Daily Fantasy Hockey Plays for DraftKings & FanDuel – Tuesday, March 30

Hello hockey fans, we have a seven-game main slate today and I am here to share with you my favorite goalies, team stacks and value plays. 

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy

So, the best tender in the league is human after all as he’s allowed four goals in each of his last two games. Well, he will have revenge on his mind against the Jackets on home-ice this time and he has a 2.00 GAA to go along with a stifling .930 save % on the season. The Lightning are massive -210 favorites this evening so start Vasilevskiy with confidence in all formats. 

Jaroslav Halak

The veteran Slovakian net-minder allowed only one goal against the Devils last game but the Bruins couldn’t score a goal. Halak gets the same matchup against a punchless 28th-ranked Devils offense so lock him and load him in all formats this evening.

Teams to Target 

Tampa Bay

Lightning

The Lightning are ranked first in offense and second on the PP while the Jackets are ranked 23rd in defense and 24th on the penalty kill. 

Steven Stamkos has 31 points in 32 games and nine PP goals which is first in the league amongst wingers. Ondrej Palat has seven PP goals and also has 31 points in 32 games. Brayden Point, Alex Killorn, and Victor Hedman complete the top PP unit for the Lightning. 

Carolina Hurricanes

The Canes are ranked sixth in offense and first on the PP while the Hawks are ranked 22nd in defense and 27th on the penalty kill. 

Sebastian Aho has two goals, three assists, and eleven shots in his last three games and Dougie Hamilton is on an amazing 14-game point streak. Andrei Svechnikov, Jordan Staal, and Vincent Trocheck complete the top PP unit for the Canes.

One-off Value Plays

Jason Robertson

The rookie Stars’ winger is still continuing to make waves around the league and he has two goals, an assist, and 12 shots in his last three games. Robertson is a terrific play at these prices in all formats as he plays on the top line and the top PP unit for the Stars.

Dmitry Orlov

The wily veteran point-man for the Caps has been dishing out fantasy points lately as he has a goal, two assists, four shots and eight blocks in his last three games. Orlov is too cheap for the kind of production he has been turning in lately so fire him up in all formats. 

Daily Fantasy Hockey Plays for DraftKings & FanDuel – Saturday, March 27

Hello hockey fans, we have a seven-game main slate today and I am here to share with you my favorite goalies, team stacks and value plays. 

Goalies

Kevin Lankinen

Wow, the goalie position is a tough one today so we have to dig a little deeper to find a couple of solid options. The Hawks’ rookie tender has been awesome in his last two games as he allowed only two goals to go along with a shutout against the Panthers and their ninth ranked offense. Today, the Predators and their 27th-ranked offense travel to Windy City and look for Lankinen to stay hot. Lock him and load him in all formats this evening. 

Andrei Vasilevskiy

This is a bad matchup for the best goalie in the league against the Canes and their eighth-ranked offense but great goalies almost always step up in tough situations. Vasilevskiy is 21-4-1 to go along with a superb 1.91 GAA and a stifling .932 save %. Tonight is a great opportunity to get the Russian tender at lower ownership than normal and he could help you take down a GPP tournament. 

Teams to Target 

Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs are ranked fifth in offense, the Oilers are ranked 17th in defense, and the total is currently at 6.5 goals. There should be fireworks in this game with the two best players in the world facing off against each other. 

Superstar Auston Matthews has 21 goals and 16 assists through 30 games and averages four shots per game. His partner in crime, Mitchell Marner has 41 points in 33 games and Wayne Simmonds completes the top line for the Leafs. 

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes just scored five goals against the Sharks and their 28th-ranked defense and they’ve now scored 16 in their last four games. Phil Kessel is way too cheap on DraftKings and he has two goals, an assist, and five shots in his last two games. His line-mate Clayton Keller has two assists and five shots in his last two and Johan Larsson completes the top line. 

One-off Value Plays

Jason Robertson

This young winger is making waves around the league and he has a goal, three assists, and 12 shots in his last three games. Robertson feels like an automatic play at these prices as he plays on the top line and the top PP unit for the Stars.

Tucker Poolman

The youngsters are taking over in this section and the point-man has an assist, three shots, and ten blocks in his last three games. With these cheap guys in our lineups, it allows us to load up on high-end players. 

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Atlanta)

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS NASCAR cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Atlanta)

This week we head to Atlanta as we continue the early part of the Cup season. This is always a fun race and there is quite a bit of strategy involved. I usually tend to lean on experienced drivers at a race like this but we do have some young guys in decent spots.

