Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by value of each driver.

(fppk = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary since the switch to six driver daily fantasy NASCAR rosters)


1. Joey Logano ($10,800) – Last week I wrote, “It’s better to be lucky than good, but Logano is both.” He lost the luck, but he’s still the best driver in NASCAR at the moment. (6.5 fppk)

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,600) – Junior has scored back to back top 5s. Talladega and Martinsville are becoming go to tracks for the 88. (5.0 fppk)

3. Denny Hamlin ($8,900) – Another top 5 at Martinsville is nothing new for Hamlin. What is noteworthy is that Hamlin has been one of the best drivers in NASCAR over the last three months, and no one is talking about it. (4.6 fppk)

4. Kyle Busch ($10,400) – The knock against Rowdy is that he is too aggressive and will never win a championship with his all or nothing style. Over the last 20 races, the new Kyle only has 2 awful finishes (13 top 10s over that span). (4.6 fppk)

5. Jeff Gordon ($8,200) – He finally got a win, but as far as daily Fantasy NASCAR is concerned, nothing has changed. Gordon didn’t dominate the race, but he put himself in position to win. (4.4 fppk)


6. Carl Edwards ($9,400) – He’s still in the Chase and he’s always right around the top 10. Over the last 10 races, he’s averaging 46 fantasy points, but he hasn’t been an elite scorer since Darlington. (4.9 fppk)

7. Kevin Harvick ($11,100) – The Chase headlines have been dominated by Harvick. Whether he was calling out JGR drivers, getting wrecked, or intentionally wrecking the field, the spotlight has been on Harvick. Martinsville was a solid uneventful week for Harvick. Is this the quiet before the storm? (5.3 fppk)

8. Brad Keselowski ($10,300) – BK and Carl Edwards have nearly identical fantasy stats over the last 10 races. Both have a great average, but they haven’t been elite scoring options. At his price, DFS players need homeruns. (4.7 fppk)

9. Matt Kenseth ($9,700) – Unfortunately for Kenseth, these rankings do not factor in swagger. Aside from the Martinsville mayhem, Kenseth was running in the top 5 until he was taken out by BK in a late race wreck. Watch your back Brad? (5.4 fppk)

10. Aric Almirola ($6,700) – Kansas and Martinsville weren’t Almirola’s best days, but his 19 and 22 fantasy points were enough production at his price to win cash games. (4.9 fppk)


11. Kurt Busch ($9,300) – The same late race wreck that ruined Kenseth’s day caused a similar fate for Kurt. The 41 car has been running really well over the last month. Don’t be fooled by his Martinsville finishing position. (3.3 fppk)

12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($6,400) – He was due for a bad day, and Martinsville is a track where Ricky has never excelled. Texas will reveal who the real Ricky is. (4.1 fppk)

13. Martin Truex Jr. ($9,200) – It appeared as if Treux stumbled into the Chase, but since the playoffs have started, Truex is averaging 46 fantasy points per race. (3.8 fppk)

14. Jimmie Johnson ($10,500) – The 48 was one of the cars to beat, but Johnson couldn’t overcome his poor starting position. (3.2 fppk)

15. Jamie McMurray ($7,400) – His price dropped this week even though he finished 2nd and ran upfront at Martinsville all day. Jamie Mac is mainly a place differential play. (4.2 fppk)


16. Kasey Kahne ($8,500) – Martinsville is a hard track to make passes, but no one told Kasey. He started from the back of the field and roared his way to a 50 point fantasy day (6th most points). (2.8 fppk)

17. Ryan Newman ($7,200) – It was a typical Newman day. He started up front (preventing place differential points), went about his business, and finished two spots better than his starting position for a 7th place finish. (4.2 fppk)

18. Clint Bowyer ($6,800) – Short flat tracks are his thing and he looked good until he didn’t. Bowyer ran out of the room in the corner, hit the wall, and flipped out on Kyle Larson. If you’re thinking about rostering Larson over the next month, you may want to think twice.(4.2 fppk)

19. Paul Menard ($6,700) – Menard has scored 40 fantasy points in back to back weeks. Take the ‘Dega results with a grain of salt, but Menard had a good car all weekend at Martinsville. (4.3 fppk)

20. AJ Allmendinger ($6,100) – The 47 was fast all weekend and A.J. ran inside the top 10 for practically the entire race. At short tracks, drivers must nail their marks just like a road course. At least that’s the theory that explains A.J.’s success at Martinsville. (3.3 fppk)