Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 20

Welcome to the weekly Tout Wars FAAB report, on its new home right here on the Tout Wars site. Each week, we’ll review the free agent acquisitions from all five leagues, with commentary from a league member, as well as yours truly. We changed the timing of the weekly run to 1 PM ET every Sunday, with the report posted later that afternoon so you’ll have time to digest and apply to your own leagues. In addition, I’ll be joining Lawr Michaels and Justin Mason on the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY Network every Sunday at 3:20 PM ET to discuss the results.

You can find the complete list of Tout Warriors here. Everyone starts with 1000 FAAB units, less any penalty incurred by finishing below a designated point in the standings. This is a means of keeping everyone motivated to keep playing all season long. The minimum bid is $0. FAAB units can be traded as well as rebated for players released off the DL.

The report will list all winning bids along with unsuccessful tries and contingencies. This provides the maximum level of information to help gauge interest on the players.

The American and National League only formats are 12-team leagues, as is the new points-based head to head league, The Mixed Auction and Draft each have 15 clubs. All the leagues have four reserves with an unlimited DL, expect the head to head league, which allows six reserves.

The headings above each league are links to publicly accessible sites where you can see standings, roster and a complete review of transactions. The initial auctions and drafts can be found here.



TWard, LAA Mike Podhorzer 455 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 171 Vlad Sedler 53
Larry Schechter 2
EYoung, LAA Jason Collette 74
MMahtook, Det Mike Podhorzer 56 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26
BWorkman, Bos Jason Collette 51
RPressly, Hou Rob Leibowitz 35
TRogers, Min Patrick Davitt 25 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
RRivera, LAA Vlad Sedler 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JRickard, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
APlutko, Cle Seth Trachtman 5 Jason Collette 51
LAvilan, CWS Larry Schechter 1 Chris Liss 0
AEngel, CWS Chris Liss 0 Jason Collette 33
FArcia, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Vlad Sedler 6
HFillmyer, KC Chris Liss 0


RStanek, TB Rob Leibowitz 15 Jason Collette 11 Chris Liss 0
DHutchison, Tex Seth Trachtman 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JAlvarez, LAA Rob Leibowitz 8 Larry Schechter 0
XCedeno, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
BWilson, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DButera, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JPhegley, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JSucre, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RoPerez, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Todd’s Take

Know thy rules. Taylor Ward is an interesting player. In 2017, he spent the season behind the plate, finishing with Double-A Mobile. Ward began this season Double-A before being advanced to Triple-A Salt Lake. The catch is, Ward ha spent the entire year at the hot corner. Had someone been prescient enough to draft him in March, Ward would be eligible at catcher. However, since he wasn’t rostered, he’s eligible at the spot he played most in the minors – third base. In season, you can throw scarcity out the window, it’s all about the upgrade over the player being replaced. That said, chances are the weakest player on most teams is a backstop so in leagues where Ward has catcher eligibility, he could be a bigger upgrade than replacing a 3B or CI. Regardless, his power/speed combo with full time action is in play for all formats.



TChatwood, ChC Andy Behrens 33
JHicks, StL Mike Gianella 20 Grey Albright 12 Andy Behrens 3
Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
KGlover, Was Grey Albright 17 Mike Gianella 20 Steve Gardner 11
Andy Behrens 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JChavez, ChC Andy Behrens 3 Phil Hertz 0
AWainwright, StL Todd Zola 3
AHechavarria, Pit Derek Carty 3
EKratz, Mil Phil Hertz 0
HNeris, Phi Phil Hertz 0


DPoncedeleon, StL Grey Albright 12
DHudson, StL Mike Gianella 0
GGarcia, StL Derek Carty 0
PMaton, SD Phil Hertz 0
RStock, SD Phil Hertz 0
TWolters, Col Phil Hertz 0

Todd’s Take

Andy Behrens is one of the unsung heroes of the industry for the work he does with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. However, with all due respect, the long-time Yahoo! Sports stalwart’s $33 bid on Tyler Chatwood was about $53 too high. Admittedly, I’m looking at my second straight year finishing second to last in this league, so maybe it’s not my place to comment.

Faced with the choice of Chatwood or Jason Vargas to fortify my pitching in an effort to leap to third to last, I eschewed both, hoping Carlos Martinez’s move to the bullpen clears the way for Adam Wainwright to return to the surging Cardinals rotation. I’ll be taking a zero, but he’ll ostensibly replace someone like Matt Strahm so it’s not a huge loss.



TWard, LAA Fred Zinkie 56 Ray Flowers 37 Derek VanRiper 33
ROrtega, Mia Scott Pianowski 49 Jeff Zimmerman 3
DBote, ChC Derek VanRiper 33
KGlover, Was Bret Sayre 28
AGomber, StL Derek VanRiper 19 Ron Shandler 17 Tim McLeod 1
JJunis, KC Ron Shandler 17 Tim Heaney 6 Al Melchior 2
TAustin, Min Bret Sayre 12 Scott Engel 1
YSanchez, CWS Zach Steinhorn 8
LForsythe, Min Scott Engel 7
RMcMahon, Col Tim Heaney 6
WMiley, Mil Scott Engel 4
RYarbrough, TB Jeff Zimmerman 4 Tim Heaney 1
TBlach, SF Tim Heaney 4
TWilliams, Pit Fred Zinkie 3 Tim McLeod 2
KPlawecki, NYM Fred Zinkie 3
SGonsalves, Min Al Melchior 2
BreAnderson, Oak Tim McLeod 1 Tim Heaney 2
MMoore, Tex Al Melchior 0
HNeris, Phi Bret Sayre 0


MEstrada, Tor Jeff Zimmerman 1 Tim Heaney 1 Tim McLeod 0
DRobertson, NYY Fred Zinkie 1
HBailey, Cin Tim Heaney 1
JChavez, ChC Ron Shandler 1
RBrasier, Bos Ron Shandler 1
RStock, SD Ron Shandler 1
RNunez, Bal Tim Heaney 0

