Sunday, October 21, 2018

Lounge on YouTube: 2018 Week 7 fantasy football preview


By Rick Morris


THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER previews Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: 2018 NFL Week 7 preview


By Rick Morris                                          


FDH Lounge Mini-Episode #1053 previews Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Alex Cone and Gary Longsine tech roundtable


By Rick Morris

FDH Lounge Mini-Episode #1052 features a conversation with technology CEOs Alex Cone and Gary Longsine about the present state of their industry.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #1051 – Top guest clips #951-1050


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #1051 of THE FDH LOUNGE, highlighting some of the top guest moments of the past 100 segments.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Sean Oliver


By Rick Morris

FDH Lounge Mini-Episode #1050 features a conversation with author Sean Oliver of Kayfabe Commentaries about his new book FATHERS’ BLOOD.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: 2018 Week 6 fantasy football preview


By Rick Morris


THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER previews Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: 2018 NFL Week 6 preview


By Rick Morris                                          


FDH Lounge Mini-Episode #1048 previews Week 6 of the 2018 NFL season.


       


       


       


       

2018 World Series notes and oddities


By Rick Morris


NOTE: 6-4 record in the playoffs so far.




^ The only time that these franchises ever met in the World Series was in 1916,  when the Dodgers weren’t in LA and weren’t even called the Dodgers (Brooklyn Robins).  Call them what you want, the Dodgers are still looking for their first World Series win in a game against Boston.


^ These franchises have had many near-misses in terms of potential World Series matchups.  They’ve often been very good at the same point in history.  These are the times that they’ve come within one or two years of World Series appearances: 1946 (Red Sox) – 1947 (Dodgers), 1966 (Dodgers) – 1967 (Red Sox), 1974 (Dodgers) – 1975 (Red Sox), 1986 (Red Sox) – 1988 (Dodgers).  Additionally, the Dodgers won the NL pennant in 1978 while Boston lost the play-in game to the Yankees after collapsing down the stretch.  And in 1988 and exactly a quarter-century later in 2013, both teams were in the League Championship Series, but the first time the Dodgers won and the second time the Red Sox won.


^ These cities have seen more than a few near-misses in terms of Stanley Cup Finals collisions this decade.  The Kings made it to the Final in 2012 and 2014, while Boston sandwiched them in 2011 and 2013.


^ Obviously, the signature rivalry between these cities occurred on the hardwood, with the first Celtics-Lakers Finals clash actually coming in 1959, when the latter franchise was still based out of Minneapolis.  They lost those Finals and, after moving to LA, lost a whopping six times in the Finals against Boston in the 1960s and again in 1984 before breaking through with wins in 1985 and 1987.  The teams also split the 2008 and 2010 Finals.


^ 2004, the year that Boston infamously broke their World Series drought, looms large in this series as the respective managers, Alex Cora and Dave Roberts were playing for the teams that they are now managing against.  Memorably, Roberts had one of the biggest steals in Red Sox history in Game 4 of the ALCS.


^ One or more of the greatest players of this generation will win their first World Series here.  Clayton Kershaw is on his second try, as is Kenley Jansen.  Their teammate Manny Machado wasn’t here last year, so he’ll be trying to enter free agency on what would easily be his career highlight.  Chris Sale, David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Mookie Betts and JD Martinez are trying to break through for the BoSox.


^ In the Divisional Series era, the AL East is 2-1 against the NL West, winning 20 years ago with the Yankees over the Padres and in 2007 with these Red Sox over the Rockies.  The sole win for the NL West came with the Diamondbacks over the Yankees in 2001.

FDH Top 4 and Next 4 for College Football Playoff Week 9


By Rick Morris


NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.


1 Alabama (1-1-1-1-1-1)

2 Notre Dame (OUT-7-7-6-3-3)

3 Clemson (4-3-3-7-5-4)

4 LSU (8-6-6-5-OUT-5)


5 Michigan (OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT-7)

6 Texas (OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT-6)

7 Georgia (3-2-2-4-4-8)

8 Oklahoma (5-5-5-OUT-OUT)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FDH 2018 Week 7 NFL power rankings


By Rick Morris


NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.


