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. Brad Keselowski ($10,800) – Texas was an amazing race by BK (312 laps led and 94 fast laps). Unfortunately, the track cooled, and the 48 team made the correct setup adjustment for the win. (5.6 fppk)

2. Kevin Harvick ($11,600) – A simple analysis of finishing position doesn’t tell the whole story. Harvick ran up front with speed while battling a broken shifter at a difficult track. (5.3 fppk)

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($8,700) – Chew on this Junior Nation: If Talladega goes down normally and Junior wins, then he would be a lock for Homestead based on Martinsville and Texas results. (5.0 fppk)

4. Joey Logano ($10,600) – He’s still fast, but the jinx is on. Logano is battling 42 drivers and the bad voodoo. (5.9 fppk)

5. Carl Edwards ($9,400) – No one’s been consistently better since the summer. He finishes inside the top 10 each week and doesn’t have bad races. (5.0 fppk)

6. Kyle Busch ($10,200) – When Rowdy doesn’t run out front or wreck, he gets lost in the shuffle. In the last four Chase races, Kyle has three top 5s and an 11th place finish. (4.5 fppk)

7. Jeff Gordon ($8,800) – Hendrick is 100% behind Jeff. It seems likely that he’ll extend his league leading streak of top 10 finishes to 6. (4.4 fppk)

8. Denny Hamlin ($8,900) – Mechanical issues happen, but usually its a faulty latch for Hamlin. The 11 had not finished poorly since May. (4.2 fppk)

9. Jamie McMurray ($8,400) – Running up front for the entire Martinsville race is impressive, but driving through the field to earn a top 10 at a treacherous Texas race track is amazing. (4.4 fppk)

10. Kurt Busch ($9,300) – This is the best car that no one is talking about it. Busch should have a streak of 5 top 10s in a row, but he was caught in a late race wreck at Martinsville. (3.4 fppk)

11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($6,100) – Ricky is for real. There, I said it. To reach the next level, NASCAR drivers must mastered intermediate tracks, and it appears Stenhouse is just one step away. (4.2 fppk)

12. Martin Truex Jr. ($9,000) – Lurking in the Championship shadows is Martin Truex Jr. He hasn’t won since June, but in the Chase he’s averaging a 9th place finish. (4.0 fppk)

13. Jimmie Johnson ($9,600) – He’s back. He never really went away, but the stars just weren’t lining up for him. Keselowski had the best car, but during the last pit stop, the 48 team adjusted the car perfectly to the changing track. (3.4 fppk)

14. Paul Menard ($6,600) – Over the last three races, Menard has 3 top 15 finishes (42 fppr). Menard and Almirola are often compared side by side in daily fantasy NASCAR. At the moment, advantage Menard. (4.0 fppk)

15. Aric Almirola ($6,300) – No fireworks, but Almirola earned his 8th top 20 in the last 10 races. He’s an automatic 30 fantasy points from the $6,000 salary tier. (4.9 fppk)

16. Ryan Newman ($7,300) – Texas was just the 2nd time that Newman finished outside of the top 20 since June. (4.2 fppk)

17. Clint Bowyer ($7,100) – A 15th place finish for Clint is just about right. Intermediate tracks have not been MWR’s strong suit this season. (4.1 fppk)

18. Austin Dillon ($7,000) – The RCR young gun has a modest 3 race top 20 streak. At Texas, he finished 11th and ran 92% of his laps inside the top 15. (3.1 fppk)

19. Erik Jones ($8,000) – Put an average driver in a JGR car and they’ll do well (e.g. David Ragan). Put a really good driver in a JGR car and they might win. (n/a fppk)

20. Kasey Kahne ($7,900) – Throw out Kahne’s wreck at Charlotte and he’s averaging a 14th place finish since his turn around in August. That being said, his price is too high. (2.8 fppk)