Last weekend at Richmond, fantasy owners were reminded why the elite drivers in the sport are so valuable to a fantasy team. Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart started their night with absolutely terrible cars. If the race would have been a 200-mile event, both drivers would have finished off the lead lap and outside the top 25. However, both drivers were able to rebound during the course of the night and salvage top-10 finishes for both themselves and their fantasy owners.
With the series heading to Darlington this weekend and with rain wiping out almost every practice session, many drivers are likely going to find themselves starting Saturday night's race with less-than-perfect cars. The teams that are able to dial their cars in during the course of the night are going to come out on top, and for fantasy owners, uncertainty means the top options are even more valuable than they already are.
The bottom line is that when you are unsure about which drivers are going to run well, the safe plays are always the Johnsons and Stewarts of the world. These drivers run in the top-five and challenge for wins when they have a good car, and they still manage decent finishes when they have a bad car. In limited start formats, missing out on a top-five with one of these elite options isn't ideal, but a top-10 is much better than a finish outside the top 20 with a more unproven option.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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