First off, I would like to thank all of you for reading my articles in past years and for the great comments you have left me in the past. I would also like to thank those of you who have pointed out errors in my articles and for keeping me on my toes. Without you the articles wouldn’t be near as accurate as they should be.
Next I would like to thank the site owner, Darren, for creating a game similar to the one most of you have played in the past which I will not name here. After they decided not to run their league anymore, Darren stepped up a created his league which is going to fill a huge void for us fans of fantasy racing. Thanks for all of your time and effort to get this done in time for the 2018 season Darren!
Finally, before I get started, I would like to welcome those of you who are new to the site. I try to do my best to get my weekly articles out the day after the previous race has been completed or even that very day after the race. I mostly do an article where I make picks for the new game on this site and give a little insight in to why I am picking those drivers and who else might be good to have on your roster for that week. I also try to answer any questions asked before the race starts. If you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask no matter what it is. I only ask that you ask the questions as soon as possible as sometimes I get questions very close to race time and I don’t always get a chance to answer those.
Last year I had quite a few requests to make picks for the NASCAR Fantasy Live game. I haven’t played it before, but am considering it for this year. After reading the rules and how it is scored, I’m not sure if I can give decent advice seeing they have a score for how many positions a driver picks up during the race. My articles are out before qualifying, so I don’t know where drivers are starting in the field. I will try to answer questions from you about this league if you have them if I have time after qualifying.
I’m thinking I am going to have a lot more people asking questions this season, because I think the traffic on the site is going to really pick up with the new game here. So, I ask that you please bear with me and I will try to answer all questions in a timely manner.
I haven’t created a league of my own this year seeing the game is played right here. I did join SlickTrack’s league as he is one of the people who have played in my league for years. If anyone wants me to start a private league let me know and I will do that.
Finally, I want to explain what I term the Big 18 pool. This is a fantasy game many people play where you pick one driver every week and get that drivers points. The trick is, you can only use each driver twice during the season. When I started to play in a league the top 18 drivers were the only ones we could choose and that is where the name of the game came from. Now most leagues let you select any driver in the field, but you can still only use each driver twice.
2018 Season Predictions
I will be back to make my picks after the qualifying races for the Daytona 500 seeing we don’t have to set a roster until then because of the way they run qualifying for this race only. I just want to talk about a few things and make some predictions as to what I think is going to happen this year.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired, Matt Kenseth is taking a sabbatical, Chase Elliott changed from #24 to #9 which is the number his dad drove, and a handful of drivers have switched teams once again this year. We will sort all of these changes as the season progresses and we get to see if teams have improved, stayed the same, or gotten a bit further behind the rest of the field.
It is always interesting to see which rookies come out at the top of their game and can compete right away in the sport. Last year, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, and Daniel Suarez all improved a great deal as the season progressed with Blaney winning a race and making the playoffs, while Jones just missed them and Suarez got better and better every week. We saw Chase Elliott come oh so close time and again to getting the first Cup win of his career.
Predictions for this year:
Chase Elliott wins multiple races. This I think is a no brainer, so it is my safest prediction.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins the Daytona 500. He won a race at Daytona and a race at Talladega last year.
The sixteen drivers that will make the playoffs and the order in which they will finish the season:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kyle Larson
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Kyle Busch
5. Jimmie Johnson
6. Chase Elliott
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Jamie McMurray
10. Kurt Busch
11. Clint Bowyer
12. Erik Jones
13. Ryan Blaney
14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
15. Joey Logano
16. Aric Almirola
2018 Rookie of the Year: William Byron
Anything else you would like a prediction on? Let me know and I will make my best guess.
Please come back to see my Daytona 500 picks after the qualifying races are finished and the field is set. Good luck to all of you this year and thank you once again for reading! I hope to help you all out as much as I can once again this season.