Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Top drivers to construct around in TX

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 5:30 AM

In my weekend preview column, I recommended the polesitter ( Joey Logano), who keep up an OK total of 32.25 as my top high-cost pick. Second behind him was Denny Hamlin, starting eighth, who's a multiple-time Martinsville winner.

Daily Fantasy NASCAR: Top drivers to construct around in TX

Presently that five hundred laps at Martinsville are in books, let us reflect on the race that was.

In my weekend preview column, I recommended the polesitter ( Joey Logano), who keep up an OK total of 32.25 as my top high-cost pick. Second behind him was Denny Hamlin, starting eighth, who'south a multiple-time Martinsville winner.

Well, one ride to the wall later, his day was over.

Meanwhile, starting seventh, beside Hamlin, was Kyle Busch, who we knew going into Martinsville tends to lead tons of laps and keep up a gigantic number. That was Busch, who led three hundred fifty-two laps (the most by a Martinsville race winner since one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight) for 180.5 points -- nearly one hundred more than any other driver in the field.

At minimum I recommended Austin Dillon as a grand low-cost play. Starting twenty-ninth and finishing fourth is excellent for 66.5 points, if you're keeping track at home. If you're reading this, chances are you're keeping track at home.

Presently it'south time to move forward to the first Saturday night race of the season, going five hundred miles at the fast, 1.5-mile TX Motor Speedway. This will be the third race on a 1.5-mile track this season, and although all have their own nuances, we can draw a lot of opinion that'll assistance everybody work as one big, happy family.

Latest Nov in the latest Cup race at Texas, Brad Keselowski keep a beatdown on the field (much love we saw latest Sunday) to the tune of three hundred twelve of three hundred thirty-four laps led for one hundred sixty-six fantasy points. Well, in terms of fantasy points. Keselowski finished second behind Jimmie Johnson, but Johnson scored one hundred five fewer points. The spring race was more widespread in terms of points.

two thousand fourteen had a similar story. Johnson dominated the fall race (one hundred ninety-one laps led), but the spring race had a more even distribution of points. In two thousand-thirteenth, Johnson dominated the fall, while Busch and Martin Truex Jr. split most of the laps in the spring.

I'm going to see for a handful of drivers to keep up some numbers. Here are my five picks to obtain you started on the week.

I'm starting my team with:

It'south simple to look three straight wins and declare I'm going to get him in fantasy. But in NASCAR, the finish position frequently tells an incomplete story. An example is November'south TX race. Keselowski dominated (as you might've read earlier in this column), but Johnson emerged victorious.

Johnson'south other recent wins at the track (he's won five of the past seven races) were dominant affairs in which he led at least one hundred twenty-eight laps in each. The fastest laps are there nearly every race as well, with at least thirteen in each of the past eight races here and at least thirty-four in six of those.

Hold an eye on these four:

Don't count on Keselowski leading another three hundred twelve laps for one hundred sixty-six points (though if he'south on my roster, I'd certainly not turn that down). It's a two-man breakaway recently at Texas, with Keselowski averaging 86.5 fantasy points per race over the past seven races at the track, Johnson at 79.2 and third-most (Kyle Busch) at 56.8. Keselowski is more than just Texas, though. He's finished ninth or better in the past fifteen 1.5-mile races, and he won at Las Vegas earlier this year.

His brother, Kyle, is quite powerful at Texas, but I necessity to obtain far from giving you only the highest-cost drivers. Busch is generally in the lower tier of the highest value, and much love Keselowski, Kurt has shown grand consistency on the 1.5-mile tracks, with ten straight top ten, including a pole in both races this year (with ninety-nine laps led in those races).

McMurray has given us three straight top ten at TX (and a top-18 finish in seven of the past eight races there), but his advantage is that he generally starts a small deeper in the field. In the past three races, he's improved his starting spot a combined thirty-seven points. McMurray'south cost is totally determined by his qualifying position. In his past dozen races on 1.5-mile tracks, he's finished between sixth and twenty-first, but he's qualified everywhere from second (got four points) and thirtieth (got 51.5 points).

This is Vickers' latest scheduled race in the No. fourteen car, and though you can't project a driver'south motivation, he'south coming off a solid running at Martinsville in which he drove in the top ten most of the day and regularly competed for a top-five spot. Vickers has a grand recent history at TX too, particularly considering what he'll cost. He's running only three races at TX going back to two thousand twelve, but he's averaged 43.7 DraftKings points per race, which ranks him seventh among all drivers.

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