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NASCAR at Daytona DFS: Top picks and tips from a Fantasy Hall of Famer

Fantasy Hall of Famer Scott Engel shares winning DFS NASCAR lineup choices for the Daytona 500.
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The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season opens on Sunday with the 2021 Daytona 500 from Daytona International Speedway. The green flag drops at 2:30 pm. ET. 

Before building your DFS NASCAR lineups on sites like FanDuel or DraftKings, it is essential to review Scott Engel's best picks for the Daytona 500. Engel is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame and is a two-time finalist for the FSWA Racing Writer of the Year award. He is a longtime Fantasy NASCAR analyst who has appeared on ESPN.com, Bleacher Report, the New York Daily News and SiriusXM NASCAR and Fantasy Sports Radio to break down the races from DFS perspectives. Last season, two SportsLine subscribers won DFS NASCAR tournaments in the same week using Scott's picks.

Engel determines his preferred selections by using Loop Data, which are advanced statistics that are electronically recorded by NASCAR to accurately illustrate how drivers perform. Loop Data stats are very useful in DFS NASCAR to tell us which drivers truly will perform the best at particular tracks. They determine how a driver actually fares without the negative factors of crashes, car issues and pit problems.

For NASCAR at Daytona on Sunday, Engel is targeting Ryan Blaney as one of his favorite choices. The advanced statistics show that Blaney will be a superb pick. Several Loop Data stats demonstrate why Blaney is one of the prime selections at Daytona. This is also a great site for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  to open the season. Engel provides the important data that points to Stenhouse being a key lineup selection.  

Engel is also recommending an overlooked driver who is "super salary saver" on Sunday. You MUST see Engel's top DFS targets for the Daytona 500 before you set your lineups.

So are the best top picks and value DFS plays for the Daytona 500? And which driver will shine with his new team? ... Join SportsLine right now to see the recommended targets for the Daytona 500, all from a Hall of Fame Fantasy Expert!

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Scott Engel
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