Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte: NASCAR DFS Premium Rankings

Alright fam, it has been a hell of a Friday and Saturday driving roughly 17 hours from Mississippi to Nashville and back to Mississippi. I’ve hardly been in Discord, but that will change tomorrow now that I have gotten the UHaul safely back to MS. I can’t wait to join Garage Guy Chase and Dale here soon now that my move is getting closer to over, but me staying behind has actually worked out well for the DFS and Discord game. We have been on an absolute heater. And Dale has crushed the Xfinity and Truck bets yet again this weekend.

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 – Coca-Cola 600

Chef’s CookBooks

Tier 1

Charlotte is usually a predictable race where we see the good cars/teams perform well. There are a ton of dominator points so you will need to have 2-3 dominators in every lineup this week.

You know the drill by now – you run the risk of having no opportunity to cash if you fade a lot of drivers in this tier. Instead, prioritize your favorites (or the rankings favorites), but get some exposure to the others. Brad is the odd man out for me this week, but even he could crush me. Harvick is a good contrarian play but will be my 2nd lowest owned in this tier.

I’m actually moving KFB to my number 1 play of this tier because of his place differential upside combined with his ability to get out front at some point of this race to rack up dom points. KFB, Larson, and Truex in that order for me with KFB and Larson pretty much a tie. Larson just has too much potential to dominate early, and even if he struggles, he cannot be ruled out to dominate at some point.

Tier 2

On the preview show, we talked about Penske bois – Blaney and Joseph L. I do think they make sense at their prices, but I’m not going insanely high on anyone in this range. Willy B makes sense as a solid GPP dominator, and Bell has nice place differential upside. I’ll mainly use this tier on my 3 dominator teams with a lot of punting or 2 dom balanced builds without a lot of punting.

Tier 3

I won’t be too wordy here – Buescher is in a smash spot but will be chalk. We talked about a starting spot too far back would make him chalk on the preview show. Most of my ownership will be on the drivers ranked 1-4th in this tier.

Tier 4

Newmman, McDowell, and Preece are all in nice spots and provide us with great options to have 2-3 dominator builds. The drivers ranked 1-7 are in play here because of 3 dominator teams. You are going to have to make some uncomfortable teams at times to make it work. There are just too many laps led and fastest laps to go around.

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.

  • Hamlin probably shouldn’t be the third highest priced on DK so he makes more sense on FD
  • If you want to play Bubba W or Erik J, they are dirt cheap on FD.
  • Matty D is in play on both sites but the FD price is steep. Preffered on DK.
  • Harvick is cheap on FD if you want to play him

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