Tout Table: Advice for the Stretch Run

We have just under one fourth of the season left. Here are the responses to this week’s question:

What general pearls of wisdom do you have to offer as we head down the stretch?

Lenny Melnick (LennyMelnickFantasySports, @LennyMelnick): Continue to examine BoxScores Daily, In order to keep up with MLB, as Football emerges

Scott Engel (Rotoballer, @scotteTheKing): Do not hesitate to ride hot streaks off the waiver wire and stream fringe types who are performing well, then do away with them. Streaming at some of your weaker lineup spots can pay off, especially in daily lineup formats.

Jim Bowden (Fantasy Alarm, @JimBowdenGM): Keep grinding…don’t let up,,,,,watch closely for trends…starting pitchers innings are piling up innings some are going to start to decline fast..fresher arms will start to trend upwards….

Ryan Hallam (Fighting Chance Fantasy, @FightingChance): Don’t give up now! So many people start focusing on Fantasy Football at this time that you have less competition on the waiver wire. Play hot streaks because there isn’t much time left and be sure to focus on the categories where you are lacking. Chase those roto points or do whatever to win those head to head matchups!

Brad Johnson (Patreon/BaseballATeam, @BaseballATeam): In most leagues, half of managers basically throw in the towel at this stage of the season since they know they can’t place. Figure out what points you can steal from bottom-half teams and keep plugging away.

Nick Pollack (Pitcher List, @PitcherList): Make sure to stay on top of trends. We see players constantly have their best month of the season in September (1/6 chance!), which means you can get a huge step up on many in your league who have already moved on. Pitchers take new approaches, batters go on hot streaks, forget your May/June assessments of players for the year – things can change quickly.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): If your league rules allow MiLB pickups beofore promotion, keep a close eye on the minors to see if you might get a potential impact player a week efroe teh callup for $2 instead of a week after for $100.

Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball, @LarrySchechter): Someone on twitter recently posted how an injury to one of their key players ruined their weekend. Remember this is a game…it’s fantasy baseball…it’s not real life.

Fred Zinkie (Yahoo! Fantasy Sports, @FredZinkieMLB): Look for players who are receiving larger roles on the weakest teams. Everyone notices the new Yankees and Dodgers. The new Pirates and Rangers are easier to add and sometimes just as productive.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): If you’re out of the running in a keeper/dynasty league with reserve/minors roster spots, take a look at the updated prospect lists that have come out in the past couple of weeks and grab a couple of prospects for the future. if nothing else, they may have trade value for teams that sold their future to contend this year.

Andrea LaMont (LennyMelnickFantasySports, @RotoLady): Don’t give up right now because many will lose interest and focus on Football. This is the best time to gain in the standings. Figure out where you can gain the most points and focus on those categories.

Chris Liss (Rotowire, @Chris_Liss): Make moves, set lineups, pay attention down the stretch. Showing up for the entire six months is a major edge.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): As Yogi said, “it ain’t over til it’s over”. Keep playing, maximize at bats and two start pitchers. Look for guys getting opportunities to play, and bench your guys not playing.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): Many fantasy team owners will do a category analysis this time of year, figuring out how many points they can gain or lose for each category, and in total. I find it helpful to do this exercise twice: once using “likely” point gains/losses, then again using “possible” gains/losses. That gives me a better idea of which categories to prioritize for the stretch run. It’s also useful when doing this exercise to note whether it’s likely/possible that you’ll pass or be passed by people who you’re chasing in the standings (or being chased by). Finally, when deciding which categories to chase/punt, keep in mind the correlation between categories. If you’re locked into a point total in Saves, it may be tempting to de-emphasize Saves in order to chase Wins or Ks, but you’ll want to consider the likely impact on your finish in the ratio categories if you were to do that.

Tristan H. Cockcroft (ESPN, @SultanofStat): Let go off your attachments to slumping or (especially) injured players, if your gut is telling you they won’t contribute anything meaningful the rest of the way. Remember, the deeper we get into the season, the less the sting if that player miraculously turns it around on a competitor’s roster. You need to be prepared to move on from bad stats and for every day that passes, name brands and superstar reputations have less relevance.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): I am always looking for changes in playing time on teams who are out of the hunt. If your guy is getting less and a FA is getting more, don’t sit on your hands.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643): Just keep swimming! Many managers start focusing on fantasy football and could miss players on the waiver wire that are on a hot streak. Swoop in and get those precious stats that will help you move up in the standings.

