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Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy 2.0 – Player News and Last Player Picked Price Guide Integration

One of the new features in Version 2.0 of the Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy is latest player news headlines pulled in when you update projections.

One of the new features in Version 2.0 of the Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy is latest player news headlines pulled in when you update projections.

Pretty big update today folks with two cool new features for the fantasy baseball Draft Buddy. Plus, Projection Pal is ready. Plus, there was one fix to the compile cheatsheets process.

You must download Version 2.0 of Draft Buddy to get these new features and the fix. The link to download Projection Pal is also on the same page. Here are the details of the changes:

Player News Added

On each of the hitters data and pitchers data tabs, scroll to the far right and there is a spot for player notes. Its been there for some time, but finally I created new update files to include the latest news headlines from Rotoworld by player, as available, when you run Update Projections (either projections source).

The information doesn’t flow any where else in Draft Buddy at this time, but still pretty handy to scroll right and down the list to see the latest news item for players. Right now the update files are created locally and updated to the server, so the news isn’t available for Buddy in real-time, but I will see what I can do to provide more frequent updates.

Last Player Picked Integration

You know the online Last Player Picked Price Guide tool, right? We added it to the website last year (also reminding me I’ve overused the Dr. Frankenstein reference).

The LPP dollar value methodology is different than Draft Buddy, as they were each developed independently. At one point I thought about changing the Draft Buddy methodology to be the same as LPP, but that hasn’t come to fruition.

However, one of Draft Buddy’s strengths is its draft tracking ability, so even if you prefer dollar values generated from LPP, Draft Buddy is still useful after transferring the results from LPP to Draft Buddy. Last year I wrote a post on how to do this, but now I’ve made that process a lot easier.

Open Draft Buddy 2.0, and scroll to end of the tabs for a default CSV (comma separated file) from LPP. Run your own LPP results with the online tool, and at the end click League Info for the Export to CSV link. Download and open your CSV file, highlight the whole thing, copy and paste it on top of the current CSV output in Draft Buddy.

Final step, go to the options tab and at the top change the new Dollar Value Methodology option from Draft Buddy to Last Player Picked. Then hit Compile Cheatsheets, and the values in Draft Buddy on each of the hitters, pitchers and overall cheatsheets should match your values from LPP.

Compile Cheatsheets Fix

One of our long-time members, garf112, noticed in his league with no specific SP or RP designations, instead any 9 pitchers, that Draft Buddy gave some weird results between the starters (who had too much value) and relievers (who had very little value). I narrowed this down to one calculation not updating quickly enough during the Compile Cheatsheets process.

The above is just one example where the results went awry. In most league setups it was perhaps not very noticeable, but best practices would be to download Version 2.0 and input your league settings again and use this file going forward.

Projection Pal

Veteran member WilliamWallace sent me a note through our Help Desk the other night wondering when Projection Pal will be ready. For those who are not sure what Pal is, it is an optional tool (and separate download) to help import other projections or data into Draft Buddy. It helps ensure the data lines up with the right players on each of the hitters and pitchers tabs.

Pal is now ready. I am the first to admit it isn’t the easiest of tools to use, due to the complexity trying to clean and import data from a very wide variety of potential sources, but once you get the hang of it then it works quite well. Check the Projection Pal Demo Video for an overview how it works.

Thanks for your time and enjoy the new features!

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!

Download 2013 Fantasy Football Draft Buddy For Free

While I’ve been keeping busy maintaining our fantasy baseball stats database, and also turning my attention to the upcoming fantasy football season, I haven’t had much time to properly update instructions, videos, screenshots for our bread and butter product, Draft Buddy.

Draft Buddy, in case you weren’t aware, is the all-in-one custom player ranking cheatsheet creator and draft (or auction) tracking tool. It is in Microsoft Excel. There is a fantasy baseball version which is available for free and a fantasy football version that helps pay the bills.

Draft Buddy works for redraft, keeper or dynasty leagues. You can customize a ton of possible scoring systems. For baseball you can choose roto or fantasy points scoring. It includes stats for all players for the past three years, plus last half of the prior year. It includes projections for the current year, depth charts and average draft position data, and these are updated regularly from initial release in the early spring training or preseason through to Opening Day or opening kickoff.

These are some tricked out spreadsheets. They are older than my kids, which is saying something now that Megan . . . well, anything I say about my eldest daughter she would surely be embarrassed about, so yes, she’s “that old”.

Draft Buddy has gone through a lot of changes over the years, including a name change. You’ll still see some references to Cheatsheet Compiler, the first half of the old combined CC & DB name. The videos give some insight into how Draft Buddy works, but if they aren’t keeping up with the changes, then I need to make new videos. Given the lack of time, as mentioned, I wanted to come up with another way for people to try out the Fantasy Football Draft Buddy.

How about a free trial?

Perfect. And I’m not going to create a separate stripped down version of Draft Buddy, but rather I will make the 2013 Fantasy Football Draft Buddy available to download. To get it, you just need to login or register (for free) and subscribe to the football version. Heck, and get the baseball version too if you missed out this year and want to check it out.

It has last year’s projections in it of course, and player stats from 2010-2012 NFL seasons. If you have any questions then feel free to post a comment here or shoot me an email. I am travelling a fair bit over the next couple weeks, but I will respond to every comment or email as soon as possible.

I hope you like it, and decide to give it a try for the now fast approaching, 2014 NFL season. Cheers.