Fred Zinkie’s Commentary

Last week, I came up with the bright idea to sneak Taylor Ward onto my roster before he was promoted to the Majors. Willing to eat a week of zeros from his position if necessary, I was overjoyed just one day later when I found out that his imminent promotion was in fact coming right away. But I forgot to cover one of my bases, as I erroneously put Ward in an illegal position and was forced to ship him back to waivers. So, one week later I put in a significantly higher bid of 56, which was enough to top Derek VanRiper’s runner-up bid of 33. Ward may not be eligible at catcher in Tout Wars (he is eligible at that position in many other leagues, making him more valuable in those formats), but I believe in his bat anyways. The 24-year-old hit .349 with 14 homers and 18 steals in the Minors this season, and he could be the best offensive player who will come to the Majors from this point forward. As you can tell, I’m skeptical that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Eloy Jimenez will get the chance to reward owners who have been stashing them.
Todd complimented this league last week for their attention to the waiver wire, and the group did not disappoint this time around. Even though Tim Heaney has this competition wrapped up, 12 of the 15 owners took the time to place at least one bid. After Ward, the next highest price for a player was Scott Pianowski’s 49 fee for Rafael Ortega. Ortega did not post a game-changing steals total in the Minors this year, but he has swiped four bags in recent days with the Marlins and could move the needle in a coveted category. Van Riper’s consolation prize for missing out on Ward was a 33 winning bid on David Bote, who has had already had some memorable moments as a member of the Cubs.
The low-cost bid that caught my eye this week was Heaney’s 6 addition of Ryan McMahon. I’m not sure how the Rockies are going to fit McMahon into their lineup, but I feel like he is a better hitter than Ian Desmond, who is well-paid by Colorado and also happens to be on my roster. 

Todd’s Take

Call me crazy, but I like Tim Heaney’s pickup of Ty Blach. Yes, Ty Blach. He has a two-start week on the docket, the first against the Mets, one of the league’s most futile clubs versus lefties. The second is an interleague tilt with Texas visiting AT&T. Blach will enjoy the platoon edge on many of the Rangers top hitters, plus the visitors have to leave their DH on the bench.



TWard, LAA Anthony Perri 45
NWalker, NYY Anthony Perri 24
MWieters, Was Anthony Perri 24
LForsythe, Min Rudy Gamble 16
ELongoria, SF Anthony Perri 15
ADeSclafani, Cin Anthony Perri 14
JLucchesi, SD Ray Murphy 10
BBrach, Atl Gene McCaffrey 7
TBlach, SF Perry Van Hook 1
RMcMahon, Col Gene McCaffrey 0


JJunis, KC Anthony Perri 17
ERamirez, Sea Ray Murphy 10
JBeeks, TB Ray Murphy 10
ADiaz, Tor Gene McCaffrey 0
CSpangenberg, SD Gene McCaffrey 0
DBote, ChC Gene McCaffrey 0
JBautista, NYM Gene McCaffrey 0

Todd’s Take

It hasn’t been the best season for Anthony Perri, who always grinds anyways. But, with the FAAB penalty incurred by those finishing below 75 points in this league, Anthony has additional incentive to keep plugging away, like he’s doing this week.

Hey look, another pickup of Blach, maybe I’m not so crazy after all.

Nah, I’m crazy.



BreAnderson, Oak Dr. Roto 80 Justin Mason 19
ACobb, Bal Andrea LaMont 32
JWendle, TB Jake Ciely 30
AGomber, StL Jake Ciely 25 Justin Mason 19
HRenfroe, SD Andrea LaMont 21
WPeralta, KC Andrea LaMont 16
CMcHugh, Hou Jake Ciely 15 Dr. Roto 15
ARosario, NYM Michael Rathburn 12 Andrea LaMont 16
RYarbrough, TB Jeff Mans 11
PStrop, ChC Dr. Roto 10 Andrea LaMont 7
JLeclerc, Tex Dr. Roto 10 Andrea LaMont 7
FPena, LAA Stephania Bell 6 Jake Ciely 15 Jeff Mans 10
FGalvis, SD Michael Rathburn 6 Andrea LaMont 0
WFlores, NYM Michael Rathburn 6 Andrea LaMont 1
FRodney, Oak Andrea LaMont 3
KPlawecki, NYM Andrea LaMont 2
JBautista, NYM Andrea LaMont 2
THildenberger, Min Andrea LaMont 1
RStephenson, Cin Justin Mason 0
JNix, SD Justin Mason 0
RErlin, SD Justin Mason 0


ROsuna, Hou Dr. Roto 20
MTrumbo, Bal Andrea LaMont 17
HRondon, Hou Andrea LaMont 11
ADiaz, Tor Michael Rathburn 3
MGonzalez, Hou Michael Rathburn 3
ARomine, NYY Andrea LaMont 2
JShields, CWS Andrea LaMont 1

Todd’s Take

We’ve talked a lot about fishing for the two-start option in this H2H league. I like what Jeff Mans did this week. Ryan Yarbrough won’t be listed as starter in some places as he’s been coming in as the follower. However, Yarbrough lines up to pitch the bulk of the middle innings against the Royals then Red Sox, a better setup than some two-start options. The Boston half is of course perilous, but at least it’s in The Trop and the Red Sox are less effective versus southpaws than they are facing righthanders.

Tout Daily Wrap: Boggis Finishes on a high note

Jeff Boggis lapped the field in the final week of the Tout Daily regular season. Boggis’ 177.4 points easily bested Steve Gardner’s 143.95 and Scott Pianowski’s 135. Jeff’s lineup featured Corey Kluber as well as the scorching sticks of Ronald Acuna Jr. and Kolten Wong. Check out Jeff’s complete roster below.

Despite his stellar score, Jeff did not qualify for the Survivor Championship Tournament. The last three Golden Tickets were secured by Period 5 winner Justin Mason, Michael Beller and Gene McCaffrey. For his period winning effort, Justin also wins a complementary t-shirt from Rotowear.

Rick Wolf captured the wild card entry by finishing with the most points over the course of the 20-week competition. Beller finished in second with 2016 and 2017 overall points leader Todd Zola winding up in third.

Next week begins the 3-day Survivor Finals. The first day features the 16 Golden Ticket winners. The top-eight scores advance to the next round, then the top-four play in the third and final day. The person with the most points scored over the entire three days will be crowned 2018 Tout Daily Champion.

