People who really want to get serious about fantasy football can buy fantasy football books that teach the principles of winning for fantasy football. Most of these fantasy football books are fairly inexpensive, so your main investment in reading these ff books will be time. Reading
Some people learn through reading. So if you’re new to fantasy football and want to learn about the game/hobby, you might want to read more than your spare fantasy football magazine. There are fantasy football beginners guides, as well as fantasy football advanced strategy guides. So I’ll try to give the broad spectrum of fantasy football books you can read when trying to master the science of fantasy football (actually, it’s more of an art, but who cares).
Fantasy Football For Dummies – Martin Signore
“Fantasy Football For Dummies” is from the famous “Dummies” series of books that seem to cover every subject known to mankind. This book is for the complete beginner to fantasy football, who wants to learn fantasy football basics without asking a bunch of dumb questions of his veteran friends. Fantasy Football For Dummies is also for wives and kids who want to know why hubby or Daddy spends all their time on their fantasy football league site.
This fantasy football basics guide not only gives a broad outline of what goes into a fantasy football season, but also what steps you can take to increase your odds of winning. Martin Signore covers what a fantasy football champion does and what a fantasy football champion doesn’t do. Yes, Fantasy Football For Dummies offers a “10 Things Not To Do” list, so you can avoid making the mistakes that all the other rookie fantasy football owners will make.
Also covered are alternative fantasy football league ideas, such as fantasy football auction drafts and IDP leagues.
Fantasy Football The Next Level – How To Build a Championship Team Every Season – David Dorey
David Dorey touts a “proven approach” to drafting a team that succeeds in every league. That’s quite a claim, since many fantasy football leagues turn on which team has the injuries and when those injuries happen. That being said, David Dorey is considered perhaps the world’s greatest fantasy football expert. The Dallas, Texas native has won some of the biggest leagues out there, and he started the uber-popular Huddle Fantasy Football Site.
“Fantasy Football The Next Level” suggests extensive use of mock drafts, cheat sheets, player research and player projections each season. You’ll have to use a spreadsheet to employ David Dorey’s LAG System, but the explanation of how to do this is explained in straightforward, no-nonsense prose. Fantasy Football the Next Level essentially teaches fantasy football players to avoid being chained to last year’s results and try to predict how this year will go instead.
Too many fantasy football league players assume the past predicts the future, but each fantasy season is completely different. The LAG system requires fantasy football projections for all the likely players in your fantasy draft, then drafting according to the cheat sheets these create – and analyzing which positions should have the greatest relative value, according to your league’s scoring system. This sounds complicated and it might be, to a certain degree. The upshot is you should be thinking about what’s to come this year – not what happened last year in fantasy football.
That’s hard to do, but David Dorey and Fantasy Football The Next Level help make it a little easier.
Fantasy Football Tips – 201 Ways To Win Through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting
“Fantasy Football Tips” is the latest submission from Sam Hendriks, who has written 4-5 fantasy football books to my knowledge. Somewhat like David Dorey, Sam Hendriks proposes you create your own fantasy football player rankings and fantasy football cheat sheets, instead of going from the list that was printed up four months ago for a fantasy football magazine.
Of particular use is the information on how to tailor your fantasy football rankings based on your league’s scoring system. Another useful section is the advice on fantasy football trades – the part of my game that I struggle with the most (often league commissioner, so I’m not as cutthroat as some of the guys in my leagues). “Fantasy Football Tips” helps the beginner fantasy football player, but I consider it also useful for veteran fantasy football players like myself.
More Fantasy Football Books
I wish I had read a whole library of fantasy football books, but alas, I haven’t. So instead of faking it, I’ll give a list of other fantasy football books you might find interesting and would suggest you research yourself, if the books enough don’t cover the subject.
Any readers who give these a try, send me an email and give your fantasy football book recommendations.
Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not) – Erik Barmack and Max Handelman
Drafting to Win: The Ultimate Guide to Fantasy Football – Robert Zarzycki
Fantasy Football’s Big Six – Robert Zarzycki
Fantasy Football Guidebook – Sam Hendricks
Fantasy Football Almanac 2009: The Essential Fantasy Football Reference Guide – Sam Hendricks
Your Official Guide on How to Dominate Fantasy Football – Randy Giminez
Having Fun With Fantasy Football! – John Sanders
Brotherhood of the Pigskin: A Fantasy Football Novel – Wade Lindenberger