Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of April 15 – 21

Here are the results of this week’s FAB bidding. Remember, if you want to check out the standings, rosters and full transactions for particular league, just click in the section heading.

American League

JLoperfido, Hou Patrick Davitt 104
YRodriguez, Tor Jeff Erickson 77
AMartin, Min Larry Schechter 68
WPerez, Det Doug Dennis 36
JMiranda, Min Jeff Erickson 29
NGoodrum, TB Jason Collette 27
JSoriano, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19
JSingleton, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19
MMuncy, Oak Rob Leibowitz 9
BLee, Min Eric Samulski 9
ZRemillard, CWS Eric Samulski 7
CCriswell, Bos Jason Collette 6
KLee, CWS Howard Bender 2
AManoah, Tor Rob Leibowitz 2
AAdams, Oak Rob Leibowitz 1
NLoftin, KC Mike Podhorzer 1
KAkin, Bal Doug Dennis 0
BShewmake, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0
KMuller, Oak Andy Andres 0
ACimber, LAA Doug Dennis 0

National League

JButto, NYM Ian Kahn 103
BPerkins, Mil Steve Gardner 88
TFitzgerald, SF Wilderman/Prior 39
CScott, NYM Erik Halterman 33
DVines, Atl Brian Walton 20
RGarrett, NYM Scott Pianowski 11
EPeguero, Mil Grey Albright 7
BRaley, NYM Phil Hertz 7
AKittredge, StL Phil Hertz 6
MGrove, LAD Derek Carty 3
JBrito, SD Erik Halterman 3
ERivera, Mia Rick Graham 1
ESosa, Phi Derek Carty 0

Mixed Auction

YRodriguez, Tor Justin Mason 69
AVerdugo, NYY Frank Stampfl 63
JButto, NYM Kev Mahserejian 55
EOlivares, Pit Scott Engel 39
BBrown, ChC Scott Swanay 35
DHamilton, Bos Justin Mason 27
GSheets, CWS Brent Hershey 27
JLoperfido, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 25
JSoriano, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 23
TyAnderson, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 23
JRoss, Mil Todd Zola 23
JBart, Pit Scott Chu 15
OKerkering, Phi Dave Adler 15
RYarbrough, LAD Brent Hershey 15
JYoung, Was Scott Engel 13
PBlackburn, Oak Frank Stampfl 12
LGarcia, Was Scott Chu 11
ABenintendi, CWS Andy Behrens 6
SArrighetti, Hou Kev Mahserejian 5
AToro, Oak Frank Stampfl 3
KIsbel, KC Jeff Zimmerman 2

Mixed Draft

KYates, Tex Mike Gianella 165
EOlivares, Pit Anthony Aniano 65
JProfar, SD Mike Gianella 46
JSoriano, LAA Ray Murphy 44
YRodriguez, Tor Ray Murphy 44
JButto, NYM Adam Ronis 44
JAssad, ChC Tim McLeod 31
JSmith, Tex Ryan Bloomfield 26
MAmaya, ChC Ryan Bloomfield 21
DSchneider, Tor Garion Thorne 19
GSheets, CWS Dr. Roto 16
JLoperfido, Hou Mike Gianella 15
WBrennan, Cle Shelly Verougstraete 12
RGrossman, CWS Brian Entrekin 12
JOrtiz, Mil Seth Trachtman 10
FFermin, KC Seth Trachtman 10
AMartin, Min Brian Entrekin 9
MVierling, Det Ray Murphy 8
JarWalsh, Tex Ray Murphy 8
RStanek, Sea Brian Entrekin 7
BPerkins, Mil Adam Ronis 6
BRocchio, Cle Mike Gianella 5
BBrown, ChC Rudy Gamble 3
IKinerFalefa, Tor Tim McLeod 3
JSears, Oak Seth Trachtman 1
CMead, TB Scott White 0

