RICHMOND, Va. — The Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin will line up on the front row and both have strong numbers at the 0.75-mile track that make them solid NASCAR Fantasy Live plays for Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Here’s a quick look at three other drivers to watch for your Fantasy Live consideration.
Brad Keselowski ($26.00): Keselowski will line up 15th on the starting grid. However, the Team Penske driver had the second- and third-best 10-lap averages in the two Friday practices. So the long run speed looks to be there. He has one win at Richmond — in this race in 2014 — and has five top-eight finishes in his last seven starts here.
Erik Jones ($23.50): Jones has been one of the best drivers over the past month — regardless of track type — with an average finish of 5.6 over the past five races. The rookie and his team have had speed for much of the year and need a win to make the playoffs. Despite a last-place finish in the spring Richmond race, Jones offers lots of upside starting 10th.
Kurt Busch ($20.00): Busch has two career wins at Richmond and five top-10 finishes here in his last six starts. Just as important, the No. 41 Ford is rounding into form in time for the playoffs with three top-six finishes in his last four races. He’s starting third, which makes it a bit risky, but the payoff could be pretty big.