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Cap Considerations

2019 Draft Kings Low-Cap Productivity

by Dan Beaver
Updated On: December 11, 2019, 5:13 pm ET

Salary Cap games can be among the most challenging contests in Fantasy NASCAR. They require players not only chose the drivers most likely to win and score maximum points, but also that one be aware of those teams that most often finished outside the top 25 on a given week.

Over the past three weeks, we looked at the most expensive drivers in the Draft Kings game and broke our mid-cap drivers into two groups: those demanding more than $8,000 per week on average (but less than $10k), and those less than $7,900 but who were not among the nine cheapest full time drivers.

This week we will look at the least expensive drivers in Draft Kings to determine which of them were the best values. We will focus largely on how much these drivers cost for each point they earned.


Ty Dillon should rightfully have been among the Group C drivers. In terms of his cost per point ratio ($228.25) he was in the same range as Matt DiBenedetto ($227.00). The only other driver more productive than Dillon and DiBenedetto was Ryan Newman – who cost $215.38 per point. Ty outperformed seven of the other drivers including his brother Austin Dillon who banked only 23.8 points per game on average compared to Ty’s 27.4.

If players caught Dillon on the right weekend, he was indispensable. Dillon earned the third-most points in the summer Daytona race and the fifth-most on the Charlotte Roval. Those are hard-to-predict wild card races, but Dillon was also a top-10 value at Indy, Michigan, Las Vegas, and Martinsville during the season. He was just outside that mark at Darlington and Bristol in the spring.

In total, he was a top-20 value in 19 of the 36 races and his average price point of $6,254 easily made him the best value at this level.

On weekends when a player wanted to activate two marquee drivers at the highest level, risks had to be taken, however, and drivers who cost less than $6,000 were hard to predict.

By the end of the season, Corey LaJoie wound up with the second-highest cost-per-point ratio of $243.18, but his average cap of $5,423 opened up a lot of options. Like Dillon, LaJoie was strongest on the wild card aero-restricted superspeedways, earning the second-most points at Daytona in the summer, and top-five points in both Talladega races.

LaJoie was also a top-10 value in the Coke 600. That race featured some high attrition, but LaJoie held his own at Martinsville, Indy, and Michigan during the season as well. He hovered around the top 15 in those events. LaJoie was a consistent value because players knew that he would never crack the $6k mark. He earned 15 or more points 24 times during the season while being in the negative only once, so that he was a safe bet.

Ross Chastain was another solid value at this level largely because of his ability to earn positive place-differential points. Over the course of 35 races, he averaged an improvement of 5.37 spots per race, which equals 188 points of the 784 that he banked during the year for his fantasy owners.

Predictability is critical in helping a player win each week and Chastain was as close to a certainty as they would find in regard to advancing during a race. Chastain finished better than he started in 30 of 35 races. From the June Pocono race until the end of the year, he failed to improve only once when he developed brake problems at Richmond in September.

Ryan Preece was less predictable, but on the right weekend he was also a solid pick. If you had him on your roster for the spring Talladega race, he earned the most points in the game for a paltry $6,400. And that was a distinct possibility for players who noticed that he was the ninth-highest earner in the season opener on the sister track in the Daytona 500.

Preece earned the fourth-most points at Michigan in August – a clear sign that he likes high-speed tracks – and he was just outside the top 10 at Kansas in October. He was not strong enough to garner a lot of attention from the Draft Kings cap manager, but he should be faster in 2020 when he moves into Chris Buescher’s No. 37.

 

Overall
Rank

Driver

Avg.
Game
Rank

Total
Points
Earned

Avg.
Points

Average
Cap

Cost
per
Point

Group A

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Kyle Busch

8.2

2,327

64.6

$11,800

$182.66

2

Martin Truex Jr.

