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KBO DFS 5-30-20 Slate Recommendations

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The KBO DFS 5-30-20 slate looks a little different from most of the slates we’ve seen.

For one, instead of the usual five games, we are only getting four games on DraftKings slate. The LG Twins and Kia Tigers are non-considerable options. I suppose DraftKings wants to divert some traffic to the 1 AM showdown slate?

Don’t ask me why DraftKings decided to cut that game and FanDuel did not. Whatever, me no likey, because I’ve been on a roll on DraftKings in particular lately. So I will touch upon FanDuel a little, but most of the focus will be on the DK slate.

Before we get to tonight’s slate, just a reminder that you might want to follow me on Twitter (@MarkStrausberg) where I am likely to post some KBO DFS recommendations. That includes this past week when I recommended the very affordable Sun-Bin Kim who then went four-for-five that night. Probably won’t post any tweets tonight however because this article contains most of my recommendations.

Of course, I am writing this earlier in the day, so you never know if I will change my mind. At least for the time being, here are my recommendations.

KBO DFS 5-30-20 Slate Recommendations

May 30th KBO Pitching Recommendations

With only four games, we have less pitching options. The only pitching option I feel really good about is NC Dinos right-hander Mike Wright (DK $8900, FD $27). Wright comes in with a sparkling 2.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. His immaculate 3-0 record is helped by playing for one of the league’s best offenses. That offense has helped springboard him, but in all four of his starts, he has yet to post less than 15 DKFPs.

In addition, Wright has one of the better match-ups on the board against the Samsung Lions, who have just slightly more wins in 2020 than the 2020 Detroit Lions!

Wright is a chalky play, but on this limited slate, I’m willing to eat the chalk and differentiate elsewhere.

A deeper SP2 GPP option for DraftKings?

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Of course on DraftKings you have to select a second pitcher. The temptation is to avoid a potentially negative number and pick a super cheap starter that is not playing, thereby enabling me to select top-shelf hitters. That sneaky move might work in a H2H game, but it won’t work in any of your larger tournaments.

And if in doubt, take the guy that strikes ’em out.

Or at least the guy who has a strong K/BB ratio. Enter William Cuevas (DK $7700, FD $25) and his 3.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He’s 11th in the league in punch-outs, one ahead of the aforementioned Wright. The issue is that the Kiwoom Warriors are a better team than Lions.

While the Warriors home ballpark of Gocheok Skydome does slightly favor pitchers, the host Warriors are third in the league in HRs. If Cuevas can keep the ball in the park, he should be okay. Furthermore, the Warriors also have the second-highest strikeout rate in the league. Unless RedSox Nation fondly remembers Cuevas, I expect Cuevas to see lower ownership than Wright.

Or if you’re playing FanDuel you might want to look at some of your additional options.

May 30th FanDuel Pitching Options?

Let’s start with the slated SP for KIA, Min Woo Lee (FD $23). Lee does a pretty good job keeping the ball in the park and is coming off two QS his last two outings. One however was against the SK Wyverns. The Wyverns are one of the worst offenses in the league, so take that with a grain of salt. Furthermore, he failed to get out of the sixth inning in his two starts before that. Lee has an ERA of 3.80 which is better than league average. But there’s a reason he’s only $23. He just doesn’t offer the upside that I want in my SPs on FanDuel. Bottom line? Meh.

LG Twin Pitcher Chan Gyu Lim ($25) on the other hand does have that upside. Lim’s ERA is worse than Lee’s, but Lim has a better WHIP and is striking out more than a batter an inning. Lim has a lower floor than Lee, but a much higher ceiling.

I am not starting Lim ahead of Cuevas or Wright. However, if you’re making dozens of lineups, Lim is worth putting into a handful.

May 30th KBO Batting Recommendations

Bargains

Jin Sung Kang (DK $3300, FD $10) only catches when Dinos super-stud catcher Eui Ji Yang gets a day off. However, since he does qualify at catcher but plays nearly every day, he’s a great bargain on DK at $3300. He’s got five dingers already, an OPS approaching 1.400 and is averaging double-digit DKFPs. As usual, check lineups if you can, but if he’s playing, lock him in, because he’s locked in right now:


A little on the pricier side is Jae Il Oh (DK $3800, FD $16), whose recent absence has caused his price to decline. I had him in my lineup originally last night and was fortunate to wake up in time and make the change. But I think he starts tonight and I currently have a ton of shares of Oh. Before Oh was injured, he was hitting .370 on the season with three homers. If the Bears see him fit to be in their lineup, he should be in yours as well.

