Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of June 27

Injuries continue to mount. Here is how the Touts hope to replace them.

To check out the full standings, rosters and moves for each league, just click on the league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
GSheets, CWS Chris Blessing 133
BPhillips, TB Howard Bender 132
TNevin, Bal Howard Bender 132
JSmith, Tex Chris Blessing 91
AMunoz, Sea Doug Dennis 49
DMacKinnon, LAA Jason Collette 32
CGallagher, KC Jason Collette 26
KPadlo, Sea Ryan Bloomfield 23
JHeasley, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19
DKremer, Bal Chris Blessing 15
LSosa, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 10
DAcevedo, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 9
KSuzuki, LAA Patrick Davitt 0
MBush, Tex Rob Leibowitz 0
ESwanson, Sea Patrick Davitt 0
JKelly, CWS Rob Leibowitz 0

National League

Player Team Bid
DBote, ChC Todd Zola 67
BMadris, Pit Ian Kahn 54
MWhite, LAD Ian Kahn 54
JTetreault, Was Phil Hertz 7
TraThompson, LAD Derek Carty 3
AOttavino, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
BBoxberger, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
PReyes, Mil Phil Hertz 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
IParedes, TB Tim Heaney 146
CPoche, TB Derek VanRiper 57
JMeyers, Hou Scott Engel 46
CAbrams, SD Scott Swanay 38
HStrickland, Cin Tim Heaney 36
RMontero, Hou Zach Steinhorn 23
JLowe, TB Derek VanRiper 11
JQuintana, Pit Brent Hershey 7
SBrown, Oak Scott Engel 7
LTrivino, Oak Scott Engel 7
EAlvarez, LAD CJ Kaltenbach 6
MStassi, LAA Alex Chamberlain 4
EFedde, Was CJ Kaltenbach 3
MLorenzen, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 3
ABohm, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 3
TTrammell, Sea CJ Kaltenbach 3
MVierling, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 3
JHeasley, KC CJ Kaltenbach 2
ERuiz, SD Justin Mason 1
JUpton, Sea CJ Kaltenbach 1

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
JLowe, TB Seth Trachtman 256
IParedes, TB Perry Van Hook 47
BMadris, Pit Perry Van Hook 47
TTrammell, Sea Shelly Verougstraete 37
JHeasley, KC Tim McCullough 32
DKremer, Bal Shelly Verougstraete 32
BBrieske, Det Tim McCullough 28
HCastro, Det Jeff Barton 19
JTrevino, NYY Jeff Barton 18
KBubic, KC Perry Van Hook 13
EFedde, Was Perry Van Hook 13
RRefsnyder, Bos Perry Van Hook 11
MWhite, LAD Rudy Gamble 8
OOrtega, LAA Perry Van Hook 7
ANola, SD Tim McCullough 5
JSmith, Tex Scott White 4
ASampson, ChC AJ Mass 1
KHendricks, ChC Mike Gianella 1
LTrivino, Oak Adam Ronis 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
IParedes, TB Clay Link 41
MMelendez, KC Dan Strafford 25
EFedde, Was Ariel Cohen 23
WFlores, SF Ryan Hallam 23
ELongoria, SF Greg Jewett 18
ANola, SD Ryan Hallam 16
JrgLopez, Bal Frank Stampfl 14
JProfar, SD Frank Stampfl 13
CBiggio, Tor Nick Pollack 13
ElDiaz, Col Nick Pollack 11
KBubic, KC Nick Pollack 11
JPeterson, Mil Geoff Pontes 10

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
DMoore, Sea Matt Truss 21
MKepler, Min Matt Truss 21
JSuwinski, Pit Jeff Boggis 12
IParedes, TB Jeff Boggis 12
JDuran, Bos Andy Behrens 11
KBubic, KC Matt Truss 11
JSchreiber, Bos Matt Truss 6
MFulmer, Det Chris Clegg 5
CBiggio, Tor Chris Clegg 4
TTaylor, Mil Jeff Boggis 2
JAlfaro, SD Chris Clegg 1
JHeasley, KC Jake Ciely 1
OArcia, Atl Jake Ciely 1

Tout Daily: Cruz Control

It’s the third week of Period 3 in Tout Daily. Six different Touts have entries into the Tournament Championship. Tonight will be key for determining the next three finalists. Here are some of the picks to click.

Dan Strafford (FNTSY Radio, @DanStrafford)

Pitcher: Spencer Strider – The small sample in 2022 has been delightful for the former long reliever. Strider sports a 26.7% k-bb ratio on the season, the best ratio on the day. The Giants don’t strike out a ton at 22.7% against right handed pitchers on the season but that number does bump another percentage point on the road. Strider’s price point makes him cheap enough to give upside in strikeouts and to chase a win in a game where the opposing team has a 4 implied total.

Hitter: Jack Suwinski – Tonight, I’ll likely be looking to stack some Braves or Twins bats which pull in higher price points. Depending on who I pair Strider with (Contreras and Kaprielian are both cheaper options I like for some upside. Manaea would look to be chalk at the top. Cortes/Gausman are viable) I’m going to need accessible value with some upside. Suwinski is set to bat third again for the Pirates as they face Matt Swarmer of the Cubs. Swarmer has never been a huge K guy and has given up 10 home runs in his short 20 or so innings in the majors this year. I’ll take the steep discount as a free space.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella)

Pitcher: Sean Manaea – The Diamondbacks’ offense has been pretty soft this year and in the bottom 10 in nearly every advanced metric against southpaws. Manaea is coming off a poor start at the Cubs but was mostly the victim of the wind blowing out at Wrigley. I wouldn’t bet on Manaea repeating his seven no-hit innings from his earlier matchup against Arizona on April 8 but it’s a great setup for a pitcher with a high strikeout ceiling.

Hitter: Oneil Cruz – $2000 for the dynamic Pirates rookie coming off an excellent major league debut against one of the Cubs many unproven starters? Maybe Cruz puts up a goose egg but this feels like free money.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Roansy Contreras – Like the match-up at homer versus a struggling Cub team

Hitter: Oneil Cruz – I was going to recommend Tim Anderson, but as Mr. Gianella astutely points out, it’s hard to pass up Cruz at $2000.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)

Pitcher: Roansy Contreras – A low cost high K upside pitchers versus a Cubs team that is 22nd (4.12) in runs per game and 24th (8.73) in strikeouts per game. Yea, I’ll take that chance.

Hitter: Rafael Devers – I was able to get Devers and JD Martinez into my lineup vs Beau Brieske who averages just under 2 HRs allowed per 9 innings (1.98) Devers is hitting .335 with 13 HRs vs RHP.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Spencer Strider – Spencer Strider ($8,600) is averaging 9.5 strikeouts over his last two starts. Incredible value this evening.

Hitter: Oneil Cruz – Oneil Cruz will make his highly-anticipated Tout Daily season debut tonight! At only $2,000, he’s my shortstop of choice.

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Nestor Cortes – Most expensive pitcher on the board, but I don’t care. The Rays can be no-hit any night. And there are some low-priced hitters I can pick to make this happen.

Hitter: Riley Greene – Yeah, Oneil Cruz is almost too good to pass up at the minimum price … but so is another highly touted prospect who was just called up. Hey, why not both?

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Jack Flaherty – May only go five frames, but that could be enough to earn his reasonable salary

Hitter: Bryan Reynolds – Going with the mid-priced hitter approach. With a price under 4K, I’ll take a switch-hitter batting second against a suspect Cubs starter and bullpen

Tout Table: Keep or Cut?

Leagues without an IL leave fantasy managers with several tough decisions. Leagues played on the National Fantasy Baseball Championship platform use a seven-man reserve with no IL. We asked the Touts what they’d do in NFBC leagues, as well as TGFBI and the EARTH leagues, also played on the NFBC platform.

Keep or Cut? Fernando Tatis, Walker Buehler, Ozzie Albies, Freddy Peralta and Juan Segura.

Jason Collette (Rotowire, @jasoncollette): I cannot be the only one in limited bench/IR leagues already dealing with multiple injuries along with unvaxxed players getting IL’d when their team travels to Canada. I can’t recall a scoring period I didn’t already have at least 3 guys with the dreaded scarlet red letters next to their name. I can’t imagine carrying long-term injuries, no matter the talent level through what could be August. I’d rather use the roster spot to stream in talent and build what I can rather than hoping for recovery timelines to hold true (which they rarely do.)

Brent Hershey (Baseball HQ, @BrentHQ): In leagues with these parameters, I often LOOSELY begin the season affording myself 1 reserve spot for a “stash.” Many times, this is for a highly skilled rookie who’s close to an MLB debut (Oneil Cruz this year; Wander in 2021) but other times it’s for a longer-term injury play (such as Chris Sale). I try to keep that for as along as I can; but sometimes I have to abandon it re: circumstances. But by this time of the year, when there are long-term injuries like the guys above, I’d be cutting and moving on, especially in leagues that I’m competitive in. Just too much value in that extra bench spot. If I had Tatis this year in a league like this, maybe I’d still hold out a little longer if possible even with yesterday’s news. But for the rest; any late-season impact is a low-probability, best-case scenario.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy): Let me preface this by saying that Tout Wars unlimited IL spots is great because you already have a pretty short bench and it’s not like you can pick up an IL guy and just stash him away for nothing. You can hold the guys you drafted or purchased with FAAB and not be penalized if the injury bug takes a massive bite out of your ass. Leagues like TGFBI and EARTH Leagues where money is not on the line (charity-based) should allow for IL spots. In high stakes, ok, fine, you want to have people making tough decisions regarding who they keep because there’s a huge prize at the end, but if there’s nothing at stake, you’re penalizing people who get hit hard by injuries. We can talk the “no-trade” stuff another time. As for the specific players, I would hold Walker Buehler and Fernando Tatis as both could be high-impact even if they don’t show up until August or even September. Freddy Peralta, Ozzie Albies and Jean Segura can probably be dropped if you have no IL spots as I believe their potential impact in the final month or two of the regular season is much less.

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): Honestly? I think they’re all drops. Maybe Albies or Tatis are worth holding if you don’t have other injuries, but to Brent’s point, these stashes add up quickly in no-IL leagues.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): I think they should all be dropped in mixed leagues with bench constraints. The biggest challenge is finding a bat or arm that is either 1) startable this week or 2) a valuable stash. But if either type is available in FAAB for a reasonable price, I’d rather bulk up than risk being vulnerable when injuries strike your currently healthy players.

Eric Cross (Fantrax, @EricCross04): Out of these five, it’s hard to roster any in leagues that have no IL spots. Buehler is an easy cut as it sounds like September is his return date, and he’ll likely be limited when he’s back. Same goes for Peralta. I can maybe see stashing Tatís given his upside but only if the rest of your bench is good. Can make a case for Albies in that situation as well, albeit, a less strong case.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I am stashing Tatis. That’s it. And I have learned this the hard way this season

Tim McLeod (, @RunTMcP361 ): Cut all of them except Tatis. He’s the only one of those five that has the potential for meaningful AB/IP.

Geoff Pontes (Razzball, @ProspectJesus): Tatis is likely the only stash of this group, the other return dates seem further out, if they return at all during your fantasy season. I’ve had Tatis stashed in a couple of non-IL formats, and if it wasn’t for the SS/OF combination I’m not sure I’d be as interested in doing so. Once pitchers go down with more extended injury timelines, I’m far more likely to cut bait as there will be limitations upon any pitcher’s return.

Grey Albright (RazzBall, @razzball): I made a bet that I had to hold Jean Segura all year. The bet was with Jean Segura, and I’ve managed to negotiate it down to just holding his hand.

AJ Mass (ESPN, @AJMass): Two months? I can’t afford to wait two months if I don’t have the ability to stash a guy. Maybe I’d sit on a catcher, simply because oftentimes zero stats is better than any negative stats from a replacement-level backstop. Beyond that, unless you’re currently in the top spot, you have to move on.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I find it hard to answer this generally. It’s a question of the opportunity costs of holding the injured guy(s), and those answers will vary pretty widely depending on the depth of the league and its reserve/IL setup. And even in an NFBC-style league with seven Reserves and no separate IL, I still have to ask: Which reserve player has to go if I keep the hurt guy? Or which free agent do I not sign if I keep the hurt guy on reserve and use a reserve to replace the hurt guy for the nonce? And how does the free agent stack up versus the reserve player? And finally, based on my expectation of the hurt guy’s return, what’s the opportunity cost of not getting those weeks of production?

Ron Shandler (, @RonShandler): Just a general comment that I don’t like leagues that penalize you for having bad luck. For some players, you know the injury risk going in, but for the vast majority, you don’t. That said, I’d want to keep all these players because any meaningful playing time in September could mean the difference between a title and also-ran. But acknowledging the artificial roster limitations imposed by leagues of this type – and this question – I’d probably only keep Tatis. But I’m burning in hell if Buehler goes 4-0 with a sub-2.00 ERA in September.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): Without IL spots, the first thing to consider is whether you’re seeking to pick up a player and have to decide whether to drop the injured guy. Is the player really worth adding? Is there a potentially better drop option than your injured player? Once you’re concluded it’s the injured player that has to go, then evaluate his value when healthy versus how long he’s expected to be out for. Albies is a top second baseman when healthy, but won’t be expected back until mid-August at the earliest. That means less than two months of production at most, which makes him droppable, but not an automatic. Buehler might be out even longer, so at best, you might get a couple of starts from him. That makes him an easy drop. Segura’s upside isn’t so great, so he’s an easy call to drop. While the Tatis setback is bad news, you have to keep him, as even 2-2 1/2 months of production is likely worth more than whoever you are looking to pick up. Shoulder injuries are scary for pitchers, so even if Peralta returns end of August, he might not be effective or throw enough innings per start to be worth starting. He’s a drop as well.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): These are emotional decisions. I sit here and look at this list and objectively say they’re all cuts except Tatis in my book. But I also couldn’t bring myself to cut Tyler Stephenson in my Main Event leageue this past weekend, either. I’ll revisit that this weekend, but I agree with the general consensus that bench spots are very valuable and not to be locked up for 6-8 weeks or more. (It is worth pointing out that the season does go to October 5th. We have about 3.5 months left, so a 7-8 week injury is about half the season.

Justin Mason (Friends with Fantasy Benefits, Fangraphs, Fantasy Alarm, @JustinMasonFWFB): I think only status is a stash right now and even he is debatable. The pitchers could easily not return and both Segura and Alvie’s are on the 60-Day IL

Scott White (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CBSScottWhite): If I may, having no IL spots is infuriating and actually serves to amplify the luck factor. Multi-week injuries are common and shouldn’t require you to forfeit your investment. I recognize it’s not an actual requirement, but it becomes a practical one as the zeros begin to pile up. When every multi-week injury is effectively a season-ender, at least as far as your fantasy team is concerned, the whole thing feels like an exercise in who stayed the healthiest, which is not what I signed up for. When it comes to IL spots, the more the merrier, I say. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I’ll answer the actual question. In terms of how likely to I am to stash them, I would go Tatis, Albies, Peralta, Segura and then Buehler, who I’m not confident will make it back at all.

CJ Kaltenbach (Fantasy Guru, @TheSeigeDFS): Many people have agreed with my position that the only one you can continue to hold is Fernando Tatis so I’m gonna take a pivot and talk about Tyler Stephenson. I was stunned to see him cut in 15% of leagues and 75% of leagues didn’t start him. There is no catcher out there in a 2 C league that will outperform Stephenson the rest of the way. I’m taking the zeroes with him at C2 and just streaming other positions to make up the ABs. He’ll be a top priority add for me in any league he’s available.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): I agree with everyone above who mentioned that the lack of IL spots serves to increase the luck factor in a league considerably. But if we are talking about an NFBC format where you don’t have IL spots, it’s important to prioritize. So I’ll do my stash/drop below, but before I do, I’d probably only stash one of these players in an NFBC format if I had more than one of them on my team. If I wasn’t stashing anyone else, I’d probably take a chance on any one of them. I’d stash: Tatís (you’ve been doing it for how long already? You always knew it was a long absence so no reason to cut him now), Albies (yes, two-months is a long time, but 2B has been not great and getting him back for Aug/Sept is worth it and seems plausible). I’m more inclined to drop the others. I think Segura is most likely to play again in 2022, but I also think he’ll be easier to get back in FAAB late in August. I just don’t have a lot of confidence that Peralta or Buehler is going to pitch again in 2022.

