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. This information is not developed or provided by NASCAR, Inc., or its affiliates.
1. Kurt Busch (11,400) – The hottest of the top paid drivers deserves to be number 1. Kurt is having a great year and he’s leading a lot of laps each race. Over the last two races, Kurt’s been a monster with top 3 DFS scores in each.
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (12,300) – It doesn’t matter where Jr. qualifies; he’s going to finish around the top 5. Although he’s not leading a lot of laps, he’s the king of place differential. It seems he never has a down week, and is always at the top of the DFS leaderboard.
3. Kevin Harvick (11,600) – Even with another major mistake by his pit crew, Harvick put up the 2nd highest DFS score. Harvick is a top 5 runner every week, the only down side is Kurt Busch is much cheaper at non restrictor plate tracks.
4. Jimmie Johnson (11,800) – Sonoma’s 4th highest scorer should come as no surprise. Jimmie led the most laps and was one caution away from a win. His non restrictor plate price is high, but you get a great driver going for wins.
5. Joey Logano (11,200) – How do you know a driver is reaching the next level? Logano wasn’t supposed to race well at Sonoma. His car wasn’t handling well in practice, but Logano still finished inside the top 5 for the 9th time this season.
6. Martin Truex Jr. (11,300 ) – You can’t predict wrecks, but Truex wasn’t running all that well before the wreck. He is running well this year, but his salary is creeping up and the drivers above him did not falter at Sonoma.
7. Matt Kenseth (11,200) – Sonoma was not kind to Kenseth, but it never is and never has been (zero career wins at the road course). Kenseth could be ranked lower, but if you factor in his price and performance, then he stays. Kenseth has a top 10 driver rating in 2015, and he ranks 5th for most laps inside the top 15.
8. Paul Menard (9,500) – He started 43rd at a road course and remarkably finished 13th. Menard has proven his worth to DFS players this season and his price is still in the $9,000 range.
9. Kasey Kahne (11,300) – He’s been up and down this year. If he were more consistent, he’d ranked #1 at his price. Kahne hasn’t delivered when he starts up front, but when he qualifies poorly, he becomes a must play. He did it again at Sonoma; Kahne was 3rd on the DFS leaderboard.
10. Jamie McMurray (10,200) – With his price and consistency, Jamie Mac fits seamlessly into every Daily Fantasy NASCAR lineup. McMurray ranks 7th in avg. finishing position.
11. Kyle Busch (10,800) – Kyle has been fast every week since his return. Unfortunately, he’s been snake bitten. Last week he found the anti-venom. Rowdy was a dark horse at Sonoma, but he pushed the limit and found a way to win. This is the Kyle Busch you’ll get every week. A desperate driver going for it all. He’s a great GPP play for the rest of the season.
12. Kyle Larson (9,800) – It’s now official; the kid is in a groove. Larson has shaken off the sophomore slump and has looked good since the all star break. He finished inside the top 10 at Dover and Pocono, and he ran up front at Michigan and Sonoma.
13. Brad Keselowski (10,900) – The Blue Deuce has struggled of late. Brad isn’t really worried about his struggles because he’s preparing for the playoffs and anything other than first does not matter to him. For DFS players, these struggles are enough to stay away from Brad’s expensive price tag (based on average salary).
14. Carl Edwards (10,700) – Edwards is having a mediocre first year with Joe Gibbs Racing (avg. finish 19.5). He could be lower, if the rankings were based solely on finishing position. Edwards is relative cheap for a big time driver on a big time team. He won at Charlotte and can win at any given race.
15. Clint Bowyer (10,100) – Running well at a road course does not mean a driver’s season has turned around. However, it does boost a driver’s confidence. Bowyer has been improving each week, and sometimes, all a good driver needs is to get their confidence back (e.g. Dale Earnhardt Jr.).
16. Ryan Newman (9,700) – At Sonoma, Newman took home his 9th top 10 of the year. He’s often overlooked, but he shouldn’t be at his price. The Pocono mishap is in the rear view mirror. He’ll never jump off the stats page, but that makes him a solid GPP play.
17. Denny Hamlin (11,100) – It was just weeks ago that Hamlin was the apple of DFS NASCAR community’s eye. He was in place to put up monster numbers at Dover, then he wrecked. After Dover, Hamlin finished 10th, 11th, and 18th at Sonoma, but he’s never been in contention to win those races. He’s been safe finishing position wise, but he hasn’t been an option to score big DFS points.
18. Jeff Gordon (11,700) – Maybe it’s time to stop with the “Where will Gordon’s last win be?” Gordon has looked fine, but everyone that picks him wants a win. At his price, DFS players should want a win. Gordon is safe each week, but he’s an expensive safe pick.
19. Casey Mears (8,700) – Before his wheel ripped from the axle, Mears was running inside the top 20 all day. Mears is the only driver that consistently rewards DFS players with top 20s at a sub $8,000 salary.
20. Aric Almirola (9,200) – One hiccup in Pocono, but other than that, Almirola has been Mr. Dependable. He’s a great 50/50 play each week. He runs inside the top 20 at a bargain price.