Tout Wars Draft and Hold Recap
Tout Wars Draft and Hold Recap

This is my first year in a Tout Wars league, and I want to thank the Tout Wars Board of Directors for inviting me to join in the fun.

The full draft board can be viewed here.

As someone who rarely reads about other people's drafts, I want to keep this short and sweet, but feel free to ask me any specific questions about the players I drafted or my general strategy in the comments or on Twitter @RealJRAnderson.

A couple quick notes:

  • Tout Wars is an OBP league.
  • Players are eligible at positions they played 15-plus games at the previous season.
  • There are no in-season transactions in draft and hold, I just have to use my 50-man roster every week to field the best lineup I can.

I was picking at the 15/16 turn. This is my top-16 for this format, with $ values on a 65/35 hitter/pitcher split:

  1. Mike Trout ($48)
  2. Mookie Betts ($38)
  3. Max Scherzer ($41)
  4. Ronald Acuna ($34)
  5. Jacob deGrom ($39)
  6. J.D. Martinez ($33)
  7. Aaron Judge ($33)
  8. Chris Sale ($36)
  9. Gerrit Cole ($36)
  10. Justin Verlander ($35)
  11. Christian Yelich ($32)
  12. Jose Ramirez ($32)
  13. Bryce Harper ($31)
  14. Trea Turner ($30)
  15. Blake Snell ($31)
  16. Paul Goldschmidt ($28)

Trout is by far the best player in OBP formats, and for the "it doesn't matter where you draft" crowd, Mike Florio was able to secure $124 in projected value with his first four picks (Trout, Trevor Bauer, Noah Syndergaard, Lorenzo Cain), while I secured $115

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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