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KBO Daily Fantasy Baseball – Best Picks, Top Sleepers and Lineup Help For Thursday, May 28
Rejoice, another day of KBO DFS action has arrived. This league has been fairly volatile on a day-to-day basis, but the league is finally starting to take shape.
Doosan and NC are the top teams, while LG may be here to stay. Lotte has finally regressed overall, while you can typically steer clear from the SK Wyverns.
That’s just the DFS angle, usually. For help on actually betting on who wins Thursday morning’s games, check out our KBO betting predictions.
I’ve got you covered with the fantasy side of things. Join me as I dissect my favorite arms, the top bats worth paying for, and some sneaky KBO DFS sleepers.
KBO DFS Pitchers to Trust on 5/28
- Hyun Jong Yang – KIA ($9.6k)
- Warwick Saupold – HAN ($9k)
- Casey Kelly – LG ($7.4k)
Yang is the most expensive pitcher on this slate, but I’m not totally sold that he needs to be a priority. He’s certainly been good, as he’s 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA. However, he isn’t exactly racking up strikeouts and a date with the KT Wiz is far from a cakewalk.
The Kia southpaw still needs to be in your pitcher player pool, but the first pricey arm I’m looking to is probably going to be Saupold.
This is certainly a guy who doesn’t make a lot of bats miss, but Warwick (yep, that’s his name) gets brownie points for run prevention (2.25 ERA). He issued three free passes in his last start, but his control (three total walks in prior three starts) is usually a strong suit.
The date with a disciplined Twins team isn’t encouraging, but you weren’t paying for him for Ks, anyways.
Lastly, I also really like Kelly. He’s considerably cheaper than both of the guys above and doesn’t have a scorching K rate, but he’s passable in that regard and was pretty dominant (2.55 ERA) in terms of run prevention in 2019.
His matchup with the Hanwha Eagles (last in home runs and walks) looks pretty safe on paper.
KBO DFS Bats to Roster on Thursday
- Eui Ji Yang, C, NCD ($4.8k)
- Roberto Ramos, 1B, LG ($3.7k)
- Jose Fernandez, 2B, DOO ($6.2k)
- Jae Gyun Hwang, 3B, KT ($4.8k)
- Sun Bin Kim, SS, KIA ($4k)
- Preston Tucker, OF, KIA ($6.3k)
Yang returned to the Dinos lineup on Wednesday, so you can probably bank on him playing again on Thursday. The power isn’t there yet, but he’s hitting .313 on the year and we know what he’s capable of.
I honestly like Saupold plenty for this slate, but Ramos is the top cash play, seemingly daily. He’s a fine one-off or you can hedge a stack against Saupold in other KBO DFS lineups.
I don’t feel inclined to stack Doosan on this slate, but they are facing a young, unproven arm. Jose Fernandez can be deployed by himself or as part of a Bears stack.
Hwang isn’t cheap, but he’s got the platoon edge and is slaying on the year. He’s facing a good pitcher that I’ll consider using, but he’s still a solid option.
Bin Kim is probably my favorite SS option for Thursday and he’s got one of the better matchups. KIA goes up against Hyeong Jun So, who is giving up contact left and right. I like the full stack, but Bin Kim (.355 with 10 RBI) is a fine one-off.
I’ll finish off with Tucker, who is one of the best power hitters in the KBO. He’s slowed down over the past week, but he does have three hits over his last two games now. With a very nice matchup in front of him, he’s worth the steep price tag.
KBO DFS Value Plays to Target on 5/28
- Geon Wook Lee, SP, SK ($5.7k)
- Jin Sung Kang, C, NCD ($2.6k)
- Joo Hwan Choi, 1B, DOO ($2.5k)
- Chi Hong An, 2B, LOT ($3.1k)
- Dae In Hwang, 3B, KIA ($3.6k)
- Jae Ho Kim, SS, DOO ($2.5k)
- Jeong Dae Bae, OF, KT ($2.3k)
This is a weird slate for pitching, as Adrian Sampson won’t last long in his 2020 debut and another guy in Wook Lee will make his first start of the year. And it comes against Doosan.
I actually am interested in Lee, though, as he’s sported a nice K rate (albeit in a really small sample size) and the Bears simply haven’t been that imposing lately. You can also go against my Kiwoom stack and try out Young Gyu Kim for the strikeout upside.
Sung Kang worked out by accident on Wednesday. He didn’t start, yet he still cranked out a three-run homer. We won’t always get so lucky, so be sure he starts if you want to use him. He’s just on fire right now with a .476 batting average, five homer runs, and 18 RBI.
Doosan is either going to go off on Thursday, or they’ll get shut down by a guy that has very little experience.
I plan on being on both sides of that in tournaments, so I’ll certainly look to some cheap Bears sticks like Choi. He hasn’t been that efficient, but he’s cheap power in a good offense.
I’m not enamored with Hong An, but he’s on an offense that has performed fairly well on the year and he reaches base consistently. Some stolen base upside makes him a solid value play.
I say it often, but cheap Doosan bats are hard to turn down. Ho Kim is still cruising at the plate, hitting .377 on the year. He offers little upside, but against a young pitcher, he could be the ultimate sleeper play.
Dae Bae is just too cheap. He’s got a tough matchup, but he has the splits in his favor and he’s crushing right now. It will be tough to turn away from his blistering .385 batting average, while his current form (three hits on Wednesday) is also alluring.
Best KBO DFS Lineup For 5/28
- SP: Warwick Saupold – HAN ($8k)
- SP: Casey Kelly – LG ($7.4k)
- C: Dong Won Park – KIW ($4.3k)
- 1B: Byungho Park – KIW ($5k)
- 2B: Keon Chang Seo – KIW ($3.5k)
- 3B: Dae In Hwang – KIA ($3.6k)
- SS: Sun Bin Kim – KIA ($4k)
- OF: Preston Tucker – KIA ($6.3k)
- OF: Jeong Dae Bae – KT ($2.3k)
- OF: Sung Bum Na – NCD ($4.2k)
I don’t normally love using pitchers from the same game, but I don’t mind it on a weird slate for pitching. Saupold should keep LG in check for the most part, while Kelly could rack up some whiffs and keep a weak Hanwha offense down thanks to their lack of power or discipline.
Doosan could be really popular due to a matchup with an unproven arm. I’ll get exposure to both sides of that, but my two favorite stacks are Kiwoom and Kia. That has me loving a 3-3 split, while Dae Bae is a nice cheap option.
My other one-off is Bum Na, who is facing a lefty and could be really contrarian.
That does it for today’s KBO DFS breakdown. As usual, you can use these KBO DFS picks or even just enter the entire lineup above. If you do that, however, I’d suggest also incorporating your own sleeper plays or favorite studs.
I personally am just rolling out the one KBO DFS lineup most days, but for best returns, using multiple KBO daily fantasy baseball lineups makes sense.
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