Auto Club 400
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The starting lineup is set and all practice sessions are in the books, and it is time to get your DFS NASCAR lineups set for Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway.
The Auto Club 400 will be the first race of the year at a 2.0-mile track, and the track's long straightaways and wide surface create some decent passing opportunities and tend to cause the dominator points to be spread between a couple of drivers.
Historically, drivers starting up front have had a decided advantage when it comes to leading laps. In fact, all 11 drivers who have led 30-plus laps in a race at Auto Club over the last five years have started inside the Top 10, and seven have started in the Top 5.
The trend is something to keep in mind when building tournament lineups this weekend, and I think you need to risk losing some points in the place differential category in order to increase your chances of maximizing your points in the dominator stats.
Cash games are a much different story. Pre-qualifying tech inspection proved to be a hurdle for several drivers, and as a result, multiple big names are starting outside the Top 30. These drivers are practically must-own options in cash games, and I think you need to build cash game lineups almost exclusively around the place differential category.
Check out all of my top cash game and GPP driver picks and favorite lineup combinations, and start building some winning DFS NASCAR lineups for Sunday's Auto Club 400.
Top Cash Game Plays
Joey Logano ($10,300)
Starting back in 35th, Logano is a must-own option in cash games. He has been one of the best in the series at 2.0-mile tracks, and he can post a huge score based solely on finishing position and place differential. Look for Logano to be one of the biggest movers and top scorers Sunday.
Jimmie Johnson ($9,800)
He has been the best in the business at Auto Club throughout his career, and Johnson has a high floor and even a higher ceiling this weekend. He starts 37th after electing not to qualify, but his 6.5 average finish and six wins here suggest he will be storming toward the front Sunday. Even if he doesn't score any points in the dominator categories, Johnson could still be a Top 3 scorer this weekend thanks to place differential.
Top Tournament Plays
Kevin Harvick ($10,800)
With Larson on the pole and Logano and Johnson starting so deep, Harvick could actually be slightly overlooked this weekend. If there is anything I have learned playing DFS NASCAR, it is that forgetting about Harvick is a bad idea. He led 142 laps at Auto Club last year and has seven Top 5s and 350 laps led in nine starts at two-mile tracks since joining Stewart-Haas Racing. Make sure to have some exposure in tournament lineups.