Here are the 16 Golden Ticket Winners:

  • Zola (3)
  • Clay Link (2)
  • Rick Wolf (2)
  • Michael Beller (2)
  • Ray Murphy (1)
  • Steve Gardner (1)
  • Derek Carty (1)
  • Bret Sayre (1)
  • Derek Van Riper (1)
  • Gene McCaffrey (1)
  • Justin Mason (1)

Look for updates next week as Derek Carty looks to repeat as Tout Daily Champion.

Here’s Jeff’s Week-20 winning lineup.

Tout Daily Picks: Last call

Tonight’s the final contest of the Tout Daily regular season. The final three Golden Tickets into the champions will be awarded along with the wild card entry for the highest points total over the length of the contest.

Here’s who the outs are relying on to get them to the promised land.

Michael Rathburn (Rotowire, @FantasyRath)

German Marquez: Prefer him on the road, in a good pitching environment, with an Astros lineup missing Altuve/Springer.

Ronald Acuna: I’m going to keep riding him. 7 games in row of at least 14 PPG

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Anibal Sanchez: Anibal Sanchez ($8,600) – I need a Golden Ticket miracle tonight and will zig while the masses zag. Trying to save some money in starting pitching, so I am going with Anibal Sanchez to get the job and the sweep tonight at home against the Miami Marlins.

Ronald Acuna Jr.: Ronald Acuna Jr. ($4,900) – Over the past 14 days, Acuna is by far the top ranked player. In this time span, he has 15 runs, 7 home runs, 14 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and a batting average of .375.

Gene McCaffrey (Wise Guy Baseball, @WiseGuyGene)

Justin Verlander: I’m paying up ($12.6k) because I think JV has the best chance to post a 30+-point game, and an excellent chance to be 20+ points.

Daniel Murphy: It had to happen that he would catch fire, good matchup against John Gant and the shaky STL pen, at a reasonable $4.2 cost.

Zach Steinhorn (Baseball Prospectus, @zachsteinhorn)

J.A. Happ: In two starts versus the Rays this year, Happ has registered a 2.53 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP and the Tampa Bay offense has struggled this month (13th in the AL in OPS).

Marcell Ozuna: Consistently underpriced ($3,800 today) and facing the inconsistent Gio Gonzalez. Ozuna boasts a .311/.357/.481 slash line in 106 at-bats versus lefties this season.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ)

Anibal Sanchez: Don’t love the ace tier today, so I’ll drop down to Anibal and German Marquez in the mid tier

Robinson Chirinos: Gets a break from catching to DH tonight, batting 5th, in Texas, vs. LHP. Yup.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Blaine Hardy: The sole objective tonight is scoring 50 more points than Wolfman to capture most overall points for the third straight season #humblebrag. Rick isn’t going to make it easy, he’ll play it SMART. So, I need to find a couple of spots to distinguish my lineup, Hartdy should help achieve that. it could backfire big time as the White Sox have some pop (not much else) and are running eight RHB up there, but I need something different than Rick.

All the Mets: Man, putting the overall scoring title on the Mets sticks, I must be insane. Or, that’s how little I trust Andrew Cashner.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Corey Kluber: Ace at a little discount

Wilmer Flores: Last chance to use my guy

Tout Table: League ethics, communication between teams

Here’s this week’s question, leading to our most answered question of the season:

Let’s talk a little ethics. How much contact should a competing owner have with a non-competing owner in terms of the latter’s roster management? Is everything game? Does certain prodding cross the line? What role should the league commissioner have in this?

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): In terms of trades, it’s fair to make suggestions that will help your team, even if those suggestions also hurt a competitor. For example, if you’re out of it in saves but you can help the team in 8th “steal” a point from a competitor, I believe it’s ethical to suggest a trade that benefits you/hurts a competitor. Beyond this, the only sort of “help” you should offer is if a new owner asks for advice or help regarding rules on FAAB, waivers, trades, etc. It’s not kosher to volunteer help if you’re not asked. Even if your motives are “pure”, everyone acts in their own self-interest even when they don’t intend to do so. I don’t believe a commissioner should get involved unless there’s out and out collusion between two teams. Reminding someone when the FAAB deadline or trade deadline is isn’t collusion. Suggesting a move or moves that would push your team to victory – even if it isn’t a trade – can be collusion if you’re not offering this kind of “help” to everyone in the league.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): In a league of sharks like Tout or LABR, I think everything within the rules is fair game–except as Mike points out, collusion, which should not happen in a shark league anyway.  In my home league, I think I would answer this differently, because we have sharks and minnows and you want to keep everyone happy (somehow) so the league doesn’t go supernova.  We instituted a rule in my home league that I really like.  After August 1, you may only trade with teams adjacent to you in the standings. This is very restrictive, but it solves most of the problems anticipated by this particular question.

Craig Mish (SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, @CraigMish): I notice immediately after the All Star Break in so many leagues the bottom feeders tend to drop off. Even though the outcome may be determined by a non participant I am leery of having too much say into what a team chooses to do, or in this case not do. Some of the websites provide a look into the date that the owner of the team has access and if I find that someone hasn’t logged in over the past month or so, that’s a pretty good indication that I don’t want that owner back in the league next season. I think that penalties imposed for inactivity are fine, but very hard to enforce if they are not in an expert league or high stakes league. The best course of action is to eliminate players who aren’t active in leagues in the future, by identifying them in the present. That has solved all the problems in leagues that I have commissioned.