Toby Guevin (BatFlipCrazy Podcast, @batflipcrazy): Drop everyone except for Tatis Jr. who I’d want to get more information on. It’s always team dependent and whether you have other stashes or IL guys, but I dropped Peralta two weeks ago. The chance that the pitchers come back on time, do so with full health, volume and pitching well is low and rosters spots are valuable. With the hitters, the smaller the sample they return for the greater the variance in performance (good or bad) and the shorter period of time their skill has to play out. This assumes they’re fully healthy when back. For these reasons I generally err on the side of dropping long term injuries.

Nick Pollack (Pitcher List, @PitcherList): It feels as if all but Tatis Jr. could be drops. There are roughly four months left and given most are out for half of that time, unless any of these players are expected to produce 200% of the value of someone on the wire (unlikely), then you’re better off chasing the next thing.

Dr. Roto (FullTime Fantasy, @DrRoto): I have serious doubts that Tatis will return this season. I am not sure I would waste a roster spot in stashing any of them at this point.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): It really depends if I need the reserve spot for a player I’m using. I’m currently holding Tatis in a league that only allows 5 reserves and no dl, and would drop him if I need the spot. I would hold Buehler until I needed the spot, but not the others.

Fred Zinkie (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @FredZinkieMLB): I’m stashing Tatis and dropping all of the others. Tatis has the highest upside and should be back first among this group.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): Stashing injured players limits your flexibility and creates a perpetual state of uncertainty. I try to stay open-minded, but if there are other options for healthy players that will produce then I would typically set free my injured players with no IL slots. I am facing this dilemma for several of these players right now, and Tatis is the only one I would hold onto without question…for now. That is because of his elite talent and the fact that he still could be back by August which would give him two months-worth of production. Buehler and Peralta are extremely risky because pitchers typically need significantly more time to rest, recover and rehab. It is rare that there are not any setbacks, so it is entirely plausible that neither Buehler nor Peralta pitch again this year. Albies is a top-tier second baseman, but there are other options out there to carry you through the final month of the season if indeed he does return by September. That being said, I would hang onto Albies over Segura if given a choice.

Adam Ronis (Fantasy Alarm, @AdamRonis): A lot depends on team context and where you are in the standings. If you’re fortunate and have avoided a multitude of injuries you might be able to stash one. I have Albies in a league where I am middle of the pack and I am cutting him. The only one of this group I would hold is Tatis.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): It’s obviously dependent on what the rest of your team and particularly your IL looks like. But assuming I already have 2-3 short term injured slots I’m dropping Albies, Buehler and Segura. I’d keep Tatis. Peralta is the one I’m wavering on a little bit. I think he could be back and might give it another week or two, but it’s tough given how important pitching streamers are in this format.

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): With so many esteemed colleagues already chiming in, it’s tough saying anything they did not. Like anything, league context matters. However, Albies, if he can return, will not be running, a source of his value in rotisserie will be removed, so I will be moving on from him. Hitting without a strong base from his foot, puts his average and power at risk as well. Jean Segura will be a drop in this circumstance, which stinks, but at-bats matter in NFBC formats. With no shares of Fernando Tatis Jr,, it’s easy saying I’d drop, but why risk playing this year unless he wants to be a part of the playoffs. Push his timetable back, and hope. I’d hold, but optimism fades with each report. After getting Freddy Peralta on all nine of my teams last year, he was an avoid this year. If he returns, it’s likely as a bulk reliever, so pass. Also, no shares of Buehler, but I’d drop for immediate help on a roster, there’s no reason for the Dodgers to risk his long-term health.

Joe Sheehan (The Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, @joe_sheehan): What’s the saying…”physician, heal thyself”? I’m the guy holding Riley Greene and Anthony Volpe for reasons passing understanding, but I think four of these five guys are easy drops. You’re just not going to get enough playing time from Buehler, Albies, Segura, and Peralta to make up for the missing volume. Tatis is a different issue — he’s a true superstar, he’s probably the first one back from this group, and he’s the one most likely to provide steals. I’m fond of citing Scott Pianowski’s line, “injury optimism is not your friend.” These guys may be back on their current timetables…and they may not.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643): It really depends on your specific league (obvious statement alert!) but if I have no IL or very limited IL, I’m dropping all of these guys. The only player that gives me a slight pause it Tatis Jr. You (most likely) knew it was going to be a long time until he contributed and while he did have a setback, he might beat all the others back.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): Without IL spots all of these players are droppable. With their returns being the end of August or into September being a real possibility it is tough to roster these players while maintaining a competitive roster. If you have a limited number of IL spots Tatis and Buehler would be the priority stashes due to them having the greatest impact once they return.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): I play in leagues where we have 2 IL slots to where I have utilized with beginning of the season players such as Chris Sale. As the season progressed, I’ve experienced several players on the IL and have to determine who to keep and who to drop. I’m all in favor of having IL slots and I like the idea of having it capped. You have to weigh your team against its strengths and weaknesses, along with your league standings.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): I’m in the all but Tatis crowd, especially since by drafting Fernando Tatis Jr., you’re essentially conceding a reserve spot, so you should have planned accordingly. Let’s wrap up by noting the current NFBC rostership for these players. Not surprisingly, it’s in sync with the Touts replies: Tatis (100% in 12 and 15 team leagues), Buehler (53% in 12, 36% in 15), Albies (50% in 12, 43% in 15), Peralta (37% in 15, 70% in 12) and Segura (15% in 12, 6% in 15).

