Fantasy NASCAR Preview for Homestead


The final race of the season is here. I cannot believe the 2018 MENCS is almost over. Next week I will begin researching my Driver Preview article to be released in January. But first we must crown a champion. The best three drivers (Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex) all made it to the final four. They will be joined by the most consistent driver this season (Joey Logano). It will be fun watching these four drivers battle it out for MENCS trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway  You can see the race at 2:30pm ET on NBC.

The MENCS will have a normal schedule this week. There will be one practice Friday (1pm ET on NBCSN) and two practices Saturday (11:30pm on NBCSN and 2pm ET on NBCSN). Qualifying will be Friday evening at 6pm ET on NBCSN.

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Here are my picks for Homestead…


DraftKings NASCAR Preview

The race is at Homestead is a normal 267 lap race on a 1.5-mile track. That means there are 66.75 bonus points available for leading laps and 133.5 points available for fastest laps. The trend at Homestead since 2015 has been for one driver to lead at least 135 laps. That driver has been Kyle Larson. Another driver tends to lead 80 laps. These drivers have been Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. the last two seasons. The third dominator only leads 35 laps and these drivers have been Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch since 2015. It will likely be Kyle Larson or the “Big Three” leading most of the laps Sunday so we will want them in our lineups.

The drivers I expect to be the top dominators this week include: Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

The drivers who could be the top value picks (between $9k – $7K) for the race Sunday include: Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard

The drivers I expect to be the best cheap drivers (below $7K) for the race Sunday include: Matt Kenseth, William Byron, Chris Buescher, AJ Allmendinger and David Ragan


Top 15 DraftKings Drivers in Last 2 Races at Phoenix


Avg. Finish

Laps Led

DK Points

1. Kyle Larson




2. Kyle Busch




3. Kevin Harvick




4. Joey Logano




5. Chase Elliott




6. AJ Allmendinger




7. Jamie McMurray




8. Austin Dillon




9. Jimmie Johnson




10. Matt Kenseth




11. Clint Bowyer




12. Alex Bowman




13. David Ragan




14. Denny Hamlin




15. Martin Truex Jr.





I will post my final DraftKings picks Saturday evening.


Fantasy Live Preview

It looks like the Fantasy Live game will be my best game again this season. My picks beat 100% of the competition and finished 40th overall in the regular season. My playoff picks are currently beating 99% of the competition. We need another strong race to finish in the top 100% in both games in 2018. That will be one heck of a season, but nothing new. My picks have finished in the top 99% for 5 consecutive seasons. I plan to keep that streak going this year.

*Pick for the Pole*: Our pick for the pole needs to be in before qualifying at 6p.m. ET Saturday. My pick for the pole will be posted after the first practice Friday (2:30p.m. ET) on the front page of this website.

Here are the drivers I have penciled in right now…


2 Playoff Drivers

My two Playoff Drivers will likely be Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano. The Fords have had the most speed since mid-summer and I want two of them in my lineup. The No. 4 car has been the car to beat at the intermediate tracks. Can they avoid mistakes in the championship race? The only team that can beat the No. 4 car is the No. 4 team. If Harvick can avoid mistakes, he will be the 2018 MENCS champion.

The No. 22 team had 3 weeks to prepare their car for the championship race. Team Penske choose the No. 22 car to represent the team at the tests at Richmond, Kansas and Texas. I heard that the team used part of the test session to practice for Homestead. The Fords have had a lot of speed and the No. 22 team has had more time to prepare their car than any other team in the race. That has to mean something. Logano won the pole at Kansas and finished 8th. He qualified 8th at Texas and finished 3rd. His pit crew is an all-star team made of the best performers from the No. 2, No. 12 and No. 22 teams. They turned the fastest two pit stops of the season at Texas. They will be the edge Logano needs to win Sunday.


2 Non-Playoff Drivers

My two Non-Playoff Drivers are likely to be Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott. To say Homestead is the best track for Larson is an understatement. The No. 42 car has qualified 2nd and 3rd in the last two races in Miami, led 132 laps in 2016, 145 laps last year and has a 133.7 Driver Rating. No driver is even close in stats to Larson. He has also finished 3rd at Las Vegas, 3rd at Kansas and 5th at Texas in the playoffs. He has the best average finishing position at the 1.5-mile tracks in the playoffs. Larson is the best pick in the field this week.

Chase Elliott is the second best choice for the Non-Playoff Drivers this week. Elliott has a 6.2 average running position on the 1.5-mile tracks in the playoffs and he won the race at Kansas last month. Elliott finished 5th at Homestead last year and he should add another top-five finish to his resume Sunday. This may be the last season we see Elliott listed as a Non-Playoff Driver at Homestead. The kid is that good.


Garage Driver

My strategy has been to pick a Non-Playoff Driver for the Garage. I am switching it up this week. There is a lot of pressure on the Final Four Driver and pressure usually leads to mistakes. I do not trust the No. 4 team to have a flawless race so I want an insurance policy in the Garage. That driver will be Kyle Busch.

I really do not want Kyle Busch to win because I do not want to hear him talk about how great he is (although it is true). Busch has only led one lap on the 1.5-mile tracks in the playoffs. He may only lead one lap Sunday. I bet it will be the last lap if he gets to the front.


Bonus Picks

Pole Winner: Denny Hamlin

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Race Winner: Joey Logano

Winning Manufacturer: Ford



Fantrax Bronze Point Salary Cap Game Preview

This is my first season playing the Fantrax Bronze Point Salary Cap Game. I learned that I should not burn my trades so early in the season. I wish I had a trade left to get Joey Logano on my team this week. I would use it to replace A.J. Allmendinger.

This game has had me pulling my hair out. I have been running in 2nd place in my league since the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. I finally moved into first place in the race at Phoenix. With only 13 laps left I had a 12 point lead over my competition. Kurt Busch accidently took out Chase Elliott and he took out my lead too. I enter the last race of the season down by 1 point. I did not join this game to finish second and I do not expect you to finish second either. We need the perfect lineup to score as many points as possible Sunday. I will be giving this game extra attention this week.

I will evaluate the drivers in the three practice sessions this week and post my lineup Saturday evening. Here are the drivers I have penciled in right now…


Kevin Harvick

Kyle Busch

Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Larson

Ryan Blaney

Erik Jones

Aric Almirola

Paul Menard

Alex Bowman

William Byron


*Stats from and career stats from Racing-Reference.Info


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