions definitely wear the Crown. OK, now that we have that covered, let’s jump into tomorrow’s slate!

Game 1:  Team WE (WE) – Dominus Esports (DMO)

We get our day started off with what should turn out to be the most lopsided game of the day. Team WE are currently 5-3 and look to be hitting their stride at the right time. WE have looked very dominant so far this season even in losses and are poised to continue their fine play tomorrow against a struggling DMO squad. This team is extremely explosive and are able to handle both the TOP and BOT sides of the map as they are led by their ADC Jiumeng $7,800 who averages twelve kills and seventeen assists per game and their JNG beishang $7,000 who comes in at a very respectable nine kills and eighteen assists himself. DMO currently sit at 1-7 and are considered one of the worst if not the worst team in the LPL so far this split. After being swept their first five games of the season this team has shown some form of life as of late at least and were even able to defeat an EDG team that is widely considered a strong contender for the playoffs. While I firmly believe DMO loses tomorrow and quite possibly via a sweep, if they are to contend with Team WE or pull the upset it will be by controlling the game and slowing down WE’s aggressive style. TOP Chelizi $5,400 has contributed six kills and ten assists per game since being inserted into the starting lineup and will look to team up with MID Twila $6,600, five kills and ten assists per game, to somehow pull off the upset.

My Core 2 for WE: Jiumeng (ADC $7,800), Missing (SUP $6,000)

My Core 2 for DMO: Twila (MID $6,600), Xiaopeng (JNG $5,800)

Game 2:  JD Gaming (JDG) – EDward Gaming (EDG)

Our final game of the slate brings us two very strong contenders for the playoffs and should be a true battle from start to finish. After starting the summer off slow, defending Spring season champions JDG have rolled off four straight wins and thoroughly dominated IG last time out. While I consider all JDG players in play, TOP Zoom $6,000 and JNG Kanavi $6,600 are two of the top players at their positions in the world and are key to any JDG success. This team is loaded with world class talent from top to bottom and four of their five starters average over eight kills per game and all five starters average over fifteen assists per game. EDward Gaming come into tomorrows matchup with a modest 3-4 record but have the talent capable to takedown any team in the world at any moment and while sporting a losing record right now they are still strong contenders for a playoff spot. EDG are a high kill/high death team and this game could and should get bloody and for EDG to have a chance they will need very strong play from their top two players, ADC Hope $7,200 who averages fifteen kills and fourteen assists per game and MID Scout $7,000 averaging over eight kills and twenty assists. JDG are favored but this game is going to be a fight from beginning to end and for that reason I will have shares of both sides to this matchup with a slight lean in favor of JD Gaming.

My Core 2 for JDG: Yagao (MID $7,400), Zoom (TOP $6,000)

My Core 2 for EDG: Hope (ADC $7,200), JieJie (JNG $6,200)

*TeamCATT’s Top Captains: Jiumeng (ADC $11,700), Yagao (MID $11,100), Hope (ADC $10,800), Loken (ADC $11,400), Zoom (TOP $9,000)

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The Checkered Flag – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – NASCAR DFS

Nascar returns with its annual trip to the Brickyard. One of the Crown Jewels of the Nascar season, everyone wants to “kiss the bricks” after getting that checkered flag at historic Indy. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of the more exciting races on the season schedule usually. However, we do have a notable amount of fans in the stands for this one, which everyone in the series is happy about. Passing for the lead can be kinda tough, and usually place differential potential is a bit of a trap. If a driver can finish +10 spots from his starting spot he’s done a great job, excluding any big name drivers who have the equipment to get into the top20 of course, so keep that in mind when building. There’s a few guys who have done well here consistently over the years so let’s take a look at possible dominators and drivers who start farther back then they should finish this race (place differential) 

Dominators: 


Kevin Harvick| 11th| 11,000DK| 14,200FD|

You have to mention Harvick as a top play when it comes to Indy. He has a driver rating nearly 23 points higher then any other driver. I would consider him a favorite here. Starting 11th, he may not get to the lead for a little while, but I think he will. He has a 6 race top10 streak here and led 111 laps last year from the pole. I don’t think he can do that again based on starting 11th, this is actually his worst starting position here over that 6 race streak. But he’s easily one of the best drivers and teams here. So I think you have to have exposure. I expect at top5 finish at worst and makes for a very good anchor to any line, both cash and gpp. 

Joey Logano| 1st| 9200DK| 12,500FD|  

Starting from the pole makes Joey a great dominator play. I expect him to lead most of stage 1. He’s finished top10 7 out of the last 8 races here and was just outside top10 in the other race. He finished 2nd here last year, winning stage 1 in the process. I expect a repeat here, after stage 1 and depending on pit strategies it’s up in the air as what to expect, but he should be near the front basically all race barring a penalty or big mistake on his part. Ford as a company should be the best cars here so I recommend a good amount of exposure in both gpp and cash games. His DK price is very manageable and I think that gives him a slight bump in value over there because of that. Still a fine play for FD as well, albeit a bit expensive. I recommend building lines with him as a core play on either site. 

