DraftKings DFS NASCAR Tip Sheet: Gibbs stack vs. Jimmie Johnson at Dover
After the final practice at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, it’s very apparent that we have our first opportunity to run a stack in DFS NASCAR this year on DraftKings. The Joe Gibbs Racing cars are looking completely dominant right now, and creative construction could help you fill three of your five lineup spots with JGR drivers today.
All of the Gibbs drivers are $11,500 or under, and that includes Denny Hamlin, who took the pole and won both Saturday practices. Hamlin is at a quite friendly $10,800 and might have won last week, so he is looking like a must-start. All of the Gibbs cars finished in the Top 5 in the final Saturday practice, and when a single team is looking as strong as JGR does right now, DFS Fantasy NASCAR players must take note. Matt Kenseth is well worth the $11,200, as he could contend for his third Dover win, and Kyle Busch is $10,300 and is coming off a strong season debut after a long layoff.
You’ll find a lot of relevant numbers in my preview from earlier in the week here on RotoExperts.com, including reasons to go the “other” route, building around Jimmie Johnson. He has always been the premier Fantasy selection at DIS and he was reeling off Top 3 finishes consistently before mishaps ruined his and our days at Charlotte last week. He starts 14th, which gives him better promise in terms of pass and place differential than the JGR cars, which all start in the Top 10. Johnson naturally ran well in practices, but he checks in at $13,000, so you will have to be more judicious with the rest of your lineup if you choose to use him. You can get potentially four $10,000-plus top drivers in your lineup if you build around a JGR trio, while in a Johnson lineup, your fourth driver may have to be of the sub-$9,000 variety.
Again, though, running out three JGR drivers plus Martin Truex Jr., for instance , gives you not much promise in pass and place differential, as Truex also starts in the Top 10. But in just about any lineup you comprise, you have to pair Truex with either two to three JGR cars or Johnson. At $10,200, Truex is still a nifty value as he is having his best season ever so far and Dover is easily his best track. The fact he finished 20th in the final practice is not relevant here, DIS is considered his home turf and he’ll run up front for awhile.
Kevin Harvick, as we know, can win anywhere at any time, but there is a sense his elite momentum is slipping a bit and he may not be worth the top-priced $13,900 tag this week. Kurt Busch is a good GPP play at $12,500, as he ran well in the Saturday practices and his starting position of 13th offers some pass and place differential production. Jeff Gordon is a very good GPP target at $11,700, as he starts 22nd and should be able to ride up into the Top 10. I like him as a play for pass and place differential. He is a five-time Dover winner, and has a high comfort level at DIS.
Kasey Kahne is at $10,100, and starts 25th, so there is certainly some pass and place differential there. One of the more interesting picks for pass and place differential is Danica Patrick. She is tagged at only $8,000 and starts 33rd. Her Saturday practice times were not very good, but she could still give you a decent run and finish in the Top 25.
Paul Menard finished third in the final Saturday practice and remains a tempting value at $8,400. Greg Biffle starts 7th and is coming off a good showing at Charlotte. He is only $8,800. But his Saturday practice showings may indicate that he is a risky pick, especially when you consider he has not been much of a contender overall this year.
Sam Hornish Jr. is at $7,800 and starts 28th, and after a good run in the first Saturday practice, it’s conceivable that he could offer some return for place differential by finishing inside the Top 25. Brian Scott is always capable of a respectable run, especially after a good first Saturday practice. He starts 27th, though, and is only a GPP play at $7.700. Scott has to finish inside the Top 25 to really help you, and there is always the chance he could slip towards the 30s.
Michael Annett can provide salary relief at $7,200, as he starts 34th and finished 26th in the final practice. Justin Allgaier is at $7,600 and has run respectably at DIS before, but is strictly a GPP play as he starts 24th. David Gilliland is at $7,600, starts 32nd and finished inside the Top 30 in both Saturday practices.