Saturday, September 5, 2015

NCAA football picks Week 1


By Rick Morris


NOTE: Picks in 2014-15 were 75-75-3


Arizona State +3 over Texas A&M

Texas +9 ½ over Notre Dame

Wisconsin +14 over Alabama

Auburn -10 over Louisville

Ohio State -14 over Virginia Tech

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

MLB power rankings for start of September


By Rick Morris

 

NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

 

TOP TIER

1 St. Louis (1-1-1-1-1)

SECOND TIER

2 Kansas City (3-2-2-2-3)

3 Pittsburgh (5-5-3-3-4)

THIRD TIER

4 Toronto (6-9-15-15-5)

5 New York Mets (13-15-9-10-6)

6 Chicago Cubs (12-14-10-9-2)

7 Houston (4-4-11-7-10)

8 Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3-4-4-7)

9 New York Yankees (7-10-8-6-9)

10 San Francisco (9-7-12-5-8)

11 Texas (14-17-23-16-15)

12 Minnesota (10-12-6-13-17)

13 Washington (15-6-5-8-12)

14 Cleveland (19-23-19-21-22)

15 Tampa Bay (8-11-13-18-13)

16 San Diego (18-18-26-20-21)

17 Los Angeles Angels (16-16-7-12-11)

18 Chicago White Sox (25-27-20-17-20)

19 Arizona (21-19-17-14-14)

20 Baltimore (17-8-16-11-16)

21 Boston (27-22-18-22-24)

22 Seattle (23-24-21-24-1)

23 Detroit (11-13-14-19-19)

24 Oakland (28-25-24-26-26)

FOURTH TIER

25 Cincinnati (22-21-25-23-25)

26 Atlanta (20-20-22-25-23)

27 Philadelphia (30-30-30-30-27)

28 Colorado (24-26-28-27-28)

29 Milwaukee (29-28-27-28-29)

30 Miami (26-29-29-29-30)

 

BIGGEST RISERS: Cleveland (8 spots), Minnesota and San Diego (5 spots), Texas (4 spots), Boston and Houston (3 spots)

 

BIGGEST FALLERS: Los Angeles Angels (6 spots), Arizona (5 spots), Baltimore, Chicago Cubs, Detroit, Seattle (4 spots), Atlanta (3 spots)

 

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

 

1 NL CENTRAL 64

2T AL EAST 69

2T AL CENTRAL 69

4T AL WEST 81

4T NL WEST 81

6 NL EAST 98

 

AL 219

NL 246

 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

FDH Top 30 players in MLB


By Rick Morris

 
NOTE: These players are ranked based not merely on how they have produced this year, but also the past year or two.  These are not fantasy rankings, but are based on overall play.  Numbers in parentheses indicate where the players ranked on our 2014 rankings, with the ones who fell out of those rankings listed at the bottom.


TOP TIER

1 Mike Trout (2)

2 Clayton Kershaw (1)

3 Paul Goldschmidt (14)  

4 Bryce Harper (NA)

5 Miguel Cabrera (3)

6 Andrew McCutchen (11)

7 Josh Donaldson (NA)

8 Max Scherzer (NA)

9 Zack Greinke (19)

10 Jacob deGrom (NA)

11 Manny Machado (NA)

12 Johnny Cueto (6)

13 Nelson Cruz (NA)

14 Jake Arrieta (NA)

15 Chris Archer (NA)

16 Sonny Gray (NA)

17 Dallas Keuchel (NA)

18 Anthony Rizzo (NA)

SECOND TIER

19 Chris Sale (5)

20 Giancarlo Stanton (7)

21 Felix Hernandez (4)

22 Madison Bumgarner (NA)

23 Corey Kluber (20)

24 Buster Posey (24)

25 Matt Harvey (NA)

26 Jose Altuve (30)

27 JD Martinez (NA)

28 Dellin Betances (NA)

29 Wade Davis (NA)

30 TIE: Jose Abreu (9) and Craig Kimbrel (8)

 

Koji Uehara (10)

Adam Wainwright (12)

Troy Tulowitzki (13)

Yu Darvish (15)

Yasiel Puig (16)

Sean Doolittle (17)

David Price (18)

Adrian Beltre (21)

