Tout Daily: In Search of the Golden Ticket

It’s the final week of Period 1. At the conclusion of the slate, the top three Touts will gain entry into the championship tournament. Here are some of the picks the Touts hope get the job done.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Charlie Morton – Shaking a salt on the fish and hoping for a tasty meal!

Hitter: Mini Card stack – They have to come to life soon, right? Edman, O’Neill & Walker having big day at San Fran to get things rolling.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotoBuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Eric Lauer – We’re looking at good strikeout upside, a solid chance at the win and very minimal damage done to the ratios. He’s also not the most expensive pitcher available. The Tigers rank dead-last in ISO (.089), wOBA (.253) and wRC+ (58) against southpaws this season, they’re striking out nearly 30-percent of the time and Lauer is coming off back-to-back quality starts against offenses much better than that of Detroit.

Hitter: Patrick Wisdom – We’re looking at cold temperatures and the win may be blowing in a little, but Wisdom has the ability to muscle the ball over the fence even in these conditions. His .444 wOBA and 1.072 OPS against southpaws should shine bright against Blake Snell who is allowing a .407 wOBA and has given up all four of his home runs allowed to righty bats this season.

Erik Halterman (Rotowire, @erik_halterman)

Pitcher: Griffin Canning – I’m banking on the (deserved) excitement for Mason Miller causing people to turn away from his opponent, who’s generally been competent whenever health permits and gets to face the A’s.

Hitter: Brett Baty – What better way for a talented young power hitter to find his stroke at the big-league level than against a starter in Josiah Gray who owns a career 2.3 HR/9?

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Charlie Morton – When It rains It pours. And I need for Morton to make it rain fantasy points tonight to have any consideration for the first golden ticket. The floor is 5-6 K’s with good run support at home tonight against Miami.

Hitter: Nicky Lopez – I needed a really cheap option at $2,300 and Lopez fit the bill. He’s had the last 3 days off to clear his head, so maybe that’s what he needs to get out of this 0 for 10 batting slump. Not expecting a lot here, but just enough to justify his low salary.

Eric Samulski (Rotoballer, @SamskiNYC)

Pitcher: Pitcher – Griffin Canning. $6400 is too cheap for Canning against the A’s. He’s always had talent, and he looked good against the Yankees. I expect 6 innings and about 6-8 strikeouts here. Plus a win

Hitter: Hitter – Matt Vierling. I can’t quit him. Especially against a LHP, and I just don’t buy what Eric Lauer is doing.

Sky Dombroske (Fantistics Insider Baseball, @SkyDombroske)

Pitcher: Joe Ryan – Seriously, look at that Yankee lineup today. Plus, Ryan has been great in the early going, missing more bats than in the past.

Hitter: Javy Baez – I’m not a fan of Baez’s swing at everything approach, but he’s been a bit better this season, he’s hit in 9 straight, and like others I am not a believer in Eric Lauer.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Brady Singer – Thought about Mason Miller, but couldn’t pull the trigger. Hoping Singer helps me finish this period on a high not.

Hitter: Vinnie Pasquantino – There are a lot of nice options at first base, hoping to get some low rostership with Vinnie P in the late game.

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of April 24

The injuries never end, so neither do the FAB bids. Here are this week’s runs, with winning bid and team.

Be sure to check out the rosters, standings and all the moves for each league by clicking on the league headers.

American League

Player Team Bid
LAllen, Cle Andy Andres 183
MMiller, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 179
MThaiss, LAA Rob Leibowitz 73
JDiaz, Oak Eric Samulski 47
SWoodsRichardson, Min Andy Andres 38
JFamilia, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 29
RRefsnyder, Bos Patrick Davitt 29
JCaballero, Sea Jason Collette 24
JSchoop, Det Mike Podhorzer 18
JFoley, Det Jeff Erickson 13
BRocchio, Cle Andy Andres 7
PMaton, Hou Patrick Davitt 4
JWinckowski, Bos Eric Samulski 3
YCano, Bal Joe Sheehan 2
FMontas, NYY Andy Andres 0
GCleavinger, TB Doug Dennis 0
MMoore, LAA Doug Dennis 0

National League

Player Team Bid
JLucchesi, NYM Phil Hertz 118
PDeJong, StL Steve Gardner 67
MMoustakas, Col Brian Walton 32
KNelson, Ari Ian Kahn 21
MLeiter, ChC Ian Kahn 21
JButto, NYM Derek Carty 11
BPerkins, Mil Tristan H. Cockcroft 7
JHerrera, Ari Phil Hertz 4
OMiller, Mil Rick Graham 3
DUnderwood, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 3
KPillar, Atl Erik Halterman 2
NDavis, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 2
BWisely, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
LTorrens, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
LWilliams, LAD Derek Carty 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
MMiller, Oak Kev Mahserejian 261
LAllen, Cle Alex Chamberlain 205
JBurger, CWS Kev Mahserejian 125
BElder, Atl Zach Steinhorn 92
AOttavino, NYM Garion Thorne 65
CQuantrill, Cle Garion Thorne 61
JSears, Oak Alex Chamberlain 42
DSmyly, ChC Garion Thorne 35
WSmith, Tex Brent Hershey 24
JDuran, Bos Scott Engel 14
JBrito, NYY CJ Kaltenbach 14
MMervis, ChC Scott Engel 13
LWeaver, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 13
JLucchesi, NYM Brent Hershey 13
GPerdomo, Ari CJ Kaltenbach 12
PSmith, Ari Scott Engel 11
CJoe, Pit Garion Thorne 11
PBattenfield, Cle Brent Hershey 9
WFlores, SF Jeff Zimmerman 8
MThaiss, LAA CJ Kaltenbach 7
JFamilia, Oak Justin Mason 7
WBrennan, Cle CJ Kaltenbach 7
MLorenzen, Det Jeff Zimmerman 5
CWallach, LAA CJ Kaltenbach 4

