Bruce Henderson

Draft Dominator

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Will the DD work on a Mac?

For a mac, you need VirtualPC to run the Draft Dominator. Here is a link with more details: Mac VirtualPC Thread

The VBD Spreadsheet App works on a Mac if you have MS Excel.

How do I update with out losing my league settings, scoring, player notes, etc. ?

Just download and install the latest version. It will install right on top of your existing one. It will not overwrite your league settings, scoring, player notes, etc.

How come the Player Pool Fantasy Points don't match the Projection Fantasy Points?

The Use SOS and Use Weekly Weights on the GameByGame affect the Fantasy Points in the player pool. For example, if your league doesn't play in week 17, then the player pool values will not include points for week 17. The projections tab does include all 17 weeks. Likewise, if you weighted some of your divisional games with a little higher weight... then the player pool values could be a little higher than the projection tab.

To make the values match, uncheck the Use SOS and Use Weekly Weights and then hit Recalculate. However, for your live draft, you will want these checked to take advantage of the SOS, Weighted Divisional Games, Complementary Player, etc.

When is the next update coming out?

The target is Wednesday/Thursday of each week.

What do the colors mean on the Best Value window and the Draft Status window?

Red = Bye week conflict same position

Blue = Bye week conflict at another position

Black = No bye week conflict

I'm getting some strange error. At this point I just want to start over...

If all else fails...

1) From windows click Start - Settings - Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs and remove the Draft Dominator.

2) Go to the C:\Program Files\DraftDominator subdirectory and remove any remaining files.

3) Download and install a fresh copy of the Draft Dominator.

The Draft Dominator is locking up on me...

Are you using dual monitors ? or nvidia desktop manager? If so try disabling it.

Have you installed the latest Windows Updates? From windows, click Start - Windows Update, and install all the critical patches.

How about virus protection and spyware protection? www.grisoft.com has a great free virus checker. And Spybot Search and Destroy http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html is a great spyware remover.

When I go to install the Draft Dominator, it says the file is corrupt...

The Setup File size should be 5855KB. Sometimes the file doesn't download all the way due to connection, traffic, etc. Your best bet is to download it again and save it as a different name.

Let me know how it turns out.

How do I export the file to DD Lite?

From the desktop version of the Draft Dominator... do an File - Export - DDLite Palm. Then load the exported file DDLiteFile.pdb on to the Palm. This way it will have your league variables and scoring system.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, click Help -> Frequently Asked Questions within the Draft Dominator software

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Sorry if this has been covered somewhere, but I just couldn't find it.Is there a way to change a players position within draft dominator?My league goes off of league software for resolving player positions (for tweeners) and have different scoring for each position.In this case, Terrell Suggs is the player in question, as currently he is listed as a DE, while in our league he will end up being treated as a LB.Thanks,

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Sorry if this has been covered somewhere, but I just couldn't find it.

Is there a way to change a players position within draft dominator?

My league goes off of league software for resolving player positions (for tweeners) and have different scoring for each position.

In this case, Terrell Suggs is the player in question, as currently he is listed as a DE, while in our league he will end up being treated as a LB.

Thanks,

Here you will just have to add Suggs to the LB tab... and remove him from the DL tab.

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Sorry if this has been covered somewhere, but I just couldn't find it.

Is there a way to change a players position within draft dominator?

My league goes off of league software for resolving player positions (for tweeners) and have different scoring for each position.

In this case, Terrell Suggs is the player in question, as currently he is listed as a DE, while in our league he will end up being treated as a LB.

Thanks,

Here you will just have to add Suggs to the LB tab... and remove him from the DL tab.

Thank you.

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Ok, tell me what I'm doing wrong...I've inputted my league scoring rules and made changes to the projections but I just noticed that the fantasy points calculated on the projection sheet (correct) is NOT the same as the fantasy points calculated on the player pool sheet (incorrect). why is this and how can I fix it??

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Ok, tell me what I'm doing wrong...I've inputted my league scoring rules and made changes to the projections but I just noticed that the fantasy points calculated on the projection sheet (correct) is NOT the same as the fantasy points calculated on the player pool sheet (incorrect). why is this and how can I fix it??

The answer is shown at the top of this thread. It is the 3rd question...

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Ok, tell me what I'm doing wrong...I've inputted my league scoring rules and made changes to the projections but I just noticed that the fantasy points calculated on the projection sheet (correct) is NOT the same as the fantasy points calculated on the player pool sheet (incorrect).  why is this and how can I fix it??

The answer is shown at the top of this thread. It is the 3rd question...

Apologies for having missed that. Thanks.

