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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the 2020 YellaWood 500

| October 2, 2020 9:31 am PDT
NASCAR DFS Picks 2020 YellaWood 500

My NASCAR DFS picks have largely been solid, and last week some of them crushed. I had Matt DiBenedetto as one of my favorite values, and he came in second.

I didn’t have the winner in my top NASCAR DFS lineup, but I paid for Martin Truex Jr. (4th), and had another nice sleeper play with Chris Buescher finishing 9th.

Ty and Austin Dillon didn’t pan out, of course, while I needed Brad Keselowski (13th) to be a lot better. I was never picking Kurt Busch to win this thing, though, so I probably was fighting an uphill battle no matter what.

It’s nice to get four guys inside the top-13, however, and two of my value picks were fantastic.

We get to do it all again with the 2020 YellaWood 500 dropping down at Talladega this weekend.

You can check out how to bet on this race with Adam Haynes’ killer YellaWood 500 betting preview. For the DFS side of things, check out my favorite NASCAR DFS picks for the 2020 YellaWood 500.

Aric Almirola ($8.5k)

You will want to target some of the pricey drivers in this race, but one guy who is arguably coming in at a discount is Aric Almirole, who has absolutely smashed at Talladega.

He seems to think he’ll do it again, too.

Almirola won here two years ago, but he always seems to run well here. Adam Haynes pointed out in his YellaWood 500 sleepers that Almirola has the best average finish here, and that’s clearly the main draw.

You’re getting a guy that has yet to win in 2020, but knows this course, and is incredibly consistent. He has 20 top-10 finishes on the year, and last week’s 17th place run was his first step outside the top-10 since late August.

Almirola just slays at this track, folks. His last five trips to Talladega for the Cup Series have seen him finish 4th, 1st, 5th, and 8th. He is going to be dialed in here, and I don’t see a reason in fading him.

Ryan Preece ($6.5k)

Here’s another YellaWood 500 sleeper pick that Haynes and I agree on, as Preece is too cheap given his recent form.

The 29-year old probably isn’t a threat to win this thing, but he’s been really consistent lately, finishing 20th or better in each of his last four events. He’s also looked good in limited experience at Talladega, as he finished 18th and 3rd in two different races here last year.

The price is what sells me on Preece. He’s got good form, he’s cheap, and he has done well at this track. If he can avoid major mistakes, he should do his job and save us some cash to build a really fun NASCAR DFS lineup.

Joey Logano ($10.3k)

The best drivers are actually discounted compared to recent weeks, but I don’t have any issue paying up for Logano over them.

That has me passing over Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick, but I’ll definitely check later to see what the ownership projections have to say about that.

Regardless, Logano feels like a potentially contrarian option given the pricing up top. He shouldn’t be, of course, as he’s won the YellaWood 500 twice before, and has dominated at this track.

In his last 10 runs at Talladega in the Cup Series, he’s finished inside the top-10 six times.

My Favorite NASCAR DFS Lineup for the YellaWood 500

  • Aric Almirola ($8.5k)
  • Ryan Preece ($6.5k)
  • Joey Logano ($10.3k)
  • Matt Kenseth ($5.9k)
  • Clint Bowyer ($8.3k)
  • Kevin Harvick ($10.1k)

Preece looks like an elite value play, Almirola is a nice mid-range option, and Logano is one of my favorite studs for the weekend.

We can duplicate that NASCAR DFS lineup building strategy here, as I’ll wrap things up with Kenseth as a nice punt, Bowyer as a fine intermediate option, and Harvick as my second stud.

The funds are there to get you to Chase Elliott, or you can drop down to snag Brad Keselowski or someone else, and then pay up over one of my values if you’re not on board.

I’d understand, seeing as Kevin Harvick has never won this race before. He’s also struggled at Talladega in general, but if the guy is going to get it, his age 44 season (which includes nine wins) may just be it.

He’s even more enticing if people are going to scoff at the course history. Bowher is a two-time winner here, though, and he’s been very competitive lately, finishing 12th or better in each of his last five races.

Kenseth is probably on his last legs in NASCAR, but he’s also kept things together better than anyone seems to give him credit for. He’s not a great bet to even sniff the top-10, but he’s still capable of smashing this price tag when you look at five top-20 finishes in his last six events.

This one is more about the savings, of course. And I’ll leave $400 on the table to help differentiate things a bit more – assuming some of these NASCAR DFS picks didn’t already do that.

Should you be with me here, I wish you luck. Well, godspeed, either way. But if you’re joining me, consider backing these drivers even further at your favorite NASCAR betting websites.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

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