Stewart finished the season ranked ninth overall in points, which was his lowest total since 2008. He shockingly finished outside the top-20 12 different times. Stewart also finished outside of the top-30 twice last year, and it was not exactly a strong fantasy showing from the #14 car.
This is without even mentioning last year’s fiasco at Bristol in which Stewart threw his helmet at the windshield of Matt Kenseth’s car after a wreck. Stewart seemed more occupied with getting back at Kenseth last season than actually placing in a race, as the two also went back and forth at Sonoma and Indianapolis.
It was a sad story following Stewart’s 2011 Sprint Cup Championship and many fantasy owners put a lot of faith in him down the home stretch. However, the three-time champ only managed three wins, 12 top-five finishes, and 16 top-10 finishes throughout the entire 2012 season. It was easily one of Stewart’s worst fantasy seasons ever.
Regardless of all his struggles, Stewart will still be one of the top fantasy NASCAR options in 2013. He is one of the most confident drivers in the sport and is never afraid to trade paint. He will certainly be ranked behind Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski this fantasy season, but there is nothing more dangerous than an underrated Tony Stewart on the racetrack.