Hershey and Zimmerman Continue to Open Head 2 Head Leads!

Screenshot 2016-06-06 09.03.09Tout Wars Head 2 Head standings are in for the week ending June 5, and Brent Hershey and Jeff Zimmerman each went 4-2 for the week, increasing their leads over an increasingly jumbled middle-of-the-pack.

You can check out all the action and see this week’s matchups at onRoto.com.

Scoring rules: Each week teams face off with six wins/losses at stake in 10 categories. The team that wins the most hitting categories earns two wins, the team that wins the most pitching categories earns two wins, and the team that wins the most overall categories earns two wins. Ties split the two wins one and one.

Tout Wars H2H Standings Explained!

New standings are out for Tout Wars H2H. Brent Hershey, Jeff Zimmerman and Peter Kreutzer are tied for first, with 15-3 records.

This is a new league with a new scoring system, so this seems like a good time to review how games are won and lost.

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Last week, after the first two H2H matchups, Hershey and Zimmerman were tied at 12-0. This meant that both had won more hitting categories than both their opponents, won more pitching categories than both their opponents, and won more overall categories than both their opponents.

Hitting, pitching and overall categories won in each week are worth two “games” each.

For instance, this past week, you can see in the HIT column, that Hershey won three hitting categories and Zimmerman won two. That means Hershey won two Games for the week, while Zimmerman lost two.

In the PIT column, you can see that Zimmerman won three categories, while Hershey won two. That means Zimmerman won two Games for the week, while Hershey lost two.

In the TOT column, you can see that both Zimmerman and Hershey won five categories each, and lost five categories each, so each receives one win and one loss for that week’s games, making their records for the week 3-3.

Add that to their 12-0 records and they go into contest four at 15-3.

Here’s how the week’s other contests went:

Doug Anderson beat Jeff Mans 4-2.

rotomanisthebest-benderPeter Kreutzer beat Howard Bender 6-0. (Bender and Kreutzer had a bet on this one. Payoff was photo in front of Cafe Society in Half Moon Bay, where Howard lives.)

Jake Ciely beat Paul Sporer 4-2.

Stephania Bell beat Andrea LaMont 5-1.

Michael Beller beat Jeff Boggis 4-2.

New contests begin tonight! Here’s the schedule:

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Tout Wars Head 2 Head, the first games are ending!

Today are the last games of the first period of Tout Head 2 Head. Teams can win or lose six games during each of the season’s 22 periods.

  • Teams win 2 games in a period by winning more of the five hitting categories than its opponent.
  • Teams win 2 games in a period by winning more of the five pitching categories.
  • Teams win 2 games in a period by winning more categories overall.
  • Ties split the two games.

Here are the state of the current contests. The HIT and PIT categories show how many categories each team is ahead in.

A new period starts tomorrow and lasts one week.

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Head to Head War Breaks Out!

Howard Bender started it with an email to the league.

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The only problem? The first “week” of Tout Wars H2H doesn’t end until April 17th! Jake has time to recover.

So do all the other losers. Here are the standings though Monday’s games. Scoring is two wins for three or more hitting categories, two wins for three or more pitching categories, and two wins for six or more overall categories. Ties split the two wins.

You can follow the results here all week long.

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The First Tout Wars Head 2 Head Auction March 18, 2016! Read the Live Blog Archive and Spreadsheet.

Live coverage on SiriusXM from 7pm to midnight!

Live spreadsheet here. List of contestants here.Read the rules here.

Live blog after the jump.

Continue reading “The First Tout Wars Head 2 Head Auction March 18, 2016! Read the Live Blog Archive and Spreadsheet.”

Tout Wars Head To Head, Origins!

By Rotoman.

Going into this year, for most of Tout Wars’ 18-year history, I played in Tout Wars NL. This was my NL home league, and while each year a face or two might change, there was great continuity and camaraderie. So it felt odd, this past Sunday, to be sitting outside the Fishbowl at SiriusXM in NYC, watching reigning champ Mike Gianella and three-time champ Tristan Cockcroft and tw0-time champ Scott Wilderman and one-time champs Brian Walton and Steve Gardner and half-champ Lenny Melnick (with Irwin Zwilling), setting NL-only benchmark roto prices while putting their teams together. How did this happen?

2016-03-18 19.10.32It happened because this year I chose to play in the brand new Tout Wars Head To Head League. There were a few reasons for this. Let me count the ways (in no particular order).
Continue reading “Tout Wars Head To Head, Origins!”

THIS is Tout Weekend!

A scene from the Tout NL 2015 auction.
A scene from the Tout NL 2015 auction.

Where will the best and brightest fantasy baseball writers and broadcasters be this weekend?

Many will be in New York City, for the annual Tout Wars weekend of drafts and parties.

This year’s drafts are being held in the studio at SiriusXM and aren’t open for the public, but you can follow along live on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel, and on the live blog and spreadsheet at toutwars.com.

When are the drafts? Where and when are the parties?


Tout H2H: March 18, 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Ron Shandler is auctioneer. Joe Pisapia has the spreadsheet. Mike Gianella is on chat.

Tout AL: March 19, 9am. Doors open at 8am. Brian Feldman is auctioneer. Paul Sporer is on spreadsheet. Al Melchior is doing chat.

Tout Mix Auction: March 19, 3pm. Doors open at 2pm. Jeff Erickson is auctioneer. Ray Murphy has the spreadsheet. Jason Collette is on chat.

Foley’s NY Party: March 19, 8pm. 18 West 33rd Street. Party with the pros!

Tout NL Auction: March 20, 10am. Doors open at 9am. Brian Feldman is the auctioneer. Steve Moyer is on spreadsheet. Jason Collette will chat.

The live blog for each auction will be available at toutwars.com, where there will also be a link to the live spreadsheet. You can access the live spreadsheet now at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12AvDtjmYjr-mlFHXIUkFRDK3EBs_Zy-iJzPZNqRONfQ/edit?usp=sharing. Until the weekend comes, nothing is happening.

Here’s the Menu of Champions at Foleys on Saturday night:



The New League: Tout Wars Head To Head Lineup is Announced

Head To Head is the latest fantasy baseball format to get the Tout Wars treatment. The innaugural auction will take place on March 18th, kicking off Tout Wars Weekend in New York City.

The 12-team league welcomes newcomers Jeff Zimmerman, Howard Bender and Jeff Mans playing 5×5 style against returning Tout Wars vets, playing 22 weekly H2H contest and three roto periods (first half, second half, overall) in which 11 games in each are at stake. The first place team in the roto period goes 11-0, the second goes 10-1, 10th place goes 2-9, etc.

Head to Head League scoring and rules are being finalized and will be announced later this week.

The order below represents reserve-round draft order. The numbers in parentheses are the FAAB budgets for each team.

2016 Tout Wars HEAD TO HEAD

Doug Anderson (1000)
Jake Ciely (1000)
Andrea LaMont (1000)
Michael Beller (1000)
Jeff Boggis (1000)
Stephania Bell (1000)
Paul Sporer (1000)
Brent Hershey (1000)
Peter Kreutzer (780) Transfer from Tout NL
Jeff Mans (1000) New to Tout Wars
Howard Bender (1000)  New to Tout Wars
Jeff Zimmerman (1000) New to Tout Wars