Fantasy Live is back this year and nascar.com did not make any changes for the regular season. They did adjust the allocations we have with each driver in the playoffs but we will cross that bridge when we get to it. This has been my best Fantasy NASCAR game so you are in good hands. My picks beat 99.8% of the competition last year and 99% of the competition for eight straight years. I mapped out the allocations for the entire season so I have a great plan to score us the most points again in 2020.
Here are my picks for the race in Daytona….
Joey Logano: Logano has been a very reliable driver at Daytona and exceptionally good in the Daytona 500. He won this race in 2015 and the No. 22 car has been the best in the field ever since Logano raised the Harley J. Earl Trophy. Logano finished 4th, 4th, 6th, 6th and 1st in his last five trips to Daytona in February. I expect Logano score a lot of Stage points and finish in the top five again Sunday.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Stenhouse Jr. starts on the pole and he proved in the Duel race Thursday and he should have no problem keeping his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy up front. Stenhouse led the most laps (27) and finished eighth. Stenhouse should score a lot of bonus points Sunday. He should score points for leading laps and if these drivers play nice for the first-half of the race (I expect they will), Stenhouse could easily score the bonus points for most laps led too. The No. 47 car should score Stage points in the two Stages. These points will add up quickly and make Stenhouse a good pick for the race Sunday (I just hope Wrecky Stenhouse does not show up).
Aric Almirola: I liked Almirola as a pick even since the No. 10 team unloaded their car last week. The team rolled the car through inspection for the Busch Clash race and had an immediate meeting. The Clash car scored so well in the inspection tent that they decided to take the wrap off of it and make the car their primary car for the Daytona 500. Almirola then went out and posted the fastest speed by a Ford in qualifying and finished second in his Duel race. The word in the garage is that the No. 10 car is the best “pusher” in the field. That means Almirola will have a lot of friends Sunday. I like him to score a lot of Stage points and have a good chance to win the Harley J. Earl Trophy.
Ryan Newman: Newman is the safest pick in the field. The 2008 Daytona 500 winner has finished 5th, 8th, 8th, 14th and 5th in his last five races at Daytona. He starts 7th and he has two Fords in front of him (Joey Logano and Aric Almirola) and two Fords behind him (Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick). I expect the Fords to lineup and domnate the first-half of the race. That will allow Newman to score a lot of Stage points and have a good chance for another top-10 finish Sunday.
William Byron: Byron won the Duel race Thursday and he finished second in the last race at Daytona. He said he is getting a lot more comfortable at the Superspeedways. His results are proving his statements to be true. Byron will likely lineup with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman to try and keep the Fords behind them. I have a lot of Fords in my lineup, so I want so Chevy’s to balance it out.
Denny Hamlin: I am hoping I do not need to use Hamlin Sunday. I mapped out my picks and I can make it through the regular season and be in good shape even if I need to use an allocation with Hamlin. He has been a beast at Daytona and a great insurance policy to have in the Garage.
**Stats from Fantasy Racing Cheat Sheet Pro and NASCAR Media.
** Photos from NASCAR Media
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