Garage Gie and Dale are in Atlanta for the Quaker State 400 having a time, and I’m just over here thankful to not have same-day qualifying for DFS purposes. It really is a breath of fresh air to be able to take my time on preparing the rankings, projections, and my own personal lineups. Dale and Chase also handled the preview show, and as you will see in the rankings, I like all of their selections. Be sure to check that video out (attached to this article) while you prepare for race day.
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 – Quaker State 400
Tier 1 Notes
I did have a hard time ranking this tier just because it was razor thin in some instances. At the end of the day, I had to respect Hendrick speed. Harvick and Blaney have nice PD upside and are two of the “safer” plays in this tier. KFB is one of my favorite GPP dominators.
To be clear and reiterate, I don’t think anyone is a fade in this tier. Even Elliot and Hamlin have paths to score well here. If you aren’t playing many lineups though, I would prioritize the drivers ranked 1-5.
Tier 2 Notes
Brad K makes for an interesting GPP play and Bowman should perform well, but other than that, I’ll be rooting against these guys on Sunday.