NASCAR DFS Picks: Drydene 400

NASCAR DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel Drydene 400

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Drydene 400 Race Details:

Track: Dover International Speedway

Type: Short (1 Mile)

Time: Sunday, May 16 @ 2:00 pm EST 

We have a pretty straight forward race this week for the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. There are 400 laps in this one making it a Dominator race. We should look for 2-3 lap leaders for this one with that many laps available. I think this could lead to a lot of “Stars and Scrubs” and multiple punting plays being used in lineups. I think we should try and avoid that if we can. If you have to use those drivers, you need Place Differential, so lower priced drivers starting further back with good speed, and there isn’t much down there. Playing a range of single punt lines in GPPs is definitely worth it this week if you can fit 3 lap leaders in.

For comparison tracks, I think Darlington & Richmond give us a good gauge on who to use based on the package. Bristol could be used as well, but keep in mind they were racing on dirt.

The Dominators

These are your higher price drivers for NASCAR DFS. Depending on the race, and where they are starting, they are more than likely chalk. 

This section is easy this week. We have 3 drivers to really talk about.

Martin Truex Jr. starts us off this week after a truly dominating performance at Darlington last week. Truex led just under 85% of the laps in that race with 248 and also had 62 fastest laps on the way to his win. He’s really raced well with this package, also winning at Phoenix & Martinsville. Since he’s starting on the pole, He’s already at the front and could stay there for quite a while.

We’ll follow him up with Denny Hamlin starting 2nd. Hamlin has not finished worse than 5th in this package, and has three 3rd place finishes and a 2nd to round it out. He also has led a ton of laps at Richmond & Martinsville showing he’s capable of leading laps here as well.

The last driver is Kyle Larson. Larson has really impressed for much of this season with his speed and handling. He finished 2nd last week and if he can manage to keep his pit road speed down, he should be able to make moves to lead some laps here as well. Larson starts 4th this week putting him right near the top.

The Contenders

The mid-range drivers for NASCAR DFS. These drivers have top 5 potential and will often see some decent ownership. 

Starting 3rd this week is William Byron. Byron finished 4th last week and had a 6th place average position. He also hasn’t finished lower than 8th at any of the tracks using this package so far this season. While he hasn’t led many laps at those tracks, he’s been there all season. He’s starting 3rd this week.

You should also take a look at Joey Logano this week. Logano has raced well this season with this package. He finished 13th at Darlington, but has a 3rd at Richmond, 6th at Martinsville, a 2nd at Phoenix, and a win in Bristol. He has led laps at all of the tracks other than Darlington, and though he’s starting 9th, could lead some here as well.

Kevin Harvick has a great history here, and is starting 5th for the Drydene 400. Harvick finished 4th last week and managed to lead 10 laps as well. He also had a 7th place average at Richmond. The beginning of the season has been a little disappointing so far, but I think he can lead some laps here for us this week.

Kurt Busch is one of the few higher priced drivers I’m looking at who are starting further back. He had a tough race last week ending his day with only 106 laps completed. He did make his way up to 2nd though in that race. The main reason I like him this week is the 28th starting position being a great option for Place Differential points.

The other guys in this group who are good for Place Differential are Cole Custer, starting 30th, and Aric Almirola, starting 32nd. Both of these drivers have a good opportunity to advance closer to the front of the pack and give us some decent points. They’re great value plays on FanDuel where they are much cheaper than on DraftKings.

The Pack

Your lower 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 Place Differential for NASCAR DFS.

Not a lot that excites me about the drivers down here, but I have a couple of PD plays that I think could pay off well if they can maintain or slightly improve their positions.

Chase Briscoe is starting 17th and though that is a little high, he stepped it up last week finishing 11th. He had a 14.8 average run position showing that he can keep up with the higher priced drivers.

I also like Ross Chastain here. He finished 15th at Darlington and had a 15.3 average run position…right behind Briscoe. He even led 10 laps in that race, putting him with the second most.

The Yellow Flags 

These are your deep punts – use with caution! They will help you fit the high-price drivers but may not do much more for NASCAR DFS. Minimize their use in your lineups. Do not use in cash!

Honestly, no one really sticks out here in this group. If you’re going to try and use one for a 1 off line, I recommend you use Garrett Smithley. He’s raced here 3 times and has an averaged PD of +3.3.

If you’re playing MME, feel free to mix it up with the drivers down here in your lineups. Don’t go overboard though!


Good luck and have fun but remember that NASCAR is an extremely volatile sport. Never go a full 100% on any driver.

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Jeff Talbot

Jeff Talbot writes articles for both NFL & NASCAR. He is a member of the FSWA and is an avid player of all Daily Fantasy Sports. Find him on DraftKings and FanDuel @boottmills. Find him on Twitter @BoottmillsDFS