Tout Table: In Season Rules Changes

With COVID-19 still affecting MLB, along with other non-pandemic issues, we asked the Touts:

Are there any circumstances to trigger a rules change after the draft? If yes, what is the best process by which to enact the change?

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I think there must be, but they’d have to be circumstances so dire that the potential outcomes of the season would be affected in a way that reasonable people recognize as unfair. I can’t think of an example. Maybe if some kind of disaster wiped out several MLB teams all at once. Even at that, if a workaround could be figured out by the combined effort of the team managers, that would be preferable. As for approving any change, my inclination would be to exclude the team managers, especially if the disaster gave some teams an unearned advantage. In an ideal world, all the owners would vote the best interests of the league. But experience suggests that team managers will vote often team interests first.

Matt Williams (NBC Sports Edge, @MattWi77iams): Only if there was a tangible change in which the game or schedule is played. Covid related IL last season was a good example. This season it seemed like a leagues innings minimum may have been something that could have required a rule change due to the pitching landscape. But overall it’s hard to imagine a rule change taking place. Either way I would say unanimous league vote would be required to change any setting.

Chris Liss (Rotowire, @Chris_Liss): There is one: Unanimous consent of the owners. Otherwise, I wouldn’t change mid-stream.

Derek Carty (RotoGrinders, @DerekCarty): The circumstances would have to be extreme, or else (and probably regardless) you would need to have unanimous consent of all owners. Ideally, you would have mechanisms in place in the league constitution for how to handle situations like this so that everybody goes into the league aware of the possibility. But there is so much strategy that goes into drafting and managing a fantasy baseball team that changing the rules mid-way through the year without everyone being on board can unfairly alter the playing field and is not an approach I’d generally advise.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): The first item to note, as Chris Liss did – is that any change after the league has started (after the draft) … has to be approved by anyone. Not just a simple majority, or super majority – it should be unanimous. But as far as circumstances … this is the COVID era … a rule change can result from literally anything. To give two real life examples that happened to me: 1) Last year, I was involved in a league with weekly transactions and no lineup changes. With COVID cancelling weeks worth of games at a time, the request was to amend the rules to allow midweek IL replacements. All teams agreed. Unfortunately, the stats provider was not able to alter the format for us after the season began – but we would have accepted it. 2) In one league, after the normal trade deadline expired, a few teams asked the commish to allow an extra week of trading. The commish put it to a majority vote, and not a unanimous one. I voted against it, being in first place by a wide margin. Long story short … the commish opened up the trading. The 2nd place team made a large trade with the last place team, meanwhile I attempted a similar trade, which was vetoed. I ended losing the league on the last day of the season. In my opinion, the league acted unfairly. If everyone would have agreed to extend the deadline – then I would have no problem with it.

Perry Van Hook (Mastersball, @): After the draft? In general a hard NO… but if your league does not have unlimited IR slots, this is the year to adjust to current conditions and expand or introduce IR slots. There are many players in all these types of leagues who reserve lists are filled with injured players and it detracts from the operation of the league as well as the enjoyment of individual owners to have to cut a player they drafted to add a replacement.

Grey Albright (RazzBall, @razzball): Agree with Chris Liss — need unanimous consent. Otherwise it’s Mickey Mouse rules, and the Mickey Mouse season was last year.

Michael Florio (NFL Network, @MichaelFFlorio): Typically, I do not believe that there should be any rule changes made in season. But I am okay changing it if somethings unprecedented happens like Covid-19, which is why in both baseball and football home leagues we allowed a one time “replacement option” where you could tell the commissioner a player you would substitute in your lineup if someone missed time due to covid. This was a little easier to implement in football though. However, for any change, there should 100% be a league vote. There should have to be at the least a majority, if not a unanimous vote to change any rules in season.

Greg Ambrosius (NFBC, @GregAmbrosius): As a pay-to-play fantasy games operator, it’s absolutely a NO. Legally you can’t change the rules after the contest has begun. And trust me, with hundreds or thousands of people competing for prize money, you’d never get a consensus on a rules change. Definitely a NO after drafts begin.

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): I’m a “never say never” type, so yes, I’d leave open the possibilities to an in-season change if something is drastically wrong. Two caveats: 1) to Greg’s point, he’s contractually obligated to maintain the same rules given the stakes/money involved, so that makes sense, and 2) to Chris’ point, it must be a unanimous vote by ALL league members in order to enact the change.

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): To echo the others, “almost never” should be the answer. And even then, only if every league participant agrees. This will be very, very difficult to achieve once the season is underway since every owner has a vested position. And if you are in the minority and feel pressured to vote for a change you don’t agree with, it may be time to change leagues.

Toby Guevin (BatFlipCrazy Podcast, @batflipcrazy): Generally, no, since people drafted and have made moves with particular settings or rules in mind. That said, if the entire league agrees and the rule change is approved unanimously then sure.

Jim Bowden (Fantasy Alarm, @JimBowdenGM): No in my opinion once the draft is completed rules should not be subjected to change unless the owners vote unanimously

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam): The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seemingly applies. It’s important to have a high standard when determining if something is broken. A lopsided trade, for example, might highlight an issue that needs to be addressed after the season. Most issues you encounter will fall in this basket. An obvious example of a potential post-draft change from 2020-2021 might be to institute an auxiliary COVID-IL or simply increase IL slots by some number. Even that strikes me as an optional adjustment. I can imagine a few scenarios with leagues using custom rules where unintended consequences wreck the game and require immediate remedy. Going against the grain, I don’t believe unanimous consent should be required. A super majority will do.

Tim McCullough (Baseball Prospectus, @TimsTenz): I agree with the general consensus here that it would be no. However, if by some miracle MLB and the Player’s association were to a agree on a change to the rules of the game that would drastically influence the fairness of the fantasy baseball game, then it might be necessary to make a change. In that extreme circumstance, the entire league would have to agree to such a change, especially if there was money on the line.

Lou Blasi (Fantistics, @LouBlasi): In my eyes, it depends. Leagues involving money and payouts to me are contracts and present a set conditions under which the leagues were conducted during the draft and the early season. No one should involuntarily be subjected to a change that sets them at a disadvantage because they planned for the original rules. Now, if a rule change is necessary that everyone agrees upon, then have at it. If everyone agrees that the change makes the experience better and doesn’t negatively affect them, there’s no reason not to make the changes … In leagues where money isn’t a factor, the standard for an in-season rule change is lower. Unless the considered change completely dismantles a team’s draft strategy (or multiple teams) because it fundamentally changes the game, it should be considered if it makes the league better. In general, dealing with COVID and the increase in injuries means commissioners have to walk a fine line between deep enough rosters to deal with these issues and deep enough waiver pools to deal with these issues. I feel it means expanded injury rosters, but strict reactivation of players once they are no longer injured. The real problem to avoid is the stockpiling of players on rosters while other teams need warm bodies.

Dr. Roto (FullTime Fantasy, @DrRoto): This is a very slippery slope. There are many times when a rule change midseason makes total sense. However, players agreed to play by a certain set of rules and to change them midseason seems incredibly unfair. I would agree with all here who said that unanimous is the only way to change them–and even then I am not sure I feel great about it.

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru, @BaseballGuys): If a change is to be made after the draft, I agree with others, has to be unanimous. Other than an obvious – we forget to note what time the lineups need to be set each week kinda thing, I’m honestly not up for changing the rules once games start. Everyone could agree that we should add IL spots now with everyone being hurt, but it is too late for that. Even though I would vote “yes” in theory that we should have had more IL spots, wiser heads would need to just say no. Everyone could read the rules before the season started. Most folks don’t, and then they are surprised when things get missed. Too bad. Changes… they gotta wait til next year.

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, The Process, @jeffwzimmerman): The only time in my opinion should be if MLB changes the game like a longer or shorter schedule. Sometimes innings and at limits are in place based on a certain season length. Now, if MLB changes course, and only then, a 75% vote is needed to put in the changes. I’m not for 100% because there is likely an owner or two who could benefit from the unforeseen change, be an ass, and not vote for the change.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): Only in the rarest of circumstances like a pandemic and even then only minor changes and only if there’s close to unanimity. For example, very early in the season, my “home” league added one IL slot after it became apparent that there would be extra players headed there due to COVID. Even then, the league is going to review the modification around June 1 to see if it’s still needed. Generally rule changes should be for succeeding seasons.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Here is my issue with unanimous. I’ll admit this is a personal thing, your mileage may vary, but I feel league votes should be for the good of the league and not for the benefit of my team. Sure, it can happen, but the chances of 100% in favor, without someone feeling the change hurts their team is remote. Well, maybe not remote, but it lessens the chance. That said, I’m adamant any rule which would have caused something different in the draft or even choice of keepers should not even be considered.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I cannot see all scenarios, so I would want to judge each situation on its own merits. I am not one to believe that you need unanimous for a rule change. Obviously there are some formats where a rules change is impossible, like NFBC. But there are other formats.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): As for the question itself, once again I am selfishly calling upon the collective wisdom of the Touts to help steer me in the right direction as there is a real-life impetus for the query, and it isn’t related to a COVID-19 influenced scenario. Rather, something came up in a private league which was an unintended repercussion of a rule changed installed to begin the season. The suggested change would not have influenced the draft or keepers, but it is obviously anti to the rules as written. Those in favor of the change are using rules interpretation as the basis (and the league is largely lawyers, yay) but they’re wrong about that. Still, I have no problem with the change, but I do have an issue opening Pandora’s Box, for if we take a vote on this and it is changed, we’re essentially paving the way for future changes after the season begins which may have influenced the draft, but if you ever tried using logic when debating with lawyers, you know it isn’t a very successful tact. My reply to the league was I have no issue with the proposal, just think about what could ensue if we set precedent.