Denny Hamlin| 6th| 10,100DK| 13,700FD| 

A top10 finisher here in 5 of his last 6 races. He’s actually been top5 in 4 of those races. That continues again this week. There’s a chance he could get the lead in stage 1 If the car is setup well. I like Logano slightly more because of his price tag, but Hamlin is not far behind. Using combos of any of the 3 drivers mentioned so far should have you in a decent spot to be battling for the cash. In both gpp and cash. Hamlin has been the best Toyota in the series this year and is my top play for dominator that isn’t driving a Ford. Even if he doesn’t lead a ton of laps he should still be one of the first 6 cars across the finish line, which he has done 5 out of the last 6 times here. 

Brad Keselowski| 9th| 9800DK| 11,400FD|

The 2018 winner here, and 2nd place in 2017, he has good results here despite wrecking here early last year and finishing 38th. He could be one of the drivers battling for the win at the end. I think this is a solid play for both gpp and cash, excluding last year he had a 4 race streak here leading laps. I could see him starting a new one streak and he’s one of my personal favorites to win this week. Another top play In a Ford. Have exposure. 

Martin Truex Jr.| 8th| 9600DK| 11,800FD| 

The stats are pretty terrible here. This could be one of Truex’s worst tracks. So I will be fading him. He has 3 straight awful finishes here. 27th place being the best over the last 3 Years. His best finish ever is 4th, in 2015. I cant use him. I’m mentioning him here because if I don’t almost everyone will ask me if I like him. So to answer in advance, I don’t. I think there’s much better plays given his lackluster history at this track. 

Kurt Busch| 2nd| 7500DK| 9200FD| 

This is more of a DK play, he’s cheap enough if he could manage to get the lead he could pay off his price tag with bonus points and be cheap enough to allow you flexibility with your builds (like fitting Chris Bell’s hefty salary). Even if he doesn’t get the lead from Logano, if he could manage a top10 for the race he would pay off on DK. Kurt has a checkered history here. With several bad finishes mixed in with a few solid performances. Last year he was 30th. But 2018 he finished 6th. 2017 he was 29th. But 2015 he was 8th. So this has to be considered a gpp play only. He’s so up and down here. But, you can get an idea of the potential if things play out his way tomorrow. 

Kyle Busch| 7th| 10,400DK| 13,000FD|

I’m done playing Kyle Busch. Nothing special here. Only reason I’m mentioning him is to let you know I won’t be playing him. It’s going to take several races of great finishes in a row for me to have any trust in Kyle at all. Highest funded team, highest paid salary to a team as a whole and they are pure trash without practice times. No thanks now, and probably most of the rest of the season. What a joke this team has become. For years I thought Busch was immensely talented as a driver, he’s not nearly as talented as I thought. All teams not being able to practice has proven this team needs them to setup the car. Where as other drivers can use their talent to still be good even if the car isn’t great. Busch isn’t even close to one of the best drivers in this series. He’s 5th-10th place at best and cries on the radio to his team more then anyone. 

Ryan Blaney| 12th| 9400FD| 12,000FD| 

The group favorite is in another good spot this week. He has a 102.9 driver rating here coming in, with 3 solid runs here the last 3 years. In 2017 he wrecked out of the race late, but was very good all race. Last year he had a very good chance to win as well. He has led at least 1 lap here 3 years in a row starting right about the same spot he does this year. He will have to get through Harvick to get the win which isn’t easy at all, but he’s one of the few this year I have faith in to be able to do so. Matching him with Harvick Logano or BradK is a nice setup and one of those combos is probably in the optimal line. 

Place Differential: 


Clint Bowyer| 22nd| 9000DK| 9500FD| 

Too cheap on FD. Clint actually has the 2nd best driver rating here since 2017. (108.2) He has back to back 5th place finishes here. Starting 22nd he’s in a great spot to get you a +10 or more place diff. Making him a top place diff play. Especially on FD where they underpriced him by at least 1k. He’s one of the better plays in my opinion. 

Matt Kenseth| 21st| 7900DK| 7400FD| 

Again, too cheap on FD. Kenseth hasn’t made a write up yet, usually I’m not a huge fan of him week to week. But this is a prime spot based on his history here. 9 out of his last 10 races here he has finished 12th or better. He wrecked out the only race he didn’t finish 12th or better. 5 of the 10 races he’s finished 5th or better. His driver rating is right up there with Blaney in fact. (102.4) He’s older now, and maybe not as good as his history would suggest but you’d gladly take a top15 here for under 8k on both sites. This is one of my favorite plays for tomorrow because his pricing helps you get two dominators and still leaves you in a good spot to finish the build. And he may go a bit overlooked.


Chris Bell| 35th| 11,500DK| 8400FD| 

Another play that is just too cheap on FD. I don’t like him nearly as much on DK because it really effects what else you can do on builds. An interesting setup worth a shot on DK might be using Bell with Kurt Busch. Total gpp obviously, but Kurt’s cheaper price makes Bell easier to fit. If you are making a bunch of lines on DK. I would give that combo a shot. On DK he doesn’t pay off his price just finishing 20th which is about where I see him finishing. He would need to finish 12th or better. Which I doubt.  But 20th or so would easily pay off his FD price. 

