NASCAR season is just weeks away: we rank the Top 25 fantasy racing drivers for you.
Last year Carl Edwards finished 15th in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
The king of the off-the-car backflip and the driver with the most potential to make a run at the cup this year, Carl Edwards is a guy full of talent. He had a disappointing year in 2012, but NASCAR fans know what really lies ahead for Edwards. This year, the #99 Ford of Roush Fenway Racing should see similar results as we did in 2011. Edwards looked prime to take down the 2011 Sprint Cup but lost to “Smoke” due to some fine print. Edwards posted 9 wins in 2008 and should look for similar results this year. Last season was the only one since 2006 that Edwards missed the Chase for the Cup. I definitely think that with Edwards’ drive and passion for the sport, we won’t see a repeat from last year. He is a great pick for daily fantasy racing players and should be used in all formats.
Overall Points: Edwards posted 1030 points last year; this was definitely a “low-ball” amount for a guy that has seen two 2nd place Sprint Cup finishes. I think that we will see Edwards back in true form this year.
Wins: Edwards failed to find the winner’s circle last year, but with that said, NASCAR fans need to look in the past to understand Edwards’ true potential. He has won nine times in a single season and could break out at any moment.
Top-10 Finishes: Edwards had 16 top-10 finishes last year. Even though he didn’t “find” a win, he definitely had potential to get there. His results should help DFS players understand that a win is coming.
Laps Lead: Edwards led 254 laps last year. This is extremely promising and should definitely bode well for the 2013 season.
Pole Position: Carl found the pole last year in the first race at the Daytona 500. This excited me initially because I felt like Edwards would build off of the 2011 season and potentially win the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Unfortunately, my vision would not come to fruition as Edwards’ success seemed to only come at the 500 pole.
Team Strength: Roush Fenway Racing is no slouch in the NASCAR world (nor in the MLB world, hence the name Fenway). With 307 victories under their belt, RFR has the money, people, and talent to be extremely successful in the racing world. If Edwards doesn’t produce this year, I have to blame it on his driving (maybe too much off track focus?).
Edwards is another one of those guys that is extremely likable. During his rough season last year, he continued to remain optimistic even though it looked like a tough road ahead to make the Chase. I think that 38 career wins definitely screams more than potential. Daily fantasy racing players shouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of backflips this year. If his team and his crew can keep it together, Carl’s talent should carry them to a top-5 cup finish, if not an overall victory. In all pick ‘em and even salary cap formats, it is hard not to take Edwards on a week-to-week basis if he is cheap enough.