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Dynasty League Football Rankings Now Available in Draft Buddy

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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.

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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!

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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!