Frank Stampfl (Fantasy Pros, @Roto_Frank): Normally I’m big on “rules are rules” but unprecedented times call for flexibility, as long as it is UNANIMOUS within the league. I can completely understand why just one Fantasy manager might have issue with changing or setting new rules once the draft is over and if that happens, then I wouldn’t try to change anything.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): Generally I’m against rule changes after the season starts because the basis for drafting your team was made using the rules. But a situation has occurred this year with the Covid-19 DL that needs clarification. It seems a team will place a player on the Covid-19 DL if he has come into contact with someone who has come into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid. The team makes him quarantine and get tested. After 72 hours if his tests are negative, he is removed from the DL and back on the yeam roster. In a cae of a pitcher, he might not even miss a start. What some of my leagues have done is adopted a rule that you can pick up a player for the covid -19 player put on the dl,, but if the players stay on the Covid -19 dl is less than 4 games, you do not get the stats from the replacement player, and the replacement player is automatically reinstated in your lineup.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): I am against any rule changes once the season starts because everyone’s draft strategy may involve specific league settings. In leagues that I play in where I am the Commish, anyone throughout the season or off season is permitted to submit a rule change. Any rule changes are voted upon each weekend, but must be unanimously accepted. One rule that was recently passed in my league was that we had 2 DL slots and we updated the slots for 2 DL slots and 2 Covid-specific slots. All things being equal, unless there is a pandemic going on, keep the rule changes for the off season.

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): With the current landscape of players landing on the COVID-IL due to testing positive or side effects from vaccinations, it’s another headache for fantasy players. However, daily moves may need to become the norm in situations like this. For instance, in our H2H league, lost a close match-up due to a player locking on Friday then his games being cancelled on Saturday and Sunday due to COVID protocols. A replacement pitcher could have replaced him on Sunday changing my contest outcome. While it’s understandable league formats align with past practice, active and willing participants would adjust rosters daily. Just be sure pickups remain once a week to avoid streaming. With limited bench space, being able to replace a player lost to COVID without an injury list designation makes sense. In-season rules changes come with apprehension, but in these challenging environments, it’s applicable. In a home league, it can be put to a vote or enacted by a commissioner but take a pulse of the league participants to ensure equitable circumstances.

Glenn Colton (Fantasy Alarm, @GlennColton1): Rules changes AFTER the draft? Only in two circumstances: Unanimous agreement of the league without any pressure or a totally unforeseeable major change in the world or the sport (like when the leagues shut down after many fantasy baseball drafts last year)

Dan Strafford (FNTSY Radio, @DanStrafford): There is a very clear scenario where your league should adjust. It’s when Major League Baseball changes something leading into a season. Over the past two years, we’ve been subjected to a revolving down of potential changes to the CBA, season, and more. If MLB changes something after your draft, then by all means you should look to adjust. Beyond that, everyone drafted with the same set of variables in front of the, so nothing should change until next year’s constitution/rules are drawn up.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643): Changing the rules after the draft has a begun is a big NO for me unless there is a unanimous opinion within the league. Sure, you might think that it is not a big deal to change this or that but it could be a big change in how another manager would approach the draft and player analysis.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): This is a common question I have received at Fantasy Judgment and the answer is really quite simple. The only circumstance where I would endorse changing a league’s rules after the draft is completed is if there is some material change in Major League Baseball (i.e., rules, schedule, statistics, etc.) or the world that has a significant, comprehensive effect on the entire league. If that happened, then a league could amend its rules with 100% participation and 100% agreement in a league-wide vote. A perfect example is last year’s truncated season where many leagues did add IL slots to accommodate players testing positive for COVID-19. Absent some monumental or catastrophic circumstance where the entire landscape of the league is affected, there should not be any changes to a league’s rules once the draft is complete.

Michael Beller (The Athletic, @MBeller): It’s already been said a few times, but I can add another voice to the chorus. If there’s a major change in MLB during the season, and/or if the managers in the league unanimously agree to a rule change. If that’s the case, no problem with a rules change. If it isn’t, you have to save the change for the following season.

Jock Thompson (Baseball HQ, @JOCKatHQ): There can absolutely be in-season rule changes, as long as the changes don’t impact roster structures or fantasy managers’ ability to play in the current season. The most obvious of these occurs when an owner finds a loophole and/or uses certain conditions to game the system. Consent isn’t difficult, usually done with input from all owners at the site or via e-mail; formal vote not necessary.

Ron Shandler (, @RonShandler): Generally no, but it depends upon the league and the people in it. I have yet to find a league constitution that is an air-tight document and can account for every possible eventuality. So there may be circumstances when an in-season change could be even necessary. Take the unfortunate situation where a player dies in-season and a constitution that stipulates that players can only be replaced if placed on the IL or demoted. You can make an exception in that case, but it might be better to broaden the verbiage in the rule. Obviously, that an extreme case, but I can’t say that there aren’t other loopholes that might need to be addressed in-season. And yes, unanimous vote is a must.

Chris Welsh (Sportsgrid, @IsItTheWelsh): Before 2020, I would have answered this as a big, fat no. 2020 presented so many out-of-our-hand situations that I think it opened up eyes to the possibility of in-season rule changes. Now, I don’t believe just because of 2020, we should present changes left and right, but I think we have to ride the waves of alt-sites or expanded rosters or COVID like additions for IL usage. This CANNOT though be done solely by a manager. This has to be put to league vote. unanimous passing is probably the only way to do it. If you allow wiggle room for a 51/49 passage, it will lead to hurt feelings and people threatening to leave. Fantasy is supposed to be fun, so we should be open to expanding on our enjoyment, even at the cost of a change in-season.

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): If a commissioner is considering a change that might reasonably have impacted draft strategies, then of course they shouldn’t do it. Not only does it make for a terrible game experience, it’s also an awful precedent. But if a league unanimously agrees to, say, bump back the trade deadline by a week or add an IL slot in a COVID season, I think that’s perfectly fine. I’ve also heard of private leagues that mistakenly renewed with last season’s games and innings limits; in a situation like that, the commish obviously has to make adjustments.

Adam Ronis (Fantasy Alarm, @AdamRonis): Usually, the answer is an emphatic no. With COVID-19 I can see a change being made due to circumstances we haven’t seen in fantasy before. The change has to be agreed upon by the entire league. I did this before the year by adding IL spots. I haven’t come across anything so far to provide an example, but we need to at least be open to a potential change if we all agree it’s rational and makes sense to keep the game fun.

Scott Wilderman (OnRoto, @): We do see some league tweak rules during the season, but the changes are usually minor — transaction deadlines, or perhaps change the day for free agent pick ups. Beyond that, I think it does depend upon the league. No way in a big money league. I play in a pretty loose and laid back league, and injuries (non-covid) have been so pervasive this year that I’m going to propose we adopt some facility for mid-week replacements. I’ll see if I can get it passed for this year — that will be a data point.

Tout Daily Picks: Louchalk Giolito Night

The first three Golden Tickets will be awarded tonight as the first of five Tout Daily periods comes to a close. There are several Touts vying for entry into the Tout Daily Championships, here are some of the players the participants are count on.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Buehler Scherzer – The two best pitchers on the slate and the best chance to get good pitching points, both good for 15-20. But you’ll pay the price with hitters!

Hitter: Eduardo Escobar – The priciest hitter in my lineup at $4500, he’s been good lately and could go deep vs Paddack at home! Everyone else under $4000, 5 below $3500!

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Walker Buehler – Buehler? Buehler? Buehler? Look for the Reds hitters striking out at least nine times tonight. The league average for hitters striking out is 25% which the Reds average 29%. He struck out 12 hitters over his first three outings, but in his last start, he struck out nine San Diego Padres over seven innings. He leads all Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitchers with a team low 2.16 ERA.

Hitter: David Peralta – David Peralta feasts on opposing pitchers that throw a significant amount of changeups. Peralta faces changeup artist Chris Paddack tonight.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Christian Javier – After the lowest points total in the history of this contest from someone actually putting in a lineup, I need to get back on track, so it’s back when I used to be good and used two top pitchers and figured out the rest.

Hitter: Tyrone Taylor – Paying top bucks for two arms means I need a couple punt plays. A leadoff hitter with the platoon edge against a weak arm in Miller Park American Family Field? Yes, please.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn)

Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – Fresh off a Fenway implosion, expect Giolito to bounce back in a big way versus a Tigers offense that ranks last in the majors in OPS and 4th in strikeouts.

Hitter: Avisail Garcia – Career .294/.357/.454 slash line versus left-handed pitching and Dan Castano shouldn’t scare you.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Christian Javier – He’s less expensive than some of the bigger name pitchers and I like the Mariner match-up

Hitter: Jose Altuve – Aside from COVID, he’s been hitting well.

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – I’m with Zach here. Giolito will be out for blood tonight. Tiger blood. (Figuratively, of course.)

Hitter: Nico Hoerner – Hoerner’s a cheat code at $2500 leading off again for the Cubs and hitting a cool .429 in five games. Maybe his zero runs scored will scare off some people.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643)

Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – Sure, GioDude’s last outing against the Red Sox was one of his worst starts in years but the Tigers offense is an excellent ‘soft’ landing spot.

