|12/03/15||The Champion By NHMS Numbers|
|11/20/15||The Championship Four Preview|
|11/13/15||Phoenix: Three To Watch|
|10/30/15||Martinsville: Three To Watch|
|10/18/15||Kansas: Three To Watch|
|10/05/15||Charlotte: Three To Watch|
CHASE FANTASY: Chicago
With the Chase and the grid format in full swing, the previews going forward will take a look at the Chase drivers to start or bench in fantasy NASCAR. Sure, there are still 43 cars on the track, but the focus is all about the Chase and the drivers still contending for a championship.
The new format puts a strong emphasis on winning, but keep in mind that, like the drivers, fantasy managers need to make sure to get the maximum number of points on the table. To be blunt: the odds of winning any given race are relatively slim. So, despite the emphasis on wins, there is still space for the most consistent drivers that don't win to make it all the way to the Championship Round.
If you're managing a fantasy team, you should also focus on the most consistent drivers. Don't just go for broke on someone you think might have a shot at winning. Let's be honest: they wouldn't have made it this far if they weren't going to contend for wins.
Green Flag - Jimmie Johnson
Johnson and the No. 48 team flip a switch when the Chase starts. It happens almost every year, and the change in format will do nothing to change the team's ability to win the championship. He's never won at Chicago, which means it's only a matter of time. Despite a midseason swoon, the No. 48 has four straight top-10s, so it's already carrying momentum into the stretch run.
Caution Flag - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Junior appears to be putting together what might be the most successful season of his career, but he hasn't done a lot of running up front recently. In fact, he hasn't led more than 14 laps in a race since May 4 at Talladega. Consistency is key, and that should help him in the first round or two, but he won't win the championship if he can't rediscover the speed he seemed to have early in the year.
Red Flag - Greg Biffle
Speaking of drivers that have struggled to lead laps, Biffle only has 109 Laps Led on the season, spread across just six of the 26 races. He's only managed three top-fives on the season without a win, so he's definitely a long shot to make a run in the Chase.