Saturday, January 24, 2009

FDH Fantasy Newsletter: Volume II, Issue IV

Welcome to our 21th edition of the FDH Fantasy Newsletter, as we continue to bring you weekly fantasy sports updates in addition to our usual content on In case you missed it, here are the previous issues: Volume I, Issue I (September 4, 2008), Volume I, Issue II (September 13, 2008), Volume I, Issue III (September 19, 2008), Volume I, Issue IV (September 27, 2008), Volume I, Issue V (October 4, 2008), Volume I, Issue VI (October 11, 2008), Volume I, Issue VII (October 18, 2008), Volume I, Issue VIII (October 25, 2008), Volume I, Issue IX (November 1, 2008), Volume I, Issue X (November 8, 2008), Volume I, Issue XI (November 15, 2008), Volume I, Issue XII (November 21, 2008), Volume 1, Issue XIII (November 30, 2008), Volume 1, Issue XIV (December 7, 2008), Volume I, Issue XV (December 14, 2008), Volume I, Issue XVI (December 20, 2008), Volume I, Issue XVII (December 28, 2008), Volume II, Issue I (January 3, 2009), Volume II, Issue II (January 11, 2009), Volume II, Issue III (January 20, 2009)

In this week's edition:
^ Unveiling of our NASCAR 2009 Fantasy Rankings
^ The 5-Category Stud: Baseball’s Evolving Breed

NOTE: Our advice, as it does on our FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER weekly program (Wednesdays, 9:00-9:30 PM EST as part of THE FDH LOUNGE on, is based on avoiding the obvious and trying to be of actual help to you.

Unveiling of our NASCAR 2009 Fantasy Rankings

In the next week, we will be unveiling our 2009 fantasy NASCAR draft guide. As we mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the heart of our draft guide in any sport is our draft board, so what we have here is nothing less than the heart of the entire document. Now, we urge you to check out our additional features in the guide (which include Most Overvalued Drivers, Most Undervalued Drivers, Don’t Be That Guy, Mock Draft & Analysis, 2009 Sleepers, The Press Pass 2009 Racing Cards Review and Suggested League Guidelines) and not merely the rankings themselves (keeping in mind that there are several pieces of statistical information which accompany each driver on our draft board in the guide). At any rate, here’s our NASCAR rankings for 2009:

First Tier
1. Kyle Busch
2. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards
4. Greg Biffle
Second Tier
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Jeff Gordon
7. Kevin Harvick
8. Jeff Burton
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
11. Clint Bowyer
12. Mark Martin
Third Tier
13. David Ragan
14. Tony Stewart
15. Jamie McMurray
16. Kurt Busch
17. Brian Vickers
18. Kasey Kahne
19. Martin Truex, Jr.
20. Ryan Newman
Fourth Tier
21. Bobby Labonte
22. Juan Pablo Montoya
23. David Stremme
24. Joey Logano
25. Paul Menard
26. Casey Mears
27. Reed Sorenson
28. Travis Kvapil
29. Elliott Sadler
30. David Reutimann
31. David Gilliland
Fifth Tier
32. Scott Riggs
33. Robby Gordon
34. Dave Blaney
35. Michael Waltrip
36. Sam Hornish, Jr.
37. A.J. Allmendinger
38. Joe Nemechek
39. Regan Smith
40. Aric Almirola
41. Scott Speed

The 5-Category Stud: Baseball’s Evolving Breed

We always preach balance in any fantasy sport, especially those with a rotisserie component to them. Much like power forwards in hockey, the so-called 5-category studs in baseball offer at least some measure of production in every relevant category.

We’ve seen a bit of turnover in the past few years in terms of these players. For several years, Vladimir Guerrero, Alfonso Soriano and Bobby Abreu all were able to help across the board and were perennial first-round talents. Here are some names to consider for 2009:

^ Lance Berkman. He’s not a speed demon, but 18 stolen bases from the 1B position last year helped his owners disproportionately.

^ Ian Kinsler/Brandon Phillips. Both could realistically be 25-25 guys and maybe more.

^ Matt Holliday: The best power/speed combo you can find in the outfield, even away from Coors.

^ Russell Martin. The same as Berkman, except his 18 stolen bases came at catcher.

^ Hanley Ramirez. He’s now the premier 5-category player at any position.

^ Alex Rodriguez/David Wright. If you grade on the curve when considering high first-round talents, their stolen base totals are impressive.

^ Grady Sizemore. Overrated in fantasy baseball for years, he’s now realizing his vast potential. He has long been graded on his distant upside rather than his immediate value – which isn’t really his fault – but his capabilities are now more in line with the expectations.


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