Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports

by KFFL Staff on January 18, 2011 @ 18:15:00 PDT


Jimmie Johnson | No. 48 Lowe's/Kolbalt Tools Chevrolet | Hendrick Motorsports

Jimmie Johnson

It wasn't a walk in the park, but Johnson's 2010 season ended with his fifth straight Cup Series title. A second-place finish in the season finale clinched the title for the No. 48 team, making Johnson the first driver to come from behind in the final race of the Chase to win the championship. Along the way, he tallied six victories, 23 top-10s and a series-leading 17 top-five finishes. Johnson has been a blessing to fantasy owners since joining the Cup Series, and the best seems to keep getting better.

In 2010, Johnson actually won at two of his historically weakest tracks. He went to Victory Lane at Bristol in March and then picked up his first career road course win when the series visited Infineon. There isn't a single track on the schedule where Johnson's average finish is worse than 18.3, and there are only four tracks where he hasn't notched at least one win. Each and every week, Johnson has the potential to win regardless of the track.

The scary thing is that Johnson actually had somewhat of a down year by his standards. His 12.2 average finish was his worst since 2005, and his six victories were his lowest total since the 2006 season. He also recorded four DNFs last year after posting just one in each 2009 and 2008. It must be nice to have an off-year and still walk away with the series title.

It doesn't appear Johnson is going to slow down anytime soon, and fantasy owners have to consider him the top fantasy option in 2011. Since 2008, he ranks in the top five at all track types except superspeedways. Expect him to do the same this year. There is no safer pick come draft day as he has been a top-five driver every year of his career, finishing either first or second in seven of his nine seasons. 

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