The way I plan to structure this article each week is to talk about strategy for the track we are at and then dive into each price range. I will probably give my favorite play or 2 from each range but I really want the focus to be on strategy. NASCAR only has 40 drivers in each race so I’m not going to write up half the field. Let’s dive in!

I do a lot of my weekly research over at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet (https://frcs.pro). They give you a great database to sort out stats so you can see who has good track form along with track type history. They really have all the tools you would want to analyze what drivers are trending and how they match up with the race ahead. Be sure to check them out!

Overall Strategy

Atlanta is a track that we will be looking for 2-3 dominators in our lineups. With the tire wear that we see at this track, I think we will see fastest laps spread a bit through the field, depending on who has the freshest tires if we get a few green flag stops.

$10K + Range

  • Kyle Larson ($10,400) Starting 6th – I really like Larson’s current form with this new team. Hendrick seems to be a very nice fit for him to this point and I could see another strong performance on Sunday. He led 142 laps here two years ago with Chip Ganassi which tells me he knows how to get around this place. Larson is my favorite top range play this weekend.

Notables: Kevin Harvick

$8K and $9K Range

  • Martin Truex Jr. ($9,600) Starting 2nd – Coming off a win last week I think this team really has some stress off it’s back and could dominate this weekend. I think he is underpriced and could definitely be a top dominator option for us on Sunday. He has been good here in the past and took home the Xfinity race here today. 
  • Ryan Blaney ($9,200) Starting 10th – Blaney is always in the 2nd tier when we refer to dominators but I fully expect him to win a race soon. He led a portion of the race last week and his teammate Brad Keselowski has been really good here in the past. I think that can translate throughout the Penske garage this weekend.

Notables: Austin Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Kurt Busch

$6K and $7K Range

  • Ryan Newman ($7,100) Starting 28th – With this starting position you really have to look at newman. He has been consistent here at Atlanta in the past and could definitely pay off with a top 15 finish for us tomorrow. 
  • Ross Chastain ($6,600) Starting 21st – I’m really intrigued by the Chip Ganassi history at Atlanta. Between Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson when he was in the 42 car, I feel that they have something figured out. For this price I think Chastain could really pay off for us and I don’t think that he will be super popular.

Notables: Cole Custer

Below $6K Range

  • Anthony Alfredo ($5,500) Starting 32nd – It’s really hard not to go here again with this price tag and starting spot. He has been a 20-25th place car most of the year and for this price I will take a 20th place finish.

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Good luck to everyone this week!

Daily Fantasy Golf – Dane’s Darts for The Honda Classic

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS PGA cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Dane’s Darts for The Honda Classic

We go to one of the toughest stops on tour this week and it is another event that we can see some surprising missed cuts due to big numbers being made. I feel pretty good about my approach this week and think we can have a strong week heading into the match play.

As mentioned last week, my goal for this article is to break down each price range from a strategy/lineup construction standpoint. Once I do that, I will list a couple of my favorite plays in the range. I really want to help you by talking through how we can be different through construction and not necessarily just taking 3-4 < 5% owned players. That is one way I have really improved in DFS golf, understanding that you only must be different to a point. I usually focus on lower entry max GPPs (single entry, 3 maxes, and 5 maxes) but will speak to certain plays that are better in larger fields and cash games.  

I build my models and do a lot of my early week research over at Fantasy National. If you haven’t checked them out, I would highly recommend giving them a shot. It is really a great place to build your own custom models based on the things that you think are important for the week. If you have a certain inclination that one stat will be more important than another you are able to weigh it higher and build out your own model in that way. You can check out their site at www.fantasynational.com.

Overall Strategy

This is another week that I think it is fine to fade a good amount of the chalk plays. Guys can miss the cut because of one bad whole here. We have a course with a lot of water once again and that can cause some carnage.

Key Stats

  • SG: Approach 
  • SG: Ball Striking 
  • Par 4 Scoring 
  • SG: Around the Green 

$10K + Range

  • Joaquin Niemann ($10,400) – I really like Niemann to win this week in a weaker field. He is on the verge of breaking through and should really thrive in these conditions. I love his form from tee to green and am not scared off by this price in relation to the field strength this week. 

