Fantasy NASCAR Preview #23: Tyler Reddick




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2019 RECAP: Tyler Reddick proved he is more than ready for the jump from the Xfinity to the Cup Series. Reddick won six races in the Xfinity Series and brought home his second consecutive Xfinity Series Championship. He also competed in two Cup Series races. He crashed out early in the Daytona 500 but Reddick brought home his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy in ninth place at Kansas. He dominated the Xfinity Series and his driving style should help him succeed in the Cup Series in 2020.


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2020 Preview: Tyler Reddick will replace Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 car for Richard Childress Racing. The move to Cup Series should be a little easier for Reddick since the No. 8 team will be filled with many of the people who were with Reddick in the Xfinity Series. Randall Burdett will once again serve as the crew chief for Reddick. The two had a lot of success in the Xfinity Series. It will be interesting to see how their success translates to the Cup Series. I expect Reddick to run a lot better than Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 car. I would not be surprised if he were to beat Cole Custer and Christopher Bell for the Rookie of the Year award. The only thing holding him back his the lack of speed the RCR cars have compared to the Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing cars.



Tyler Reddick is at his best on the Intermediate Tracks. The question is… Can Richard Childress Racing provide a car fast enough to take advantage of Reddick’s skills as a driver. Reddick won three races on Intermediate Tracks last year in the Xfinity Series and his average finishing position was 6.7. He also finished in the top 10 in his only Cup Series start on an Intermediate Track. Reddick will be a great pick for the Driver Group Game at the Intermediate Tracks and he could have a lot of value in DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports) contests if they keep his price reasonable



Tyler Reddick drove the No. 31 car for Richard Childress Racing in the Daytona 500 last year. He finished 29th but that does not mean he is a bad pick. Reddick won at Daytona and Talladega in the Xfinity Series so he knows how to manipulate the draft to get his car to the front. I would not use him at the Superspeedways in the Driver Group Game because his value is too high at the shorter tracks to use an allocation at the Superspeedways. He will be a good pick for DFS if he qualifies outside the top 20.


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

The Xfinity Series competes at the Flat Tracks more than the Cup Series since they visit Iowa Speedway twice each season. Tyler Reddick has plenty of experience at these tracks with a lot of success. His average finishing position in his six Flat Tracks races in the Xfinity Series last year was 6.8. He is a better pick at the Steep Tracks and the Intermediate Tracks so use your allocations wisely with Reddick in the Driver Group Game. He should be a good option in DFS contests though.


STEEP TRACK VALUE (Bristol / Dover / Darlington)

If Tyler Reddick is going to shock the Cup Series and find his way to Victory Lane in 2020, it will be at a Steep Track. Bristol ranks as his third-best track. Reddick won the Night Race in Thunder Valley and he finished second in the Spring race. Darlington ranks as his second-best track. Few drivers in the Xfinity or Cup Series can run up against the wall as well as Reddick. He finished second and third in his two races at the Lady in Black. I would make sure Reddick is in your Driver Group Game lineup at Bristol and Darlington. He should also have a lot of value in DFS at these tracks. There are better options for Dover.


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

Rookies usually do not fare well on Road Courses in the Cup Series. Even if the driver had success in the Xfinity Series, the competition in the Cup Series is a lot better. There are usually 10-12 drivers who can effectively run the Road Course in the Xfinity Series. There are about 24 drivers who know their way around the Road Course in the Cup Series. Reddick had a lot of success in the Xfinity Series on the Road Course but there will be better choices for your team this season.


Best Tracks to for Tyler Reddick: 1) Homestead, 2) Darlington, 3) Bristol, 4) Michigan, 5) Kentucky



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