WATCH: NASCAR Price Check – Coca-Cola 600


Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by value of each driver.

(fppk = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary.)

RANKDRIVERSALARY
1Kyle Busch$11,200
2Kevin Harvick$10,800
3Joey Logano $9,900
4Brad Keselowski$10,100
5Chase Elliott$10,300

1. Kyle Busch ($11,200) – The No. 18 car did not run away from the field at Dover or Kansas. Busch ran inside the top 10, but he was not a major player in either race. That easily could change this week because Busch led 377 laps in the last Coca-Cola 600. (6.2 fppk)

2. Kevin Harvick ($10,800) – In 2017, Martin Truex had an edge. Last season, only rarely was Harvick’s dominance challenged. Similar to Truex’s fate, Harvick’s time on the throne was short-lived. Harvick has been the ultimate tease this season, but he was optimal at Kansas. (4.4 fppk)

3. Joey Logano ($9,900) – In the past two 1.5-mile intermediate track races, Logano has been fast, but he’s had bad luck. He earned three penalties at Texas. At Kansas, he had to start in the back and suffered damage on his way to the front. (4.9 fppk)

4. Brad Keselowski ($10,100) – Don’t expect Keslowski to lead 100 or 200 of the 400 laps this Sunday evening. However, don’t be surprised to see him celebrating in victory lane at the end just like he did at Kansas. (5.4 fppk)

5. Chase Elliott ($10,300) – Execution sometimes goes overlooked. The No. 9 team builds strong cars, practices go as planned and Elliott secures solid qualifying positions. In the race, Elliott drives smart and the pit crew nails the stops. That’s how Elliott has risen to the elite level. (5.8 fppk)


RANKDRIVERSALARY
6Martin Truex, Jr. $10,600
7Aric Almirola$8,500
8Kurt Busch$8,900
9Ryan Blaney$9,000
10Denny Hamlin$9,200

6. Martin Truex, Jr. ($10,600) – In the old package, Truex was an absolute beast at Charlotte. He should have won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2016 but rebounded by nearly leading all of the 400 laps in 2017. Truex is not in the same championship form, but he looked pretty fast at the All-Star race in Charlotte. (5.5 fppk)

7. Aric Almirola ($8,500) – He had one of the fastest cars in practice at Kansas, but his results do not reflect a fast car. His results reveal that starting in the back and driving to the front is very difficult in the 2019 package. (3.9 fppk)

8. Kurt Busch ($8,900) – Earlier this season, Kurt was a popular fantasy option due to his regularly poor qualifying position. With the changes to the qualifying format, Kurt’s qualify struggles have dissipated and with that, so has his fantasy popularity. (5.2 fppk)

9. Ryan Blaney ($9,000) – The narrative was Blaney could not run a clean and complete race, and the data supported that narrative. At Kansas, there wasn’t a narrative; he just had a bad race car. In this weekend’s 400-lap race, it’s likely the narrative rears its ugly head. (3.9 fppk)

10. Denny Hamlin ($9,200) – This is a buy-low moment. Hamlin struggled at Dover and Kansas. He is hard to trust, but the All-Star break provided the much needed time for his team to regroup and make adjustments. (4.3 fppk)


RANKDRIVERSALARY
11Kyle Larson$9,600
12Daniel Suarez$8,000
13Alex Bowman$8,100
14Clint Bowyer$9,400
15Erik Jones$8,700

11. Kyle Larson ($9,600) – Should we overreact to his All-Star Race win? Was his win the product of an experimental racing package? It would be nice if practice answered this question, but it will not because Larson has been fast in practices and struggled in races all season. (3.8 fppk)

12. Daniel Suarez ($8,000) – Why aren’t you playing him every week? Suarez has been in the optimal DraftKings lineup five races in a row (excluding Talladega). This has to be some kind of DFS record. (5.2 fppk)

13. Alex Bowman ($8,100) – Daniel Suarez is on a surprising optimal lineup streak, but Bowman has his own surprising streak. He’s finished second in each of the past three races. Who thought Bowman would finish second in one race this season? (4.6 fppk)

14. Clint Bowyer ($9,400) – As mentioned in countless rankings articles, Bowyer is an average driver at 1.5-mile intermediate tracks. He has one career win at these common oval tracks. Charlotte is the quintessential cookie cutter intermediate track. (4.3 fppk)

15. Erik Jones ($8,700) – He’s a quality driver in a JGR car priced below $9,000. In the old package, this wasn’t very attractive. However, with the leveling of the playing field in the 2019 package — or the lowering of the talent ceiling — Jones can compete with Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. (4.5 fppk)


RANKDRIVERSALARY
16Ryan Newman$7,600
17Jimmie Johnson$8,300
18William Byron $7,400
19Chris Buescher$7,100
20Austin Dillon$7,800

16. Ryan Newman ($7,600) – Kansas was a step backward for Newman, but it’s not surprising. He struggled at a similar track in Las Vegas, and Newman earned a late race penalty at Kansas. Charlotte should be a return to normal and his customary 10th- to 15th-place finish. (4.6 fppk)

17. Jimmie Johnson ($8,300) – A couple weeks ago, NASCAR Reddit in its infinite wisdom floated the idea that Johnson was driving the test car for Hendrick. It’s comical someone believes the seven-time champ is throwing away races in order to test experimental setups. (3.8 fppk)

18. William Byron ($7,400) – Chad Knaus guided Jimmie Johnson to eight wins at Charlotte. Willie B. is not Jimmie J., but Chad Knaus is Chad Knaus. His expert knowledge from atop the pit box has brought the best out of Byron this season (avgerage finish of 16th at non-plate tracks). (4.0 fppk)

19. Chris Buescher ($7,100) – The price tag does not feel right, but Buescher is competitive this season. He’s not any better than before, but the new package has increased the odds he stays on the lead lap, and from there, one lucky break can lead to a top-10. (3.7 fppk)

20. Austin Dillon ($7,800) – One of his two career wins was an unthinkable fuel milage win in the 2017 Coca-Cola 600. It’s unlikely Dillon will replicate that performance, but it’s a justification for DFS players that build lineups from large player pools. (3.7 fppk)


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