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Phillip Bennetzen

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The field is set for Sunday’s race at Road America with Chase Elliott and Chase Briscoe on the front row. Let’s delve into this week’s top Fantasy NASCAR picks and value plays for DraftKings and FanDuel NASCAR DFS lineups for the Kwik Trip 250.

Fantasy NASCAR Picks: Kwik Trip 250 Values

Chase Elliott, 1st ($11,000 DraftKings)

Last year’s winner rolls off the grid in first, in a race he predicted, in post-qualifying comments, would be hard to pass in. Sounds like a formula where Elliott can replicate what Kyle Larson did at Sonoma, lead the entire first stage from the pole and hopefully be in the mix, later on, to contend for the win. Elliott’s road racing prowess doesn’t need to be rehashed, he’s shown over the past few seasons that he can show up to any road race and win the event from any position. However, there is some tricky math to get around for Elliott to be viable in cash. With just 62 laps on tap, the dominator points are few and with any lost place differential, he can easily negate with lost positions what he gained via fastest laps and laps-led points. Thus, Elliott is not an essential piece of a cash-style build tomorrow, but he’s in a prime position to lead a majority of the race and hit that coveted 5x value range.

Daniel Suarez, 17th ($7,700 DraftKings, $11,500 FanDuel)

Despite posting the 10th-fastest single lap in practice and the fifth-fastest consecutive five-lap average, Suarez posted a disappointing qualifying lap and now finds himself in this weird range for DFS. Unlike drivers that will be mentioned below, Suarez has place differential to offer but not 20-plus potential. Furthermore, starting this far back his upside as a potential lap leader is cut off and probably only happens if he goes in a different direction against the field in terms of when he pits.

However, with so few laps led and fastest laps available, Suarez’s limited place differential still makes him valuable, even in cash. Furthermore, in both of 2022’s road races, the 99 Trackhouse Team has shown the propensity to go against the grain in order to get Suarez out front and there’s no reason to think a similar strategy isn’t employed on Sunday.

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Kevin Harvick, 28th ($8,100 DraftKings, $ 6,800 FanDuel)

Three road races, three subpar qualifying attempts and somehow they keep getting worse. This time, Harvick finds himself starting 28th with salaries that make him perfect for utilization in head-to-head games or double-ups. While Harvick is not the road racing ace he once was, he’s still finding a way to maneuver through the field and post respectable finishes — four top-15 finishes in his past five road races (the exception is 33rd at the Charlotte Roval when he tried to wreck out Chase Elliott and wrecked his own car).

At this stage of Harvick’s career, practice is merely just a time for Harvick to run around and relay information back to crew chief Rodney Childers, thus don’t fret about his 32nd-fastest single lap time. Expect Harvick to race forward and put himself in position for another top-10 finish, a calculated move he has to make as he holds on to the final playoff spot, with nine races remaining in the regular season, by just nine points.

William Byron, 29th ($9,000 DraftKings, $9,000 FanDuel)

After running a corner too long in his first qualifying attempt, Byron waited as long as possible (to give his tires time to cool) to make a second attempt. However, Byron’s second try still wasn’t fast and now he finds himself starting 29th and a lock in cash games, regardless of format.

For the season, Byron has finished 12th at COTA and ninth at Sonoma. Unless one of the drivers up front manages to sit on the lead for the majority of the day, Byron possesses the best floor as well as the highest fantasy-point ceiling due to his place differential potential.

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Ty Dillon, 30th ($5,500 DraftKings, $3,500 FanDuel)

Justin Haley, 34th ($5,900 DraftKings, $4,500 FanDuel)

Rounding out rosters this week, DFS players have two options who both find themselves starting near the rear.

Ty Dillon is getting extra seat time this week driving the No. 6 for JD Motorsports in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, hoping to make up for lost time as it’s been a few years since his last race here (2016). Not to mention, in his three Xfinity Series starts here for his grandfather (Richard Childress) his finishes were all in the teens. However, in Saturday’s Group A practice session, Dillon was among the fastest and posted the ninth quickest single-lap among all 37 drivers. Dillon is a floor play for cash and should pick up seven to 10 spots from start to finish.

Justin Haley, a much more accomplished road racer in the Xfinity Series, posted fairly better results with no results worse than 11th at Road America. However, the key for Haley is that he’s raced at Road America for three straight seasons (2019-21) in the Xfinity Series. Perhaps that familiarity can propel Haley forward, despite lackluster practice results. For the year, Haley has finished 15th and 12th in the two Cup Series road races, and while another top-15 might be out of Haley’s range tomorrow, picking up a top-20 isn’t out of the question. Among the two drivers, Haley is the preferred punt play due to a higher ceiling but for those who need the extra salary, Dillon will make cash rosters work.

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Phill Bennetzen is a father, husband, and Catholic as well as a self-professed annoying fitness guy. Phill heads up NASCAR content at Awesemo.com. You can contact Phill by emailing [email protected].

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