17) Jeff Burton | No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet | Richard Childress Racing
Pros: From 2006 to 2008, Burton made the Chase and averaged 18.67 top-10 finishes per season. Richard Childress Racing is still one of the strongest teams; they won't be carrying four drivers this year, as they did last year, which should allow them more time to devote to just three cars. Burton finished strong last year, too, with four straight top-10s, including second-place finishes in the final two races.
Cons: Like the rest of the Richard Childress Racing drivers, Burton failed to make the Chase. In fact, his 17th-place finish was his worst since 2005. He failed to win a race and managed just 10 top-10s. From May 9 to Oct. 25, he managed only one top-10 finish. He doesn't win many poles, either, with just four since 2001 (all in 2006). He also has just four wins since 2002.
Fantasy tip: Uncertainty is the big thing with Burton. If he hadn't finished this low before, it could be an aberration, but the 42-year-old Burton finished 18th in 2004 and 2005. He could easily place in the top eight, but its risky drafting him as anything more than a mid-level No. 2.
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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