DraftKings DFS NASCAR Picks: Charlotte
Charlotte Motor Speedway is clearly Jimmie Johnson’s house. But after qualifying and practice runs for the Coca-Cola 600, it is clear that Martin Truex Jr. wants to share in the unofficial naming rights.
Johnson ($10,200 on DraftKings) is a seven-time winner at CMS, and he is only the fourth-highest priced driver this week. He leads all competitors at Charlotte in Driver Rating (109.0), Average Green Flag Speed, percentage of laps in the Top 15 (85.0) and Quality Passes. He placed in the Top 3 in all practices and was second in Best 10 Consecutive Lap Averages to Truex in the final practices. With his history at the track, plus his pre-race momentum, Johnson is a lock that should be the highest owned driver on DK this week.
Tight finishes are seemingly a norm in the Sprint Cup Series this year, as eight of the first 12 races have ended with a margin of victory under one second, the most since 2010. Truex, who is priced very nicely for a top contender this week at 9,800, could make it a close call down the stretch with Johnson, and the two can be somewhat easily paired together in DFS. Truex only has two Top 5s in 21 Charlotte starts, but his practice runs along with the fact he starts on the pole should make you ignore the past history. He finished first in the final practice and had the Best 10 Consecutive Lap Averages in each of the final two sessions, just ahead of Johnson.
Kurt Busch is one of the best values among the better drivers at $9,000. He placed in the Top 2 in each of the final practice sessions and he has the second-most Fastest Laps Run at the site. He also starts 13th, which can help you somewhat in terms of place differential. If pre-race events are any indication, Busch could be one of the best pure DraftKings plays this week.
Joey Logano ($9,700) won the All-Star Race last week and placed fourth in the final practice session. His Average Finish of 9.5 is the best in the series and he has eight Top 10s in 14 CMS starts. He’s a solid cash game play and he always has the upside to help you soar in tournaments. He starts second and can lead a good amount of laps this week.
Carl Edwards ($10,300) starts ninth and he has 15 Top 10s in 22 starts at this week’s site. He is second in Average Finish in 10..5 and third in Quality Passes. He ran 11th in the final practice but like Logano, he is a good cash game play and can always boost you in a tournament.
Matt Kenseth ($9,900) starts 27th and offers a lot of upside for place and pass differentials. He is fourth best in DR (95.5), Fastest Laps Run, Average Green Flag Speed and Quality Passes at CMS. He finished eighth in the final practice session.
Kyle Busch is the second-most expensive driver on DK this week at $10,400 and he is second in DR (106.1), Average Green Flag Speed, Percentage of Laps in the Top 15 (78.4) and Quality Passes. He was not a major factor in pre-race events, but with his history at the site and a 16th place starting position, he does have some potential to nicely boost your overall results.
Kasey Kahne stands out for place and pass differential upside, as he has won four times at CMS and he starts 29th. He is third in DR (97.4) and Average Green Flag Speed. He did not stand out in practices, but his history at this track makes him a very alluring play. Denny Hamlin is a nice value play at $8,800 when you consider he is fifth in DR (94.9) and third in ARP and percentage of Laps in the Top 15 (74.9).
Austin Dillon ($8,200) starts 28th and is looking like a solid start with some promise. He has an Average Finish of 13th in four races at CMS, and is fourth in Laps in the Top 15 and fifth in Average Green Flag Speed. He had the fifth Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average in the final practice. Chase Elliott ($8,600) is looking like a good play at any track right now.
Among the bargain and lower-priced drivers, a pair of Roush-Fenway selections are looking good this week. Greg Biffle could be one of the best values of the week at $6,600. He. qualified sixth and is eighth in DR at 88.0. He was fifth in the final practice session with the fourth Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average. He could drop a few spots in terms of differential, but overall he still looks very good for the price. His teammate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($6,900) finished Top 6 in each of the final two practice sessions. He qualified third, which makes him a bit iffy in differentials, but like Biffle, he looks nearly ideal otherwise for the price tag. Another Roush driver, Trevor Bayne, is highly recommended at $6,300 if you want to save even more. He placed 17th and 14th in the final two practices.
Ryan Blaney continues to be very appealing at $7,500, and he rain in the Top 10 in each of the final two practices. If you are looking for super savers under $6,000, consider Chris Buescher ($5,500), who ran 14th and 19th in the final two practices, and Brian Scott ($5,200), who can finish in the Top 25 and maybe even better despite starting 30th.