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 ($9,100) – With back to back wins, this is a no brainer. Who knows what he’ll do at ‘Dega, but he deserves to be number one. (6.7 fppk)

2. Denny Hamlin ($9,000) – The second most consistent front runner is the 11 JGR car, not 18, 19, or 20. Hamlin is averaging a 5th place finish over the last 9 races. (5.1 fppk)

3. Matt Kenseth ($9,900) – A great car, but bad luck ruined his Charlotte day. At Kansas, he had a great car, but not the best. When he attempted to block the best car, he spun out and finished 14th. Kenseth still scored 96 fantasy points at Kansas. (6.4 fppk)

4. Kyle Busch ($8,800) – He had a top 5 car at Charlotte, but a weird wreck ruined his day. At Kansas, Bush once again showed his intermediate track expertise and finished inside the top 5. (4.6 fppk)

5. Kevin Harvick ($9,700) – Bad luck struck again for Harvick at Kansas (penalty and a broken shifter). Great Car; great driver; the worst luck. (5.3 fppk)

6. Carl Edwards ($8,900) – He’s fast, but never the fastest. He can win races, but it’s usually a combination of strategy, luck, and skill. Even with his outstanding finishes, he’s the low man on the JGR totempole. (5.0 fppk)

7. Jeff Gordon ($9,600) – Slow and steady wins the race. Gordon could quite possibly win the championship this year by not losing the championship this year. (4.0 fppk)

8. Jamie McMurray ($8,100) – As long as Jamie Mac is qualifying in the 20s, he’s a must play. His finishes aren’t great, but his fantasy totals are solid. Over the last 10 races, Mac has averaged 34 fantasy points. (4.5 fppk)

9. Aric Almirola ($7,500) – No need to freak out because Almirola finished outside of the top 10 at Kansas. He just didn’t have the car. (5.0 fppk)

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($11,200) – In the first round of the Chase, Junior needed a miraculous finish to advance. He’ll have to pull another rabbit out of his hat at Talladega, but if anyone can do it at a plate track, it’s Junior.(4.6 fppk)

11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($6,000) – He just keeps getting better. His 6 race top 20 streak is actually a 4 race top 15 streak. Roush and Stenhouse are peaking. (4.2 fppk)

12. Jimmie Johnson ($10,100) – Finally, Jimmie made it through a race without experiencing misfortune. Had the 48 not started in the 20s, he more than likely would have won the Kansas race. (3.1 fppk)

13. Brad Keselowski ($9,200) – Kansas wasn’t Brad’s best day. He clearly had the best car all weekend, but Brad said the car wasn’t right for the race. It seems like Brad wasn’t right for the race. (4.6 fppk)

14. Kasey Kahne ($9,500) – Erase the wreck at Charlotte, and Kahne’s your man. Aside from a blown tire at Charlotte, Kahne has 3 top 10s over the last month. He’s got the car and is driving well. (6.7 fppk)

15. Kurt Busch ($8,700) – At the last two intermediate track races, Kurt has finished inside the top 10. He scored 42 and 43 points in those races, but that’s not that impressive at his normal $10,000 salary. (3.5 fppk)

16. Martin Truex Jr. ($8,400) – Charlotte and Kansas were supposed to be the races where the 78 team separated itself from the Chase field. Truex finished 3rd at Charlotte, but Kansas was a let down. He was lucky to finish 15th. (3.4 fppk)

17. Ryan Newman ($7,700) – He has not finished outside of the top 20 in the last 10 races. If you closely examine Newman’s consistency, then you’ll notice that Newman’s only had two bad races this season. (4.1 fppk)

18. Sam Hornish Jr. ($6,300) – It seems just about everyone hit the wall once at Kansas. Some drivers were able to nurse their cars home to decent finishes, but Hornish could not. (4.4 fppk)

19. Clint Bowyer ($7,600) – Someone’s got to wreck. Before Kansas, Bowyer was averaging 48 fantasy points per race. (4.4 fppk)

20. Trevor Bayne ($6,500) – For the first time this season, Bayne makes an appearance in the rankings. Over the last 6 races, Trevor Bayne is averaging 4.6 fppk. Roush is showing improvements and Bayne is averaging 25 fppr over the last 10 races. (3.5 fppk)