NASCAR DFS: Pocono Organics 325 DraftKings Lineup Plays

Brian Polking

A doubleheader at Pocono Raceway is on tap this weekend, and the Pocono Organics 325 kicks things off Saturday afternoon. The "Tricky Triangle" can be a tough for drivers to figure out, and building NASCAR DFS lineups at DraftKings is no walk in the park either.

Thanks to its massive size, there aren't a ton of laps on tap at Pocono compared to other tracks, limiting the impact of the dominator categories. Throw in the fact that drivers can pit without losing a lap at the track, and pit strategy can end up trumping raw speed and jumbling up the runner order.

With that in mind, you may want to go with a more balanced approach when assembling your lineups, rostering three or four drivers with serious dominator potential and throwing a couple of darts at drivers starting deeper in the field.

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Must-Own Drivers

Kevin Harvick ($10,100)

Harvick has eight Top 10s in the last 10 races at Pocono, cracking the Top 5 six times in that span. He has been even stronger at the track the last couple of years, topping 30 fastest laps and leading at least 30 laps in three of the last four races. Look for Harvick to contend for the win while providing plenty of dominator points.

Kyle Busch ($9,300)

He has been a force to be reckoned with at Pocono, reeling off seven straight Top 10s. Busch has three wins during that span, and he has led more than 50 laps five times while recording at least 17 fastest laps in six straight starts. Rolling off fourth, he could back out front and piling up dominator points sooner rather than later. Not to mention that Busch is surprisingly cheap for a driver who has been this dominant at Pocono.

Denny Hamlin ($8,800)

Hamlin is a five-time winner at Pocono, and he led 32 laps in a win here last July. He drew the No. 3 starting spot for Saturday's race, which puts him in great position to earn some dominator points, if not lead the most laps. His upside is tough to pass up at this price.

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Cash Plays

Christopher Bell ($11,100)

This price tag is borderline ridiculous for an inconsistent rookie, but his continued lack of luck in the qualifying draw has him starting back in 36th. Even if he lands in the middle of the pack, he is going to post a decent point total, and he has the potential for more. I also think his starting spot will make him a popular play, which will make him an even safer play in cash contests.

Brad Keselowski ($9,900)

He might not go out and dominate the race Saturday, but Keselowski is arguably the safest bet for a strong finish. His eight Top 10s in the last 10 Pocono races are tied for the most of any driver, and his seven Top 5s in that span are tops in the series. Keselowski has also led laps in seven of those 10 starts, recording fastest laps in all of them. I don't think he will be the top scorer, but he is still a reliable building block for cash lineups.

Clint Bowyer ($9,500)

Not many of the better performers at Pocono have much place differential upside, but Bowyer has more than most after drawing the 18th starting spot. Stewart-Haas Racing has run well here for a while, and Bowyer has finished 11th or better in four of his six starts with the team, finishing sixth or better twice. He should at least flirt with a Top 10 finish and 40-plus fantasy points.

Ty Dillon ($7,200)

Dillon probably won't be an X-factor who helps your take down the biggest GPP contests, but after drawing the 34th starting spot, he does have plenty of value for cash games. Even on a bad day, he usually sneaks into the Top 25, and at a strategy-dependent track like Pocono, a Top 20 isn't out of the question. At the end of the day, it is hard to pass up a solid floor for a cheap price.

Erik Jones ($7,100)

He has to be considered the biggest steal on the board for the Saturday race. Jones rolls of 19th, but he has an 8.3 average finish in six Pocono starts, cracking the Top 10 five times and logging three straight Top 5s. He has even led double-digit laps three here three times. With his cheap price tag and all-around potential, Jones is an easy choice for cash contests.

Chris Buescher ($6,500)

Buescher probably won't crack the Top 10, but he has a solid floor and a decent chunk of place differential points available after drawing the No. 24 starting spot. Last year, he gained 10 spots and finished 14th in the June race, and he gained 17 spots and finished 16th in the July event. Buescher should at least be an affordable source of 30-plus fantasy points.

Michael McDowell ($5,500)

His ceiling is probably a Top 20, but McDowell is starting 26th and priced so cheap that he doesn't need a spectacular finish to justify the price. He owns a respectable 19.7 average finish in 2020, and he has finished 21st or better in four of his last five starts at Pocono. Rostering McDowell is the safest way to free up a significant chunk of salary cap space.

GPP Specials

Chase Elliott ($10,700)

Although he hasn't led a ton of laps at Pocono, Elliott does have six Top 10s in eight starts here, including a fourth-place effort last June. Throw in his elite, week-to-week speed and a Top 5 starting spot, and he is definitely someone you will need exposure to Saturday. He makes a pivot to either Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick.

Ryan Blaney ($9,000)

Blaney doesn't have the resume of some of the Pocono studs, but he is a former winner here, and he hasn't finished worse than 12th at the track since joining Team Penske. Starting on the front row puts him in a bad spot with the place differential category, but he has been fast all year and is in great position to get out front and pile up some dominator points. I love him as a pivot to the higher-priced dominators.

Matt DiBenedetto ($7,600)

He had decent equipment for the first time in his career last season, and he was able to crack the Top 20 in both Pocono races. He essentially has a Team Penske ride this year, and we have seen his Top 10 upside. Starting just outside the Top 20, he could be a sneaky alternative to guys like Ty Dillon or Chris Buescher.

William Byron ($7,800)

Byron has managed to turn strong cars into mediocre results this year, but Pocono has been kind to him. He has cracked the Top 10 in three of his four starts, leading double-digit laps and finishing sixth or better twice. Starting 16th, Byron could be a great contrarian if you want to fade Erik Jones.

Aric Almirola ($7,300)

He hasn't been dominant at Pocono by any means, but Almirola has finished 12th or better in three of his four starts here with Stewart-Haas. More importantly, he is starting on the pole at a track where clean air is crucial. If Almirola can lead for a short stretch to start the race, earn some dominator points and come home in the Top 10, he will be a solid value at this price.

Cole Custer ($6,500)

Custer will make his first Cup start at Pocono this weekend, but he put up some impressive numbers at the track at the XFINITY level. He finished seventh or better and led double-digit laps in all three starts, leading 58 laps in a win last year. Not to mention that Stewart-Haas Racing has shown plenty of speed at Pocono overall. Starting 25th, Custer is sitting on a sizeable amount of differential points. At his price, he is my top pivot to Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher.