WEEKLY FANTASY PICKS: Will your team get BBQ’d in Kansas City

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By Stevie Young, Rotogrinders.com

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Talladega was some of the closest, most exciting racing we’ve seen all season. This weekend we head to Kansas for another 1.5-mile track, and it should play out a lot like Las Vegas. Penske was really strong at Las Vegas in March, and Logano comes in with five straight top five finishes at Kansas. Joe Gibbs Racing looks to be strong again this weekend, and this is one of three tracks that Kyle Busch hasn’t picked up a win at. We have a lot of interesting options after qualifying, but I still wouldn’t risk any 5k plays this weekend.

Kevin Harvick – $10,400 – Stewart-Haas Racing has really struggled with qualifying this season, and Harvick continues to be a very strong option. He’s starting 26th this weekend, and he’s only finished worse than 26th one time in twenty career races here. Harvick has the third highest driver rating, and an average finish of 9.8 over 16 races here. He comes in with the highest driver rating over the last three spring races here, and he’s finished 12th or better in five straight spring races. Harvick is my top “safe” cash option this weekend.

Matt Kenseth – $9,900 and Martin Truex Jr. – $9,200 – I didn’t want to write up just one of them, so I’m pairing them together this weekend. Dominator points are very important, and I’m expecting these guys to lead a lot of laps on Saturday night. It’s hard to pin-point which driver will lead the most, so I’m all for playing both of them, and kind of hedging yourself in cash games. Kenseth has the second highest average running position here, and an average finish of 5.4 in spring races. Truex has five top ten finishes in his last eight races here.

Kasey Kahne – $8,200 – Kahne did us a favor on Friday, and he’s starting 27th tonight. When starting 27th, we worry about being able to pass and moving up during the race. Kahne has the third most quality passes here at Kanas, and the second highest driver rating over the last three spring races. Kahne finished top ten at Las Vegas, and Kansas has always been one of his best tracks. He has six top ten finishes in the last ten races here, and five of those have been top five finishes.

A.J. Allmendinger – $6,900 – Allmendinger is shaping up to be a very solid cash option this weekend. Starting 29th, he’s a guy you  should target for place differential. He’s having a career season, and comes in with an average finish of 16.9 in 2016. He has a career 21.4 average finish here. Las Vegas has been one of Allmendinger’s best tracks, and he finished 14th there in March. Allmendinger has finished 14th or better in two of the last three races here.

Casey Mears – $6,200 – I don’t mind Cassill around the same price tag, but I wouldn’t go any lower than these two guys. Mears has some solid place differential upside with his 31st starting position. Mears has an average finish of 23rd here, and his average finish would give him +8 place differential this weekend. Germain Racing has much better equipment than anyone starting in the 30’s this weekend, and I really like the chances for Mears to pick up a top 25 finish. Mears has an average finish of 26.1 over ten races this season.

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