Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of August 21

Welcome to Noelvi Marte Week as the prospects keep coming. Check out how much Marte cost, as well as everyone else below.

Remember, you can see the standings, rosters and all the moves for each league by clicking on the jump link magically inserted under each league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
NSchanuel, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 41
DKeuchel, Min Eric Samulski 29
JAranda, TB Rob Leibowitz 13
DSolano, Min Eric Samulski 11
ADiaz, Oak Jason Collette 5
KMuller, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
RStephenson, TB Jason Collette 3
CKelly, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
LSosa, CWS Andy Andres 0
AZerpa, KC Andy Andres 0
ZCollins, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0
JMcCann, Bal Larry Schechter 0

National League

Player Team Bid
NMarte, Cin Wilderman/Prior 179
WMeckler, SF Ian Kahn 33
DSmyly, ChC Derek Carty 19
DStewart, NYM Steve Gardner 19
KLewis, Ari Erik Halterman 16
EDiaz, NYM Ian Kahn 12
JArauz, NYM Grey Albright 7
MTonkin, Atl Peter Kreutzer 6
JJunis, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
NAhmed, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 4
PAvila, SD Phil Hertz 4
DRom, StL Rick Graham 3
DMendick, NYM Brian Walton 2
BGamel, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
PJohnson, Atl Derek Carty 0
RBrasier, LAD Steve Gardner 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
RDetmers, LAA Justin Mason 63
SGarrett, Was Zach Steinhorn 57
MWinn, StL Zach Steinhorn 38
CIrvin, Bal Jeff Zimmerman 13
RPepiot, LAD Jeff Zimmerman 13
AHouser, Mil Kev Mahserejian 12
DLeMahieu, NYY Kev Mahserejian 6
NMarte, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 4
JPMartinez, Tex Jeff Zimmerman 1

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
LOHoppe, LAA Shelly Verougstraete 200
RPepiot, LAD Seth Trachtman 115
MWinn, StL Scott White 48
NMarte, Cin Seth Trachtman 45
JAssad, ChC Tim McLeod 37
SGarrett, Was Adam Ronis 28
NSchanuel, LAA Dr, Roto 24
AKittredge, TB Ray Murphy 22
JRomero, StL Ryan Bloomfield 21
BRooker, Oak Ryan Bloomfield 18
MVierling, Det Ryan Bloomfield 18
AChapman, Tex Mike Gianella 5
PBlackburn, Oak Adam Ronis 4
CIrvin, Bal Rudy Gamble 3
GMoreno, Ari Adam Ronis 3
DStewart, NYM Dr, Roto 3
ABaddoo, Det Rudy Gamble 3
YGomes, ChC Rudy Gamble 2
MBusch, LAD Scott White 1
PCrowArmstrong, ChC Scott White 1
CRafaela, Bos Scott White 1
KWaldichuk, Oak Mike Gianella 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
NMarte, Cin Sky Dombroske 101
PBlackburn, Oak Ariel Cohen 34
SGarrett, Was Lauren Auerbach 27
AHouser, Mil Sky Dombroske 22
RLewis, Min Joe Gallina 19
RPepiot, LAD Greg Jewett 18
KHernandez, LAD Geoff Pontes 17
NVelazquez, KC Lauren Auerbach 13
SSuzuki, ChC Michael Govier 13
BFalter, Pit Joe Gallina 13
CIrvin, Bal Lauren Auerbach 11
JFoley, Det Michael Govier 8
JAssad, ChC Michael Govier 8
NSchanuel, LAA Frank Stampfl 3
KHarrison, SF Frank Stampfl 3

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
NVelazquez, KC Sara Sanchez 37
MWinn, StL John Laghezza 35
MClevinger, CWS Brian Entrekin 4
DSmyly, ChC Brian Entrekin 3
TToussaint, CWS Dylan White 0
JMcNeil, NYM Jeff Boggis 0
SManaea, SF Jeff Boggis 0

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of August 14

It was supposed to be the calm after the storm, but the AL only teams didn’t get the message as they have a very busy week. The mixed formats? Not so much. However, everyone is grinding.

Remember, you can see the standings, rosters and all the moves for each league by clicking on the jump link magically inserted under each league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
EHancock, Sea Jason Collette 202
RLaureano, Cle Eric Samulski 179
LButler, Oak Chris Blessing 133
EduEscobar, LAA Jason Collette 75
OBasabe, TB Jason Collette 51
NVelazquez, KC Doug Dennis 40
JSingleton, Hou Andy Andres 32
JPMartinez, Tex Patrick Davitt 21
CBiggio, Tor Andy Andres 19
CIrvin, Bal Larry Schechter 5
AFelipe, Oak Eric Samulski 4
JSmith, Tex Eric Samulski 3
MBeaty, KC Larry Schechter 2
PBlackburn, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
KWaldichuk, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JLyles, KC Andy Andres 1
MKing, NYY Andy Andres 1
FTarnok, Oak Jeff Erickson 1
AFaedo, Det Jeff Erickson 1
CPoche, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
SHaggerty, Sea Mike Podhorzer 0
DBlanco, KC Mike Podhorzer 0
JLuplow, Min Jeff Erickson 0
MMoore, LAA Doug Dennis 0

