Fantasy Football Draft Buddy 2017 Released

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We are up and running for the 2017 fantasy football season! Early June is our normal release date, and we met that timetable with a soft launch last week.

Check the pages linked below for more info about our custom cheatsheet and draft tracking software, and take advantage of the early bird special right now to save $4 off the purchase price!

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The detailed player projections included by default in Draft Buddy are from FF Today. These include projections for 61 QB, 122 RB, 153 WR and 75 TE, so very deep at the offensive skill positions, plus every projected starting kicker, every team defense, and 120 DL, 140 LB and 150 DB on the individual defensive player side. Nice job Mike K. and Antonio!

One new feature added out of the gate is the option for average draft position (ADP) data from three different sources. We’ve used Fantasy Football Calculator in the past, it is still there, and we added and FantasyPros ADP. MFL is from their 12-team public leagues, the popular MFL10s, and FantasyPros is a 12-team composite ADP from various online league management services.

In terms of additional new features, I am working to develop some Draft Buddy features online, which will make them more flexible and provide an improved user interface. These are still in development and testing phases, not ready to be released yet.

We already noticed two issues where Draft Buddy is behaving differently than it did last year in Office 365, so a new bug fix release should be available soon. For those who already purchased – thank you! – if you have any issues or notice anything not quite working the way you expect, then please let me know.

Here is to an awesome summer ahead including many a fantasy football draft, using Draft Buddy!

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.

Fantasy Football Rankings Update – Rob Gronkowski, Todd Gurley and Young Upside Wide Receivers

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Who is this guy? Someone you should consider taking a chance on drafting before Brandon LaFell and a host of other veteran receivers who aren’t going to help you win your fantasy championship.

We are right in the thick of fantasy football draft season, with this upcoming weekend being perhaps the busiest one of all. Making sure I have a quick turn around answering questions from Draft Buddy customers is putting pressure on my ability to update my player rankings.

This morning I did manage an update however, which you can see all at once on the one-page cheatsheet. Quite a few changes based on recent news, including:

  • New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis requiring a second surgery on his knee
  • positive reports for Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess
  • positive vibes for Cleveland Browns offense including QB Robert Griffin III – say what?
  • Denver Broncos QB situation a complete mess to figure out

And numerous other things from the last week. Plus, some of the bigger changes to my rankings are as a result of impressions and strategy considerations from drafting my own leagues the last few weeks. Here goes:

Rob Gronkowski is no longer in Tier 1 at TE by himself
The feeling here is, I am probably not drafting Gronk this season, and I hope showing him in the same tier as the next three – Greg Olsen, Jordan Reed and Travis Kelce – indicates that recommendation to not draft him. Not for a first round or early second round pick. He is dinged up currently, apparently not serious, but it gives us a small reminder he does carry some more injury risk than most with the pounding he takes. He is obviously great when going full steam, but I worry the risk-reward just isn’t worth it to grab Gronk where you need to for his services. Give me one of my other Tier 1 tight ends at a decent discount off the Gronk rate.

Todd Gurley is no longer in Tier 1 at RB by himself
Kicking myself a little here this was even necessary. Originally, it was Gurley plus Le’Veon Bell. Okay, so Bell gets suspended four games (now three), so he drops out of Tier 1. I did feel each of the other closely ranked RB had some small warts, such as Adrian Peterson (age, wear and tear), David Johnson (partial season), Lamar Miller (limited prior workload), but doesn’t Gurley too? His team is going to be starting Case Keenum and a rookie Jared Goff this season, the receivers are dismal, so how much can we expect this guy to do? Lots of carries is great but highly efficient carries are better. I still have him number one, but am I so convinced he is deserving Tier 1 treatment alone versus the other three? No. Lets put them all in Tier 1, which goes to the nature of running the football in today’s NFL anyway, the position is devalued.

More emphasis on young, potential breakout WR in the later tiers
While I’ve always believed this, to draft young, upside wide receivers late in drafts as the fourth, fifth and sixth wideout spots on your roster, I thought my rankings were a bit off in this regard. Perhaps the rankings are supposed to reflect where a player will finish the season, and in that case it makes some sense to rank a veteran player who is mostly ho-hum, like Pierre Garcon, Robert Woods and Cincinnati Bengals “starter” Brandon LaFell (ugh) above Bengals rookie Tyler Boyd or projected San Francisco 49ers slot receiver Bruce Ellington.

For drafting purposes though, and especially drafting this late, lets go for upside. A host of players have it at wide receiver – Boyd, Ellington, Tajae Sharpe, Jaelen Strong, etc. If they work out, great! If they don’t, it cost you little and you can throw them back. Put it this way, are you going to win your fantasy football league championship with Brandon LaFell on your roster? Maybe, but I think the odds are extremely low he contributes to help you get there.

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to post your own comments agreeing or constructively disagreeing with these opinions or any of the rankings. There is a scheduled update for Draft Buddy late tonight, available tomorrow morning. Happy drafting!