Qualifying is over. All of the practice laps have been run. This is it. Let’s make some picks.
Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day.
High Price Salary
Kevin Harvick ($14,200) – Harvick qualified in 12th. this sets up very well for fantasy NASCAR. Happy should easily work his way to the front and lead laps. He had the fastest time in 2nd practice and was 4th in 10 lap average. The great thing about this week is that when he makes his move to the front he will score place differential points.
Jimmie Johnson ($12,700) – The #48 was very happy about his car after both practices. He was 15th in the first practice, but put on the race trim in the 2nd and came in at the 2nd position. He qualified in 7th and unlike his other wins this year I think he will want to find the front fast. Look for Johnson to add to his win total this week.
Joey Logano ($12,200) – Joey’s practice times were less than stellar, but he showed us what he can do in qualifying. He will start 2nd on Sunday and should stay in the top 5 the entire race. Logano’s home track has always been good to him.
Mid Price Salary
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,800) – Truex has been great in 2015, but has had a bad couple of weeks. This is the week he turns it back around. Truex qualified in the 15th spot and was consistently in the top 15 during practice. Slide him in your lineup for place, pass, and finishing points.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($10,300) – Are you kidding me? Look at Junior’s price. Price alone makes him a great play, but his qualifying effort makes this play even better. Junior will start 19th, but is a top 5 driver and drives a top 5 car. The 2nd practice (12th) proved that Junior will only get better as the weekend continues
Carl Edwards ($10,200) – Carl had a great performance at Kentucky. This has been a good weekend for Edwards as well. He sits on the pole and was top 5 in both practices. Carl will be a little of a risk due to negative place differential, but if he leads laps and stays top 5 he will definitely be worth the money.
Low Price Salary
Jamie McMurray ($9,800) – J Mac has been a solid value play lately. Jamie was fast in both practices and qualified in 11th. The only worry is that he will stay 11th and only score finishing points. He has the ability to register a top 10 and score some nice finishing points per price.
Ryan Newman ($9,200) – Newman sets up perfect this week. He qualified in 26th, but should easily be a top 15. During the 2nd practice he was top 10. Newman has had a rough time with place differential at New Hampshire lately, but because of where he qualified he should only move up the board.
Paul Menard ($8,200) – Like Newman, Menard also had a great qualifying effort for fantasy NASCAR players. Menard starts in the 28th spot, but was top 20 in both practices. This is what Menard does, he consistently scores nice place differential points.
Long Shot Value Driver
Aric Almirola ($7,700 ) – At this price Almirola is a steal. At New Hampshire Almirola averages a top 20. He starts 29th and should score some nice place differential points. He wasn’t happy with his car, but the Petty team will have it together during the race.