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 ($7,600) – Every week Mears proves to be an excellent value play. He has been extremely consistent and has surprised us with some recent top 20s. Mears has a couple top 10s and 7 top 20s at Sonoma, so the history is there. He also has an average finish of 19th at the desert track. If he qualifies 25th or above he will be an excellent place differential scorer this week. If you are wanting a little more for 7,600, he does have a top 5 at this track.
2. A.J. Allmendinger ($8,300) – AJ has had a lot of success at road courses over his career. He won at Watkins Glen last year, but the Glen sets up a lot differently than Sonoma. Allmendinger knows that this is the week that he can grab his Chase spot and will be doing all he can to get into victory lane. Allmendinger has 2 top 10s at Sonoma. He also led 35 laps in last years race. With 6 Sonoma races and 6 top 20s his price is a steal.
3. David Gilliland ($7,400) – Gilliland is a California native who loves Sonoma Raceway. He hasn’t won a Sprint Cup series race at Sonoma, but he has found victory lane twice in the K & N Series. As with all of the value drivers a lot of their potential depends on where they qualify. Gilliland has an average start of 30th and an average finish or 21st. He is a great play at his price.
4. Danica Patrick ($8,200) – If you want a lower priced driver with a lot of experience at Sonoma then Danica is your gal. Danica has 9 starts at Sonoma, but only 2 coming in a NASCAR machine. The previous 7 were from her time in the Indy Cup Series. Her 2 NASCAR starts produced an 18th and a 29th place finish. Her Stewart-Haas team has figured out their Hendrick engines and her 16th place finish at Michigan proved that they are ready to make a push. Let’s hope her experience can score us some major fantasy points this week.
5. Michael Annett ($7,100) – The HScott Motorsports #46 comes in extremely cheap this week. He has only raced at Sonoma one time, but finished in the 30th position. The best part about his finish was that he started in the 42nd spot, which would have produced 12 place differential fantasy points. Annett is solely a place differential play and gives you the ability to score positive points for only about 15% of your lineup. Here’s to hoping Annett qualifies in the 43rd spot this week.