— DraftBuddy.com (@DraftBuddy) March 1, 2014
This came about from Draft Buddy user Ryan who informed me that Mays Copeland, Last Player Picked’s founder, made the source code available on GitHub, an open source depository. Although I used to frequently visit LPP, learning what I could about how Mays valued players, I hadn’t been there in a while and didn’t realize it wasn’t getting updated at all for 2014.
That is a shame, because it is a really great resource. So, although I was knee deep in creating Draft Buddy 2.0 last week, I took a break (?) and downloaded and set up the source code on my own computer. It pretty much worked out of the box, which was super. Mays admits in his old blog the source code is a mess, and I concur.
I added 2013 season stats, and the 2014 Steamer-Fangraphs projections from our database to get started. I pulled out some feature options which either didn’t seem to work, or I didn’t have ample time to test them yet. These were things like the ability to import your own projections, or edit the existing projections, or add keepers.
From there, I figured, lets get this up so people can at least use it with its basic functionality. As time allows, then I can add more projections, and go back and dig into the code and add back or fix those other features, and maybe add some new ones. In terms of design, I’ve kept it in its original white/black/green glory, or white/black/blue for the fantasy points calculator.
One thing I do realize is that the method for calculating dollar values is different from LPP vs. Draft Buddy, which is what motivated Ryan to point me to LPP in the first place. Although there is zero chance I can replicate the LPP methodology in Draft Buddy this season, perhaps if there is demand for it, I can show how to get the LPP values into Draft Buddy for those interested in that. Then they can have LPP cheatsheets and still use Draft Buddy to track their draft.
Thanks Mays for creating this tool originally and maintaining it all of the years you did. I can certainly understand the loss of time over the years, but hopefully I can do it justice in our little corner of the Internet to keep Last Player Picked alive.