DFS Picks and Recommended Lineup for the 2021 NASCAR Coca-Cola 600
NASCAR heats up again as the top names in the sport clash at the 2021 Coca-Cola 600. Brad Keselowski is back to defend his title, while he’ll attempt to fend off Martin Truex Jr., who has won here twice in the last five years.
Do either of them deserve a spot in your daily fantasy NASCAR lineups? I will aim to answer that and more in this week’s NASCAR DFS picks.
Last week’s top plays worked out swimmingly. Keselowski made the cut for me and didn’t get the job done, but I did vouch for the winner (Chase Elliott).
The hope is to keep the good plays coming. Join me as I preview the Coca-Cola 600 with my favorite NASCAR DFS picks and top lineup for this Sunday.
Brad Keselowski ($9.7k)
I liked Keselowski quite a bit last week. He didn’t dazzle, but he was serviceable enough, moving up five spots and finishing 19th.
I’m expecting a better showing this time around, and after three straight uninspiring efforts, he’s arguably due for a nice run.
The talent is obviously there when it comes to the Team Penske alum. He has a win under his belt already this year, and he’s cracked the top-5 in five different events.
Keselowski’s recent form is a tad troubling, but he comes in at a discount when you consider he won here last year, and he also has the sixth best betting odds (+1000) at the top NASCAR betting sites.
That’s all enough to get me excited, plus the less-than-ideal form of late should keep his ownership curbed.
Martin Truex Jr. ($11.1k)
Truex is the favorite to win this weekend (+450 at BetOnline), so I am not alone in being a fan of his going into the 2021 Coca-Cola 600.
I touched on it in the intro, but he has thrived at this event. He last won in 2019, and that was his second win here since 2016.
Truex Jr. has the kind of odds you like to see, but his price could still help keep ownership contained.
He will understandably project well here, of course, as the 40-year-old is enjoying an amazon season that has already led to eight top-10 runs and three checkered flags.
I don’t see why the hot run can’t continue. He has smashed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in general lately, too. Just look at his last five trips there in the Cup Series.
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He’s obviously been very good here, as he’s finished inside the top-10 in his last five runs, and he’s especially been good at this event.
Where he winds up in terms of positioning on Saturday could always reframe just how enamored you should be with him, but everything at the moment has things setting up nicely for him.
Austin Dillon ($7.7k)
I liked Dillon as a nice value play last week, and he made me look smart by finishing 12th. He moved four spots up and notched a stellar 35 fantasy points, which was his eight 30+ fantasy-point outing of 2021.
Dillon has one win and six top-five finishes to his name this season, so the guy is competing with the big boys and making his presence felt.
He hasn’t threatened for a win in a while, but he also hasn’t dipped lower than 16th since the Food City Dirt Race back in March.
The history is good for Dillon at this event, as well. He finished a respectable 14th here in 2020, while he was 8th at the Alsco Uniforms 500 last year.
Dillon is still a really nice price, and he’s flat-out rock solid. I don’t think he wins, but he also shouldn’t hurt you, and he helps save a little salary to get some elite options like the other two guys in this week’s core NASCAR DFS picks.
Top NASCAR DFS Lineup for the 2021 Coca-Cola 600
- Brad Keselowski ($9.7k)
- Martin Truex Jr. ($11.1k)
- Austin Dillon ($7.7k)
- Chris Buescher ($6.7k)
- Ryan Newman ($6.4k)
- Tyler Reddick ($8.2k)
I think the top three guys are self-explanatory for this weekend. They all have good history here, two of them have wins at this event, and they’re even solid bets in the betting realm.
Nobody projects better than Truex at the moment, either, while Dillon is at least slated to be low-owned.
You can get these guys by taking a couple of dives, although they hardly feel like it. The first one that stands out is Chris Buescher, who is a really nice price given his recent form.
Buscher finished 13th last week, and he’s been on a nice run, finishing 13th, 17th, 9th, and 8th over his last four events. He’s not a threat to win here, but he’s been competitive most of the season, he’s cheap, and he was 10th at this event in 2020.
Newman is more of a dice roll, but he’s also hung around the middle of the pack for much of the year. He is also unlikely to push for the win, but at this price, you don’t really need him to come close.
This is a veteran driver who typically threatens to crack the top-15, and his form has been solid with eight runs inside the top-20 in 2021.
I’ll hear an argument for a different punt, but things work perfectly to get me my last drivers.
That’s none other than Tyler Reddick, who is actually a threat to win this race. He has been fantastic all year, cracking the top-10 eight different times, and constantly putting himself in position to compete.
He also grabbed the pole going into last weekend, firmly displaying his upside.
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After a slow start, he’s been on fire, finishing inside the top-10 in six of his last eight races.
Reddick does not project particularly well for this race, but he finished 8th at this event in 2020. I think he’s going to go more overlooked than he should, and he could be another fine contrarian play.
Betting on the 2021 Coca-Cola 600
The on hiccup here, whether you’re betting on the 2021 Coca-Cola 600 or creating NASCAR DFS lineups, is that we don’t know where drivers start from until Saturday.
I’m pushing this out now so you can start forming lineups and deciding how to bet, but keep in mind things will change a bit once we know everyone’s starting position.
That said, I love the event history for some of these guys, and it’s not like you need your arm pulled to take a shot on elite drivers like Truex Jr. or Keselowski.
I wouldn’t suggest betting on some of the values to actually win the whole thing, though. I’d mostly stick with the top favorites.
Hopefully, my NASCAR DFS picks and analysis serve you well for the daily fantasy side of things.
For more insight on this race, and some advice for betting on it, be sure to check out our NASCAR betting picks section.