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.)

1Jimmie Johnson$10,400
2Kyle Busch$10,100
3Kevin Harvick$10,500
4Brad Keselowski$9,600
5Carl Edwards$9,500

1. Jimmie Johnson ($10,400) – It’s hard to dominate a Martinsville race starting from the back of the pack. Jimmie put up 60 fantasy points, but no one was passing Kyle on Sunday. Jimmie stays at number one because Texas is the track that Jimmie built. (6.3 fppk)

2. Kyle Busch ($10,100) – After one bad Fontana race, Kyle dropped in the rankings. After winning at Martinsville, not one of his best tracks, he shoots right back up the charts. (7.8 fppk)

3. Kevin Harvick ($10,500) – Points per dollar, it doesn’t get any better than Kevin Harvick. Harvick puts big points on the board no matter the track. Harvick probably won’t win at Texas, but he’ll score at least 80 fantasy points. (8.1 fppk)

4. Brad Keselowski ($9,600) – A Martinsville win was right within BK’s reach. The pit road speeding penalty was his fault. However, the Kyle Bush restart with just over 100 laps left that cost Keselowski the lead was not his fault. (4.9 fppk)

5. Carl Edwards ($9,500) – Martinsville is one of Edwards’ most frustrating tracks, but he figured it out on Sunday and finished inside the top 10. This week the NASCAR circuit returns to the routine confines of an intermediate track. Edwards in the 2nd highest ranked 1.5 mile track driver in NASCAR. (5.7 fppk)

6Dale Earnhardt Jr.$9,800
7Austin Dillon$7,800
8Brian Vickers$6,400
9Joey Logano$10,000
10Martin Truex Jr.$8,700

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($9,800) – What would have happened if Junior didn’t get spun out early in the race and go a lap down? The good news is that Junior overcame adversity just as he did at Fontana. 88 hasn’t reached victory lane at an intermediate track in almost 10 years, but he’ll be a place differential play this weekend. (5.2 fppk)

7. Austin Dillon ($7,800) – The car is great. The driver is comfortable and aggressive. At intermediate tracks this year, Dillon has an 11th and 5th place finish. Last season, after switching to Slugger Labbe as his crew chief, Dillon finished 11th at Texas. (5.5 fppk)

8. Brian Vickers ($6,400) – It’s time for DFS players to treat Vickers like a regular big team driver with an inexplicable salary. Vickers had little fantasy value due to qualifying 3rd, but in terms of racing, he once again looked stellar in the 14 car. (3.6 fppk)

9. Joey Logano ($10,000) – When Kyle Busch, the heavy favorite at Fontana, let down the DFS community, he dropped in the rankings. Logano was supposed to crush Martinsville, but what’s supposed to happen, no longer seems to happen. (4.6 fppk)

10. Martin Truex Jr. ($8,700) – It’s easy to get freight trained at Martinsville. Truex’s average running position was 11th, but he finished 18th. The day could have gone better, but all and all, he raced well. (4.2 fppk)

11Kurt Busch$8,400
12AJ Allmendinger$6,200
13Denny Hamlin$9,100
14Matt Kenseth$9,700
15Chase Elliott$8,000

11. Kurt Busch ($8,400) – After a horrible day at Fontana, Kurt rebounded with a solid under the radar performance at Martinsville (9th average position). At intermediate tracks this season, Kurt has been blazing fast in practices, but he’s been unable to carry that speed into races. (4.1 fppk)

12. AJ Allmendinger ($6,200) – Last week, I threatened that Allmendinger bandwagon was leaving the station. It’s gone, but if you start running now, you can catch it. The RCR cars (including the technical alliance) are fast this year. AJ looks really comfortable this season (15th average finish). (5.7 fppk)

13. Denny Hamlin ($9,100) – Just as quickly as Denny Hamlin jumped up the charts, he drops back down. Hamlin was a major disappointment at Martinsville. Unfortunately, it looks like the disappointment will continue. Hamlin finished 16th and 19th at intermediate track races this season (3.7 fppk)

14. Matt Kenseth ($9,700) – It’s unfair to drop Kenseth this low in the rankings. Kenseth looked great at Martinsville, but if had some things that didn’t go his way. Kenseth blocked for Kyle Busch all day, but when Kenseth needed help on the last restart, he was hung out to dry and lost 13 spots. (3.0 fppk)

15. Chase Elliott ($8,000) – Martinsville is tough on rookies. A top 20, even if it’s 20th place, is impressive for just his second spin around the Paperclip. With NASCAR’s return to a 1.5 mile track, Elliot becomes a viable target. In the previous 1.5 mile track races this season, Elliott has an average running position of 8th and 13th. (2.7 fppk)

16Ryan Blaney$6,700
17Paul Menard$6,500
18Ryan Newman$7,100
19Aric Almirola$6,600
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.$6,400

16. Ryan Blaney ($6,700) – The rookies are glad Martinsville is over. It’s back to business at Texas this week. Blaney’s ride has shown a lot of speed this season, and at 1.5 mile tracks, machine often trumps man. (3.2 fppk)

17. Paul Menard ($6,500)RCR has made some real gains this year. Paul Menard was battling inside the top 10 for most of the race on Sunday. His 8th place finish was his 5th top 20 this season. This is a great cash game value play. (4.1 fppk)

18. Ryan Newman ($7,100) – Quiet is good for Newman. Newman finished 10th and was happy with his car all weekend. As always, when Newman qualifies in the top 10, it’s hard to roster him. (3.2 fppk)

19. Aric Almirola ($6,600) – Martinsville was an uncharismatic performance, but his rep remains the same. This car is a safe play. Before Martinsville, his worst finish was 24th with an average finish of 17th. (3.5 fppk)

20. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ($6,400) – If Ricky Stenhouse gives several interviews before the race saying, “This is a track where I struggle.” Do not pick him. Treat Martinsville as an aberration. Stenhouse will get back in the groove this week. He finished 10th and 12th in this season’s intermediate track races. (2.9 fppk)