6 Fantasy Football Questions for NASCAR’s Ty Dillon
As we are all aware, there are fantasy football fans in every circle. That holds just as true today with NASCAR’s Ty Dillon who joins us to answer a few questions that could help you out as you prepare for your draft. For those of you who are not familiar with Ty, he’s a fierce competitor on both the track and also in fantasy football. He’s also the number two ranked driver in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series standings.
A native of North Carolina, Ty is a big time Panthers fan and has spent his fair share of time around football. I’m in no position to speak for the man driving in the No. 3 Chevy so without further ado, let’s get into the Q&A.
Q1. Tell us a little bit about your love of fantasy football and how you got into it.
I’ve always been a pretty big sports fan so I guess playing fantasy sports just came naturally, like it does for most fans. This will be our fourth season with our big RCR Fantasy Football League, but I’ve played in smaller leagues prior to that. I really like the competition of Fantasy Football, the skill, research and constantly having to stay on top of the news and notes of the NFL. Our league is a 16 team, non-PPR league, which requires a whole lot of research and “Digging Deep.” I play other fantasy sports like baseball and golf, and really have gotten into the daily fantasy sports, too.
Q2. Is it safe to say you’re the best fantasy football player on the NASCAR circuit or would Dale Earnhardt Jr. dispute that?
I’m the hands down best player on the circuit. Austin [Dillon] may claim that he is, but tell him to check the final standings the past few years. It’s cool that a lot of guys follow it and we share an interest. It’s definitely something that comes up in small talk around the garage.
Q3. Since you’re a big time Panthers fan, what should fantasy players know about this year’s team that they may not be aware of?
I like Greg Olsen in PPR leagues and Jonathan Stewart now that he will be the full-time running back. Don’t sleep on the Panthers defense, too. They made some additions in the draft and have an opportunity for a lot of sacks and interceptions.
Q4. Who is your top sleeper this season and why?
Brian Quick from St. Louis. I had him last year and he was a touchdown machine until he got hurt late in the season. I anticipate with a new QB in Nick Foles that he’ll get the ball more. I like him in all formats and think he can go for close to 1,000 yards.
Q5. Who will you avoid drafting this year that has burned you in the past?
There’s a lot of uncertainty around the passing game in Kansas City. I’m not sold on Travis Kelce and their wide-outs. It’s hard to believe their WRs had no TD receptions at all last year. How does that happen?
Q6. Why should our readers trust Ty Dillon’s fantasy advice?
I’ve got a few fantasy football trophies, which backs it up. But I think because we’re constantly talking about it throughout the season in our circle of friends, we’re pretty on top of it.
We’d like to thank Ty for taking to the time to share his thoughts and picks for the 2015 fantasy football season. You can keep up with him on on Twitter @tydillon.