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. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($6,500) – I know what you are thinking, we never play Wrecky. However, at Bristol, Wrecky actually stays out of wrecks. Ricky has provided some major positive place differential points at Bristol as he has started 20th (or above) and found himself finishing in the top 10 the last 3 races. Over the course of his career Ricky has an average finish of 9.2 at the track. He hasn’t led any laps, but he has produced 50 fastest laps. At his price Ricky becomes almost a must play.
2. Greg Biffle ($7,400) – The Bif was supposed to dominate Michigan for us last week. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. At Bristol this week, the Bif is back in play. Over the course of his career Biffle has led 386 laps and has produced 334 fastest laps. Greg has to get a win to get himself a spot in the Chase. With an average finish of 12th at Bristol, this is his best chance.
3. Austin Dillon ($7,500) – Dillon is a dirt track guy and has done very well at short tracks in the past. In his three Sprint Cup races at Bristol, Dillon has produced 2 top 15s. He also has a positive place differential of +5 at the track. Dillon is coming off of a 4th place finish at Michigan last week and will want to continue this momentum. Look for him to return value this week as he works his way into the top 15.
4. David Ragan ($7,200) – Ragan has surprised me this season and has become relatively consistent. With an average finish of 24th, if Ragan has a poor qualifying effort he has the potential to be a great place differential play. Ragan has also registered 2 top 15s at this track. Ragan’s future is also uncertain due to the news about MWR not fielding a car next year. It would seem like now is the time to start auditioning for a new gig.
5. Ryan Blaney ($7,200) – The fastest young guy in practice finally makes his way onto the value list. Blaney has the equipment and the know how to do well at this track. This will be his first Sprint Cup start at Bristol, but he has found the top 10 on the Xfinity Series. Blaney has been trying to replicate his practice times during the race, Bristol may be the place he makes this happen.