WEEKLY FANTASY PICKS: Find out the best buys for your Fantasy NASCAR team

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By Steve Young – @Stevietpfl


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — I’m really excited to be writing a daily fantasy NASCAR article for the site this season. Each week I will be targeting five drivers I like in different price ranges, and I’ll try to work some strategy into my articles. These picks will be targeted around DraftKings pricing and scoring.

Quick background on me, since it’s probably the first time there’s been a daily fantasy article on here. I work for RotoGrinders.com, the Daily Fantasy Authority. I’ve been playing daily fantasy since 2009, and have made it my full-time job for the last year. I was a 2015 Fantasy Sports Writers Association finalist for Racing Writer of the year, and I’ve qualified for four live championship events.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – $10,300 – It’s not shocking that Jr is my favorite play this weekend, and it’s going to be really hard not taking him in 50/50s and head-to-head games. His car is extremely fast this weekend, and he’s won two of the last four point races here at Daytona. He could possibly lead a lot of laps, and this is a top five car. If he’s able to dominate the race, he has a ton of upside. I like Jr in all formats this weekend, and the salary cap is soft enough, that his price tag really doesn’t matter.

Denny Hamlin – $8,600 – Going down from Jr, I really think Hamlin is under priced this weekend. Hamlin has four straight top tens in point races here, and nobody has a higher average finish in that time. JGR has shown a ton of speed throughout speedweeks, and this is a team that could give Jr a run for his money this weekend. Hamlin has won the Sprint Unlimited in back-to-back years, and I like his chances to win the Daytona 500 this year.

Ryan Newman – $7,500 – Newman is having a pretty rough week, but I expect this team to have the car ready to go for Sunday. With him starting so far back in the field, it’s hard to see him go anywhere but up this weekend. With some issues last year, Newman ended up 38th in the 500, but had a strong run in the July race. Since joining RCR in 2014, Newman only has one top ten in four point races here at Daytona. If he’s able to score a top 20 finish this weekend, he’s definitely going to pay off his price tag.

Casey Mears – $6,500 – Mears is my favorite value play on the slate this weekend. I’m going to be using him in a lot of my lineups, and I think he’s way under priced. He ran out of gas with two laps to go in the second Can-Am Duel race, and will be starting 32nd for the Daytona 500. Mears has finished 11th or better in five straight point races here at Daytona, and has proven that he has a top ten car this weekend. If he can stay out of trouble, I really like his chances on a top ten finish.

Regan Smith – $5,500 – My risky value play of the week is Smith. I’ve really been impressed by this number seven car, and I really like his chances for a top twenty finish this weekend. I’ll be using Michael McDowell a lot as well, but I don’t see a lot of people using Smith. Smith when in a good car has been a good restrictor plate racer, and I think he could shock a lot of people. I wouldn’t play him in head-to-head games or 50/50 games, but I do like him for a tournament option.

If you have any questions, please feel free to hit me up on twitter @Stevietpfl.

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