This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.
Of all the articles that make up the NASCAR draft kit, this is probably the most important of all. Surprise drivers in both the positive and negative sense can make or break fantasy racing seasons. We all know what Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin can do, so there's little risk associated with those drivers, but it is the drivers that come out of nowhere to have huge seasons can take you to fantasy racing glory. Christopher Bell, William Byron and Tyler Reddick likely helped many to win their leagues last season. While drivers like Ryan Newman, Cole Custer and Aric Almirola 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 look at some of the drivers in 2022 that you should make every effort to get, and those who you should avoid at all costs.
1. Christopher Bell
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing
|NASCAR Three-Year Stats||Races||Wins||Poles||Top 5s||Top 10s||Rank|
|2020 NASCAR Cup Series||36||0||0||2||7||20th|
|2021 NASCAR Cup Series||36||1||0||7||16||12th|
The second-year Joe Gibbs Racing youngster took a big step last year in performance. Bell grabbed his first-career Cup Series victory with a stunner on