DraftKings & FanDuel NASCAR DFS – Enjoy Illinois 300 – June 5, 2022
We head to the track known as “Gateway” for the first time the Cup Series has landed at this track. While the track falls just outside of St Louis, you’re going to see it refered to as St. Louis here. In comparison to other tracks, I would say it shares similarities with Richmond and Phoenix. While some drivers in the field have experience, it has all come in past Truck or Xfinity races. This 1.25-mile track plays like a short track, lessening the opportunities to pass. While differential is something we are always going to look for, holding the front is going to be a little easier here hypothetically speaking.
Chase Briscoe is on the pole and comes in at a very affordable price. Not only that there is a bit of past success here as he had the pole in a Trucks race back in 2018 and finished 2nd at this track. There is a handful of guys we can say had a strong past start here at some point, but over factoring that can be a burden. The front of the field always carries risk, but Briscoe has a path to leading at least the first stage.
If looking to spend up top, Ross Chastain is one of my favorite plays this week. While I did say that passing may be an issue the 10th spot on the starting grid is a good hybrid of small differential upside and still a path to the front. Chastain posted strong practice times before landing 10th. In 16 races Chastain has 9 top-10 finishes and has been a consistent option for us this year. This car carries top-5 upside.
As you can probably tell I’m following a little different of a formula this week. With no historical data to go off of this one is going to be a GPP lovers dream. My preferred strategy is attacking the front of the field. I’m not saying roster the front six drivers, but I am saying don’t be afraid to roster inside the top-5. No matter what driver says passing will be difficult, there still will be guys from the back who make moves. This still leaves drivers like Alex Bowman someone who likely carries heavy ownership. Larson, Elliot, and Byron also fall into that gap of guys who should finish better than started assuming no equipment issues. My preferred value options this week end up being Erik Jones, Keselowski, and Zane Smith. With the pole sitter in Briscoe being cheap this week as well I expect him to end up as the slates highest owned driver. Pivoting off to Austin Cindric who is starting second is an interesting tournament strategy here as the front should be able to hold the lead for a while in this race. As we make it sound so easy remember that in Nascar DFS anything can happen.
|High||Kyle Larson (11.3k / 59.30) (14k / 59.30)|
|Chase Elliott (10.2k / 56.85) (12k / 56.85)|
|Ross Chastain (10k / 43.91) (11.5k / 43.91)|
|William Byron (9.8k / 55.36) (11k / 55.36)|
|Ryan Blaney (9.6k / 49.48) (10.5k / 49.48)|
|Medium||Joey Logano (8.9k / 54.65) (10k / 54.65)|
|Alex Bowman (8.7k / 45.43) (9k / 45.43)|
|Chase Briscoe (7.8k / 37.89) (8.5k / 37.89)|
|Low||Erik Jones (7.3k / 34.53) (6.8k / 34.53)|
|Brad Keselowski (7.1k / 38.11) (5.8k / 38.11)|
|AJ Allmendinger (6.2k / 30.12) (3.5k / 30.12)|
|Zane Smith (5.4k / 33.47) (4k / 33.47)|