Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: AAA Texas 500

by Brian Polking on November 2, 2013 @ 14:39:33 PDT

 


When the week began, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson were sitting atop the driver rankings for Sunday's race at Texas. After both drivers qualified in the top six Friday and posted excellent practice times Saturday, the two frontrunners for the Cup Series title remain the two top drivers in the final rankings. Kenseth and Johnson also rank first and second in terms of average finish at Texas, and while Kenseth has five top-five finishes in his last six starts at Texas, Johnson is the defending winner of this weekend's race. Fantasy owners can't go wrong with either driver.

NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth
Kenseth's points bigger in Texas

Following a top-five effort in qualifying, Kyle Busch remains in the No. 3 spot in the final rankings. Busch is gunning for a season sweep at Texas this weekend after winning the spring race earlier this year. He also finished third at the track last fall, and in his last three starts at the track, he has a 5.0 average finish. For owners that need to gain ground in their leagues, Busch probably has the best shot of any driver to outperform Kenseth and Johnson this weekend.

While Kenseth, Johnson and Busch hold steady in the top three spots, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski both move up into the top five. Edwards snagged the pole for Sunday's race, and after a strong showing in practice, he seems poised add to a Texas resume that includes three career wins and three top-three finishes in his last five starts. Meanwhile, Keselowski finished a career-best second at Texas last fall, and he will join Edwards on the front row for Sunday's race.

Outside of the top five, no driver has helped their value more than Jeff Gordon this weekend. He vaults into the top 10 after an eighth-place effort in qualifying and a solid showing in practice. Gordon has quietly climbed to third in the championship standings following his win at Martinsville last weekend, and in his last four starts at Texas, he has three top-15s, including a pair of top-six finishes. For fantasy owners that have already been enjoying the benefits of Gordon's hot streak during the Chase, continue to roll with the veteran this weekend. For those that haven't jumped on the bandwagon, this weekend's race looks like a good time to start.

Paul Menard's value has also improved throughout the weekend, and he slides inside the top15 in the final driver rankings. He delivered an impressive fourth-place run in qualifying Friday, and he was rock solid in race trim during practice Saturday. Menard has also been solid at Texas lately, logging five top-20 finishes in his last six starts at the track. He has three top-15 finishes at Texas during the stretch, and one of his better runs is likely on tap this weekend. Menard should make a solid addition to fantasy rosters in just about every format.

Fantasy owners looking for a serious sleeper option this weekend may want to consider Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The rookie sneaks into the top 20 in the final driver rankings after qualifying in the top 10 and posting respectable practice times. Meanwhile, Stenhouse has logged seven top-20s in nine starts at 1.5-mile tracks this season so there is a decent chance he will be hanging in or around the top 15 most of the afternoon Sunday.

Rk
Driver
Car No.
Make Sponsor Team
Starting Lineup
1
Matt Kenseth
20
Toyota Dollar General Joe Gibbs Racing
6
2
Jimmie Johnson
48
Chevrolet Lowe's Home Improvement Hendrick Motorsports
3
3
Kyle Busch
18
Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs Racing
5
4
Carl Edwards
99
Ford Fastenal Roush Fenway Racing
1
5
Brad Keselowski
2
Ford Miller Lite Penske Championship Racing
2
6
Greg Biffle
16
Ford 3M Roush Fenway Racing
18
7
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
88
Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew Hendrick Motorsports
7
8
Martin Truex Jr.
56
Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip Racing
15
9
Kasey Kahne
5
Chevrolet Farmers Insurance Hendrick Motorsports
11
10
Jeff Gordon
24
Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger Hendrick Motorsports
8
11
Kevin Harvick
29
Chevrolet Budweiser Richard Childress Racing
19
12
Clint Bowyer
15
Toyota 5 Hour Energy Michael Waltrip Racing
26
13
Joey Logano
22
Ford Shell/Pennzoil Penske Championship Racing
12
14
Paul Menard
27
Chevrolet Menard's Richard Childress Racing
4
15
Denny Hamlin
11
Toyota FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing
14
16
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17
Ford Best Buy Roush Fenway Racing
9
17
Kurt Busch
78
Chevrolet Furniture Row Furniture Row Racing
31
18
Mark Martin
14
Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops Stewart-Haas Racing
33
19
Aric Almirola
43
Ford Smithfield Richard Petty Motorsports
17
20
Ryan Newman
39
Chevrolet Quicken Loans Stewart-Haas Racing
13
21
Marcos Ambrose
9
Ford Stanley Black & Decker Richard Petty Motorsports
10
22
Jamie McMurray
1
Chevrolet McDonald's Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
24
23
Juan Pablo Montoya
42
Chevrolet Target Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
16
24
Austin Dillon
33
Chevrolet Honey Nut Cheerios Richard Childress Racing
21
25
Elliott Sadler
55
Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing
25
26
Jeff Burton
31
Chevrolet Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing
20
27
Trevor Bayne
21
Ford Motorcraft Wood Brothers Racing
32
28
Kyle Larson
51
Chevrolet Target Phoenix Racing
36
29
Bobby Labonte
47
Toyota Kroger JTG Daugherty Racing
22
30
David Ragan
34
Ford Taco Bell Front Row Motorsports
29
31
Danica Patrick
10
Chevrolet GoDaddy.com Stewart-Haas Racing
30
32
Parker Kligerman
30
Toyota Swan Racing Swan Racing
23
33
Casey Mears
13
Ford GEICO Germain Racing
27
34
David Reutimann
83
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
39
35
David Gilliland
38
Ford Love's Travel Stops Front Row Motorsports
28
36
Landon Cassill
40
Chevrolet Moon Shine Attitude Attire Hillman Racing
37
37
Dave Blaney
7
Chevrolet GoPro Tommy Baldwin Racing
42
38
Travis Kvapil
93
Toyota Burger King BK Racing
38
39
Timmy Hill
32
Ford Federated Auto Parts FAS Lane Racing
40
40
Josh Wise
35
Ford A&W All American Food Front Row Motorsports
34
41
J.J. Yeley
36
Chevrolet United Mining Equipment Tommy Baldwin Racing
43
42
Michael McDowell
98
Ford Phil Parsons Racing Phil Parsons Racing
35
43
Joe Nemechek
87
Toyota AM FM Energy NEMCO-JRR Motorsports
41

 

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About Brian Polking

Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.

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