Head to Head

JButto, NYM Clay Link 109
MartPerez, Pit Joe Gallina 101
DVines, Atl Joe Gallina 79
YRodriguez, Tor Blake Meyer 67
JOutman, LAD Ryan Hallam 57
JSmith, Tex Greg Jewett 45
KWinn, SF Blake Meyer 42
NVelazquez, KC Michael Govier 32
RMcGuire, Bos Joe Gallina 32
PBlackburn, Oak Clay Link 25
JRoss, Mil Ariel Cohen 23
BBrown, ChC Michael Govier 16
EOlivares, Pit Blake Meyer 7
JTaillon, ChC Clay Link 7
ARendon, LAA Lauren Auerbach 3
JWicks, ChC Ryan Hallam 3
ARosario, TB Clay Link 0
BNaylor, Cle Clay Link 0

Mixed Draft with Alternate Categories

JButto, NYM Chris Towers 54
GCooper, ChC Chris Towers 2
RFeltner, Col Carlos Marcano 47
MWaldron, SD Carlos Marcano 47
GSheets, CWS Carlos Marcano 77
JRoss, Mil Jeff Boggis 11
JLoperfido, Hou C.J. Kaltenbach 14
BPerkins, Mil John Laghezza 21
JBart, Pit John Laghezza 3
KYates, Tex John Laghezza 8
JWinker, Was Geoff Pontes 79
ROHearn, Bal Geoff Pontes 19
ARendon, LAA Chris Clegg 2
JRomero, StL Ray Flowers 17
PBailey, SF Ryan Boyer 4
DVarsho, Tor Derek VanRiper 117
CDoval, SF Derek VanRiper 57
TLipscomb, Was Matt Cederholm 37
JKelenic, Atl Matt Trussell 67
LButler, Oak Chris Clegg 14

Tout Table: Don’t Oberreact

Welcome to the first installment of the Tout Table. Every week… OK, nearly every week, a question will be posed to the Touts, with their responses gathered and posted for your reading pleasure. Let’s get things started with:

How do you handle pitchers that are slow out of the gate?

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): You drafted these guys because you (presumably) like them, so my prevailing advice is to hold (or at the very worst, bench) until we have a few starts under our belts. The one exception would be a drop in velocity to a mid/back-end rotation guy that might be an indicator for future injury. But even then, remember to apply the appropriate context (are they still ramping up from spring, were they pitching in a cold early-season game, etc., etc.). It’s a long season.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I focus on K% and K%-BB% for the most part, but I’ll bench pitchers against good lineups and I’ll cut/replace pitchers far more ruthlessly than hitters. But it is very league/rules dependent.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): For anything beyond typically my top 5 SPs, I do not need much excuse to drop them IF there are velo/stuff/injury concerns. I typically play matchups/projections in the first couple of weeks unless there is a noted issue. For my SP core (typically top 15 round picks), I am probably holding through April unless something big happens but will bench if the matchups are mediocre and they are struggling. For RPs, I will hold a guy as long as he is in the SV role. No reason to hold onto an RP who isn’t at least a 1B closer if there is even a spec of bad news.

Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN, @SultanofStat): It’s less about a pitcher having started slow out of the gate than why he has started slow. If it’s a significant decline in velocity or pitch effectiveness or his allowing much harder contact overall, for example, I’d bench him, pick up some additional depth to fill starts in the short term, and perhaps begin formulating an exit plan if the situation is dire (Sell-low deal? Eventual cut?). On the whole, the average fantasy player sweats these things too much. Patience remains the wisest April strategy.

Matt Cederholm (Baseball HQ, @TheBigHurtHQ): If your SP has two bad starts in August, you probably wouldn’t blink. A couple of bad starts in April doesn’t mean much. Certainly, you need to look for potential red flags that might indicate an injury. And if it’s someone you held your nose to draft, you can perhaps find a replacement who you can tolerate more. But overreacting to the results the first week of the season will bite you on the behind more often than not. So generally, I wait.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): One start is hardly something actionable – unless there is the suspicion of injury. Some pitchers need more time in April to adjust, or perhaps the weather was cold, etc. There has to be a larger string of poor play to change any prior assumptions. That said, sitting struggling pitchers against elite teams might be something that you do if there is a short string of poor play to start the season. Certainly though, don’t drop or trade them quite yet – especially if their poor performance is luck driven.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): From my perspective, any SPs you paid < $20 for in an auction are basically interchangeable. If you buy that premise, the suggested optimal strategy would be to stockpile as many SPs as possible (i.e.- use most of your Reserve spots on them), then play matchups from week to week. Given that, I have little to no concern re pitchers that are slow out of the gate, even if they are among my cornerstone SPs.

