The Final Period: Tout Daily Picks Tonight!

Four periods are done. Seven Touts have eight tickets to the September 1 Tout Daily Finals at Draft Kings. We can name them: Todd Zola has two tickets. Andrea LaMont, Derek Carty, Howard Bender, Lenny Melnick, Jeff Boggis and Jeff Erickson have one apiece.

Tickets will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in Period 5, and an 11th ticket will be awarded to the tout who scores the most points over the contest’s 20 weeks. Right now Zola has a 50 point lead over Carty for that bonus ticket.

For tonight, we have picks for tonight’s contests at Draft Kings.


Top pitcher: James Paxton (12,200)
I generally don’t like running non-Kershaw/Scherzer arms out there over $12K but Paxton has been dominated and gets a nice matchup against the Royals tonight

Top hitter: Mike Trout: ($5,300)
The best hitter in baseball gets a soft matchup against Cotton


Top pitchers…going on the cheap side again with Jamie Garcia, making his Yankee debut at Cleveland.  This will be bust or boom, as the Indians could pound him and he’ll be gone by the third, or as I’m hoping, he turns in one of those unexpected performances like he did in St. Louis many times.

Top Hitters…stacking Colorado, why not? Reynolds, Arenado, Story and Freeland (although I’ll get 0 points for his hitting). Also hot hitters Upton, Sanchez, Revere and  Altuve.


I’m going with Madison Bumgarner and Evan Longoria.


My top hitter for tonight’s #ToutDaily contest is: Andrew McCutchen ($5,400 OF-PIT) versus San Diego. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .265/.409/.559 with three home runs and nine RBI against Travis Wood in his career, and owns a 1.292 OPS against left-handed pitching this season. There is a 72% chance of rain tonight, so check your lineup prior to 7 PM tonight to make sure that the game is not postponed.

My top pitcher for tonight’s #ToutDaily contest is: Madison Bumgarner ($11,300 SP) versus Arizona. Back from the DL, de was terrific in Sunday’s no-decision against the Dodgers, allowing just five hits and a walk over seven shutout frames.


Yu Darvish ($11,100): Darvish has certainly been dominant with 148 strikeouts over 137 frames, allowing just a .225 opposition batting average, and the Mets have not seen much of him.

Elvis Andrus ($4600): Low price tag for a guy with a .290-15-46 line hitting atop the order, but Andrus also gets to face Bartolo Colon, and that should be fun for the entire Rangers team.


Kevin Gausman: No pitching in baseball has been hotter in his last three starts except maybe the Klubot.  Kevin Gausman comes with a $4,000+ savings over Paxton or DeGrom. He has struck out 24 hitters in the last three games in only 20 2/3 innings pitched.  He averages 30 DraftKing points a game in those three contests.  That is FILTHY.

Tim Beckham: Love to ride the hot hitters, especially at off positions.  Tim Beckham has an OPS of 1.356 over the past 7 days.  He has settled into the Orioles lineup nicely.  He homered last night and is 7 for 12 with 5 EXB hits since joining the Os.  He will continue that tonight as the implied runs for the Os is greater than five.  Ride the hot hand.  That means two things.


PITCHER Still waffling, especially since I’d love to use Ivan Nova but the weather looks risky. I reserve the right to change my mind, but currently my lean is Madison Bumgarner hosting the DBacks in AT&T. I like using an ace and even though Arizona is dangerous, the park helps a bit.

HITTER Jaime Garcia has done a reasonable job keeping the ball in the yard, but it’s rare finding a top power hitter, with the platoon edge priced as cheaply as Edwin Encarnacion ($4200). My only concern is I don’t like using one-offs against a team with a good bullpen and I’m not sure if I’m going with a full Tribe stack.


Pitcher – outstanding Ks continue from Brad Peacock, with a much better than average chance at a Win vs. the Blue Jays.

Hitter – Adrian Beltre is rarely a bad bet; certainly not against what’s left of Bart Colon.

The Week is Patrick Davitt’s. The Tout Daily Tickets Go To Zola and LaMont.

Patrick Davitt sat out the first two weeks of Period 4 of Tout Daily. If he had not his resounding Week 4 victory might have moved him into contention for one of the two tickets. Instead he has the satisfaction of a job well done.

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Davitt scored big with the surprising Jaime Garcia, the red hot JT Realmuto, the red hot Jose Ramirez, the red hot Brett Gardner and former superstar Andrew McCutchen. Well done, Patrick.

But the two leaders going into Week 4 were in the lead leaving Week 4. Todd Zola had a big lead going in, finished fifth overall for the week and ended up with 60 more points than Andrea LaMont.

LaMont posted the 10th best score for the week, which was enough to keep her ahead of Phil Hertz and Mike Gianella, barely. Gianella was the Week 3 winner, but his second place finish last night was not enough to put him over the top.

