Price $ 7.99
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Lindy’s is a big name when it comes to publishing sports related guides, but after passing judgment on its guides for several years, there is no doubt in my mind that Lindy’s is a lightweight when it comes to putting out complete fantasy baseball guides.
In the following categories - let’s see how it scored.
Articles - While they did draft Yahoo! fantasy writer Andy Behrens to write the keynote piece “Inside the Game” (churning your roster, managing prospects), there is no article content which is not related to prospects.
Top 25 prospects - We only get the top 25 for 2009 and then a second article about top prospects by position, most of whom will be irrelevant in 2009.
Sleeper picks - scattered throughout, usually listing one per position plus one super sleeper.
Boom and Bust predictions - Never clearly defined, but encapsulated in each position by position section there is a “Rising” and “Falling” section though neither appears to predict breakout years.
Medical watch - None, but there is a section at each position called “Risky Business” which seems to include medically related issues but rarely explains the medical risk.
Cheat Sheets - Check.
Team Previews - None.
Depth Charts - Projected lineups, starters and setup/closers - None.
Mock Draft - Check, very limited explanations.
Position eligibility chart - None, AND EVEN WORSE, fails to rank players at any other position where they qualify. Some examples, Hank Blalock is listed as a first baseman only, even though he’ll qualify at third in almost all leagues, while utility man Jerry Hairston is only listed as a shortstop.
Park Factors chart - None.
Information Key - Clearly defined at the top of the cheat sheets.
Rankings by positions - Well done, but fails to take into account multiple position eligibility.
Internet updates - None.
Player capsules - Well written with good analysis, but not useful as a quick reference as you not only need to look up the player by position, but by where the staff at Lindy’s ranked him, rather than alphabetically. Annoyingly projections are not included within inside each player’s capsule, but in a chart inconsistently placed somewhere within the section for that position. I absolutely loathed that feature.
Bonus features which are nice to have - None.
Upsides: What content there is, is well written with thoughtful analysis.
Downsides: Major flaws including lack of basic things we’d expect in a fantasy guide, including a list of players with eligibility at multiple positions, ballpark factors and all the little perks which make planning your draft easier.
Overall: This is a very basic fantasy guide which will be adequate for very experienced players and does have some gems of information in it, but overall it’s a poor excuse for a balanced fantasy guide and for the price you can do much better.
Give it 0.5 balls as one of 2009’s least complete and weakest fantasy guides.
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