2020 Fantasy NASCAR Big Board: Updated Driver Rankings

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is fast approaching, and Fantasy NASCAR expert Brian Polking helps get you ready with the latest addition of his Driver Rankings.

Mar 31, 2019; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) and driver Ryan Blaney (12) compete during the O'Reily Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The start of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is less than a month away, and as drivers and teams prepare to hit the track for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, it is time for fantasy owners to start prepping for the upcoming season, as well. There have been a few announcements since I released my initial Big Board this offseason, resulting in some shuffling in the driver rankings. Corey LaJoie is officially back with the No. 32 team, and Daniel Suarez is still looking for a ride. Team Penske has shuffled its crew chief lineup, and Front Row Motorsports will field just two full-time teams in 2020. Check out the fallout from all of these announcements in my latest Big Board.

Driver2019 Rating2019 Avg. FinishFantasy Spin
Kyle Busch108.48.9Averaging 6.5 wins, 19.5 Top 5s, 27.5 Top 10s and an 8.6 average finish the last two years
Martin Truex Jr.103.49.8Led the series in wins for the second time in the last three seasons in 2019
Kevin Harvick105.210.1Multiple wins, double-digit Top 5s and 20-plus Top 10s are his floor
Chase Elliott92.215.2Poised for a big 2020 after another three-win campaign and a career-best 601 laps led last year
Denny Hamlin98.09.5Put a winless 2018 behind him with the best overall season of his career
Kyle Larson90.415.1A strong second half bodes well for a big rebound campaign in 2020
Joey Logano98.410.8Struggled a bit down the stretch, but he still ranked in the Top 5 in average finish and Top 10s
Brad Keselowski94.812.9Pencil in three wins, 12 Top 5s and 20 Top 10s for one of the most versatile drivers in the series
Erik Jones85.115.3Needs to be more consistent, but he offers weekly Top 5 upside and is still just 23 years old
Ryan Blaney93.813.8His 11 Top 5s, 18 Top 10s and 13.7 average finish last year were all career highs
William Byron85.014.9The sky is the limit after massive leap between his rookie and sophomore seasons
Kurt Busch87.913.1Don’t expect Top 5 upside, but he will be around the Top 10 almost every week
Clint Bowyer86.615.2Up and down at the bigger ovals, but he’s a great option at road courses and short tracks
Alex Bowman82.014.4Still trying to put it all together, but he showed Top 5 potential at the 1.5-mile tracks
Jimmie Johnson78.717.4Hard to expect much from his swan song after a career-worst 17.4 average finish
Aric Almirola83.315.4Limited upside but a dependable Top 15 performer
Matt DiBenedetto69.918.3The breakout star of 2019 is headed for a career year with Wood Brothers Racing
Christopher BellN/AN/AJGR’s next star makes the jump to Cup after dominating at the XFINITY level
Ryan Newman71.714.6The veteran won’t wow you, but he is one of the best at grinding out solid finishes
Cole CusterN/AN/AElite equipment awaits the rookie as he begins his Cup career at Stewart-Haas
Chris Buescher67.417.9Moves to Roush Fenway Racing after producing steady Top 20 results in 2019
Tyler Reddick70.018.0Jumps to the Cup level with RCR after back-to-back XFINITY titles
Austin Dillon70.019.5Career underachiever at the Cup level, but his equipment allows for mid-pack results
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.70.120.5Landed a ride with JTG Daugherty, but his crash rate makes him tough to trust
Ryan Preece54.623.1Made small gains late in 2019, but Preece’s ceiling is limited by equipment
Ty Dillon57.220.6Was able to flirt with Top 20s on a routine basis in the second half of 2019
Corey LaJoie44.625.9Alliance with Stewart-Haas gives LaJoie serious sleeper potential
John H. Nemechek51.823.7Could be a decent DFS punt option with a full-time ride at Front Row
Bubba Wallace53.624.0Tough to be more than a Top 25 driver in his current equipment
Michael McDowell53.124.6Sleeper potential at the superspeedways and raod courses

 


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