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After a trip to the slowest track on the schedule last Sunday at Martinsville, the speeds will pick up in a big way this weekend when the Cup Series visits Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile oval is always among the fastest on the schedule, and thanks to the track's multiple grooves, there is usually plenty of hold-your-breath moments as drivers battle side by side on the edge of spinning out.

While the high speeds make for exciting racing to watch, it doesn't always produce fantasy-friendly results. There have been more than a few memorable multi-car wrecks at Texas, especially on restarts when the field gets bunched up. Throw in the recent tire issues that have been wreaking havoc the past few weeks, and although Texas may have the layout of a cookie-cutter oval, fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting a walk in the park this weekend.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  3. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  6. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  7. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  8. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  9. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  11. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  12. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  13. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  14. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  15. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  16. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  17. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  18. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  19. Paul Menard, Menards
  20. Kyle Larson, Target
  21. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  22. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  23. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  24. Austin Dillon, Dow Chemical/Cheerios
  25. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  28. Parker Kligerman, Swan Energy
  29. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  30. Casey Mears, GEICO
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5 Comments

I think you're a little low on #24 Gordon, considering he was running in top 3 in last year's Texas race before a tire hub issue happened with 25 to go. I think he has a couple of poles there too,

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mptrevino 04/01/14 12:56 PM
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I agree that Gordon has had some strong cars at Texas recently. Heck, he probably should have won the spring race in 2010 but was part of a nine-car pile-up on a late restart. That being said, the Yahoo! game puts a lot of emphasis on where a driver finishes, and whether it is bad luck or not, Gordon has just one top-five and only two top-10s in his last nine races at the track to go along with a 22.6 average finish. The fact that he is an A-List option makes it even harder for me to justify taking a chance on him, but if you have a gut feeling about him, go for it. Gordon has been so good for so long, that I wouldn't be surprised to see him have a great run this weekend or any weekend for that matter. I stick mainly with the numbers for my rankings, which is why I slotted him outside the top 10 this week.

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Brian Polking 04/02/14 10:32 PM

I have Kenseth as my "A" driver this week. His poor qualifying worries me though.

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gatorfreakluke 04/05/14 09:34 PM
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I am going with Kenseth as my A-List option, as well. I would have considered swapping, but Kyle Busch was my bench option, and both guys qualified in the back. On the plus side, he also qualified poorly in the first 1.5-mile race of the year at Las Vegas and ended up logging a top-10. I think he will still have a solid showing.

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Brian Polking 04/06/14 04:00 PM
FFToolbox.com Writer

I am going with Kenseth as my A-List option, as well. I would have considered swapping, but Kyle Busch was my bench option, and both guys qualified in the back. On the plus side, he also qualified poorly in the first 1.5-mile race of the year at Las Vegas and ended up logging a top-10. I think he will still have a solid showing.

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Brian Polking 04/06/14 04:00 PM
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