An action-packed weekend at Chicagoland Speedway features the XFINITY Series Camping World 300 sandwiched between Friday night's Truck race and Sunday's Cup Series event. Being a companion event, we do have a Cup star in the field this weekend in the form of Joey Logano. For DFS contests at DraftKings, this means that the "Big 3" of the XFINITY Series will have some company at the front of the field.
Speaking of the "Big 3," Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer continue to put on an absolute clinic in 2019. They all have at least three victories, combining to win 10 of the 11 races that weren't won by Kyle Busch. The trio has also combined to lead 62.8 percent of the laps this year despite Busch leading 345 in his four starts.
These three drivers are a notch above every other XFINITY regular right now. Yes, you will want plenty of exposure to Logano, but if you don't have at least one of the "Big 3" in your lineup as well, you probably aren't going to be winning. Unless qualifying is absolute chaos, there isn't a balanced lineup that exists that will offset the dominator points that Logano and a member or two of the "Big 3" are likely to provide.
Don't overthink things this weekend. The mile-and-a-half tracks have always been kind to the top drivers from the top teams. Logano is a stud and Bell, Reddick and Custer are the best in the business right now at the XFINITY level. Pay up for a couple of them and figure out the rest of your lineups from there. You won't regret it.
As always, you can hit me up on Twitter at @BPolking after the starting lineup is set with any questions about specific drivers or for roster strategies. In the meantime, check out a closer look at the drivers I have an eye on at DraftKings for the XFINITY Series Camping World 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Joey Logano ($12,500)
Logano will make his first XFINITY start of 2019, and you have to expect him to leave his mark. He won two of his five XFINITY starts last year, and in seven career starts at Chicagoland, he has a 5.9 average finish and a couple of wins. Logano has also led laps in six of his seven XFINITY starts here. Pencil him in for his share of dominator points and a big point total.
Christopher Bell ($11,400)
In addition to his series-best four wins, he is having a remarkable season in terms of leading laps. Bell has been able to lead multiple laps in all 14 races this year, leading 30-plus nine times. In fact, he has led 30-plus laps in three of the four races at mile-and-a-half tracks, leading 142 at Atlanta and 127 at Texas. Needless to say, you can pencil him in for his share of dominator points this weekend.
Cole Custer ($11,000)
Custer has been a steady source of strong finishes and dominator points all season, and he ranks third in laps led at the 1.5-mile ovals. He has also had some success at Chicagoland, leading 41 laps and finishing seventh in his track debut in 2017 and finishing third here a year ago while recording the most fastest laps of any series regular. You already know he will be fast on Saturday.
Tyler Reddick ($10,500)
He has been the most dependable driver in the series all year, and Reddick has shown plenty of upside at the mile-and-a-half tracks, logging three Top 5s in the four races. He has also led laps in four of those starts, leading 110 in a win at Charlotte a few weeks ago. Reddick actually crashed out of his Chicagoland debut last year, but not before he led 35 laps. He is basically a lock to provide some dominator points and contend for the win Saturday.
Difference Makers and Value Plays
Justin Allgaier ($10,100)
He has been a high-risk, high-reward option at DraftKings for much of the year, but you have to like his chances of delivering a strong finish this weekend. Allgaier has never finished worse than 12th in six starts at Chicagoland, posting a 7.3 average finish and winning the 2017 race. He also has two Top 3 finishes in the four races at the 1.5-mile tracks this year. Allgaier is one of the few drivers who can be considered a legitimate pivot to the typical dominators.
Chase Briscoe ($9,900)
Briscoe delivered a Top 10 finish in his Chicagoland debut last year while driving the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing machine. He will have much better equipment in his return to the track this weekend, and he has been a place differential monster at the mile-and-a-half tracks in 2019, gaining double-digit spots in three of the four races. If Briscoe qualifies towards the middle of the pack again this weekend, he will be a no-brainer option in cash lineups.
Michael Annett ($9,100)
Annett has been one of the biggest surprises of the year, and he has enjoyed nothing but success at the 1.5-mile ovals. He has a 7.2 average finish in the four races, finishing sixth or better three times and gaining an average of 6.0 spots. Annett should be able to make a run at 40 fantasy points, especially if he qualifies deeper in the field.
Noah Gragson ($8,900)
It took him a little while to find his rhythm for JR Motorsports, but Gragson enters Saturday's race on a streak of four straight finishes of sixth or better. He has also been solid at the 1.5-mile tracks this year, leading laps in three of the four races and picking up a couple of Top 5s. You might want to ride Gragson's hot hand at Chicagoland.
Justin Haley ($8,700)
His DFS value depend heavily on his starting spot, but if Haley qualifies anywhere outside the Top 15, he deserves your attention. After all, he is the only driver who has finished in the Top 10 in all four races at mile-and-a-half tracks this year, posting a 7.5 average finish and an average differential of +10.5 in those starts.
Ross Chastain ($8,300)
He will be driving a second Kaulig Racing entry this weekend, and while Chastain has already made two starts for the team, those both came at superspeedways. He will get a chance to show his talent at a track with a lot less volatility at Chicagoland this weekend, and Kaulig Racing’s other driver, Justin Haley, has 10 Top 10s in 14 starts this year. Watch out for Chastain this weekend.
Zane Smith ($8,000)
Since crashing in his XFINITY debut earlier this year, Smith has reeled off four straight finishes of 11th or better, logging a Top 5 finish last time out at Iowa. He will be back in the JR Motorsports No. 8 this weekend, and any driver who has been behind the wheel for this team has been delivering Top 10s. I expect more of the same from Smith at Chicagoland. If he has a little place differential upside, his value skyrockets.
Jeffrey Earnhardt ($7,800)
While he won’t be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend, Earnhardt’s XCI Racing team still has plenty of factory support from Toyota. He has already made one start for XCI, picking up a Top 10 finish at Texas, another 1.5-mile oval. Don’t overlook Earnhardt because he doesn’t have JGR equipment. He still has Top 10 potential for a decent price.
Riley Herbst ($7,200)
Herbst has underwhelmed in his three XFINITY starts this year, managing just one Top 10 despite driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Still, we are talking about a young driver in some of the best equipment on the track, so there is plenty of upside here for a decent price. I’m still willing to take a chance on Herbst if he has some differential points available.
Stephen Leicht ($6,400)
Leicht doesn't offer much in the way of upside, but he has been able to use the place differential category to his advantage at the 1.5-mile tracks. He has a 22.2 average finish in the four races this year, gaining an average of 8.3 spots in those starts and finishing with a positive place differential in all of them. If Leicht starts 30th or worse Saturday, he should be a useful punt play.
Landon Cassill ($5,700)
With Ross Chastain driving for Kaulig Racing this weekend, Cassill will get a chance to driver the No. 4 machine. He still won't have elite equipment, but he should have a shot at the Top 20, possibly a Top 15. At this price, that's more than enough to warrant your attention.
Ronnie Bassett Jr. ($4,800)
The No. 90 machine has had its share of mechanical issues, but we have also seen multiple drivers pick up Top 20s for the team, including Bassett. He's a risky pick, but you can't ask for more than a shot at mid-pack finish when you are paying almost the minimum price.