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12 Books To Improve Your Fantasy Game in 2021

Each and every one of you knows that learning is a lifelong process, and fantasy sports is no exception. The game is evolving, and you need to keep learning to stay ahead of the curve. And what better way to do that than by using probably the oldest source of knowledge known to man? We have put together a handy list of books that will help you to get better at DFS and will entertain you along the way.



Dueling With Kings (2017)

Author: Daniel Barbarisi

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About the book: Barbarisi uncovers the tumultuous inside story of DFS, all while capturing its peculiar cast of characters, from wide-eyed newly minted millionaires to sun-starved math geeks to bros living an endless frat party of keggers and Playboy bunnies. Can he outwit them all and make it to the top?


Billion Dollar Fantasy (2019)

Author: Albert Chen

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About the book: Chen tells the story of the improbable individuals behind the saga: An Irishman who knew nothing about American sports. A fantasy geek who felt it was his destiny to change the way fellow nerds watched the games they loved. A conflicted poker player. A mother of three in Scotland.

In a character-driven narrative with excursions into the strange and unexpected, Chen takes us from casinos to board rooms, from Edinburgh to Wall Street to the Vegas Strip, to tell a sprawling and intimate tale of the new world that this group of accidental disruptors helped to create. It’s a story of ideas and dreams, about a world of risk, luck, hubris, greed and redemption—a story for our high-stakes times.



Wasting Your Wildcard (2018)

Author: David Wardale

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About the book: Welcome to the obsessive world of Fantasy Football, where managers will do anything to succeed. David Wardale—writer for the UK's number one Fantasy Football site, Fantasy Football Scout—meets previous winners to discover how they beat millions to the crown.

He reveals the leagues where failure involves outright humiliation and discovers just how low some managers will go to claim a psychological advantage. Along the way, he finds Saudi sheikhs, stats professors, most of Norway, and a member of one of the biggest pop bands of all time, all of them united by their unflinching desire for Fantasy Football greatness.


Fantasy Premier League: Unlocking The Secrets To A Top 1% Finish (2019)

Author: Toby Margetts, Gianni Butticé

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About the book: Fantasy Premier League has become more than a game. It’s a phenomenon. With well over 6,000,000 players signing up for the 2019/20 season and around 24 septillion possible lineups, there are untold subtleties that separate 99% of players from the elite 1% who consistently occupy the top of the overall rankings, not to mention taking home the prize pots and bragging rights at the end of each season.

This book will show you how to join that 1%. FPL veterans and perennial top 1% finishers Toby and Gianni share everything they’ve learned from over 10 years of FPL graft – from pre-season scouting to the final sprint, unveiling the patterns and habits that only the best exhibit. It’s an invaluable manual of data, managerial nous and the all-too-familiar learnings of despair and heartbreak, neatly packaged up to power your team to the top.

Armed with this unprecedented knowledge and know-how, you’ll have an enormous edge over anyone you come up against. This book is not a guide to how to play Fantasy Premier League – it’s how to win.

Read more: Big DON'Ts for FPL Season


Mathletics (2012)

Author: Wayne L. Winston

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About the book: In this book, Wayne Winston describes the mathematical methods that top coaches and managers use to evaluate players and improve team performance, and gives math enthusiasts the practical tools they need to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of their favorite sports―and maybe even gain the outside edge to winning bets.

Mathletics blends fun math problems with sports stories of actual games, teams, and players, along with personal anecdotes from Winston's work as a sports consultant. Winston uses easy-to-read tables and illustrations to illuminate the techniques and ideas he presents, and all the necessary math concepts―such as arithmetic, basic statistics and probability, and Monte Carlo simulations―are fully explained in the examples.


How Fantasy Sports Explains the World (2013)

Author: AJ Mass

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About the book: It is an entertaining, anecdotal exploration of how the skills used in evaluating fantasy sports talent are one and the same with those skills we all use every day of our lives, in all manner of everyday situations. It takes the reader on a journey from the casinos of Atlantic City to charred Connecticut campgrounds, from the Last Supper to the Constitutional Convention that started our country down the road to democracy, from the back rooms of Wall Street to the jury rooms of our judicial system.

