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Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft Paperback – May 26, 2012
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- Mike Clay, Head of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus"What an engrossing read!
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This book stood out because it broke down those "truthisms" and showed why they couldn't be father from the truth. A quick example is that #1 overall pick is the best in the draft. 100% false and this book will explain why, along with many others. Reading this will give anyone an edge in their draft through it's statistical analyzation and formulas to prepare a strong draft board. Does that sound too confusing? It's not because the author has broken every step down in depth to make even the most mathematically challenged people like me understand it. The best part is that these are formulas you can use year after year. Instead of paying a website 30 bucks every year for their rankings you can make your own and you use the same formulas they use. I'm sure anyone who plays auction leagues could agree $9 for Foster in a dynasty league is a lot better than $30 for Foster in a re-draft.
The delicate balance between numbers, opinions, team needs, and position scarcity is well documented in this book and it does a great job in trying to help the reader understand the best way to use these factors to your advantage.
The best compliment I can give is that while I recommend this book to everyone, I really hope none of my league mates get their hands on it.Read more ›
Neither did I.
Jonathan Bales sets himself apart from the rest of fantasy football writers in that he does actual analysis. He actually analyzes statistics using linear regression, and finds how reliable last year's stats are -- as far as I know, nobody else does this.
Obviously he does more than this: Bales also pays close attention to OTAs, training camp, preseason etc. Using objective statistical techniques combined with close personal observation (changes in coaching staff, playbooks, etc.), Bales offers strategy and insight that is second to none.
Furthermore, at least in my personal experience, after having bought his rankings cheat-sheet for all of $3, he has generously answered my elaborate questions and given me personal advice after I shared the results of my draft with him via e-mail.
For anyone who has ever studied even basic statistics and believed that what they have studied was at least partially less than complete BS, you will find that Jonathan Bales offers legitimate, mathematical reasoning to his insight that you simply won't find anywhere else in the fantasy football world.
Having utilized his strategies, ways of looking at fantasy football, and his fantasy football cheat sheets (which are conveniently done in tiers), I feel as confident as I ever have in my rosters this year.
It's Bill James for Fantasy Football. Grab this book, do your research, do the math and be ready to get blown away. People I thought were much further down the depth chart or standing out as great pics and you can prove (through math) why. Of course the players still have to play the game, and you can't predict injuries... but wow what an advantage it is when you can wait a round, knowing all the other guys will pass... and then pick up someone more valuable than the guy you drafted the round before. = VALUE.
GET THIS BOOK... unless you are in my league... then move on to the other garbage out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another good amount of useful information. Teaches scarcity over volume, VORP, how to create projections, etc. You can't go wrong with this series.Published 5 months ago by Mark E. Leonard
just wasn't impressed. After reading the fantasy baseball for smarties which was filled with a lot of data, I thought this book was more for third graders. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tim Carr
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A much better book is "Fantasy Football- The Next Level" by David Dorey (from TheHuddle.com) which was written a few years ago but still offers much more effective and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John
Good book with great suggestions for your fantasy football draft. Loved the discussions about game theory, VORP, and other strategic concepts. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ryan M. Healy
Solid read with basic statistical tutorial. This book gives a concrete draft plan with strategic insight. I'll be checking out the other "smart people" books.Published 18 months ago by zlk11
Very quick read that brings convincing philosophies to fantasy drafts. Made me realize how much I overlook every year. Read morePublished 19 months ago by DRega09