KBO DFS Picks & Lineup Advice: June 1st
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We’ll start by looking at betting odds and weather situations, then the Plug will provide actionable information for the main slate by making specific recommendations on how much of your bankroll to allocate and exactly which types of contests to play -- all depending on the type of player you are.
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Notable Betting Odds:
KIA Tigers -175 (Aaron Brooks)
SSG Landers -166 (Wilmer Font)
Kiwoom Heroes -153 (Woo-jin An)
Highest Implied Run Totals:
Weather Situations to Target:
No weather concerns for any of the stadiums in South Korea, per MyKBOStats.com game info pages.
These are the top hitters who are not in our top stacks on this slate.
Byung-Hee Kim, KTW
DraftKings: 2B/3B, $4,400
Dong-won Park, KIW
DraftKings: C, $5,200
José Pirela, SAM
DraftKings: 2B/OF, $6,100
Check out our rankings for more options.
Jin-young Lee, KIA
DraftKings: OF, $3,600
Kyung-su Park, KTW
DraftKings: 2B, $2,000
Eui-yoon Jung, SSG
DraftKings: OF, $2,900
Value Batters are those priced under $4,000 on DraftKings. Check out our rankings for the June 1st, 2021 slate for more options.
Updates will not be posted.
While these are the top stacks by OF index in our Model, you should look for yourself for other ideas.
We use the following format (x-x-x-x): OF Index-.ISO-wOBA-Implied Team Total. You will see these ranks next to each listed team.
NC Dinos - 1-1-1-3
Our first KBO Plug since… lol the fact we even had one before is mesmerizing.
Sok-min Park (3B, $4,200) and Eui-ji Yang (C, $5,000) are the highest ranked hitters on the slate. They have both hit for a .333 and .304 ISO respectively this season. The Dinos have a lot of expensive hitters, but this is the highest performing offense in the KBO once again in 2021.
Aaron Altherr (OF, $5,400), Sung-bum Na (OF, $5,100) and Tae-gun Kim (C, $2,900) are the next highest ranked hitters based on their year-to-date performance. The Dinos are facing the evil Doosan Bears, whose SP Ariel Miranda has the highest K/IP projection on this slate of games.
SSG Landers - 2-2-3-2
What’s an SSG Lander, you say? You might remember an SK Wyverns from 2020 (and if you do, get a new hobby), this is the same franchise under new ownership.
The Landers will send Jeong Choi (3B/SS, $5,100), Joo-hwan Choi (2B, $4,800), Jamie Romak (1B/OF, $4,300), Shin-soo Choo (1B/OF, $5,500) and Eui-yoon Jung (OF, $2,900) to the dish against the Samsung Lions this evening.
Samsung SP Jung-hyun Baek’s 1.51 WHIP in 2021 is the second worst on the entire slate, so he puts traffic on the basepaths.
You should be impressed you got this much of a KBO Plug for a GPP with a $1,000 top prize. Good luck.
The Kiwoom Heroes have the highest implied team total tonight. KT Wiz Suwon has the second highest wOBA projection based on season averages for projected hitters. SAM is a strong high-risk option with solid rankings, but a low implied team total.
Updates will not be posted.
Ariel Miranda, DOO
DraftKings: SP, $10,000
Projection: 18.9 DK Points
Wilmer Font, SSG
DraftKings: SP, $7,000
Projection: 16.7 DK Points
Young-pyo Ko, KTW
DraftKings: SP, $7,900
Projection: 16.7 DK Points
Aaron Brooks, KIA
DraftKings: SP, $8.300
Projection: 14.4 DK Points
Pitching isn’t as dominant in the KBO as it is in MLB (duh). The strikeouts just don’t come in bunches outside of a handful of arms.
Tonight, Doosan’s Ariel Miranda could lead the position in scoring, since he’s averaging a monstrous 1.44 K/IP (by KBO standards) in 44 and ⅓ innings of work this season. The downside? He’s very inefficient, and walks a ton of guys. He’s also facing our favorite offense tonight, the NC Dinos. The $10,000 price tag is the largest at the position.
Two of the guys above stand out as huge favorites: SSG’s Wilmer Font and KIA’s Aaron Brooks. Font carries a -166 moneyline status and 1.05 K/IP average into his matchup with the Samsung Lions, who have the second lowest implied team total as a result. Aaron Brooks doesn’t fill up the strikeout column, but his KIA Tigers are the biggest favorites on the slate at -175, and he’s pitched well in his 10 outings, with a 3.29 ERA in 63 innings of work.
He and KT Wiz Suwon’s Young-pyo Ko are the most likely to work deep into their games; Ko has thrown 50 total innings in 8 appearances this year - both Brooks and Ko could pitch into the 7th if the trends hold.
Kiwoom’s Woo-jin An is also a -153 moneyline favorite, and averages 1.05 K/IP in 2021.
KBO DFS Lineup Advice, Contest Recommendations, Bankroll Allocation
- Bankroll allocation: 0-1% - unless you earned tickets to this Relay Throw GPP, it's a rough slate. DraftKings contest options for KBO are miniscule at best.
- Low-risk contest selection: Start with single entry 50/50s, H2H and double-ups (multipliers). As always, look for no badge users to target in the H2H lobby. If your bankroll tier is larger, mix in larger field multipliers.
- High-risk lineup strategy: Fantasy baseball is all about event-based scoring. Home runs, stolen bases, strikeouts - these are king. In high-risk contests, focus on stacking offenses with the highest upside. On any given slate, batters have a much higher ceiling than pitchers.
- For individual batters, look for those with high ISO (isolated slugging), which measures power, in our Model. Higher number = better, if you need a sense for scale. wOBA = weighted on-base average, this is a measure that indicates floor, as it shows how reliable a player is at getting on-base.
- For pitchers in high-risk, look at the options with the highest K/IP upside - especially if they are underdogs - those are strong plays.
- Contest: literally the DK Relay Throw is the only reason this content exists.
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All cited statistics courtesy of MyKBOStats.com, and projected lineups from RotoWire.com.