Rouff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway Raceday Picks

Good morning, race fans!  It's time for the Ruoff Mortgage 500. Practice and qualifying were fairly quiet this week.  Kyle Larson will start at the rear due to an unapproved steering system repair.  Look for him to pile on the advancement points in DFS today. 

No other cars are reported to start at the rear.  The weather looks good for when the green flag drops at 3:49EST today.  Start your engines!


I'll be playing in Draft Kings this week. If you're new to the NASCAR DFS world, here's a quick summary of how scoring is done:

Look for a mix of drivers that fit the following:

Start upfront and can potentially lead a lot of laps.

Good drivers starting farther back can pass a lot of cars and finish with a strong differential.

Drivers starting up front I like: 
Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola 

Drivers with a great differential potential and could lead laps:
Tyler Reddick, Chase Elliott

Drivers with great differential points, and possible top finishes:
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, 

Most likely to be chalk plays:
Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott


This is an especially tough week to try and find an edge.  Kyle Larson's salary is sky high, and once again he'll be starting at the rear of the field.  I'm fading the chalk this week because I see better values with drivers carrying momentum and are at a track their skillset is better suited to.

Ruoff Mortgage 500 Winner  Denny Hamlin
Best Bet for a solid finish Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney
Dark Horse Differentiators Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola
Chalk Plays Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson


My DFS Line-up Today:

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It's a great week to save some starts on top drivers. With Bell, Briscoe, and Reddick all showing well, I have them in with Austin Cindric in the garage as a swap candidate. Here's who I have in my NASCAR Fantasy Live Pool this week:

Driver Group Game:

I'm starting a mix of drivers I think will finish well in this format. I'm looking to save some Austin Cindric starts this week with AJ Allmendinger making the field.  Here's who I have for the week:

One-and-Done Games:

If you are in any one-and-done pools, I'm going with Aric Almirola. Reddick is also a good choice, but I like using Reddick at Homestead later in the spring.  Ross Chastain is also a solid pick for today. If you're way behind, start Joey Logano or Denny Hamlin.

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