Tout Wars FAB Results: Week of June 20

Business picked up a bit this week, especially in the AL and NL formats.

If you want to check out the standings, rosters and transactions for a specific league, just click on the appropriate header below.

American League

Player Team Bid
BBrieske, Det Ryan Bloomfield 45
JBride, Oak Rob Leibowitz 34
MMoore, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 29
JUpton, Sea Mike Podhorzer 23
AHaseley, CWS Jason Collette 6
MFulmer, Det Larry Schechter 6
RChirinos, Bal Larry Schechter 6
RLopez, CWS Larry Schechter 5
CCulberson, Tex Jeff Erickson 1
PMurfee, Sea Jeff Erickson 1
JKoenig, Oak Patrick Davitt 0
MWisler, TB Doug Dennis 0
DTate, Bal Doug Dennis 0
SMoll, Oak Doug Dennis 0
EClement, Cle Rob Leibowitz 0

National League

Player Team Bid
MVierling, Phi Phil Hertz 56
BServen, Col Ian Kahn 42
JEncarnacion, Mia Todd Zola 37
HStrickland, Cin Steve Gardner 37
LDiaz, Mia Ian Kahn 21
BKennedy, Ari Grey Albright 14
EAlvarez, LAD Ian Kahn 8
PEspino, Was Brian Walton 7
DrSmith, NYM Wilderman/Prior 5
EAdrianza, Was Michael Simione 3
SAlcantara, SD Ian Kahn 3
EPhillips, LAD Wilderman/Prior 2
LWilliams, Mia Michael Simione 1
SEffross, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
YMunoz, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
DCastano, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
APujols, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
JDavis, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
MSchrock, Cin Derek Carty 0
CChang, Pit Derek Carty 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
MKelly, Ari Zach Steinhorn 88
EDuran, Tex Scott Pianowski 69
BHand, Phi Tim Heaney 46
CKilian, ChC Scott Pianowski 36
OArcia, Atl Michael Rathburn 33
NMazara, SD Tim Heaney 32
EMorgan, Cle Scott Swanay 28
LGonzalez, SF Jeff Zimmerman 25
DVogelbach, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 25
DKremer, Bal Derek VanRiper 22
DMoore, Sea Scott Engel 15
BServen, Col Michael Rathburn 12
ZMcKinstry, LAD CJ Kaltenbach 11
BKeller, KC Justin Mason 5
JEncarnacion, Mia Scott Engel 4
CCarroll, Ari Justin Mason 3
BBrieske, Det Jeff Zimmerman 3
TBarnhart, Det CJ Kaltenbach 2
JSchreiber, Bos Justin Mason 1
AMcCutchen, Mil Derek VanRiper 0

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
AKirilloff, Min Adam Ronis 214
JBurger, CWS Shelly Verougstraete 38
OArcia, Atl Scott White 27
DCastillo, Pit Ray Murphy 26
DMoore, Sea D.J. Short 15
CBethancourt, Oak Rudy Gamble 14
EMorgan, Cle Tim McLeod 9
ERuiz, SD Tim McLeod 8
JAlfaro, SD Adam Ronis 3
NMazara, SD Shelly Verougstraete 3
YGomes, ChC Seth Trachtman 1
THeineman, Pit Charlie Wiegert 1
HDozier, KC Mike Gianella 1
VCaratini, Mil Perry Van Hook 0
JQuijada, LAA Perry Van Hook 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
AKirilloff, Min Greg Jewett 118
OCruz, Pit Greg Jewett 54
AFaedo, Det Ariel Cohen 32
JSteele, ChC Andrea LaMont 29
JWinckowski, Bos Greg Jewett 27
ADiaz, Hou Dan Strafford 20
JBerti, Mia Nick Pollack 17
BBrieske, Det Chris Welsh 14
LGarcia, Was Frank Stampfl 12
KThompson, ChC Clay Link 9
JAlfaro, SD Chris Welsh 5
BKeller, KC Nick Pollack 4
CBethancourt, Oak Ariel Cohen 3
CPoche, TB Nick Pollack 1
GMoreno, Tor Nick Pollack 1
JBurger, CWS Clay Link 0

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
SEspinal, Tor Chris Clegg 12
AKirilloff, Min Chris Clegg 34
ELongoria, SF Chris Clegg 12
TWalker, NYM Chris Clegg 18
KMuller, Atl Jake Ciely 1
CBethancourt, Oak Brian Entrekin 22
EDuran, Tex Brian Entrekin 21
JBurger, CWS Brian Entrekin 13
AFaedo, Det Brian Entrekin 13
AMcCutchen, Mil Andy Behrens 4
JBrubaker, Pit Matt Truss 11
BServen, Col Jake Ciely 1

Tout Daily: Passing Judgement

A full 15-game slate with no weather issues? Woohoo!

Tonight marks the halfway point of the Tout Daily regular season as this is the second week of Period 3. Here is who a few of the participants are trusting for big points.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)

Pitcher: Nick Pivetta – Since May 1st he’s allowed 9 runs in 38.1 IP, that’s a 2.11 ERA with 36 stirkeouts and a win in 5 of his last 6 starts. Tonight he faces the A’s who are 29th in runs per game with 3.32 runs per game.

Hitter: Aaron Judge – He’s the chalk play but right now you use him every single night!!!

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Logan Webb – I don’t feel bad picking on the Royals, who rank 27th in scoring. Even though they don’t strike out a lot, I like Webb to go deep and get the win.

