In this vast world of daily fantasy sports, there are your mainstream sports involving the four most prominent leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL). Then there are some of the more obscure sports in the daily fantasy sports world. One of these fun and underrated fantasy sports game to play is DraftKings NASCAR. This is one of those contests that involves all of the players (or in this case, racers, all going at the same time).
What makes DraftKings NASCAR so unique is that there are just factors that you have to consider in this sport that you would not even think about in any other sports. Examples of this would be the surface that drivers are driving on. Or what model of car that a particular driver is driving.
Imagine if you had to evaluate football players based on their past performances on turf vs grass. Or if you had to evaluate a basketball player based on the type of shoes that he was wearing. These are unique factors that only affect daily fantasy NASCAR and not any other fantasy sport.
Once you get a good grasp of how to play, the game is actually very fun itself while making NASCAR a terrible event to watch. So without further Ado, let’s get into some DraftKings NASCAR strategy!
Finding Quality Drivers
The first thing that you should be doing when researching a NASCAR event for DraftKings is checking to see where a particular driver is starting. The frustrating part about this is that this information is usually not available until a day before the race. However, this is where the value is going to be found end daily fantasy NASCAR, as I will explain a little further on.
After you are done your initial read-through of the starting positions of the race, it is most important that you find two or three drivers that you believe are going to do very well in the race. What I mean by this is that choose drivers that you believe to have the potential upside to lead the majority of laps in the race.
DraftKings Awards .5 fantasy points for every Fastest lap and .25 fantasy points for every left led, it makes it even more important to pick these drivers that have a high amount of upside to be leading in the race for the vast majority of it. Although this also depends on which course that they are driving on in a particular week.
I’ve been talking about rostering the type of drivers that can lead races, but I still haven’t explained how one can identify these drivers. The best way to do this is by looking at cumulative driver rating – which is a statistic that is widely available and is provided by NASCAR themselves. More specifically, I would tailor the driver rating toward the type of track that is being raced on that week.
Another way to identify the high upside drivers in a particular race is by looking at their practice times throughout the week. These are very indicative of how a certain driver is going to do on a track. Simply because these times are derived from the very realistic practice that they have gone through on the very track that they are going to be racing on on race day.
Along with these practice times, make sure to utilize 10 lap averages as a way to confirm your thoughts on a driver. This will give you a better sense of how a driver can perform over a longer period of time of a track. Using these methods, you will find it very easy to find a particular set of drivers and which to focus on as a core for your NASCAR lineup on that particular week.
Something else that one should be focusing on when making daily fantasy NASCAR lineups is the idea of place differential. This is the difference between a driver’s starting position, and where he finishes in the race.
DraftKings awards +/- 1 point on place differential. So if a driver starts in the 20th position and finishes 10th he will earn +10 points towards their DraftKings score. But on the other hand, if a driver starts in the 2nd position and finishes 10th they would lose -8 points towards their DraftKings score.
For this reason, it is very important to find drivers who are starting in one of the back positions that has the potential to finish near the front. These drivers are best found in starting positions anywhere of 20th or lower. Finding a few drivers that can score well on place differential can help you build a winning DraftKings lineup when paired with the dominating drivers that I explained earlier.
Searching for these type of drivers is the same as if you were finding you’re dominating drivers. Start by looking at practice times, driver ratings, and 10 lap averages in the week leading up to the race itself for all of the drivers who are starting near the back.
Using the NASCAR strategies above you will find yourself in very good situations when it comes to cash game lineups, but if you are trying to win a large GPP or tournament at DraftKings you will probably want to mix in at least one driver that might not fit the criteria or fade (not roster) one of the drivers that does meet the criteria – but you think everyone will have in their lineups.
Almost anyone who knows the basic DraftKings NASCAR strategies will be looking for the dominating type drivers that can lead the race for a lot of laps and the best drivers that are starting towards the back of the pack. For this reason, we will see a lot of those drivers extremely high owned in the DraftKings contests.
If you can identify the drivers that will be owned by a large percentage of the field and decide to fade one or two that have poor races you will set yourself up nicely. The next step would be to find a lower owned driver who does well. This could be a middle of the pack driver that has the potential to win or lead a good number of laps and finish at least at his starting position or higher.
For an example of this, let’s say that you figure a driver who is starting in the 25th position is going to be around 75% owned because he is one of the better NASCAR racers in the world and he does well at the track they are racing at for the week. Knowing that NASCAR can often be random and we see some wrecks, you decide to gamble and fade that driver. He ends up getting into a wreck mid way through the race, and now 75% of the DraftKings lineups have no shot at winning. You now put yourself into a great position to place high in the contest.
Of course, this involves some luck, but these are the types of strategies you need to think of if you want to give yourself the best chance to win a large contest at DraftKings.
Thank you for reading, and good luck in your DraftKings NASCAR contests! I would recommend checking out our DFS Bankroll Management Strategies if you haven’t already read it, or head over to our DraftKings NASCAR picks section of The Sports Geek to see if we have any picks articles up for an upcoming race.