Category Archives: Fantasy Baseball

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

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.

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


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!