Pitching today looks especially weak with the top arms having tough matchups, limited k potential, or both. This should be a high scoring day for batters and some fun games to watch. We again have massive tournaments for the KBO on both sites and a lot of the games will end up airing in the US to satisfy our cravings for baseball. We are going to look at the pitching on this slate as a whole and try to boil them down into top plays. After that, we’ll point out which teams we are looking to stack hitters from. Before all of that, let’s take a quick look at how the KBO operates, relative to the MLB. We have a screenshot of league leaders from last season below to give you a brief idea of how the league compares.
Key points about the KBO:
- The league switched to baseballs designed to not travel as far, limiting home run numbers
- It is still a hitters league, but focused on small ball with every team employing a DH
- Bullpens are a mess, which is why we see Fanduel only caring about starters
- Starting pitchers are already announced, but lineups won’t come out till later so be careful in case of surprises
DK roster construction:
|Inning Pitched +2.25||Single +3|
|Strikeout +2||Double +5|
|Win +4||Triple +8|
|Earned Run Allowed +2||Home Run +10|
|Hit Against -.6||RBI +2|
|Walk -.6||Run +2|
|Hit Batsman -.6||Walk +2|
|Complete Game +2.5||Stolen Base +5|
|Complete Game Shutout +2.5||Hit by Pitch +2|
|No Hitter +5||–|
FD roster construction:
|Innings Pitched +3||Single +3|
|Outs +1||Double +6|
|Strikeouts +3||Triple +9|
|Earned Runs -3||Homerun +12|
|Quality Start +4||Walk +3|
|Win +6||RBI +3.5|
|–||Stolen Base +6|
|–||Hit By Pitch +3|
|Position||Team||Name||Team Odds||DK Salary||FD Salary|
|SP||NCD||Jae Hak Lee||+109||$9,800||$24|
|SP||HAN||Min Jae Jang||+158||$8,500||$20|
|SP||DOO||Hee Kwan Yoo||-224||$8,500||$26|
|SP||SK||Seung Won Moon||-130||$8,200||$28|
|SP||KIW||Seung Ho Lee||-204||$8,000||$24|
|SP||LOT||Kyung Eun Noh||+101||$6,500||$21|
|SP||Sam||Chae Heung Choi||+132||$5,000||$23|
|SP||KTW||Hyeong Jun So||+172||$4,000||$25|
It is important to decide how you want to approach your pitching before looking for a starter or starters on DK. In the MLB, we often like to go for the top arms and find the value bats, but this slate is likely forcing us to think in reverse. This is a hitting first league and we are going to prioritize spending up for hitters. Hee Kwan Yoo and Tyler Wilson are our top two targets. Yoo’s Doosan Bears are big favorites, in large part that this veteran arm is on the mound. He was good last year and excels at limiting the damage against him but without a great deal of strikeouts. A solid start and a win is what we are looking for. Tyler wilson was great last season and the only issue with him is wondering if he’s prepared to go the distance today or if he’ll have a short leash. The Dinos have been doing well this season so this is a risky spot, but we feel like he’s going to be the one to slow them down. Drew Gagnon is our last choice and an option for a #2 starter on DK for sure or a very cheap arm for Fanduel. He’s facing a terrible offense and has stuff that has shown up in AAA in the US and we hope that translates here. We don’t know how he will fare in a new environment but he’s worth a flyer. Special consideration for Hyeong Jun So as well, an 18 year old making his debut with supposedly electric stuff. He is facing a top offense and we are not targeting him, but if you are desperate for salary on DK you can roll the dice with the kid.
Winning GPPs for baseball is all about stacking the right teams and filling in the blanks with great one-off options. A GPP winning lineup can often have a 4 stack or a 3×3 from 2 teams.With these starters not fully stretched out and bullpens being notoriously weak, we should see some fun scores from a few teams on this slate. We have highlighted our 3 favorite teams to stack below and a few of the top options. We tried to include a value player when we could. Each player will have their DK position noted, since FD is much less specific. We are not looking at salaries specifically with most of these batters, just the guys that have the best odds to perform.
This league is new to most of us so be careful playing this slate. If you are looking to play different guys from these teams, pay attention to lineups being announced closer to lock and targeting guys at the top of the order and with a L/R matchup benefit if possible. We won’t know some of these other potential value plays until rosters come out and we will try to mention any new names in the discord.
Kia Tigers – They started off slow but put up 8 runs yesterday and they face Chae Heung Choi here who was awful last year. They have some cheap options with decent upside and should see decently low ownership.
Top options: Hyung Woo Choi (1B/OF), Chan Ho Park (2B/SS), Sun Bin Kim (SS), Yong Hwan Baek (C)
Kiwoon Heroes – Possibly the chalk stack of the slate, they’re a top offense and facing a bad pitcher so this is a plus matchup.
Top options: Jung Hoo Lee (OF), Keon Chang Seo (1B/2B), Byungho Park (1B), Ha Seong Kim (SS)
SK Wyverns –
Top options: Jamie Romak (1B/OF), Jeong Choi (3B/SS), Dong Min Han (OF),
Have some fun again here if you end up getting early to get your baseball fix, or just stay up all night because you have issues like some of us here… If you want to look around beyond these stacks, target the cheaper guys and look for L/R matchup benefits and guys at the top of the order. Good luck and game on.
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