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DFS Picks for the 2021 NASCAR Drydene 400

| May 14, 2021 8:57 am PDT

NASCAR keeps on trucking this weekend, as the 2021 Drydene 400 pulls up at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.

Martin Truex Jr. comes in as the odds-on favorite at the top NASCAR betting sites. He won here in 2016, he won last week, and he is starting in the #1 slot this weekend.

You can choose to back him at the sportsbooks if you wish, but there could be merit in fading such a popular option in daily fantasy NASCAR tournaments.

For who to play this weekend, join me as I break down the best NASCAR DFS picks and top lineup for the 2021 Drydene 400.

Brad Keselowski ($10.3k)

I see the merit in paying for a lot of the other pricey drivers, but the fun starts with Keselowski. There is just so much to like about him this weekend. Here is a nice little list to get things going.

  • He won this event back in 2012
  • Projected to be 27% owned
  • 4th best points projection
  • Starting from 15th slot
  • Great recent form
  • Strong track history

Oh, and despite being one of the best options, he is just the fifth most expensive driver.

Keselowski has won here, he isn’t going to be too chalky, he projects well, he offers loads of wiggle room, he has two top-5 finishes in his last three races, and he’s historically done very well at this track.

That was a mouthful.

I just do not see any red flags here, so I am absolutely kicking off this week’s NASCAR DFS picks with him as my top driver to target.

Joey Logano ($9.5k)

A lot of the best drivers are starting up front in this race, so I do think you’ll have to assume a little risk and pick your spots.

If I am doing that, though, I’d rather get some guys at discounted prices, as well as ones that project well and/or might come in at low ownership.

Oh, hello there, Mr. Logano.

He checks all the boxes this weekend, as he’s under $10k, he’s presently projected as the fifth best option, and his ownership might stay below 20%.

All of that sounds pretty amazing for an elite driver who has one win and eight top-10 runs on the year.

Logano has also fared well at Dover. Sliced Bread finished 6th here last year, and has 7th, 3rd, and 13th place finishes dating back to 2018.

He hasn’t taken first in this event yet, but all signs point to him certainly having an opportunity to buck that trend.

William Byron ($8.9k)

Here is another fantastic driver that is arguably way too cheap. Unlike some of the other big (and pricey) names in the field, Byron has yet to win this race, but he’s also just 23.

That, and he is starting out of the 3rd slot, which means he will be bumping elbows with the best NASCAR has to offer.

Of course, he’s already been doing that, and he’s been holding his own, and then some. Just look at his last five starts – all within the top five slots.

Race Start Finish Fantasy Points
Goodyear 400 5th 4th 42
Buschy McBusch 400 2nd 9th 36
GEICO 500 4th 2nd 49
Toyota Owners 400 4th 7th 37
Blue-Emu MPR 500 3rd 4th 51

As you can see, it does not really phase Byron that he has a lot of work up front with the big boys.

He’s fallen behind slightly at times, but he is still a really good bet to stay inside the top-10 (11 top-10 finishes this year), and he has one win and several other near-misses.

Byron is in amazing form, he is discounted at his current price, and he probably isn’t going to carry insane ownership.

Rather than bank on guys like Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, or Martin Truex Jr. here (like everyone else), I’ll get different and hope Byron can keep his hot streak going.

Top NASCAR DFS Lineup for the Drydene 400

  • Brad Kesewloski ($10.3k)
  • Joey Logano ($9.5k)
  • William Byron ($8.9k)
  • Alex Bowman ($9.2k)
  • Ryan Preece ($5.9k)
  • Michael McDowell ($6.2k)

I have said my peace when it comes to my top three NASCAR DFS picks for the 2021 Drydene 400.

Love them or hate them, all three of those guys are fully capable of getting a win, are solid bets to at least finish inside the top-10, project well, and should be relatively low-owned.

Those are the boxes I want checked for daily fantasy NASCAR GPPs. The question then becomes the other three drivers I pair with them.

Alex Bowman is the first one up for me. I have interest in a cheaper guy like Kurt Busch just because of where he is starting (28th), but Bowman is in a nice spot (16th), he projects decently, and he’s another talented driver who will probably go overlooked.

I will admit this lineup could fall off from there. I got you four rock solid-to-elite drivers to roll with, and then this thing could end with a thud with the likes of Preece and McDowell.

Perhaps, but these guys are starting 25th and 21st, respectively, and have been competitive at times this year.

McDowell has five runs inside the top-10, and even snagged a win earlier this season, while Preece starts a little further back to give you a bit more leeway.

Betting Tips for the 2021 Drydene 400

Betting on the 2021 Drydene 400 is not the same as piecing together a daily fantasy NASCAR lineup. I think there can be direct correlation, of course, but I am not at all suggesting long shots like Preece or McDowell are worth betting on this weekend.

It’s NASCAR, so anything can happen, but those guys aren’t good bets if you want actual betting advice for this week’s race.

That said, the other picks I am touting for DFS sites do look like solid tries if you plan on placing some bets.

Some stand out more than others, as I doubt Bowman actually wins this thing, but my three initial NASCAR DFS picks do make sense as viable threats to take first or at least finish in the top-5 or top-10.

When looking at the odds for this race, my favorite bet by far is Keselowski. He checks every box, and while he’s a little more appealing for DFS, he is a very nice play at +1200 at BetOnline right now.

Logano (+1200) and Byron (+1600) also stand out, and you just need to add in your own research and instinct to make the call. Hopefully, they at least help you in your NASCAR DFS lineups, though.

Ready to place some bets on this weekend’s big race? Do not just listen to my NASCAR betting advice or DFS picks. See what our NASCAR expert has to say in our NASCAR betting picks section.

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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