Hitter: J.D. Martinez – Martinez has a 1.152 OPS vs. lefties this season. Although I don’t expect Jared Koenig to last long, I’m confident the Bosox can score early and often.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Gerrit Cole – Gerrit Cole ($10,500) is coming off the worst outing of the season with allowing 7 runs. Look for Cole to bounce back at home against Tampa Bay tonight.

Hitter: Aaron Judge – Here comes the Judge. The jury is not out on if he can deliver on a consistant basis. Lock and load for tonight against opposing pitcher, Corey Kluber.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Tyler Mahle – On the road against the DBacks who have the fourth highest K% versus RHP

Hitter: Oscar Gonzalez – Running a pair of three man stacks, CLE and BOS. Gonzalez hitting fifth in Coors is a free square

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Pitcher: Dylan Cease – Cease against the Tigers seems like a high-percentage rostered play, but I’m not clever enough to avoid it.

Hitter: Wilmer Flores – Lefty-killer against a dead-meat lefty (Kris Bubic).

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of June 13

It was a rather quiet week this week in the Tout Wars leagues. Even so, there are some holes to be filled and here’s how the Touts filled them.

If you want to check the standings, rosters and all the transactions for your favorite Tout’s leagues, just click on the league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
RMartin, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 64
LTaveras, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 42
CPinder, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 28
CBethancourt, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 28
MStrahm, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 28
MDavidson, Oak Mike Podhorzer 23
THearn, Tex Chris Blessing 5
RPalacios, Cle Jason Collette 3
SZavala, CWS Jason Collette 2
RGarcia, Det Patrick Davitt 1
CSchmidt, NYY Jeff Erickson 1
MMaldonado, Hou Chris Blessing 1
KClemens, Det Mike Podhorzer 0
KHigashioka, NYY Mike Podhorzer 0

National League

Player Team Bid
APallante, StL Brian Walton 85
CKilian, ChC Ian Kahn 62
BGarrett, Mia Todd Zola 43
SLong, SF Todd Zola 43
IKennedy, Ari Steve Gardner 15
KFinnegan, Was Phil Hertz 13
CMoran, Cin Derek Carty 11
NFortes, Mia Steve Gardner 9
TFriedl, Cin Grey Albright 3
JHager, Ari Brian Walton 2
THeineman, Pit Brian Walton 2
ALopez, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
ZThompson, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
KNelson, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
DCastillo, Sea Scott Pianowski 111
GMoreno, Tor Brent Hershey 87
JSuwinski, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 54
TanScott, Mia Brent Hershey 51
JBurger, CWS Eric Karabell 45
SDominguez, Phi Scott Swanay 39
CBethancourt, Oak Zach Steinhorn 23
ROdor, Bal Zach Steinhorn 17
CRaleigh, Sea Scott Engel 15
KStowers, Bal Brent Hershey 14
CBiggio, Tor Brent Hershey 11
MKeller, Pit Tim Heaney 7
FMejia, TB Jeff Zimmerman 4
MStrahm, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 4
CArcher, Min Derek VanRiper 2
MTaylor, KC Scott Pianowski 1
NFortes, Mia Tim Heaney 0
LGuillorme, NYM Scott Swanay 0

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
AHouser, Mil D.J. Short 55
CPoche, TB Seth Trachtman 55
JSuwinski, Pit D.J. Short 45
GMoreno, Tor Scott White 28
CArcher, Min Perry Van Hook 23
APallante, StL Shelly Verougstraete 21
APuk, Oak Tim McLeod 18
MKeller, Pit Shelly Verougstraete 13
JBurger, CWS Adam Ronis 12
DSmeltzer, Min Rudy Gamble 11
OHerrera, Phi Ray Murphy 9
KCrawford, Bos Rudy Gamble 7
JTrevino, NYY Adam Ronis 4
RPepiot, LAD Tim McLeod 3
CRaleigh, Sea Ray Murphy 0
SDominguez, Phi Scott White 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
ZDavies, Ari Andrea LaMont 51
BSinger, KC Clay Link 41
TGrisham, SD Greg Jewett 27
BStott, Phi Greg Jewett 27
APallante, StL Greg Jewett 18
OGonzalez, Cle Frank Stampfl 13
THearn, Tex Ariel Cohen 13
CArcher, Min Frank Stampfl 7
DBard, Col Andrea LaMont 3

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
CCasali, SF Chris Towers 43
SDominguez, Phi Chris Towers 41
LGarcia, Was Chris Towers 31
GMoreno, Tor Matt Truss 25
DHudson, LAD Chris Clegg 12
MKing, NYY Sara Sanchez 12
CFlexen, Sea Matt Truss 11
YGarcia, Tor Sara Sanchez 4
BStott, Phi Jake Ciely 2
FMejia, TB Andy Behrens 2
DCastillo, Sea Andy Behrens 2
JTrevino, NYY Chris Clegg 2

Tout Daily: Our Best Bib and Tucker

The slate is clean. This is the first week or Period 3 so everyone gets a fresh start in the search for an entry into the Tout Daily Championship. Here are some of the picks.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Kyle Wright – Going with Kyle Wright ($10,100) tonight at home against Oakland. Wright has returned over 20 DraftKings points in three of his last four starts. With the exception of games at home versus Boston and on the road against the New York Mets, Wright has been outstanding. He’s going deep into games, averaging almost 6 innings per outing.

