The Daytona 500 provided a typically entertaining start to the NASCAR Cup Series season last Sunday, complete with massive wrecks that took out nearly half the field and likely made things particularly frustrating for fantasy players. If you had a lot riding on guys like Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, you're probably ready to quit DFS racing. Don't give up, though. Remember that while big accidents are the norm at restrictor-plate tracks such as Daytona, they are far less common at tracks like Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the QuikTrip 500 takes place this weekend. Whereas last week had a lot of luck involved, this week will be more predictable.
If you're looking for someone who thrives at this 1.5-mile intermediate track, you'll have to pay up for Jimmie Johnson ($10,600), who led 92 laps and took the checkered flag in 2015 and followed it up with an overtime win last year. Overall, he he has five wins (four at this particular race) and 14 Top-5's in his career at Atlanta, but the expensive price tag will make him one of the more interesting lineup decisions this week.
As always with DraftKings NASCAR, remember the importance of finishing position. Take last week's Daytona 500 for example. The top three finishers were Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger, but because Busch started eighth, he scored just 56 DK points while Blaney (started 36th) racked up 82 and Allmendinger (started 38th) tallied 80.
With all that in mind, you can click through the gallery for my ideal DraftKings lineup for the QuikTrip 500, or you can click here for more DFS analysis and picks. (Getty)
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