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. Tony Stewart ($8,000) – 10 years ago Smoke wouldn’t have made a list of value drivers, but this is 2015. Stewart has an average start of 16.9 and an average finish of 10.9 at Darlington. The most impressive stat is his ability to gain positive place differential points at the Lady in Black. At this race in 2012 and 2014, Stewart produced 14 positive place differential points. If he qualifies 20th or above, he will work his way up through the pack and make for a great play at this price.
2. Austin Dillon ($7,500) – Dillon has had a great season thus far in 2015. In his last 4 outings he has produced 3 top 15s and even found the top 5. Last year he finished 11th at this race. If he has a good practice and a mediocre qualifying run, Dillon could even compete for the win. With great equipment and just the right amount of skill, it will be hard to hold the #3 out of victory lane for much longer.
3. Greg Biffle ($7,400) – The Bif loves the Lady in Black and luckily for the Bif the Lady in Black loves the Bif back. With a driver rating of 105.7 and an average finish of 12.8, Biffle has been great at Darlington. The Bif has also led 637 laps and produced 297 fast laps. The Bif will look to add to his 2 wins at the track this weekend.
4. Ryan Blaney ($7,200) – Blaney depends on qualifying….make sure you read that right! Blaney practices great and usually has a very fast car, but always seems to qualify to high. If he qualifies in the right spot (25th or above) then Blaney has the potential to be a top scorer. Ryan has 7 top 25s in cup races this year and will be looking to break the top 10 soon.
5. Chase Elliott ($6,600) – How can you not love this price and this driver? Chase Elliott is a Sprint Cup part-pimer, but racing is in his blood. The Xfinity Series Champ has an average finish of 22.9 when he races in the Cup Series. He also has produced a couple of top 20s in his spot starts. For $6,600 its hard not to play a part-timer that can produce a big return.