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1 day agoToyota drivers Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Denny Hamlin will now be starting from the rear of the field after all three drivers failed pre-race inspection. The nose of the car for all three drivers did not meet specifications and they each received an L1-level penalty, which includes point-deductions in both team and owner standings as well as an automatic start from the rear of the field. All three drivers will still be credited in DFS games this week from their original starting position. Busch and Hamlin were slated to start first and fourth before the penalty while Bell was originally supposed to start 22nd. All three drivers will have a difficult time regaining a large amount of Place Differential they lost from the penalty, but the race length is long enough that they have a fair chance of scoring it back by the later stages of this week's race.--Sean Engel - RotoBallerSource: NASCAR.com
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2 days agoChristopher Bell is preparing to start his first Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Bell knows how to get around Las Vegas, as he averaged a finish of fifth during his four starts in the Xfinity Series, but that was also in far superior equipment in the series than he is going to be running on Sunday. Being priced toward the middle of the pack for DFS makes Bell a very interesting value. His team, matched with his ability as a driver, could yield a surprising finish on Sunday, but no one will really know what the car and driver are capable of until after qualifying on Saturday. Regardless, Bell is a very solid fantasy play at the price tag.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoAustin Dillon hasn't been particularly impressive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, averaging a finish around 15th-16th, but he does manage to keep his nose clean most of the time. In nine career starts, Dillon has earned the 13th-most fantasy points and has been running at the end of every race. Over his past 10 races at the mile-and-a-half tracks, however, Dillon ranks 20th in fantasy points and has an average finish of 18.3. When it comes to DFS rankings, Dillon is 20th for Sunday, which is probably a little low but not by much. Owners should know what to expect for the No. 3 car this week.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoAric Almirola has a rocky history at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His career average finish is 22nd, while his average start is 21st. However, since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018, things have been much better for Almirola. He has three finishes in the top 10 out of his last four starts and even led some laps back in September. Almirola has also looked decent over his previous 10 races at tracks of similar length, boasting the 10th-highest fantasy point output and a ninth-best average finish of 12.7. Almirola has consistently been getting better on the track since 2018, and he has great value this week as a mid-level DFS play.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoJimmie Johnson should be looked at by everyone this week. Currently, Johnson is the 14th-most expensive driver in DFS for Sunday's Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Across Johnson's last 10 starts at the speedway, he has accrued the sixth-most fantasy points while not having a win -- only one driver has earned more points without a win at the track. During that same stretch, Johnson has finished the race every time. In fact, Johnson has never not finished at Las Vegas in his 20 starts going back to 2002. While he hasn't finished inside the top 10 since 2016, Johnson should still be considered a huge value this week.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoAlex Bowman comes into Las Vegas not boasting the best record at the speedway. In six starts, his average finish is 22nd. However, that average includes two starts that came before he joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2018. Since joining the team, Bowman has shown steady improvement at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with his driver rating going up every single race. His most recent finish was sixth back in September. Another key piece when evaluating Bowman this week is looking at his previous 10 races at the mile-and-a-half speedways on the circuit. Bowman has accrued the sixth-most fantasy points across those races and has the third-best average finish among active drivers at 8.7. Currently priced as the 12th-most expensive driver in DFS, Bowman should appear in a lot of fantasy lineups this week.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoErik Jones does not have a great record when it comes to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jones currently has an average finish of 22.40 at the track, including a 36th-place finish the last time the Cup series visited the speedway. While Jones hasn't seemed to figure out Las Vegas, his last 10 races on the mile-and-a-half tracks on the circuit do indicate an upward trend, as he's earned an average finish of 12.6 and finished on the lead lap in eight of those starts. In his previous 10 races at the mile-and-a-half tracks, Jones also can boast about his seven top-10's. If you're a fantasy owner for Vegas, however, still use caution with Jones until he shows some consistency in Sin City.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoRyan Blaney is coming off of a second-place finish in the Daytona 500 and will be looking to continue that momentum to start the season. He certainly has the track record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to do just that. In seven career Cup starts at the speedway, Blaney has an average finish of ninth. However, five of those seven starts resulted in finishes inside the top seven. Blaney has also been able to finish every race in his Cup series career at Las Vegas. Fantasy owners should count on Blaney to be a very high-upside pick for Sunday, with his price tag currently ranking eighth.