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Jul 26

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Run Draft Buddy From Your iPad or Android Tablet

We have a new potential method for running Draft Buddy on an iPad and other tablets. I got this up and running in just a few minutes.

We have a new potential method for running Draft Buddy on an iPad and other tablets. I got this up and running in just a few minutes.

While Draft Buddy requires Microsoft Excel, and the iPad version of Excel is not sufficient to run Draft Buddy, due to its more advanced features and back-end programming, we still managed to find a solution to run Draft Buddy on an iPad (old method). That was the case, until the OnLive Desktop free third-party service stopped operating earlier this year.

It looks like we are on track again. Described below is a new method that looks very promising for you guys to use Draft Buddy on your iPad. Props to customer Scott B. who brought this to my attention.

The third-party software I used to accomplish the task is called TeamViewer. It is free. You will need an internet connection.

Essentially installing TeamViewer on your desktop or laptop, connected to your home network, and then the TeamViewer app on your iPad, allows you to control your home computer from the iPad. Your home computer has Excel and Draft Buddy, and voila, you are running DB from your tablet.

Here are the steps I followed:

1. Download and install TeamViewer to my laptop that has Excel and Draft Buddy on it. Indicate simple setup – want to control this computer and it is for personal, non-commerical use.

2. As part of the installation, agree to create a TeamViewer account. Confirm email address. This step may not even be necessary.

3. TeamViewer starts up and presents an id and password, credentials that another computer will need to take control of this computer. Note, I didn’t even have Excel or Draft Buddy open at this point.

4. Start iPad and go to teamviewer.com, and it should prompt you to go to the App Store to install the TeamViewer app. Do that.

5. Open TeamViewer app and it prompts you for id from step 3. Input that, then the password, and your iPad should turn into your desktop/laptop screen. It gives instructions to navigate the app (normal touch controls). Now you have control of your computer that has Draft Buddy.

At this point I was able to open Excel, open Draft Buddy, make setting changes, Compile Cheatsheets and draft some players.

I did find the touch control scrolling on the offense tab a little difficult to go side to side. Up and down scrolling was no problem. It made me see if it is possible to get a mouse for an iPad, and it looks like you can switch the TeamViewer app to register mouse controls instead of touch controls. That might work better.

Speed seemed okay. Similar to the old OnLive Desktop I would guess you need a good internet connection on both ends of this setup for it to work well.

Feel free to try this out and report how it is going. I’m going to keep testing here, and might go to Best Buy and look for an iPad mouse too. Although I don’t have an Android tablet the TeamViewer website indicates they have an Android app and Windows phone app, too.

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Arizona Cardinals Team Report

Won't Surprise If David Johnson Starts Over Andre Ellington

Arizona Cardinals hope QB Carson Palmer can remain healthy in 2015, and to help those odds the team invested heavily along its offensive line and drafted a big running back to protect him.

Arizona Cardinals hope QB Carson Palmer can remain healthy in 2015, and to help those odds the team invested heavily along its offensive line and drafted a big running back to protect him.

Tier · Rank
QB C. Palmer
4 · 15th
360-575-4,200 25 TD 18 INT
20-25 0 TD
RB A. Ellington
5 · 30th
150-650 4 TD
45-400 2 TD
RB D. Johnson
6 · 37th
180-695 6 TD
30-250 1 TD
RB K. Williams
40-150 1 TD
RB S. Taylor
WR M. Floyd
6 · 31st
60-925 7 TD
WR J. Brown
7 · 34th
55-775 5 TD
WR L. Fitzgerald
8 · 44th
65-750 5 TD
WR J. Brown
20-250 2 TD
TE D. Fells
20-225 1 TD
TE T. Niklas

QB Carson Palmer

At 35 years of age and entering his 13th NFL season, the biggest issue with Palmer isn’t his productivity – it’s his health. Solid when he was in the lineup, Palmer just wasn’t in the starting lineup nearly enough in 2014 as he missed three early season games with a shoulder injury before suffering a season-ending ACL injury during Week 10. During his six starts, he threw for 1,626 yards with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions, while averaging a very respectable 20.8 PPG. The Cardinals hope that he can remain healthy in 2015, and to help those odds the team invested heavily along its offensive line as well as added rookie 3rd round pick David Johnson to its group of skill position players. At wide receiver, Palmer has plenty of talent to throw to in the form of wily veteran Larry Fitzgerald as well as a pair of promising receivers in Michael Floyd and John Brown. If Palmer can remain healthy for 16 games then he rates as an upper tier QB2.

