The second race of the Round of 12 is huge wildcard as the Monster Energy Cup Series travels to Talladega. The track is a 2.66-mile superspeedway that always produces the “Big One” but this time around the stakes are much higher and could affect who advances into the next round of playoffs.
From a fantasy perspective, we will be concentrating mostly on place differential upside and stacking teammates and like manufacturers who will be drafting together.
In this article, I will be looking at some of the top targets in each price range based on the practice and qualifying information available. To see all my top targets and advanced stats be sure to check out my DFS NASCAR Cheatsheet where I have updates on those sessions and also list my final targets. You can also jump into the RotoPros Slack Chat if you have any questions. Let's get into the picks.
Top Tier Targets
Joey Logano(DK - $10,700 FD - $12,500)/Brad Keselowski(DK - $11,100 FD - $13,000)
While Talladega is normally the great equalizer giving almost every driver a chance at a win, it has been the Team Penske drivers who have absolutely dominated. Between Logano and Keselowski, they have won five of the last six and six of the last eight race here. Making it even more enticing to build around them this week, they are starting 20th and 18th respectively giving them a ton of place differential value. For cash games, Logano is my top choice as he comes at a slight discount but in GPP I will be stacking them together in a ton of my lineups.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(DK - $9,000 FD - $9,700)
At the bottom of the top tier we have the only other driver besides the aforementioned Penske teammates who has won a race here at Talladega in the last six. He is one of the best plate track racers in the series and proved it last year with wins at both Talladega and Daytona. He doesn’t provide a ton of place differential value starting 12th which leaves him as a GPP only option this week.
Mid Tier Targets
Paul Menard(DK - $7,800 FD - $8,800)
Menard is coming off a crash and 30th place finish here at Talladega in the Spring but has an excellent track record overall. He has finished 13th or better in seven of his last 10 race here for a 14.5 average finish(7th best among active drivers). That is terrific news considering he will start 30th this week giving us near elite place differential value. From a PTS/$ perspective, he is one of the top drivers in all formats and sits #6 in my overall model.
Kyle Larson(DK - $8,000 FD - $8,200)
This is the lowest Larson’s price has been all season and while he has just two Top 10 finishes in nine career races here, he will be hard to avoid starting 34th. he crashed out in 40th place here in the Spring but before that had three straight finishes of 13th or better so all things considered, he is a top PTS/$ target in all formats.
Ty Dillon(DK - $6,000 FD - $6,500)
It is rare to see a driver ranked Top 5 in my overall model that is priced in the $6K range but Ty Dillon is that driver this week. He starts 29th which gives us nice place differential value, especially considering he has finished 15th or better in all three race here at Talladega.