Tag Archives: draft buddy

S h a r e :

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 teamviewer.com, 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.

S h a r e :

Dynasty League Football Rankings Now Available in Draft Buddy

DLF_Banner

I am pleased to announce a big boost to our Draft Buddy fantasy football software customers! I received permission from Dynasty League Football – the premiere dynasty content fantasy football resource – to make their dynasty rankings more readily available for inclusion in Draft Buddy.

While the DLF rankings are freely available on their website, and our customers could always therefore import them into Draft Buddy via our optional Projection Pal add-on tool, now things are much easier. I’ve done the work for you. Yes, I hear a huge sigh of relief!

Available from the Buddy download page are two new files you can download. One is Projection Pal preloaded with DLF rankings. The other is Draft Buddy preloaded with DLF rankings.

Positions included are QB, RB, WR, TE, DL, LB and DB. The rankings are updated as of July 26, and I will update them periodically to the start of the season.

If you want to add the DLF rankings to your current copy of Draft Buddy for your dynasty league, download Projection Pal, adjust the Buddy filename specified on the setup tab and hit the Copy to Compiler button on each of the position Raw tabs. The rankings get copied to Custom 1 in your copy of Buddy.

If you just want to start from scratch prepping for your dynasty league draft, or want to review how I adjust Buddy options to make the DLF rankings the default cheatsheet rankings in Buddy, then download the DLF copy of Draft Buddy.

Thanks very much to the DLF crew for agreeing to share their rankings to our Draft Buddy customers! Feel free to post your own thank you in the comments or on social media. Please post or direct any questions about adding DLF rankings to Draft Buddy to me and I’ll help out as quickly as possible.

S h a r e :

Draft Buddy Update and Optional Projection Pal Available

Use Projection Pal to add alternate sets of projections to your copy of Draft Buddy. Download a copy of Pal pre-loaded with projections from draftbuddy.com.

Use Projection Pal to add alternate sets of projections to your copy of Draft Buddy. Download a copy of Pal pre-loaded with projections from draftbuddy.com.

Today there is a full projections, depth chart and ADP update available for the fantasy football version of Draft Buddy, our custom cheatsheet and draft tracking software.

If you want to mark these on your calendar, the remaining regularly scheduled updates are July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, September 3 and 8. Generally, once a week on Thursdays so Draft Buddy is up to date for you prior to the weekend’s prime drafting times.

The above noted updates are projections from FF Today, included in Draft Buddy by default. Today I also uploaded a copy of Projection Pal to our member download page including the official DraftBuddy.com projections (updated today), so you can add them to your copy of Draft Buddy as a second set of projections. To add them and make them the primary projections for your cheatsheets, follow these steps:

  • Download Projection Pal, the one that includes the Draft Buddy projections, and open it in Excel.
  • Open your copy of Draft Buddy in Excel.
  • On the setup tab in Pal, check that the filename matches the filename for your copy of Draft Buddy. It should unless you changed it. Everyone should be using version 1.2!
  • In Pal, go to the QB Raw tab, press the Copy to Compiler button, and wait for Pal to copy over the projections to Buddy. Repeat for each of the RB Raw, WR Raw and TE Raw tabs.
  • In Buddy, go to the options tab and change the default allocation key to 100% Site B.
  • Go to the action tab and click Compile Cheatsheets.

Use the Average Projections / Allocations Keys box to change the percentage of each set of projections reflected in the cheatsheets, if desired.

Use the Average Projections / Allocations Keys box to change the percentage of each set of projections reflected in the cheatsheets, if desired.

Now the cheatsheets reflect the new set of projections. You can use the Average Projections / Allocations Keys box to change the percentage of each set of projections reflected in the cheatsheets, if desired. Just remember each time you change anything on rules, scoring, options, or projections (anything that would cause the cheatsheets to change), then you need to click Compile Cheatsheets again to see the impact of that change.

Since we don’t have projections for kickers, defense or IDP, then you may wish to simply stick with projections from FF Today for each of those. You can change the default allocation key in Draft Buddy by position. To do that, go to each of the position tabs (QB, RB, etc.) and find the two “+” signs near the top of each tab. Click the first plus sign to open up some hidden columns. You’ll notice at the top the allocation key for the tab, which you can change by inputting a different number (from the options tab box), or you can change the key by player in the yellow highlighted column.

Fire away in the comments if you have any questions. Thanks!