Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing

by Cory J. Bonini on February 11, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


10) Kyle Busch | No. 18 M and M's Toyota | Joe Gibbs Racing

Pros: Busch has won 12 races over the past two seasons; only Jimmie Johnson has won more (14). The 24-year-old racer has won at least one race each year since becoming a rookie in 2005. He earned nine top-fives and 13 top-10s in a down year that resulted in 13th place in the standings; he has three Cup appearances in the past four seasons. JGR is a strong team, and Busch has taken the reins as the face of the team since Tony Stewart defected after the 2008 season. Busch is very aggressive on the track, and has eight total DNFs in his last four seasons after as many in 2005.

Cons: With long-term security in place via a new contract, does Busch continue to race with the same tenacity? Probably, but you never know. Steve Addington, Busch's crew chief the past two years, has left for Kyle's brother Kurt's team. Dave Rogers took over with three races to go last year, which resulted in finishes of 11th, 12th and eighth, respectively. It's not that those finishes were poor by any means, we're just unsure of what to expect from the duo over the course of a full season. Sometimes Busch's attitude gets him in trouble with other drivers.

Fantasy tip: Busch is an immensely talented young driver, and fantasy owners are cognizant of this. The big question is how he will respond to Rogers as a full-time crew chief. If these two gel early, the sky is the limit. However, common sense says it may take a little while before Busch reaches peak form. His potential makes Busch a No. 1 driver, and narrowly missing the Chase last year should serve as motivation for him, but don't reach higher than the mid-tier No. 1 drivers for him.

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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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