Hitter: Justin Upton – Justin Upton looks like the Justin Upton of old and is going up against Folty. How can you say no?

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam)

Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – I guess we’re all going to live or die by this ultra chalky rebound play. Easily the best pitcher projection in a top-heavy slate.

Hitter: Andrew Knizner – Kind of a poor man’s Yermin Mercedes. Has plus feel to hit (lacks Mercedes’ power) and also can’t catch worth a lick.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy)

Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – 26 Ks in 18.2 IP and facing the Tigers who are 30th in runs per game this season. I’m in

Hitter: Alex Bregman – Bregman is hitting .370 with 2 of his 3 HRs versus lefties this season and he faces a LHP in Gonzales tonight in Houston.

Tout Wars FAAB Report: Sunday April 25

The final FAAB run of April featured fewer closer battles than usual but it was still an active period.

Please remember you can access the rosters, standings and transactions of all six Tout Wars FAAB Leagues by clicking on the section title

American League

ROHearn, KCMike Podhorzer 37
BHamilton, CWSRyan Bloomfield 23
JLyles, TexRick Wolf/Glenn Colton 13
HCastro, DetJason Collette 5
MFord, NYYMike Gianella 4
JUrena, DetJason Collette 3
AKittredge, TBDoug Dennis 3
BRooker, MinJeff Erickson 3
NGordon, MinPatrick Davitt 1
KPlawecki, BosMike Gianella 0

National League

NMaton, PhiLenny Melnick  75
JDevers, MiaScott Wilderman 38
GHeredia, AtlPeter Kreutzer 37
JMarisnick, ChCPeter Kreutzer 33
MDuffy, ChCPhil Hertz 24
ChGonzalez, ColPeter Kreutzer 23
LBrinson, MiaScott Wilderman 13
TFrazier, PitTodd Zola 13
ABlandino, CinBrian Walton 12
RHelsley, StLPhil Hertz 9
CRay, MilCraig Mish 8
KFarmer, CinPeter Kreutzer 6
AAdams, SDDerek Carty 1
TTaylor, MilTodd Zola 0
ACimber, MiaTodd Zola 0
CWallach, MiaTristan H. Cockcroft 0
JFeyereisen, MilTristan H. Cockcroft 0
MPerez, PitScott Wilderman 0
DPeters, LADSteve Gardner 0
JVosler, SFFred Zinkie 0

Mixed Salary Cap

RWeathers, SDDerek VanRiper 127
ARiley, AtlScott Swanay 112
ASlater, SFIan Kahn 93
DGerman, NYYScott Swanay 87
MBumgarner, AriIan Kahn 73
JRojas, AriJustin Mason 57
KKiermaier, TBScott Engel 49
ROdor, NYYBrent Hershey 46
JLyles, TexAlex Chamberlain 43
EAndrus, OakZach Steinhorn 28
WMiley, CinJeff Zimmerman 24
APujols, LAAIan Kahn 12
AGomber, ColDerek VanRiper 11
JStaumont, KCScott Pianowski 7
EGonzalez, PitMichael Rathburn 6
TWilliams, ChCEric Karabell 5
BMcKinney, MilScott Engel 5
GHeredia, AtlJeff Zimmerman 3
YDaza, ColMichael Rathburn 3
KHigashioka, NYYMichael Rathburn 3
NAhmed, AriAlex Chamberlain 3
KNewman, PitAlex Chamberlain 3
NLopez, KCAlex Chamberlain 3
DWilliams, MilJustin Mason 1
SHaggerty, SeaScott Pianowski 1
DHudson, WasZach Steinhorn 1

Mixed Draft

RWeathers, SDMichael Beller 121
RMontero, SeaScott White 117
AGarcia, TexTim McCullough 91
JStaumont, KCD.J. Short 75
NHoerner, ChCScott White 67
MMinor, KCTim McCullough 52
PEvans, PitTim McCullough 51
CFlexen, SeaTim McCullough 48
AHays, BalAdam Ronis 38
CFrazier, NYYScott White 37
ROdor, NYYRay Murphy 35
CIrvin, OakTim McCullough 32
CMartinez, StLAnthony Perri 23
PSmith, AriShelly Verougstraete 22
DGerman, NYYAdam Ronis 17
KKiermaier, TBAnthony Perri 16
AWainwright, StLCharlie Wiegert 14
EAndrus, OakTim McLeod 12
GHeredia, AtlPerry Van Hook 11
AGomber, ColPerry Van Hook 7
JRodriguez, TexTim McLeod 7
JLuplow, CleCharlie Wiegert 5
KHigashioka, NYYPerry Van Hook 4
WAstudillo, MinTom Kessenich 4
JDunn, SeaTom Kessenich 1
KSuzuki, LAARudy Gamble 0

Head to Head

MKopech, CWSRalph Lifshitz 145
DGerman, NYYPaul Sporer 88
AKirilloff, MinFrank Stampfl 88
AGarcia, TexAndrea LaMont 65
JDDavis, NYMRyan Hallam 46
KSeager, SeaPaul Sporer 44
AGomber, ColAriel Cohen 44
AHays, BalClay Link 32
ASanchez, SFGreg Jewett 27
RWeathers, SDClay Link 24
JGant, StLAndrea LaMont 22
RTapia, ColAriel Cohen 16
WAstudillo, MinFrank Stampfl 13
KArihara, TexRyan Hallam 13
CValdez, BalGreg Jewett 9
MZunino, TBAndrea LaMont 8
TAnderson, PitFrank Stampfl 8
DBote, ChCAriel Cohen 2

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

TPham, SDRay Flowers 114
SCrichton, AriChris Towers 87
AGarcia, TexAl Melchior 83
RWeathers, SDJake Ciely 65
CValdez, BalChris Towers 65
LPatino, TBJeff Boggis 51
YDiaz, TBRay Flowers 41
PSmith, AriBrian Entrekin 37
AGomber, ColBrian Entrekin 37
ACabrera, AriJeff Boggis 26
AFrazier, PitMiami Beach Swag – Jim Bowden 23
AAlzolay, ChCAl Melchior 23
ASlater, SFBrian Entrekin 21
CGreen, NYYRon Shandler 18
CFlexen, SeaRon Shandler 18
JDiekman, OakDoug Anderson 12
KGibson, TexJeff Boggis 12
HRobles, MinAl Melchior 7
NHoerner, ChCBrian Entrekin 6
RoPerez, CleAndy Behrens 5
JLuplow, CleAlex Fast 5
PEvans, PitDoug Anderson 4
JFeyereisen, MilBrian Entrekin 1

Tout Table: Early Surprises

This week, the Touts were asked, “What is the biggest surprise so far (big picture, not individual players)?

Here is what we had to say.

Justin Mason (Friends with Fantasy Benefits, Fangraphs, Fantasy Alarm, @JustinMasonFWFB): The amount of hitter injuries. I think many of us thought going from a 60 game to 162 game season would increase pitching injuries, but the amount of early hitter injuries has been higher than expected.

Jim Bowden (Fantasy Alarm, @JimBowdenGM): The amount of star players hitting under .200 to start the year: ie Stanton, Torres, Hiura, Chapman Semien, Tucker, J Polanco, DeJong Blackmon, Yaz, Baez, Swawnson, Moncada, Robles, Laureano etc.

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam): Honestly, maybe I’m just jaded, but I’m having a really hard time finding a general surprise. The injuries, increased strikeouts, decreased homers, closer committees, and piggyback starters were all predictable. Probably the one thing that’s shocked me is teams postponing games for 40-degree weather. I figure even that’s because they can sell more tickets to games later in the season. It shouldn’t be surprising, I simply didn’t anticipate it.

Matt Williams (NBC Sports Edge, @MattWi77iams): The incredibly poor start on offense. The league wide batting average was hovering near .230 with a vast amount of all-stars batting below the .200 mark. It’s early in the season, there is a new ball, and the weather has not been perfect, but it’s still a bit of a surprise. The talk of lowering the mound and moving it back may startle some, but the year over year decline on offense is hard to ignore at this point.

Michael Rathburn (Rotowire, @FantasyRath): Injuries, slow starts by big name hitters and the increased defragmenting of saves.

Jason Collette (Rotowire, @jasoncollette): The drag on NL offense by the loss of the Universal DH. Start of play Wednesday, NL ERA was 4.04 vs 4.48 in AL and strikeout rate was 25.4% to 24.8%. NL teams are hitting .225 vs the .243 their AL counterparts have hit so far. Pitchers hitting is a pox on this game.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): Call this pleasantly surprised, but with all the talk about more teams deploying bullpen games, there have been very few true opener/primary pitcher contests. Granted, they’ll pick up with more injuries, but the party line was there would be more in general. I like what the Rangers are doing with their tandem pitchers, letting the opener serve as a true starter, simply announcing in advance who the first reliever will be.

Nando Di Fino (The Athletic, @nandodifino): This might be a little granular, but I’m impressed with how people are quoting their TGFBI teams and leagues a lot (on podcasts, radio, twitter, etc) as reference points, and how many people on twitter are showing NFBC bids. It’s cool to see some of these competitions go mainstream and help other players out.

Perry Van Hook (Mastersball, @): I think the biggest surprise so far is the team performances. Especially those teams that were not expected to compete. Look at the league leaders in the AL West and Central. Also Detroit, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh, who were all projected to be very bad teams, are winning several early games. Is it the management and deployment of those teams or has the parity level risen more than we would have expected?

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, The Process, @jeffwzimmerman): That several MLB won’t be making the 85% threshold so some teams will be working with one set of isolationg protocals (e.g. contact tracing) and others with different ones.

