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. The information is not developed or provided by NASCAR, Inc., or its affiliates.
1. Kyle Busch ($10,600) – A pit road mistake cost Busch the win, but he still scored over 100 fantasy points at Bristol. This is the best driver and the best car each week.
2. Kevin Harvick ($10,500) – Mr. Second Place should probably be ranked second. Bristol was his 10th second place finish this season.
3. Joey Logano ($10,300) – Three weeks ago, Logano had not won a race since the season opener at Daytona. Now he has three wins. Logano is a dominant force in each race.
4. Matt Kenseth ($10,200) – Engine failures happen. This is the Daily Fantasy NASCAR equivalent of an injury. Kenseth will be back this week and will remain just as hot as ever.
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,300) – Bristol marks just another top 10 for Junior. He’s scored 50 points in back to back weeks. At his price, his consistently high point totals make him a steal.
6. Jimmie Johnson ($9,300) – Quietly, Hendrick had a good week at Bristol. Johnson finished 4th last week at a discounted price. How does a NASCAR driver win 6 Sprint Cup championships? By dominating the final third of the season.
7. Brad Keselowski ($10,000) – Over the last 7 races, BK is averaging a 6th place finish. Keselowski hasn’t scored below 40 pts over that span (in two of those races BK scored 100 over fantasy points).
8. Ryan Newman ($7,800) – Back to back top 10s might not be superstar showings, but at a sub $8,000 salary, Newman’s a steal. Newman is a solid 50/50 play and great in GPPs when place differential points are available.
9. Paul Menard ($7,700) – Over the last month Paul Menard has scored top 10 points at a low level salary. He’s been great all season, but he’s really coming in to his own of late.
10. Denny Hamlin ($9,500) – At this point, it’s safe to play any JGR driver. Preferably, the fastest in practice and the driver that can score the most place differential points is the best pick. Hamlin has back to back top 5 finishes (Michigan and Bristol).
11. Carl Edwards ($9,700) – With 6 top 10s in the last 7 races and an average finish of 8th over that span, it’s safe to assume Edwards will finish in the top 10 each week. He doesn’t kill your team with negative place differential points and is a contender to lead laps and ran fast laps.
12. Martin Truex Jr. ($9,000) – His price has dropped, so has his performance. Over the last 9 races, Truex is averaging a 20th place finish. It seems that winning at Pocono and taking off the pressure to get in the Chase has had an adverse effect.
13. Clint Bowyer ($8,200) – At Michigan, Clint wrecked for a 41st place finish, but he bounced back at Bristol. Even with all of the turmoil at MWR, Clint scored his 7th top 10 in the last 10 races.
14. Aric Almirola ($7,400) – He doesn’t light up the scoreboard, but he keeps your DFS team in each contest. He’s almost a no brainer to fill out your 50/50 teams with his consistent top 20 finishes.
15. Kurt Busch ($10,100) – The price tag is too high for a driver that is not scoring lead/fast laps or running up front. Kurt has had some great moments this season, but right now is not one of them.
16. Jamie McMurray ($7,900) – This is the perfect example of a driver having a great year, but an average DFS year. Jamie Mac is a top 20 driver each week, but he only scores in the finishing position category.
17. Kasey Kahne ($8,000) – This summer has been filled with disaster and average finishes for Kahne. The only thing that he has going for him is that he’s cheap and he must win to make the Chase.
18. Jeff Gordon ($8,400) – His salary is just about right. Unfortunately for Gordon fans, he’s a non-factor. The only reason to play Jeff Gordon is to score place differential points, and even that play is shaky.
19. Austin Dillon ($7,500) – The 3 car has looked strong over the last two weeks. It seems that Dillon and his new crew chief Slugger Labbe are finally clicking. Dillon was a solid “no play” for most of the season, but that label has been removed.
20. Sam Hornish Jr. (46,500) – Welcome to the Daily Fantasy NASCAR Rankings, Sam Hornish Jr. With three top 20 finishes in a row, Sam is becoming a somewhat dependable driver from well funded race team (Richard Petty Motorsports).