Welcome to Left Turns – The NASCAR DFS article at Top Flight Fantasy Sports. Besides this article, we at Top Flight Fantasy Sports have the DraftKings NASCAR Control Tower & FanDuel NASCAR Control Tower putting tons of stats, projections, and proprietary grades in everyone’s hands. We also have a NASCAR DraftKings Optimizer & NASCAR FanDuel Optimizer that will be a huge help with all of the MME this season. And lets be real about this – NASCAR is an MME sport. I know not everyone can play MME, so below I give you the plays I like best every week. You can use these as your core for MME as well. We’re racing in Phoenix for the Season Finale 500. This will be a 312 lap race. Starting positions are based off the new formula. No qualifying and no practice.
Xfinity 500 2020 Race Details:
Track: Phoenix Raceway
Type: Short (1 mile)
Time: Sunday, November 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EST
We want Dominators for sure in this race. We are looking for speed this week and finish position is going to be more important than Place Differential. I’m going to look to start playoff drivers as they always seem to win the championship races. I think this should be straight forward for building lineups this week.
We want to look at the same races as last week’s race, so Phoenix earlier this season, two Martinsville races, Richmond, and New Hampshire.
These are your higher price drivers for NASCAR DFS. Depending on the race, and where they are starting they are more than likely chalk.
We have 4 playoff drivers left for the Championship race. Chase Elliott (1st), Joey Logano (2nd), Brad Keselowski (3rd), and Denny Hamlin (4th) are all going to be in play this week for the Season Finale 500.
Brad Keselowski has raced well in this track type this season. He won the race in NH this season and also in Richmond. He finished 11th in Phoenix and led 82 laps in that race. He finished 4th last week.
Joey Logano has also raced well on short flat tracks this season. He hasn’t finished worse than 4th at any of these tracks this season, and he won here this spring. He finished 3rd last week.
Chase Elliott won last weeks race at Martinsville, and looked really fast doing it. He led 236 laps there and has had one of the fastest cars this season. He hasn’t finished worse than 9th at this track type in 2020.
Anyone who has followed NASCAR this season has seen how well Denny Hamlin has raced, with 7 wins under his belt. Hamlin led 42 laps last week, but hasn’t raced as well at this track type. He’s in play, but I’ll be a little heavier on the other 3 playoff drivers.
I think Kevin Harvick is in play here as well and would love nothing more than to win this race after he was cut from the playoffs after having the best seasons in his career. He finished 2nd in Phoenix earlier this season. He starts 11th.
8-12k drivers on FD / 7-10k drivers on DK for NASCAR DFS. These drivers have top 5 potential, and will often see some decent ownership.
I think Cole Custer is in an interesting spot for the race this week. I like his speed on this track type and he hasn’t finished worse than 11th on the 1 mile flat track races this season. He starts the Season Finale 500 15th, giving him high finish potential.
William Byron wrecked in Martinsville last week, which puts him starting back in 25th. Byron has raced this track type well this season with 3 top 10 finishes and has a 14.4 average finish at Phoenix in his career.
I really like Tyler Reddick as well this week as he has raced this track type better than many. He crashed at Phoenix earlier this season, but had a top 10 average position before that. He also has good history here in Xfinity with 2 wins and though he’s starting 21st, we could see him finish closer to the top.
Your low – mid tier priced players on both sites. These guys more than likely won’t win the race. Here we will target drivers who will get us points through Position Differential for NASCAR DFS.
Chris Buescher has 3 top 10 finishes in his last 10 races overall. He has had some bad luck with crashes or a malfunction causing him to fall back in 5 of his last 10. Buescher likes racing here and has 4 consecutive top 20 finishes in Phoenix. He starts 32nd this week for the Season Finale 500 meaning we could get some PD as well if he advances to the top 20.
I also think that Ryan Preece is worth taking a look at. He’s starting 24th, which is a little high, but he has shown decent speed, with his 4th top 20 finish at this track type this season. He has the best average driver finish in this price range this season at this trick type.
The Yellow Flags
These are your deep punts – use with caution! They will help you fit the high priced drivers, but may not do much more for NASCAR DFS. Minimize their use in your lineups. Do not use in cash!
I’m not punting this week. I need good finishes, and most of these guys won’t even be on the lead lap by the first stage.
Good luck and have fun, but remember that NASCAR is an extremely volatile sport. Never go a full 100% on any driver. Also, Check out our MLB content now that they’re playing ball again!