Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

08 Jul 2013

Mandatory Monday: Let's Get Real

My survey of several of the fantasy football guides currently on shelves, plus a look at why buying a fantasy football guide off a shelf makes almost no sense in 2013.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 08 Jul 2013

8 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2013, 11:33pm by Raiderjoe


by wr (not verified) :: Mon, 07/08/2013 - 12:02pm

Someone seems to have channeled their inner Eric Blair...

Nice article, though.

by bravehoptoad :: Mon, 07/08/2013 - 12:14pm

I don't indulge in fantasy football, and I've never read a fantasy football guide of any kind, on-line or print.

Even so, this article was a satisfying read while I was eating my bowl of cereal this morning.

Damn, Tanier...here's hoping you have a career as long as Peter King's.

by Peepshowmopguy (not verified) :: Mon, 07/08/2013 - 4:50pm

Anyone else find the irony in Mike doing a takedown of the dead FF publishing industry on the same day FO was suppose to (but hasn't as of the timestamp) release their solution to that problem?

Absent the availability of modern alternatives, these guides are often the easiest available resources for early drafters who don't want to pay for ESPN insider or other pay sites with (sometimes...) quality content.

by CBPodge :: Mon, 07/08/2013 - 5:36pm

But that does raise the question of why do you need to draft so early? I mean, the season starts in two months. There's plenty of time between now and then!

by LionInAZ :: Mon, 07/08/2013 - 9:58pm

You're not accounting for the boredom factor.

by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 07/09/2013 - 8:04am

Fantasy football drafts in July are, of course rediculous. I don't do it any more, but back when I did play FF, I always used the guide books as a starting point for looking at the season ahead. For example, if one of the player profiles said "player A should do well in this new system", you could start to look into how he compares to other guys in the same system. Things like that. You can never take the predictions completely seriously, given how much things change between the time they're published and the start of the season but at least the draft books are a starting point for getting ready.

by countertorque :: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 7:27pm

I guess some people really value that feeling of watching their #1 draft pick tear his ACL in a pre-season game. So, they want to maximize their chances.

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:33pm

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