|Review: Beckett - Rotoworld.com Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2009|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on February 23, 2009
Every year, it seems that the Rotoworld team makes a better fantasy guide than they did the year before and the 2009 edition of this draft guide is no exception.Â However, the printed guide you find on the news stand is a different product from their online draft guide, which comes with real time updates, which are not offered to buyers of the magazine.Â Itâ€™s also got some flaws (which may be addressed in the online version, which atÂ $14.99 is more than twice the price of the printed version), but definitely hurt the paper version of this guide.
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â€¢Â Articles - An excellent array of strategy articles, opinions, predictions and more for standard one season leagues, keeper leagues, top offseason moves, questions, a fantasy roundtable, and even a nice stathead article on how defense effects pitching fill out the magazine.Â The humorous Crystal Ball Season predictions by Craig Calcaterra deserves a special mention even if it wonâ€™t help your fantasy draft one bit.
â€¢Â Top prospects - Top 100 prospects with capsules and ETA in the bigs for the first 52, explaining who you should keep an eye on and why.Â Then a list of the remaining 48 PLUS there are another 20 to keep an eye on for 2010-11. Itâ€™s one of the best prospect sections available this year.
Upsides:Â Excellent articles and player capsules. Tiered cheat sheets.Â Great sections on sleepers, busts and prospects.
Downsides:Â Lack of an explanatory key, lack of team previews, lack of a position eligibility chart - which is reflected in the cheat sheets where players seem to only be listed at a single position even if they are eligible at both.Â No free updates for those who donâ€™t purchase their online draft guide.
Overall:Â This is a very good fantasy guide, but itâ€™s still a few steps away from being a perfect one.
Give it 2.5 balls based on its overall balance but it lacks several features found in its competitors.
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