My second year in Tout Wars H2H was a big improvement on the first.
The move to a points-based scoring system (from categories), with every out recorded being worth a point, played into my strengths as a player. I’ve found that I am better at finding an edge on the pitching side, and in this format, I was rewarded greatly (more so than in standard 5×5 leagues) for my pitching finds. I finished second, and while it’s sometimes said that second place is “first loser,” I consider this a great accomplishment given the quality of the field.
I won six consecutive matchups to close out the season and felt like I really had the league down from a roster-construction standpoint late in the year. Unfortunately for me, by the time I had the pieces in place, it was too late to catch Jake Ciely. I emerged from the auction and reserve draft with a poorly constructed roster — four hitters on my bench. By the end of the season, I did not have a single hitter on my bench, and I think that’s the way you have to play this 12-team points format. With two lineup periods per week — Monday and Friday lineup submissions — it’s important to just have a slew of arms to rotate into your lineup to maximize points. I learned to treat the waiver wire as my bench for hitters, picking up hitters only when there was a need in my starting lineup.
My highest scorers:
- Justin Verlander – 732 points
- Aaron Nola – 665 points
- Blake Snell – 639 points
- Carlos Santana – 466.5 points
- Xander Bogaerts – 461 points
- Dallas Keuchel – 440 points
- Jesus Aguilar – 439.5 points
- Lorenzo Cain – 430 points
- Stephen Piscotty – 423 points
- George Springer – 420 points
- Tyler Anderson – 387 points
- Steven Matz ($1)
- Tyler Skaggs ($61)
- Tyler Glasnow ($0)
- Hyun-Jin Ryu ($57)
- Willy Adames ($0)
Interestingly, James Shields, who I streamed for only one week, would have ranked 12th on my team in points had I left him in for all of his starts (384 points), highlighting the importance of innings.
Busts: Willson Contreras ($11), Nomar Mazara ($11) — not a terrible year for Mazara in standard roto leagues, but he finished with fewer points than Kyle Seager in this format — Luke Weaver ($10), Dinelson Lamet ($5), Scott Kingery ($5).