It was a tough week to get things published on the website!
Early in the week I was working on sister website MyOfficePool.ca to get its annual March Madness Survivor Pools up and running. Then by the time that happened I was keen to roll out a new feature for the fantasy baseball version of Draft Buddy in addition to a full projections update. The ZiPS projections showed up too, and I also sandwiched in a Toronto Raptors game with the family, a 104-94 win over the Utah Jazz.
I’m sure you are most keen to hear about the new feature. It is a brand new tab in Draft Buddy displaying the Top 25 available players projected at each of the traditional 5×5 roto categories. It constantly updates as you track your draft in Draft Buddy, so if you are looking for stolen bases, check this tab. Looking for a late round middle reliever to help deflate your ERA and WHIP? Check this tab.
Mucho props to member Matt Cramer for suggesting this feature, and even constructing one himself that worked great after we discussed some ideas on how to create it. I took Matt’s work, made some modifications and voilà, new feature. The tab only appears for roto leagues, but if you guys in points leagues feel it would be useful for you too then let me know. You will need to download the new version 2.0 to take advantage of this feature.
I can see expanding on this in the future, such as adding Draft Player buttons and highlighting different positions. Past midnight last night I had to call it for now. It was excitement enough to reduce the number of Excel formulas necessary to pull off the updated rankings trick to about a third from what I originally envisioned.
The week would not be complete with a proper projections update, and we can even do one better than that. The ZiPS projections are now available, courtesy of Dan Szymborski. Thanks Dan! ZiPS are found in the third yellow section scrolling right on the hitters data and pitchers data tabs in Draft Buddy, plus you can use them with Last Player Picked and our Player Comparison online tool.
Last but certainly not least, Steamer-Fangraphs and Zeile projections are updated, plus ADP from FantasyPros and NFBC, and our depth charts thanks to member Kevin Baker (plus Mark I haven’t forgotten about your offer to help).
You can still use Draft Buddy 1.0 and get the update if you like, or download 2.0 and everything is already updated as of today in that new file. So who is drafting this weekend? Thanks and good luck!