WEEKLY FANTASY PICKS: Don’t duck out, take command of your NASCAR Fantasy Team

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By Steve Young – @Stevietpfl


We head to Texas for the Duck Commander 500 this Saturday night (7:30 PM EST FOX). As always, I’m here to help you build a lineup for 50/50 and double up games this weekend. Remember this isn’t a full lineup, but it’s a starting spot to use when building your lineups this weekend. We have all the data from final practice and qualifying, and I have a good feel on the weekend.

Jimmie Johnson – $10,400 – Johnson is the first guy you want to start your lineups with this weekend. It’s amazing how dominant he’s been here in Texas. Johnson has won five of the last seven races here, but he’s never won from outside the top ten, and he’s starting eleventh this weekend. He has the second highest average running position, and the highest driver rating among active drivers. I like Kevin Harvick a lot as well, but Johnson is my lock this weekend.

Brad Keselowski – $9,600 – I absolutely love the upside for Keselowski this weekend, and I could see him leading some laps in this race. Keselowski started on the pole last November, and led 312 laps in that race. Keselowski was third fastest over a 10-lap run in final practice, and I like his chances to move up fast in this race. He has three straight top five finishes, and has finished tenth or better in seven of his last eight races.

Kurt Busch – $8,400 – I could put Truex here as well, but I think Kurt is a safer option this weekend. Truex could get out front early in the race, and that wouldn’t shock me at all. Kurt starting 21st, is a very solid place differential play this weekend. Kurt has finished tenth or better in two of the last three races here, and has run really well here with Stewart-Haas Racing. A top ten finish will score Kurt over 45 fantasy points, and I love the fact that his teammate is starting right behind him. Kurt and Harvick should work together moving up into the top ten here.

Austin Dillon – $7,800 – Dillon has been fantastic with this new aero package, and continues to impress throughout the NASCAR garage. He’s finished eleventh or better in five of six races this season. He’s finished 21st or better in all four races here with RCR, and I like his chances to improve on that this weekend. Comparing Texas to the other intermediate tracks, Dillon has finished 14th or better in five of his last six intermediate races. I really like McMurray as well, and he’s another guy in this price range that I’ll be targeting here.

Ty Dillon – $6,300 – Well you can’t have one Dillon brother, without the other. Ty is a guy I like a lot for place differential this weekend starting 30th. He had a top three car in the XFINITY race on Friday night, and has more speed than he showed in qualifying in the cup car. He’s run three NASCAR races this season, and has finished 25th or better in all three races, with two top twenty finishes. He’s run six XFINITY races here, and he’s finished 15th or better in all six races here. A top twenty finish will score 30+ points for Ty this weekend.

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