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Thursday 25th May 2017

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.

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