Providing fantasy NASCAR advice, recommendations and predictions. Fantasy racing games are their own kind of animal. I've successfully played fantasy racing games for years and started this blog for the 2018 season to offer some advice and tips for winning your fantasy NASCAR games. We'll go beyond things like starting position and fastest lap times in practice to uncover which drivers have the best chance for success each week.
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE
There was no tech inspection before qualifying, so it will all be done on Saturday. That means you have to check what happens with inspection because if a car fails even one time, its qualifying time is disallowed and it will start from the back. But it will also get an official starting spot in the back which is potentially big for position difference. I don't expect mass failures here, but there will probably be a couple and those guys might become near must play guys.
Here's what I like as things sit now:
Race Two of the playoffs will be at Richmond on Saturday night. First some general strategy pointers for the week then onto some preliminary driver targets.
Could be a fun race on Sunday with a hot, slick track. All things considered, here are my top cash game plays for the week:
As a NASCAR fan, I'm very excited for the playoffs. It will be fun to watch how the Big 3 do and who might join them as top championship contenders. Keselowski is hot going into the tournament so it will be interesting to see what he can do. Lots of people turning their attention to fantasy football right now, but I hope we still see people interested in our NASCAR stuff. It's a great time for fantasy sports -- stretch run in NASCAR and baseball all while football ramps up. Here's our top list of guys to focus on heading into the weekend:
Check back throughout the weekend as we'll have more leading into Saturday's Xfinity Series race and Sunday's Cup Series race.
A very uncertain situation this weekend due to the weather. Heavy/flooding rains are expected to begin on Friday and last well into Sunday. It's unclear if there will be any dry time to allow any practice -- much less any racing -- to take place this weekend. For now, I'm only going to post a few drivers who stand out coming into the weekend. I'm not sure what else I'll be posting for this weekend. Stay tuned.
Here's a few notes to help you with Xfinity Series lineups on Saturday:
Here's a mid-week look ahead at the Darlington race on Sunday night. There are two practice sessions on Friday, qualifying only on Saturday and the race on Sunday night. It's a nice spread out schedule that will give us plenty of time to analyze results and plan our lineups. The weather forecast looks decent with only a slight chance of storms on Friday and Saturday. It doesn't look like anything will get washed out.
Before getting too deep into driver notes and targets, here are a few general points to keep in mind for this race:
Here are some preliminary driver targets:
That's it for now. We'll have some Xfinity notes on Friday night to help you set lineups for that race on Saturday. Our final Cup Series update will be on Saturday night after all practice and qualifying is complete.
Saturday AM Update: Looking back at last year, 11 was the most laps led and 7 was the most fastest laps. That added up to a grand total of 6.25 DK points. In 2016, it was 24 laps led and 15 fastest laps for 13.5 DK points. In 2015, it was 23 laps led and 14 fastest laps for 12.75 DK points. So, again, you do not need a Dominator to win this week. You want solid guys (and maybe a gal) from top to bottom with a good outlook on finishing position and positive position difference.
Nothing much changes to my initial list after Friday practice. I still like them to varying degrees. I feel real good about Allgaier and Gaughan. I also feel pretty secure in using Conor Daly in any format. He ran a lot of laps in final practice and put on new tires near the end of the practice and ran a really strong lap. He also got shafted by his sponsor, so may have some additional motivation to put on a good showing in the race.
I will add Justin Marks, Austin Cindric and JD Davison to the watch list. They all had real good speed and are with strong teams. Will all depend where they qualify. Finally, add Katherine Legge as a cheaper option at $6,000. She was running well at Mid Ohio until she had a motor issue. She was running pretty well in practice today too until Tyler Reddick hit her. There was some damage, but it didn't look like anything that would impact their race. Depending on qualifying spot, she could provide strong value.
Some notes to help you build lineups for Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Road America. The track is over 4 miles long, so it's only 45 laps that make up the 180 mile race. Only 11.25 total points out there for laps led and 22.5 points for fastest laps. Finishing position and position difference will be most important this week.
There's a chance for rain both Friday and Saturday with the greater chance looking like Friday. The most likely scenario is a wet track Friday and dry track for the race Saturday. That would really favor the series regulars who have done multiple road course races here and this year. It would also really hurt guys like Bill Elliott, Conor Daly, etc. who need practice time in race conditions since they're not accustomed to these cars.
GL on Saturday. Depending on what happens in practice on Friday, I may post a brief update Friday night/Saturday morning.
Have to be brief this week. 500 laps, so you need the dominators as we talked about all week.
Harder to do a full write-up on the Xfinity side this week because practice was not televised and, as usual, we won't know the starting order until a few hours before the race. So I'm doing more of a shortened notes version that you can use to finish lineups after qualifying.
My name is Steve and I've won thousands playing NASCAR fantasy racing games. This blog will share my advice for enjoying and winning your fantasy racing games. I'm also a NASCAR writer at the motor sports website slicksandsticks.com