NASCAR DFS: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Fanduel Lineup Plays

Brian Polking

I've already covered my top NASCAR DFS picks for DraftKings for Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and now it is time to turn our attention to Fanduel. As always, the differences in scoring between the two sites can shift driver values a bit, and more than anything, the reduction in dominator points and one less roster spot at Fanduel creates some different challenges.

Given the trends at New Hampshire, anchoring lineups with a pair of dominators is an easy decision for contests at DraftKings. However, DraftKings awards more points per each lap led than Fanduel, and the site also gives out points for fastest laps run. Fanduel does not include this second dominator category.

Granted, I'll still have some two-dominator lineups at Fanduel this weekend. After all, two drivers who both lead 100 laps and finish well are going to be among the top scorers. The question is whether or not you can get similar value with other picks and use the savings to construct a stronger overall roster.

If you look at the scoring, leading 100 laps is the equivalent to gaining 20 spots. Most weeks, there typically aren't too many drivers who can realistically gain that many spots and finish near the front. This week, Denny Hamlin and Alex Bowman could both pull it off, and both are a lot cheaper than the popular dominators. I like the idea of pairing Hamlin and Bowman and working them into lineups with a different dominator at the top.

There are actually a decent amount of midrange and cheaper plays who I really like this weekend, and in general, I think you can build some solid lineups top to bottom without even needing a low-priced punt play. This strategy should be particularly effective for cash contests.

I've highlighted all of my favorite NASCAR DFS picks for Fanduel below, so make sure to check them all out before you start locking in those lineups for Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Good luck this weekend.

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Must-Own Drivers

Kyle Busch ($14,500)

In Fanduel's scoring, high-priced dominators need to contend for the win and lead a significant number of laps to be worth the price tag. Busch has been able to do both at New Hampshire on a routine basis. His eight Top 10s in the last 10 races here are the most in the series, and he has two wins and six finishes of third or better in that same stretch. Busch has also led 60-plus laps in five of those 10 starts, leading 90-plus laps in three of his last five. Starting on the front row, you really can't find a smarter pick to build around this weekend.

Martin Truex Jr. ($14,000)

As I said with Kyle Busch, dominator picks at Fanduel need to be able to lead a lot of laps, and nobody has been better at leading laps at New Hampshire lately than Truex. He has topped 80 laps led in five straight races here, leading more than 100 laps in four of those starts. After qualifying sixth, another dominating showing at New Hampshire could be on tap.

Alex Bowman ($9,900)

Even before qualifying, Bowman stood out as a potential steal this weekend. After all, you have one of the hottest drivers in the series and a weekly Top 10 threat available for a midrange price. Now that a terminal engine issue during his qualifying run has him starting dead last, he becomes an absolute must-own option. Bowman could legitimately gain 30-plus spots Sunday, and if he just makes it into the Top 20, he's going to deliver a decent score for the price. There is nothing to lose and tons to gain.

Difference Makers and Value Plays

Kevin Harvick ($12,500)

Harvick will start 14th tomorrow afternoon, which is exactly where he started last year before going to victory lane. The win was his second in the last four races at New Hampshire and his series-best sixth Top 5 in the last eight races at the track. Harvick could certainly lead his share of laps and win again this weekend, and at worst, he should gain around 10 spots and end up in the Top 15. He offers the high floor and high ceiling you want in a cash game stud.

Brad Keselowski ($12,000)

While he hasn't led laps to the extent of Kyle Busch or Martin Truex Jr. at New Hampshire, Keselowski has been one of the steadiest performers here. He has 13 Top 15s in his last 14 starts at the track, leading laps in 11 of those races and finishing sixth or better eight times. Starting from the pole, he is a safe bet to lead some laps Sunday, and equally as important, he is going to be a popular play. Keselowski should be a safe option for pursuing laps led points for cash lineups.

Denny Hamlin ($11,500)

Qualifying in a backup car didn't go well, and Hamlin will have to start 23rd tomorrow. The good news is that Joe Gibbs Racing looks fast overall, and all three of his teammates qualified sixth or better. Not to mention that Hamlin has been excellent at New Hampshire throughout his career. He has a 10.2 average finish here, and in 25 starts, he has as many wins (3) as finishes outside the Top 15. At worst, he should challenge for a Top 10 and gain double-digit spots, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him contend for the win.

