Justin Mason’s Tout Wars H2H Midseason Review

Dumb. Crazy. Attention Seeking. These were some of the names I was called after drafting my Tout Wars team in March.

Well, we are halfway through the scheduled match ups for the league, everyone having played each team once in the league. So, it is time to see how it has gone and how I can go from laughingstock to champion in my first season.

The Background
For those that don’t remember (or didn’t read my article on it,) I spent $201 on my pitching staff and only $59 on my hitters. The strategy behind it was to take advantage of the point structure to win the pitching and overall (worth two and four points each respectively) each week and hope to sometimes steal hitting. Here was the I ended up with:

Justin Mason’s Tout Wars Team
Player $
C J.T. Realmuto $11
C Evan Gattis $6
1B Brandon Belt $1
2B Daniel Murphy $9
SS Marcus Semien $2
3B Mike Moustakas $3
MI Cesar Hernandez $2
CI Eugenio Suarez $5
OF Kevin Kiermaier $6
OF Eduardo Nunez $4
OF Bradley Zimmer $6
OF Michael Conforto $2
OF Mitch Haniger $1
UT Matt Chapman $1
P Max Scherzer $54
P Clayton Kershaw $52
P Robbie Ray $24
P Carlos Martinez $27
P Johnny Cueto $10
P Jeff Samardzija $15
P Sonny Gray $9
P Marco Estrada $5
P Dan Straily $5
Reserve Chris Stratton
Reserve Kyle Gibson
Reserve Kendrys Morales
Reserve Clayton Richard
Reserve Josh Harrison
Reserve Felix Hernandez
Spent on Hitting $59
Spent on Pitching $201

How Has It Gone?
I have been hit by a ton of injuries and underperformances. Here is my team as of 6/25/18:

Current Roster
Pos Active Players Team Salary
1B Brandon Belt SF 1
2B Cesar Hernandez Phi 2
SS Marcus Semien Oak 2
3B Mike Moustakas KC 3
OF Rhys Hoskins Phi 24
OF Mitch Haniger Sea 1
OF Kevin Kiermaier TB 6
OF Austin Meadows Pit 47
OF Michael Conforto NYM 2
C J.T. Realmuto Mia 11
C Evan Gattis Hou 6
UT Josh Harrison Pit 0
CI Eugenio Suarez Cin 5
MI Daniel Murphy Was 9
P Felix Hernandez Sea 0
P Kyle Gibson Min 0
P Clayton Kershaw LAD 52
P Andrew Heaney LAA 25
P Reynaldo Lopez CWS 5
P Adam Ottavino Col 27
P Brad Boxberger Ari 45
P Sonny Gray NYY 9
P Max Scherzer Was 54
Pos Reserved Players Team Sal
UT Dustin Fowler Oak 87
MI Eduardo Nunez Bos 4
P Chad Bettis Col 1
P Seth Lugo NYM 15
P Clay Buchholz Ari 55
P Chris Stratton SF 0
C *Travis D’Arnaud NYM 2
UT *Matt Chapman Oak 1
P *Johnny Cueto SF 10
P *Jose Urena Mia 8
P *Jeff Samardzija SF 15
P *Robbie Ray Ari 24
P *Hunter Strickland SF 17

Players highlighted in yellow were acquired vis FAAB. Players highlighted in red are on the DL and those that have been on the DL at some point are in red font.

As you can see above, my team has struggled with health. Currently, I only have seven players on the DL, but that is on the lower end of what my team has looked like throughout the season. While this would crush most teams, mine has been able to sustain the loses to my pitching staff in large part to my depth. It also gave me the opportunity to stream a lot of starters to take advantage of two-start weeks. I had hoarded my FAAB until recently so that way I could stream easier against the top two teams (Jake Ciely and Clay Link) and attempt to bring them back to the pack. After beating them 8-0 and 6-2 respectively, the standings have tightened up.

Tout H2H Standings
Jake Ciely 64 24 0.7273 5313 4630 479.5 386.5
Dr. Roto 64 24 0.7273 4961.5 4604 491.5 385
Justin Mason 58 30 0.6591 4927 4567 410.5 302.5
Clay Link 56 32 0.6364 5051 4680 386.5 479.5
Kyle Elfrink 46 42 0.5227 4682.5 4450.5 423 401
Howard Bender 44 44 0.5 4507 4592.5 302.5 410.5
Paul Sporer 38 50 0.4318 4633 4747 385 491.5
Andrea LaMont 36 52 0.4091 4527 4597 401 423
Michael Rathburn 36 52 0.4091 4511 4762 352.5 317.5
Peter Kreutzer 34 54 0.3864 4454 4726 257 309.5
Stephania Bell 32 56 0.3636 4015.5 4430 309.5 257
Jeff Mans 20 68 0.2273 3863 4659.5 317.5 352.5

In spite of my bad injury luck and the underperformance of players like Michael Conforto, I am currently in third place.

I also recently made a trade with Michael Rathburn of Rotowire, sending him Carlos Martinez for Rhys Hoskins. I needed to add my offense and I was a bit afraid of Martinez coming off of the DL.

While I struggled for a few weeks early in the season, my team has been hot over the last four weeks.

Tout H2H Schedule
1 Justin Mason 963 vs. Peter Kreutzer 805
2 Justin Mason 422.5 vs. Paul Sporer 346
3 Justin Mason 367.5 vs. Michael Rathburn 377
4 Andrea LaMont 484.5 vs. Justin Mason 366
5 Kyle Elfrink 439.5 vs. Justin Mason 346.5
6 Jeff Mans 283 vs. Justin Mason 455.5
7 Dr. Roto 448.5 vs. Justin Mason 316
8 Stephania Bell 363 vs. Justin Mason 433
9 Clay Link 341 vs. Justin Mason 387.5
10 Justin Mason 459 vs. Jake Ciely 377
11 Justin Mason 410.5 vs. Howard Bender 302.5

No win was sweeter than my Week 2 victory over my cohost from The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast, Paul Sporer. We had a bet on the week in which the loser had to change their twitter avatar for a week to a player of the other’s choosing. That prize was well worth the risk when someone made this in memory of it:

Rest of the Season Strategy

I think I have enough offense to stay competitive week-to-week. However, with the returns of Clayton Kershaw and the impending returns of Robbie Ray, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardjiza, I may look to move some more pitching for offense in the hopes creating a more balanced team. With so many teams in the league not being competitive, I cannot afford to just rely on going 6-2 each week if I want to win. Plus with the added pitching flexibility, I can continue to stream two start guys as that has worked well for me as of late.

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Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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It would have been hilarious if Howard Bender was a fan of futurama.