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Bruce, how should we interpret team strengths? in terms of something we can wrap our minds around (points for the full season? points for the rest of the season? points per game?)Thanks!I'm trying to decide if picking up, say, 6 points for my starters is even worthwhile, if I give up - say - 20 points for total team strength. Etc.

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Another question:when I try to clear teams now, every time LD locks up and I have to shut it down. This didn't use to happen. Anything you can think of that might be unrelated to my computer?

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Another question:

when I try to clear teams now, every time LD locks up and I have to shut it down. This didn't use to happen. Anything you can think of that might be unrelated to my computer?

The clear teams function is probably messing you up because the LD has players listed twice, including LaMont and Lamont jordan and Donte and Donte' Stallworth. Instead of clearing teams, create and save a fresh, blank template and always work off of it.

Joel

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Hmm... are you saying repopulate my entire draft dominator... all twelve teams with 16 players each?If so, I appreciate the advice, but I'm afraid I'll just have to live without looking at things "fresh" with cleared teams.However, it just occurred to me, that I don't know what you mean by saving a fresh template. Clearing the teams is how I would do that. I don't know how to start from scratch. (I believe I imported my teams from DD to begin the LD era...)Thanks!

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Hmm... are you saying repopulate my entire draft dominator... all twelve teams with 16 players each?

If so, I appreciate the advice, but I'm afraid I'll just have to live without looking at things "fresh" with cleared teams.

However, it just occurred to me, that I don't know what you mean by saving a fresh template. Clearing the teams is how I would do that. I don't know how to start from scratch. (I believe I imported my teams from DD to begin the LD era...)

Thanks!

I guess I don't understand why you clear your teams and how you are using the LD.

Here's a quick snapshot of what I do every week:

Each Monday I take the current LD file with all the updated teams and save it with a new name for the week (for example: Week08.ddf)

I take that file and import it into the TradeDominator and save it. That allows me to use the Tuesday TD updates for claims.

Then as transactions occur during the week I track them in LD and continue to save them with the current name (week08.ddf). If I want to check various scenarios, I'll save the file with a different name (ie week08-WR.ddf), but I still have the original week08.ddf. I can also take each change and import it into TD if I want to use that functionality (since the TD and the TA have different projections).

When Monday rolls around, I take my week08.ddf file and save it for the next week (week09.ddf) and the cycle starts over.

I never have any problems and I always have up to date rosters.

Joel

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Okay, so we're talking about different things.There is a "clear rosters" functionality in LD. It used to be that I could hit that and it would remove all the players on anyone's roster (similar to what happens if you clear after a mock draft in DD.I used this to see who was ranked higher than whom, using our scoring rules and (sometimes) different game weights. I could, for example, create a "Top 200" using our scoring rules with this.I figured out that I can do the above but just printing the cheatsheets. So it's not a huge loss. But I don't understand why it locks up now, and didn't previously.Incidentally, this locks up my work computer and also my home computer, so it seems to be a problem in the software.No big deal. Probably only Bruce can answer.

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I tried it with a couple of leagues that I have here... and the Clear Teams worked ok.Shoot me a league file (*.ddf) that doesn't clear, and I'll take a peek at it.

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Okay, so we're talking about different things.

There is a "clear rosters" functionality in LD. It used to be that I could hit that and it would remove all the players on anyone's roster (similar to what happens if you clear after a mock draft in DD.

I used this to see who was ranked higher than whom, using our scoring rules and (sometimes) different game weights. I could, for example, create a "Top 200" using our scoring rules with this.

I figured out that I can do the above but just printing the cheatsheets. So it's not a huge loss. But I don't understand why it locks up now, and didn't previously.

Incidentally, this locks up my work computer and also my home computer, so it seems to be a problem in the software.

No big deal. Probably only Bruce can answer.

Same thing has happened to me.

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(I think I need to ask this again... got lost above:)Bruce, how should we interpret team strengths? in terms of something we can wrap our minds around (points for the full season? points for the rest of the season? points per game?)Thanks!I'm trying to decide if picking up, say, 6 points for my starters is even worthwhile, if I give up - say - 20 points for total team strength. Etc. This does not appear to be addressed in the help menu.

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(I think I need to ask this again... got lost above:)

Bruce, how should we interpret team strengths? in terms of something we can wrap our minds around (points for the full season? points for the rest of the season? points per game?)

Thanks!

I'm trying to decide if picking up, say, 6 points for my starters is even worthwhile, if I give up - say - 20 points for total team strength. Etc.

This does not appear to be addressed in the help menu.

They are points for the remaining season. The Starters are weighted at full strength (1.00)... and the backups are weighted at a little less (0.80 for example)... and they go down from there based on the position depth.