TOP TIER

1 LA Rams (2-1-1-1-1)

2 New Orleans (10-17-5-3-3)

3 New England (4-7-11-7-5)

4 Kansas City (5-3-2-2-2)

SECOND TIER

5 Minnesota (1-2-6-8-6)

6 Pittsburgh (11-14-7-16-7)

7 Philadelphia (3-4-3-5-8)

8 LA Chargers (14-13-14-14-11)

9 Carolina (8-11-4-4-4)

10 Baltimore (12-12-12-6-13)

11 Cincinnati (25-10-15-11-9)

12 Chicago (18-18-19-12-12)

13 Jacksonville (7-6-13-10-10)

THIRD TIER

14 Green Bay (6-5-8-9-14)

15 Atlanta (9-9-10-15-15)

16 Miami (17-16-9-17-19)

17 Seattle (20-24-21-19-21)

18 Houston (22-26-28-22-17)

19 Tennessee (23-22-17-13-16)

20 Denver (16-15-18-18-18)

21 Washington (21-23-20-20-26)

22 Dallas (26-25-25-25-28)

23 NY Jets (15-20-24-26-25)

24 Detroit (31-30-26-27-23)

25 Cleveland (28-27-23-24-20)

26 Tampa Bay (13-8-16-21-22)

27 Indianapolis (27-21-22-23-24)

28 Buffalo (32-32-29-29-27)

FOURTH TIER

29 San Francisco (19-19-30-31-32)

30 NY Giants (24-28-27-30-30)

31 Arizona (30-31-31-32-31)

32 Oakland (29-29-32-28-29)


BIGGEST RISERS: Dallas (6 spots), Washington (5 spots), Seattle (4 spots), Baltimore, LA Chargers, Miami and San Francisco (3 spots)


BIGGEST FALLERS: Carolina and Cleveland (5 spots), Tampa Bay (4 spots), Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Oakland and Tennessee (3 spots)


RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM


1T NFC South 52

1T AFC North 52

3 NFC North 55

4 AFC West 64

5 AFC East 70

6 AFC South 77

7 NFC West 78

8 NFC East 80


AFC 263

NFC 265

FDH Top 4 and Next 4 for College Football Playoff Week 8


By Rick Morris


NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.


1 Alabama (1-1-1-1-1)

2 Ohio State (6-4-4-2-2)

3 Notre Dame (OUT-7-7-6-3)

4 Clemson (4-3-3-7-5)


5 LSU (8-6-6-5-OUT)

6 Texas (OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT)

7 Michigan (OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT)

8 Georgia (3-2-2-4-4)

2018 FDH Week 8 college football predictions


By Rick Morris


NOTE: 1-4 last week, 25-25 overall this year


Bowling Green +16 ½ over Ohio

Ohio State -13 ½ over Purdue

Michigan State +7 ½ over Michigan

Oklahoma -8 over TCU

Tennessee +28 ½ over Alabama

North Carolina State +16 ½ over Clemson

LSU -7 over Mississippi State

Oregon +2 ½ over Washington State

Nebraska -4 over Minnesota

USC +7 over Utah

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 LCS previews


By Rick Morris


NOTE: 5-3 record in the playoffs so far.




^ American League: Boston vs. Houston.  By most objective measures, these were the two best teams in baseball for much of this year.  The Red Sox are a bit more battle-tested in terms of their schedule and get a slight nod in the outfield.  The Astros are a bit ahead in the starting rotation (more than that if Playoff David Price continues to show up) and in the bullpen.  The Houston offense suffered a bit of a championship hangover this year, but against top-flight pitching in the Divisional Round, they showed that they are rounding back into form.  They took out Boston in the Divisional Round last year and in an absolute classic, they will repeat as American League Champions.  Houston in 7.