Todd Zola now has two Golden Tickets to the September 1 finals,  a night’s play that will determine this year’s Tout Daily champion. Previous winners were Charlie Wiegert and Patrick Davitt.

Other tickets won thus far belong to Derek Carty, Howard Bender, Lenny Melnick, Jeff Boggis and Jeff Erickson.

Two more tickets will be given out to the Period 5 winners, and another to the player with the highest point total on the season.  Right now that’s Todd Zola, who has a 53 point lead over Derek Carty, followed by Howard Bender, Andrea LaMont and Phil Hertz.

You can see the whole leaderboard here.

Who’s Picking Whom? Tout Daily Picks for July 28th.

Todd Zola has a huge lead. Andrea LaMont a nice one. Tonight they play the deciding fourth week of Tout Daily. At stake are golden tickets to the two top finishers, entry to the September 1 finals at Draft Kings.

But now, some picks:


Jose Quintana and Wilmer Flores.


My top hitters for tonight’s #ToutDaily contest are: Marwin Gonzalez (HOU – 3B/OF) at Detroit $4,600 and Josh Reddick (HOU – OF) $4,700 at Detroit. Stacking any Houston Astros player makes a lot of sense tonight as they face Jordan Zimmerman and his 5.81 ERA and 1.56 WHIP.

My top pitcher for tonight’s #ToutDaily contest is: Alex Wood (SP-LAD) vs. San Francisco, but he is going to cost you the most to roster a pitcher at $11,700. Look for him to bounce back from his first loss of the season where he allowed 7 earned runs.


Jaime Garcia ($6900): I’m a Bay Area guy, and I have some hope for the Athletics future at this point. But as of now, they suck against lefties (righties, too, as a matter of fact) and the first time they face Garcia, I give the advantage to him, especially in a pitcher’s park.

Chris Taylor ($4700): Pretty hard to ignore the smoking hot Taylor (.512-2-9 over his last ten games) facing the completely hittable Matt Moore, who carries a 5.82 ERA with 17 homers and 138 hits allowed over 111.3 innings. Ugh.


JOSE ALTUVE – Jose Altuve is the best player of anyone on the road.  He has this incredible slash line .396/.463/.507/1.070 OPS on the road since the beginning of 2016 which is more than a year and a half of absolute domination.  Throw in 46 SBs vs RHP in that time and you have a gem any time he is on the road.

DANNY SALAZAR – Salazar has been red hot including a one hit performance vs the Blue Jays just six days ago.  Salazar came off the DL to immediately make an impact and playing the hapless pale hose makes me salivate for another big win from the Indians.


Top pitchers…going on the cheap side with two guys with upside; Andrew Cashner at home vs Baltimore and Jeremy Hellickson at home vs Atlanta.  Both are in a good spot to get a W, and could have 8+ strike outs.

Top hitters…with the $ saved on pitching, I can roster some top hitters; Harper, Stanton & Blackmon in the OF, plus hot hitters Contreras, Taylor, Dejong and Donaldson.


Top pitcher: Danny Salazar

It’s feast or famine with this guy, but as the Tout Wars web site pointed out last weekend I need a near miracle to qualify despite winning last week. Salazar could flame out but the upside is too much to pass up

Top hitter: Freddie Freeman

He has tailed off post-injury…to the tune of a .315/.383/.562 line in 81 plate appearances. Freeman is a beast, and has a matchup tonight against the second worst starting pitcher in K% among qualifiers


Alex Wood ($11,700): I’m in protect mode, not only for the period but also for the overall points lead. It doesn’t get much safer than Wood at home versus the Giants.

Mookie Betts ($4,600): Though not as potent as last season, returning to Fenway Park after a road trip usually revitalizes the Red Sox offense. Regression has caught up to Vargas, at least in terms of homers, I’ll take Mookie with the platoon edge as one of my more expensive hitters, especially since he’s actually priced down a bit.

Mike Gianella Wins the Week, but Zola and LaMont Shore Up Their Leads.

It’s never a bad thing to win a week in Tout Daily by Draft Kings, but winning the week and still being 50 some odd points out of the money–headed into the Period’s last week–describes Mike Gianella’s situation.

Gianella edged Andrea LaMont and Todd Zola on the week. You can see his roster at left, including two first-rate pitchers.

The problem is that Zola and LaMont were No. 1 and No. 3 after two weeks in the period. While Gianella gained a bit on them, a small bit, they gained on all the other teams in the hunt, namely Steve Gardner and Howard Bender.

Are Zola and LaMont locks? Far from it. It’s too easy in this game to have one’s pitchers go awry and suffer a devastating week to declare winners for Period 4, but if it is isn’t Zola and LaMont for the tickets, it will be because they failed.

Tout Daily Picks for Friday Night, Todd Zola Leads Edition

After two weeks in Period 4, Todd Zola has 31 point lead over Andrea LaMont and a bunch of other touts who are right behind her. That is a nice lead, but hardly an insurmountable one.

