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!
Only time for a few quick notes here:
Late Update: Seeing Tyler Hill now scored from 26th starting spot. Solid play there as well.
200 laps of Friday night racing from Las Vegas for the Trucks Series this week. I think pricing is a little soft this week and it will allow us to roster three of my top four options along with some pretty decent salary saver plays. Here's who I'm focused on:
Here's what I have on the salary saver side:
We've got 200 laps of Trucks Series action from Bristol on Thursday night. This is an interesting slate with two key decision points that I'll touch on below. I may not do much more on Bristol this weekend because of some other commitments the next few days. Good luck!
1. Do you take one or both of Ross Chastain and/or Parker Klingerman?
2. Do I need a potential dominator like Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger or Zane Smith?
3. Are there any usable punts?
We've got 400 laps of Saturday night racing at Richmond. We're going to need to hit on some dominators to make it work with so many laps led and fastest laps points out there. Looking over the salaries, I don't see a lot that I really like in the middle range. We've got some decent position difference guys like Eric Jones, Jimmie Johnson and Bubba Wallace. But, I think a better approach this week might be more of a stars and scrubs approach where we try to jam in as many as three potential dominators.
We've got a Friday night Xfinity Series race with Kyle Busch starting from 29th position in the #54 Joe Gibbs Racing machine. Stages are 75-75-100 and there will be a competition caution at Lap 40. I think cash lineups could get pretty chalky because using Kyle Busch limits what you can do the rest of the way and forces some plays that almost everyone will probably use.
We've got the Richmond Truck Series race on Thursday night. Like Darlington, the Trucks have not raced at Richmond for a long time, so we don't have any relevant track history. I'm looking most at Gateway from a few weeks ago as well as the short, flat tracks (Gateway, Phoenix, Iowa and Martinsville) from last year.
We'll have 367 laps and just over 500 miles of racing on Sunday night from Darlington. This is a very, very long and grueling race. And we'll see pit stops at virtually every caution flag since the tires fall off very quickly here. For cash games, we've got some really good and affordable plays starting deep in the field, so let's cover them first:
I'm really struggling with what to do with my top end plays. There are just too many good options:
-A few Saturday night updates in bold
There's so much going on this weekend that I only have time for a short Truck Series write up. This is the first time since 2011 that the Trucks are racing at Darlington, so there's really no track history to use. With no practice at a new track for most of these guys, I'm going to play it very conservatively. There are a lot of decent trucks starting pretty far back that give you high floors, good upside and some safety. We also have a bunch of good trucks starting right up front and any one of them can lead a bunch of laps and dominate the race. But these are pretty short races and we typically see several trucks lead different portions of the race so a lot of those dominator points end up getting spread out among several trucks.
While guys up front like Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, Zane Smith and Sheldon Creed all could work out, I can't really separate them and say that one of them is most likely to dominate. The early competition caution, short stages and the fact that they get six sets of tires (meaning lots of pit stops whenever a caution comes out) makes me think no one will truly dominate and that we'll see multiple leaders at different times. Since there's no clear favorite and they'll likely split a lot of the dominator points, I'm looking to build a lineup filled with solid place differential plays starting from about 10th on back.
We start the weekend with a Saturday afternoon Xfinity Series race. We've got some pretty good recent races to look back on to prepare for this weekend. The Series raced at Darlington just after the season resumed and there were two races at Homestead which is similar in that it has high tire wear, similar banking and a high line against the wall just like Darlington. So those are good races to look at and I'll be referring to them below.
Let's start with the obvious plays:
We're obviously going to need some salary savers to make Hamlin's $16k salary work, so let's spend some time on the cheap guys:
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