NASCAR Truck Series DFS: 400 at Texas Motor Speedway DraftKings Lineup Plays

Brian Polking

After a trio of practices Thursday, the starting lineup for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series 400 at Texas Motor Speedway is officially set following Friday's qualifying session. The race is set to go green later tonight, but before the green flag waves, there is still time to lock in some DFS lineups at DraftKings.

With all due respect to Greg Biffle, there aren't any Cup Series stars in the field tonight, so I like the idea of building around a couple of the top Truck Series regulars in order to make sure you grab plenty of dominator points. Johnny Sauter is my top dominator, but there are several intriguing alternatives.

Ben Rhodes stands out as a bigger name with significant place differential upside, and there are also several appealing cheaper options starting deeper in the field. Looking at how the starting grid ended up, you should be able to construct some lineups with solid balance from top to bottom.

Check out all of my top DFS plays for tonight's Truck Series race at Texas, and start locking in those lineups for the 400.

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Must-Own Drivers

Johnny Sauter ($10,800)

Sauter has been one of the best at the mile-and-a-half tracks all year, and he actually finished third in the first trip to Texas. He's also finished third or better in five of his last seven starts at the track, picking up three wins and leading laps in all seven of those races. Sauter appeared to have the best car during Thursday's practice, and after qualifying on the front row, he looks poised to win the dominator categories and finish as the top scorer.

Ben Rhodes ($9,900)

Rhodes topped the charts in the opening practice before getting into the wall. The incident had his team scrambling to get caught up, and it is likely why he ended up qualifying 22nd. On the plus side, Rhodes has been excellent at the 1.5-mile ovals this year, notching four Top 10s and three Top 5s in the five races while leading laps in four of those starts. He was the runner-up at Texas in 2018, and whenever you have a driver with Top 5 upside starting outside the Top 20, you get him into your lineup at DraftKings.

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Cash Options

Stewart Friesen ($11,300)

He has led more laps at the 1.5-mile tracks this year than any other Truck Series regular, leading laps and finishing the Top 5 in three of the five races. When the series visited Texas earlier this year, Friesen finished second to Kyle Busch. He was a bit off in qualifying, but now that he starts 14th, he has substantially boosted his floor thanks to the place differential points he has available. He should be a great option to build around in cash lineups.

Matt Crafton ($10,100)

Crafton has been the model of consistency at Texas, piling up a ridiculous 16 straight Top 10s. During that stretch he has a pair of wins, notching 11 Top 5s and leading laps in 10 of those starts. Crafton has also finished sixth or better in each of the last four races at mile-and-a-half tracks this year. Starting 10th, he has a nice mix of place differential potential and dominator upside.

Ross Chastain ($9,600)

The newest contender for the Truck Series title, Chastain qualified 15th in his first race since declaring for points in this series. It is good news for DFS players because he has finished in the Top 10 in all eight races in 2019, posting a 6.4 average finish and finishing seventh at Texas the first time around. A 40-point performance seems like his floor.

Brennan Poole ($8,100)

Poole has been a DFS sleeper at the 1.5-mile tracks all year, cracking the Top 20 in all four of his starts while posting an 11.0 average finish. He actually finished ninth at Texas earlier in the year, and he came out of nowhere to finish second at Charlotte a few weeks ago. The solid floor makes him perfect for cash lineups, and starting 18th, Poole even has enough differential upside to push his score up into the 30-point range.

Spencer Boyd ($7,600)

He has quietly been one of the steadier performers among the smaller teams this year, posting a 19.2 average finish in eight starts. Boyd has finished in the Top 25 in four of his five starts at 1.5-mile tracks, gaining 10 spots and finishing 11th in the first trip to Texas earlier this year. Starting back in 27th this time around, he should be able to gain a chunk of spots and deliver 25-plus fantasy points.

Jordan Anderson ($7,100)

Anderson has been holding his own at the mile-and-a-half tracks this year, compiling a 17.8 average finish in the five races so far. He has finished 21st or better in all five of them, logging back-to-back Top 15s at Kansas and Charlotte. After qualifying 26th, Anderson looks like one of the safest source of significant cap relief.

GPP Specials

Brett Moffitt ($10,400)

He has been a solid source of dominator points all year, and Moffitt leads all series regulars in fastest laps run and ranks second in laps led. He also led 33 laps at Texas the first time around before cutting a tire late in the race. Starting in the Top 5, Moffitt could definitely find himself out front again Friday night, and I love him as a contrarian to Johnny Sauter and Stewart Friesen.

Grant Enfinger ($9,700)

A Top 5 qualifying effort has taken away his place differential upside, but that doesn't change the fact that he has been money at the mile-and-a-half tracks in 2019. He has four Top 10s in the five races so far, scoring a series-best 208 driver points. It is also worth noting that Enfinger has led laps in all five of the races at 1.5-mile ovals, so he could easily add some dominator points to his final score. Whether or not he earns enough to justify the price tag remains to be seen, but I think he is worth a look in GPP lineups.

Todd Gilliland ($9,000)

If you are looking for a make-or-break pick tonight, look no further than Gilliland. He has underperformed a bit this year, but he finished sixth and fourth in two starts at Texas in 2018, leading at least 60 laps in both races. After grabbing the pole, Gilliland is positioned to lead more laps and pile up some dominator points. If this ends up being is long overdue breakout performance, you will want to have him in your lineup.

Sheldon Creed ($8,600)

Creed has often been a dart without feathers this year, and fast cars have led to just a single Top 10 finish. He obviously needs to figure out how to seal the deal, but he has shown excellent speed in every practice session and qualified seventh. With his history and such a strong starting spot, he is not going to be a popular play. If you take a chance on him and he happens to back up his speed with a Top 5 effort, you are going to be in great shape in the bigger contests.

Kyle Benjamin ($7,800)

Experience isn't on his side, but Benjamin keeps making the most of the NASCAR starts he does get. He has led laps and finished in the Top 5 in both of his career Truck starts, and he has led laps in four of his eight XFINITY starts, logging a pair of Top 3 finishes. His Niece Motorsports team has shown it can run in the Top 10, and I think Benjamin can do the same. Even without a lot of differential upside, I think his finishing position alone could make him worth the price tag.

Natalie Decker ($6,100)

She really seems to struggle in traffic, but Decker has managed four Top 25s in six Truck starts this year, and three of those have come at 1.5-mile tracks. More importantly, she whiffed on her qualifying lap and will start dead last in 32nd. At the very least, she is going to save a lot of cap space and isn’t going to lose any points in the place differential category, and if she just stays out of trouble, she could end up being a bargain.

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