Tout Table: Non-traded beneficiaries and casualties

This week’s question :

What player that wasn’t traded the past week or so benefits the most from his team’s moves? Who is hurt the most?

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): Lots of left-behind reliever who inherit first dibs on vacated closer spots (Jace Fry, Jose LeClerc, Mychal Givens, Kirby Yates). Hurt: MIL infielders.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): It is all about the change in PT, right?  I don’t even see how Travis Shaw gets through this getting PAs except at the expense of Moustakas and Aguilar (and Thames).  If he is at 2B, Schoop at SS I’ll be surprised.  Well and truly buried: Domingo Santana and Andrew Toles. Dozier at 2B kills Chris Taylor’s PT, but also Max Muncy’s PT? That seems more like a platoon and with Justin Turner back, doubly so. Dozier himself gets hurt in that PT mix. I think Nick Kingham is out of a job after last night’s performance. Jorge Alfaro lost at least half his PT, but Wilson Ramos may play less than he did in Tampa, too. On the positive side, PD points out the closers, but I also like what the pen pecking order does for guys like Matt Strahm, Tanner Scott, Alex Claudio. Tyler O’Neill should benefit some; Harrison Bader should benefit a lot more.  Jonathan Villar should benefit once off the DL. Dust needs to settle some to get a better idea about weekly deployment.

Gene McCaffrey (Wise Guy Baseball, @WiseGuyGene): Hard question, but I think Bryce Harper will benefit the most. He’s not so far off his past form that a rebound is impossible, but a trade would have thrown a monkey wrench into that clever calculation. Who benefits least? Jacob deGrom’s Win total.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): Even if he isn’t the closer, Jose Leclerc should get some saves and will pick up some wins by pitching in more high leverage situations. The walks bother me but if he’s available in your league, go get him. Ender Inciarte was already slumping, not running that much and while he still should get most of the at bats, losing him as a a full-time player stings. Jorge Alfaro could be hurt even more than Inciarte if Wilson Ramos beats the timetable and is back later this month.

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru Elite, @BaseballGuys): Shane Greene/Kirby Yates/Kyle Barraclough. All three guys had the look of someone who would be dealt, lose the closers gig, and see their fantasy value plummet. They could still be moved in August, but for now, a huge win not being dealt. In terms of the pain – everyone with the Brewers? I don’t understand the Moose/Schoop adds which seem to indicate that one of those two, or Shaw, will often see the bench. The Brewers have a 30/15 guy from last season in the minors (Domingo Santana), and they will have either Shaw (.273-31-101 last year), Moose (.272-38-85 last year) or Schoop (.293-32-105 last year) on the bench a good deal of the time if Orlando Arcia continues to see time at shortstop. They’ve had too many bats all season, and added two it at the deadline. They’ve turned their team into a beer league squad.

Fred Zinkie (Rotoworld, Baseball HQ, @FredZinkieMLB): I agree with Ray that the marginal closers on rebuilding teams are the players who benefited the most by staying put. To me, the big losers among non-traded players are a pair of Dodgers infielders — Chris Taylor and Max Muncy. Right now, Manny Machado is actually listed as a backup on the Dodgers’ depth chart. The team is crazy deep in the infield, meaning that Taylor, Muncy, Brian Dozier and Justin Turner will all have to take days off down the stretch.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Magneuris Sierra looks to be getting a look in center for the Marlins after dealing Cameron Maybin. WIth steals so bunched in most roto leagues, this could be an under the radar pickup while everyone focuses on the bigger name players. Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neil both benefit in St. Louis. My original answer for player hurt the most was going to be Mallex Smith, and he still may be if Tommy Pham is only out two weeks. Aside from Smith, and Brandon Phillips who I thought was ticketed for the Ian Kinsler role in Boston, I’ll go with Rajai Davis and the steals he provides in AL only formats.

Scott White (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CBSScottWhite): Newly anointed closers (Jose Leclerc, Ken Giles, maybe Mychal Givens and Jace Fry) are always the biggest winners and displaced closers (Keone Kela, Hector Rondon, Zach Britton, Joakim Soria) the biggest losers, but the biggest winner of all is a pitcher who already had the closer role and now is sure to retain it. I’m talking of course about Kirby Yates, who inherited the job from the Brad Hand but didn’t attract as much attention as I felt like he should in Fantasy because of fears he’d be traded as well. I’m not sure he isn’t the better pitcher than Hand, quite honestly. On the other side, I feel like Travis Shaw’s role is up in the air with Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop joining him in Milwaukee, which is a shame because I think he’s still the best of the three despite some bad luck this year. I actually don’t think Max Muncy will be hurt as much for the Dodgers as Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor will. He’s arguably their best hitter (I know there’s Manny Machado, which is I say “arguably”), and now they can easily hide him at first base (shifting Cody Bellinger to the outfield) with the upgrades to the rest of their infield.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): I’ll go with Bud Norris as the player who benefited the most from the moves (or lack thereof) made by his team – I have my doubts he would have still been a closer if he’d been moved. And on a related note, my vote for biggest value hit goes to Jordan Hicks, who I would loved to have seen get a chance to close for the Cards.

Glenn Colton (Fantasy Alarm, @glenncolton1): Closers, closers. Kirby Yates benefits from staying the closer (I was sure he would be dealt). The guys hurt by non-deals are the bridesmaids who did not become brides — Justin Anderson, Jordan Hicks and Joe Jimenez come to mind.

Brent Hershey (Baseball HQ, @BrentHQ): Three pitchers that benefit at least in the short-term are PHI starters Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin and Nick Pivetta. The Phillies chose not to add starting pitching via, and head into final 2 months in first place with an inexperienced back end of the rotation. Each has flashed the skills to be a fantasy contrbutor the rest of the way; I personally “trust” Eflin the most. The one caveat for all … their innings will likely be conservatively managed down the stretch. Pivetta hit 165 total IP in 2017, but neither Eflin nor Velasquez has had a season of 140 IP in their minor/majors career. Expect earlier than normal hooks for these three in August/September.

Seth Trachtman (Rotoworld, @sethroto): This could change quickly if they pass through waivers and are traded in August, but the closers who were supposedly on the block and stayed put are the biggest beneficiaries. That list includes Shane Greene, Kyle Barraclough, Fernando Rodney, and Bud Norris. These pitchers have minimal fantasy value without saves. This hurts the closer handcuffs in these situations: Joe Jimenez, Drew Steckenrider, Addison Reed, and Jordan Hicks. Fantasy owners stashing these “backup” closers have effectively been wasting roster spots for the prospect of saves, though it’s not too late for these closers to be traded this month. Oh, the humanity!

Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 6

Welcome to the weekly Tout Wars FAAB report, on its new home right here on the Tout Wars site. Each week, we’ll review the free agent acquisitions from all five leagues, with commentary from a league member, as well as yours truly. We changed the timing of the weekly run to 1 PM ET every Sunday, with the report posted later that afternoon so you’ll have time to digest and apply to your own leagues. In addition, I’ll be joining Lawr Michaels and Justin Mason on the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY Network every Sunday at 3:20 PM ET to discuss the results.

You can find the complete list of Tout Warriors here. Everyone starts with 1000 FAAB units, less any penalty incurred by finishing below a designated point in the standings. This is a means of keeping everyone motivated to keep playing all season long. The minimum bid is $0. FAAB units can be traded as well as rebated for players released off the DL.

The report will list all winning bids along with unsuccessful tries and contingencies. This provides the maximum level of information to help gauge interest on the players.

The American and National League only formats are 12-team leagues, as is the new points-based head to head league, The Mixed Auction and Draft each have 15 clubs. All the leagues have four reserves with an unlimited DL, expect the head to head league, which allows six reserves.

The headings above each league are links to publicly accessible sites where you can see standings, roster and a complete review of transactions. The initial auctions and drafts can be found here.



JVillar, Bal Patrick Davitt 1007 Doug Dennis 754 Mike Podhorzer 439
Rob Leibowitz 278 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 243
Vlad Sedler 129 Larry Schechter 80
Seth Trachtman 50
CMaybin, Sea Doug Dennis 754 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 243 Larry Schechter 80
Vlad Sedler 23
TPham, TB Rob Leibowitz 145 Mike Podhorzer 133 Larry Schechter 80
Seth Trachtman 15 Vlad Sedler 8
TGlasnow, TB Mike Podhorzer 116 Jason Collette 76 Vlad Sedler 24
Lawr Michaels 17
LForsythe, Min Larry Schechter 80 Mike Podhorzer 76 Doug Dennis 55
Seth Trachtman 35 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 10
TWhite, Hou Jason Collette 56 Doug Dennis 55
JBeeks, TB Mike Podhorzer 42 Vlad Sedler 24
BLowe, TB Mike Podhorzer 28 Jason Collette 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RLaureano, Oak Seth Trachtman 25 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
AMejia, Min Seth Trachtman 25 Jason Collette 5
BreAnderson, Oak Vlad Sedler 24 Larry Schechter 10 Seth Trachtman 5
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
KCowart, LAA Seth Trachtman 18 Mike Podhorzer 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JAdduci, Det Vlad Sedler 6
EYoung, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
TVieira, CWS Jason Collette 6
JAlvarado, TB Larry Schechter 5
AEscobar, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Mike Podhorzer 12
DRobinson, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0


ROHearn, KC Larry Schechter 32
AJurado, Tex Seth Trachtman 4
RPressly, Hou Jason Collette 4
LAvilan, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
AMeadows, TB Seth Trachtman 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
HSantiago, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
TRenda, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Todd’s Take

What was gearing up to be a boring deadline period in the American League picked up a bit with four hitters and a pitcher adding some meat to the pickings. Though, the injury to Tommy Pham dampened things a bit as he would likely be the top pick in most AL formats, unless you need the speed Jonathan Villar or Cameron Maybin can offer.

Baseball HQ’s Patrick Davitt confirmed his intent was to pick up Pham but swerved to Villar to insure maximum playing time. Davitt expressed concern how much running Villar will do with Baltimore, a club that traditionally is more station to station. Hopefully, they’ll let him utilize his skill set and add some swipes before season’s end.

Maybin could actually be the better option if steals are the priority. Seattle does run, especially at the bottom of the order. Expect Maybin to play every day.

While it’s not a surprise Pham drew the third most FAAB, the low number it took to get him is certainly a head-scratcher. Larry Schechter agrees, expressing similar dismay, “I can’t believe Pham only went for $145. He may be back in as little as two weeks and was batting clean-up for the Rays. He’s a very valuable HR/SB combo.” Even more curious is several Touts have ample money left to have outbid Rob Leibowitz. In fact, Leibowitz still has the third most FAAB so depending on what happens with waiver deals and callups, he may be able to funnel the discount on Pham into more help.

Schechter acquired Logan Forsythe, saying, “Beggars can’t be choosers. With 3rd least FAAB remaining, I’m happy to get Forsythe. (I’m assuming he plays full time).” I agree, Forsythe should play nearly every day. The Twins still have the likes of Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and (don’t laugh) Joe Mauer, so Forsythe should generate reasonable run production.

One last note in the Twins before switching to pitching. I’m very surprised Tyler Austin was only a contingency. Sure, he’s starting in the minors, but he’s a natural platoon partner for both Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison. It shouldn’t be long before Austin is with the big club.

Tyler Glasnow joins the Rays staff, eventually as a starter but he may also be the follower for a few weeks. Credit to Jeff Passan on Twitter, this is a great landing spot for Glasnow. Tampa’s pitching coach is 6-foot-8 Kyle Snyder with expertise in honing the mechanics of tall hurlers. Glasnow, of course, is 6-foot-8.



BDozier, LAD Andy Behrens 444 Brian Walton 329 Craig Mish 311
Scott Wilderman 245 Mike Gianella 244
Tristan H. Cockcroft 187 Grey Albright 97
Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
CArcher, Pit Brian Walton 329 Andy Behrens 444 Craig Mish 311
Scott Wilderman 245 Mike Gianella 244
Tristan H. Cockcroft 187 Andy Behrens 133
Grey Albright 97 Phil Hertz 36
JSchoop, Mil Craig Mish 311 Brian Walton 329 Scott Wilderman 245
Mike Gianella 244 Tristan H. Cockcroft 187
Grey Albright 97 Phil Hertz 35
Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
WRamos, Phi Scott Wilderman 245 Tristan H. Cockcroft 125 Grey Albright 97
Phil Hertz 33 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
KGausman, Atl Tristan H. Cockcroft 187 Andy Behrens 444 Mike Gianella 111
Grey Albright 97 Phil Hertz 25
Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
HBailey, Cin Phil Hertz 27 Todd Zola 0
KKela, Pit Brian Walton 15 Grey Albright 11 Mike Gianella 5
Scott Wilderman 4
AGomber, StL Grey Albright 11 Todd Zola 0
SOh, Col Scott Wilderman 5 Grey Albright 11 Brian Walton 6
PTucker, Cin Craig Mish 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8
JMurphy, Ari Craig Mish 0
RErlin, SD Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz 27 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
SRomano, Cin Todd Zola 0


CFerguson, LAD Phil Hertz 8 Grey Albright 2
BWahl, NYM Grey Albright 6
BDixon, Cin Grey Albright 1
MHolliday, Col Craig Mish 1
CShreve, StL Brian Walton 1
BBrach, Atl Todd Zola 0 Scott Wilderman 0
RMoronta, SF Todd Zola 0 Scott Wilderman 0
AWainwright, StL Todd Zola 0
BKintzler, ChC Todd Zola 0
COswalt, NYM Todd Zola 0
DSmyly, ChC Todd Zola 0
JDiekman, Ari Todd Zola 0
RStock, SD Todd Zola 0
SCarle, Atl Todd Zola 0
TWebb, StL Todd Zola 0
WMiley, Mil Todd Zola 0
EKratz, Mil Craig Mish 0

Todd’s Take

With Manny Machado, Eduardo Escobar and Cole Hamels part of previous FAAB runs, this week comes down to needs with Brian Dozier and Chris Archer the primary targets.

