After 55 games or so our fantasy baseball seasons are just getting started. A front-runner or three has emerged, but there is still plenty of time for a slow starter to catch up. Still, big jumps in the standings points tend to come less frequently and the game’s long season exerts its muscular force.
Not this year. With five days left to the regular season, and the possibility of a Monday doubleheader between the Cardinals and Tigers, let’s see who is leading in each of the leagues.
TOUT DAILY: We already have a winner: Mike Gianella.
TOUT WARS DRAFT AND HOLD: Brad Johnson has a 7.5 point lead over Michael Florio, with Michael Stein and Craig Mish just behind him.
TOUT WARS HEAD TO HEAD: Ian Kahn, last year’s champ, is just ahead of Andrea LaMont and Ariel Cohen. But Ian is off to a slow start this week.
TOUT WARS MIXED AUCTION: 2014 champ Derek VanRiper leads 2017 champ Jeff Zimmerman by 10.5 points.
TOUT WARS MIXED DRAFT: Scott White, who tied with Tim Mcleod last year, is trying to hold off 2014 champion McLeod, leading today by 2.5 points. Perennial contenders Rudy Gamble and Adam Ronis are in a knot with Tom Kessenich and Perry Van Hook 10-15 points back.
TOUT WARS AL: 2015 champ Chris Liss has run away with it and is 16 points ahead of Glenn Colton/Rick Wolf’s team.
TOUT WARS NL: Two-time champ (2011, 2018) Steve Gardner has an 8 point lead over league newcomer but three-time mixed auction champ Fred Zinkie.
No radio coverage of this one, but the transcript of the Derek VanRiper chat below.
[Mar 15, 2:45 PM] DerekVanRiper: Hello! [Mar 15, 2:45 PM] DerekVanRiper: I had to prep some chicken for quinoa chicken soup…exciting times here at home in Madison. [Mar 15, 2:50 PM] KingerThePW: What time is this draft supposed to start? [Mar 15, 2:51 PM] DerekVanRiper: 3p ET [Mar 15, 2:54 PM] DerekVanRiper: Very curious to see how the league adjusts to the scoring settings for today. [Mar 15, 2:54 PM] rotoman: Hi Derek, I just gave you magical moderator powers, in case you need them. [Mar 15, 2:54 PM] DerekVanRiper: Thanks, Peter! [Mar 15, 2:54 PM] Chamberlain: it looks like fantrax successfully imported the scoring settings, or else the similarities are but a pleasant coincidence [Mar 15, 2:55 PM] rotoman: You may see me here later, but I’m zonked from hearing the auction call some 280 times in the last five hours. [Mar 15, 2:55 PM] DerekVanRiper: Totally understandable [Mar 15, 2:56 PM] Guest7477: Very interested to see how a delayed season would affect pitcher adps [Mar 15, 2:56 PM] rotoman: You heard it about 330 times yesterday afternoon. How did you stand it? [Mar 15, 2:56 PM] DerekVanRiper: I played music over it during the Mixed Auction [Mar 15, 2:57 PM] DerekVanRiper: I think the going once/going twice/sold audio in every auction room can lag a little anyway, so it doesn’t help me much. [Mar 15, 2:57 PM] rotoman: The big thing with the pitchers is the guys injured now regain their standing, depending on when you expect the games to resume. [Mar 15, 2:57 PM] rotoman: Very wise, Derek. [Mar 15, 2:57 PM] Guest7477: i just wonder if the end pitch count for most big arms will be like 160 ip instead of 210+
[Mar 15, 8:20 AM] Mgianella: Good morning. [Mar 15, 8:42 AM] RayHQ: good morning gang! [Mar 15, 8:43 AM] rotoman: Good morning Ray and Mike. [Mar 15, 8:43 AM] Mgianella: nice to be done (well, until whenever my home league reconvenes) [Mar 15, 8:54 AM] Guest7561: Good morning! Thanks for doing this. Any chance of a twitch tv stream like DVR did for the AL yesterday? It was great to be able to watch the bidding. [Mar 15, 8:56 AM] RayHQ: I’m your host today and I’m not set up for that, sorry… [Mar 15, 8:57 AM] Mgianella: Justin Mason is doing something on Twitter that includes a stream.
There’s no prize money in Tout Wars. We tried that once and decided not to try it again. The league is about community, competition, bragging rights and getting your name on the Foley’s NY menu.
The cancellation of the 2020 Tout Weekend because of COVID-19 meant the cancellation of the Foley’s party that should have happened tonight. We hope the Touts in town visited Foley’s and partook of the Tout menu.
For those of us who didn’t, here is the highest honor a Tout Wars winner can get.
True story: Ian Kahn asked for the regular burger not only because that’s what he gets when he eats at Foley’s, but also because he thought that’s what the most people would order. He’s probably right.
Or visit Foley’s when you’re in NYC and prove him wrong.