Jason Collette’s TOUT AL midseason review

If you were a subscriber to baseballprospectus.com you could have read Jason Collette’s midseason Tout Wars roundups two weeks ago. Jason and BP, however, are making them available to us all now, for which we are thankful. Jason Collette’s column appears at every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at baseballprospectus.com.

Playing in Tout Wars is a rewarding experience because of the exposure the league gets. It, like the LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality), are the two best gauges fantasy players have to see how the “experts” apply their knowledge at the draft table. It is one thing to read the work each of them publishes online, but it is another to see what they do with their imaginary money, or in the case of playing in high-stakes leagues such as the ones in the NFBC leagues, real money.

Over the next three pieces, I will examine each of the three Tout Wars leagues to see which touts have done the best job so far in 2011 in terms of current player values compared to what those players went for at the draft table. This will allow us to see who did a good job in player valuations, who struggled, as well as who was affected by injuries. Lastly, it will show any kind of correlation between value attained and current place in the standings.

Here are the current standings for the 12 team AL-Only League:

  1. Larry Schechter – 97.5 points
  2. Jeff Erickson – 90.0 points
  3. Jason Grey – 79.5 points Continue reading “Jason Collette’s TOUT AL midseason review”

DRAFT PREP: Know Your League!

By Nick Shlain, special to toutwars.com

Each auction is unique, and none more so (if something can be more unique, at all) than the CBSsports Analysts Auctions. CBSsports’ holds their auctions in mid-February, before the start of spring training, and the onslaught of news about players that come with that. Perhaps because of that the CBS analysts draft has some other qualities of note.

Roto Think Tank’s Mike Gianella (rotothinktank.blogspot.com), a former CBS Analsyts champion (2009 AL, 2010 NL) and third place finisher in 2010 Tout Wars, was kind enough to correspond with me about this year’s auction.
Continue reading “DRAFT PREP: Know Your League!”

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.

Embracing Volatility

Tout AL participant Rob Leibowitz has seen his third place team turn into an eighth place team in just a month, and takes a look at what strategies are available to him (and other fantasy players) to regain ground. This is part of a weekly series of articlesfrom Mastersball.com about Tout Wars AL, NL and Mixed.

TOUT AL: Mid Season Report


Then try as you may….

The Rolling Stones wrote a song about losing your girl and thinking, at first, about getting over her quickly and starting to have a great time with other girls, but then… Blue turns to grey, and you have to find her. Love isn’t so easy to put aside, it turns out, even for Jagger and Richards.

Jason Grey takes the same approach to drafting pitchers. You pledge your troth, you start it up, and then you either win, as Jason has done in Tout a couple of times (and is doing so far this year), or you look to mother’s little helper for salvation. Continue reading “TOUT AL: Mid Season Report”

LINKS: The Tout Draft Wrapup

Here are some of the writings by Tout Warriors about their teams:

Live From New York, It’s Perry Van Hook’s Mixed Draft Recap at fantasybaseball.com.

Eric Mack’s Mixed Draft Recap.

Eric Karabell’s mixed league draft recap is available to ESPN Insiders.

JP Kastner’s mixed league team and his analysis of his team.

Jason Collette’s AL League Team, and the story behind it.

Derek Carty writes about his mixed league team. He also write about the players he has on multiple teams in multiple leagues this year.

Steve Gardner writes about the players he has on at least a couple of his teams this year, including Tout Mixed.

Dave Gonos explains about his Tout mixed pitchers and hitters.

Scott Pianowski writes about his NL Tout Team.

Andy Behrens’ Tout mixed team pushed limits. You go Andy!.

Cory Schwartz writes about his NL Tout team.

Rob Leibowitz writes about his Tout AL team

Tout rookie Mike Gianella writes about his Tout NL team.