on January 24, 2010
For the most part there are two kinds of Fantasy Football books out there. The first is the basic, introductory "draft RBs before kickers" kind of book. The second is the goofball theory book -- books that, while far from comprensive overall, describe in great detail the brilliant, wonderful theory that made the author the best fantasy football player in his league two years out of the last ten. The optimist in me thinks the authors of the latter group are people who got lucky, and haven't really subjected their theories to much scrutiny, whether by peer review, computer simulations, or just looking at data. The cynic in me thinks these authors are deliberately peddling crappy ideas, using their (cough) name to cash in without revealing any "real" secrets of the trade. The realist in me suspects that probably there's a some of both going on in most of those books.
In my view Sam Hendricks is the only author out there who is both writing at a high level, and writing honestly about his approach to winning at fantasy football. This book is a gold mine of information, containing valuable tips that you aren't going to see anywhere else. In addition, he isn't shy about calling out some of the nonsense that passes for accepted wisdom in fantasy football canon, and when he does, he backs it up with a solid logical argument. Tip #64, for example, blows away one of the central theses of Randy Giminez's "Dominate Fantasy Football" in less than 400 words, and after reading both, I'm basically ready to use Giminez for kindling. He's wrong, Hendricks is right, it's that simple.
I think a handful of his tips are questionable, but so many of them are so on the money that it makes this book worth far, far more than what he's charging for it. Sure, he could use some help in the editing department -- I grate my teeth every time I read "Jay Cutler or P. Manning", or "ARZ WR Larry Fitzgerald" in a paragraph of prose. Spell 'em out, bro, it doesn't cost you anything and, as you say often enough, consistency is a good thing.
Why this guy doesn't get more credit is beyond me, but a BIG part of me is glad that nobody's reading his stuff. The last thing I need is for my opponents to get better.
Now if he could just clean up his yearly Almanac....
on August 23, 2009
Sam Hendricks hits the bull's eye yet again with another great book not only on how to win at Fantasy Football, but how to better enjoy it as well.
Sam has competed in several high stakes leagues over the years including the World Championship of Fantasy Football and the Fantasy Football Players Championship. He shares the methods he himself has used to win since he began playing. Fantasy Football Tips is a quick and easy read, but it's comprehensive and detailed enough to guide you through the entire season. Sam's winning experience can be yours as he offers tips on drafting for your specific type of league and scoring system, techniques to help you pick the rookies destined to shine and how to spot the most likely breakout players. Sam even mentions weather and field conditions and how it will affect your team, something I rarely if ever thought about. There's also advice on trading and even an appendix with tools to help you stick with your plan on draft day. No FF player, veteran or novice should be without this book. Get it, read it, WIN!
on October 11, 2009
Fantasy football is a game of understanding the potential of players. "Fantasy Football Tips: 201 Ways to Win Through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets, and Better Drafting" is a guide for those who want to improve their planning and choices when dealing with the game of fantasy football. With advice on better understanding football, seeing who is going to have the better season, and more, Sam Hendricks will give readers a leg up on their competition. "Fantasy Football Tips" is a choice pick for those who love fantasy football.
on September 21, 2009
Very insightful! There are hundreds of tips to improve your fantasy team at the draft, and techniques to ensure the strength of your team throughout the fantasy season. Sam has considered draft techniques that nobody else has thought of. And, his personal style makes it fun to read. Great book.