Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega

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Fantasy NASCAR Picks for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Talladega Superspeedway this week for the Aaron’s 499.

Most of the races are easy to handicap, but races at Talladega and Daytona are open to any driver in the field. Usually, fantasy NASCAR players would have as much luck throwing darts at a board to see which driver is going to win the race as they would analyzing a bunch of stats for the race.

My luck at the restrictor-plate racetracks has been better than most experts. My team scored 292 points at Daytona, and I plan to score near 300 points this week at Talladega.

I started Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, Martin Truex, Jr. and Aric Almirola in the Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing game. The lineup was good enough for 262 points (2,642 total points for the season) and kept my team in the top one percent of Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing players (Ranked No. 498 overall out of 205,000).

I should have listened to my instincts and started Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kyle Busch at Richmond. I did not trust Busch because of his poor finishes in 2012, and I decided to save Earnhardt for the larger tracks. Big mistake!

Here are my picks for the Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing game….

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