First up, Mastersball does without Perry Van Hook this week, but manages to highlight some interesting moments in this week’s FAAB bidding. How much did you bid for Eduardo Rodriguez in your leagues?
Mike Gianella gets to ponder that question in his FAAB report at Baseball Prospectus, and he gets to fiddle over the NL free agent pool, which has been left for dead in recent weeks.
Mastersball.com‘s comments and charts are in, now that the May 4 FAAB is completed. Read it here!
Mike Gianella covers Tout Wars and LABR FAAB claims for the week. Read it here!
Scott Pianowski finished first for the second time in four weeks in Tout Wars Daily by FanDuel, to finish first in the inaugural Phase of the contest, and wins a ticket to the Championship Day, on which the 15 Phase winners will compete for $2000 in prize money.
Pianowski rode St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, and got solid performances from Joey Votto, Dee Gordon, and Joc Pederson for the win. He was trailed in Week 4 by Jeff Erickson and Al Melchior. You can see all the entries and results right here.
The other two Championship Ticket winners in Phase 1 are Week 3 champ Adam Ronis and three-time Top 10 finisher Jeff Erickson. They closely edged out Lenny Melnick, who along with all the other touts will begin with a clean slate for Week 1 of Phase 2, starts next Friday, May 8th. See the Tout Daily Leaderboard here.
Here’s Pianowski’s Week 4 winner:
The Mastersball crew charts and comments on this week’s big moves. Rob Leibowitz goes AL, Brian Walton NL, Zach Steinhorn on Mixed Auction, and Perry Van Hook on Mixed Draft. The big buys were Jimmy Paredes, Addison Russell and John Axford.
Mike Gianella does deep analysis of Tout Wars moves (and LABR, too) over at Baseball Prospectus, including an intriguing digression on Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer in both Norse mythology and Marvel comics.
Mastersball.com takes on Tout NL, AL, Mixed Draft and Mixed Auction, with commentaries from Todd Zola, Brian Walton, Zach Steinhorn and Perry Van Hook.
Mike Gianella has some notes about Tout NL, as well as some LABR leagues.
This week’s AL, NL, Mixed Auction and Mixed Draft claims, commented on by the Mastersball staff.
Baseball Prospectus’s Mike Gianella looks at this week’s Tout AL and NL moves. As well as LABR!
This year, for the first time, Tout Wars Mixed Draft owners will be able to redeem the draft day “price” of a player for FAAB dollars, if a player he owns goes on the Disabled List. The rule reads, in part:
If a player who was bought in the auction is placed on a major league disabled list, 7-day, 15-day or 60-day, his Tout Wars team may release him and ask his SWAT to add the player’s auction salary back to this year’s FAAB. In the Mixed Draft league, players will be given dollar values based upon the prices paid in the Mixed Auction league. For instance, the first player drafted will take the value of the most expensive player taken in auction. Similarly, the 20th player drafted will have the price of the 20th most expensive player bought in auction, regardless of position.
The Redemption Price List can be found here.
Part of the experiment, it turned out, was drafting under night club conditions. The Tout Wars X’ers pulled it off gracefully.
Here are the draft results.
Here are comments from the drafters about their teams: Jake Ciely | Bret Sayre (part of Flags Fly Forever Podcast) | Bret Sayre writing | Ron Shandler | Doug Anderson