Season Finale 500 at Phoenix: NASCAR DFS Premium Rankings

The NASCAR finale has arrived, and Kyle Larson will be racing for the ship and his 10th win of the year. We have 3 other big names in Truex, Hamlin, and Elliot that will look to spoil Larson’s historic season. It we, Garage Guys, have enjoyed the ride all year. Special shoutout to all of you that have followed along as a premium sub.

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 – Season Finale 500 at Phoenix

Note: I flipped Harvick to rank 2 in tier 2 and KFB rank 3.

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Tier 1 Notes

Pick your stands on how you feel about these top 4. All of them should be over 35% owned, and a case can be made for any of them to take the championship. I’m hoping to be a little contrarian with Truex ranked 2nd out of the 4, but as I said, I think we see high ownership for all of them. I gave Larson the 1st spot due to him being the best all season, and he has the best chance to be the early dom.

Tier 2 Notes

I’m likely avoiding anyone outside of the top 3 ranked drivers here. With that being said, I’m not entering as many lineups as I was earlier in the season. Harvick has such good history here that he might be a sneaky GPP play. I’m actually flipping KFB to ranked 3 and Harvick 2.

Tier 3 Notes

I like Bacon Boi and Bowman here as solid options to move up into the top 10. Look to these guys to round out your lineups after putting in 1 or 2 of the Championship 4.

Tier 4 Notes

The more expensive side of this tier contains safer options that have more upside. For the expensive half, I like Chris Buescher, Erik Jones, Bubba Wallace, and AD. For punts, I would not go to anyone ranked below 10th.

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