NASCAR XFINITY DFS: Alsco 300 DraftKings Preview

Brian Polking

After a couple of off weeks, the NASCAR XFINITY Series returns to action this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Saturday’s Alsco 300 will also mark the return of Cup regulars to the XFINITY Series after four consecutive Dash 4 Cash events barred any Cup drivers from participating.

As a fan, I love when a few Cup regulars are in the field. I get another chance to see NASCAR’s best behind the wheel, and I get to see which XFINITY regulars really have what it takes to go head to head with the competition they will have to face if they make it to the next level.

Having Cup drivers in the field also makes things a little easier from the DFS side of things. We already have a pretty good idea of who the top dominators are going to be, which also gives us a pretty good idea of who to fade when attacking bigger contests. Knowing what a majority of the competition is going to do is a big advantage for both cash games and GPPs.

As always, make sure to wait until after qualifying before finalizing your lineups, but in order to get you primed for Saturday’s Alsco 300, here is a closer look at the drivers I have my eye on at DraftKings.

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Must-Own Drivers

Kyle Busch ($13,900)

Busch has a massive salary this weekend, but you may still have to find a way to fit him into your lineups. He's been absolutely dominant at Charlotte in the XFINITY Series, winning eight times and finishing in the Top 5 in eight of his last nine starts here. More importantly, Busch has led more than 20 laps in 13 of his last 15 starts at the track, leading more than 100 laps four times in that span.

Brad Keselowski ($13,100)

His numbers at Charlotte in the XFINITY Series are impressive, and in 18 starts, Keselowski has 14 Top 10s, including three wins. More importantly, he is one of the most accomplished drivers in the field this weekend, and he won his only other XFINITY start so far this season. Target him as the top alternative to Busch.

Elliott Sadler ($9,700)

While he might not lead a ton of laps when there are Cup regulars in the field, you won’t find a more reliable option that Sadler. We are 10 races into the season, and Sadler leads the series with 10 Top 10s, eight Top 5s and a 4.6 average finish. He should be a safe building block again this weekend, especially for cash lineups.

Christopher Bell ($9,000)

Bell has been one of the series regulars who has been able to deliver Top 5 finishes and dominator points no matter how stacked the field has been. He’s also been excellent at the 1.5-mile ovals, finishing third or better and leading multiple laps in all three races so far this year. Honestly, he is a bit underpriced. Pair him with Kyle Busch or Brad Keselowski or use him as your top dominator when you the Cup studs.

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Value Plays

Chase Elliott ($10,000)

Elliott will be driving a few races in the No. 23 Chevrolet for the suspended Spencer Gallagher, and considering Gallagher was able to routinely run in the Top 10 with this team, Elliott should have a chance to make some noise. Don’t be surprised if he runs in the Top 5 and delivers some dominator points in his team debut. He could be the building block for a contrarian lineup.

Justin Allgaier ($9,300)

He was one of the most dominant performers during the Dash 4 Cash races, and while his ceiling dips slightly now that Cup regulars are back, Allgaier is still on the short list of Top 5 threats. He’s finished sixth or better in two of the three races at 1.5-mile ovals this year, and no XFINITY regular has led more laps overall. He could be a surprise dominator candidate.

Daniel Hemric ($8,500)

Although he’s had some bad luck in recent weeks, Hemric has established himself as weekly Top 5 contender. He’s also been strong at the mile-and-a-half ovals, posting a 6.7 average finish in three starts and leading 39 laps and finishing third a few weeks ago at Texas. Hemric finished seventh at Charlotte as a rookie last fall, and with the growth he has shown in 2018, he could be a great pivot to guys like Christopher Bell or Elliott Sadler this weekend.

Matt Tifft ($7,900)

With the Cup regulars boasting such giant salaries, finding quality, affordable options will be key. Tifft has five Top 10s in the 10 races so far this season and a 13.5 average finish overall. You find a more reliable option under $8,000 this weekend.

Chase Briscoe ($7,600)

It has been an uneven start to his XFINITY Series career, but both of his Top 15 finishes this year have come at 1.5-mile tracks. Briscoe will be driving Stewart-Haas Racing equipment this weekend, and as fast as SHR guys have been at the mile-and-a-half ovals, Briscoe could have sneaky Top 10 potential for a midrange price.

Ross Chastain ($7,500)

His fantasy value will be dependent on qualifying, but if Chastain qualifies outside the Top 25, he could be a decent lower-priced play. He had a mechanical issue at Texas, but he finished 16th at Atlanta and 18th at Las Vegas. Chastain has a 17.7 average finish for the year and is more than capable of running in the Top 20 Saturday.

Alex Labbe ($6,800)

Labbe has been battling in the middle of the pack all year, and although he crashed at Texas, he finished in the Top 20 at both Atlanta and Las Vegas, gaining a combined 22 spots in those races. He’s shown he can finish in the top half of the field at 1.5-mile ovals, and if he has a little differential upside after qualifying, Labbe should be a safer option for saving cap space.

Sleeper Special

Joey Gase ($5,800)

He doesn’t have much in the way of upside, but Gase has finished in the Top 25 in each of the last eight races, picking up Top 20s at Las Vegas and Texas during the stretch. If he happens to struggle in qualifying and start around the 30th spot, Gase could be a nice way to free up some salary.

Josh Williams ($5,700)

If you are looking for an outright punt play, Williams is probably your best bet. In the eight races he has competed in this year, he has posted a 24.9 average finish and an average differential of +7.9. In fact, Williams has gained at least seven spots in all three races at 1.5-mile tracks this year.

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