NASCAR season is just weeks away: we rank the top 25 fantasy racing drivers for you.
Last year Aric Almirola finished 20th in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Almirola is another young guy with loads of potential. Obviously, he intimidates people just by the number on his car, but he is definitely not the “King.” The 28-year-old saw his success begin with some wins on the Truck Series. He ran the #88 truck for JR Motorsports in 2011 until running the Sprint Cup circuit with Richard Petty Motorsports. He has the talent to be a competitor and showed us last year that he can at least run in the top 25. I look forward to big things from Almirola this year.
Overall Points: Almirola posted 868 points last year, definitely not too shabby for a driver his age. I look for him to build on his success this year.
Wins: Almirola failed to post a win last year. I don’t think this is the year he sees the winner’s circle, but it is not for lack of talent.
Top-10 Finishes: Almirola finished in the top 10 five times last year, one of them being a top-5. This is where I see Almirola’s daily fantasy racing worth. He has been extremely consistent and has posted multiple top 20s.
Laps Lead: Almirola led 78 laps last year. This is definitely not a figure daily fantasy race players want to see. Almirola has the talent to be a guy that contends but doesn’t necessarily win. I think this number remains the same this year.
Pole Position: Almirola took a big time pole down last year. Richard Petty Enterprises swept Memorial Day weekend, and Almirola won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar finish at Lowe’s this year and possibly even a top-5 shot.
Team Strength: Almirola runs for “King” Richard Petty himself. This is all good, but it doesn’t help Aric drive better on the track. Aric has the talent to be successful, and he also has a decent team structure to assist in this process. The money is there, the support is there, but will the talent be there? This season should answer a lot of questions about Almirola and RPE.
I definitely think that Aric is a safe daily fantasy racer this year. He is not a guy that will win on a weekly basis, but he’s a guy that you can count on for a top-20 finish. I have had trouble in the past trusting RPE drivers- not because I have a grudge against Petty but because I don’t think RPE gives Petty enough say. These guys are going to have to get past the “business” and focus on the racing if Aric is going to build on his success from last year.