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[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.

Re-upping Draft Buddy and Gearing Up for Fantasy Baseball

Draft Buddy is ready and I've got some Big League Chew. Time to get geared up for fantasy baseball!

Draft Buddy is ready and I’ve got some Big League Chew. Time to get geared up for fantasy baseball!

Draft Buddy for fantasy baseball is ready for the 2015 season. Version 1.0 of DB was published last week, and a newsletter is out to our baseball members that it is ready.

Not sure what Draft Buddy is? It is a combined custom cheatsheet player rankings and draft tracker tool, created in Microsoft Excel. It works for fantasy points and roto scoring leagues of varying sizes and formats. It includes two sets of 2015 projections, Steamer-Fangraphs and Zeile from FantasyPros. It includes player stats from 2012-2014. It is FREE to download, use and update. We will be doing regular updates from now through Opening Day. Start by reviewing the features to understand how it works.

For prior members to download the new 2015 version, simply login to your existing account and renew your subscription, as follows:

Member login box is now in the right sidebar of most pages on the website. Note I am logged in but have no subscription to "Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy" (only Football). Click Renew Subscription

Member login box is now in the right sidebar of most pages on the website. Note I am logged in but have no subscription to “Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy” (only Football)

The Renew Subscription page looks like this. Check the "Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy" option and click Next

The Renew Subscription page looks like this. Check the “Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy” option and click Next

After renewing, a Thank You page should direct you to download Draft Buddy, but also returning to the homepage, logged in, you should see Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy Download amongst your active subscriptions

After renewing, a Thank You page should direct you to download Draft Buddy, but also returning to the homepage, logged in, you should see “Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy” amongst your active subscriptions

For new members, register an account (also free) and make similar selections as part of your registration – that you want the Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy. Hey, while you are at it, if you play Fantasy Football then please feel free to check off the Fantasy Football Member option as well so I can add you to that mailing list.

When you first open Draft Buddy in Excel, go through the first five tabs in order. Most of your changes will be made on tabs 1 (rules) and 2 (scoring), while tab 3 (owners) can really be filled in any time, and the default settings on tab 4 (options) should be fine to start. Then on the tab 5 (action), make sure to click the Compile Cheatsheets button. This will create your custom cheatsheets and adjust the other tabs as appropriate for the size of your league.

I plan to update the projections, depth charts and ADP later this week. Watch for the note when it is ready on Facebook or Twitter, and if you have any questions that is a good way to track me down, or post a comment here.

As for my own fantasy baseball preparation, there are really too many quality podcasts, websites and individual writers to mention. Maybe what I will do is some due diligence (a.k.a. fantasy baseball research) and then post or tweet out the sources I liked and felt were a big help. Any suggestions you guys have, then please let me know.

I’m also deciding between a couple league or contest options. I prefer a slow draft just to help me manage my time on the home front. Options appear to be limited so maybe some salary cap style contests. I started to make some notes comparing different ways we can blow our fantasy budget. Sounds like the makings of another future post!