In the draft day standings, the Tout AL standings for the team each Tout bought on draft day, Liss finished fourth with 78.5 points. His obvious weakness was Saves, which showed him last.
Once the season started Liss focused on relief pitching. He bought Chris Devenski, Jonathan Hernandez, Rafael Dolis, Greg Holland, Carl Edwards, Clark Schmidt, Dan Altavilla and Andre Scrubb. Those are all his free agent buys.
And he traded for Brad Hand (he traded Kyle Tucker). At the end of the season he was in fourth place in Saves, and ended up with 99 points, 22 more than Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton’s team and Jeff Erickson’s team, which tied for second.
On August 23rd Derek VanRiper was 1.5 points behind Bret Sayre in the Tout Mixed Auction standings. One week later, despite having only the second best record on the week, DVR was in first by 15.5 over Eric Karabell. With a month left to go VanRiper was in the driver seat.
After 55 games or so our fantasy baseball seasons are just getting started. A front-runner or three has emerged, but there is still plenty of time for a slow starter to catch up. Still, big jumps in the standings points tend to come less frequently and the game’s long season exerts its muscular force.
Not this year. With five days left to the regular season, and the possibility of a Monday doubleheader between the Cardinals and Tigers, let’s see who is leading in each of the leagues.
TOUT DAILY: We already have a winner: Mike Gianella.
TOUT WARS DRAFT AND HOLD: Brad Johnson has a 7.5 point lead over Michael Florio, with Michael Stein and Craig Mish just behind him.
TOUT WARS HEAD TO HEAD: Ian Kahn, last year’s champ, is just ahead of Andrea LaMont and Ariel Cohen. But Ian is off to a slow start this week.
TOUT WARS MIXED AUCTION: 2014 champ Derek VanRiper leads 2017 champ Jeff Zimmerman by 10.5 points.
TOUT WARS MIXED DRAFT: Scott White, who tied with Tim Mcleod last year, is trying to hold off 2014 champion McLeod, leading today by 2.5 points. Perennial contenders Rudy Gamble and Adam Ronis are in a knot with Tom Kessenich and Perry Van Hook 10-15 points back.
TOUT WARS AL: 2015 champ Chris Liss has run away with it and is 16 points ahead of Glenn Colton/Rick Wolf’s team.
TOUT WARS NL: Two-time champ (2011, 2018) Steve Gardner has an 8 point lead over league newcomer but three-time mixed auction champ Fred Zinkie.