FireKeepers Casino 400
Yahoo: Top 30 Drivers
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series makes a stop at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and you plan on cashing in at DraftKings playing NASCAR DFS, here are a few things to remember.
Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 is scheduled for 200 laps, so the points available in the dominator categories are lower than most weeks. You don't want to ignore the dominator points, but at the same time, you should make sure that at least four of your drivers can post big score through finishing position and place differential.
As for the dominator points, history says that the two drivers starting on the front row are the most likely to lead a lot of laps. Considering Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. will make up Row 1 Sunday, I think there is a good chance that trend continues.
In fact, I think you need to roster both Larson and Truex in all of your cash lineups, and I would also have at least one of them, if not both, in a lot of your GPP lineups. Granted, you need to find ways to make your lineup stand out to win a larger tournament, but avoiding the obvious best plays just for the sake of being different isn't a smart strategy.
You need the top scorers in your lineup if you plan on taking down bigger tournaments, and sometimes, the popular picks are also the top scorers.
With that in mind, here is a closer look at Larson, Truex and the rest of my favorite cash and GPP plays for Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan.
Top Cash Game Plays
Kyle Larson ($10,200)
The trick for cash games is to find a safe way to gain exposure to the dominator categories, and you won't find a safer option this weekend than Larson. He has won the last two races at two-mile ovals, including a win from the pole at Auto Club in March when he led more than 100 laps. He starts from the pole again Sunday, and a repeat performance is a very real possibility. I expect Larson to be the most used driver in a majority of leagues.
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,000)
Truex has arguably been the most dominant driver on the season, and the first time the series visited a 2.0-mile oval, he led 73 laps. He will start on the front row Sunday, so another impressive performance should be on tap. Look for Truex to be one of the two most popular picks and one of the two highest scorers at DraftKings.
Top GPP Plays
Jimmie Johnson ($9,800)
Sure, he is starting at the back of the field in a backup car at a track where he been hit and miss, but Johnson thrives in situations like this, and all the red flags should lower his ownership. He started at the back of the pack before winning at Dover a few weeks ago, and despite the up-and-down results at MIS, he does rank first in both dominator categories here. You can never completely ignore Johnson.
Chase Elliott ($9,400)
If you're looking to punt either Kyle Larson or Martin Truex Jr. or both, Elliott is one of my favorite contrarian options to build around. He finished second in both races at Michigan as a rookie, leading 30-plus laps in both starts. Elliott starts 10th Sunday, which is exactly where he started when he led 35 laps here last June.