After suffering through the worst season of his career in 2010, Labonte could be in for one of his best years in recent memory in 2011. He will drive the No. 47 for JTG Daugherty Racing this season, giving him arguably his best equipment since leaving Joe Gibbs Racing. It has been quite a while, but Labonte may finally have serious fantasy value once again.
Last season, he compiled a dismal 30.6 average finish as he bounced between several different cars, but don't read too much into the numbers. Labonte has a career 19.3 average finish and had never had an average below 25.7 in his previous 17 years in the Cup Series. He is driving for a legitimate organization once again in 2011, and he there is no reason he can't crack the top 25.
Labonte warrants consideration in all fantasy leagues at tracks like Las Vegas, Darlington, Charlotte and New Hampshire, and in Draft and Play leagues he should be a top No. 4 option throughout the year. After some lean years, Labonte should be relevant once again in 2011. He won't be in contention for a spot in the Chase by any means, but he will provide useful results.
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