After getting beaten up pretty good last year in my fantasy league, I decided to beef up on my football 101 in the summer. This book was the only pre-draft purchase I made - everything else was free info I found online. It was well worth it and most of their fantasy/NFL predictions have been pretty on point so far.
I'm 3-0 in one league, 2-1 in two others, and have pretty stacked benches.
Aside from the fantasy usefulness, this book has really opened my eyes to a lot of other facets to the NFL game. Sundays are more interesting and I've learned a lot about the league in the process.
This has quickly become a book that I plan to purchase on an annual basis, and if you're a little more than a casual fan or a fantasy nerd (like me), you really shouldn't be without it.
This book offers a great deal of data for anyone willing to go through it. Comprised of numerous charts, summaries, and analysis this book is chock full of information. There is a bit of a learning curve to fully understanding the whole book, though. In order to get the most out of the book you need to read the explanation about the stats they use. It can be a little grueling but, for a true Football Fan, it is worth it. For someone really into football this book earns 5 stars. If you are a more casual fan this earns 4 stars because you may find the initial output of reading to understand the book off-putting but in the end I found it worth it.
Every NFL fan should own this book. There's something for everyone. Extensive chapters on every team including incredible stats that you just don't see anywhere else. Reports and projections for every skill player, with great insights that will help Fantasy Football players. Years of statistical analysis that make you think a bit more about the game, even if you don't agree with all their conclusions. Buy this book. You won't be disappointed.
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I love this book and order it as soon as it's available. Great analysis of pro football and college teams in areas not even dreamed of by most fans.
One huge drawback for me in this edition was having the AFC North analyzed by a writer with an "inexplicable passion for the Cincinnati Bengals" as per the analyst's Bio provided by the Editor.
His snide references to the other three teams in the division and his petty comments of their players certainly detracts from the total enjoyment of the publication - at least for me. This type of tackiness is consistent with the so-called 'shock' reporting rampant today, but totally unnecessary if you want the facts.
I would also like to see a table depicting team win projections for the coming season coupled with their opponent's strength of schedule. For example, Baltimore 11.6 wins projected with the 11th toughest strength of schedule and Indianapolis 11.3 wins projected with the 26th toughest strength of schedule. This information is available for all teams - it just needs to be summarized into a table or graph.
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Love this book and anything from Football Outsiders. Their breakdown of the game into statistical components allows the reader to see some of the inner workings and causality of the end results of the game. The authors have quite a bit of wit as well.