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
LAllen, Cle AJ Mass 100
CJoe, Pit Tim McLeod 72
CJulks, Hou Anthony Perri 43
JDuran, Bos Dr, Roto 34
BAbreu, Hou Tim McLeod 31
TWalls, TB D.J. Short 30
HRamirez, TB Dr, Roto 26
DSmyly, ChC D.J. Short 20
JBart, SF Ryan Bloomfield 15
JLucchesi, NYM Rudy Gamble 12
TWells, Bal Dr, Roto 12
SHilliard, Atl Ray Murphy 12
KIsbel, KC Ray Murphy 12
YGomes, ChC D.J. Short 10
PBattenfield, Cle Ryan Bloomfield 9
EDuran, Tex Rudy Gamble 8
DomSmith, Was Anthony Aniano 5
JRogers, Det Tim McLeod 5
JButto, NYM Dr, Roto 5
JFamilia, Oak Rudy Gamble 2
RStripling, SF Dr, Roto 2
JDiaz, Oak Shelly Verougstraete 2
MThaiss, LAA Shelly Verougstraete 1
RYarbrough, KC AJ Mass 1
FMejia, TB Adam Ronis 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
MMiller, Oak Frank Ammirante 188
LAllen, Cle Greg Jewett 99
DSmyly, ChC Geoff Pontes 56
PWisdom, ChC Ariel Cohen 35
ELauer, Mil Ariel Cohen 25
BGarrett, Mia Frank Stampfl 23
JSears, Oak Frank Ammirante 19
JLucchesi, NYM Sky Dombroske 17
CJoe, Pit Lauren Auerbach 17
BOber, Min Michael Govier 16
STurnbull, Det Michael Govier 12
JDuran, Bos Sky Dombroske 11
CBethancourt, TB Michael Govier 11
TWalls, TB Joe Gallina 9
MStraw, Cle Geoff Pontes 5
PPfaadt, Ari Frank Stampfl 3
BAbreu, Hou Clay Link 1
MThaiss, LAA Sky Dombroske 1
WFlores, SF Joe Gallina 0

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
JOviedo, Pit Chris Towers 141
BRooker, Oak Sara Sanchez 38
DSmyly, ChC Sara Sanchez 24
WSmith, Tex Sara Sanchez 22
MMiller, Oak John Laghezza 181
MGrove, LAD John Laghezza 19
JBrito, NYY Jeff Boggis 12
THouck, Bos Jeff Boggis 2
HRamirez, TB Brian Entrekin 11
JSuwinski, Pit Brian Entrekin 11
APuk, Mia Brian Entrekin 7
BKeller, KC Brian Entrekin 7
JKarinchak, Cle Andy Behrens 16
JDuran, Bos Dylan White 11

Tout Daily: Playing Catch Up

It’s Week Period 1, Week 3 of Tout Daily. Steve Gardner has won the first two weeks. Here’s how some plan on narrowing the gap.

Matt Trussell (Razzball, @MattTruss)

Pitcher: Logan Gilbert – I do not understand Logan’s pricing, nearly 11 K/9 and 2 BB/9…I mean…what’s not to like here?

Hitter: Jose Miranda – Batting clean-up in Fenway against the ghost of Chris Sale, I’m all over Miranda tonight.

Phil Hertz (Baseball HQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Logan Gilbert – I can’t add much to what Matt said above – his price is too good to pass on.

Hitter: Joey Meneses – He’s started slow, but is coming on of late. Good price. Struggling Kremer is opposing pitcher.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Chris Sale – Need to make up ground, so fading what appears to be the Gilbert chalk.

Hitter: Luis Garcia – Running a Nationals stack (huh?) and Garcia is a free square at $2200

Brian Entrekin (Fantasy Pros, BaseballHQ, @bdentrek)

Pitcher: Marcus Stroman – I’ll take a pitcher who has increased his strikeout skills versus one of the worst teams in baseball.

Hitter: Patrick Wisdom – Let’s ride the hot bat who mashes LHP.

Erik Halterman (Rotowire, @erik_halterman)

Pitcher: Marcus Stroman – I’ll need more than three starts to buy Stroman as a genuine strikeout guy all of a sudden, but I don’t need anything more to take him against the A’s.

Hitter: Seiya Suzuki – The Cubs scored 10 runs on 20 hits in their first game against Oakland and now face Ken Waldichuk and his 10.20 ERA. I’d take all nine if I could.

Rick Wolf (SiriusXM, @RickWolf1)

Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw – Home tonight. Last year was an anomoly as Clayton has been more than 1/2 of a run better at home in 2021 and 2020. He let up 3 ER in 6 IP on the road while twirling two gems at home. I know small sample size but this future hall of famer will go against the Mets tonight. The heart of the Mets order can handle Clayton, but the rest will look silly.

Hitter: Carlos Santana (value) – He is in Coors, costs just $3400 to roster, is LHH vs RHP who has given up 5 home runs in 10 innings pitched. Nuff said. Carlos Santana homers tonight.

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of April 17

A couple of intriguing American League players were promoted, some drawing triple-digit bids. Check out the prices below. Remember, you can also see the rosters, standings and all the moves for each league by clicking on the league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
ZNeto, LAA Doug Dennis 403
TBradley, TB Jeff Erickson 223
EJulien, Min Eric Samulski 197
TJankowski, Tex Andy Andres 81
KSmith, Oak Andy Andres 76
TBibee, Cle Patrick Davitt 45
LSosa, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 28
CJulks, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 28
TWade, Oak Jason Collette 21
IHamilton, NYY Rob Leibowitz 8
CChang, Bos Jeff Erickson 7
SFujinami, Oak Jason Collette 5
PBattenfield, Cle Chris Blessing 5
EDeLosSantos, Cle Chris Blessing 1
ZPop, Tor Doug Dennis 0
DCoulombe, Bal Doug Dennis 0
JCordero, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

