WEEKLY FANTASY PICKS: Memorialize your team with the picks

By @Stevietpfl, Rotogrinders.com

Concord, N.C. – This weekend we have the Coca-Cola 600, and a special thanks to any Veteran reading this article. Qualifying really made everything interesting this weekend, and it made it a little tougher for me than usual. We are going to target one to two dominator guys, but we have to target the place differential drivers as well. I’ll be focusing my picks on double ups, and 50/05 games again this weekend.


Jimmie Johnson – $10,200 – It’s Charlotte, Johnson has been so good at this track, and I love his upside this weekend. Johnson has the highest driver rating, and the highest average position here at Charlotte. He’s running really well over the long run in practice, and he should be able to take advantage of any kind of long run we see here on Sunday. Johnson has seven career wins at Charlotte, and he won the 600 in 2014. This 600-mile race uses a lot of endurance, and you have to be able to handle it mentally. Johnson has shown the ability to do this multiple times, and it’s hard not to look at him here.


Martin Truex Jr. – $9,800 – Truex is the guy we are going to target for dominator points. He had the best 10-lap run in second practice, and doesn’t seem to be falling off a lot. Track position and clean air is very important here at Charlotte. Truex has never won at this track, but comes in with back-to-back top five finishes. He led 131 laps from 10th place in the 600 last season, and I like his chances to lead a lot of laps on Sunday. If rain causes a green track on Sunday, I like his chances even more to stay out front.


Kyle Larson – $8,400 – Larson starting 24th presents a ton of value, and I think he’s a great upside play here. He’s been very up or down here, but he comes in with a ton of momentum. He’s been so close to winning the last two races, and had a chance to win the XFINITY race on Saturday. He’s making the top line work, and we saw it Saturday in the XFNITY race, you can pass and gain a lot on the outside line. He’s in a good spot for a top ten, and should be a very solid place differential play.


Kasey Kahne – $8,000 – Kahne is one of my top plays this weekend, and I think he will be very popular. He’s starting 29th this weekend, and it’s just too much value to overlook at this price. He has a career average finish of 12.29 over 24 races here at Charlotte, and he has four career wins here. He’s finished 14th or better in eight of the last nine races, and +14 place differential points would make Kahne one of the safest options on the board. He has the third highest driver rating here at Charlotte.


Jamie McMurray – $7,300 – So when we’re looking at the options today, McMurray instantly stood out at his price tag. Then he went out and qualified in the 23rd spot, which creates a ton of value. He comes in with eight straight finishes better than 23rd, which makes him a very safe option for cash games. He has two top tens in the last four races, and a top ten this weekend, would make him one of the best value plays on the board. With his teammate Larson figuring out the high line, I hope McMurray talks with him, and uses some of Larson’s ideas this weekend.


Landon Cassill – $5,900 – It’s really hard to recommend a guy under $7,000 this weekend, but I think Cassill is the best of the worst. Clint Bowyer could be a very risky play as well, but I’m having a hard time liking anyone else way down here. In double ups and 50/50s, you can make a very solid lineup with McMurray as your cheapest option. Cassill has finished 23rd in two of the last three races here, and would be a great value play if he can keep that going. He comes in with two top twenty finishes in the last three races.

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