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.

Updating More Than One Set of Projections in Draft Buddy

Today marked another fantasy baseball projections update, including both sets of projections we have available for Draft Buddy and the Last Player Picked Price Guide. Those are the Steamer-Fangraphs projections, from Steamer Projections Blog plus playing time adjustments from Fangraphs, and the Zeile consensus projections from FantasyPros.

The update also included our depth charts and average draft position (ADP) data from each of FantasyPros, Mock Draft Central and National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Make sure to support each of the above mentioned websites, or drop them a thank you, for helping power Draft Buddy and LPP for your fantasy baseball drafts this season.

One of our Draft Buddy users sent me an email asking how to update both sets of projections in the software. I realize the Draft Buddy instructions need an overhaul since I combined the old Cheatsheet Compiler and Draft Buddy into one file, but that is a job that is going to have to wait until next year. For now, I’ll respond to emails and write the occasional blog post to answer key questions like this one.

caption

Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy, action tab

When it comes to updating projections in Draft Buddy, everything happens on the aptly named action tab. Buddy only updates one set of projections at a time, based on the “Source:” drop-down, and if you read the information boxes that pop-up, you’ll know the new projections you are grabbing overwrite the projections in the Site A (or first) section on each of the hitters data and pitchers data tabs.

So, the process to update both steps is essentially update one, move it to Site B, and update the second. Here is the detail:

  1. Select one of the two available projections with the drop-down on the action tab. Click the Update Projections button.

  2. After the projections update you can click No to not Compile Cheatsheets.
  3. Now click the Move Site A to Site B button (or Site C, if you prefer).
  4. Use the drop-down to select the other set of projections. Hit Update Projections again.
  5. This time you want to hit Compile Cheatsheets so your cheatsheets are updated for the latest projections.

If you only plan to use one set of projections to generate your cheatsheets, then there is no need to update both sets. If you do the update, and then later change the allocation key or mix or projections in Site A, B, and possibly C, then you need to hit Compile Cheatsheets again to see the impact of the change.

That is it for now. Good luck in your fantasy baseball drafts!

Return of Last Player Picked

last_player_picked_screenshot

If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have already seen the news I resurrected the popular fantasy baseball price guide / dollar value calculator website known as Last Player Picked.

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.