Fantasy NASCAR Preview #25: Ty Dillon




2019 FANTASY NASCAR RANK: 24TH        


2019 RECAP: It was another disappointing season for Ty Dillon in the No. 13 car. There were rumors that he may retire following the season but Dillon said he has no plans to quit any time soon. Dillon was once again at his best at the Superspeedways. He scored top six finishes in both races at Daytona and a top 10 at Talladega. The No. 13 team got off to a slow start but picked up some momentum after they moved their shop to Welcome, North Carolina to be closer to Richard Childress Racing. This meant the team had access to the O.S.S. (Optimal Scanning System) so they could manipulate the shape of their cars to gain downforce before the cars arrived at the tracks. Dillon still had a hard time finishing inside the top 15 though.


2020 Preview: Ty Dillon showed improvement in the second-half of the 2019 season but it is hard to get excited about the No. 13 car in 2020. The competition is tougher this year with Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Tyler Reddick and John H. Nemechek all entering the Cup Series. Dillon will still have Matt Boreland as his crew chief and GEICO as his sponsor for 32 races. Germain Racing will use cars supplied by Richard Childress Racing and the teams will share notes. Dillon will be a good pick at the Superspeedways in season long games (Fantasy Live and Driver Group Game). He will have some value in DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) at some of the Flat Tracks and 1.5-mile Tracks.



Ty Dillon was absolutely horrible on the Intermediate Tracks in the first-half of the season. He failed to finish any of the races in the top 20 until the NASCAR Playoffs began. Dillon finished 16th at Las Vegas and 18th at Texas in the playoffs so the team obviously figured something out. Hopefully they can build upon that success heading into the 2020 season. I would not recommend using Dillon in your Fantasy NASCAR lineups at the Intermediate Tracks in season long leagues. There are better choices. He is worth a selection to fill in the last spot of your DFS lineup if he qualifies outside the top 20. (Ty Dillon ranked 25th in fantasy points scored on the Intermediate Tracks in 2019)



Ty Dillon won people a lot of money in DFS if they played him in the races at the Superspeedways. Dillon qualified 22nd and finished 6th in the Daytona 500. He backed up his solid run with a 4th-place finish at the July race at Daytona. He also qualified 21st and finished 10th in the fall race at Talledega. Daytona ranks as the best track for Dillon and Talladega is his second-best track. Dillon is worth a spot in your Driver Group Game lineups at the Superspeedways and he should be a lock for your DFS lineup if he qualifies outside the top 20. (Ty Dillon ranked 5th in fantasy points scored on the Superspeedways in 2019)


FLAT TRACK VALUE (Richmond / Phoenix / Martinsville / Loudon)

Ty Dillon was a decent pick at the Flat Tracks in 2019. He finished 15th and 20th in the two races at ISM Raceway (Phoenix), 16th at Loudon and 13th at Martinsville. The paper-clip shaped tracks ranks as his fifth-best track. Dillon has finished three of the last four races at Martinsville in the top 15. He also has a 19th-place average finishing position in his four races at Loudon. Dillon is a good pick for the Driver Group Game at Martinsville and he will have value in DFS at the Flat Tracks if he qualifies outside the top 20.  (Ty Dillon ranked 22nd in fantasy points scored on the Flat Tracks in 2019)


STEEP TRACK VALUE (Bristol / Dover / Darlington)

Ty Dillon is just OK at the Steep Tracks. He finished 15th in the spring race at Bristol but that had a lot to do with his ability to avoid the wrecks and not because of his ability to pass cars. Dillon finished both races at Dover outside the top 20. There are better picks for your Fantasy NASCAR lineup at the Monster Mile. Dillon has always been a sneaky good pick at Darlington. Last year he qualified 29th and finished 20th at the Lady in Black. His positive place differential points made him a good pick in DFS contests at Darlington. There are better picks for your season long leagues at the Steep Tracks but Dillon will be a decent value pick in DFS if he qualifies poorly. (Ty Dillon ranked 21st in fantasy points scored on the Steep Tracks in 2019)


ROAD COURSE TRACK VALUE (Sonoma / Watkins Glen / Roval)

Ty Dillon is not a very good Road Course driver. He has competed in eight races on the Road Courses in the Cup Series. His average starting position is 29.1 and his average finishing position is 24.6. His best ever finish at these tracks was at the Charlotte Roval last year. Dillon qualified 29th and finished 15th. I would rather take a chance with Michael McDowell or Chris Buescher at the Road Courses and leave Dillon to the oval tracks. (Ty Dillon ranked 34th in fantasy points scored on the Road Courses in 2019)


Best Tracks to for Ty Dillon: 1) Daytona, 2) Talladega, 3) Indianapolis, 4) Martinsville, 5) Louden



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