9.8

2,183

60.6

$10,800

$178.22

4

Kevin Harvick

10.4

1,829

50.8

$11,149

$219.46

5

Joey Logano

12.3

1,647

45.7

$10,271

$224.75

6

Brad Keselowski

13.9

1,540

42.8

$10,463

$244.46

Group B

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Denny Hamlin

11.6

1,835

51.0

$9,863

$193.39

7

Kyle Larson

15.4

1,359

37.7

$9,406

$249.49

8

Ryan Blaney

14.6

1,350

37.5

$9,100

$242.67

9

Kurt Busch

15.8

1,298

36.1

$9,183

$254.37

10

Chase Elliott

16.1

1,296

36.0

$9,637

$267.69

14

Erik Jones

17.6

1,128

31.3

$8,571

$273.83

18

Clint Bowyer

17.8

1,042

28.9

$8,780

$303.81

20

Aric Almirola

18.7

1,011

28.1

$8,169

$290.71

22

Jimmie Johnson

19.8

929

25.8

$8,014

$310.62

Group C

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Ryan Newman

15.0

1,272

35.3

$7,603

$215.38

12

Alex Bowman

16.6

1,211

33.6

$7,951

$236.64

13

William Byron

17.4

1,136

31.5

$7,483

$237.56

15

Matt DiBenedetto

18.0

1,106

30.7

$6,969

$227.00

16

Chris Buescher

17.5

1,103

30.6

$6,997

$228.66

17

Daniel Suarez

17.8

1,066

29.6

$7,631

$257.80

19

Paul Menard

17.5

1,042

28.9

$6,934

$260.25

23

Austin Dillon

20.9

855

23.8

$7,157

$300.71

28

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

22.7

736

20.5

$7,114

$347.02

Group D

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

Ty Dillon

19.4

986

27.4

$6,254

$228.25

24

Ryan Preece

22.9

817

22.7

$6,246

$275.15

25

Corey LaJoie

23.4

804

22.3

$5,423

$243.18

26

Ross Chastain

22.9

784

22.4

$5,606

$250.27

27

Bubba Wallace

22.8

772

21.4

$5,951

$278.08

29

Daniel Hemric

23.6

675

18.8

$6,369

$338.77

31

Michael McDowell

25.0

630

17.5

$5,871

$335.49

32

Landon Cassill

26.4

611

17.0

$5,154

$303.18

33

David Ragan

26.8

513

14.2

$5,674

$399.58

Part Time drivers,
sorted by avg. points

 

Rank

Driver

Avg.
Game
Rank

Total
Points
Earned

Avg.
Points

Average
Cap

Cost
per
Point

1

Brendan Gaughan

14.8

157

39.2

$6,167

$157.32

2

Tyler Reddick

13.5

78

39.0

$6,300

$161.54

3

Justin Haley

19.3

111

36.9

$5,033

$136.40

4

Ryan Sieg

18.0

32

32.0

$5,200

$162.50

5

JH Nemechek

20.3

79

26.2

$5,533

$211.18

6

Parker Kligerman

21.5

334

23.9

$5,231

$218.87

7

JJ Yeley

24.6

305

21.8

$4,987

$228.76

8

Matt Tifft

23.3

661

20.6

$5,503

$267.14

9

BJ McLeod

27.9

280

15.5

$4,811

$310.39

10

Reed Sorenson

28.6

368

14.7

$4,973

$338.30

11

Joe Nemechek

28.5

87

14.5

$5,000

$344.83

12

Garrett Smithley

30.1

168

12.9

$4,754

$368.53

13

Quin Houff

29.3

216

12.7

$4,953

$390.00

14

Bayley Currey

29.3

123

12.3

$4,817

$391.63

15

Josh Bilicki

30.3

122

12.2

$4,822

$395.25

16

Joey Gase

30.2

137

11.4

$4,842

$427.74

17

Timmy Hill

31.1

77

11.0

$4,729

$429.91

18

Austin Theriault

29.8

53

10.6

$4,771

$450.09

19

Cody Ware

31.0

126

9.7

$4,833

$498.25

20

Jeb Burton

29.5

19

9.5

$4,833

$508.74

21

Kyle Weatherman

33.0

26

8.5

$4,800

$565.71

22

Spencer Boyd

34.0

18

6.0

$4,633

$772.17

23

Gray Gaulding

34.0

5

5.0

$4,700

$940.00

 

2019 Draft Kings High-Cap Productivity
2019 Draft Kings Mid-Cap Productivity ($8k-$10k)
2019 Draft Kings Mid-Cap Productivity ($6.9k-$8k)

 

Dan Beaver

Dan Beaver has been covering fantasy NASCAR for more than 20 years with a little help from his >650,000 record database. He can be found on Twitter @FantasyRace.