#6 Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney made it all the way to the third round of the playoffs last season and while he was eliminated by only a few points, it might be closest he gets in quite a while. In fact, with his 22nd place finish at Richmond and less then stellar road course record this season, Ryan Blaney is almost a guaranteed pick to be out in the first round. Fortunately for Blaney, his saving grace could be the opener at Las Vegas, where he finished fifth last time.
In the end, Blaney is almost in a must win situation at Las Vegas and needs to at least gain a good point lead from there. Maybe its enough to carry him past past his subpar performances at Richmond and road courses or maybe its not enough, but he at least has to start things off on a positive note at Vegas. If not, he will likely be out in the very first round of the playoffs.