Fresh off a 10k hit at ‘Tona, it time. It playoff time. The Cook Out Southern 500 is a fitting name for DFS winners being served up straight out of the oven and the rankings are ready to roll.
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 Kyle Larson, 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 – Cook Out Southern 500
Tier 1 Notes
Hard to not rank Larson first with this package, and he is deservedly the highest priced on the board. I’m continuing to just make Harvick beat me and ranking him last. He is probably the most contrarian in this group for that reason. Not sure why he is priced over Elliot and Hamlin. My main priority in this tier will be the trio ranked 1,2,3.
Tier 2 Notes
All of these guys can top 5 with Bell the least likely. However, the starting spots here leave very little margin for error. Elliot and Hamlin are my favorites since they have the best chance to top 5 and best chance to dominate in this tier.
Tier 3 Notes
This tier is loaded with place differential upside with options ranked 1st-6th. Buescher, Matty D, and Chastain are my favorites of the group with the others being pivots off of the chalkier options.
Tier 4 Notes
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.