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I think the Trucks build is pretty straight forward this week and there's only two key decision points I'll focus on in this article.
(1) Take Kyle Busch. I documented in the Charlotte preview below that his salary really should be about $20k in the Trucks contests. He did not have a good (or typical Kyle) race at Charlotte because there was something wrong in the front end of the truck. Despite that, he still scored 75 DK points, which allowed him to hit 5x on his $15k salary. Kyle owns the team so rest assured he won't be coming into this race with a broken truck. And he's going to be mad as hell about losing the last race and not collecting on the "bounty" Kevin Harvick put out there. Mad Kyle is usually dominant Kyle. Crazily, DK reduced his salary to $14k and he starts 6th -- which gives him a much easier path to dominating the race with laps led and fastest laps. 100 DK points is well within reach and I just don't see how you can possibly fade him in a cash game.
(2) I think it's worth paying up for another real high priced stud - either Chase Elliott or Ross Chastain. I think this makes sense in this slate for three reasons. First, both of these guys are going to score a lot of points and have tremendous upside. Second, I don't see a lot of good plays in the mid range from about $7k-$10k. I just don't see any good options in that range with significant dominator or position difference potential. Third, there are plenty of very cheap plays starting way back in the field. As between Elliott and Chastain, it's just a question of how aggressive you want to be. I think Busch or Elliott will lead almost every lap and run almost every fastest lap. It's reasonable to project Elliott for a Top 3 finish -- which alone would put him at 51 DK points. He would only need 14 additional points from laps led or fastest laps to hit the 5x mark and that's very doable considering the tire fall off we always see at Atlanta and the amount of traffic there is with a 40 truck field. With Kyle in the race at Charlotte, Chase had 22.75 combined laps led and fastest laps points. It's a more aggressive play with a lot of upside. Chastain, on the other hand, starts 27th, so offers a good +20 position difference upside. It's not reasonable to expect him to lead laps or run anything more then a handful of fastest laps. So this is a safer play with a little less upside. But, even if he finishes 10th, you're still looking at 51 DK points even without laps led or fastest laps.
Just a quick note on John Hunter Nemechek - who you could group with Elliott and Chastain. He ran great and finished 6th at Charlotte. But this truck has had mechanical issues in the past and John can be really aggressive at times. I certainly would not call it a bad play to use him, but it's more risky then I like to be.
(3) Here are the cheaper plays I'm looking at to fill out my roster:
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