National League

Player Team Bid
CCarrasco, NYM Ian Kahn 28
TBeck, SF Peter Kreutzer 23
JAssad, ChC Peter Kreutzer 23
AWinans, Atl Steve Gardner 14
BKennedy, Ari Rick Graham 13
WWilson, Phi Wilderman/Prior 12
CPhillips, Cin Rick Graham 7
MChavis, Was Grey Albright 7
JCave, Phi Todd Zola 3
ESosa, Phi Ian Kahn 3
ZThompson, StL Brian Walton 1
AJackson, Pit Rick Graham 1
JDelay, Pit Brian Walton 0
CHolderman, Pit Brian Walton 0
CFerguson, LAD Derek Carty 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
JFrance, Hou Zach Steinhorn 154
EHancock, Sea Nick Pollack 85
JGallo, Min Bret Sayre 45
KHernandez, LAD Bret Sayre 35
MLiberatore, StL Brent Hershey 23
JAssad, ChC Doug Anderson 22
RJeffers, Min Scott Swanay 17
ABaddoo, Det Scott Chu 17
FFermin, KC Scott Chu 16
EAndrus, CWS Doug Anderson 12
AWinans, Atl Kev Mahserejian 12
DWaters, KC Brent Hershey 8
JScholtens, CWS CJ Kaltenbach 6
BFalter, Pit CJ Kaltenbach 4
GJax, Min Scott Swanay 0

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
EHancock, Sea Ray Murphy 88
RJeffers, Min D.J. Short 30
DCanzone, Sea Ryan Bloomfield 26
JScholtens, CWS Tim McLeod 22
CMarlowe, Sea D.J. Short 20
DMoore, Sea Ryan Bloomfield 18
AWinans, Atl Tim McLeod 17
RLopez, LAA Shelly Verougstraete 11
JCueto, Mia Mike Gianella 11
BDoyle, Col Seth Trachtman 10
TMegill, NYM Mike Gianella 10
DPeterson, NYM Dr, Roto 9
ROlson, Det Adam Ronis 8
KHernandez, LAD Adam Ronis 8
SBieber, Cle Scott White 0
TMcKenzie, Cle Scott White 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
EHancock, Sea Paul Sporer 125
ETovar, Col Ariel Cohen 28
MLiberatore, StL Michael Govier 22
AFaedo, Det Ariel Cohen 18
JBell, Mia Michael Govier 16
CSilseth, LAA Joe Gallina 14
GSantos, CWS Frank Stampfl 6
ZLittell, TB Frank Stampfl 3
LRengifo, LAA Frank Stampfl 2
NSyndergaard, Cle Frank Stampfl 2

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
ZGelof, Oak Brian Entrekin 12
KHayes, Pit Dylan White 11
JRojas, Phi Sara Sanchez 6
MTauchman, ChC Brian Entrekin 6
GAshcraft, Cin Brian Entrekin 6
EHancock, Sea Brian Entrekin 6
RJeffers, Min Brian Entrekin 2
FFermin, KC Brian Entrekin 2
KHendricks, ChC Jeff Boggis 1
DPeterson, NYM Dylan White 0
AChapman, Tex Dylan White 0

Tout Table: Post-deadline fallout

As is tradition immediately after the trade deadline, the Touts were asked:

What is an under-the-radar repercussion of the trade deadline shuffling that shouldn’t be overlooked?

Garion Thorne (DraftKings, @GarionThorne): Let us all celebrate the merciful end of hunting saves in the desert. With the Diamondbacks acquisition of Paul Sewald there is now an undisputed hierarchy in the backend of Arizona’s bullpen. Congratulations to those among us — myself included — who have continued to roster the likes of Andrew Chafin or Miguel Castro in hopes of vulturing a couple precious saves. Neither even had the decency to provide in other categories. Chafin’s 1.43 WHIP was a drain on your ratios, while Castro’s 20.0% strikeout rate sits in just the 27th percentile of pitchers. We are now free.

Eric Samulski (Rotoballer, @SamskiNYC): I think park factors can sometimes be overlooked. People look at lineup or rotation spots and gravitate towards players who are in a bigger role, and that’s valuable but we also need to keep an eye on the environment the players are moving from or too. For example, Jake Burger is moving from a park that ranked 6th for right-handed pull power and is going to a park that’s 28th for right-handed pull power. Considering Burger’s main value in fantasy is HRs, that could be a big deal. Also, we gloss over motivation. If a team sells off player and waives the white flag, you can often see older players on those teams have worse ends to the season. It’s a grind to get up and compete every day when you know your team is not a contender, especially when you’ve been in the league a while.

Brad Johnson (Patreon BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam): From what I’ve observed in my dynasty leagues, the deadline serves as a bottleneck to trading. Folks start saying “hey, the deadline is coming. I think certain of my guys could really gain value. I better wait.” The bottleneck opens a little before the actual deadline – managers try to sell their Carlos Hernandez before the Scott Barlow trade in order to lock in *some* profit. In that case, Barlow was traded and Hernandez is worth more today than a week ago. I think we can all imagine the scenario where he was not traded and Hernandez becomes a cut. The bottleneck bursts open post-deadline when real teams give us information like “the Cardinals seemingly really like Saggese, I should grab him too.” A rival of mine traded for him just the other day. I doubt Saggese was anywhere on his radar before the deadline.

Justin Mason (Friends With Fantasy Benefits, @JustinMasonFWFB): Over the next couple of weeks we are going to begin to see a number of minor leaguers get the call up to fill vacancies that were made by trades. Kyle Manzardo and Masyn Winn should both debut mid-August.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): Masyn Winn isn’t up right away, but the Cardinals SS prospect was the International League July Player of the Month. He should get at least the last month of the season to break in with St. Louis. With Brendan Donovan out, hitter at-bats are going to LHB Alec Burleson, who is starting to get into a groove. On the other hand, Dylan Carlson, who was not traded as many expected, has become a reserve.

