DraftKings Rankings: Charlotte playoff race

first_imgRankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by the value of each driver.(FPPK = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary.)1. Martin Truex, Jr. ($10,900) – Some Fantasy NASCAR players might have been disappointed by Truex’s 69 fantasy points last week. Think about that. Disappointment over 69 points tells you everything you need to know. Truex’s average running position of second was the best at Dover. (6.5 FPPK)2. Kyle Busch ($10,600) – Truex is more consistent, but Busch seems to be faster. In the last intermediate track race (Chicago), Busch was the car to beat. After a loose wheel and a pit crew penalty, his day was toast. Busch is the fastest, but he is haunted by pit road mistakes. (5.8 FPPK)3. Kyle Larson ($10,400) – Not to be left out, Larson once again proved he’s right up there with Truex and Busch. He outscored both with 95 points at Dover. Larson has been at his best at the short tracks and the two-mile tracks. At 1.5-mile tracks, he’s a smidge behind Truex and Busch. (5.7 FPPK)4. Jimmie Johnson ($10,000) – Fantasy NASCAR rewards laps led and fast laps. Typically, Jimmie Johnson doesn’t even register in these statistical categories. There are exceptions, and Charlotte is one of them. Johnson has over 20 fast lap points in each of the last three Charlotte races. (3.8 FPPK)5. Chase Elliott ($9,400) – At Chicago, Elliott was fast, but his car was found to have unapproved aerodynamic modifications, ruling his finish encumbered. At Dover, he was fast again, but his car passed the pre-race inspection last. At any rate, the No. 24 team has found something, and it cannot be ignored. (4.1 FPPK)6. Denny Hamlin ($9,200) – Darlington is the only intermediate track race where Hamlin was a part of the optimal daily fantasy NASCAR lineup. He also happened to “push the edge” with his setup in that race. Truex and Busch are so far ahead, however. (4.0 FPPK)7. Matt Kenseth ($8,600) – Short tracks have been Kenseth’s strong suit this season. His average finish at the intermediate tracks ranks 12th. He only has two top-five finishes at the 1.5-mile tracks this season. One of those top-fives was at Charlotte in May. (3.6 FPPK)8. Erik Jones ($7,900) – The Rookie of the Year favorite has finished sixth or better in five of the last seven races. He’s finished 12th or better in eight of the last nine races. Jones has run six or more fast laps in each of the last six intermediate track races. That’s not a lot, but he’s faster than most of the field. (4.2 FPPK)9. Daniel Suarez ($7,500) – This season has been a lot like Carl Edwards’ first year at JGR. Suarez will not lead laps, he will not win, but he runs up front. He’s finished 12th or better in eight of the last 10 races this season. (4.1 FPPK)10. Aric Almirola ($5,800) – There are a handful of drivers around $6,000 that catch the eye of fantasy NASCAR players. Most don’t pay off, but every week, one of them does. Almirola is routinely qualifying near 20th, which hurts his value. But does it really? It’s easier to hold your spot, then to gain a spot. (4.2 FPPK)|11. Kevin Harvick ($10,200) – This team improves every week, but it still has a ways to go to catch Truex and Kyle Busch. Harvick defaulted into some laps led points at Chicago when Truex and Kyle Busch made mistakes. This car isn’t the best, but it’s getting closer. (4.1 FPPK)12. Ryan Newman ($7,100) – Drivers have always said that Newman is the hardest driver to pass in NASCAR. If anyone is still in doubt, ask Chase Elliott. It’s easier for a driver to hold their position than to pass. That’s why Newman is a solid pick each week. He does not lose spots. (4.4 FPPK)13. Ty Dillon ($6,700) – Before the Chicago intermediate track race in mid-September, Dillon had earned top-20 fantasy points in eight of the 10 intermediate track races (including Michigan and Fontana). Chicago was an extremely green race. A couple of cautions and Dillon may have been fine. (4.5 FPPK)14. Austin Dillon ($7,700) – Getting eliminated from the playoffs may be the best thing that could have happen to Dillon. He no longer has to race safe. He can take chances. Do not be surprised to see Dillon use pit strategy to earn a top-five. In the last Charlotte race, Dillon schemed his way to a win. (3.6 FPPK)15. Jamie McMurray ($8,800) – Last week, McMurray qualified poorly, but he had top-five speed in practice. He was a no-brainer pick. That’s not likely to happen again. McMurray has the seventh best average finish this season. (3.5 FPPK)16. Joey Logano ($9,600) – In 2015, Logano ran away with the day race at Charlotte (134 points). That finish is almost meaningless. That was two rules packages ago. This is a Toyota world. Logano has one top-five at an intermediate track in the last six months. (3.3 FPPK)17. Kurt Busch ($8,300) – This has been a crazy season. Busch won the Daytona 500, then did nothing for the entire season. He got hot the month before the playoffs, then went ice cold in the playoffs. Another hot streak is around the corner. Kurt has five straight top-10s at Charlotte. (3.1 FPPK)18. Clint Bowyer ($8,100) – Last week, Bowyer was way too expensive for a borderline top-10 driver. His 16th-place average finish at intermediate tracks is the ninth best in NASCAR. With a top-10 finish and a handful of place differential points, Bowyer could finish with 40-50 fantasy points. (3.5 FPPK)19. Brad Keselowski ($9,900) – After three playoff races, Keselowski has three top-10s. This is Keselowski’s plan. He can worry about beating the Toyotas at Homestead in November. For now, the plan is to get top-10s, stage points and advance each round. (4.2 FPPK)20. Ryan Blaney ($9,000) – In the spring, Blaney led laps at Texas and Kansas. He started those races on the front row. If he’s in the catbird seat this week, then he could finish with a top-five fantasy score. At $9,000, Blaney needs to qualify first or close to last. (2.7 fppk)last_img read more

