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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits Dover International Speedway this weekend, and as the track's nickname suggests, the "Monster Mile" can pose a challenge for both drivers at fantasy owners.
Dover is by no means a chaotic track in the mold of Daytona or Talladega, but it is a fast, narrow track, and when things go wrong, it isn't pretty. As a result, a lot of drivers can have boom-or-bust records at the track.
With that in mind, I'll be sticking with more of the mid-tier drivers in each group of the Yahoo game. I can still build a solid lineup even without using the top options, and if Sunday's race does tend to be crash heavy, I won't have to worry about wasting a start from guys like Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Erik Jones.
In the NASCAR.com game, my focus is largely on the dominator categories. With 400 laps on tap, the race rivals a short track in terms of the points available, and you don't want to have a bad day when there are a lot of points on the line.
You need to anchor your lineup with at least one driver starting up front to go after the dominator point. Since this format also includes stage points, I'd recommend making sure all of your high-priced drivers have a chance to lead some laps. The place differential category is not the only alternative to the dominator categories when it comes to boosting your score, and finishing in the Top 5 in a couple of stages is the equivalent to gaining 10-plus spots.
For the FOX game, qualifying didn't result in a bunch of big names starting in the back. Joey Logano looks like a must-own, but after that, I'll be focusing on the high-end drivers starting outside the Top 10 but inside the top half of the field.
You can check out a complete look at my season-long fantasy NASCAR lineups for Dover, and don't forget to lock in all your lineups for Sunday's AAA 400 Drive for Autism.
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Auto Racing
Martin Truex Jr. (A)
I always look for drivers who have both a high ceiling and a safe floor, and Truex offers exactly that at Dover. He picked up the win here last fall, and he has finished 11th or better in his last six starts here. Truex will start on the front row, so anything less than a Top 5 would be a surprise.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (B)
He continues to enjoy his best season at the Cup level, and it is at the point that you expect Stenhouse to run in the Top 15. This is especially true at Dover, where he has three straight Top 15s. After qualifying 12th, I think you can pencil him in for another quality finish.
Clint Bowyer (B)
Bowyer has been the model of consistency at Dover, notching nine Top 15s in his last ten starts, including seven Top 10s. He has been running in and around the Top 10 throughout 2017, and I see no reason that changes at one of his best tracks.
Daniel Suarez (C)
He will be making his first Cup start at Dover, but after qualifying third, I'll take my chances. For one, he has consistently been challenging for Top 15s in recent weeks, and I think the excellent track position will allow him to stay on the lead lap early on and help set him up for a solid finish.
NASCAR.com Fantasy Live
Martin Truex Jr. ($27.50)
Truex has been a force in this scoring system all season, consistently earning a lot of points in the dominator categories. Don't expect that to change this weekend. He starts second, and he has led 40-plus laps in three of his last four starts at Dover, including 187 in a win last fall. Meanwhile, he has finished 11th or better in his last six starts here. He is in prime position to exploit the dominator categories and earn a bunch of stage points, and Truex is one of the best bets to finish as the top scorer in this format.
Kevin Harvick ($27.50)
He qualified 18th, but Harvick could still end up out front Sunday. After all, he has led an incredible 810 laps in the last six races at Dover, leading 90-plus in four of his last five. His upside through the place differential category gives means he could post a big score simply by delivering a strong finish, but Harvick will likely do plenty of damage in the dominator categories and earn a chunk of stage points.
Jimmie Johnson ($26.75)
In addition to his ten wins at Dover, Johnson leads all drivers in laps led and fastest laps run at the track, and it isn't even close. He could easily go out and dominate Sunday's race on his way to being the top scorer, and at worst, he should run comfortably in the Top 10 and pad his score through place differential and stage points.
Regan Smith ($10.75)
Smith isn't going to go out and run in the Top 10, but what he can do is stay out of trouble and challenge for a Top 20. He ran 22nd at Charlotte last weekend, and I expect similar performance Sunday. He starts 30th, so Smith should pad his final score through the place differential category. He is a safe, affordable option to round out my roster.
David Ragan ($7.00)
His price tag is a selling point, but Ragan is also in good position to post a modest point total in his own right. He starts back in 33rd, but he has finished 22nd or better in three of his last four starts at Dover. Ragan should be able to approach the Top 25 and score a handful of bonus points through place differential.
FOX Fantasy Auto Racing
Jimmie Johnson ($11,300)
When Johnson is locked in at Dover, he is pretty much unstoppable. In 30 starts, he has amassed ten wins, 15 Top 5s, and 21 Top 10s. He starts 14th, so Johnson will end up in the 50-point range if he adds another Dover win to his resume.
Kevin Harvick ($10,800)
Harvick has been a new man at Dover since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, winning the fall race in 2015 and leading an impressive 810 laps in six starts. He is a strong bet to run in the Top 5 Sunday, if not contend for the win. Starting 18th, Harvick should be one of the biggest movers and highest scorers in this format.
Joey Logano ($10,700)
After a poor qualifying effort that has him starting 26th, Logano is a must-own option in this scoring system. His 8.9 average finish over the last ten races at Dover is the best in the series, and he has finished 11th or better in nine of his starts in that span. Logano is one of the few drivers who could realistically eclipse 50 fantasy points this weekend.
Clint Bowyer ($9,900)
He has been one of the steadiest performers at Dover, and over the last ten races, Bowyer has a 10.2 average finish and just one finish outside the Top 15. He qualified back in 22nd, so 10-plus bonus points through place differential is more than reasonable. A 40-point performance could be on tap from Bowyer.
Ryan Blaney ($7,000)
Blaney notched a Top 10 in his Cup Series debut at Dover, and he has shown Top 10 throughout the 2017 season. I'm expecting around 30 fantasy points from his finishing position alone. Starting 15th, Blaney also has a little upside through place differential, and his ridiculously low price tag helps me afford three high-priced options.