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Wednesday 24th May 2017

Vlad Sedler has been screaming at us since the DailyTout season began that he was here to stay, but it wasn't till this last week that the RotoWire writer's presence could not be denied.

In fact, just last week I wrote, "It is worthy of note how consistent Mr. Sedler has been, having finished fourth overall after Cycle I with 474.35 total points." Vlad finished second last week with 132.45 points to Mike Beller's 156, but Friday belonged to Sedler alone who took top honors with 142.6 points.

Riding the bats of Jake Lamb (36 points) and David Peralta (21) coupled with strong pitching from Alex Wood (23.1) and Taijuan Walker (20.5), Vlad bested Beller and his 129.65 points, keeping the pair firmly entrenched in the top two slots halfway through Cycle II.

Mike Gianella (129.35), Steve Gardner (122.65) and Derek Carty (120.65) made up the remainder of the Top 5 from last Friday.

Cycle II continues this coming Friday. You can check the standings here. Log into the site every Friday and we each provide a couple of picks we like for the evening.

For the archivists, the Touts play a daily game against one another every Friday at DraftKings. Lord Zola is the curator of this fine mess, which breaks the season into five four-week cycles, with the two teams garnering the most points over each advancing to a final championship that includes the Tout collecting the most points over all 20 weeks.

Remember to go to the Tout Wars site for our Friday picks. And, tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, featuring Justin Mason and me every Thursday night at 9 PM ET.

And, tune into The Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network this Thursday, as our special guest is Derek Carty, who romped Cycle I and who will discuss The BAT, his system for DFS success.

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

Sports Illustrated's Mike Beller took Cycle II, Week 1 honors for Tout Daily, riding 20-plus point performances by David Peralta (22 points), Eddie Butler (24.5) and Dylan Bundy (22.5) to finish with a commanding total of 156 points.

The RotoWire tandem of Vlad Sedler (132.45) and Jeff Erickson (124.45) both picked Bundy and Peralta, but also Clayton Kershaw (18.95), with Austin Hedges (23) pushing Vlad's squad while Jeff was able to exploit a big day from Derek Dietrich (22 points).

It is worthy of note how consistent Mr. Sedler has been, having finished fourth overall after Cycle I with 474.35 total points.

As for me, I was able to rebound from my Week 5 administrative snafu, finishing fifth with 122.46 points, 1.15 behind BBHQ's Ray Murphy, and 2.4 points ahead of sixth placer Jeff Boggis. I too had the Bundy/Kershaw combo, but rode Caleb Joseph (24) to my top-five finish.

But, if anyone ever doubts the importance of an at-bat, Jeff Boggis was ahead of me by a point following the end of regulation play, but a 12th-inning single by Scott Schebler (18 points) leap-frogged me over my mate Mr. B.

Cycle II continues this coming Friday. You can check the standings here. Log into the site every Friday and we each provide a couple of picks we like for the evening.

For the archivists, the Touts play a daily game against one another every Friday at DraftKings. Lord Zola is the curator of this fine mess, which breaks the season into five four-week cycles, with the two teams garnering the most points over each advancing to a final championship that includes the Tout collecting the most points over all 20 weeks.

Remember to go to the Tout Wars site for our Friday picks. And, tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, featuring Justin Mason and me every Thursday night at 9 PM ET.

And, tune into The Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network this Thursday from 8-10 PM, ET, as our special guest is Derek Carty, who romped Cycle I and who will discuss The BAT, his system for DFS success.

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

As we completed Week 3 of the first of the 2017 Tout Wars Daily cycles, Derek Carty destroyed the field, garnering a fantastic 182.35 points, riding a pair of killer pitcher performances--Robbie Ray (22.2 points) and Kenta Maeda (28.15) along with Manny Machado's 30-point game to finish ahead of Phil Hertz's second-place run of 165.2. Hertz also rostered Maeda, but took advantage of Machado and Aaron Judge's 32-point game. Rob Leibowitz finished third with the help of Machado and Maeda, along with Marcus Stroman and his 28.3 points.

I do need to point out that my team finished sixth this week with a respectable 141.9 points (besting Jeff Boggis and his 113.6 points by seven slots). Further, I had pegged Ray as one of my starters, but after noticing how the Rockies destroyed lefties, I went with Adam Conley, who was tossing against the struggling Pirates, who had been victimized by Southpaws. So, I did my research and made the "educated" guess, which cost me -15.65, meaning had I simply gone with my gut, and played Ray, my team, powered by Judge, Dexter Fowler and Starlin Castro, would have finished second with a 179.75 total and that would have similarly placed me right behind Carty, and above Ray Murphy at #2 overall.

