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Jeff Wolfe
Jeff starts his second year as Fantasy Expert with the Frontstretch, balancing duties with his job at a local Pennsylvania newspaper, the Delaware County Times. A longtime reporter, Jeff works the news beat while combining his love of sports with freelance publications that include a blog on his beloved Indiana Pacers, NASCAR coverage and the local short tracks of southern New Jersey.
Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

Fantasy Insider: Road Course Ringer Equals Marcos or ‘Dinger

When it came to making fantasy auto racing picks for road courses, for years it seemed like a safe bet to look at the so-called road ringers and try to pick up a top 10 finish with a cheap or rarely used driver. But taking a look back at the last three road course races, the numbers are starting tell us a couple of things. First, the regulars on the Sprint Cup circuit have improved quite a bit at making ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: NASCAR Flat Track Fortunes

Fantasy Insider: NASCAR Flat Track Fortunes

This is generally considered the hottest time of the year in most parts of the nation and when you’re looking for good fantasy picks for your team, you’re looking for who the hottest drivers will be. One driver in the past capable of running off a rare winning streak in NASCAR was Jeff Gordon. He has won three or more consecutive races three times, including a streak of four straight back in 1998. It’s also notable that Gordon has won ... Read More »

Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

Chasing the Chase Will Influence How Teams Hit the Bricks

The Sprint Cup Series returns to action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday after its final week off of the season. The question now with the Chase spots being on the line,  will they be racing the same way by being worried about nothing but wins, or concerned about points? Clearly, there are going to be some drivers who will be in a go-for-it mode in the final seven regular season races, some who will play it a bit more ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Laying it On The Line in Loudon

Fantasy Insider: Laying it On The Line in Loudon

For some NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, these are now desperate times. With a win needed to be guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the Championship, and 11 winners so far after 18 races, that means points don’t mean much at all to some drivers. Part of the issue is that of the 11 winners, two of them, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola, are not inside the top 16 in points. That narrows the window, especially when there’s only five ... Read More »

Fantasy insider:Daytona Puts Plenty of Unpredictability On the Plate

Fantasy insider:Daytona Puts Plenty of Unpredictability On the Plate

The Sprint Cuppers head to Daytona for the third of four restrictor plate races Saturday night. And the one thing about these races, as you may well know, is that you don’t know with any certainty what is going to happen. Sure there are some guys who have a knack for this kind of racing, going 200 mph with other cars only inches away, lap after lap after lap. There are some who prefer to stay up front and avoid ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Will The K-Factor Continue In Kentucky?

Fantasy Insider: Will The K-Factor Continue In Kentucky?

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series will make its way to Kentucky for the fourth time Saturday night. When it comes to making picks, there is not a whole lot of history to go on here for the Cup drivers. But with three races, there are at least some trends we can look at. The one thing that you can’t help but notice is that of the three drivers to win at Kentucky so far, they each have a K at ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Road to Rebound Runs Through Sonoma

Fantasy Insider: Road to Rebound Runs Through Sonoma

It’s a totally different ballgame this week when the NASCAR Sprint Cup series visits Sonoma for the first of two road-course races on the roster. Yes, we’ve got right turns, and left turns, and more right turns and just knowing who to pick this week could very well turn your season around if you have been in a bit of a slump lately, or if your season has gone bad and you’re just looking for something positive. The 1.99-mile track ... Read More »

Best Bet in Brooklyn is Junior’s Michigan Magic

Best Bet in Brooklyn is Junior’s Michigan Magic

As the Sprint Cup Series heads off to Michigan International Speedway, it’s certainly possible Dale Earnhardt, Jr. could post back-to-back victories for the first time in his career. Having capitalized on a mistake by Brad Keselowski, the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet knocked Pocono off of the list of tracks he’d never won at, and given his history at Michigan, there’s always that possibility that he could visit victory lane once again. When it comes to making your fantasy ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Making Right Pocono Picks Proves a Bit Tricky

Fantasy Insider: Making Right Pocono Picks Proves a Bit Tricky

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series makes its first of two trips to the Tricky Triangle (otherwise known as Pocono Raceway) Sunday afternoon and just trying to figure out who can do well on this 2.5-mile track with three distinct turns can be a bit tricky at times. There are a number of factors that go into making some type of educated picks here. First, it seems the weather is almost always an issue at some point during the weekend at Pocono. No ... Read More »

Fantasy Insider: Working On The Night Moves For Toto’s Fantasy Team

Fantasy Insider: Working On The Night Moves For Toto’s Fantasy Team

With Kansas being run as a night race for the first time Saturday evening, it will be interesting to see which teams make the best adjustments and how the track will react to the transitional weather and light changes. Traditionally the bigger (read richer) teams such as Hendrick, Roush Fenway and Joe Gibbs Racing are a bit ahead of the curve when such adjustments take place. That doesn’t mean you should forget about the other teams, either when it comes ... Read More »