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Best lineup strategy for Korean baseball DFS May 22nd

We break down ideal DFS picks at each position for the KBO’s five-game slate on Friday.

Infielder Choi Jeong of SK Wyverns runs to firstbase in the top of the ninth inning during the KBO League game between NC Dinos and SK Wyverns at the Incheon SK Happy Dream Park on May 15, 2020 in Incheon, South Korea. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

DraftKings has another five-game KBO slate for Friday, and there will be classic contests available including all of the matchups. We go over the top plays at each position below, and you can set your lineup here.

Pitcher: Tae Hoon Kim, SK Wyverns ($7,000)

Paying up for a pitcher doesn’t seem to pay off frequently, but Kim is one you should keep an eye on. He’s toward the bottom in terms of price but only allowed two hits to a lethal NC Dinos team through seven innings in his last start. He’s given up four hits and two home runs in 13 innings of work and seems like a safe pick. There’s a chance he’ll have a huge game, but it also isn’t likely to have a terrible one.

Catcher: Jin Sung Kang, NC Dinos ($2,900)

Kang is listed as a catcher but is actually a first base, so don’t worry about him having to play behind Eui Ji Yang. Getting a player batting .462 with three home runs and 11 RBIs for under $3,000 is hard to pass up — especially when he average for fantasy points per game (9.9) than any other catcher. He was rostered at just over 7 percent of lineups in Thursday’s biggest classic contest and tallied 12 fantasy points.

First Base: Byungho Park, Kiwoom Heroes ($4,800)

People are still waiting for park to develop some consistency, and he has the potential to be a great play. His OBP was above .400 in each of his last five seasons and he also regularly batted over .300 during that span. While his .189 batting average is discouraging, he’s capable of a lot more.

Second Base: Min Woo Park, NC Dinos ($4,200)

Park has continued to be one of the most dangerous leadoff men in the KBO. His three base hits and one run were good for 11 fantasy points. His steady production makes him one of the sturdiest picks available at second base.

Shortstop: Ha Seong Kim, Kiwoom Heroes ($4,700)

Kim is tearing it up and has now eclipsed 25 DKFP in back-to-back games. He’s reached double-digits in fantasy points in each of his last four outings. He tallied two hits, two RBIs, and scored three runs himself Thursday. It’s hard to see him slowing down anytime soon.

Third Base: Jeong Choi, SK Wyverns ($4,900)

Choi has a reputation for being one of the KBO’s best power hitters. He hasn’t dipped below 29 home runs since 2015. While he’s still looking to get on track, he has a high ceiling. Rostering him is a sneaky play that could turn around your whole lineup if he even has an average performance. The Wyverns’ offense has started to pick up, and Choi could benefit from that.

Outfield: Baek Ho Kang, KT Wiz ($5,700)

Thursday was an anomaly, as Kang went 0-for-4 and had a goose egg in the scoring column against the Dinos. He’s still been one of the most productive power hitters in the KBO this year and had was riding one of the better hitting streaks in the league before Thursday. Look for him to get back on track and show why he’s among the league leaders in home runs (5).

Outfield: Aaron Altherr, NC Dinos ($5,500)

Altherr’s price has dropped following a phenomenal outing against Doosan Thursday. He nearly belted two home runs in the game and finished with one three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. He tallied 30 fantasy points on three hits and three RBIs. He was also walked once. Getting him as the sixth priciest outfielder is a bargain.

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