Fantasy Baseball Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy Now Available

The 2014 Cheatsheet Compiler and Draft Buddy for fantasy baseball are ready to roll! As of this morning our long running custom rankings and draft tracking tools include updated player projections for each of Steamer-Fangraphs and Zeile Consensus Projections, updated average draft position data from three sources, and updated depth charts.

To get it, all you have to do is login (for returning members) or register (for free), and go to the download page to find the links to download each of the Cheatsheet Compiler and Draft Buddy files. Returning members may have to go to their member page to “renew” their subscription.

If you are new to the Compiler and Draft Buddy, the best way to get started understanding how to use the software is to check the available demo videos. You do need Microsoft Excel to use it. It is still in older versions of Excel but should work fine in newer versions of Excel.

Check the version notes on the download page. I realize the post-all-star game stats are missing, as I am still compiling game stats from prior years so I can include those. There are full season MLB player stats for 2011, 2012 and 2013. I’ve seen some websites simply selling a spreadsheet of prior year stats. Seriously? Even if all you need are stats you might as well download the Cheatsheet Compiler for free.

The players included in the Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy are 40-man rosters from our depth charts plus key free agents. If you notice any player missing you think should be included, let me know. If you have any feedback or questions, post a comment or shoot me a note via Twitter, Facebook or email. I’ll try to answer as soon as I can.

Thanks for checking out the software, and have fun prepping for your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts!

Projections, ADP and Depth Charts Update

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The Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy update is now available! That was quite a chore, starting yesterday and finally finishing today, but we have updated projections from each of FantasyPros and Steamer-Razzball, Average Draft Position (ADP) data from each of Pros, Mock Draft Central and NFBC, plus updated depth charts. These updates also helped create updated fantasy baseball cheatsheets, for those who want to quickly print and run to their draft instead of downloading and setting up the CC/DB.

If I could mention the depth charts (and accompanying rosters) for a moment, I’m still not entirely happy with how they are presented on the website. The 25-man rosters are in good shape, as that is what I’m concentrating on mostly because those are most relevant for fantasy purposes, and they feed into the Cheatsheet Compiler (well, it all does). It is the remaining 40-man roster players and non-roster players that are tougher to keep straight.

As time allows, I can see I’m still going to continue to fuss around with the depth chart and roster pages to provide as much information, in a clean and organized format, as possible. What isn’t helping entirely is the roster data purchased from our stats provider. It gives me all the players, but in terms of identifying what roster a player is currently on, and whether he is injured or not, the data falls short in places.

Anyway, something for me to continue to work at and improve. If you are still drafting this week and Easter weekend leading to Opening Day, grab the update and good luck!

Big Baseball Update To Start The Week

Okay, I know it is Tuesday, but that was supposed to be the lead headline yesterday on the website. It was a marathon session to get as much updated as possible for the fantasy baseball Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy since our prior update, last week.

I noticed the Zeile Consensus Projections from FantasyPros got updated over the weekend, plus our depth charts were getting a bit stale. So I started first thing Monday morning updating those projections, all of our depth charts (except the Chicago Cubs – nothing personal, there was no new roster info on them from our stats provider), and the Average Draft Position data from each of our sources, Mock Draft Central, FantasyPros and National Fantasy Baseball Championship.

That sounds like a pretty good update, right? I thought so, and I had that all finished Monday afternoon. You should have heard about it then (and if you clicked the “Check for Update” button in the Cheatsheet Compiler it would have told you there was an update).

However… before I announced the update, I got tinkering around with some of our pages on the website. Mainly the player pages, like this one for Joey Votto, or if you prefer a pitcher, how about David Price. I added player rankings, by position and overall, to the players pages. The rankings are highlighted in the upper-right, and also there is a short rankings box below the stats and projections showing not only the player’s ranking, but the players ranked right around that player.

I was pretty happy with the results. Then I continued tinkering on some of the formatting of our tables to give them a sharper look and feel. By the time all of this tinkering got done, it was late, I was tired, so I figured I would start first thing Tuesday properly announcing the update.

Lo and behold, this morning I wake up and FantasyPros updated the Zeile projections again, so back to work I go. And it was quite an update. For those who like deep, deep fantasy baseball projections, you should like this. The number of hitter projections expanded from 407 players to a whopping 702. On the pitchers side, they increased from 283 to 690.

Finally my day and half journey is finished so I can announce the projections update. Open your copy of the Cheatsheet Compiler, make sure on the update tab the projection source is set to Zeile (FantasyPros), and hit Update Projections. This will also bring in updated ADP and depth charts. The latest download file – make sure you are updated to version 1.1 – includes this latest update.

Have fun prepping for your fantasy drafts.