I started this blog to provide a casual, recreational level of fantasy NASCAR advice and discussion. I've been playing these contests for a number of years and am annoyed by lineup sellers and groups of players using the same lineup. I'm hoping to give the casual player some help in building solid lineups that can beat that annoying crowd most of the time. I'm not a "tout" and don't do this for a living, so proceed accordingly. I hope you enjoy the discussion here and Good Luck!
A couple of quick notes for you--
As I worked through lineup combinations, I found myself leaving some salary on the table. We normally would never do that outside a superspeedway, but I think it's just fine to leave up to $1k on the table for Saturday.
See the Trucks/Xfinity post below for general comments. No need to go higher than 25th starting spot for cash games. Also would avoid Rick Ware cars and David Starr due the speed/reliability concerns. Driver pool in rough order of preference--
I don't usually say a whole lot about the superspeedway races. The strategy of using guys starting near the back to avoid a lot of negative points when the big one(s) happen is pretty well known. In the Trucks and Xfinity series, I prefer guys who have some plate track experience and I'm willing to inch up a little further in the field to get it if necessary.
I don't think you need to go past 28th for Trucks and I think it's best to avoid Willie Allen, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Norm Benning. So that leaves ten options listed roughly in my preferred order based on plate track experience, starting position and overall truck and driver reliability.
Plenty of options starting 30th on back. Ferrucci, Bacarella and Graf would worry me the most. Rough order--
Lastly, a quick bet to mention for the Cup Series race on Sunday. A Ford has won 10 of the last 12 Talladega races and Ford has generally been the manufacturer that has its drivers work together the best at the plate tracks. Ford is +145 to be the winning manufacturer Sunday and I think that's a pretty good play.
Since I'm in the playoffs and trying to win a couple of fantasy NASCAR leagues, I can't give away all the strategy here. If you have something specific you'd like my thoughts on, you can DM me on Twitter @dfsnascarguy and I'll do my best to respond privately.
These are the cash game plays I'd build around --
I'm taking the Xfinity race off to give myself extra time on the Cup race. In a few playoff tournaments and need to make sure I'm ready.
Getting back close to normal on the COVID front. Thanks for all the well wishes. Still going to be a bit shorter today.
It seems to me there are a few badly mispriced trucks here --
Let's talk about a few other guys who seem tempting --
Cheap guys I'd be willing to consider:
So we've got an ongoing COVID outbreak in our house. Three of five have it. Luckily, everyone is doing well and seems well on the road to full recovery. But it's chaotic. So I'm skipping the Trucks and Xfinity races at Bristol entirely. I'll be playing some in the Cup race, but I'm not sure if I'll have time to post an article Friday night.
Hopefully back to normal soon. Stay safe out there.
For cash games, it's a stars and scrubs week for sure. We've got a number of really good high end plays and some palatable cheaper options to go with them. Here are the guys I'm focusing on:
Not into giving out full lineups, so this has to be incredibly short. Use guys starting 27th or worse and stay away from the Rick Ware and MBM cars due to unreliability and risk of losing the draft. Other than that, you're fine.
As always, don't over do it at the super speedways.
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