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Re: "Winning Fantasy Baseball," by Larry Schechter

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:47 am
by J35J
West wrote:I'm surprised no one has turned in a negative review of this book yet. It was terrible. Reads like it was either written for a 12 year old, or by a 12 year old. He introduces ZERO new ideas for fantasy baseball. It's basically a very boring story about his simple valuation system.

His projection system is even worse. At one point he writes about projecting Brett Lawrie based on MLE's. He writes: "Clearly there is a LOT of guessing involved here." Joke. One article in Shandler's forecaster or 5 minutes on Fangraphs and you will learn more than can be gleaned from the entire book.

I'm sure he is a fantastic fantasy baseball manager but he's a terrible writer. Not an engrossing read at all, and I was surprised at how simple and poorly thought out his arguments were.


I read the free 20 pages or whatever it is on Amazon, I wasn't impressed either but figured I didn't get a chance to get to the good stuff.

Re: "Winning Fantasy Baseball," by Larry Schechter

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:21 am
by West
J35J wrote:
West wrote:I'm surprised no one has turned in a negative review of this book yet. It was terrible. Reads like it was either written for a 12 year old, or by a 12 year old. He introduces ZERO new ideas for fantasy baseball. It's basically a very boring story about his simple valuation system.

His projection system is even worse. At one point he writes about projecting Brett Lawrie based on MLE's. He writes: "Clearly there is a LOT of guessing involved here." Joke. One article in Shandler's forecaster or 5 minutes on Fangraphs and you will learn more than can be gleaned from the entire book.

I'm sure he is a fantastic fantasy baseball manager but he's a terrible writer. Not an engrossing read at all, and I was surprised at how simple and poorly thought out his arguments were.


I read the free 20 pages or whatever it is on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" class="vglnk"><span>Amazon</span></a>, I wasn't impressed either but figured I didn't get a chance to get to the good stuff.


Exactly. It doesn't get much better. I'd say it's a bit more interesting/useful to readers who play auction leagues than those who play snake draft. Just a very simplistic perspective and a boring read.

Re: "Winning Fantasy Baseball," by Larry Schechter

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:46 pm
by rjforlife
I just think it's interesting to read a book written by a successful fantasy baseball player. Clearly, he is not a writer, but the ideas he presents are helpful. I don't think it's the bible or anything, but I don't think it's terrible either, you just have to skip around to the parts that matter to you, and yes, it is 100% for auction leagues. If you are doing a snake draft, DO NOT buy this book. Also, if you think fantasy baseball is supposed to be fun, DO NOT buy this book, it is all about winning.

To me this book is like Con Air or the Rock. The writing is crap but it is entertaining for entertainments sake. You don't learn anything profound, but you don't regret watching(reading) it. And if it comes on TV, you know you are going to sit there and watch it, even if you know it's a waste of your time, because you like it.