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Fresh off an exciting finish at one of the shortest tracks, the Cup Series heads to the biggest track on the schedule this weekend for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Of course if the same amount of bumping and banging goes on this Sunday as at Richmond last Saturday night, there probably won't be but a handful of cars that make it to the checkered flag. After all, the big packs created by the power-sapping restrictor plates make multi-car wrecks more of an inevitability than a possibility at Talladega, and at around 200 mph, even the slightest contact can have disastrous consequences.

As seasoned fantasy players already know, Sunday's race is going to be one of the toughest of the year. Restrictor plates are the great equalizer, and when the "Big One" occurs, big names are just as likely to be caught up in the mayhem as the drivers that are used to running at the pack of the pack. As a result, I recommend saving big names for another week in leagues that limit how many times you can start a particular driver over the course of the year. You can throw together a lineup of unconventional names and have a great day at Talladega just as easily as a lineup of household names can turn out to be a total bust. Granted, there are some drivers that have been able to dodge the wrecks and deliver solid results better than most, but just remember that there is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to Talladega.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  2. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  3. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  4. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  5. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  6. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  7. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  8. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  9. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  10. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  11. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  12. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  13. Paul Menard, Menards
  14. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  15. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  16. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  17. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  18. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  19. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  20. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  21. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  22. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  23. Michael Waltrip, PEAK BlueDEF
  24. Juan Montoya, Target
  25. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  26. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  27. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  28. Regan Smith, Guy Roofing
  29. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
  30. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
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