Fantasy Live Picks for Talladega


The Cup Series will travel to Talladega for another Superspeedway race. Get your rabbit’s foot out, knock on wood, make a wish on a falling star and use all other forms of good luck charms for the race at Talladega. We are going to need it this week. This is one of the only races where a driver is not in total control of his destiny. We had some shitty luck last week (really??? A tire fell off of Kyle Larson’s car???), so hopefully our luck turns around this weekend. The GEICO 500 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FOX (the weather forecast does not look good, but hopefully they can get the full race in Sunday).

We were due for a bad race in the Fantasy Live game. The good news is that the picks were so far ahead in the overall standings that the bad race at Texas did not hurt us too much. The picks fell from No. 75 overall to No. 94 overall. If you followed my Garage pick on X (Twitter), you were able to save your allocation with Kyle Larson for another race. Hopefully, we can get lucky this week and make a climb back to the top of the overall standings.

@MrFantasyNASCAR )



The Cup Series is back to Superspeedway racing. That means the teams did not have any track time to dial in their cars for Sunday’s race. That just makes this race even more unpredictable. We have seen drivers start the races on the Superspeedways with a mechanical issue, because they did not have time to shake down their cars before the green flag was waived. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to one of our drivers this week.




RYAN BLANEY (6) is a beast at Talladega. I know I only have six allocations left with the No. 12 car, but Blaney is too good to fade this week. He won the last race at Talladega and Blaney finished second in the two previous races at the track. That is an average finishing position of 1.6 in his last three races at Talladega. Blaney also missed winning the last Superspeedway race (Atlanta) but an inch. I had Blaney penciled in for this race before the season started and I am not changing it now.

CHASE ELLIOTT (5) has momentum after winning last week at Texas. I only have five allocations left with Elliott, but there are only 13 races left in the regular season. I mapped out the picks and there are eight races where we can fade Elliott, so I am not worried about using him this week. Elliott is one of only four drivers to finish the last six races at Talladega on the lead lap (Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones are the others). Elliott is also averaging 16 Stage Points in the four races at Talladega in the Gen-7 car. No other driver is even close. I will take a chance with Elliott, while everyone else saves him for another track.

KYLE BUSCH (9) has not been very good at the short or intermediate tracks this year. He has been good on the Superspeedways. Busch finished 12th in the Daytona 500 and he came a few inches away from winning at Atlanta. Busch won this race last year and he finished his last seven races at Talladega on the lead lap. I have plenty of allocations left with Rowdy, so I will use one of them Sunday.

BUBBA WALLACE (8) has been one of the best drivers on the Superspeedways this season. Wallace finished fifth in the Daytona 500 and fifth at Atlanta. He won at Talladega in 2021 and his 86.5 Driver Rating at Talladega is fourth-best in the Cup Series (behind Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch). I will take a chance with Wallace at his home track.

ERIK JONES (9) should be a safe pick for our lineups. He has finished five of the last six races at Talladega in the top-10. Jones also finished eighth in the Daytona 500 this year. I want drivers who can stay out of trouble. Jones has finished the last six races at Talladega on the lead lap. His average finishing position in his last eight races at Talladega is 10th. This is a good track to use an allocation with “That Jones Boy.”


(GARAGE PICK) DANIEL SUAREZ (10) has a lot going for his this week. He finished eighth, ninth and 10th in his last three races at Talladega, so his track history is pretty good in the Gen-7 car. Suarez also won the last Superspeedway race (Atlanta), so he has had success this year on tracks similar to Talladega. I thought about using Joey Logano or Brad Keselowski in the Garage, but I do not trust them to make it to the end of the race without wrecking. I will have Suarez in the Garage as an insurance policy Sunday.


Good luck and be sure to follow me on X (Twitter) @MrFantasyNASCARI will send out a Tweet during the race to let you know if I plan to swap out one of my drivers for my Garage pick.