NASCAR XFINITY DFS: Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway DraftKings Preview

Brian Polking

The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, and while the Alsco 300 is a companion event with the Monster Energy Cup Series, all the Kyle Busch haters can save their rants for another week. Saturday’s race is the first Dash 4 Cash event of 2019, which means no Cup regulars are allowed in the field.

Personally, I have no qualms about Kyle Busch or any other Cup driver being in an XFINITY race, but from a DFS standpoint, it can be fun to build lineups when the dominators aren’t quite as obvious. Yes, you still have guys like Christopher Bell who are the clear favorites, but the laps led and fastest laps point still tend to be more spread out in the Dash 4 Cash events, especially at a short track like Bristol.

In this race last season, Brandon Jones came out of nowhere to lead the most laps, and he was one of five different drivers to lead more than 30 laps. With 300 laps on tap, there are a lot of dominator points up for grabs, and I think you will need to cast your net a little wider when it comes to chasing those points.

After filling in a bunch of cheaper options around Kyle Busch the last few weeks, you will want to take a more balanced approach Saturday at Bristol. I recommend trying to fit three to four drivers who have a chance to lead some laps and contend for a Top 5 into your lineups. I’ll also go after place differential points if they are there for the taking, but dominator points could provide a worthwhile boost to the scores of several drivers.

Feel free to message me on Twitter at @BPolking with any specific lineup questions, and don’t be afraid to get a little creative with your DraftKings combinations for the Alsco 300 at Bristol. This should be a fun one.

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Must-Own Drivers

Christopher Bell ($12,800)

With Kyle Busch out of the picture, Bell becomes the immediate frontrunner Saturday. He was taken out in a multi-car wreck in his Bristol debut last spring, but not before he led 35 laps. Bell came back in the summer and led 18 laps and finished second to Kyle Larson. Expect him to lead laps and contend for the win.

Tyler Reddick ($12,200)

The defending champ has been strong out of the gate in 2019, posting a 6.2 average finish and logging four Top 5s over the first six races. More importantly, Reddick has led laps in five races, leading double-digit laps in three of the last four. With the Cup drivers out of the way, his strong performances could give way to a dominating one.

Justin Allgaier ($11,700)

It has been a quiet few weeks by Allgaier's standards, but you should look for him to make plenty of noise this weekend. He has a 5.2 average finish in six starts at Bristol with JR Motorsports, and he has led 40-plus laps in two of the last three races here. Allgaier needs to be on the short list of potential dominators this weekend.

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Difference Makers and Value Plays

Brandon Jones ($10,400)

Jones has flashed Top 5 upside all season, and Bristol could be a chance for him to finally earn his first XFINITY win. He led 106 laps and finished sixth in the spring race last year, and he had another strong run going in the summer race before suffering a suspension issue. Jones could be a surprise source of dominator points this weekend.

Chase Briscoe ($9,500)

Although he found trouble in both starts at Bristol last year, Briscoe has been a new man in 2019 now that he has Stewart-Haas Racing equipment at his disposal. He has an 8.3 average finish through the first six races, cracking the Top 15 in all six starts and finishing sixth or better in three straight. As a bonus, Briscoe usually starts deeper in the field, and he is gaining an average of 8.2 spots per race.

Harrison Burton ($9,200)

He will make his XFINTIY Series debut this weekend, and he will make behind the wheel of a Joe Gibbs Racing entry. Anyone who has been behind the wheel of JGR equipment this year has shown Top 5 potential, and despite his inexperience, I don't think Burton will be any different.

Noah Gragson ($8,900)

Gragson hasn't been bad this year by any means. In fact, he hasn't finished worse than 13th all year. On the flip side, he has just a single Top 5, and I was expecting a little more from someone in JR Motorsports equipment. A trip to a short track could be just what the doctor ordered to really jumpstart his season. Gragson owns a Truck Series win at Martinsville, and he finished second in an XFINITY race at Richmond last year.

Michael Annett ($8,400)

Annett has been the model of consistency this year, cracking the Top 15 in all six races and posting a 7.5 average finish. He's also been solid at Bristol, finishing 12th or better and gaining at least 11 spots in three of his four starts. If Annett qualifies outside the Top 15, he should be a great addition to lineups, especially in cash games.

Zane Smith ($7,800)

Don't let the 24th-place finish in his XFINITY debut earlier this year fool you. Smith ran in the Top 10 most of the afternoon at Las Vegas before becoming collateral damage in a wreck. Back in JR Motorsports equipment this weekend, Smith will once again offer Top 10 upside for a reasonable price.

Gray Gaulding ($7,500)

He has been one of the surprises of the early season, finishing 21st or better in all five races since Daytona and finishing 16th or better four times. Gaulding actually made his Bristol debut last year, gaining eight spots and finishing 13th. He has legitimate Top 15 upside this weekend, and he could be a great lower-priced play if he starts in the back half of the field.

Brandon Brown ($7,300)

Brown will need to have some place differential upside, but he has proven he is a reliable Top 20 performer. He has finished 18th or better in all six races this season, posting a 15.8 average finish. If Brown starts outside the Top 20, he could be an affordable source of around 30 fantasy points.

Sleeper Specials

David Starr ($6,700)

The veteran has been able to take advantage of the place differential category at Bristol on a routine basis. He gained 16 spots in the spring race and 11 spots in the summer, and he has gained double-digit spots in five of the last eight races here. In that same span, Starr has six Top 25 finishes, including four Top 20 efforts. If he qualifies deep in the field, you know where to look for some cap relief.

Alex Labbe ($6,100)

Labbe will be back in the XFINITY Series for just the second time this year, but the first time around, he cracked the Top 20 at Atlanta. He's also been respectable at short tracks in the past, compiling an 18.3 average finish in six starts. Labbe actually finished 11th at Bristol last spring, and depending on where he starts, he could be one of the best options for significant cap relief this weekend.

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