CJ Kaltenbach (Fantasy Guru, @TheSeigeDFS): Cardinals are going to give veterans like Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado way more off-days than normal down the stretch which will make Alec Burleson a de-facto full time player. Other teams will certainly do similar but Burleson has more talent than most players getting the PT boost.

Nick Pollack (Pitcher List, @PitcherList): The Royals trading away Ryan Yarbrough opened the door for Cole Ragans to get regular starts for the Royals. He flashed 97/98 mph heaters earlier in the year as a starter and could flirt with that velocity with a solid cutter and changeup.

Vlad Sedler (FTN Fantasy, @rotogut): Jean Segura’s playing career. Traded away by the Marlins, cut by Guardians immediately. Feels like one of those traps in 50-round Draft-and-Holds next season, a la Nelson Cruz this season.

Derek Carty (RotoGrinders, @DerekCarty): In deeper AL/NL-only leagues, the focus is usually on the big names changing leagues. But the scrub players on their former teams who will step into bigger roles warrant consideration as well. In deeper leagues, the most valuable commodity is simple playing time. It may not be fun rostering someone like Gabriel Arias, who has started 7 of 8 games for Cleveland since Amed Rosario was dealt, but he’s going to have more value than a large number of players who are already rostered in leagues this size simply because he’s actually on the field. In Tout NL, I just added Rafael Ortega from the Mets. It’s not sexy, but he’s become a near-everyday player that would be worth $5 or so at auction who I acquired for 1% of my FAAB.

Scott White (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CBSScottWhite): Jonathan Aranda and Michael Busch are both 25 and, if the numbers are any indication, have clearly overstayed their welcome in the minors. Unfortunately, their parent clubs, both among the best in baseball, can’t seem to make room for them. My biggest hope going into the deadline was that they’d be cashed in as trade chips and immediately take over as starters for their new teams. It didn’t happen for either, and we all lose because of it.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I agree with those who say the effect is in PT, particularly understudies on lesser teams who step into FT roles when the leads go to new teams.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): While the focus is on the potential rest of season value changes of the players switching teams, there are also domino effects on the players in the organizations involved. Players sometimes get new or increased playing time opportunities, while others lose out or suffer reduce fantasy roles, like shifting into middle relief from the closer role.

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Some really good streaming opportunities against teams that have sold and are just playing out the string (looking at you, Pirates, White Sox, Nationals, Mets, etc.)

Michael Govier (FTN Fantasy, @mjgovier): Defense matters in real-life baseball. We could care less in fantasy baseball, but don’t assume every new acquisition or call-up will be heir apparent going forward. Pitchers need defense now more than ever to close out playoff spots. Take the defensive profile of the players you’re looking to add into consideration not just individually, but within the context of the team defensive alignment. Boring for some, but definitely something to pay attention to.

Glenn Colton (SiriusXM, @GlennColton1): Luis Urias. Sent down but now called up. Yes, he was bad in MLB and AAA this year but 2b/ss/3b eligibility is super valuable and is just 26 coming off age 24-25 seasons in which he hit 39 HR in under 900 AB. Plus .179 BABIP will improve

Dave Adler (BaseballHQ, @daveadler01): Shohei Ohtani and the Angels. Even as a rental, two months of Ohtani would have brought tremendous prospect value to LAA, and allowed a rebuild. But how do you trade the second-coming of Babe Ruth? The off-season question will be whether Ohtani appreciates the effort to compete and re-signs…or if it’s not enough to keep him from signing elsewhere. If he leaves, LAA will likely be bad for a long time.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): I agree with everyone who said playing time and would just add that evaluating playing time across team context, i.e., how to compare the value of a player who is playing every day on a struggling team v. a guy who just lost playing time to a strong-side platoon situation on a better team. I find that it’s useful to use 14-day/30-day comparisons a lot at this time of year to get a better idea of counting stats over 75% of ABs v. 90% of ABs in a different situation because it can vary a lot by team context. Additionally, if you’re holding a guy who is newly part of a strong-side platoon, making sure you check that with schedules week-by-week is important.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): Playing time is the key metric here. The decision for Shohei Ohtani to remain with the Angels for the remainder of the season. I think they will resign him in the off season. There are a handful of key prospects who can help teams in the second half that I would love to see get called up and that can help fantasy baseball teams during the home stretch. Some of those names on my radar include Michael Busch (2B LAD), Brandon Pfaadt (P ARI), and Matt Wallner (OF MIN).

Chris Blessing (BaseballHQ, @C_Blessing): There’s always a call up or two, August 15th or later, we’re all surprised about. Do we dare say it’s Jackson Chourio? If he keeps hitting the way he has since the All-Star break, the Brewers would be fools not to trot him out in CF over Sal Frelick in this Pennett Race. Last time we saw a 19-year-old in a similar spot it was Juan Soto.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): There are always injuries and moves by teams after the deadline. Make sure you leave yourself some ability to fill your stretch-run gaps or to take advantage of those roster changes, if you can.

Tim McCullough (Fantasy Six Pack, @TimsTenz): Not sure this is really under the radar, but I think the trade deadline was a real dud this year because there were so many teams that were neither sellers nor buyers. The expansion of the playoffs, and therefore more teams with a theoretical shot at postseason play, means more teams will stand pat or make fewer trades. Very few top players will be traded at the deadline unless they are due to be free agents at the end of the season, and even then, the return haul on the top players will be smaller because teams are less willing to pay top dollar for a rental that may or may not pan out for them. Even the relief pitching market will shrink because teams will want to hang onto their high leverage and high-quality relievers – something they already need to do since starting pitchers are not pitching deep into games. The lack of player movement in MLB will spill over into fantasy leagues and we’ll likely see fewer fantasy trades around the deadline. The next thing we’ll likely see is the trade deadline being moved later into the season – perhaps mid-August or even later – to give teams more time to see whether their playoff odds are improving or dwindling. If the league doesn’t do this then the trade deadline will continue to see fewer trades overall, fewer blockbusters, and fewer top players moved. Fantasy leagues will follow suit.

