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Fantasy NASCAR DFS: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Post-Qualifying

Following the qualifying round at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking points out who to target on DraftKings for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500!

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Cars took to the track for qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, and when all was said and done, Kevin Harvick came out on top. With a lap of 190.398 mph in the final round, he claimed the pole for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Harvick will be joined on the front row by Ryan Newman. Kyle Busch will start third, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brad Keselowski round out the Top 5. Harvick was the only driver who topped 190 mph in the final round of qualifying.

This will be the fourth straight race at Atlanta where Harvick has qualified in the Top 6. In the previous three races, he led the most laps of any driver. In fact, a driver starting sixth or better has led the most laps in nine of the last ten races at AMS.

Of course, starting position is always key when it comes to finding value through the place differential category, but with the dominator stats (laps led and fastest laps run) likely to play a big role this weekend, the correlation between starting up front and leading a bunch of laps can't be ignored either.

Now that the starting lineup is set in stone for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 let's take a closer look at the drivers who can help you cash in playing DFS NASCAR.

Must-Own Drivers

Jimmie Johnson ($10,600)

After a mediocre 18th-place run in qualifying, Johnson should be a popular anchor for cash games. He has won the last two races at AMS, and he has five Top 5s in his last seven races here. Johnson is a safe bet to gain 10-plus spots and contend for a Top 5 Sunday, and he is always a threat to add some points in the dominator categories.

Kyle Busch ($10,400)

He just missed out on the pole, but Busch is still in prime position to score some points in the dominator categories after qualifying third. He finished third at AMS last year, and he won the 2013 event at the track. Busch should be at or near the front of the field most of the afternoon, and he could easily finish as the top scorer if he ends up having the car to beat Sunday. He needs to be in some of your GPP lineups.

Kevin Harvick ($10,200)

After snagging the pole for Sunday's race, it is safe to say Stewart-Haas Racing's offseason switch to Ford isn't holding Harvick back. He will now lead the field to the green at a track where he has been dominant recently. Harvick has led more than 100 laps in four of the last five races at AMS, including three straight. He could own the dominator categories this weekend on his way to being the top scorer at DraftKings. You have to have plenty of exposure to him this weekend.

Value Plays

Matt Kenseth ($8,600)

After qualifying 16th, Kenseth projects as a safe mid-priced addition to any lineup. His 9.3 average finish over the last ten races at Atlanta ranks first in the series, and he has just one finish outside the Top 12 in that span. Kenseth also offers some upside in the dominator categories. He has led double-digit laps in three straight starts at AMS, notching a pair of Top 5s. He could be the total package this weekend for a surprisingly affordable price.

Kasey Kahne ($8,000)

Don't overreact to his 29th-place qualifying run. He routinely qualified in the middle of the pack or deeper at 1.5-mile ovals last year but consistently moved forward. In fact, he cracked the Top 10 and gained at least nine spots in four of his final five starts at 1.5-mile tracks in 2016. Atlanta has historically been one of his stronger tracks, so Kahne could capitalize on all the upside he has in the place differential category.

Erik Jones ($7,400)

Jones enters his rookie season at the Cup level with plenty of hype, but it remains to be seen how he will perform on the track. That being said, he has the equipment to make an immediate impact, and he has an intriguing ceiling. Starting 23rd, he won't destroy your lineup if he struggles. Meanwhile, the uncertainty surrounding him will likely keep his ownership down. He could be an X-factor in GPP lineups.

Aric Almirola ($6,700)

He has quietly been a steady performer at Atlanta, reeling off four straight Top 20s and finishing in the Top 15 in his last three starts here. Almirola gained nine-plus spots three times during the same stretch, and after qualifying 30th, he once again has plenty to gain and little lose in the place differential category. Even if he only sneaks into the Top 20, he will more than justify his price tag. Almirola should be safe, solid source of cap relief, especially in cash games.

Ty Dillon ($6,100)

Dillon is a bit of a wild-card this weekend as he begins his first full-time season at the Cup level, but he is already somewhat familiar with Atlanta. He finished 17th here last year, so a Top 20 is certainly possible. Starting 26th, Dillon could be a cheap source of 30-plus fantasy points by the time place differential is factored in.

Sleeper Special

Michael McDowell ($5,700)

McDowell didn't make a qualifying run Friday, and while it will force him to start back in 36th, it makes him a much more appealing fantasy option. He finished 23rd or better in the final four races at 1.5-mile tracks last year, gaining a combined 40 spots in those races. McDowell has shown he can come from the back and grab a mid-pack finish at tracks like Atlanta, and he looks like a lock to gain a chunk of points in the place differential category. He projects as one of the safest sources of cap relief this weekend.

2017 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Starting Lineup

Pos.

No.

Driver

Sponsor

Make

1

4

Kevin Harvick

Jimmy John's

Ford

2

31

Ryan Newman

Caterpillar

Chevrolet

3

18

Kyle Busch

Snickers Crisper

Toyota

4

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

SunnyD

Ford

5

2

Brad Keselowski

AutoTrader

Ford

6

22

Joey Logano

Shell-Pennzoil

Ford

7

1

Jamie McMurray

McDonald's

Chevrolet

8

42

Kyle Larson

Target

Chevrolet

9

78

Martin Truex Jr.

Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats

Toyota

10

11

Denny Hamlin

FedEx Ground

Toyota

11

24

Chase Elliott

NAPA Auto Parts

Chevrolet

12

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Nationwide

Chevrolet

13

41

Kurt Busch

Monster Energy/Haas Automation

Ford

14

21

Ryan Blaney

Motorcraft/Quick Lane

Ford

15

6

Trevor Bayne

Liberty National Life Insurance

Ford

16

20

Matt Kenseth

DeWalt Flexvolt

Toyota

17

27

Paul Menard

Richmond/Menards

Chevrolet

18

48

Jimmie Johnson

Lowe's

Chevrolet

19

3

Austin Dillon

Dow/Quikrete

Chevrolet

20

47

AJ Allmendinger

Kroger Click List

Chevrolet

21

19

Daniel Suarez

ARRIS

Toyota

22

32

Matt DiBenedetto

Can-Am/Kappa

Ford

23

77

Erik Jones

SiriusXM

Toyota

24

10

Danica Patrick

Aspen Dental

Ford

25

14

Clint Bowyer

Haas Automation

Ford

26

13

Ty Dillon

GEICO

Chevrolet

27

34

Landon Cassill

CSX Play it Safe

Ford

28

37

Chris Buescher

Bush's Beans

Chevrolet

29

5

Kasey Kahne

Farmers Insurance

Chevrolet

30

43

Aric Almirola

Smithfield

Ford

31

23

Gray Gaulding

Dr. Pepper

Toyota

32

83

Corey LaJoie

Dustless Blasting

Toyota

33

15

Reed Sorenson

Premium Motorsports

Toyota

34

38

David Ragan

Camping World/Good Sam

Ford

35

33

Jeffrey Earnhardt

Circle Sport/The Motorsports Group

Chevrolet

36

95

Michael McDowell

WRL Contractors

Chevrolet

37

72

Cole Whitt

Rinnai

Ford

38

55

Derrike Cope

Wade Tractor and Equipment

Chevrolet

39

51

Cody Ware

Spoonful of Music Foundation

Chevrolet


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