NASCAR XFINITY DFS: Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 DraftKings Preview

Brian Polking

The road racing portion of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season has come to an end, and the final push to the playoffs begins this weekend with the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway. The egg-shaped oval has plenty of nicknames and plenty of character, but it will likely be a familiar strategy that leads to a profitable day at DraftKings

The race is a companion event with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, so we have a few heavy hitters pulling double duty. Back at an intermediate oval, the dominator categories will once again by front and center, and you are likely going to have to pay up for at least one Cup star in order to get the necessary exposure to the laps led and fastest laps run categories.

Looking at the huge price tags the Cup guys are getting this weekend, you are probably going to have to go all in on one of them in order to have enough money left over to build a decent lineup. If one of the Cup guys has to start in the back for whatever reason, I will make an exception and go with as many as three punt plays. My ideal scenario is nailing the top dominator and pairing them with solid options from the better XFINITY regulars.

Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and it will be a big determining factor in many of my lineup decisions. Until then, check out all my top DFS plays at DraftKings for the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington.

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Must-Own Drivers

Kevin Harvick ($13,900)

He led 54 laps and finished third at Darlington last year, and Harvick has two Top 5s in his last three XFINITY starts here and four Top 10s in his last five. He has led double-digit laps in three of his four XFINITY starts in 2018, picking up a pair of Top 2 finishes and gaining an average of 13.0 spots per race. He should be an all-around DFS force this weekend.

Denny Hamlin ($12,400)

Hamlin has flat out owned Darlington at the XFINITY level. In 10 starts, he has five wins and a 2.6 average finish, and he has never finished outside the Top 10. Hamlin is the defending winner of this weekend’s race, and he has finished either first or second in his last eight starts here, leading more than 30 laps seven times in that span. You can basically pencil him in for a bunch of dominator points this weekend, and he looks like a bargain compared to the other Cup stars in the field.

Chase Elliott ($10,600)

An injury to Spencer Gallagher has Elliott back in the GMS Racing No. 23, and he has three Top 10s in his last four XFINITY starts for the team. He also won at Darlington in his first XFINITY start at the track. Elliott isn't the favorite this weekend, but he is certainly capable of a Top 5 finish. He also gives you exposure to a Cup driver at a substantially lower price than the top guys on the board.

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Value Plays

Christopher Bell ($9,900)

His four wins and 13 Top 5s are tied for the most in the series, and Bell has led the second-most laps of any series regular. More importantly, he has been able to lead laps at the faster, intermediate ovals, even in strong fields. After the Cup stars, Bell is the best bet for dominator points this weekend.

Justin Allgaier ($9,600)

Allgaier just wrapped up an impressive run at the road courses, but he has been reeling off great finishes for a while now. He has 11 straight Top 10s heading into Saturday’s race, and he has five straight finishes of third or better. His four wins this year are tied for the most in the series, and Allgaier is one of the few series regulars with a realistic chance of contending for the win and providing dominator points.

Elliott Sadler ($9,100)

Consistency has been Sadler’s calling card all year, but while his lack of dominator points tends to make him a bit overpriced at Draftkings, this weekend could be an exception. Since returning to the XFINITY Series in 2011, Sadler has finished third or better in four of his seven starts at Darlington, leading 75 laps and winning the 2016 race. He could be a serious contender Saturday, and he is priced more affordably than usual.

Matt Tifft ($7,900)

Tifft has been building some momentum in recent weeks, reeling off three straight Top 10s and logging three of his four Top 5s this year in the last six races. A Top 10 is probably his ceiling in this field, but that's not bad at all for a midrange price, especially if he has some differential upside after qualifying.

Ross Chastain ($7,700)

Chastain has the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when he makes his first XFINITY start for Chip Ganassi Racing. Known for getting the most out of mediocre equipment, he will finally get to show what he can do for a high-budget team. Chastain has two Top 15s in three starts at Darlington, and he should at least be a Top 10 threat while driving the No. 42. He could be the steal of the weekend at this price.

Sleeper Special

Spencer Boyd ($5,900)

Boyd has been exploiting the place differential category all year, and he has become much more consistent in recent weeks. He has cracked the Top 25 in the last eight races, gaining an average of 10.6 spots per race and gaining double-digit positions six times in that span. If he starts outside the Top 30 once again, target Boyd for some serious cap relief.

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