Erik Jones| 23rd| 8100DK| 10,600FD| 

Jones is a perfect example of gpp this week. He starts in a good spot. He’s decently cheap and he has mixed results here. He’s wrecked 2 out of the last 3 races here. The race he did finish, he finished 2nd. It’s going to be very hot, which is usually a hinderance on Jones. But the upside is there based on starting spot on price. So I will have some exposure. I think a solid contrarian play to EJones is Kenseth. About the same price, starts about the same spot, but a much more consistent history here. I don’t want to rule Jones pit though, the upside is there. But, there’s telling factors that show you shouldn’t have him on all your lines. This is truly gpp this week. 

William Byron| 18th| 8700DK| 10,000FD| 

Byron is another play along the Jones-Kenseth line of thinking. He’s slightly more and I think that’s based on his 4th place finish here last year. I don’t expect him to be outside the top15 at the end of the race. The 600-800 price increase is manageable, and I would say he’s slightly safer then Jones. I can’t deny I like all 3 though. This price range is going to be critical to some builds, and possible the difference between cashing and non-cashing lines. Going back a little further, William Byron won the Indy xfin race in 2017. There was no shortage of big names in that race. 8 drivers who have spent time in cup were all in that race. So I think this is why Byron is slightly more expensive than counterparts who start just behind him this week. I think he could go overlooked slightly based on that pricing. So of course we should get some exposure if building multiple lines and see if he can work his way into a top10 finish. 

Cole Custer| 30th| 6300DK| 6600FD| 

Another group favorite. Custer finds himself in most write ups because he seems to get the short end of the stick in these random draws for starting spots. As I’m sure you know by now, Custer is no slouch. The rook had two solid performances here in xfin. And being on the same team as Harvick would almost definitely give any rookie a boost. There’s few guys driving today who could teach you more. I don’t think he will finish much higher then 20th. But that would pay off his price. Based on the pricing he makes the write up as a mostly gpp play. The price is cheap enough on FD to get you some big names across the board. I would lean just slightly towards him being a better play on FD. But easily in play on either site. 

Ryan Newman| 14th| 5900DK| 7300FD| 

Newman makes the write up because of that DK pricing. Look, it’s just too cheap based on his extremely consistent history here. Over his last 9 races at Indy, Newman has just 1 race where he didn’t finish 12th or better. Starting 14th there’s not a ton of gpp upside here. But he is a great cash game play on DK. If he were to just stick around the top15 all race he would be pretty close to hitting value. I think very few even consider him which makes him even more intriguing for some builds. The price tag being so cheap gives you some flexibility to fit basically any drivers you want. Those two factors combined is more then enough to deserve a mention, and the history backs up this play. I wouldn’t go heavy on exposure to him. But I would play him. 

Ryan Preece| 36th| 5800DK| 5500FD| 

This would be the gpp alternative to Newman and you could even consider him a alternative to Chris Bell for basically half the price. Last year Preece finished 16th here. A repeat performance, or even just slightly worse, would easily pay off his price tag. This is purely a gpp play. The upside is there. No guarantees he can do that again of course but Preece has been pretty good as of late, over his last 9 races this season his worst finish is 26th place. +10 place diff for that price tag is not bad at all. 

Michael McDowell| 27th| 5700DK| 5500FD| 

McDowell has been a pleasant surprise this year for the most part. He did finish 40th last week completing just 15 laps which I’m sure hurt some builds and may have a few hesitant to go right back to him. Starting 13th, he wasn’t a great play however. Starting 27th is a good spot though. His last 3 races here the worst he’s finished is 18th. The other two races he was 17th. Again, lets go right back here for. If he can match that history and recent form, excluding last week, he would be a good punt play for both cash and gpp games.

Corey Lajoie| 31st| 5500DK| 4800FD| 

There’s better plays on DK. But Lajoie is very cheap on FD at 4800. You can use him as your punt and basically fit anyone you want otherwise. I’m not a huge fan of the play on DK, however Lajoie has been sneaky good as of late. 4 out of his last 5 races this year he’s finished 23rd or better. Last year he was 19th here. So can he make it 5 out of his last 6 races finishing 23rd or better? I think so, and that would pay off the price tag. Especially on FD. 

Chris Buescher| 20th| 6500DK| 7500FD| 

Buescher is intriguing here. There’s not a ton of gpp upside. But he has good history here. In 4 races prior at cup level Buescher has 3 top15 finishes. Based on that and the fact almost no one is going to use him, I wanted to mention him. I’m trying to think outside the box and help you build your player pool for you multi-entry players. I have a feeling he could be the type of play this week that could sneak into some great builds. The gpp upside is not the same that it is for a few others but the contrarian play would be to have some small exposure to Buescher and hope some of those gpp upside plays just don’t pan out. For that reason, he gets a nod at the bottom of the playlist as a out of the box contrarian idea and a low exposure guy to use with an optimizer to round out your player pool. 

Ross Chastain| 32nd| 6400DK| 4500FD|

Ross is in the 77 car this week, it by no means is a powerhouse car. But they usually are reliable as a team. The FD price is very cheap. I like this play as another guy to fill out your player pool. The flexibility he brings on FD makes him intriguing over there even more for those of you who are running a bunch of lines. But he is still a viable play on DK. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ross sitting inside the top25 or slightly better. While that wouldn’t be great on DK, FD is another story. Do not have heavy exposure, but add him to your player pool if you are multi entering contests on FD. And maybe a 1 off shot if you multi enter on DK. 

