4) Greg Biffle | No. 16 3M Ford | Roush Fenway Racing
Pros: An eight-year veteran of the Sprint Cup Series, Biffle has pressed for a championship on more than one occasion. He finished second overall in 2005 and third in '08. Biffle's ninth-place finish in 2009 was impressive considering he didn't win a race all year. He has cut down on his DNFs the past two years with five total in this time after as many in 2007 alone. Roush Fenway Racing experienced a down year as a group last season, but their strong history indicates a bounce-back should be in store. Biffle averaged a 14th-place start and finish last year.
Cons: For starters, not winning a race last year isn't encouraging. Biffle's career best was six wins in 2005, but he has totaled only five since. While we expect Roush Fenway Racing to come back around as a team, what happens if they don't? We've seen Biffle struggle with a 13th-place finish in 2006 and a 2007 14th-place result, so it's not unreasonable to think he could tail off after quality showings the past two years.
Fantasy tip: We may be a little high on Biffle this year, but the tier of No. 1 drivers is relatively interchangeable after the top three guys, and some people could make that argument for all of the spots following Jimmie Johnson's stranglehold on the No. 1 pick. Biffle is due for at least one checkered flag this season, but be sure to back him up with stable drivers rather than risky choices.
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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