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What to do with Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR DFS at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

We break down the DFS upside of Jimmie Johnson ahead of Sunday’s Big Machine 400.

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway on June 28, 2020 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

UPDATE, Friday 6:50 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for Covid-19 and withdrawn from the Big Machine 400. Justin Allgaier will replace him for the race.

Jimmie Johnson had modest finishes at the two races he competed in at Pocono Raceway last weekend. He’ll look to improve at the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He hasn’t been in the hunt to win a race for some time. Will he be able to find momentum this weekend? We break down his DFS upside here.

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History at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Few drivers have more experience than Johnson at Indianapolis. He has four wins in 18 starts at the venue, but has only cracked the top 20 once in three races there since 2017.

2020 performance

Johnson has had an OK season this year. He’s 12th in the standings with two top five finishes and six top 10 finishes, but is winless so far. He’s in the middle of a poor stretch and hasn’t notched a top 10 finish in five races. He’s looking for his first win in two seasons.

Daily fantasy advice

Johnson hasn’t won a race in a while, and he last won at Indianapolis since 2012. He’s cracked the top 15 there once in the last five years and has crashed twice during that span. He has an average driver rating of 71.4 there since 2017. I’d suggest fading him in this situation.