I’m playing DraftKings this season and will be posting my picks here each week. Disclosure: If you want to play and sign up using this link, DraftKings will give my website a commission. Disclosure No. 2: I might be America’s worst daily fantasy player.
Last week’s results: Played the $4 entry Pedal to the Medal with $50,000 payout and finished around 40,100th out of 88,200. Won $0.
Season results: $5 wagered, $0 won in five contests.
This week’s contest: $3 Casual Slingshot game with a $15,000 total payout.
— Kyle Busch ($10,300). According to Joe Schroder of DFSDash.com, Busch was fastest in 10-lap, 15-lap and 20-lap averages during final practice. Official NASCAR data was not immediately available this week, so I’m leaning heavily on that tweet I linked.
— Kyle Larson ($10,000). Larson has said he stinks here, but he was awarded the pole and has a good chance to lead a lot of laps early. I figure there are so many laps up for grabs here (500!) that it’s important to try and guess lap leaders this week.
— Denny Hamlin ($9,700). I’m not going to pass up on the guy who might be the best Martinsville driver.
— Clint Bowyer ($8,000). He’s been pretty solid at Martinsville over the years, and he seems to have his confidence and mojo back. With a good car underneath him, I could see a potentially good day. I had to decide between Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger, so that was a tough one (you might want to go the opposite of me).
— Danica Patrick ($6,100). I needed a couple cheap drivers to make this work, and she’s actually had some of her best runs here. I’ll need another one Sunday if my lineup has any chance of success.
— Cole Whitt ($5,100). Whew, this is scary. But I’m picking him over guys like Chris Buescher and Landon Cassill because he was downright decent in practice. He was 15th in 10-lap averages for final practice (again according to Joe Schroeder). So we’ll see.
Unused salary cap money: $800