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoBrad Keselowski is a virtual lock to have a solid finish on Sunday. At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Keselowski hasn't finished outside the top 10 since 2012. Since 2013, Keswlowski has a mind-blowing average finish of third. Since Team Penske made the move to Ford, Keselowski hasn't had a finish at Vegas lower than seventh place. Couple those stats with the fact that the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford has been running at the end of nine of its last 10 races on the mile-and-a-half tracks, and Keselowski should be a heavy favorite for a very good run on Sunday. Keselowski is the fifth-most expensive driver in DFS this week and should be in the lineup of every fantasy player.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoDenny Hamlin is coming off one of the biggest emotional roller-coaster wins of his career, going from the elation of winning the Daytona 500, then worrying about the Ryan Newman news, then finally being able to celebrate mid-week. Hamlin won't have long to celebrate, however. While he seems to always have speed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Hamlin has an average finish of 18.5 across the past two seasons and 15.1 in his last 10 starts at the speedway. Hamlin also only has one top-five in that same 10-start stretch. Listed as the fourth-most expensive driver in DFS, Hamlin should be looked at as overvalued this week and be avoided.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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2 days agoKevin Harvick rolls into Las Vegas Motor Speedway following a successful 2019 season at the track. In two races at Vegas last season, Harvick both started and finished inside the top five. In fact, Harvick had the highest driver rating in both races as well. Over the past two seasons at Las Vegas, Harvick has led 363 laps or 34% of the possible laps in those races. All of those numbers are great, but when you take a look at Harvick's last 10 races at the mile-and-a-half tracks, his odds of performing at a top level in Vegas are even more likely. Harvick has been running at the end of all 10 races, has turned the most miles and has led almost 200 more laps than any other driver in the Cup series over that span. Harvick isn't the most expensive driver in DFS this week, but he probably should be.--Daniel Bragg - RotoBallerSource: DriverAverages.com
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3 days agoRoush-Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher will make his seventh Cup Series start at Las Vegas this week. In his six previous starts at the site, Buescher has four Top 20 finishes, which all came in his last four races at the track. Last Season, Buescher finished in the Top 20 in every race at 1.5 Mile Intermediate tracks with six Top 15 finishes. Buescher is in better equipment compared to last season and finished with positive Place Differential in all but one of his starts at Las Vegas. Buescher is one of the top bargain values that are highly capable of finishing in the Top 15.--Sean Engel - RotoBallerSource: RotoBaller.com
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3 days agoMatt DiBenedetto is making his first start at a 1.5 mile intermediate track for Wood Brothers Racing at Las Vegas. In six starts at the track, DiBenedetto’s best finish is 21st, which is where he placed in his last two starts at LVMS. In the last six races at 1.5 mile intermediate tracks, DiBenedetto placed in the top 20 five times, with three instances being top-15 finishes. Last year, Wood Brothers Racing placed in the top 15 in both races at Las Vegas with Paul Menard. DiBenedetto is known for getting the most out of his equipment and finishing ahead of where a team would normally place with other drivers. Based on the equipment and how he continues to improve with the more experience he gains, DiBenedetto is a terrific choice to finish in the top 15, with a chance of placing in the top 10.--Sean Engel - RotoBallerSource: RotoBaller.com
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3 days agoClint Bowyer of Stewart-Haas Racing hopes to snap his current winless streak of 58 races this week at Las Vegas. In 16 starts at the site, Bowyer has four Top 10 finishes, with his last one being scored in 2017. In the last six races at 1.5 Mile Intermediate tracks, Bowyer has led laps in four of them and has five finishes of 11th or better. Stewart-Haas Racing generally brings equipment good enough to finish in the Top 15 with a chance of competing for a Top 10 finish at 1.5 Mile Intermediate Tracks. Bowyer’s recent history at Vegas is poor, but his equipment is strong for the value and his history at the track type makes him a driver to highly consider for lineups.--Sean Engel - RotoBallerSource: RotoBaller.com
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3 days agoHendrick Motorsports driver William Byron is making his fifth start at Las Vegas. In four starts at the track, Byron has one Top 10 finish, which came in his most recent start last fall. Byron scored positive place differential in both of his last two starts at Las Vegas. The driver of the #24 Chevrolet also placed in the Top 10 in four of his last eight races at 1.5 Mile Intermediate Tracks. Byron is a driver that continues to improve with more experience at this track type and with Hendrick Motorsports’ equipment, he has an exceptional chance of competing for a Top 10 finish. He is one of the best sleepers picks for this week to highly consider.--Sean Engel - RotoBallerSource: RotoBaller.com
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