Tout Wars Draft/Auction Linkfest!

This is the place we put links to the Touts writings about their teams and their leagues. (You can see the results in the Tout Wars Data section in the right nav.)

Mixed Draft: KreutzerWhite | Gamble | Ronis ($) | Short | Wiegert | Van Hook |

Draft and Hold: JR Anderson | Hegglund | Stein | Cohen |

Head to Head: Chamberlain | Bloomfield |

AL: Podhorzer | Leibowitz | Erickson | Liss | Colton/Wolf | Gianella | Bender | Dennis | Bender | DiFino | Davitt |

Mixed Auction: Pianowski/McCaffrey (pod) | Flowers | Melchior | McCaffrey ($) | Shandler ($) | Sayre | Zimmerman | Steinhorn | Swanay | Steinhorn w/Gianella (pod) | Melchior | Heaney | Heaney w/J Erickson (pod) | Hershey |

NL: Hertz | Gardner | Albright | Behrens |

The Tout Wars NL Auction Chatroom, March 17.

Justin Mason and his crew will be manning the chat.

You can see the draft room here.

Who’s playing in the NL this year?

Andy Behrens, Yahoo! Fantasy Sports
Brian Walton, CreativeSports2
Lenny Melnick, Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
Justin Mason, Friends w/ Fantasy Benefits, Fangraphs, Fantasy Alarm
Grey Albright, Razzball
Phil Hertz, BaseballHQ
Todd Zola, Mastersball
Craig Mish, SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio
Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN
Scott Wilderman, onRoto
Steve Gardner, USA Today Fantasy Sports
Derek Carty, RotoGrinders

Goodbye Good Friend, Lawr Michaels

Lawr Michaels was a member of the board of Tout Wars since, like, there was a board. He has been a tireless advocate of the fantasy baseball community for a really long time. How long? He started by writing for John Benson.

He passed away today after a recent bout with illness. He died way too young.

In 2009 he won Tout Wars AL (because, if I recall correctly, his team hit an improbable eight homers on the last day), which gave him first nomination. He did something novel with it.

The Tout Wars Leaderboard is Updated!

Each year we charge each Tout Wars team an imaginary $100 for playing, and award the top finishers in each league imaginary winnings. You can see the complete results by clicking here.

The top finishers for the last five years can be seen here.

The all time leaders list is a little bit different.

Congratulations to all the leaders. Well played!

Steve Gardner Wins Tout Wars NL 2018!

In an up and down race, which saw 2017 champ Grey Albright take an early lead, lose it in May to eventual champ Steve Gardner, take it back again and open it up again through August, only to be pushed aside by Gardner in early September, and then be passed by Tristan Cockcroft, too. Whew.

Here are the final standings.

Gardner may have been challenged by three-time champ Cockcroft in the end, but he was able to hold on. And his victory was foretold by the draft day standings. He had the best auction in the league.

The closeness of the final standings may be because Gardner had a comfortable hand all season. he made no trades, and only one big FAAB pickup. That would be 707 samoleons for Eduardo Escobar, which helped, it may have made the difference, but wasn’t a difference maker.

Steve Gardner last won Tout Wars NL in 2011.

Colton and the Wolfman Win Tout Wars AL!

Colton and the Wolfman, with Stacie Stern

It wasn’t until the first week of June that Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton passed Seth Trachtman for the lead in Tout Wars AL, but once ahead they never looked back.

One week later they had a 17 point lead, by the end of June it was a 29 point lead, and they eventually won by 21.

Lawr Michaels, Seth Trachtman and Jeff Erickson round out the top four, but none threatened the famed radio duo the rest of the way.

Glenn and Rick won the AL title in 2014, too.

They didn’t win it on auction day. Here is the Draft Day Stadings for Tout Wars AL. (These are the stats the team’s opening day roster put up, as if they made no moves all season.)

It wasn’t trades that made the difference either. They made two, acquiring Eduardo Rodriguez in May and Melky Cabrera in June. So we have to look at their FA adds.

The big ones: Brad Hand, Jake Cave, Wily Peralta.

Big, but not huge. It is hard to see how this squad swung from 77.5 points to 100 in season. You can check out the standings and rosters here. I think we’re going to have hear from about how this title came about.

How To Cross A Border: Extreme Vetting Edition

Tim McLeod is on his way to New York City for his first in-person Tout Wars auction. Tim did win Tout Mixed Draft a while back.

He posted a story about crossing the border from his native Canada into New York State today on Facebook.

The price of Francisco Mejia just went up $3.