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Still Drafting? Final 2015 Fantasy Baseball Projections Update for Draft Buddy and Last Player Picked

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Still drafting? Yeah, I know some of you are, even with the MLB season five days old.

I kind of forget about this nuance with fantasy baseball compared to fantasy football each year, which rarely drafts after NFL Week 1, but it makes sense for baseball. Its a long season. Why not wait and get a small glimpse of the first few real games before drafting your squad, if that is how your fellow owners prefer to do it.

A few members emailed me saying they are drafting this weekend, and a number of people are still downloading Draft Buddy, so I figured, why not do another update? Plus, it kind of bugged me Craig Kimbrel continued to show as an Atlanta Brave in Draft Buddy, Last Player Picked and on our cheatsheet rankings. He was traded to the San Diego Padres after the season started, but man, missed it by one day? The fact people are still drafting gave me a great excuse to update for the latest transactions and depth chart moves.

So, whether you are drafting, or even if you simply want to update Draft Buddy for the latest changes, open it up, go to the action tab, and click Update Projections. I updated the Steamer-Fangraphs projections, the Zeile projections from FantasyPros, and depth charts for all 30 teams. I didn’t update the Average Draft Position, as that hasn’t changed from our available sources. The latest player news, found to the far right on the hitters data and pitchers data tabs, continues to update automatically and I will leave that on through this weekend.

For those who have stuck with us since the season started—thank you—we do have updated player stats every day. You can view the stats by game from the scoreboard on the front page, such as Toronto Blue Jays-New York Yankees game last night, and also by day, season, and further filtered by any or all positions and by team.

The plan is to keep updating the depth charts and baseball stats, and expanding on the stat features (did you notice the FanDuel salary amounts in those prior links?) plus more baseball content as we are able. We will start rolling out some football content in the near future, too.

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!

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.

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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!