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NASCAR DFS: Daytona 500 Lineup Tips (Preview)

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Daytona 500

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While DFS NASCAR returned last weekend with the Clash at Daytona, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season officially begins this Sunday with the 59th running of the Daytona 500.

There's some big money up for grabs at DraftKings for NASCAR's biggest race, and before you lock in your lineups, I have some final picks and lineup strategies for the Daytona 500.

In general, I'm going to heavily target drivers starting in the rear of the field. However, I think you will need to make some tweaks to that strategy if you plan on taking down a large tournament.

Several of the favorites to win the Daytona 500 are starting up front, and I think at least one of them will be among the top scorers. There are also many appealing options starting in the middle of the pack, rather than way in the back. These mid-pack drivers should have lighter ownership, and one of them could be the key to a tournament win.

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Jimmie Johnson ($10,000)

It has been a horrible Speedweeks for Johnson so far, and there is a chance that could drive his ownership down just a bit. Even if he is a popular pick, he still projects as an excellent cash game play. Johnson's 24th-place starting position minimizes his risk, and he has five Top 5 finishes in his last eight starts at Daytona, including a pair of wins.

Martin Truex Jr. ($9,000)

Starting back in the 35th spot, Truex is almost guaranteed to finish with a positive place differential. In last year's Daytona 500, he was one of the top scorers, gaining 26 spots on his way to a second-place finish. He has even more upside this time around to go along with one of the safest floors.

Erik Jones ($8,300)

Don't let the fact that he is a rookie scare you. Jones has the talent and equipment to succeed immediately. More importantly, he starts 34th so he has nothing but upside in the place differential category.

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