Tout Wars Fantasy Draft: How MLB.com experts fared

Tout Wars Fantasy Draft: How MLB.com experts fared

The premier minds in the fantasy baseball industry convened on Saturday afternoon for the annual Tout Wars mixed-league auction.

The 15-team expert league, regarded by many as the best in the world, was again represented heavily by the MLB.com's Fantasy411 team. 

MLB.com's senior fantasy writer Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB), a two-time Tout Wars champion, joined MLB.com VP of Stats Cory Schwartz (@schwartzstops) -- a Tout winner in 2012 -- and fantasy writer Zach Steinhorn (@zachMLB), who finished third last season.

Tout Wars hosts six formats, with the mixed-league auction, a mixed-league snake draft and AL- and NL-only auctions returning in 2015.

Joining them this season: "ToutX," an experimental league that also held its draft on Saturday.

 "Each year, we will try a different set of rules," Tout Wars founder Ron Shandler said.

Saturday's mixed-league auction, in which each owner constructed a 23-man roster with a $260 budget, was replete with great values and interesting takeaways for those seeking an edge in their personal fantasy leagues.

Below, find the complete teams of MLB.com's three participants and their thoughts on the day.

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Zinkie's favorite picks: I thought the catcher values I got were pretty good for a deep two-catcher league. I got [Evan] Gattis for $15 and [Brian] McCann for $15, and I think those are both pretty good values considering you're going 30 catchers deep in this format. I was pretty happy to get [Albert] Pujols. Guys like Pujols and [Robinson] Cano, we get used to them after a while and their consistency and we go for the hot, young, flashy kind of guy. But Pujols for 20 bucks, he should be pretty good for 25-30 homers, close to 100 RBIs.

Team Zinkie:

C: Evan Gattis, $15

C: Brian McCann, $15

1B: Lucas Duda, $13

2B: Anthony Rendon, $26

3B: Chase Headley, $9

SS: Jose Ramirez, $8

Corner Infielder: Albert Pujols, $20

Middle infielder: Brian Dozier, $22

OF: Billy Hamilton, $16

OF: Shin-Soo Choo, $18

OF: Curtis Granderson, $3

Utility: David Ortiz, $19

Pitcher: Jeff Samardzija, $17

P: Tyson Ross, $14

P: Mike Fiers, $8

P: Hector Rondon, $10

P: Addison Reed, $7

P: Drew Hutchison, $4

P: Wade Davis, $2

P: Jason Hammel, $3

P: R.A. Dickey, $1

Reserve: Wei-Yin Chen

Reserve: Jake Peavy

Reserve: Dan Haren

Reserve: David Freese

Reserve: Domonic Brown

Reserve: Kris Medlen

Schwartz's favorite picks: I had to pay top dollar to get Edwin Encarnacion and Yasiel Puig, but they are two of my favorite players and fit my goal of getting plenty of power with strong on-base percentages. Jayson Werth and Masahiro Tanaka were both great buys as well, as both offer value far beyond the injury-discounted prices I paid for them.

Team Schwartz:

C: Derek Norris, $11

C: Robinson Chirinos, $1

1B: Edwin Encarnacion, $35

2B: Scooter Gennett, $1

3B: Josh Donaldson, $32

SS: Jed Lowrie, $4

Corner Infielder: Chris Carter, $20

Middle infielder: Chris Owings, $1

OF: Mookie Betts, $18

OF: Yasiel Puig, $31

OF: Kole Calhoun, $18

Utility: Jayson Werth, $13

Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka, $10

P: Hyun-Jin Ryu, $6

P: Henderson Alvarez, $4

P: Mark Melancon, $18

P: Kenley Jansen, $14

P: Jered Weaver, $5

P: Brandon McCarthy, $6

P: LaTroy Hawkins, $1

P: Rick Porcello, $1

Reserve: A.J. Pollock, $9

Reserve: Yonder Alonso, $1

Reserve: Mike Minor

Reserve: Edward Mujica

Reserve: Shane Victorino

Reserve: Josh Johnson

Reserve: Brandon Crawford

Reserve: Melvin Upton Jr.

Steinhorn's favorite picks: Derek Holland for $2. I'm the type of owner who places emphasis on hitting while looking for starting pitching bargains, and Holland was one of the pitchers that I targeted all through the winter. This is a guy who struck out [189] batters only two years ago, so to get him for $2 to fill out the back end of my rotation, I'm pretty happy about that. Brandon Moss is another player who I had on my radar as a bargain power source. He put up strong home run numbers over the past two years while playing half of his games in an extreme pitchers' park, so getting out of Oakland should only be a good thing.

Team Steinhorn:

C: Wilson Ramos, $10

C: Carlos Ruiz, $1

1B: Anthony Rizzo, $40

2B: Kolten Wong, $17

3B: Kyle Seager, $22

SS: Elvis Andrus, $15

Corner Infielder: Brandon Moss, $17

Middle infielder: Neil Walker, $10

OF: Justin Upton, $27

OF: Oswaldo Arcia, $7

OF: Michael Saunders, $3

Utility: Kendrys Morales, $3

Pitcher: Cole Hamels, $20

P: Lance Lynn, $9

P: Chris Archer, $10

P: David Robertson, $20

P: Glen Perkins, $12

P: Ian Kennedy, $8

P: Derek Holland, $2

P: Sergio Romo, $1

P: Josh Collmenter, $1

Reserve: Denard Span, $4

Reserve: Josh Reddick, $1

Reserve: Mike Leake

Reserve: Francisco Lindor

Reserve: Colby Rasmus

Reserve: Dustin Ackley

Reserve: Mike Moustakas

Reserve: Bartolo Colon

Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.