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Federated Auto Parts 400: NASCAR DFS Picks

On Thursday, we looked at what to expect from this afternoon’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. The “Action Track” is sure to live up to its nickname, given what’s at stake for the drivers with only three races to go before the playoffs begin.

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Top Value Plays for Federated Auto Parts 400

The lineup is set following the qualifiers on Saturday, and the results have opened up many values on the slate.

Kyle Larson will start in pole position for the third time this year, completing a lap at a blistering 117.177 mph. Ross Chastain will run alongside him, having just missed out on the pole with his 116.883 mph lap.

Rounding out the top five are Denny Hamlin, William Byron, and Alex Bowman. The Cup Series leader and final Hendrick Motorsports driver, Chase Elliott, will start in the 23rd position.

Five teams, including Brad Keselowski, were penalized prior to the qualifying laps. Each team will lose one crew member for Sunday, and they will not get to choose their pit boxes, a crucial strategic move for short track races like this.

Keeping all of that in mind, here’s a look at some of the values I see on the board.

FanDuel Values

Austin Cindric $6,500 33
Chase Briscoe $7,500 15
Tyler Reddick $8,000 26
Daniel Suarez $8,800 24
Chase Elliott $11,500 23

DraftKings Values

Aric Almirola $6,800 32
Chase Briscoe $7,700 15
Kevin Harvick $9,100 13
Chase Elliott $10,800 23
Kyle Busch $11,400 29

As I mentioned in our preview, Martin Truex carries an impeccable recent track record into this afternoon, and he will start sixth for the Federated Auto Parts 400  He is the highest-priced driver on the FanDuel board and the fourth-highest on DraftKings. While sixth doesn’t leave much room for positional movement points, I still see him as a value given his record here.

Chase Elliott provides huge positional value, even with his elevated salary, and I expect him to be chalky today because of it. And if he’s not rostered, chances are high that Kyle Busch starting in the 29th spot will be there instead. Most of the time, starting that low on a short track would be a giant red flag to avoid, but given the driver, it doesn’t scare me off too much.

Finally, Ty Gibbs in 14th place feels like a glow-in-the-dark sleeper for the Federated Auto Parts 400. He is affordable on both sites, and having a smattering of exposure to him would be worthwhile.

Federated Auto Parts 400 DFS Picks

Here are two lineups I plan to use in GPP tournaments this afternoon.

FanDuel Lineup

Kyle Busch $13,000 29
Chase Elliott $11,500 23
Ryan Blaney $10,500 10
Chase Briscoe $7,500 15
Chris Buescher $6,200 18
TOTAL $48,700

DraftKings Lineup

Chase Elliott $10,800 23
Kevin Harvick $9,100 13
William Byron $8,600 4
Ty Gibbs $7,600 14
Aric Almirola $6,800 32
Chris Buescher $6,600 18
TOTAL $49,500

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