JB Branson (Rotoballer, @RowdyRotoJB): The month of April is about health for me. Kind of like I don’t play DFS until I have at least two weeks of data, I don’t react to anything in my season long leagues until I have at least a month of data. I continue on the same way I viewed each of them prior to the start of the season. Law of Averages is on your side especially after a slow start – they can only go up from there to hit their career averages/your projections. They don’t give out trophies until the end of the season.

Corbin Young (Baseball HQ, Rotowire, @corbin_young21): If we believed in their skills and/or saw changes in Spring Training (pitch mix, velocity, movement, etc.), then hold and be patient depending on the track record and underlying metrics in the first few weeks, especially the results tend to be luck based. However, if we need several factors or skills to shift in their favor, then maybe it’s worth finding another streamer or pitcher on waivers.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): Gotta look past the box scores and league category standings. I have some SPs with unsightly decimals but in several instances, half the ERs were inherited runners allowed to score by poor relief pitching. So with SPs, I exercise patience in inverse proportion to their draft cost. Closers, just look out for usage change, and monitor the news for manager comments. Also check the news or PxP for details of a blown save. Kimberly on Wed allowed a tying run on an oppo dunker, 2 SBs and a sac fly. Also, “Oppo Dunker” sounds like the name of a character in a Roald Dahl story.

Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus, @BretSayreBP): Unless there’s a drastic change in their stuff, I’m rolling the same pitchers out throughout the month of April, and I’m very closely watching the arms that other teams are dropping. You’re much more likely to regret overreacting to one or two April starts than put yourself in a situation you can’t overcome over the remainder of a long season. In the case of a sharp velocity drop, it may be worth benching a pitcher for a week or two to see if it persists but I’m unlikely to drop anyone unless it’s one of the final pitchers added from the preseason in order to get someone who has shown notable improvement in early action.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): Knowing how fragile pitchers are and how frequently they get injured, my first thought would be to wonder whether they are hurt. Assuming health is not an issue, then what I do with them would depend upon where I drafted them, what their pedigree is, and who their upcoming opponent(s) will be. If my top starters struggle right out of the gate, then I would only bench them if I had a better alternative. The beginning of the season is usually when pitchers are ahead of hitters, so there could be a myriad of reasons why a pitcher gets off to a slow start. I would generally not overreact unless there was an unfavorable matchup on the schedule that would likely augment the problem. It’s a long season and the better pitchers will generally correct themselves in time. Don’t overreact and drop someone you might regret later on but try and maintain some flexibility so you can stream others in an out until you develop some stability.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): It entirely depends on how one defines “slow out of the gate”. I ignore all results, particularly ERA and WHIP, for a while, preferring instead to focus exclusively on velocity, pitch mix, strike%, and any other underlying skill-based metrics. Even these metrics need more than just one start to trigger an evaluation change. I’m not making any moves, except perhaps a pickup if a pitcher’s fastball velocity is up and it translated into a spike in swinging strikes in his first start.

Matt Truss (Razzball, @MattTruss): Totally depends on the pitcher, my top three guys get a long leash (think, Yamamoto after the Korea series). My 4 & 5, they get benched next outing if they looked like garbage (think Kenta Maeda). If they struggle in the next two starts, it’s time to cut bait. My late flyers probably get dropped out of the gate in shallow leagues (Ryan Weathers, goodbye)

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru, @TheRayFlowers): Patience is paramount. Have conviction in your selections this spring. I say it all the time, if you’re going to drop a guy after a couple of rough starts, you should have never rostered him in the first place. Pitching simply isn’t something you can get a handle on over 8.2 innings. It just doesn’t work like that.

