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Wednesday 28th Jun 2017

If Week 2, Cycle III of Tout Wars Daily proved to be confounding, Week 3 proved to be a statistical helter skelter. Jeff Erickson took top honors, powered by pitchers Michael Fulmer (26.15) along with Alex Wood (26.5), a pair of hurlers who were selected on eight and nine teams, respectively, but paired only one other time by Howard Bender, who finished fourth for the week with 132.65 points. 

Big scorers for the week also proved to be Ray Murphy (137.65) and Derek Van Riper (143.35), but chaos largely ruled a Friday of which Derek Carty tweeted, "Last night might have been the worst of the whole year, not just Fridays lol. Curious what kind of cusion I'm going to have going into Week 4."

Well, the unofficial answer is none as Erickson's night vaulted him into first with 346.4 points to Carty's 342.3 second-place hold, with Vlad Sedler (327.4) third, Mike Beller (326.7) fourth, while Scott Pianowski holds down the five slot with 317.3 points.

Elsewhere, anything can happen with bad weeks hampering Todd Zola (275.9), Lenny Melnick (220.95), Andrea Lamont (297.1) and Jeff Boggis (295.5), but clearly a big week like that of the Rotowire honcho is indeed a tonic for the troops.

Cycle III, Week 3 commences this 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, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 8 PM ET. 

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

In a spirited and somewhat volatile second week of the Tout Wars DFS tourney, Scott Pianowski led his squad to a smooth victory, negotiating his way past some of the day's bumpy pitching, riding double-digit point performances from Max Scherzer, Carlos Martinez, Eric Thames and Cameron Rupp to a 161.5 week and top honors for the league.

What made things interesting was no fewer than 11 owners grabbed the services of Scherzer, with nine pairing the Nationals hurler with Joe Biagini, while several turned to Aaron Nola, who at least delivered positive points (8.9) as compared to Biagini, who burned us (yes, me) to the tune of -15.15.

That act in and of itself dropped the point average for the week, with none of us able to cash in on what appeared to be a great matchup facing the Pale Hose, proving once again the only certainty in baseball is uncertainty. 

Perhaps the smartest play of all was by second-placer Mike Beller, who scored with Jose Quintana (21.55), the hurler on the winning end of the Biagini fiasco, along with Junior Guerra (9.3), exploiting games from Lorenzo Cain (33), D.J. LeMahieu (29) along with Willson Contreras (20) for a solid 157.85 finish, while the interminable DFS machine known as Derek Carty slammed into third with 140.1 total points. Note that Derek did pair Nola with Scherzer, but it clearly mattered little.

Cycle III, Week 3 commences this 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, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 8 PM ET. 

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

Last Friday morning, I tweeted out the Tout Wars DFS Picks for the week link and noted how deadly Todd Zola and Vlad Sedler were, causing last week's winner, Lenny Melnick, to respond simply "?"

Lenny, who also stated quite simply "I will win" in the manner of Joe Namath and Muhammad Ali, delivered the goods, squeezing by Sedler by 10.8 points to grab the #2 ticket, while Lord Z grabbed the top spot with a solid 152.5 performance, giving Todd 532.35 points and the goldest ticket of all.

First place for the week, however, went to Rotowire's Tim Heaney, who bagged 166 points powered by Ty Blach's complete game shutout worth 33.05 points. Tim did score big, pairing Blach with Michael Fulmer (14.95), going counter-intuitive on a night when Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw--both of whom were plays by Zola--were starting.

Sedler had an off-night, finishing a disappointing third for the cycle, along with Mike Beller. Both were top teams going into the final week of the cycle which saw Jeff Boggis reel off 151.5 points, besting my 124.7, totals that placed us fifth and ninth respectively, adding fuel to the power of Jeff's #beatLawr push.

Cycle III begins 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, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 8 PM ET. 

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

If there was any question as to the DFS skills of Derek Carty and Todd Zola, who won Cycles I and II of Tout Daily, respectively, the pair charted the top two teams to start Cycle III, probably causing the rest of the field to cry "uncle."

Both saw the Mallex Smith night of 40 points in their crystal spreadsheets, thus riding Smith and Corey Kluber (22.1), and then had variations on the theme that led to 139.2 points for Derek, and 129.85 for Lord Z.

USAT's Steve Gardner did an amazing job, overcoming Brad Peacock's -5.85 points, ringing up Jordan Montgomery (28.15), Jonathan Lucroy (26), Giancarlo Stanton (27) and Dee Gordon (24) to a third place slot with 124.3 points.

Cycle III, Week 2 commences this 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, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 8 PM ET. 

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

The inimitable Lenny Melnick rode the pitching duo of Chris Archer (36.65) and Max Scherzer (43.9) along with Devon Travis (30) to a monster 160.55 point week in Fout Wars Daily, pushing the venerable New Yorker into the top three going into the final week of Cycle II.

Lenny nosed out Lord Zola, who finished second last week with 152.8, exploiting Scherzer, but also Neil Walker (37) while the remarkably consistent Vlad Sedler finished third with 127.8 points, giving Vlad yet another Top Five finish. The RotoWire prognosticator is now atop the overall golden ticket standings at 402.85, 21 points ahead of Mike Beller and 23 over Melnick. As for Jeff Boggis and me, we are languishing at 11th and 10th, respectively, and would need a Melnick-like week to crack the top slots.

Cycle II concludes 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.

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