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. Brian Scott ($7,700) – Expect a lot of Brian Scott Daily Fantasy NASCAR talk this week. Whenever a part timer jumps into a big team car, this happens (e.g. Chase Elliott last week). Scott finished 13th at the Las Vegas back in March racing for RCR. In 9 out of 10 Xfinity races at Dover, Scott finished inside the top 15. Give a big bump to Scott if he finishes in the top 5 at the Xfinity race on Saturday.
2. Paul Menard ($8,400) – The RCR driver is moving up the rankings with his consistent runs. He’s never a sexy pick, and that’s good; it keeps the public off of him. His average finish in 2015 is 16th (15th best). Menard finished just outside the 10 at Bristol and Las Vegas (similar steep banked tracks). His past Dover results are similar to his 2015 results. It’s safe to expect a finish in the low teens from the 27 Chevy.
3. Ricky Stenhouse ($7,900) – He’s had a rough year, but the once place that he shined was Bristol. Ricky can run the steep banked short tracks. He’s proven it throughout his Xfinity and Sprint Cup career. I love him in GPPs. Maybe there will be some reverse Samson this week because Ricky cut his mullet.
4. Aric Almirola ($8,000) – He might not work out in your GPP, but he’s safe for 50/50s. Almirola consistently run in the teens each race this year. He hasn’t has a bad race this season. In his 6 runs at Dover, his finishes mirror the output of his 2015 season. Almirola is making a rare appearance in the Xfinity series on Saturday. With the extra laps on Saturday, he should be really dialed in for the Sprint Cup race.
5. Matt Dibenedetto ($7,200) – Swinging for the fences here. Want to stack a GPP lineup, this is your guy. At Bristol, the little car that could ran in the 20s for the entire race. Before you freak out about his Xfinity race results at Dover, everyone of those races were start-and-parks. Electrical, handling, and vibration are all code for “We can’t afford to mess this car up; we’ll take the cash prize for last place.” How do I know this? Check how many laps the car ran – 2, 6, and 10. When he didn’t start-and-park at Bristol last fall in the Xfinity series, Diben-how-ever-you-say-it finished finished 19th