DFS Picks for the 2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

| March 17, 2022 10:11 am PDT

Let’s call a spade a spade. Last week was a brutal week for my DFS lineup. Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, and Ty Dillon finished between 12th and 15th, while my other three drivers finished outside the top 20. Weeks like that will happen, but it’s important to move on.

This week, we’re moving onto Atlanta Motor Speedway. The track underwent a repave last year, and no one knows what to expect. That could lead to a few surprising results.

Let’s talk about my top DFS lineup for the 2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

Kevin Harvick ($9,600) 

Kevin Harvick was one of my top picks last week at Phoenix. Harvick didn’t disappoint, running top-five en route to a sixth-place finish. He’ll look to recapture his Atlanta glory on Sunday.

In the mid to late 2010s, Harvick was the master at Atlanta. Check out his laps led in his dominant stretch.

  • 2012: 101
  • 2013: 0
  • 2014: 195
  • 2015: 116
  • 2016: 131
  • 2017: 292
  • 2018: 181
  • 2019: 45
  • 2020: 151

Last season, Harvick was a big disappointment, finishing 10th and 11th at Atlanta. He is trending in the wrong direction, but last week’s performance showed that Harvick is still capable of competing for wins.

Harvick should be among the top contenders for Sunday’s race. A new track could be what he needs to return to victory lane.

Martin Truex Jr. ($9,200)

Martin Truex Jr. was a big disappointment at Phoenix. He was one of the pre-race favorites but struggled to run inside the top 10. A flat tire left him with a 35th-place finish. Can Truex bounce back at Atlanta?

Truex’s Atlanta stats are a tale of two stories. He only finished top 10 twice in his first 13 starts, but check out his numbers in his last 11 Atlanta races.

  • 6 top-five finishes
  • 10 top 10 finishes
  • 144 laps led
  • 6.6 average finish

He has yet to score a victory at the track, but it’s only a matter of time. Truex has finished top-three in three of his four starts at Atlanta with Joe Gibbs Racing. Will he continue that stretch this weekend?

Tyler Reddick ($9,000)

Most people expected a breakout season from Tyler Reddick, but he has taken it one step further. Reddick is a legit championship contender. He led the most laps at Auto Club before a flat tire ended his day. Reddick scored back-to-back top 10 finishes, including a third-place finish last week.

Richard Childress has made it known Reddick will be with the team through 2023.

Reddick only has three starts at Atlanta in the Cup Series. He wasn’t a factor in his first two starts but scored a sixth-place finish in last year’s Summer race.

We should see a similar result on Sunday. Reddick has been among the best drivers this season. It’s only a matter of time before he scores his first career Cup Series victory. It could very well come this weekend at Atlanta.

Kurt Busch ($8,400) 

Kurt Busch has essentially been a non-factor this season. We haven’t seen him run up front, but he has scored a pair of top 10 finishes. Busch’s fifth-place finish at Phoenix was his best of the season. Perhaps he can use that to build some momentum for Atlanta.

Busch has been on a hot streak, finishing top 10 in six of his last seven Atlanta starts. That includes this performance in last year’s Summer race.

  • Starting Position: 8th
  • Finishing Position: 1st
  • Laps Led: 144 of 260

Busch battled with his brother, Kyle, all race. Kurt passed Kyle with 25 laps to go to score his fourth Atlanta victory. That broke a tie with Kevin Harvick for the most wins at the track among active drivers.

Will we see another great performance from Busch at Atlanta?

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ($7,100) 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is off to a quiet start. He was in contention to win the Daytona 500 before a late-race crash relegated him to a 28th-place finish. Stenhouse only has one top 10 finish this season.

Stenhouse has been decent at Atlanta, scoring four finishes between 10th and 13th. It’s nothing special, but we’re hearing Atlanta could race like a superspeedway. That would play into his hands.

He is among the best drivers in the Cup Series on the track type. Stenhouse’s two Cup Series wins came on superspeedways, and he is no stranger to leading laps. Will that carry over to Atlanta?

The Next-Gen car has brought parity to the Cup Series. Last week, Chase Briscoe surprised many by scoring his first career victory. Will Stenhouse be the next driver to pick up a surprising victory?

Chris Buescher ($6,700) 

Chris Buescher is coming off his first top 10 of the season at Phoenix. We haven’t seen him in contention, but the parity trend means anyone could win. That’s why I included Austin Dillon in my top betting picks for Atlanta. Could that swing towards Buescher at Atlanta?

Buescher has been solid in his last four starts at Atlanta. Check out his finishes.

  • 2019: 9th
  • 2020: 22nd
  • 2021: 7th
  • 2021: 16th

We’ve seen it go both ways, but two top 10 finishes are desirable for someone at this price. If this race plays out like a superspeedway, that’ll only help Buescher’s chances.

Buescher should be fast enough to score a top 15 finish. If things fall his way, we could see a top-five finish.

My DFS Lineup for the 2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 

  • Kevin Harvick ($9,600)
  • Martin Truex Jr. ($9,200)
  • Tyler Reddick ($9,000)
  • Kurt Busch ($8,400)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr ($7,100)
  • Chris Buescher ($6,700)

Honestly, this DFS lineup could go either way. The new Atlanta will likely bring a different style of racing, so it’s possible the past Atlanta data doesn’t apply here. Hopefully, we’ll have a successful week.

The top NASCAR betting sites allow you to bet on the race winner. Check that out if you aren’t feeling DFS this week.

Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

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