Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing

by KFFL Staff on January 18, 2011 @ 18:30:00 PDT

 


Kevin Harvick | No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet | Richard Childress Racing

Kevin Harvick

After one of the worst seasons of his career in 2009, Harvick responded with the best year of his career in 2010. He finished the year with a series-best 8.7 average finish, and he led the series with 26 top-10 finishes. Although he finished third in the Chase standings, no driver scored more points during the course of the year than Harvick. In terms of fantasy production, Harvick was the best in the business.

The turnaround for Harvick was remarkable. After posting a 19.9 average finish, five top-five finishes and nine top-10s in 2009, he posted an 8.7 average finish, 16 top-five finishes and 26 top-10s last season. All three totals were the best of his career. To top it off, he won three times in 2010 after going winless in 2008 and 2009.

Harvick's reliability made him a fantasy owner's dream last year. He finished outside the top 15 only four times in 2010, finishing outside the top 20 only three times. He even managed to be bulletproof at the always-treacherous restrictor-plate tracks. Harvick posted a 2.7 average finish and two wins in the four plate races. He became the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 2007 to finish in the top 10 in all four plate events.

Everything fell in place for Harvick last year, and he performed well above his career numbers. Although there is a strong possibility he will see a slight decline in his numbers in 2011, he still has the ability to be a top-five driver. Harvick ranks fifth in terms of points scored at intermediate tracks since the start of the 2008 season, and he has been the top option at superspeedways. No driver scored more points in 2010 than Harvick, and fantasy owners won't want to let the top overall scorer fall too far during drafts.

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