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NASCAR DFS: Federated Auto Parts 400 Post-Qualifying

Brian Polking is hooking you up with the top drivers to target on DraftKings now that we know the starting order of the Federated Auto Parts 400!

Federated Auto Parts 400

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Virginia native Denny Hamlin is no stranger to success at tracks in his home state, and he added to his list of accomplishments by grabbing the pole for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

With a lap of 122.344 mph in the final round of qualifying, Hamlin took the top spot, and he will be joined on the front row by the red-hot Kyle Larson. Defending race winner Matt Kenseth will start third, and Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch completed the top five qualifiers.

Starting up front is always an advantage at a short track, and Richmond is no exception. Of the 120 races at the track, 94 have been won by drivers starting in the top 10, including 37 by drivers starting on the front row. Meanwhile, just 13 drivers have won at RIR after starting outside the top 20.

More importantly for DFS NASCAR lineups, drivers starting in the in the top five tend to dominate the laps led category. Over the last four races alone, three drivers starting in the top five have led more than 290 laps, and you can pretty much count on one driver leading well over 100 laps.

With so many points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories, you will want to build your lineups around a couple of studs starting up front. However, there are also several appealing options starting deeper in the field that can save you some cap space while providing solid productions.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the drivers to target for your DFS NASCAR lineups now that the starting lineup for Saturday's regular season finale is set in stone. Don't forget to check out the action Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Must-Own Drivers

Kevin Harvick ($10,700)

Harvick has been the model of consistency at Richmond. He owns the best average finish in the last ten races at the track, and overall, he ranks second in fastest laps run and third in laps led. Following a 19th-place run in qualifying, he also has plenty of upside in the place differential category. He could be the total package for DFS NASCAR lineups.

Matt Kenseth ($9,900)

He doesn't qualify up front at Richmond often, but when he does, Kenseth is a force to be reckoned. He led 352 laps and won the race last September after qualifying second, and he led 140 laps from the pole in 2012. Starting third, look for Kenseth to deliver plenty of points in the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Denny Hamlin ($9,500)

Hamlin will lead the field to the green Saturday night, and in his only other start from the pole at Richmond, he led 381 of the 400 laps. He currently leads all drivers in laps led and fastest laps run at the track, and he has led more than 200 laps on four separate occasions. He is in prime position to deliver another dominating performance.

Value Plays

Chase Elliott ($8,400)

Regardless of the format, you are going to want to make room in your lineup for Elliott. He qualified a disappointing 34th, but in two Cup starts at Richmond, he has finished 16th and 12th. A place differential of +25 or more isn't out of the question, and Elliott could end up being one of the top scorers with a solid finish alone.

Greg Biffle ($7,200)

He only has one top 10 in the last ten races at Richmond, but Biffle has an 18.8 average finish in that same span, and he finished 14th in the spring race earlier this year. He starts way back in 28th, so he plenty of upside through the place differential category. A top 20 finish will make him a solid value pick, and another top 15 run will make him a total steal.

Clint Bowyer ($7,100)

Bowyer has been a high-risk, high-reward option all year, and that won't change this weekend. He starts 33rd, which is also where he finished the spring race at Richmond. However, he does have six top 10s in the last ten races here and is a two-time winner at the track overall. If he can just sneak into the top 20, he will a solid play for the price, but he should only be used in GPPs.

Chris Buescher ($6,700)

The pressure is on Buescher to make the Chase, and when the race goes green, he will only be one point ahead of David Ragan for the final spot in the top 30. Needless to say, he will be focused on moving forward, and if you look at the speed he has shown in recent weeks, it is pretty clear Roush Fenway Racing has been providing some extra help to its satellite team, Front Row Motorsports, to help get Buescher in the playoffs. Don't be surprised when he charges into the top 20 and eclipses 30 fantasy points.

Paul Menard ($6,500)

Menard has been a middle-of-the-pack driver at Richmond, but after qualifying 30th, he can still deliver a solid score with a mediocre finish after place differential is factored. He has a 19.3 average finish in the last ten races at Richmond, and as long as he approaches his average, he will provide around 30 fantasy points for a great price.

Sleeper Special

Danica Patrick ($6,300)

Her numbers at Richmond don't jump off the page, but she has cracked the top 25 in her last four starts at the track, finishing in the top 20 in the last two September events. Patrick qualified back in 29th, so a top 20 run this weekend would result in a solid point total. If you need to free up a chunk of cap space, she is worth a flier.

2016 Federated Auto Parts 400 Starting Lineup

Pos.

No.

Driver

Sponsor

Make

1

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Ground

Toyota

2

42

Kyle Larson

Target

Chevrolet

3

20

Matt Kenseth

Dollar General

Toyota

4

1

Jamie McMurray

Sherwin Williams Emerald

Chevrolet

5

41

Kurt Busch

Haas Automation/Monster Energy

Chevrolet

6

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Tanger Outlets

Toyota

7

5

Kasey Kahne

Farmers Insurance

Chevrolet

8

3

Austin Dillon

Dow Styrofoam - 75th Anniversary

Chevrolet

9

18

Kyle Busch

M&M's 75th Anniversary

Toyota

10

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's

Chevrolet

11

88

Jeff Gordon

Axalta

Chevrolet

12

22

Joey Logano

Shell-Pennzoil

Ford

13

19

Carl Edwards

ARRIS Surfboard

Toyota

14

14

Tony Stewart

Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1

Chevrolet

15

31

Ryan Newman

Caterpillar

Chevrolet

16

47

AJ Allmendinger

Kroger/Scott Products

Chevrolet

17

2

Brad Keselowski

Miller Lite

Ford

18

6

Trevor Bayne

AdvoCare

Ford

19

4

Kevin Harvick

Jimmy John's

Chevrolet

20

21

Ryan Blaney

SKF

Ford

21

23

David Ragan

sweetFrog

Toyota

22

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Zest

Ford

23

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield

Ford

24

7

Regan Smith

APC

Chevrolet

25

93

Matt DiBenedetto

E.J. Wade Construction/Union Bank

Toyota

26

13

Casey Mears

GEICO

Chevrolet

27

95

Michael McDowell

Malwarebytes

Chevrolet

28

16

Greg Biffle

Ford EcoBoost

Ford

29

10

Danica Patrick

Nature's Bakery

Chevrolet

30

27

Paul Menard

Dutch Boy/Menards

Chevrolet

31

34

Chris Buescher

CSX - Play It Safe

Ford

32

38

Landon Cassill

MDS Transport

Ford

33

15

Clint Bowyer

5-Hour Energy

Chevrolet

34

24

Chase Elliott

3M/American Red Cross

Chevrolet

35

44

Brian Scott

Albertsons Co./Shore Lodge

Ford

36

30

Josh Wise

Curtis Key Plumbing

Chevrolet

37

46

Michael Annett

Pilot Flying J

Chevrolet

38

55

Reed Sorenson

Premium Motorsports

Chevrolet

39

83

Dylan Lupton

E.J. Wade Construction

Toyota

40

32

Jeffrey Earnhardt

CorvetteParts.net

Ford

FTQ

98

Cole Whitt

Standard Plumbing Supply

Chevrolet


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