Fantasy NASCAR Preview #2: Joey Logano

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JOEY LOGANO (TEAM PENSKE RACING) FORD

2020 DRIVER FANTASY RANKING: 2nd           

2019 FANTASY NASCAR RANK: 5th            

 

2019 RECAP: Joey Logano won the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Championship but he found out that repeating as the champ is not an easy feat to accomplish. Logano did have a good season. You could even argue that he had the best season in the Cup Series. His two Cup Series wins were a lot less then the seven that Martin Truex Jr. had, but Logano was the only driver to finish every race. No crashes and no mechanical failures. That is impressive and it is what you want from a driver leading your fantasy team. Logano is one of the most consistent drivers in the garage. He enters the 2020 season with momentum after finishing the final four races in the top 10.

 

Fantasy NASCAR 2019 Season Review: Joey Logano

 

2020 Preview: Can Joey Logano win his second NASCAR Cup Series Championship at age 30 (He is 29 but turns 30 during the season)? I think it will be a battle between Logano and Kyle Busch. Logano is more consistent than Busch but the No. 18 car visits Victory Lane more often. Logano will have a new crew chief this year. Paul Wolfe replaces Todd Gordon on top of the pit box. Logano is excellent at describing exactly what changes he needs to his car after practice. Wolfe is excellent at mapping out strategy during the race. This combination should lead to more wins and give Busch a serious run for his money as the top driver in the Cup Series.

When using Logano on your season long (Fantasy Live and the Driver Group Game) or DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) lineups, make sure it is at the Intermediate tracks, Flat tracks or Superspeedways. Logano has not had much luck recently on the Steep tracks and the Road Courses. Also, be sure to use him early in the season. Logano has been the king of the West Coast races.

 

INTERMEDIATE TRACK VALUE (1.5 / 2-Mile Ovals)

Joey Logano was one of the most reliable drivers for your fantasy team on the Intermediate tracks. He won races at Las Vegas and Michigan. He finished nine of the 13 races in the top 10 and he led 467 laps. Three of his best tracks happen to be in the Intermediate track category. Logano has a history of running very well at Las Vegas, Auto Club and Homestead. Make sure he is in your fantasy lineups at these three tracks. (Joey Logano ranked 4th in fantasy points scored on the Intermediate Tracks in 2019)

 

SUPERSPEEDWAY TRACK VALUE (Daytona / Talladega)

Joey Logano is the best driver in the Cup Series at the Superspeedways. It does not matter if the race is at Daytona or Talladega; Logano will be the favorite to win. He has three wins at Talladega and a Daytona 500 trophy on his resume. He consistently runs up front, leads laps and finishes in the top five. Last year he was even able to win the pole in the July race at Daytona. Logano is the best pick for your season long games at the Superspeedways but he often qualifies to well to be used in DFS. If the No. 22 car starts outside the top 15, he must be in all DFS lineups no matter what his price is. (Joey Logano ranked 3rd in fantasy points scored on the Superspeedways in 2019)

 

FLAT TRACK VALUE (Richmond / Phoenix / Martinsville / Loudon)

If you want to use Joey Logano in your fantasy lineups at the Flat tracks, it needs to be at Richmond. That is by far his best Flat track. Logano qualified third, led 52 laps and finished second in the spring race at Richmond. His average finishing position in the last three spring races at the track is 2.6. That is outstanding. He also has a history of running well at Loudon. Logano has finished eight of his last nine races in the top 10 at his home track in New Hampshire. Logano has been hit or miss at Phoenix so you will want to see how his speed is in practice before using him in your fantasy lineups. Also, do not forget about Logano at Indianapolis. The Brickyard is one of his best tracks. (Joey Logano ranked 7th in fantasy points scored on the Flat Tracks in 2019)

 

STEEP TRACK VALUE (Bristol / Dover / Darlington)

None of the Steep tracks rank in the top 10 for Joey Logano. He has had some success at Bristol and Darlington but he is too inconsistent to be relied upon in your fantasy lineups. Dover ranks as his one of his worst tracks. Logano has a 16.1 average finishing position in his last six races at the Monster Mile. There are better picks for your fantasy team at Dover and Logano is too inconsistent to be relied upon at Bristol. (Joey Logano ranked 16th in fantasy points scored on the Steep Tracks in 2019)

 

ROAD COURSE TRACK VALUE (Sonoma / Watkins Glen / Roval)

Joey Logano went through a stretch of his career when he was one of the best drivers on the Road Courses. The rest of the field got better and Logano did not. He is still good but there are better choices for your fantasy team. Logano has a 12.6 average finishing position in his last three races at Sonoma. He has a 20.6 average finishing position in his last three races at Watkins Glen and he has finished both races at the Charlotte Roval in 10th place. There are better tracks to use your allocations with Logano in the Driver Group Game and his price in DFS will not justify the return you will get from him on the Road Courses in 2020. (Joey Logano ranked 18th in fantasy points scored on the Road Courses in 2019)

 

Best Tracks to for Joey Logano.: 1) Las Vegas, 2) Auto Club, 3) Homestead, 4) Talladega, 5) Indianapolis

 

 

*Stats from FantasyRacingCheatSheet.com

* Team Information from Jaysky.com

* Fantasy NASCAR Video from nascar.com

 

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