Comments: NASCAR Picks for Talladega

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Talladega

Break out your lucky charm of choice. The Cup Series is heading to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, and thanks to the horsepower-robbing restrictor plates used at the track, multi-car wrecks are just waiting to destroy fantasy lineups. Plain and simple: Talladega is on par with Daytona as the biggest fantasy headache on the schedule, and there just isn't a fool proof strategy to handle the chaos that can ensue at the track. That being said, there is nothing wrong with minimizing the potential damage, particularly in leagues that cap the number of times each driver can be used, including Yahoo! leagues.

I highly recommend relying heavily on sleeper options rather than big names. Every driver on the track has an equal chance of getting caught up in a wreck; on the flip side, just about every driver that survives the wrecks has a chance at getting a solid finish. In other words, a lineup of stars and a lineup of underdogs have an equal chance of producing a solid day. With that in mind, there really isn't a big need to risk wasting starts from the top drivers in the series.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  2. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  3. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  4. Greg Biffle, Ortho
  5. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  6. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  7. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  8. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  9. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  10. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  11. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  12. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  13. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
  14. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Zest/Fastenal
  15. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  16. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  17. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  18. Paul Menard, Menards
  19. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  20. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  21. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  22. Michael Waltrip, Aaron's Dream Machine
  23. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  24. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  25. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  26. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  27. Kyle Larson, Target
  28. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  29. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  30. Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare
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