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May 16th KBO Saturday DFS Slate Recommendations

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You’ve got to be Looney Tunes to be spending any kind of DFS cash right now on baseball, right? To that I say, “What’s up Doc?” and let’s play the May 16th KBO DFS slate!

This is not the first year I’ve played DFS baseball before the MLB season began. However, it used to be Spring Training baseball that I played. Now, it is Korean Baseball, aka KBO DFS.

I’ve been playing KBO DFS since the season began nearly two weeks ago. I’m definitely still in the profit zone. However, my earnings have been blunted by rain-outs. Part of the reason? I’m not staying up until 2 AM or later on a weekday night to confirm if a game is being played.

The good news is that on Saturdays they play during the day. Therefore, we’ll know by midnight tonight the likelihood of a game being washed out.

Barring a washout, here is who I am looking at for my lineups.

Saturday May 16th KBO DFS Slate Recommendations

May 16th KBO Pitching Recommendations

Tonight is a tough slate. Warren Saupold is the most talented pitcher taking the mound tonight. I even touted him as one of my favorite three pitchers in my KBO DFS primer. As great as I think he is, I’m not so sure he’s “matchup-proof”. Unfortunately, Saupold pitches for one of the worst teams in the KBO. He is not likely to get a ton of run support and get the win.

Furthermore, he is facing the first place Lotte Giants, who are tied for the most runs per game through eight contests. Most nights I’d be happy to pay up for him as he is usually a set-it-and-forget-it option. But tonight’s slate should be chock full of scoring and I want to save some salary for my hitters. So, I’m fading Saupold against my belief that he might be the best pitcher in the KBO this year.

In fact, this matchup is so slanted against Saupold that I’m taking the opposing pitcher. I’m going to roll the dice with Kyung Eun Noh (LGT SP; DK $7700, FD $20). This is only his second start this year and his first start was nothing special. But he finished the 2019 season strong, notching a 2.05 ERA over his last five starts. If he strikes out even half a dozen I’d be shocked. But Noh should go at least six innings against the Eagles, who are averaging a league-worst 3.25 runs per game, and get the win.

An SP2 for DraftKings

I’m going to spend up even more for my SP2, Yong Chan Lee (DOO SP; DK $8500, FD $21). Lee has a respectable 1.17 WHIP and has struck out a batter per inning. Lee has 30 quality starts over the previous two seasons and I think he gets one here. His teammates on the Doosan Bears should give him plenty of run support. The Bears are the other team tied with the Giants for first in runs scored. Furthermore, his opponent tonight are the Kia Tigers, who score the third-fewest runs per game in the league.

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May 16th KBO Batting Recommendations

I know I said I want to spend up. However, let’s start with my two “bargains of the day”–Jae Ho Kim (DOO SS; DK $2000, FD $9)  and Eun Sung Chae (LG OF; DK $2500, FD $12).

Chae is super affordable and is playing every day. If you need an OF to save a little money on, Chae is your man. He is hitting a solid .290 and averaging double-digit FPs per game. He’s less of a bargain on FanDuel, but at $12, that is still cheap enough given the savings we taking at pitcher.

Kim meanwhile is the bare minimum despite playing every game in the loaded Doosan line-up. Kim does not pack the punch that most of his fellow lineup mates do. However, he is hitting .387 and is constantly waiting to be driven home when his big-batted teammates arrive at the plate.

Stack of the Night

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I will be stacking the Doosan Bears tonight. That stack will include Jae Hwan Kim (DOO 1B; DK $4900, FD $17) who has been on an absolute tear lately. He’s averaging 16.6 DKFP/G but is averaging nearly 25 DKFPs over the last four games. He’s hitting .419 with 4 HRs and an eye-popping 1.371 OPS. He is still under the $5K threshold, making him an obvious play.

Less obvious is Jose Miguel Fernandez (DOO 2B; DK $6300, FD $17). Fernandez is also tearing the cover off the ball, but at $6300 is the most expensive hitter on the entire slate. Fernandez was a complimentary player in the Majors, but he is tearing up the KBO, hitting an insane .500

One-Offs

Mel Rojas Jr (KTW OF; DK $6200, FD $15)

With the money I am saving on pitching, Chae, and Kim, I am using it to add another uber-stud, Mel Rojas. Rojas is not quite as hot Fernandez, as he’s hitting only .457 with just one homer so far this year. However, Fernandez is going up against the 21-year old Min Kim. Kim was absolutely shellacked for seven runs his first start this year. I am willing to overlook one start, but Kim still had an ERA approaching 5 in last year’s “de-juiced ball” year and a 1.59 WHIP. Giddyap!

Sung Bum Na (NCD OF; DK $4000, FD $12)

Sung Bum Na opened the season with a laughable 3K salary on DK and has seen it rise all the way up to 4K tonight. Despite that movement, he’s still underpriced! Na is hitting a respectable .281 with three HRs as a linchpin of the Dinos formidable lineup.


Chung-Woong Lee (LG OF; DK $3400, FD $12)

Lee is not a player that was on my radar a week ago. But with three stolen bases over the last four games, he is now! He is priced nearly where he should be on both sites, but Chung Woong is hitting .397 and is an on-base machine. And that’s key, given his stolen base potential. He stole more than 20 bases last year. I would expect him to top that number this year. Players like Fernandez and Rojas are going to be highly owned. Yet Chung Woong Lee is a sneaky and great way to differentiate your lineup.

In the immortal words of that immortal Loony Tune Porky Pig, that’s all folks! If you have any further questions about the May 16th KBO DFS slate or any other DFS questions for that matter, hit me up on Twitter, and good luck!

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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