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru, @BaseballGuys): Coming into the season I was worried about all the pitchers and what their likely workloads will be (hint, they would be low). Perhaps I was remiss in not worrying more about players missing time too. The age of guys playing daily is just over. Guys rest cause it’s a day game, cause of the matchup, cause they didn’t sleep great last night, but most frequently cause they tweaked something physically. The era of playing in fantasy leagues where we set the lineup once on Monday should be over. Taking zeros every day cause players are out of the lineup just stinks.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy): Have you noticed just how thin the outfield is right now? Doesn’t matter if it’s a 12 or a 15-teamer, the help for your outfield on waivers is atrocious. If you look at composite ADP across the industry, 43 of the top 200 picks were outifleders and there are roughly 18-20 of them either on the IL or have already spent time on the IL, so obviously injuries come into play. But you also have a number of players like Dylan Moore and Tommy Edman, for example, who qualify in the outfield and are taking outfield at-bats right now, but fantasy owners are using them in the infield where they qualify as well. If your league requires you to start five outfielders, make sure you’ve got proper depth at the position or you’ll be seeing a lot of zeroes day in and day out.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): League average exit velocity, Barrel%, and HardHit% are all at their highest marks during the Statcast era (since 2015), yet HR/FB rate is well down from the last two seasons and only ranks fourth out of seven seasons. That’s a really strange outcome given the underlying drivers, and most certainly says something about the ball we heard so much about during the preseason.

Craig MIsh (FNTSY Radio, @CraigMish): Surprising that getting a strikeout per inning from your starter seems about league average. in a 5×5 that uses straight strikeouts, you simply can’t even start guys who don’t get swings and misses. Used to be find a couple of guys at the top of your fantasy rotation that get massive K’s and just fill out the rest. In some cases having TWO guys like that in your starting 5/6 doesn’t even add up if they aren’t generating whiffs. Strikeouts have become what Home Runs are on the offensive side. Get a ton of em or finish at the bottom.

Alex Fast (Pitcher List, @AlexFast8): That offense is THAT down. It’s normal to expect some regression in the winter months for certain but this is still a bit shocking to me. We knew that the ball would introduce some form of regression but, even still, I didn’t feel it would be this bad. Also, INJURIES (which could also be a factor in suppressed offense). There are always a slew of various ailments that occur to begin the season but ’21 is featuring more injuries than we’re typically used to seeing to start a season and I think I can speak for everyone when I say it’s causing a lot of headaches.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): How genuinely terrible the TOR offense has been, and how surprisingly good their pitching. The regular hitters have combined for a .678 OPS, and that’s with Vladdy raking to a 1.125. Starting catcher Danny Jansen has a .244 BA… wait, my bad, that’s his OPS. Five of the nine regulars have BAs under .200, and three have Slgs under .300 (including my pre-season pick to click, Rowdy Tellez, at .178/.213/.244). Meanwhile, the rotation has two guys with ERAs under 2.00 (Matz and Ray), the five main relievers have given up 6 ER in 25.2 IP … what a team.

Eric Karabell (ESPN, @karabelleric): I think the biggest surprise is that there are so many new hitters emerging as reliable options so far, players that seemed so far from relevance but are anything but that. Yermin Mercedes, Akil Baddoo and Zach McKinstry, among others, are becoming household fantasy names, but there was little indication of true relevance six weeks ago. And it’s not just bad teams giving opportunity. It’s fun to see new players shine.

Tim McLeod (, @RunTMc59006473): The Dodgers have actually lost four games. What’s up with that? If they keep this up, they won’t clinch a playoff spot until sometime in mid-August.

James Anderson (Rotowire, @RealJRAnderson): It’s not necessarily a shocking development, but I did think there’d be a chance that COVID would be closer to a non-factor. We all knew injuries would be prevalent, but the COVID-related absences have certainly introduced more luck into the equation than anyone wants. Hopefully we’ve seen the worst of it.

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): Having to recalibrate (yet again!) to our changing game. MLB-wide exit velocity from 2017-21: 87.3, 88.4, 88.7, 88.4, and now 89.0. Even bigger jump for Barrel rate: 5.7%, 6.2%, 6.8%, 7.6%, and now 8.4%. Keep that in mind when seeing “Player X has an increase in barrel rate this year but HR rate is down” and square that with the league-wide trends first.

Fred Zinkie (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @FredZinkieMLB): Maybe this shouldn’t shock me, but I’m surprised that so many “good” hitters are doing so poorly so far. I assume they will all come around as the weather warms up and teams have to plunge even deeper into their pitching depth chart. But at this point I’m shocked at the poor returns (performance and injury) among many of the top hitter picks.

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): Since everyone’s speaking about the league wide hitting issues, how about closers or just saves in general? We knew it would be volatile this year targeting closers or trying to find them on the waiver wire, but it’s been even more tumultuous than originally thought. Match-up based bullpens, workload management and in the case of the White Sox, just flummoxing usage patterns. It’s much too early to panic about saves but trying to stay ahead of the game remains tantamount to making up ground in the standings. In trade leagues, it’s easier to find teams who may be able to trade them off to hot starts in the category, but in formats without trades, be sure to focus on evolving roles. Which seems like a daily news cycle.

Scott Engel (Rotoballer, @scotteTheKing): I have been pleasantly surprised by how some players on teams that were lowly regarded are performing. Adam Frazier and J.T. Brubaker have been quality fantasy assets from the Pirates roster. The Tigers have given us Akil Baddoo, no matter how long that lasts, and Jeimer Candelario has continued to play well. Jake McGee has looked like a top closer so far.

Lou Blasi (Fantistics, @LouBlasi): This might be anecdotal, but the amount of dominace by starting pitching so far has been surprising. ERA is down among SPs, xFIP is way down, Ks are up, SwStr% is up, CSW is up, Sliders are up, HR/FB is down. Lot’s of small sample, weather, and early season noise of course, but the number of dominant starts has been an eye-opener. Still, Barrel% is up, 95+ (HardHit%) is up, and EV is up too, so I’m thinking you should enjoy it while you can, pile up the IP for the ratios and buckle up for a rebound by the hitters.

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson): I expected pitcher injuries to be a prevalent storyline, and while there have been a few, it’s the hitter injuries that have been the prevailing story. On Tuesday, the top-four hitters in BA leagues were out of the lineup and all had missed at least a couple of games due to injury. Twelve of the top 80 hitters have missed time with injuries, with three more Astros missing at leasat one series with a COVID issue. Were teams more prepared to deal with the fallout of last year’s abbreviated season for pitchers but didn’t pay enough attention to the hitters, or is this a statistical anamoly?

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): The Yankees at 5-10 are the worst team in baseball. While it does my heart good to see it, it’s hard to believe the team with one of the highest payrolls are at the bottom. I’m sure they’ll get going soon and capture a playoff spot, but the performance of their millionaires leaves a lot to be desired right now!

Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball, @LarrySchechter): The Covid situation…on the one hand many players have been held out of games and even a few games postponed, but on the other hand the outbreaks haven’t been as massive and long lasting as last year. Couldn’t MLB have figured out a way to get all players vaccinated earlier?

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): Of the first round players … all of the pitchers look fantastic. Every single one of them. So many of the first round hitters are injured.

D.J. Short (NBC Sports Edge, @djshort): I was going to mention all of the notable hitter injuries, as well. But otherwise, I’d also note that there seems to be more reaction (or overreaction) to early-season production. I’m not sure how much of this is struggling to adjust to the way we managed fantasy rosters during the 60-game season last year where you would be more inclined to just run with a hot hitter or pitcher. I think it could also be the increased information we have — Baseball Savant is a gift and you can pick up on things sooner — but in general, it feels more like the wild west these days.

Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN, @SultanofStat): Not that I was a big fan of their introduction in the first place, but I’m surprised at how much I genuinely loathe the runner-on-second-in-extras and seven-inning-doubleheader rules now that we’ve got a 162- rather than 60-game schedule. Both are gimmicky, they’re altering teams’ pitching strategies in an exaggerated way and they’re creating unnatural statistics, which just doesn’t feel like baseball. I don’t think there should ever be a way that a team should ever win a game on a pair of outs, and that rule about the man starting on second being the batter before the pitcher if the pitcher’s spot was the last one up — ugh, that exposes flaws in the rules. For all of these other things baseball has introduced over the years — six divisions, wild cards, the wild card playoff game, etc. — I’ve been patient and come to enjoy each. These? My feelings are going in the other direction.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): To me it’s how many hitters are off to miserable starts. The MLB batting average has hovered close to .250 in recent seasons, so the fact that it’s currently around .235 suggests it’s due to more than early season cold weather in many parts of the country.

Chris Towers (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CTowersCBS): The number of apparent pitcher outbreaks, which is of course tied very closely to the dramatic increase in strikeout rates across baseball. We’re up to 24.7%, the highest in MLB history, and it’s coincided with an MLB record-low batting average. We’re seeing apparent early-season star turns from the likes of Joe Musgrove, Trevor Rogers, and Carlos Rodon, plus returns to relevance for guys like Sean Manaea and Danny Duffy. How sustainable are these hot starts? And how much do we need to recalibrate our expectations for what a good start is in this new landscape? We’ll need a few more weeks for the numbers to stabilize on both counts, but this looks like it could be The Year of the Pitcher Part Two.