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Bruce, in playing around with DD now that we have all positions populated, a couple of ideas have struck me.First, the "wait until X players taken" function intrigued me, until I realized it was X players at a given position were taken by other owners. I can't imagine using that function, though others might find it useful.What would be really useful to me is to be able to say "wait to take a given position until Xth round." That way, I could set that for PKs to, say, the 10th round. Ideally, I would want that to apply in mock drafting to everyone.Or, to even express a greater ideal, it would be great to be able to have nobody pick a given position, like PK, until Xth round, but to set it for myself until Yth round. (I won't draft a kicker before the 10th round, but somebody in my league will do it in the 9th round, and I'd like the mock drafting to reflect that.)Finally, I believe others have expressed the desire to be able to customize the need multiplier. I would second that - I don't agree with these factors at all points in the draft, and it would be nice to be able to change them for different positions as the draft progresses. For example, if I draft a QB in the first round, I believe it sets the need multiplier for QBs at 0.7. I believe if I draft my first QB in the 6th round, it still says 0.7. My need for a second QB is different if I've invested a 1st round pick in a QB (God forbid!) than a sixth round pick. Furthermore, even if I only invested a sixth round pick, I'm not going to assign a high need multiplier to QBs at round 7. But that need multipler might rise as I move later into the draft. (I think this second customization is less needful than the first, based on what your investment in the position is.)Again, that said, what a tremendous application you've developed. I'm sure I speak with others when I say that all the advice for upgrades is in many cases driven by our migrating more and more of our drafting efforts and customization thinking toward this software. The more dependent I am on it, the more I don't want to have to create my "old devices" for overcoming what minor shortcomings may exist in it (from each of our personal perspectives).

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After that long list of wishes, I have a couple of questions.I realize that I don't understand the custom dropoff function. The help menu doesn't tell us. How is that used?I don't have any idea how one would use the VBD "configurable by point value." Without asking for a long tutorial, can you give me an example of how this would work, compared to VBD (by position point value). Seems like it throws VBD out. Or, is it that this might be useful once you've kind of got your starting team assembled, where you're looking for where the most points impact comes from? If that's it, no need for an explanation (other than to affirm).Thanks!

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2006 edition:

Bruce, I opened my league file from last year and when I did that, none of the printable stuff is showing up - just blank pages (cheatsheet, top 200, etc etc etc)

Its probably something simple but I havent played with the DD in a while and Im probably just overlooking it

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2006 edition:

Bruce, I opened my league file from last year and when I did that, none of the printable stuff is showing up - just blank pages (cheatsheet, top 200, etc etc etc)

Its probably something simple but I havent played with the DD in a while and Im probably just overlooking it

Make sure you have a Default Printer configured in windows. Start -> Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes. If you don't have a printer configured, the pages will come up blank.

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Hey Bruce...quick question regarding the double serpentine option...when we have done it in the past it goes as such...1-14, 14-1, 14-1, 1-14, 1-14, 14-1, 14-1, etc...in the DD it's quite a bit different? Have we been doing it wrong all these years? :X We thought it was pretty equal. The one in the DD would seem to favor picking at the bottom of the draft ;) ...just curious? Thanks, MJ

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Hey Bruce...quick question regarding the double serpentine option...when we have done it in the past it goes as such...1-14, 14-1, 14-1, 1-14, 1-14, 14-1, 14-1, etc...in the DD it's quite a bit different? Have we been doing it wrong all these years? :X We thought it was pretty equal. The one in the DD would seem to favor picking at the bottom of the draft ;) ...just curious? Thanks, MJ

Actually, I think you are right and the DD has been doing it wrong. I'll tweak this in the next release or so.

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Hey Bruce I noticed that some players do not get strikethoughs on the depth charts after they are drafted. Notably LT and DeShaun Foster seems to be a problem with some players with 2 capitol letters in the first name.

Just a heads up for you.

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Hey Bruce...quick question regarding the double serpentine option...when we have done it in the past it goes as such...1-14, 14-1, 14-1, 1-14, 1-14, 14-1, 14-1, etc...in the DD it's quite a bit different?  Have we been doing it wrong all these years? :X  We thought it was pretty equal.  The one in the DD would seem to favor picking at the bottom of the draft ;) ...just curious?  Thanks, MJ

Actually, I think you are right and the DD has been doing it wrong. I'll tweak this in the next release or so.

Cool...thanks...me like football too

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Hey Bruce I noticed that some players do not get strikethoughs on the depth charts after they are drafted. Notably LT and DeShaun Foster seems to be a problem with some players with 2 capitol letters in the first name.

Just a heads up for you.

Version 6.1c should fix this.