Favorite plays: 

Dominators-

Harvick. Hamlin. Logano. BradK. Blaney (sneaky) 

Place diff-

Bell (FD). Bowyer. EJones. Custer. Preece. Kenseth (sneaky) 

Cash game-

Newman. McDowell. Byron. Bowyer. Harvick. Hamlin. Kenseth (sneaky)

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The Daily Diamond – 7.2 – Free KBO Slate Breakdown – FanDuel and DraftKings

Hey Playmakers!!! Nick Marro here with my KBO Breakdown for both DraftKings and FanDuel. Until the MLB returns, my focus will be on the Korean Baseball League. In addition to my Core-5 for each site, I’ve also provided you with my top Pitchers and Stacks for tonight/today’s slate which locks at 5:30 AM EST on DraftKings and  FanDuel.

It’s been a while since we’ve had any Baseball DFS, so it’s important to remember the following. Stacks win tournaments, there’s a ton of variability, and variance can be your friend as ownership is often correlated to the lines/odds in Vegas. I recommend starting any line-up with a hitter stack and then building from there. We don’t yet have the quality Sabermetrics we do for the MLB, so we’re stuck relying on some older metrics in some cases. Regardless, it’s going to take some time to get used to this new league. The slate locks at 5:30 AM EST on both sites, so set an alarm if you’re playing for a lot of money and make sure your guys are in the line-up. If you have a recommendation for what you’d like to see in this article, just let me know!!!

Top Pitchers
Tae-In Won/Samsung Starting P ($7,700/$22): Won’s 4.64 FIP is certainly cause for some concern, but I’m happy to turn to him here in this match-up with the SK Wyverns. Won’s numbers are a bit inflated as 11 of his 18 ERs came across just two starts on the Road against tough line-ups in KIA and KTW. He’s been excellent pitching at Home this season, and tonight oddsmakers are giving SK a slate low 3.7 Implied Team Total. He comes with some risk, but he seems to be improving every start and in this particular match-up he’s a total bargain on both sites. He’s one of my preferred options on this slate.

Warwick Saupold/Hanwha Starting P ($8,500/$23): After struggling earlier on this season, Saupold finally seems to be finding good form. He has Won each of his last three starts, lowering his FIP to a healthy 3.53 in the process. His 5.74 K/9 is nothing to get too excited about, but he’s coming off back to back 6+ K outings against two of the league’s best hitting teams in NC and KTW. KIA hash only scored 4 Runs across their last 4 games. It’s always a bit dicey rostering this guy, but I’ll be on him heavily tonight.

Jong Gi-Park/Doosan Starting P ($7,300/$21): Park has been solid for Doosan since he joined the rotation. He comes into his 4th start of the season here with a quality 3.55 FIP and a serviceable 7.31 K/9. He’s starting to pitch deeper into games, which is a good sign for his upside moving forward. Kiwoom does have a lot of power towards the top of their order, but they’re also striking out as much as any other team in the league. It comes with some risk as we haven’t really seen that much of this kid yet, but I like his upside in this spot, especially at this discounted price. He’s especially appealing in GPPs as Kiwoom’s high Implied total should garner them significant ownership.

Also Consider: Dan Straily/Lotte Starting P, Min-Woo Lee/Kia Starting P

Top Stacks (and who I’m targeting):
Note: Just like in MLB DFS, stacking is extremely important. Since the KBO has far fewer HRs than the MLB, ‘small ball’ can be your friend. Your one-off plays should either be excellent value – or guys with raw power (or stolen base) potential. Try your best to stack and double-stack using the following teams. From there feel free to use one-offs.

Doosan Bears (DOO):  Doosan bats have been hot lately. I’m more than happy to get on them again here tonight as they’re set to square off against Kiwoom’s worst Starting Pitcher in Young-Gun Jo. Jo has a terrible 7.7 FIP coming into this start. He barely misses bats, and he’s allowing 1.96 HR/9. He’s unlikely to pitch deep into this game, but Kiwoom’s bullpen was utilized heavily last night so I’d be fine stacking against them here as well. No surprise here, Jose Fernandez (1B) is the top bat to own on this team. His price is climbing, but he continuously produces as one of the best hitters in this league. He’s coming off a 5 Hit performance last night and has very evidently gotten over the slump he was enduring last week. He’s a top priority for me everywhere tonight. After Fernandez, Jae-Hwan Kim (OF) and Jae-Il Oh (1B) are both finally healthy. After Fernandez these are the highest upside bats on this team. Oh is far too cheap on DraftKings, but I’m happy to prioritize either or both of these guys wherever I can afford them . Joo-Hwan Choi (1B/2B) is still too cheap on DraftKings with a potent bat in his own right. I’m fine getting to him on FanDuel as well. Kyoung-Min Hur (3B) is still too cheap given his new everyday role. I like him everywhere. Kun-woo Park (OF) and Soo-Bin Jung (OF) are solid plays here as well and both worth targeting. I prefer whoever (of the two) is hitting higher up in the batting order. If Jae-Won Oh (2B) or Jae-Ho Kim (SS) make the line-up they’ll excellent value options near minimum price. There’s really no wrong way to go when stacking this team. If a guy is in the Starting line-up for DOO, he’s in consideration for me everywhere. If you go this route it’s probably going to be worth waking up early and checking the line-ups. Catcher Se-Hyuk Park (C) is also viable everywhere if you need to fill that position on DK.  The Kiwoom bullpen can be tricky, but I’ll bank on their fatigue and a terrible SP here.

