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Saturday 23rd Sep 2017

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

willie calhoun

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
WCalhoun, Tex Mike Podhorzer 89 Larry Schechter 8 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6    
BFarmer, Det Mike Podhorzer 58 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6                                                    
DMengden, Oak Mike Podhorzer 16 Mike Podhorzer 58      
TCollins, Det Larry Schechter 8        
RUrena, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Larry Schechter 8      
CBell, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        
RLiriano, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
ASanchez, Det Mike Podhorzer 58                                                                                                    
JShields, CWS Mike Podhorzer 58        
RRua, Tex Larry Schechter 8        
GAllen, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        
WMiddlebrooks, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Leaving no potential stone unturned, Mike Podhorzer made a troika of moves designed to put the final nails into the coffin of the league that has largely been chasing his team all summer.

Podhorzer dumped Craig Kimbrel in lieu of Buck Farmer for $58, then Oakland hurler Daniel Mendgen for $16, and finally went big on Willie Calhoun for $89.

Struggling at the other end of the standings, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton similarly made three moves, grabbing Chad Bell ($5), Toronto infielder Richard Urena, and Pale Hoser Rymer Liriano while Larry Schechter went $8 for Tyler Collins as we move to the final two seeks of the season.

Todd's Take

Podz has a 21-point lead, but either isn't taking anything for granted, wants the overall points record or is just doing what he's supposed to do, squeeze out every point. Mike has a comfortable lead in ERA, WHIP and saves, with some attainable points in wins and whiffs. I've talked about this before, but managing categories to eek out the most points when it doesn't matter provides valuable experience for when it counts.

luiz gohara

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
LGohara, Atl Todd Zola 87 Steve Gardner 55 Brian Walton 3 Craig Mish 0 Mike Gianella 0
    Phil Hertz 0      
JTaillon, Pit Steve Gardner 77 Phil Hertz 0      
SBrault, Pit Todd Zola 57 Grey Albright 1 Mike Gianella 0    
RRuiz, Atl Brian Walton 4        
GCecchini, NYM Brian Walton 4        
JStephens, Cin Brian Walton 4        
PBaez, LAD Grey Albright 1        
ACole, Was Craig Mish 0        
JLyles, SD Mike Gianella 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JBrebbia, StL Grey Albright 1 Mike Gianella 0                                                                           
TCingrani, LAD Grey Albright 1        
ASanchez, Was Brian Walton 1        
GGarcia, StL Brian Walton 1        
MReynolds, NYM Brian Walton 1        
ASwarzak, Mil Mike Gianella 0        
CRusin, Col Mike Gianella 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the season winding down, 10 players were still purchased by six different owners. The headliners were three starting pitchers, with the arms remaining clearly offering more leverage than free agent hitters.

Our own Todd Zola purchased Atlanta’s Luiz Gohara. The 21-year old left-hander is not to be confused with Gojira, though Zola is likely hoping to get Godzilla-like results for his $87. The fast-rising hurler fanned 144 over 123 2/3 innings across three minor league levels earlier this season before two MLB starts – one bad (six earned runs in four innings) and one good (one earned over six frames).

A very familiar name, Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon, was snared by USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner for $77. After two good starts, the still-just-25-year old was spanked for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Cubs on the seventh. After being skipped last time through the rotation, Taillon may get a start or two before the season is out.

Zola also snagged another Bucs starter, Steven Brault, for $57. With the club out of the post-season race, the lefty has been given two starts and done well, with just three earned runs yielded over 11 innings.

Todd's Take

Whereas Podz was safely in the lead in WHIP and ERA, I'm buried in the basement. With nothing to play for but less of a FAAB penalty, I'm chasing wins and whiffs. Don't read into the amount of the bid, I had 166 units heading into the FAAB run, and you can't take it with you.

brandon moss

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BMoss, KC Zach Steinhorn 52 Fred Zinkie 10      
SBrault, Pit Fred Zinkie 27                                                                             
TChatwood, Col Fred Zinkie 27        
DMengden, Oak Fred Zinkie 27        
DomSmith, NYM Fred Zinkie 10 Ray Flowers 7      
CFulmer, CWS Ray Flowers 4 Al Melchior 0      
JCandelario, Det Ray Flowers 4        
ABeltre, Tex Scott Swanay 0 Al Melchior 0      
NHundley, SF Al Melchior 0        
LGohara, Atl Al Melchior 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
NAoki, NYM Zach Steinhorn 52                                                                                                    
RGrossman, Min Zach Steinhorn 52        
JJay, ChC Zach Steinhorn 36        
CStratton, SF Ray Flowers 4        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The penultimate FAAB run was just about as uneventful as expected. One thing to keep in mind is that winning bid amounts are pretty much meaningless at this stage of the season. If you have excess FAAB dollars and want a player, you're going to overpay to get him. That's exactly what I did with Brandon Moss, who fills a need for me as I've been getting little production out of my fifth outfielder spot in recent weeks, and Moss does indeed hit homers. He's already launched five longballs this month.