Sky Dombroske (Fantistics Insider Baseball, @SkyDombroske): What Ray said….it’s crazy to let an hour or two’s worth of performance upend weeks or months of research, unless there’s some sort of health issue. I’m much more inclined to scan the wire and see if anyone else panicked. Like almost everybody has said, watching the underlying indicators to see whether the velo or pitch mix has changed is more important to me for the first month or so than the raw results.

Dave Adler (Baseball HQ, @daveadler01): One of the advantages of Tout Mixed is that players can be stashed on reserve. So when your stud pitcher comes out throwing blanks, have him cool his heels on reserve until he gets straightened out. But not all leagues allow that kind of flexibility. If that’s the case – exhibit excruciating patience for the studs. You took them for a reason, so barring obvious injury evidence, you need to ride it out. Any of your end-game guys who were not high on your list are fungible (one of my favorite words), so if one of them gets hammered in the early going – drop and turn the corner.

Shelly Verougstraete (Fantasy Feud Podcast, @ShellyV_643): If any of these bad starts happened in July, would you freak out as much? The answer is probably know so trust your offseason prep and keep the faith! As someone who rosters Bailey Ober and Bryce Miller in WAY too many leagues, I had to remind myself of this advice daily.

Alex Chamberlain (FanGraphs, @DolphHauldhagen): If the skills (pitch shapes, etc.) seem stable from last year, I will keep them in the rotation; if the skills look unstable, I’ll bench. But I’m not cutting anyone who’s not injured.

Sara Sanchez (, @BCB_Sara): It really depends on what I expected from the pitcher going into the season. If they were one of my first 5 SP, I’m holding them in all likelihood. But I might look for streaming options to get some flexibility with matchups while I wait to see what’s going on. As Shelly said above, if a bad outing happened mid-season we worry about it nearly as much. But I will start looking for possible explanations for a rough start. Bad BABIP luck is less worrisome than something like velocity dropping.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): A starting pitcher who has made 2 starts and pitched roughly 12 innings has pitched roughly 5%-8% of their inning total for the season (barring injury). This drop of rain in the ocean portion of their season becomes inconsequential over the scope of the season, just ask Blake Snell from last year. Warm weather and regular routine will often correct imperfect starts so be patient.

Glenn Colton (SiriusXM Fantasy, @GlennColton1): If you did your homework all off-season and spring, do not erase or abandon your view of a pitcher unless there is a significant warning sign in the first outing or two. For example, if the velo is way down in two straight outings, reassess. One more point – be cautious about sitting a star pitcher facing a good team early. You are likely to outsmart yourself.

Lauren Auerbach (Fantrax, @lkauerbach): It’s all about patience, especially with my core pitchers. I generally hang onto my top four or five starters through April. However, with late-round fliers, I’m more inclined to churn and burn if necessary. It’s early days, so trust your draft process and don’t overreact to bad outings.

Frank Ammirante (The GameDayHQ, @FAmmiranteTFJ): You need to balance patience along with the willingness to move on if there’s a superior option available. For example, it may be time to drop A.J. Puk if you’re able to secure someone like Luis Gil or Jared Jones.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotoBuzzGuy): You panic, right? Dump off those guys who can’t seem to get anyone out? OK, just playing. The group is right on here with exercising patience. Daytime games, bad weather, just starting out — there are dozens of reasons. Some guys just need to find their groove. Unless there is something major staring you in the face like lost velocity, give them another start or two. Things should level off. No reason to blow up a draft plan this early in the year.

Fred Zinkie (Yahoo/Rotowire, @FredZinkieMLB): Given all the injuries this year, I’m holding onto any starter who is not on the IL and was (in my opinion) worthy of being drafted. Not matter how poorly they have fared so far.

Phil Hertz (Baseball HQ, @prhz50): Depends on who the pitcher is to some extent. If it was a flyer to begin with, he’s not going to get a plethora of chances. OTOH, if he was expected to be a main part of your staff, the leash is longer. And, as Fred notes, the injury issue does make it harder to part ways too quickly.