LG Twins (LGT): Byung-Wook Jo’s FIP sits more than a full point higher than his ERA at 4.88. He’s looked decent so far this season, but he hasn’t faced a line-up near as good as LG’s yet. I expect regression to hit him hard here and if/when it does, LG will have the benefit of facing one of the league’s worst bullpens.  Roberto Ramos (1B) has been extremely cold since returning from an ankle injury, but I expect him to turn things around sooner rather than later. He leads the KBO in HRs, and even though he’s been struggling, his upside on this slate is as good as anyone’s.  I’m not sure I’d pay the price for him in Cash, but he’s one of my preferred GPP plays on this slate. After Ramos, Hyun-Soo Kim (OF) and Chun-Woong Lee (OF) are my top priorities at the top of this order. Kim is expensive, but both of these guys have been tearing the cover off the ball. The price on Chung-Woong Lee is so low that it makes him a borderline Core play on DraftKings. He doesn’t really have a ton of power, but point-per dollar he’s as good as anyone on this team. Another guy that’s just way too cheap, especially on DraftKings is Eun-sung Chae (OF). He’s shown quality upside so far this season and he’s still reasonably priced everywhere. I’d round out LGT stacks with Keun-Woo Jeong (2B), and Catcher Kang Nam Yoo (C) as they’re both priced favorably. Yoo has been on fire of late and remains a bit underpriced everywhere. Chang gi-Hong (OF) and Ji-Hwan Oh (SS) would both make nice value options on both sites but there’s no guarantee they crack the line-up. Oh had three hits last night so as long as he’s in there I’d be happy making him a priority.

KT Wiz (KTW):  Casey Kelly is going to get some love tonight, but I’d rather be on the other side of his ownership. KT has been hitting as well as any team in the league, and Kelly seemed to struggle for the entire month of June. He allowed 3+ ER in 4 of his 5 June starts and I fully expect him to struggle again here. They’re a better GPP option as Kelly does have good enough stuff to twirl the occasional gem, but I expect these guys to far exceed the 4.2 Implied Total oddsmakers have tagged them with in this spot. If this plays out in our favor, we’d gain nice leverage over a field that seems likely to be on Kelly. KTW has a lot of upside in their line-up starting with monster bats like Mel Rojas Jr. (OF), Baek-Ho Kang (1B/OF) and Jae-Gyn Hwang (3B). Any stack I build of KTW will start with all three of these guys. All three have true multi-HR potential. Rojas and Kang’s ISOs both sit over .300 and Hwang is easily the hottest bat in the KBO over the last week. He has extra base hits in 4 straight games including HRs in 3 of his last for. Kyung-Soo Park (2B) and Jeong-Dae Bae (OF) comprise a second-tier of KTW bats I’m targeting. Both of these guys are far too cheap given their upside if this stack goes off. If I need additional value here I’m targeting Han-Joon Yoo (1B) and Woo-jun Sim (SS), who should both be in the line-up and affordable on both sites. Secondary value targets here include Catcher Sung-Woo Jang (C) at the bottom of this order. I don’t expect these Wiz to be as chalky as some of the other options we have on this slate, but their upside is exceptional if they can get to Kelly early.

Also Consider:
Kiwoom Heroes, Samsung Lions

DraftKings Cash Core
SP – Tae-In Won (SAM) $7,700
SP2 – Warwick Saupold (HAN) $8,500
1B/2B – Jose Fernandez (DOO) $6,000
1B/2B – Joo-Hwan Choi (DOO) $3,300
OF – Jeong-Dae Bae (KTW) $2,700
OF – Chun-Woo Lee (LGT) $3,300

FanDuel Cash Core
SP – Samsung Starting P (SAM) $22
IF – Jose Fernandez (DOO) $17
IF – Jae-Gyun Hwang (KTW) $11
OF – Hyun-Soo Kim (LGT)
OF – Chun-Woo Lee (LGT) $8

Top Value Plays on DraftKings (no particular order):
1B – Jae-Il Oh (DOO) $4,100
OF – Eun-Sung Chae (LGT) $3,200
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $2,500
OF – Jeong-Dae Bae (KTW) $2,700
OF – Chun-Woo Lee (LGT) $3,300

Top Value Plays on FanDuel (no particular order):
IF – Dae-Ho Lee (LOT) $10
IF – Min-Sung Kim (LGT) $8
IF – Dong-Won Park (KIW) $9
OF – Don-Yeop Kim (SAM) $8
OF – Chun-Woo Lee (LGT) $8

BONUS BEST BETS:     (62-45)
Samsung Lions RL -1.5 (+105)
Doosan Bears ML -135
KT Wiz @ LG Twins OVER 9.5 (-120)

Nick Marro is a DailyPlayAction MLB expert and MLB Team Lead. He shares his player research/projections for KBO on DraftKings and FanDuel. Nick plays on both sites himself, and although he expresses his opinions, he may implement other plays and strategies without notice. Follow him on Twitter @NickMarroDFS.

