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. Kyle Busch ($11,800) – Two wins in three weeks. A gutsy team effort at Daytona to steal a top 20. Kyle Busch wins in bunches, and the floodgates are open.
2. Kurt Busch ($11,600) – The Chevys weren’t right at Kentucky, but Kurt still managed to finish in the top 10 (fifth in a row). Kurt has a high ceiling (2nd highest percentage of fast laps and laps led), and has demonstrated a high floor.
3. Joey Logano ($12,200) – Arguably the hottest driver in NASCAR with 4 top 5s in a row (ignoring the plate race). He was just laps away from winning at Kentucky. The Penske 22 car is the most consistent when it comes to qualifying and racing well.
4. Kevin Harvick ($14,200) – His starting position prevented his ability to lead laps, but Harvick still finished in the top 10. Harvick looked good, but the cars in front of him were fast and were driven by Kentucky veterans.
5. Matt Kenseth ($11,300) – Another intermediate track, and another top 10 for Kenseth (10 tops 10s on the year; 5 for 6 at intermediate tracks). The 20 has been a consistent and reliable fantasy performer each week this season.
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($10,300) – A mechanical problem created by a mental lapse on Junior’s part ruined his day. The fact of the matter is that Dale hasn’t won at a 1.5 mile track in 10 years.
7. Jimmie Johnson ($12,700) – As one of the most expensive Fantasy NASCAR drivers, Johnson must deliver Top 5s and fast/led lap points. Johnson never looked completely comfortable in the new rules package at Kentucky. To be continued.
8. Clint Bowyer ($9,400) – The Prince of Place Differential. Each weekend Bowyer looks miserable; he sounds miserable, and he starts from way back in the field. However, somehow on Sunday, he sounds different and he races different. He moves up the scoreboard like an elevator.
9. Ryan Newman ($9,200) – Similar to Bowyer, Newman has a knack for piling up place differential points. Unlike Bowyer, Newman has a handful of top 5s and top 10s this season.
10. Brad Keselowski ($12,800) – The old Brad is back. The Blue Deuce led 62 laps and ran 81 fast laps. When pit road didn’t work out for BK, he made up for it with a pass differential of 40. He dropped an even 100 on the DFS scoreboard last week.
11. Paul Menard ($8,200) – Once again, Mr. Consistent kept your DFS team in the game. Menard finished 19th on the DFS scoreboard with the 19th highest salary. You get what you pay for. Menard is a solid 50/50 play each week.
12. Martin Truex Jr. ($10,800) – The slide continues. Truex did not wreck this week, but he did not race all the well either. Truex ran in the top 15 all day, but there were better cars at Kentucky. Truex’s place differential destroyed DFS teams.
13. Jamie McMurray ($9,800) – Place differential hurt Jamie Mac’s value. He didn’t have a bad race, but the rained out qualifying session resulted in too high of a starting position. McMurray is still a solid play, but not from a top 10 starting spot.
14. Carl Edwards ($10,200) – NASCAR returns to an intermediate track and Carl comes alive. The bad news is NASCAR is done with 1.5 mile tracks until September. Edwards was the 3rd highest in fantasy points at Kentucky,
15. Denny Hamlin ($11,100) – The whole Joe Gibbs Racing squad looked good at Kentucky. Hamlin was 5th in scoring. Hamlin led laps and scored the 4th most fast lap points.
16. Jeff Gordon ($10,900) – The first third of Gordon’s season showed glimmers of the old Gordon. The second third has not been so kind. The 24 is not bad, but he’s not that great either. Gordon finished in the top 10 (36.5 fantasy points), but he was never a threat to score major DFS points.
17. Kyle Larson ($10,000) – Last week’s wild card turned out to be a Joker. A rare double flat tire ruined Larson’s day. The kid has proven that he can run fast inside the top 10, but he has not demonstrated that he can lead a lot of laps.
18. Kasey Kahne ($10,100) – Hendrick simply did not have the best cars at Kentucky. Kahne’ race strategy did not work out, and he finished 27th (11 fantasy points). Chalk this up as just a bad week.
19. Aric Almirola ($7,700) – Starting 12th, Almirola was a risky value play. If you took this risk, it paid off. Almirola finished 12th and scored 36.5 fantasy points. Almirola’s average finish of 17.7 is a steal at his price.
20. Greg Biffle ($8,300) – The Bif finished 11th in fantasy scoring with a plus 40 pt. day. Just like Bowyer and Newman, it’s hard to fade The Bif when he starts deep in the field.