Cole Hamels (22)

Jon Lester (23)

Ryan Braun (25)

Carlos Gomez (26)

Adam Jones (27)

Robinson Cano (28)

Greg Holland (29)

Friday, August 14, 2015

MLB power rankings for mid-August


By Rick Morris

 

NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

 

TOP TIER

1 St. Louis (1-1-1-1)

SECOND TIER

2 Chicago Cubs (12-14-10-9)

3 Kansas City (3-2-2-2)

4 Pittsburgh (5-5-3-3)

5 Toronto (6-9-15-15)

6 New York Mets (13-15-9-10)

7 Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3-4-4)

8 San Francisco (9-7-12-5)

9 New York Yankees (7-10-8-6)

10 Houston (4-4-11-7)

11 Los Angeles Angels (16-16-7-12)

12 Washington (15-6-5-8)

13 Tampa Bay (8-11-13-18)

14 Arizona (21-19-17-14)

15 Texas (14-17-23-16)

16 Baltimore (17-8-16-11)

17 Minnesota (10-12-6-13)

18 Seattle (23-24-21-24)

19 Detroit (11-13-14-19)

20 Chicago White Sox (25-27-20-17)

21 San Diego (18-18-26-20)

22 Cleveland (19-23-19-21)

23 Atlanta (20-20-22-25)

24 Boston (27-22-18-22)

25 Cincinnati (22-21-25-23)

26 Oakland (28-25-24-26)

THIRD TIER

27 Philadelphia (30-30-30-30)

28 Colorado (24-26-28-27)

29 Milwaukee (29-28-27-28)

30 Miami (26-29-29-29)

 

BIGGEST RISERS: Toronto (10 spots), Chicago Cubs (7 spots), Seattle (6 spots), Tampa Bay (5 spots), New York Mets (4 spots)

 

BIGGEST FALLERS: Baltimore (5 spots), Minnesota and Washington (4 spots), Chicago White Sox, Houston, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia and San Francisco (3 spots)

 

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

 

1 NL CENTRAL 61

2 AL EAST 67

3 NL WEST 78

4 AL WEST 80

5 AL CENTRAL 81

6 NL EAST 98

 

AL 228

NL 237

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #586 – FDH NFL Top 32 player list analysis


By Rick Morris                                          

As we referenced previously, our pals at Sportsology are hooking us up for live segments that we’re doing with guests and remote FDH Lounge Dignitaries these days.  We’re happy to report that we’ve been able to produce many segments on our own, but we’re thrilled for the help on some of these with guests and the thanks all go to our great friend Russ Cohen.

Mini-Episode #586 features a breakdown of our annual NFL Top 32 player list with The Scout Ken Becks of 1stDownScouting.com.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Endgame review


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #585 of THE FDH LOUNGE, presenting a review of the Endgame drama series from Canada.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Short Poppies review


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #584 of THE FDH LOUNGE, presenting a review of the Short Poppies comedy series from New Zealand.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Royal Rumble History – Part 3B - 1997


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #583 of THE FDH LOUNGE, the 1997 chapter in our Royal Rumble Anthology with FDH Lounge Dignitary Kyle Ross.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: The Librarians review


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #582 of THE FDH LOUNGE, presenting a review of The Librarians comedy series from Australia.


       


       


       


       


 

Lounge on YouTube: Royal Rumble History – Part 3A - 1996


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #581 of THE FDH LOUNGE, the 1996 chapter in our Royal Rumble Anthology with FDH Lounge Dignitary Kyle Ross.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #580 – 2015 MLB midseason analysis


By Rick Morris                                          

As we referenced previously, our pals at Sportsology are hooking us up for live segments that we’re doing with guests and remote FDH Lounge Dignitaries these days.  We’re happy to report that we’ve been able to produce many segments on our own, but we’re thrilled for the help on some of these with guests and the thanks all go to our great friend Russ Cohen.

Mini-Episode #580 features analysis of the 2015 MLB midseason landscape with FDH Lounge Dignitary Steve Kallas.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Fantasy Football Make or Break Players


By Rick Morris

THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER is Mini-Episode #579 of THE FDH LOUNGE, providing the 2015 fantasy football make or break players.