Interestingly, Andy Behrens had the hammer yet bid on three players – he listed Dozier first so he won him for $1 more than Brian Walton could bid. In turn, Walton bid $1 more than Craig Mish could bid, with Behrens, Walton and Mish holding the most FAAB heading into the festivities.

Keeping with the theme, Mish bid $1 more than the next in line, Scott Widerman, grabbing Jonathan Schoop. On paper, Dozier should out-produce Schoop, but who knows, there’s a good chance Mish gets similar stats for a lower cost.

While Wilson Ramos isn’t the same caliber hitter as Dozier and Schoop, the upgrade he offers at the catching position could be almost as much of a net upgrade, depending on your roster composition.



TONeill, StL Brent Hershey 253 Fred Zinkie 131 Derek VanRiper 77
Tim Heaney 20
HBader, StL Fred Zinkie 131 Brent Hershey 174 Ray Flowers 46
Derek VanRiper 44 Tim Heaney 20
Jeff Zimmerman 14 Al Melchior 8
KGiles, Tor Zach Steinhorn 103 Ray Flowers 38 Tim Heaney 1
RGsellman, NYM Zach Steinhorn 53 Zach Steinhorn 93 Tim Heaney 28
BPhillips, KC Derek VanRiper 44 Brent Hershey 97
BPeacock, Hou Brent Hershey 43
AMejia, Min Ron Shandler 27
TGlasnow, TB Brent Hershey 25 Tim Heaney 14 Ray Flowers 13
Jeff Zimmerman 13
PErvin, Cin Fred Zinkie 15
WAdames, TB Tim McLeod 13 Tim Heaney 13
EJackson, Oak Ray Flowers 13
BLowe, TB Al Melchior 8
TRichards, Mia Al Melchior 6
DFletcher, LAA Tim Heaney 4 Al Melchior 8 Tim Heaney 1
MPina, Mil Al Melchior 2
CBurnes, Mil Tim Heaney 2
DPalka, CWS Jeff Zimmerman 1 Derek VanRiper 11
GoHernandez, SF Tim Heaney 1


RErlin, SD Ron Shandler 27 Al Melchior 2 Tim Heaney 1
TWilliams, Pit Ron Shandler 27
MBarnes, Bos Brent Hershey 21
DRobertson, NYY Zach Steinhorn 18
JJeffress, Mil Zach Steinhorn 18
RBlack, SF Brent Hershey 17
WMiley, Mil Ray Flowers 13
RStanek, TB Brent Hershey 12
ASenzatela, Col Ray Flowers 11
ESantana, Pit Brent Hershey 11
SOh, Col Al Melchior 2
JIglesias, Det Tim Heaney 1
SKingery, Phi Tim Heaney 1
MHauschild, Tor Al Melchior 0
PLopez, Mia Al Melchior 0
RNunez, Bal Al Melchior 0

Todd’s Take

Brent Hershey had his choice of either Tyler O’Neill or Harrison Bader, both in line for full-time run with Dexter Fowler sidelined with a fractured foot. It comes down to needs – Bader’s more all around production versus O’Neill’s power-heavy profile.

Zach Steinhorn is looking to make a late-season charge at saves with the pickup of Ken Giles and Robert Gsellman. Giles is expected to jump right into the back end of the Blue Jays bullpen. Giles story is well documented. Despite having a stellar 2017 campaign, he hit a rut at the wrong time (namely the ALDS) and was removed from the closer gig he rest of the playoffs. Even though he started the season saving games for the defending champs, there was never a feeling management was confident in Giles. Given a fresh start, it wouldn’t be shocking if Giles defeats the narrative and flourishes north of the border.



KGiles, Tor Adam Ronis 173 Ray Murphy 39 Scott White 19
JLeclerc, Tex Adam Ronis 134 Adam Ronis 133 Michael Beller 104
Ray Murphy 79 Perry Van Hook 69
Scott White 41
PErvin, Cin Perry Van Hook 23 Ray Murphy 9
TKemp, Hou D.J. Short 20
TGlasnow, TB Scott White 13
RBorucki, Tor D.J. Short 10
SDuggar, SF Ray Murphy 9
ONarvaez, CWS Perry Van Hook 0
JGomez, CWS Michael Beller 0
EJackson, Oak Perry Van Hook 0


RDavis, Cle Perry Van Hook 3

Todd’s Take

Like the Mixed Draft Auction league, the Draft League witnessed Giles being paired with another closer, this time Adam Ronis also acquiring Jose Leclerc. Leclerc is interesting since he’s still just 24 years old even though it feels like he’s older. “One skill away” is a common theme when looking at starters. Leclerc is a great example where this applies to a closer. If Leclerc can hone his control, he could be a top-ten closer.



TRichards, Mia Clay Link 54 Andrea LaMont 14 Dr. Roto 10
AMinter, Atl Dr. Roto 24 Andrea LaMont 3
JVillar, Bal Stephania Bell 23 Dr. Roto 22
SRomano, Cin Stephania Bell 12 Justin Mason 3
HBader, StL Dr. Roto 8
RLopez, CWS Stephania Bell 7 Clay Link 0
JBarria, LAA Peter Kreutzer 7 Michael Rathburn 4
JJunis, KC Peter Kreutzer 7 Michael Rathburn 4
IKinerFalefa, Tex Stephania Bell 6
NTropeano, LAA Michael Rathburn 6 Justin Mason 3
BHardy, Det Michael Rathburn 4 Peter Kreutzer 3
FArcia, LAA Michael Rathburn 3
AMejia, Min Justin Mason 3 Peter Kreutzer 7
RMartin, Tor Michael Rathburn 1
YAlonso, Cle Justin Mason 1
TGlasnow, TB Clay Link 0
ADeSclafani, Cin Clay Link 0
WChen, Mia Justin Mason 0
YGallardo, Tex Justin Mason 0


THernandez, Tor Dr. Roto 8 Justin Mason 1
TBeckham, Bal Dr. Roto 5
CAdams, NYY Clay Link 4
RErlin, SD Peter Kreutzer 2
BJohnson, Bos Michael Rathburn 2
TRoss, SD Peter Kreutzer 1
CaJoseph, Bal Michael Rathburn 0
KGiles, Tor Clay Link 0
YChirinos, TB Clay Link 0

Todd’s Take

Like expected, the H2H competitors continue to treat the free agent look like an extra roster spot, churning pitching based on matchups. With one start against the Cardinals on his ledger, Trevor Richards was the most sought after hurler. Stephania Bell fortified her rotations with Sal Romano and Reynaldo Lopez, though neither has a double-dip on the docket. Justin Mason snagged the only two-start guy this week as Wei-Yin Chen lines up for two home efforts. This is relevant since he sports a 2.18 ERA at home as opposed to a 10.27 mark away from The Aquarium. Plus, the second game is with the Mets and their league-worst lineup versus lefties.

