I don't think they are a WASTE of money, if ya gots the cash then any information helps i suppose. Personally i think the information you find here, or the cheatsheets available on other websites are as good as you'll find in any magazine so i don't find the need to purchase one. But there are certain places you can't take your computer to read stuff, such as public transport, shitter, etc etc. So if ya wanna buy one go ahead, any extra information, points of view etc can only help i think.
Mags to me are about 4 or 5 other "experts" opinions and a nice little organized list of all of the players that I can cross off at my draft.
Some of them like Fantasy football weekly (put out by Fanball) or pro football weekly annual issues are something decent to read. They have some articles about why auction is better than draft and vice versa. Some different strategies to try depending on where you draft.
I buy FFW for a list of guys, some different ideas, and collectibility since I've been buying it for 3 or 4 years now. Did you know the A-train was the 5th ranked RB 2 years ago. Ouch!
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Last year was my first year playing in a FFL and the first thing I did was go and buy a magazine filled with great information on who to pick and not not to pick. This website was tremendous to me,and my plans this year is to buy a couple of fantasy magazines filled with great cheatsheets and let people use them on my draft night.
Canadian_Cheesehead wrote:Yea, they aren't really necessary and the cheat sheets are usually fairly bad. However, the articles and interviews are always interesting and I bought Fantasy Guru last year and got more than my money's worth out of it despite not using the cheat sheets. It had 5 paragraphs on the top 25 at each position and 1 paragraph on the next 25, well worth my $8.
I also bought the Fantasy Guru mag last year and it had alot of useful stuff in it. I think its the best mag out there.
There's infinitely more here in terms of resources, you get more opinions that, despite the mag writer's claim to be experts, are usually better thought out than in the magazines, and most importantly, all the information here is dynamic: i.e. it updates over time.
Because I don't have the time to surf the fantasy baseball site I picked up a fantasy baseball mag, and by the time I actually drafted half the info in the magazine was too outdated to be of help. With this site, the info is constantly being updated.
i usually buy a few. i buy them just to read and to find out what other players are thinking. you should not buy them to make your own decision. these so called experts arent crap. i have made the mistake of letting these magazines influence my choices and was burned for it. if you can buy them and not let them influence you, and use them to find out what other players are thinking then they are a great investment
I think there are some good articles and some good player info in ff mags.
Usually what i do is just go to a book store, and look over them and see what they have to say and then just put them back. If something catches my eye i read it, and i look at the rankings and usually have a laugh about a few of them. But I dont spend my money on them anymore.
If you are a newbie, it may help and give you a security blanket, but other than that I'm not really game. I may buy one if its REALLY good, but probably not.
when i first started doing fantasy, over 10 years ago, i felt that these magazines were priceless. that was before i had regular access to the internet. now i agree with you guys, theyre a fun read but the numerous websites are more accurate and more helpful.