NASCAR Draft Kit: 2018 Sleepers & Busts
NASCAR Draft Kit: 2018 Sleepers & Busts

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, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski 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. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney likely helped many to win their leagues last season. While drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Menard and Joey Logano most likely ended your fantasy racing championship hopes by mid-season. 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 2018 that you should make every effort to get, and those who you should avoid at all costs.

SLEEPERS

Ryan Blaney

Car: 12
Owner: Penske Racing
Manufacturer: Ford

SERIESRACESWINSPOLESTOP 5sTOP 10sRANK
2015 Monster Energy Cup160012N/A
2016 Monster Energy Cup36003920th
2017 Monster Energy Cup36124149th
Total8812825

Last season Blaney took Wood Brothers Racing to heights not seen in several years. His one victory, 14 Top-10 finishes and ninth-place
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Taylor
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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