Tout Daily Wrap: No Luck Needed for Rotolady

You can break Tuesday’s Tout Daily into those who stacked the Nationals and those kicking themselves for not stacking the Nationals. Count Andrea LaMont among the former as RotoLady came out on top on one of the higher scoring nights of the contest. The Godfather Charlie Wiegert and Wise Guy Gene McCaffrey were close, but not close enough to best Andrea’s impressive 168.15 total. Aside from keying on the nation’s capital, RotoLady clicked in a rejuvenated Zack Godley to anchor her pitching as well as capturing Khris Davis’ big night featuring three hits including a homer. Check out Andrea’s lineup below.

Despite her big night, Andrea remains on the outside looking in for the last three Golden Tickets into the Survivor Championship Finals. Derek Carty took over the op spot in Period 5, followed by Jake Ciely and Michael Beller. Just 5 points separate the top-three with several within shouting distance halfway through the final qualifying period.

Rick Wolf remains the top overall points scorer in the quest for the wild card entry into the championship. Beller leaped into second with Todd Zola lagging in third. See where your favorite Tout stands in the Leaderboard.

Be sure to check out all of our weekly content, beginning with the Tout Wars FAAB report on Sunday, followed by the Tout Table every Monday, our Tout Daily picks on Tuesday, culminating with the Tout Daily Wrap each Wednesday.

Here’s Andrea’s week-winning roster:

Tout Daily Picks: Tanaka leads the way

It’s the second week of the fifth and final period for Tout Daily. Here’s who some of the participants are clicking into their lineup in search of the last three Golden Tickets.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Masahiro Tanaka: A crappy Orioles lineup just got even crappier

Blake Swihart: Batting second versus Arrieta, low cost will help offset two aces (leaning to Skaggs as SP2).

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Masahiro Tanaka: I did not start Tanaka last week and paid the price. I’m not going to make the same mistake twice. Over his last 5 starts, Tanaka has a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Christian Yelich : Over the past 14 days, Yelich leads all hitters with 11 runs scored, 4 home runs, 14 RBI, 1 stolen base, and a .500 batting average.

Gene McCaffrey (Wise Guy Baseball, @WiseGuyGene)

Trevor Cahill: Great value at home vs. the free-but-not-so-hot-swinging Blue Jays.

Jose Abreu: Too bad Jonathan Schoop isn’t playing, he was #1 on my list. I’ll pivot to Jose Abreu, heating up, at home, and facing Danny Duffy and a weak Royals’ pen

Michael Rathburn (Rotowire, @FantasyRath)

Tyler Skaggs: 7 starts of 18 points or greater in his last 8 starts. 6 had at least 22 points. Great matchup vs Rays

Jose Ramirez: Keep riding that pony

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella)

Charlie Morton: In a bit of a slump of late, but I like the matchup against the Mariners on the road…was dominant in his lone outing against them in 2018.

Alex Bregman: He’s a fantasy superstar and he’s still not priced like an elite player. Giddyup.

Lawr Michaels (CreativeSports2, @lawrmichaels)

Kolby Allard: The top prospect hurlers brought up this year have comported themselves well first start, and the Marlins have not only not seen Allard’s stuff, they are hitting just .230 with 43 dingers off lefties.

Adalberto Mondesi: Hitting .406 with four swipes his last nine games, switch hits, and faces the oft-porous James Shields.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt)

Masahiro Tanaka: Sounds like the Orioles might be starting John Lowenstien and Mark Belanger.

Lucas Duda: Duda went 2-for-12 in a recent three-game set at CHW, so as they say in broadcast booths everywhere, “He’s due!” Also has 2 HR in 14 career AB vs James Shields.

Tout Table: Trading with Contenders in Redraft Leagues

Question posed to the Touts this week:

If your team is destined to not win this season, will you trade with a competing team to improve your finish?

Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball, @LarrySchechter): Yes, definitely…although my motivation to trade is much less than if I’m in contention, I’m competitive enough that I’d rather finish as high in the standings as I can. Similarly, in non-trade leagues, I will keep managing my team even when hopelessly out of contention. Tout Wars also has a unique rule, where if you don’t reach a certain threshold in the standings, you lose some FAAB money for the next season. This adds motivation to finish as high as possible.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): Absolutely! We all play for pride and want to be able to finish as high in the standings as possible. It’s all about next year’s FAAB dollars as incentive. I play to the end, regardless of the league standings. I can’t stand a league manager that is out of contention and starts to abandon their team. It’s not fair to the other teams that need your help in all categories. You can get a lot of pleasure by moving your opponents down in a specific category. Making a trade with people in contention may pay dividends in years to come when you reach out to them when you are in contention.

Rick Wolf (Fantasy Alarm, @RickWolf1): This is a good question in there is some ethics to it. You are NEVER out of it in July. At least I cannot remember believing that for the most part. I will definitely trade to get better in July, but NOT as the trade deadline approaches in my leagues, I will look to see if the trades that I make will affect the race for the final month. It is not a simple yes or no for me. There are situations where you can move from 10th to 5th with a trade, but can make it 100% sure who wins the league. That to me is VERY bad form. Getting your team to be better in July is way different than on August 29th when there are five weeks left. You cannot change the balance of the league in July. You can ruin the league in August with a king maker trade. Let the teams in the Top 3 or 4 fight it out. Trade with others to move up when it is that late.

