While FNP will no longer be offering weekly Fantasy Racing picks, there’s still plenty of time before the 2016 Daytona 500 to crank out an early picks post to get the conversation started.
As a result, here are my way-too-early and sure-to-change Yahoo Fantasy Racing starters for the Daytona 500.
NOTE: Because Yahoo doesn’t award qualifying bonus points for the Daytona 500, I didn’t include backup drivers since that point is moo.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
As mentioned in my 2016 Yahoo Fantasy Racing A List strategy and analysis, I’m not worried about saving starts in this grouping so Dale Jr. is the obvious choice. Earnhardt finished 3rd, 1st, 1st and 2nd and led 256 (35%) of a possible 736 laps at the four restrictor plate races last season.
Earnhardt dominates this type of racing no matter the package (giggity), making him the obvious A List choice.
Similar to our 2015 Yahoo Fantasy Racing strategy for the Daytona 500 (which resulted in my best Daytona 500 ever), I refuse to start any B List drivers that have any chance of providing nine starts.
Despite my incessant whining regarding 9 vs. 10 drivers in Yahoo’s A List, the B List still appears to be quite thin. Granted, this is more likely due to the butchering Yahoo did in the C List (which will face my wrath in a future post), but either way I’m in full start-saving mode at Daytona.
Good, experienced plate racer in crappy equipment, need I say more? This team simply does not have the resources to keep up with the bigger teams in terms of 2016 rules package R&D, so it makes sense to try and grab value with Bowyer whenever there’s a draft to bridge the gap between the haves and have nots.
I DON’T KNOW HOW THE HELL MEARS IS A B LISTER AND RYAN BLANEY IS…okay…deep breath…that’s a rant/drinking binge for another day.
Yes, Mears and that team is improved but let’s not get carried away here. Casey is basically unstartable at non-plate races but did manage 3rd and 11th place finishes at Daytona in 2015. A driver with zero chance of providing nine Yahoo Fantasy Racing starts while also proving to have Top 10 potential at Daytona? Sign me up!
This is the toughest slot to project since we’re still waiting on an official entry list and will need to see which drivers in this grouping actually qualify for the race. With that said, Cassill is a very underrated plate racer who finished 12th in the 2014 Daytona 500 and 13th in the 2015 Coke Zero 400.
With the hatchet-job Yahoo did grouping C List drivers, Cassill has zero value anywhere but the plate tracks, making him my way-too-early choice to start the 2016 Daytona 500.