I’m playing DraftKings this season and will be posting some picks here each week. Disclosure: If you want to play and sign up using this link, DraftKings will give my website a commission.
Martin Truex Jr. ($10,400): I mean, duh. Everyone is going to have him on their teams, but rightfully so. After failing to get on track for a qualifying attempt, Truex will start 35th. Just take the position differential points and be happy for the opportunity not to lose out on them when all the other lineups make the same pick.
Kevin Harvick ($10,100): Harvick starts third, but he was seventh in 10-lap average during final practice — and it came later in the session than most. Harvick is a great long-run driver and knows how to get around Atlanta in a race that will test tire management skills.
Ryan Blaney ($8,400): After a disappointing qualifying result (26th), Blaney presents a prime opportunity to move through the field — especially since he was sixth-fastest in 10-lap average for final practice.
Clint Bowyer ($8,100): Unloaded fast off the truck and was fourth-fastest in 10-lap average for final practice. He qualified ninth, which isn’t ideal for position differential points, but he should be able to give you a solid day.
Possible value picks: Paul Menard ($6,800) qualified 15th, but he was third in 10-lap average behind Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch in final practice. Pretty stout. And then Chris Buescher ($5,900) has short run speed (seventh-best single lap in final practice), which isn’t a bad find at this price. Another potential value pick could be Kasey Kahne ($6,200), who is cheaper than even Bubba Wallace and Ty Dillon despite being 10th in 10-lap average.
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