Jock Thompson (Baseball HQ, @JOCKatHQ): What Nick and Shelley have said. Ride the hot hands, know what pitchers are going up against weak offenses, and what hitters are going up against weak pitching staffs.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): Forget about projected rest of season value. All you care about now is the player’s value to your team. If you’re in first place with a reasonable cushion in HR and RBI, Joey Gallo isn’t earning you much, if any, value at this point. Don’t be afraid to bench, or even drop, him. If the latter is too risky given a competitor adding him, trade him to a bottom tier team for essentially nothing just to ensure you don’t allow a competitor to gain points.

Brent Hershey (Baseball HQ, @BrentHQ): Echoing the great Fred Zinkie above, pay special attention to lineups/rotations of the bottom-dwelling MLB teams. At this point in the MLB season, those teams are in some cases holding open tryouts for 2022, and could have a longer leash with young player especially as they are doing their own evaluations. Look for players getting a chance who ideally also have some sort of previous track record of fantasy value (either in the majors or minors). Catching a 5-week hot streak from someone like, say, DJ Peters or Steven Brault, could provide your fantasy team a cheap bump at just the right time.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): I’m going to be a little contrarian here. Hot streaks aren’t any more predictive the last quarter of the season as they are at any other time. Research has shows hot and cold streaks can start or end at any time. Sure, there have been instances of players overperforming for an extended period of time, some at a new and sustainable skill level. However, big picture, riding streaks is no more effective — or necessary — down the stretch. We only remember the good and not all the times we picked up a perceived hot guy only to roster the downfall. For me, it’s still a matter of matchups and looking at the underlying skills and not hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru, @rotogut): You’ve worked hard since the beginning of the year and this is the most crucial stretch. Don’t slow down now. Don’t let football distract you. Stay diligent and engaged.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): Don’t underestimate the impact of the limits on September callups this year. Usually playing time really fractures, especially in the 2nd half of September, and it gets really hard to make up ground or flip standings points, especially in counting stats. That may be a little less true this year. Heck, we still have more than half the length of the 2020 season in front of us! Run through the finish line.

Ariel Cohen (CBS Sports, @ATCNY): A few quickies … 1) ERA and WHIP are categories that are easier to make gains in than you think. Remember – when others pitch starters who blow up, their ratios inflate! 2) Look not just at who you are playing for the coming week, also look at what others are doing. This is helpful in determining the number of SPs vs RPs to pitch in the last few weeks. 3) For waiver wire, sort by ABs in the past 14 days. More ABs mean more counting stats … look at who is getting the playing time!

Adam Ronis (Fantasy Alarm, @AdamRonis): There’s a big disparity between the top teams and bad teams, so look to exploit that. Keep putting in work, even for the teams that can’t win. Play until the end.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis): Be realistic where you can make up ground while not conceeding points in other categories. Also look to where other league managers can stay active to gain points against your opponents. For those teams that have no realistic chance on winning your league, they have a tendency to place their priorities on fantasy football. It’s everyone’s responsiblity to stay active until the last day of the season, regardless of where they are in the league standings. I not only look at where other teams can cause my opponents to lose ground in points, but also when was the last time that a league manager has logged into the league to review their team. This also can be used on who should be invited to your leagues next season. Each league manager should be playing to the end, regardless of where they are in the league standings. You would do this for them, even if you were towards the bottom of your league standings, and you should expect the same in return if they could assist you by being as active as possible through the end of the season.

Anthony Aniano (Rotoballer, @AAnianoFantasy): By this point in the season loyalty to players you have invested in are unimportant. If you have a chance to win be sure you continue to ride the hot hand no matter how big or small named the player is.

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): Echoing sentiments above, do not chase the hot waiver claim of the week. Focus on player(s) who make an impact on the standings for your roster and do not overlook pitching ratios if streaming for wins. Maximize match-ups and some scheduling wrinkles in the offing with teams like Washington facing a weaker schedule so players like Carter Kieboom and Lane Thomas (in deeper leagues) may remain productive in the weeks ahead.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn): I’ll second Tristan’s advice to finally let go of struggling players, whether it be via trade for 50 cents on the dollar or by simply releasing them. Even if you had high hopes for these guys when you drafted them five months ago and have thus far patiently waited for positive regression, now is the time to move on. I know it’s upsetting, but it just has to be done.

Alan Harrison (The Fantasy Fix, @TheFantasyFix): Stay active to the end, regardless of your current position in the standings. Your name is attached to all that you do. Even though it’s just a game, have some pride and finish the best you can despite any challenges your team faced this season. Scour the waiver wire players that may have been dropped but are resurfacing or for those getting new opportunities on rebuilding teams. Trade. Have fun. Finish strong.

Jason Collette (Rotowire, @jasoncollette): Do what you can to impact the standings wherever you can, even if you’re out of contention for the title. If you can impact the overall race by adjusting your lineup to focus on a particular area, it makes the league more entertaining. There is nothing more infuriating than watching teams give up and move onto that devil sport foosball when they can still make a difference in the final outcome of the league.