RB Andre Ellington

Taken in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the 5’9”, 199 pound Ellington displayed plenty of playmaking ability as a rookie, gaining 652 rushing yards and three touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry and adding another 371 yards and a score on 39 receptions. Given his solid production, the Cardinals moved him into the starting lineup and he shot up fantasy cheat sheets given his breakout potential. Sure enough, Ellington’s diminutive stature and overuse proved to be his undoing as he missed four games due to injuries and saw his yards per carry plummet to 3.3, although some of that can be blamed on the team’s porous offensive line. In 2015, Ellington is slated to remain the team’s starter but the Cardinals figure to curtail his workload, having drafted David Johnson in the 3rd round of this year’s draft. Since Ellington is ill-suited to handle major touches and he is unlikely to warrant touches at the goal line, he rates as a mid-tier RB3 this year. And given his current ADP in the middle of the 4th round, he is being drafted as a mid to lower tier RB2 making him one of the most overvalued running backs as training camps open.

RB David Johnson

With Andre Ellington failing to prove himself as a legitimate starting running back, the Cardinals added to their backfield depth by selecting David Johnson in the 3rd round of this year’s draft. The 6’3”, 225 pound Northern Iowa product would seem to be the perfect complement to the diminutive Ellington, but his scouting report indicated that his biggest failing in college was running between the tackles. In fact, as an outside runner and capable pass catcher, Johnson’s skill set is very similar to Ellington’s despite the differences in their stature. While that doesn’t sound overly promising, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Johnson overtook Ellington in the starting lineup at some point given Ellington’s struggles as a runner last season (3.3 yards per carry). At worse, Johnson figures to spell Ellington on a regular basis and he also has an opportunity to emerge as the team’s short yardage back. We rate Johnson as an above average dynasty prospect and a lower tier RB3 with upside in 2015 who should approach 200 touches.

RB Stepfan Taylor

Taken in the 5th round of the 2013 draft, Taylor has failed to carve out a significant role in the Cardinals backfield during his two years in the league. A bit of a bowling ball at 5’9” and 214 pounds, he has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and found the end zone just once in 99 carries. Since the Cardinals have seemingly given up on him in favor of Andre Ellington and rookie 3rd round pick David Johnson, we suggest that you should follow suit. Taylor may not even earn a roster spot in 2015.

WR Michael Floyd

Taken in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Floyd emerged as a consistent offensive weapon in his second season in the league, catching 65 passes for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. A big play threat at 6’3”, 225 pounds with solid speed, Floyd was expected to build on his 2013 production with a big year last season. It never happened as Floyd was regressed, in part due to his own inconsistency but also because of the Cardinals poor quarterback play. As their main option on deep passes, Floyd simply had too many uncatchable balls thrown his way. With Carson Palmer back from the ACL injury that ended his season early in 2014, there is hope that Floyd will emerge as an upper tier fantasy option in 2015. But head coach Bruce Arians needs to help that out by making Floyd a bigger part of the team’s offense. He was targeted just 99 times last season and was targeted five or fewer times in seven of his last 11 games last season. With Floyd sharing the target count almost equally with Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, he rates as a mid-tier WR3 but a huge season could be in store if Arians makes the decision to feature him in the Cardinals offense.

WR Larry Fitzgerald

At 31 years of age (32 on opening day) and entering his 12th year in the league, the sun is beginning to set on Fitzgerald’s career. While the Cardinals were willing to restructure his contract so that he could finish his career in Arizona, signing him to a two-year, $22-million contract, that was as much of a reflection on his outstanding career and leadership abilities as it was a reflection of his current abilities on the field. In 2014, with Carson Palmer under center for just six games and the team going through a carousal of backup quarterbacks, Fitzgerald (who missed two games himself) suffered through the worst year of his career, catching 63 of his 103 targets for 784 yards and just two touchdowns with the targets and touchdowns hitting career lows. In 2015, Fitzgerald figures to share the load at wide receiver nearly equally with Michael Floyd and John Brown, as was the case last season. While his production last season was disappointing, the truth is that a rebound season for Fitzgerald isn’t out of the question provided Palmer can remain healthy. The Cardinals failed to top 20 points during their last eight games including the playoffs. Fitz is the team’s main threat in the red zone so we can view his two touchdown season from a year ago as an anomaly. A realistic view of his upside is 80 receptions for 900 yards and 7-8 touchdowns, which is lower tier WR2 territory. Consider Fitzgerald an upper tier WR4 with upside.

