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. Kevin Harvick ($11,500) – He doesn’t have the first place finishes to prove it, but Harvick has been the best driver with the best car this season. (5.6 fppk)
2. Joey Logano ($10,600) – Logano is always running up front and it was only a matter of time until he won another race. With back to back intermediate track races, Logano has a great chance of making it two in a row. (6.4 fppk)
3. Denny Hamlin ($9,500) – He didn’t lead a lap at Charlotte, but he ran 11 fast laps, scored a driver rating of 115, and ran 98.2 % of his laps inside the top 15. (5.1 fppk)
4. Matt Kenseth ($10,500) – Mr. Consistent had a bad week. There is no way that Kenseth has two poor weeks in a row. (6.1 fppk)
5. Kyle Busch ($10,900) – Matt Kenseth wasn’t the only JGR driver to suffer misfortune at Charlotte. Kyle Busch’s speed is the result of his reckless nature, but it’s strange when Kyle Busch finds a way to wreck during a caution. (6.4 fppk)
6. Aric Almirola ($6,400) – Richard Petty Motorsports has made a giant step forward this year. Almirola is a top 10 contender at a low price (5.2 fppk).
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,800) – The 88 did not hit the wall as much as Kenseth, but his day wasn’t much better. It’s a shame because Junior had a fast car at Charlotte and this has been his best season at 1.5 mile tracks in years. (4.9 fppk)
8. Carl Edwards ($9,600) – He was never in contention to put up a big fantasy number at Charlotte, but he has enough speed to finish inside the top 10 at intermediate tracks (5.1 fppk).
9. Jamie McMurray ($7,800) – On the surface, Jamie Mac’s 12th place finish seems like the yet another slightly above average race. However, McMurray started in 30th position. (4.5 fppk)
10. Jeff Gordon ($8,100) – He hasn’t had a big laps led or fast laps day this season, but over the last 5 races, Gordon is averaging 46 fantasy points. (4.1 fppk)
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($6,000) – We may be witnessing the transformation of Ricky Stenhouse’s career. With four top 20s in a row, Stenhouse may not be the next Jimmie Johnson, but he’s a solid daily fantasy NASCAR pick. (4.0 fppk)
12. Brad Keselowski ($9,700) – BK struggled with his car at Charlotte, but he still managed to finish inside the top 10. With another intermediate track coming up, it is slightly worrisome, but BK has finished inside the top 10 at every 1.5 mile race this season. (4.7 fppk)
13. Martin Truex Jr. ($10,300) – The 78 team is strong at intermediate tracks. When it comes to straight speed at 1.5 mile tracks, Truex is a top 3 car. (3.5 fppk)
14. Kurt Busch ($10,200) – There has been two intermediate track races in the Chase so far, and Kurt has finished inside the top 5 in both. He hasn’t dominated a race in a while, but if he continues runs up front, it could happen. (3.4 fppk)
15. Ryan Newman ($7,300) – When Newman qualifies inside the top 10, it’s very risky to roster him even with his low salary. If he can score a couple place differential points and a top 15, then jump all over him. (4.0 fppk)
16. Kyle Larson ($7,900) – If not for some pit road shenanigans with Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson may have scored his first career win last week. Larson is coming into his own and Ganassi has supplied him with fast 1.5 mile track cars. (4.0 fppk)
17. Clint Bowyer ($6,600) – MWR has struggled to find speed at intermediate tracks this season. Bowyer’s 19th finish at Chicago was more of the same, but Bowyer finished 11th at Charlotte in what turned out to be a race of survival, not so much speed. (5.0 fppk)
18. Sam Hornish Jr. ($5,800) – Aric Almirola’s run has been impressive, but his RPM teammate is racing well, too. Hornish has recorded three top 20s in a row and 6 in the last 10 races. (4.5 fppk)
19. Jimmie Johnson ($10,400) – It just keeps getting uglier and uglier for the 6 time champ. He’s looked good in practice each week and has one of the best cars each race, but Murphy’s Law kicks in. (2.7 fppk)
20. Kasey Kahne ($8,000) – It looked like Kahne had turned things around, then he did what he has done so many times this season: he scored -16 points. In the last 10 races, Kahne has 4 races with fantasy scores of 5 points or less. (2.2 fppk)