Brian Entrekin (Benched with Bubba, @bdentrek): Keep fighting on. We have a little over a month to go and a lot could happen. Pride is always on the table so moving from 8th to 5th is still great. Finishing in the money is the goal but finishing strong is just as important. Never give up.

Tout Wars FAB Report: August 22

We’re entering the “you can’t take it with you” stage of the FAB season as the Touts have FAB units burning holes in their proverbial pockets.

Here are the week’s array of winning bids in all the Tout Wars FAAB leagues. If you want more than just the winning bids, all you need to do is click on the league header and you can access standings, rosters and all the moves in each league.

American League

DBundy, LAADoug Dennis 111
AVelazquez, NYYDoug Dennis 111
KSmith, TorPatrick Davitt 39
MMelendez, KCPatrick Davitt 39
PBlackburn, OakJeff Erickson 37
BKeller, KCRick Wolf/Glenn Colton 20
KBubic, KCRick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8
TShaw, BosJason Collette 6
CEllis, BalPatrick Davitt 0
CThielbar, MinLarry Schechter 0

National League

LThomas, WasPhil Hertz 77
DPeters, PitTodd Zola 33
RAdams, WasFred Zinkie 22
SLong, SFFred Zinkie 20
KThompson, ChCScott Wilderman 19
AMachado, WasTodd Zola 17
JBarrero, CinGrey Albright 12
YTsutsugo, PitSteve Gardner 9
MHermosillo, ChCGrey Albright 6
AAdams, SDPeter Kreutzer 4
DEllis, AriPeter Kreutzer 3
ECabrera, MiaCraig Mish 1
MMoore, PhiCraig Mish 1
CStratton, PitPeter Kreutzer 0
LWilliams, PhiPeter Kreutzer 0

Mixed Salary Cap

YGrandal, CWSZach Steinhorn 82
MMikolas, StLZach Steinhorn 63
JMeyers, HouEric Karabell 51
MLorenzen, CinIan Kahn 36
GJax, MinMichael Rathburn 19
TGilbert, AriDerek VanRiper 11
FSchwindel, ChCDerek VanRiper 11
BDalbec, BosScott Engel 5
RAdams, WasScott Engel 4
MHermosillo, ChCScott Engel 4
RChirinos, ChCDerek VanRiper 3
YPozo, TexMichael Rathburn 2
BTreinen, LADScott Swanay 0

Mixed Draft

EMorgan, CleCharlie Wiegert 87
ABender, MiaTim McCullough 38
MFoltynewicz, TexCharlie Wiegert 37
DHill, DetSeth Trachtman 30
FSchwindel, ChCTim McCullough 18
SBarlow, KCAdam Ronis 18
JMeyers, HouAdam Ronis 14
TLaStella, SFRay Murphy 10
YGomes, OakRay Murphy 10
ASenzatela, ColD.J. Short 5
BDeLaCruz, MiaPerry Van Hook 3
DSteckenrider, SeaTim McLeod 3
BKeller, KCShelly Verougstraete 1
EFedde, WasShelly Verougstraete 1
LWade, SFShelly Verougstraete 1
TWidener, AriTim McLeod 0
LThomas, WasPerry Van Hook 0

Head to Head

YHernandez, WasGreg Jewett 45
JRojas, AriFrank Stampfl 23
MMikolas, StLNick Pollack 13
NLopez, KCNick Pollack 12
EFedde, WasGreg Jewett 9
EMorgan, CleAndrea LaMont 8
SBarlow, KCClay Link 7
SZavala, CWSAndrea LaMont 3
CVazquez, BosAndrea LaMont 3
PGosselin, LAAAndrea LaMont 3
ZLittell, SFAndrea LaMont 2
LWade, SFAndrea LaMont 2
JStallings, PitAriel Cohen 1
HDozier, KCAndrea LaMont 1

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

AGarcia, TexRon Shandler 47
MMikolas, StLRon Shandler 22
DLynch, KCRay Flowers 9
YGomes, OakJim Bowden 7
NLopez, KCAlex Fast 7
JHapp, StLAlex Fast 3
ASantander, BalAl Melchior 2
NCortes, NYYAl Melchior 2
CMcHugh, TBAl Melchior 1

Tout Daily: Stacking the Colorado Chalkies

This is it, the final week of the final period of Tout Daily. This time next week we’ll be commencing the modified Survivor Tournament to crown the first official 2021 Tout Wars champion!

Here are some of the Tout’s picks.

