15) Ryan Newman | No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet | Stewart-Haas Racing
Pros: Newman celebrated his first year with Stewart-Haas with a trip to the Chase. He finished ninth when all was said and done. It was Newman's fifth time qualifying for the Chase after finishing sixth or seventh in every year from 2002 to 2005. Stewart-Haas uses Hendrick motors and chassis, which are among the best in NASCAR.
Cons: He has won just one race in the last four years, and his form in the Chase last year left room for improvement (only two top-10s). Although it happened with his old team, there has to be an uneasy feeling considering Newman's 2006-08 form: He finished 17th or lower twice, won only one race, placed in the top five just 11 times and suffered 16 DNFs in 108 races during that time. He'll be working with a new spotter this year; it could take some time for them to be comfortable with each other.
Fantasy tip: Newman was able to capture some magic in a bottle last year; he just let it out of the bottle a bit too soon. At 32, he still has plenty of promise, especially on this team, but he's a slightly risky No. 2 driver.
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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