This article is part of our DFS KBO series.
Friday's five-game slate is an intriguing one from a DFS perspective. On the one hand, you have several pitchers sporting impressive win-loss records that are accompanied by some slightly elevated ERAs. Then, when digging deeper, one finds several of those arms have struggled more than once against their Friday opponent, making them riskier than they normally would be. Therefore, it may be a night to often go contrarian all the way around in tournaments, taking both pitchers outside the top tier and some one-off bats against those hurlers that one might normally avoid.
As customary, I'll highlight what I consider to be two of the safer pitching options at different price points, followed by some one-off hitters across the salary scale that could also prove profitable for cash games and/or tournaments. I'll then break down the two stacks that I trust the most to potentially string some above-average offensive numbers together and pay off for you in tournaments.
William Cuevas ($7,600) is only the sixth-most expensive pitcher on the slate, yet given the matchups Friday, he could arguably finish with the best fantasy-point-per-dollar return of any of them. As alluded to earlier, more expensive arms such as Jake Brigham, Ki Young Im and Tyler Wilson have some spotty track records, including against their Friday opponents. Meanwhile, the matchup against potent Dinos may scare may some off Cuevas, but the right-hander owns a 1-0 record, 0.95 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and .182 BAA over three starts against NC this season.