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Fantasy Live on nascar.com is one of the most challenging fantasy games. It is one of the few games to offer live scoring, uses pit crews, requires players to pick the winning manufacturer and does not restrict the amount of times a driver can be used throughout the season.
The key to winning the Fantasy Live game is to understand the rules. Your team is awarded points for leading laps, having the fastest lap, quality passes, the difference between starting position and finishing position and where your driver finishes the race.
The best strategy for the Daytona 500 is to pick a combination of drivers who have looked strong all week and will start up front and drivers who will start in the back with the ability to move to the front. Your team will need a good finishing differential to get a high score this week.
Here are my picks for the Daytona 500 in the Fantasy Live game..
$27 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the best in the business on the restrictor-plate race tracks. He has finished three of the last four Daytona 500 races in the runner-up position. Earnhardt is the safest pick in the field.
$23.25 Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin is my sleeper pick to contend for the title in 2014, and that title run will begin at Daytona.
Hamlin has won the last two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He won the season finally at Homestead and the Sprint Unlimited race last Saturday night. He has a lot of momentum heading into the Daytona 500.
At $23.25 Hamlin is one of the best bargains in the field. His price may go up more than any other driver after the race. It would be smart to get him now before his price reflects his driving ability.
$23 Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart will start the Daytona 500 from the back of the field because he had engine failure in last Saturday’s practice. He should easily finish ahead of where he starts the race which would give your team some much-needed bonus points for finishing differential and quality passes.
Stewart is a bargain at $23. With a good finish this week, his price could skyrocket.
$20 Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon has been fast all week. He will be driving the No. 3 car for Richard Childress Racing. There is something special about that number at Daytona. It would not be surprising to see Dillon drive the car to a top-10 finish.
The price for Dillon is kind of high for a rookie, but he is not your average rookie. He is the past champion of the Camping World Truck Series and the defending champion of the Nationwide Series. The competition will be much better, but he grew up in this series and will be able to handle the pressure.
$5 Reed Sorenson
Reed Sorenson is worth a gamble this week. He will be driving the No. 36 car for Tommy Baldwin Racing. He will have veteran crew chief Todd Parrott to help guide him through the race.
Sorenson has competed in 189 Sprint Cup Series races, so he has some experience racing with the top talent in the sport. His price will allow you to load up on the better drivers in the field.
Pit Crew: Denny Hamlin