For the uninitiated, these cheatsheets are powerful Excel spreadsheets which are completely and utterly customizable to your exact league type. They pull data from a wide variety of sources so that you have lots of expert opinions, public opinions and advanced projections at your disposal with merely a few clicks here and there. You can easily compare players and see live updates on your league standings as the draft progresses.
There are three different spreadsheet options for you. The Roto Cheatsheet is designed for rotisserie league drafts and uses ADP data and also converts projections into WERTH roto values. Aside from the standard 5×5 categories, there are 18 additional categories that you can select for your own unique league type when setting up your cheatsheet. The Roto Auction Cheatsheet has some additional functionality for converting expert dollar values to your league type and has a dollar values calculated based off your projections of choice. Those projected dollar values continuously update through the draft as the values change based on the available league money left. The Points League Cheatsheet is for H2H point-based leagues and allows you to input your league settings so that the cheatsheet automatically calculates projected point totals for each player based on the advanced projections that you choose.
Be forewarned that these cheatsheets are designed to work in Excel 2007-2010 and were designed in Windows. The Mac version of Excel (and older versions of Excel) have been known to have problems when trying to operate these cheatsheets. Also, Microsoft has a few security features which makes opening these spreadsheets more annoying than it should be. If you have the default security settings, you’ll be asked if you want to enable macros when opening this spreadsheet and you must enable macros in order for this cheatsheet to work! In addition, Microsoft may point out that the file originated from an internet location so you will have to click the button that says Enable Editing. You can always change your settings in Excel so you don’t get asked that again but those are two hiccups you might encounter before you get to play around in the sandbox here. Now that you’ve been prepped, go ahead and download your cheatsheet of choice:
After opening the cheatsheet, you’ll be presented with a form to enter some of your league specifications such as number of teams, team names, number of starters at each position, your roto categories and so on. You’ll also choose what sources you want to display information from. Keep in mind that you can always change this info later if you just want to close that and peek around for now.
The Draft Central tab is your home base for these sheets and it is where you’ll see a summary of information for each player throughout the draft and this is where you’ll enter what team drafts each player. Changes on this sheet update the Live Standings and Team Summary tabs. The Live Standings tab will calculate each team’s projected starters and base the current standings throughout the draft on that info. The Team Summary tab shows who is on each team and who is projected to be their starters. The Player Profiles tab allows you to compare players and look at all of the projection and expert data for them. For roto leagues, you’ll also see a calculation of how many points in the standings you may gain (or lose) by drafting that player.
Data included for this v1.0 release:
- CAIRO projections
- Steamer projections
- Fangraphs Fan projections
- MockDraftCentral ADP data
- RotoChamp dollar values
- CBS Sportsline dollar values
- ESPN rankings
- RotoChamp rankings
- Hardball Times rankings
- CBS Sportsline rankings
- Combined rankings (average of available rankings)
While most drafts haven’t started yet, please feel free to test these out and suggest new features or possible fixes prior to the final releases of these sheets in March.