9) Kasey Kahne | No. 9 Budweiser Ford | Richard Petty Motorsports
Pros: With his best finish of his career (eighth) coming in 2006, Kahne rebounded slightly from two poor performances to make the Chase and finish in 10th place last year. He cut his DNFs in half last year from his previous career low of four. Kahne's strong suit is the intermediate track, which makes up the majority of NASCAR's venues.
Cons: A switch to Dodge after a merger with Yates Racing could leave Kahne in rough shape this season. Without track testing, how long will it take before the 29-year-old is comfortable behind the wheel during meaningful runs? Kahne was the only member of RPM last year to make the Chase, so he doesn't exactly have the strongest team backing him up.
Fantasy tip: Having never finished better than eighth place, does Kahne have what it takes to make a big ascension in the standings? He is a good racer, but it's unlikely anyone will consider him great in the near future. He is young and is still finding his way around the track to a degree, so minimal improvement isn't out of the question. With the switch to Ford this year, Kahne may have his work cut out for him. Caveat emptor is the theme here.
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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