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Topic: Review Russ's Ebook (long)
 Throwball Heroes_118522
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**preface** Sorry, I probably got way too wordy as I put together my thoughts on the new, updated ebook. So if you don't read it all, that's fine. Take the time to read the ebook, it's more important.



Just printed out the 2013 How To Win Fantasy Football ebook put together by Russ Bliss. I still remember the first year he put together this guide and I was impressed by the amount and detail of information Russ provided. This after playing fantasy football for 27 years! You never get to a point where you ďknow it allĒ in fantasy football. There will always be curves throughout the season and you canít forget to factor luck but you can expect the Fantasy Football Law of Averages to bite you in the butt at least once during the season. This ebook is an all-pro performer for owners of all experience and skill levels. Even now, I pick up useful reminders when I sit down and read the ebook cover to cover. Even though some of the topics of discussion donít pertain to any league I play it, itís always worthwhile to see the many different ways people play fantasy football.

Outside of the spell mistakes and grammatical errors the ebook seems to be on spot for the start of the upcoming NFL season and kickoff to fantasy football drafts. The last 2 years I have used Russís draft guideline in conjunction with my thoughts on how to draft a fantasy team. What surprised me the first year I read his ebook was how similar the two draft strategies paralleled each other. In fact I even posted a few stories about the thrill and excitement as I headed towards draft day. While I didnít win my league that year or any subsequent year leading up to this season I still appreciated having the draft guidelines that Russ laid out. For new owners it would be a big benefit to pay attention to the round by round instructions, but as Russ says a draft is dynamic and you need to remain flexible when your picks come up. This goes for experienced owners too, who playing in multiple leagues with different scoring systems.



Every year I have read his ebook I get excited reading the scoring section; in hopes my league will adopt this scoring format. Unfortunately by draft day I am let down as we continue with a ďmore does mean betterĒ mentality in our league. Gone are the days of keeping scoring ďsimpleĒ and rewarding players for their outstanding play instead of rewarding them for every single yard they grind out. I was of the ďsimpleĒ mentality for years but the ebook introduced me to new concepts and ideas that I have taken to my league in order to institute.



When it comes to the draft guide, itís not set in concrete. Your league varies from my league, which is probably different than what Russ plays in. From the number of owners to the league layout and drafting tendencies these are all dynamic. So there is no one best plan to accommodate every owner, BUT Russ does a great job providing the foundation on which to build your fantasy team. Over the last 3 years I have employed a number of different strategies when it came to the draft. Over the years I subscribed to the 1 QB/1 RB/1 WR mentality through 3 rounds. That would usually provide a solid triad from which to build your team. Unfortunately, things being what they were, my strategy failed me and I was left looking up all season at the leaders.
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"ISIYBITSI" -Russ Bliss

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A concept I am still trying to grasp is the 2 QB draft. I thought I had a good plan in place, again thanks in part to many lengthy discussions that took place on FFS and the information gleaned from the ebook. After playing with the same group of guys for years, I like you, might know their tendencies when it comes to draft day. One of the things I could not really plan for the last few years, the number of quarterbacks being drafted through 2 rounds. Last year 11 QB were selected in the first 3 rounds and 10 QB the year before! Logic would tell you this left more RB and WR on the board to draft with so many drafting a QB. Waiting for a QB in round 5, 6 or 7 became tough to deal with. At least in our league many wanted a prime time arm, but they were paying dearly for it in the early rounds. Rarely was there any good information to provide a format to follow for starting 2 QB. Based on my (incorrect) conclusions I tried last year and failedÖmiserably. I had a 2QB draft strategy in place, but after the 5th pick my strategy had been reduced to nothing more than fodder. Unlike the options Russ provides I had no contingency plan in place for the first 3 rounds. Still logic dictates these are the ďeasy roundsĒ in a draft, as you know you will get quality talent.



The ebook also introduced me to ADP and VBD, two acronyms and systems I had never used. Before 2 years ago I never followed mock drafts or participated in them. I will find them useful, to a point. Again, itís back to tendencies and YOUR league that will play into how a draft goes. The draft is dynamic and as I saw last year my strategy was out of the door after just 5 picks. Maybe that is a lack of planning on my part to plan for the worst and hope for best. Luck was NOT my lady last season. Then again, it could have been all the Johnny Walker Blue during the draft. My memory is a bit fuzzy. I now take both ADP and VDB into consideration when planning my cheat sheets, thanks in part to Russ introducing both concepts in the ebook. If you havenít used either or both I would recommend giving them another look. Both are powerful tools that can assist in your draft.



With that said, it usually comes down to Tiering for my cheat sheets, Russ stresses this as well in the ebook. Itís a very clear cut way to decide what players will be on your radar for the upcoming round. You can refer to other resources in order to help select a player from an individual Tier, because players are usually grouped pretty closely together. We see the questions come up every year on FFS, about favorite players or teams. I go into the draft wanting no player in particular and favoring no team. I did this in year 1 and ended up with Ali Haji Shiekh as my first pick.



Not sure I recall seeing this information last year, but itís great to know Russ has included FP/PG or Fantasy Points Per Game in the book this year. This like many other items I have already touched on is interesting to see, especially when the numbers are broken down. Russ ďcame up with a ranking system incorporating both yards allowed and touchdowns allowed to determine the weekly matchups for QB, RB, WR/TE against the NFL defense they were facing.Ē Talk about revolutionary! This doesnít work to start the season, but by midseason you have collected enough data to implement FP/PG and start to benefit from results. I am excited to see this added into the ebook and should benefit those owners willing to take the time and run the numbers.



Russ does provide his 3 point plan for winning at fantasy football. He makes it sound so simple from the drafting of players, to starting the right players and acquiring free agents. Yet itís not as straightforward as it is written. Luck, as Russ says is something you cannot draft. Itís something that just happens in fantasy football. Sometimes you are blessed to have it, other times you wonder if you will get any breaks before the season is over. I concur with his lineup advice and itís repeated time and time again on FFS. Start your studs (early) and donít panic if your stud is a dud the first few weeks. We compare fantasy football to a marathon, not a sprint. You are in for 17 weeks, so starting slow isnít necessarily going to bite you early on. Watch out for The Ogletree Factor, as I wrote about it last year, Russ mentions it in his ebook calling it The One Week Wonder. It happens EVERY year and some owner will jump on a hot weekly player only to lose out in the long run that player who doesnít perform up to their one week numbers. This is referred to as the fantasy football law of averages, another point that is stressed time and time again on FFS.



Overall another OUTSTANDING ebook has been compiled by Russ. Itís for owners of ALL experience levels, from the first time owner to the long time veteran; the book seems to have something for everyone. As I said I was shocked when I read it the first year and learned a great deal of information. Now, I look forward to reading the updated when itís released every year. Big props to Russ and all those at FFS for all they do. In all my years of participating in fantasy football I have not found a better site when it comes to drafting tools and preparing for a draft. During the course of the season itís great to listen to Russ on air and bounce ideas and opinions off the many owners who contribute to the FFS Forums. Thanks again to Russ and all those who make FFS what it is. Best of luck this year to everyone in your upcoming fantasy leagues.
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