Daily Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the 2021 Coke Zero 400 – August 28

| August 26, 2021 10:34 am PDT

The 2021 NASCAR season is slowly grinding to a halt. The round of 16 is almost here, and come November, the season is in the dust.

There is still time for drivers to leave their mark, and some will use the 2021 Coke Zero 400 to do just that. Ideally, I help you leave your own mark by handing out some winning NASCAR DFS picks, as well.

Last week I nailed the winner of the Firekeepers 400 (Ryan Blaney), but didn’t have much luck beyond that. Joey Logano crashed, while Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman were merely average in the end.

You can’t win them all, but you certainly can try. Use all of my NASCAR DFS picks or just mix and match. Either way, let’s dive in and see which drivers I like within my core plays for this weekend’s race, and who makes the cut in this week’s top lineup.

William Byron ($8k)

The only negative with Byron going into the 2021 Coke Zero 400 is his starting spot. Working out of the 2 slot, there won’t be any room for error.

While that could be a problem, Byron’s risk is baked into his discounted $8k price tag at DraftKings.

That’s simply too cheap for a talented driver that has enjoyed a strong 2021 season and won this event last season.

Byron is coming in hot after finishing second last week, and he was sixth at the Go Bowling at The Glen, as well. He has a win and 18 top-10 runs under his belt on the year, too.

Denny Hamlin ($9.4k)

Here’s another stud driver who is too cheap. Hamlin is actually right behind Byron (3rd), so yeah, we’re rolling the dice here.

One of these guys could dip a bit, but the play is that we have the winner of the 2021 Coke Zero 400, and hopefully the other stays the course.

Hamlin certainly is a worthy try, as he comes in as the top favorite (+700) at BetOnline.

He’s yet to get a win in 2021, but Hamlin continues to come disgustingly close. He’s finished inside the top-10 in 18 different races this year, and he’s finished 5th in two of his last three.

That elusive first win of the year is just around the corner, while Hamlin has a solid history at the Daytona International Speedway.

Erik Jones ($6.3k)

If it feels like I have rolled the dice on Jones a lot this year, it’s because I have. I leaned on him early in the season to no avail, took a break, and after going back to him, he’s done a solid job.

Jones has solid form of late, finishing 7th at the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, and keeping things competitive with an 18th place finish last week.

I like the 21st slot he is working with this week, while he also knows Daytona. He won this very race in 2018, after all.

Jones rarely stands out as a sexy pick, but he’s a nice punt given his talent, recent form, and experience at this track.

Top NASCAR DFS Lineup for the 2021 Coke Zero 400

  • William Byron ($8k)
  • Denny Hamlin ($9.4k)
  • Erik Jones ($6.3k)
  • Landon Cassill ($7.1k)
  • Kyle Larson ($9k)
  • Alex Bowman ($9.6k)

This is a tough week, as Daytona races are always difficult to peg, and the best options are all stacked up front. I do have half the mind to just load up on all of these guys, though, and just cross my fingers that they finish where they’re starting (or better).

I am doing that to a degree, here, as Byron, Hamlin, and Larson are all starting within the first three spots. They won’t all stick there, but passing on Larson at $9k just feels like a mistake, and all three of these guys are fantastic prices.

Maybe I’ll get myself into trouble here, but one or two of these guys will surely go unowned due to their starting spot.

It’s a fun trio to get the ball rolling with, even if there is risk to it.

I don’t mind going back to the Bowman well. He’s someone people will overlook, even though he’s been lights out this year (14 top 10s and three wins).

One more guy to consider is Landon Cassill, as he’s getting the nod from Gaunt Brothers Racing.

Cassill isn’t exactly a household name, but he finished 11th at Daytona in 2019, and he’s fared well here over the years. His past experience and 39th starting slot make him a fun try.

Betting on the 2021 Coke Zero 400

This is going to be a pretty wild race, but as you’d expect, my suggested betting for the 2021 Coke Zero 400 mirrors my NASCAR DFS picks.

I’d say that’s the case for Saturday more than most weeks, seeing as the very best options are starting up in the front, and they are really good bets to get the win.

Anyone can win in such a loaded field, but Larson, Hamlin, and Byron are the top options this week in my opinion. The other drivers included in my daily fantasy NASCAR picks are more there for DFS purposes, but it’s always best to turn over every stone.

To do that, be sure to head over to our motorsports betting picks before this week’s race.

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.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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