It was another great start for my Fantasy Live picks. I was able to score 202 points and start the season ranked 255th overall. This has been my best game the last four seasons and if I want to continue to dominate this game I need to keep the momentum going at Atlanta. I am confident I can do that.
Points for leading laps and position differential will no longer be awarded. Fantasy teams will score points for finishing the Stage in the top 10 and where they finish the race. Because of this; it is no longer important to select drivers starting in the back. Just pick the best team you can.
Picking the best drivers I can on the 1.5-mile tracks and save allocations at the other tracks will be my strategy this season. So do not expect many “sleepers” in my lineup Sunday. We are off to a hot start so I am keeping the pedal to the medal to separate us even more from our competition.
* There is also a garage driver this year. Fantasy players can put this driver into their lineup at any time before the end of Stage 2. You will lose the Stage points from the driver you take out of your lineup though. I only plan to make a change if one of my driver crashes and that is likely to happen this week. If I make a change I will post a message on my Twitter account: @MrFantasyNASCAR
Kevin Harvick is no doubt the class of the field this week. He has led at least 100 laps in every race at Atlanta since he joined Stewart-Haas Racing. When the garage is all talking about running the “Harvick line”, you know you are the driver to beat.
Kyle Larson used to stink at this track but last year he finally learned how to save his tires. While Harvick is the best at running the low line, Larson is the best at the top. He finished 2nd at Atlanta last year and the team really liked their car in practice.
Kyle Busch won the pole and his car seems to be the biggest challenge to Harvick this week. He was 2nd fastest on the 15-lap speed chart and fastest on the 20-lap speed chart in practice. Busch is good at saving his tires and that is important at Atlanta.
Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer learned a lot from Harvick. The Stewart-Haas Racing sat down this week and discussed the preferred line at Atlanta. Busch and Bowyer must have learned something because they were in the top 6 on almost all of the speed charts.
Garage Driver: My strategy this week will be the same as last week. I am selecting a driver who starts deep in the field who should make it to the front. Martin Truex Jr. starts 35th and he has a fast car. He is too risky to start since he starts in the back, but if Truex quickly runs through the field, I will take him out of the garage and put him in my lineup.
Here are my picks for the Atlanta…
Driver 1: Kevin Harvick
Driver 2: Kyle Busch
Driver 3: Kyle Larson
Driver 4: Kurt Busch
Driver 5: Clint Bowyer
Garage Driver: Martin Truex Jr.
STAGE 1 WINNER: Kevin Harvick
STAGE 2 WINNER: Kevin Harvick
PICK TO WIN: Kevin Harvick
* Trust me on the allocations. I have each driver mapped out for the season so we use them at their best tracks. We will have plenty of allocations to get us through the season.
Good luck this week!
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