Category Archives: Fantasy Baseball

[Help Desk] Compensating for Roto Stat Categories Not Included in Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy

When I answer questions from our Draft Buddy users by email or through our online help desk that I believe are potentially helpful to other users, then I will make an effort to post them. Here is our second Q&A of the 2015 baseball season, question submitted by member rcsurfabides:

Hi Mike,

I just discovered Draft Buddy for compiling cheatsheets in preparation to my upcoming draft. I am in a custom league, 10 team, with depth at most positions (2 players for all infield positions, individual outfield positions and 1 Util player added on, with 3 SP, 2 RP, 3P and 3 bench spots) with several offensive and defensive categories, making it a 10×10 Roto league (head to head).

I am excited about using Draft Buddy to help me prepare for my draft, and finally have a tool that can accomodate my custom settings. However, Buddy only offers 9 of the 10 hitting scoring categories (strikeouts missing), and 5 of the 10 pitching scoring categories (complete games, shutouts, home runs given up, walks issued, and losses missing). Is there any way that I can incorporate these statistics into Draft Buddy to make an accurate custom list for my league?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am already impressed with all the hard work you have put into this project. I would also like to note I am a total novice when it comes to working with Excel, ha ha, so hopefully any suggestions are user friendly.

My response:

Hi. Thanks for checking out Draft Buddy. No problem on being a rookie Excel user. I will do what I can to help in that respect.

Other people have asked me over the years about valuing players for what would be termed negative stat categories, like K for hitters, or L (losses) for pitchers. Although I have done that for some ratio stats like ERA or WHIP (less is better), it does make things a lot trickier. Truthfully, it would be pretty difficult to get accurate weighting of stats to produce proper values for other categories that are not already included in Buddy.

If it is a straight fantasy points league then I might be able to suggest using an existing category that your league doesn’t use (if there are any! – ha ha), insert some new projections/stats, and use that category as a proxy for the one used by your league. Roto is a different animal and doesn’t really work as well that way.

Here is what I’m going to suggest though… the online Last Player Picked price guide offers more category options than Draft Buddy. For your league lets use that to produce your dollar values, and then export them to Draft Buddy for your draft tracking.

It doesn’t seem to have absolutely every category, such as complete games and shutouts. We don’t even have projections for those. They are rather rare occurrences though, so I think you’re actually better off excluding them from the player values. You don’t want two nearly identical pitchers being ranked potentially far apart from one another because one is forecast a complete game shutout and the other guy isn’t. I would just leave those categories out and when it happens (for your side), consider it a bonus.

You didn’t mention all of the hitter categories but consider the same argument for any of those if they are more of a rare type. For example, grand slams… the players more likely to get a grand slam are the guys who hit more homers, so instead of double counting essentially homers, single-weight homers and it is okay to leave out grand slams.

Once you use LPP, then you can pull the results into Draft Buddy.

Hope that helps, and let me know if you have any questions.

[Help Desk] Baseball Draft Buddy Auction Settings Impact Non-auction Roto League Results

When I answer questions from our Draft Buddy users by email or through our online help desk that I believe are potentially helpful to other users, then I will make an effort to post them. Here is our first Q&A of the 2015 baseball season, question submitted by member isaac2004:

I recently downloaded the newest version of Draft Buddy and noticed something odd. No matter what my settings are, the overall cheatsheet always includes 7-8 SP who are ranked higher than any batter.

And here is my answer:

Okay, I just downloaded your copy of Draft Buddy. I think what is happening is the default split of dollars between hitters and pitchers is too much for the pitchers, since your league only uses 4 pitchers to 10 hitters. Standard leagues would use something like 9 pitchers to 13-15 hitters.

This is a bit confusing, but even though your league is not an auction league (did not check the box on the rules tab), those auction settings still impact the results when it is a roto league, as we expect dollar values output on the cheatsheets. I should try to do something to make that more clear.

Anyway, the default split was 68% hitters to 32% pitchers in terms of dollars being allocated. That works well for most leagues. 32% is too high for your league, and the smaller number of draftable pitchers are each getting too much money, and causing those top guys to rise way up the overall cheatsheet.

