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

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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 NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Instacart 500

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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 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!

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Dixie Vodka 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 – Dixie Vodka 400

The NASCAR season rolls on this weekend in Miami. Homestead used to be the Championship race but now it has been moved to earlier in the year. This is a fun track to watch as drivers take different lines and try to make them work throughout the race. 

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

At this track we look for drivers who are good on steep tracks. We do see a decent amount of tire fall off but nothing like we do at a track like Darlington. This is a fun strategy race to watch play out. 

I am looking for 2-3 dominators in my lineups tomorrow. Place differential is important, but we can’t forget our dominators. We haven’t had a race this year that we are focusing on dominators so hopefully we get a good amount of new players who don’t fully understand this strategy.

$10K + Range

  • Kyle Larson ($10,700) Starting 17th – This has always been one of Larson’s best tracks and now he is in better equipment than he has ever had here. There is no way I can fade him tomorrow as I think this is going to be a breakout year for him. He has some place differential floor to go along with his upside of leading a good portion of this race. 

Notables: Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick

$8K and $9K Range

  • Tyler Reddick ($8,500) Starting 35th – He will be popular but is definitely one of my favorite plays tomorrow. He was 4th here a year ago and he also had two wins here when he won championships in the Xfinity series. No chance I am fading him tomorrow starting in the back. He has top 5-10 upside. 
  • Matt DiBenedetto ($8,800) Starting 37th – Matty D has steadily improved here at Homestead and now starting this far back gives us a big floor and upside. It is hard to go away from him as well, even though he will be popular. Maybe to get a bit different you play one of these two guys in a lineup. 

Notables: Denny Hamlin

$6K and $7K Range

  • Austin Dillon ($7,700) Starting 22nd – Austin has a very strong history here and has a great price for us this weekend. I love the RCR stack of him and Reddick. 6 straight top 15s for Austin at Homestead and has steadily improved each race. 
  • Aric Almirola ($7,900) Starting 16th – Stewart Haas has had some good success at Homestead, especially Kevin Harvick. Almirola hasn’t been too shabby himself and at sub $8k I like him this week with some nice upside. You could even pair him with Harvick for the team correlation. 

Notables: Ryan Newman

Below $6K Range

  • Daniel Suarez ($5,700) Starting 21st – I hardly played Suarez last year, but I believe that his equipment is a step up this season. At this price a top 15 would be a great finish for us and I think it is definitely doable. 

Notables: Corey LaJoie, Anthony Alfredo

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

Daily Fantasy NASCAR Preview and Picks for DraftKings – Daytona 500

IT’S TIME. After NASCAR’s long offseason (joke), we get the biggest race of the year. What other sport starts out their season with the biggest event of the year? This is my favorite event on the schedule and it should be everyones. It’s hard for any other race to replicate the action and history that comes with the Daytona 500. Every driver in the field would do anything to win and that is what makes the last quarter of this race the most exciting. Sometimes it causes utter chaos. I almost guarantee we will see some blocks made that cause “The Big One”. Due to this, the race almost becomes unpredictable. Where we can really gain an edge at Daytona is by building our lineups in a way that we are positioned to take advantage of the craziness.

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!

TRACK STRATEGY

Superspeedways are a different beast when it comes to DFS NASCAR. If you read my strategy article on the site, then you will know the difference in a dominator and place differential play. Be sure to check that article out if you haven’t! Here at Daytona we are going to be loading up on place differential guys. I expect laps led and fastest laps to be spread out through the field, which mitigates the chance that someone will be a dominator. Something I will do in my 20-max build is limit the number of drivers I have in my lineups starting towards the front. In most of my lineups I will only have max 1 driver starting in the top 10. This is due to the downside that they present in a race that can be this chaotic. 2-4 drivers in my lineups will most likely be starting 25th on back. This is where we can really find place differential guys that have the upside to move ahead a bunch of positions. I will touch on how each driver matches my plan for building below. 

Something that we have been seeing is manufacturers/teams working together a lot. I do expect that we will see that in this race as well and can make sense as a form of a stack. I will have some stacks as we have seen drivers hook up and go to the front. If you have a group of 2 or 3 guys who do that on the last lap then that could win you a tournament. 