Shelly Verougstraete (NBC Sports EDGE Baseball, @ShellyV_643): Keep an eye on minor league players that could be called up a-la Corbin Carroll style. Masyn Winn and Connor Phillips are two that come to mind. If the Brewers and Orioles really want to spice things up down the stretch, the two Jacksons (Chourio and Holliday) could make an appearance.

Clay Link (Rotowire, @claywlink): I think it’s important to remember that these are human beings being completely uprooted, having to adapt to life changes outside of baseball while trying to fit into a new clubhouse. This can be tough on the psyche. “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical,” as Yogi Berra said. Sometimes the pressures can mount and exacerbate struggles in a new situation.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): One notice of mine were the amount of teams that essentially did nothing, Yankees come to mind, and will spend the rest of the year in baseball purgatory. Not good enough to win, not bad enough to lose. Its an odd strategy that limited trade deadline excitement.

Ian Kahn (, @IanKahn4): It’s the spots that open up with the trades. The Jakee Alus of the world, who are getting their shots. It really is a fun time, because the teams that are out of it are looking for guys that might work in 2024. When everyone is in Fantasy Football mode, the field is open for pickups that will help you in 2024 and beyond in Dynasty and Keeper Leagues.

Carlos Marcano (Triple Play Fantasy, @camarcano): Playing time, it’s all about it. As an example, Michael Lorenzen has been a gift from heaven for a bunch of teams with struggling aces. He was with an underwhelming Tigers team that limited his W opportunities so him moving to a contender was going to be awesome, right? Well, he landed on the Phillies and is now part of a six man rotation. This kind of things while not too flashy can add on in detriment of your chances. It’s hard to anticipate all the possibilities so sometimes you can only react and wait for the best.

Chris Clegg (Pitcher List, @RotoClegg): Trades always have some sort of fall out for both teams involved. There will be players who lose playing time, but also those who gain playing time. It is important to monitor the trends closely for all teams and see who is gaining and losing playing time. Late season callups will also happen. With the amount of callups that have happened this year, it may not feel like there are many prospects left that could get the call, but I would save a little FAAB because we just might see a top prospect get call this month.

Greg Jewett (The Athletic, @gjewett9): Teams filling innings for the remainder of the season. With injuries compiling for many teams, multiple-inning relievers or win vultures may be very savvy plays for the rest-of-the-season. No pitcher has ever won 10 games while accruing less than 60 innings and two sit on the precipice of this feat. Mike Baumann (BAL) 9 wins over 54.1 innings and Colin Poche (TBR) 9 wins through 40.1 innings. San Francisco has two pitchers in a rotation then “bulk relievers” like Tristan Beck filling in. Streaming them in deeper formats may be an effective streaming strategy over the last seven weeks of the season, especially in head-to-head leagues.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): Looking for opportunities given to players on teams that sold off at the trade deadline. When players are traded away from teams out of contention, it is very likely that someone available on the waiver wire is going to suddenly start seeing everyday at bats. It just lends to more opportunities for free agents which is helpful when making waiver wire acquisitions. At this time of the season, it is very rare to find a hidden gem in the middle of the waiver wire.

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of August 7

Welcome to Part 2 of an extended trade deadline. Things were busier this period, with all of the winning bids below.

Remember, you can see the standings, rosters and all the moves for each league by clicking on the jump link magically inserted under each league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
JVerlander, Hou Joe Sheehan 768
JFlaherty, Bal Jeff Erickson 442
RGrichuk, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 392
CCron, LAA Jeff Erickson 285
PDeJong, Tor Doug Dennis 158
LUrias, Bos Larry Schechter 135
DSchneider, Tor Andy Andres 111
CRagans, KC Andy Andres 81
DCanzone, Sea Chris Blessing 59
CSilseth, LAA Eric Samulski 53
JRojas, Sea Chris Blessing 49
BBrieske, Det Andy Andres 41
JScholtens, CWS Chris Blessing 23
PReyes, Bos Jason Collette 10
JFoley, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 9
XCurry, Cle Jason Collette 5
CWallach, LAA Larry Schechter 2
TraThompson, CWS Jason Collette 2
ACox, KC Eric Samulski 1
ABummer, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
KCalhoun, Cle Rob Leibowitz 0
JTopa, Sea Doug Dennis 0
TKahnle, NYY Doug Dennis 0
JayJackson, Tor Doug Dennis 0
CStratton, Tex Chris Blessing 0

