The rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on the highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by the value of each driver.
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1. Austin Cindric ($10,900) - Kansas was the final race of the Summer of Cindric. He didn’t come away with the win because his car fell off at the very end just as Harrison Burton’s came alive. Cindric won two Kentucky races, a Texas race, and led 131 of 175 laps at Kansas.
2. Harrison Burton ($10,200) - The #20 JGR car was the best car on the track at Kansas. Burton was able to pass in traffic, and at the end of the race with eleven laps remaining Burton took the lead. Unfortunately, NASCAR dialed up a fake caution with four laps remaining, and Burton lost the lead on pit road.
3. Chase Briscoe ($11,500) - How did he win the last intermediate track race at Las Vegas? The same way that he always wins. Briscoe lost the lead twice, but his pit crew bailed him out both times. Briscoe never passes the leader. He always relies on his pit crew. SHR knows that he is a paper tiger; that’s why they haven’t promoted him yet. Although Briscoe is the most overhyped driver in years, DFS players cannot pass up on rostering this pit crew.
4. Brandon Jones ($9,300) - How bad is the Xfinity series this year? Brandon Jones has three wins. One of those wins was at Kansas. With four laps remaining, Jones was 16 seconds behind the leader. Two cautions later, and Jones was in victory lane. It’s not just luck. The Xfinity field is putrid. This isn’t comparable to minor league baseball. It’s independent league baseball.
5. Noah Gragson ($9,900) - This should be a track where Gragson runs well. He likes to run the high groove, and Kansas has one. He struggled to adjust in his rookie season at Kansas, but he expected to have a great race at Kansas this season based on his results at another high groove track at Homestead. Gragson did nothing all race at Kansas. He was never a factor.
6. Justin Allgaier ($11,200) - On a couple restarts, Allgaier was good and held his position at Kansas. With every car running up near the wall, there just isn’t a place to pass unless a driver is exceptional or has an exceptional car. Needless to say, those do not exist in the 2020 Xfinity series. If the restarts break his way, then he’ll be fine. If not, then he’s an expensive top five car.
7. Jesse Little ($6,000) - Last week, Little burned DFS players, but we should be used to it. Xfinity drivers are volatile, and without practice variance has been set to the max. Little is cheap again and he’s starting near the back. This JD Motorsports car should be more dependable at a traditional oval. Little was in 25th place at Kansas before a late race spin ended his day.
8. Brett Moffitt ($7,900) - For whatever reason, Moffitt’s salary decreased from his usual price this week. His price and starting position will make him one of the more popular drivers in the field. In the last intermediate track race, Moffitt finished 14th.
9. Anthony Alfredo ($9,500) - The #21 car wasn’t very good in the first Kansas race, but that was Kaz Grala’s first intermediate track race in quite some time. Alfredo should be able to keep this car close to the top 10, but on a long run, it’s doubtful that he stays within 10 seconds of the leader.
10. Daniel Hemric ($8,700) - This is his second race of the season at Kansas. That should surprise most NASCAR fans because it was impossible to know that he was out there in the first one. Other than Allgaier, the JR Motorsports cars struggled at Kansas. They were never on the TV screen.
11. Justin Haley ($9,700) - It’s strange how both Kaulig drivers mirror the career of Ricky Stenhouse. Chastain and Haley are aggressive and wreck too frequently. Their only success has been at restrictor plate tracks. At least Stenhouse won two Xfinity championships.
12. Riley Herbst ($9,100) - He’s improved about as much as an inexperienced driver can without practice. He bought his way to the Xfinity series too fast, and then NASCAR abandoned practice which made Herbst’s JGR ride purchase even more foolish. Brandon Jones won the July race, so Herbst has a chance, if Noah Gragson does not get revenge this weekend.
13. Ross Chastain ($10,600) - The #10 Kaulig car just didn’t have it at Kansas. The car never has enough speed, but at least Chastain didn’t wreck the car by over driving his slightly inferior equipment. This race will likely be filled with long green flag runs, and Chastian has been a miserable long run driver.
14. Ryan Sieg ($8,500) - NASCAR called a fake caution at the end of the Texas race that changed the outcome. This caution was criticized in real time by Dale Jr. The next week, NASCAR called another questionable caution for the same driver (Joe Graf Jr.) at the end of the Kansas race. Again, this caution altered the finishing positions and Sieg went from an 11th place car to a 4th place car.
15. Jesse Iwuji ($5,600) - This is only the second time that Iwuji has been ranked. He’s a nice guy and an honorable guy, but he’s not a great racer because he lacks experience and his equipment is always terrible. This week he’s in a decent ride. His BJ Motorsports car might be the best car that he’s ever driven. Also, he’s starting second to last and is one of the cheaper options on the slate.
16. Austin Hill ($7,700) - The last two weeks can be quickly dismissed. Who cares if Hill did not run well at a road course or at a plate track? In three of his four intermediate track races with the #61 Hattori car, Hill is averaging a 14th place finish.
17. David Starr ($5,400) - This week Bobby Dotter welcomes back David Starr to the #07 car. Starr finished 24th at Kansas and 14th the week before that at Texas. This car has been a 15th place car on its best days, and a 25th place car on the bad days for the last couple seasons.
18. Jeremy Clements ($8,100) - Anything can happen at the end, but only for cars on the lead lap. Clements hung onto the lead lap for most of the Kansas race, but near the end of the 78 lap green flag run, Clements went a lap down.
19. Josh Reaume ($5,200) - Here are the facts. Reaume is starting dead last and Mike Harmon does not start-and-park, or so he says. We’ll have to take his word for it, but his cars can and will break down. If the car does not fail, then Reaume can cruise the #47 car into the top 30.
20. Alex Labbe ($7,000) - On lap 165 at Kansas, Labbe was in 13th place. Two questionable cautions extended the race by six laps. On lap 173, Labbe ran out of fuel and ended up finishing 21st.
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