Erik Halterman (Rotowire, @erik_halterman): There are only two (and a half) reasons to worry about a pitcher who starts slow. 1) We see reports that he’s dealing with an injury, or that a previous injury is still affecting him. 2) His velocity is down, which could hint at an injury. 2.5) His K:BB is awful. I’m only including that as “2.5” and not “3”, though, because one or two starts with a bad K:BB could easily be a blip. If one of those situations is happening, it’s time to worry, and maybe drop if they were a late pick. If they check out okay on all three fronts, their poor start is barely even worth noticing.

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of April 8 – 14

It was a busy week for the Touts. Here is a rundown of all the winning bids. If you want to check out the rosters, standings and all of the moves for a league, just click on the header.

American League

Player Team Bid
GUrshela, Det Howard Bender 108
JSmith, Tex Larry Schechter 89
RGrossman, CWS Howard Bender 78
GSheets, CWS Mike Podhorzer 57
DHamilton, Bos Jason Collette 38
PReyes, Bos Larry Schechter 38
RMcGuire, Bos Andy Andres 33
RStanek, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19
CCarrasco, Cle Andy Andres 11
AToro, Oak Andy Andres 11
MMoore, LAA Patrick Davitt 5
BRortvedt, TB Jason Collette 4
JSlaten, Bos Eric Samulski 4
KYates, Tex Eric Samulski 4
TNevin, Oak Mike Podhorzer 3
KPillar, CWS Larry Schechter 3
DVogelbach, Tor Rob Leibowitz 3
TBeede, Cle Mike Podhorzer 1
LSosa, CWS Andy Andres 0
GHampson, KC Andy Andres 0
CStratton, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

National League

Player Team Bid
AAshby, Mil Derek Carty 223
JBart, Pit Phil Hertz 57
JTeheran, NYM Brian Walton 40
JYoung, Was Peter Kreutzer 33
TWilliams, Was Ian Kahn 12
DDodd, Atl Phil Hertz 12
RYarbrough, LAD Brendan Tuma 11
KNewman, Ari Brian Walton 10
RRyan, Pit Brendan Tuma 7
FCruz, Cin Grey Albright 3
HStratton, Pit Peter Kreutzer 3
ASlater, SF Scott Pianowski 2
BBrown, ChC Rick Graham 1
BThompson, Cin Steve Gardner 1
VBrujan, Mia Derek Carty 0

Mixed Auction

Player Team Bid
CBradford, Tex Kev Mahserejian 104
JAssad, ChC Scott Engel 44
WBrennan, Cle Andy Behrens 36
BAlexander, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 33
JQuintana, NYM Scott Engel 31
GAshcraft, Cin Andy Behrens 26
JSmith, Tex Scott Engel 24
JProfar, SD Scott Engel 23
BElder, Atl Dave Adler 21
BRocchio, Cle Tristan Cockcroft 20
MLorenzen, Tex Scott Engel 14
JWinker, Was Brent Hershey 13
AAshby, Mil Frank Stampfl 13
ODunn, Mil Frank Stampfl 12
CJoe, Pit Alex Chamberlain 11
SMiller, Det Jeff Zimmerman 6
KGibson, StL Tristan Cockcroft 6
CPoche, TB Kev Mahserejian 5
JGallo, Was Kev Mahserejian 5
IHerrera, StL Brent Hershey 2
RMcGuire, Bos Justin Mason 0
TWilliams, Was Justin Mason 0

