I am the founder and Commissioner of one of the oldest continuing Roto Baseball leagues as we start our 33rd season. Our average participant has about 25 plus years experience and we started in the pre- PC area if you can imagine that. That said we are always striving to improve the league (6x6 RotoAuction) and the Auction/Draft Day experience - undoubtedly one of the best days of the year.
Through the years, I have used virtually every Software programs and/or auction/draft worksheet and can give you my opinion on 3 of my favorites, including a newcomer that was just released for the iPad.
Roto Lab, Diamond Draft and Roto Champ and the RotoWire Fantasy Draft 2013 application. All of these programs are easy to use and navigate and customizable to various categories and league rules.
Roto Lab is a very detailed program and uses projections from Ron Shandler's Baseball HQ and also provides a discount to Baseball HQ members. There are few bugs and constant updates and the customer service and response time is great. It is a very powerful program that assist you in the your pre-work and auction. You can set target goals, view individual team and league rosters and very customizable. If you are a follower of Baseball HQ this may be the way to go. Don't be overwhelmed by the wealth of information provided. Practice using it well before Draft Day.
Diamond Draft is a very nice less expensive alternative selling around $20. Very easy and of course customizable. A nice feature is is the team by team depth chart and easy navigation. I have tended to use Diamond Draft during the actual auction due to its easy navigation.
Roto Champ is another program is user friendly and very customizable. Since we've been around so long, some of our rules are positions are "unique" and Roto Champ is flexible enough to handle them. The program is easy to navigate and provides the information you need. Also, the price is very reasonable. Intend to rely more on Roto Champ this year and have our auction statistician project the software on the screen.
Now for the newcomer from Roto Wire. Although Roto Wire has provided free draft software for several years, it's new iPad release is nothing short of amazing. The price is an incredible $4.99 and even includes a free iPhone version that automatically syncs up to your phone through the cloud. It is amazingly flexible, detailed and most importantly you can use all of its features without being tethered to a PC or with a live Internet connection. This is a must and this year I am seriously considering leaving the lap top at home for the draft and relying on the jPad. Don't know if I have the willpower, but I'm going to try.
In summary, you can't go wrong with any of the above PC programs. Each program is best in class and what's right for you and your league depends on your own needs. My recommendations revolve around the below top 10 considerations:
1. How easy to navigate during the actual draft
2. How customizable to league rules
3. Ability to sort stats on the fly
4. Ability to keep track of dollars spent and left and maximum bids
5. Reasonableness of the projections
6. Ability to track players selected, remaining and updated stats and standings during the actual auction/draft.qq
7. Historical stats of players
8. Does it crash or hang up?
9. Customer Service and of course
I apologize for the length of this post, but I wanted to be as thorough as possible as searching for the perfect software aid has been a passion of mine since the early 80's. Let me know if you have any questions. Pleased to help.