Who Is Winning Tout Wars? An Overview

With a month left in the season we’ve crowned one Tout Wars Champion for 2015: Charlie Wiegert is Tout Wars Daily champion. But what about the other leagues? While you can alway check in on the standings and transactions by using the links in the right nav at toutwars.com, at this point it might be a good time to check in on the pennant races.


Chris Liss is having a classic Liss season, young pitching, lots of hitting, lots of risk, and is seven points ahead of Jeff Erickson and nine points ahead of Mike Podhorzer. The three have bubbled up and down around the top of the standings all season, but Liss has benefited from Chris Davis’s spectacular season, and Carlos Correa’s emergence after being called up earlier in the year. There are plenty of points in play for all three teams, up and down, for this to turn any which way at any time, but Liss is clearly the fave.

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Mike Gianella is seven points ahead of standing three-time champ Tristan Cockcroft, but just two weeks ago his edge was only two points. For Cockcroft, the problem has been a freefalling pitching staff, which has won just a single game in the last 13 days, allowing Gianella to pass him. These teams have lots of points in play, too, so while you have to prefer to have the lead, there is no sitting comfortably at this point. Still, Gianella has to appreciate that he was the best team in the first half and has been the best team in the second half. Now he just has to bring it home.

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At the halfway mark on the season Zach Steinhorn had a commanding lead, but that was before Fred Zinkie went to work. Zinkie was in 12th place on June 28, 39.5 points behind Steinhorn. From that point to the August 31 trading deadline he made 19 trades, and has taken a slim lead ahead of Scott Swanay and Steinhorn. Swanay was in 10th place on June 28th, and has nearly matched Zinkie in the second half. Meanwhile, Tim Heaney is just five points behind Zinkie, in fourth place. There’s a lot of pennant race to come in this one.

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Adam Ronis and Paul Greco have been near the top of the standings all year long, but their weak second half performances have given Rudy Gamble a chance to open up some space ahead of them and Eno Sarris (whose had the best second half of them all). Gambles position is pretty strong, but he’s vulnerable in Wins and the pitching qualitatives,

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Bret Sayre entered the last four-week contest 14.5 points ahead of Patrick Mayo and 31 points ahead of Doug Anderson. As we approach the halfway point, Sayre is 15 points behind Mayo, who has moved into a tiny lead. What looked like it might be a blowout has ended up a a nail-biter, if you’re Sayre and Mayo.

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Who Is Winning Tout Wars Mixed Draft on June 28, 2015?

Adam Ronis has a 12.5 point lead over Rudy Gamble, which is a big lead except for one thing: Ronis just lost Giancarlo Stanton for 4-6 weeks.

That’s a big blow, but Ronis’s team might be able to handle it. Thanks to Stanton and Bryce Harper, as well as Kyle Seager, Brian Dozier and Pedro Alvarez, all with double digit home runs, Ronis has 13 more homers than Paul Greco’s team, and 24 more than Paul Sporer’s, which is third in the category.

If there is a place Ronis is really vulnerable it just might be in starting pitching. He has two surprise closers, in Jeurys Familia and AJ Cole, but his starting staff is Wacha and Cole, then pray for Tsuyoshi Wada, Bartolo Colon, and Roenis Elias.

But so far that’s been enough to get it done. To see the rosters and transactions in Tout Mixed Draft visit the league’s onRoto.com home page.

The current standings;

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June 8 Tout Wars FAAB Reports!

The Mastersball.com crew welcomes Mark Trumbo to the American League and and Joey Gallo to the majors. Big bidding ensued this week!

Mike Gianella’s BP report for Tout AL and NL is here.

Tout Wars Mixed Draft Final: Tim McLeod the Winner!

The official results are not official until the official stats update tomorrow morning, but the unofficial results are that Tim McLeod prevailed, moving from a Friday tie to a 111.5 to 109 victory over Perry Van Hook at season’s end.

We’ll have more when the results are official!

The Tout Wars Mixed Draft Horse Race!

Screenshot 2014-09-20 12.16.11It’s a match race. And it couldn’t be closer.

Tim McLeod has been the best Tout Mixed Draft team in September, while Perry Van Hook has been fifth best. Curiously, on September 1 Tim was in first place with 107 points, while Perry was in second with 105. Brent Hershey had a puncher’s chance back the, with 102.5 points.

Here’s what you need to know as we approach the last week (Likely possible gain/Likely possible loss):

Van Hook (+1/0)
McLeod (0/0) Tim is only nine runs ahead of Kessenich, but both have been equally productive this month.

Van Hook (0/0)
McLeod (+2/-1)

Van Hook (0/0)
McLeod (+1/0)

Van Hook (0/0)
McLeod (+1/0)

Van Hook (0/0)
McLeod (0/0)

Van Hook (+1/0)
McLeod (+5/-1)

Van Hook (+.5/-.5)
McLeod (+2/-1.5)

Van Hook (+2/-1)
McLeod (+.5/0)

Van Hook (0/-1)
McLeod (0/0)

Van Hook (+1/-2)
McLeod (0/-1)

Van Hook (0/0)
McLeod (+1/0)

Van Hook (+3.5/-4.5)
McLeod (+3.5/-2.5)

Van Hook (+4.5/-4.5)
McLeod (+8.5/-3.5)

In no category are the two leaders competing against each other. Based on his current lead and his larger potential upside, McLeod has a slim edge, but this promises to be a nailbiter.

Mastersball.com FAAB Roundup August 18, 2014

A relatively quiet week in FAAB, but lots to talk about, as three leagues (not Tout AL) have active pennant races going on.

The boys from Mastersball.com give you the scoop.

Mastersball FAAB Report July 28, 2014

As they do every week, the masters at mastersball.com compile and annotate an authoritative report on the week’s bidding in all four Tout Wars Leagues.

This week? Lots of bidding in the NL, where three full time players arrived from the AL.

July 21, 2014 FAAB Report from Tireless Mastersball.com.

When only three days pass between FAAB sessions, as happened in Tout Wars this past week, the reports come fast and furious, though the bidding is weak and limpest.

Mastersball.com’s latest details all of this week’s fun. You can read it here.

One play from out of left field that the Mastersball crew missed was Rotoman’s bid on Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo, who isn’t even signed to a US team at this point! And this isn’t a keeper league! We spoke with Mr. Man, who says the following explains his bidding:

1) To compete for first he needs more hitting, and can’t afford to trade Madison Bumgarner to get it. At the same time, when he proposes to deal his next best starters, Alfredo Simon and Tanner Roark, to owners for mediocre sluggers like, say Adam LaRoche, they laugh and say they’ve been offered good pitchers for, um, LaRoche. Lenny Melnick today traded LaRoche and Drew Storen to Mike Gianella for Cameron Maybin and Tim Hudson. Fair enough, it’s a tough market.

2) Rusney Castillo is 27 years old and has been working out in Florida since being cleared to sign with a US team. He will have an open workout on Saturday and presumably sign shortly thereafter. He he signs with an AL club, Rotoman is SOL, but if he signs with a NL club, Rotoman will hope he is promoted quickly to the big league club.

3) Like Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu, Castillo is a mature hitter, though more a speedster than a slugger. It is thought that if he signs fast enough he’ll spend a short amount of time in the minors and be promoted to the big club by the end of August. Regular at bats in September could be big for Team Rotoman.

4) The cost for all of this is $1 FAAB and a reserve slot, plus having to keep Castillo active for one fruitless week. If Castillo were to sign next Saturday, after the workout, with a NL club, his price would be much higher. And if Rotoman didn’t have Castillo active he would have Nate McLouth’s two AB instead. It seems worth the risk, he said.