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NASCAR DraftKings Fantasy Driver Rankings: Kansas 200 at Kansas DFS Picks

Pearce Dietrich gives his picks and ranks his top drivers for Friday’s Kansas 200 race, which locks at 7:00 p.m. ET on DraftKings.

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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 value of each driver.

The Kansas 200 slate locks at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 24. Set your DraftKings lineups here: NTS $100K Octane [$20K to 1st] (Trucks)

1. Christian Eckes ($8,900) - After finishing 2nd at Texas, Eckes commented in his post race interview that he wished Kyle Busch had skipped the Texas race. Eckes and Rudy Fugle are close to a win and it might come this weekend as Kyle Busch looks on from the sidelines.

2. Austin Hill ($10,300) - Something had to go wrong at some point. It isn’t possible for a driver to have a top five driver rating every single week. There are two drivers that can beat Austin Hill: Kyle Bush and himself. It’s doubtful that Hill’s truck breaks down two weeks in a row.

3. Brandon Jones ($10,600) - The #51 truck cannot be stopped this year. It cannot be stopped any year. Crew chief Danny Stockman may not be a genius like Rudy Fugle, but he is proving to be his equal. At Pocono, Stockman did what Rudy Fugle could not do, he set up a truck that carried Brandon Jones to victory lane.

4. Grant Enfinger ($7,900) - Last year, Enfinger had the second best truck at Kansas. He led the second most laps, and should have led the most laps, but Friesen cycled to the lead during stage 3 via an erroneous two tire stop. On lap 140 of 167, Brett Moffit got loose and wrecked Enfinger while they were battling for second place.

5. Zane Smith ($8,000) - The stat sheet doesn’t tell the story, but the DFS players that are watching the races know that Zane Smith is a championship contender. He battled and passed Kyle Busch last week. Not many truck drivers can say that, and even fewer if any rookies can say that.

6. Derek Kraus ($6,900) - Bill McAnally Racing has won nine K&N West championships. Although this is their first full season in the Truck Series, they are clearly prepared. This is a quality team and Kraus is a quality driver and the results back it up.

7. Ty Majeski ($7,100) - There is a name brand quality to Majeski. He’s earned fame on iRacing and in the late models, but name brand doesn’t mean that he’ll be successful in the Truck Series. For now, the best thing to do is to ignore his history and treat him as a 10th to 15th place Niece Motorsports driver.

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8. Sheldon Creed ($8,400) - The last two weeks sum up Creed’s career. He’s fast enough to lead laps and win races (Kentucky), but he also wrecks too much (Texas). The trend extends further back. Creed was optimal at Pocono, and he wrecked at Homestead. Last year, he led 12 laps at Kansas and blew a tire.

9. Matt Crafton ($10,000) - It hasn’t been pretty, but it rarely is for Crafton. A better description would be crafty. His Thor Sport truck is good, but not great. However, crew chief Junior Joiner and Crafton always seem to figure things out throughout the course of a race and earn a top 5 finish.

10. Brett Moffitt ($9,800) - Glance at the stat sheet, and it looks like Moffitt is returning to championship form. Moffitt led the most laps at Kentucky, but he started on the pole. If he doesn’t win the qualifying draw, then he does not lead the most laps.

11. Ben Rhodes ($8,600) - Matt Crafton won the championship last year without winning a race. Rhodes is on a similar path. He’s second in the standings because he finishes inside the top 10 every week and doesn’t make mistakes. Rhodes does not look like the truck to beat, but he’s not far off.

12. Brennan Poole ($7,700) - DFS players have a 50/50 shot with Poole. In four races, Poole has earned a top 20 finish. In three races, he’s wrecked. The truck is fine and Poole has the talent, but bad luck and bad moves have made Poole a risky DFS pick.

13. Tanner Gray ($8,200) - A mechanical failure led to a last place finish last week at Texas. Heading into that race, Gray had recorded five finishes of 12th or better in the six races since the season resumed. It’s hard to imagine the DGR Crosley truck regularly finishing inside the top 10, but Gray should reside comfortably inside the top 15 for the rest of the season.

14. Raphael Lessard ($7,200) - What are the expectations for a rookie? Lessard has made mistakes and he has not run up front, but he has a top 15 driver rating in six of the last seven races. More is expected from a Kyle Busch truck, but it’s not like everyone else going to roll over for him.

15. Stewart Friesen ($9,400) - This is not the same truck as last year. Literally, it’s a different truck. In a Ford last year at Kansas, Friesen had the race winning truck, but ran out of fuel with two laps remaining. This year in a Toyota, he has not been the same driver.

16. Tyler Ankrum ($9,200) - There are two views of Ankrum. He’s been a consistent driver over the last seven races with an average finish of 10th and a worst finish of 16th. The opposite view is that he should be running better in a GMS truck.

17. Johnny Sauter ($11,300) - Last week, Sauter’s truck broke down. Last year at Kansas, Sauter’s truck broke down. Since joining Thor Sport last season, Sauter has experienced an inexcusable amount of mechanical failures.

18. Todd Gilliland ($9,600) - The problem with Tood Gilliland is that he’s a 10th place driver that believes he is a winner. At Texas, he ruined a top 10 finish by being too aggressive with 15 laps left. Gilliland’s radio following the wreck: “sorry, dangit, man, dangit, sorry.” His crew chief: “Gotta be smart, you were points racing, had half a straightaway behind you.”

19. Codie Rohrbaugh ($4,900) - He was a popular GPP punt last year, but popular doesn’t mean good. He was optimal a couple times and wrecked a lot of times. Rohrbaugh earned two top 20s to start the season and a 22nd place finish last week at Texas. In between those races, it has been rough. He wrecked in two races, and a flat tire along with penalties ruined his day at Atlanta.

20. Timmy Hill ($4,800) - After the season resumed, the #56 Hill Motorsports truck has been solid. Timmy has earned two 22nd place finishes and an 18th place finish last week. The best news is that this truck hasn’t suffered a mechanical failure since Las Vegas in February.

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