Tim Heaney (Rotowire, @Tim_Heaney): One of my favorite facets of Tout Wars: These leagues force those at the bottom of the standings to hit a certain threshold of rotisserie points — or a head-to-head level — to avoid losing FAAB next season. The key here is providing incentive to pay attention even if you’re going to finish out of the running. This opens avenues for just about every team to trade with each other, which allows for legitimate season-long opportunities. For the readers: If it’s a keeper/dynasty league, you’re probably going to have many competitors and non-competitors talking trade late into the season, even if the title and cash finishes are just down to a handful of teams. If there’s some way for the bottom feeders to benefit in the future, this is just fine. For leagues where nothing is on the line for those in the bottom half or more of the standings, it’s a slippery slope. Commissioners should make sure every club — even the laggards near the basement — pays attention, but any bottom-to-top swap or the general “hey, put your starting pitchers in so you can defeat my competitor” becomes suspicious. In such cases, those competing for the title or a cash finish should handle things among themselves. If you want to avoid dead spots in a normal redraft league, talk with your buddies about ways to keep everyone involved next year. I like the idea to reward someone who finishes with the best record/point total after the All-Star break: Give ‘em a higher draft pick or extra FAAB the following season.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): I’m good with teams dealing with anyone in the standings. I’m not a fan of a competing owner asking another to replace an injured player (even without making an actual suggestion with respect to the activated player). That said, there’s nothing wrong with the commish sending a league-wide e-mail imploring everyone to manage their team to the bitter end.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): I am not exactly sure of what prodding examples are being suggested, but just because someone makes a suggestion, doesn’t mean I have to take action. I’ve never been the initiator of a “prod” so I cannot comment on that. If an owner becomes inactive, the commissioner needs to put that owner on notice that he will not be asked back next year if he doesn’t manage his team. Tout has penalties, reducing FAAB for the next season, intended to force owners to fight until the end. It also inhibits any temptation for imbalanced trades without having to create more artificial restrictions, which I also like. If your leagues don’t have such a rule, you might consider it.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): We’re all adults here and as long as there is no legitimate collusion involved, then let the first place team whisper into the last place team’s ear about making some move that would ultimately benefit the first place team. Hopefully the last place team is ethical enough not to take action if it doesn’t also improve his own team. If we’re just talking about remaining active, as in keeping healthy players in your lineup and benching or DLing your injured/minor league guys, then the commish should assume the responsibility of ensuring all rosters are legal and filled with all Major League players.

Brent Hershey (Baseball HQ, @BrentHQ): I think this is especially the case in experts leagues like Tout, but tend to think it also applies to other “home” leagues as well: That we’re all grownups here, and ideally owners are committed to playing out the entire season. So I think it does step over the line if a competing owner is giving advice to a non-competing owner—especially if the competing owner initiates. Sort of like in most trade-rule “veto” discussions, I feel the difference of opinion on matters like this—player evaluation or team administration—is going to exist, and by trusting each other’s judgement on decisions made fosters a healthier league environment overall.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): While I do not recall ever doing it, a friendly needle to replace an inactive player seems okay. Recommending whom to pickup would cross the ethical line for me.

Jeff Mans (Fantasy Guru Elite, @Jeff_Mans): I think that assuming you know what other owners are going through is a very dangerous slope. It is one thing to say an owner is blatantly not paying attention or doesn’t care but unless you know for certain that they are just ignoring the league I wouldn’t make it a concern of mine. In an industry league such as TOUT Wars we all have bigger fish to fry than to monitor each others feelings about any particular league, player or game. For one of us to say that owner X should spend more time on a league when we have no idea on what that person does on a day to day basis is ridiculous. If any fantasy league wants to be about the industry, I think it is important to support it and those involved rather than try to pick apart somebody’s interest or activity. I can draw from experience on this as last season I was ripped apart for not making roster moves down the stretch. Few knew that the reason for this was a serious health issue that took me out of commission for nearly a month. Was it my fault that I didn’t perform a waiver move? Sure…but is that something that should draw the ire of fellow competitors? Absolutely not. I would suggest everybody enjoy the league, enjoy the experience and if you put in more effort and beat up on others that fall off for whatever reason late in the season…enjoy the win.

Michael Rathburn (Rotowire, @FantasyRath): I’m the agreement with the others who said that we are all “big boys and girls” here and people should be minding their own rosters vs. giving advice to others.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): So long as there’s no collusion, pretty much everything is fair game. I’m copacetic about suggesting a team make a move. Indeed, in some of my leagues, failure to make logical moves can lead to fines and even the loss of a franchise .

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru Elite, @BaseballGuys): If you’re in a league, and deals are still allowed, then deals that are “fair” should be allowed to stand, regardless of position in the standings. If leagues are worried about the elites picking off the bottom feeders, then leagues can proactively do things like stopping trades after the actual trade deadline or August 15th or whatever date is chosen. No matter what spot I’m in I’m always trying to improve in every league I’m in. I hope that everyone in the league feels the same way. If someone is willing to put extra time in, to find that right deal/match, I think they should be able to be rewarded for that.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I think it depends on the league’s culture. I was leading an AL-only home league way back in 2006. Bobby Abreu came over to NYY from PHI at the deadline, and I had the FAAB hammer. Getting Abreu, who was a four-cat player, (.277-8-65-20 when he was dealt) would have cemented my win. The second-place guy suggested to an also-ran a sequence of moves he could make to get the FAAB hammer and, therefore, Abreu. The also-ran did the moves and got Abreu, who only went .330-7-42-10 in 250 or so AB, pushing the also-ran past me in a couple of cats. I lost the league by half a point. The second-place guy called to ask if I thought he had crossed the line, and I said no. I asked around the rest of the league, and nobody had a problem with it. I later played in a different league where a similar situation occurred (not involving me). The commish polled the league and 9 out of 12 said it was unacceptable to “coach” another owner in what to do/how to do it. As you’d guess from the first anecdote, I have no problem with doing anything that isn’t against the rules. But I would not do anything like that in the second league, because it clearly went against the grain of that league’s owners.

Todd Zola: I don’t know PD, I’d be livid over that chain of events. I don’t think there needs to be formal league rule prohibiting another league member from essentially managing another team, so the act doesn’t qualify as being not against the rules, at least for me.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): Everthing is game. You can only advance in the league standings by either your players or someone else passing your competitors in the stats categories. Like trading, if a fellow league manager can help you this season, you will be more likely to return the favor in future seasons. I always sort on all statistical categories to see where I can advance or other league managers can pass my competitors. I will then check the rosters of the other teams to ensure that they are still being active, regardless of where they are in our league standings. I also look at the “last login date” to see the last time that our league managers have logged into our website. We’ve worked this hard over the past 4 1/2 months, so all league managers owe it to the league to actively manage their teams for the remaining 1 1/2 months of the season.

