Welcome to opening day of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO). DraftKings and FanDuel are both hosting inaugural slates for the thirsty DFS baseball fans at 1am (EST) on Tuesday.
The KBO is an offense friendly league- even after the balls were de-juiced before the 2019 season. The league averages 9.1 total runs a game and can reach an upwards of 12.5 runs. Even though the over/under has not been posted for opening day a rule of thumb is that game totals of 8-8.5 mean that the team’s top pitchers are on the mound. Totals of 11 runs and up are a sure sign that you are seeing backend starters and early bullpens.
Since we already introduced you to the KBO in our KBO 101 articles last week let’s get right into the top DFS Hitters for Tuesday May 5th. But first a few stats…
2019 Final Standings
2019 KBO Hitting Leaders
2019 Top Hitters
Opening Day (May 5th)
Worth Paying Up For….
Mel Rojas Jr – Outfield (KT Wiz)- $5,300. Switch hitting son of the former major league pitcher Mel Rojas never really got a chance to show his skills in Pittsburgh or Atlanta but has turned into one of the KBO’s most lethal hitters. 30 homes runs in three consecutive seasons with a WOBA north of .400 in 2019 Rojas is match up proof.
Jeong Choi- Shortstop (SK Wyverns) – $5,500. Yes you can choose teammate Jamie Romak (1B/OF-$5,800) but for a slight discount you get a stud shortstop with a home run line of 29/35/46 over the last 3 years and an OPS of .900 or more in the last 10 consecutive seasons. Better yet- roster both Romak and Choi and you get two of the top power hitters in the league in the same lineup.
Middle of the Road…
Eui-ji Yang- Catcher (NC Dinos)- $4,500. My favorite KBO star has been one of the biggest stars of the league for years. The highest paid catcher in KBO history had a slash line of .354/.438/.574 with 20 home runs in 2019. For $4,500 and against a mediocre left-handed pitcher get Yang in all your lineups.
Jung-hoo Lee- Outfielder (Kiwoom Heroes) $4,000. The son of KBO legend Jong-beom Lee (13 time all-star) was fourth in the league with a .336 batting average last season and 31 doubles. The 2017 Rookie of the Year is still growing and learning to be a power hitter. This could be the season he explodes
Chi Hong Ahn – Second Base (Lotte Giants) $3,100. Picked up by Lotte after leading Kia in batting the last two years with a .315 and .342 average. Limited to only 105 games in 2019, Ahn had back to back 20 or more home run seasons in 2017 and 2018.
Sung Bum Na- Outfield- (NC Dinos) $3,000. Free square to a player that before he lost most of 2019 to a knee injury was one of the top hitters in the game. From 2014-2018 Na averaged 25 home runs and 107 RBI’s a season. He is healthy again and only $3,000? Plug Na into your lineup and move on.