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@Stevietpfl gives you super picks for the superspeedway
- Updated: July 2, 2016
By Steve Young, @Stevietpfl
This weekend we head to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400. It’s a Saturday night race, and it’s on NBC not Fox. This weekend we will be targeting place differential. With fewer than 200 laps, the dominator points are very hard to predict, and fastest laps come from throughout the field. I’ll be focusing on double ups and head to head contest. We will have a special fantasy NASCAR show on RotoGrinders Saturday morning at 10:30am EST. If you can’t make it at that time, it will be on demand all day Saturday at https://rotogrinders.com/live.
Kevin Harvick – $10,300 – Harvick is my favorite cash game play this weekend, and he has been a lot this season. Harvick is having a great season, and leads the point standings. He also has 13 top ten finishes in 16 races and an average finish of 6.5 over the last six races this season. He has three straight top five finishes, and he won this race in July of 2010. I really like the floor for Harvick, and like I said, he’s my favorite cash game play this weekend.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – $10,600 – My first thought is always to fade Jr. at Daytona, but it’s almost impossible for me to fade him starting 16th. Despite starting 16th, Vegas still has Jr. as the biggest favorite on Saturday. He has won two of the last five races at Daytona, and he won this race last July. He has six top ten finishes in the last ten races at Daytona. If Earnhardt finishes in the top five, he will score at least 50 fantasy points. He has a great floor this weekend, and I’m going to be really heavy on him.
Chase Elliott – $8,800 – It’s really hard for me to trust a rookie, but Elliott continues to prove he’s not your average rookie. He has an average finish of 7.83 over the last six races, and he’s finished in the top ten in six of his last seven races. After a rough day at Daytona in February, Elliott finished 5th at Talladega, and proved he is very capable to compete at plate races. There’s a lot of potential for place differential here, and a top 14 finish will result in 40+ fantasy points.
Jamie McMurray – $7,800 – McMurray is simply starting too far back at 29th this weekend. It was very rare to see him qualify so far back, but it’s great for fantasy. He’s been very boom or bust in his last ten races here, but he does have two career wins at Daytona. He’s spent some time with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, and I’ve always been a fan of anybody that’s worked with Jr. on a super speedway. He has an average finish of 20.6 over his last five races here, and I’ll take a floor of +9 place differential at his price tag.
Michael McDowell – $5,700 – I was super high on McDowell for the 500, and he had a very solid 15th place finish. This is really close to the same kind of love, and he’s starting 37th instead of 39th. He has three top 15 finishes in his last five races here. The last July race he ran was 2014, and he finished seventh after starting 27th. We will talk about Regan Smith on the Grinders Live show tomorrow, so make sure you guys tune in.