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. Casey Mears ($7,500) – Casey Mears had his best weekend of the season at Pocono. He ran fast in both practices, qualified well, and finished 16th in the race. He’s a top 20 contender each week. Mears should be priced in the high $8,000 range, but Draftkings lowered his salary this week. Cue the gold rush.
2. Aric Almirola ($8,300) – He’s a value play; he’s not supposed to be good every week. If you followed practice, then you knew to jump ship on Almirola and the Richard Petty Motorsports Fords. Today begins a new. RPM is solid at Michigan and Almirola does what he does (20.5 avg. finish at Michigan). He’s safe, but don’t expect another Dover home run out of the Cuban Missile.
3. Danica Patrick ($8,400) – Stewart-Haas seems to be working better as a team lately. Smoke and Patrick are looking more comfortable. They’re not Kevin and Kurt, but they are $5,000 cheaper. Danica hit it big at Dover and was about to pull off a similar feat at Pocono until she lost a tire late in the race. The GoDaddy Girl is averaging a 20th place finish this season. Michigan has been one of her better tracks (13th, 23rd, 17th, and 18th).
4. Trevor Bayne (7,900) – When it comes to Michigan International Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing rules. For a mere $7,900, you get Roush Fenway expertise. Jack Roush’s 13 wins, 55 top fives, and 98 top tens at Michigan are career bests in each category. In eight Michigan races driving for the Wood Brothers, Bayne has 6 top 25s. If not for a bad engine and a wreck that collected 10 cars, Bayne would average a 20th place finish at Michigan.
5. Ty Dillon (7,700) – The 33 car made several GPP players happy last week. The Xfinity driver will continue to be a standout play as long as he’s racing in the Cup series. It will be a while before his salary is too high. While he’s in in the $7,000 range, load up on this RCR car. Dillon has looked very comfortable in his three Sprint Cup races this year. In his one Xfinity race at Michigan, Ty finished 9th. Dillon wants to race in the Sprint Cup series next year, but he needs to impress a sponsor and convince his Grandfather to pick him over Brian Scott. At the $7,000 tier, you will not find a more focused or hungrier driver.