Zach Steinhorn (CreativeSports2, @zachsteinhorn)

Pitcher: Alek Manoah – In three starts since returning from the IL, Manoah is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Hitter: Jorge Polanco – We’re barely halfway through August and Polanco already has six homers, 13 RBIs and 12 runs this month. Why is he only $3,500 on Draftkings?

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi – Likely no Golden Ticket for the second straight year, but I’m going down fighting with a seven-inning complete game shutout!

Hitter: Frank Schwindel – Stacking the Colorado Chalkies so need some salary relief

Steve Gardner (USAToday Fantasy Sports, @SteveAGardner)

Pitcher: Logan Webb – He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any start since early May (and that was at Coors!) The Mets’ free fall continues …

Hitter: Connor Joe – He’s no ordinary … Connor! He’s been hot, he’s hitting leadoff in Coors Field and he’ll cost you only $2800 to slot at first base or outfield.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Framber Valdez – The lefty needs to lower his walk rate, but a nice matchup tonight at Kansas City should do the trick. His ERA is now close to 3.00 and he’s 8-3 on the season.

Hitter: Dansby Swanson – He’s been playing lights out this month and I see it continuing tonight at Miami against SP Alcantara.

Tout Wars FAB Report: August 15

It was a busy week for AL only and the Head-to-Head leagues. Meanwhile, the 15-team mixed leagues were quiet.

As always if you want to see the standings, rosters and complete ledger of moves, just click on the league header.

American League

RNunez, DetMike Podhorzer 127
DPeters, TexMike Podhorzer 127
YHernandez, TexMike Podhorzer 127
RMartin, BalPatrick Davitt 96
ZShort, DetPatrick Davitt 96
JMartin, TexPatrick Davitt 96
APuk, OakDoug Dennis 92
YPozo, TexMike Podhorzer 78
AChafin, OakJeff Erickson 37
GJax, MinJeff Erickson 17
CChang, CleChris Liss 7
TWade, NYYRick Wolf/Glenn Colton 7
MFoltynewicz, TexRick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
AConley, TBJason Collette 0
SHoward, TexMike Gianella 0
CCulberson, TexMike Gianella 0
BValera, TorMike Gianella 0
MBrosseau, TBJason Collette 0

National League

TGilbert, AriSteve Gardner 57
RChirinos, ChCScott Wilderman 23
JSteele, ChCScott Wilderman 23
AAlford, PitGrey Albright 17
LNootbaar, StLBrian Walton 13
ZLittell, SFBrian Walton 12
DDuffy, LADTodd Zola 7
DNunez, ColFred Zinkie 5
MWhite, LADTristan H. Cockcroft 4
RWick, ChCDerek Carty 3
RKnehr, SDScott Wilderman 1
JAlvarez, SFPhil Hertz 0

Mixed Salary Cap

JBarlow, TexScott Swanay 87
CHernandez, KCIan Kahn 51
RNunez, DetZach Steinhorn 38
BMarsh, LAABret Sayre 37
ADiaz, HouDerek VanRiper 37
AKirk, TorBrent Hershey 11
JFleming, TBDerek VanRiper 3
BBoxberger, MilScott Swanay 2
APuk, OakJustin Mason 0

Mixed Draft

IHapp, ChCRudy Gamble 37
TGilbert, AriPerry Van Hook 23
LBrinson, MiaTom Kessenich 22
JBarlow, TexD.J. Short 20
RLopez, CWSPerry Van Hook 17
BOber, MinRay Murphy 13
JSteele, ChCRay Murphy 13
CJoe, ColRay Murphy 13
NCortes, NYYScott White 13
AAquino, CinTim McCullough 11
JHapp, StLAdam Ronis 4

Head to Head

LBrinson, MiaRalph Lifshitz 46
GJax, MinRalph Lifshitz 44
LTrivino, OakRalph Lifshitz 44
CHernandez, KCAriel Cohen 34
CBlackmon, ColFrank Stampfl 32
LUrias, MilAriel Cohen 23
RSuarez, PhiGreg Jewett 18
BOber, MinFrank Stampfl 12
MStraw, CleFrank Stampfl 12
KPlawecki, BosRalph Lifshitz 11
ElDiaz, ColFrank Stampfl 7
RLopez, CWSFrank Stampfl 6
ASenzatela, ColAriel Cohen 5
TEdman, StLAndrea LaMont 4
AColome, MinAndrea LaMont 3
MWhite, LADAndrea LaMont 1
JAlfaro, MiaAndrea LaMont 1
LCain, MilGreg Jewett 1
TWade, NYYAndrea LaMont 1
MCabrera, DetAndrea LaMont 0
DBednar, PitClay Link 0

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

LBrinson, MiaRay Flowers 19
CHernandez, KCBrian Entrekin 17
ARosario, CleRay Flowers 14
VGutierrez, CinRay Flowers 12
BDalbec, BosBrian Entrekin 6
SMurphy, OakAlex Fast 5
CJoe, ColBrian Entrekin 2
SHilliard, ColChris Towers 1
AlJackson, MiaChris Towers 0
NPivetta, BosChris Towers 0

Tout Daily: Mad Max Fury Road

Yes, I doubled down on the title from a recent Rotowire piece — you run the contest and you can come up with the tease. That said, it looks like Max Scherzer is a popular pick in his road matchup with Aaron Nola.

