KBO Daily Fantasy Baseball – Best Picks, Values and Lineup Help For Saturday, May 23
Stacking the Doosan Bears was the right call on Friday morning. Unfortunately, my pitcher picks didn’t go quite as well. I did list Hyon Jong Yang as one of the top arms, but he didn’t make my final lineup.
Regardless, if you rolled with Doosan, you had a chance. Hopefully, your KBO DFS lineups fared well, but it’s onward and upward going into the weekend.
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For everything DFS-related, join me as I offer my favorite KBO DFS picks for Saturday morning’s slate, including the top plays, best values, and lineup help for 5/23.
Top KBO Pitchers For Saturday
- Drew Rucinski – NCD ($9.3k)
- Eric Jokisch – KIW ($8.9k)
- Aaron Brooks – KIA ($7.8k)
- Raul Alcantara – DOO ($7.6k)
Rucinski had a marvelous debut, but has taken a step back since. He’s still likely to get the win against Hanwha, who do whiff a good deal and are presently dead last in home runs.
Eric Jokisch may be the better play when you look at recent form. The Kiwoom southpaw sports a nasty 0.53 ERA on the year and has allowed 10 total hits across three starts. He’ll get a Lotte offense that has been solid at times in 2020, but has regressed since a hot start and continues to miss Hoon Jung.
Aaron Brooks isn’t a tantalizing talent, but he does boast some big league experience and has been solid in 2020. Brooks offers a 3.00 ERA and a solid K rate so far this season. He also happens to face the worst team in the league on Saturday.
One more arm of note is Alcantara, who is coming off of a gem in which he dropped 32.8 fantasy points. Duplicating that outing isn’t something we should expect, but a date with a bad Samsung team gives him a chance to win and post sturdy numbers.
Best KBO Bats to Roster on 5/23
- Dong Won Park, C, KIW ($4.3k)
- Byungho Park, 1B, KIW ($5.3k)
- Jose Fernandez, 2B, DOO ($6.4k)
- Dae In Hwang, 3B, KIA ($3.9k)
- Chan Ho Park, SS, KIA ($4.5k)
- Jung Hoo Lee, OF, KIW ($4.6k)
Park and his Kiwoom buddies have a glorious matchup with a hard contact pitcher, so I love him and a Heroes stack. He’s a reasonable price and a solid pivot away from the usually popular Eui Ji Yang.
Byungho Park isn’t hitting the ball that well to get 2020 going, but he should come around eventually, and as noted, Kiwoom has a fantastic matchup.
Doosan is the other stack to prioritize on this slate, and Fernandez should be part of it. He donged on Friday and continues a brilliant run in a year where he’s slashing .476 with 16 RBI.
Kia isn’t necessarily my favorite stack, but they have some nice righties and could have the splits edge against a southpaw on this slate. In Hwang is also wrecking (.438 batting average), so even as a one-off, he’s worth a look.
Ho Park is another Kia bat I’ll look at, as he should also have the splits advantage and is hot at the moment with 10+ fantasy points in three of his last four outings.
Lastly, we have Hoo Lee, who is part of that KIW stack. He’s a lot cheaper than some of the other OF options, yet he’s crushing as well as anyone (.379, 3 HR and 15 RBI). He needs to be included in Kiwoom stacks.
KBO DFS Sleepers to Target on 5/23
- Min Woo Kim, SP, HAN ($7.1k)
- Se Hyuk Park, C, DOO ($3.1k)
- Joo Hwan Choi, 1B, DOO ($2.6k)
- Byung Hee Kim, 2B, KT ($2.2k)
- Kyoung Min Hur, 3B, DOO ($3k)
- Hye Sung Kim, SS, KIW ($2.4k)
- Eun Sung Chae, OF, LG ($2.7k)
Woo Kim may be as low as I can go at pitcher on this slate, so he’ll have to qualify as a sleeper. He certainly doesn’t have an easy matchup against the Dinos, but he’s a good pitcher. He’s worth a shot thanks to a blistering 1.96 ERA and 19 whiffs on the year.
I love Doosan again, so Hyuk Park grades out beautifully if he’s in the lineup. He’s hitting .341 and is part of my favorite stack of the slate.
I’m sick of talking up Ramos, so while he’s still a great option at 1B ($3.4k), you can honestly save way more and use Hwan Choi. He’s hitting .250 with three dongs and should get a chance to showcase himself more with Jae Il Oh injured.
Hee Kim is an excellent punt if you need the salary relief. Just make sure he’s starting, as teammate Jae Gyun Hwang has missed some time and could return.
My affinity for Doosan keeps Min Hur on my radar. He’s not great, but he saves money and is part of one of the best KBO stacks for Saturday.
Sung Kim is another viable Kiwoom bat you’ll want to consider. Not only is he part of a great KBO stack, but he’s dirt cheap.
Sung Chae wraps this section up, as he’s crushing the ball with a .316 batting average, three homers and 16 RBI. His matchup isn’t the best, but he’s on fire with 14+ fantasy points in three of his last four games.
My Favorite KBO DFS Lineup For 5/23
- SP: Min Woo Kim – HAN ($7.1k)
- SP: Raul Alcantara – DOO ($7.6k)
- C: Se Hyuk Park, C, DOO ($3.1k)
- 1B: Byungho Park – KIW ($5.3k)
- 2B: Jose Fernandez – DOO ($6.4k)
- 3B: Kyoung Min Hur – DOO ($3k)
- SS: Jae Ho Kim – DOO ($2.8k)
- OF: Jung Hoo Lee – KIW ($4.6k)
- OF: Jae Hwan Kim – DOO ($5.9k)
- OF: Dong Min Han – SK ($4.1k)
Change the record if you dare, but I am again all about the Doosan Bears. They are always in play, but on Saturday, they get a hard contact fiend in Sung Hwan Yoon.
The Bears should feast again, so I’ll be rolling out a full five-man stack. I also like Kiwoom a good deal, so I will go out of my way to pay for Park and Lee, who are their two best mashers.
Dong Min Han is a nice power hitter to use as a one-off to close out the sticks.
I know I’m chancing it a bit in the pitching department, but Alcantara is coming off an amazing effort, and he pitches for Doosan, so that’s always going to keep him in my pitcher pool.
Woo Kim has also been fantastic and is way too cheap for the pitcher he’s been. I’m not going to pass up this kind of value just because the NC Dinos are good.
Hopefully, these KBO DFS picks serve you well on Saturday. Either way, consider betting on the KBO and refer to the best baseball betting sites for the latest odds.