Fantasy Picks - Atlanta
Last Week’s Recap and Results
This year’s Daytona 517.5 wreckfest was best described by Berra Nordin-It’s a crap-shoot!
Hard to disagree with his description as his pick of Aric Almirola looked like a winner until Austin Dillon made contact with the 10 in turn 3 and took the win. Aric was stuffed in the outside wall and finished 11th landing Berra in second this week fantasy game. If only the race had been a quarter lap shorter!
All the restrictor plate tracks are crap-shoots. This week we all rolled the dice and between the aero package, stage racing and some less than stellar driving most of our field came up snake eyes. A lot of good picks spent Stages Two and Three in the garage area resulting in single digit point days. The carnage consumed good cars right up until the Checkered Flag finally fell.
Joey Logano was this week’s top pick mainly because he had a bad pit stop that put him behind the nonsense and a good set of brakes that kept him from plowing into it.
When the smoke finally cleared and the points were all counted, the first week of the 2018 Fantasy Racing Game looked something like this.
This Week’s Picks
Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500
Atlanta-Now the real season starts! The aging surface of the 1.54 mile tri-oval has made it a driver’s track. Saved from a repave last year, we’ll once again get a chance to see what the best drivers can do on the rough and tough Georgia asphalt.
With the right pick, Atlanta is just the place to pick up some points. Below are the picks for Week 2 by our writers and readers. Some of the picks may look familiar!
Well, this guy surely was done in by foul play at Daytona, but maybe they’ll keep the wreckin’ to a minimum at Atlanta, where restrictor plates are not so involved. With that in mind, I’m keeping last week’s pick… Kevin Harvick. At this race last year, Freaky Fast led 292 of the 325 laps, truly stinking up the show, but didn’t win. A gas stop at lap 311 did him in and the race win went to the guy that did him in at Daytona… Bad Brad.
Last year I think I picked Kevin Harvick on consecutive weeks a couple of times, after he'd finished poorly the first week, reasoning that he was due for a change in luck. It never worked. So why am I picking Kyle Busch in #18 again this week, after he came out of Daytona smelling like a rose that had been run over by a skunk? I'll decline to answer that question on the grounds that it might tend to mark me as terminally dumb. Still, Busch it is.
Because of changes in rules, I think Atlanta will show us a winner that we have not seen before. The young drivers are showing not only talent, but logic in the way they are racing. I was very impressed with several of them at Daytona.
Chevy has seemed to dominate more at this track. Toyota has 2 drivers who seem to do well at Atlanta, but Ford seems to have picked up on something and have been showing much speed so far this year. That being the case, I think I will go with Ryan Blaney in #12 to take the trip to Victory Lane at Atlanta.
J. L. Steele
This is a race everyone's been waiting for, hoping to have some questions answered. Will the Toyota dominance from last season on mile and a half tracks continue? How close has Chevy closed the gap by running the new Camaro? Is there any hope for Ford? Although it's only one race, this weekend might give a preview of what fans can expect on similar tracks in 2018.
I believe Chevy has indeed closed the gap and since the greatest driver of this era races a Chevy, I'll pick him. Jimmie Johnson will win Sunday at Atlanta.
Home track, with his new number I gotta say the sireen is gonna sound in Dawsonville this weekend Chase Elliott for the win.
This is the start of the season here at Atlanta!! Sorry to say Daytona didn't offer much of a clue on who got the hang of the new pit rules.
The Chevys’ new style may fit more the "downforce" tracks and #48 is good there BUT have they figured the new body out I go with the Toyotas this time!! I'm sure JGR is a bit ticked off with the# 78 winning the Championship so I think they will cut back a bit on their latest findings to them, not that I'm sure they need them, So with that in mind my pick this week goes to the #18 Kyle Busch!
Gonna go agin my rooting interest and pick that Lowe's 48 for Atlanta.
I'll take Bubba Wallace in the 43. Reason one: I'm a Petty fan and have always pulled for the 43 no matter the driver. Reason two: Bubba had a fantastic run at Daytona and I know he is pumped. Confidence he didn't have before he now has and that's major.
I really want to go with Brad this week but something is telling me to stick with his teammate Joey Logano. So we’re gonna let it ride on the 22.
That’s a wrap for this week’s picks for the Folds of Honor Quick Trip 500 from Atlanta.
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