Here are some of the picks as the Tout Daily season winds to a close.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Schertzer/Nola – I couldn’t decide who to choose, so I took both! Hoping for a 1-0 game and 20k’s!

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Max Scherzer – Should be a classic pitcher’s duel tonight between Max Scherzer ($11,000) and Aaron Nola. Leaning towards Scherzer due to the Dodger offense.

Hitter: Dansby Swanson – Dansby Swanson ($4,600) is slugging over .600 in his last 55 AB’s. Averaging 7.7 Draftkings fantasy points per game.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50)

Pitcher: E Rod – Like the price and trying to make up some ground.

Hitter: Pete Alonso – Polar bear is due.

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson)

Pitcher: Drew Smyly – The Reds frequently struggle against lefties, so I’ll take a cheap stab at Smyly. Wanted to go with Mize & Carrasco but steered away due to weather concerns

Hitter: Ke’Bryan Hayes – Going with a White Sox stack and wanted to get two RH hitters against J.A. Happ.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Eduardo Rodriguez – Yes, I’m a fanboy who is a glutton for punishment, but the Rays do fan a ton vs. LHP

Hitter: Whit Merrifield – Stacking Royals, good hitting weather in KC and Merrifield underpriced at 3.8K

Tout Wars FAB Report: August 8

Despite being one week removed from the frenzy of the trade deadline, several intriguing players were added by the Tout managers. If you’d like to see standings, full rosters and transactions, all you need to do is click the heading to each format and you’ll jump right to OnRoto, our gracious sponsor.

American League

CDickerson, TorHoward Bender 88
EClement, CleHoward Bender 62
JMateo, BalJeff Erickson 23
AEaton, LAARick Wolf/Glenn Colton 7
ERivera, KCLarry Schechter 5
BOber, MinRyan Bloomfield 4
SZavala, CWSRyan Bloomfield 3
JBarria, LAAJeff Erickson 3
RTepera, CWSJason Collette 2
RStanek, HouHoward Bender 1
TJones, HouRick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
OMiller, CleMike Gianella 0

National League

FSchwindel, ChCFred Zinkie 150
LCain, MilPhil Hertz 138
JLuzardo, MiaGrey Albright 101
AlJackson, MiaCraig Mish 77
GDeichmann, ChCGrey Albright 61
AnRomine, ChCFred Zinkie 25
MLorenzen, CinSteve Gardner 20
GGallegos, StLPeter Kreutzer 14
WDifo, PitFred Zinkie 10
TWatson, SFPhil Hertz 2
PBickford, LADDerek Carty 0
JAlvarado, PhiScott Wilderman 0
SFairchild, AriScott Wilderman 0

Mixed Salary Cap

AColome, MinZach Steinhorn 107
JHarrison, OakDerek VanRiper 57
JLuzardo, MiaDerek VanRiper 57
JMateo, BalZach Steinhorn 53
DSteckenrider, SeaIan Kahn 51
MGivens, CinIan Kahn 51
CKieboom, WasDerek VanRiper 37
DRuf, SFMichael Rathburn 29
AIbanez, TexDerek VanRiper 22
CJoe, ColIan Kahn 19
RSuarez, PhiBrent Hershey 17
AAlford, PitScott Engel 4
JMayfield, LAAScott Engel 3
KHigashioka, NYYIan Kahn 3
RJeffers, MinMichael Rathburn 2
LArraez, MinJeff Zimmerman 2
NLopez, KCJeff Zimmerman 2
KBubic, KCScott Engel 2
AMills, ChCScott Engel 1
KPillar, NYMScott Engel 1
BDeLaCruz, MiaScott Engel 1
LBrinson, MiaJustin Mason 0
BBradley, CleJustin Mason 0

Mixed Draft

BBelt, SFTim McCullough 91
LGil, NYYPerry Van Hook 69
YHernandez, WasCharlie Wiegert 35
AColome, MinTim McLeod 27
JMateo, BalPerry Van Hook 23
JLoaisiga, NYYAdam Ronis 22
MGivens, CinScott White 17
RWick, ChCSeth Trachtman 15
SMatz, TorD.J. Short 15
AEngel, CWSShelly Verougstraete 7
RSuarez, PhiScott White 7
THearn, TexTom Kessenich 4
JVillar, NYMTom Kessenich 3
CHernandez, KCAdam Ronis 3
PGosselin, LAATim McCullough 3
EHernandez, MiaTim McCullough 2
TBarnhart, CinScott White 0
YHernandez, TexAdam Ronis 0

