The final race of the 2015 regular season provides an excellent opportunity for drivers outside of the Chase Grid. That same notion exists for DraftKings players, especially with so many Chase hopefuls at low prices for Saturday’s race.
With drivers like Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson and Clint Bowyer not locked into the Chase and price tags at $8,500 or less, each one seems like a solid choice for a No. 2 or 3 driver at Richmond. When you consider recent results for each, the outlook is even brighter.
Here’s a look at some of the best drivers to target in the middle tier that can have success this weekend.
For Gordon, this season has been far from what he expected in his final full-time campaign. However, he can change all of that at Richmond with a win to get into the Chase.
Gordon’s last win at Richmond came in 2000, but the After a second-place finish last September and four straight top-10 finishes at RIR, his $8,500 price tag seems reasonable.
Oh, and Gordon has found ways to challenge for wins in recent years despite not having a strong starting position. Starting 25th last season, Gordon finished second with 173 laps led. In his final run at Richmond, Gordon should be a driver to target to build a balanced lineup.
Bowyer is simply a driver who has an entire team resting on his shoulders. Michael Waltrip Racing will be no more after the season and Bowyer will head to a different team. But he still has a shot to make the Chase, but is in a much more desperate situation than Gordon.
The No. 15 driver needs a win to secure his spot, with a loss potentially leaving him out if there is a non-repeat winner. You know, like Larson or even Kasey Kahne, who we noted has a shot at winning this weekend.
Therefore, Bowyer needs to be targeted by fantasy owners looking for a driver who will not be settling for a loss. And at $1,000 less than Gordon and $500 less than our next driver, Bowyer is extremely affordable for a middle-tier option.
When it comes to young drivers, it’s hard to find one with a brighter future than Kyle Larson. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to turn that talent into a win or even a Chase berth in his first two seasons.
Richmond is his chance to change both of those to join teammate Jamie McMurray in NASCAR’s postseason. His only chance? A win.
Unlike Bowyer and Gordon, there is literally no chance for Larson to make the Chase without a victory on Saturday. He’s mathematically eliminated in terms of points, but is still in the top 30 and a win would move him ahead of both aforementioned drivers and knock someone out.
With that much on the line for Larson, it’s either sink or swim on Saturday night. Given that situation, DFS owners hope he’ll help them swim to boatloads of cash on DraftKings this weekend.