7) Carl Edwards | No. 99 Aflac Ford | Roush Fenway Racing
Pros: Edwards is one year removed from a nine-win display, and he has finished with more than 6,118 points in four of the past five seasons. He has made the Chase every year since becoming a full-time driver in 2005, and Roush Fenway Racing provides him a lot of support. Edwards' best runs come on intermediate tracks, the type that dominates NASCAR. Ford had a rough go of it last year, but a new engine should help drivers.
Cons: Such a steep drop-off last year has to be cause for concern. Edwards failed to win a race, finished in the top-five 12 fewer times than the year before (13 fewer top-10s) and didn't win a pole. If Ford's new engine struggles early or malfunctions with regularity, it could be a long day for Edwards. Prior to the 2008 season, Edwards was never considered a dominant driver.
Fantasy tip: A broken foot likely contributed to some of his '09 slump, but Edwards was really off all year, much like Roush in general. While it's entirely possible - and likely - that Edwards rebounds in '10, fantasy owners need to err on the side of caution and view him as a midrange No. 1 driver. He has the potential to challenge Jimmie Johnson for the top seed, but the contrast between Edwards' 2008 and 2009 seasons is glaring. Be judicious on draft day, but don't avoid him completely.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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