We have reached the final weekend of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. This means that it is also your last chance to win some money playing FanDuel NASCAR DFS until next February. Phoenix Raceway is set to host the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Sunday afternoon. The one-mile short track is going to crown the stock car racing champion. Read on to ensure that you get crowned a NASCAR DFS winner in the process.
FanDuel NASCAR DFS Overview
In this NASCAR Cup Series DFS column, we will be using FanDuel prices and scoring. Their scoring includes the following:
- .1 points for leading a lap
- .1 points for completing a lap
- Add/subtract 0.5 points based on the difference in a driver’s finishing position relative to their starting position
- Points based on where the driver finishes
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NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race Drivers to Consider
Any of the Championship 4 Contenders
- Kyle Larson — $14,500
- Chase Elliott — $14,000
- Denny Hamlin — $13,500
- Martin Truex Jr. — $13,000
The decision on which Championship 4 driver(s) to include in your NASCAR DFS lineup this week is for you, the reader, to make. Whether it’s Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin or Martin Truex Jr., take whoever you believe is going to win the championship. In every season since the current playoff format was instituted, the eventual champion had to go out and win the season-finale. It would be smart to pick the driver who you have winning the championship. If you can, put two of these guys in your lineup so that you potentially can have two finishers in the top-3 or top-5.
Kyle Busch ($11,500)
Kyle Busch has been the guy to beat since they revamped Phoenix Raceway. He has two wins in the last six races here since they changed the layout around. Add to that a 7.2 average finish and Busch is a great NASCAR DFS pick for this week.
Chase Briscoe ($5,800)
The value play this week is the No. 14 car of Chase Briscoe. The runaway favorite to win the NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Award has turned his season around after an abysmal start. Briscoe finished 22nd in the spring race at Phoenix. With a season’s worth of experience gained in this second go-around, he will easily finish inside the top-20 and could surprise by cracking the top-15. Based on his FanDuel NASCAR DFS price point, a top-20 finish out of the No. 14 car is essentially all you need.
NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race Drivers to Avoid
- Chris Buescher — $6,300
- Ryan Newman — $5,000
The Roush Fenway Racing drivers have been extremely disappointing down the stretch of this season. This marks the last race for veteran Ryan Newman in the No. 6 car and possibly in the NASCAR Cup Series altogether. While he certainly wants to finish out this chapter of his career on a high note, such instances have been few and far between for Newman recently. Meanwhile, Chris Buescher wants to correct a season that started off with so much potential. Don’t count on it happening this week. Avoid the RFR duo this week in FanDuel NASCAR DFS.
Christopher Bell ($10,000)
Christopher Bell is not going to get any favors when it comes to equipment this week at Phoenix Raceway as two of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates are in the Championship 4. In addition, Bell has an average finish of just 16.7 in his three Cup Series starts at Phoenix. Bell should be avoided in NASCAR DFS.
Erik Jones ($6,800)
Erik Jones has not been the best at Phoenix throughout his career. On average, he usually loses ten spots per race at the track with an average starting spot of 10th and average finish only 20th. He also has worse equipment now than he did for the majority of those previous races. This makes it even more difficult to bank on a strong run from Jones on Sunday.