14) Kevin Harvick | No. 29 Shell Chevrolet | Richard Childress Racing
Pros: Harvick has alternated a fourth-place finish with a double-digit placing over the last four years. If that holds true this year, fourth place should be his this year. He clearly has the talent to win races as his 2006 season demonstrates: five wins, 15 top-fives, 20 top-10s. He'll need to win a few more this year, too, if he wants to find a decent ride next year. His contract with Richard Childress Racing expires at the season.
Cons: He hasn't won a pole and has only one win in the last three years, which came in the season-opening Daytona 500 in 2007. His 19th-place finish in last year's standings was his worst since 2002. He also managed just nine top-10s, his fewest since '02. The added pressure of racing for a contract could motivate him ... or it could cause him to just play out the string, especially if he locks up a new deal with a new team during the season.
Fantasy tip: There is definite upside with Harvick, but you'll want to pair him with one of the reliable No. 1 drivers (such as a Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon). Harvick has the talent, but there's too much uncertainty to warrant him being higher up our rankings.
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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