National League

Player Team Bid
DRuf, SF Steve Gardner 57
LWeaver, Cin Phil Hertz 53
CRea, Mil Ian Kahn 44
ERios, ChC Peter Kreutzer 7
MMathias, Pit Rick Graham 7
TMarcano, Pit Derek Carty 6
TLocastro, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
JChavez, Atl Wilderman/Prior 5
DrSmith, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
CBrogdon, Phi Wilderman/Prior 4
BWilson, Mil Peter Kreutzer 3
TBarnhart, ChC Steve Gardner 2
AVesia, LAD Derek Carty 1
BSullivan, SD Phil Hertz 0
CHolderman, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
MChavis, Was Derek Carty 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
ZNeto, LAA Nick Pollack 125
BKeller, KC Doug Anderson 113
BRooker, Oak Scott Pianowski 113
BGarrett, Mia Kev Mahserejian 73
EJulien, Min Garion Thorne 61
JOviedo, Pit Scott Engel 42
JDDavis, SF Zach Steinhorn 33
MDubon, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 31
GCanning, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 26
OPeraza, NYY Scott Engel 21
HRamirez, TB Brent Hershey 21
VRobles, Was Justin Mason 17
NMaton, Det Scott Chu 16
WMiley, Mil Zach Steinhorn 12
NAnderson, Atl Brent Hershey 11
JKarinchak, Cle Scott Swanay 9
ADiaz, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 7
ZJackson, Oak Justin Mason 3
ZPlesac, Cle Nick Pollack 3
JQuijada, LAA Scott Chu 3
CRea, Mil Scott Engel 3
YGomes, ChC Scott Chu 3
TWalls, TB Brent Hershey 2
MKing, NYY Scott Swanay 0

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
EJulien, Min Anthony Aniano 75
ZNeto, LAA Ryan Bloomfield 72
RCastro, Pit Adam Ronis 68
WBrennan, Cle Dr. Roto 58
BRooker, Oak Seth Trachtman 45
KHernandez, Bos Ray Murphy 36
JQuijada, LAA Tim McLeod 34
NMaton, Det Rudy Gamble 32
OPeraza, NYY Dr. Roto 32
PWisdom, ChC Adam Ronis 18
VRobles, Was Tim McLeod 17
JBurger, CWS Tim McCullough 16
MDubon, Hou Adam Ronis 16
MMiller, Oak Shelly Verougstraete 13
TBibee, Cle Tim McLeod 11
WMiley, Mil Mike Gianella 6
NSenzel, Cin D.J. Short 5
MStrahm, Phi Rudy Gamble 3
MMaldonado, Hou Ryan Bloomfield 3
JPaxton, Bos Dr. Roto 3
JSchreiber, Bos Dr. Roto 2
GCanning, LAA Scott White 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
TBradley, TB Clay Link 178
BBaty, NYM Greg Jewett 154
VGrissom, Atl Michael Govier 82
TWalker, Phi Clay Link 67
HRamirez, TB Ryan Hallam 47
BKeller, KC Joe Gallina 44
ZNeto, LAA Frank Stampfl 43
BMarsh, Phi Michael Govier 42
JBerrios, Tor Frank Stampfl 34
SSteer, Cin Lauren Auerbach 31
MStrahm, Phi Lauren Auerbach 31
WMyers, Cin Frank Stampfl 27
JDDavis, SF Michael Govier 23
KFreeland, Col Frank Stampfl 23
MDubon, Hou Joe Gallina 11
GCanning, LAA Sky Dombroske 11
DKremer, Bal Ariel Cohen 9
PBattenfield, Cle Michael Govier 9
GCooper, Mia Sky Dombroske 6
MZunino, Cle Ariel Cohen 3
RCastro, Pit Paul Sporer 3
CJulks, Hou Joe Gallina 2
CRagans, Tex Paul Sporer 0

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
ZNeto, LAA Jeff Boggis 361
TEdman, StL Dylan White 321
TBradley, TB Brian Entrekin 121
ADeSclafani, SF Carlos Marcano 107
JBerti, Mia Carlos Marcano 102
GCooper, Mia Alex Fast 55
VRobles, Was Carlos Marcano 48
JBerrios, Tor Chris Towers 44
HGaddis, Cle Brian Entrekin 44
BRaley, NYM Jennifer Piacenti 31
EJulien, Min John Laghezza 11
RCastro, Pit Brian Entrekin 11
DJameson, Ari Matt Truss 9
CBethancourt, TB Andy Behrens 9
BAbreu, Hou Matt Truss 8
JLowe, TB Chris Clegg 8
JDDavis, SF Chris Clegg 7
KFreeland, Col Jeff Boggis 6
FCordero, NYY Jeff Boggis 6
JQuijada, LAA Andy Behrens 6
BGarrett, Mia John Laghezza 4
KCarpenter, Det John Laghezza 3
WMiley, Mil Jeff Boggis 2
VVelasquez, Pit Jeff Boggis 2
TMancini, ChC Jeff Boggis 2
MTaylor, Min Jeff Boggis 2
MLiberatore, StL John Laghezza 1
JBart, SF Chris Clegg 1

The Touts are Man(oah)ning up

Welcome to Period 1, Week 1 of Tout Daily, the DFS league composed of 30 Tout Wars participants. We play once week, concluding with a three-day survivor tournament crowning the Tout Daily Champion. On the days we play, some of our favorite picks will be shared. Here are some of the favorites for Tuesday’s slate.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Pablo Lopez – I realy wanted to use Ohtani, but I landed on some stud batters, so it’s Lopez and Alek Monaoh

Hitter: Eddie Rosario – Stacking Cardinals (chalk) with a Dodgers mini-stack. A $2300 Eddie Rosario, batting fifth against Luis Cessa is the glue

Ryan Hallam (Fighting Chance Fantasy, @FightingChance)

Pitcher: Alek Manoah – Solid strikeout rate in his career vs the team that has scored the fewest runs so far

Hitter: Nolan Arenado – .500 hitter in 8 ABs against Freeland and he’s kind of decent hitting at Coors

Joe Gallina (Fantasy Alarm, @joegallina)

Pitcher: Alek Manoah – Faces the Tigers who have the lowest wOBA (.250) and have scored the fewest runs in baseball (27) this season.

Hitter: Paul Goldschmidt – Goldy crushes LHP & has a career .332/.422/.608 triple slash at Coors Field

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)

Pitcher: Alex Manoah – For a significant discount compared to other pitchers on today’s slate ($7,700) he faces a Tigers offense that stikes out an average of 10 times per game, has a team average of .205, and averages only 3 runs per game.

