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 ($11,700) – Harvick is chalk. Even at his price it is hard to pass up the potential top DFS scorer. Happy qualified in 2nd and has the ability to lead the first lap. With his engine and team he can put up fast laps at any position on the track. He is the top play this week.
Kyle Busch ($10,800) – Let’s skip over the fact that he qualified on the pole . Have you seen the last 6 races. Busch is on fire, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rowdy and Harvick trade off leading laps. His track history isn’t great at Pocono, but who needs track history when you are winning races like Kyle Busch.
Jimmie Johnson ($10,1400) – Jimmie qualified in the 12th spot and sets up great as a place differential play with the ability to win. He is also one of the drivers outside of the top 10 that can lead laps and produce fast laps. He will be driving a top 3 car and should easily earn value at the Tricky Triangle.
Mid Price Salary
Brad Keselowski ($9,400) – BK seems like he is starting to get it figured out. He was fast in practice and qualified in 9th. Last week at Indy he shot up through the field and hovered around the top 10. He sets up in a great spot to produce a top 5 this week.
Carl Edwards ($8,500) – The JGR cars were fast in practice, but this play is solely based on price. Carl qualified in the 8th spot and will try to take that speed to the front. He is looking to build off of a couple of poles over the last three weeks and prove that he can run fast in race as well.
Jamie McMurray ($8,100) – J Mac has run really well at Pocono in the past. He qualified in the 17th spot, but was in the top 10 for 10 lap average during happy hour practice. J Mac can push his car into the top 10 and make for a great place differential play.
Low Price Salary
Greg Biffle ($7,100) – Biffle was a top DK scorer at Pocono in the spring race. He comes in at about the same qualifying spot, 25th. The Bif likes this track and has consistently been a great place differential play. You can’t pass up a potential 50 points at his price.
Casey Mears ($6,500) – Mears is Mr. Consistent. If you want to stack your line with the Harvick and Busch of the world you are going to have to have a Mears type play. He qualified in 26th and should move his way up to a top 20. Mears usually stays out of trouble and should be good for about 40 DK points.
Justin Allgaier ($6,200) – Allgaier impressed at the spring race as a place differential play. He qualified in 31st and should work his way to 25th. Use him sparingly, but he set up as a great GPP play.
Long Shot Value Driver
Cole Whitt ($5,800 ) – Cole was also a great place differential play in the spring race. He went from 39th to 28th and met exceeded value. Over his last 3 races at Pocono he is averaging 10 positive place differential points. He starts 33rd Sunday and makes for an excellent punt that will score positive points.