Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond: NASCAR DFS Premium Rankings

A special Saturday is upon us remembering 9/11 with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. I’m currently lacking sleep but in a great mood as I gamble on a bachelor party. NFL Week 1 tomorrow but it is still NASCAR SZN!

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 – Federated Auto Parts 400

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Tier 1 Notes

The projections will show some narrow margins between some of the top drivers this weekend. I will likely have little to no Byron, Bell, and Kez, and focus on the others in this range. Hard not to like Hamlin and Truex here in this position. I’m thinking this will be a week that Elliot and Larson will be lower owned than usual.

Tier 2 Notes

Matty D and AD have some nice place differential upside, and Bowman might be a sneaky GPP play. I’m not interested in Harvick or Blaney today.

Tier 3 Notes

Most of my interest belongs to the drivers ranked 1st-4th. Reddick could be used, but the rest of this tier is a stay away for me. Bacon Boi has a tough starting spot but can pay off if he hangs in the top 8 range.

Tier 4 Notes

You know the drill by now – most of this tier can be faded. I’ll mainly be using the bottom of tier 3 and top of tier 4 for salary saving.

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.

  • Truex and Hamlin are priced down on DK compared to FD
  • Elliot is priced down on FD compared to Dk
  • Kurt and Bacon Boi are priced down on DK compared to FD

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