$8K and $9K Range

  • Shane Lowry ($9,200) – Lowry played very well last week and looked to find something. This price is very fair and does have some experience here with a 21st last year. He is a grinder who can get it done on a course like this. 
  • Dylan Telli ($8,200) – Telli as we will call him this week is one of my favorite plays with price and ownership considered. I don’t think he will be super popular and I loved what we saw from him ball striking last week. Who’s ready for Telli SZNNNN??

Notables: Matt Wallace

$7K Range

  • KH Lee ($7,500) – Lee matches up form with course history and is a very nice value price. 7th and 38th in his two appearances here. He was stellar off the tee and into the greens last week and think he can continue this down in Florida.
  • Phil Mickelson ($7,400) – I was impressed with what we saw from Phil last week and he is a guy who can definitely outscore his finishing position with the birdies he will make. I think his around the green game with improve from last week and if so he could surprise people this week.

Notables: Patton Kizzire

$6K Range

  • Chase Seiffert ($6,200) – Seiffert is a fine value play this week that obviously comes with risk. He has shown some flashes of form including a 15th in Puerto Rico last time out. We need a made cut from him this week to pay off.

Notables: Bo Hoag, Bronson Burgoon

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Be sure to listen to this week’s RotoPros PGA Video where Chris and I break down the course, weather and some of our favorite plays.

 

Daily Fantasy NHL Top Targets – Tuesday 3/16

Hello hockey fans, we have a seven-game main slate today and I am here to share with you my favorite goalies, team stacks and value plays.

Want more? Grab a FREE trial and get access to our DFS NHL cheatsheet with top cash, GPP, and value plays at each position along with my rankings at each position and top stacks for the night.

Goalies

James Reimer

The tender from Manitoba is now 12-3 and he has allowed only eight goals in his last four games. This evening, he gets to take shots from the Wings and their weak  29th-ranked defense so fire up Reimer in all formats. 

Philipp Grubauer

The German tender has been great lately as he’s allowed only two goals in his last three games. The Ducks and their lowly 30th-ranked offense are on tap for the Avs today so lock and load Grubauer in all formats. 

Teams to Target 

Colorado Avalanche 

The hockey are ranked 14th in offense which is above the league average and the Ducks have allowed a massive 23 goals in their last five games. Things could get ugly quickly here.  Of course, superstar Nathan Mackinnon deserves attention and he has two goals in his last two games and 16 shots in his last three. Mikko Rantanen has a goal, two assists, and nine shots in his last two games, and Gabriel Landeskog completes the top line for the Avs. 

Carolina Hurricanes

This is another game that could get ugly quickly as the Canes own the fifth-ranked offense and have won nine in a row, while the Wings are ranked 27th in defense. Also, the Canes own the top-ranked PP unit and the Wings are 29th at killing penalties.  Sebastian Aho has two goals and three assists in his last five games and Dougie Hamilton is on an astounding eight-game point streak and Andrei Svechnikov, Nino Niederietter, and Jordan Stall complete the top PP unit 

One-off Value Plays

Janne Kuokkanen

I love the Devils tonight against the Sabres who are now the worst team in the NHL. This young winger is way too cheap considering he plays on the second line at the top PP unit for the Devils. He has a goal in each of his last four games so fire him up in all formats. 

Matt Grzelcyk

So we are getting a guy who plays on the top PP unit for the Bruins at these prices? Sign me up please. The young point-man had a goal on eight shots last game. All aboard!

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Instacart 500

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS NASCAR cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Instacart 500

This race was the last one in 2020 before the season came to a screeching halt and now we return. This is also the new home to the final race of the season which crowns the Cup champion. I expect a fun day of racing as I always love watching drivers fan out going into turn 1.

The way I plan to structure this article each week is to talk about strategy for the track we are at and then dive into each price range. I will probably give my favorite play or 2 from each range but I really want the focus to be on strategy. NASCAR only has 40 drivers in each race so I’m not going to write up half the field. Let’s dive in!

I do a lot of my weekly research over at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet (https://frcs.pro). They give you a great database to sort out stats so you can see who has good track form along with track type history. They really have all the tools you would want to analyze what drivers are trending and how they match up with the race ahead. Be sure to check them out!

Overall Strategy

I will be looking at 2-3 dominators in my lineups this week. This is a hard track to pass at and we usually see clean air out front be king after restarts. This is a flat track that kind of comps to places like New Hampshire, Richmond and Martinsville. That is something else I am looking at as far as data from 2020.

