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Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR DFS Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel

Phillip Bennetzen



Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR DFS Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel

The field is set for Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona with Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. on the front row. Let’s jump into this week’s top NASCAR DFS plays and how your lineups should look on DraftKings and FanDuel.

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Lineup Overview for Daytona

While salaries may not be live across all daily fantasy sites that offer NASCAR, our basic structure will remain static regardless. I anticipate certain combinations of drivers to become unattainable as drivers with place differential will get astronomically priced up. However, in a week where I’m not worried about drivers reaching value based on salary, it’s no big deal. We’re going to be price agnostic this week on DraftKings and FanDuel.

First off, playing drivers in the back is still the best guideline. If you’re still struggling with this concept, check out my preview for Saturday. After reading that, if playing no dominators with gobs of possible salary cap leftover is still a mental hurdle, read what I wrote about this race from last Summer.

As far as what range in the starting grid we should look to for rosters, I have a few quick tips for Daytona.

  • 1-10 – no drivers
  • 11-19 – One driver at most and never in cash games
  • 20-30 – 3-5 drivers
  • 31-40 – 3-5 drivers

Cash and Tournament Lineups

This is the rare week where cash and GPP lineups will look fairly similar. The one distinguishing note between the two varieties of lineups will be how far you go up the starting grid for your player pool. In tournaments, your player pool will start higher. However, in cash you’re better off taking more drivers who start deep in the pack. Simply put, the further back a driver starts the safer they are as their ability to lose points decreases while their ability to gain points increases.

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So, do you really need me to explain why Brendan Gaughan is a great play this week? How about Ty Dillon or J.J. Yeley? Yeah, I could fill up a bunch of space listing off driver’s recent history at Daytona. But chances are you’re doing that already. If you do want a driver by driver breakdown, tune into the live YouTube show on Saturday.

As for my top plays, they are highlighted below. Drivers with a green number are my preferred plays and safe for cash. Drivers with a blue number are the one-off plays you would include in tournaments. As for me, I’m just going to play the drivers in green and cap ownership at 55-60%. I’m going to give myself access to lots of drivers while not going overboard on anyone.

If you’d rather view the Race Sheets, via Google, head here and you can see all the info you will need to assemble lineups.

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Phill Bennetzen is a father, husband, and Catholic as well as a self-professed annoying fitness guy. Phill heads up NASCAR content at and even though he doesn't have any live finals trips to his name, he provides some of the top NASCAR DFS analysis around. You can contact Phill by emailing

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