12) Juan Pablo Montoya | No. 42 Target Chevrolet | Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing
Pros: After placing 30th in the Autism Speaks 400, Montoya finished 12th or better in nine straight races. He endured a minor slump before the Chase started but placed fourth or better in five of the first six Chase races. Montoya has always been a talented driver - his talent just hadn't adapted to the stock car yet. His second-half stretch last year showed he is finally acclimatizing to the circuit.
Cons: Montoya's first two full seasons in NASCAR garnered just 20th- and 25th-place finishes, respectively, in the Sprint Cup standings. He had just one win, five top-fives and nine top-10s in 72 races during that stretch. Sure, he showed he could handle the car for part of last year, but he also finished in the 30s in three of the last seven races. It might be too soon to invest heavily in him.
Fantasy tip: As a No. 2 driver, Montoya is a great option. However, based off his run last year, he might be overvalued heading into the season. Don't get caught up in any hype surrounding the Colombian; we still want to see more from him before he jumps to the next tier.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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