Welcome fellow race fans to the return of FakePigskin’s coverage of NASCAR Daily Fantasy. I’m your new primary driver, Scott Young. I’ve been a NASCAR fan since the 1990s and I was ranked inside the top 100 of NASCAR Thunder 2004 online racing on the PlayStation 2 platform, so my credentials are warranted. I’m looking forward to driving in circles with all of you for the final 9 races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs!
For those of you not familiar with how NASCAR Daily Fantasy is played, here is the basic rundown of how it works:
- You must select five to six drivers to race, but each driver has a salary assigned to them and you must fit their salaries within a $50,000 cap, so you cannot just load up on the top five to six drivers in the points standings.
- Points are scored by a driver’s place differential (Starting position -finishing position), fastest laps posted, laps led, pass differential (amount of cars passed – times being passed), and their finishing position.
- You will need to find the balance of your front running drivers along with your sleeper drivers you can count on to out perform their salary ranking and finish in the top 15.
This week, the Cup Series will race at the tricky New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This one mile flat oval track is very technical and was always my least favorite track to race on during my career mode on Nascar Thunder 2004! I will break down my drivers to watch into three stages, just like each NASCAR race: My All-Stars, Solid Performers, and Sleepers.
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- Martin Truex Jr. ($10,500): Truex has carried his regular season championship into his series best fifth win in race 1 of the Playoffs last week at Chicagoland Speedway. According to DriverAverages.com, in the last five races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Truex has an average finish of 9.2 with a best finish of 3rd and lowest finish of 16th, but has led a series high 401 laps! Even with the second highest salary of $10,500, you can’t pass up having Truex lead your team.
- Matt Kenseth ($9,400): Quick! Which driver has the best average finish at NHMS over the last five races? Not Truex, not Kyle Busch, not Kevin Harvick, it’s the 20 car of Matt Kenseth at 2.8! Kenseth is notorious for winning races from outside the top 10 so he is a great option not only have a great finish, but also gain points by passing other cars. Kenseth has the 8th highest salary at $9,4000 which looks to be a steal.
- Kevin Harvick ($10,100): Kevin Harvick is the highest average finish at NHMS over the last five races of the non-Joe Gibbs Racing drivers at 6.80. Harvick is a threat everywhere he goes after he joined Stewart-Haas Racing at the beginning of the 2015 season. Until Martin Truex’s recent uprising, Harvick was the first name you thought of as possible race winner each week. Harvick’s salary of $10,100 provides an alternate option as your top driver if you choose to stay away from Truex.
- Daniel Suarez ($7,500): You would expect Suarez to be more in the ‘Sleepers’ section of this article, but I’m going to promote him quickly to ‘Solid Performers’. Suarez finished sixth in his debut performance earlier this year and with his Joe Gibbs Racing team, I expect him to match that this weekend. After being hired very late in the off season to drive the 19 Toyota, Suarez has been developing as the season has gone on. Suarez has a salary of $7,500 that gives you more options with the rest of your roster.
- Joey Logano ($8,700): After struggling through the whole summer, Logano nearly won his way into the playoffs with a second place finish at Richmond. Even with the disappointment of missing the playoffs, Logano had a solid seventh place finish at Chicagoland. Logano wants to prove to everyone he’s still a top driver even with not being in the playoffs. Logano has a very manageable salary of $8,700 and did I mention this is his hometown race?
- Ty Dillon ($6,700): Ty always seems to be in everyone ‘Sleeper’ pick, but he has put together a very quietly solid rookie season having an average finish of of 18.9 for the single car Germain Racing team. Ty finished 16th in his debut this year and with the news that Ty will drive this car next year, spirits are up in the 13 garage.
- Ryan Newman ($7,200): The driver who nearly broke the playoffs in 2015 by nearly winning the championship without winning a race! Before last week’s 23rd place finish, Newman’s previous 3 finishes were sixth, seventh, and third! Newman definitely saves his best when it’s playoff time. Grab your helmet Ryan, you’re definitely racing for me this weekend!
Remember it was Reese Bobby who taught the class in Talladega Nights, “The fastest get paid.” So here’s to all of you making some money this weekend!