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Alternate schedule this week with Cup cars not on track until Saturday. Both practices and qualifying are on Saturday and will make for a busy day. We'll have our best update late Saturday night. For now, here's a look at some of the strong options heading into the weekend. All of the usual suspects are in play:
Final Update: Still liking a lot of things talked about below.
Post Practice Update: Not a whole lot has changed since my initial post. Harvick, Kurt Busch and Bowyer look real strong — as expected. I also like what I see so far from Hamlin, Blaney and McMurray. A lot will come down to qualifying and starting spot.
Also, I looked back at the last two races and very few guys exceed 10 points combined for fastest laps and laps led on DK. The best guys are getting in the low teens in bonus points there. So, again, the effect there is much reduced given the fewer number of laps and variables that go into road racing. Very unlikely to see any kind of Dominator.
Initial Post: Here's an initial target list for next weekend's June 24 race at Sonoma. I'll be traveling again next week, so don't know how much updating I'll be able to do. At a minimum, I'll try to post something Saturday night after qualifying.
As background, only 110 laps at Sonoma, so just over 25 points total for laps led and 50 points total for fastest laps. We typically see multiple leaders here with teams using different pit strategies, etc. (No driver has led more than 45 laps in any of the last four races, so it's unlikely we see a real Dominator.) So, it places a bigger emphasis on position difference and raw finishing position for this race. Depending on where guys start, it may make sense to fade the Big Three and go with a full roster of solid guys with good teams from top to bottom.
With that in mind, here's who I will be most focused on going into the race weekend:
Sunday Update — I added a few notes in the Saturday update. All in bold. Those are primarily my cash game targets. I can’t argue with those who prefer Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick. I do think they’ll perform well. But their salaries really hurt the rest of your roster. And which one of Truex or Larson do you leave off? Here are a few tournament targets I like:
Saturday Update — I’m traveling today so only have time for a quick update with thoughts after practice and qualifying:
I may have a few more thoughts late tonight or tomorrow morning, so check back before lock.
Tuesday Night Post:
Two things before getting into the details on the upcoming Michigan race.
(1) I don't know how many updates I'll do this week. I'll be at Texas Motor Speedway for the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night and the Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday night. I may only send a few thoughts/driver targets on Twitter. And, if I do update this site, it might be shorter than normal. It just depends on how it goes in Texas. In case it's only on Twitter, make sure you follow me @illinisjc.
(2) I'm really happy with the way last week turned out. In my last update, I said this about FanDuel -- "I really like Larson and Almirola. Reasonable prices with good upside. It's probably worth taking the discount down to Busch and/or Truex instead of paying up to Harvick. You can fill in with salary savers after that." I followed my own advice and had a great return. In the $2 tournament, I used Chris Buescher as the last guy and came in 3rd out of 1,785. In a $3 tournament, I used Ty Dillon as the last guy and came in 5th out of 196. Check out this ROI:
Michigan Opening Notes
So let's move on to this week at Michigan and hope we can continue on a pretty good roll. Here are the guys I'll be most focused on going into the race weekend:
Let's do DK first. I'm finding this to be a tricky week because I really like a bunch of guys but it's hard to get many of them together in a lineup. Here is where I come out:
On FD, mostly the same guys are in play. I really like Larson and Almirola. Reasonable prices with good upside. It's probably worth taking the discount down to Busch and/or Truex instead of paying up to Harvick. You can fill in with salary savers after that.
I'm going to spend a little more time thinking about how to handle the front of the field, but here are guys I am targeting from the 15th starting position on back. We have a good number of guys with some potential and reasonable prices:
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