Welcome to the start of the 2021 NASCAR DFS Season and the first DFS Rankings of the year. The vibes and energy levels across the team have never been higher as we embark on this new journey with everything under one roof. Chase and I have put a tremendous amount of work into the site, content schedule, partnership with DripDrop, etc. There will be plenty of additions and spins on the content, but we also wanted to deliver some of the same content that won many people tournaments over the past season.
If you are reading this, you are in the most valued customer category since you have elected premium looking for the best betting and DFS content in the Virtual Garage. For some of you, you know what to expect. For others, your learning curve can be quick and efficient but that all depends on YOU. Are you engaging and asking questions in the discord? Are you a cash game player or tournament player? What is your bankroll and risk tolerance? All of these are key questions and statements that are totally up to you to share with the core group here at GG.
This section is already much longer than usual since the bulk of the work comes in the form of the pre-work for the rankings and the strategy notes below the rankings. I rank every driver and tier them based on price. There is no sense to compare Chase Elliot to Quin Houff, but comparing Chase Elliot to Kevin Harvick, for example, tends to make sense. The rankings will be posted first and represent the “initial pass” on my approach to the slate. The notes represent my “second pass” and will provide more insight into how I am building lineups, what I have learned from looking around the industry, and mention any situations where I’m “hotter” or “colder” on anyone than when I set the rankings. For example, I may mention that there is a large gap in my interest level after the top three ranked drivers in a given tier. Another example would be to point out that drivers ranked 1-3 are interchangeable in terms of my interest. My suggestion is to enter multiple lineups and use the rankings and notes as a guide as you build lineups.
If you are a more serious player building 40+ lineups, I do suggest purchasing a lineup optimizer tool. These are affordable for our more advanced players and you can get them relatively cheap – especially if you are purchasing for NASCAR only. We will definitely look to partner with a third party or build one in-house for next season. If you need help selecting one, I’m here to help explain and recommend what you need. To reiterate – this is only for advanced players and you do not need this unless you have full command of the tool. In fact, it can do more harm than good if you do not know what you are doing.
NASCAR DFS Tiered Rankings – The Clash At Daytona
Tier 1 Strategy Notes
Right off the jump – any and all drivers are in play in this 21 driver field if you are entering 20+ lineups. Basically, industry-wide Martin Truex Jr and Chase Elliot are considered the best plays in this tier. They will be high owned or “chalk” but with good reason. I plan to get plenty of each and try to get different at my other positions. Also, it is important to note that you can easily squeeze a third guy in so don’t just throw away the lower ranked drivers in this tier because of their ranking. My biggest change since posting the rankings is more KB and Harvick than originally planned. Slight downgrade to Blaney but not a fade.
Tier 2 Strategy Notes
This may be the tier that wins someone all the money because a lot of these plays are “meh” because of the starting positions. Consider guys like Reddick and Jones to GPP only and view them as risky plays. I would not play two of Jones, Reddick, Bowman in the same lineup. If you are entering just a few lineups, there are some fade candidates here. I’m surprisngly seeing a lot of love for Willy B – both in and out of the Virtual Garage. Chase and Dale are both on him, and I have seen other hype around the industry. This makes me want to pump the breaks a bit and hope he goes overowned. I’m not saying fade him but my plan is to use him in the betting market, a higher dollar DFS entry, and then go underweight on the bulk of my entries.
Tier 3 Stategy Notes
This tier is pretty straightforward – AD and Wrecky Stenhouse will be the obvious choices due to starting position and place differential upside, and the other drivers will be the pivots. I have no problem with whatever stance you take on AD/Wrecky, but I lean Wrecky ever so slightly. Even if you want to go underweight on both, I will not call you insane.