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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!

Projections, ADP and Depth Chart Update, Plus Draft Buddy 2.1

Earlier this week we released Draft Buddy 2.0 which combined the old Cheatsheet Compiler and Draft Buddy into a single file. We received a lot of props for that, which is great, but also with such a big change from our prior version it isn’t a surprise a few issues slipped through the cracks.

Based on feedback received in the past few days, version 2.1 is now available that includes various fixes. The items were fixed ASAP in version 2.0 throughout the week, and some items were Mac specific, so users may already have a completely fixed version or never notice any issue with 2.0. However, if you do have a problem with 2.0, then download and give 2.1 a whirl.

Today we also did a big update including projections from FantasyPros and Steamer-Fangraphs, plus ADP from each of Mock Draft Central, National Fantasy Baseball Championship and FantasyPros, and the depth charts. Thanks to all of our third party providers for including their data in Draft Buddy. The update is ready to go, and whether you have 1.0, 2.0 or 2.1, the it should work the same in all.

Remember, if you want to update both sets of projections, select one set with the drop-down, hit Update Projections. Then use the button to move that set from Site A to Site B. Select the other set with the drop-down, and hit Update Projections again. Now you’re all set. Good luck to those drafting this weekend!