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. The information is not developed or provided by NASCAR, Inc., or its affiliates.
1. Kyle Busch ($10,100) – The 18 team is not worried about missing the Chase. They’re going for wins every week. Kyle Busch said that the last time he felt this confident was 2008; he won 8 races that year.
2. Joey Logano ($9,600) – Finally, Joey gets the headlines. Logano is just as hot as Rowdy, but he wasn’t finishing first. Harvick, Truex, and Johnson may be an afterthought. This year might be all about Logano and Rowdy.
3. Matt Kenseth ($9,700) – How could Kenseth best his win at Pocono? With a 22 place differential point performance (2nd highest DFS score). Kenseth has scored above 50 fantasy points in 11 races.
4. Kevin Harvick ($10,600) – He can’t seem to find victory lane, but wins do not matter much in fantasy NASCAR. Harvick led the most laps at Watkins Glen and finished 4th in fantasy points.
5. Brad Keselowski ($9,500) – It’s been over a month since BK scored less than 50 fantasy points in a race (Daytona). Team Penske is a monster right now, and they’re only getting stronger each week.
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($9,300) – The 88 is not a dominant racer this year. However, he’s consistently strong to the tune of 47 fppg (4th best). Earnhardt is a 50/50 favorite.
7. Jimmie Johnson ($9,700) – The summer swing is over, and that’s good news for Jimmie. His performances have not matched his salary, but this will change. Johnson will use the remaining regular season races to warm up for the Chase.
8. Carl Edwards ($9,000) – JGR has dominated the summer races. Edwards is averaging 43.5 fppg at a mid level price. Edwards is a safe mid level 50/50 play.
9. Clint Bowyer ($7,400) – Over the last 10 races, Bowyer has recorded 7 top 10s (38.2 avg. fppg over that span). It’s amazing how cheap Bowyer remains.
10. Martin Truex Jr. (9,600) – He didn’t get the finish he deserved, but he ran well at Watkins Glen. A really good sign for Truex is that he ran the most fast laps at Watkins Glen.
11. Kurt Busch ($9,900) – With 41 fppg average over his last 10 races, it’s hard to overlook Kurt. At the moment he doesn’t seem like a lock to run out front, and at his price, a sure thing is needed.
12. Paul Menard ($7,800) – He never jumps off the page unless he qualifies poorly. However, with a six driver roster, a value play with a 30 point floor should frequent DFS lineups.
13. Ryan Newman ($7,100) – He will not dominate any upcoming races, but he’ll run inside the top 15 just like every week. He has 50/50 value, but his real value is place differential when he gets the opportunity.
14. Denny Hamlin ($8,400) – It’s only a matter of time until Hamlin breaks out like the rest of his JGR teammates. If he could just break out like his hood, then he’d be a must play. For now, he’s the contrarian JGR play.
15. Aric Almirola ($7,400) – If he would stop qualifying around 20th, then he would be ranked higher. Almirola races much better than this salary, but his fantasy score only slightly outperforms his salary due to limited place differential points.
16. Jamie McMurray ($7,900) – Over the last 5 weeks, Jamie Mac is only averaging 13 fppg. He’s a top 15 driver, but he simply does not score fantasy NASCAR points.
17. Greg Biffle ($7,100) – The Bif raced well at The Glen and was one late race mistake from a top 10 and a boatload of place differential points. His season is on life support and he’s not ready to give up. There could be another big fantasy day in The Bif’s future.
18. A.J Allmendinger ($7,400) – Watkins Glen was not A.J.’s day. Even though road courses are but a memory, The Dinger has raced well at non-road courses this year.
19. Kasey Kahne ($8,200) – The bad news is that Kahne has horrible luck (back to back DNFs). The good news is that most DFS players want nothing to do with Kahne. He’s racing for wins from here on out. This makes for an intriguing GPP play.
20. Jeff Gordon ($8,500) – Is this really the way the story ends? Yes. Legendary athletes all go the same way. Is it better to burn out or fade away? The Rainbow Warrior is a place differential play only.