Challenger: Chicagoland Speedway Fantasy Preview
|The 2014 Chase Grid is set with a 16-driver field. (Getty)|
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.