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The 2016 Sprint Cup Series season comes to a close this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and while four drivers will battle for a championship in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400, fantasy owners will have one last chance to claim a title of their own.
In many ways, the final race of the season is easy when it comes to the Yahoo game. After all, you don't have to worry about saving starts anymore, so go ahead and stack your lineup with the top options from each tier if you have them at your disposal.
Of course, you may need to take a different approach depending on how on how you have used your starts up to this point and your current position in the standings.
If you are already on top, play it as safe as possible, focusing on drivers who tend to stay out of trouble and finish in the top half of the field, even if they have an off race.
If you need to gain some ground in your league, this is the week to go with a Hail Mary lineup of high-risk, high-reward sleepers. The worst that can happen is that you fall further back from the teams that were already beating you to begin with. Meanwhile, there is a small chance that your lineup hits and you are able to make a jump up the standings in the final week.
You won't have to set another fantasy NASCAR lineup until next February at Daytona. Do what you need to do to secure a title if you're on top, and don't be afraid to roll the dice if you have nothing to lose.
1. JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]
While it's true that Johnson has never really had a breakout performance at Homestead, he does have seven top 10s in his last 10 starts here, including three straight. He also goes into the race knowing he likely needs to win, and not just have a solid run, to secure the championship. The No. 48 team has had the most time among the title contenders to prepare for this race after winning Martinsville, so Johnson should be tough to handle this weekend.
2. KYLE BUSCH, #18 MARS BRANDS/INTERSTATE BATTERIES, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
His overall record at Homestead isn't great, but Busch won the race and the championship at the track last season. He also has three finishes of seventh or better in his last four starts here, leading a combined 232 laps in that span. Busch will be defending his title this weekend, so expect another big performance.
3. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Harvick won't be competing for the title this year, but that doesn't disqualify him from winning this weekend. He has a series-leading eight straight top 10s at Homestead, and he has five finishes of third or better in that stretch. Harvick won here in 2015 and was the runner-up in last year's race.
4. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
Homestead doesn't rank as his best track, but Logano finished a career-best fourth here last year and is hitting his stride at the 1.5-mile tracks at the right time. He has three top three finishes in the last four races at 1.5-mile ovals, and I would be shocked if he isn't a serious contender for the win and the championship Sunday.
5. CARL EDWARDS, #19 ARRIS/STANLEY, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS B]
He has been good, not great, at Homestead the last few years, but from 2008 to 2011, Edwards posted two wins and a runner-up finish in a four-race span at the track. Competing for the title Sunday, I expect him to come up with a strong effort. Use him as a B-List play if you have a start left.