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.
1. Ryan Newman (7,600) – With the addition of 6 drivers and the necessary salary shift, Newman enters value range this week. Newman won at Pocono in 2003, but has consistently produced top 10s at this track (6 in the last 7 races.) In the spring race he broke the hearts of DFS players with a wreck, but don’t hold it against him. Newman was the 3rd highest DK scorer at Indy last week, but only because he started in 43rd and had a good run. He will be in contention for a top 10 this week.
2. Austin Dillon (7,500) – The only Dillon brother we had exposure to at Pocono in the spring was Ty. Austin has been pretty good over the past couple of races with two top 10s in the last 4. Last week he set up for a good place differential play, but two pit road penalties ultimately put a damper on his day. If he qualifies 20+ he has the ability to drive his way to an 11th or 12th place finish.
3. Casey Mears (6,500) – Based on his price, Mears should find his way into a lot of Draftkings lineups this week. Mears is a trustworthy DFS scorer. He usually finishes around 20th and gains about 5 to 10 spots each week. Mears scored 26.5 fantasy points at Pocono in the spring race (with pass differential). At $6,500 he allows you to load up on 10k drivers.
4. Aric Almirola (6,300) – Almirola is probably my favorite driver at this price. He has been a top 15 machine in 2015. During the spring race his engine decided to give out on him, but that was no fault of his own. The RPM driver has a consistent car, consistent team, and consistent ability. His last couple of races at Pocono were less than stellar (43rd, 35th, and 22nd) but this pick is based on the 2015 season.
5. A.J. Allmendinger (6,300) – A.J. is still waiting on the next road course, but like Almirola, his price makes him appealing. A.J. has had a lot of bad luck at Pocono with radiator failure and an accident in his last two outings. He scored 24 points last week at Indy and will be looking to have a clean run. The only fear here is that Newman tries to get revenge for what happened during the spring race (not going to happen.)