Tim McCullough (Baseball Prospectus, @TimsTenz): I’m surprised that there has been so little complaining about what I call the “training wheels rule.” You know, the one that puts a runner on second base in extra innings. I haven’t seen any research or statistics that indicate whether this dumb rule actually helps to keep extra innings games shorter, but I suspect that it does not. Considering the drop in BABIP so far, can we expect the next dumb rule to just put a runner on base to start every inning? It would be great if the fans would really express their disdain for this so MLB dumps this rule. I’m not opposed to anything that truly improves the game. This rule doesn’t even come close and we need to protest its continued existence. That aint baseball!

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643): Maybe I was a bit naive but I am surprised we are seeing as many COVID situations as we have. Sure, we are still in a pandemic but I thought players would get vaccinated. Hopefully, we will not see many more COVID scares this season.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I don’t know if this is really a surprise, but teams are more sophisticated in deploying pitchers generally with starters going shorter and bullpens as weapons aimed at neutralizing difficult batters–and it is really working early. I expect warmer weather will bring more home runs, but I am not sure that is going to help with OBA and BA issues as balls in play are dropping and dropping. I am starting to advocate a major shift in rosters–from 14 batters and 9 pitchers to something closer to 2021 reality–perhaps 11 batters and 12 pitchers for the future. Because as MLB evolves, fantasy baseball is lagging behind and like it or not, our games get further and further away from roster construction for real life GMs.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): My biggest surprise this season is how teams are struggling offensively. Currently threre are 17 teams with a team batting average under .240 and 9 teams with a team batting average under .220. Although slow starts are to be expected to see this many teams struggling to make contact is a surprise and will most likely lead to changes in the game which will increase offensive production.

Derek VanRiper (The Athletic, @DerekVanRiper): I’m with Tristan…I think I was pretty open-minded about some of the rules tweaks for 2020 in part because I was just grateful that anything resembling a baseball season was happening. I hope this is the last time we see a runner on second base to start each inning in extra-innings situations, but if we’re stuck with some modification in an effort to move the game along, I would love to see the runner start at first base instead. Giving the team on the field a chance to turn a double play and flip the inning would be huge, and it might actually speed up finding a winner. Some teams might elect to use a pinch-runner and steal second anyway, but that’s at least puts a little more of the onus on the team hitting to do something in order to get a decisive run.

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): Injuries are always a big part of the game, but it just seems that there is an overabundance of injuries to star players very early in the season. I can’t point to any specific reason why, but offensive players like Acuna, Soto, Betts, Yelich, Tatis and Bellinger have all missed time already. I am also surprised at how impossible it has become to predict saves. Bullpens by committee are nothing new, but generally teams had an established closer that we could reasonably expect to get most of the closing opportunities. That does not seem to be the case anymore. Finally, adding onto some of the previous comments, I hate the extra inning rule of starting with a runner on 2nd base. I really hope it goes away next year with a new CBA and when COVID issues are in the rearview mirror.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): The vocal resistance or at least reticence by multiple parties to getting vaccinated. This is really something I thought would be a general relief to the vast majority of players, and something they’d recognize as a benefit to their union and the game on the whole. I certainly didn’t expect every single player to be enthusiastic about it, but I am really taken aback that for at least a few players this has become a political issue.

Greg Ambrosius (NFBC, @GregAmbrosius): I’m shocked 1) How bad hitting is (.233 league average); 2) How bad the Yankees’ offense is; and 3) That MLB really made pitchers hit this year. Really? That will grow interest in the game after not hitting last year? Stupid.

Lenny Melnick (LennyMelnickFantasySports, @LennyMelnick): As Of Wednesday….Eduardo Escobar has as many home runs as Mike Trout Tyler Naquin has the same # of RBI as Ronald Acuña. Chris Owings has only played in 7 games but leads all players in triples with 3. May be players, but… wow

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): A lot of great answers here, but the overriding theme for me is how normal this all feels. Sure, we’ve had some COVID cases pop up, but those should get even less frequent as the players and traveling parties get vaccinated. For most of the winter, I was pessimistic that we were going to get 162 games in, now it seems certain that we will. Looking forward to another 22 weeks of taking deep dives into the issues above.

Andrea LaMont (LennyMelnickFantasySports, @RotoLady): I am real surprised to see the Red Sox leading the AL East and the Yankees with the worst record in the American League. Surprised to see the lack of hustle coming from Yankees players. I highly doubt these standings look like this in August.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru, @rotogut): Mostly surprised by how so many of the first round hitters have been hit with early injuries, curious how they’ll fare and if this is finally the year we have a NFBC Main Event winner who started their drafts off with a starting pitcher (deGrom, Cole, Bieber, Bauer, Darvish).

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): Surprised by the lack of hitting overall. Also hating the extra inning rules more and more as the season progresses. I guess within the craziness of 2020, the rule didn’t bother me, but now, oh boy.

Rudy Gamble (Razzball, @RudyGamble): I am always surprised this time of year how much the emotional part of me reacts to small samples. I don’t act on these emotions aside from grumble about things like Luis Castillo’s poor starts. I’m also shocked that Corbin Burnes suddenly has prime Cliff Lee’s BB rate.

Scott White (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CBSScottWhite): Probably that the league-wide batting average is only .233. Maybe it’s just early-season rust, but with strikeouts making another leap amid talk of changes to the baseball seam height, is it possible pitchers have gained a competitive advantage? It’s worth noting that hard-hit and barrel rates are both up (also possible effects of a ball), and yet it’s not translating to more hits.

Mike Sheets (ESPN, @MikeASheets): I’ve been surprised, or perhaps saddened, at the number of top-tier hitters suffering injuries in the early going. We sometimes expect at least a few big-name pitchers to go down, but hitters are supposed to be safe — at least that’s what we like to tell ourselves. Injuries are obviously going to happen, but within a couple of weeks, Fernando Tatis, Christian Yelich, Juan Soto, and Ronald Acuna have all missed time. And as I type this, Mike Trout just left the game after getting hit by a pitch on the elbow. God help us all.

Chris Liss (Rotowire, @Chris_Liss): Hitting production has been more or less random so far, while pitching production has been severely concentrated in the early rounds.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn): I expected that the saves category would be a headache to address this year, but not to this degree. Just three weeks into the season, 23 of the 30 teams have multiple relievers with at least one save. Emmanuel Clase, Yimi Garcia, Ian Kennedy and Cesar Valdez weren’t even drafted in most leagues yet they all rank among the top-9 in saves, and your co-leaders are none other than Jake McGee and Mark Melancon. I think I’m ready to start playing in saves+holds leagues.

Tout Daily Picks: Tying one on with Walker

Tonight marks the third week of the first period. Andy Behrens of Yahoo! fantasy has the early lead, will he extend his lead or will the Touts make up some of the gap? Taijuan Walker is a popular choice among the pitchers with Cardinals batters getting some attention.

Note: the DraftKings slate commences early tonight, locking at 6:30 PM ET.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella)

Pitcher: Corbin Burnes – Tough matchup, but hard to pass on Burnes right now, even at this price.

Hitter: Paul Goldschmidt – Goldy leads a right-handed St. Louis hitter stack for me against a Patrick Corbin who is showing diminished velocity and is on the ropes.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643)

Pitcher: Taijuan Walker – Walker has looked great to start the season and he faces a very poor Cubs offense

Hitter: Randal Grichuk – He has performed well since entering the starting lineup and his price is perfect.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Corbin Burnes – Best pitcher in baseball this year so far. His K’s make him worth the gamble at his price based on the rest of today’s slate

Hitter: Raimel Tapia – Low cost pick Raimel Tapia at $3400, batting lead off against Houston rookie Garcia at Coors.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn)

Pitcher: Luis Castillo – Despite his struggles, tough to pass on him at his current price, which ranks 19th out of the 25 pitchers on tonight’s slate.

Hitter: Nelson Cruz – Boasts a .298/.387/.576 career slash line vs. left-handed pitching and has hit three homers in 19 career at-bats vs. Sean Manaea.

Brian Entrekin (Benched with Bubba, @bdentrek)

Pitcher: Charlie Morton – Burnesis the top play tonight, but Morton makes for a sneaky SP2 vesus th Yankees. The Yankees offense is free falling right now, strikeout out nearly 26% of the time versus RHP. Morton has been giving up some runs this season but strikeouts have been there and he is throwing arond 6 innings per start.

Hitter: Jazz Chisholm – He’s not only fun to watch but also raking at the plate and quite affordable tonight. Over the last week he has hit .450 with a 42.9% barrel rate and a 64.3% hard-hit rate. Oh, he’s also facing Matt Harvey.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Luis Castillo – I will happily keep going back to the well at this insane bargain price. He’s not going to suck forever.

Hitter: Nolan Arenado – Since Mike Gianella already said Paul Goldschmidt, I’ll go with the other big right-handed bat against a horrible Patrick Corbin who looks disgusting on the mound right now, possibly because he’s hurt again

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Eduardo Rodriguez – Price is right; last start went well

Hitter: Jeff McNeil – He may be off to a slow start, but he’s been hitting the ball well. He’s also ridiculously cheap, considering he’s 12-for-23 lifetime against Arrieta.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Taijuan Walker – Cubbies have fanned the third most in the league

Hitter: Yadier Molina – Goldschmidt and Arenado have already been mentioned, so it’s Yadi’s turn. This feels like a trap game for donkeys, but with the righty swinging Cards so stackable, I’ll risk looking like an ass.

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Pitcher: Taijuan Walker – Thought about Luis Castillo, but the combination of the weather and perceived high ownership steered me away. Walker gets to face the scuffling Cubs, with plenty of strikeout upside on a very cold night.

