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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the 2020 Bank of America Roval 400
Last week was a disaster with my NASCAR DFS picks, as I never really stood a chance with Aric Almirola crashing and finishing 37th.
My daily fantasy NASCAR picks weren’t pristine beyond that, but Ryan Preece (10th) was a brilliant value play. I also vouched for Matt Kenseth (16th), but the rest of my picks disappointed.
It was a down week for sure, but we can all try again at the 2020 Bank of America Roval 400.
Chase Elliott enters as the clear favorite to win (+250), which probably has something to do with him winning this event last year. DFS players should consider that there are just two runs in this exact setting for this event (Road Course + Oval = Roval), though, so banking on last year’s winner may not be the best call.
If you want to bet on this year’s race, stop by Adam Haynes’ 2020 Bank of America Roval 400 betting preview. For daily fantasy advice, read on for my favorite NASCAR DFS picks.
Ty Dillon ($5.7k)
My favorite punt of the weekend is Dillon, who survived the carnage of the YellaWood 500 and finished third.
He used that strong finish to voice his desire to keep competing at a high level in 2021 and beyond.
It was his first top-5 finish of the year and just his second of his career, though, so don’t get too excited.
The point is he displayed his ability to get through some ugliness, and maybe he has a little more upside than we’ve seen to this point. With this event specifically, though, we know how he handles himself as he finished 15th in 2019.
Dillon comes in with solid course history and nice momentum after last week. He’s also dirt cheap, and it won’t take much for him to pay off.
Erik Jones ($8.2k)
I have to mention Jones, who is probably a little too cheap at this $8.2k price. The guy is on fire at the moment, as he’s cracked the top-10 in each of his last three races, finishing 3rd, 8th, and 2nd during that span.
Jones is feeling it, and with 14 top-10 runs and a win on the year, his ability to compete and finish strong is evident. His DFS price doesn’t reflect it, but he also cracked Adam Haynes’ Bank of America 400 sleepers if you plan on betting on the race.
Despite his stellar form, Jones isn’t really being taken seriously after finishing dead last here in 2019. I won’t buy into such a small sample size for this specific course that much, though, especially not when he’s coming in at a discount.
Kevin Harvick ($9.9k)
Chase Elliott won here last year and had 20 finishes inside the top-10, as well as three wins this year. Denny Hamlin has seven wins in 2020, too.
There are a lot of elite drivers worth paying up for, but nobody stands out more than a severely discounted Harvick. He’s won nine races this season and finished inside the top-10 an insane 27 times, yet he’s the fifth most expensive option at DraftKings this week.
Recent form certainly is the main reason. He’d been on a tear, but has slowed down with 10th and 20th place finishes over his last two runs. Most drivers would kill for finishes like those.
The reality is Harvick won’t stay down for long. Not only is he due for a big bounce-back performance, but he also excelled here with a 3rd place run in 2019.
I love Harvick as my top spend this weekend, with an eye on going mostly balanced beyond these first three NASCAR DFS picks.
My Favorite NASCAR DFS Lineup for Sunday, October 11
- Ty Dillon ($5.7k)
- Erik Jones ($8.2k)
- Kevin Harvick ($9.9k)
- Matt DiBenedetto ($7.9k)
- William Byron ($8.6k)
- Denny Hamlin ($9.7k)
It’s possible this squad could be a little contrarian, so definitely consider throwing in your own wrinkles. If you use this exact lineup, maybe duplicate it and make some variations with additional NASCAR DFS lineups.
With that said, I think I’d start my core with Dillon, Jones, Harvick and Hamlin. Let everyone else go out of their way to pay up for the top-priced studs. They could be worth it, but I have a hard time believing I’m being silly rostering Harvick and Hamlin (16 total wins between the two) together.
I love that pairing, Jones kind of speaks for himself, and Dillon feels like an elite punt. You can differentiate with the other two slots based on ownership, but DiBenedetto is in solid form, has cracked the top-10 ten times this year, and even has a win.
He also did very well at this event in 2019, finishing 11th. If he can keep it going, he should help piece together a nice-looking roster. The odds are solid he won’t crater it, at least.
Byron is just a nice midrange option to close things out. He finished 6th in this race last year, and he got back to good form with a 4th place finish last week. He’s made it inside the top-12 twelve times in 2020, and even has two wins.
There was a nice three-week run where Byron was on fire with three consecutive top-five performances. If we’re knee-deep in another one of those, he could be a fantastic piece to this NASCAR DFS puzzle.
As said, switch things up as you feel you need to based on ownership projections and pole position as the week advances. Whatever you do, hopefully my daily fantasy NASCAR picks serve you well.
Good luck, and enjoy the race!