Buschy McBusch 400 at Kansas: NASCAR DFS Premium Rankings

I need the Buschy McBuschy, despite the silly name, in my veins as quickly as possible after the NASCAR DFS heartbreak at Dega. Last week was quite the sweat for me where I saw my winnings drop from 20k to a losing day. Just unreal on that final restart – Chefgirl watched my hair turn grey instantly. Needless to say, I’m a degenerate ready to get back after it this weekend. This week there are so many good plays that it should make for a great GPP slate.

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 – Buschy McBusch 400

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Tier 1 Notes

This slate is LOADED with so many great options when considering place differential and potential dominator points (fastest laps/laps led). I do think Larson will be the most popular and chalky place differential play, but after that, it gets wild with so many good candidates to score well. Ranking Chase Elliot 2nd was a tough decision, and his form this year, honestly, does not support it. However, I think we see him shake the Championship hangover and dominate at some point this race.

You need to be getting ownership across tier 1 with so many great options. I had to take a stand on Joey ranking him that far back because there are others that have less PD upside, but more dominator potential in my opinion. Blaney and Kurt are ranked towards the back of tier 1, but they project well and would easily be ranked stronger in tier 2. I’m fading everyone but Ricky and KB in tier 2 to make sure I get a lot of tier 1 exposure. I suggest you do the same.

Tier 2 Notes

William Byron could screw me this race and that makes him have some GPP interest if you think he can take the early lead from Brad. However, you can’t play everyone so I’m taking a stand and hoping Bell and Byron do not crush me. This KFB price is crazy so I do have some interest there.

Tier 3 Notes

This range is full of plays that do not project well because so many of these drivers are starting well ahead of their normal starting positions. Thanks, Dega. If you nail the risky play starting from Matty D to Reddick, that would be one way to take down a tournament. Just understand all of these guys are risky. I guess Reddick would be my favorite of all those, but most of my ownership will be on Chastain and Cindric to save salary for tier 1 drivers.

Tier 4 Notes

Kind of repeating what I said in tier 3, some of these starting spots are not ideal for punt plays. However, you basically have to play some of these guys to save salary. Haley is probably my favorite of the super low bois, but I also will be mixing in some Buescher and Suarez with Chastain and Cindric. Lajoie is right on that line where it is tougher to play him (prefer him 28th or back), but he is in play due to how bad place differential options are for this tier.

Platform Insights (DraftKings/FanDuel)

I’m adding this section just to point out a few things across platforms as I’m building lineups. As a reminder, place differential, laps led, and fastest laps are more important on DraftKings. FanDuel is all about finishing position so your goal should be to get as many drivers that can finish inside the top 10/top 5.

  • Bowman a great option this week but even stronger on FD at 9.2k
  • Truex (13k) and Hamlin (14k) are a little expensive on FD
  • KFB stronger play on DK (8.6k) versus FD (10.5k) but in play on both
  • Tyler Reddick a little too pricy on FD considering his risk but he is priced down on DK
  • Stenhouse’s price on FD is too low for his starting position

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