I changed the split to 80% hitters, 20% pitchers and hit Compile Cheatsheets, and that seemed pretty good. Clayton Kershaw is now ranked 4th overall. The next best pitcher is ranked 16th.

Then I decided to run your settings through the Last Player Picked online tool, because it has a feature that decides what is the optimal dollar split between hitters and pitchers, based on the league settings. It came up with 74% hitters, 26% pitchers. Interesting to note that the dollar values for the top players in your league were much higher than the Draft Buddy values.

I suppose that is because of the smaller overall player pool (12 teams, 14 starters) and therefore higher number of replacement players, LPP really puts a premium on acquiring the top guys at each position. Regardless, yours is not an auction league, so the actual dollar amounts are not that relevant. The overall order of players appears to be similar.

Make some adjustments to the dollar split between hitters and pitchers, running Compile Cheatsheets after each change to see the results, and that should get you on track.

Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy 2.0 – Player News and Last Player Picked Price Guide Integration

One of the new features in Version 2.0 of the Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy is latest player news headlines pulled in when you update projections.

One of the new features in Version 2.0 of the Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy is latest player news headlines pulled in when you update projections.

Pretty big update today folks with two cool new features for the fantasy baseball Draft Buddy. Plus, Projection Pal is ready. Plus, there was one fix to the compile cheatsheets process.

You must download Version 2.0 of Draft Buddy to get these new features and the fix. The link to download Projection Pal is also on the same page. Here are the details of the changes:

Player News Added

On each of the hitters data and pitchers data tabs, scroll to the far right and there is a spot for player notes. Its been there for some time, but finally I created new update files to include the latest news headlines from Rotoworld by player, as available, when you run Update Projections (either projections source).

The information doesn’t flow any where else in Draft Buddy at this time, but still pretty handy to scroll right and down the list to see the latest news item for players. Right now the update files are created locally and updated to the server, so the news isn’t available for Buddy in real-time, but I will see what I can do to provide more frequent updates.

Last Player Picked Integration

You know the online Last Player Picked Price Guide tool, right? We added it to the website last year (also reminding me I’ve overused the Dr. Frankenstein reference).

The LPP dollar value methodology is different than Draft Buddy, as they were each developed independently. At one point I thought about changing the Draft Buddy methodology to be the same as LPP, but that hasn’t come to fruition.

However, one of Draft Buddy’s strengths is its draft tracking ability, so even if you prefer dollar values generated from LPP, Draft Buddy is still useful after transferring the results from LPP to Draft Buddy. Last year I wrote a post on how to do this, but now I’ve made that process a lot easier.

Open Draft Buddy 2.0, and scroll to end of the tabs for a default CSV (comma separated file) from LPP. Run your own LPP results with the online tool, and at the end click League Info for the Export to CSV link. Download and open your CSV file, highlight the whole thing, copy and paste it on top of the current CSV output in Draft Buddy.

Final step, go to the options tab and at the top change the new Dollar Value Methodology option from Draft Buddy to Last Player Picked. Then hit Compile Cheatsheets, and the values in Draft Buddy on each of the hitters, pitchers and overall cheatsheets should match your values from LPP.

Compile Cheatsheets Fix

One of our long-time members, garf112, noticed in his league with no specific SP or RP designations, instead any 9 pitchers, that Draft Buddy gave some weird results between the starters (who had too much value) and relievers (who had very little value). I narrowed this down to one calculation not updating quickly enough during the Compile Cheatsheets process.

The above is just one example where the results went awry. In most league setups it was perhaps not very noticeable, but best practices would be to download Version 2.0 and input your league settings again and use this file going forward.

Projection Pal

Veteran member WilliamWallace sent me a note through our Help Desk the other night wondering when Projection Pal will be ready. For those who are not sure what Pal is, it is an optional tool (and separate download) to help import other projections or data into Draft Buddy. It helps ensure the data lines up with the right players on each of the hitters and pitchers tabs.

Pal is now ready. I am the first to admit it isn’t the easiest of tools to use, due to the complexity trying to clean and import data from a very wide variety of potential sources, but once you get the hang of it then it works quite well. Check the Projection Pal Demo Video for an overview how it works.

Thanks for your time and enjoy the new features!