He was in contention all year, in fourth at the end of April, in second behind Charlie Wiegert at the end of May, and in second behind Ray Murphy at the end of June, but by the All Star break Rudy Gamble was in first place all by his lonesome. By the end of July there was only dust in his rear view mirror.
After finishing in second the preceding two years, behind Adam Ronis, Gamble finally ended a season in Tout Wars in the driver’s seat.
The result was a bit of draft day magic (he finished first in the Draft Day Roster standings, slightly ahead of Corey Parson, behind a team that featured Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel. But it was some breakout years, from Mike Moustakas and Keon Broxton, plus late May trade for Dee Gordon that bumped Gambles team to slight favorite to monster.
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 stat service Tout Wars uses has a Toy Box, a place league member can go to mess around with different data. Like, whose team was the best over the past two weeks? Five weeks? Two and a half months.
It also allows you to create projected standings based on Clay Davenport’s and BaseballHQ’s projections and current rosters.
Tout Mixed Draft drafted last night, and here are the projected standings (click to enlarge):
Clay Davenport’s projections, good for Wilton, bad for Murphy:
While BaseballHQ’s projections have a different look, especially for Murphy:
With Tout Wars Mixed Draft a week away, team owners were asked which draft positions they favored and order was set based on their preferences. Precedence was given to teams in order of last year’s finish. The draft will be held at 8pm on March 8, 2015.
There will be a live spreadsheet with draft results available here at toutwars.com, and Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf will broadcast the event live on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports channel.
2016 Tout Wars MIXED DRAFT
Tout Wars mandates that each year’s draft order is determined by last year’s finish. Since draft picks are not necessarily valued in the order they come, owners are polled for their preferences of pick. The draft order is now set (corrected to show Van Hook preference for No. 8 over No. 4):
1. Rudy Gamble (1000) 2. Patrick Mayo (1000) Transfer from Tout X 3. Adam Ronis (1000) 2015 Mixed Draft Champion 4. Tim McLeod (1000) 2014 Mixed Draft Champion 5. Eno Sarris (1000) 6. Craig Mish (1000) Transfer from Tout X 7. Greg Ambrosius (1000) 8. Perry Van Hook (1000) 9. Tom Kessenich (910) 10. Tim McCullough (1000) Transfer from Tout X 11. Anthony Perri (740) 12. Rick Wilton (490) 13. Stacie Stern (1000) New to Tout Wars 14. Charlie Wiegert (790) 15. Ray Murphy (990)
Adam Ronis returns to defend his 2015 crown, with Rudy Gamble champing at the bit for a rematch. They are joined by Tout Wars newcomer Stacie Stern, who is general manager of Head to Head sports and a regular on SiriusXM radio (SiriusXM will carry the Draft live on Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton’s March 8 show at 8pm), and three Touts from last year’s inaugural Tout X league, Patrick Mayo, Craig Mish, and Tim McCullough.
2016 Tout Wars MIXED DRAFT
Tout Wars mandates that each year’s draft order is determined by last year’s finish. Since draft picks are not necessarily valued in the order they come, owners are polled for their preferences of pick. The draft order is not yet set, players are listed in the selection order of picks:
Adam Ronis (1000) 2015 Mixed Draft Champion Rudy Gamble (1000) Patrick Mayo (1000) Transfer from Tout X Perry Van Hook (1000) Tim McLeod (1000) 2014 Mixed Draft Champion Craig Mish (1000) Transfer from Tout X Greg Ambrosius (1000) Eno Sarris (1000) Ray Murphy (990) Tom Kessenich (910) Charlie Wiegert (790) Tim McCullough (1000) Transfer from Tout X Anthony Perri (740) Rick Wilton (490) Stacie Stern (1000) New to Tout Wars