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Pro Football Prospectus 2008: The Essential Guide to the 2008 Pro Football Season Paperback – July 9, 2008
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The Boston Globe
A book that any self-respecting NFL fan needs to purchase.
Bill Simmons, ESPN.com
Exhaustive, enlightening, surprising in many cases, and an absolute must-read if you like the NFL.
Peter King, Sports Illustrated --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This edition needed a more thorough editing job. It abounds with typos, transposed numbers and missing negative signs.
Additionally, the authors make a fair ammount of errors. Correlation and causation are confused, conclusions are drawn from questionable sample sizes, context and interrelatedness of statistics aren't considered strongly enough. In the text-heavy portions, it seems that the FO team tries to "force" analysis and discussion instead of approaching their subject with the detachment of scientists.
That said, at times the analysis is superlative and there is great data in here from the charting of NFL games from the last few seasons.
Of all the books that rely on statistical information to be applied in a useful way (fantasy football), Pro Football Prospectus is, to me, the very best. It doesn't seem as easy to use as the baseball version, but at over 500 pages, it's incredibly heavy on the stats, which are listed in numerous ways, then compared and analyzed dispassionately (you won't believe the ways they use statistics to uncover who is undervalued, and who is overvalued). It covers every team, and every player. Strengths, weaknesses, injuries. It all helps make FF drafts easier than some of the similar books now available (though, admittedly, I haven't seen them all). The fact that PFP 08' is the first one available this summer doesn't hurt. Once you get used to it, it's easy to reference, meticulously organized and, of course, heavy on the nuts and bolts, (but paper-thin on the glitz). If you just want to win arguments, or want information about a particular player's personal life, it's too heavy for you. If you want information on just your favorite team, there are better places to get it (media guides, for one). It really is only for ultra-serious, intense fans of the game, and, of course, FF players. For roughly $15.00 online, how can you go wrong? I haven't seen anything else on the market that comes close.
--Sean D. Harvey
There's almost 500 pages!
* Roughly 10 pages of analysis and stats on every NFL team.
* Breakdowns of all skill positions
* Fantasy Risers and Fallers - Bill Barnwell
* Building a Better Draft Value Chart - Ben Riley
* Wide Receivers: Size Matters - Rob Pitzer
* Fantasy Projections
* Actual Draft Value Chart
Where else do you find stuff like this?!?
* Rating the 32 Medical Staffs - Bill Barnwell and Will Carroll
* The College Spread Offense: Bridging the Evaluation Gap - Doug Farrar
Not only for regular fans, this is also great for people who play fantasy football, and gamble on football as well.
I highly recommend this, and any future versions that the Football Outsiders guys put out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always a great read for any football fan. The in depth essays and analysis show interesting trends behind the scenes. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by G. Marcum
Not quite as staggeringly awesome as the baseball version of the Prospectus, but a great, great reference for the upcoming NFL season. Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by John J. Franco
This is the 4th year Aaron Schatz and company have published a prospectus and they have become the best football analysts whose information is publicly available. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Seth Burn
These guys write a better book each year and I've had all 4 since they first started doing them. I tell people, if you are a casual football fan, you might kinda like it, but... Read morePublished on August 28, 2008 by Ricky L. Dungey
No one brings the good football analysis like these guys. If you are at all interested in understanding how and why things happen on the football field they way they do, look no... Read morePublished on August 15, 2008 by Ben F. Evans
I cover the NFL for MVN.com, a blog network of sports fans. The annual Pro Football Prospectus by FootballOutsiders. Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by A. G. Brown