Grey Albright (RazzBall, @razzball): I don’t tell people in my league how to manage their teams, instead I stew for months while someone keeps inactive players in their active roster, then I text Rudy something like, “Can you believe so-and-so hasn’t changed their lineup in two months?” Then I’ll write something on Razzball like, “I’m in a league with a so-called expert who hasn’t changed their lineup in a few months.” Then I’ll complain about it on the Razzball podcast for a few weeks. Then I’ll go see my doctor about some stomach pain, and he’ll say, “Grey, have you been stressing yourself out over someone in one of your leagues not adjusting their lineup?” And I’ll say, “No.” But I won’t tell someone in my leagues how to manage their teams.

Fred Zinkie (Rotoworld, Baseball HQ, @FredZinkieMLB): I think Grey hit the nail on the head in his first sentence. To me, it crosses the line to tell other owners “how” to manage their teams. But it doesn’t cross the line to remind them to manage their teams at all. I don’t remember doing this, but if it helps my team in the standings, I would be willing to contact a non-participating owner and request that they maintain their active lineup from this point forward. But I’m not going to the next step and asking them to stream starters or insert power hitters etc.

Glenn Colton (Fantasy Alarm, @glenncolton1): When one agrees to play in a roto baseball league, one is compacting with their league mates to play hard and fair throughout the season. As long as the down and out owner is being urged to make moves to gain more roto points (as opposed to dropping a steals guy to lose roto points), I have no problem with the lobbying. Of course, I hope that all players in my leagues have the pride to keep playing. ps – this type of question highlights why the tout rule of next year faab penalty is so good. It provides strong motivation to play hard throughout.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy): If we’re looking at a dead team that has players who are on the DL or in the minors in their active lineup, then there’s nothing wrong with another owner reaching out via email with the commissioner CC’d. It is then up to the commissioner to follow through and ask the dead team’s owner to just set an active lineup. Personnel shouldn’t matter. If the team doesn’t have a replacement player then so be it. The DL’d or demoted player stays in their active lineup. But in no way should another owner ask a bottom-feeder to make a roster change because it would benefit their team. That’s the definition of collusion. Any requests such as that should be reported immediately and the requesting team should be given the boot.

Gene McCaffrey (Wise Guy Baseball, @WiseGuyGene): I agree with PD – everything that the rules don’t forbid is fair game. And I would quit the league where other owners are allowed to veto my not-illegal moves or even worse my conversation. How is that not just another form of collusion?

Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN Fantasy, @SultanofStat): If it’s policing dead roster spots (DL, deactivated players), I think it’s the commissioner’s duty alone. In one of my oldest leagues, the rules penalize for these, paid at season’s end and applied to the next year’s prize pool, with the commissioner first issuing a one-scoring-period warning to correct them before a team is subject to penalties. If it’s negotiating a trade that ultimately helps the other team improve in the standings potentially for your own benefit, that’s fair game. If it’s anything else, no way, no how.

D.J. Short (Rotoworld, @djshort): As for getting in touch about a non-competing team’s roster management, I agree with many people here and stay away from that most of the time. However, there have been plenty of times where I mention something to the league commissioner, which could lead to a league-wide email or at least function as a reminder/documentation that the owner in question isn’t invited back the following season. I usually stay away from trading — or at least initiating — with non-competing teams just because the optics can be weird, but we’re all adults and have to assume that people are on the up and up. Obviously it’s not an issue in a keeper or dynasty format where other factors are often at play.

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): If you play in any casual hometown leagues, then you already understand that prodding inactive teams to make moves in August and September is fairly routine. Under normal circumstances, I won’t go further than encouraging a manager to remove DL’d or demoted players from a starting lineup, but I don’t actually think it’s unethical to encourage waiver adds (as long as it’s merely a suggestion, not a roster takeover). Unless an action is outlawed by the league’s rules, it seems to me that it’s in play.

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs and Fantrax, @jeffwzimmerman): Going through the various, opinions, I’m of the remind but don’t help camps. Also, I find it might be better for any owner to put out a league-wide message. The only times I find owners get mad about this help is if hurts their team.

Clay Link (Rotowire, @claywlink): I don’t think anyone should be meddling with other owners in regards their active lineups, telling them who to start/sit or harping on them to remove injured players. If it’s a regular problem, I think it’s on the commissioner to implement some sort of rule. One rule that I like that I have carried to a league: a three-strike rule against having multiple injured/minors players in your lineup. If an owner can’t take the time to set a good-faith lineup, they should be bounced to protect the integrity of the league. When it comes to trading, I personally haven’t had many experiences with sketchy trades between bottom feeders and contenders, but I think ideally there should be a league veto system to protect against any collusion or trades that alone could very well decide the league.

Stephania Bell (ESPN Fantasy Sports, @Stephania_ESPN): As long as there is no collusion taking place, I am of the belief that most adults are capable of making their own decisions with integrity. There will always be gray areas when it comes to ethics (and that goes for anything, not just fantasy leagues). That said, consistency is key. If something is frowned upon or disallowed early in the season, as collectively agreed upon by the league via its rules, then it should remain the same throughout. And the opposite is also true. Interactions/transactions that are fair to start the season should be considered just as fair late in the season.


Let’s have some fun with this week’s discussion. How would your league handle the scenario Patrick Davit described?

Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 13

Welcome to the weekly Tout Wars FAAB report, on its new home right here on the Tout Wars site. Each week, we’ll review the free agent acquisitions from all five leagues, with commentary from a league member, as well as yours truly. We changed the timing of the weekly run to 1 PM ET every Sunday, with the report posted later that afternoon so you’ll have time to digest and apply to your own leagues. In addition, I’ll be joining Lawr Michaels and Justin Mason on the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY Network every Sunday at 3:20 PM ET to discuss the results.

You can find the complete list of Tout Warriors here. Everyone starts with 1000 FAAB units, less any penalty incurred by finishing below a designated point in the standings. This is a means of keeping everyone motivated to keep playing all season long. The minimum bid is $0. FAAB units can be traded as well as rebated for players released off the DL.

The report will list all winning bids along with unsuccessful tries and contingencies. This provides the maximum level of information to help gauge interest on the players.