Gaining Strokes – Rocket Mortgage Classic

Event #4 since the shutdown of the PGA Tour due to the coronavirus pandemic takes us to a repeat of a first-time host last season as the Tour descends on Detroit, Michigan for the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Detroit Golf Club plays host as a 7,340 yard, par 72 layout that was tamed by Nate Lashley last season, who claimed his first career victory on Tour by shooting 25-under par, winning by six strokes over Doc Redman. Both Lashley and Redman participated in the Monday qualifier for this event last year, amazingly turning those opportunities into nearly $2 million in prize money in the first iteration of this stop on Tour. After the Pete Dye design from last week, we step on to the grounds of another great course designer in Donald Ross, who certainly didn’t envision his Detroit Golf Club being picked apart by players in the way it was last year. Last year’s cut line finished at 4-under par, and wet conditions in the area so far this summer would lead us to believe that low scores will be there for the taking again this year in Detroit. 

With a winning score of 25-under par last it is predictable that playing conditions had to have been relatively easy, and easy-to-hit fairways and short rough players were really able to take advantage last year. This course features four Par 5s, which will be critical for players if they hope to take it deep and have a chance this week. All four of the Par 5s have a Birdie or Better percentage between 31 and 50 percent, proving that making pars on these holes will put you far behind the rest of the field. Last year, while ball striking is always important, the emphasis was on Strokes Gained: Approach as that stat proved to be about six times more important than its ball striking counterpart, Strokes Gained: Off The Tee. While we say this often, focusing on the players hitting their irons well and giving themselves birdie opportunities is critical here as we can expect a Birdie Fest at the top of the leaderboard. 

In addition to the strong iron players, there is a narrative out there this week building a case for the bombers as well. Driving Accuracy was higher here last year than the average on Tour, and Driving Distance was an astounding 13 yards longer here than the average Tour stop. Couple that with short rough it appears as though the longest hitters in the field may have a path to success this week. For that reason, I mixed stats featuring ball strikings and bombers when making my stats model on Fantasy National (which you should check out for the best stats database on the internet for the serious golf fan!) Here are the stats I pulled together in making this week’s model:

Strokes Gained: Ball Striking

Good Drives Gained

Greens In Regulation Gained

Strokes Gained: Par 4s

Birdies Or Better Gained

So let’s get to it – here are my favorite selections in each DraftKings pricing range, for this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic!

$10K Range

Bryson DeChambeau ($11,700)

I know, I know – taking the most expensive guy on the slate isn’t an earth-shattering selections, but the salary constraints that Bryson puts on the rest of your lineup could cause real pause for some people building rosters this week. I, however, feel that the markup is worth taking on. With this being the weakest field we have seen since the Tour restart, taking one (or possibly two) of the highest priced players seems to put them at an advantage to place well this week as they are not contending with as many top dogs in the world of professional golf this week. And DeChambeau has proven to be the best of this range so far, posting five consecutive Top 8 finishes and ranking as the top player in this field in my stats model. We finally saw the putter at the Travelers catch up to his great ball striking since coming back to action as Bryson gained 3.6 strokes on the greens over the weekend last week. Keep that putter hot and bomb the ball all over the yard and we may be enjoying a slow walk up the 18th fairway with this tournament in the bag for DeChambeau.

$9K Range

Tony Finau ($9,300)

Finau is a player that has a reputation as a guy that just can’t finish an event, and that reputation is well deserved as  we have only seen him step into the winner’s circle once over his standout career. But this week I like Finau, mainly because his Tee To Green game has been as strong and consistent as anyone in the world since July of 2019. In fact, Finau has not lost strokes Tee To Green in his last 15 events, proving that his approach and off the tee game have been fantastic. $9,300 seems like a very fair price for Finau this week, and if there had ever been a mainland United States that represents the Puerto Rico Open (Finau’s only win on Tour) this week is it. He has gained strokes Ball Striking in seven of his ten rounds since returning to the PGA Tour – if we can get the putter hot this week we could very well see Tony being crowned as this week’s champion come Sunday afternoon.

$8K Range

Rory Sabbatini ($8,800)

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

I have to admit, any time I continue playing Sabbatini I get a little uncomfortable. He isn’t flashy and isn’t going to draw large galleries, but his five consecutive made cuts might be just what we need when getting a 6-of-6 lineup through to the weekend has proven to be so difficult since golf’s return. Since the break, Sabbatini ranks #14 in my stats model over his last 12 rounds and has proven to prefer putting on bentgrass greens over any other surface over the course of his career. The ball striking has been very consistent (in fact, in the last two events where he missed the cut he still gained strokes Tee to Green but was let down by his putter) – if he can get the putter going I think we are looking at an improvement on his back-to-back Top 21 finishes here this week.

$7K Range

Harold Varner III ($7,300)

The weak field this week has made it difficult to find too many values down the pricing sheet, but Varner is a bright spot in the low-$7K range. Ranking #3 in my stats model this week, I anticipate Varner being a popular pick down here, but I would rather differentiate in other places that avoid the run that he is on right now. In his last 27 measured rounds, Varner has only lost strokes Ball Striking in four of them, meaning that he is giving himself plenty of chances to make birdies. Last year’s missed cut at this event was a similar story – good approach game, poor short game – but I’m willing to keep going back to a guy that is giving himself as many birdie opportunities as Varner is right now (#3 in this field over his last 12 rounds and #4 over his last 24 rounds in Opportunities Gained.) He’ll be popular, but I think it is for good reason this week – he’s very live as a cash game option at a very reasonable price.

