Fantasy NASCAR Preview #25: David Ragan






2018 RECAP: After finishing 30th in the point standings in his first season with Front Row Motorsports, David Ragan climbed to 25th in 2018. The improvement had a lot to do with the speed in the cars he was driving. Front Row Motorsports formed an alliance with Roush-Fenway Racing midway through the 2018 season. The team received chassis from Roush-Fenway Racing and engines from Roush-Yates motor department. The improved equipment allowed Ragan to finish seven of the final 13 races in the top 20.  (David Ragan ranked 27th in fantasy points scored in 2018)


2019 Preview: Everything is the same with the No. 38 team in 2019. David Ragan returns for his third year with Front Row Motorsports, Seth Barbour returns as the crew chief and the team will continue their alliance with Roush-Fenway Racing. The only change for Ragan is that he will have one more teammate in the garage to bounce ideas off of. Front Row Motorsports expanded to a three-car team and signed Matt Tifft as their third driver. We should expect a small step forward for the three Front Row Motorsports cars this season.

David Ragan should continue to be one of the best cheap options in salary cap games in 2019. His price is always low in DFS so when he qualifies outside the top 25, Ragan needs to be in your lineups. His best tracks were the Superspeedways and steep tracks. That should be the case again this year.



David Ragan did not have a lot of success at the intermediate tracks in 2018. This had more to do with the speed of his cars than his talent behind the wheel. I doubt the No. 38 team will find enough speed over the off season to compete with the highly funded teams at the 1.5-mile ovals. Ragan had a 22.8 average starting position and a 22.5 average finishing position on the intermediate tracks in 2018. I expect similar results from him in 2019. (David Ragan ranked 28th in fantasy points scored on the intermediate tracks in 2018)



David Ragan has two trips to Victory Lane on his Cup Series resume and both of them came at the Superspeedways (Daytona 2011 and Talladega 2013). Ragan is usually a good pick at Daytona and Talladega in the Driver Group Game and in DFS. If you are going to use Ragan in the One & Done game it should be at Talladega. He has finished three of the last four races at Talladega in the top 10. Only Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Aric Almirola have a better record in the last three races at Talladega than Ragan. He is a driver you want to highly consider in all fantasy games at the Superspeedways. (David Ragan ranked 22nd in fantasy points scored on the Superspeedways in 2018)



David Ragan was decent at Phoenix and Martinsville, but he struggled at Richmond and Loudon in 2018. Ragan finished 20th and 22nd at Phoenix and 18th and 25th at Martinsville. Historically he has been one of the better flat track drivers in the garage but his success with Roush-Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing at the flat tracks has not translated into much success with Front Row Motorsports. Maybe the alliance with Roush-Fenway Racing will help him get his groove back at these tracks, but I would take a wait and see approach with Ragan at Phoenix, Martinsville, Richmond and Loudon. (David Ragan ranked 26th in fantasy points scored on the flat tracks in 2018)



David Ragan is a good value pick at the steep tracks (Bristol, Dover and Darlington). He has a 15th place average finishing position in his last three races at Bristol and he finished 18th at Darlington last year. Ragan has not finished inside the top 20 at Dover since 2016 so this would be the track I would avoid him at. Ragan will be a good pick in DFS at Bristol as long as he qualifies outside the top 20. He will also be a good allocation saver in Thunder Valley for your Driver Group Game teams. (David Ragan ranked 28th in fantasy points scored on the steep tracks in 2018)



David Ragan’s 16th place finish at the Charlotte Roval was his first finish inside the top 20 at a Road Course since 2014. Ragan is a lot better on the oval tracks than he is when he is required to make right-hand turns. His average finishing position on the Road Courses since joining Front Row Motorsports is 24.4. I would rather use his teammate, Michael McDowell in the Road Courses races. (David Ragan ranked 24th in fantasy points scored on the road courses in 2018)


Best Tracks to for David Ragan: 1) Daytona, 2) Talladega, 3) Bristol, 4) Darlington, 5) Kentucky



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