The American and National League only formats are 12-team leagues, as is the new points-based head to head league, The Mixed Auction and Draft each have 15 clubs. All the leagues have four reserves with an unlimited DL, expect the head to head league, which allows six reserves.

The headings above each league are links to publicly accessible sites where you can see standings, roster and a complete review of transactions. The initial auctions and drafts can be found here.



CMullins, Bal Jeff Erickson 375 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 175 Rob Leibowitz 145
Lawr Michaels 37 Larry Schechter 3
THildenberger, Min Jeff Erickson 111
TAustin, Min Jason Collette 74 Jeff Erickson 375 Rob Leibowitz 38
Larry Schechter 2
RUrena, Tor Mike Podhorzer 56
ROHearn, KC Rob Leibowitz 42
TMay, Min Mike Podhorzer 34 Chris Liss 0
KStewart, Min Jason Collette 26
JMinaya, CWS Mike Podhorzer 16
TPannone, Tor Lawr Michaels 9 Seth Trachtman 3
AJurado, Tex Seth Trachtman 3
AWynns, Bal Vlad Sedler 2 Mike Podhorzer 0
YDiaz, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
BGuyer, Cle Larry Schechter 1 Jeff Erickson 56
GAllen, Cle Larry Schechter 1 Jeff Erickson 56
ALewicki, Det Seth Trachtman 1
YRamirez, Bal Chris Liss 0
LVoit, NYY Chris Liss 0
GGreiner, Det Mike Podhorzer 0
BSmith, KC Chris Liss 0


JRickard, Bal Rob Leibowitz 14 Larry Schechter 0
JMFernandez, LAA Jason Collette 7
AEngel, CWS Jeff Erickson 3 Larry Schechter 0
RStanek, TB Jason Collette 2
CTocci, Tex Larry Schechter 1 Chris Liss 0
TCole, LAA Jason Collette 1
HFillmyer, KC Seth Trachtman 0 Chris Liss 0
JField, Min Larry Schechter 0
MGerber, Det Larry Schechter 0
RLaMarre, CWS Larry Schechter 0
RoPerez, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0

Todd’s Take

This is a good example why it’s better to resist the temptation to get SOMEONE at the trade deadline  as opposed to holding the hammer for August. There’s no telling how Cedric Mullins will perform, but he’s being given the reins to center field in Camden Yards with Adam Jones scooting over to right. I was holding out for Anthony Santader or even Austin Hays, but it appears Mullins will be the one to be auditioned.

Twins dominate the rest of the bidding, especially at closer with Fernando Rodney and his make believe  quiver headed to Oakland. Most feel Hildenberger will get the gig while some are calling the Trevor May card. My make believe money is on Addison Reed who is under contact for decent money through next season. Kohl Stewart is drawing interest as the prospect is being called up to take the rotation spot of Adalberto Mejia. Finally, with Logan Morrison out for the year, Tyler Austin gets the call. If Austin plays full time, Jason Collette has himself a nice buy.



JNix, SD Grey Albright 54 Todd Zola 37 Brian Walton 16
Andy Behrens 11 Phil Hertz 6
Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
DBote, ChC Andy Behrens 51 Mike Gianella 14 Phil Hertz 7
Scott Wilderman 2
WMiley, Mil Andy Behrens 41 Phil Hertz 6 Steve Gardner 2
Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
CKelly, SF Todd Zola 17
BKennedy, SD Todd Zola 13
COswalt, NYM Phil Hertz 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
ROrtega, Mia Phil Hertz 2 Phil Hertz 5 Craig Mish 1
AGarica, StL Steve Gardner 1 Phil Hertz 2
CCasali, Cin Grey Albright 1
RStephenson, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 2
JWilson, ChC Derek Carty 0


TToussaint, Atl Grey Albright 54
DFloro, LAD Grey Albright 31
BDixon, Cin Andy Behrens 21 Phil Hertz 0
CFerguson, LAD Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 1
DHudson, StL Grey Albright 11
JBlevins, NYM Grey Albright 11
JChargois, LAD Grey Albright 11
IGalloway, Mia Phil Hertz 8 Phil Hertz 3
AGarrett, Cin Andy Behrens 7
RBlack, SF Phil Hertz 2
JMathis, Ari Grey Albright 1
TWolters, Col Grey Albright 1
KGlover, Was Phil Hertz 0
TGuerrero, Mia Phil Hertz 0
TomHunter, Phi Phil Hertz 0
AChafin, Ari Derek Carty 0
BBrach, Atl Derek Carty 0

Todd’s Take

Starting pitchers dominated the NL Tout bidding as the Padres promoted a couple of their more advanced prospects, though far from the jewels of their system. Jacob Nix (no relation to Jayson or Laynce, else his name would be, you know, Jaycob) copped the top bid, coming of a scoreless debut Friday night, blanking the Phillies for six innings on four hits. Nix displayed good control with the ability to keep the ball in the yard on the farm, albeit with a pedestrian strikeout rate.

With limited funds, I landed on the other recent Padres call-up, Brett Kennedy. His initial foray into the bigs didn’t do as well as Nix as Kennedy was shelled by the Brewers. Still, he could get a look and in Petco Park, there will be better days.

I also grabbed former top prospect Casey Kelly, who was once famously traded along with Anthony Rizzo by the Red Sox for Adrian Gonzalez. Several years, and injuries later, Kelly is toiling for the Giants. After coming in relief of Ty Blach over the weekend, Kelly may get a rotation look.



