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Fantasy NASCAR: Rule Changes and Driver Rankings for 2017

Sean Engel RotoExperts Fantasy NASCAR Analyst February 12, 2017 11:47AM EDT

The 2017 Fantasy NASCAR season is nearly here, and we’re getting you prepared for it from both DFS and seasonal perspectives! Five-time draftkings tournament winner Sean Engel and two-time FSWA Fantasy Racing Writer of the Year Scott Engel return with the first Father and Son Fantasy NASCAR Hour of the new campaign. The Engels break down how the new rules changes and packages will affect Fantasy outlooks and results this year. Then Sean dishes out his Top 20 Driver Rankings with an added emphasis on who should be the top-tier drivers and best values early in the schedule.

SEAN ENGEL’S TOP 35 FANTASY NASCAR DRIVERS FOR 2017

1: Joey Logano (22)

2: Martin Truex Jr (78)

3: Kyle Busch (18)

4: Jimmie Johnson (48)

5: Kevin Harvick (4)

6: Brad Keselowski (2)

7: Chase Elliot (24)

8: Matt Kenseth (20)

9: Kurt Busch (41)

10: Denny Hamlin (11)

11: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

12: Erik Jones (77)

13: Kyle Larson (42)

14: Austin Dillon (3)

15: Kasey Kahne (5)

16: Daniel Suarez (19)

17: Jamie McMurray (1)

18: Ryan Newman (31)

19: Ryan Blaney (21)

20: Ty Dillon (13)

21: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17)

22: AJ Allmendinger (47)

23: Trevor Bayne (6)

24: Chris Buescher (37)

25: Paul Menard (27)

26: Aric Almirola (43)

27: Danica Patrick (10)

28: Michael Mcdowell (95)

29: Landon Cassill (34)

29: Gray Gaulding* (23)

30: Matt Dibenedetto (32)

31: David Ragan (38)

32: Cole Whitt (72)

33: Jeffrey Earnhardt** (33)

34: Corey Lajoie* (83)

35: Timmy Hill* (51)

*This Driver will not participate in all 36 races this season.

** This driver has not been confirmed to participate in all 36 races this season but it is expected that this driver will participate in multiple races depending on sponsorship.

BONUS NOTES: Multiple drivers will be driving the #51 car with Timmy Hill expected to participate in the most races.

Joey Gase will drive the #23 car for three races instead of Gray Gaulding. This includes the Daytona 500. Gaulding will drive the #23 car for 33 races this season.

Michael Waltrip will be driving the #15 car for the Daytona 500 only. The #15 team, however, has a charter guaranteeing them a starting spot in every race this season and no other driver has been announced to ride in the #15 car for the other 35 races yet.

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