Hitter: Ronald Acuna – Acuna is 5 for his last 8 over his last two games and he faces Luis Cessa whos last season allowed 10 home runs to right handed hitters in 42 inning pitched.

Rick Wolf (SiriusXM, @RickWolf1)

Pitcher: Pablo Lopez –

Hitter: Mookie Betts – The chalk of the slate tonight. He is batting .500 when facing the lefty Alex Wood. Betts is batting leadoff and willbe the catalyst for the lineup tonight. He is used at 2B also to make another OF spot available. He is expensive, but will be worth it tonight.

Phil Hertz (Baseball HQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Pablo Lopez – He’s looked like an ace so far, but he’s not priced that way.

Hitter: Austin Riley – I like a lot of Atlanta hitters tonight. Riley more so than most.

Sky Dombroske (Fantistics Insider Baseball, @SkyDombroske)

Pitcher: Jacob DeGrom – DeGrom against the worst offense in MLB to this point

Hitter: Ronald Acuna – Luis Cessa is a gas can vs RHB

Matt Trussell (Razzball, @MattTruss)

Pitcher: Shohei Ohtani – Dude is just out here toying with sweepers mid start, just nasty

Hitter: Jarred Kelenic – Not ready to call his career toast just yet. Favorable hitting conditions in Chicago and I like SEA to put up some runs.

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Pitcher: Corbin Burnes – I’ll gamble on a recovery with the discounted price and likely low ownership.

Hitter: Jordan Walker – He’ll be heavily rostered, but at that price I can’t avoid eating the chalk.

Steve Gardner (USA TODAY Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Corbin Burnes – The chalkiest of chalk considering his $8500 price tag

Hitter: Tommy Edman – Hitting second against a left-hander at Coors Field? I’ll take him — and throw in a Goldschmidt for good measure.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotoBuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Alek Manoah – Detroit stinks!

Hitter: Corey Seager – Jordan Lyles stinks!

Erik Halterman (Rotowire, @erik_halterman)

Pitcher: David Peterson – More talent than you’re usually going to get in his price range ($6,800), making for a nice pairing with deGrom. Risky matchup vs. the Padres but a great home park.

Hitter: Trey Mancini – Slow start, but a competent hitter batting cleanup against Chris Flexen while costing $2,900 is tough to turn down

Tout Table: Eyes on the Prize

This week’s query is:

What playing time situations have your attention, either for someone to play or reserve?

As usual, the Touts came through with a bevy of intriguing names and scenarios to follow. Speaking of a follow, if you’re on Twitter, please give Tout Wars a follow, and note those contributing to each installment are included with the tweet promoting the post, not to mention their Twitter handle is listed with their comment.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): St. Louis Cardinals outfield. Tyler O’Neill is in a rough spot – told to take it easy at times to avoid injury but he chose a bad spot to cruise. He appears to be in his manager’s doghouse, opening the door for Dylan Carlson to escape his own exile. With Lars Nootbaar out, Alec Burleson has slipped into the playing rotation, but that could reverse as soon as Noot is healthy. Carlson and O’Neill are the only real CFs, so one of them is going to start. I don’t need to mention Jordan Walker, because he is going to play. Right now, the stocks of Carlson and Burleson are up with O’Neill and Nootbaar down.

Nick Pollack (Pitcher List, @PitcherList): San Francisco Giants rotation. It looks as if Anthony DeSclafani could be getting more innings than we expected in a six-man rotation, making him an intriguing streaming target.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): Always interested in guys like Luke Raley, Gabriel Arias, Ezequiel Duran, Kyle Lewis, etc and whether they can play their way into more PAs.

Matt Williams (The Game Day, @MattWi77iams): Given the age and injury history of David Robertson, I am interested to see how the Mets bullpen rotation shakes out as the season moves on. Robertson, Ottavino, Raley, and Smith should all see some save chances.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): Most hitter/SP playing time questions I had going into the season have been resolved (e.g., E. Ruiz, Donovan, etc.). Manaea being the 6th SP was surprising but he is starting Easter weekend so my concerns are allayed for now. My attention is mainly on unresolved closer situations in Arizona and Oakland as well as possibly in flux ones like Washington and Detroit.

Greg Jewett (The Athletic, @gjewett9): One can anticipate how the Rays make their lineups based on platoon advantages, but they’ve leaned into the strong springs by Luke Raley and Josh Lowe, which boosts their appeal going forward, especially in weeks with right-handed heavy opponent pitcher match-ups. Since chasing saves remains a weekly occurrence, how the Diamondbacks, A’s, Tigers, Angels, Mariners, Twins, Marlins, Phillies and Nationals high-leverage ladders evolve throughout April may identify some sleeper save targets. Also, a hearty congrats to Liam Hendriks ringing the bell after his bout with cancer and hoping stashing him in the first FAAB run in Tout yields saves in June.

Dr. Roto (, @DrRoto): The always fun to watch merry-go-round platoon that the Rays employ. Also watching the Phillies 1B situation with Hall out for a few months.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): I assume this was supposed to be a position player question, but my mind immediately went to bullpens for some reason. This Cubs bullpen situation is wild. Fulmer for two-inning saves, Alzolay coming in with a K/9 over 15 for multiple innings, just lots of things that could be compelling and not nearly enough information to know how it will settle. The Mets bullpen is giving me similar vibes with the Robertson/Ottavino situation. Also, as a person who invested in Pressley in a few different leagues this Astros situation has me concerned — he’s thrown 3 innings the K/9 is way down and he does not have a save yet…I’m already stressing about saves in multiple leagues.

Scott Chu (Pitcher List, @ifthechufits): The Tigers outfield (and specifically, the leadoff role) is interesting to me as Matt Vierling could be a 15/15 player in a full season. I’m also keeping an eye on the top of the St. Louis. Edman batting 9th against all righties would hurt his value, but Brendan Donovan has the skills to stay up there. Alec Burleson hitting second puts him much more firmly on my radar in 12-teamers because hitting in front of Goldschmidt and Arenado is a good way to score runs.

