The NASCAR Cup Series drivers will take on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway this weekend. With this being the last race before the NASCAR Playoffs, you will see a lot of drivers being aggressive to try and win so that they can steal the final playoff bid. This track has the great equalizer of the tapered spacer, so the draft is key when it comes to getting to the front. Let’s go through who could do just that, and help you win some money on FanDuel NASCAR DFS at the same time.
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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Coke Zero Sugar 400 Drivers to Consider
Joey Logano ($14,000)
The most expensive driver on the block this week is the No. 22 of Joey Logano. This has to be because he starts 22nd and his strong history at Daytona. Logano has a win here and was leading on the final lap of this year’s Daytona 500 before throwing a late block on his teammate. The Team Penske Fords have been fast at the superspeedways, and Logano should be leading the charge again on Saturday.
Denny Hamlin ($13,500)
One of the best drivers on the superspeedways, Denny Hamlin has won three times in the Daytona 500. Hamlin always finds himself at the front of the pack at tapered spacer tracks. He and the No. 11 team need to win to maximize their points going into the playoffs. There is also still a regular-season championship in play for this team. Hamlin will push the aggression this weekend.
Matt DiBenedetto ($8,700)
Matt DiBenedetto makes the good side of the NASCAR DFS list as he came oh so close to winning last time they were at a tapered spacer track. One wrong move cost him at Talladega this spring and he fell back. He has learned from that mistake and should stay with all of the Fords in the draft and have a good finish this weekend.
MIchael McDowell ($7,000)
The Daytona 500 champion makes this list for how he has driven on tapered spacer tracks this season. Following up his Daytona 500 win, Michael McDowell finished second at Talladega behind Brad Keselowski. McDowell has proven himself this year and he will be a very good value play this week.
Coke Zero Sugar 400 Drivers to Avoid
Kyle Larson ($11,500)
The leader of the points standings is on the bad side of the list here. Larson is usually not that great at Daytona International Speedway and has previously stated that he hates this track. Combine a 15.8 average finish here with the fact he starts on pole (I don’t think he will lead many laps) and there are better options for your NASCAR DFS lineups.
Kyle Busch ($10,500)
One of the former ‘big three’ drivers, Kyle Busch is not a good plate racer and hasn’t been for a while. He has just a 21.5 average finish in his last 10 races at Daytona International Speedway. He starts fourth in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 too, so add all of that together and it is not a good mix. Pick his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate in the No. 11 car instead.
Alex Bowman ($10,000)
What has happened to the No. 48 car in the past two months? ‘Mr. Where Did He Come From Jr.’ has not had a win since Pocono and it has actually been mostly bad finishes since, some due to bad luck. That bad luck is even worse for Alex Bowman on the superspeedways in the past. He has been wrecked before the checkered flag came out in the prior two races. Bowman is not a guy to use in FanDuel NASCAR DFS this week.
Kevin Harvick ($7,800)
It has truly been an awful season for Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team. This team has regressed mightily across the board and now must try to compete at a track where Harvick has struggled in recent seasons. He has an average finish of just 22.8 in the last ten races here. Harvick is a part of the Ford brigade that has been powerful on superspeedways, but Stewart-Haas Racing as a whole has been slow. I don’t see Harvick staying towards the front of the race.
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