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March 27, 2014

Tout Wars Recap

General Impressions

by Mike Gianella

On Tuesday, I wrote about how I did in my NL-only Tout Wars auction. While I know that many readers like to read about one expert’s auction strategy, tactics, and execution, studying the Tout Wars auctions from a broader perspective can also provide a great deal of help to any fantasy player.

Tout Wars is the third and final major expert-league auction; it is preceded by LABR in early March and CBS in late February. I wrote about LABR’s AL and NL auctions earlier this spring and identified a few possible auction trends. If those trends held in Tout Wars, it’s likely that you may see similar results in your home league auctions this coming weekend. If not, they might be insignificant blips on the radar.

So what happened?

Will Pitching Cost More This Year?
In most of the early expert league auctions, more money has been allocated to pitching this year than in 2013. At first glance, it appears that this trend did not hold in Tout Wars.

Table 1: Expert Hitting/Pitching Dollar Allocation 2013 vs. 2014



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Matthew W

"OBP makes 5x5 resemble old school 4x4. In that format, the best hitters had higher earning ceilings, so at one point the temptation was to pay $50 or more for the top tier hitters. The problem with this approach is that a strong OBP hitter isn’t any less prone to completely crashing and burning as any other hitter. Pay $49 for Mike Trout and the losses are that much more severe if he suffers a serious injury in May. In the end, 5x5 OBP is a throwback to an older version of the game. You have to decide if potentially buying $45-50 worth of stats is worth the risk, of if you would rather let someone else get a mild profit in a best case scenario and come out of your auction with a more balanced team."

This is exactly why in my deep NL-only league we decided to keep AVE. we need more rosterable players and OBP just makes the best players better, and steals from the rest of the pool.(I do like the switch in deep mixed)
We switched to QS though, which steals value from MRs, which I have always loved with our daily transactions. (which is kind of a similar dilemma to the OBP v AVE problems but at least QS adds some value to the Bronson Arroyos of the world, so it is mitigated somewhat.)

keep up the amazing work Mike! Always remember that the majority of your fans don't bother posting comments, we just sit back and enjoy!

Mar 27, 2014 08:30 AM
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