Michael Beller (Sports Illustrated, @MBeller): Rick beat me to a lot of what I wanted to say, but I’ll still echo some of his comments. None of us is out of it, no matter how far back, in late July. I could be in last place in a redraft league right now, and I wouldn’t feel guilty about trading with one of the teams at or near the top of the standings. We’re getting close to the end of that window, though. If mid-August rolls around and it becomes clear that this just isn’t your year, then I think you need to turn off the deal-making portion of your fantasy baseball brain for the rest of the season. This obviously changes in a keeper format, but in redraft leagues where you’re not taking any of your players into the next season trading with a contending team once you’re out of the race can undercut the competitive integrity of the league. This is fantasy, not real life. You’re not trying to sell tickets to fans or convince impending free agents that you’re building something special. Time to turn your attention to football. There’s always next season.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I am a cautious trader by nature, but I will always take an opportunity to improve my place in the standings and I will not begrudge others doing the same when I am in the top 3 and one of my competitors gets a deal from someone low in the standings. It has happened that way on several occasions, in fact.  That is part of the game like every other part.  Self-censure and not making a trade that makes sense for both sides affects the standings too–just in the opposite direction.

Michael Rathburn (Rotowire, @FantasyRath): I am looking to finish as high in the standing as I can, so if I trade will improve my team yes I will pull the trigger. Also, usually those trades for 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 in which you can make the competing team pay a premium.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): In a redraft league, I try to avoid trades if I am out of contention. Rightly or wrongly, I scrutinize contender w/ non-contender trades to a greater degree. My sniff test on a standard trade is “Did this trade help both teams?”. On a contender w/ non-contender trade, my sniff test is “Is this a fair trade outside of both teams’ context?” It is valid trading $.80 on the dollar sometimes if it helps you in the standings. But that type of trade by a non-contender is awfully annoying (bordering on amoral not as far as immoral) to me if I am contending in a league.

Fred Zinkie (Rotoworld, Baseball HQ, @FredZinkieMLB): I’ll definitely make the trade. For the sake of personal pride, I’m trying to finish as high in the standings as possible in every league. My team is open for business right up to the trade deadline for all of the contending teams, and my hat goes off to the owner who finds a way to propose a deal that makes my team more successful and their team more successful at the same time.

Ron Shandler (, @RonShandler): Tout Wars has its own built-in incentives to keep playing. Final season standing determines seeding for the following season’s reserve round snake draft. Each league has a points threshold that determines how large of a FAAB budget you take into next season. So, if pride and being a good roto-citizen are not enough reasons to make these types of trade, there are always other reasons to keep plugging away.

Derek Carty (RotoGrinders, @DerekCarty): Absolutely. I may be a little less proactive if I’m really towards the bottom of the pack in a league (but more so in a league like Tout Wars where there’s incentive to move up in the standings), but I’ll always engage in trade talks with anyone who wants to, especially if they’re competing. Nothing frustrates me more than the owners who won’t do this. I’ve been competing at times in the past in Tout Wars and LABR and have had owners straight-up refuse to trade with me not on the merits of the trade itself but on the actual principle of trading because they “didn’t want to have an undue influence on the final result of the league” or something like that, which I found absolutely ridiculous. Or they wouldn’t want to trade with me because it would be unfair to the guy I’m competing with who wouldn’t be making a trade too. I was furious. This goes against the entire spirit of competition of these leagues. We all play in this league, we all have the same opportunities to trade, and if the people at the top want to win the league and put in the effort to make a trade, I’m very much in favor of helping them as long as the trades are fair. I’ve had a ton of injuries this year in Tout Wars NL and am pretty far out contention, but I’d be more than willing to make trades with anyone competing, and I feel very strongly that’s how it should be.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): I have a firm rule: my job is to try to improve my team at all times. Indeed, I believe failure to do so can impact things just as much as making a trade or a free agent acquisition. I note that most of my leagues have incentives – or disincentives – to keep trying to improve your finish.

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): In Tout Wars, where it is clearly not my year, we have no shortage of incentives to compete until the end. So the obvious answer here is “Yes, definitely.” All redraft leagues should incentivize competition up and down the standings, through the end of the season. I’ll trade at any point up to the deadline, from any position. That said, we’ve certainly reached the point in the season where my focus is on leagues in which I’m clearly competing for a title. I’m less likely to actively seek out a trade partner in an effort to vault myself from, say, ninth place to sixth place. Still, if a reasonable deal presents itself, in Tout or elsewhere, I have no reservations about trading to improve.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): Depends on the league! If it is a partial keeper league, and a trade with the top teams would gain me a keeper for next year, YES. If a trade could get me into a money spot, Yes. If a trade causes the integrity of the league to be questioned by helping one person win with no benefit to me, then NO! In Tout Wars, where there is a penalty for a bad finish, yes I would trade if it improved my position.

Tim McCullough (Rotoexperts, @TimTenz): Dynasty and keeper formats demand that you play right to the finish and at least try to build or rebuild your team to go get ’em next season. Since Tout has the penalty for finishing below a set threshold, there is an incentive of a different sort that you need to address. So, I am always open to trades even if I’m out of contention for a title. If you’re not going to try and finish as high in the standings as possible, why are you playing? At the very least you can learn something by tweaking your team to improve in the standings and apply that knowledge for future teams/leagues.

Lawr Michaels (CreativeSports2, @lawrmichaels): i will always do everything i can to finish as high as i can in any league, irrespective of format. that said, i do try to be careful to not make a trade that overtly does tip the scales among the contending teams if that makes sense.

Glenn Colton (Fantasy Alarm, @glenncolton1): what is the point of playing if you fail to compete as best as you can and do as best as you can? The only caveat is that if my team cannot win, I will likely make sure I let the whole league know a player is available before just pulling the trigger with one competing team. That way, the other teams cannot complain if they failed to make a better offer.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): Yes, for all the reasons listed above by the touts.

Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus, @BretSayreBP): Even if a league does not have any incentive for owners who have no chance of winning, whether it’s the FAAB incentive like Tout has or a second-half prize like some of my home leagues have, I will continue to try to improve my teams until the bitter end. Of course, all leagues should have those types of incentives (as they make for a better overall culture throughout the season), but that’s a separate topic. As a personally competitive person when it comes to fantasy leagues (as all of us certainly are), an eighth place finish certainly feels better to me than a tenth place one, and I act accordingly.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): I think the Tout Wars rule re: deduction of next year’s FAAB is a valid reason for non-contenders to be dealing with contenders, but I’ll go against the grain here. Sure, I’d rather scratch out every standings point. It’s (a little) better to finish 8th than 10th. But (in re-draft leagues) I am very leery of playing king-maker, too. If my marginal gain downward in the standings means that I’m gift-wrapping a title for my trade partner, I’m inclined to not make the deal.

