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NASCAR Fantasy Picks: Best Daytona International Speedway Drivers for DraftKings

Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Fantasy Picks: Best Daytona International Speedway Drivers for DraftKings

Are you ready for one of the wildest nights the NASCAR Cup Series will see this season? Let's get your NASCAR DraftKings lineups prepared for Saturday's Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Two weeks ago, the Cup Series competed on Daytona's road course for the first time; this week, however, they'll take on the 2.5-mile oval. This race used to be run on July 4 Weekend, but now it's been shifted to the regular-season finale. Several drivers are vying for the final few spots in the playoffs, including Jimmie Johnson in his final year before retirement. It's not exactly an ideal position to be in when heading to a superspeedway, so Johnson will need to work together with his teammates and fellow Chevrolets if he wants to make the playoffs.

After all, this is Daytona, where madness and mayhem ensues. It's also the first time back since Ryan Newman's horrific crash at the end of the Great American Race. NASCAR investigated the incident and instituted several changes to make the cars safer, including two more roll bars, no aero ducts and a smaller throttle body. These (and other changes) are also designed to reduce the closing rate of cars.

In a normal race, you'd want to find lap leaders to help boost your DraftKings score, but at Daytona it's a little different. You'll likely want to find drivers who have the best chance of winning, even it means hanging back most of the race, as well as drivers with luck on their side. Simply a driver who can avoid all the wrecks will finish well and produce a good score. Oftentimes, those drivers will start further back in the pack, and those position differential points will be key to cashing in your DraftKings contests.

It may feel a lot easier this week choosing competitors for your lineups, and it is, thanks to DraftKings' pricing. As a result, several drivers will be popular in both cash games and tournaments. However, if you want to win big, you might want to go an unconventional route and choose alternates that won't be as common. Here's a complete rundown of DraftKings' NASCAR scoring rules.

Before I move onto this week's picks, here are the results from Dover International Speedway (Saturday only).

Price

Driver

NASCAR DraftKings Score

$11,000.00

Martin Truex Jr.

81.5

$10,000.00

Chase Elliott

62.25

$8,000.00

Jimmie Johnson

37.5

$7,600.00

Christopher Bell

19

$7,300.00

Cole Custer

44.5

$5,700.00

Ryan Preece

21

$49,600.00

Total

265.75