|Fantasy Guide Review: Major League Baseball Fantasy Yearbook and Guide|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on February 17, 2009
Price: $ 9.95
One of the most expensive fantasy guides out there is the Major League Fantasy Baseball Yearbook and Guide. They tout themselves as the #1 Rated Fantasy Mag, but after reading and comparing it to the competition, it’s clear that whoever rated it #1 is probably on their staff.
While there is some value here, on the whole I do feel you could spend your money much better elsewhere, get a better guide and save a few bucks too. This guide does have several good features and good writers which will help experienced players get value from this guide but most people would benefit from just moving past this below average guide on the new stand. In other words, this is the guide I wish my competitors in a fantasy league would use.
In the following categories – let’s see how it scored.
• Articles - The only word I can use here is pitiful. There is a grand total of one article spanning two pages (most of which are covered with pictures and graphics), and the article is extremely simplistic.
• Top Prospects - Covers 60 prospects, 20 American League guys ready for 2009, 20 National League guys ready for 2009 and 10 of each to expect in 2010.
• Boom and Bust predictions - They offer 3 sleeper picks for each league at each position in the position by position rankings, which isn’t really what this category is about, so it’s a pale attempt. The only other section on predictions is the “Expert Picks” chart where the guide’s fantasy experts offer their predictions for MVPs, Cy Young awards, RoYs, and divisional and world series champions.
• Medical watch - None.
• Cheat Sheets - Check.
• Team Previews – Check.
• Depth Charts - Projected lineups, starters and setup/closers. None.
• Mock Draft - None.
• Position eligibility chart - Yes.
• Park Factors chart - None
• Information Key - Not available for dollar values in auction leagues. A slight explanation for how the capsules were written and by who (they has six writers each who handled a single division) which may skew the values slightly.
• Rankings by positions - Decent, but not great. But this section does contain the guide’s best feature -- grades for each player in each of the standard 5x5 categories.
• Internet updates - None publicized in the magazine.
• Player capsules – Thin -- the philosophy here seems to be that if you can’t say it in two sentences then you shouldn’t say it. Needless to say, you don’t get much flavor or opinion. Alphabetized in a section for hitters and a section for pitchers. Not attached to position by position rankings which makes quick look up easier.
• Bonus features which are nice to have - None.
Upsides: Sold prospect article. Some good writers did the capsules. Grade charts for players’ production in each category.
Downsides: Thin on opinions, thin on articles, thin on content in general, one of the most expensive fantasy guides.
Overall: This is one of the worst, if not the worst, fantasy guides for the buck, but like all guides there are some gems a very experienced player could mine from this guide.
We give it 0.5 balls.
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