18) Joey Logano | No. 20 Home Depot Toyota | Joe Gibbs Racing
Pros: While not the breakout season many expected, it was still a promising year for the rookie driver. Only 19, Logano won the first race of his career while placing in the top-five three times and the top-10 seven times. Two of those top-fives came in the final six races. He is backed by one of the strongest teams, and with another year of experience, should be more comfortable in NASCAR's top circuit.
Cons: You'll have to judge when his breakout season might be (if it ever comes). Sure, the two top-fives were encouraging, but he also finished 19th, 21st and 24th, respectively, in his final three races. He led only 36 laps all season, so he still needs to learn how to get to the front. It would help if he could win a pole or two.
Fantasy tip: Logano most likely will be overvalued heading into the season - much as he was last year. He is the future of Joe Gibbs Racing, but he is still two years from being legally able to drink alcohol. In other words, be patient. Target him this year as a high-end No. 3 driver with fair expectations of solid No. 2 production. It's unlikely he'll last that long, though.
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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