This week, my strategy will be to select a lineup of drivers who will race up front most of the race and drivers who will come from the back to finish up front.
Since the Fantasy Live game rewards drivers who improve upon their starting position in the race, it will be important to have at least two drivers who start in the middle of the pack or further back and make their way to the front.
Unlike the Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing game, Fantasy Live allows players to change their drivers up to the start of the race. I will give my selections for my team now, but I suggest looking at where each driver qualifies in the race before setting your team. My updated selections will be on my Fantasy NASCAR Tips Page on Facebook Sunday morning.
Here are my picks for NASCAR Fantasy Live.
Jimmie Johnson $26.75
Fantasy teams have to have Jimmie Johnson on their team this week. He won the last race at this racetrack and has a series best 3.3 average finish in the last three races at Kansas Speedway.
Johnson has two wins, four top-five finishes, nine top-10 finishes and three poles at the racetrack. His average running position of 7.7 is second-best. Johnson also has series high 316 fastest laps run. The Fantasy Live awards half of a point for each fastest lap run in the race.
Johnson is almost guaranteed to be one of the highest-scoring drivers in the Fantasy Live game this week.
Greg Biffle $27.00
I have no plans to sell Greg Biffle anytime soon. He is the best driver in the sport right now, and he happens to be racing at one of his best racetracks.
Biffle has two wins, six top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes and one pole at Kansas Speedway. His average running position of 6.6 is a series-best. He also has a series-high 1,957 laps run in the top-15.
If Johnson is not running the fastest laps in the race, there is a good chance Biffle will be. Biffle has 190 fastest laps run in the race which is second-best to Johnson.
If you have Biffle on your Fantasy Live team, do not sell him. If you do not have him, I suggest you purchase Biffle before the race on Sunday.
Carl Edwards $24.00
Carl Edwards considers Kansas Speedway his home racetrack. The Columbia, Missouri native always steps up his performances at the races in Kansas. I would not be surprised to see Edwards return to victory lane this week.
Edwards has never won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, but he has four top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes. His 113 fastest-laps run are the fourth best.
Edwards has finished every race at intermediate racetracks in 2012 in the top-10. He will finish in the top 10 again this week.
Kasey Kahne $18
For $18 Kasey Kahne is almost a must-have on your Fantasy Live team. He got off to a bad start in 2012, but this may be the week he starts to score multiple top-10 finishes. When he does the $18 price will quickly increase. I want to own Kahne when it does.
Kahne has one top-five finish, three top-10 finishes and won three poles at Kansas Speedway. His 66 fastest laps run in the race are the eighth-best.
All four of the Hendrick Motorsports cars finished the race in Texas in the top 10. I would not be surprised to see it happen again this week.
Sam Hornish Jr. $3
I sold Trevor Bayne and purchased Sam Hornish Jr. For only $3 he is by far the best deal in the game.
Hornish will be driving the No. 12 car for Penske Racing. Last year, Penske Racing dominated this race. Kurt Busch led the most laps in the race and Brad Keselowski won the race. I am taking a gamble that Hornish will have a good car and be able to finish inside the top 20.
Total budget: $98.75
Good luck this week!
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