This weekend, the NASCAR Cup Series will run at a tapered spacer for the fourth and final time this season. Talladega Superspeedway will host the YellaWood 500, the fifth race of the NASCAR Playoffs. This week, you can pick drivers who might not usually be towards the front at a typical intermediate track and feel okay about it. Will you be able to avoid “The Big One” and make some money playing FanDuel NASCAR DFS? Read on for this week’s advice to help make sure you’re a winner.
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 a 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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YellaWood 500 Drivers to Consider
Denny Hamlin ($14,000)
Coming in at the same price as he was in the spring Talladega race, Denny Hamlin will start on the pole this Sunday. The race favorite is one of the best active drivers when it comes to running at tapered spacer tracks. Hamlin has an average finish of 11.4 in his last ten races at Talladega. He also has two wins in his career here to go along with even better stats at sister track Daytona International. The No. 11 team has a very strong chance to win back-to-back races on Sunday.
Aric Almirola ($10,800)
The driver of the No. 10 car is on the good side of the list this week. No matter how bad Stewart-Haas Racing has been this season, Aric Almirola is going to be one of the best when it comes to the tapered spacer tracks. Going by the eye test, Almirola is always running towards the front in these types of races. He is a good choice for your YellaWood 500 NASCAR DFS lineups.
Brad Keselowski ($10,000)
Brad Keselowski is one of the best in the business when it comes to working the draft to his advantage. The No. 2 car emerged victorious at Talladega earlier this season. Keselowski is typically upfront when it comes to these tracks. He almost had the Daytona 500 won until Joey Logano threw a bad block on the final lap that saw both of them wreck. Keselowski wants to win one more time for Roger Penske and earn his way into the Round of 8. Make sure that he is in your YellaWood 500 NASCAR DFS lineups.
Matt DiBenedetto ($6,800)
This week’s value play is someone severely underrated in terms of FanDuel NASCAR pricing. Matt DiBenedetto was one wrong move away from getting the win in the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway this spring. He was wrongfully given a penalty in this race last season that would have given him another top-5 here. DiBurrito will be a great value pick for your DFS lineups.
YellaWood 500 Drivers to Avoid
Bubba Wallace ($11,500)
If not for such a high FanDuel NASCAR DFS price, Bubba Wallace would absolutely be a driver to consider this weekend. Unfortunately, he is being drastically overvalued here. There are just so many better options to pick from this week. Bubba has run upfront for some of the tapered spacer races, but he is very hit or miss at these tracks when it comes to throwing down a solid finish. Avoid the No. 23 car this weekend.
Kyle Larson ($11,000)
The NASCAR Playoffs points leader is on the avoid side of the list as he hasn’t been the best on the superspeedways this season. A mistake by the crew led to Kyle Larson’s car blowing up early in the Geico 500 back in the spring. The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona was another bad result for the No. 5 team. Larson has previously said he hates this type of racing as well (side note: for what it’s worth, he did say this six years ago after he wrecked at Daytona). Do not take Larson in your NASCAR DFS lineups this week.
Kyle Busch ($9,800)
The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has not run well at the superspeedways in a while. Kyle Busch has typically lost points when it comes to these types of tracks. He is not a guy who passes the eye test when it comes to ‘Dega, so leave him be on the bench in your FanDuel NASCAR DFS lineups.
Martin Truex Jr. ($8,800)
Rounding out this week’s driver to avoid is another Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that has not fared well at the superspeedway tracks. Martin Truex Jr. is also a guy who could lose significant points on Sunday when it comes to position differential. Truex has wrecked in all three of the previous superspeedway races this season. Will he make it a perfect four-for-four in the YellaWood 500?
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