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Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
No longer do you have to buy a book or search for an article that explains draft/auction strategy, player valuation, in-season strategy, etc separately. Winning Fantasy Baseball has it all in one book. The draft and auction strategy sections were spot on and really drove home some very important points, while identifying many of the mistakes fantasy owners continue to make. Schechter's writing style is easy to read and understand and there is no doubt that your fantasy baseball skills will take a giant leap forward after reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
I enjoyed reading through Winning Fantasy Baseball, and will continue to reference back to it as I prepare for my drafts, and throughout the season. It is absolutely applicable to both hardcore fantasy players, and beginners. It is dry informational type reading and at times can get pretty nerdy with various player value formulas etc. What this book allowed me to do was learn how to create my own player rankings and values based off my specific league settings and roster construction. What this allows me to do is enter the draft with a rankings list and dollar values that are tailored to my league. I no longer have to print out the same player rankings that everybody else carries into the draft. Developing my own draft guides allows me to see where certain values can be found in a draft. And VALUES is the central theme to this book, and to winning your fantasy leagues.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2013
This really is an excellent book on fantasy baseball for just about everyone- if you are a beginner Larry gives you the recipe to start from scratch. And even if you are the most experienced or successful fantasy player around, there will be something in this book that can help you, and certainly make you think. And Larry covers every format too- from single league auctions to salary cap games, to mixed league snake drafts, etc. For a sport as popular as fantasy baseball, there have been very few books really explaining how an expert puts together and maintains a team- until now. Seriously, if you play fantasy baseball and want to better your game, I think you should get this book. And then stay out of my league.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
Larry Schechter uses no trick pitches in his illuminating, hard-to-put down "Winning Fantasy Baseball." The author comes at you with, in baseball jargon, hard stuff. You want to be good, perhaps as good as a nine-time fantasy league champion whose respect in the realm is peerless? Then you have to work at it. If there's a word Schecter has been hooked on, the word is "value." No easy ways out -- just hard, dedicated stuff. The author shows great respect for a long-held tenet of this reviewer: Baseball is a game of questions, not answers. The stuff herein gives you the right questions while shredding the bromidic "answers" self-annointed sages might throw your way. Simply (but not easily) find a player's worth -- to you -- and get him for less.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2014
Great book. If you've ever wondered where the dollar values come from in those fantasy magazines you read, you'll find out in this book. You'll also learn about why they may not make sense for your league(or at all). Whether you are looking to build your own value formula or just wondering if you are approaching your draft in the right way, this book will be a valuable resource.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2013
I read this book on an airplane from Phoenix to Cincinnati--it is a very easy read. This is a no-nonsense approach to exactly what the title says--Winning Fantasy Baseball. I've been playing this game for 20 years and this book gives you everything you need to beat your fellow owners except the elbow grease to get it done. I am sure I will consult it from time to time throughout the year to keep my compass pointed in the right direction. -Doug D.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2014
Whether your goal is to learn to play fantasy baseball, get better at fantasy baseball or to re-gain an edge you may have lost over the years, there is no book more likely to help you win a fantasy league than Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion
That may seem like high praise and it certainly is. This is not your typical fantasy guide full of player blurbs, sleepers and pages and pages of player statistics and values. Instead this book is very simply a guide to playing and winning at fantasy baseball. This book offers a very logical approach to fantasy baseball that anyone could follow and adapt to the time they devote to fantasy baseball preparation. If you are anything like me you realize how similar most fantasy guides are in the advice that they offer. Larry's book is different. In fact, depending on how attached you are to the typical views that so many so-called experts have pounded into your thoughts, the material presented could prove to be anywhere from enlightening to infuriating!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
Although I'm not a fantasy player myself, my younger brother is a total fanatic... so I bought this book to hopefully understand and appreciate the general complexity of the sport better, and Schechter definitely delivers on that. My intuition is that a fantasy player of any level of ability could gain insights from this book. It seems to be very clearly written, and I assume that the more complex considerations that Schechter goes into - which are over my head - would be quite useful to upper level players. Although I had expected the book to simply talk about "This is my system for each style of game format ...", I was very impressed by the depth of Schechter's coverage of opinions other than his own, and the extensive testing that he has done to improve his results. I also liked that he presented many of his findings as his best conclusion after a lot of research, rather than as the gospel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2014
I bought this book the first weekend it came out. I feel guilty for not writing a review sooner, but I was busy murdering people in small stakes online drafts. While it's a huge help in having a better draft day, the real joy from the book comes from having a new perspective from which to look at a draft. He explains how to take the total amount of money to be spent in an auction by all the teams combined, and allocate a portion of it to each player. Once you have the league laid out in front of you, with a clear idea of each player's value, a draft becomes a fun exercise in getting the most out of it. I used to leave a draft with a vague sense of whether it went well or not. I now leave it with clear rankings of all the teams involved. He applies his ideas to snake drafts and in-season changes, but my view of auction drafts was so drastically changed by this book that I'd have to say that's the centerpiece of the nice table he's set for the fantasy baseball fan. Not only is the information valuable, it's a fun read over a rainy day or two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
Larry's clearly a star in the fantasy baseball world. 15% through the book I thought he was my long lost father. Some parts of the book aren't going to be for every player, but he does a nice job letting you know before you even get into most of it whether or not it applies to the type of reader you are. At 300 pages, it's basically a choose your own adventure of 20 or so pages because of the different game types and experience levels. I'm a guy that plays only auctions and preaches value. While I did that, I don't think I've made certain to get ENOUGH value. Larry shows you how. I can't wait to use Larry's formula and see how it goes in 2014!
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