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Using Draft Buddy on an iPad or Android Tablet

We’ve had the option and discussed using Draft Buddy on an iPad or Android tablet over in the Draft Buddy forum at FF Today since 2012 thanks to a free third-party service called OnLive Desktop.

Understandably, more and more people continue to ask me if they can use Draft Buddy on their iPad. In the past the main concern with this idea was requiring a really strong internet connection at your draft, and the service potentially disconnecting.

This year, I’m having really good success using OnLive Desktop. I’ve connected numerous times and haven’t experienced any issues.

There are a couple caveats, such as it is likely easier and faster to prep your copy of Draft Buddy on your laptop before uploading the file to the OnLive service, and web queries do not work, impacting the Update Projections and MFL Integration features. However, all-in-all this appears to be a solid option for using Draft Buddy at your draft if you really prefer to do it on your tablet instead of hauling a laptop along with you.

Although I was stumped for a while how to pull together a demo video showing what I’m doing on my laptop and iPad, I found some software to do the trick. At the top of this post is a video showing me using the OnLive service (free account), uploading Draft Buddy to that account, and opening and using Draft Buddy on my iPad. Post comments about your experiences or questions if you have them.

Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Football Player Projections, Rankings and Commentary

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs for a 31 yard touchdown in the 1st quarter of the Indianapolis Colts 23-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. December 22, 2013; Photographer: Jeff Moffett/Icon Sportswire

When it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs and fantasy impact, they’ve got Jamaal Charles and a whole lot of next to nothing. However, Charles is our #1 RB and overall player. He’s a pretty big deal. Photo: Icon Sportswire

Player Tier · Rank Passing Rushing Receiving FPts
QB A. Smith
5 · 21st
300-500-3,275 22 TD 12 INT
38-200 2 TD
RB J. Charles
1 · 1st
250-1,275 11 TD
60-575 4 TD
RB K. Davis
7 · 46th
100-400 3 TD
20-180 0 TD
RB D. Thomas
6-20 0 TD
0-00 0 TD
WR D. Bowe
7 · 38th
70-825 6 TD
WR A. Jenkins
15-200 1 TD
WR D. Avery
45-625 5 TD
WR J. Hemingway
10-120 0 TD
TE T. Kelce
5 · 24th
40-470 4 TD
TE A. Fasano
20-175 2 TD

QB Alex Smith

Traded to the Chiefs prior to the 2013 season, Smith put together the finest season of his nine-year career, throwing for 3,313 yards with 23 touchdowns, both career highs, while tossing just eight interceptions in 509 attempts. He also ran for a career-high 432 yards, scoring once. Despite all of that, Smith still only ranked as the 16th best fantasy quarterback. Now you know his upside, although, to be fair, we should point out that he only played in 15 games. Had he started in Week 17, he likely would have finished as the 11th ranked quarterback. However, we’re not banking on a huge improvement in 2014 since the Chiefs will have the misfortune of having to face four solid defenses in the NFC West. Not helping matters is that the Chiefs did precious little to upgrade a group of wide receivers that features Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery and little else to go along with no solid, proven pass catching tight end. Did we mention they like to hand the ball off a fair amount to some dude named Jamaal Charles? While Smith rates as a safe QB2, he offers little upside.

RB Jamaal Charles

After finishing last season as the top ranked fantasy running back, Charles will attempt to repeat that performance in 2014. Not only did he post 1,980 total yards with 19 touchdowns for a whopping 312 fantasy points, he was remarkably consistent in doing so, hitting double digit fantasy points in 13 of 15 games (he and most of the rest of the Kansas City starters sat out Week 17). His lowest point total of the year came in Week 11 when he posted 72 total yards. If you are looking for red flags in 2014, we can give you a couple. First off, the Chiefs offensive line will feature three new starters with left tackle Branden Albert and guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz having departed in free agency. Secondly, Charles’ 329 touches last season increase his injury risk profile although he has remained fairly healthy during his career other than his injury shortened 2011 campaign. However, with only the marginally productive Knile Davis behind him at running back and a group of wide receivers and tight ends that ranks amongst the league’s worst, Charles should be in line for another workhorse season. That spells opportunity and we know what he can produce when given plenty of touches. That makes Charles our number one ranked fantasy running back in 2014.