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs and Fantrax, @jeffwzimmerman): My goal is to win the league. With next year’s FAAB total tied to this year’s finish, I sure in the hell going to try anything to move up. If it means giving the flag to someone else this season so I can get it next season, so be it. It’s a harsh stance but sticking to my goal is key.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): To be candid, I continue to struggle with this. My head says very point counts. My heart says don’t influence the top of the standings in a redraft format. Then the head says by not making a move, I’m in fact influencing the results. So while I usually won’t seek out deals to move me from 13th to 11th, I’ll consider them if approached, with the condition I let the league know I’m open for business. This way, if the consummated deal indeed aids someone at the top of the heap, the other contenders had an equal chance to work something out with me. This said, all bets are off it Tout Wars where I want every FAAB dollar I can muster and assume my brethren do as well.

Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 30

Welcome to the weekly Tout Wars FAAB report, on its new home right here on the Tout Wars site. Each week, we’ll review the free agent acquisitions from all five leagues, with commentary from a league member, as well as yours truly. We changed the timing of the weekly run to 1 PM ET every Sunday, with the report posted later that afternoon so you’ll have time to digest and apply to your own leagues. In addition, I’ll be joining Lawr Michaels and Justin Mason on the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY Network every Sunday at 3:20 PM ET to discuss the results.

You can find the complete list of Tout Warriors here. Everyone starts with 1000 FAAB units, less any penalty incurred by finishing below a designated point in the standings. This is a means of keeping everyone motivated to keep playing all season long. The minimum bid is $0. FAAB units can be traded as well as rebated for players released off the DL.

The report will list all winning bids along with unsuccessful tries and contingencies. This provides the maximum level of information to help gauge interest on the players.

The American and National League only formats are 12-team leagues, as is the new points-based head to head league, The Mixed Auction and Draft each have 15 clubs. All the leagues have four reserves with an unlimited DL, expect the head to head league, which allows six reserves.

The headings above each league are links to publicly accessible sites where you can see standings, roster and a complete review of transactions. The initial auctions and drafts can be found here.



BGoodwin, KC Seth Trachtman 160 Larry Schechter 31 Vlad Sedler 12
Patrick Davitt 10
NMartini, Oak Lawr Michaels 117 Chris Liss 89 Jeff Erickson 15
Vlad Sedler 7
BPhillips, KC Chris Liss 89 Jeff Erickson 45 Larry Schechter 30
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Seth Trachtman 10
FArcia, LAA Vlad Sedler 48 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
EButler, Tex Lawr Michaels 47
YChirinos, TB Jeff Erickson 45 Jason Collette 36 Vlad Sedler 31
Mike Podhorzer 26
MCabrera, Cle Larry Schechter 32 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Jeff Erickson 5
CTocci, Tex Larry Schechter 29
JMinaya, CWS Vlad Sedler 18
BMcKinney, Tor Lawr Michaels 17
YGallardo, Tex Vlad Sedler 15 Vlad Sedler 6
SRobinson, NYY Jeff Erickson 15
EAdrianza, Min Patrick Davitt 10 Mike Podhorzer 0
MPerez, TB Seth Trachtman 10 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
YRamirez, Bal Doug Dennis 5 Vlad Sedler 5
JChoi, TB Vlad Sedler 4
JBriceno, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0


BreAnderson, Oak Vlad Sedler 7
JAlvarado, TB Jeff Erickson 5
JPhegley, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
KHigashioka, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RoPerez, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Todd’s Take

AL only leagues are faced with a huge conundrum. If you have the hammer, do you go all-in on Brian Goodwin or hope someone else comes over prior to Wednesday’s deadline? Goodwin is a nice player, likely to get regular playing time with the Royals but is he a difference-maker? I think it comes down to deciding if Goodwin is enough to get you where you want to go or if your forced to hope for a miracle at the deadline.

Part of the problem is there aren’t any rumored players crossing over from the National League. This isn’t to say it won’t happen, but this is the classic bird in hand scenario.

Nick Martini wasn’t traded into the league, but a solid week as him a hot commodity. He’s bumped Dustin Fowler from the leadoff spot, which is key in front of the power-laden Athletics lineup. Despite social media pointing out I had the metaphor reversed… Martini may not shake things up with power, but he can certainly stir stuff up with his on base ability and speed.

Brett Phillips also crossed leagues. Phillips is still young enough to figure things out, especially contact. He’s been given a couple of chances with the Brewers, with patches of mediocrity before getting exposed. To be honest, I have a feeling another B. Phillips, namely Brandon, may end up being a sneaky AL only pickup.



MMoustakas, Mil Derek Carty 740 Steve Gardner 707 Grey Albright 581
Andy Behrens 577 Brian Walton 328
Mike Gianella 230 Tristan H. Cockcroft 97
Phil Hertz 46 Lenny Melnick 29
Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
EEscobar, Ari Steve Gardner 707 Grey Albright 578 Brian Walton 328
Derek Carty 291 Mike Gianella 230
Tristan H. Cockcroft 97 Phil Hertz 47
Lenny Melnick 29 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
CHamels, ChC Grey Albright 581 Andy Behrens 577 Derek Carty 291
Mike Gianella 230 Tristan H. Cockcroft 97
Lenny Melnick 29
MWilliams, Cin Mike Gianella 36
DBote, ChC Todd Zola 30 Grey Albright 16 Scott Wilderman 2
Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Mike Gianella 1
RQuinn, Phi Lenny Melnick 29 Mike Gianella 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JSoria, Mil Phil Hertz 12
TMilone, Was Grey Albright 11
JOsuna, Pit Scott Wilderman 5 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Grey Albright 1
JPirela, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Mike Gianella 10 Scott Wilderman 1
AFrazier, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Scott Wilderman 2 Grey Albright 1
DHudson, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Grey Albright 2
MAndriese, Ari Grey Albright 2 Mike Gianella 1
AJackson, NYM Grey Albright 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0


DPoncedeleon, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Grey Albright 2
CFerguson, LAD Phil Hertz 4 Grey Albright 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
Mike Gianella 1
RErlin, SD Phil Hertz 4
PAlonso, NYM Mike Gianella 2
AGomber, StL Grey Albright 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
BKintzler, Was Grey Albright 2
PBaez, LAD Grey Albright 2
SOh, Col Grey Albright 2
DHernandez, Cin Mike Gianella 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
PEvans, NYM Mike Gianella 1
SDyson, SF Mike Gianella 1
DiHerrera, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Todd’s Take

It’s pretty much chalk at the top with some decent consolation prizes after Manny Machado was purchased last week. The only question was whether someone on the top three wanted pitching more than hitting. Speaking of which, I know Cole Hamels has struggled lately but I’m intrigued by the park/league. Overall, the move to Wrigley Field is huge, at least according to park factors. Hamels lines up to allow fewer runs, fan more and walk fewer – and that’s without even considering the lack of the DH.

