Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas: NASCAR DFS Premium Rankings

Anytime there is a race with “Casino” in the name the entire universe should feel the energy of the Garage Fam ready to bag, and this week the NASCAR Cup playoffs are in Kansas. This will leave just Martinsville and Phoenix for the final two races this season. Last week, we say Kyle Larson dominate with an incredible 155.8 DK points, and this week he will be back on the pole.

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 – Hollywood Casino 400

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Tier 1 Notes

The only fade in this tier for me is Truex. My primary focus will be on Larson and Hamlin and mixing in some KFB, Elliot, and Bowman. I’m prioritizing this tier and Willy B and leaving a lot of tier 2 alone.

Overall, it looks like this order: Larson, Hamlin, Willy B, KFB, Elliot, Bowman.

Tier 2 Notes

As stated in the above section, I’m high on Byron, but not this entire group. Outside of Byron, Harvick and Blaney would be my GPP options. I’m going to let Brad K, Joseph L, and Kurt beat me today. Full fade for me.

Tier 3 Notes

My pool of drivers in play for this 11 driver group would be those ranked 1st-6th. Reddick and Matty D have the best finishing position potential, and the others have the most place differential potential.

Tier 4 Notes

Similar to tier 3, I would stick to the 1st-6th rankings here. Preece should be pretty chalky here if you want to avoid the high ownership. Just know any projection model that isn’t broken will have him graded out as the top play down there.

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.

  • Matty D is priced up on FD compared to his DK price.
  • Stenhouse and Bubba are priced way down on FD.

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