An Apology, A Revival and What’s Ahead at Mr. Cheatsheet

The end of the fantasy baseball season is fast approaching for some of you. For others, the season is already over and you’re working on your fantasy football lineups or, if you’re a little obsessive, getting ready for the 2015 fantasy baseball season.

You may have noticed that you haven’t heard from me in quite a while. You also may have read my posts about the plan for the 2014 regular season that did not come to fruition. This, unfortunately, isn’t the first time that occurred at Mr. Cheatsheet and it means I need to change things up a bit to better deliver for you.

The Explanation

First things first, I would like to offer an explanation. I absolutely love preparing for fantasy baseball drafts and doing analysis during the offseason so that we can find hidden gems and create the best strategy possible during the draft. I love making cheatsheets and customizing them for all of you so that they are absolutely perfect. I love that this site gained enough of a fanbase that people are engaged and having fun with my work too.

However, this site is not a company nor a group of writers and researchers. It is me, Luke, doing the work for this at night after I’m done at my real job (and, let’s be honest, sometimes doing work for this site when I am at work). From December to April, it is a grind for me as I bust my ass to put in hours of work every night to create content for this site. I do it out of love for fantasy baseball and the draft itself. I’m usually burning the candle at both ends for four months and pretty damn exhausted by the time the season rolls around. In the past, the season starting also signified a busy time of year at my job. This usually meant that I wouldn’t have the energy to keep up the work needed to run the site.

Trust me, I would love to keep at it during the season and I feel a responsibility to do so but I’m one man working to create a site that looks like it is far more than a one man operation. In a dream world, I’d do this site for a living and be able to generate content all the time but we’re not in that dream world.

The Future of Mr. Cheatsheet

With that explanation in mind, what’s it mean for the future? It means that I need to not promise you all regularly scheduled content during the regular season. It means that I want to publish during the season but at a less frequent pace. Primarily though, it should be noted that this is a fantasy draft preparation website. That’s where I’m an expert and that’s where the readers benefit most. Readers of this site should come out of their draft with a strong team and I take pride in that. That will still continue at the same pace as usual. Draft articles, draft research and cheatsheets will still be here in 2015. After the season starts, there will be various articles throughout the season but maybe not at the pace I have promised in the past. This shift will also give me a chance to work on something I’ve considered doing for a long time: fantasy football cheatsheets.

While fantasy football cannot be analyzed in the same way as fantasy baseball, there’s still some analysis I’d like to publish in future years. Also, there aren’t projection systems built with the same precision as baseball but I see ways where a fantasy football cheatsheet could exist in 2015. In the meantime, if you have ideas for things you’d like to see in such a cheatsheet, now is the time to toss around ideas to me. I’d love to hear about what you’d like to see.

In 2015, I will continue to publish my Excel cheatsheets in the same manner as usual and I still have the desire to build out a web app that offers a similar level of functionality without needing Microsoft Excel. I am not a web developer though so I do welcome anybody who may be willing to help in this regard because I think it could be a great tool for the fantasy baseball community. There are no promises this will exist in 2015 but I remain hopeful.

Full Speed Ahead

Thank you all for being loyal readers of this site. I hope you all continue to remain with the site in the future and I look forward to helping you win your leagues in 2015!

In the meantime, I’d love to hear about how some of you did in your leagues this year! I’ve spent most of this season sitting in first place in my roto league and am in the finals in my head-to-head league after having the most total points during the regular season. Another successful season!

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  • Steve Rose
    September 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I had a great draft thanks to you in my 5×5 roto league. Things went a bit south later as I must sadly look in the mirror and conclude I am a terrible evaluator of trades.
    I plan to use your resources and expertise in next year's draft. I would still use you gladly if this was a pay-for-use service.

  • Adam Johnson
    September 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    I used your cheatsheet for a H2H points 12-team league that I started this year. The draft provided a solid foundation for a team that went on to win my league championship. Your site was a great resource for me as I have been an avid baseball fan for years but had never played fantasy until this year. As the season progressed I got better and better at identifying the moves I needed to make and was able to make some key pickups to complement the solid core I had drafted, like J.D. Martinez and Jake Arrieta.

    Thanks for all you do. I'll definitely be back in a few months!

  • nwhitt32
    December 23, 2014 at 2:35 am

    I've used the cheatsheets for the last three years — won it all the last two years, came in second in my first year. Needless to say, I feel these cheatsheets are second to none across the fantasy baseball world and would never use anything else. The number of projections you can choose from — and the new special blend you have been suggesting — have been huge for me and have saved me a ton of time while allowing me to still have a lot of success. Thanks for all the work you put in each year and I can't wait for this upcoming season to start.