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
DHamilton, Bos Tim McLeod 187
JBleday, Oak Anthony Aniano 75
CBradford, Tex Tim McLeod 71
TyAnderson, LAA Seth Trachtman 30
KIsbel, KC Ryan Bloomfield 28
HKjerstad, Bal Dr. Roto 25
ODunn, Mil Dr. Roto 23
CMayo, Bal Dr. Roto 23
WMerrifield, Phi Mike Gianella 17
JGallo, Was Garion Thorne 13
PBlackburn, Oak Garion Thorne 11
EDuran, Tex Adam Ronis 8
LGarcia, Was D.J. Short 8
AMarsh, KC Rudy Gamble 7
TFreeman, Cle Rudy Gamble 6
JWinker, Was Scott White 0
CKershaw, LAD Scott White 0
WFlores, SF Mike Gianella 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
RBlanco, Hou Clay Link 164
JAssad, ChC Clay Link 132
CBradford, Tex Clay Link 86
AMarsh, KC Ryan Hallam 57
IHerrera, StL Blake Meyer 52
JTeheran, NYM Ryan Hallam 52
AKirilloff, Min Joe Gallina 47
JDDavis, Oak Ryan Hallam 41
GAshcraft, Cin Lauren Auerbach 17
OArcia, Atl Blake Meyer 9
BMarsh, Phi Lauren Auerbach 7
BBaty, NYM Michael Govier 6
DFry, Cle Joe Gallina 5
LTaveras, Tex Michael Govier 4
ODunn, Mil Michael Govier 3
AAshby, Mil Michael Govier 3
PBailey, SF Lauren Auerbach 2
MWinn, StL Joe Gallina 1
JFraley, Cin Clay Link 0

Mixed Draft with Alternate Categories

Player Team Bid
MTaylor, Pit Jeff Boggis 126
CBradford, Tex Carlos Marcano 107
SMatz, StL Jeff Boggis 102
BAlexander, Ari Jeff Boggis 102
JDDavis, Oak John Laghezza 58
CRea, Mil Carlos Marcano 57
KWinn, SF Carlos Marcano 57
RBlanco, Hou John Laghezza 52
SBrown, Oak Jeff Boggis 52
JProfar, SD Jeff Boggis 51
STurnbull, Phi Derek VanRiper 37
PBlackburn, Oak Matt Cederholm 36
JBleday, Oak John Laghezza 25
BFrancis, Tor Derek VanRiper 22
ODunn, Mil Derek VanRiper 22
AMarsh, KC Sara Sanchez 16
MLorenzen, Tex C.J. Kaltenbach 14
GGallegos, StL Ray Flowers 12
JSlaten, Bos Chris Clegg 9
IHerrera, StL Sara Sanchez 8
LGarcia, Was John Laghezza 8
SBarlow, Cle Matt Trussell 7
JarWalsh, Tex C.J. Kaltenbach 7
AKittredge, StL Chris Clegg 6
TFreeman, Cle Chris Clegg 6
JGallo, Was Sara Sanchez 6
JTriolo, Pit Chris Clegg 3
HGaddis, Cle Matt Trussell 3
CKelly, Det Chris Clegg 1
DHamilton, Bos Geoff Pontes 1

Tout Wars FAB Report: Week of April 1

Welcome to the first Tout Wars FAB report of the 2024 season. This is the second run, but the person responsible for generating these reports was otherwise detained last Wednesday night. Here’s a hint, his name rhymes with Zodd Tola.

Each Sunday, between 8:15 and 8 :30 PM ET, a review of the winning Tout Wars FAB bids will be posted. If you to see the standings and rosters, just click the header above each league’s FAB rundown.

American League

Player Team Bid
OCabrera, NYY Chris Blessing 197
AMartin, Min Larry Schechter 54
NPearson, Tor Andy Andres 18
CBradford, Tex Jeff Erickson 13
NBurdi, NYY Andy Andres 9
HGaddis, Cle Chris Blessing 5
LErceg, Oak Chris Blessing 4
DMoore, Sea Chris Blessing 3
JVotto, Tor Eric Samulski 3
EClement, Tor Jason Collette 2
CSmith, Cle Jason Collette 2
AChafin, Det Eric Samulski 1

National League

Player Team Bid
WMiley, Mil Wilderman/Prior 37
MWaldron, SD Erik Halterman 22
MRojas, LAD Wilderman/Prior 19
ODunn, Mil Grey Albright 17
JIrvin, Was Ian Kahn 13
ERosario, SD Scott Pianowski 11
AMonasterio, Mil Grey Albright 7
SFairchild, Cin Ian Kahn 3
STurnbull, Phi Rick Graham 2
JRomero, StL Phil Hertz 0
ONarvaez, NYM Derek Carty 0
DLee, Atl Derek Carty 0

