Citizen Soldier 400
Yahoo: Top 30 Drivers
Yahoo / Fantasy Live / Fox: Quick Picks
Dover International Speedway has earned the nickname the "Monster Mile," so it should come as no surprise that the track can pose a bit of a challenge to both drivers and fantasy owners.
With minimal space between the outside and inside retaining walls, Dover can be one of the most unforgiving tracks. Any wreck tends to result in a ton of damage to the cars involved, and cars often ping-pong off both walls before coming to a stop, often collecting other cars in the process. As a result, there are usually one or two big names that end up with a really bad finish at Dover.'
Despite the dangers, I'm still loading up on big name drivers in the Yahoo game, particularly Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. It's an elimination race in the Chase, and Harvick and Truex are the only drivers who don't have to worry about advancing since they are already locked into the next round.
Harvick and Truex are also building blocks in the NASCAR.com game. With 400 laps on tap, there are a ton of points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories. While the rest of the Chase drivers have to focus on points, Harvick and Truex and free to go all out for the win. I expect the lack of pressure to translate into dominant showings from both.
In the FOX game, it is important to keep in mind that since qualifying was rained there will be no points awarded for place differential. As a result, you simply need to try to construct the most balanced lineup possible, focusing solely on finishing position. With that in mind, you don't want to gamble on many sleepers this week.
Check out a complete look at all of my season-long fantasy NASCAR lineups, and make sure to check out the Citizen Soldier 400 Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Auto Racing
Kevin Harvick (A)
Harvick is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he absolutely clobbered the field in his win last fall. He has led the most laps in three of his five races here since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, giving him the high-end potential you should look for in an A-List option.
Kyle Larson (B)
A strong argument can be made that Dover is Larson's best track. He has compiled a 6.2 average finish in five career starts here, finishing 11th or better in all five starts. Larson also led 82 laps and finished second here in May, so he offers race-winning potential from a B-List driver.
Martin Truex Jr. (B)
He has five straight finishes of 11th or better at Dover, including a ninth-place run in May when he was fighting for the lead before being caught up in a late wreck. He has also been red hot in recent weeks, winning two of the last four races and leading an average of almost 100 laps per race in that span. I'll play the hot hand.
Jeff Gordon (C)
I could opt for Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney, but I like Gordon's proven track record at Dover. He finished 12th here last fall, and his 8.0 average finish over the past 10 races is second in the series. He has finished 16th or better in five of his six starts in the No. 88 this season, so he is a lock to provide a top 15.
NASCAR.com Fantasy Live
Kevin Harvick ($28.00)
I have had Harvick on my roster for a while, so it allows me to roster him for well below his current market value. I'm certainly not going to cut ties with him at Dover. He led 355 laps in a win here last fall, and he has led 511 more laps than any other driver at the track in five starts with Stewart-Haas Racing. Don't be surprised when he is among the leaders in laps led and fastest run this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr. ($26.50)
Truex has been the best driver in the series in recent weeks, winning or leading the most laps in each of the last four races. He was also in the mix for the win at Dover in May, leading 42 laps. Starting on the front row, Truex is in prime position to add to his series-leading laps led total. Expect him to be out front early and often and finish as one of the top scorers.
Jimmie Johnson ($23.75)
Johnson's prolonged stretch of mediocre runs has dropped his price tag into the midrange category, making him a potential bargain at Dover. He is a 10-time winner here, and in the last ten races alone, he has four wins and seven top-five finishes. Overall, Johnson ranks first in laps led and fastest laps run at the track by a wide margin, so the potential for a dominant run is there. He also starts in the top 10 with a car that performed well in practice. At the very least, he should provide a top 10 finish and a solid point total.
Ty Dillon ($13.50)
Starting back in 30th, Dillon has plenty to gain and little to lose in the place differential, and recent history says he will be moving forward Sunday. Dillon has a 22.1 average in nine starts this season, cracking the top 25 eight times to go with three top 20s. He is a near lock to finish with a positive place differential, and he offers safe production for a cap-friendly price.
David Ragan ($7.00)
His price tag is an obvious selling point, but Ragan could be sneaky productive, as well. He starts 32nd, but he has finishes of 13th, 22nd and 17th in his last three starts at Dover. If Ragan can just approach the top 20 Sunday and add about 10 points through place differential, he will be an absolute steal.
FOX Fantasy Auto Racing
Kevin Harvick ($13,600)
Harvick is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he could have easily won four of the five races here since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. With no points available for place differential, I'll pay up for the driver most likely to end up in victory lane.
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,100)
He was in the mix for the win at Dover in May, and Truex enters Sunday's race as one of the hottest drivers in the series. He has either won the race or led the most laps in each of the last four races and starting on the front row; I expect Truex to be in the mix for another win this weekend.
Matt Kenseth ($10,100)
Kenseth won at Dover in May, and he is a three-time winner at the track overall. He has also finished seventh or better in five of his last six starts here. Kenseth starts in the top five, and I expect him to finish there.
Jimmie Johnson ($9,400)
While Johnson hasn't been able to find his championship form, Dover could bring out the best in him. He has seven top five finishes in the last ten races here, including four wins, and he is a 10-time winner here for his career. At the very least, he should be able to crack the top 10, and a win isn't out of the question.
Jeff Gordon ($6,600)
His price tag opens up plenty of roster flexibility, and equally as important, he has been one of the most reliable options at Dover. He has an 8.0 average finish in the last ten races here, and he has finished in the top 15 in every race during the stretch. Gordon should provide a solid score for a bargain price.