National League

Player Team Bid
PSewald, Ari Derek Carty 518
JBell, Mia Steve Gardner 473
JBurger, Mia Brian Walton 470
MLorenzen, Phi Erik Halterman 411
JPeterson, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 275
JAlu, Was Phil Hertz 97
APollock, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 95
RYarbrough, LAD Phil Hertz 68
DStewart, NYM Todd Zola 47
MWinn, StL Todd Zola 37
ATrejo, Col Peter Kreutzer 33
IVargas, Was Peter Kreutzer 33
BFalter, Pit Erik Halterman 32
YChirinos, Atl Ian Kahn 16
ROrtega, NYM Derek Carty 12
MLeiter, ChC Peter Kreutzer 12
MFulmer, ChC Peter Kreutzer 12
SBarlow, SD Brian Walton 12
GSoto, Phi Grey Albright 12
AWilliams, Pit Brian Walton 11
NFortes, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 2
SCecconi, Ari Rick Graham 2
TMegill, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
LRichardson, Cin Rick Graham 1
NLopez, Atl Ian Kahn 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
RYarbrough, LAD Bret Sayre 68
SDominguez, Phi Scott Swanay 45
CMead, TB Justin Mason 45
MVientos, NYM Scott Swanay 37
BRaley, NYM Zach Steinhorn 32
CRagans, KC Justin Mason 27
YChirinos, Atl Justin Mason 27
ZLittell, TB Brent Hershey 19
JDiaz, Oak Brent Hershey 8
AHouser, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 8
DPeterson, NYM Brent Hershey 4
AWilliams, Pit Scott Engel 3
IKinerFalefa, NYY Scott Engel 3
NSenzel, Cin Kev Mahserejian 1

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
LRichardson, Cin Mike Gianella 150
BRodgers, Col D.J. Short 90
CHernandez, KC D.J. Short 90
DSchneider, Tor Tim McLeod 79
STaylor, KC Seth Trachtman 55
TToussaint, CWS Mike Gianella 53
HRamirez, TB Mike Gianella 36
LMedina, Oak Mike Gianella 35
MMassey, KC Anthony Perri 22
BTurang, Mil Anthony Perri 22
MTauchman, ChC Adam Ronis 22
CRagans, KC Tim McLeod 21
ZLittell, TB Shelly Verougstraete 15
CMead, TB Adam Ronis 12
FFermin, KC Adam Ronis 8
JRojas, Phi Dr, Roto 6
HKjerstad, Bal Dr, Roto 6
MCanha, Mil Ryan Bloomfield 4
JDiaz, Oak AJ Mass 1
MBrash, Sea Scott White 1

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
CRagans, KC Sky Dombroske 155
DSchneider, Tor Ryan Hallam 76
AMunoz, Sea Greg Jewett 45
JBauers, NYY Lauren Auerbach 34
CMead, TB Frank Ammirante 27
YChirinos, Atl Lauren Auerbach 24
LWade, SF Michael Govier 21
MTauchman, ChC Sky Dombroske 18
XCurry, Cle Joe Gallina 17
RLopez, LAA Sky Dombroske 14
WSmith, Tex Michael Govier 14
DKeuchel, Min Joe Gallina 13
DHudson, StL Ariel Cohen 13
ERosario, Atl Ariel Cohen 11
JWentz, Det Michael Govier 9
AHouser, Mil Ariel Cohen 9
MMassey, KC Sky Dombroske 8
WBenson, Cin Frank Ammirante 3
LAllen, Cle Frank Stampfl 3
TToussaint, CWS Joe Gallina 2

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
CSilseth, LAA Chris Clegg 78
JCandelario, ChC Sara Sanchez 76
DSchneider, Tor Jennifer Piacenti 56
CRagans, KC Jennifer Piacenti 31
AHeaney, Tex Chris Clegg 16
LWade, SF Sara Sanchez 12
ABurleson, StL Sara Sanchez 4
LMedina, Oak Brian Entrekin 4
CSanchez, Phi John Laghezza 4
JBauers, NYY John Laghezza 3
LUrias, Bos John Laghezza 3
ROHearn, Bal John Laghezza 3
ZLittell, TB Brian Entrekin 2
MBrash, Sea Andy Behrens 1
YChirinos, Atl Dylan White 1
MGarver, Tex Matt Trussell 1
JCronenworth, SD Dylan White 0

Tout Wars Trade Deadline Chat

Some of the Touts will be hanging out in a Zoom room from 4 PM ET – 7 PM ET, discussing all of the trade deadline deals. Please join us.

Touts include Todd Zola, Peter Kreutzer, Brian Walton, Michael Govier, Mike Gianella, Sara Sanchez, Eric Samulski, Ray Murphy, Justin Mason, Anthony Aniano and more!

Ask questions, chime in, just lurk — whatever!

Meeting ID: 822 0714 8155

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of July 31

Welcome to Part 1 of what’s shaping up to be a busy trade deadline. This is an interesting season since most years, the majority of crossover players for AL and NL only formats are bid upon in one transaction period. This year, the AL and NL only Touts needed to decide whether to go after the players already dealt, or hope more players are dealt across leagues in the next 48 or so hours.

Speaking of which, several of the Touts will be hanging out in a Zoom room, discussing the trades, and anything else that comes up. Please check out the Tout Wars site for the link; the festivities will commence at 4 PM ET.

Remember, you can see the standings, rosters and all the moves for each league by clicking on the jump link magically inserted under each league header.

American League

Player Team Bid
MScherzer, Tex Mike Podhorzer 846
JMontgomery, Tex Rob Leibowitz 781
JHicks, Tor Mike Podhorzer 52
KolWong, Sea Chris Blessing 19
RGrossman, Tex Chris Blessing 17
ZLittell, TB Jason Collette 13
RTiedemann, Tor Andy Andres 11
LErceg, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 9
DFloro, Min Jason Collette 5
NSyndergaard, Cle Chris Blessing 5
YGarcia, Tor Patrick Davitt 2
THolton, Det Doug Dennis 1
JLeclerc, Tex Doug Dennis 1
ADiaz, Oak Eric Samulski 1
AMondesi, Bos Mike Podhorzer 0
SZavala, CWS Larry Schechter 0