RB Knile Davis

Taken in the 3rd round of last year’s NFL Draft, Davis had the misfortune of opening his career behind a player who produced close to 2,000 total yards in Jamaal Charles. Davis totaled just 70 rushes on the season, gaining 242 yards and four touchdowns while averaging just 3.5 yards per carry. The Arkansas product has the talent to handle a full-time workload and possesses blazing speed, making him a must have handcuff for Charles owners. Subbing in for Charles in Week 17 when the Chiefs rested their starters and in the team’s Divisional Playoffs loss when he was injured, Davis totaled 186 yards while finding the end zone four times. If you get Charles, don’t wait too long to snag Davis.

RB De’Anthony Thomas

With Dexter McCluster having signed with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent after four non-descript seasons as a Chief, Kansas City was in the market for a gadget guy and used a 4th round pick to acquire Thomas. The 5’8”, 174 pound Oregon product is ill-suited to handle anything close to a full-time workload, making him a total non-factor for fantasy purposes. Unless your league starts a returner, Thomas has no right being on your fantasy squad.

WR Dwayne Bowe

Tell me you didn’t see this coming. After signing a five-year, $56-million contract with a $15-million signing bonus prior to the 2013 season, Bowe promptly put together the worst non-injury shortened season of his seven year career. With play it safe Alex Smith at quarterback, Bowe hauled in just 54.3% of his targets (57 of 105), gaining 673 yards and five touchdowns. While Bowe is a talented receiver and just 29 years of age, he is also one of the league’s most confounding players. However, with his fantasy value at an all-time low and Kansas City sporting one of the league’s least talented crop of wide receivers, this is year where he can be had for cheap. Given his upside, solid fit in Andy Reid’s offense and low expected ADP, Bowe is worth gambling on as a low end WR3.

WR Donnie Avery

Playing in the Colts pass heavy offense in 2012, Avery put together a career year with 60 receptions for 781 yards and three touchdowns, earning himself a three year, $8.5-million contract and position in the starting line up with the Chiefs. He promptly spit the bit, hauling in just 40 of his 72 passes for 596 yards and a pair of touchdowns. While Avery can put together the occasional highlight reel play due to his blazing speed, he is almost mind-numbingly inconsistent and has never gained a reputation as a receiver that his quarterback can trust. With Alex Smith, that’s not a good thing. Avery rates as a low end WR5 and is generally best kept on the waiver wire. The truth is that given his size, he just isn’t a great fit in head coach Andy Reid’s offense.

WR Junior Hemingway

Taken in the 7th round of last year’s NFL Draft, Hemingway had a marginally productive rookie campaign, catching 13 passes for 125 yards and a pair of scores. The 6’1”, 225 pound Michigan product will battle A.J. Jenkins and a host of former undrafted free agents for a backup spot with the Chiefs in 2014. While we don’t like his chances of having any fantasy value this season, it’s worth noting that there are major holes in the Chiefs depth chart at wide receiver with Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery rating as one of the league’s worst duo of starters at the position.

WR A.J. Jenkins

Taken by the 49ers in the 1st round of the 2012 draft, Jenkins was tossed overboard by San Francisco after just one year in a swap of failed high draft picks with Jonathan Baldwin going the other way. Jenkins did little in his first year in Kansas City to suggest the 49ers were wrong in jettisoning him until he posted a respectable three reception, 67 yard performance in the Chiefs final regular season game when they rested their starters. With Dwayne Bowe coming off a horrendous season and Donnie Avery not exactly a confidence inspiring starter, there is a chance that Jenkins could get some significant playing time in 2014. Or he could get axed before opening day. It’s a situation worth monitoring.

TE Travis Kelce

While Anthony Fasano may be listed as the starting tight end for the Chiefs, the only player on their roster capable of having any fantasy value at the position is Travis Kelce. Taken in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Kelce missed all of his rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery. A productive receiver in college, Kelce also has the requisite size to develop into a sturdy blocker and the team’s long term future at the position. However, he will need to come back successfully from a knee injury for that to happen and we don’t expect him to emerge as a solid fantasy contributor in 2014, although it’s worth noting that dink and dunk artist Alex Smith runs the team’s offense and that’s not a bad thing for a tight end. Kelce rates as a potential waiver wire add and a middling dynasty prospect.