As it is, Carty leads Ray by 49 points with 425.2, while Howard Bender holds third place at 360.35 going into the final week of Phase 1.

Check the standings here. Log into the site every Friday and we each provide a couple of picks we like for the evening.

For the archivists, the Touts play a daily game against one another every Friday at DraftKings. Lord Zola is the curator of this fine mess, which breaks the season into five four-week cycles, with the two teams garnering the most points over each advancing to a final championship that includes the Tout collecting the most points over all 20 weeks.

Remember to go to the Tout Wars site for our Friday picks. And, tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, featuring Justin Mason and me, every Thursday night starting May 4 at 9 PM ET. Our special guests will be Peter Kreutzer, Steve Gardner and of course Lord Zola to talk DFS picks and thoughts for the coming weekend.

And, you can follow me and wisecrack as appropriate @lawrmichaels.

For Derek Carty, it was the ecstasy alright. Fueled by his great play of Robbie Ray last week, Derek led the Fout Wars pack for the second straight week with 154.85 points, assembling a four-week total of 580.05, enough to completely crush second-place finisher Howard Bender (510.05). This is not intended to diminish the @Rotobuzzguy's skills, for Howard placed in the top five two of the four weeks of play, finishing a couple of walks and a steal behind Carty in third this past week with 150.5 total points.

Second place honors for the week went to Vlad Sedler, who came close with 151.5, just not close enough while Phil Hertz got the bronze ring, finishing third for the first month of play with 485 points. Phil also performed well with top five finishes both last week (165.2) and this past weekend with 140.75.

As for me, I was optimistic holding onto ninth place overall going into the weekend, comfortable with my picks, which before I hit the links on Friday morning I double-checked along with the weather. Unfortunately, I did not make an update save and thus no lineup was logged at all, giving me a goose egg for the day, dropping me to last for the week, and suddenly to the 26th slot overall (three behind Jeff Boggis), making the chances to get the high point wild card slot slim to none.

I guess the lesson here is just make sure you do that last save every time you open your roster and tweak it, or doom--and disappointment--will surely follow.

Cycle two begins this coming Friday. You can check the standings here. Log into the site every Friday and we each provide a couple of picks we like for the evening.

For the archivists, the Touts play a daily game against one another every Friday at DraftKings. Lord Zola is the curator of this fine mess, which breaks the season into five four-week cycles, with the two teams garnering the most points over each advancing to a final championship that includes the Tout collecting the most points over all 20 weeks.

Remember to go to the Tout Wars site for our Friday picks. And, tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, featuring Justin Mason and me every Thursday night at 9 PM ET.

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

Ray Murphy might be employing "RAYQ" as he leads the Tout DFS competition by a hefty 30 points as we move to Week 3, but @RotoLady Andrea Lamont eeked out a win over Howard Bender, besting @RotoBuzzGuy by .15 of a point, 146.25 to 146.10, showing just how important a whiff or steal can be.

What is interesting about Andrea's total is she picked a winner in Cole Hamels (22.4 points), but not so with Justin Verlander (5.85). However, Joey Gallo (30), Corey Seager (24) and A.J. Pollock (24) picked up the gauntlet, besting Howard, who rode Corey Kluber's 44.5 points to go along with Pollock to make it close.

RotoWire's Vlad Sedler (@rotogut) finished a distant third at 130.25, also on the back of Kluber, complemented by Mike Trout and his 21 points, and that was good enough to put Vlad at second overall with 244.75, following Ray's 274.4, with the RotoBuzzGuy holding third at 243.6 points.

Check the standings here. Log into the site every Friday and we each provide a couple of picks we like for the evening.

For the archivists, the Touts play a daily game against one another every Friday at DraftKings. Lord Zola is the curator of this fine mess, which breaks the season into five four-week cycles, with the two teams garnering the most points over each advancing to a final championship that includes the Tout collecting the most points over all 20 weeks.

Remember to go to the Tout Wars site for our Friday picks. And, tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, featuring Justin Mason and me every Thursday night starting April 27 at 9 PM ET.

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

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