Mike Alexander (Razzball, @Roto_Wan): I’m watching the Toronto second base rotation. Whit Merrifield seems destined for a super-sub role spelling outfielders and mixing in there. I want to know if Santiago Espinal has a strong grip on second, though. I see PT opening up with the injury propensity in that lineup so Espinal may be an everyday player any moment.

Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball, @LarrySchechter): I heard Craig Mish say that Joey Wendle should be playing mostly full-time, and he’s eligible at 2B-SS-3B, so I took him as my back-up infielder for a couple of mixed league teams. The first time they faced a LHP he was benched…so I was watching this…but now he’s on the IL. Still, someone to watch when he’s healthy.

Peter Kreutzer (, @kroyte): I’m the wise guy in a mixed league who went after Dauton Varsho (I’m not unhappy about that) and was happy to add the excellent hitter Alejandro Kirk as my catchers, with sneaky catchers Shea Langeliers and Blake Sabol as backups. But Toronto isn’t playing Kirk at DH when he’s not catching, which knocks him down a solid peg. Maybe two. I thought Varsho and Kirk were set em and forget em, but the last few days I’ve played the wrong guy and left the best hitter on the bench. I’m looking for some clarity here. I suspect many others are, too.

Glenn Colton (SiriusXM, @GlennColton1): In the AL, I am watching Matt Vierlilng. If he gets full time at bats with his speed and hard hit rate (47% last year), there could be serious value. In the NL, I continue to be puzzled by the Dylan Carlson situation. Brian Walton probably knows better, but how do they give up on a guy who is only 24 and has already logged over 1200 PA in MLB?

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Oh where art thou, Kyle Stowers? Are you really sitting so Ramon Urias and Adam Frazier can be in the lineup? And now Baltimore opens the week facing three lefties in four games? Oy vey. I’m with Doug on Luke Raley as the Strat-O-Matic Rays love their platoons and Raley is one a few lefty swingers. I’m also in lockstep with the handsome Scott Chu and the smart Glenn Colton with Matt Vierling. Where do I collect my “L” for James Outman and Ji-Hwan Bae?

Shelly Verougstraete (NBC Sports EDGE Baseball, @ShellyV_643): If you would have asked before the season began which Atlanta catcher would have more starts, my answer would not have been Travis d’Arnaud. Sean Murphy lead all catchers last year in plate appearances and I thought the move to the East Coast would help boost his runs and RBI production, but he has to get on the field for that to happen. I am still holding Murphy in shallower 10 and 12-team leagues but this situation is very concerning.

Jennifer Piacenti (Sports Illustrated, @jenpiacenti): I’m watching who gets the time in CF for Houston. If it’s Chas McCormick, he could be worth adding as he has both power and speed. He hit leadoff on Saturday, and that could lead to some runs scored, too- if he gets enough playing time. Corey Julks and Jake Meyers are also somehow still in the mix, but should probably remain on the waiver wire.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): A little curious about what kind of run Ryan Noda might get at 1B for OAK. Like Todd, I’m also wondering about Stowers’ future.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): Closer situations around the league, of course. Especially the Twins, Phillies and Mariners.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): Kansas City OF for me. Not that they’re a bunch of breakout candidates exactly, but with a new manager I’m watching to see how the playing time is spread out. Kyle Isbel’s paternity leave messed with things for a few days, and Drew Waters will get into the mix at some point down the road. But right now it seems like Isbel, Edward Olivares and MJ Melendez might be regulars vs. RHP. That would be a little bit less fractured of a PT situation than we were projecting entering the season.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): Milwaukee’s 2B and Brice Turang. I’d love to see him cement his role everyday with his power/speed ability. Second is Francisco Alvarez of the Mets. They brought him up so now play him.

Dylan White (Baseball America, @the__arrival): Very curious how the Oriole infield shakes out this year with Gunnar, Urias, Mateo shining, Adam Frazier…with Norby and Westburg and Ortiz waiting on the farm. The Cardinal outfield situation has also been interesting all season – with the whole Jordan Walker thing (and Yepez and Burleson) – but now with the O’Neill/Marmol feud and Nootbaar coming back from injury soon, there are a lot of potential moving parts.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): I thought the Mets catching situation would provide some clarity for Francisco Alvarez now that Omar Narvaez will be out for 2 months. I have Alvarez rostered in a few leagues and was anxious to plug him in my lineup only to see him benched for two straight games. The Mets’ offense is anemic so it seemed logical Alvarez would split time catching or be the DH in order to infuse some juice into the lineup and give hime some much-needed experience. But the Mets never seem to handle situations like this the right way, so I am worried Alvarez will only see a limited number of at bats for the foreseeable future.

Vlad Sedler (FTN Fantasy, @rotogut): Intrigued by the Giants and if J.D. Davis can earn more PT against righties. Also, curious if Matt Mervis will ever get a chance to mix in with the Cubs this season, being logjammed by Patrick Wisdom, Eric Hosmer and Edwin Rios.

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of April 10

It’s a typically busy week early in the season as the Touts massage their rosters, not to mention the barrage of injuries this week.

If you want to check out the standings, roster an complete transactions of any of the Tout Leagues, just click on the league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
ABaddoo, Det Larry Schechter 227
KMuller, Oak Eric Samulski 115
FCordero, NYY Jason Collette 79
DSolano, Min Eric Samulski 31
JBurger, CWS Rob Leibowitz 31
RRefsnyder, Bos Eric Samulski 27
VBrujan, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26
JBradley, KC Doug Dennis 26
DKremer, Bal Andy Andres 22
TWingenter, Det Eric Samulski 7
JQuijada, LAA Joe Sheehan 6
CPoche, TB Andy Andres 6
TDavidson, LAA Patrick Davitt 5
EMorgan, Cle Jeff Erickson 3
RGonzalez, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0
MWallner, Min Mike Podhorzer 0
JAlcala, Min Doug Dennis 0