TE Anthony Fasano

Fasano emerged as the Chiefs starting tight end last season and he hauled in 23 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. His receiving yardage has dropped every season since he posted a career high 528 yards in 2010 and he has averaged under nine yards per reception in each of the last two years. With a stud like Jamaal Charles at running back, it’s easy to draw the conclusion that Fasano’s playing time rests almost entirely on his ability as a blocker. There’s no fantasy appeal here, folks.

Denver Broncos Fantasy Football Player Projections, Rankings and Commentary

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) eludes the tackle of Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams (28) during the first quarter at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. December 29, 2013; Photographer: San Jose Mercury News/Zumapress/Icon Sportswire

Is Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas the #1 wide receiver in fantasy football, ahead of even Calvin Johnson? In his prime and with Peyton Manning at QB, you could make a strong argument. Photo: Icon Sportswire

Player Tier · Rank Passing Rushing Receiving FPts
QB P. Manning
1 · 1st
430-625-5,100 43 TD 12 INT
30-15 1 TD
QB B. Osweiler
RB M. Ball
2 · 11th
248-1,050 8 TD
35-300 2 TD
RB C. Anderson
65-275 3 TD
5-30 1 TD
RB R. Hillman
60-275 0 TD
14-125 1 TD
WR D. Thomas
1 · 2nd
97-1,400 12 TD
WR W. Welker
3 · 13th
90-975 8 TD
WR E. Sanders
6 · 33rd
56-800 6 TD
WR A. Caldwell
10-125 1 TD
WR C. Latimer
15-200 1 TD
TE J. Thomas
1 · 2nd
74-925 11 TD
TE J. Tamme
14-140 1 TD

QB Peyton Manning

As a 37 year old quarterback coming off multiple neck surgeries, Manning threw for 4,699 yards with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. As an even healthier 38 year old quarterback, he reached career highs and set NFL records with 5,499 passing yards and 55 touchdowns passes while reducing his interception count to 10. Truly remarkable. Sure, Manning fizzled out in the Super Bowl but he was a fantasy dream in 2013 and without a doubt was a major component in many championship winning fantasy squads. However, it is important to remember the old fantasy adage of not chasing last year’s points. In 2014, the Broncos offense remains largely intact with Eric Decker having been replaced by Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Cody Latimer and with Montee Ball replacing Knowshon Moreno while left tackle Ryan Clady returns from a season ending injury. Unfortunately, expecting Manning to replicate last season’s performance, arguably the most dominant by a quarterback in the history of the NFL, while having to face four solid defenses coming out of the NFC West would be foolhardy. Nonetheless, he still rates as the top fantasy quarterback and it would be surprising if he doesn’t retain that crown in 2014.

RB Montee Ball

Shortly after the Broncos acquired Ball with a 2nd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, they partially cleared the deck at running back by releasing incumbent starter Willis McGahee. Despite the ineffectiveness of presumed starter Ronnie Hillman, Ball was leapfrogged on the depth chart by Knowshon Moreno and failed to wrestle the starter’s position back from the veteran. Ball’s pass protection struggles and inability to hold onto the football sealed his fate as a backup during his rookie season as he finished the season with 560 rushing yards, 145 receiving yards and four touchdowns. While Ball may have struggled, the Broncos remain steadfast in their belief in him as a bell cow in their offense with Moreno now in Miami and only Hillman and C.J. Anderson as other players with NFL carries on the depth chart at running back. That makes Ball a very likely breakout candidate in 2014 with the potential to match or exceed Moreno’s 2013 production of 1,586 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ball rates as a mid to lower tier RB1 with tremendous upside and an outstanding dynasty league prospect.

RB Ronnie Hillman

It was a lost season for Hillman in 2013 as he opened training camp as the Broncos starter only to lose that role to Knowshon Moreno and fall to third on the depth chart. Despite his lofty depth chart standing in early summer, Hillman managed just 337 total yards and one touchdown while averaging 4.0 yards per carry. In 2014, with Moreno having signed with Miami, Hillman will compete with C.J. Anderson and a host of undrafted free agents to backup starter Montee Ball. While we envision Hillman winning that battle, it is hardly a rock solid certainty he will hold off the other challengers and, even if he does, we expect a Ball injury would result in a committee approach in Denver. Simply put, Hillman has done little to inspire much confidence since being taken in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is clearly worth taking a flier on but not worth reaching for.

