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Rotolab software - worth it?

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Anyone have experience with the Rotolab draft software? I have been curious about it for a few years. I am in an AL only keeper league, standard 5X5.

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I wouldn't bother. You can basically do the same thing on your own, i.e. make your own projections, rankings, etc. I purchased this to help me with the draft my first year. IMO it's not worth it. I'd prefer to have all of the knowledge in my head than in a piece of software.

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I use Diamond Draft software. As far as I know, it does much of the same work a rotolab, but it is only $15.

You can try the demo out which allows you the use of the database for players A-M.

I primarily use it as a tool to help me keep track of my research, projections and values that I put on the players.

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I am going into my 21st year of our 4 x 4 AL only keeper league. Last year was the first time I used RotoLab or a laptop at the draft. I used to make my own sheets using excel and downloaded projectsion. Not anymore, this program rocks! Very flexible, you can update projected stats about every three days or so, and the projections come from Baseball HQ, which IMO is the best fantasy baseball site out there. The coolest part is it keeps track of in draft inflation and you can easily assess what the other teams's needs are and how much money they have left. The guy who runs the company is very cool too. Called me when I had a question and he answered my question and we talked baseball for about 15 minutes. For me its a no brainer, RotoLab is worth the dough.

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I am going into my 21st year of our 4 x 4 AL only keeper league. Last year was the first time I used RotoLab or a laptop at the draft. I used to make my own sheets using excel and downloaded projectsion. Not anymore, this program rocks! Very flexible, you can update projected stats about every three days or so, and the projections come from Baseball HQ, which IMO is the best fantasy baseball site out there. The coolest part is it keeps track of in draft inflation and you can easily assess what the other teams's needs are and how much money they have left. The guy who runs the company is very cool too. Called me when I had a question and he answered my question and we talked baseball for about 15 minutes. For me its a no brainer, RotoLab is worth the dough.

I agree with each of the points, the problem is that when I used it, I became too reliant on it rather than trust my own judgement. Thats why, at least for me, I would rather go with my own analysis than the software. IMO you would be better off in the long run to read everything you can get your hands on and make your own decisions.

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I'm already using it before the draft to analyze players and run draft scenarios, so its a great way to do research too. I agree technology can become a crutch, but as long as you put in the time to do research and keep up to date on stuff, the software can be a great tool.

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