As far as contest selection for the week, it is important to make as many lineups as you can. Obviously, stay within your bankroll but DraftKings has some nice 20-max contests at different levels. With the unpredictability of this race it is tough to only play one single entry. I also will not be playing any cash games for the same reason. My plan is to play the 20-maxes and then some single entry tournaments, so this is how my strategy talk will be geared. 

The last thing I will say on strategy is don’t be afraid to leave a bunch of money on the table and don’t be scared to play some of these driver’s with smaller teams that aren’t necessarily in the best equipment. The guys starting in the very back can move up 10-15 spots basically just due to wrecks and pay off their price tag. Another thing to keep in mind with them is that they will probably all just ride together in the back and stay out of trouble in this race. Not wrecking is half the battle in the Daytona 500. If you all have any questions regarding strategy feel free to hit me up in Slack. Building lineups in the correct way will give you the biggest edge this weekend.

$10K+ RANGE

Of the 4 highest priced drivers we have 2 Penske Fords, a Joe Gibbs Toyota and a Hendrick Chevy. All of these drivers are staring outside the top 10 for their starting spot and I will have some of all of these guys.

  • Denny Hamlin ($10,400) Starting 25th – My favorite of this range is the guy who has won the Daytona 500 3 of the last 5 years and twice in a row. He starts in the middle of the field and becomes a good place differential play. The history Denny has here is wild when you consider how crazy this race is. Something we saw last year with the Toyotas was that they rode around together in the back of the field to try to avoid wrecks through a lot of this race. This is something that gives me more interest in these guys. Denny is my favorite pay up option for Sunday.

Notables: Brad Keselowski

$8K AND $9K RANGE

Here I plan on mixing and matching based on how each driver fits into my lineup. A lot of the drivers in this range start in the top 10, which shows you why I say I will be leaving a decent amount of money on the table.

  • Martin Truex Jr. ($9,300) Starting 26th – Truex starts back here with his teammate Hamlin and they should hook up and ride for a while. Truex has had some bad luck here at Daytona but has seemed to always be in contention until the luck falls against him. I’m more than happy to go back with the upside he possess with this starting spot. 
  • Kyle Larson ($8,500) Starting 13th – Larson is a guy who starts fairly far forward but still has some upside and I think he is in line for a very strong year with Hendrick Motorsports. We know they have fast cars this weekend and Larson may surprise people with a top finish here. I don’t expect him to be super popular, but I will definitely have my fair share. 

Notables: Kurt Busch

$7K RANGE

I really like 2 plays in this range. The only guy I will probably use 0 of is Ryan Newman. I just don’t like how far up he is starting. 7th makes it really hard for him to pay off. I will mix in Jones, Dillon and Buesher as they fit since they are all starting in the teens. 

  • Ross Chastain ($7,800) Starting 34th – Ross is a guy who usually runs pretty well at Daytona and now he gets a step up in equipment from what he usually runs here. With Chip Ganassi, he will work with Kurt Busch and the other Chevys and starting this far back can pay off for us. He will go to a backup car due to some trouble in the duels, but that doesn’t worry me a bit.
  • Tyler Reddick ($7,100) Starting 29th – Reddick was very good here in Xfinity so you know he knows how to get around this place in the draft. I hope people will be scared off by his Cup finishes here and I will go back at this price and starting position. 

Notables: Matt DiBenedetto, Erik Jones

BELOW $7K RANGE

In this range we get some of the rookies and as we know they are always a bit risky here at Daytona. It is hard for them to find guys to work with other than their teammates. I do think I will have some exposure to a few of them because of their starting positions. 

  • Chris Buescher ($6,900) Starting 22nd – 5 top 10s in his last 7 trips to Daytona and starts mid pack for us here. He has nice upside and has shown the ability to make it to the end (not trying to jinx him). 
  • Chase Briscoe ($6,600) Starting 30th – We know he has the equipment, but we also know he is risky as a rookie here. I will gamble on the starting spot with him and hope he can hook up with his Ford teammates and ride to the front near the end of this race. 

Notables: Michael McDowell, Austin Cindric

Please feel free to hit me up with questions in Slack. I am looking forward to a great season so lets kick it off right in Daytona!