STEVE GARDNER: The Sprint in Tout Mixed

USA Today’s Steve Gardner is in a three-way race for first in Tout Mixed, with Charlie Wiegert and Andy Behrens. Yesterday he posted about it in his blog:

Down to the wire in Tout Wars

The final week of the regular season is finally here. For fantasy owners, it’s a good thing that several teams are still fighting for playoff berths because it means there will be fewer key players sitting on the bench and more fantasy league titles settled on the field.

The Tout Wars mixed league looks like it won’t be decided until the final day — with the top three teams separated by just 1.5 points with one week to go.

Andy Behrens
14 13.5 11 14 15 11.5 15 12 7 7 120
Charlie Wiegert
15 10 12 15 11 14 7 10 12 14 120
Steve Gardner
11 8 15 12.5 12 15 2 14 14 15 118.5

It’s been a great season for all three of us, with Andy Behrens jumping out to a huge lead and holding it for most of the season until injuries began to take their toll.

Unfortunately for me, I’ve pretty much maxed out my points in each category, with the possible exception of a half point in steals. If I’m going to win, I’m going to have to depend on some of the other teams to overtake Andy and Charlie Wiegert in a couple categories.

To read the rest of his story, click here.

Tout Mixed: Steve Gardner Makes a Race of It

Or maybe you could blame Andy Behren’s bad luck with Kevin Youkilis. In any case, there is a race for first.

In this week’s Fantasy Insider column writes about how he’s shaped his Tout Mixed team, and also takes a look at his other teams and the different ways their fortunes have been shaped by his moves and Lady Luck. Most readers will see their teams in one of his scenarios.

FAAB Rules! Or, the Rules of FAAB.

Mike Gianella takes a look at how the Tout FAAB rules played a part in how Tout teams bid on the Biggest Day of the Year!

To add some context, we implemented the rule change for the transaction period following the ML interleague trading deadline because we wanted teams to be able to bid more than they had in their budget, including contingent bids. The Aug 2 rules allowed that.

In every other Tout Wars week, teams aren’t allowed to bid, for their main bid plus contingent bids, more than they have, total.

What is interesting is that in every other week of the year, nobody notices the contingent bid restriction. Also of note is that some owners this year asked us to simplify the rules and play like other leagues play.

I’m interested in hearing about how other leagues play. In the variety of leagues I play in there is a variety of ways FAAB or Waiver Dollars are dealt with. I’m of the opinion that whatever you all decide upon is fine, but there is a real virtue to restricting the total bids any team can make, actual and contingent, to the total amount of FAAB (Waiver Dollars) they have.

Why? I think it’s more strategic. Mid tier teams can strategize and capitalize on their analysis of other team’s needs. In a system that allows teams to stack contingent bids using all their available Waiver Dollars, mid level teams don’t have a chance.

But it’s okay if think they don’t deserve a chance. I agree to disagree.

Tout AL: Jason Collette’s Draft Day Accounting

In this story for RotoTimes, Jason Collette takes inventory on how each Tout AL team’s draft day roster has performed.

This approach has the virtue of isolating what it was that teams did right (and wrong) on draft day, whether these things were in their control or not.

Most interestingly, only Jason Grey’s runaway leading team has posted a positive value since draft day, and that is just +$2.

Also of interest is the big draft day hit Mike Siano’s team has taken, in large part by paying $29 for Grady Sizemore on draft day. But, as Jason points out, Mike dealt Sizemore to Jeff Erickson the day before Sizemore crashed and burned for the season (for Cliff Lee–ouch), so it was Erickson who who paid most of the price. That doesn’t show in these numbers.

There are a lot of components to a fantasy baseball season. Draft day is one part. Jason’s survey gives some idea how important a good draft is to fielding a winning team. And how tough it is to overcome cataclysmic injury, unless you’re Mike Siano.