KBO DFS Playbook - June 26
James Grande breaks down the top plays and values for your KBO DFS lineup builds.
Dan Straily vs. T. Won (R)
Boy has Dan Straily looked good of late. He has now allowed two or fewer runs in five consecutive starts and is coming off a 12-K outing across eight innings against Kiwoom. He’s gone for 20+ DK points in four-of-five outings and gets an anemic Samsung offense in this spot. He’s going to be chalk. He’s a -155 favorite and this game has a slate low 8.5 runs implied. All in on spending up on Straily.
Casey Kelly vs. G. Lee (R)
If you want to spend up on two pitchers here, be my guest because it could be a very fruitful approach. SK sucks, lets face it. They’re 12-30 and 2-8 over his last 10 games and rank in the bottom third of the league in essentially every offensive category there is. Kelly, on the other hand, has pitched well in two-of-three games including one start against today’s opponent, SK. Even on the road in this one, Kelly is a -180 favorite and makes for a fantastic DFS option.
Warwick Saupold vs. H. So (R)
Unfortunately, we have a pitcher on a team that just doesn’t win games. He has to be lights out in order to pick up a win, which is entirely possible considering how strong he’s been at times this year. He’s actually been lights out his last time, notching two straight wins, allowing just one earned run across 12.1 IP while posting a 11:0 K:BB ratio. This game total is only 9.5 implied runs and considering Saupold has pitched so well, I’m getting behind him in tournaments.
Tae In Won vs. D. Straily (R)
I know I like Straily on the other side of this game, but Won has pitched so well it’s very hard to ignore. There are few pitchers on this slate that have pitched as well as Won has this season, notching a 3.19 ERA through nine appearances (eight starts). The offense opposing him in Lotte Giants is a bottom-four offense in home runs, average and runs batted in, so Won has strong upside here.
LOT vs. T. Won (R)
Jun Woo Jeon, OF
The price is ideal and the production matches that. He’s belted eight bombs this season and has also legged out 13 doubles. He strikes out a bunch, but he isn’t facing off against a pitcher that is overpowering and has the split advantage in this spot as well.
KIA vs. Y. Jo (R)
Preston Tucker, OF
Tucker has begun to heat up again batting .405 over his last 10 games and that’s with his 0-for-4 on Thursday factored in. Tucker has been one of the league’s best producers slashing .342/.414/.634 with 11 HR and 40 RBI. He has the split advantage against a guy allowing LHH to bat .300 with both homers allowed.
Ho Ryung Kim, OF
Kim has only appeared in 18 games this season but boy he’s made the best of it. He’s notched an OPS over 1.000 and has 9 XBH and 3 SB in that short period of time. He’s also scored 20 runs and is still under 4K. I prefer the LHH here, but hard to ignore how good he’s been.
Min Sang Yoo, 1B
We love what Yoo has been doing at the dish of late and we also love his price tag at the same token. He has the split advantage and has done damage against RHP hitting .325 with all three of his homers coming against righties. So have 20-of-22 RBI. He’s up to a .348 AVG on the season and has two bombs in his last six games.
HAN vs. H. So (R)
Jae Hoon Choi, C
He hasn’t had the best overall season at the plate but he’s turned that around quite a bit of late. Over his last 10 games, he’s hit .400 with an 1.100 OPS and has belted two bombs -- his first two of the season. It’s a really good match-up we just don’t have much we love on Hanwha.
LG vs. G. Lee (R)
Roberto Ramos, 1B
Although Ramos has only gone deep once over his last 10 games, he’s still tied for the league lead in homers despite missing time to injury. He’s as big a threat to go yard as anyone in the league and he’s still maintained a .353 AVG this year, which shows he’s only only a power hitter. Lefties are batting .294 vs. Lee this year.
Hyun Soo Kim, OF
I want the lefties in this spot and there aren’t many better than Kim. He’s batting .348 with a .910 OPS on the year and has been elite reaching base notching a .391 mark. He’s hitting .364 vs. RHP this year and all four of his bombs have come against right-handers.
Ji Hwan Oh, SS
Quite a good bargain on the little lefty hitting everything pitched at him right now. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but he lives in the gaps with 13 XBH and he has elite speed with nine stolen bases thus far. He’s riding a 10-game hitting streak.
Kang Nam Yoo, C
This has been a chalky mid-tier play for a while and he’s paid it off, notching a .387 AVG over his last 10 games. He’s been an extremely viable run producer driving in 31 runs in 43 games out of the catcher's position to boot.
DOO vs. J. Lee (R)
Jose Fernandez, 1B/2B
We’re still paying a premium for a struggling Fernandez, but the “struggling” Fernandez is still hitting .372 on the year and has done most of his damage against RHP as five-of-seven bombs have come against them. Oh, the .385 AVG vs. RHP isn’t too shabby either.
Jae Hwan Kim, 1B/OF
Kim has been crushing baseball’s lately notching five multi-hit games over his last seven contests and twice has put up 30 point FP outings in his last three. Jae Hak Lee, NC starter, has allowed LHH to bat .313 this season.
Kyoung Min Hur, 3B
He’s not a lefty and Jae Hak Lee has pitched well against RHH, but 3B is slim and Hur is extremely cheap. He double donged earlier this week so that’s the type of upside we’re looking at and he’s only 2.3K. Use him in all formats on this slate.
NCD vs. J. Park (R)
Sung Bum Na, OF
Na has started to turn it back on putting up double-digit fantasy points in five-of-six games. He has 13 bombs on the year, eight coming off RHP. The only downside is the strikeouts, but if he hits two home runs and strikes out three times, I think we’re going to be just fine.
Jin Hyuk No, 2B/SS
No really doesn’t have a history of showing this sort of power, but with a juiced ball anything is possible. Kevin Garnett taught us that. He hit his sixth homer on Thursday and now has three straight multi-hit games and has the split advantage in this spot.
LG vs. Geon Wook Lee (R)
Roberto Ramos / Hyun Soo Kim / Ji Hwan Oh / Chun Woong Lee / Kang Nam Yoo
Although Geon Wook Lee has a very respectable 3.42 ERA, his FIP is 4.94 and rising. He does not throw strikes and deals with constant traffic on the basepaths with a 5.1 BB/9 mark. The 9.5 implied runs here is tied for the second highest mark of the slate. I really love the lefties here specifically with Lee letting them bat .294 and both HR allowed to them as well.
DOO vs. Jae Hak Lee
Jose Fernandez / Jae Hwan Kim / Kyoung Min Hur / Jae Il Oh
After a strong 2019, Lee has not been good this season. His 5.58 ERA is NOT ideal and he is not missing many bats with a 6.0 K/9 this season. He’s really struggled against left-handed swingers as they’ve tagged him for a .313 AVG this season. This game is the featured bout of the slate as the O/U sits at 11, 1.5 runs more than any other game.