#3 Denny Hamlin
Why is Denny Hamlin on this list?
While The JGR driver was successful in winning two races this year and only missing the final four at Homestead by a couple of points, he is coming into the 2018 season with a lot of baggage and less of a why to justify his spot with the #11 team. Of course some might see this a ridiculous after 15 top-fives and 22 top-tens, but its already happened to his teammate, Matt Kenseth last season and Hamlin could be next.
Not only that, Hamlin is also currently embroiled in a feud with Cup Series favorite, Chase Elliott, who cost him a shot at the final four at Homestead and could very well choose to cost him a few more things before its all said and done. With that being said, the multiple failed attempts at making The Final four, his age and his baggage, Christopher Bell might just move into The Cup Series earlier then expected.
Final standings 6th
Last ten races 3 top-
fives and 3 top-tens