NASCAR DFS Picks: Can-Am Duels at Daytona
The Duels at Daytona are two qualifying races that set the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. There are varying agendas during these races, with some drivers trying to race their way in, other drivers locked in and preserving equipment, and several drivers racing to get points under NASCAR’s new format. I’ll give my NASCAR DFS picks and fades for each of the two races.
The Duels are two 60-lap races, with half the field in the first race, and the other half of the field in the second race, for a total of 21 drivers in each race. That means, compared to The Clash, place differential will be even more important, although due to the nature of the Duels tending to have fewer cautions, I can see scenarios where a driver runs up front most of the race and ends up in the winning DFS lineup in either race. For a strategic breakdown of the race, see last year’s article which covers strategy for this slate.
DraftKings has separated the two races into two individual slates, so we will analyze picks from each race separately. Make sure to read through my picks completely, because I’ve changed my mind on a few drivers for very specific reasons since Matthew Freedman and I aired the On the Daily DFS podcast that breaks down these two races.
There is no machine learning model this week for the Duels because of the unique circumstances, but the machine will be raring to go along with the new NASCAR DFS Multi-Lineup Optimizer App Friday morning after the field is set for the Daytona 500. Let’s get to my NASCAR DFS picks for the Duels.
Be sure to tune in at 5:30 ET/2:30 PT for RotoViz Live where I will be doing a live stream on the RotoViz Radio YouTube channel answering all your questions with #RVLive on Twitter and breaking down the slate in even more depth. Also, stay tuned for all the content I will be producing this week at RotoViz and elsewhere this week as we buckle down for the Daytona 500 and the start of the NASCAR regular season.
— RotoDoc (@RotoDoc) February 23, 2017