How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookiees and Wall Street

How Fantasy Sports Explains the World: What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us About Wookiees and Wall Street


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The world of fantasy sports is no longer the purview of nerds and stat geeks. In fact, versions of the game are currently played by tens of millions of people worldwide. But while fantasy sports may have begun as a light-hearted diversion, to many of its participants winning or losing is no laughing matter. And as a professional fantasy sports expert who doles out advice on a daily basis for, author AJ Mass has learned one basic and inescapable truth about his job: people take what he says very seriously. When asked whether Player X or Player Y would be better to place in their fantasy lineup on a given day, what makes his recommendation of Player X carry so much weight is, more than anything else, he is simply not afraid to voice that opinion.

How Fantasy Sports Explains the World 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620876039
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

AJ Mass is a professional fantasy sports analyst working for, the most highly trafficked sports Web site on the Internet. After college, Mass spent four seasons inside the giant baseball-shaped head of the New York Mets legendary mascot, Mr. Met. His advice is sought after by fantasy sports owners from all over the globe. Mass’s innovative approaches to statistical analysis have earned him high praise from co-workers and competitors alike and have made him a frequent guest on many radio stations around the country. He lives with his wife and young son in Galloway, NJ.

MATTHEW BERRY is a fantasy sports analyst and columnist for ESPN. He is best known as "the Talented Mr. Roto," and lives in Hartford, Connecticut

Table of Contents

Foreword Matthew Berry ix

1 Christmas Eve with the Iversons 1

2 WWJD: Who Would Jesus Draft? 23

3 Alone on an Island 39

4 Sylvia Browne Told Me to Bench A-Rod 57

5 Wall Street and Huston Street: Is There a Magic Formula? 73

6 Matt Millen, Bring Me Your Torch 91

7 Shall I Compare Thee to Tom Brady? 107

8 Looking for Kevin Love in All the Wrong Places 121

9 Why the Founding Fathers Would Have Hated Bill Belichick 139

10 Smarter than Stephen Hawking 157

11 The Dark Side of Fantasy 173

12 The Thrill of Vicarious Victory 187

Epilogue 203

Acknowledgments 209

About the Author 211

Index 212

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