National League

Player Team Bid
BElder, Atl Derek Carty 73
SHilliard, Atl Todd Zola 37
JYepez, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 31
JHeyward, LAD Erik Halterman 21
JAzocar, SD Phil Hertz 18
CEdwards, Was Ian Kahn 17
KFreeland, Col Grey Albright 17
GHampson, Mia Grey Albright 17
PSmith, Ari Ian Kahn 15
SFairchild, Cin Steve Gardner 11
BHoneywell, SD Steve Gardner 10
JDelay, Pit Brian Walton 6
MCastro, Ari Wilderman/Prior 4
TyRogers, SF Phil Hertz 4
KClemens, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 2
RWeathers, SD Rick Graham 1
SWilson, SD Derek Carty 1
MMastrobuoni, ChC Derek Carty 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
DVillar, SF Scott Swanay 72
MCarpenter, SD Scott Swanay 55
KBubic, KC Kev Mahserejian 52
RNelson, Ari Scott Swanay 45
BElder, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 45
TKemp, Oak Alex Chamberlain 43
JAlvarado, Phi Alex Chamberlain 33
LRaley, TB Scott Engel 32
JVosler, Cin Scott Engel 24
MStrahm, Phi Scott Chu 24
HGaddis, Cle Brent Hershey 23
JRogers, Det Scott Chu 21
AFrazier, Bal Jeff Zimmerman 16
ACall, Was Garion Thorne 16
ABurleson, StL Scott Chu 16
FMejia, TB Kev Mahserejian 15
JTrevino, NYY Zach Steinhorn 12
MCastro, Ari Justin Mason 7
KFarmer, Min Justin Mason 7
KMuller, Oak CJ Kaltenbach 6
AAlzolay, ChC Scott Pianowski 5
RGrossman, Tex Jeff Zimmerman 1

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
JVosler, Cin Anthony Aniano 75
BElder, Atl Tim McLeod 62
MVierling, Det D.J. Short 45
HGaddis, Cle Tim McCullough 42
RNelson, Ari Shelly Verougstraete 38
LRaley, TB Tim McCullough 38
GPerdomo, Ari Tim McCullough 33
WSmith, Tex Dr, Roto 30
ABaddoo, Det Adam Ronis 28
JAlvarado, Phi Ryan Bloomfield 26
OArcia, Atl Tim McLeod 23
KGibson, Bal Mike Gianella 22
MBrash, Sea Ray Murphy 18
RMarinaccio, NYY Tim McLeod 17
CArroyo, Bos Rudy Gamble 17
KBubic, KC Scott White 12
ESosa, Phi Ray Murphy 12
RNoda, Oak Ray Murphy 12
JDDavis, SF Dr, Roto 12
MZunino, Cle Tim McLeod 7
ADiaz, Oak Rudy Gamble 7
BFalter, Phi Scott White 7
ABurleson, StL Shelly Verougstraete 7
MGonzales, Sea Mike Gianella 6
HHarvey, Was Rudy Gamble 3
AWynns, SF Ryan Bloomfield 2
YDaza, Col Rudy Gamble 2
CWong, Bos Shelly Verougstraete 0
AGomber, Col Mike Gianella 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
BTurang, Mil Sky Dombroske 157
ADeSclafani, SF Greg Jewett 63
BAnderson, Mil Greg Jewett 49
BElder, Atl Joe Gallina 37
JMateo, Bal Ryan Hallam 36
TLarnach, Min Clay Link 34
JWiemer, Mil Lauren Auerbach 33
JBrito, NYY Ariel Cohen 33
JAlvarado, Phi Greg Jewett 27
JLowe, TB Michael Govier 18
WMiley, Mil Ariel Cohen 18
ElDiaz, Col Clay Link 14
KMuller, Oak Michael Govier 14
AMcCutchen, Pit Frank Stampfl 13
THouck, Bos Frank Ammirante 11
MVierling, Det Lauren Auerbach 7
ZGreinke, KC Frank Stampfl 7
TWells, Bal Michael Govier 3
HGaddis, Cle Joe Gallina 2
LRaley, TB Joe Gallina 2
CFlexen, Sea Clay Link 0

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
FAlvarez, NYM Chris Towers 144
KBubic, KC Carlos Marcano 80
JMateo, Bal Andy Behrens 66
TLarnach, Min Sara Sanchez 46
JAlvarado, Phi Dylan White 46
JGray, Was Chris Towers 44
BAnderson, Mil Chris Towers 37
DGerman, NYY Dylan White 32
BElder, Atl Jeff Boggis 16
BSabol, SF Matt Truss 13
MFulmer, ChC Sara Sanchez 12
KGibson, Bal Matt Truss 11
MGore, Was Matt Truss 11
MWacha, SD Chris Clegg 7
PWisdom, ChC Jeff Boggis 5
MMargot, TB Dylan White 4
MBrash, Sea Andy Behrens 3
JrgLopez, Min Matt Truss 3
MManning, Det Jeff Boggis 2
ANola, SD Jeff Boggis 2
DVillar, SF Chris Clegg 1

Tout Table: Most Influential Rules Change

Mea culpa friends. This was supposed to be posted last week, but hopefully you can still derive some useful tidbits. Oh yeah, some of you are wondering what this is all about. Several times throughout the season, the Touts will be asked a question, with their replies posted in a timely manner (from here on out).

Contributors will be tagged on Twitter if you’d like to follow up (and you’re on Twitter).

The first question of the 2023 season is

Which of the following altered your 2023 draft prep the most: More balanced schedule, shift legislation or likely increase in steals?

Alex Fast (Pitcher List, @AlexFast8): The shift legislation most impacted my 2023 draft prep as, in my opinion, that’s the least nebulous data point. There’s not a lot of concrete data behind what the more balanced schedule will do for teams; we can guess that it will benefit AL East teams or hurt NL Central teams but that’s just a guess. The increase in steals will most certainly lead to a jump in steals but I wonder if that will just balance itself out (or make steals easier to get off the wire). When it comes to the shift legislation though, I can use Baseball Savant to search which pitchers were most impacted by the shift. I can search to see which lefties had the most hits taken away by the shift.

