Not much was expected out of Smith in 2010. After all, he was driving for Furniture Row Racing - a single-car operation with limited funds. On paper, the combination didn't look like a recipe for success, but Smith made it work. He overachieved last season, and Furniture Row has dedicated the offseason to making 2011 an even better year for Smith.
He finished last season with a 24.5 average finish, and although he didn't record a top-10 finish, he cracked the top 20 on 11 occasions. More importantly, he was at his best at the intermediate tracks, posting a 21.0 average finish. It's true he struggles at the other track types on the schedule, but he has legitimate fantasy value in 24 of the 36 races each year.
If he repeats his 2010 numbers, Smith is an elite No. 4 option in Draft and Play leagues. If the offseason moves by Furniture Row Racing pay off, he could turn out to be a No. 3 driver. Either way, Smith should definitely be taken during fantasy drafts, and he is going to provide plenty of production in all fantasy formats throughout 2011.
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