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Top 20 Fantasy Drivers in 2013 Daytona 500

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Race: Daytona 500

Date: February 24, 2013

Location: Daytona International Speedway

Past Winners: Matt Kenseth (2012), Trevor Bayne (2011), Jamie McMurray (2010), Matt Kenseth (2009), Ryan Newman (2008), Kevin Harvick (2007), Jimmie Johnson (2006), Jeff Gordon (2005), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004)


With the Sprint Unlimited and Gatorade Duels all over, it is finally time to drop the flag for the biggest race of the year, the Daytona 500.

The Daytona 500 is easily the most popular race during the NASCAR season, so naturally it draws the biggest fantasy NASCAR audience of the year.

This year marks the first time that a woman has won the pole of the prestigious race, as Go Daddy superstar, Danica Patrick, will begin the race on the top spot. She may not stay there too long, but she will at least lead one lap this weekend.

Matt Kenseth will likely still be favored this week though, as he won the race in 2012 and also back in 2009. He may have changed from the #17 car to the #20 car, but it is the same Matty K behind the wheel.

Needless to say, drafts and fantasy leagues will be ultra competitive this weekend, so it is important to have an advantage. To help you take the checkered flag in your fantasy league, here are the top-20 fantasy NASCAR drivers to draft for the 2013 Daytona 500:

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20. Juan Pablo Montoya

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Juan Pablo Montoya - JPM has looked strong this week and will start in seventh place, but he will slowly fall back in the pack once the race begins.

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19. Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards - Edwards will begin the race all the way back at 36th, which is a long way from the front of the pack. Expect Edwards to struggle to crack the top-10 this weekend.

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18. Jamie McMurray

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Jamie McMurray - McMurray won the Daytona 500 back in 2010 and fantasy owners are always looking for someone who has had past success here.

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17. Kurt Busch

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Kyle Busch - Busch will begin in the 11 spot this year after starting all the way back at 28 in 2012. He may not crack the top-10, but look for him to finish much better than his 39th place finish from last year.

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16. Danica Patrick

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Danica Patrick - Patrick may start the race on the pole, but she is not aggressive enough to hold her own at Daytona just yet.

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15. Mark Martin

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Mark Martin - Martin has cracked the top-20 at the Daytona 500 in four consecutive seasons. He is as consistent as it gets at DIS.

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14. Denny Hamlin

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Denny Hamlin - Hamlin will be starting in the 35th spot and will be a tough pick this weekend.

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13. Clint Bowyer

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Clint Bowyer - Bowyer is not a fan of the restrictor plate races, but he should put together another “Clint Bowyer-like” performance.

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12. Paul Menard

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Paul Menard - Menard started the Duel in seventh and finished in seventh. He seems determined to stay with the pack this weekend.

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11. Joey Logano

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Joey Logano - Logano has shockingly finished inside the top-10 in four consecutive races at Daytona.

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10. Kasey Kahne

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Kasey Kahne - Kahne finished seventh at the Sprint Unlimited and finished second in his side of the Duel. He will be a great sleeper to watch for this weekend and looks ready to crack the top-10.

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9. Greg Biffle

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Greg Biffle - Biffle finished in second place on his side of the Gatorade Duel and has looked fearless this NASCAR season. Biffle even finished third last year at the Daytona 500, and GB will be one of the easiest top-10 picks of the week.

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8. Brad Keselowski

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Brad Keselowski - Keselowski is another superstar that has never done well at Daytona. He has never placed better than 29th and the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion will be a risky start this weekend.

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7. Jimme Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson - Johnson finished 43rd at the Daytona 500 in 2012, 27th in 2011, 35th in 2010, 31st in 2009, 27th in 2008, and 39th in 2007. To say Double J hasn’t raced well at DIS is putting it nicely. He will crack the top-10, but won’t do much better than that.

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6. Tony Stewart

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Tony Stewart - Stewart showed at the Sprint Unlimited that he is truly racing angry right now, so don’t be afraid to draft the 2011 Sprint Cup Champion.

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5. Jeff Gordon

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Jeff Gordon - The Rainbow Warrior has won the Daytona 500 three times throughout his illustrious career. He will start the race in the two spot and could surprise many people this weekend.

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4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Junior has been surprisingly impressive at the Daytona 500 in recent years. He finished second in 2001, won it in 2004, finished third in 2005, eighth in 2006, second in 2010, and second in 2011. He will be one of the top picks this weekend, despite starting 19th.

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3. Kevin Harvick

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Kevin Harvick - Harvick won the Sprint Unlimited last weekend and won his side of the Gatorade Duel on Thursday. No driver is bringing a better car with them to Daytona.

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2. Kyle Busch

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Kyle Busch - Busch has dominated Daytona in recent years. He won the Gatorade Duel for the second time in five years, and he also won the Sprint Unlimited in 2012. The M&M’s car will be one of the safest picks this weekend in Daytona.

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1. Matt Kenseth

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Matt Kenseth - Kenseth hasn’t finished worse than third at Daytona in his last three races and is the defending champ of the Great American Race. Matty K will be the number one fantasy pick this Sunday.