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Last week in this web space, I really liked Chase Elliott as my top pick heading to Kansas. Cheap Orioles Jerseys Authentic . Coming off strong efforts at 1.5-mile tracks, Elliott again looked strong, running 23 fastest laps, but he ran into issues and finished 31st.Dont forget that performance when we get to the last two 1.5-mile track races of the season at Texas and Homestead.And dont forget that Kevin Harvick and the Gibbs duo of Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth combined to lead 251 of the 267 laps.But lets put that on the back burner, because this week were off to Talladega, and you clicked on my link for a little fantasy advice there.If youre not a new reader to my ramblings and fantasy nuggets, you know that the restrictor-plate tracks (Daytona and Talladega) bring out a whole different fantasy strategy. The style of racing there, with tight groups of cars caused by engine restriction rules, creates pack racing and evens the field.It also leads to giant wrecks that can take out more than half of the field. Thats the luck part of plate racing that can turn a great day into a disaster. And the rules that limit speed also make it so fastest laps are evenly spread throughout the field.With finishing position and fastest laps being up in the air, that only really leaves two scoring categories to strategize around. Laps led are also a crapshoot at Talladega. The only driver who regularly leads a lot at Talladega is Dale Earnhardt Jr., and he wont be racing this weekend.That leaves start/finish differential, which can give you huge positives or huge negatives. While these races usually produce winners who are regulars in Victory Lane, the volatility of where youll finish throughout the field means that youll want to put your team together almost based entirely around starting position.Ive been all about the pole sitter this season, but at Talladega, the pole sitter averages 14.6 DraftKings points per race, the lowest of any track.Considering a 40-driver field, the nine highest-scoring starting positions are all 29th or further back. And the nine worst fantasy averages come from those starting in top-15 starting positions.You should try to build around drivers you think you will get up front, but with no drivers simply starting and parking, theres value at the back of the field and really no drivers Id completely avoid.Keeping that in mind, here are my picks to get you started, looking just at drivers until the starting positions are set. But check back after qualifying for my final picks and fades.Im starting my team with:Two years ago, Brad Keselowski entered this race 10th in points and needing a victory to advance to the next round of the Chase. He won that race for 55 DraftKings points. This year, Keselowski enters the race 11th in the standings, in need of another win.But dont let that thought stand on its own. Take a look at the last two restrictor-plate races, both won by Keselowski. The last one, at Daytona in July, Keselowski led 115 laps for 78.75 points. This season, Keselowski has led 162 laps in restrictor-plate races, 55 more than any other driver.Keep an eye on these four:Kyle Busch: In the three restrictor-plate races this year, Busch has finished second twice and third in the other race. Dating back to last year, he has finished no worse than 17th in the last five plate races, and has led double-digit laps in the last four.Denny Hamlin: Hamlin won the season-opening Daytona 500, but Im more impressed with the solid start/finish differential hes capable of here. In the last 10 plate races, Hamlin has averaged a +11.2 start/finish differential, with five races of +20 or better. Holding true to my rule above though, avoid him if he starts in the top 10. In his three races starting in the top 10 of those 10, his combined start/finish differential is -60.Michael McDowell: McDriver is just one of the off-the-radar drivers you should be considering at Talladega. In the three plate races this season, he has finished 10th, 21st and 15th. Why should you take him? He has started outside the top 30 in all three and has averaged 51.7 DraftKings points per race, twice finishing among the top-five fantasy drivers in the race.Cole Whitt: Copy above reasoning for Cole Whitt (who has one of those names that only sounds right when you say the entire thing). Cole Whitts average start in the three plate races this season is 35.0, and his average finish is 17.0. Cole Whitts resulting 51.6 DraftKings points per race are the fourth-best in plate races this season, trailing only Keselowski, Busch and McDowell. Cheap MLB Jerseys . 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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Oakland Athletics looked like a team battling for a playoff spot Monday night, and the Kansas City Royals looked like a team checked out and ready for the offseason.It was supposed to be the other way around.Khris Davis and Marcus Semien hit three-run homers, the lowly Athletics matched a season high with 17 hits while drawing 10 walks, and they trounced the Royals 16-3 in their series opener.Its great to have a game like that, As manager Bob Melvin said. For a team that struggles to score runs, its nice to have a positive mood in the dugout.In the opposite dugout, the reigning World Series champions could only rue another game slipping away. The Royals (74-69) began the day four back of the final wild-card spot with 20 games to go, and hoped an eight-game stand against Oakland and the White Sox would allow them to gain ground.But with five teams standing in their way, time is running out.These games are easy to turn the page, a lot tougher is losing a one-run game, Royals manager Ned Yost said. We just got beat. We didnt play good, we didnt pitch good and we got beat.Daniel Coulombe (3-1) earned the win in relief of Ross Detwiler, though it was the Oakland offense that led the way. The As scored their most runs this season for their largest margin of victory.Royals starter Dillon Gee (6-8) was battered for five runs on five hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings, though he wasnt the only pitcher to melt down. He was followed by three relievers in a span of four batters in the fourth inning, when the As marched nine to the plate and scored three times.When youre out there trying to find something in a big league game against big league hitters, it makes it real tough, Gee said. They scored a lot of runs, but its just one game.By the end, everybody in the As starting lineup had a hit. Stephen Vogt was 3 for 3 with two walks and two RBI, while Joey Wendle, Arismendy Alcantara and Ryon Healy drove alsso drove in two apiece. Cheap Baltimore Orioles Jerseys. We were swinging at a lot of good pitches, said the As Brett Eibner, who began the season with Kansas City. We swung at pitches we want to hit and when you do that, the runs seem to pile up.Davis delivered the first big blow in the third inning when he splashed his 36th homer into the fountains in left field, a shot estimated at 447 feet.When the Royals matched him with three runs in the bottom half, the As bounced right back to score three more: Bruce Maxwell and Eibner opened the fourth with back-to-back singles, Wendle hit a sacrifice fly, and the As churned out four hits and two walks in taking a 6-3 lead.It was 8-3 when Semien went deep in the sixth, and Oakland merely piled on from there.Theres not much to say, Yost said. Just one of those nights.BIG LEAGUE DEBUTSRoyals OF Hunter Dozier and As INF Renato Nunez and OF/INF Matt Olson made their major league debuts. Nunez and Olson were brought up from Triple-A Nashville prior to the game, with Olson taking the spot of departed DH Billy Butler on the 40-man roster.In Olsons case his parents were here, Melvin said, so it was nice to get him in the game.SALVYS BABY BOYRoyals C Salvador Perez was scratched from the starting lineup after his fiance gave birth to a boy on Monday. His name is Johan Salvador and the Royals said mother and baby are doing well.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals RHP Kris Medlen (right rotator cuff inflammation) will not return this season, manager Ned Yost said. LHP Jason Vargas (Tommy John surgery) is also unlikely to pitch for Kansas City this season after making three rehab outings for Triple-A Omaha.UP NEXTRHP Jharel Cotton makes his second career start for the As after beating the Angels in his debut last week. 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