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Copy League Settings Feature and Problem with Keepers in Draft Buddy

A couple more tech support questions and answers for fantasy baseball Draft Buddy that the rest of our members may find useful.

Copy League Settings

Q: What happened to the option to import settings from a previous version of Draft Buddy? ~ dosete

A: Since the baseball version has gone through so many changes since last year, I removed it until things were more settled. I will likely put it back next year.

It is still there for football (action tab, lower left). I don’t think I had it in baseball last year either. Remember last year we were still in split files between the Cheatsheet Compiler and Draft Buddy, the first version for 2014, and then I combined them for version 2.0.

Problem With Keepers

Q: I just entered my keepers and hit Compile Cheatsheets, but the keepers didn’t show up on the draft report tab and they didn’t grey out on any of the cheatsheet tabs. I changed the reset keepers options on the action tab reset to No, but that didn’t change anything. Please help! ~ emoney28

A: Do keepers cost a draft pick? If so, then the keepers might have been removed from the draft report tab when you hit Compile. Once you have keepers input on the keepers tab (and they cost a draft pick) then change both reset options on the action tab to no.

If you lost the keepers on the draft report tab, but they are still on keepers, then simply change the draft pick drop down to blank, and then back to the right pick. Player should then appear beside that pick on draft report, and update the other tabs.

Follow-up reply: Thanks Mike. I set “reset draft order and picks” to no then re-entered the rounds the keepers were taken in and it worked.

Figuring Out Why My Draft Buddy Settings Result in Undervalued Hitters and Overvalued Pitchers

The tech support questions keep rolling in for the fantasy baseball version of Draft Buddy as we enter the final weekends before Major League Baseball’s regular season kicks off, and fantasy drafts are running rampant.

Q: I’m having a little trouble with the software. When I first download the program and review the projections and rankings, the first four or five players are hitters (which I agree with). Once I enter in my league settings and Compile Cheatsheets, the first five or six overall ranked players are pitchers.

My league settings are…

24 active players, 5 bench for total of 29 rounds
14 hitters (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, OF, OF, OF, OF, DH, DH, DH)
10 Pitchers (6 SP, 3 RP, 1 P)
3 keepers, cost a draft pick
Roto, mixed League
5 x 5 (Runs, BA, SB, HR, RBI, WHIP, ERA, W, S, K)

I leave all of the other settings as-is.

I’m trying to figure out why the rankings are changing so dramatically after I compile. I would expect Mike Trout to be the #1 ranked player on everyone’s draft board, followed by Stanton, Abreu, Cabrera in some order. After I compile the first three players are Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale and Max Scherzer.

Any insight would be great, really looking forward to using the software, you do a great job. ~ mgfarb

A: Thanks Matt! How many teams? Also I assume DH is really UT (any hitter) and not a true DH. Make sure you have it set to UT. Here are some thoughts from what you’ve sent me:

I’m surprised pitchers would be that high too. I’d still strongly prefer hitters first, but in terms of results, 6 starting pitchers is quite a bit relative to the other positions. I think due to position scarcity it might be pushing those pitchers up thinking you’ve got a lot of positions to fill.

Remember the results are pure numbers based. If we hit projections exactly, you probably are better off with pitchers. But, since they are more risky than hitters, and more unexpected pitchers emerge, that is why hitters get drafted higher.

That is why the hitters/pitchers cap allocation is split the way it is by default. What you could do is reduce the cap allocation to pitchers (increase hitters) even more, and that should shuffle more dollars to hitters overall, to get the cheatsheets more to your liking.

Follow-up reply: Thanks for the response, I changed the DH to UT and the projections and rankings look good now. Your point about position scaracity makes sense too. Appreciate the response and look forward to using the software.

[Help Desk] Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy Tech Support Q&A, Part II

Here are two more recent tech support emails (one email, one tweet) received for fantasy baseball version of Draft Buddy. Part I questions and answers was posted yesterday.

More Players on Overall Cheatsheet

Question:

I’m usually asking questions about the fantasy football Draft Buddy, but this year I’m trying out baseball, too. Is there any way to have a longer list of players? For example, in one of my leagues (mixed 5×5 with 24 roster spots), the cheatsheets never got to Joc Pederson, and he got drafted by a competitor. So is there a way to see more players on the cheatsheet, or physically add on a player who’s not on the lists? Thanks for the time.

Answer:

The overall list does stop at a point, and baseball drafts do tend to be longer/deeper than football on average, but similar to the football Draft Buddy, the positional cheatsheets have more players listed at each position. I see Pederson in my OF rankings on the hitters cheatsheet at #60. I found him quickly by using CTRL-F (Command-F on Mac) which brings up a find box, typing in part of his name and hitting OK.

If you truly can’t find a player you can always type his name next to the relevant pick on the draft report tab. That player’s team might not come up, but the name should still flow through to the roster and update Buddy for the next pick in the draft.

One thing I find with baseball drafts is the players being drafted can vary a lot more than football. Lots of different players to choose from, lots of different opinions on his current year fantasy contributions. The young guys are interesting too. Players may start in the minors and are expected to come up to the majors later in the season and contribute. The big question is when. Some owners are pretty savvy about drafting these guys, or are just excited about drafting and rostering prospects, depending on the size of the league and available roster spots of course. We don’t really see that in football. Young guys are more or less expected they are going to produce right away or not, unless injury strikes a veteran opening the door for a rookie.

Tiering

Question and Answer:

Let me expand on this about the tier difference to say that depending on whether your cheatsheets have dollar values or fantasy points, and how big those values are, will influence how appropriate the tiering difference value is set at on the options tab. For dollar values on a $260 salary cap, a small difference of $5 (the default) is probably good to get nice size tiers. For fantasy points, where the points are in hundreds, then you will need a much large number to show suitable tiers.