$10K + Range

  • Chase Elliott ($11,500) Starting 6th – Chase dominated this race back in November taking home the Championship and I think he can do so again tomorrow. He has shown flashes this year but they haven’t put it all together. That can change tomorrow.

Notables: Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr

$8K and $9K Range

  • Aric Almirola ($9,000) Starting 32nd – Aric is another guy who has ran into quite a bit of trouble this year and hasn’t put it all together. He gives us a nice floor with upside at this starting spot tomorrow and maybe people are scared because of the current form. 
  • Ryan Blaney ($9,300) Starting 8th – Blaney has ran well here at Phoenix in the past and is priced nicely. I think he has the potential to lead a portion of this race and can fit builds as a 2nd or even 3rd dominator. 

Notables: Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman

$6K and $7K Range

  • Kurt Busch ($7,700) Starting 12th – Kurt projects very well here. I think he can definitely give us a top 10 and has an outside shot at a top 5. I like that for the price here and I hope he’s not super popular due to his starting spot. 
  • Bubba Wallace ($7,200) Starting 25th – Bubba has had some trouble recently, but I do expect this team to figure it out. He now starts far enough back that we can give him a go and I’m sure people are scared to play him a little bit. 

Notables: Tyler Reddick

Below $6K Range

  • Daniel Suarez ($5,900) Starting 27th – I have been impressed with this TrackHouse team so far in 2021. It feels like Suarez is reenergized and I think this team has the upside of a top 15 finish. At this price if I feel he has that I almost have to play him. 

Notables: Anthony Alfredo

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Good luck to everyone this week!

Daily Fantasy NHL Top Targets – Saturday 3/13

Hello hockey fans, we have a 10-game main slate today and I am here to share with you my favorite goalies, team stacks and value plays.

Want more? Grab a FREE trial and get access to our DFS NHL cheatsheet with top cash, GPP, and value plays at each position along with my rankings at each position and top stacks for the night.

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy 

Wow, the young superstar tender is actually human as he has allowed eight goals in his last three games but they all still resulted in victories. That is how good him and the Lightning are. This is the guy that recorded three shutouts in a row not so long ago this season. Vasil has a stellar 1.79 GAA and a stifling .936 save % and is an elite play in all formats against the Preds and their 28th-ranked offense. 

Semyon Varlamov

Russian goalies are stealing the show and they deserve every bit of it. Varly has a 2.05 GAA and a solid .929 save % and has won his last three starts while allowing only four goals during that span. The Devils are ranked 27th in offense so lock and load Varlamov in all formats. 

Teams to Target 

Pittsburgh Penguins 

Sid the kid and his squad are playing well as of late and their offense is now 10th overall while the Sabres are on a brutal nine-game losing streak and they are ranked 27th in defense. 

Jake Guentzel has two goals in his last two games and eight shots in his last three, while Sid’s other wingman, Bryan Rust has two goals and a whopping 15 shots in his last four games.Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang complete the top PP unit for the Penguins.

Edmonton Oilers 

The Oilers played last night but that shouldn’t slow them down as they’ve been on an absolute tear lately. They just finished scoring 16 goals in three games against the Sens and now they get the Canucks and their 26th-ranked defense. 

Arguably the best player in the world, Connor Mcdavid has a sensational three goals, eight assists, and 16 shots in his last four games, and Leon Draisaitl has four goals, three assists, and nine shots in his last two. Tyson Barrie, Alex Chiasson, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins complete the top PP unit for the Oilers.

One-off Value Plays

Mason Marchment

The young winger was recently promoted to the top line for the Panthers and he has a goal, an assist, and eight shots in his last three games. At near minimum prices on both sites, Marchment is a great play in all formats.

Josh Morrissey

I knew it would only be a matter of time before the Jets’ veteran point-man started producing fantasy points. Morrissey has a goal, nine shots, and seven assists in his last three games so fire him up in all formats as a solid value play. 

Daily Fantasy Golf – Dane’s Darts for The PLAYERS Championship

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS PGA cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Dane’s Darts for The PLAYERS Championship

Big time tournament this week at TPC Sawgrass. The PLAYERS is sometimes referred to as the 5th major and it is always an event that I look forward to. We see a lot of carnage here usually and I expect nothing different this week.