RLopez, CWS Bret Sayre 111 Derek VanRiper 22 Jeff Zimmerman 4
Scott Swanay 3 Jeff Zimmerman 0
FReyes, SD Ron Shandler 57 Fred Zinkie 27 Derek VanRiper 17
Al Melchior 4 Jeff Zimmerman 1
ADiaz, Tor Ron Shandler 57 Zach Steinhorn 23 Ray Flowers 21
Fred Zinkie 16 Al Melchior 4
SAlexander, LAD Bret Sayre 55 Jeff Zimmerman 44 Ray Flowers 17
Al Melchior 6
THildenberger, Min Jeff Zimmerman 54 Tim Heaney 7
MGivens, Bal Scott Pianowski 47 Jeff Zimmerman 54 Brent Hershey 43
Ray Flowers 23 Zach Steinhorn 16
Tim McLeod 4 Jeff Zimmerman 4
RMadson, Was Bret Sayre 45 Jeff Zimmerman 24 Zach Steinhorn 18
Ray Flowers 17
JNix, SD Tim McLeod 42 Ron Shandler 5
CMullins, Bal Ray Flowers 39 Brent Hershey 29 Bret Sayre 17
Jeff Zimmerman 14
BJohnson, Bos Scott Pianowski 37 Derek VanRiper 22
CIannetta, Col Scott Pianowski 31 Scott Swanay 0
JJeffress, Mil Tim Heaney 26 Ray Flowers 17 Al Melchior 6
MMinor, Tex Zach Steinhorn 22 Ray Flowers 13
JGant, StL Derek VanRiper 22
AFrazier, Pit Ray Flowers 21
RErlin, SD Ron Shandler 18 Al Melchior 2
SReidFoley, Tor Tim McLeod 17 Al Melchior 6 Fred Zinkie 1
JIglesias, Det Zach Steinhorn 17
GAllen, Cle Bret Sayre 17
TWhite, Hou Scott Pianowski 13
PLopez, Mia Ron Shandler 11
DTravis, Tor Scott Pianowski 7
TToussaint, Atl Tim McLeod 6 Fred Zinkie 3
TMay, Min Al Melchior 6 Tim Heaney 7
CFerguson, LAD Tim McLeod 4
BKennedy, SD Jeff Zimmerman 4
WCastillo, CWS Zach Steinhorn 2
MBarnes, Bos Brent Hershey 2 Bret Sayre 10
TWard, LAA Fred Zinkie 1
EDiaz, Pit Scott Swanay 0
AGordon, KC Jeff Zimmerman 0
YPetit, Oak Fred Zinkie 0 Bret Sayre 0


CMaybin, Sea Ray Flowers 21 Jeff Zimmerman 1
WLeBlanc, Sea Ray Flowers 13 Scott Pianowski 1
AReed, Min Ray Flowers 13
MagSierra, Mia Ray Flowers 13
RNunez, Bal Ron Shandler 12 Bret Sayre 0
JFamilia, Oak Bret Sayre 10 Fred Zinkie 0
KStewart, Min Ron Shandler 5
SGaviglio, Tor Ron Shandler 5
TMilone, Was Jeff Zimmerman 4
JFaria, TB Tim McLeod 2 Tim Heaney 0
ASlater, SF Jeff Zimmerman 1
DRobertson, NYY Fred Zinkie 0
MTaylor, Was Bret Sayre 0
SLeon, Bos Scott Pianowski 0
SOh, Col Jeff Zimmerman 0

Jeff Zimmerman’s Commentary

The number of moves ticked up this week as real and fantasy teams filled needs.

Personally, I had three open slots to fill with several players heading to the DL. I needed pick a lane and decided to concentrate on getting one closer.

After the dust cleared, I spent $54 on Trevor Hildenberger. Most of the other newly appointed closers went around the same price:

Scott Alexander: $55
Mychal Givens: $47
Ryan Madson: $45

Nine owners (5th to 13th) are separated by 14 Saves. If owners want to make a move, they can here.

I needed to replace Mike Trout in the outfield and the options were horrible. It was either part-time one trick guys or low talent accumulators. I went with Alex Gordon for his seven-game week and hopefully get Trout back soon. I was interested in Cedric Mullins but got out bid ($39) by Ray Flowers. Mullins could provide a nice source of steals.

Bret Sayre spent $111 on Reynaldo Lopez and his two starts against the Royals and Tigers. Besides Lopez, Bret picked up Alexander and Madson.
Ron Shandler also opened his wallet spending $57 on Franmil Reyes and Aledmys Diaz. Both are solid choices as Ron tries to climb up the standings.

Todd’s Take

Whenever I say something like this, I hope it isn’t taken as a back-handed swipe at another other league, be it Tout Wars, my own leagues, your leagues, whatever. With that said, golf applause to the Mixed Auction participants for such a spirited round of bidding. League leader Tim Heaney has more than a 25-point lead but the other 14 chasing him don’t care – they’re making every effort to scratch for every point, the way it should be. An impressive 13 of 15 owners bid this week with all 13 winning at least one player.



SAlexander, LAD Michael Beller 104 Scott White 27 Charlie Wiegert 22
RMadson, Was Gene McCaffrey 73
AOttavino, Col Scott White 27
WAdames, TB Charlie Wiegert 22 Adam Ronis 22
TBeckham, Bal Adam Ronis 22 Gene McCaffrey 0
JBarria, LAA D.J. Short 18 Jeff Boggis 11
JCandelario, Det Gene McCaffrey 12
JGant, StL Jeff Boggis 11
DJansen, Tor Adam Ronis 7 Rudy Gamble 1
HFillmyer, KC Jeff Boggis 6
PLopez, Mia Jeff Boggis 6
ALewicki, Det Jeff Boggis 2
DPalka, CWS Rudy Gamble 2
BHolt, Bos Tom Kessenich 1
AWynns, Bal Perry Van Hook 0
AReed, Min Michael Beller 0


BPeacock, Hou Scott White 17
ADiaz, Tor Charlie Wiegert 15 Adam Ronis 8
NAhmed, Ari Charlie Wiegert 15
ENunez, Bos Adam Ronis 14 Tom Kessenich 1
CMullins, Bal Adam Ronis 8
JBeeks, TB Jeff Boggis 2
AGordon, KC Tom Kessenich 1 Gene McCaffrey 0
AFrazier, Pit Tom Kessenich 1
ASlater, SF Tom Kessenich 1
BPhillips, KC Tom Kessenich 1
CMaybin, Sea Tom Kessenich 1
JCave, Min Tom Kessenich 1
RHerrera, KC Rudy Gamble 1

Todd’s Take

Despite a recent struggle, Scott Alexander was the high bid, hoping he gets the bulk of the save ops with Kenley Jansen dealing with the recurrence of an irregular heartbeat. Kenta Maeda is also in the mix.

