Have you ever said, “I know I am a better fantasy player than these so-called ‘experts.’ If I could just get into Tout Wars, I would clean up.”?
Of course, you have. I have to admit that I once felt the same way. In 2009, I even turned out to be right!
For most, however, the opportunity would seem unrealistic – if for no other reasons than distance, lack of familiarity and not working in the fantasy industry.
Even if so, never fear. There is an outlet that fits the bill perfectly and anyone can particpate. “Doubt Wars” is easy and fun – and best of all, it is absolutely free!
The rules are simple. You put together a 23-man rotisserie team in whichever playing format you prefer – American League only, National League only or Mixed League. Your $260 budget is deployed based on the 2014 Tout Wars draft prices (plus $1) of the players you select to fill out your roster. That is all there is to it.
Doubt Wars is a draft and hold format, so rosters remain as they did on draft day. The folks at the excellent league management service onRoto.com will be running Doubt Wars so you can watch your daily progress all season long.
There will be cool prizes for the winners, donated by a number of the Tout warriors themselves.
Time is short, however, so act immediately. To join, complete the form posted at toutwars.com. The last chance to register for the 2014 competition is this Saturday, March 29 with the deadline for choosing the members of your team being game time Sunday.
I asked one of the DW organizers, Peter Kreutzer, also known as Rotoman, how the idea for the competition first came about.
“Todd Zola and I ran contests like this for our customers back in the early Tout Wars days,” Kreutzer recalled. “It may well have been Todd's idea, or mine or someone else's. I don't recall without some deep research where the idea originated. I'm pretty sure I came up with the name.”
One key intent of the increased visibility of the Tout Wars drafts, which include live coverage on SiriusXM satellite radio and live chats as the drafts are underway, is to generate as broad a discussion as possible with fantasy aficionados. This can logically be extended to a simulated competition in which all comers can participate.
“The idea was to crowdsource information about the drafts, by having a contest like this one,” Rotoman said. “We all sit around after the auctions and say this or that is a steal, but it's pretty rare when everyone agrees with that and it actually happens. And even rarer to see actual choices be appropriately judged.”
Now that the leagues will be run online by onRoto.com, results will be updated instantaneously all season long.
“One of the problems was that data entry was hard, so in last year's Doubt, Todd and I did not update the stats very often,” Kreutzer recalled. “People still loved it, I think because they saw how their preseason picks performed.”
Last year, the Doubters did not do badly at all. Rotoman’s National League recap of 2013 can be read here: http://www.toutwars.com/?p=2284.
Remember, if you want to take on the fantasy industry’s best, join Doubt Wars 2014 today!
Brian Walton was the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, scoring the most points in the league’s 16-year history. He also holds the all-time NL Tout single-season records for wins and saves. His work can also be found daily at TheCardinalNation.com and thecardinalnationblog.com. Follow Brian on Twitter.