Fantasy Update: Last-minute lineup, props advice for Texas
Hendrick Motorsports’ Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole position for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
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RJ Kraft’s Fantasy Live lineup for race day in Texas:
1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Joey Logano
3. Ryan Blaney
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Chase Elliott
Toilet: Kurt Busch
Going to the rear: Alex Bowman (backup car), Ryan Newman (failed pre-race inspection double )
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Analysis: The wealth of big names beginning outside the top 10 on Sunday makes this a little more complicated than previous weeks. Do you risk the usage? Who’s well worth saving? It is a delicate balance where owners have to assess risk .
I’m rolling with half my first lineup. Logano was strong with this race package — top-two finishes at Las Vegas and Fontana. Blaney had a strong 10-lap average, he is a hot series with three top-five finishes in a row and contains three straight top-six finishes at the repaved Texas track. Though he capable 30th, I’m sticking with Kurt Busch but putting him in my own garage. I like his current Texas outcomes a whole lot — four straight top 10s, such as where I am on his usage and I also like his results using this bundle. He qualified 25th or worse at Las Vegas and Fontana but scored two top-six endings along with an average of 33.0 points in these races. An added benefit of rostering Kurt: He’s not a distinct popular drama now based on ownership.
The developments to my lineup start with the pole sitter Jimmie Johnson. Do I feel comfortable with this? Not entirely based upon the 2019 body of work thus far, however I have not used him yet, I figure he should be in a position to get some point points and he’s been fast all weekend emphasized by his topping the 10-lap plank in closing practice. I placing Keselowski in my lineup like I move all in on Penske without a surprise of a single Steve Letarte (why check one when you are able to check all three). He had the fourth-best 10-lap typical in final practice and , Penske has this package dialed in
Which is the reason I am quite bullish on this group.
My Final spot was between Elliott, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin. Larson has the worst beginning location of the four but had the very best 10-lap average along with a strong 15-lap average as well (h/t @MikeJoy500). Suarez qualified well, but I feel like I am taking a risk with”Seven-Time.” Hamlin is better than all four with this bundle, but he is entire Texas body of work isn’t great, so that leaves me with Elliott. I enjoy the beginning spot and the history he’s had at Texas — a fairly consistent top-10 automobile here, so he gets the nod.
Since I am all in on Penske, I will be maintaining the 2018 Large 3 trio of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. on the sidelines as a tradeoff. Don’t want to be stuck playing one of those big boys if they’re having only an ordinary day. Busch is so very good at Bristol and Richmond that he will be in my lineup in the coming weeks, I think we have not seen the 4 group’s best yet and Truex has several good tracks coming up in another month — Richmond, Dover and Kansas.
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