Category Archives: Baseball Draft Buddy

Still Drafting? Final 2015 Fantasy Baseball Projections Update for Draft Buddy and Last Player Picked

baseball_scorecard
Still drafting? Yeah, I know some of you are, even with the MLB season five days old.

I kind of forget about this nuance with fantasy baseball compared to fantasy football each year, which rarely drafts after NFL Week 1, but it makes sense for baseball. Its a long season. Why not wait and get a small glimpse of the first few real games before drafting your squad, if that is how your fellow owners prefer to do it.

A few members emailed me saying they are drafting this weekend, and a number of people are still downloading Draft Buddy, so I figured, why not do another update? Plus, it kind of bugged me Craig Kimbrel continued to show as an Atlanta Brave in Draft Buddy, Last Player Picked and on our cheatsheet rankings. He was traded to the San Diego Padres after the season started, but man, missed it by one day? The fact people are still drafting gave me a great excuse to update for the latest transactions and depth chart moves.

So, whether you are drafting, or even if you simply want to update Draft Buddy for the latest changes, open it up, go to the action tab, and click Update Projections. I updated the Steamer-Fangraphs projections, the Zeile projections from FantasyPros, and depth charts for all 30 teams. I didn’t update the Average Draft Position, as that hasn’t changed from our available sources. The latest player news, found to the far right on the hitters data and pitchers data tabs, continues to update automatically and I will leave that on through this weekend.

For those who have stuck with us since the season started—thank you—we do have updated player stats every day. You can view the stats by game from the scoreboard on the front page, such as Toronto Blue Jays-New York Yankees game last night, and also by day, season, and further filtered by any or all positions and by team.

The plan is to keep updating the depth charts and baseball stats, and expanding on the stat features (did you notice the FanDuel salary amounts in those prior links?) plus more baseball content as we are able. We will start rolling out some football content in the near future, too.

Fantasy Baseball Projections, Depth + ADP Update, Draft Buddy Notes and Auction Tips

opening_day

While the countdown to Opening Day has been on for some time, now we are really getting close! Single digit days until this Sunday when the Chicago Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals, and then a full slate on Monday for official MLB Opening Day ceremonies.

Yesterday I posted a full fantasy baseball projections, depth chart and ADP update for Draft Buddy.

The projections also flow in to the Last Player Picked Price Guide feature, plus help create new online cheatsheets for those who need a quick print-and-go baseball rankings option.

Latest Player News Feature

The update was meant to be finished Monday, but I realized then there was a small issue with the latest fantasy baseball news pulling into Draft Buddy. Didn’t realize Draft Buddy included the latest news headlines for players? Go to the hitters data or pitchers data tabs, and scroll to the far right to find them. This was a new feature added in version 2.0.

The problem was in some cases the news items were not lined up with the correct player, and in some spots it wasn’t the latest news item for a player. This, I believe, is now correct. A new download is not necessary. Simply update projections (action tab) and it should fix itself.

Keepers and Changing Draft Order

One tech support item I’ve heard about from a couple people in the last week is they have a league with keepers, they enter them fine, but they don’t know the draft order or nomination order for their draft or auction yet. This will not be known, especially in the case of an auction, until arriving for the big event.

It seems Draft Buddy is getting a little confused about what players (the keepers) go with which teams when changing the draft order on the owners tab. If this happens then it impacts the rosters and roto tabs.

I am still investigating this issue, and haven’t come up with a change yet, as it is fairly complex. However, what I would suggest to guarantee this doesn’t happen is don’t change the draft order on the owners tab. Instead, adjust the draft order or nomination order directly on the draft or auction report tabs.

When you get the order for the first round of picks (or nominations), select each team on the draft (or auction) report tab and a drop-down should appear to change it to the proper team. Do this for each spot in the first round. Now, if you have reverse order for second round then do the same for the second round. If you don’t have same order, then you can stop after the first round.

Next, highlight only the team cells for the first round or two that you just changed, hit CTRL-C or command-C to copy, and then select the first cell for team for the very next round, and CTRL-V or command-V to paste. You can copy/paste the order all the way down for the entire draft (or auction) report tab, instead of changing the drop-downs all the way, which should be must faster.

Auction Tips

  1. Draft Buddy will assume that the nominating team won the player if the winning bidder column is not selected, so that helps speed inputting picks because no need to select the winning bidder team if the nominating team won the bidding.
     
  2. Once you get to the late stages of the auction, and all players are going for $1, then you may just want to fill in $1 and copy/paste it down for a bunch of rows in advance.
     
  3. The way auctions go, it can be difficult to keep up tracking the auction in Draft Buddy in the late stages, when you have limited funds and maybe just some specific player targets for your last bench and prospect spots. If so, then stop updating DB at this time, or at least stop updating other teams. I will tend to type in my late auction target list of players in the blank cells down the right hand side of the auction report tab, and just mark those players if they get taken.
     
  4. One thing to be aware of, is if a team finishes early – fills their roster – then Draft Buddy will still give that team a place in the nomination order, which could be a bit confusing. Just pick a new line with the proper nominating team. This is one thing I’ve never been able to figure out tracking auctions in Draft Buddy, to adjust that nomination order on the fly after teams are done filling their roster. Some of the limitations of this are due to it being in Excel.

Good luck and have a great draft or auction on your way to a fantasy baseball championship!

Copy League Settings Feature and Problem with Keepers in Draft Buddy

A couple more tech support questions and answers for fantasy baseball Draft Buddy that the rest of our members may find useful.

Copy League Settings

Q: What happened to the option to import settings from a previous version of Draft Buddy? ~ dosete

A: Since the baseball version has gone through so many changes since last year, I removed it until things were more settled. I will likely put it back next year.

It is still there for football (action tab, lower left). I don’t think I had it in baseball last year either. Remember last year we were still in split files between the Cheatsheet Compiler and Draft Buddy, the first version for 2014, and then I combined them for version 2.0.

Problem With Keepers

Q: I just entered my keepers and hit Compile Cheatsheets, but the keepers didn’t show up on the draft report tab and they didn’t grey out on any of the cheatsheet tabs. I changed the reset keepers options on the action tab reset to No, but that didn’t change anything. Please help! ~ emoney28

A: Do keepers cost a draft pick? If so, then the keepers might have been removed from the draft report tab when you hit Compile. Once you have keepers input on the keepers tab (and they cost a draft pick) then change both reset options on the action tab to no.

If you lost the keepers on the draft report tab, but they are still on keepers, then simply change the draft pick drop down to blank, and then back to the right pick. Player should then appear beside that pick on draft report, and update the other tabs.

Follow-up reply: Thanks Mike. I set “reset draft order and picks” to no then re-entered the rounds the keepers were taken in and it worked.