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. The typical median fppk for a 2015 race was in the 3s. Plate tracks tend to be lower and short tracks tend to run higher due to the amount of laps)

RankDriverSalary
1Martin Truex Jr.$10,300
2Kyle Busch$10,200
3Kevin Harvick$10,400
4Jimmie Johnson$10,100
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.$9,300

1. Martin Truex Jr. ($10,300) – Over the last month my high praise of Truex and the declaration of the “Summer of Martin” may have seemed over-the-top. Treux scored 197 points at Charlotte. Who’s crazy now? (6.8 fppk)

2. Kyle Busch ($10,200) – It was a little surprising to see Kyle Busch wreck with 8 laps left and blow a top 10. It shouldn’t be, Rowdy has always been an aggressive all-or-nothing driver. That’s the nicest way to say he destroyed my lineup. He’s still the best driver this year. (5.8 fppk)

3. Kevin Harvick ($10,400) – Stewart-Haas builds the fastest race cars. If they qualify up front, then they can get into clean air and score big time fantasy points. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch have never qualified worse than 6th at Pocono for SHR. (7.3 fppk)

4. Jimmie Johnson ($10,100) – Finally, Jimmie Johnson had a top tier fantasy performance. He scored 82 fantasy points and ran 72 fast laps. Unfortunately, his day was overshadowed by Truex’s performance. Charlotte was a very good sign for the 48 team. (4.9 fppk)

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($9,300) – There are a couple of tracks where Junior excels. He raced well in the two DFS plate races last year and he won at Phoenix. This year is a different story. He hasn’t been good at plate races. In 2014, Junior swept both Pocono races and he looked good at Pocono in 2015. (4.1 fppk)


RankDriverSalary
6Kurt Busch$9,400
7Brad Keselowski$9,100
8Carl Edwards$9,700
9Denny Hamlin$9,200
10Matt Kenseth$9,800

6. Kurt Busch ($9,400) – Over the next month, the shortest NASCAR race track will be two miles long. That means less laps. The importance of fast laps and laps led drops significantly. Finishing position gets a boost and Kurt has the best average finishing position in NASCAR. (5.0 fppk)

7. Brad Keselowski ($9,100) – Just like Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski has flown under the radar. He has the third best average finish and two wins this season, but he has not dominated a race. At Pocono, BK has one win and several almosts. (4.7 fppk)

8. Carl Edwards ($9,700) – Pocono has not been one of Carl’s best tracks, but track history does not mean everything. The only place to pass at Pocono is on pit road and restarts. Edwards has the second best pit crew and he’s the second best on restarts. (6.1 fppk)

9. Denny Hamlin ($9,200) – It has been an up-and-down year for Hamlin. He won at Daytona, then slumped. He scored back-to-back top 5’s, then slumped again. Once again, he’s riding a back-to-back top 10 streak. Hamlin’s average running position at Pocono over the last 4 races is 9th. (2.9 fppk)

10. Matt Kenseth ($9,800) – During the bad streak, it was easy to fade Kenneth. However, that’s changed. Kenseth ranks 5th for laps led and 7th for fast laps. At the fall Pocono race, he ran upfront (4rd highest avg. running position) and got the win. (3.9 fppk)


RankDriverSalary
11Joey Logano$10,000
12Chase Elliott$8,400
13Kyle Larson$8,700
14Greg Biffle$7,000
15Ryan Blaney$7,300

11. Joey Logano ($10,000) – If you’re waiting for Logano to break out, keep waiting. There are two theories. Logano didn’t get hot until late summer last season. The other is less supportive. Logano has never driven a low downforce car in his career and he will not compete for wins this year. (3.5 fppk)

12. Chase Elliott ($8,400) – The Fantasy NASCAR world turns upside down for the next month. Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, and Daytona are short races in terms of laps. That means finishing position and place differential are large factors in scoring. This heavily favors Chase Elliott. (4.3 fppk)

13. Kyle Larson ($8,700) – Chip Ganassi Racing started the season slow, but that’s changed. A couple months into the season under the direction of first year crew chief, Chad Johnson, Gnassi Racing built completely new cars. Larson had never run at Pocono, so he signed up for the ARCA race in 2014- he won. In his 4 Pocono Sprint Cup races, he’s never finished worse than 12th. (3.6 fppk)

14. Greg Biffle ($7,000) – Do you believe in the Fords? Biffle ran inside the top 15 for 98.3% of the race, and that was one of the toughest intermediate track races of the season. Biffle has been fortunate at Pocono over the last 2 years. His two top 5’s are better than his average running position, but you must run upfront to be fortunate. (2.7 fppk)

15. Ryan Blaney ($7,300) – The top 10 streak came to a halt and it may take another week before Blaney starts another streak. In a Sprint Cup car, drivers downshift out of turn one to get a better run on the long straightaway. Blaney has never done this before, but he does have a Pocono win in the truck series. (3.8 fppk)


RankDriverSalary
16Ryan Newman$7,100
17Austin Dillon$8,200
18Jamie McMurray$7,700
19Kasey Kahne$8,100
20Landon Cassill$5,900

16. Ryan Newman ($7,100) – As always, an uneventful day for Newman. He started 14th, just at the cutoff line where he is a fantasy option, and moved to 10th. Newman lives in the 10 to 20 range, but he needs place differential to be a winning GPP option. (3.6 fppk)

17. Austin Dillon ($8,200) – It comes as no surprise that Austin Dillon scored big at Charlotte. He started 28th, but Dillon didn’t slip his way to the front. His average running position was 15th. (4.2 fppk)

18. Jamie McMurray ($7,700) – There were a handful of place differential options last weekend. Jamie Mac was the weakest on paper and the weakest during the race. McMurray has been a mid-teens guys at Pocono, just like at every other track he runs. (3.8 fppk)

19. Kasey Kahne ($8,100) – Just when you thought you could trust Kasey Kahne, he blows a tire and spends the entire race battling to get back to 22nd. He’s cheap for a top notch driver for a top notch team. He has two wins at Pocono. (3.2 fppk)

20. Landon Cassill ($5,900) – At his price, Cassill does just enough to help DFS players win GPPs. He’s averaging 27 fantasy points per race. That’s exactly what you want from an under $6,000 driver. (4.8 fppk)