Head to Head

ROrtega, ChCDan Strafford 100
AMills, ChCDan Strafford 50
MMoustakas, CinAriel Cohen 46
RGrossman, DetFrank Stampfl 37
TDArnaud, AtlAriel Cohen 28
JMayfield, LAAAndrea LaMont 19
LGurriel, TorAndrea LaMont 18
GSoto, DetGreg Jewett 18
IKennedy, PhiFrank Stampfl 17
JLuzardo, MiaNick Pollack 16
MGarver, MinAndrea LaMont 12
CKieboom, WasGreg Jewett 9
KFarmer, CinFrank Stampfl 8
CGreen, NYYAriel Cohen 8
SHilliard, ColGreg Jewett 3
FSchwindel, ChCAndrea LaMont 3

Mixed with IP & Saves+Holds

CQuantrill, CleBrian Entrekin 81
JAdell, LAABrian Entrekin 67
LWade, SFAndy Behrens 27
DKeuchel, CWSAndy Behrens 21
AGimenez, CleDoug Anderson 15
JMateo, BalBrian Entrekin 14
LGurriel, TorRay Flowers 13
KFinnegan, WasDoug Anderson 12
YPetit, OakJennifer Piacenti 11
CKieboom, WasRay Flowers 9
AKittredge, TBDoug Anderson 3
MCabrera, DetDoug Anderson 3
AKirk, TorBrian Entrekin 2
SMatz, TorAl Melchior 2
RTellez, MilAl Melchior 1
PSeverino, BalJeff Boggis 0

Tout Daily: Wheelering and Dealering

It’s the second week of the fifth and final period of the Tout Daily regular season. There were some extremely high scores posted last week so many of the Touts have some work to do. Here’s who some of the competitors will be clicking into their lineups.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports)

Pitcher: Zack Wheeler – He’s pitched as good as anyone lately and has a revamped National lineup tonight

Hitter: JT Realmuto – Taking his battery mate coming off big night yesterday against a not very good Patrick Corbin.

Jeff Boggis (Fantasy Football Empire, @JeffBoggis)

Pitcher: Walker Buehler – Walker Buehler is 11-1 this season with a 2.19 ERA and 139 K’s. He’s worth the premium of $10,900 at home against Houston tonight.

Hitter: Bo Bichette – Bo Bichette ($5,500) loves changeups and tonight’s opposing pitcher, Zach Plesac, knows how to serve them up.

Howard Bender (Fantasy Alarm, @RotobuzzGuy)

Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi – The Mariners are 14-6 at the Trop since 2014 and the Rays plate discipline has been routinely atrocious. They are striking out 28.1% of the time over the last seven days and 27.1% against lefties all year long. Kikuchi should rack up some decent K’s and the hope is the M’s walk away with the win too.

Hitter: Aaron Judge – Against a lefty? In Yankee Stadium? Yes please!!

Dan Strafford (FNTSY Radio, @DanStrafford)

Pitcher: Luis Patiño – Luis Patiño carries some strong numbers in a short stint in the majors so far this year coming in to tonight’s start against the Seattle Mariners. Coming off a very strong outing against the Yankees, he faces a Seattle team that leads in the majors in K% and is in the bottom five for wOBA on the year (per active roster). Patiño has been allowed to throw over 90+ pitches in each of his last three appearances in the majors so should have some length here with strike outs pushing eight or nine. With a middling salary, he gives you some flexibility on whether you want to pay up for an Ace or go all in on hitting.

Hitter: Austin Slater – Hitting leadoff against a left hander, Slater provides plenty of upside for 3100 dollars. He provides flexibility in lineup construction.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643)

Pitcher: Zack Wheeler – Wheeler has been one of the more reliable strikeout pitchers this season and he goes up against the post-fire sale Nationals lineup.

Hitter: Amed Rosario – Rosario has performed well against southpaws this season. Sure, Ryu is a toughy but Rosario’s price ($4,000) and lineup spot (#2) make this one an easy choice.

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola)

Pitcher: Sean Manaea – More a hunch than anything. Padres are without Tatis and Manaea has become a K machine and I sense low rostership. OK, maybe it’s more than just a hunch.

Hitter: Sam Hilliard – I usually avoid #8 hitters in the NL, but at 2.5K, I’ll take the chance.

