#5 Jimmie Johnson
Believe it or not, Jimmie Johnson could be out of the playoffs by the first round. Not only is that evident by his absolutely abysmal record so far this season, but also by just how far off the mark he has been compared to the big three this year. Of course Johnson could always get back on track with a win, but what are the chances of that actually happening with how competition is right now.
With that being said, there would need to be 12 drivers ahead of him at the end of the first three races to eliminate him fro ,the playoffs and that’s not actually that fair fetched at this point in time. In fact, with two top-fives and eight top-ten’s in the first 26 races of the season, he could very well be at the very bottom of the standings after the very first round.