Start Your Engines
With all the hoopla surrounding the 15th annual Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, it's easy to tweak things on your fantasy team just a little too much. Just remember, while this race may be the second-most important of the season for drivers and owners, their desire to win at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway will still pay you exactly the same amount of fantasy points Sunday night. It's important to know the importance of this weekend, but be careful making wholesale changes that may come back to bite you in a league where your roster moves are somewhat limited.
In fact, as long as your team's not made up of middle-of-the-pack runners, you probably won't even have to change much at the top of your lineup. Indy's a race where the cream always seems to rise to the top; in the last nine years, no Allstate 400 winner has finished the season outside the top 10 in points. That means this weekend's roster should be stocked chock full with the strongest guys on your team -- no use for sleepers when the sport's superstars will spend the day running circles around the rest of the pack.
For more detailed fantasy analysis, check out our weekend picks below:
Regular Frontstretch/SI fantasy writer
"The one thing about the Brickyard is there's outstanding performances by teams when they're able to win. It's not a track where you can back into a win... track position helps you, but it doesn't win you the race. It always boils down to who has got the best handling car and the best straight-line speed. That combination is very important there, and there's always been some really good one-on-one battles late in the race that have decided the winner of this event. That is what makes this race so special."
From one 2.5-mile track to another; the series heads East to Northern Pennsylvania for their second trip to the tricky triangle known as Pocono Raceway.