As mentioned last week, my goal for this article is to break down each price range from a strategy/lineup construction standpoint. Once I do that, I will list a couple of my favorite plays in the range. I really want to help you by talking through how we can be different through construction and not necessarily just taking 3-4 < 5% owned players. That is one way I have really improved in DFS golf, understanding that you only must be different to a point. I usually focus on lower entry max GPPs (single entry, 3 maxes, and 5 maxes) but will speak to certain plays that are better in larger fields and cash games.  

I build my models and do a lot of my early week research over at Fantasy National. If you haven’t checked them out, I would highly recommend giving them a shot. It is really a great place to build your own custom models based on the things that you think are important for the week. If you have a certain inclination that one stat will be more important than another you are able to weigh it higher and build out your own model in that way. You can check out their site at www.fantasynational.com.

Overall Strategy

TPC Sawgrass is a course that was built to be a complete test of a golfer’s game. There are drivable par 4s, reachable par 5s, long and tough par 4s and a variance of par 3 yardages. There will be no keying in on a certain proximity range this week as you better be in control of every club in your bag if you want to do well. The greens here are a bit smaller than average and they play very fast with a lot of undulations.

With that being said I am going to be focusing on great approach players this week. Over the years, approach play has been a major cog in deciding a winner here with the exception of Webb Simpson in 2018. Below are my key stats in my stat model this week.

Key Stats

  • SG: Approach 
  • SG: Ball Striking 
  • Par 4 Scoring 
  • SG: Around the Green 
  • Bogey Avoidance

$10K + Range

  • Dustin Johnson ($11,200) – If I do come to this range this week I believe it will be to DJ. He has been in great form except for his -10 strokes putting for the week last time out. I think he bounces back here and it could be in a big way. I do like the balanced build a lot more than coming up here this week though.

$8K and $9K Range

  • Collin Morikawa ($9,400) – Love this range this week and it starts with Morikawa. The guy is a walking flame with his irons and I expect another strong week from him here. He hasn’t played a full tournament at Sawgrass but did open with a -4 round before the cancellation last year. 
  • Patrick Cantlay ($9,200) – I expect him to be popular this week but this is a perfect intersection of trending form and a lovely price. Cantlay is one of my favorites to win this tournament and is a top play for me regardless of ownership.

Notables: Viktor Hovland, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Daniel Berger

$7K Range

  • Will Zalatoris ($7,600) – This range is strong as well and gives us guys who have top 10 upside for a value price tag. First is Zalatoris for me and I will continue to ride this form he has had since coming onto the PGA Tour. He continued his solid tee to green play last week at the Arnold Palmer and that translated to 10th place effort. 
  • Tommy Fleetwood ($7,900) – Tommy was right in the mix until a lackluster Sunday which has come to be expected from him. The good thing for DFS players is that he is priced below $8k and doesn’t necessarily need to win to pay off for you. The only place he struggled last week was off the tee. Tommy has previous finishes of 5th and 7th here at Sawgrass in 2018 and 2019.

Notables: Joaquin Niemann, Lanto Griffin, Corey Conners

$6K Range

  • Keegan Bradley ($6,900) – Keegan is not a guy I like to play usually, but his tee to green game is always strong and it is up to his putter as to if he will have a good week or not. He has a 7th and 16th place finish his last two times here and comes off a strong week at the API. Overall, I am going to try to stay out of this range. 

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Be sure to listen to this week’s RotoPros PGA Video where Chris and I break down the course, weather and some of our favorite plays.

Daily Fantasy NHL Top Targets – Tuesday 3/9

Welcome back hockey fans. In this article, I will be taking a look at my favorite goalies, teams to target, and value plays.

Want more? Grab a FREE trial and get access to our DFS NHL cheatsheet with top cash, GPP, and value plays at each position along with my rankings at each position and top stacks for the night.

Goalies

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Wow, this matchup seems unfair as the Lightning and their #1 defense face-off against the lowly Wings and their league-worst defense. The young Russian tender has been unreal this season and he recently recorded three shutouts in a row. Vasilevskiy is 15-3-1 to go along with a superb 1.73 GAA and a stifling .939 save %. We may as well hand him the Vezina trophy right now and he is an elite play in cash games this evening.

Carter Hart 
Ok, so we have our cash game goalie locked in, now we need to choose one who has huge upside and will be lower owned than normal. Enter Hart who has struggled his last two games but he shut out the Sabres last time they played each other. This is a boom or bust play but if it works out, it could pay huge dividends in large gpp formats.

