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Monday 25th Sep 2017

Ray Murphy might be employing "RAYQ" as he leads the Tout DFS competition by a hefty 30 points as we move to Week 3, but @RotoLady Andrea Lamont eeked out a win over Howard Bender, besting @RotoBuzzGuy by .15 of a point, 146.25 to 146.10, showing just how important a whiff or steal can be.

What is interesting about Andrea's total is she picked a winner in Cole Hamels (22.4 points), but not so with Justin Verlander (5.85). However, Joey Gallo (30), Corey Seager (24) and A.J. Pollock (24) picked up the gauntlet, besting Howard, who rode Corey Kluber's 44.5 points to go along with Pollock to make it close.

RotoWire's Vlad Sedler (@rotogut) finished a distant third at 130.25, also on the back of Kluber, complemented by Mike Trout and his 21 points, and that was good enough to put Vlad at second overall with 244.75, following Ray's 274.4, with the RotoBuzzGuy holding third at 243.6 points.

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 April 27 at 9 PM ET.

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

Apparently like rust, Touts never sleep, for now that baseball season is here, once again the Weekly DFS contest among the crowd has begun again and this space might actually become year round. For, we initiated Fout Wars as part of DFS football last season, riffing off Tout and paying homage to the former Chargers QB, Dan.

For now each Wednesday (and I promise to post earlier next week!), we will review the standings, maybe grab a stray comment or two, and even look at the weekend series. Although, you can log into the Tout Wars 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.

Typically, the group ran a run-through last Wednesday, and I kind of echo the sentiments of Jeff Zimmerman, who blew away the crowd with 162 points, and was dismayed he got his big week during exhibition season. Since I finished second to Jeff, I get what he means.

This time, BBHQ's Ray Murphy led the league with 150.8 points, buoyed by strong starts from Julio Teheran and Michael Wacha, each of whom earned 16.9 points to go with a gaudy 28 Jonathan Villar-generated points. Lenny Melnick finished a somewhat distant second with 129.45, riding Johnny Cueto (23.55) along with Teheran, just nosing ahead of Brian Walton's 129.05. Dallas Keuchel (28.5) helped Brian's team to the top troika.

In a tough week, with 26 teams, I still finished near the bottom of the pack with a somewhat respectable 86.2 points, just a hair behind Jeff Boggis with 87.8 points.

Looking to the weekend, the Mets and Nationals mix it up in what could be the chess match series, and Pittsburgh and the Yankees play interleague games, which should prove interesting with a young team of New York upstarts facing a more veteran team that is somewhat decimated.

Furthermore, that series has what looks to be the killer matchup as Michael Pineda vies for a third consecutive strong start against the Bucs and Jameson Taillon (1-0, 0.90).

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 April 27 at 9 PM ET.

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

As Fout Wars pushes off from its penultimate contest, Fantasy Alarm's Glenn Colton rocked the Fout World, blasting through to first for the week with 175.10 points, far outdistancing second place for the week. Howard Bender, who sits at first overall, clocked in second with 148.76 points.

Colton charged to the top on the strength of Blake Bortles (29.7), LeSean McCoy (28.5), Allen Robinson (26.7) and Mike Evans (22.7) en route to his romp. In finishing second, the @Rotobuzzguy's squad was led by Cameron Meredith (31.5) along with Robinson, while Colton's partner in FA crime, the Wolfman (Rick Wolf), finished third with 142.66 fueled by Doug Baldwin and his 39.7 points.

What is amazing too is that Colton missed submitting a roster during Week 2, and still sits in seventh place overall, while Wolf missed Weeks 2, 3, and 6 and is still in 11th place out of the 18 Touts who have submitted teams during the season. 

Jeff Boggis finished fourth with 141.46 while I finished a dismal and distant 12th with just 87.06 points, worst of the week.

For the season-long standings of the Touts, bashing it out at DFS football, check out the Fout Wars Google Docs Standings

Week 17 DFS Plays

Joe Flacco ($5500): Pretty much a must win for Flacco, the other game on the line being the Colts. I will take Flacco facing the lesser defense.

