Last weekend, I took part in my 11th Tout Wars Mixed League Auction in the SiriusXM fish bowl studios in New York City.
It’s one of the best times of the year, and more importantly, it’s one of the most informative weekends – for Fantasy Baseball writers and players.
One of the most interesting things I like to take a look at is which players, in hindsight, were much more valuable than I expected. In other words, which players went for more money than I expected, which means more than one Fantasy Baseball writer believes they are more valuable than I do.
Obviously, I’m not talking about players that were a $1 or $2 more expensive. Instead, I’m talking about guys that went for several more dollars than I was ready to pay.
For you, this is very important because it likely means the Fantasy cheat sheets you are using have even bigger discrepancies.
6 Fantasy Baseball Players Tout Wars Loves More Than Others
This group of players went for higher prices than I expected. While some price differences can be explained by some owners having money to spend at the end, these players just had more Fantasy love than I bargained for. Remember that the Tout Wars Mixed League is a 15-team league, with a $260 salary cap.
Just because I disagree with these players for these prices doesn’t mean these owners are wrong, of course. At least until the end of the season. Then again, I paid too much for Salvador Perez ($12), Adam Jones ($24), Stephen Piscotty ($10) and Alex Colome ($5), so what do I know!?!
Blake Swihart, C, Boston Red Sox — $9
There were just eight catchers that cost more than the $9 that FantasyAlarm.com’s Ray Flowers posted for the sophomore backstop’s services. Devin Mesoraco ($7), Matt Wieters ($7) and Yan Gomes ($5) all went for less – even though it was Flowers that actually bought Wieters, too. The other two went to Nando Di Fino, who had the best catcher duo in Tout Wars, costing him the same $12 total I paid for just Salvador Perez.
Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians — $17
It’s not a huge difference, but Lindor definitely went for more than many of us expected. The only shortstops that cost more than this sophomore were Carlos Correa ($35), Troy Tulowitzki ($23), Xander Bogaerts ($21) and Corey Seager ($18). However, WiseGuyBaseball.com’s Gene McCaffrey bought both super soph shortstops – Correa and Lindor, making the SS pool more shallow than ever!
George Springer, OF, Houston Astros — $34
RotoExperts.com’s Scott Engel, my mentor at CBSSports.com back in the day, treated Springer like the outfielder does with every pitch – it’s all or nothing! Take big swings and hope for big results, which is what Engel certainly did on this bid that put Springer at the same price as Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock. Only four other outfielders had a higher price-tag than Springer, despite being ranked 10th on FantasyPros on average.
Miguel Sano, DH, Minnesota Twins — $27
Before going in, on an interview the night before, I was asked which players I likely won’t be in on, and Sano was one of them. As much as everyone loves him this year, I wasn’t ready to spend 10 percent of my salary cap on a second-year player with fewer than 300 career at-bats in the majors. He should earn 3B eligibility relatively quickly (as well as outfield), and his .385-OBP makes him more attractive in this 5×5 league. But is Sano worth the same price as Todd Frazier, tying him as the fifth-most expensive third basemen? I say no. Scott Swanay disagrees with me.
Hi guy in the 2nd row who missed Miguel Sano’s oppo double because his phone is more important. https://t.co/5TPW6MNy3M
— Parker Hageman (@ParkerHageman) March 17, 2016
Noah Syndergaard, SP, N.Y. Mets — $22
“Thor” had a stellar rookie season and he’s just one young bull in a stable of stellar young starters in the Mets rotation, third behind Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, with Steven Matz primed to join the trio this season as a dominant Fantasy pitcher. As much as I love all of these pitchers, paying the same price for Syndergaard as I would have needed to buy Gerrit Cole and Felix Hernandez just didn’t work for me, like it did for McCaffrey.
Ken Giles, RP, Houston — $16
Giles has struggled for most of this 2016 Spring Training, and while spring stats shouldn’t be a huge indicator of Fantasy value, it could be an indicator of an injury. That’s doubtful, though, as Giles has had some good outings, too. But paying $16 for Giles – more than Cody Allen ($14), Mark Melancon ($15) and Aroldis Chapman ($15) – was too rich for my blood. Then again, I paid $19 for Trevor Rosenthal, the fourth-highest price for a closer.
Obviously, if I didn’t end up owning these Fantasy Baseball players in Tout Wars, it would make sense that I would think they were too expensive.
By the end of the season, we’ll be able to look back and see which Tout Wars players cost too much compared to where they currently sit on everyone’s cheat sheets. Take a closer look at our 2016 Fantasy Baseball rankings to see where our staff ranks everyone in late March.
[su_box title=”SCFE 2016 Fantasy Baseball Position Rankings” box_color=”#d75c37″]Overall Top 300 | Catcher| First Base | Second Base | Shortstop | Third Base | Outfield | Starting Pitchers | Relief Pitchers[/su_box]
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