NASCAR: Toyota / Save Mart 350

WATCH: NASCAR Price Check –Digital Ally 400

Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for Saturday’s race at the Kansas 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.)

1.Kyle Busch($11,900)
2.Kevin Harvick($10,600)
3.Joey Logano($10,200)
4.Brad Keselowski($9,900)
5.Martin Truex Jr.($11,400)

1. Kyle Busch ($11,900) – Dover and Martinsville were the only races this season where Kyle Busch wasn’t in contention. In every other race, Busch either won or should have won. The issue is his price. If he starts up front, then he can lead enough laps in order to be optimal. (6.7 fppk)

2. Kevin Harvick ($10,600) – If Las Vegas is a similar race to Kansas (both are 1.5 mile progressively banked tracks), then Harvick might be the No. 1 play. Harvick scored the most fast lap and laps led points. He would have scored the most points, if not for a greasy pit stall. (4.2 fppk)

3. Joey Logano ($10,200) – Among the 2019 rules package races, Las Vegas is the closest comparison to Kansas. Logano won the Las Vegas race and he scored the most fantasy points. (4.9 fppk)

4. Brad Keselowski ($9,900) – The fear that the No. 2 Penske team is experimenting with parts has subsided. Keselowski is finishing races and his car has speed. At Las Vegas, Keselowski fell one lap short of a win. (5.3 fppk)

5. Martin Truex, Jr. ($11,400) – Momentum is on Truex’s side. At the moment, the dominant JGR car is not the 18; it’s the 19. Truex has won the last two non-plate races. At Las Vegas, Truex recorded the fourth-most fast laps. (5.7 fppk)


6.Denny Hamlin($9,100)
7.Aric Almirola($8,100)
8.Clint Bowyer($8,500)
9.Kyle Larson($8,700)
10.Chase Elliott($11,000)

6. Denny Hamlin ($9,100) – At the last 1.5-mile intermediate track, Hamlin overcame two penalties on his way to victory lane. He did not have the best car, but he had one of the best cars, and by maximizing his speed on the last pit stop, he cycled to the front for the win. (4.4 fppk)

7. Aric Almirola ($8,100) – After breaking his back at Kansas in 2017, Almirola has rebounded with three straight top-10 finishes (one of those was with RPM). Almirola finished 7th at Las Vegas. (3.6 fppk)

8. Clint Bowyer ($8,500) – In the nine non-restrictor plate races this season, Bowyer has eight top-15 finishes and an average finish of 11th. Kansas is Bowyer’s home track, but he’s never been known as a strong intermediate track racer. (4.2 fppk)

9. Kyle Larson ($8,700) – The curse has been lifted. For the first time in five races, Kyle Larson did not wreck. Last spring, Kyle Larson danced along the wall at Kansas and scored 49 hog points (fast lap and laps led points), but can he do that in the 2019 package? (3.5 fppk)

10. Chase Elliott ($11,000) – The hot streak continued last week. Elliott didn’t win, but he started on the pole, led the most laps, and secured a spot in the daily fantasy NASCAR optimal lineup. (5.5 fppk)



11.Ryan Blaney($9,300)
12.Kurt Busch($9,600)
13.Daniel Suarez($8,000)
14.William Byron($6,500)
15.Erik Jones($8,900)

11. Ryan Blaney ($9,300) – There are two Blaney tracks on the circuit: Texas and Kansas. These are high corner speed tracks. In the 2019 package, every race track has become a high corner speed track, and Blaney’s fast lap points bear that out. (4.3 fppk)

12. Kurt Busch ($9,600) – Practice still matters. Kurt Busch presented a laundry list of issues that he had with his car when talking on the radio with his team during the Saturday afternoon practice. They didn’t fix those problems; he finished 13th. (5.3 fppk)

13. Daniel Suarez ($8,000) – In each of the last four non-plate races, Suarez has been in the optimal lineup. Two of those races were intermediate track races. Kansas has been one of Suarez’s worst tracks, but this is a new Daniel Suarez. (5.1 fppk)

14. William Byron ($6,500) – In 4 of the 5 intermediate track races, Byron has been in the optimal lineup (Las Vegas, Fontana, Texas, and Dover). What else do you need to know? Clearly Chad Knaus is having an impact on the 24 car. (4.3 fppk)

15. Erik Jones ($8,900) – At Texas and Dover, Jones finished 4th and 6th, but those are one groove intermediate tracks where passing was nearly impossible in this package. Las Vegas was slightly more racey, and Jones finished 13th. (4.3 fppk)



16.Alex Bowman($7,000)
17.Paul Menard($7,100)
18.Jimmie Johnson($8,300)
19.Ryan Newman($7,800)
20.Austin Dillon($7,500)

16. Alex Bowman ($7,000) – All of the Hendrick Chevys looked good last weekend, but Bowman is hard to figure out. He hasn’t had the best equipment, but it’s pretty good and he occasionally puts it all together. He finished 11th at Las Vegas in March. (4.0 fppk)

17. Paul Menard ($7,100) – If Menard continues his uneventful season, he will make the playoffs. Menard ranks 19th in green-flag speed, 14th on restarts, and 16th in starting position. Those stats together lead to Menard always staying on the lead lap. (4.0 fppk)

18. Jimmie Johnson ($8,300) – He’s not the old Jimmie Johnson, he’s old Jimmie Johnson. Although Father Time has caught up with him and passed him, Johnson is a viable fantasy play when his price is right. (3.6 fppk)

19. Ryan Newman ($7,800) – He struggled in practice, qualifying and naturally, he struggled in the Dover race. Unfortunately for Newman, Kansas may race like Las Vegas in the hid-lop package (high downforce, low power). Newman finished 24th at Las Vegas. (4.8 fppk)

20. Austin Dillon ($7,500) – This season hasn’t gone the way Austin Dillon envisioned, but that can be said of every one of his Cup seasons. He has a fuel mileage win, a plate track win and then a bunch of nothing. Dillon was good at Las Vegas until a green flag penalty ruined his day. (3.8 fppk)


I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is greenflagradio2) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.


Put your knowledge to the test. Sign up for DraftKings and experience the game inside the game.


I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is greenflagradio2) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above.