NASCAR rounds out its west coast swing this weekend as it moves from one desert in Las Vegas to another in Phoenix. With practice and qualifying finished up on Saturday afternoon, we have plenty of data and news to sift through to make fantasy NASCAR lineups on Sunday. With the starting grid set for today’s Ruoff Mortgage 500, let’s dive into some of the best NASCAR DFS picks today, and how we should approach this slate from a tournament perspective to help gain leverage on the field.
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Besides Ricky Stenhouse Jr. not qualifying, we didn’t have that eventful of a qualifying session for the first time this season. With the majority of the drivers starting around where you would expect them to, this sort of feels like the first normal starting grid to breakdown this season. With Phoenix being our first short track of the season, that means this will be the most laps we’ve had in a race yet, meaning dominator points are going to be abundant on Sunday. And making sure you are rostering multiple potential dominators in your lineups will be crucial to taking down tournaments this weekend. Be sure to check out the NASCAR DFS projections and our Fantasy NASCAR driver rankings today.
Joey Logano $10,400 DraftKings/$12,000 FanDuel (10th)
Logano tagged the wall lightly in qualifying, but will be good to go without much issue on Sunday as it was mostly just cosmetic damage to the right rear. Joey has been fantastic at Phoenix over his career and especially as of late, but there is a decent chance he gets looked over by Fantasy NASCAR players this weekend. He’s priced in between several chalk drivers that either offer more place-differential upside, or look like a more likely lap leader. The upside is certainly there for Logano and getting him at low ownership at a short flat track is something to take advantage of. And not that it means too much, but he did win the Busch Light Clash at the beginning of the season, which is a short flat track.
Logano was one of the drivers showing up the most in our NASCAR fantasy optimal lineup when running the DFS optimizer. Check out who else was rating out as some of the best NASCAR DFS picks in our DraftKings Fantasy NASCAR Cheat Sheet and FanDuel Fantasy NASCAR Cheat Sheet.
William Byron $9,400 DraftKings/$10,500 FanDuel (3rd)
Byron isn’t the prototypical driver I tend to target at short flat tracks, but I can’t ignore the practice speeds he posted Saturday afternoon. Practice has translated pretty well so far this season and Byron has phenomenal track position to start and get up front in this one. Blaney on the pole at a similar price point will carry significantly higher ownership, so this is the perfect pivot off of that chalk. But I have no problem at all loading up on the drivers starting near the front of the pack, as Phoenix has been kind to them fantasy wise over the years.
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Tyler Reddick $8,500 DraftKings/$9,500 FanDuel (12th)
Don’t let Reddick’s poor average finish here steer you away, he knows how to run well here, but a small sample size and one incident that led to a poor finish is really weighing it down. He also boasted one of the fastest cars in practice on Saturday, and with his price tag coming down he’s an easy fit as a mid-range play in NASCAR Fantasy lineup this weekend. His 12th-place starting spot also offers us place-differential upside with slight dominator upside as well, which he flashed at Auto Club a few weeks ago.
Christopher Bell $8,300 DraftKings/$9,000 FanDuel (4th)
Several drivers I had my eyes on all weekend all qualified very high, making them tough to stomach in lineups on Sunday, but the hopes are that this ownership across the board making them excellent NASCAR DFS picks today and even better leverage plays in fantasy racing contests. Bell was phenomenal at short flat tracks last season posting the overall fourth best average finish. He also crushed these in the Xfinity series and that has translated nicely in cup. JGR typically runs these tracks well and his starting spot offers us potential dominator points early on.
Justin Haley $6,000 DraftKings/$4,500 FanDuel (28th)
Haley seems like he is the same play every weekend and he tends to keep going lower owned than I think he should be. He has shown he has top 15 potential in this Kaulig car and if everyone likes Allmendinger in a similar spot and the same equipment, then there’s no reason for anyone to not like Haley either.
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