Tout Table: Trade Deadline Fallout

In what has become an annual discussion, this time, the Touts were asked:

What is your favorite under the radar repercussion of the deadline frenzy?

Jeff Zimmerman (Fangraphs, The Process, @jeffwzimmerman): Watching the Royals call up Edward Olivares to just see them demote him three days later.

Ron Shandler (, @RonShandler): A Sunday FAAB frenzy driven by speculation of the all the trade fallout. Lots of wasted dollars coming up…

Scott White (CBS Fantasy Sports, @CBSScottWhite): It has to be Reid Detmers getting the call to replace Andrew Heaney (now a Yankee). It’s a quick turnaround for what was the Angels’ first-round pick just last year, but the left-hander was thought to be a high-floor pitcher who could move quickly. An unexpected velocity jump has given him a high ceiling as well. At the time of his promotion, Detmers ranked among the minor-league leaders in strikeouts, having compiled a 3.15 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 15.9 K/9. I’ll acknowledge that even the best of the best prospects have had a harder time breaking in the past couple years, but who couldn’t use another high-upside arm?

Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball, @LarrySchechter): This isn’t so much under the radar, but I find it amazing that Trevor Story was the pre-season absolutely, positively #1 most likely player to be traded and he was not traded.

Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ, @patrickdavitt): One of the prospect pitchers the Angels got in the Andrew Heaney trade is a 25-year-old minor-leaguer with fringy stuff but 1.78/0.96 decimals in AA on a good mix of playable pitches. His name is Janson Junk.

Peter Kreutzer (Ask Rotoman, Fantasy Baseball Guide, @kroyte): In a league I play in (AL only) you must keep DL players acquired via waivers in your active lineup until they come off the DL. What does Kyle Schwarber go for? Plus potential actual chances for Edward Oliveras and Daniel Johnson. Maybe.

Ray Flowers (Fantasy Guru, @BaseballGuys): It is time for every league to drop saves and replace it with Solds (Saves+Holds) or something else. More than half the bullpens in baseball are clouded after the deadline – leaving everyone to guess how to move forward. Saves leagues have never been more random, more luck driven if you will, than they are right now, and it will lead to people blowing FAAB budgets this week willy-nilly as they just randomly hope to strike it big. There’s no skill in that. Hell, one of the top-5 guys in saves will see his value crushed (Hendriks/Kimbrel). Perhaps two of the top-5 are now in a timeshare and both will see their value crushed. Another guy we all knew would be dealt, Ian Kennedy, was. He just happened to get traded to one of like three teams in baseball that would keep him at closer. It’s all completely random, and it needs to stop.

Jim Bowden (Fantasy Alarm, @JimBowdenGM): That Luis Garcia is going to get to play every day for the Nationals

Jock Thompson (Baseball HQ, @JOCKatHQ): Olivares has already been mentioned, tip of the question whether KC will start being aggressive with its hitting prospects and bring them up to play. FWIW, Nick Pratto is tearing up AAA, has AB at DH/1B now with Soler gone. And Bobby Witt doesn’t look challenged.

Matt Williams (NBC Sports Edge, @MattWi77iams): Andres Giménez was a popular preseason sleeper that should have an opportunity now that Cesar Hernández has been traded to the White Sox. Cleveland recalled Owen Miller due a residency issue preventing Giménez from traveling with the team to Toronto, but he could be back as early as the following series after batting .274/.335/.492 in Triple-A with a 6-game HR streak.

Phil Hertz (BaseballHQ, @prhz50): The Nationals almost have to give Carter Kieboom a run at third base for the next two months. He won’t be the first failed prospect to suddenly succeed.

Tim McLeod (, @RunTMcP361 ): I echo your sentiments above, Ray. I’ve been using saves + holds/2 for years in several Leagues and it works great. Keeping on the “bullpen and under-the-radar theme”, how about Mason Thompson closing games for the Nationals by the end of August.

Glenn Colton (Fantasy Alarm, @GlennColton1): For me it is the closers in waiting like Bednar, Bender (not Howard), etc. The most under the radar could be Codi Heuer and his 43+ GB% and almost 15% swk. Oh and he has two pitches with an over 20 swk!

Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ, @RyanBHQ): As Touts maybe we’re not supposed to admit this, but I’ll undoubtedly notice a player on a different team a week from now that I didn’t realize was traded at the deadline. Somebody always falls through the cracks!