Hitter: Jared Walsh – My hitters are concentrated among the Angels, with some cheap Marlins/Orioles to make everything fit.

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Taijuan Walker – The Cubs are hitting an MLB-worst .192 and averaging 3.4 runs per game (30th).

Hitter: Nelson Cruz – Even in Oakland, he crushes lefties. Watch out, Sean Manaea, these Twins have a lot of energy ready to be released.

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ)

Pitcher: Luis Castillo – Still missing bats/inducing grounders despite the slow start. ARI a pretty soft matchup

Hitter: Ehire Adrianza – Dirt cheap price, taking Acuña’s lead off spot and hitting lefty in Yankee Stadium

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Eduardo Rodriguez – Love him at only $8,000 tonight.

Hitter: Mike Trout – Doing some Trout fishing tonight and you should to.

Tout Wars FAAB Report: Sunday April 18

It was an unusually busy week for the Touts, though the high bids overall were relatively tepid. It’s also interesting how the mixed leagues really didn’t have player common to each.

Please keep in mind you can access standing, roster and all the moves for each league by clicking on the league heading.

American League

TKemp, OakDoug Dennis 86
CIrvin, OakHoward Bender 64
AGarcia, TexChris Liss 57
AToro, HouRob Leibowitz 18
JPalacios, TorRyan Bloomfield 15
JSprings, TBJeff Erickson 13
RLopez, CWSRick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11
JLamb, CWSJason Collette 6
CRodriguez, LAAMike Gianella 6
SSchebler, LAARick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
JuGuerra, LAAMike Gianella 3
DMendick, CWSPatrick Davitt 2
JRiddle, MinJeff Erickson 1
ACastro, TorPatrick Davitt 0
CHeuer, CWSMike Podhorzer 0
ADeGoti, HouJeff Erickson 0

National League

WMathisen, AriScott Wilderman 79
EFedde, WasPeter Kreutzer 77
EGonzalez, PitSteve Gardner 47
NHeath, AriGrey Albright 43
LRaley, LADScott Wilderman 39
JPeterson, MilScott Wilderman 24
SNeuse, LADGrey Albright 23
BMcKinney, MilGrey Albright 23
MagSierra, MiaCraig Mish 21
DCastano, MiaScott Wilderman 8
CStammen, SDScott Wilderman 7
DUnderwood, PitPhil Hertz 5
DHudson, WasPhil Hertz 4
JReddick, AriTodd Zola 3
MSchrock, CinCraig Mish 3
CDoval, SFCraig Mish 1
PJohnson, SDPhil Hertz 1
RBrothers, ChCCraig Mish 0
DanRobertson, MilDerek Carty 0
MMoniak, PhiDerek Carty 0

Mixed Salary Cap

RDolis, TorJustin Mason 223
MFulmer, DetJeff Zimmerman 89
JBukauskas, AriBrent Hershey 83
JJunis, KCScott Swanay 68
CJavier, HouJoe Pisapia 65
JRoss, WasIan Kahn 65
MWacha, TBZach Steinhorn 53
JHarrison, WasJeff Zimmerman 51
DDuffy, KCJoe Pisapia 45
JFleming, TBMichael Rathburn 36
AWood, SFMichael Rathburn 34
DStewart, BalBret Sayre 24
CArroyo, BosBrent Hershey 23
AKirk, TorScott Swanay 13
TRogers, SFMichael Rathburn 9
AGarcia, TexMichael Rathburn 9
JMarmolejos, SeaJeff Zimmerman 5
KGibson, TexIan Kahn 3
JLoaisiga, NYYZach Steinhorn 3
JHoffman, CinDerek VanRiper 2
SPiscotty, OakCJ Kaltenbach 2
TStephenson, CinEric Karabell 1
FGalvis, BalIan Kahn 1
ADiaz, HouBret Sayre 1

Mixed Draft

ZMcKinstry, LADShelly Verougstraete 123
JHarrison, WasTom Kessenich 81
JBrubaker, PitTim McLeod 75
JJunis, KCTim McLeod 62
RDolis, TorTim McLeod 59
DStewart, BalMichael Beller 54
JBukauskas, AriMichael Beller 47
ACobb, LAAMichael Beller 47
BGarcia, DetScott White 33
MFulmer, DetRudy Gamble 29
SPiscotty, OakGreg Ambrosius 28
BMcKinney, MilPerry Van Hook 27
JAlvarado, PhiRudy Gamble 26
JAguilar, MiaPerry Van Hook 17
WMiley, CinPerry Van Hook 17
DSolano, SFMichael Beller 17
MKopech, CWSMichael Beller 17
TRogers, SFPerry Van Hook 13
LUrias, MilRay Murphy 12
JFleming, TBPerry Van Hook 7
MBrosseau, TBRay Murphy 6
ASanchez, SFRay Murphy 6
JTrevino, TexMichael Beller 5
CDoval, SFRay Murphy 4
RNunez, DetAdam Ronis 4
ACabrera, AriRudy Gamble 3
EPagan, SDScott White 3
JLyles, TexSeth Trachtman 1
VCaratini, SDShelly Verougstraete 1
JHoffman, CinAdam Ronis 0

Head to Head

MBarnes, BosClay Link 59
MFulmer, DetFrank Stampfl 52
JLowrie, OakChris Welsh 45
HYnoa, AtlRyan Hallam 45
YGarcia, MiaClay Link 43
CMize, DetPaul Sporer 34
JRoss, WasFrank Stampfl 32
ADuvall, MiaPaul Sporer 27
MShoemaker, MinNick Pollack 25
WCalhoun, TexChris Welsh 21
KGibson, TexNick Pollack 20
JDunn, SeaNick Pollack 19
DPeterson, NYMAndrea LaMont 18
RDolis, TorNick Pollack 18
WMiley, CinNick Pollack 18
ELongoria, SFFrank Stampfl 13
AFrazier, PitFrank Stampfl 13
CDickerson, MiaGreg Jewett 13
JFleming, TBAndrea LaMont 11
DPeralta, AriClay Link 8
MGonzalez, BosRalph Lifshitz 5
LTorrens, SeaClay Link 2
SCastro, WasAndrea LaMont 1
JAlvarado, PhiGreg Jewett 0

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

ABenintendi, KCRay Flowers 104
JBrubaker, PitAndy Behrens 88
JKarinchak, CleRon Shandler 79
ADeSclafani, SFJeff Boggis 71
ZMcKinstry, LADJake Ciely 55
ADuvall, MiaJeff Boggis 51
TShaw, MilAl Melchior 44
JRoss, WasAl Melchior 42
DGregorius, PhiDoug Anderson 41
DDunning, TexJennifer Piacenti 36
JUrquidy, HouJake Ciely 35
AviGarcia, MilBrian Entrekin 34
MKopech, CWSJennifer Piacenti 33
DDuffy, KCMiami Beach Swag – Jim Bowden 33
TRogers, SFMiami Beach Swag – Jim Bowden 33
AGimenez, CleChris Towers 32
LTrivino, OakDoug Anderson 31
CKelly, AriAl Melchior 22
LWeaver, AriDoug Anderson 17
SBarlow, KCAl Melchior 13
TStephenson, CinMiami Beach Swag – Jim Bowden 12
AWood, SFAlex Fast 5
JLowrie, OakJeff Boggis 2
JStallings, PitDoug Anderson 2
JFleming, TBBrian Entrekin 2

Tout Table: Revealing Trade Offers

It’s rare the Touts agree on anything, but an overwhelming majority feels the same way about this week’s question:

What is your policy with respect to revealing another person’s offer in trade negotiations?

Fred Zinkie (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @FredZinkieMLB): Trading, who would want to waste their time with that? Well, often me. I never, ever reveal other specific offers. It’s not fair to the other manager, who should be able to negotiate with others without me sharing their dealings. I might tell someone that I am negotiating with others. I might (although not usually) tell them specifically who I am negotiating with. But that’s it.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I think the key here is remembering that your rep in the league matters. Particularly in leagues where you want to remain friends and want to remain in the league, long-term. I don’t share anything at all, unless it is something to move the proceedings along “I have another offer that I am considering” when I have one that I am legitimately considering. I typically make targeted offers, or receive what I expect is a targeted offer and I don’t try to get something lopsided, so in my experience, it happens quickly or ends quickly anyway. Conversely, I am not mad when someone is shopping broadly and tells someone else they have a potential deal pending. I have never really run into an issue and if I have missed opportunities, I really see no reason for blaming someone or having hard feelings about it.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): I would not reveal someone else’s offer for a particular player of mine in a trade scenario. However, if I am open to trading the player who was asked for, I will make his availability public in the hope of receiving a potential better offer. Often you can limit your return when trading in secret.

Alex Fast (Pitcher List, @AlexFast8): Don’t a lot of us get into this business because we secretly want to be a GM in real life? If I’m the GM of a MLB team, I’m doing what is best for my team. If that means letting another GM know that I have another, better offer on the table, I’ll let them know I have another, better offer on the table. With that, I usually don’t say what the “better offer” is in terms of player specifics just that I feel the deal is overall better.

Michael Beller (The Athletic, @MBeller): I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sharing the details of an offer I’ve received with someone who didn’t make it. We’re all just trying to make the best possible trades to improve our teams. How can I know that I’m definitely getting the best offer from Person B if they don’t know what they have to beat from Person A? I have zero problem being on the other side of this, either. If you’re negotiating with someone else and want to share the details of the offer I’ve made you, be my guest. All I ask is that you give me a shot to beat what they offer before you accept.

