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Last week in this web space, I really liked Chase Elliott as my top pick heading to Kansas. Adidas Superstar Shoes Cheap . 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. Adidas Superstar Shoes Sale . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. Adidas Originals Trainers On Sale. Despite the cost, effort and an improved steroid test, its possible that very few -- if any -- positives will be detected, Dr. Richard Budgett told The Associated Press in an interview. "We just dont know what the results from Torino will be," Budgett said. . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Christian Horner has backed Daniel Ricciardo to respond positively to Max Verstappens recent form and believes the two men are getting the best from each other.Verstappen ended Ricciardos inter-team domination of qualifying at the British Grand Prix before a strong drive to second position, which included a thrilling battle with championship leader Nico Rosberg. It gave Verstappen his third Driver of the Day accolade since his switch to Red Bull -- a period of time which has seen Ricciardo struggle by comparison, though he lost wins in Spain and Monaco through strategy and a botched pit stop.During the Silverstone weekend Ricciardo admitted the atmosphere at the team has changed since Verstappen replaced Daniil Kvyat and said it is bringing out the best in both of us. Horner agrees with that opinion and thinks Ricciardo is going to come back strongly.I think Daniel is a class driver and he has demonstrated already this year that he is at the top of his game, Horner said. No teammate likes being the second of the cars to finish and I am sure he will respond positively. But it is a positive thing in the team. There is no animosity or anything. It is justt two guys going for it and going flat-out. Adidas Originals Trainers Sale. It is very healthy for us.When asked if the dynamic at the team had shifted since Verstappens arrival, Horner said: Well, not really. Obviously we have got two very strong drivers in the cars and they are pushing each other hard, which is great to see and there is a confidence in the team that you can see is growing.Horner has praised Ricciardos reaction to Verstappens arrival and points out he has had the lions share of bad luck in recent races.I think Daniel is dealing with it very well. He got a little bit unlucky with the VSC period [at Silverstone]. That cost him probably about 10 seconds and allowed Perez to effectively get a free stop ahead of him. But that is just the run of the green. You cant anticipate when there is going to be a VSC.He then cleared Perez and was slowly catching on that group, but the damage was done to his race. He is going to have a couple of Sundays come up where I am sure everything will fall his way and it will be swings and roundabouts. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '