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After throwing the typical NASCAR DFS lineup strategy out the window for last weekend's race at Talladega, it is time to get back to basics when assembling a winning roster at DraftKings for Saturday night's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.
With 267 laps on tap, you need at least on driver who has a chance to earn a lot of points in the laps led and fastest laps run categories. When you can pair the dominant driver with the drivers who take advantage of the place differential category, you have the recipe for a profitable lineup.
However, the balance between dominator points and place differential points was skewed this weekend when a dozen drivers failed to make qualifying runs, putting several Top 10 caliber drivers starting outside the Top 25.
With more points likely available in the place differential category than expected, you have to alter your approach a little but, especially in cash games. In fact, I think you can completely ignore all drivers starting up front and still build a winning cash game lineup. That's how much talent is starting deep in the field.
That same approach probably isn't going to work in GPPs. History says that around two drivers are going to lead 60-plus laps in Saturday's race, and there is a good chance one driver leads 100 or more laps. History also says that these drivers are going to start in the Top 10, likely the Top 5.
For GPPS, I think you need to build around at least one driver starting up front, if not two. From there, you can mix in some of those big names starting at the back and possibly a contrarian option starting in the middle of the pack to try to separate your lineup from the rest of the pack.
I've got my final cash and GPP picks ready to help you cash in at DraftKings this weekend. Don't forget to lock in your lineups for Saturday's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas, and don't forget that Sunday is Mother's Day.
Top Cash Game Plays
Kevin Harvick ($10,400)
He tends to be one of the most popular high-priced plays week in and week out, and I don't expect that to change at Kansas. After all, he has led the most laps at the track since 2014, and he finished second and first in two starts here a year ago. Harvick is one of your best bets for gaining exposure to the dominator categories without taking a huge risk.
Top Tournament Plays
Joey Logano ($9,500)
Logano hasn't had a true dominant performance yet this season, but he runs in the Top 5 almost every week and has been leading more laps recently. I think his breakout run could come at Kansas where he has five Top 5s, including two wins, in six races since 2014. Logano has also led 40-plus laps three times in that span, and I could see him winning both dominator categories Saturday night.
Drivers to Fade
Kurt Busch ($8,200)
He has been solid at the 1.5-mile tracks with Stewart-Haas Racing and that includes Kansas, but a solid finish alone isn't going to be enough with Busch starting sixth. I don't see him doing much damage in the dominator categories, and since he has next to no upside through place differential, I think he is dead weight at this price. I'd either take a chance on Ryan Blaney starting up front or go with any of the quality drivers who missed qualifying and have to start in the rear.