National League

Player Team Bid
LLynn, LAD Tristan H. Cockcroft 584
ARosario, LAD Grey Albright 177
MLuciano, SF Peter Kreutzer 123
KHernandez, LAD Todd Zola 57
HWesneski, ChC Brian Walton 29
DBard, Col Ian Kahn 16
ATrejo, Col Brian Walton 10
LJackson, SF Wilderman/Prior 8
MLiberatore, StL Rick Graham 6
JKelly, LAD Phil Hertz 6
AToro, Mil Ian Kahn 4
DrSmith, NYM Derek Carty 4
JHoffman, Phi Erik Halterman 2
AKnizner, StL Ian Kahn 2
LWeaver, Cin Phil Hertz 1
EMontero, Col Rick Graham 1
NAhmed, Ari Erik Halterman 1
RAdams, Was Steve Gardner 1

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
HRyu, Tor Brent Hershey 41
SFrelick, Mil Justin Mason 37
MWallner, Min Kev Mahserejian 27
MLuciano, SF Scott Engel 26
LMedina, Oak Brent Hershey 23
MMoustakas, LAA Brent Hershey 22
DomSmith, Was Scott Chu 21
LRengifo, LAA Zach Steinhorn 19
RSuarez, SD Justin Mason 17
JPayamps, Mil Scott Chu 12
GSantos, CWS Scott Engel 11
AMonasterio, Mil Scott Chu 9
LPeguero, Pit Scott Engel 5
BRodgers, Col Jeff Zimmerman 3
JWiemer, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 3
JRomero, StL Scott Pianowski 1

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
AHouser, Mil Ray Murphy 40
PPfaadt, Ari Ray Murphy 40
JQuintana, NYM Seth Trachtman 28
MLuciano, SF Scott White 27
AOttavino, NYM D.J. Short 25
RMauricio, NYM D.J. Short 15
MWallner, Min Scott White 14
BRaley, NYM Adam Ronis 12
AMunoz, Sea Dr, Roto 11
TMay, Oak Tim McLeod 9
MMassey, KC Adam Ronis 8
JBleday, Oak Dr, Roto 8
GSanchez, SD Ryan Bloomfield 6
ESwanson, Tor Scott White 4
KIsbel, KC Tim McLeod 4
TomMurphy, Sea Shelly Verougstraete 2
NLodolo, Cin Scott White 0
JSegura, Mia Shelly Verougstraete 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
JGray, Was Ariel Cohen 43
LMedina, Oak Sky Dombroske 22
GGallegos, StL Joe Gallina 19
BLively, Cin Ariel Cohen 18
MWallner, Min Clay Link 14
DPeterson, NYM Michael Govier 12
JSuwinski, Pit Ariel Cohen 12
KFinnegan, Was Sky Dombroske 11
MKepler, Min Greg Jewett 9
CSantana, Mil Frank Stampfl 6
ZMcKinstry, Det Ryan Hallam 1
TCabbage, LAA Frank Ammirante 1

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
THernandez, Sea Dylan White 41
JBurger, CWS Chris Clegg 17
NPivetta, Bos Sara Sanchez 17
JTaillon, ChC Sara Sanchez 16
MWallner, Min Chris Clegg 11
TPham, NYM Chris Clegg 7
TONeill, StL John Laghezza 5
LCampusano, SD John Laghezza 3
BSabol, SF Matt Trussell 0
PSandoval, LAA Dylan White 0

Tout Table: Taking Advantage of Fantasy Football

This week’s question: What do you do to take advantage of some competitors shifting focus to fantasy football?

Scott Engel (The Game Day, @ScottETheKing): Actually, my goal is to not let myself get too shifted away. I always cut out time daily to stay on top of MLB, my days just become more crammed with research of two sports. If you are in a league where others start to pay less interest, though, you might be able to win out on the waiver wire more this time of year.

Dan Strafford (MoonshotsMLB, @DanStrafford): Any number of cliches could describe the fantasy baseball season. It’s a war of attrition. It’s a marthon, not a print. On and on they go. I don’t know that it is specifically fantasy football that can be taken advantage of or just the typical nature of losing interest over such a long season. The biggest key is to stay dedicated and focused each week to waiver wire, injuries, trends, and lineup setting.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): Those owners may be more inclined to entertain trades since their interest in baseball drops as they ramp up football focus. Do the necessary research yourself. Make it as easy as possible for them to say “yes”.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I don’t do football, but I also don’t attempt to do anything that would be trickeration or something that could be resented later. I just play it straight–same as I do in May.

Nick Pollack (Pitcher List, @PitcherList): Many players don’t have the time to keep up with new trends, which allows players who can see pitches changing their approach, velocity, and improving their command/stuff in believable ways are often overlooked. Pitchers especially can go on successful runs when in rhythm and those who have less time will often keep their old first half opinions of pitchers. Take advantage of the mercurial nature of players.

Frank Ammirante (The GameDayHQ, @FAmmiranteTFJ): The best way to take advantage is through the waiver wire. You may be able to get a player at a lower FAAB bid than expected since your competitors are not as engaged as they were in April or May.

Eric Samulski (Rotoballer, @SamskiNYC): I honestly don’t think you need to do much, just stay engaged. Maybe place smaller bids, expecting less furious competition on the wire. Also, look to float trade offers with teams who are out of it but may want to shake things up or acquire “fun” players to cheer for. That doesn’t mean make bad offers, but it just means explore offers to see if a Mets fan maybe wants to add Francisco Alvarez for the final two months, etc.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): I don’t shift to fantasy football stuff until later so I just keep grinding in fantasy baseball. Same amount of attention, still running last 14-30 day comps, looking for guys who are hot, where I can find some advantages, where playing time has crept up or dropped off. I imagine the people focused on football aren’t looking at baseball as closely and I am really just trying to get an edge through having a good process and consistency.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): The first thing to note are the teams who are no longer setting lineups and/or not making waiver wire pickups. In terms of standings … see which ones you may be able to pas more easily. In terms of pickups, note that they won’t be part of FAAB, so set your values knowing that there are fewer teams competing. I don’t think that there is a way of taking advantage of those teams as far as trades … they are more absent than anything else in my experience.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I’m pretty diligent about my moves anyway, so not much different from some checkouts. If I’m sure another player has checked out, it might play a part in setting a bid if he would otherwise be someone I thought would be competing with me for the player.