Todd Zola (Mastersball, @toddzola): For what it’s worth, I’ll take the other side of the saves/holds discussion (which is better suited for a Tout Table unto itself). Saves is a bad category, but holds is worse. I loathe making something already poor even more so. Back on topic, I’ll double down on Andres Gimenez and crossing my fingers with Edward Olivares. I’m curious to see if Magneuris Sierra and/or Lewis Brinson step up for the Marlins. Ian Happ was losing playing time, but with the going out of business sale, he should be back to playing every day with two months to salvage his disaster of a season. Finally, I really like where Cesar Hernandez landed. He’ll likely hit lower in the White Sox order, but the added potency and better park should keep Hernandez’s production at least at the same level if not more.

Charlie Wiegert (CDM Sports, @GFFantasySports): I’ll go on record that holds just makes it worse. I hate when a guy comes in, gives up 2-3 runs with a couple hits and walks in one inning and gets a hold! The hold rule needs changing before it could be a worthwhile category! On the subject, I’m hoping Luzardo starts for the Marlins right away, and Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz start for the Nationals. Plus Myles Straw will play everyday in Cleveland and could steal 20 bases between now and seasons end!

Jeff Erickson (Rotowire, @Jeff_Erickson): I’m with Larry – I’m dumbfounded by everything the Rockies do and do not do. It’s hard to see how a compensation pick can be worth more than a fully formed prospect. Even though Story is having a down year by his standards, I can’t imagine him being worth less than a compensation pick. As far as an under-the-radar repercussion, how about finding teams with soft schedules the rest of the way? The Braves have a heavy dose of the Nats & Marlins down the stretch, with some O’s and Rockies spliced in for good measure. The Reds get two series still with the Cubs and Marlins, plus 10 games against the Pirates. That has to be exploitable.

Shelly Verougstraete (Dynasty Guru, @ShellyV_643): I’m excited to see what Reid Detmers can do in LA and hoping Luzardo is someone more than just a oft-hurt reliever.

Scott Swanay (FantasyBaseballSherpa, @fantasy_sherpa): In “only” leagues where you lose the ROS stats for players traded out of the league it’s worthwhile to go through your competitors’ rosters and figure out who might now have an unanticipated hole in their lineup. Then assess whether they have enough FAAB remaining to do add a significant player traded into the league, or whether they’ll have to resort to either a trade or the dregs of the free agent pool to address those needs. Also, will any of the traded players add position eligibility with their new teams (e.g. – would the Yankees be willing to try Anthony Rizzo in LF so that they could get both Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton into their everyday lineup)? Finally, I’m interested to see which young players either traded (e.g. – Josiah Gray, Keibert Ruiz) or with a clearer opportunity for playing time (e.g. – Edward Olivares) are able to thrive in their new situations.

Mike Podhorzer (Fangraphs, @MikePodhorzer): Edward Olivares…finally? I’ve picked him up so many times and subsequently dropped him in my mixed leagues, there’s now absolutely not excuse to give him the starting job and let him run with it over the rest of the season. He has the potential to contribute in every category, so he’s an add in all league formats.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, @dougdennis41): The rise and fall of Paul Sewald. (He still has a great skill set).

Greg Jewett (Fantasy Alarm, @gjewett9): Putting in a bunch of follow-up bids on players with pathways to playing time who fill statistical needs on my roster(s) and seeing if they can affect the standings over the last two months while everyone continues drafting fantasy football teams on underdog.

Nando DiFino (The Athletic, @nandodifino): The ascendance of Yadiel Hernandez to a probable starting role for Washington. All he does is hit — even in his short MLB stints, he’s hit; he’s at .303 with 4HR and 2 SBs over 61 games as I write this. If you loved Adolis Garcia, you’ll realllllly love Yadiel Hernandez

Brian Walton (CreativeSports2, @B_Walton): Jesus Luzardo to the Marlins, who continue to quietly assemble a promising pitching staff.

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ, @RayHQ): Lots of talk about the success/failure of Kyle Schwarber at 1B for Boston, but I’m not sure how much time he’s going to get there. If Jarren Duran doesn’t pick it up soon, he’s going to be odd man out when Schwarber arrives, with Schwarber/JD Martinez tag-teaming LF and DH.

Brian Entrekin (Benched with Bubba, @bdentrek): There were so many moves the last few days that will have impacts on this season and next. We may see Mookie Betts gain 2B and Kyle Schwarber gain 1B eligibility. Many young players like Rafael Ortega, Yadier Hernandez and Abraham Toro will see regular playing time. So much great baseball and fantasy baseball goodness. Give me Betts gaining 2B eligibility as one of the bigger repercussions of the trade deadline.

Vlad Sedler (Fantasy Guru, @rotogut): Most excited about Edward Olivares finally getting the opportunity to play every day. He will be their clean-up hitter by August 20.

Bret Sayre (Baseball Prospectus, @BretSayreBP): Waiting for the inevitable Jordan Luplow power explosion in Tampa, where he somehow hits 10 homers in the 125 right at-bats.