$6K Range

Sam Burns ($6,900)

Burns showed signs of life last week at the Travelers Championship, posting a 21st place finish while gaining a whopping 6.3 strokes Tee to Green, so the iron game and tee game are in a great spot heading to Detroit. While no one in this field has a ton of experience, Burns did make the cut here last year, again posting a solid ball striking week in which he gained nearly three shots Tee to Green en route to a 42nd place finish. His result last week came off of the heels of a bad missed cut the week before at the RBC Heritage, so I believe the rust is knocked off and he is ready compete in a far weaker field this week in Detroit. If the iron game stays hot the way it has I feel like he is a great Top 25 candidate again here. 

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The Daily Diamond – 7.1 – Free KBO Slate Breakdown – FanDuel and DraftKings

Hey Playmakers!!! Nick Marro here with my KBO Breakdown for both DraftKings and FanDuel. Until the MLB returns, my focus will be on the Korean Baseball League. In addition to my Core-5 for each site, I’ve also provided you with my top Pitchers and Stacks for tonight/today’s slate which locks at 5:30 AM EST on DraftKings and  FanDuel.

It’s been a while since we’ve had any Baseball DFS, so it’s important to remember the following. Stacks win tournaments, there’s a ton of variability, and variance can be your friend as ownership is often correlated to the lines/odds in Vegas. I recommend starting any line-up with a hitter stack and then building from there. We don’t yet have the quality Sabermetrics we do for the MLB, so we’re stuck relying on some older metrics in some cases. Regardless, it’s going to take some time to get used to this new league. The slate locks at 5:30 AM EST on both sites, so set an alarm if you’re playing for a lot of money and make sure your guys are in the line-up. If you have a recommendation for what you’d like to see in this article, just let me know!!!

Top Pitchers
Chang-Mo Koo/NC Starting P ($11,000/$29): Koo is the best Pitcher in the KBO. He’s coming off a shaky start on the Road against the KT Wiz, but his numbers on the season remain excellent. He comes into this start with an outstanding 2.44 FIP as well as a very healthy 9.92 K/9. Koo hasn’t allowed more than 1 ER in any Home start this season and oddsmakers are giving Lotte only a meager 3.2 Implied Run Total here. He’s expensive for sure, but he projects much better point-per-dollar than any other option on this slate. I’ll have a lot of exposure to him on both sites, he’s my favorite pitcher on the slate regardless of format. There are more than enough value bats available to justify paying up for him here.

Ki-Young Im/Kia Starting P ($8,000/$24): Overall, Im has been solid all season. He comes into this start with a 2.98 FIP and a very solid 8.10 K/9. He’s allowing a .331 BABIP which suggest it wouldn’t be surprising if his numbers continued to improve. He gets to face a soft Hanwha line-up in this spot, and they have a slate low 3.5 Implied Run total here.  He has won 3 of his last 4 starts and I think he scores another one here. He’s a solid option on both sites here this evening.

Seung-Won Moon/SK Starting P ($7,700/$27):
Moon is one of the more underrated Pitchers in this league. He’s carrying an impressive 3.33 FIP on the season and a solid 8.83 K/9. He’s often overlooked as he plays on a terrible SK Wyverns squad, but he should not be overlooked here. Samsung has been hitting better lately but they’re still missing some key bats and Striking Out frequently. Moon hasn’t allowed an ER since 6/13. I’m happy to get to him on either site in any format here this evening.

Also Consider: Hyun-Hee Han/Kiwoom Starting P, David Buchanan/Samsung Starting P

Top Stacks (and who I’m targeting):
Note: Just like in MLB DFS, stacking is extremely important. Since the KBO has far fewer HRs than the MLB, ‘small ball’ can be your friend. Your one-off plays should either be excellent value – or guys with raw power (or stolen base) potential. Try your best to stack and double-stack using the following teams. From there feel free to use one-offs.

Kiwoom Heroes (KIW): Tonight, the Heroes are set to square off against a struggling SP in Doosan’s Young-Ha Lee. Lee has allowed 18 ER over his last three starts, he’s in terrible form and his numbers on the full season aren’t much better.  Byung-Ho Park (1B) is once again one of my favorite bats on the slate.  It seems he has finally turned a corner after coming out ice cold to start the season. He’s my favorite piece of any Kiwoom stack given his price, but after that I’m excited to get some exposure to Jung-Hoo Lee (OF) and Dong-won Park (C).  Lee is expensive, but both of these guys have an OPS over 1.000 on the season, and both have multi-HR upside – which is extremely rare in this league. Dong-won Park is way too cheap on FanDuel and a borderline Core play.  He may still be on the IL, but if Ha-Seong Kim (SS) returns tonight he’s an excellent (but expensive) option here as well.  Keon-Chang Seo (OF) and with Hye-Sung Kim (2B/SS) are both serviceable value options if you’re having trouble making things fit. Neither has the upside of the expensive guys, but point-per-dollar they’re both excellent. If you’re digging for additional value, I’m fine with Byung-Woo Jeon (3B) or Joon-Tae Park (OF). Just be sure they’re in the line-up prior to lock. These guys have let us down a few times already this season, but the spot here feels too good to pass on here. I’ll have a lot on both sites.

