Doubt Wars Mixed! Looking backward.


Top 10 12 Most Coveted Tout Wars Mixed Buys

Josh Johnson ($9): Thirteen teams jumped on the Josh Johnson bandwagon for less than a dime, and paid the price. BUST

Salvador Perez ($11): Thirteen teams thought Salvador Perez would beat expectations, but he has slowly risen to meet them. MEH

Ernesto Frieri ($8): Theoretically supplanted out of spring training, nine teams saw in Frieri’s low price and Madson’s fragility the makings of a bargain. Instead they got par support and a little agita. MEH

Julio Teheran ($6): Nine teams said the Tout Price was too low, and have been rewarded solidly by Teheran’s emergence. HIT

Casey Janssen ($7): More closer indecision led to eight teams jumping on Janssen, and scoring big for less. HIT

Jon Lester ($13): Eight teams had a feeling about Lester, call it an itch they weren’t able to scratch. MEH

Emilio Bonifacio ($7): Any of the eight teams in mixed leagues that snatched up this bargain-priced Bonifacio would have bailed long ago, though since his trade to Kansas City he’s run as was hoped and is starting to approach expectations for the year as a whole. BUST MEH

Mike Moustakas ($10): The low batting average last year scared down his Tout Wars price, and those who seized on the fire of his power potential in Doubt Wars got burned. BUST

Paul Konerko ($14): Sometimes a player looks like he’ll never get old, and eight teams see a falling price and buy. In this case, appearances were deceiving. BUST

Alcides Escobar ($7): Inexpensive middle infielders were valued, and eight teams took a chance on Escobar, whose 2012 BA was a big surprise. This year there was a correction. BUST

Domonic Brown ($7): A hot spring was the tip off and eight Doubt Wars teams jumped. While he’s missed time because of injuries, and he started slowly, when he’s been hot he’s been one of the top power hitters in the National League. BIG HIT

Matt Harvey ($8): He was consistently the best pitcher in the National League for the first four months of the season, delighting his eight Doubt Wars Mixed owners. GIANT HIT

Doubt Wars AL! Who did you love?


The Top 10 Most Coveted AL Tout Buys

Josh Johnson ($13): Twelve teams spent $13 on Johnson, making him the player taken most by far. He’s earned -$6 thus far. BUST

Jackie Bradley ($1): Ten teams spent a buck on Bradley, who was taken in the reserves in Tout AL. In large part this was a function of the news that Bradley had earned a roster spot in Boston after the Tout auction was over. At this price he was worth the flyer, even though he didn’t pan out. MEH

JJ Hardy ($12): Nine teams thought Hardy’s price, the same as he earned in 2012, was too low. And they were right. NICE

Yu Darvish ($25): Nine teams agreed with Tout Wars that Darvish would earn twice what he earned in 2012, and they were right. BOLD MEH.

Casey Janssen ($10): Eight teams thought the unproven closer was worth a shot, and they were right. Janssen has been just as successful this year as last, and was a bargain. VERY NICE.

Mike Trout ($41): Eight teams bought Mike Trout at a very healthy price, and while any profits will be slight, he’s earned just about every cent already. BOLD MEH

Aaron Hicks ($7): A nice spring and little competition for a job made seven teams pick up Aaron Hicks, but he’s disappointed them as well as Twins fans. BUST

Jed Lowrie ($8): There was some confusion about how the playing time would shake out in Oakland, and Lowrie’s price tumbled. Not unsurprisingly he’s played pretty much full time, and performed as he did last year in a season truncated by injury. NICE

Josh Hamilton ($26): He went for 20 percent less in Tout than he earned in 2012, and seven teams bought him expecting a lot more than he gave. Turns out the naysayers didn’t nay loudly enough. BIG BUST

The following players were claimed by six teams.

Chris Iannetta ($7): Tons of walks, but disappointing power and a bad BA make him a BUST.

