I’ve been teasing this on Twitter since late last week, so I’m happy to finally officially announce the release of Draft Buddy 2.0 for fantasy baseball.
The big change here is pretty obvious if you were already using 1.0, or used our fantasy baseball software in the past. Instead of separate files for the Cheatsheet Compiler (custom rankings, cheatsheets) and Draft Buddy (draft tracker extraordinaire), they are now combined into a single file. For simplicity it is named, Draft Buddy!
You’ll notice 2.0 looks the same overall with similar styling and most features work the same way, but it is a lot more streamlined than the past, and simply much easier to use as one file. It will take me some time to update the instructions, videos (ugh), etc. available to help people understand how to use it, but I hope it is fairly self-explanatory the way it is designed. Here are some quick guidelines:
- Start by filling in the yellow highlighted option boxes on the green tabs numbered 1 to 5. Once you’ve done this, go to the “5. action” tab and hit Compile Cheatsheets to update the cheatsheets on the hitters, pitchers and overall tab based on the current settings.
- There is now an older Excel (.xls) version and a newer Excel (.xlsm) version. If you aren’t sure which you have, review the two images in our instructions for how Excel looks to tell the difference. If you have Excel since Office 2007, use the newer Draft Buddy. It is a smaller file. If you are saving the newer version, make sure to save it as a macro-enabled workbook, which is what the .xlsm file extension stands for.
- If you need to change your rules or scoring settings, or change the projections source you are using, plus other options, then do so, and hit Compile Cheatsheets again to update the cheatsheets.
- When you are on the action tab and about to hit Compile Cheatsheets, note the two options above the button for resetting keepers, and resetting draft picks. For a brand new league, set both to yes. If you haven’t input any keepers (or don’t use them), or draft picks, or pick trades, or a custom draft order, keep it as yes. If you start adding those things to Draft Buddy and want to update your cheatsheets, make sure to switch these options to no prior to hitting Compile Cheatsheets.
- There is no more feature to save different league profiles, because it simply wouldn’t be possible to save all of the information for multiple leagues in one file. However, save Draft Buddy as a different filename for each league you are in. The only downside on this is you have to update projections in each file as needed.
- The cheatsheets are split between three tabs (which was always the case with Draft Buddy, not the Cheatsheet Compiler), but I’ve also removed the side-by-side cheatsheet format to keep things simple and more compact. The result of this is there is only one way players are now marked as drafted on the cheatsheets, which is the grey out option.
- There are fewer options to highlight different positions on the overall and ADP tabs, because of the limitation of conditional formatting in older versions of Excel. Eventually I will add more options for the newer Excel version.
That should get you started at the very least. If anyone notices any issues with Draft Buddy, then please post a comment or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook. There are so many different possible league settings it is a lot to test so it is possible I missed something. Hope you enjoy the new Draft Buddy 2.0!