Hitter: Bryce Harper – Bryce Harper ($5,100) has three home runs and eight RBI in his last three games. The left-handed slugger faces right hander Jason Alexander in Milwaukee this evening.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Alex Manoah – I see no reason not to pay up for a guy with a 1.98 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP against a Royals team that has a .235 wOBA with a .035 ISO over the past week

Hitter: Kyle Tucker – $4600 is a nice price for a guy who has hit safely in each of his last six games, homered in each of his last two and faces the ALWAYS hittable Chris Flexen tonight.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Jameson Taillon – Price isn’t bad and the Yankees just keep winning. Taillon’s also been on a roll of late.

Hitter: Kyle Tucker – I’ve got nothing to add on Howard’s comments other than he’s facing a struggling Chris Flexen.

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Jose Quintana – Nothing more than fading a Tigers offense that’s scoring fewer than 3.0 runs per game, by far the worst in the majors.

Hitter: Ozzie Albies – Albies has a long history of crushing left-handed pitching. Cole Irvin, it’s your night in the barrel.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Garrett Whitlock – Transition to starter complete after two straight 6 IP efforts

Hitter: Kyle Schwarber – Platoon edge on Jason Alexander in American Family Field – it’s real and it’s spectacular. Yeah, I know, but Teri Hatcher isn’t starting for Milwaukee.

Tout Table: Mock Observations

The Touts participated in a mock draft over Memorial Day weekend, under the guise the stats would begin accruing on Memorial Day. Results can be found HERE.

In full disclosure, there was some confusion whether the format was one or two catchers. Several participants drafted with one catcher in mind, until two catchers was clarified around the 10th round.

Scott Pianowski and Michael Salfino recorded a free podcast about the mock. Please give it a listen HERE.

Below are some observations by the drafters and other Touts. Please feel free to share your comments below.

Fred Zinkie (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @FredZinkieMLB): I don’t care how effective pitchers were during April and May, getting Corbin Burnes or Gerrit Cole in the second round is an absolute steal.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru, @rotogut): Interesting to see Mookie Betts not taken in the first five picks. Amazing to note just how well the Tarik Skubal breakout is going. It’s possible he keeps his ERA under 3.00 this season and finds himself being drafted among the top-15 SP next season.

Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN, @SultanofStat): It’s been a long time since I’ve seen catchers last as long as this in an industry draft. The first catcher went 66th overall — and I’d have much rather had the one who went 11 picks later (Will Smith) — and Adley Rutschman (Round 13) and Alejandro Kirk (Round 16) look like fantastic values, considering what they might deliver the rest of the way.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Re: Tristan’s point on catchers, I don’t know for sure, but at least part of the reason could be confusion with the settings. It was announced the draft would use NFBC rules (hence two catchers), but the clown who set it up didn’t check the settings, which was one catcher. I confirmed we were using two somewhere around Round 12. Shoot, if MLB can change rules in season, so can I. For the record, As I told the drafters, I would never have done the switch if we were playing it out. I also asked them to select one participant to slap me when we’re together next spring in NYC.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): A few random observations: 1) David Bednar was the 7th closer selected and in the 7th round, despite the risk of him losing the closer role in a possible deadline trade away from the Pirates. The recency bias of his sucess outweighs the risk for this group of owners. 2) Jonathan India was selected in the 22nd round, despite him being about 2 weeks away. This shows that owners are very risk averse to currently injured players. 3) Luis Arraez is a 12th round player? Shows just how valuable BA is, and how shallow 3B is. 4) Joey Votto in the 22nd round – No owner here has faith in a 2nd half rebound despite hitting for a 178 wRC+ in his last 11 games.

Peter Kreutzer (Ask Rotoman, Fantasy Baseball Guide, @kroyte): I waited on catcher because of the settings. Also, I loaded up on guys who were hurt but coming back fairly soon because in a shallow league interim replacements should be alright. I may have guessed wrong on Tyler O’Neill however.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Ariel’s point about injured players was something I thought about a lot in the later rounds. The assumption was an NFBC league, hence seven reserves with no IL. I think drating two or three injured players, with the assumption of getting healthy guys at their position in reserves would have been a strong approach. I only took Sale with that in mind, but wish I went that route with a couple more IL stashes. Afer all, I could drop them if I needed the roster spot.

Peter Kreutzer (Ask Rotoman, Fantasy Baseball Guide, @kroyte): Hmm. I wasn’t thinking of no IL. With six hurt guys I probably went too far.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): For the record, I wasn’t commenting on Peter’s strategy (his note wasn’t visible when I entered mine), but in a 12-team league, there would have been ample free agents to pick up if needed. One thing I really regret is waiting too long on a third baseman. We went into the season knowing the inventory at the hot corner was terrible — and it got worse. Looking back, I probably should have drafted… You know what? *maybe* I should have jumped Manny Machado or Rafael Devers to 1.07, but I can’t see anyone I “should” have picked. Well, I almost took Bobby Witt Jr. when I took Jose Altuve, but the keystone is also cruddy (but deeper), so maybe that is the mistake… Witt Jr. instead of Altuve. Nah, I prefer Altuve.