You can see the leaderboard here.

Tonight’s Tout Picks:


PITCHER Chris Sale ($13,400): Lock it in, figure out the rest

HITTER Bradley Zimmer ($3,800): Not a huge bargain, but still well worth the cost. Zimmer’s been hitting leadoff lately,a nice spot to be facing Marco Estrada, whose been quite generous with hits and homers this season.


Chris Sale ($13,400): I like Sale versus an Angels team that ranks 28th in the Majors in OPS against southpaws (.668).

Jabari Blash ($3,200): Blash has hit in each of his last five games and gets to face the Shark, who has pretty good peripherals, but not much else.


Ian Kennedy ($8,100) and Bryce Harper ($5,500) are my picks.


Aaron Nola ($8,400, vs. MIL): The Brewers have been mighty at the plate all year but strike out aplenty, and Nola is finding his peak form.

Josh Bell ($3,900 at COL): With the clash at Coors Field, Rockies and Pirates hitters will flow throughout many lineups, but this could be the best value. The switch hitter has smashed 12 of his homers against righties, and for as good as Jeff Hoffman has been, his home starts still put him at risk.


Todd Zola takes the lead in Period 4 Tout Daily!

Week 1 of Period 4 of Tout Daily was a nailbiter, with Andrea LaMont squeezing out a tiny lead. Week 2 couldn’t have been more different. Todd Zola racked up the points and one the period by 23 points over Phil Hertz.

Zola’s team was powered by Charlie Morton, Josh Bell, Robinson Cano and Bryce Harper. Here is his team (click the image to make it larger):

Zola’s big win puts him atop the Period 4 leaderboard, well ahead of Hertz, Lamont, Derek Carty and Howard Bender, who may all be fighting for the second-place ticket to the finals on September 1. See the Leaderboard here.

Zola, Carty and Bender already have one ticket each to the finals. An extra ticket goes to the team with the most overall points at the end of the 20 week season. So far, Carty leads Bender by 36 points in that race.

The Tout will line up this coming Friday for Week 3 of the four-week Period 4.

Friday Tout Daily Preview for July 14, 2017.

Andrea LaMont is in the lead, but not by much. The Touts are getting their Period 4 Week 2 entries in for the 2017 Tout Daily championship. Here is the leaderboard.

Some are sharing their picks with us.


James Paxton at home and Bryce Harper at GAB.


Top Hitter – Matt Carpenter (1B-$3,800) St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

Top Pitcher – Jacob deGrom (SP-$11,800) New York Mets vs. Colorado Rockies


Jacob Faria ($8200): Crapshoot on the next Tampa future ace facing the Angels, who do indeed like to swing the bats. Faria has 37 whiffs over 38.1 frames.

Whit Merrifield ($4300): It has taken a bit for Merrifield to own second, but he has 13 hits over his last ten games and goes up against Southpaw Martin Perez for the day.


Top Pitchers…going on the inexpensive side with R. A. Dickey at home against AZ, hoping the knuckler will be dancing around in the hot humid weather, and Charlie Morton at home in Houston to shut down the Twins.

Top hitters…with the $ savings on pitching I’m able to put an All-star lineup out there tonight; Buster Posey, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Alltuve, Machado, Lindor, Harper and Judge.  Sleeper pick is Alex Presley.  While this strategy has not worked very well the last couple weeks, I’m sticking with it…tonight might be the night!

Jose Berrios ($7,300 at HOU): I’ll go with the contrarian play against the hot offense to try winning a tournament format.

Avisail Garcia ($3,500 vs. SEA): Similar theme here. Not many people will pick against James Paxton, but I’ll roll with Garcia, who holds a .427 wOBA against southpaws during his breakout year.


Pitcher – No such thing as a sure thing but Jacob deGrom at home is always a good bet.

Hitter – It’s about time for Robinson Cano to start feasting; James Shields should provide the meatballs.

Andrea LaMont takes Period 4 Tout Daily Lead!

Andrea LaMont won the first week of Tout Daily Period 4 by the slimmest of margins, riding a fine start by Zach Greinke and big nights from some stud hitters, including Freddie Freeman, Francisco Lindor, Giancarlo Stanton, and Roughned Odor.

Still, she topped Howard Bender (James Paxton, Lindor, Nolan Arenado and Seth Smith) by 1.4 points; Steve Gardner (Dan Straily, Jesus Aguilar, DJ LeMahieu, Arenado, and Nelson Cruz) by 4.1 points and Derek Carty (Paxton, Jason Kipnis, Lindor, Arenado, and Michael Brantley) by 9.05.

Todd Zola finished fifth for the the week, and is one of three Top 5 finishers this week who already have tickets to the finals. The others are Howard Bender and Derek Carty.

You can see the whole leaderboard here.

The Touts will gather next Friday, July 14, for Week 2 of Period 4. See you then!