In doing so, the author demonstrates that winning fantasy advice can come from anyone and be found almost anywhere - the wit and wisdom of William Shakespeare, the scientific genius of Stephen Hawking, or the futuristic whimsy of a galaxy far, far, away.


Expected Goals Philosophy (2019)

Author: James Tippett

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About the book: Expected Goals (otherwise known as xG) was originally conjured up by a small corner of the online football analytics community. It didn’t take long for professional gamblers to begin using xG to predict match outcomes. These bettors utilised the Expected Goals method to turn over hundreds of millions of pounds from the bookmakers.

Before long, football clubs had caught on to the ground-breaking insight given by xG. Brentford FC were leaders in this field, managing to assemble a Play-Off-reaching squad on a shoe-string budget. In the last five years, the small West London side have turned over more than £100m in transfer revenue from their use of the Expected Goals method in player recruitment.

More recently, the Expected Goals method has been adopted by the media as a form of insight. Fans are finally catching on to the pioneering means of football analysis. Soon enough, anyone who doesn’t understand the Expected Goals philosophy will be left behind.


Football Hackers: The Science and Art of a Data Revolution (2019)

Author: Christoph Biermann

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About the book: Football's data revolution has only just begun. The arrival of advanced metrics and detailed analysis is already reshaping the modern game. We can now fully assess player performance, analyze the role of luck and measure what really leads to victory. There is no turning back.

Now the race is on between football's wealthiest clubs and a group of outsiders, nerds and rule-breakers, who are turning the game on its head with their staggering innovations. Winning is no longer just about what happens out on the pitch, it's now a battle taking place in boardrooms and on screens across international borders with the world's brightest minds driving for an edge over their fiercest rivals.

Christoph Biermann has moved in the midst of these disruptive upheavals, talking to scientists, coaches, managers, scouts and psychologists in the world's major clubs, traveling across Europe and the US and revealing the hidden - and often jaw-dropping - truths behind the beautiful game.



Stat Shot (2016)

Author: Rob Volman

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About the book: Advanced stats give hockey’s powerbrokers an edge, and now fans can get in on the action. This book is a fun and informative guide hockey fans can use to understand and enjoy what analytics says about team building, a player’s junior numbers, measuring faceoff success, recording save percentage, the most one-sided trades in history, and everything you ever wanted to know about shot-based metrics. Acting as an invaluable supplement to traditional analysis, the book can be used to test the validity of conventional wisdom, and to gain insight into what teams are doing behind the scenes ― or maybe what they should be doing.

Whether looking for a reference for leading-edge research and hard-to-find statistical data, or for passionate and engaging storytelling, Stat Shot belongs on every serious hockey fan’s bookshelf.

Read more: Using Advanced Metrics in Daily Fantasy Hockey

Hockey Analytics: A Game-Changing Perspective (2017)

Author: Stephen Shea, Christopher Baker 

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About the book: Backed by the findings of an original study never before released to the public, the book demonstrates that—whether it is a failed pinch in the offensive zone, a missed rotation in the defensive zone or other blunder—the vast majority of goals are scored when the defense’s positioning is compromised. The authors identify the actions that give players the time and space to read, react and execute. Their findings will shock even the most experienced hockey minds and call into question strategies regularly employed by the game’s best coaches.

It is simple, actionable and nothing like you’ve seen before. Whether you’re a fan, player or coach, Hockey Analytics will change how you experience hockey.



A Pro’s Guide for Winning at Daily Fantasy Basketball (2017)

Author: Joe Gallagher

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About the book: A Pro’s Guide for Winning at Daily Fantasy Basketball is a book written by an NBA DFS Pro and is geared toward an audience that wants to take that next step in daily fantasy basketball.


Quick Guide to Fantasy Basketball (2020)

Author: Brian Mahoney

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About the book: This book describes fantasy basketball, including how to play the game, form a team, and strategies to win.



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