Teams to Target 

Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are projected to score 4.3 goals and they own the #1-ranked offense, while the Wings own the 29th-ranked defense. This one could get ugly quickly. 
Ondrej Palat is on pace for a career-best season and he has a goal and three assists in his last two games, and 14 shots and six blocks in his last three. Superstar Steven Stamkos has 22 points in 21 games and Brayden Point, Victor Hedman, and Alex Killorn complete Tampa’s fifth-ranked PP unit. 

Carolina Hurricanes
The Canes are ranked third in offense and first on the PP, while the Preds are ranked 28th in defense and 27th on the PK. 
Sebastian Aho has three goals, two assists, and 15 shots in his last four games and Andrei Svechnikov has a goal, two assists, and seven shots in his last two. Jordan Staal, Dougie Hamilton, and Vincent Trocheck complete the top PP for the Canes. 

One-off Value Plays

Jakub Vrana
The young winger for the Capitals has a goal, an assist, and five shots in his last two games while skating on the second line and the top PP unit. The Caps should score a few goals this evening and Vrana is too cheap on both sites. 

Esa Lindell
The Stars’ defender has two assists, four shots, and nine blocks in his last two games while averaging just under 24 minutes of ice-time per game. Lindell is an elite value play on both sites in all formats. 

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Pennzoil 400

Each week Dane brings you his preview article and in addition, we also have a DFS NASCAR cheatsheet where both Dane and Chris rank their top plays in each price range. To get access to this sheet and our Slack chat, grab a FREE trial and use promo code “RP50” and get 50% off your first payment. With that, let’s jump into the article.

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Pennzoil 400

This week the Cup series heads to Vegas for the Pennzoil 400. We have seen all weekend how these races play out as far as dominators and strategy this weekend and I think the Cup race will be fairly similar. I will touch more on my plans for building below. I am really liking the fact that we have seen three somewhat surprising winners so far this year and I think it will make getting into the playoffs tougher for these smaller teams.

The way I plan to structure this article each week is to talk about strategy for the track we are at and then dive into each price range. I will probably give my favorite play or 2 from each range but I really want the focus to be on strategy. NASCAR only has 40 drivers in each race so I’m not going to write up half the field. Let’s dive in!

I do a lot of my weekly research over at Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet (https://frcs.pro). They give you a great database to sort out stats so you can see who has good track form along with track type history. They really have all the tools you would want to analyze what drivers are trending and how they match up with the race ahead. Be sure to check them out!

Overall Strategy

I will be focusing on two dominators per lineup this weekend as there are plenty of laps to have multiple guys who lead for quite a bit of the race. You have to make sure you get dominators into your builds to capture the upside of those fastest laps and laps led.

$10K + Range

  • Ryan Blaney ($10,800) Starting 26th – It’s hard for me not to write up Blaney. I think he could absolutely smash this weekend with his starting spot. He is a guy who could potentially dominate this race later on and has major place differential upside to go with it. He has been good at Vegas and is my favorite play in the upper range this week.

Notables: Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr

$8K and $9K Range

  • Kevin Harvick ($9,700) Starting 1st – I don’t like what we saw from Harvick last week, but this price and the fact that I think he can dominate this race early on leads me right back to him this week. He is one of my favorite dominators for this race. 
  • Aric Almirola ($8,600) Starting 28th – Another Stewart Haas driver, I expect them to bounce back this week. He has great upside with this starting spot and is one of my favorite place differential drivers on the slate. 

Notables: Denny Hamlin

$6K and $7K Range

  • Chris Buescher ($6,400) Starting 18th – We saw a very strong stretch from Buescher last week at Miami and he deserved a much better final result that what he got. I think he has top 10 upside and for this price that would be more than enough. Sometimes early in the year you have to take chances on drivers that could have something figured out in the new year. 
  • Christopher Bell ($7,700) Starting 16th – Bell is a guy who already has a win and is going to be a bit risky all year because this team is going to go for wins and be aggressive with this win in their back pocket. I hope he is a bit lower owned tomorrow and if so he can crush this price tag. 

Notables: Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez, Chase Briscoe

Below $6K Range

  • Anthony Alfredo ($5,600) Starting 27th – Alfredo has been decent in taking over for John Hunter Nemechek in the 38 this year. If he can get in the high teens for us then he will pay off this super low price tag. I don’t love this range but if you need the value Alfredo is my favorite. 

Notables: Ryan Preece

If you guys have any questions please let me know in the Slack! Good luck to everyone this week!