Tim McCullough (Baseball Prospectus, @TimsTenz): I would never reveal the terms of a trade or discuss them with anyone aside from the person making the offer. I have told other parties that I have another offer, or a better offer on the table, but that’s as far as I would go. Trading in some leagues is tough enough without poisoning the waters by revealing trade offers to other league members.

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): When reviewing a trade, first does it address a need on my team? How can it be reworked to benefit each involved party? Hopefully one does not receive a lowball offer which happens often. If I consider trading a player, perhaps see if another team with the same need (target) may make a better offer. It’s definitely ok losing a trade on paper if it makes my roster better.

Grey Albright (RazzBall, @razzball): After I have someone sign an NDA and pinkie swear, there’s no backsies on that, and if someone decides to do a backsie, then I will be required to litigate to the fullest extent of the law–What’s that? I have no legal standing. Hmm, hearing from my attorney I can’t sue. Will need to find a new attorney, until then, I don’t share deals with league mates, outside of maybe “I’m in talks with other managers, and that player might not be available for long.”

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): I like to propose a trade that is slightly more than I want, with the hope that their counter offer meets my original expectations. I do not publicly call out league managers and players during any trade negotiations because it may come back to hurt you. I let every league manager know up front that I am the Walmart of trades, and that I make trades for less.

Scott Engel (Rotoballer, @scotteTheKing): Each offer and conversation is separate to me. I don’t need to create leverage, I will just go for what I want without the extra tactic. I will disclose if I am weighing other offers, but never cite the actual players involved. Either you and I are doing this or not, otherwise I am moving onto something else. That is just my style. I don’t want to complicate things for us with extra moving parts. Especially in Tout Wars, where you don’t pull sell jobs on others, just be straight up.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru, @rotogut): I never specify the details of another negotiation, only say: “I’ve got a better offer” and keep it vague, turning focus back on the negotiations at hand.

Ryan Hallam (Fighting Chance Fantasy, @FightingChance): I would not reveal someone’s trade offer to another owner in order to get better deal from someone else. It might seem like a viable strategy but it doesn’t look good on you and it certainly would not shine a positive light on you with the other manager. This is a long term game and it doesn’t set the stage for future negotiations if you are just flaunting your offer around to others.

Tim McLeod (, @RunTMc59006473): I’m not one to play the nickle and dime game. Give me your best offer and if it works for me it’s a done deal.

Eric Karabell (ESPN, @karabelleric): I keep trade negotiations private because you never want to potentially embarrass another fantasy manager. Relationships matter. Trading isn’t always easy because we may view player value different, but that’s between just us

Nick Pollack (Pitcher List, @PitcherList): Trades are about finding something that works for both parties involved and should be approached with that good spirit in mind. You’re not trying to fleece them, you’re trying to find a fit for both sides! Revealing another trade offer should be an act of full transparency and not one of showcasing leverage. It should only be presented when the response would be one of understanding.

Matt Williams (NBC Sports Edge, @MattWi77iams): I prefer to keep trade negotiations private for a few reasons. First, I would never want to embarrass another person which sometimes as a byproduct. Second, if used for a negotiation tactic I would prefer to be vague and just let them know “I have a better offer,” rather than reveal specific details. You risk losing the trust of someone by revealing private conversations which could impact future trades with other teams.

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella): In redraft leagues, no. Your trade partner doesn’t really need to know if an offer is better or worse, and I don’t feel any need to provide proof of concept. In keeper or dynasty, though, I find the etiquette surrounding this is different because there can frequently be skepticism about what needs to be done in terms of future value to put a deal over the top. Even then, I try not to mention specific players, but I’ve often walked away from a deal in keeper leagues because without evidence I feel like I’m bidding against myself if I don’t know what offer or offers I’m up against.

Nando Di Fino (The Athletic, @nandodifino): When someone pulls it on me, I pretty much stop emailing and tell them good luck. Like “Oh, Pianowski is offering me Jo Adell and Tyler Glasnow, so you have to beat that.” Alright, dude. Go trade with him. Most of the time that mysterious trade never happens, and they’ve screwed themselves by playing a couple teams against each other when both teams know that’s probably not happening. So I hate doing it. I’ll never do it. Come at me with your deals, I’ll counter the one I like. If it’s a pass, I’ll go to the next one. Work in a vacuum and you get the deal you want without being a dick to your fellow league mates

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): I would feel pretty comfortable telling a potential trade partner I had a competing offer, but like Ray and others, I wouldn’t say from whom or for what players. That said, I typically don’t bother with any of it, since everybody always says they have better offer, and I always figure they’re BSing me, and I can’t blame anybody else for thinking I’m BSing them. I usually assume any potential trade partner knows I’m listening to offers, just as I assume that of them, so we can just get on with it.

Anthony Perri (Fantistics, @Anthony_Perri): I do not mention specific trade offers to others in my league. I may on occasion let others know that I am considering trading a specific player, but never give away another team’s offer. The only exclusion to this, is if I mention it on air. In that case it’s for entertainment purposes, but I keep league GM names out of it and confidential.

CJ Kaltenbach (Fantasy Guru, @TheSeigeDFS): End of the day, my job is to get the best offer I can. While I won’t use specific players I’ll give general ballpark. For example, I’m being offered a top 10 1B and Top 15-20 closer for Player. That way I’m not outing the team but also allows me to get best deal I can.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): I’ve never been in a position where revealing an offer I’ve received was even a consideration. Sure, if you think revealing a current offer to another team to try to entice a better offer will work, then by all means, do it. I’m just not sure revealing names is going to make much of a difference.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643): I prefer to keep details about other offers private. I’m not sure it would help move the needle all that much and I wouldn’t want to embarrass anyone.

Seth Trachtman (NBC Sports Edge, @sethroto): I never offer specifics, but I will present the other offers I have in general terms when appropriate. For example, if I’m looking for a closer and I receive an offer that isn’t as good as an offer I’ve already received, I will point that out. That said, I don’t have a problem if someone does reveal specific trade offers when they are negotiating. Ultimately, we all want to get the most we can in a trade.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): I’ll generally not reveal specific players, but in some circumstances it’s easy parameters of an offer without breaching confidentiality. For instance in Scoresheet, I can easily say “I’ve got an offer of a round X pick in hand, you’ll have to beat that”. Beyond that, generalities like “Thanks for offering closer X, but I’ve been offered another closer that I value more highly, so you’ll need to sweeten somewhere else.”

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru, @BaseballGuys): I would never reveal another offer. I would say – I’m talking to someone else about player X – but I would never let on what the other offer is. Totally fair to say – I’ve got a strong offer from another – but I just wouldn’t reveal the details.

Michael Florio (NFL Network, @MichaelFFlorio): I do not reveal other offers, but I’ve definitely told someone that I am talking to others and will even say oh I have a better offer. I’ve also spoken about deals I am mulling over with other, individually. But I will say, if you get a terrible offer from someone (you know the classic here’s a bunch of junk for one good player offers) that roasting in a group chat is acceptable!

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): I don’t do this that often (I probably should!) since my general policy is to not waste people’s time in the trade game. Keep the trade negotiation simple, to the point, and get the deal done. That said, I’m with the majority here on keeping the details of other offers out of it, mostly out of respect for other managers. It’s fair game to weave in generalities to make sure your trading partner knows there’s interest.

James Anderson (Rotowire, @RealJRAnderson): I don’t think anything should be off limits with regards to this, but I don’t think I’ve ever explicitly told someone what the exact offer is that they have to beat unless it’s a keeper/dynasty league where I’m looking for a draft pick. In that case, I may say I’ve got a third rounder on the table, so that the prospective manager knows what the high bid is.

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam): It depends on context. If I’m simply auctioning someone off for “best offer,” then I’ll sometimes note the offer to beat – either specifically or more often with generalities. For example, “current best offer for SB-wild Ramon Laureano is an ace and a closer.” Often, I’m trying to pry a specific player from a rival so my due diligence process is to find a couple players I prefer and make the same offer. Rather than reveal someone else’s offer, I’m just shopping my own.

Brent Hershey (Baseball HQ, @BrentHQ): I speak in generalities when negotiating / weighing several offers, rather than revealing specific players. I think that comes from my perspective that the offer I choose is going to be what I feel is the best return for my team—and that others may or may not agree with my evaluation of “best.” (It’s what makes all these trades possible, and this game fun: the differing evaluations on players.) So I don’t really see the point in saying, “I’ve got player A and player B on the table, you’ll need to beat that,” as my potential trading partner could well have a different opinion than I of what “beats” that. So I find framing other offers in generalities most helpful and efficient.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): OK, full disclosure, this was a selfish question (and I come up with the questions but take requests) because I am in the “None of your business” crowd, but I’ve been wondering if I’m doing it wrong. I polled Twitter: 14% reveal up front, 34% will reveal if asked and 52% won’t reveal — so about half are willing to unveil another offer. I don’t think there is a right or wrong, but I still prefer to keep the actual players under wraps, but like most everyone else, I’ll frame the deal. The main reason is I don’t like it when someone else shares my offer(s), so I assume there are others feeling the same way. That said, each league has its own culture, and if you are at a competitive disadvantage by being covert, that’s a mistake. I used to be in a league like that — operative word “used”.