Rick Wolf (SiriusXM, @RickWolf1): The increase in steals is what most affected our prep for the 2023 season. With more steals being spread around, it is less important to focus on that one category as we had in the past. We studied the minor league trends from the changes and then worked to understand the significant differences between minors and majors: age of players, speed of players, catcher play, experience of pitchers, etc. So, when drafting in 2023, age and speed are more important. When two players are close in value, we favor those players who have those specific attributes. In conclusion, adding Age, Speed and Shift to the SMART system gives us the acronym that we should have had all along.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): The steals. Because to me – it is the largest unknown. The balanced schedule is already very easily factored into projections – it is a simple matter of alterning average ‘away’ ballpark factors based upon the new schedule. The shift ban is somewhat measurable, but more importantly, it affects the fewest number of players. Steals … we aren’t quite sure what will happen, or to whom. Will 40 SB players approach 50 now? Will 10-15 SB players now steal 25? The attempt to answer that question, and how it affects relative values of scoring categories requires the most guesswork, and thus the most prep work.

Phil Hertz (Baseball HQ, @prhz50): The shift change was probably the biggest issue for me, but to be honest I decided not to make too many changes in my draft prep. I doubt anyone can be sure how the changes will affect things and which players will adapt/take advantage better.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): I’ll go for the shift legislation – I have no idea how much that’s likely to impact the batting average/on-base percentage you’ll need to be competitive in a larger league, and the team scores for those categories tend to be a lot more clustered than stolen bases. With stolen bases, I have no idea whether it’s going to have more of an impact on the more infrequent base stealers, or those who were already among the league leaders. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d pick the latter group, but I wouldn’t make changes to player projections or drafting/auction strategies without knowing more than I do now.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): The biggest impact is the likely increase in stolen bases because there are so few players that produce significantly in that category. Players who tend to steal should likely attempt more, and other players who are fast are more inclined to run. It is a category that is often sacrificed once the predominant base-stealers are off the board, so this opens the door for GMs to try and be more competitive. The shift legislation will likely increase some players’ batting averages, but I don’t think the difference will be significant enough to affect draft strategy. The reliance on home runs, exit velocity and launch angles will still keep batting averages down for most pull hitters. It will take some time to see whether the pitch clock affects pitchers’ motions and routines to the point where batters gain an advantage by avoiding strikeouts and putting the ball in play more frequently.

Eric Samulski (Rotoballer, @SamskiNYC): The likely increase in steals is the factor that most impacted my draft prep for 2023. A bit reason for that is that we have tangible evidence to go off of when predicting how it will impact fantasy this year. There has been a lot writtern about the impact of the pitch clock, disengagement rules, and bigger bases in the minor leagues. People have done studies not only on how stolen bases overall were impacted but which types of players were most impacted. We can use that information when projecting which MLB players will be impatced the most, so it doesn’t have to be speculative changes. Plus, I believe that the rise of stolen bases across the league would have a drastic impact on the fantasy landscape since more stolen bases across the board (like years) would mean less value for speed-only players, etc. I’m very curious to see how it all plays out

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): I adjusted my draft strategy most due to what I percieve will be a 20-30% increase in steals that is likely to come from the mid-tier SB guys (10 SB –>15 SB for example). Relatedly, I was more concerned with the power outage from the last two years due to both the changing baseball and the use of humidors at all of the ballparks that created some interesting effects, particularly early in the season. So I found myself drafting home runs in a way that was more akin to how I treated SB in the past. I found it much more difficult to predict the way that the shift rules would impact pitchers and just tended to rely on projection systems there, although I was much more likely to draft pull side power bat with lower batting average. I similarly found it was much easier to rely on projection systems for the purpose of estimating the impact of the balanced schedule, but I do plan to need to adapt there through FAAB pickups and trades as the season progresses.

Dylan White (Baseball America, @the__arrival): Studying how the steals landscape is projected to change within the player pool was for me the biggest element of the three that impacted my draft prep. Will it be a ‘rising tide lifts all boats’ scenario or would only specific ‘bins’ (whether of SB Opportunities or SB success percentages, for example) be expected to change substantively? That being said, the dynamics of every draft often throw all of this out of the window anyway. If my league mates over- or under-draft steals (whether directionally correct or not), I would (should) alter my actual drafting. So, really, the value of the research was in helping me “prepare to prepare” for a variety of different potential draft room dynamics. Prep goes out the window as soon as you’re punched in the face…I believe Mike Tyson said that when describing his 15 team mixed draft.

Doug Anderson (Fantrax, @rotodaddy): I haven’t made any huge changes to my draft preparation but the small tweaks I have made are based on the assumption that there will be more stolen bases. I’m not so sure the top stolen base guys will run all that much more, so instead I’ve bumped up those hitters who previously add 12-15 stolen bases. I think those are the guys who will share the relative benefit most. I don’t think any of us can claim to know exactly how any of these changes will play out.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): The likely increase in steals, although I didn’t make any earth shattering adjustments. I’ve found that while these rule changes due have significant impacts league wide they frequently don’t change much for individual player valuation.

Greg Jewett (The Athletic, @gjewett9): I think steals likely increasing changed my prep the most. Targeting a stable amount of stolen bases, then adjusting in-season will be a goal, especially when streaming hitters in deeper formats. Building a balanced roster, with reserve players capable of steals may yield dividends for the upcoming season.

Erik Halterman (Rotowire, @erik_halterman): Definitely the new shift rules, though whether that’s a smart strategic adjustment or merely an opportunity for me to double down on my own biases remains to be seen. I already had a strong preference for strikeout pitchers over groundball pitchers, and this year I’m leaning even further away from starters whose most notable strength is their ability to keep the ball down, especially those who pitch in front of shaky infield defenses. I also already loved lefties with strong hit tools, so I was very willing to give them all a boost. I’m not making major adjustments for the others. The schedule changes are real but minor, and while I expect a very noticeable increase in steals, I anticipate those extra swipes will be distributed close enough to proportionately that you shouldn’t need to draft speed very differently than you did in the past.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): It will take a year to determine the distribution of any SB increase: More for the elite speed guys? Smooth distribution across the spectrum? The balanced schedule might be really important, but again the assessment will probably take a seson to suss completely. So I’m going with the ban on the shift, which seems like it must have tangible and significant effects for GB pitchers, especially RHPs, and for pull GB hitters.

