I didn’t expect that I’d be publishing this post this year. As I alluded to in a post a little while ago, I have been in a health and life crisis lately and I did not see a scenario in which I could publish my fantasy baseball cheatsheets for 2022. Yet, here we are.
So, what happened, you may ask?
You all happened. The emails, the tweets, the direct messages, the Reddit posts, the comments, and so many kind words happened. You took a beaten-down Mr. Cheatsheet and lifted him up with your support. While my health and life issues remain, I found a renewed spirit to power through and publish an update of last year’s cheatsheets.
If you want to picture this all in your head, imagine Michael Jordan’s flu game. It’s kind of like that except obviously my cheatsheets are much more important than whatever Michael Jordan was playing for.
But, really, the point is that I do have cheatsheets for you all. They are the exact same version as last year’s cheatsheets but with updated data. There are no additional bells or whistles. There will be no troubleshooting of these sheets on my end unless people find egregious errors or something causing the cheatsheet to be unusable (I’m not discounting that possibility, due to my limited testing of these this year).
So, yes… maybe, just maybe you can win another fantasy baseball championship this year.
A Quick Favor
I’ve mentioned this in all of my posts this year, but I am a filmmaker in my daily life. I have a chance to get a good budget to make a neat short film about North Carolina and my experience of moving here. In order for me to get that budget, I need to a win public voting contest though. So, please take two seconds to vote for my film idea called The State That Heals on this site here: VisitNC Firsts That Last Film Festival. You can vote once every 24 hours too if you so choose.
What Makes These Cheatsheets Special?
I’ve played fantasy sports for nearly three decades and nothing compares to fantasy baseball as far as complexity and variety of league formats. There are rotisserie leagues and points-based leagues and auctions and drafts, and nearly every single league is set up in a unique way. There isn’t one “standard” fantasy baseball league. On top of that, there are keepers and dynasty leagues and draft pick trades and so many things.
These cheatsheets handle all of that.
You take a few minutes to put in your league settings and then you’ll see custom rankings and values for your league format. If you have keepers, you can take a few minutes to put those in and your draft is ready to go. These cheatsheets are special because they handle nearly any type of league you throw at it.
After you have the sheet set up, you can completely run your draft from within it and see estimations for how valuable each player is in your league type. It also will keep you updated on how each of the owners in your league is doing in their drafts so you know how to alter your strategy as you go.
The only caveat I’d say is that this requires manual work during the draft on your end. That’s not a problem in most leagues, but in leagues with short pick clocks, it’s hard to keep up. My advice is to not be in leagues where you get less than a minute or two to make a pick. That type of league shows a lack of love for fantasy baseball, decision-making, and the whole wonderful draft process. That’s my opinion at least!
What Can You Find In The Sheet?
You will see lots of data options within the sheet. For the average user, you can just keep the defaults and you’ll be fine. But, hey, most people reading this love to have all of the data that they can. Here are the various data sources that make these sheets what they are:
- Projections Sources: Steamer, The BAT, ZiPS, Clay Davenport, Mr. Cheatsheet’s Special Blend
- Average Draft Position Sources: FantasyPros, ESPN, CBS, Fantrax, NFBC
- Auction Values Sources: FantasyPros, CBS, ESPN, Yahoo, RotoChamp
- Expert Rankings Sources: FantasyPros, Yahoo, ESPN, RotoChamp
What are WERTH Values?
If you’re playing in a roto league, you may notice that these cheatsheets have a WERTH value for each player. These values essentially show you how far above or below average a player is in comparison to the replacement level for your league. A positive WERTH value in a category for a player means that they will perform better than the replacement level in that category for you. This is all dependent on your league settings but that is where the cheatsheets show their power by doing all of the calculations for you. For the data-minded folks, the WERTH values are combined z-scores for the chosen roto categories.
Download Your 2022 Cheatsheet
Hello to those of you who scrolled past the mumbo-jumbo to get right to the sheets! Don’t worry, I get it. I do that sort of thing too. So, let’s get on with it…
If you play in a rotisserie league or a H2H categories league, you’ll want to download one of the roto cheatsheets below. You can choose the draft version if you have a typical fantasy draft for your league, as opposed to an auction format. Punch the image below to download the draft sheet in that case. If this opens up in any web-based spreadsheet app, it will not work in that. You need to download this sheet and open it in Microsoft Excel.
If your roto league conducts an auction instead of a straight draft, you can download the auction version below.
If you don’t play in a rotisserie league, you likely play in a points-based H2H league that scores a bit like fantasy football where players are awarded points for each stat they accrue based on your scoring system. If you are in a Points league, you likely will be downloading the Points Draft sheet below. If this opens up in any web-based spreadsheet app, it will not work in that. You need to download this sheet and open it in Microsoft Excel.
However, you might be in an auction-based draft for your points league and, if so, this fourth option below is the sheet for you.
The instructions within the cheatsheet should help answer most questions. If you are having errors in the sheet, there’s a button to push on the Instructions page of the sheet to ensure that data is updating.
An issue that I’ve encountered in my own testing on very rare occasions involves buttons disappearing in the sheets. If that happens to you, just save the sheet then close it and re-open it. I’ve found that resolves it.
Some caveats for this 2022 version, due to my current health issues:
- I will not be updating data in the sheets this year.
- I will not be adding any new features this year.
- I will not be adding missing players or data.
- Unless there is a major issue that is affecting everyone and causing a cheatsheet to be unusable, I will not be updating the cheatsheets at all after today.
- That being said, if you find a major issue that you think would affect everyone, still contact me or comment below.
Why Are These Free???
Because I love fantasy baseball, and I love doing this. Money would only complicate things. Some people are in free leagues. They should still have access to tools that help them win their league. I make these for you all; not to make a profit.
That being said… If you do feel so inclined and are in a position to do so, I do take donations through the methods below to compensate me for the work here. No pressure at all. You do what you feel comfortable with.
I can’t begin to thank you all for all of the support through a weird time for me this year. If I have not responded to your email or tweet or comment on the site, please know I have read them and just haven’t had the time yet. I’ve appreciated them all.
Before I close up shop for the season, if you hadn’t seen my message at the start of this article, make sure to vote for my film idea called The State That Heals in this contest here: VisitNC Firsts That Last Film Festival.
Thanks for everything, everyone. Have a great fantasy baseball season!