Justin Mason (Friends with Fantasy Benefits, Fangraphs, Fantasy Alarm, @JustinMasonFWFB): As a participant in the draft itself, I found it very interesting how small smaples from a two month sample had huge effects on certain player and not others. Trevor Story was still a second rounder because he is hot right now while Bryon Buxton didn’t slip much for someone who is ice cold. Pitching also was much more available than I think many predicted in the middle rounds. There were some obvious oversights by the entire league allowing some players to fall way too far. It was a very fun exercise though.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I very much like the SPs in rounds 9-10-11 and with 20/20 hindsight would have liked a strategy to get three SPs in those rounds (like Sheehan and Zola almost did) and put them with a SP from rounds 2-4 and a closer from rounds 5-8 and I would otherwise have 6 bats. From that core, I would then go after a second closer in 12-13 (so 7 bats and 6 pitchers) and then I would get all my remaining bats from there, with 3 pitchers in the last 3 rounds. I especially love Ashby and Helsley in round 21 and might even reach for them in round 20. Feels like a plan, with hindsight being 20/20.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): I really interesting how the pitchers moved here. Not surprised to see McClanahan as the third pitcher off the board. I think he’s more than earned that with a fantastic start that looks sustainable. I think this draft shows how power has been more prioritized with the deader ball/humidor environment. 1B HR hitters who people were content to wait on in pre-season drafts definitely (and rightly, in my opinion) got pushed up. Also really interesting to see how closers were prioritized. Job security as a closer has created an artificial value in fantasy baseball for a role that is increasingly obsolete and it’s visible in this draft. A few people have already commented on 3B scarcity and moving players like Devers higher, I agree with that, but for the sake of variety will focus on how little movement there was here at another truly scarce position: C. What does Willson Contreras have to do to gain the fantasy community’s love? Obviously, as the foremost Willson Contreras fan, I partially jest, but only partially. His ADP in 12-teamers at NFBC was 109, here he went…105th despite his best offensive start to the season since his rookie year. Wild. The big movers at catcher in the early rounds were Salvy (down about 5 rounds from ADP) and Varsho (up about a round and ahead of every catcher except Realmuto). I don’t disagree with those moves, but I really think Shelly got a steal with Willson in the 9th round.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): Everyone seems to be competitive, Peter will need some help with health issues. Gardner did a great job with balance and has all categories covered, and his late pitching picks, Schertzer and Baz are a bonus. He’s the team to beat!

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): In light of the heavier concentration of pitchers in the upper rounds of pre-season drafts, interesting to see pitchers, especially SPs, fall to Rs 3-4 while the Touts loaded up on hitting early. Also surprised to see Bryce Harper go so early given the very real injury concern. I also would have expected Judge to go higher than he did, given the paucity of HRs so far, and that Bo Bichette is still a first-rounder despite a continued decline in BA, OBP, Slg, OPS and ISO and a jump in whiffs. OTOH, kudos to Tim McLeod for snabbing 3B Santiago Espinal in the 16th.

Scott White (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CBSScottWhite): I would have liked to see more of a markup at third base given that the position has been every bit as bad as we thought it would be — or worse, even. It’s become a clear example of old-school position scarcity with a sharp distinction between haves and have-nots, and my desire to be among the haves would lead me to draft Manny Machado and Rafael Devers toward the middle of Round 1, behind either Mike Trout or Mookie Betts. Austin Riley is priced appropriately, but Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman and Bobby Witt are about the only other players I trust to make a positive contribution at the position and also seem like bargains considering (especially Arenado).

Glenn Colton (Fantasy Alarm, @GlennColton1): To be clear, I think this kind of re-draft is a big challenge so kudos to the drafters. That said, I found it interesting that no pitchers went in the first round. None. I also fond it odd that Bryce Harper and his elbow issue was drafted before Aaron Judge who is having (fingers crossed) that big contract year season. Finally, while I understood Hader and Hendriks going in the third round pre-season before roles were set, it is hard for me to justify that much draft capital when Rogers, Diaz etc going 3-4 rounds later. [Actually, to end on a positive note – Gleyber Torres in round 14 will turn out to be the steal of this draft].

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): The classic question with these in-season drafts: how much do you trust the April/May numbers vs. the preseason projections? For pitchers I tend to believe more of the former, while batters I’ll let regression do its thing and lean on the preseason projections. Looks like this room was similar. It was interesting to see early SP darlings Cortes and Wright go in the 6th/7th — seems about right — while early SP duds like Charlie Morton (11th round) and Trevor Rogers (19th round). Fascinating to see a pitcher-less first round. Cole and Burnes belong!

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): Starting pitchers dropping as far as they did is what jumps out, although that’s the biggest difference between a 12-team and 15-team mixer. I thought players like Marcus Semien and Tyler O’Neill would fall even further than they did (although that’s probably based on my bias/frustration about having them in various industry leagues)

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): Surprised that 2 closers went as high as round 3. The great Lenny Melnick always told me to never pay for saves. I think this applies, especially in round 3.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): Closer values seem all over the place, maybe due to strategy considerations. But Clay Holmes in rd14 seems like a gift, I’d much prefer him than the (I fear significantly broken) Chapman just a round or two later. Bednar in rd7 and Jansen in Rd12 also very nice values. And Julio Rodriguez seems a couple of rounds too late… he’s barely scratching the surface right now, SBs prop up his value and if he finds the rest of his game in 2nd half (last31 days are exciting!), look out.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): As expected, lots of overvaluing the first quarter of the season. Just based on a quick look, guys who have had strong starts to the season like Aaron Judge, Manny Machado, and Paul Goldschmidt moved into the first (the first 2 names) or second (the latter name) round and moved up significantly from where they were being drafted before the season. These are all veterans with stable performance projections, so I don’t believe their rest of season forecasts should shift much, if at all, based on what they have already done over a small sample.

Andrea Lamont (LennyMelnickFantasySports, @RotoLady): I drafted to put together the best team based on the 2022 stats. I felt like it would be a useful way to take a close look at some players who aren’t well known names but putting up good fantasy stats. I was real pleased with my last pick, Adam Cimber, who I was not familiar with until this draft, and pushed me to number one in the standings. I knew we aren’t playing out the season so I don’t see the reason to use projections instead of current stats.