NASCAR daily fantasy hangover: How we fared in Axalta 400 at Pocono

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

So close, yet so far away. For the third straight week, a wreck to a promising driver compromised what looked like a solid outing for a DraftKings lineup.

This week in Pocono, it was Ryan Newman who saw his luck turn quickly after contact with A.J. Allmendinger sent him into the garage. Newman was a value choice that I still stand behind, but his -25.5 points was the worst of any choice made so far.

Newman’s outing ended horribly, but most of the other choices turned out well for fantasy owners. Before moving on to Michigan, here’s a look at the full daily fantasy recap from the Axalta 400.

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What Worked

Image courtesy of @MissSprintCup.

Image courtesy of @MissSprintCup.

Though they didn’t pull out a win, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson all put in solid fantasy performances.

Where they all three excelled was with points and pass differential—a scoring system exclusively used by DraftKings. Biffle was one of biggest movers with his 15 points in place differential while Earnhardt had 26 points in pass differential despite not finishing inside the top 10.

Kyle Larson (or Lar-SON) made an impact in both departments and collected massive points with his eighth-place result. It was his second in three races at the Tricky Triangle, so he’ll likely be a lock for lineups when Sprint Cup returns to Pocono in July.

Newman was on track to replicate the success of all three drivers with a top-10 finish after starting 13th. However, his chances were derailed by the Dinger late in the race. Speaking of Newman, let’s take a look at the swing-and-miss department from Sunday.

What Didn’t…

Well, let’s just say the weekly advice columns would be perfect if not for wrecks. Then again, that’s what makes NASCAR daily fantasy so entertaining and frustrating at the same time.

This week it was Newman who was driving close to the front before Allmendinger lost a lot of people a lot of money. In fact, one of our friends on Twitter was left disappointed after the crushing loss of Newman on the track.

Outside of Newman, only one other choice was underwhelming on Sunday. That driver was Clint Bowyer, and I promise not to make that mistake again any time soon. Bowyer was barely competitive all afternoon and finished with negative points in pass differential.

 


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