Tout Wars Weekend was another great one in New York City.
Recently, some of RotoWire’s top men have been recapping their experiences in expert leagues like Tout Wars and elite NFBC events, and one common refrain in all of them has been how to handle saves: how early is too early to pop a closer? How long can you wait to grab one? That sort of thing.
On Sunday, March 17, I drafted my $125k grand prize NFBC RotoWire Online Championship team with friend and co-owner Chris Hahn. Chris and I have both cashed the overall contest – he finished 7th in 2012 and I placed 15th last year – but we’ve struck out in all of our co-own entries. We are determined to right the ship this season.
We drew the 9th pick, which was our 7th KDS preference. Here are the results (scroll down to see the full draft board):
1.9 (9) – J.D. Martinez – The plan going in was to take Aaron Judge, but Team 8 quickly reminded us that nothing ever goes to plan in a room full of NFBC sharps. Judge went as early as 5th overall in Main Event drafts last weekend, so this really wasn’t a huge surprise. I’m certainly not complaining that JDM was the player that fell to us.
This was my second auction of the day Saturday, the first being AL Tout Wars, which I drafted at 9:00 am. It was convenient to have both auctions in the same venue (the Stewart Hotel), but Tout ended at 2 pm, and the NFBC started at six. That meant I had four hours to kill in between, and the location (31st and 7th) was too far from where I was staying on the upper east side to make it worth going back. Luckily, I ran into Nando DiFino, Adam Ronis and Jake Ciely and invited myself to beers and Korean food with them until the auction started.
The Tout Wars auction took place Saturday morning. It’s a 12-team 5×5 AL-only format with 23-man rosters and $260 budgets. Two oddities are instead of batting average with use on-base-percentage (OBP), and instead of a fifth OF, we have a swing man who can be any hitter or pitcher. Here are the results:
The AL Tout Wars auction took place Saturday morning at the Stewart hotel in Manhattan, a fantastic location (see photo above) for the draft. We had a private room with plenty of space for spectators in the back, and the ability to hear all the bids, which is surprisingly not a given when you’re in New York. It was a whirlwind trip for me this year – usually I’m in the city for 3-4 days, but I got in Thursday night / Friday morning (around 2:00 a.m.) and left immediately after the auction on Saturday, leaving the city around 1:45 in the afternoon*.
* I was worried about making it to JFK for my flight after the draft today, due to the mass of humanity in the city because of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Instead of sweating traffic in a cab in the city, I decided to take the subway out there. Very good decision – I got there in just about an hour, and it only cost $7.75 to do so. If you’re traveling light, I’d highly recommend going that way over a cab and save a ton of money in the process.
Hopefully this wasn’t the only good decision of the day. I’m pretty happy with the results of the auction, but as I always say, if I’m not happy, then there’s real trouble. Full results after the jump: