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Sunday 30th Apr 2017

Having not carried three sons into this world as my wife did, I can only report on post-partum depression from the other side of the marriage equation. However, I had been experiencing a fantasy baseball version of those feelings this very week.

Instead of being delighted by the first week of Major League play and energized by the first round of free agent bidding in my various leagues, I find that I badly missed the excitement brought on through my March drafts. That was both from the actual selecting of players as well as the camaraderie of friends and league competitors.

What snapped me out of my doldrums was the notification of the start of Tout Wars Daily competition for 2017. But this is a different kind of daily game. It is a monthly and annual one, as well, all rolled together.

As I have discussed before, there are multiple reasons I have not jumped into standard DFS play with both feet. The most important is that I refuse to be mediocre - and being among the best does not occur by accident. Hard work is required and that takes time I do not have to allocate to DFS.

Another reason is that I get little satisfaction beating anonymous screen names. I highly value the competition against friends, whether from the industry or personal life.

Finally, money is nice, but it is not why I play.

Again in 2017, my colleagues from Tout Wars are sponsoring this season-long tournament, Tout Daily. It is a bit of a misnomer, as our competition is just one day per week. Each Friday, we will set a lineup for the day and our results will be one-fourth of the month’s scoring.

The top three scorers in each four-week period, from a pool that consists of three or four dozen competitors, will receive a ticket for the finals. Following the fifth four-week contest, those who have earned tickets receive entry to the one-week Tout Daily Championship.

In 2016, I performed well in the marathon only to fall disappointingly short in the final sprint. During the five four-week contests, I had earned two entries in the finals, tying two others with multiple berths.

Though there was nothing other than bragging rights attached, I just missed amassing the top total score over all 20 weekly contests. On a base of 1060 points over the season, I finished second by a minuscule 1.03 points to fast-finishing Todd Zola, my Mastersball partner.

Ultimately, in the finals, I fell short of winner Patrick Davitt of BaseballHQ, finishing fourth and eighth, respectively, among the 15 entries from 12 entrants. In an indication of how close the battle was, my fourth-place lineup was just 5.66 points behind Davitt.

I am delighted to participate again in 2017. In fact, even though there is cash involved, to be honest, I would put the same emphasis into winning for free.

I encourage all of you to approach your season-long league competitors and start a one-day per week DFS league. Whether it follows the Tout Daily format or one of your own choosing does not matter.

If you are looking for an easier way to stick your virtual toe in the water, we have the ideal vehicle! Our own Lord Zola plans to announce a Tout Daily-like free competition for Mastersball members. Watch the site for more information in the upcoming days on details and get ready to join us. You will not regret it!

Brian Walton was the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, scoring the most points in the league’s 18-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 @B_Walton.

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