Why Jeff Erickson Came in Last in Tout Wars in 2016. By Jeff Erickson

Post mortems are tough. You try to explain your team, your thinking, your approach, and you constantly run the risk of sounding like you’re talking about your fantasy team! Which is a no-no, of course.

Jeff Erickson gives his 2016 Tout Wars team a post mortem. It was an ugly season for Jeff, and he fearless wades into the mess to explain why. SPOILER ALERT: Hitting.

But he does such good, honest job it’s worth the read to learn how to do your own post-mortem. Read it here. It’s on the free side of Rotowire.

Neaux-Blesse Oblige Wins Doubt Wars AL!

doubtwarslogoResults from the 2016 Doubt Wars contest are starting to trickle in. In Doubt AL, Neaux-Blesse Oblige has won the title with a slim lead over Reasonable Doubters.

Doubt Wars players put together dream rosters after the Tout
Wars auctions are done, pricing players at $1 more than their Tout Wars price. Draft day rosters are held all season long, and then combined with the Tout Wars draft day roster to form one big roto standings.

The team with the highest average rank in the TW 5×5 categories is the champion.

This year’s Tout Wars draft day winner was Larry Schechter. His TW AL squad was bested by 11 Doubt Wars players.

Tout AL champ, Seth Trachtman, sees his draft day lineup bested by 42 other teams!

See the whole standings here.

Here is the Neaux-Blesse Oblige Doubt Wars squad. Great seasons from Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez, Kyle Seager, Justin Upton, Kendry Morales and David Ortiz on offense, and Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, Roberto Osuna and David Robertson pitching, overcame some pretty big holes.



Congratulations Neaux-Blesse Oblige!

Look for NL and Mixed Doubt Wars results in the coming days.


Seth Trachtman has a 10 point lead in Tout AL going into the final weekend. The Standings:


If you think that means he’s going to rest easy this weekend, not so fast.

A bad weekend could potentially cost him nine and a half points, and he doesn’t have many similarly easy points to gain to offset potential calamity.

Patrick Davitt has four points to gain, which could potentially put him into first, but also has four points to lose, so he’s going to have to have a good weekend with the bat and on the mound to have a shot. Trachtman just needs not to implode.


Tout Wars AL, March 19, Auction! Spreadsheet and Live Blog Archive.

The Tout Wars AL owners have arrived, and are getting ready for this year’s auction.

Follow it on the live spreadsheet.

And follow the live blog after the jump.
Continue reading “Tout Wars AL, March 19, Auction! Spreadsheet and Live Blog Archive.”

THIS is Tout Weekend!

A scene from the Tout NL 2015 auction.
A scene from the Tout NL 2015 auction.

Where will the best and brightest fantasy baseball writers and broadcasters be this weekend?

Many will be in New York City, for the annual Tout Wars weekend of drafts and parties.

This year’s drafts are being held in the studio at SiriusXM and aren’t open for the public, but you can follow along live on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel, and on the live blog and spreadsheet at toutwars.com.

When are the drafts? Where and when are the parties?


Tout H2H: March 18, 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Ron Shandler is auctioneer. Joe Pisapia has the spreadsheet. Mike Gianella is on chat.

Tout AL: March 19, 9am. Doors open at 8am. Brian Feldman is auctioneer. Paul Sporer is on spreadsheet. Al Melchior is doing chat.

Tout Mix Auction: March 19, 3pm. Doors open at 2pm. Jeff Erickson is auctioneer. Ray Murphy has the spreadsheet. Jason Collette is on chat.

Foley’s NY Party: March 19, 8pm. 18 West 33rd Street. Party with the pros!

Tout NL Auction: March 20, 10am. Doors open at 9am. Brian Feldman is the auctioneer. Steve Moyer is on spreadsheet. Jason Collette will chat.

The live blog for each auction will be available at toutwars.com, where there will also be a link to the live spreadsheet. You can access the live spreadsheet now at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12AvDtjmYjr-mlFHXIUkFRDK3EBs_Zy-iJzPZNqRONfQ/edit?usp=sharing. Until the weekend comes, nothing is happening.

Here’s the Menu of Champions at Foleys on Saturday night:



2016 Tout Wars AL Lineup Announced

Chris Liss, the 2015 Tout AL champ will have first pick in the reserve rounds that follow the March 19th Tout AL auction in New York City (and live on SiriusXM radio). One newcomer to the league this year, as Patrick Davitt moves over from the Mixed Auction league.

The numbers in parentheses are the number of FAAB units each team starts with. Teams are penalized 10 units for each point they score fewer than 60 points.

2016 Tout Wars AL ONLY

Chris Liss (1000) 2015 AL Champion, 2009 Mixed Auction Champion
Mike Podhorzer (1000) 2013 Mixed Draft Champion
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton (1000) 2014 AL Champions
Jeff Erickson (1000)  2007 AL Champion
Jason Collette (1000)
Ron Shandler (1000) 1998 and 2000 AL Champion. 1998 NL Champion.
Patrick Davitt (1000) Transfer from Mixed Auction
Larry Shechter (950) 2011, 2012, 2013 AL Champion. 2005, 2006, 2007 Mixed Auction Champion
Rob Leibowitz (930)
Seth Trachtman (930)
Steve Moyer (850)
Lawr Michaels (790) 2001, 2009 AL Champion

Tout Wars Post Season Analysis Links

Rudy Gamble, on finishing second in Tout Wars Mixed Draft.

Fred Zinkie, on winning Tout Wars Mixed Auction

Zach Steinhorn, on falling short in Tout Wars Mixed Auction.

Mike Gianella, on winning Tout Wars NL.

Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre’s Flags Fly Forever podcast, on Tout NL. Fred Zinkie is on this show, too.

Ray Flowers, on finishing in the middle of the pack in Tout Wars Mixed Auction.

Peter Kreutzer, on finishing last in Tout Wars NL.