RB C.J. Anderson

With Knowshon Moreno having departed, Anderson will battle to be the Broncos top backup to Montee Ball. While Anderson has the size to handle the lead back role at 5’8” and 224 pounds, there simply isn’t enough evidence to suggest that he would be successful in that role if Ball were to go down. As a rookie, he managed just seven carries for 38 yards and failed to catch a single pass. If Anderson beats out Ronnie Hillman and his other challengers for the backup spot, he is definitely worthy of a spot on your roster as Ball’s handcuff.

WR Demaryius Thomas

After breaking out in 2012 during his 3rd year in the league with 1,434 yards and ten touchdowns, Thomas was even better last season, finishing as the second ranked fantasy wide receiver with 1,430 yards and a career high 14 touchdowns. With Peyton Manning and most of the Broncos league leading offense returning, Thomas should put together another stellar season with the potential to finish as the top ranked fantasy wide receiver. His size-speed combination and ability to adjust to balls in the air make him a nightmare when facing single coverage. And with Montee Ball and little else at running back, we aren’t buying into the notion the Broncos will run the ball more in 2014. Even though the Broncos have a solid supporting cast of wide receivers behind Thomas, we expect him to see even more targets than the career high 142 he had last season. The only wide receiver that should be considered before Thomas is Calvin Johnson and you could make a strong argument that Thomas should win that rankings battle.

WR Wes Welker

If you chose Welker for your fantasy team in 2013, you spent the first part of the year elated with his solid production as he hauled in 50 passes for 555 yards and nine touchdowns during his first eight games. However, he slowed down considerably from that point on, failing to find the end zone from Week 10 to 13 and missing Weeks 15-17 with a concussion. On the plus side, Welker caught a career high 10 touchdowns and averaged a very respectable 10.6 PPG. On the minus side, his history of concussions is becoming a concern and at age 33, time is not on his side. We should also mention that Eric Decker has been replaced by Emmanuel Sanders and that should result in Welker seeing more targets in 2014. While there are some red flags with Welker, it is hard to pass up a player of his talents given his solid fit in the league’s top offensive team. Consider him a high end WR2 in 2014.

WR Emmanuel Sanders

With Eric Decker leaving in free agency, the Broncos signed former Pittsburgh Steeler Emmanuel Sanders to take his over his spot in the starting line-up. After three largely lackluster seasons, Sanders moved into the Steelers starting line-up for the first time last season and reached career highs across the board with 67 receptions for 740 yards and six touchdowns. While that was an improvement from his prior seasons, there is a reason the Steelers chose to let him walk in free agency despite their barren depth chart at wide receiver. Sanders hauled in just 59.8% of his targets, a low rate given how he was used in the team’s offense. Sanders has the talent to put together a breakout season in Denver but with rookie Cody Latimer breathing down his neck, there is also a chance that Sanders ends up losing some reps to the youngster. We like him as a high end WR4 with upside.

WR Cody Latimer

Let’s go over the checklist to replace Eric Decker, who departed in free agency. Big. Fast. Good hands. Willing, solid blocker. Ability to learn the playbook. Basically, that’s the scouting report on the Broncos 3rd round draft pick Cody Latimer. The Indiana product checks in at 6’3,’ 215 pounds with 4.4-40 speed. He has reliable hands and topped 1,000 receiving yards with nine touchdowns as a senior last season. While a starting spot is unlikely in 2014 with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders on board, Latimer’s future looks bright. He should be consider a solid option in dynasty formats.

TE Julius Thomas

Touted as a potential breakout candidate in 2013, Thomas failed to disappoint as he hauled in 65 of his 89 targets (73.0% completion rate) for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns despite missing a pair of games with knee problems. That was impressive production considering the 2011 4th round pick had appeared in just four games during his first two years in the league, catching just one pass. At 6’5” and 255 pounds with solid speed, Thomas is an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses to deal with as they typically choose to double team wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, leaving Thomas in single coverage. With Eric Decker taking his 11 touchdowns to the Jets this offseason and being replaced by Emmanuel Sanders (a much smaller receiver), Thomas should see even more red zone looks. We like him as the second ranked player at tight end behind Jimmy Graham.