Version 1.1 of the Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy Baseball is now available. If you are using 1.0, then you should download this latest version and start using it instead. There were a number of bug fixes from 1.0 that are, to the best of my knowledge, squashed in 1.1. A description of all changes can be found in the Things to Fix post at the forum.
The new download file went up about 9:00pm Eastern today. My apologies to anyone drafting tonight, Friday the 13th, but there wasn’t enough time to get it ready and up on the site before then. Still, many would not notice the majority of the changes from 1.0. The errors that some people noticed were mainly caused under more unique league settings and scoring setups.
Now, a couple of quick notes:
Projection Pal is not done yet, but I do still plan to complete it (yes, for this season). I don’t want to give an expected delivery date in case it bogs me down some more.
Draft Buddy’s Roto Tab Trick
One of the fixes to Draft Buddy involved one of everyone’s favourite features, the roto tab. The roto tab was grabbing stats and projecting standings for each team’s whole roster instead of the starters, just like last year. I swear I fixed that for 1.0, but apparently everything necessary except the final formulas on the roto tab. Now, in 1.1, it does grab only starters, with an exception.
If your league uses any of Utility, Corner Infielder, Middle Infielder, Pitcher (optional starter or reliever) and even Outfield (optional OF when otherwise using split OF positions LF/CF/RF), Draft Buddy cannot figure out who the “starters” should be for these positions. You would not believe how long I spent on this creating the initial release for 2009. In a dynamic environment, it just isn’t that easy to tell the program that “these guys over here” are better than “these other guys over there”.
So, I created a way to trick/force Buddy to include players as starters that the user specifies. Remember, it will pick up starters at the “normal” positions, like 1B and 3B, but not the CI. Say you’ve drafted two players at 1B to fill one 1B starter spot and 1 CI. Both players will show up beside 1B on your by team tab. If you flip to the roto tab though, only one player’s stats show up, the player with a higher projected dollar value.
To get the other guy’s stats included in yours (or another team’s) projected stats and roto standings, go to the by team tab and click on the “+” sign above that team’s name. (You did know about the “+” sign, didn’t you? It unhides each player’s MLB team, projected points or dollar value.) Find the cell, which is empty, between the MLB team and dollar value for the player in question. In that cell, input a small “x”.
That’s it. Now Buddy considers that player a “starter”, and his stats will be included on the roto tab. This improvement to the roto tab should give a much better post-draft picture than last year’s sum of stats for the entire roster.