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Best, sleeper options to consider for NASCAR Cup Series DFS at Richmond

Martin Truex Jr. won at this race track twice in a row. Can he do it again Saturday night?

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The second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs heads to Richmond Raceway with the Federated Auto Parts 400. The race begins Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia at 7:30 p.m. ET. The race can be seen on NBC Sports Network.

Before you insert your DFS lineup, take a look at our quick preview of the race with sleepers and best bets leading into Saturday night’s race.

Best Bets

Denny Hamlin ($11,600)

Denny Hamlin is the most expensive driver to choose from heading into Saturday night’s race, $300 more than Kevin Harvick. Hamlin has been very good at this racetrack throughout his career, and he’s been on a tear recently. He finished in the top six among all drivers in eight of his last nine races at Richmond Raceway. Hamlin will start the race in seventh place.

Martin Truex Jr. ($10,900)

Martin Truex Jr. comes in with the third highest DFS price behind Hamlin and Harvick. He is tied for the best odds according to DraftKings Sportsbook at +400 odds with Harvick. Truex won each of the last two races at Richmond Raceway. He will be starting the race in 14th place.

Sleeper Picks

Joey Logano ($9,300)

Joey Logano comes in with the eighth highest DFS cost, but he has performed well at Richmond Raceway throughout his career. He has nine career top-five finishes at the track, and he won the race twice in 2014 and 2017. Logano will start in second place. He has the sixth best odds according to DraftKings Sportsbook to win on Saturday at +850 odds.

Clint Bowyer ($8,300)

Clint Bowyer has the 13th highest price on DraftKings. He has been on a roll at Richmond Raceway, finishing in the top 10 in each of his last four races at the track. Bowyer will begin Saturday’s race in 11th place after qualifying. He is tied for 10th with +3300 odds according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Martin Truex Jr. won at this race track twice in a row. Can he do it again Saturday night?

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

Correspondent I April 20, 2015 Comments Comment Bubble Icon

Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Richmond, Virginia, this week for the Toyota Owners 400.

Richmond is a favorite track for many of the drivers and many fans as well. The .75-mile D-shaped oval is fast and requires a savvy crew chief to create the perfect setup for their car. Teams that gamble on pit row could find their way to Victory Lane Saturday night.

The drivers to watch this week will be the 10 drivers who participated in the Richmond tire test at the beginning of April. The drivers include Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, David Ragan, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne, Aric Almirola and Casey Mears. Anytime a driver can get extra laps on the track with the tires used in the race is an advantage heading into the weekend.

Here are my picks for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.

Yahoo Group A Picks

The drivers from Group A of Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing have won 21 races at Richmond. Fantasy owners should have no problem finding a good driver from this group.

Jeff Gordon should be a popular pick for the race Saturday night. Gordon finished second in both races at Richmond last year and led 173 laps. Do not be surprised to see Gordon secure his place in the Chase with a win at Richmond.

Kevin Harvick has been very good at Richmond, but it will be difficult to justify using him on a short track. Harvick is so good on the intermediate tracks that it would be smart to save your allocations with Harvick until the series races at Kansas in two weeks.

My sleeper pick this week is Dale Earnhardt Jr. He has three wins and 13 top-10 finishes at Richmond. Earnhardt usually finds his way to Victory Lane when people least expect it. That could be the case Saturday night.

Here are the two drivers I selected for Group A.

Brad Keselowski

It will be hard to find a better selection for your team then Keselowski this week. He has a series-best driver rating in the last four races at Richmond. In the race last September, Keselowski won the pole and led 383 of the 400 laps on his way to Victory Lane. It was one of the most dominant races of the season. Keselowski should be on every team this week.

Joey Logano

The final spot for Group A came down to a decision between Jeff Gordon and Logano. I choose Logano because he has been the more consistent driver this season. He has not always been a great pick at Richmond, but he seemed to have figured it out last season. He won the April race and finished sixth here in September. The Team Penske drivers will be excellent choices for your team.

Other good choices: Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson

Yahoo Group B Picks

Group B will determine how well your fantasy team performs this week. Most teams will have the same drivers for Group A and Group C, but if you are able to select the right combination of drivers from this group, you could quickly move up in your standings.

Most of the drivers who have won races at Richmond are in Group A. That does not mean there are not a few quality drivers to select from this group. This would be a good week to take a chance with some drivers you haven’t used much this season.

My sleeper pick for Group B is Kyle Larson. He performed well his rookie season at Richmond. Larson won the pole for this race last year and finished 16 th . In September, he qualified in the top 10 and finished 11 th . Larson should qualify up front and finish near the top 10 again this week.

Here are the drivers I selected for Group B.

Carl Edwards

Edwards is starting to find his rhythm with his new team, and the fantasy owners who saved their allocations with him will soon be rewarded. Richmond has been a good track for Edwards. He has finished three of the last four races in the top 10, including one win. Edwards would be a great pick for your team Saturday night.

Jamie McMurray

McMurray is one of the most underrated drivers in the Sprint Cup Series this season. He consistently runs in the top 10, and fantasy owners need to take notice. McMurray performed well in the last race at this track, starting 15 th and finishing fourth. He could have similar results this week.

Kurt Busch

The No. 41 team has shown up at each track this season with one of the best cars. It should be no different this week. Busch has finished three of his last four races at Richmond in the top 10. He will be a favorite to run up front Saturday night.

Clint Bowyer

It is difficult to recommend Bowyer, because the No. 15 team has not shown much speed this year. This is Bowyer’s best track, and he participated in the tire test earlier this month. Bowyer has two wins and finished 10 of his 18 starts in the top 10. If you plan on using Bowyer this season, there is no better track to do it for than Richmond.

Other Good Choices: Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Richmond, Virginia, this week for the Toyota Owners 400. Richmond is a favorite track for many of the drivers and many fans as well. The …