NC Dinos (NCD): Tonight, the best hitting team in the KBO is set to square off against one of the worst Pitchers on the slate. Lotte is missing a few key SP, so enter Won Sam Jang. Jang has only pitched in one start this season, in which he allowed 10 Hits and 5 ER across only 3 IP against Doosan on 5/12. Oddsmakers are giving the Dinos a slate high 6.3 Implied Runs in this spot. So, it should come as no surprise that the they are one of my favorite stacks on this slate. Eui-ji Yang (C) and Sung Bum Na (OF) are my two favorite bats to target here. They’re both expensive, but they’re two of the best hitters in the entire league. (Be careful with Yang as he left last night’s game with back discomfort). Each of these guys has enough talent/ability to make an MLB roster if they were given the chance. I’ll squeeze in as much of them as possible here. Suk-min Park (3B) and Aaron Altherr (OF) are my third and fourth favorite options from this team. Park has consistently produced all season towards the top of this order and remains one of the more reasonably priced parts of this stack. Altherr has shown that no matter where he hits in this order, he can rack up fantasy points. He leads the Dinos in RBIs, and I’m happy to get to him on either site. After that, I like Jin-Sung Kang (OF) as lower-owned but still high-upside play and another outfielder in Hee-Dong Kwon (OF). Kwon has recently been utilized as an everyday player and at his current price point, he’s one of the better plays on this team. He provides a lot of power upside at an extreme discount. Myung-Gi Lee (3B) and Min-woo Park (2B) both appeal to me here IF they’re hitting at the top of the order. Jin-Hyuk No (SS) did nothing for us last night, but he is viable shortstop option if he makes the line-up. There are a lot of moving parts here so be sure whoever you select for this stack is indeed starting. Facing a decent bullpen like this does give me some pause as the manager can pick and choose match-ups, but ultimately they still project as good as any other team on this slate.

KIA Tigers (KIA): Shi-Hwan Jang has quality K upside, but he doesn’t limit damage well enough to sustain any real success at this level. He comes into this start with a spotty 4.98 FIP, walking nearly 6 batters per 9 Innings. This isn’t exactly a smash spot for KIA against Jang, but it is a strong one. Additionally, Jang hasn’t pitched more than 5 IP in a start since 5/13. If the Tigers can tag him early, they should feast on a terrible Hanwha bullpen.  My favorite bats to target here are the outfielders, Preston Tucker (OF) and Ji-Wan Na (OF). I like Tucker as he’s one of the best hitters in the KBO, and Na as he’s the most egregiously priced. They’re going to take up your OF positions, but I’m comfortable prioritizing both of them as part of any KIA stack. Hyung-woo Choi (1B/OF) is another quality anchor for any KIA stack and another favorite option (albeit an expensive one). He’s one of the premier power bats in this league and he’s priced extremely reasonably on FanDuel. He’s more expensive on DraftKings, but I’m fine rostering him on either site tonight has he brings serious upside. Min-Sang Yoo (1B) and Seung-Taek Han (C) are both cheap considering their respective upside(s). They help open up salary for the more expensive bats listed prior. Chan-Ho Park (3B/SS) has been better lately after coming out ice cold this season, but he’s a strong addition to this stack especially if he’s hitting towards the top of the order. As long as Ho-Ryeong Kim (OF) and/or Sun-Bin Kim (2B) make the line-up, I’d be fine turning to them as a value plays here as well. Of these two guys and Park, I prefer whoever is leading off.

Also Consider: KT Wiz, Doosan Bears

DraftKings Cash Core
SP – Chang-Mo Koo (NCD) $11,000
SP2 – Ki-Young Im (KIA) $8,000
1B – Byung-Ho Park (KIW) $4,200
3B – Suk-Min Park (NCD) $4,300
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $2,400
OF – Jung-Hoo Lee (KIW) $4,500

FanDuel Cash Core
SP – NC Starting P (NCD) $29
IF – Byung-Ho Park (KIW) $14
IF – Dong-Won Park (KIW) $9
OF – Aaron Altherr (NCD) $16
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $7

Top Value Plays on DraftKings (no particular order):
1B/2B – Keon-Chang Seo (KIW) $4,100
1B/2B – Joo-Hwan Choi (DOO) $3,100
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $2,400
OF – Kun-Woo Park (DOO) $3,900
OF – Myung-Gi Lee (NCD) $3,300

Top Value Plays on FanDuel (no particular order):
IF – Kyoung-Min Hur (DOO) $8
IF – Jin-Hyuk No (NCD) $9
IF – Dong-Won Park (KIW) $9
OF – Hee-Dong Kwon (NCD) $7
OF – Kang-Min Kim (SKW) $7

BONUS BEST BETS:     (60-44)
Kia Tigers RL -1.5 (-125)
NC Dinos RL -1.5 (-150)
Doosan Bears @ Kiwoom Heroes OVER 10.5 Runs (-120)

Nick Marro is a DailyPlayAction MLB expert and MLB Team Lead. He shares his player research/projections for KBO on DraftKings and FanDuel. Nick plays on both sites himself, and although he expresses his opinions, he may implement other plays and strategies without notice. Follow him on Twitter @NickMarroDFS.

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