Rob Higgins HFI book, is probably the best fantasy sport book read. It puts you in the mind of Rob on how he approaches fantasy hockey. This is a book you will page back through the season. It kind of reminds me of the movie the Transporter, Rob gives you rules to follow throughout the season. So I do recommend this book to have. With that said here are the cons and things he needs to add to next years book.
The HFI isn't a value for all fantasy hockey leagues. Example his HFI of Joe Thornton is quite low last season compared to our value system that had him at number 8 best forward at the end of the year. Second is just like fantasy football predraft materials, Rob should add a expert mock draft. People like to see how to apply your rating scale to a draft. Third point is he takes a back seat to giving you an idea on goalies. It is the most important position in Fantasy Hockey. Would like a better breakdown of your top 15 goalies and why. When is it a good time to take a goalie in a draft. Final point is go out on a limb. Tell us who are Core players in your mind, and who are some sleepers.
From the time you receive the book it's alot of search for answers going into the draft. So for a draft book its nice, but falls short. As a good read and a book you can use for this season and many more its awesome. I recommend the book, but don't count on it as the only predraft material going into your draft.
I want to be clear that my review for this book is for the Kindle version only. I was worried that a book with tables and lists of players and stats wouldn't work well on the Kindle. Unfortunately, the sample you get doesn't show any tables or lists - just text from the first chapter(s).
Well, I was right to be worried.
On the Kindle you can't zoom enough to make the lists of players and stats readable. They remain microscopic in size. I could make out player names, but not any of the stats or projections. I give it 2 stars instead of 1 because the preceding chapters are excellent.
Customer Service allowed me to return the "book" with absolutely no hassle.
I think Rob Higgins is great writer and a great hockey guy so I will be buying the DTB version. Don't bother on the Kindle. Perhaps if you have a Kindle DX or are using the Kindle App for the iPad...
Each year before the season starts, I diligently prepare for my draft(s). We only play for bragging rights, but we are a competitive bunch. This is the best book that I have found in the last 3 years to cut down the prep time. It's well written and to the point. It's not just a yearly review or projection, it's a sound strategy... advice that you can apply throughout the year to win your pool.
I'm not a fantasy player, so I bought this book just to have a reference to check out players when they got traded or were playing my team. The book has some interesting insights, giving opinions about players who were injury prone, don't give full effort, or are up-and-comers. But I found it to be disorganized and incomplete. 1) The book goes through the prior season, month by month, talking about who had hot and cold months. Some players were highlighted, but its hit or miss. Not every player is included. 2) A good share of the book is player stats for all 30 teams in a font too small to comfortably read. 3) The book uses jargon invented by the author - an HFI ("Higgins Fantasy Index"), up and comers (radar love), players bound to disappoint (cherry bombs), and so the lists have cutesy symbols that you often have to look up. He has his HFI, but never explains how it is calculated-just that it gives more weight to expected goals over assists, has an allowance for hits, penalty minutes, but nothing explained - just a number rating. And not for everyone, just for maybe a couple of hundred players. Michael Grabner was picked up by my team, I wanted to see what was predicted for him, he's not there.
The book would have had a bit more value if it gave a primer on fantasy hockey, the types of leagues, where to find them, tools to keep track, i.e. a beginners guide.
I keep yearly guides around for reference but this one is too bulky to hold onto after I'm done with it. Which will be before the beginning of next year.