I knew about Oh before the season began. Min Woo Park (DK $4400, FD $13) admittedly not on my initial radar. Perhaps it was because his power is somewhat limited. When you are getting on base at a better than .450 clip, its hard to go unnoticed!

The same can be said for Jae Ho Kim (DK $2300, FD $9). Don’t expect Kim to park many balls in the seats, but he is an on-base machine and should easily return value at SS, especially at his scant $2300 on DK,

If you’re playing the FanDuel 5-game slate, I would give a look towards Ji-Wan Na ($9). He is a steal at $9. I’ll gladly take a player hitting .311 with four round-trippers already at that price!

Finally, we have new my favorite sleeper, Soo Bin Jung (DK $2100, FD $7). I’m not sure how much longer his price stays this low, but lock him in while you can. Jung did see his first 0-fer last night this season, but that highlights all the more reason to grab him. With the Doosan Bears looking like a good bet to repeat as champions, he’s a cheap way to get a piece of the prodigious lineup.

Speaking of the Doosan Bears….

5-30-20 KBO Stack of the Night

Let’s get this out of this way. Similar to last week, if you have the salary for it, stack the Doosan Bears. There are just so many weapons in the lineup. A couple of Bears are nearly a necessity in your cash game lineups, but again, they are expensive and rightfully so. They are second in both homers and runs scored. They have three of the league’s top dozen hitters, including Jose Fernandez  (DK $6100, FD $18) hitting a mind-boggling .465!

But if you are looking for a pivot, try the KT Wiz. And one of my favorite pivots out there is Yong Ho Jo (DK $2600, FD $8). The Wiz have been decimated by injuries, forcing him into the lineup. However, he has responded well with a .489 batting average. Yes, he doesn’t qualify yet for the minimum required for the batting title. But that’s a great start and helps keep him both cheap and low-owned.

And we are going to need those salary savings in order to fit in stud Mel Rojas Jr (DK $6000, FD $15), who continues to tear the cover off the ball. Rojas has four HR to accompany his second-to-Fernandez .412 batting average. Rojas has only put up single-digit fantasy points the last couple nights but is due for one of his slate-breaking nights like he did a week ago when he put up 30 DFFPs.

But don’t worry, we should be able to fit Rojas in because we are going to save money with fellow OF Jeong Dae Bae (DK $2300 FD $8). Bae is another one of my favorite under-the-radar plays who is only $2300 on DK, but is hitting .377 and has a hit in each of his last ten games.

So besides the Bears and Wiz, whom else should we look to squeeze into our lineup?

5-30-20 KBO DFS Slate One-Offs

Jamie Romak (DK $5800, FD $11) is not asking for your pity, but he could sure use some protection in the lineup! He is one of the few SK Wyverns still hitting the ball, but even his power is starting to dry up as teams pitch around him. But a walk is a good as a hit in DFS and he’s been on base in nearly every game this year. And he has a great matchup against Shi Hwa Jang and his 7.20 ERA.

I wonder what Romack would do if he had a little better protection. But if you want a player with a little more protection in the lineup, look no further than Sung Bum Na (DK$ FD$16), who has been on an absolute tear lately….

Need an infielder? Remember when I said I don’t really love Cuevas’ matchup? Well, one of the reasons is Byungho Park (DK $ FD$12). Park has hit 30 or more homers each of the last two seasons. With five under his belt already, he’s a good bet to get there again and don’t be surprised if he adds to that total tonight.



Finally, former Braves prospect Preston Tucker (FD $17) is always in play if you’re looking for a big bat in the early game not on the four-game DK slate. Tucker is third in the league with half a dozen dingers. He has a .345 average to boot and might have the Braves wondering what more they could have done.

Hopefully, there is nothing more you can do when you set your lineup tonight. Good luck with the May 30th KBO slate!

About Mark Strausberg

Despite his youthful appearance, Mark has aged hundreds and hundreds of years due to soul-sucking and crushing near misses over his decades of both playing and writing fantasy sports.

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