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NASCAR DFS Picks: Blue-Emu 400 Cash & Value Plays | DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy NASCAR

Phillip Bennetzen

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The field is set for Saturday evening’s race at Martinsville with Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola on the front row. Thus, let’s delve into this week’s top Fantasy NASCAR picks and value plays for DraftKings and FanDuel NASCAR DFS lineups for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400.

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Chase Elliott, 1st ($11,200 DraftKings, $13,500 FanDuel)

Generally, fading the pole-sitter at Martinsville has been a winning proposition. However, through two races at shorter venues, in the Generation Seven era, a polesitter with speed in practice has generally been a safe bet as far as them holding the lead and accumulating laps led and fastest laps. In Friday’s brief practice session, Elliott showed top-tier speed in the shorter single and five-lap runs and still possessed top-five speed in the longer runs before ranking out first in the 20- and 25-lap runs. This is all to say, Elliott should have no issue establishing a firm grip on the lead, especially with the likes of Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, and Chris Buescher starting beside and behind him. This speed and starting position, paired with a driver who’s averaging 60.7 fastest laps and 95.8 laps led at Martinsville, since 2019, makes Elliott the premier option as far as dominator options go.

William Byron, 5th ($9,500 DraftKings, $10,500 FanDuel)

The tougher question, as far as lap leaders for cash games go, is who do NASCAR DFS players pair Elliott with? Since 2019, no driver starting outside of the top 10 has led the most or second-most laps, and that meshes with what has happened at Richmond and Phoenix as well. With this in mind, the logical step is to pair Byron with Elliott — the same Byron who won the Trucks race on Thursday and led 122 laps last weekend at Richmond. Byron’s numbers won’t blow anyone away but he does have four top 10 finishes at Martinsville since 2019 and his car seems to be set up, judging by practice, for the longer runs as he ranked out first in the 15-lap run. Not to mention, at his price tag on both DraftKings and FanDuel, he allows DFS players to jam in some of the higher-priced place-differential options.

Trackhouse Racing: Ross Chastain, 27th ($8,800 DraftKings, $9,000 FanDuel)

Daniel Suarez, 30th ($6,800 DraftKings, $6,300 FanDuel)

Somehow, the duo of Chastain and Suarez managed to run similar practice speeds, in both the short and long runs, and then followed that up with nearly similar qualifying times. Bets should be on their cars’ speeds being more reflective of practice, as opposed to what was laid down during qualifying meaning both of these drivers should be able to pick up double-digit place differential. At a $2,000 discount on DraftKings, and $2,700 on FanDuel, Suarez is the preferred option between the two but there’s no reason why both can’t be paired together.

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For those willing to trade place differential for a cheaper salary tag and a bit more speed in practice, Tyler Reddick (22nd) can be substituted for Chastain as some Fantasy NASCAR players get weary about playing too many teammates together.


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Ty Dillon, 34th ($5,500 DraftKings, $3,500 FanDuel)

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

It’s another week where Dillon is still very affordable, laid down a pitiful qualifying lap, and is the preferred value option with his place differential potential. Playing anyone else in this starting range, and or salary range is a bet on wrecks and attrition vaulting that ilk of drivers up the board as happened last spring when James Davison went from 37th to 22nd. Ty Dillon, however, can gain position simply by having a better car and passing them, although don’t be surprised if he ends his night multiple laps down, or move up through attrition just the same. For those wondering, yes Dillon isn’t just a value play, he is also viable as a fantasy NASCAR pick this week for cash games.

AJ Allmendinger, 36th – Warning

This isn’t so much a recommendation but a buyer beware. Don’t be enticed by the name and the starting position, Allmendinger is going to be a wire several DFS players trip over, especially if they’re just looking at names and starting positions. In Friday afternoon’s technical inspection, the 16 car failed three times, meaning Allmendinger is going to serve a pass-through penalty on the initial green flag. With lap times taking all of 20 seconds at Martinsville, it’s conceivable that Allmendinger will go down, at the very least, two laps, if not three, and perhaps more if the race stays green until the first segment break. Besides being a complete stay away in cash, it’s hard to really paint a sunny picture for Allmendinger in tournaments either. His metaphorical goose will be cooked before he even has a chance to start the race.

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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 Awesemo.com. You can contact Phill by emailing [email protected].

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