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2006 edition:

Bruce, I opened my league file from last year and when I did that, none of the printable stuff is showing up - just blank pages (cheatsheet, top 200, etc etc etc)

Its probably something simple but I havent played with the DD in a while and Im probably just overlooking it

Make sure you have a Default Printer configured in windows. Start -> Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes. If you don't have a printer configured, the pages will come up blank.

:thumbup:

Forgot to do that on my laptop after I did an OS reinstall.

Thanks

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Bruce:

Ran into some trouble with ver C, sent you an email with a file attached. Just not sure how to fix the Tomlinson issue (guess i picked the wrong one) and the Reggie Bush issue. Let me know if you need more info.

Thanks!

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Bruce,

Hopefully I didn't miss the explanation somewhere but I was wondering what the "Status" column is for in the "Draft Summary" window (for a non-auction league)?

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Bruce,

Hopefully I didn't miss the explanation somewhere but I was wondering what the "Status" column is for in the "Draft Summary" window (for a non-auction league)?

Suprisingly, I don't think anybody has asked this question before. It was added to support the Keeper List functionality. It is normally blank, unless the player was selected as a Keeper, in which case it displays Keeper.

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Is there anyway I can adjust the settings on the DD such that I can have it focus on a dynasty sort of setting?

I am not sure if VBD works very well for dynasty. These lists are obviously geared at redraft.

btw i know about the dynasty rankings in the main pg,

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Currently, the only way to handle Dynasty League Rankings, is to manually tweak the projections up or down based on the players future potential. This is easier said then done, because it is very subjective. The DD Note fields can be helpful here too, where you can enter things like Age and Rookie status.

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Hello Bruce,

Quick question. I am doing a dynasty auction draft. I oculd have swore that previous versions of the draft dominator would update auction values as players were picked up. I am remembering incorrectly or do I need to something to make this happen? Thank you

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Hello Bruce,

Quick question. I am doing a dynasty auction draft. I oculd have swore that previous versions of the draft dominator would update auction values as players were picked up. I am remembering incorrectly or do I need to something to make this happen? Thank you

Make sure you turn on the Auction Support on the Setup Page.

Stretch the Player Pool and Team Stats window a little wider to see auction values.

If you enter the Salary or Auction amounts in the Player Notes 3 column then, they will fill in automatically in the Draft Status window in the Amt. Paid field when selected. There is a File menu item that will automatically fill in the Player Note 3 column with calculate Auction values (use with care).

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Is there a way that I can see the overall "player pool" without Kickers and Defense?

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Is there a way that I can see the overall "player pool" without Kickers and Defense?

If you zero out the projections and/or scoring for Kickers and Defenses... they will fall all the way to the bottom.

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Bruce - I'm not sure if this is the thread for the question but here goes. In 2005 our league changed to 14 roster spots with starters as follows - 1Q, 1R, 2W, 1T, 1Flex, 1K and 1D. I've evaluated the final roster from 2005 and determined the total number of drafted positional players and I want to 'force feed' the end result into DD. Can I do that? I'd like the My Team Mock to end with 26 Qs, 39 Rs, 50 Ws, 20 Ts, 18 Ks and 15 Ds being drafted. Is it possible?

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Bruce - I'm not sure if this is the thread for the question but here goes. In 2005 our league changed to 14 roster spots with starters as follows - 1Q, 1R, 2W, 1T, 1Flex, 1K and 1D. I've evaluated the final roster from 2005 and determined the total number of drafted positional players and I want to 'force feed' the end result into DD. Can I do that? I'd like the My Team Mock to end with 26 Qs, 39 Rs, 50 Ws, 20 Ts, 18 Ks and 15 Ds being drafted. Is it possible?

You can control some of this with the Roster spots... but I don't think there is any way to get exactly that, except by hand entering each team.

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Bruce - I'm not sure if this is the thread for the question  but here goes.  In 2005 our league changed to 14 roster spots with starters as follows - 1Q, 1R, 2W, 1T, 1Flex, 1K and 1D.  I've evaluated the final roster from 2005 and determined the total number of drafted positional players and I want to 'force feed' the end result into DD.  Can I do that?  I'd like the My Team Mock to end with 26 Qs, 39 Rs, 50 Ws, 20 Ts, 18 Ks and 15 Ds being drafted.  Is it possible?

You can control some of this with the Roster spots... but I don't think there is any way to get exactly that, except by hand entering each team.

Thanks!

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Is there a way that I can see the overall "player pool" without Kickers and Defense?

If you zero out the projections and/or scoring for Kickers and Defenses... they will fall all the way to the bottom.

Bruce that's not working.... It still lists my player poll according to rank.

Sorry if I'm being a bumbling fool with the DD...

I just think that it would be nice to easily Zap Kickers and Defenses from the pool.... I think most of us draft for value and then add K's and Defenses at the end of the draft.

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