EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at COTA: NASCAR DFS Premium Rankings

The Garage Guys have been en Fuego in NASCAR DFS and betting the past several weeks and now we take on COTA. This morning will be chaotic with the race starting just 2 hours after qualifying is complete. My top priority will be the rankings page and answering questions in the discord. If I have time to add notes or run projections, I will do my best to do so.

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 – EchoPark Texas Grand Prix

Chef’s CookBooks

The traditional CookBooks and strategy notes by pricing tier will return when we don’t have same-day qualifying and a two-hour window. Instead, for this week, I’ll add notes or bullet points here if I think something from the rankings needs to be highlighted or discussed. Be sure to get in the Discord!

  • My ownership will be less concentrated than normal and more equally distributed. Especially in tier 1 where I have plenty of all 7 guys.
  • Tier 2: there is a large gap or fall off in my interest after the drivers ranked 1-5. I had to take a stand and fade or go underweight on the rest because of tier 1.
  • Tier 3: Loaded with place differential plays. I didn’t have much interest at all playing Newman here but the starting spot is basically forcing my hand. I don’t mind flipping him and McDowell in the rankings.
  • Tier 4: I’m pretty much fading everyone after the 6th ranked Dillon. I don’t mind an Alfredo sprinkle if you are entering a ton of lineups. Davison is my favorite of the super punts/turds.

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.

  • This section will return when we don’t have same day qualifying and a tight window

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