Fantasy Baseball Draft Buddy 2017 Released

playballThe 2017 version of Draft Buddy for fantasy baseball is now available for download!

If you are an existing member, and do not have access to download Draft Buddy yet, then login and re-up your (free) subscription via the Add/Renew Subscription button from your member page. First timers, register a (free) account checking off you want Draft Buddy and then you should have access.

I feel like I’m behind getting this out to you, but then I look back and my first newsletter went out February 19 for last season. Hmm… maybe I am continuously behind, or just feel that way. As I mentioned to one of our members Joe this morning on Twitter, I am juggling other things on the home and work front, so I am on a sort of every other day schedule to work on this website. Not ideal, but doing the best I can.

In terms of features, there are currently no changes from the prior year version of Draft Buddy, except some compatibility things with the newest versions of Excel for Mac. Give me strength Microsoft. Hey, it was already pretty good feature-wise as-is, right? It is a time thing, and a free tool to boot, so not only hard to jam in more features but also hard to justify.

Lets give a shout out to the websites that provide the baseball projections for Draft Buddy, currently Steamer-Fangraphs and FantasyPros for the Zeile projections. I updated each of these this morning.

Plus, the ADP comes from FantasyPros and NFBC. If you are looking for an online money league to play in then NFBC is the way to go. They have a long history and excellent reputation.

Last but certainly not least, props to members Kevin and Mark who are back again this season volunteering their time to keep the depth charts up to date for us. Thanks guys!

Okay, that is about it. Thanks for supporting Draft Buddy for fantasy baseball, fantasy football, or both! If you have any questions then please email me or hit me up through our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Draft Buddy 3.0 Adds Quality Starts, Improves Top 25 Feature Plus Projections Update

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Version 2.0 of our fantasy baseball Draft Buddy didn’t last very long. Now available, Version 3.0!

This time it improves the new “Top 25″ feature from last time by properly filtering for AL and NL-only leagues. Plus, by popular demand, Quality Starts (QS) are now included in the projections and become an available stat category option for both roto and fantasy points scoring leagues.

Plus, all three of the Steamer-Fangraphs, Zeile (FantasyPros) and ZiPS projections are updated as well as ADP and depth charts.

If you’ve input a lot of keepers or your draft is already underway, then you may want to stick with versions 1.0 or 2.0, and that is perfectly fine. The projections update will work in the older versions.

If you need the Top 25 AL/NL-only filtering or your league uses QS, then you need to download the new version 3.0 to take advantage of those features.

BTW, hope you like the new look of the website! Only a few more weeks before regular season baseball begins. Good luck if you are still drafting!

Draft Buddy 2.0 New Feature Top Available Players By Stat Plus ZiPS Projections, Update

New feature in Draft Buddy displays Top 25 players by projected stats for the traditional 5x5 roto categories. It updates as your draft progresses.

New feature in Draft Buddy displays Top 25 players by projected stats for the traditional 5×5 roto categories. It updates as your draft progresses.

It was a tough week to get things published on the website!

Early in the week I was working on sister website MyOfficePool.ca to get its annual March Madness Survivor Pools up and running. Then by the time that happened I was keen to roll out a new feature for the fantasy baseball version of Draft Buddy in addition to a full projections update. The ZiPS projections showed up too, and I also sandwiched in a Toronto Raptors game with the family, a 104-94 win over the Utah Jazz.

I’m sure you are most keen to hear about the new feature. It is a brand new tab in Draft Buddy displaying the Top 25 available players projected at each of the traditional 5×5 roto categories. It constantly updates as you track your draft in Draft Buddy, so if you are looking for stolen bases, check this tab. Looking for a late round middle reliever to help deflate your ERA and WHIP? Check this tab.

Mucho props to member Matt Cramer for suggesting this feature, and even constructing one himself that worked great after we discussed some ideas on how to create it. I took Matt’s work, made some modifications and voilĂ , new feature. The tab only appears for roto leagues, but if you guys in points leagues feel it would be useful for you too then let me know. You will need to download the new version 2.0 to take advantage of this feature.

I can see expanding on this in the future, such as adding Draft Player buttons and highlighting different positions. Past midnight last night I had to call it for now. It was excitement enough to reduce the number of Excel formulas necessary to pull off the updated rankings trick to about a third from what I originally envisioned.

The week would not be complete with a proper projections update, and we can even do one better than that. The ZiPS projections are now available, courtesy of Dan Szymborski. Thanks Dan! ZiPS are found in the third yellow section scrolling right on the hitters data and pitchers data tabs in Draft Buddy, plus you can use them with Last Player Picked and our Player Comparison online tool.

Last but certainly not least, Steamer-Fangraphs and Zeile projections are updated, plus ADP from FantasyPros and NFBC, and our depth charts thanks to member Kevin Baker (plus Mark I haven’t forgotten about your offer to help).

You can still use Draft Buddy 1.0 and get the update if you like, or download 2.0 and everything is already updated as of today in that new file. So who is drafting this weekend? Thanks and good luck!