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, @jeffwzimmerman): It’s too late to really take advantage of managers migrating over to football. The football managers won’t be grinding out every at-bat so counting, especially Runs and RBI, can be gained during this time. Also, Saves can be picked up. These categories can be deemphasized during the draft knowing they can be made up now.

Scott White (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CBSScottWhite): The advantages are less obvious in the present than in the past and the future. The past advantage is that you could afford to be more aggressive with your free agent bidding early in the season, knowing there will be fewer bidders later on. This is actually one of several reasons why it generally pays to front-load free agent spending. The future advantage is that you’ll have a more complete picutre of certain players heading into next year. The fantasy football crowd will have their opinions skewed by the first two-thirds of the season. They may miss the boat on certain players entirely. Who knows who all could emerge over the next two months?

Grey Albright (RazzBall, @razzball): Best way to take advantage of anyone is to ask them for a small, simple favor, then slowly increasing your favors until they’re willing to give you anything you want. So, ask them for a glass of water and keep increasing favors, until they give you Acuña in a trade for a middle reliever.

CJ Kaltenbach (Fantasy Guru, @TheSeigeDFS): When people stop paying attention that’s when you can make your move in specific categories; it’s not always about winning the league but getting yourself into more money paying positions through sticking with it.

Sky Dombroske (Fantistics Insider Baseball, @SkyDombroske): For owners whose attention is drifting but haven’t totally checked out, it’s worth making some offers for players who have shown improvement over the past 2-4 weeks that you think highly of, as those owners may be more focused on season-long totals instead of recent play. Taking a look at your upcoming schedule with an eye toward who is and isn’t paying attention could give you some added insight into your team’s ceiling as well.

Erik Halterman (Rotowire, @erik_halterman): In theory, there should be less competition on the waiver wire, but in practical terms, I’m not sure it makes a difference in FAAB leagues. You only need to be outbid by one person to lose a player, so if you’re submitting cheap bids in hopes that the fantasy football effect will allow yours to sneak through, you’re liable to get burned by a leaguemate who’s still locked in. In first-come, first-served leagues (where fantasy players who stop paying attention down the stretch may be overrepresented) you might be able to take advantage of the effect more.

Andy Andres (BaseballHQ, @sabermetrics101): Agree with a lot of the sentiment here, stay engaged, nothing different, play it straight.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): You’ve got to start early, so I like to complain loudly and often about how awful fantasy baseball is these days and how great fantasy football is. Then, I start playing the Fox football intro theme at a very low volume at all times whenever I’m near one of my fantasy football playing friends. Finally, I try to remind them how much prep is really necessary to win your fantasy football league: you had better be watching those August preseason games or your draft is going to be a complete failure! By constantly telling my opponents how important fantasy football is, I’ll get 3-4 of them to completely neglect their baseball teams and enable my historic climb from 8th place to 5th place. Take that, football fans!

Jennifer Piacenti (Sports Illustrated, @jenpiacenti): We’re still playing fantasy baseball? Kidding. Though, the way my Tout team looks right now, you might think I’m not. COME ON, YORDAN. Serisouly, though, for those that have had a bum team all year, this is the time to gain ground. With fantasy football taking focus away, simply keeping an eye on who’s hot can be enough to pick up major gains once your middle-of-the- pack opponents check out knowing they can’t win it all. I’ve gone from second-to-last to second overall before just by paying attention after the trade deadline.

Michael Govier (FTN Fantasy, @mjgovier): This is easy! I just keep doing what I’ve been doing all season. Because if I try to exploit a manager who is not paying attention, I might just sit there waiting forever because I won’t get a response. So it’s business as usual for me as football becomes the focus for millions of people. I might get some more breaks going my way on the waiver wire too because the attention span is waining for many of my competitors. I suppose one other key thing that is a benefit from this change in season is the reduction in FAAB prices. I drop my bids by roughly 15% across the board because there will be a reduction in prices.

Shelly Verougstraete (NBC Sports EDGE Baseball, @ShellyV_643): I don’t really do anything different this time fo year. I might take a look at other manager’s lineups to see if they are still playing, but I just moving along with my process.

Scott Chu (Pitcher List, @ifthechufits): We are heading into prime waiver wire season. Between late call-ups and fewer managers competing for those adds, I’m often glad that I reserved at least 1/3 of my FAAB budget, if not half, so I can try to control the action on Sunday night waiver runs. Even if I don’t have FAAB resources, I remkain very active on the wire knowing that football and bad luck has taken a lot of managers out of it, raising the replacement level and increasing the odds that players you cut will still be there next week if you change your mind

Seth Trachtman (, Yardbarker, @sethroto): Just stay the course. It can get easy to get distracted in late August and early September, but those are arguably the most important weeks of the season when closing in for the last few points in roto-scoring categories. There’s no reason to let up after months of hard work and dedication.

Brian Entrekin (Fantasy Pros, BaseballHQ, @bdentrek): When players change their focus to football it leaves a lot more chances for us diehard fantasy baseball players. I usually lower my FAAB bids as the bids are going down everywhere. I also look at standings and where I can imrpove even more as targeting categories can become easier with less attention from the league.

