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Best NASCAR Cook Out Southern 500 DFS Picks for 2020

| September 4, 2020 11:07 am PDT
NASCAR DFS 2020 Cook Out Southern 500

I handed out my first set of NASCAR DFS picks last week, and they were plenty solid. I went with Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin as my two pricey studs and wrapped things up with Ty Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Jimmie Johnson, and Aric Amirola.

My lineup didn’t win big – and it didn’t have the winning driver – but Hamlin finished third, Elliott was second, and Ty Dillon (22nd) was my only driver that finished outside of the top-20.

Not a bad first try at handing out NASCAR DFS picks. It’d be nice to get the first place finisher and everyone well inside the top-20, though, and we’ll try to do both again going into the 2020 Cook Out Southern 500.

This is a week to load up on studs near the front of the pack, so we’ll want to be careful who we use as our value plays. For advice in both regards, read on for the best NASCAR Cook Out Southern DFS picks.

Denny Hamlin ($11.4k)

The top NASCAR sportsbooks have Hamlin tied as the favorite with Kevin Harvick, so it isn’t shocking to vouch for him at DraftKings and FanDuel.

Hamlin was very much in the running to win the Coke Zero Sugar 400 last week, and he’s excelled at Darlington Raceway. He’s won this event twice before, and could join elite company by getting a third win on Sunday.

Coming in with excellent form and six wins under his belt for the year, the only reason at all to go against Hamlin is because of his price tag.

Of course, as I’ll touch on in a bit, there is a very strong argument for saving a little bit of cash and betting Harvick wins this thing.

Erik Jones ($9.6k)

Jones isn’t exactly cheap, but the winner of the 2019 Cook Out Southern 500 certainly stands out as a solid play. Obviously he won here last season, but the 24-year old seems to always race well at Darlington, as he finished 8th and 5th in his two previous runs in this event.

The price isn’t amazing and Jones starts from the 30th spot, but that could obviously work in his favor. He’s one of the best options when looking at place differential, even if his recent form is a tad discouraging.

Ultimately, I can’t see myself fading him based on where he’s starting. He’s a terrific driver with very strong history at this event, while his 10 top-10 finishes this year showcase his ability to move away from the pack in 2020.

Martin Truex Jr. ($9.4k)

If you want an elite pivot for tournaments, consider paying for Martin Truex Jr. He won here in 2016, and has been on fire with eight consecutive top-5 finishes.

Hot streaks aren’t really a thing, until they are. At some point, we need to pay mind to a guy who is just driving at a high level with absurd consistency.

Truex Jr. has been dialed in for quite some time now, and for a guy who has 19 top-10 finishes and one win on the year, you have to wonder when he’s going to break through and get that second victory.

Not only has Truex Jr. been awesome all season, but he’s fared quite well at Darlington, too. Obviously he won here in 2016, but

Tyler Reddick ($7k)

If you need more value (and you will), consider Tyler Reddick. I like a lot of cheap drivers here, but Reddick stands out with finishes of 7th and 13th at this track.

Adam Haynes actually highlighted him in his Cook South Southern 500 sleepers post, and for good reason. Reddick wasn’t great in his last race, but he’s been very competitive based on his price tag.

The 24-year old has been in the mix for strong finishes numerous times lately, finishing 18th or better in eight of his last 10 races. He’s also displayed top-10 upside nine times this season, while his starting position (24th) gives him the wiggle room he needs to (hopefully) pay off.

My Favorite NASCAR DFS Lineup for September 6

  • Kevin Harvick ($10.9k)
  • Erik Jones ($9.6k)
  • Martin Truex Jr. ($9.4k)
  • Ryan Newman ($7.2k)
  • Tyler Reddick ($7k)
  • Ryan Preece ($5.9k)

I love Hamlin for this race, but I’m not going to force him into my final NASCAR DFS lineup – not when there is an equally dominant driver that costs $500 less.

Harvick shares the same +300 odds to win this race, and he actually has one more win than Hamlin on the year. I love them both, and my goal would be to get one of these guys into your Cook Out Southern 500 DFS lineups.

For this one, I am going with Harvick, who won two races ago, and has three victories since August 8th. He’s also excelled at Darlington, winning in 2014 and finishing inside the top-5 in four of his last five runs in this event.

That’s all the selling Harvick requires, while I think I’ve pumped up Truex Jr., Jones, and Reddick enough to warrant their placement in NASCAR DFS lineups.

Newman and Preece are honestly about two things; salary and starting position. Newman is probably the safer play (two top-10 finishes here since 2016), but these guys start at 31 and 35, so they just need to not be completely abhorrent to pay off and help this roster succeed.

I think Preece can do enough at this price tag. He’s managed 20+ fantasy points in six of his last seven races, so if he can do a little better, I think he works out nicely.

While I like these NASCAR DFS picks and this lineup, you may disagree or prefer to simply bet on the 2020 Cook Out Southern 500. If so, be sure to check out our 2020 Cook Out Southern 500 betting preview.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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