Vladimir Yakunin to stand down as head of Russian Railways

first_imgRUSSIA: Vladimir Yakunin confirmed his intention to stand down as President of Russian Railways and enter politics on August 17.The exclave of Kaliningrad is scheduled to hold an election for governor on September 13, and Yakunin has registered as a candidate to be appointed by the incoming governor as one of the region’s two senators in the federal council, the upper house of the national parliament. Yakunin has been nominated for the role by Acting Governor Nikolay Tsukanov, who is one of the candidates for election as governor. Yakunin’s appointment as a senator would require him to stand down from RZD. In a message to RZD staff quoted by Russian media, Yakunin said he was ‘asking the whole staff of railway workers to be as responsible and effective in their work as they are now’, and expressed confidence that their ‘expertise, sense of partnership and invaluable experience will serve the interests of the motherland and further well-being of all the people.’last_img read more

Sterling Residents Urged To Become Firewise At Workshop

first_imgMcNeilus: “It was dry from the time the snow melted until probably Memorial weekend and/or Fourth of July and then we started getting a rainy pattern. That started giving the public a little sense of reprieve and a little sigh of relief after the last two years. In general, people are very concerned about the potential of wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula given the fire history that has been present around the Peninsula, more respectively the last two fires, the Card St and the Funny River fires.” McNeilus: “During this workshop we’re going to have Saturday September 17th at 10 o’clock we will also have a booth set up that is going to be an open house and there is going to be representatives from all the agencies involved in implementing the Sterling fuel break and they will be there to provide questions to the public regarding the fuel break and its implementation plans here in the future.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a community Firewise Workshop in Sterling later this month, teaching residents how to prepare well before wildfires occur. Fire Prevention and Mitigation Specialist Linden McNeilus says the refuge, the Division of Forestry, the Department of Fish & Game, and Central Emergency Services will also describe how the government is helping…center_img The workshop will be held at the Sterling Community Center and is open to the public. McNeilus says they’re focusing on Sterling since the most recent threats have centered on that region… The workshop will be held 10am on Saturday, September 17, in the Sterling Community Center. Officials will teach the basics of firewise structure protection including creating defensible space and provide information on preparing a pre-planned evacuation checklist and following a “Personal Wildfire Action Plan.last_img read more

Netflix numbers show ‘The Irishman’ was well-viewed…but it’s no ‘Birdbox’

first_imgNetflix(LOS ANGELES) — Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos claims Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman was viewed by 26.4 million households in its first week on Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That figure, while impressive, especially for a three-hour movie, is far below the 45 million viewers who tuned in to watch Birdbox a year ago. It should also be noted that Netflix defines a view as a member account that has watched 70 percent of one episode of a series, or 70 percent of a film. Also, unlike Nielsen viewer numbers, Netflix’s audience measurements and their methods aren’t available for independent verification.  The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, also had a limited theatrical release, but Netflix hasn’t disclosed box office revenue.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more