The Daily Diamond – 6.2 – Free KBO Slate Breakdown – DraftKings

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Hey Playmakers!!! Nick Marro here with my KBO Breakdown for DraftKings. There is no FanDuel KBO slate tonight as they undergo “maintenance.” 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.

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 DraftKings, 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!!!

Again…There is no FanDuel KBO slate tonight as they undergo “maintenance.”
We only have DraftKings until tomorrow.

ANOTHER NOTE: We have weather issues in the KTW @ DOO game as well as the SAM @ LG contest(s) worth monitoring (RAIN). If you won’t be awake to check, it may be wise avoid these games/teams when building your lineups.

Top Pitchers
Ki-Young Im (KIA) $7,300: On the surface, Im has been merely decent this season. However, if you dig into his numbers – he’s one of the best pitchers on this slate. Through 4 GS so far in 2020 he has posted an impressive 2.65 FIP to go along with a very solid 8.14 K/9. He faced this same Lotte Giants on 5/21, twirling 8 excellent IP of 1 Run ball, striking out 4. His upside isn’t anything extraordinary, but he’s priced extremely favorable here. He makes paying up for bats a whole lot easier. I plan to have significant exposure to him here tonight.

Odrisamer Despaigne (KTW) $8,200: Recommending any SP against the Doosan Bears feels sketchy, but Despaigne has been outstanding this season and needs to be in consideration here. Through 5 Starts, Despaigne has managed an outstanding 2.50 FIP, a very strong 7.88 K/9 and he’s only allowed 2 ER total across his last 3 starts. Obviously there is some risk in rostering him here against one of the league’s better offenses. Doosan has been cold though, so I’m more than comfortable going back to him again here. I’m hoping the match-up keeps his ownership down, he’s one of my favorite arms on this slate.

Jae-Hak Lee (NCD) $8,700: Lee hasn’t been great so far to start the season, but he has been solid – which is a lot more than can be said for the majority of the Pitchers in this league. He has a decent 4.44 FIP to go along with a serviceable 6.75 K/9. He’s not he type of arm we can rely on to break a slate, but he’s a -225 favorite in this spot against a Wyverns squad with a meager 3.62 Implied Team total. He’s not my favorite option on this slate, but he’s safer than most and a quality addition to any Pitcher pool. 

Min-Ho Lee (LG) $5,000: The Twins have been working with Lee to turn him into a starter. He got the nod on 5/21 against the same Lions team he faces tonight, recording 2 Ks and allowing zero ER across 5.1 IP. While his numbers aren’t likely to blow anyone away – he is very appealing at this near minimum price tag on DraftKings. Using Lee as an SP2 opens up pretty much whichever bats you want to get to on this slate. I expect him to once again do well in this spot. He doesn’t need to do all that much to hit value.

Also Consider: Hui-Kwan Yu (DOO), Tae-In Won (SAM)

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.

NC Dinos (NCD): The Dinos have been the most consistent hitting team in the KBO this season, and tonight they have a monstrous 6.88 Run Implied team total against Seng-won Moon of the SK Wyverns. Moon has been brutal this season, allowing 14 ER across only 20.2 IP. You’re going to have to wake up and check, but Eui-ji Yang (C) is my favorite bat in this stack, as long as he’s in here. He has been nursing multiple injuries, so be sure to confirm he’s starting before lock, but he fills a void at a weak Catcher position on DraftKings, and he’s truly one of the best bats in the KBO when he’s in. After Yang (or if Yang is out), Sung Bum Na (OF) and Suk-min Park (3B) are my second and 3rd favorite options from this team. Na is one of the premier bats in this league, and Park has looked excellent this season as a starter as his price remains reasonable everywhere. Fourth (and perhaps even higher if you’re chasing upside) Aaron Altherr (OF) is a strong OF option tonight. I like him much better his DraftKings price still feels a bit too high, but after watching him start to lock-in his last few games, I’m happy to get to him on either site. After that, I like Jin-Sung Kang (OF) as lower-owned outfield play if he’s starting.  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) 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. There’s really no wrong way to stack this team tonight. I want as much exposure as possible.

Kiwoom Heroes (KIW): Tonight, the Heroes are set to square off against 19-year-old SP in Yi-Hwan Kim. Kim’s 3.50 ERA looks decent, but with a FIP of 5.21 it’s safe to expect he’s due for some serious regression here. He looked awful in his last start against LG, allowing 2 ER on 2 HR across only 3.2 IP. Oddsmakers are giving Kiwoom a healthy 5.6 Implied Run Total here, and I fully expect them to meet and exceed this number. 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.  Ha-Seong Kim (SS) is another quality option here if you can afford the hefty price on him.  Keon-Chang Seo (OF) and Taek-Keun Lee (OF) are both serviceable OF options if you’re looking for value to make things fit. Neither has the upside of the expensive Kim, but point-per-dollar they’re excellent. If you’re digging for additional value, I’m fine with Hye-Sung Kim (2B/SS) 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 feels too good to pass on here.

KIA Tigers (KIA): The KIA Tigers should feast tonight against a less than mediocre Pitcher in Se-woong Park. Park has allowed 3+ ER in 3 of his last 4 starts, including 4 ER on 2 HR in his last start against a spotty Samsung Lions lineup. Hyung-woo Choi (1B/OF) is a quality anchor for any KIA stack and my favorite option (albeit an expensive one) on this team. He’s one of the premier power bats in this league. I’m happy to continue taking him even at a high price, especially now that it appears, he’s fully past his early-season slump. After that I like former Houston Astros OF, Preston Tucker (OF). Tucker has dominated KBO pitching so far this season, posting an excellent .284 ISO to date. He’s one of the best hitters in this league and one of my favorite bats on this slate. We’ll need value here to fit Choi with Tucker here, but if you go with KIA – that’s my recommended direction. Ji-Wan Na (OF) has been outstanding over the past couple of weeks. He remains cheap, and his price makes him a priority for me here as well. Min-Sang Yoo (1B) and Seung-Taek Han (C) are both cheap considering their respective upside(s). 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 if he’s leading off again.

Also Consider: LG Twins, KT Wiz

Again…There is no FanDuel KBO slate tonight as they undergo “maintenance.”
We only have DraftKings until tomorrow.

DraftKings Cash Core
SP – Ki-Young Im (KIA) $7,300
SP2 – Odrisamer Despaigne (KTW) $8,200
C –  Eui-Ji Yang (NCD) $5,400
SS – Jin-Hyuk No (NCD) $3,100
OF –  Ji-Wan Na (KIA) $3,600
OF/1B – Hyung-woo Choi (KIA) $5,500

Top Value Plays on DraftKings (no particular order):
1B/OF- Jin-sung Kang (NCD) $3,500
1B – Roberto Ramos (LGT) $4,000
2B/SS- Jin-hyuk No (NCD) $3,100
OF –  Ji-Wan Na (KIA) $3,600
OF – Eun-sung Chae (LGT) $3,200

BONUS BEST BETS:     (34-24)
Kiwoom RL -1.5 (-105)
NC Dinos RL -1.5 (-120)
KIA Tigers ML -170

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.