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NASCAR DFS: STP 500 DraftKings Lineup Tips (Free Preview)

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After rain had washed out qualifying at Martinsville Speedway Friday, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were able to get a couple of practice sessions on Saturday ahead of Sunday's STP 500. Now, it is time to get your DFS NASCAR lineups locked in.

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The challenge for Sunday's race is going to be finding the proper balance between the dominator categories and the place differential category. The 500-lap distance of Sunday's race demands that you have at least a couple of drivers who are capable of leading a ton of laps. If someone leads 200-plus laps and you don't have them in your lineup, you won't be winning much.

On the flip side, the bad weather Friday has the field starting by owner points, so some strong options are starting deeper in the field, and I expect a few of the top scorers to come from the group starting toward the back.

In cash game, you can lean a little more heavily on the place differential category, but you still can't completely ignore the dominator stats. In GPPs, I would recommend going with two or three guys who can lead a chunk of laps, even if it means pairing them with a punt play or two.

Check out all my top cash and GPP plays and my favorite lineup combinations for Sunday's STP 500 at Martinsville.

Top Cash Game Plays

Jimmie Johnson ($10,600)

With an outstanding resume at Martinsville, Johnson was likely to be one of the most popular plays regardless of how qualifying played out. Now that he is starting 17th, he becomes a no-brainer option in cash games. He can post a strong score simply through place differential and a solid finish, and Johnson is always capable of owning the dominator categories at Martinsville. He has a lot of avenues to score a lot of fantasy points at DraftKings.

Kyle Busch ($10,300)

Among the drivers starting in the Top 10, I think Busch is likely to be the most popular pick. I also think he is the most likely candidate to win the dominator categories. Busch had one of the strongest cars in practice Saturday, and last spring, he was the top scorer at Martinsville, leading 352 of the 500 laps on his way to the win. A repeat performance could be on tap.

Top Tournament Plays

Kyle Larson ($10,000)

Larson doesn't have a history of dominating at Martinsville, but he is the hottest driver in the series right now, and he starts on the pole after qualifying was rained out. He was also excellent on long runs in practice. It wouldn't be a shock to see Larson dominate Sunday's race, especially in the first stage. I think you have to have some exposure to him in tournaments.



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