Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol: NASCAR DFS Premium Rankings

Let night race begin. Bristol has been action-packed all weekend with great races for both xfinity and trucks. The Cup series looks to continue the trend on Saturday night where I’m thinking we will be seeing one of the Kyles celebrating a victory.

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 – Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol

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Tier 1 Notes

Draftkings definitely nailed having the three highest-priced drivers being KFB, Larson, and Hamlin. These are my three favorite dominators as indicated by my rankings. I’ll be fading Byron and Blaney and playing a very small amount of Joseph L. Focus on the drivers ranked 1-6 here.

Tier 2 Notes

This range is kind of blah. We know we need dominator points here at Bristol, and that leaves it hard to get to the lower end of tier 1 and the higher end of tier 2. Bowman at 8k is my favorite in this tier as a GPP option that can top 5. Harvick is in that same category but starts 3 places ahead and costs 1k more. If you have a lot of exposure to this tier, your build will likely be contrarian to the field and me.

Tier 3 Notes

Be sure to look at the projections on this tier. I say that because the point margins are relatively slim across the board. For example, Stenhouse (1st rank) and Newman (last rank) are only separated by 5 points. I ranked them how I did for a reason, but this is a range that you can mix and match or get weird if you want.

Tier 4 Notes

You know what to do here by now. The super punts are extremely risky and only should be used for salary savings. Try to stick with the more expensive drivers in this tier.

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.

  • Nothing too crazy this weekend

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