When I answer questions from our Draft Buddy users by email or through our online help desk that I believe are potentially helpful to other users, then I will make an effort to post them. Here is our first Q&A of the 2015 baseball season, question submitted by member isaac2004:
I recently downloaded the newest version of Draft Buddy and noticed something odd. No matter what my settings are, the overall cheatsheet always includes 7-8 SP who are ranked higher than any batter.
And here is my answer:
Okay, I just downloaded your copy of Draft Buddy. I think what is happening is the default split of dollars between hitters and pitchers is too much for the pitchers, since your league only uses 4 pitchers to 10 hitters. Standard leagues would use something like 9 pitchers to 13-15 hitters.
This is a bit confusing, but even though your league is not an auction league (did not check the box on the rules tab), those auction settings still impact the results when it is a roto league, as we expect dollar values output on the cheatsheets. I should try to do something to make that more clear.
Anyway, the default split was 68% hitters to 32% pitchers in terms of dollars being allocated. That works well for most leagues. 32% is too high for your league, and the smaller number of draftable pitchers are each getting too much money, and causing those top guys to rise way up the overall cheatsheet.
I changed the split to 80% hitters, 20% pitchers and hit Compile Cheatsheets, and that seemed pretty good. Clayton Kershaw is now ranked 4th overall. The next best pitcher is ranked 16th.
Then I decided to run your settings through the Last Player Picked online tool, because it has a feature that decides what is the optimal dollar split between hitters and pitchers, based on the league settings. It came up with 74% hitters, 26% pitchers. Interesting to note that the dollar values for the top players in your league were much higher than the Draft Buddy values.
I suppose that is because of the smaller overall player pool (12 teams, 14 starters) and therefore higher number of replacement players, LPP really puts a premium on acquiring the top guys at each position. Regardless, yours is not an auction league, so the actual dollar amounts are not that relevant. The overall order of players appears to be similar.
Make some adjustments to the dollar split between hitters and pitchers, running Compile Cheatsheets after each change to see the results, and that should get you on track.