FANTASY NASCAR: Don’t Let Your Team Get Washed Out

By @Stevietpfl, Rotogrinders.com

After a dominating race by Martin Truex Jr, we head to Pocono for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400. Pocono is such a different track, and we really can’t compare it to any other track. Some people just perform well here (Denny Hamlin), and some people just never figure out the tricky triangle (Danica Patrick). Make sure to tune in Sunday at 1PM EST on FS1. I’ll be focusing on DraftKings, and my picks will focus on 50/50 and double up games.

Kyle Busch – $10,200 – A lot of people will take Truex this weekend, but I actually like Kyle more. He posted the fastest lap, and the fastest 10-lap run in final practice on Saturday. Pocono is one of two tracks Kyle hasn’t won at yet, and he’s going to be very hungry this weekend. An average finish of 16.6 over his last ten races here isn’t anything to get excited about, but he has finished 12th or better in six of those races. Busch is aggressive when he drives, and he’s exactly the type of guy that could win from outside the top ten.

Brad Keselowski – $9,100 – This race we will be targeting one to two dominators, and Keselowski is in a great spot to lead laps. He’s really cheap on DraftKings this weekend, and he has the fourth highest driver rating over the last four races here. Brad has led 7.1% of the laps here, which is the fifth most since 2005. Clean air has been so important with the new aero package, and Brad should lead a lot if he can beat Logano to the line. He led 95 of 160 in 2014.

Kyle Larson – $8,700 – Larson is driving with a lot of confidence right now, and comes into the weekend with a ton of momentum. He won the XFINITY race on Saturday, and he’s driving the wheels off the car right now. Larson has finished 12, 8, 11, and 5 in four career races here. Only Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a better average finish over the last four Pocono races. I expect him to be a very popular pick this weekend, and I hope he keeps it going on Sunday.

Jamie McMurray – $7,700 – McMurray really did us a favor by qualifying 26th on Friday. He comes in with an average finish of 9.75 over the last four Pocono races. In his last ten races here, he’s only finished worse than 26th once. He’s setting up to be a very solid place differential play this weekend. With his teammate starting towards the back as well, I wouldn’t be shocked if we see Larson and McMurray work together to get up front. A top 17 would result in 34+ fantasy points, and he’s been able to do that in eight straight races here.

AJ Allmendinger – $6,800 – If you’re playing cash games, and you don’t have Allmendinger, you’re not doing this the right way. There’s no reason not to have him in your lineups this weekend, and he’s by far my top play this weekend. Outside of accidents and radiator issues, Allmendinger has been a very solid here. He’s finished 25th or better in 11 straight races this season, and his worst finish is 27th. He’s about as safe as they get for NASCAR cash games, and he’s a guy that I’m rolling out everywhere on Sunday.

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