1) Jimmie Johnson | No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet | Hendrick Motorsports
Pros: What is there not to like about the sport's only driver to win four straight championships?!?! The ultra-cool, collected Johnson never seems to be fazed by anything, and it shows on the race track. He consistently puts himself in good starting position, having increased his average start by one place in each of the past three years (eighth in 2009). He has captured 14 poles in the past three years. In this time, Johnson has racked up 27 wins. Driving for the strongest team in NASCAR, led by crew chief Chad Knaus, doesn't hurt, either, and Johnson has totaled only two DNFs in the past two seasons combined. Since entering the Sprint Cup Series as a full-time driver in 2002, the El Cajon, Calif. native has finished no worse than fifth place and has etched his name into the conversation of the greatest driver in NASCAR history.
Cons: Naturally, it is tough to find many faults in such an accomplished driver. The No. 48 team has struggled with watching their fuel consumption and pitting at the right time. In 2008, Johnson lost two of the last three races to Carl Edwards due to poor fuel management, and Jimmie J. lost out on the last lap twice in 2009 at Michigan International Speedway.
Fantasy tip: Pressure. Can Johnson once again ignore the pressure? History says he can. Winning a fifth Sprint Cup title in a row seems mathematically low, but when you look at the rest of the field, who is the clear-cut favorite to dethrone him? It is foolish not to take Johnson as the top dog in all fantasy formats. He is the safest bet for your fantasy team, and with such a limited pool of drivers, missing on your first pick is very difficult to recover from.
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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