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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally they've gotten it right...., August 1, 2005
This review is from: Pro Football Prospectus 2005: Statistics, Analysis, and Insight for the Information Age (Paperback)
I've read all the previous Football Prospectus (Football Forecast, I believe they were called), and I had always been disappointed by the level of analysis. This year, I wasn't going to buy it, but the addition of Will Carrol, made me reconsider, and I'm glad I did.

This year they finally took the information and stats and put them to use in the team and player comments. In years past, I always felt like the stats were an after thought, and the book felt more like a glorified Fantasy Football magazine. This year, I finally feel like I'm reading something new and interesting, a book not afraid to challenge what we know about football (or support it as the stats bear out).

The book is organized by team sections and then sections in the back with comments on skill players broken out by position. The team sections have an essay about the team and a research piece that is sometimes relevant to the team section sometimes not, but so far they have all been interesting.

If you're looking for help in your Fantasy Football league, this book may be more than you need (which is a compliment in my mind).

Not that it can't help, but for the first time, it feels like the authors are aspiring to reach more than Fantasy Football fans, but real football fans who want to understand their sport better. So Fantasy Fans might be better served with a Magazine or the like.

While the authors don't quite achieve the status of Bill James to Baseball or John Hollinger to Basketball (I highly recommend his Basketball Prospectus), this is good effort towards changing the way you understand football, and next year I will buy it without hesitation.
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