The Round of 8 for the NASCAR Cup Series kicks off with the Autotrader EchPark Automotive 500 at Texas. Damn, that was a mouthful. We have three races to determine the final 4 that will race for the Ship at Phoenix. With that being said, it is sad to say that we only have four more slates. Contests size is down, but there are still plenty of opportunities to bag paydays. In fact, this year has been much better than prior years in terms of the fall off from when football starts. Time to get to the slate and CookBooks.
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 – Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Tier 1 Notes
I’m fine with taking shots on any of these guys in GPP, but my favorite three plays are Larson, KFB, and Hamlin in that order. Out of the rest, it is really a toss-up. On one hand, Truex and Elliot are more likely to win than Harvick. On the other, Harvick has way more PD upside.
For me personally, I’m just going to focus on the top 3 since I’m playing fewer lineups since contest sizes are down.
Tier 2 Notes
Ranks 1-4 are in play for me today with Kurt feeling like the safest option. His track record here is solid and indicates he should be able to score some solid PD. I’m not going too crazy in this tier overall.
Tier 3 Notes
Reddick has a tough starting spot for fantasy scoring, but I do like his finishing position potential. He could be a guy that rides around where he starts and maybe even move up a few spots. Stenhouse should be able to move up towards the top 20 and makes him one of the best plays in this tier with that 27th starting spot.
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.
- Harvick and Chastain are way more playable over on FD. DK priced Harvick up starting so far back but FD did not.
- Stenhouse is dirt cheap on FD.