8) Kurt Busch | No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge | Penske Championship Racing
Pros: The older of NASCAR's two Busch brothers has won at least once every year since 2001, topping at four wins in a season (2002, 2003). Last year, Busch won twice, notched 10 top-fives and 21 top-10 finishes on his way to an average result of 13th. He finished fourth on the year in the standings. We've seen Busch do it before, winning it all in 2004, and placing third in 2002. He added a seventh-place finish in 2007. A new crew chief may not necessarily be a positive, but the silver lining in the situation is that Kurt is familiar with Steve Addington through his brother Kyle, who worked side by side for two years and won 12 races with him.
Cons: Consistency has been the biggest knock against Busch. He sandwiched an 18th-place finish in 2008 between two top-10s. Two years before, Busch ended the season in 16th place, which was on the heels of a ninth-place standing. He followed up his 2002 third-place result with an 11th-place effort. Busch hasn't won a pole in two years, and he has eight total DNFs in this time. After spending two years together, crew chief Pat Tryson left for Michael Waltrip Racing this offseason.
Fantasy tip: Fantasy owners should be well-aware of Busch's inconsistency by now. The optimistic drafter will point to Busch finishing in the top 10 two of the past three years, including a top-five result. Some owners may bring up his two mid-teen finishes in the past four years. The bottom line is that it's tough to know what you're going to get out of Busch, so don't invest too much on draft day.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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