While Bowyer's 2010 season will be remembered mainly for the 150-point penalty that eliminated him from title contention after the first race of the Chase, last year may have been his best since joining the Cup Series. He won two races during the Chase, tied a career high with seven top-five finishes, and set a new career high with 18 top-10s. Bowyer finished 10th in the final standings, but if you take away the penalty, he would have finished fifth.
The fact that Bowyer hasn't won a lot of races has kept him under the radar, but his overall numbers are actually quite impressive. In the last four seasons, he has posted an average finish of 14.9 or better, recording 16 or more top-10s in each year. Aside from road courses, Bowyer has averaged better than a top-15 finish at all track types on the schedule since 2008, ranking 11th or better in terms of points scored.
He may never be an elite fantasy option, but he certainly has the all-around ability to be considered a top-10 driver. There are only two tracks on the schedule where he hasn't finished in the top 10, and there isn't a single track on the schedule where he hasn't finished in the 15. He has scored the second-most points at superspeedways the last three years, and his inefficiencies at road courses have really been limited to Watkins Glen. He has two top-10s in his last three starts at Infineon.
It's easy to forget about Bowyer on draft day because he doesn't make a lot of noise in the media and doesn't make many trips to Victory Lane. That being said, there aren't too many drivers that offer his all-around production. No, he isn't an elite option and will probably never be one. However, he can certainly help fantasy teams on a weekly basis.
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