After making the Chase in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, Newman failed to make the playoffs in his sophomore year with the organization. That being said, he did notch his first victory with SHR and recorded 14 top-10s. Newman finished a solid but not spectacular year 15th in the standings with a 15.7 average finish.
There is no doubt that the move to SHR has revived Newman's stagnant career. He has posted a combined 29 top-10s in his two years with the organization, making the Chase in 2009 and contending for a spot again last year. Newman probably won't ever come close to his eight-win season in 2003, but he should be reliable as long as he is driving the No. 39.
The problem with Newman is that while he may be solid, he is never spectacular. He has averaged just four top-five finishes a season during the past five years, and not even the move to SHR has helped those numbers. Newman has just nine top-five finishes in his two seasons with his new team. Until he bolsters those totals, he simply can't be considered an elite fantasy option.
That being said, Newman's value is actually its highest in Draft and Play leagues. Outside of superspeedways, he is consistent at every type of track on the schedule. Last season, he posted a 14.3 average finish at intermediate tracks, a 14.0 average at road courses and a 12.5 average at short tracks. His career numbers are similar, and he is a solid No. 2 option for fantasy teams.
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