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Fantasy NASCAR Alert: No Annett at Bristol Tonight

Michael Annett photo

Michael Annett will not drive tonight at Bristol. (photo courtesy nascar)

Due to illness, Michael Annett will not drive the 46 car tonight at Bristol. Justin Allgaier will take his place. Annett will therefore earn zero DraftKings points tonight per DraftKings’ Position Eligibility rules:

“Driver eligibility determinations and decisions around driver inclusion into the player pool are at the sole discretion of DraftKings. If a driver withdraws, gets substituted out before the race, or does not end up participating in the race for any reason, that driver will receive zero fantasy points.”

Fantasy NASCAR Alert: Jeff Gordon Hits Group C

Don't miss out on Jeff Gordon running in Yahoo's Group C on Sunday at Indy. (photo courtesy nascar)

Don’t miss out on Jeff Gordon running in Yahoo’s Group C on Sunday at Indy. (photo courtesy nascar)

If you play Yahoo’s fantasy NASCAR game, you’ll like this: Jeff Gordon now appears in Group C and will apparently be available when he drives the 88 car at Indianapolis this week and Pocono next week. Grab him while you can!

Note: If you don’t see him listed, make sure you have “Show Only Entered Drivers” un-checked.

Thanks to PJ at Fantasy NASCAR Preview for the tip.

Fantasy NASCAR Alert: No Ryan Blaney at Daytona II

I play Yahoo’s fantasy NASCAR game, and earlier this week I was stoked to see Ryan Blaney listed on the Daytona II entry list. I rate Blaney relatively high at the plate races (so far), so he would’ve made an excellent start saver in Group C.

Alas, rain washed out qualifying yesterday, and that bumped Blaney out of the race because as a part-timer, he lacks owner points and race attempts. Which is how NASCAR sets the field when rain washes out qualifying.

Bottom line: If you’ve tabbed Blaney this week in your fantasy game(s), make sure you swap him out before the green flag waves.

Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR Alert: Atlanta, 2015

David Ragan will sub for Kyle Busch--run him while you can. (photo courtesy nascar)

David Ragan will sub for Kyle Busch–run him while you can. (photo courtesy nascar)

David Ragan will reportedly drive the 18 car for injured Kyle Busch at Atlanta this week, and for the foreseeable future while KyBu heals. If you play the Yahoo fantasy game, I recommend rostering Ragan in C group this week alongside Regan Smith (who pilots the 41 car for suspended Kurt Busch, also for the foreseeable future). Smith and Ragan are decent drivers at the Sprint Cup level, and now they’re in really good equipment—ride these horses while you have the chance.

Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR Alert: Bristol II, 2014

Jeff Burton will reportedly drive the 14 car for Tony Stewart at Bristol this week. If you play the Yahoo fantasy game, I recommend rostering Burton in C group this week. And barring some sort of craziness in practice and qualifying, you should probably start him, too, in order to save precious Kyle Larson and/or Austin Dillon starts. Unless you’re awash in Larson/Dillon starts, of course.

Reminder: Counting this week’s race, there are 12 non-plate/non-road course races left this season.

Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR Alert: Michigan I, 2014

I play Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR, and I just noticed that as of noon on Thursday (EST), only 9% of the game’s players have Juan Pablo Montoya on their C group roster. Which is insane! Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon are obviously the cream of C group this year, but of course we can run them only 18 times in 36 races. So, any time we get a chance to save a Larson/Dillon start with somebody decent, we gotta jump on it.

And Montoya is more than decent. Montoya is in a Penske car, and he likely won’t be testing because fellow Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are already locked into the Chase. Translation: He offers very strong C group value this week. In fact, I currently rank him above Larson and Dillon!

One more thing: Trevor Bayne runs in C group this week, too, yet only 12% have him on their roster. He’s not as strong as Montoya, but if we didn’t have Montoya this week, I’d likely save a Larson/Dillon start with Bayne.

Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR: 2014 Preseason Driver Group Rankings

To get a handle on which drivers look to have the strongest Sprint Cup season this year, I’ve handicapped every 2014 race and copied all those driver rankings into a spreadsheet. I then gave each position a score, added up each driver’s total score and finally sorted the drivers according to those scores, from highest to lowest.

Then I broke those rankings into the A, B and C groups of the Yahoo Fantasy NASCAR format. If you play that game and pursue a driver start-saving strategy, the below driver rankings should give you a decent baseline to work from. Continue reading