Carlos Marcano (Triple Play Fantasy, @camarcano): I think this should be an advantage to me as I barely play Fantasy Football but, truth is, that really competitive players are going to keep focused so no truce in the horizon!

Zach Steinhorn (Steinhorn’s Universe on Substack, @zachsteinhorn): I’ve found that the waiver wire is where you can really take advantage, so I make a special effort to stay informed on the latest fantasy-relevant news, whether it be a prospect call-up, a newly annointed closer or simply playing time changes. But like Carlos mentioned, it’s unlikely that you will catch many managers napping in industry leagues.

Joe Sheehan (Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, @joe_sheehan): I don’t make any changes to my process, but pending my FAAB situation I do try to be aware of who is still making pickups and lineup changes and who isn’t, which can help shape bidding at a time of year when every dollar counts. Maybe you only have third or fourth hammer, but two of the people ahead of you are unlikely to bid on anyone. Maybe you and a couple of teams need saves, but one of them still has Jose Alvarado in the lineup. Some sites even track logins, so you can see who is staying active and who isn’t.

Alan Harrison (The Fantasy Fix, @TheFantasyFix): Fortunately (or, unfortunately?) for me most of the leagues I play don’t lose folks to fantasy football. So the process stays the same. Tracking the standings to identify where I can gain/protect points. Monitoring lineups to maximize plate appearances for my hitters, carefully plugging in starters based on matchups and looking for middle relievers on the wire who may be getting high leverage opportunities for a chance at saves, scab wins, strikeouts and ratios.

Ryan Hallam (Fighting Chance Fantasy, @FightingChance): I am one who does play fantasy football heavily, but this is the best time of year to make up ground in standings. Less people are participating in weekly FAAB bidding, and it is another great time to analyze where you are in the standings to see where you can make up the most points quickly. This is incredibly important with the trade deadline looming and September callups or teams out of it who are playing their young players. While some fade away this is the time for you to work harder.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotoBuzzGuy): Yeah, this is actually a really tough spot for me, especially this year as I sit in the Top 3 of fantasy baseball leagues like FSGA, TGFBI and BARF. Maintaining your focus while transitioning to football is not an easy thing and a lot falls through the cracks, especially if it’s your job. Splitting your time between the two sports doesn’t mean you’re less of a diehard fantasy baseball person. It just means you have deeper responsibilities. To maintain and even advance, you have to find the right balance which is not an easy task. In addition to prepping your followers and subscribers for their upcoming football drafts, you have to be extremely diligent in following not just all the injury news, but trade deadline info, rookie call-ups, etc. If you’re sitting in the middle of the pack, you find those people slipping out of contention further and further and start floating some trade offers for help you require. You can get away with some deals that tilt in your favor, especially if you feel they aren’t paying attention. If your league allows for trading FAAB dollars, you should definitely try and get as much thrown in for you as possible. Take a long look at your standings too because people sliding out of contention could very well be sitting in front of you in different categories which is a great place to strike. Maybe there’s a little extra work involved, but in the end, you’ll be happy you did it as you stand in the winner’s circle holding that trophy.

Justin Mason (Friends With Fantasy Benefits, @JustinMasonFWFB): I think it is all about focus. While your leaguemates are diving into their football prep, you should be using that time to dig into your standings and see where you can gain or lose ground. Just being active and making moves will do a lot of work. Stay active and reap the rewards of your opponents split attention.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): It really depends on where I’m at in the league standings. Since I am in several fantasy baseball and fantasy football leagues, I try to balance based on priority. I would never quit on a league, but will spend more time on the leagues where I can finish in the top three. I think you can do both with little issue. Never quit on your league!

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): As other owners shift towards football I’ll look to under bid and sneak some players onto my roster through FAAB. It’s also an opportunity to trade for underperforming players who start to perform as originally expected in case their Team manager is not noticing.

Eric Cross (FTNFantasy, @EricCross04): This is honestly one of my favorite times of the season. If you’re putting effort into the first four months of the season, why stop now? What, just because some sport with a brown ball that looks like the head of Arnold from “Hey Arnold” is approaching? Staying focused during these final two weeks while others are shifting some of their focus to football can be the difference between winning and losing or finishing in a money spot or not. The biggest aspect that can be overlooked if shifting focus to football are the recent trends and hot hitters and pitchers that are popping up lately.

Joe Gallina (Fantasy Alarm, @joegallina): It seems obvious but I pay even more attention to the waiver wire and MLB team roster moves as football training camps open. I also find that league mates tend to lose their focus on three- day summer weekends like Memorial Day, July 4th weekend and Labor Day. If you stay the course, you can scoop up some real bargains off the waiver wire when your league mates have their attention elsewhere.

Chris Clegg (Pitcher List, @RotoClegg): I don’t play fantasy football, so for me this is where the rubber meets the road. Many players check out as they get fascinated with NFL training camp videos and miss out on opportunities of what is happening in MLB. Less people tend to bid on players and knowing trends like playing time or pitch mix changes can take you a long way in the final two month stretch of the season. You can also likely exploit managers in trades if you find a player that is picking things up, but may have a poor overall season line. At the end of the day, staying engaged gives you an edge this time of year.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Several have made the point thining about how to take advantage of those losing interest to fantasy football should be baked into draft and team management strategy. I like that approach. The only thing I’ll add is some leagues have AB and/or IP minimums, with varying penalties. Sometimes, team managers no longer engaged (sometimes, when they are still engaged) are pacing to fall short of the minimums. This could be an opening to make a deal, especially since the other team won’t care about the quality of innings, only the quantity.