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The Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2012 Edition (NEW 2013 Edition Now Avail on Kinlde Store! [Kindle Edition]

Joe Pisapia , Dan Strafford
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Book Description


The Fantasy Baseball Black Book is your definitive guide to dominating your fantasy baseball league.

Written by fantasy baseball expert Joe Pisapia , a two-decade veteran fantasy GM, columnist, podcaster and former editor of fantasy sports content for, the Black Book is the fundamental alternative to the stale content, recycled player rankings and glossy photos that dominate so many fantasy baseball sites and magazines.

Pisapia outlines a comprehensive approach to planning, scouting, drafting and managing your fantasy team that addresses such topics as understanding your league format, draft strategy and evaluating players. He also introduces a revolutionary new statistical approach that helps simplify the measuring and comparison of fantasy player performance both within and across positions.

The book contains practical advice on running your team season-long: evaluating trades, making offers, negotiating and scouting rookie talent, along with comprehensive player profiles for every position -- all of them updated for 2012.

Whether you're new to fantasy baseball or a grizzled veteran looking for a leg up on the competition, the Black Book is the place to start.

Product Details

  • File Size: 226 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00736BLES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Joe Pisapia does a great job of outlining a solid fantasy baseball draft strategy, waiver wire strategy/tactics, and outlining how to evaluate both rookie and veteran plays to gain an edge in you league. He starts the book by reinforcing the most important elements you should consider before your draft, including league settings, positional values, scoring, and the availability and need for trading. He then digs deeper to outline relative statistical value and how it can be an easy, yet powerful way to make decisions on players during a draft. He then goes through every position and categorizes players by elite, solid, up and coming, red flag and simply ones to ignore. I found this section of the book to be the most valuable. His sound reasoning, common sense and experience really gives you a rational way to evaluate players that you are considering drafting and gives you confidence in who to pay for and who to ignore (and let other owners spend their money foolishly acquiring).

What I found very helpful in his book was his emphasis on pitching. While pitching can be very hit or miss, and hence many people will tend to ignore this category, this is where a keen scouting eye, sound minor league stat evaluation, and good decision making can really give you an edge. I enjoyed reading his evaluation of the top 50 or so pitchers and what stats he uses to determine if they are legitimate aces or just "smoke and mirrors" type pitchers. You can apply his framework and logic to better evaluate new pitchers and rookies that may not be covered in this book.

The other thing that is very helpful in this book is his rationale on identifying rookies that are worthing going after, and those you should simply ignore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for a Fantasy Baseball GM January 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Author Joe Pisapia has really put in the time to do wonderful analysis. The Black Book makes you think about your fantasy team in a different way that is sure to give you an edge in any draft. I know that for me, The Black Book has given me a new outlook on all four of my fantasy leagues and I am sure will make a difference for my results. Joe Pisapia has me pumped!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource February 6, 2012
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Clearly Joe has years of experience as a fantasy baseball player. I particularly enjoyed his player profiles, detailing his thoughts and insights for the upcoming year. I look forward to purchasing year after year. It's just as good as some of the $25 or $30 hard copy books I purchase in the store to prepare for my draft every year at a fraction of the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for its intended audience; not so much for others February 19, 2012
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Other reviewers have pointed out the book's virtues. It's well-done if you play the form of fantasy baseball that is adapted from fantasy football: shallow, non-keeper leagues with snake drafts from both major leagues, points for on-field accomplishments rather than category standings, head-to-head matches with lineups that need to be set each week. If you're in the intended audience, this is an honest three bucks' worth. If the author isn't exactly a master of prose, he's definitely a master of that particular brand of competition.

That said, if you play traditional rotisserie baseball, you're almost entirely ignored here (not to mention that your format of choice actually is dissed in a few places). There are a few analyses and pointers that have value even in that context, e.g., positional scarcity, but you'll have to skim over a lot of completely irrelevant material to find those rewards. For fans of the traditional and original version of fantasy baseball, who actually value that it's not just a football-based game with home runs and pitcher wins counted rather than touchdowns and field goals, this is not an especially useful book, unfortunately.
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