Mixed Salary Cap

Player Team Bid
JFoley, Det Scott Chu 261
JDDavis, Oak Dave Adler 102
MConforto, SF Bret Sayre 68
OCabrera, NYY Justin Mason 43
JTriolo, Pit Tristan Cockcroft 39
EHancock, Sea Tristan Cockcroft 28
DFry, Cle Andy Behrens 26
EMontero, Col Brent Hershey 24
JarWalsh, Tex Brent Hershey 21
EOlivares, Pit Scott Engel 14
ABender, Mia Justin Mason 13
AMarsh, KC Justin Mason 13
JWinker, Was Tristan Cockcroft 13
WFlores, SF Alex Chamberlain 11
GGallegos, StL Brent Hershey 11
JSborz, Tex Tristan Cockcroft 8
MartPerez, Pit Frank Stampfl 8
GPerdomo, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 7
WCastro, Min Todd Zola 7
HRamirez, TB Frank Stampfl 2
CKelly, Det Dave Adler 0

Mixed Draft

Player Team Bid
OCabrera, NYY Ray Murphy 48
EMontero, Col Seth Trachtman 25
GGallegos, StL Ray Murphy 23
BAlexander, Ari Shelly Verougstraete 12
CBiggio, Tor Adam Ronis 12
RBlanco, Hou Ray Murphy 11
STurnbull, Phi Ray Murphy 11
EHancock, Sea Seth Trachtman 10
NNastrini, CWS Mike Gianella 9
CJoe, Pit D.J. Short 5
CKelly, Det Adam Ronis 4
HRamirez, TB Rudy Gamble 4
JAssad, ChC Rudy Gamble 4
JFrance, Hou Shelly Verougstraete 3
ESwanson, Tor Tim McLeod 3
RYarbrough, LAD Dr. Roto 3
ROHearn, Bal Garion Thorne 1
ABender, Mia Shelly Verougstraete 0

Head to Head

Player Team Bid
AUribe, Mil Clay Link 77
BSinger, KC Blake Meyer 59
TDArnaud, Atl Frank Ammirante 55
MMeyer, Mia Sky Dombroske 44
MWacha, KC Nick Pollack 42
MConforto, SF Frank Ammirante 33
OCabrera, NYY Greg Jewett 27
MHaniger, Sea Michael Govier 16
JFoley, Det Michael Govier 16
CCarrasco, Cle Ryan Hallam 14
BTurang, Mil Michael Govier 11
STurnbull, Phi Sky Dombroske 11
CJoe, Pit Blake Meyer 10
CBlackmon, Col Lauren Auerbach 9
EHancock, Sea Michael Govier 8
JMcArthur, KC Michael Govier 4
JBoyle, Oak Michael Govier 4
RYarbrough, LAD Blake Meyer 2

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

Player Team Bid
JHicks, SF Ryan Boyer 83
BBrown, ChC Matt Cederholm 63
RNelson, Ari Sara Sanchez 48
OCabrera, NYY Ray Flowers 38
YGomes, ChC Zach Steinhorn 22
JFrance, Hou Derek VanRiper 11
MGrove, LAD C.J. Kaltenbach 7
CJoe, Pit Sara Sanchez 2
TMegill, Mil Derek VanRiper 1
AWood, Oak Joe Orrico 0

Tout Weekend After Thoughts

There was drafting:

Tout AL

Tout AL

Tout AL

Tout NL

Tout NL

And folks wrote and talked about their auctions (the completed draft sheets are here):

TOUT NL: Kreutzer | Stampfl (on YouTube) | Albright |

TOUT MIXED 15 AUCTION: Behrens | Mason (Podcast with Cohen) | Mason | White | White (on YouTube) | Chu (podcast w/Gallina) | Engel |

TOUT MIXED 15 DRAFT: Verougstraete (Podcast with Sanchez and Short) |

TOUT MIXED 15 DRAFT SOLDS: Sanchez (Podcast with Verougstraete and Towers) | Towers | Towers (on YouTube) | Flowers | Steinhorn |

TOUT AL: Collette |

TOUT H2H: Cohen (Podcast) | Gallina (podcast w/Chu) | Ammirante |


Tout Weekend Is Coming!

