NASCAR Draft Kit: 2017 Sleepers & Busts

NASCAR Draft Kit: 2017 Sleepers & Busts

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

This is probably the most important article in the NASCAR Draft Kit. Surprise drivers in both the positive and negative sense can make or break fantasy racing seasons. We all know what Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski can do, so there's little risk associated with those drivers, but it the drivers who come out of nowhere to have huge seasons can take you to fantasy racing glory. Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott likely helped many win their leagues last season, while drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Aric Almirola and Greg Biffle most likely ended your fantasy racing championship hopes by midseason. Identifying drivers who will break out and have career seasons, and those who are headed in the other direction for whatever reason, is the key in fantasy racing success.

Let's look at some of the drivers in 2017 who you should make every effort to get, and those you should avoid at all costs.


Clint Bowyer

Car: 14
Owner: Stewart Haas Racing
Manufacturer: Ford

2014 Monster Energy Cup360051519th
2015 Monster Energy Cup360021216th
2016 Monster Energy Cup36000327th

With the closure of Michael Waltrip Racing at the end of 2015,
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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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