Dayan Viciedo ($14): He was retooling his stroke in spring training, and while he’s added some walks and trimmed some strikeouts, most notable is the power drop. Maybe next year. MEH

Jose Altuve ($21): Doubt Warriors were perhaps hoping for improvement from the young speedster, but he’s put up nearly identical numbers to last year. MEH

Lance Berkman ($12): Tout Warriors thought Berkman could beat father time, and Doubt warriors thought they could beat Tout warriors. BUST

Leonys Martin ($10): Questions about playing time and how his stolen base speed would translate to the big leagues kept his price down. The steals have come and he’s proved a great bargain. VERY NICE

Wil Myers ($7): It was hoped that when he was called up in June he would hit, and he has. NICE

No Doubt! Doubt Wars Standings Are Here! Beta.

doubtwarslogoWhen we announced the Doubt Wars contest in March we knew we didn’t have the proper forms in place, but we were jazzed and excited and wanted to try this out this year anyway. So, we asked you to make up your own teams, using the Tout Wars auction prices plus $1, with a budget of $260, to compete against each other and the Touts.

Given the short notice and the awkward entry process, we were pleased to receive more than 18 AL entries, more than 20 NL entries, and more than 30 Mixed entries.

Our intention was to get all the data into a big spreadsheet and update the results each month. That didn’t happen.

What did happen was a little bit of life, and a lot of learning about data cleaning, not an area in which I have much expertise. The problem wasn’t the errors, really. There were some of those. Some of us (yes, my AL entry somehow went over budget) made mistakes. Entries that went over budget were invalidated. Entries that spent the right amount of money but didn’t fill their rosters were allowed. But the errors were generally fixable after a little work, and not a problem.


What became a problem was that every entry was different. Some included first and last names, some just last names. Some included the +1 price. Some included the draft price (but were budgeted with the extra dollars). Some last names have Jr. after them, other times the same player didn’t have that. Sometimes J.J. had periods, sometimes it didn’t. The variation was breathtaking.

And I didn’t have all summer to fix things up. So the project was picked up in May, resumed at mid-season, struggled on through the end of July, then put on hold until this past week, when I finally wrassled it to the ground. I think. I found an error in the ERA rankings this morning, so we may not be done yet.

We also have a mixed auction standings based on BA, not OBP. It shouldn’t be too horrible to fix that, but I wasn’t going to complete it today and I wanted to get these results out now that they’re otherwise complete. I hope.

Please take a close look at the results, the formulas, the lookups. I think I’ve got it all right now, but I’m batter and bruised enough by this process to make no promises. We’ll have it right by the time we hand out the awards, but until then we’re all working together to get correct. Thanks for your patience.


Tout Warriors Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf lead the pack with their draft day team, which hasn’t been able to hold off Larry Schechter in the race for the TW-AL crown. Andre Pappas is our civilian leader so far.

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Tout Warrior Todd Zola is in a dogfight to unseat Tristan Cockcroft in Tout NL, but in Doubt Wars he’s seventh with his league-best draft day squad. Jeremy Pelletier has a commanding lead overall.

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Tout Warrior Paul Singman has the leading draft day roster in Tout Mixed Auction, but we’ll hold off comparing him to the challengers until after we get the OBP glitch fixed. Right now Tim George has the lead.

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Doubt Wars Weekend! Play Against the Pros!

doubtwarslogoLast weekend, 39 fantasy baseball teams vied for three Tout Wars titles in three epic auctions held at Sirius XM headquarters in New York City.

This weekend, you get to pit your fantasy baseball knowledge against those Tout Warriors, in a game we call Doubt Wars.

Here’s how to play (CONTEST CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR):

Pick a league, either AL, NL or Mixed. Spreadsheet is here. Continue reading “Doubt Wars Weekend! Play Against the Pros!”

Doubt Wars: A Feeble Start

Some years ago, a long long time ago, someone came up with the idea of Doubt Wars.

Well, many of us came up with the idea of Doubt Wars, but someone (who I am sorry I don’t remember right now) came up with the idea of calling it Doubt Wars. And that was awesome.

Here’s the idea: You choose a team taking players in either the NL, AL or Mixed drafts, paying $1 more than the “winning” Tout Wars teams paid. You fill all the required slots. You post your team here in the comments (make sure that it’s clear what league you’re in).

Ideally you’ll use this format:

Position, Player First, Player Last, LG, Price

Commas between fields will be super helpful.

The winner is the team thusly comprised that compiles the most stats.

Simple, eh?

Thanks for playing. If we get enough entries for this fatally late exercise we’ll actually report standings at the end of the year. And maybe we’ll learn something so that next year we can run a real contest. And maybe we’ll have a nice sort of prize, though it won’t be life changing, certainly.

And if you don’t want to compile a whole roster, don’t bother. A list of prices you find cheap or overpriced might be helpful to late drafters out there.