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Bristol Motor Speedway can be a double-edged sword when it comes to trying to build an effective DFS NASCAR lineup.
On one hand, you need to try to score as many points as possible in the laps led and fastest laps run categories. With 500 laps as the scheduled distance, it is common for one or two drivers to lead 100 laps or more and score well over 100 fantasy points at DraftKings. When a driver posts such a huge point total and you don't have them in your lineup, you simply can't make up the difference.
On the flips side, crashes are common at Bristol, and even the best drivers at the track have around a 50-50 chance of finishing in the top 10. The drivers starting up front are historically the most likely to lead a lot of laps, but these same drivers have the most lose in the place differential category if you wreck.
In other words, the same drivers who you need to have a shot at cashing in big are the same drivers that could single-handedly keep you from cashing at all.
There are some tough lineup decisions to make this weekend, so let's take a closer look at my top drivers to build around as well as some potential X-factors who could contribute to making your lineup stand out from the masses.
Make sure to lock in your final lineups, and don't forget to check out the action under the lights Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Kyle Busch ($10,600)
The five-time Bristol winner has been fast all weekend, topping both practice sessions and qualifying third. In 22 starts here, Busch has led more than 150 laps on five occasions, including last August when he led 192 laps. He looks capable of dominating the laps led and fastest laps run categories this weekend.
Carl Edwards ($9,700)
Edwards is eyeing a season sweep at Bristol after winning from the pole in April and leading a race-high 276 laps in the process. He starts on the pole again Saturday night, and considering he has never led fewer than 74 laps in three starts at Bristol with Joe Gibbs Racing, he is a safe bet to post a big point total and could easily finish as the top scorer at DraftKings as he tries for his fifth Bristol win.
Matt Kenseth ($9,200)
All he does is lead laps at Bristol, and over the last ten races here, his 830 laps led at the most of any driver. More importantly, he has led more than 40 laps eight times in that stretch, leading more than 100 laps four times. For his career, he has led more than 100 laps in a race here seven times, and in each of those races, he started in the top five. For the record, Kenseth rolls off fifth Saturday night.