Zach Zenner ($3200): The flavor of the week, but hard to ignore after Monday's performance and the price. Certainly, successful or not, Detroit will be giving the touches to Zenner this final week of the season to get him primed and ready for the post-season.

DeAndre Washington ($3700)/Jalen Richard ($3800): I would exploit one of these moderately priced Raiders RBs. Aside from the fact the Oakland running game ran roughshod over Denver last game, with Derek Carr gone, the running game will become more important. And, both of these rookies have suddenly established themselves as potential breakaway guys who can catch.

Steelers ($3600): A bit of a pricey defensive investment, but the Steelers are priming for the playoffs while playing a terrible offense at home. I think they will play very aggressively on D. 

Kyle Rudolph ($4600): I liked playing Jason Witten here initially, but again, I suspect the front row troops will get mostly a break this week, hence the money saved on moving from Roethlisberger to Flacco gets reinvested in a good Tight End who probably will play the whole game against a rival. It is a pride thing.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

Zach Steinhorn might have taken Week 17 with a robust 169.4 points--and this would mark the fourth time Zach led the pack--but Howard Bender took the top spot overall, going fifth for the final week of the regular season with 150.9 points, while posting 2436.13 seasonal points. That was roughly 30 better than second placer Brian Walton (2406.7) with Zach holding third with 2384.08.

The @Rotobuzzguy did average a whopping 143.30 per week over the season, followed by Walton who averaged 141.57, but Rick Wolf, who finished 11th overall, averaged a terrific third-best 140.52 points in registering his 1967.32 total. Rick missed the cut three times, hence his total was divided by 14, and not 17, explaining why the Wolfman had such a fine average while his total score suffered a tad. 

It was fitting indeed that Jeff Boggis and I duke it out in several DFS leagues tweeting back and forth, for in the end, he finished eighth in Fout Wars with 2107 points while I finished ninth with a somewhat anemic 2077.98.

For the final standings of the Touts, bashing it out at DFS football, check out the Fout Wars Google Docs Standings. Surely we will be back next year for football, and of course all baseball season.

Note: I will post DFS picks towards the end of the week, under RealTime and DraftKings.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels

On the heels of his third first-place finish over the past month, @Rotobuzzguy Howard Bender shot into first place in Fout Wars, where he now has a "comfortable" 1.68 point lead over the ever-consistent Mr. Walton.

Howard got his main juice from LeSean McCoy and his 34.9 points, augmenting with a roster full of solid performances all around, like 19.3 from Odell Beckham and Kyle Rudolph's 17.7.

@Rotolady Andrea Lamont again made her presence felt with a second-place finish with her third top-three team in a row, scoring 144.2 points, also behind McCoy and Rudolph, along with Jordy Nelson and his 22.4 points. Zach Steinhorn held his third-place spot overall with a third-place finish--his second week in a row in the top three--of 142.54, using Nelson, but also the Patriots defense (17) and LeVeon Bell's (18.4) contributions.

I managed a seventh-place finish with 120.42, and poor Jeff Boggis goes into the Christmas holiday having copped the 12th spot this time, so a big Christmas weekend of points should be on both our lists to Santa.

For the season-long standings of the Touts, bashing it out at DFS football, check out the Fout Wars Google Docs Standings

Week 16 DFS Plays

Philip Rivers ($6900): A little pricey on the QB side, but sigh, against the Browns, a guy who is a passer just cannot be passed by.

Jonathan Stewart ($5200): Rival Atlanta does give up a lot of points, and for sure, playoffs or not, Stewart was running with dedication and authority against the Skins on Monday night. I don't think he will take a knee this week, either.

Malcolm Mitchell ($5200): I admit it: Suggesting Mitchell last week against the tough Broncos defense was a mistake. But, this week, at home against the Jets? Let the scoring begin.

Raiders ($2800): Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton are dangerous, but I think the Raiders will be getting more and more focused as they head to the post-season. This is a good crew, who do make the mistakes of youth on the field, but that will soon be something of the past, and this is just the type of game to allow Oakland to flex a little.

Hunter Henry ($3500): Henry moves into the big shoes of Antonio Gates, and the Tight End now has seven TDs, three of which were scored over the past three weeks. He seems like a logical recipient for targets at home.

Don't forget you can get me @lawrmichaels.

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