how I see it is an auto torque absorption allows you to get away
with a drag radial. IMHO, drag radials are always more touchy in terms of prep and they recover slower, if at all, when you exceed their traction limits. They are more stable at speed, especially combined with a radial front tire and they can sometimes allow you to mph a bit higher due to their lower rolling resistance.
Slicks hit the driveline in a more controlled fashion, which makes them better for stick cars.
I have an auto now and a set of slicks in the basement from my last stick S197 so, that's the "best" drag tire for me right now
2014 Premium GT, SGM, Brembo, Auto, Tech, Comfort, etc. GT500s, Steeda UCA, VMP auto N/A tune. 100 shot nitrous on BBR tune. Best e/t 11.38 at 120.85
2012 Premium GT, Candy Red, Brembo package, 3.73, MT82, Comfort, Tech, et al. Procal tune, Roush UCA, UMI poly LCA, GT500s, Steeda red bracket, Hoosier 28x10x16 bias drags. Best e/t 11.91 at 115.23 RIP