Most of the other hitting pickups are injury replacements, including my all-in bid for David Bote who is picking up some extra time with Kris Bryant out. Mason Williams is getting some run in the Reds outfield with Jesse Winker out for the season and Scott Schebler on the shelf, though the latter is on rehab and could be back this week. Jose Osuna is another injury fix with Josh Bell on the DL.

As opposed to the AL where it’s hard to envision someone of consequence coming over by the deadline, we could have another set of spirited bidding in the Senior Circuit next week.



JFry, CWS Scott Pianowski 69 Zach Steinhorn 38 Al Melchior 11
Ray Flowers 11
RZimmerman, Was Scott Swanay 68 Scott Engel 7
LGurriel, Tor Al Melchior 46 Scott Swanay 65 Derek VanRiper 44
Fred Zinkie 17 Ray Flowers 16
Jeff Zimmerman 0
BGoodwin, KC Derek VanRiper 44 Fred Zinkie 1
NDelmonico, CWS Fred Zinkie 43 Jeff Zimmerman 0
DHolland, SF Zach Steinhorn 42 Fred Zinkie 35 Derek VanRiper 31
Ray Flowers 14 Scott Pianowski 13
Tim Heaney 8 Jeff Zimmerman 0
SPearce, Bos Derek VanRiper 22
LMorrison, Min Fred Zinkie 12 Scott Swanay 28 Scott Pianowski 7
RQuinn, Phi Ron Shandler 11
NTropeano, LAA Ray Flowers 11
JMauer, Min Scott Engel 9 Scott Pianowski 7 Ron Shandler 1
DFreese, Pit Scott Engel 8 Scott Swanay 13
ARomine, NYY Fred Zinkie 6
MCanha, Oak Ron Shandler 5 Fred Zinkie 1 Jeff Zimmerman 0
LTrivino, Oak Scott Pianowski 5
FArcia, LAA Al Melchior 2
OArcia, Mil Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie 12
LGarcia, CWS Jeff Zimmerman 1 Fred Zinkie 1 Scott Engel 1
DValencia, Bal Jeff Zimmerman 1 Jeff Zimmerman 0
YChirinos, TB Jeff Zimmerman 1 Scott Swanay 28 Derek VanRiper 0
JBeeks, TB Derek VanRiper 0


AVerdugo, LAD Ron Shandler 5
RYarbrough, TB Tim Heaney 2 Jeff Zimmerman 1
CBurnes, Mil Tim Heaney 2
CCulberson, Atl Ron Shandler 1
THildenberger, Min Jeff Zimmerman 1
ASwarzak, NYM Tim Heaney 0
DCovey, CWS Jeff Zimmerman 0
DDescalso, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 0
JAnderson, LAA Tim Heaney 0
JJay, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 0
JPirela, SD Jeff Zimmerman 0
MMinor, Tex Jeff Zimmerman 0
RDavis, Cle Jeff Zimmerman 0
RGrossman, Min Jeff Zimmerman 0
SDuggar, SF Jeff Zimmerman 0

Todd’s Take

This week’s flavor of the week in terms of closing is Jace Fry, replacing Joakim Soria. This is an intriguing pickup as the White Sox play the Royals and Rays next week, on paper a couple of lesser teams. The problem is Fry blew Sunday’s save chance, well before the bids were finalized. It’s not like the South Siders have a treasure trove of options, but Sunday’s events are discouraging.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been seeing regular playing time which shouldn’t be hindered with the Blue Jays acquisition of Brandon Drury. Gurriel Jr. profiles as a high average without much power or speed, though he’s shown some pop in his rookie campaign.

Derek Holland was the most sought after starter, for good reason. He’s over 100 innings into the season, still maintaining over a whiff an inning. This week, Holland has a good pair of starts, first facing a weak Padres lineup followed by a manageable Diamondbacks offense.



LGurriel, Tor Adam Ronis 73 Scott White 21 Tim McCullough 21
JMcNeil, NYM Tim McCullough 51
WPeralta, KC Rudy Gamble 36 Ray Murphy 18 Perry Van Hook 17
DHolland, SF Michael Beller 24 Perry Van Hook 2
JBradley, Bos Perry Van Hook 17 Ray Murphy 14 Adam Ronis 8
SGray, NYY Michael Beller 17 Ray Murphy 11
DFowler, StL Ray Murphy 14
JJay, Ari Tim McCullough 11 Perry Van Hook 0
JFry, CWS Ray Murphy 11 Scott White 9
JGyorko, StL Tim McCullough 3
MBoyd, Det Perry Van Hook 3
JAlfaro, Phi Adam Ronis 2 Perry Van Hook 0
JWendle, TB Tim McCullough 2
MPerez, TB Perry Van Hook 0


BDrury, Tor Adam Ronis 23 Ray Murphy 14
ARomine, NYY Perry Van Hook 0
BGoodwin, KC Perry Van Hook 0
BHolt, Bos Perry Van Hook 0
CIannetta, Col Perry Van Hook 0
FArcia, LAA Perry Van Hook 0
JRickard, Bal Perry Van Hook 0
KSmith, CWS Perry Van Hook 0
LMaile, Tor Perry Van Hook 0
PErvin, Cin Perry Van Hook 0

Todd’s Take

It’s a little surprising Jeff McNeil didn’t garner more attention. It appears the Mets will play McNeil regularly after dealing Asdrubal Cabrera. His .268/.427/.600 line in Triple-A looks impressive, but keep in mind Las Vegas is one of the best hitting venues while McNeil is a little old for the level at 26 years old.

Don’t look now but Sonny Gray is relevant again. The veteran righty is sporting a 1.10 ERA and .92 WHIP over his past three outings, featuring 19 punch outs in those 16.1 frames.



MChapman, Oak Jake Ciely 55 Jeff Mans 19 Andrea LaMont 18
Michael Rathburn 2 Justin Mason 0
BNimmo, NYM Jeff Mans 48
TRoark, Was Jake Ciely 25 Andrea LaMont 18 Michael Rathburn 14
Jeff Mans 8
AAlmora, ChC Jeff Mans 21
LGurriel, Tor Andrea LaMont 14 Michael Rathburn 6
MFried, Atl Andrea LaMont 14 Jeff Mans 4
DHolland, SF Andrea LaMont 13 Peter Kreutzer 3
JShields, CWS Michael Rathburn 12 Andrea LaMont 3 Justin Mason 2
Jeff Mans 1
NWilliams, Phi Dr. Roto 10 Jeff Mans 31
EJimenez, CWS Dr. Roto 8
JUrena, Mia Jeff Mans 7
MBoyd, Det Michael Rathburn 6 Andrea LaMont 11 Peter Kreutzer 3
AHedges, SD Andrea LaMont 6
RBorucki, Tor Michael Rathburn 6
SDuggar, SF Dr. Roto 5 Jeff Mans 2
NDelmonico, CWS Dr. Roto 5
SGaviglio, Tor Peter Kreutzer 2
BColon, Tex Peter Kreutzer 2
NHundley, SF Jeff Mans 1
KMorales, Tor Justin Mason 0


