When the KBO announced it would start its regular season May 5, we at RotoWire hoped for two events to happen — that DFS companies would start offering KBO contests, and that a U.S. TV network would start broadcasting games. The latter wasn't absolutely necessary to create a market for our coverage, or for people to start playing a DFS contest, but it would certainly help drive up interest.
Fortunately, both desires have morphed into reality. DraftKings, FanDuel and Dream11 have created KBO contests on their respective platforms, and ESPN at the 11th hour struck a deal to televise games in the U.S. with Eclat, the Korean company with the worldwide distribution rights.
For the last week, we've kicked it into high gear to create our KBO section on the site — both forward facing and in our admin area where we post all of our content. Clay Link has done yeoman's work in populating our database — projected starters, depth charts, you name it — and Erik Halterman has generated a ton of DFS content already.
My job was to generate a set of player projections, which we'll eventually use in our optimizer and other tools. The process has been incredibly challenging. Not only did I not know most of the player pool, but we didn't start with a database of players, rosters or teams — that's something we had to develop, but I had to get started before we had that. That in and