NASCAR Draft Kit: 2019 Sleepers & Busts

NASCAR Draft Kit: 2019 Sleepers & Busts

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

Of the articles that make up the NASCAR draft kit, this is probably the most important. Surprise drivers in both the positive and negative sense can make or break fantasy racing seasons. We all know what Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. can do, so there's little risk associated with those drivers, but it is the drivers who come out of nowhere to have huge seasons can take you to fantasy racing glory. Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney likely helped many to win their leagues last season. While drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Suarez most likely ended your fantasy racing championship hopes by midseason. Identifying those drivers who will break-out and have career seasons, and those who are headed in the other direction for whatever reason is the key in fantasy racing success. Let's take a look at some of the drivers in 2019 that you should make every effort to get, and those who you should avoid at all costs.


Erik Jones
Car: 20
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
Manufacturer: Toyota

2016 Monster Energy Cup30000N/A
2017 Monster Energy Cup360151419th
2018 Monster Energy Cup361191815th

Jones is a star in the making, and there's no doubt about that. Much like Chase Elliott, Jones is taking a couple years to cultivate his

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Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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