Martin Truex Jr. – In May Martin Truex Jr. was involved in an accident and finished 28th. That was disappointing because heading into the race he had momentum and in the four previous Talladega races he finished between 6th and 13th. His 10.3 average finish in that four race stretch was only behind Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. At Daytona this year he’s finished 12th and 17th. I think the risk level associated with him is moderate. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Jamie McMurray – Jamie McMurray has a knack for plate racing. He has two wins at Daytona and one win at Talladega. In 2010 he came close to getting another win here but Kevin Harvick edged him at the finish line. In May McMurray finished 11th. If you’re looking for a darkhorse / sleeper pick McMurray is someone you should consider. I think the rules package which makes tandem drafting more difficult is beneficial to him. This season on plate tracks McMurray has a 18th place average finish. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Michael Waltrip – Michael Waltrip looked pretty good in the #55 in May. He started in 9th, led 21 laps and earned the 5th best driver rating (97.7). He ended up finishing 19th but he was better than that. One aspect about Waltrip that should be noted from earlier this year is that he worked a lot with Denny Hamlin. Last fall Waltrip raced for his own company and finished 9th. In July Waltrip piloted the #55 at Daytona and finished 9th. If you’re in certain allocation leagues Waltrip is somebody who has clear “playability”. (Yahoo! C Driver)