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KBO Daily Fantasy Baseball – Best Plays, Top Values and Lineup Advice For Thursday, May 14

| May 13, 2020 9:59 am PDT
Korean Baseball DFS 5/14

Another day of KBO DFS picks is in the books, but a new slate comes at us fast on Thursday morning. With probable pitchers out, it pays to get ahead of the game and see which options make sense for our KBO DFS lineups.

Yesterday wasn’t amazing, but I did point you to pitcher Mike Wright (15 fantasy points) and bats like Roberto Ramos (13), Jae Hwan Kim (25!) and Ah Seop Son (20) certainly worked out.

KBO DFS is very hit or miss with pitching and you need to be on your toes to make sure you even have active players in your lineup. Getting the process started early doesn’t hurt, though, so join me as I break down my favorite KBO daily fantasy baseball picks for Thursday, May 14th.

For the bettor in you, refer to our KBO predictions before placing any wagers.

Thursday’s Top Pitchers to Target

  • Chang Mo Koo – NCD ($9.2k)
  • Chris Flexen – DOO ($8.8k)
  • Tyler Wilson – LG ($7.2k)

Most will flock to Koo based off of his brilliant 2020 KBO debut (31 fantasy points!), but he’s a great play regardless thanks to a fantastic strikeout rate (9.59 K/9 in 2019). He was also strong in run prevention, so hopefully his first start is a sign of things to come.

Elite pitching is hard to come by in the Korean Baseball Organization, so I’ll likely spend up at one spot, if not both.

Flexen is also a guy to consider. Doosan pitchers have not been as good as we need them to be, but he’s one that lived up to expectations (18 fantasy points in his debut). He flamed out of the majors, but he has nice K upside and shredded AAA in 2019 (10.53 K/9).

Lastly, there’s Tyler Wilson, who was abysmal in his KBO debut (-6.9). He was probably rusty, though, so allow recency bias to steer everyone else away. He was one of the best pitchers in the league in 2019 (14-7, 2.92 ERA) and going into his debut, was pretty chalky.

Hopefully his disastrous first outing lowers his ownership.

Best Hitters to Roster on 5/14

  • Yong Hwan Baek, C, KIA ($3.6k)
  • Jae Il Oh, 1B, DOO ($4.2k)
  • Jose Fernandez, 2B, DOO ($5.9k)
  • Suk Min Park, 3B, NCD ($4.3k)
  • Dixon Machado, SS, LOT ($4.7k)
  • Jae Hwan Kim, OF, DOO ($4.9k)

Baek is hitting well and isn’t crazy expensive. Catcher is also awful, so I’ll either use him, pay for the best catcher (Eui Ji Yang) or just use whatever catcher is part of my favorite stack.

Doosan is the top stack again for me on this slate, so Jae Il Oh stands out as a great 1B option. I only have eyes for Roberto Ramos right now, but Oh is crushing (.367 and 2 homers) these days.

Fernandez is also part of that Doosan stack. He’s pretty pricey, but he’s probably the most reliable DFS asset in the KBO. He only has one homer, but the guy is hitting .517.

Min Park has been a bit erratic so far in 2020, but he’s overall been good with a .350 batting average and three home runs. His matchup isn’t amazing, but he’s still a great play.

Machado is a lot like Fernandez, in that you can almost always hope for multiple hits. He’s going up against my favorite pitcher, but whatever.

Hwan Kim is expensive, but he’s actually cheaper than a lot of the other OF studs and he’s as good as anyone right now (.429 BA, 4 HR). His matchup with Se Woong Park looks great, too.

KBO DFS Sleepers to Use

  • Drew Gagnon, SP, KIA ($6.5k)
  • Jin Sung Kang, C, NCD ($2k)
  • Roberto Ramos, 1B, LG ($3k)
  • Hoon Jung, 2B, LOT ($2.6k)
  • Jin Hyuk No, 3B, NCD ($3k)
  • Jae Ho Kim, SS, DOO ($2k)
  • Hee Dong Kwon, OF, NCD ($2.4k)

I am unlikely to drop down too far at pitcher on Thursday, but Gagnon is probably the cheapest I’ll go. He has some MLB experience, has flashed some strikeout potential and was decent in his debut.

More importantly, though, Gagnon is cheap and faces one of the worst teams in the KBO.

I am paying up at catcher, but Sung King is obviously a viable punt if he ends up starting. He’s reached base on every at bat this year and it may only be a matter of time before he gets the nod.

Ramos is a staple of my KBO DFS advice posts, as well as my KBO DFS lineups. The guy wrecked in the minors and is hitting .407 with three homers so far this year. He’s simply way too cheap.

I don’t love the matchup with Chris Flexen, but Hoon Jung is still a terrific one-off for Lotte on this slate. He’s hitting .385 and has reached base at least once in every single game this season.

Another guy I’ve mentioned a few times is Hyuk No, who is on fire (.385 with 2 homers) and also has one of the better matchups on paper.

Jae Ho Kim is crazy cheap and can be used as part of a Doosan stack or by himself. He’s on fire (.393) and has multiple hits in four different games already this year.

Lastly, give Hee Dong Kwon a look. He’s crazy cheap despite a nice matchup and a sick .462 batting average. This is by far his best start yet, so I’d hop on him and ride the wave if you need savings.

My Favorite KBO DFS Lineup For 5/14

  • SP: Chang Mo Koo – NCD ($9.2k)
  • SP: Tyler Wilson – LG ($7.2k)
  • C: Yong Hwan Baek – KIA ($3.6k)
  • 1B: Roberto Ramos – LG ($3k)
  • 2B: Jose Fernandez – DOO ($5.9k)
  • 3B: Jin Hyuk No – NCD ($3K)
  • SS: Jae Ho Kim – DOO ($2k)
  • OF: Preston Tucker – KIA ($5.6k)
  • OF: Hyun Soo Kim – LG ($5.3k)
  • OF: Jae Hwan Kim – DOO ($4.9k)

Koo is one of the top pitchers and I’ll gladly pay for him. Wilson is a gamble, but he was good last year and could come in at low ownership.

The bats speak for themselves. Doosan is still a great stack, while I like NCD and LG a lot on this slate. Ramos is just way too cheap and the same can be said for a lot of these bats.

Per usual, you can get whatever pitching or bats you want. You just need to pick your spots. That, or make an endless string of KBO DFS lineups.

Whatever the case, hopefully I help in some manner. If you want to take things one step further and bet on KBO, head over to the best baseball betting sites to place some bets.

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