JHeyward, ChC Jeff Mans 19 Dr. Roto 5
YAlonso, Cle Jake Ciely 15 Jeff Mans 12 Justin Mason 0
ADeSclafani, Cin Jeff Mans 5
FLiriano, Det Jeff Mans 5
NTropeano, LAA Jeff Mans 5
ARomine, NYY Andrea LaMont 4 Jeff Mans 1
CMaybin, Mia Andrea LaMont 3
MGonzalez, Hou Jeff Mans 3
YRamirez, Bal Michael Rathburn 2 Peter Kreutzer 1
AMeadows, Pit Dr. Roto 2
BPhillips, KC Dr. Roto 2
DPalka, CWS Jeff Mans 2
ELauer, SD Michael Rathburn 1
JMauer, Min Jeff Mans 1
KPlawecki, NYM Jeff Mans 1
KSuzuki, Atl Jeff Mans 1
NMartini, Oak Jeff Mans 1
ONarvaez, CWS Jeff Mans 1
PLopez, Mia Jeff Mans 1
SPearce, Bos Jeff Mans 1
WChen, Mia Michael Rathburn 1
WMiley, Mil Peter Kreutzer 1
ASenzatela, Col Michael Rathburn 0
IKinerFalefa, Tex Andrea LaMont 0

Todd’s Take

There’s still plenty of season left but my spring declaration that Matt Chapman would have a better season than Matt Olson doesn’t look as outrageous as some made it out to be, especially after Chapman missed some time due to injury. OK, Olson will outpace Olson in terms of homers and RBI, but by triple-slash, Chapman can be considered to be having a better campaign. This isn’t an indictment of Olson, just another reminder how sometimes outstanding fielders can translate their superior hand-eye coordination and timing to the dish, most notably with respect to contact.

Tout Daily Wrap: Wolfman Shoots the Moon

Rick Wolf lead three FSWA Hall of Famers a top the standings in the week’s Tout Daily Contest, the initial week of Period 5. This is the last chance for the Touts to gain entry into the Survivor Tournament finals.

Fantasy Alarm’s Wolf posted an impressive 159.6 total, followed closely by Lenny “The Legend” Melnick’s 155.6. ESPN’s Stephania Bell’s 148.9 placed her third. All three Hall of Famers were sage enough to click in Masahiro Tanaka and his complete game effort.

Rick’s lineup also featured a pair of Twins with Eduardo Escobar and Eddie Rosario having big nights along with a late home run from Khris Davis. Check out the Wolfman’s entire roster below.

Not only is Rick leading the final period, his first weekly winning score propelled him back on top of the overall standings, almost 45 points in from of Todd Zola. Check to see how your favorite Tout is doing on the Leaderboard.

Be sure to come back for the rest of our great content, beginning Sunday with the Tout Wars FAAB report, then Monday for the ToutTable, Tuesday with our Tout Daily picks and Wednesday for the Tout Daily wrap.

Here’s Rick’s lineup – ART ART OOOWWOOOOOO!

Tout Daily Picks: Save on Pitching, Spend on Hitting

It’s the first week of the final period for Tout Daily. The final three Golden Tickets for entry into our Survivor Finals will be awarded. Here’s some picks we hope will bring home the Golden Tickets.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Shane Bieber: Shane Bieber ($8,100) – Going with one medium priced starting pitcher tonight. Cleveland’s Shane Bieber is at home tonight against Pittsburgh. He has 13 strikeouts in his last two games combined. All of this has me with Bieber fever tonight.

Jonathan Schoop : Jonathan Schoop ($3,700) has hit successfully in 14 of his last 15 games. He is breaking out of his first half slump, so get him while he is still this cheap at $3,700 tonight.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Bieber & Lauer: Went Cheap! Bieber will stop Bucks at home and Lauer will dominate hapless Mets

Davis, Judge & Springer: 3 if’s that will go deep plus offense stacked with Carpenter, Gattis and DeDe

Lawr Michaels (CreativeSports2, @lawrmichaels)

Gerrit Cole:Rockies hitting a sorry .224 against right-handers

Wil Myers: Facing the hittable Zack Wheeler (4.44 ERA, 1.34 WHIP), Myers is in the midst of a hot period, batting .317-3-7 over his last 10 games with a season OPS of .910.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Felix Pena: 32 to 9 K per BB in 26.1 IP, at home vs. White Sox for 5.5K? Drooooooooooooooooooool.

Matt Carpenter: Stacking Astros, using Carp as a one-off against Everyone Hits a Homer off Bailey.

Gene McCaffrey (Wise Guy Baseball, @WiseGuyGene)

Lauer/Buchholz: Going super-cheap in hopes of two 15-20 point starts, which seems like a strong possibilty. Buchholz was on top of his gane he got hurt, and the Mets are floundering.

Mookie Betts: I’m loading up on Coors’ hitters and adding the super expensive ($6200) Mookie in hope that few will be able to afford him.

Rick Wolf (Fantasy Alarm, @RickWolf1)

Zach Wheeler: Wheeler is lower priced than Zimmermann and I almost took both of them. Wheeler has six or more strikeouts six times in his last ten starts. He faces the Padres who have been lame with a K percent that is more than one to four vs RHP. He was slightly less than Zimmermann so I took the value and upside.

Khris Davis: Super hot with 3 HRs in the last two games and facing a LHP in Texas. Good spot for all the Oakland RHH so I am stacking them all. If you are batting 1-4 for the Athletics tonight, you are also playing from team CTW.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru Elite, @Rotogut)

Eric Lauer: Hard to pass on a minimum-priced southpaw against a hapless Mets squad that can’t hit them. Can fit all the offense you want with him in your lineups.

Jonathan Schoop : Totally off the grid today since I love all the Cardinals against Homer Bailey, but Schoop is getting warm at just the right time and as long as the weather cooperates, I’d expect Schoop and the O’s to give Pomeranz a not-so-pleasant return to the bigs.

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Zach Wheeler: I get the idea that Lauer + Paxton/Cole is going to be widely owned, so I wanted to go against that. So I’ve got Wheeler with a high-K potential tonight paired with Tanaka.

Matt Chapman: I’m going back to the well from yesterday and running an A’s stack – five RH’s against Mike Minor.

Jason Collette (Rotowire, @jasoncollette)

Jordan Zimmermann: The Royals just aren’t good

Gary Sanchez: just kidding. Jake Bauers — he’s been excellent vs Yankee pitching this year and Tanaka has been extremely homer prone