Infielders were front and center among the bats with Willy Adames, Tim Beckham, Jeimer Candelario and Daniel Palka all on new Tout teams. Beckham is finally in the groove after a long injury recovery. Adames is now the regular Rays shortstop with Adeiny Hechevarria out of the picture while Candelario hopes to revert to early season form where he was displaying more power.

An under the radar pickup is Jays catcher Danny Jansen, earmarked for a Monday promotion, hopefully to begin the phase-out of Russell Martin. Jansen’s bat is more advanced than his defense. That said, there’s no indication Toronto has any plans to move Jansen from behind the dish.



YChirinos, TB Jake Ciely 25
JMcNeil, NYM Jake Ciely 15
PLopez, Mia Peter Kreutzer 13 Justin Mason 3
CRichard, SD Jeff Mans 11
CGearrin, Tex Stephania Bell 8
TMilone, Was Justin Mason 5
HFillmyer, KC Justin Mason 3 Peter Kreutzer 11 Jeff Mans 6
THernandez, Tor Dr. Roto 3
JHellickson, Was Dr. Roto 3
JGant, StL Justin Mason 0
SGaviglio, Tor Justin Mason 0
WAdames, TB Clay Link 0


TBeckham, Bal Jake Ciely 10
AGomber, StL Peter Kreutzer 7
BreAnderson, Oak Peter Kreutzer 3 Dr. Roto 2
JShields, CWS Dr. Roto 2
FLiriano, Det Jeff Mans 1
AMondesi, KC Clay Link 0
BJohnson, Bos Justin Mason 0
BKennedy, SD Justin Mason 0
DTravis, Tor Clay Link 0
JVargas, NYM Justin Mason 0
MGonzalez, Hou Clay Link 0
RMcMahon, Col Clay Link 0

Todd’s Take

Ah, the never-ending chase for two-start pitchers. Reynaldo Lopez and Clayton Richard lead the pack.

Despite this being a shallower 12-team league, I’m a little surprised Teoscar Hernandez was available. Though, to be fair, a .707 OPS the last month has a little something to do with it.

Tout Daily Wrap: Heaney Meaney Miney Moe

Yeah, I know, the headline makes no sense. Sorry, it’s getting late into the contest and the heat is humidifying my creativity. What does make sense, however, is Tim Heaney winning his second week of Tout Daily, posting a solid 154.7 points, comfortably ahead of Justin Mason’s 143.05 which in turn bested Gene McCaffrey’s third place total by exactly 10 points.

In our Tout Picks piece, Heaney chose Tyler Glasnow with the following quip, “I’m way behind in the chase for a Golden Ticket, so here’s my pivot. He may not go deeper than five innings, but the Orioles rank among the most strikeout-happy clubs, and in two-pitcher lineups like this, Glasnow still could be a value as long as he doubles his price in output.”

Talk about hitting the nail on the head, Glasnow threw four frames, with nine of his 12 outs by way of the punch out. Heaney’s hitters were spurred by homers from Rougned Odor and Jeimer Candelario. Check out Tim’s complete roster below.

While Tim’s big night got him within striking distance of the final three Golden Tickets into the Survivor Tournament Championship, currently the top three spots belong to Justin Mason, Bret Sayre and McCaffrey with several others still in contention.

Rick Wolf has a comfortable but not insurmountable 46.9 point lead over Todd Zola for the overall points lead and a wild card entry into the finals. See where you favorite Tout stands on the Leaderboard.

Be sure to check out all of our weekly content, beginning with the Tout Wars FAAB Report every Sunday, then the Tout Table on Monday, followed by Tout Daily Picks on Tuesday before closing out with Tout Daily Wrap every Wednesday.

Here’s Tim’s week-leading roster:

Tout Daily Picks: Max, Miles and Hill, oh my

It’s crunch time in Tout Daily as this is the third (of four) week of the final period with the top-three finishers earning the final three Golden Tickets into the Survivor Tournament. Here’s who some of the Touts are counting on to help get one step closer to the championship.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton)

Miles Mikolas: Starting at Miami, the most consistent Cardinals starter is from nearby Jupiter and gets to show his stuff to those who couldn’t see him in Japan.

Jeff McNeil: Have to continue to ride the hot hand of the rookie, who went 3-for-4 with a homer on Monday and is batting .462 in his first dozen MLB contests.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Zack Greinke: Remember when we were all concerned about his drop in velocity in the spring. Good times.

Rougned Odor: Will need to find lower cost plays elsewhere, but really want to work in Odor facing the not so Kingly Felix.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Max Scherzer: Max Scherzer ($13,900) – It’s going to cost top dollar to roster Max Scherzer tonight, but he’s well worth it. There is extra motivation tonight as he faces an Atlanta Braves team that is at the top of their league division standings. Over the past 2 games, Scherzer has averaged 10.5 strikeouts per game. In 3 starts against the Atlanta Braves this season, Max Scherzer is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA.

Javier Baez: Javier Baez ($5,600) – Glad to see the Cubs play a night game so that I can roster Baez tonight. Over the past 14 days, Baez has been on fire with 8 runs scored, 6 home runs, 14 RBI, and a .370 batting average.

Tim Heaney (Rotowire, @Tim_Heaney)

Tyler Glasnow: I’m way behind in the chase for a Golden Ticket, so here’s my pivot. He may not go deeper than five innings, but the Orioles rank among the most strikeout-happy clubs, and in two-pitcher lineups like this, Glasnow still could be a value as long as he doubles his price in output.

Rougned Odor: This scorching-hot bat + Jester Felix (1.30 HR/9) + the Arlington launch pad … smells like a wise decision

Gene McCaffrey (Wise Guy Baseball, @WiseGuyGene)

Miles Mikolas: The Marlins have a way of confounding expectations, but I figure them to struggle against quality junk. So to speak.

Freddie Freeman: At $4k and with success against Scherzer, less of a gamble than at first glance.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Max Schzerer: Go big or go home

Healy & Castelonos : @$3900 are the best I can afford

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Rich Hill: Riding a hot pitcher that is still probably going to be low-owned, because the A’s have been running so well.

Nelson Cruz: One of three Mariners I’m using tonight against cuddly Bartolo Colon, who will be laboring under really hot conditions.