Jim Bowden (Fantasy Alarm, @JimBowdenGM): If you’re negotiating a trade with another team….and you want to reference a “TRUE” trade proposal another team has given you….there is nothing wrong with that….the key is It has to be the truth…….that being said….I personally never did this as a reality or fantasy GM…I always preferred to just say I had a better offer ….I never wanted to hurt my relationship with another owner and if you use this practice…the other owner might be reluctant to make trade offers with you in the future. especially if other owners start to criticize them for the proposals they’ve been making…..

Perry Van Hook (Mastersball, @): I agree with several here – I would never reveal the team behind a trade proposal, but I would say I what I was offered at least positionally so the team I am currently corresponding with has an idea of what they need to beat or match. You can also make comps to the team you are talking with – “I was offered an OF like you X and a pitcher like Y

Michael A. Stein (Fantasy Judgment, @FantasyJudgment): As the Chief Justice of Fantasy Judgment, I could never condone violating another GMs trust by disclosing what may be considered confidential information. It is fair game to negotiate with others and say you are having discussions with other GMs and considering better offers. But I would not reveal the specific deals on the table because I would not want my own negotiations disclosed without my approval. Trading is difficult enough, so GMs should be able to negotiate freely without fear that their dealings will be made public. There is nothing wrong with telling another GM that you are considering other proposals, but the terms of the deal should be kept to yourself unless you are given permission to disclose it.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): I would never reveal the exact details of a trade negotiation to others. I typically would not reveal to others the name of the team that I am negotiating with, but on rare occasion – if I was asked “are you working on a trade with x,” I might say yes or no. I have many times, however – indicated that I was negotiating with another party, and that their current offer was superior or inferior to the team in question.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): The Godfather always makes an offer that cannot be refused! I don’t believe in revealing offers I have, but will mention I have other offers.

Ron Shandler (, @RonShandler): About 15 years ago, I sent an email blast to one league with all the offers I received for a key player. Part of it was wanting to lure out a better deal, part of it social experiment, part of it column fodder. The result was that I got the best deal, but also made enemies, one of whom refuses to trade with me to this day. I suppose it comes down to what’s more important, getting the best players or making friends? It probably depends upon the league, the level of camaraderie and how much you want to win. I’ve never shared trade offers since, and I’ve also yet to win that league. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

Rob Leibowitz (Rotoheaven, @rob_leibowitz): In a scenario where a reveal of what another team is offering would even occur it would be as a result of having shopped a player in the first place league-wide. So, there is no advantage to revealing offers from other teams other than indicating you have other offers in hand. Everyone already knows who you’re shopping and if they have any insight at all, they know who they’re competing against for that player and would (or should) make their offers accordingly. More typically if I’m making someone an offer, I want to be as clandestine as possible, targeting a specific player to fill a specific need and certainly would not want my offers being shared with others in that scenario, especially if I’m making a late-season or trade deadline all-in push and trying to making multiple deals occur all at once

Dr. Roto (FullTime Fantasy, @DrRoto): I won’t give out the exact offer of another person but I will say something like, “I know I can get so and so” from another team. This usually helps to get a better offer or have the person say they can’t beat that other offer.

Derek VanRiper (The Athletic, @DerekVanRiper): I don’t reveal the details of other trade negotiations when working on a potential deal, though I might let someone know if I’m in talks with another person in the league in order to be transparent about the possibility of players we’re discussing getting moved elsewhere.

Craig Mish (FNTSY Radio, @CraigMish): You get one really bad trade offer from me where I say nothing. The second one I will probably bark back at how ridiculous it is. Three times, and I remove you from my phone like a closer who blows three saves in a row. I’ll deal with someone else. Yeah, I may also out you after the third one too. First two, I’ll keep to myself.

Doug Anderson (Fantrax, @rotodaddy): I usually will not talk specifics of an outside offer, but share that I can gain more of a certain stat or category from another owner. Then talk about how you’d rather have the player on their team, but have to take the best offer.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): I will let a potential trade partner know that I’m talking to other teams, if that is indeed the case and time is of the essence. But I think any potential leverage that could be created by mentioning specifics to another owner is more than likely outweighed by the bad feelings doing so will probably generate. No one likes to feel used, whether in fantasy baseball trade negotiations or just about any other facet of life. The only miniscule exception I’ll make to the preceding general rule is if I’m trying to get a few $FAAB for a player I’d otherwise release. In that case I don’t think it’s bad to mention to Potential Trade Partner B that Potential Trade Partner A has already offered me $X (assuming that’s in fact the case). Even then, I wouldn’t reveal the identity of PTP A to PTP B. Of course, those types of deals are pretty low impact and account for a small portion of all trade discussions.

Toby Guevin (BatFlipCrazy Podcast, @batflipcrazy): I rarely play in redraft trading leagues, but do play in dynasty and keeper leagues. In those leagues, I only reveal details if it just involves draft picks, since it doesn’t identify the owner. I do let other owners know if I’m in negotiations with others, but not who.

Adam Ronis (Fantasy Alarm, @AdamRonis): I won’t reveal details of another trade negotiation. I might say I have a better offer on the table and I will need more to make the trade work to gauge how serious the interest is.

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, The Process, @jeffwzimmerman): I would never reveal specifics to anyone, but I may let the league know that I’m looking at trading scarce commodity like a closer or steals source. I wish others would also. I don’t have the bandwidth to know how each owner feels about their team and who they are looking to trade.

Scott Wilderman (OnRoto): I think pretty much anything goes except revealing an exact offer, and if the entire league knows an owner is shopping a specific player, bringing that up is fair game. I think it’s even okay to say you have a better offer on the table when you don’t.

Andy Behrens (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @andybehrens): The only circumstance in which I might be tempted to disclose another manager’s offer is if the offer itself was hilariously lopsided — like, insultingly so. If you’re trying to flip Jed Lowrie for Juan Soto, then you should perhaps be publicly shamed. But if it’s an honest offer, I wouldn’t generally disclose details to others in the league. In some cases, a manager might be aggressively shopping a player to everyone in a league — sending mass emails, updating trade blocks, etc. — and in such cases it’s hardly a secret, so really there’s no great issue discussing the proposed deal.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn): Revealing specific offers simply isn’t proper etiquette, so out of respect for the league and my leaguemates, I never do it. I might mention that I have another offer that I’m seriously considering and in order to top it, Player X would need to be included in the deal, but that’s as far as I’d go.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): With few exceptions, I might say I’ve got an offer from x, but never the specifics.

Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus, @BretSayreBP): There’s nothing wrong with letting other owners know approximate parameters of other offers you’re getting on a no-names basis, but sharing a specific offer is both something that is bad form and usually not even helpful in conversations.

Tout Daily: Luis, Luis, Luis, Loua

It’s Week 2 of Tout Daily with a lot of great pitching options. Luis Castillo was one of the most popular choices. Here’s the array of selections offered up by the Touts as they seek the first Golden Ticket.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Trevor Bauer – Lucas Giolito and Shane Bieber are other strong options, but they go against each other tonight.

Hitter: Ronald Acuna Jr. – Worth every penny of $6,100. Can’t argue with his early stat line of .447/.500/.947.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643)

Pitcher: Brandon Woodruff – Facing a pretty swing happy Cubs team and the price is nice.

Hitter: Alex Bregman – Facing Matt Boyd (who gives up a bunch of HRs) in HOU, which is pretty nice HR park.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn)

Pitcher: Luis Castillo – Bounced back nicely after rough Opening Day outing and now gets to face a Giants team that is averaging just 3.1 runs scored per game.

Hitter: Wilson Ramos – Four homers in his last six games and reasonably priced at $3,400 on Draftkings.

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam)

Pitcher: Max Fried – I’m not 100% going to use him as there are better-projected pitchers. However, he’s fourth-cheapest and in the neighborhood of 10th-best in a slate of 22 pitchers.

Hitter: Austin Meadows – Back on track after a lost 2020, affordable price, juicy matchup.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Luis Castillo – Criminally underpriced on Draft Kings, especially after his last outing. Sure it was Pittsburgh, but are we looking at the Giants as that much better an offense?

Hitter: Austin Meadows – He’s 6-for-17 with three doubles and one home run over his last five games and now gets Kyle Gibson. The breakout season is on its way.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg – He’s pitched well and is healthy, for the moment

Hitter: Wilson Ramos – What Zach said.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – He’s a strike out machine against a weak hitting Indians line up, and pumped up for the matchup with Bieber..Get em!

Hitter: Alex Baddoo – At $3800 he saves some $’s, he’s been red hot and going against a less than stellar Jake Odorizzi. Put one in the Crawford Boxes young man!

Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus, @MikeGianella)

Pitcher: Luis Castillo – Priced too low for a favorable matchup against the Giants

Hitter: Ronald Acuna Jr. – Hot hand with the bat and if it’s Wallach again could easily run wild.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Brandon Woodruff – Man, it’s tough to fade both Lucas Giolito and Shane Bieber with Bill Miller behind the plate, but I want budget for bats.

Hitter: Jose Trevino – Catcher pricing is whack. Are we really in “I want to go cheap elsewhere so I can pay up at catcher mode?” Yes, yes we are. But not tonight.

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Pitcher: Brandon Woodruff – There are too many good pitching options tonight, and not enough hitters. I’m playing less tonight than I have been of recently as a result. But I love Woodruff and Luis Castillo against the Cubs and Giants respectively at their prices.

Hitter: Randy Arozarena – I went with four Rays and spent up elsewhere – why not stack against Kyle Gibson?

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Brandon Woodruff – Seems like the chalkiest pick of the night, given the Cubs’ offensive struggles this season.