Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. These are the drivers in the lowest tier of salaries that have the opportunity to score 30 to 40 DFS points. The information is not developed or provided by NASCAR, Inc., or its affiliates.
1. Ty Dillon (7,400) – Richard Childress’ youngest racing grandson will be in a fast car for a low price at Pocono. This style of play nearly paid off last week with Brian Scott. Dillon’s limited experience at Pocono is a concern, but in his two truck races at the Tricky Triangle, he has a top 10. Dillon is currently 2nd in the Xfinity Standings.
2. Paul Menard (8,700) – He’s just about too expensive to be on the list, but we’ll keep him on here for one more week. Menard has been the play the last two weeks, and nothing has changed. For Menard, his 2015 stats have meant more than his past track history. We cannot completely ignore Menard’s struggles at Pocono (and Indianapolis), and at his new price, many will jump off the bandwagon. This can be a boon for DFS players because Menard’s ownership percentage is sure drop.
3. Sam Hornish Jr. (7,800) – He has not been as successful as Almirola and Menard, but he’s another low priced driver that is quietly having a solid season. Outside of short tracks, this Richard Petty Motorsports Ford has consistently finished around the top 20. While running for Penske, Hornish was a safe bet for a top 20 at Pocono (four top 15s).
4. Aric Almirola (8,300) – Almirola is coming of his best performance of the season at Dover (5th). Look for that pretty Petty Blue 43 to carry that momentum into Pocono. Historically, Pocono hasn’t been kind to Almirola with an 18th as his best finish, but at this value, it’s safe to lean on 2015 results (10th in the standings).
5. Trevor Bayne (7,700 ) – It’s hard to pass up on a $7000 range driver that’s part of a big team (Roush Fenway Racing). Last week, Bayne seemed like a lock to move from the 30s to the 20s, but he got swallowed up in a wreck. This week we hope for the same thing minus the wreck. This is Bayne’s first time at Pocono, so he will most assuredly qualify poorly (place differential possibilities). Don’t forget to watch the Saturday ARCA race at Pocono, Bayne is running double time to get experience.