^ National League: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee.  Two sports cities with nothing in common except for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar meet for the chance to go to baseball’s grandest stage.  The Brewers skewed disproportionately poorly on our UQB scale because their season was pumped up to such a large degree by a 19-7 record in September – which does make them baseball’s hottest team, coupling their tiebreaker-game win with a sweep in the Divisional Series.  And they did score highest on the part of the metric that was 50% placement in our final power rankings and 50% strength of schedule.  They rely more on their super-stacked late-inning bullpen (reminiscent of Kansas City in 2015) than a starting rotation that is a bit more pedestrian than the remaining playoff teams.  Their catcher-second base-shortstop pop is also the weakest of the remaining playoff teams.  Los Angeles, conversely, has pop coming out of its ears, including by far the best bench of any remaining playoff teams.  If Kenley Jansen remains strong, their entire pitching staff is without any obvious weaknesses.  Underachieving much of the year against a weak strength of schedule, the Dodgers do appear to be rounding into shape at just the right time, just like the team they faced in the World Series last year – and will again this year.  Los Angeles in 6.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2018 FDH Week 7 college football predictions


By Rick Morris


NOTE: 3-2 last week, 24-21 overall this year


Ohio +4 over Northern Illinois

Ohio State -29 ½ over Minnesota

Georgia -7 ½ over LSU

Wisconsin +8 ½ over Michigan

Washington -3 over Oregon

Monday, October 8, 2018

FDH Top 4 and Next 4 for College Football Playoff Week 7


By Rick Morris


NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.


1 Alabama (1-1-1-1)

2 Ohio State (6-4-4-2)

3 Notre Dame (OUT-7-7-6)

4 Georgia (3-2-2-4)


5 Clemson (4-3-3-7)

6 West Virginia (OUT-OUT-OUT-8)

7 Washington (OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT)

8 UCF (OUT-OUT-OUT-OUT)

FDH 2018 Week 6 NFL power rankings


By Rick Morris


NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.


TOP TIER

1 LA Rams (2-1-1-1)

2 Kansas City (5-3-2-2)

3 New Orleans (10-17-5-3)

SECOND TIER

4 Carolina (8-11-4-4)

5 New England (4-7-11-7)

6 Minnesota (1-2-6-8)

7 Pittsburgh (11-14-7-16)

8 Philadelphia (3-4-3-5)

9 Cincinnati (25-10-15-11)

10 Jacksonville (7-6-13-10)

11 LA Chargers (14-13-14-14)

12 Chicago (18-18-19-12)

13 Baltimore (12-12-12-6)

THIRD TIER

14 Green Bay (6-5-8-9)

15 Atlanta (9-9-10-15)

16 Tennessee (23-22-17-13)

17 Houston (22-26-28-22)

18 Denver (16-15-18-18)

19 Miami (17-16-9-17)

20 Cleveland (28-27-23-24)

21 Seattle (20-24-21-19)

22 Tampa Bay (13-8-16-21)

23 Detroit (31-30-26-27)

24 Indianapolis (27-21-22-23)

25 NY Jets (15-20-24-26)

26 Washington (21-23-20-20)

27 Buffalo (32-32-29-29)

28 Dallas (26-25-25-25)

FOURTH TIER

29 Oakland (29-29-32-28)

30 NY Giants (24-28-27-30)

31 Arizona (30-31-31-32)

32 San Francisco (19-19-30-31)


BIGGEST RISERS: Pittsburgh (9 spots), Houston (5 spots), Cleveland and Detroit (4 spots), LA Chargers (3 spots)


BIGGEST FALLERS: Baltimore (7 spots), Washington (6 spots), Green Bay (5 spots), Dallas, Philadelphia and Tennessee (3 spots)


RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM


1 NFC South 44

2 AFC North 49

3 NFC North 55

4 AFC West 60

5 AFC South 67

6 AFC East 76

7 NFC West 85

8 NFC East 92


AFC 252

NFC 276

Saturday, October 6, 2018

FDH Top 4 and Next 4 for College Football Playoff Week 6


By Rick Morris


1 Alabama

2 Ohio State

3 Oklahoma

4 Georgia


5 LSU

6 Notre Dame

7 Clemson

8 West Virginia

Lounge on YouTube: 2018 Week 5 fantasy football preview


By Rick Morris


THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER previews Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: 2018 NFL Week 5 preview


By Rick Morris                                          


FDH Lounge Mini-Episode #1046 previews Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season.