AJ Mass (ESPN, @AJMass): I think the biggest mistake one can make is to assume how much impact these changes will have on any individual player. Sure, the shift should help some LH bats, but not all the same and, quite frankly, some not at all. Sure, the likely increase in steals may devalue some “elite swipers” in relation to the league average, but perhaps not all that much — and it’s not like guys like Daniel Vogelbach are suddenly going to get the green light. Don’t try and overthink it.

Rob Leibowitz (Rotoheaven, @rob_leibowitz): Heading in I did not want to make any major adjustments to my projections or at the very least, not make any drastic popluation shifts based on educated guesses, rather I applied the shift adjustment and stolen base adjustments by hand to specific situations where a particular player’s past and current skills and talents might be most affected the changes.

Michael Govier (FTN Fantasy, @mjgovier): For me it was the balanced schedule because it reduced the opportunities not just for starting pitchers to feast on weak lineups, but for hitters to mash against weak pitching consistenlty. The Cardinals for example can no longer use the Pirates as a punching bag to pad their stats. This year they have been reduced to only 13 match-ups with the Bucs. That reduction in opportunity also means they face teams like the Blue Jays and Angels who will give them a harder time. It’s not a massive change in overall statistical output, but it’s enough for me to adjust the rankings of players who had another week’s worth of games to add to their stat lines against weaker competition.

Frank Ammirante (The GameDayHQ, @FAmmiranteTFJ): The likely increase in steals altered my 2023 draft prep the most because it’s difficult to determine which players will see the biggest uptick in stolen bases resulting from this rule change. There are several questions to consider here. Will the perennial leaders steal more? Will the mid-tier base-runners get the biggest jump? Could it just be a league-wide thing? Will some teams become more aggressive to take advantage? We won’t know the answer until we see the impact come to fruition. The way I approached it was to just project stolen bases to increase throughout the league, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Carlos Marcano (Triple Play Fantasy, @camarcano): I believe that the biggest hurdle we are all having this year relates to all the new rules that affect the base running, let it be the bags sizes, the pick off limitations and even the pitch clock. These are things that, even having the minor leagues history, turns a little unpredictable at MLB level. I had a hard time trying to adapt my SBs projections but ended up with a formula in which I believe that this will not be widespread all around the league but it will help the most those already efficient players. Let’s see if I’m right!

Matt Williams (The Game Day, @MattWi77iams): The most difficult change to prepare for, in my opinion, was stolen bases. Mostly due to the rule change potentially producing the biggest “unknown.” Will teams that already run a lot steal even more? Will teams that did not like to run all of sudden run wild? Will is impact high-end base stealers or mid-level base stealers? So many unknowns.

Dave Adler (BaseballHQ, @daveadler01): As spring training has shown…there will be a lot more stolen bases. But at the end of the year, how will they be distributed? It’s likely that more hitters will steal bases…and that may actually DEVALUE the one-trick speed ponies who do nothing else well. So while the Miles Straws of the world still rack up steals, the lack of power and contact skills makes him worth less. Shift – not as big of an effect as expected, most likely. Defenses can still shift somewhat, as long as the third player is on the dirt and near 2B. And someone will try the left fielder in short right field…and it likely will work.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): The change in shift rules. We know which hitters have been hurt by the shift, as we have that data (mostly slow, left-handed pull hitters), so these hitters should benefit most with an increased BABIP, and resulting batting average.

Grey Albright (RazzBall, @razzball): Shift and steals are the obvious answers, so, just to be contrarian, I will say the more balanced schedule, which is also likely impossible to account for. Like the maze in The Shining, I call that a confusing hedge.

Shelly Verougstraete (NBC Sports EDGE Baseball, @ShellyV_643): The bigger bases and the limit of pickoff moves had me moving those mid-tier stolen base guys up my board ever so slightly. That being said, we don’t really know which player tier will actually benefit, so maybe I over/underestimated. Shrug. I think the key to pay attention to your league mates at the draft table. If you feel they are over/under drafting steals (or any category for that matter), take the value!

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I did not value anything differently because it would just be rank speculation on my part. I read all the rationales of others and see their points, but I am always nervous about Kentucky windage type adjustments.

Kev Mahserejian (Fox Sports, @RotoSurgeon): The likely increase in steals is what influenced my draft strategy most with shift legislation a close second. My baseline thoughts are that those players who already steal will continue to at a higher (or similar) rate while those that don’t bother will remain effectively nil in that category. With that, we have no way of knowing which players specifically that steal will increase their percentage and to what degree, therefore, my focus on gaining steals earlier is lessened allowing me to take shots on players down in drafts who have even low double-digit yearly attempts.

Rick Graham (Pitcher List, @IAmRickGraham): I think the potential increase in steals has impacted my draft prep the most, as I feel it devalues those players we’d draft only for steals (the Billy Hamiltons of the world). Now I’m not expecting everyones steals to go up this season, but for those that typically steal 8-10 bags a year, I think we may see those numbers get closer to the 15-20 range this season.

Lauren Auerbach (Fantrax, @lkauerbach): It didn’t alter my draft prep a ton, but I definitely paid more attention to shift data this offseason. We don’t know how any of these rule changes will ultimately affect player valuations. But the link between players affected by the shift is more concrete than trying to determine which players will steal more bases (and to what degree) or how impactful a balanced schedule will be.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): There will be more steal attempts by those that already are know to steal bases, but I don’t see a big increase in these numbers for mid to low base stealers going forward. It would be interesting to see a study of those hitters that benefit from the shift legislation as these hitters should see an increase to their average and on base percentage, but by how much remains the question.

Chris Clegg (Pitcher List, @RotoClegg): The increase in steals is probably what affected my 2023 draft prep the most. Spending a lot of time at Minor League ballparks that have been testing out the new rules, their stands the be a large increase in stolen bases. So far this spring we are seeing an increased amount of stolen base attemps and over a five percent increase of success from last Spring Training. The high stolen bases players are still likely to end the year at the top of the leaderboard, but where we could see a difference is in those players who steal five-to-ten stolen bases. I could see that ranger of players jumping to 15-20. This completley devalues those platers who are only valuable for stolen bases.