It was another season of part-time duty for Elliott in the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford in 2010, and once again, he put up decent numbers. He finished the year with a 26.1 average finish in 13 starts, finishing in the top 30 in 10 of those starts. It he will be running part time again in 2011, but for the first in his career, he will be behind the wheel of a Chevrolet. Elliott will pilot the Phoenix Racing No. 09 for at least 18 races, starting with the season opener at Daytona.
His final full season in the Cup Series was back in 2003, and he finished ninth in points that season with nine top-five finishes and a 16.1 average finish. In other words, he was far from washed up when he walked away. It's doubtful he can match those numbers driving the No. 09, but there is a legitimate chance he can be a top-25 driver in a majority of the races he runs.
Elliott is already committed to 18 races, which makes him a legitimate fantasy option in draft-style leagues. He has sleeper potential in all fantasy formats at intermediate tracks. Heck, he has a 14.3 average finish at Homestead over the last three years. If by chances he runs close to a full-time schedule in 2011, he will be an absolute steal on draft day. Either way, Elliott will help fantasy owners this year.
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