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. Martin Truex Jr. ($11,200) – Since the inception of Daily Fantasy NASCAR, he’s been the man each week. His worst DFS score is 52.25 pts (6th highest at Michigan). At the other races, Truex scored above 90 points. His salary is only $11,200?
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($11,900) – He hasn’t led a lot of laps lately, but that’s because of poor starting positions. Every week Junior consistently proves that he can get to the front. He hasn’t posted a huge DFS score yet, but he consistently scores in the top 5.
3. Kevin Harvick ($13,900) – Harvick caught some bad luck last week, but that will happen in daily fantasy NASCAR. Every weekend he’s the faster driver on the track and a threat to put up major DFS numbers.
4. Joey Logano ($11,300) – The 22 Penske Ford is performing a lot like Dale Jr. He’s not leading a lot of laps, but he’s always hanging around the top 5. Logano has registered back to back top 5 finishes.
5. Kurt Busch ($12,400) – It’s not fair; Harvick and Kurt are given the best cars each week. Busch took a backup car from 24th to victory lane at Michigan. This is his best season since he won the championship in 2004.
6. Jimmie Johnson ($13,100) – With the second highest salary at Draftkings, a little more is expected from the 48. Johnson put up big fantasy numbers at Dover several weeks ago, but at his price, he needs to lead laps every week.
7. Matt Kenseth ($10,000) – It’s easy to ignore Matt Kenseth because he can be quite boring. It’s hard to ignore his 6 top 10 finishes in the last 8 races. He could easily be 8 for 8. A 24th at Talladega, it happens. At Dover, Kenseth was running in the top 10 when his track bar broke.
8. Brad Keselowski ($11,500) – BK looked better at Michigan, but his team is still searching for speed. He’s hanging around the top 10, but in comparison to his teammate, he’s the lesser of the two Penske drivers at the moment.
9. Kasey Kahne ($10,700) – Each week Kahne looks like a top 10 driver, but that’s it. He’s not a threat to lead laps and win races. Case and point last week. He started from pole position and led one lap.
10. Jamie McMurray ($10,100) – Some are surprised by Jamie Mac’s solid year, but he just missed out on the Chase last season. He’s finished 7th three weeks in a row, so jump all over him, Jesus Freaks.
11. Carl Edwards ($10,500) – I’ll say it again – Carl Edwards was lucky to win at Charlotte. He’s followed up his lucky win with an 18th, 15th, and 12th place finish. He’s averaging an 18th place finish, but Sonoma’s coming up and Edwards is a strong road course driver.
12. Paul Menard ($9,200) – The breakout year continued at Michigan. Menard had another top 10 DFS day. His salary dropped $500 this week, but don’t expect the 12th place driver to stay this cheap for long.
13. Denny Hamlin ($11,000) – Charlotte and then Dover were supposed to be big daily fantasy weeks for the 11, but Hamlin let them slide through his fingers. He’s running around the top 10 each week, but at his price, I’d rather have Carl Edwards.
14. Kyle Larson ($10,000) – The kid almost lucked his way into his first career Sprint Cup win, but he ran out of gas minutes before the rain ended the race. Larson has been running well since the all-star race with two top 10s.
15. Jeff Gordon ($11,300) – The 24 has been in a small funk of late. His top 10s have become top 15s. The farewell tour seems to have taken its toll and the pressure to get one last win is mounting. The good news is that Gordon owns Sonoma.
16. Kyle Busch ($10,700) – He wrecked again, and his 2015 season is more than likely over. Some will say that the track was wet and it’s not his fault blah blah blah. It’s Kyle Busch, come on. This guy would drive too hard on razor blades. The optimist says, “Rowdy is running for wins, and is an intriguing GPP play.”
17. Clint Bowyer ($8,900) – It’s been a very mediocre season for Bowyer, but he’s finished in the top 10 in two of the last three races. His 2015 struggles are a concern, but at his sub $9,000 price, it’s hard to pass up on the MWR Toyota.
18. Ryan Newman ($9,600) – As we stated in early playbook posts, Newman had been very luck this season, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see his luck change. It did. Newman has looked very mediocre over the last month.
19. Greg Biffle ($9,200) – It looked like The Bif was turning things around after Kansas, but last week his team missed it. They couldn’t get the setup right and The Bif finished 36th.
20. Casey Mears ($7,600) – Look out, Mears has jumped from the value article to the top 20 rankings article! Mears has two top 20 finishes in a row. That makes 7 on year for a sub $8,000 salary driver.