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.)

1. Brad Keselowski ($9,800) – Winning is overrated in Daily Fantasy NASCAR. Keselowski did not win at Darlington or Kentucky, but he scored over 100 fantasy points in each contest. (5.6 fppk)

2. Carl Edwards ($9,600) – The question to ask this week is “did the driver have success at Kentucky and Darlington?” For Carl, it’s a big yes! On top of that, Edwards’ 3 wins at Atlanta ranks second. (4.7 fppk)

3. Kyle Busch ($10,100) – With the loose handling race car, there will always be the risk of a wreck. There is also the high probability of Rowdy domination. Kyle Busch could flirt with a 10 win season this year. (4.8 fppk)

4. Joey Logano ($10,400) – BK and Kyle are the favorites to crush the DFS scoreboard in Atlanta. With Joey’s high salary, this could be a great opportunity to roster him with low ownership. Logano tied for the most top 5s at intermediate tracks with 8 in 2015. (5.9 fppk)

5. Kevin Harvick ($10,500) – Who tied Logano for the most top 5s at the 1.5 mile tracks? Kevin Harvick, Mr. Second Place or Mr. Top 5. His average finish of 7th and average running position of 4th (over the last 4 Atlanta races) is the best in NASCAR at Atlanta. (5.5 fppk)


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6. Matt Kenseth ($10,000) – There is a very good reason why every JGR driver did not finish in the top 5 at both Kentucky and Darlington. Kenseth finished 21st at Darlington because he hit the wall at “The Track too Tough to Tame.” Atlanta is an easier track, but it’s no walk in the park either. (5.4 fppk)

7. Denny Hamlin ($9,700) – This isn’t the top JGR play. Hamlin might benefit from confidence or may suffer from the whirlwind media tour that follows winning the Daytona 500. (4.1 fppk)

8. Jimmie Johnson ($10,200) – Darian Grub, former JGR Crew Chief for Denny Hamlin, joined Hendrick motorsports this off season. It’s very likely that Hendrick now knows all of the secrets to the 2016 rules package. Rules package aside, Johnson’s 4 Atlanta wins are the most in NASCAR. (3.4 fppk)

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,800) – It’s been 10 years since Dale Jr. won an intermediate track race. It’s tough for his fans, but great for DFS players. Wins are overrated and a low salary is underrated. (4.5 fppk)

10. Kurt Busch ($9,200) – At Darlington, Kurt had a fast car. He was top 3 in practice, finished 6th, and ran 48 fast laps. It seems that Kurt has a handle on the new rules package. (3.5 fppk)

11. Kyle Larson ($8,300) – It’s checkers or wreckers. A lot of NASCAR pundits are predicting big things from this dirt racer in the new low downforce rules package. (3.7 fppk)

12. Martin Truex Jr. ($9,100) – In case we’ve forgotten, Truex was one of four cars in the 2015 championship race. Truex tore up some intermediate tracks last year, and he’s off to a great start this year. (4.0 fppk)

13. Aric Almirola ($6,600) – Safe, safe, safe. This low cost option is a perennial top 20 finisher and he finished inside the top 15 at Kentucky and Darlington.(4.7 fppk)

14. Greg Biffle ($6,300) – 2015 was a year to forget for Roush-Fenway Racing, but Kentucky and Darlington were glimmers of hope. Biffle finished inside the top 20 in both races. (4.2 fppk)

15. Ryan Newman ($6,900) – How’s this for safe – 36 races and only 3 finishes worse than 27th last season. Almirola and Newman are cash game superstars. (4.3 fppk)

16. Clint Bowyer ($7,000) – This week we’ll find out how the move to the small HScott Motorsports team will affect Bowyer. Making matters worse is the the fact that Bowyer struggled at intermediate tracks last season scoring only two top 15s. (3.3 fppk)

17. Ryan Blaney ($6,500) – The rookie had an up-and-down year at the Sprint Cup level last season, but when he was good, he was pretty good. The adjunct Penske driver scored 4 top 20s in intermediate track races. In his other 4 races, not so good; he had an average finish of 39th. (0.9 fppk)

18. Brian Scott ($5,700) – Richard Petty Motorsports was competitive at Kentucky and Darlington last season. In part time duty at intermediate tracks last season, Scott finished 13th, 22nd, 12th, and 14th. (3.4 fppk)

19. Ty Dillon ($5,600) – In two intermediate track forays at the Sprint Cup level last season, Ty finished a respectable 26th and 23rd. On sunday, he’ll be in one of the best rides of his career filling in for Tony Stewart. (3.5 fppk)

20. Kasey Kahne ($8,400) – The disaster of a 2015 season will drive his ownership down. Kahne made his way up the ranks as a dirt racer, so the new rules package could be a boon for the Hendrick driver. (2.6 fppk)