Rotowire's Tim Heaney forged forth with a solid lead for Period 5 of Tout Daily with a 164.25 point total driven by Kevin Gausman (27.35), Brian Dozier (33) and Marwin Gonzalez (23) along with a solid team where only three of his ten picks earned three points or less, and all generated points.
Heaney's Rotowire mate Jeff Erickson finished a distant second (143.8), also fueled by Dozier along with a strong performance from Jacob Faria (25.9) with BaseballHQ's Ray Murphy nudging behind Erickson for a third place finish with 143.25 on the strength of big days from Gausman and Dozier, but also a 30-point game from Giancarlo Stanton.
That puts the troika ahead as we drive for the final ticket with Todd Zola (2018) and Andrea Lamont (1982.1) leading the overall pack in the contest which does indeed award a couple of extra Golden Tickets to the top two overall point getters.
Period 5, Cycle 2 continues this week. 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 9 PM ET.
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