Daily Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

| August 14, 2021 12:06 am PDT

NASCAR heads to Indiana this weekend, as the top drivers in the Cup Series duke it out at the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.

My NASCAR DFS picks were pretty solid in general last week, as Chase Elliott finished second, and Denny Hamlin was fifth.

Austin Dillon offered solid value at 15th overall, too.

It wasn’t a winning lineup, of course, so it’s back to the drawing board as this weekend’s race approaches. As usual, it’s a good idea to consider the betting side of things first, so be sure to check out Adam Haynes’ 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard betting picks.

If you need help piecing together daily fantasy NASCAR lineups, I’ve got you covered. Here are my top NASCAR DFS picks and favorite lineup for this weekend’s race.

Kyle Larson ($10.8k)

How do I go against Larson at this point? He won last week to push his 2021 win total to six, and he’s been in the mix in 18 races this season.

It’s been quite the comeback trail for Larson, who now just flexed his muscle on a road course.

That puts him very much in play to win the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, and it’s possible his ownership could dip due to a less than elite projection.

I still think he’s one of the best plays, especially with a lot of ownership flocking to Chase Elliott (rightfully so). Of course, you can just contemplate pairing the two.

That said, if everyone is going to eat the chalk with Elliott, I probably will just fade it and use a contrarian stud in Larson.

Chris Buescher ($7.1k)

Buescher stands out as one of my favorite daily fantasy NASCAR sleepers, so he works perfectly as my top punt in this week’s core.

He hasn’t exactly crushed it at road courses, but he’s been far from bad. Take a look at his last six runs at road courses since 2020.

Track Finish
Watkins Glen 17th
Road America 18th
Sonoma 16th
COTA 13th
Daytona 11th
Daytona 16th

None of that looks too bad when you consider his price, while Buescher had a 5th place run at the Daytona Road Course in 2020, as well.

He doesn’t project too poorly compared to the field, and per RotoGrinders.com, he actually has the best points per dollar average going into the weekend.

Denny Hamlin ($10k)

It’s got to happen eventually for Hamlin, right? Right?

One of the most talented drivers on the circuit, Hamlin keeps getting close to his first win of the 2021 NASCAR season, but can’t close the deal.

Hamlin has 17 finishes inside the top-10 this year, and he was fifth a week ago. The writing is on the wall that he’s getting close, and he comes into the weekend with the sixth best fantasy point projection in the driver pool.

The success at road courses has been there, too, as Hamlin has finished 8th or better in five of his last six trips to this type of track.

Nobody knows when it’s coming, but with Hamlin’s ownership projected to be fairly low, I am willing to roll the dice that it could arrive at the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.

Top NASCAR DFS Lineup for August 15, 2021

  • Kyle Larson ($10.8k)
  • Chris Buescher ($7.1k)
  • Denny Hamlin ($10k)
  • Cole Custer ($6.4k)
  • Kurt Busch ($9k)
  • Erik Jones ($6.7k)

You really don’t need me to twist your arm to pay for Larson. He’s a beast, and he even comes in with the second best odds (+350) at the best sites for betting on NASCAR.

Larson is in terrific form, he won last week, and he projects well. The same goes for Hamlin, and both of these guys are going to be around 30% owned, if not much lower.

Buescher, Custer, and Jones are NASCAR DFS value picks that will hopefully do just enough to make everything else fit snugly.

I’ve stated Buescher’s case, but Custer and Jones are harder sells. Even so, Custer has been passable at road courses (20th or better in six of eight tries), and his price is fantastic.

Jones is less reliable, but he has done well at these courses.

He has finished 19th or better in seven of his last eight trips to a road course. He also comes in with the fifth best points per dollar average for this race.

Dropping down for three values gets me Busch as a third stud to trust in. Busch is top five in fantasy projections for this event, and he has a strong history at road courses.

In 2021 alone, he has finishes of 13th, 4th, 6th, and 4th on his resume.

Overall, I love this lineup. There is some risk to it, but it has three elite drivers who should have a chance to win, and the values should be decent enough to keep this squad in contention in tourneys.

Verizon 200 at the Brickyard Betting Advice for 2021

I say every week that piecing together the best NASCAR DFS picks isn’t necessarily the same as vouching for drivers as good bets.

While that can be true, I actually think some of my daily fantasy NASCAR picks are really good bets to win the 2021 Verizon 200 at the Brickyard.

The pricing for these guys is going to be hard to ignore.

  • Kyle Larson (+350)
  • Denny Hamlin (+1200)
  • Kurt Busch (+3300)

I am mostly pointing to Larson and Hamlin here, but Busch’s experience shouldn’t be overlooked. My other three picks are probably best suited to fill out a daily fantasy lineup, rather than be targeted at sportsbooks, of course.

Whether you use my advice for DFS or at the top betting sites, I wish you well. For more NASCAR betting insight, check out our sports betting picks page.

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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