Mixed Draft: Scott White |
AL: Mike Gianella |
Mixed Auction: Zach Steinhorn |
Head 2 Head: Ariel Cohen |
In the draft day standings, the Tout AL standings for the team each Tout bought on draft day, Liss finished fourth with 78.5 points. His obvious weakness was Saves, which showed him last.
Once the season started Liss focused on relief pitching. He bought Chris Devenski, Jonathan Hernandez, Rafael Dolis, Greg Holland, Carl Edwards, Clark Schmidt, Dan Altavilla and Andre Scrubb. Those are all his free agent buys.
And he traded for Brad Hand (he traded Kyle Tucker). At the end of the season he was in fourth place in Saves, and ended up with 99 points, 22 more than Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton’s team and Jeff Erickson’s team, which tied for second.
Starting with the season’s first full week, there was one thing the Touts in the Draft and Hold league could count on each Monday: Brad Johnson would be in first place.
There were a couple of weeks in late August when he surely slipped behind Mike Florio, who dogged him all season long, but by Monday Johnson was once again atop the standing.
The same is true today, the Monday after season’s end.
Tim McLeod had a 1.5 point lead going into the short season’s final week, but when he lost Michael Conforto early on he knew he was in trouble.
Scott White passed him on the way to the championship, easily topping Tom Kessenich, who pushed McLeod into third at the wire.
White finished second in the league in 2017, and third in 2018, and now finally has captured the crown, his first Tout Wars championship.
Woah. Going into the last week Ian Kahn was two games ahead of Andrea LaMont and three games ahead of Ariel Cohen.
Perhaps more telling, Kahn was 1540 points scored ahead of LaMont, but only 413 against Cohen. Why am I framing the story this way?
Because at the end of the final week Kahn and Cohen had the same number of wins, but Cohen led by 753 points winning the tie-breaker and the championship.
Ian Kahn was the 2019 Tout H2H champ.
This year was Ariel Cohen’s Tout debut.
On August 23rd Derek VanRiper was 1.5 points behind Bret Sayre in the Tout Mixed Auction standings. One week later, despite having only the second best record on the week, DVR was in first by 15.5 over Eric Karabell. With a month left to go VanRiper was in the driver seat.
With a week left in the short season Steve Gardner had a 7.5 point lead over Fred Zinkie, apparently comfortable but in the end not enough to hold off Zinkie in his first Tout Wars NL season.
Gardner’s teams was the worst in the league the final week, while Zinkie posted the second best. That was enough for a two point victory.
After 55 games or so our fantasy baseball seasons are just getting started. A front-runner or three has emerged, but there is still plenty of time for a slow starter to catch up. Still, big jumps in the standings points tend to come less frequently and the game’s long season exerts its muscular force.
Not this year. With five days left to the regular season, and the possibility of a Monday doubleheader between the Cardinals and Tigers, let’s see who is leading in each of the leagues.
TOUT DAILY: We already have a winner: Mike Gianella.
TOUT WARS DRAFT AND HOLD: Brad Johnson has a 7.5 point lead over Michael Florio, with Michael Stein and Craig Mish just behind him.
TOUT WARS HEAD TO HEAD: Ian Kahn, last year’s champ, is just ahead of Andrea LaMont and Ariel Cohen. But Ian is off to a slow start this week.
TOUT WARS MIXED AUCTION: 2014 champ Derek VanRiper leads 2017 champ Jeff Zimmerman by 10.5 points.
TOUT WARS MIXED DRAFT: Scott White, who tied with Tim Mcleod last year, is trying to hold off 2014 champion McLeod, leading today by 2.5 points. Perennial contenders Rudy Gamble and Adam Ronis are in a knot with Tom Kessenich and Perry Van Hook 10-15 points back.
TOUT WARS AL: 2015 champ Chris Liss has run away with it and is 16 points ahead of Glenn Colton/Rick Wolf’s team.
TOUT WARS NL: Two-time champ (2011, 2018) Steve Gardner has an 8 point lead over league newcomer but three-time mixed auction champ Fred Zinkie.
We’ll announce the Tout Wars winners as they clinch.