This past fantasy racing finish was incredible, if you missed it you have a couple of weeks to catch up. Below we take a look at all the fantasy drivers of note from the race out in California.
Kyle Busch – (Joe Gibbs) Possibly on the best run of his life. Dominating Nationwide and Sprint Cup. Benefited from Hamlin v. Logano, but probably would have won the race no matter who was ahead of him.
Dale Earnhardt Jr – (Hendrick) Also on a great run. 88 is one of the best Gen 6 cars, but the real difference is Junior’s commitment to improving the car mechanically. From the first practice to the last lap, this team is grinding. This is a blue collar team pushing their car to the top. (looking ahead: 88 is good at martinsville)
Joey Logano – (Penske) Team change has been good for him. Top 10s each week, but building a bit of a negative rep. Either wrecking or being wrecked. Not sure if I would pick him in the near future, but he has a good car/team and is driving well. It’s the target on his back that worries me.
Carl Edwards – (Roush-Fenway) Flying under the radar with 3 top 5s. No one is talking about the guy that tied the 2012 season, but that’s probably because of those annoying subway commercials.
Kurt Busch – (Front Row) Busch and his team are clicking. Good car, good driving, and overcoming adversity. Each week he deserves a look, but look at past track performance and his price (which should be going up).
Greg Biffle – (Roush-Fenway) Best car in practice/qualifying, but had to start from the back. Unbelievably worked his way through the field in fontana to finish 6th. Still, only 2 top 10s this year.
Matt Kenseth – (JGR) Another solid top 10 finish. If not for bad luck at Daytona and Bristol, Kenseth would be the driver to beat this year, but bad luck doesn’t help win picking a fantasy nascar lineup.
Paul Menard – (Menards) Three top 10s in a row. Shattering conventional wisdom. Can’t believe I am saying this: you have to consider Menard each week, if the price is right.
Kasey Kahne – (Hendrick) Early race damage, but still manages a top 10 finish. Kahne and Earnhardt Jr. have turn the world upside down becoming Hendricks top two drivers. Unfortunately, Kahne’s fantasy value continues to rise.
Jeff Gordon – (Hendrick) Battled race damage, but great pit strategy led to a top 15 finish. Need to see more consistency before the 24 is a comfortable play. Could turn the corner at Martinsville.
Jimmie Johnson – (Hendrick) On one hand, the 48 was extremely disappointing at fontana. On the other, the fact that the Jimmie and Chad got this car into the top 15 was nothing short of a miracle. When you pick the lowe’s 48, you get every fantasy dollar out of it.
Kevin Harvick – (Childress) another so-so day to a so-so year. The good news is that Harvick is really good at martinsville.
Casey Mears – (Germain) Daily fantasy radio sleeper. Solid finish, helped several people win at fantazzle.
AJ Allmendinger – (Phoenix) Daily Fantasy Radio sleeper two weeks in a row. Looked good all weekend. Solid finish, helped several people win at fantazzle. His partial season schedule should keep his fantasy price down all year.
Martin Truex Jr. – (Michael Waltrip) Only MWR driver to survive fontana. The team looked good in practice, but the race was a disaster for Mark Martin (wreck) and Clint Bowyer (late race engine failure)
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – (Roush-Fenway) Rookie of the Year at this point, but not a Daily Fantasy play yet.
Tony Stewart – (Stewart-Haas) It looked to be a bounce back weekend for Smoke, that is until the final restart.Joey Logano blocked Stewart; effectively shutting down Stewart and ruining his day (22nd finish). After the race, Stewart attempted to fight Logano and then went on a hypocritical tirade about being blocked. Stewart was one our picks this week, and now he is our pick for baby of the week, stealing the crown from Logano.
Brad Keselowski – (Penske) Total non-factor all day. Starting from the back of the field was too much to overcome with a car that wasn’t all that great.
Denny Hamlin – (Joe Gibbs) We said it here first, Hamlin always qualifies well, but never finishes well at Fontana. Did we know he would get his back broken on the last lap? No, but we knew things wouldn’t break his way. Looking ahead: Denny will likely miss his home track in Martinsville. Early word is that Elliott Sadler may take over the FedEx Toyota.
Danica Patrick – (Stewart-Haas) Next.
Juan Pablo Montoya – (Earnhardt-Ganassi) Mechanical problems. Extremely risky play anywhere outside of road courses.