Fantasy Nascar Xfinity Top Plays for Raptor King of Tough 250
The Xfinity Series returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the third time since the track was re-configured after the 2021 season. The changes made to the half-mile track have essentially turned it into a unique mile-and-half intermediate that now races similarly to a superspeedway.
In the two races held last year, four drivers (Austin Hill, Riley Herbst, Landon Cassill, A.J. Allmendinger) finished in the Top 10 in both races. From a dominator standpoint, there were four drivers who led 25 or more laps in each race, with no single driver leading more than 41 laps in the first race. The second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway saw Austin Hill dominate, leading for an impressive 73 laps, with only two other drivers leading more than 20. In the first race, 11 drivers had a double-digit place differential, while the second race had seven.
While place differential will be the core strategy for many DFS players this week, the possibility of a dominator cannot be ignored. Let’s take a look at some of the top DraftKings targets for this week’s race.
Top 3 Cash Plays:
Justin Allgaier ($10,300) – Starting 19th, Allgaier has the most place differential upside of any driver in the $9K and up range, and he has been consistently strong with three Top 5 finishes in the first four races.
Brandon Jones ($8,700) – While he has had a tough start to the season, Jones has the most place differential upside of any driver in the $7,500 or more range and has finished 7th and 11th in his previous races at the new Atlanta configuration.
Joey Gase ($4,600) – A value play, Gase has a good history on superspeedway races, finishing 26th or better in his last six superspeedway races dating back to last season.
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Top 3 GPP Plays:
Austin Hill ($11,300) – Hill is a high-risk, high-reward play, as he is not recommended for cash games but has the potential to dominate the race and lead 40-50 laps to pay off his price tag. He led 73 laps in the second race at Atlanta last year and won the race.
Justin Allgaier ($10,300) – While Allgaier is a cash play, he is also a good option for GPP contests due to his starting position in 19th place and consistent finishes in the first four races.
Riley Herbst ($9,000) – Starting in 15th place, Herbst has shown some promise at intermediate tracks and finished 7th and 9th in the two races at Atlanta last year. He has the potential to provide good value at his price point.
Top 3 Dominators:
Austin Hill ($11,300) – Hill dominated the second race at Atlanta last year, leading for an impressive 73 laps, and has already won two races this season.
Jeb Burton ($8,500) – Burton has been consistently strong this season, with two Top 5 finishes in four races, and he also led 26 laps in the second Atlanta race last year.
Noah Gragson ($10,900) – Gragson is starting in 4th place and has shown some potential to dominate in previous races, with 62 laps led at Homestead earlier this season.
Landon Cassill ($6,500) – Cassill finished in the Top 10 in both Atlanta races last year and has shown some speed this season, with a 6th place finish at Homestead. At his price point, he could provide good value as a sleeper dominator pick.