The festivities kick off Saturday at 9 AM EDT, with Tout AL.

Doug Dennis will be going for his third consecutive AL title. Will he draft a starter this time?

Tout Wars Mixed Auction follows at 2 PM EDT.

Bret Sayre edged Justin Mason last year. They’re both back ready to rumble this year.

Sunday morning at 9 AM EDT Tout NL gets underway.

Derek Carty won handily last year. Eleven teams have him in their sites.

Sunday morning at 10 AM EDT Tout H2H will start it’s auction.

Greg Jewett beat the sitting champ Frank Stampfl in last year’s finals.

You can follow along with the live Google Sheet, here’s the link. If your auction isn’t showing, check the tabs!

SiriusXM will be covering the AL, Mixed Auc, and NL auctions live.

Jason Collette and Tim McLead will be hosting watch parties for the AL, Mixed Auction, and NL auctions on Playback.TV/toutwars. It’s our TW room for you to chat with Tim and/or Jason, talk about how things are going, and pick minds about his year’s expert drafts. Register at Playback.TV to participate in the chat, or click the link to watch (no signup necessary) and listen.

Matt Deutsch will be hosting Watch Party! for the H2H auction on Sunday morning. Click this link to either add the app to your phone or tablet, or if you already have the app the link will take you to our H2H watch party, where you can answer questions about the auction and its participants, gain points, and perhaps win a prize of fantasy baseball information, including Rotoman’s Fantasy Baseball Guide 2024.

The Tout Weekend Party will be Saturday night, from 8pm to 11pm, at Dave and Busters, at 234 42nd Street on the 3rd floor. This year’s Zen and Now award winner will be announced. There will be a buffet for the touts and guests may order off the menu. There will also be a cash bar.

Join Us for Tout Wars Mixed Draft Tonight! March 5, 2024.

The draft is over but you can still join in. Here’s the order:

1.Seth Trachtman
2. Ryan Bloomfield (and Brian Entrekin) hosted a live stream of the draft on YouTube
3. Adam Ronis
4. D. J. Short
5. Mike Gianella
6. Brian Entrekin
7. Shelly Verougstraete
8. Ray Murphy (and Anthony Aniano, Jason Collette, Todd Zola, and Tim McLeod live stream commentary on the draft on Playback.TV.
9. Dr. Roto
10. Tim McLeod
11. Anthony Aniano
12. Kyle Soppe
13. Garion Thorne
14. Rudy Gamble
15. Scott White

You can follow the draft board at Fantrax. Here’s the link.

SiriusXM will be carrying the draft live on their fantasy sports channel.

And something new this year. Jason Collette will be hosting a Watch Party at It’s free and if you register you’ll have access to the chatroom and video stream, where Jason will comment on selections and chat with touts in the draft room and you. Catch the watch party stream here.

Tout SOLDS+IP Draft is Today. Join the Conversation!

Tim McLeod is hosting a watching party for today’s Tout Wars Mixed Draft SOLDS, the league that uses Saves+Holds and Innings Pitched as categories (replacing Saves and Wins).

Join Tim at at Noon PM Eastern Time. Register at to use the chatroom.

You can still watch and listen if you don’t register, but registering allows you to comment.

The league expands this year to 15 teams. The participants, in pick order:

1Matt TrussellRazzball 
3Chris TowersCBS Fantasy 
4Jeff BoggisFantasy Football Empire 
5Chris CleggPitcher List 
6Zach SteinhornSteinhorn’s Universe on Substack 
7Carlos MarcanoTriple Play Fantasy 
8John LaghezzaThe Athletic 
9Derek VanRiperThe Athletic 
10Joe OrricoSports Ethos, Fantasy ProsTout Rookie
11Ray FlowersFantasy Guru 
12Matt CederholmBaseball HQTout Rookie
13Ryan BoyerRotowire, Baseball ProspectusTout Rookie
14Geoff PontesBaseball America 
15C.J. KaltenbachFantasy Guru 

You can also follow along on the SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Network.