The Daily Diamond – 6.23 – Free KBO Slate Breakdown – FanDuel and DraftKings

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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
Chris Flexen/Doosan Starting P ($8,500/$27): We have a few solid options at SP on this slate, but I like Flexen best as he’s in the easiest match-up. The SK Wyverns have struggled mightily this season and tonight they have the lowest implied run total on the board at 4.3 Runs. Flexen has been solid this season holding a 3.76 FIP and a decent 7.68 K/9 into this start. He’s not really an ace by definition, but in a league like this with such volatile pitching – he’s certainly above average. He’s priced reasonably on both sites here tonight. I like him everywhere.

Aaron Brooks/Kia Starting P ($8,400/$25): After Flexen, I’m really liking Aaron Brooks here. He comes into this start with an impressive 2.97 FIP and a very solid 7.88 K/9. Lotte bats have been hot lately, but Brooks has shown he can navigate even the toughest line-ups in the KBO as he’s coming off a 3 ER No Decision in which he rung up 8 NC Dinos. He comes with some risk here, but no more than any of our other options on this slate. I like him everywhere.

Drew Rucsinski/NC Starting P ($9,200/$28): In a better match-up, he’d probably be my favorite Pitcher on the slate. Rucinski has been excellent this season with an impressive 8.76 K/9 and a 3.63 FIP heading into this start. He’s pretty expensive for the match-up, but if you’re looking for a way to differentiate yourself in GPPs his ceiling is as high as anyone’s on this slate. He’s not a top priority for me tonight, but I’ll certainly have some exposure.

Also Consider: Won-Tae Choi/Kiwoom 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):  It pains me to keep recommending these guys as they keep letting us down, but once again I’m going to be on Doosan here tonight. They’ve been better on the road all season, and I figure they should have no issues getting to Tae Hoon Kim here and his 5.16 FIP. He has cooled off a bit lately, but Jose Fernandez (1B) is still 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) has the next best upside. Both of these guys are expensive, but they could legitimately break this slate if they’re locked in. I doubt he’s back tonight, but Jae-Il Oh (1B) would be viable if he returns here as well. Joo-Hwan Choi (1B/2B) is still WAY too cheap on DraftKings with a potent bat in his own right. He’s been on fire lately and I’m fine getting to him on FanDuel as well. Kun-woo Park (OF) and Soo-Bin Jung (OF) are solid plays here as well and both worth prioritizing at the top of the order. If Jae-Won Oh (2B) or Jae-Ho Kim (SS) make the line-up they’ll excellent value options near minimum price. Kyoung-Min Hur (3B) should be activated off the IL before this game. If he’s in, he’s viable here as well. 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.

Samsung Lions (SAM): Chad Bell is probably the worst USA-born SP in the KBO right now. He has a terrible 6.73 FIP heading into this start. I’m happy to load up on Samsung tonight at potentially low ownership.  Tyler Saladino (3B/SS) is my favorite option if I target these guys here. Saladino has looked great since returning from injury. He has raised his batting average nearly 20 full points across the last two weeks. He’s affordable on both sites and a priority for me on this slate. After Saladino, Sang-Su Kim (2B/3B) and Ja-Wook Koo (1B/OF) are my favorite options here. Kim has 13 Hits across his last 7 starts and while he does lack power, he’s almost always on base and scoring Runs. Ko has plenty of pop and is quickly evolving into one of the better hitters on this team. I’m also fine with Won-Seok Lee (3B) here as he’s been hitting the ball well. This is one of the easier teams to fit so I prefer to rely on the guys I’ve listed over any dirt cheap value.  Other guys I’d be fine stacking here include Sung-Gyu Lee (2B/3B) and Outfielder Dong-Yeop Kim (OF). This isn’t an elite hitting team by any stretch, but in a match-up like this I’ll roll the dice on them. I’m also fine rolling out Hak-Ju Lee (SS) if cracks the line-up.

KIA Tigers (KIA): Jun-Won Seo’s 3.71 ERA is mostly a mirage as his 5.51 FIP sits nearly 2 full points higher. 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) makes the line-up, I’d me fine turning to him as a value play here as well. I’d prefer him over Park here if he’s leading off.

Also Consider: Kiwoom Heroes, NC Dinos

DraftKings Cash Core
SP – Chris Flexen (DOO) $8,500
SP2 – Aaron Brooks (KIA) $8,400
1B/2B – Joo-Hwan Choi (DOO) $2,400
3B/OF – Tyler Saladino (SAM) $4,700
OF – Kun-Woo Park (DOO) $3,500
OF – Don-Yeop Kim (SAM) $3,500

FanDuel Cash Core
SP – Doosan Starting P (DOO) $27
IF –  Se-Hyuk Park (DOO) $7
IF – Tyler Saladino (SAM) $9
OF – Preston Tucker (KIA) $17
OF – Jae-Hwan Kim (DOO) $17

Top Value Plays on DraftKings (no particular order):
1B/2B – Joo-Hwan Choi (DOO) $2,400
3B – Won-Seok Lee (SAM) $4,200
3B/SS – Chan-Ho Park (KIA) $3,500
OF – Kun-Woo Park (DOO) $3,500
SS – Hak-Ju Lee (SAM) $4,300

Top Value Plays on FanDuel (no particular order):
IF –  Se-Hyuk Park (DOO) $7
IF – Sang-Su Kim (SAM) $8
IF – Sun-Bin Kim (KIA) $8
OF – Hyung-Woo Choi (KIA) $10
OF – Ja-Wook Koo (SAM) $9

BONUS BEST BETS:     (53-43)
Doosan Bears RL -1.5 (-115)
NC Dinos ML -145
Samsung Lions RL -1.5 (-100)

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.