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Comments: NASCAR Picks for Talladega

Here we go again. When the Cup Series visits Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, drivers will have to deal with restrictor plates for the first time since the series opener at Daytona. The pack racing at the track may be exiting for the fans, but the big wrecks that it causes are a nightmare for fantasy owners. After all, an entire fantasy roster can be wiped out in a matter of seconds.

As far as strategies go, there is no perfect method for tackling plate tracks. In Yahoo! leagues, it is never a bad idea to avoid using drivers that you plan on using the max number of times during the year. Wasting a start from one of the elite options will only compound what could be a disastrous weekend. At the same time, using only sleeper picks probably won't pay off either. Use a healthy mix of big names and surprise drivers and hope they all stay out of trouble.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  2. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  3. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  4. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  5. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  6. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  7. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  8. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  9. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  10. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  11. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  12. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  13. Paul Menard, Menards
  14. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  15. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  16. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  17. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  18. Juan Montoya, Target
  19. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  20. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  21. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  22. Michael Waltrip, PEAK BlueDEF
  23. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  24. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  25. Regan Smith, Guy Roofing
  26. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  27. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  28. Dave Blaney, TBA
  29. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  30. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
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