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NASCAR DFS Picks for the Steakhouse Elite 200 on May 8, 2021

Brandon Jones DFS NASCAR
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 13: Brandon Jones, driver of the #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Menards/Turtle Wax Toyota Supra, races during the Call 811 Before You Dig 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series Race on March 13, 2021 at Phoenix ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire)

As we head into Darlington racing week, there is a lot of data to pick through as we build a winning lineup. This week we are going to focus on finding value by looking at previous top contenders at the racetrack. There are quite a few value drivers that you can insert into your lineup. Let’s now take a deep dive into who I think you can insert into your lineup for the Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Below is a lineup that we believe can provide the best value for the Steakhouse Elite 200 atDarlington Raceway on 05/08/2021 (DraftKings Values)

Driver #1  $
Driver #2Justin Haley $ 8,700
Driver #3Harrison Burton $ 8,500
Driver #4  
Driver #5Jeremy Clements $ 7,200
Driver #6  $ 6,900

Justin Haley ($8,700)

2020 was by far Justin Haley’s best year yet. Haley finished 2020 with three wins, 10 top-five finishes, and 113 laps led. In the last three years at Darlington, Haley has raced three times. In those three races, he has one top 10 finish and an average finish of 11.33. Haley’s dominance at Superspeedways last year was extremely evident, whereas he was more mediocre on intermediate tracks. I think that changes this week after his current three race streak of finishing eighth. I am excited about having Haley in my lineup this week. Haley offers front-line win potential and comes at a rather decent price point. I am a little shocked that Haley is not priced higher going into the Steakhouse Elite 200. Now to just put the icing on the cake, Haley’s one and only Cup Series win was at Daytona. Not many drivers can say that they have two wins apiece at the “Big One’s”.

Harrison Burton ($8,500)

In year two in the Xfinity Series Harrison Burton has yet to find the same success he had in 2020. So far in 2021 Burton has two top five finishes and six top 10 finishes. To put that into perspective compared to 2020, Burton in 2020 finished second, fifth, first, second, ninth, ninth, fourth, and fifth in his first eight races. That is versus a third, sixth, 39th, ninth, 12th, third, seventh, and 10th place finishes in 2021. Burton was able to stay steady in last year’s two races at Darlington where he had a ninth and a sixth-place finish. Burton is going to start this race eighth. Time will tell if he can keep his position or improve. My bet of course is him getting into the top five for this race.  As I mentioned earlier 2020 was a good year for Burton where he had four wins, 15 top-five finishes, 22 top 10 finishes, and led 291 laps. Burton is bound to get a win in soon and this could be the week.

Jeremy Clements ($7,200)

Driving the Number 51 Chevrolet Camaro for JC Racing, Jeremy Clements finished the first 2020 Darlington race in 12th after starting the race 30th. In the 2020 season, Clements finished with one top-five finish, five top 10 finishes, and led 12 laps. Clements got his first and only career Xfinity win in 2017 at Elkhart Lake. So far in 2021 Clements has three top 10 finishes at the Daytona Road Course, Homestead-Miami, and Phoenix. Clements has finished top 20 in all races but the first. Clements this weekend has a chance to climb the field after starting in the 12th spot this Saturday.

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Below is a lineup that we believe can provide the best value for the Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway on 05/08/2021 (DraftKings Values)

Driver #1Brandon Jones $ 10,400
Driver #2Justin Haley $ 8,700
Driver #3Harrison Burton $ 8,500
Driver #4Brett Moffitt $ 8,200
Driver #5Jeremy Clements $ 7,200
Driver #6Brandon Brown $ 6,900

Brandon Jones ($10,400)

Brandon Jones is coming in as my most expensive driver this week, but the guy can drive, and he has shown it all year. Jones, along with Daniel Hemric and Jeb Burton are tied for third this season with four top five finishes. Jones may be 11th in points but he does have three races where he didn’t finish. In races that he has finished this year, Jones has been top five in 80 percent of them. Jones has been oh, so close twice this year when he finished second at Homestead Miami and third at Las Vegas. Now, moving onto Jones’ record at Darlington the last three years, he has had some success. In four races, Jones has an average finish of 10.00, that’s pretty good. In those four races he has one win, one top five finish and two top 10 finishes. I think Jones is in a great starting position of 22nd this week. Jones is a driver who could be in victory lane come race end. 

Brett Moffitt ($8,200)

2021 has been a bit of a roller coaster for the driver of the Number Two car, Brett Moffitt. Moffitt has been competing regularly in the Truck and Xfinity Series this year where he has fared better in the Xfinity Series. Moffitt has a lot of racing experience in all three NASCAR Series. Moffitt’s best finish this year was right at the beginning when he finished second at Daytona. Since then Moffitt has two more top 10 finishes in the Xfinity Series. Now if we put 2021 aside and look at how he has fared in previous years there is a lot more to get excited about. In 2020 Moffitt has one top 10 finish and seven top 10 finishes to go along with e seventh place finish at Darlington in 2020. Overall, I would say that Moffitt races well at Darlington. Compared to the rest of the field I think that his price of $8,200 is a steal. Look for great value this week in Moffitt as he contends for the win.

Brandon Brown ($6,900)

Before the start of this season Brandon Brown only had one top-five finish and seven top 10 finishes to his name on the Xfinity Series. Now after a hot start to the 2021 season Brown has almost matched his career performance in eight races. So far, this year Brown has one top-five finish at Phoenix Raceway. To go along with back to back top 10 finishes at the two Daytona tracks and four top 10 finishes total. Brown is going to start this race in the ninth position, which hampers his point differential potential, but I see this as a great opportunity for Brown to get another top 10 finish. This may even be in the realm of a safe pick this week especially for his dollar value. He is driving well and could be in for a top-five finish again this week. I don’t think you can go wrong with Brown in your lineup this week. Brown offers a lot of flexibility with his price tag. 

Now go win your matchup and let us know how you did. Or if I picked every driver that will be in that lap 79 crash, I encourage you to let me hear it. Either way come find us on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX).

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