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NASCAR DFS: Goody's Fast Relief Lineup Tips

NASCAR DFS Expert Brian Polking reveals his final DraftKings lineup tips before The Sprint Cup continues at Matinsville Speedway!

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The Sprint Cup Series is at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, and while short track racing can be a challenge for drivers, it can be equally challenging to build a winning DFS NASCAR lineup.

The 500-lap distance of the race creates the biggest challenge. The huge number of laps means there are a ton of points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories. It isn't uncommon for a driver to lead 200 or more laps in a race here, and you can expect at least one driver to top 100 fantasy points Sunday.

Most weeks, you can miss on the dominant driver and still cash with a balanced lineup. That isn't the case at Martinsville. If one driver leads more than half the laps and you don't have them in your lineup, you are going to be in trouble. On the flip side, hitting on the top scorer will likely give you some margin of error with your other picks.

Keep that in mind when setting your DFS NASCAR lineups, and don't be afraid to take a flier on one or two bargain-basement sleepers to roster two or three studs who have a chance to dominate Sunday's race.

Don't forget to get your final lineups locked in, and make sure to check out the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Building Blocks

Jimmie Johnson ($10,500)

His strong Chase looks poised to continue after qualifying third and showing plenty of muscle in race trim during practice Saturday. Johnson has been dominant at Martinsville over the years, winning eight times and ranking first in laps led and second in fastest laps run. He is a great pick to finish as the top scorer.

Kevin Harvick ($10,300)

Harvick has been on a roll at Martinsville, routinely leading laps and recording fastest laps at the track since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. He starts back in 20th, but that merely boosts his potential in the place differential category and makes him an even safer option to build around. He is a cash game must and worth considering in all formats.

Martin Truex Jr. ($9,400)

Starting on the pole gives Truex the inside track to leading laps, and based on his practice times, he is more than capable of staying out front for long stretches. Mechanical issues have knocked Truex out of the Chase, but he has been one of the strongest drivers all year. He could add to his list of dominating performances this weekend.

Difference Makers

Kyle Busch ($10,700)

Busch hasn't been at the top of the charts this weekend, but he has been lurking in the top 10 and was a top five car in Happy Hour. He also clobbered the field at Martinsville in July lead more than 350 laps on his way to the win. He doesn’t have a history of dominating at Martinsville, but the potential for a repeat of his performance from April makes him an intriguing option.

Joey Logano ($9,800)

Logano wasn't quite as impressive in practice as some other high-priced plays, but he was still a top 10 performer. He also starts on the front for the fifth straight race at Martinsville, and in three of his four previous front row starts, he has led at least 60 laps, including 207 laps last fall. Logano should be a safe bet to post a strong score, and there is also a chance he ends up having the dominant car.

Kyle Larson ($8,400)

Before his third-place run at Martinsville in the spring, Larson had struggled at the track. However, it appears his top-five run might not be a one-time occurrence. Granted, he doesn't have much upside through place differential, but Larson was one of the strongest cars in race trim during practice Saturday, and he could be a sneaky pick to lead a lot of laps this weekend.

Jamie McMurray ($7,900)

Martinsville has been kind to McMurray recently, and he has four top 10s in his last seven starts at the track, including a second-place run last fall. Starting in the top 15, he isn't an obvious choice because of potential in the place differential category. However, he has shown top 10 speed in practice and could be an effective, overlooked mid-priced play.

Tony Stewart ($7,600)

Weeks of mediocre performances make it tough to trust Stewart, but has been fast all weekend. He qualified sixth, and he showed top five speed throughout both practices Saturday. His high starting spot should scare people off, and while he does carry a ton of risk, "Smoke" could be worth the gamble in GPPs.

Trevor Bayne ($6,900)

While Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are likely to be the popular picks among the drivers starting deep in the field, Bayne could be a sneaky contrarian play for those looking for cap relief. He starts 31st, so he still has plenty of upside through place differential. He is also cheaper than both Dillon and Stenhouse.

David Ragan ($5,800)

He was one of my top sleepers heading into the weekend, but after qualifying 12th, Ragan is a much riskier pick with so many spots to lose potentially. However, he continued to show borderline top 10 speed in practice Saturday, and he logged a pair of top 10s at Martinsville in 2014. Take a chance on him as a source of serious cap relief in GPPs.

Drivers to Avoid

Carl Edwards ($8,900)

Edwards has been solid at Martinsville, but with just two top 10s in the last ten races at the track, his upside is limited. His value is also hurt by his top 10 starting spot since there is a good chance that he loses some spots on race day. Throw in the fact that he isn't likely to lead laps, and you are better off going with a cheaper option starting deeper in the field.

Aric Almirola ($6,800)

Almirola has been running well during the Chase, but a big part of his fantasy value has come from his work in the place differential category. Unfortunately, he qualified 16th for Sunday's race, increasing his risk and lowering his upside. You need to find another source of cap relief this weekend.

My Favorite DraftKings Cash Game Lineup

Jimmie Johnson ($10,500)

Kevin Harvick ($10,300)

Kurt Busch ($9,000)

Austin Dillon (8,100)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($7,400)

Michael Annett ($4,700)

I found it a little tricky to set my cash game lineup this weekend. The 500-lap distance of the race means the laps led and fastest laps run categories are huge. However, picking a bunch of drivers starting up front is risky, and there are several attractive options who have a lot of upside through place differential.

In the end, I decided to pair Johnson with Harvick to lead the lineup. Johnson is my pick to dominate the race, and Harvick's 20th-place starting spot means he can post a huge score without leading a bunch of laps. That being said, Harvick is also the type of driver that can always score his share of points in the fastest laps run and laps led categories, so his ceiling is sky high.

Busch and Dillon look like safe bets to be among the biggest movers this weekend, giving me plenty of exposure to place differential points. Stenhouse and Annett started 39th and 40th, so at the very least, neither driver is going to log negative points. Meanwhile, both drivers can post decent point totals simply by staying out of trouble and finishing in the top 30.

Checkers-or-Wreckers GPP Lineup

Kyle Busch ($10,700)

Joey Logano ($9,800)

Martin Truex Jr. ($9,400)

Kyle Larson (8,400)

Trevor Bayne ($6,900)

Matt DiBenedetto ($4,800)

With my top four drivers starting in the top 11, this lineup is loaded with potential pitfalls. However, I'm willing to take the risk in a GPP lineup to try to maximize my points in the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Busch, Logano, Truex, and Larson were all strong in practice, and while Busch dominated the spring race, Truex and Logano benefit from starting on the front row at a track where track position and pit road stalls mean a lot. If all four run in the top 10 and combine to lead 300-plus laps, I'm going to be in great shape.

Bayne is my top contrarian play when it comes to drivers starting deep in the field, and DiBendetto appears to be the class of the drivers priced below the $5,500 mark. He starts 27th, but he showed borderline top 20 speed in practice.


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