The current leaders are Jeff Erickson (346.55) and then the interminable Derek Carty (342.3), but eight teams lie within 40 points of the leaders thanks to a couple of schizy hitting and pitching weeks for the Tourney. And, the catch is that last week, Erickson, who banged out 151.65 points, lofted his team from the middle of the pack to the top slot, showing just how goofy baseball really is.
That makes this easily the most interesting and potentially volatile finish thus far in the three years of Tout DFS, so the finals are indeed worth tracking.
You can review the standings right here and see the Touts weekly picks every Friday morning along with a wrap-up on Saturday at the Tout Wars site. I also recap and preview the standings right here every Wednesday in my Fout Wars column.
Sonny Gray ($8400): The trick for me today is picking players whom I both think will succeed, and those ideally no one else will take as I am 70 points off the pace, meaning I need a day like Jeff had last week. Gray has put up positive numbers his last five starts, and is coming off his best start since returning from the DL, going seven innings, allowing just a run while whiffing seven. If he can keep his pitches down versus the Braves, Friday should be a Gray day all around.
Alex Bregman ($3400): Bregman and his mates face the up-and-down Michael Pineda. Against the Pinstripes, the Astros third sacker has averaged 4.25 points, and he's at home, hitting against a guy who allowed seven runs in his last start. This pick is a balance between the points I think Bregman can put up coupled with the hope no one else grabs Bregman for their team.
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