13) Matt Kenseth | No. 17 Crown Royal Ford | Roush Fenway Racing
Pros: Kenseth started off the 2009 season with two trips to Victory Lane. He is a former Sprint Cup winner (2003) and made the Chase in seven straight years before last year. His team is one of the strongest on the circuit, too. Last year was Kenseth's first with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer; another year of experience should help them, especially making adjustments during the race.
Cons: His two wins last year came in the first two races. He had just five top-fives after that and only 10 top-10s. Kenseth's final position in the Cup standings has decreased in each of the last three years. Last year's finish was his worst since 2000. The Roush team, while strong, stumbled with almost all their rides last year as their cars were simply not fast enough. We expect them to turn it around, but what if they don't?
Fantasy tip: The 37-year-old Kenseth is likely on the back end of his career. A couple of wins are a possibility, but it's tough to count on him as anything more than a mid-tier No. 2 driver. He could be poised for a big drop, too, if last season's form was any indication.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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