William Byron ($8,200)

Byron has been flashing Top 10 upside for a while now, and even as a rookie, he has some solid runs at flat tracks, including his 14th-place finish in his New Hampshire debut. His issue for DFS purposes has been that stellar qualifying efforts remove differential points as a possibility. Well, that won't be the case Sunday, and for just the second time in the last 10 races, Byron will start worse than 12th. Rolling off 22nd, his floor and ceiling look a heck of a lot nicer.

Ryan Newman ($8,000)

A crash in opening practice forced him to qualify in a backup car, so I wouldn't worry too much about his 26th-place starting spot. I'm more interested in all the differential points Newman now has available. He's been solid at New Hampshire throughout his career, and he has finished 13th or better in five of his last seven starts at the track, finishing sixth in last year's race. Look for him to challenge for a Top 15 and post a solid score for a great price.

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Chase Elliott ($10,700)

Elliott has had some strong performances at flat tracks in his career, and he led 23 laps and finished fifth at New Hampshire last season. He should have Top 5 upside again Sunday, and if you want to fade guys like Kevin Harvick or Denny Hamlin, Elliott could be a great alternative. Not only is he cheaper than both Harvick and Hamlin, but I don't expect him to be as heavily owned.

Kyle Larson ($10,400)

Consistency has not been on his side this season, but while Larson has managed just three Top 5s all year, two of them have come in the last three races. He also has four Top 3 finishes in nine starts at New Hampshire, including a pair of runner-up efforts in 2017. Starting 15th with legitimate Top 5 upside, Larson could be a great contrarian play to someone like Kevin Harvick or Denny Hamlin.

Clint Bowyer ($9,400)

Everyone is going to be on Alex Bowman, myself included, but it is always a good idea to have a few lineups where you fade obvious plays. Bowyer is available at a similar price, and the former New Hampshire winner has shown Top 10 speed with Top 5 upside in all three of his starts here with Stewart-Haas Racing, logging seventh-place finishes in both races in 2017. Starting 16th, he can post a big point total if he lives up to his ceiling this weekend.

Austin Dillon ($7,300)

While Dillon's ceiling is probably a Top 15, he has approached that ceiling more often than not at New Hampshire. In fact, he has logged six finishes of 16th or better in nine starts here, posting a 15.4 average finish overall. Starting 21st, he also has the place differential category working in his favor. I like him as a cheaper pivot to Ryan Newman and William Byron this weekend.

Ryan Preece ($5,000)

Preece considers New Hampshire his home track, and he has enjoyed plenty of strong runs here in other series, including a pair of Top 3 finishes in two XFINITY starts. Yes, he has struggled for much of his rookie year, but some of his better runs have come on flatter tracks, including a 16th-place finish at Martinsville and a 20th-place effort at Richmond. Throw in the fact that he is cheap and is starting back in 28th, and I think there is enough here to roll the dice on Preece if you need a punt play.

Matt Tifft ($3,500)

If you are really looking to free up a chunk of cap space, I'd consider taking a flier on Tifft. He is starting 30th, so he can't hurt you too much in the place differential category no matter how he does, and he has been running at the finish of every race with the two exceptions being superspeedway events. He's also shown Top 25 potential, and one of his best runs of the year came at Phoenix, another flat track.

Starting Lineup for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

No. 1 Brad Keselowski
No. 2 Kyle Busch
No. 3 Kurt Busch
No. 4 Erik Jones
No. 5 Ryan Blaney
No. 6 Martin Truex Jr.
No. 7 Matt DiBenedetto
No. 8 Joey Logano
No. 9 Aric Almirola
No. 10 Jimmie Johnson
No. 11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
No. 12 Chase Elliott
No. 13 Daniel Suarez
No. 14 Kevin Harvick
No. 15 Kyle Larson
No. 16 Clint Bowyer
No. 17 Paul Menard
No. 18 Ty Dillon
No. 19 Daniel Hemric
No. 20 David Ragan
No. 21 Austin Dillon
No. 22 William Byron
No. 23 Denny Hamlin
No. 24 Michael McDowell
No. 25 Chris Buescher
No. 26 Ryan Newman
No. 27 Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.
No. 28 Ryan Preece
No. 29 Corey Lajoie
No. 30 Matt Tifft
No. 31 Landon Cassill
No. 32 Ross Chastain
No. 33 Reed Sorenson
No. 34 Quin Houff
No. 35 Andy Seuss
No. 36 Austin Theriault
No. 37 Alex Bowman


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