WR John Brown

Taken in the 3rd round of last year’s draft, Brown wasn’t expected to make much of an impact in his rookie season until he put together an impressive preseason. In this case, the production matched the hype as Brown produced a solid rookie season despite quarterback Carson Palmer appearing in just six games. Brown caught 48 passes for 696 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 14.5 yards per reception. At 5’10” and 179 pounds, Brown doesn’t possess great size but he has blazing speed, having run a sub-4.4 40. As a rookie, Brown was targeted a healthy 103 times, the same amount as Larry Fitzgerald and four more times than Michael Floyd. Unfortunately, his reception to target percentage of 46.6% left something to be desired but that wasn’t helped by the Cardinals revolving door situation at quarterback last season. An ascending talent, Brown should benefit from better quarterback play in 2015 and given his big play ability, we rate him as a low end WR3 or high end WR4. And as a future replacement for Larry Fitzgerald, he is a solid option in dynasty formats.

TE Darren Fells, TE Troy Niklas and TE Jermaine Gresham

Is Arizona where tight ends come to die? No. It’s where they come to block. Bruce Arians doesn’t utilize his tight ends as receivers and, with a solid trio of wide receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown, who can blame him? In Fells, Niklas and the recently signed Gresham, the Cardinals feature a trio of players who are similar in one way – they are all big dudes and capable blockers. This is situation to avoid for fantasy, folks. Plain and simple.

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Arizona Cardinals IDP Team Report

Calais Campbell a Fine Choice as a DL1

Despite a number of player defections, injuries and another long suspension for inside linebacker Daryl Washington, the Arizona Cardinals still managed to field one of the NFL’s best defenses in 2014. However, with maestro Todd Bowles now the head coach of the New York Jets, the Cardinals face even more uncertainty this season.

Defensive Linemen

From an IDP perspective, the Arizona defensive line begins and ends with end Calais Campbell, who finished 8th at the position in fantasy scoring in 2014 despite missing a pair of games. Grantland’s Bill Barnwell believes that the NFL’s “Top 100” List did the eighth-year veteran a disservice this year.

“Campbell does not belong 71 spots below (Gerald) McCoy and 75 spots below (Ndamukong) Suh,” Barnwell said. “That’s for sure. He missed two games because Julius Thomas took him out with an illegal block and still managed to lead a mostly anonymous Arizona front seven to the league’s sixth-best run defense.”

In fantasy terms, Campbell isn’t ranked behind either. Yes, he’s never amassed double-digit sacks and doesn’t have a tremendously high IDP ceiling, but floors don’t get much higher thanks to his annually steady tackle stats. He’s a fine choice as a DL1.


Given how well the Cardinals fared as a unit in 2014, one would think that there would be some IDP hay to be made among the linebackers. One would be wrong. In fact, the most valuable IDP option among the linebackers may well be a player who wasn’t even on the team last year.

That would be Sean Weatherspoon, who admitted that the past two injury-marred years with the Atlanta Falcons weighed on him while speaking with Darren Urban of the team’s website.

“If you look at it in a negative way, it’ll weigh down on you,” he said. “Your days won’t go by the same, and you will have some dark days and dark nights, some long nights. I’ve been there. I’m human. We all think, ‘What if.’ ”

With Larry Foote now a coach, Washington still not reinstated (and facing another suspension once he is) and Kevin Minter just not good, IDP owners should be wondering what a healthy Weatherspoon might be able to do for them – at least enough to merit a late-draft dart throw.

Defensive Backs

There was fantasy value galore in the Arizona secondary last year, even if it didn’t come from where we expected. No one personified that more than seventh-year veteran Rashad Johnson, who came from nowhere to top 90 tackles and finish third among defensive backs in fantasy points. Johnson told Urban that he credits his time in the film room and ability to diagnose plays for his breakout season.

“It’s something that makes me who I am,” Johnson said. “It makes me that special player that’s vital even if he’s not a Patrick Peterson-type of athlete. Vital because he can help the defense as a whole because he knows the plays. He can help everyone play faster.”

Expecting a repeat of that top-five finish may be wishful thinking, as in Deone Bucannon and Tyrann Mathieu the Cardinals also have a pair of talented young players who will get their share of snaps as well.

If anything, that’s the problem in the defensive backfield for the Cards. Any of these three players could – in theory – post DB1 numbers. Or all could spend the year siphoning upside from the others. As things stand right now Johnson is the preferred option, followed closely by Mathieu. But Bucannon isn’t that far behind, making it a murky (and risky) IDP situation.

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