KBO DFS: The Argument for the NC Dinos Stack

Eui-ji Yang, catcher for the NC Dinos, could go low-owned on FanDuel where we don’t have to roster a catcher because he’s facing a right-handed pitcher and there are three or four other spots to load up on infielders. Doosan, Kiwoom, and LG are all serious competitors for NC ownership at the position.

This is, then, an excellent spot to pounce on the right-handed-hitting Yang, who hits right-handed pitchers very well, and is facing a bad one on the Saturday 1:00 a.m. EST slate. In fact, Yang, Sung-bum Na, and Min-woo Park of the Dinos all have wOBAs over .400 versus right-handed (non-sidearm) pitchers since 2019.

The Dinos face Min-woo Kim, who sports a 5.73 ERA and a 4.98 FIP with 6.78 K/9 and 3.86 BB/9. A below-average 0.94 HR/9 to top it off. I don’t know what else we need to know to know that he is bad and that there are no silver linings. Kim is a right-hander who throws over the top and Yang still crushes against the type.

Since 2019 Yang has a .423 wOBA and a .969 OPS with 15 of his 21 HRs against right-handed non-sidearm pitchers in 372 PAs. The wOBA and OPS against this type of pitcher would alone still rank first in the KBO against both categories over that span.

Na is a left-handed outfielder with a .414 wOBA and a .226 ISO versus this type of pitcher over 470 PAs since 2018. Park has hit .364 with a .403 wOBA since 2019 against the type.

Nothing much to add there. Just that we have a crowded slate with four or five pitchers to legitimately attack. That could spread ownership, which is a great time to neglect ownership and go stack up these high wOBAs where their ownership is lower than it should be.

MARGINAL NOTES

— NC is really only a strong stack on FanDuel when we can better predict Yang ownership. On DraftKings, Yang is the guy on whom to spend up at catcher, which in itself leads to Dinos stacks. On FanDuel, the only ownership fear is the price—a legitimate one—as NC is still laughably cheap. But, again, FanDuel ownership should spread out.

— The ownership should spread out because we’ve got Doosan being Doosan, Kiwoom up against a total trainwreck, KT going up against a dude with a near 7.00 FIP since 2019, and LG (bat flip on my Ramos call) going up against a righty with a 5.49 FIP since 2019.

— Loving Aaron Brooks as a pivot off of Erik Jokisch. Read my write-up of him before his last start here and Andy Means write-up in today’s “Pitching Primer” article here.

_Big shoutout to PistolPete on Twitter who turned me onto KBReport.com when I was desperately looking for platoon splits. Dude is an excellent follow in the hours leading up to lock. Always comes correct on the knowledge, bringin’ the facts down hard.

— Apologies for the very short, bland, non-engaging writing today. I just had the carpal-tunnel hit my right hand for the first time in maybe seven or eight years. Who knows how long the Motrin is gonna work.

About the Author

  • Alex Sonty (AlexSonty)

  • Alex Sonty is a part-time political science professor at the City Colleges of Chicago and a professional DFS player. He’s been playing fantasy sports since Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith paved the way to a rookie championship in 1996. He started playing DFS in 2014 and currently specializes in MLB and NFL cash games, dipping his toes into GPP play. He’s been writing for the Chicago Tribune, SB Nation, and Rotogrinders blog networks since 2010. He holds a J.D./M.A. and L.L.M. from DePaul University.

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