Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing

by KFFL Staff on January 18, 2011 @ 18:32:00 PDT

 


Tony Stewart | No. 14 Office Depot/Burger King Chevrolet | Stewart-Haas Racing

Tony Stewart

After an incredible first year as an owner-driver, Stewart took a step back in 2010 as he worked through some growing pains. That being said, his season still ended with another appearance in the Chase and a pair of victories. Even in an off-year by his standards, Stewart is still a top-five fantasy option thanks to his versatility.

He is the definition of an every-week fantasy starter. Since the start of the 2008 season, he ranks 11th or better at every track type on the schedule. During the stretch, he has scored the ninth-most points at superspeedways, the 11th-most points at short tracks, the seventh-most points at intermediate tracks, the sixth-most points at flat tracks, and he leads all drivers in points scored at road courses. There isn't a track on the schedule where he can't contend for the win.

With another year of being an owner-driver under his belt, the inconsistent stretches that Stewart battled in 2010 should be minimized in 2011. He has a 12.6 career average finish, and he has won at least one race in every season at the Cup level. Stewart has never finished worse than 11th in the final standings and has never had fewer than 16 top-10 finishes.

Even if he has a repeat of 2010, Stewart is still a top-five fantasy option because of his all-around talent. Thankfully, owners can expect Stewart to exceed last season's numbers in the upcoming year. He is better than the nine top-five finishes he posted in 2010. Look for Smoke to return to his elite status and make a serious title run.

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