Vegas Racing always brings out the degenerate in me, and the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue with the South Point 400. Between NFL full slate and late NASCAR start, we have ourselves an incredible Sunday.
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 – South Point 400 at Las Vegas
Tier 1 Notes
Same as last week with both Kyles holding down 1 and 2 in the rankings. At this point in the season, it just is really hard to stray from the projections, and these two lead the way. As the pricing indicates, I think Elliot and Hamlin are the biggest threats to those two.
Tier 2 Notes
I wish Byron started a few spots back because that $8900 price is pretty solid. Even starting 3rd, I’m interested in getting WIlly B in some lineups. Brad K, Bowman, and Bell can be used here as well. Matty D and Austin Dillon could be a little sneaky and forgotten about in this situation. I would only use them if entering 20+ lineups though.
Tier 3 Notes
I’m fading 7-9 in the rankings here and mixing and matching 1-6. If you cram two studs in your lineups, you will likely be dipping down here in this range a lot.
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.