Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
39-Year-Old Driver  
Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran rebounded spectacularly last season. After posting a disappointing 2018 campaign, Hamlin erased any doubts about his driving ability with a stellar six-win, 24 Top 10 campaign in 2019. The driver of the No. 11 Toyota would race for the championship at Homestead but fall short finishing fourth in the title chase. Still, it was a very impressive effort for the 39-year-old driver. Hamlin will look to hold onto those gains with crew chief, Chris Gabehart, who led him to that success. He posted career-best marks in terms of Top 5's, Top 10's and average finish position for the season. It will be tough to top that level of performance, so we expect a slight pull back in those numbers in 2020. Hamlin will still be in the top tier of drivers, but don't expect a carbon copy of last year's titanic performance. Read Past Outlooks
Outside Pole at Michigan
NASCAR Cup
August 6, 2020
Hamlin will start from the outside pole for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Coming off the runner-up finish at New Hampshire, Hamlin will get the outside pole at MIS this Sunday. The No. 11 Toyota will lineup alongside the No. 22 Ford of Joey Logano for the start of the FireKeepers Casino 400. Hamlin will challenge for his sixth victory of the season Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Denny Hamlin
NASCAR Preview: Michigan Doubleheader
2 days ago
Mark Taylor previews this weekend's doubleheader at Michigan International Speedway as Brad Keselowski looks to continue running hot at the two-mile oval.
NASCAR Barometer: Keselowski Wins in New Hampshire
5 days ago
Brad Keselowski won the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, his third win this season, after battling with Denny Hamlin throughout the race.
DFS NASCAR: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
8 days ago
Aric Almirola starts on the pole Sunday and has a great chance of leading laps and earning a top 10-finish.
Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Preview: Short Track Change Up
10 days ago
Mark Taylor previews this week's NASCAR race at New Hampshire where Kevin Harvick hopes to again own the short track.
NASCAR Barometer: Hamlin Wins in Kansas City
15 days ago
C.J. Radune breaks down Thursday night’s Super Start Batteries 400, where Denny Hamlin won his fifth race of the season.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran endured a challenging season in 2018. Hamlin went winless for the first time in his 13-season career, and posted a five-season low in Top 10s with 17. It all added up to his worst point standings finish (11th) of the last five years. Hamlin will look to hit the reset button this season and get back to his winning ways. He'll start out with a new crew chief as Mike Wheeler moves on to other challenges and the No. 11 team will be headed up by new chief, Chris Gabehart. We expect Hamlin to rebound to more recent numbers this season. That would include getting back to victory lane once or twice and a Top-10 total closer to 20 or more. Hamlin could come cheaper in fantasy drafts this season, and that presents some value to those that wait.
The Joe Gibbs Racing star is coming off a typical season for the No. 11 Toyota team. Hamlin racked up two victories and 22 Top-10 finishes en route to finishing sixth in the driver standings for the second-straight year. That's been the pattern and the mark for this driver and team for the last three seasons. Crew chief Mike Wheeler and Hamlin have found a good level of consistency and the ability to win races, but they're just shy of the serious championship contender level. Although Hamlin came painfully close to making the Championship 4 at Homestead, but came up just short. With the retirement of Matt Kenseth, we expect more focus at Joe Gibbs Racing to fall on Hamlin and his race team. He and Kyle Busch are the faces of the franchise now, and championship contention is the ultimate measure of success. We expect to see Hamlin race with some real urgency in 2018.
The Joe Gibbs Racing star is one of the streakiest driver's in the Monster Energy Cup Series. Hamlin is known for his classic hot and cold streaks throughout each season. He can go on a tear for several races and be the best driver in the series or he can go completely stone cold for a period. However, it all seems to work out in the end and he'll post 2-to-3 wins and 20-22 Top 10's with a Top-10 finish in the final driver standings most of the time. 2016 was a high point in some ways as Hamlin managed a career-best 11.8 average finish. This was due in large part to much better qualifying than Hamlin typically does over a season. Hamlin and crew chief Mike Wheeler will be reunited in 2017 and they'll get right to work on improving on what was a pretty good campaign last season. This is a contract year for Hamlin, so motivation to push even higher will be priority.
There was some good news and some bad news for the driver of the No. 11 Toyota in 2015. While Hamlin rebounded to two victories and 20 top-10 finishes, it was his inconsistency late in the season that prevented him from making the Championship 4 in the Chase like he did in 2014. The disappointment of not racing for the title at Homestead was a bit mitigated by the fact that Hamlin performed better and more consistently than he has the two previous campaigns. The veteran driver will have a new crew chief in the upcoming season with Mike Wheeler taking over the duties during the offseason. Considering that Joe Gibbs Racing in general is on the rise, we can only be very optimistic that Hamlin will continue his upward trajectory in 2016.
Last season’s Chase for the Cup was like a tale of two seasons for Hamlin. He started the 10-race playoff with one victory and three Top-10 finishes, but in the second half he faded miserably. Hamlin only posted one Top 10 in the final five races of last year and limped to the finish line of 2012. That gave the driver of the No. 11 Toyota a sixth-place finish in the final driver standings. As good as Hamlin can be, he often shows mental fragility when it’s all on the line. Still, his 18 victories the last four years rank him among the elite in NASCAR. A potential championship may lie just out of reach for a time for this talented driver, but race wins and many Top 10’s are certainly in his near-future with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Hamlin filled in the last races of 2005 for Gibbs in the #11 car very well. He captured the pole position at Phoenix and collected a few top 10 finishes in his handful of starts. A rookie of the year award could be in the future of Hamlin this season.
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Runner-up Finish at Loudon
NASCAR Cup
August 2, 2020
Hamlin finished second in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Outside Pole at Loudon
NASCAR Cup
July 30, 2020
Hamlin will start from the outside pole for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Super Start Batteries 400
NASCAR Cup
July 23, 2020
Hamlin won the Super Start Batteries 400 at Kansas Speedway Thursday night.
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Crash and DNF at the Brickyard
NASCAR Cup
July 5, 2020
Hamlin crashed and finished 28th in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Pocono 350
NASCAR Cup
June 28, 2020
Hamlin won the Pocono 350 at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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