It does seem strange to see Adrian Beltre's name on a FAAB report, but he was released while on the DL with a strained hamstring in exchange for a significant FAAB redemption. The future Hall of Fame inductee returned early last week, however, and is receiving regular playing time despite not being 100 percent healthy. Still, Beltre is a more than worthy "free" addition.

Todd's Take

Jeff Zimmerman has a huge 34 points lead with several battling for second and third, including Zach. Fred Zinkie and Al Melchior are also in this mix. All three were active this period. Don't let anyone tell you those privileged enough to play in industry leagues don't take it seriously.

yoan moncada

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
YMoncada, CWS Adam Ronis 57 D.J. Short 35 Corey Parson 35 0 0
YDiaz, Cle Corey Parson 31                                                      
JCandelario, Det D.J. Short 20 Corey Parson 8      
MMinor, KC Scott White 8        
SAlexander, KC Corey Parson 2        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
NAoki, NYM D.J. Short 8                                                                                                    
RGrossman, Min D.J. Short 8        
CHeadley, NYY D.J. Short 7        
WCalhoun, Tex D.J. Short 5        
SBrault, Pit Corey Parson 2        
LGohara, Atl Corey Parson 1        


Todd's Take

Perry is away but asked me to relay he opted to sit out this period in hope there's something more intriguing during the final FAAB run.

Like the auction league, the leader, Rudy Gamble is comfortably in front with several owners angling for place and show. Corey, Adam, Scott and D.J. are all in the mix, fighting for every point. I guess not everyone is in full-football mode.

 mike clevinger

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
MClevinger, Cle Vlad Sedler 15        
JBradley, Bos Peter Kreutzer 7                                                                                                    
BMorrow, LAD Vlad Sedler 2        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
SBrault, Pit Vlad Sedler 3                                                                                                    
SAlexander, KC Vlad Sedler 2        
BShaw, Cle Vlad Sedler 1        

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

We're down to the final six games. Vlad Sedler has a commanding lead. I'm in a tie for third, and would like to be there alone. So the two of us made some small changes.

Todd's Take

Vlad has a three-game lead over Andrea Lamont. Each week, six points are up for grabs. Two to the winner of the most hitting categories, two to winning most pitching and two to the most total categories. Ties get one point each. The most likely outcomes are 6-0 and 4-2, with the corresponding 0-6 and 2-4. It's possible to lose 5-1, but it's rare. As such, for Vlad to lose, he'll need to be swept in both hitting and pitching with Andrea winning at least four points. Vlad faces fellow GuruEliter Jeff Mans. Andrea draws Kyle Elfrink while Peter takes on Stephania Bell in his quest to break the third-place tine with Kyle.

LABRLOGO

Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed Draft League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

willie calhoun

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Willie Calhoun, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                  
Carson Fulmer, CWS ESPN.com 1                                                      
Derek Fisher, HOU NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Jordan Montgomery, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A scant four moves were made by LABR AL owners and we move to the end of the season, although one of the potential prime prospects was among the players purchased in Texas infielder and cum left fielder Willie Calhoun.

Calhoun, who has some serious pop as well as on-base skills only fetched $4 to Larry Schechter with a pair of challenging $1 bids. Interesting that had Calhoun been promoted two months ago, say, the price tag could indeed have been 10 times greater.

Todd's Take

Calhoun was the centerpiece of the Yu Darvish deal. A second baseman by trade, there's question where his glove will play there long term, not to mention Rougned Odor may be having an off year, he still has a bright future at the keystone sack. The move to left Lawr cited could be more than a way to get his stick in the lineup in September, it could be where he lands. Calhoun doesn't have the power of some corner outfielders, but the on-base skills the Zen Master referenced make up for it. Calhoun will likely be AL-only relevant next season but probably won't play enough for mixers, at least right away.

albert almora jr

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Albert Almora Jr., CHC USA TODAY Sports 11 Mastersball 3                                                                           
J.P. Crawford, PHI Mastersball 4        
Matt Harvey, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 2        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With no zero dollar bids allowed, one-third of the NL LABR ownership pool was already tapped out from further free agent action this season. Of the remaining eight, just three of us placed bids and each got our man.

Outfielder Albert Almora drove in 10 runs this past week for a Cubs team on a six-game winning streak and finally in the driver’s seat to take the NL Central. In a move typical of my disappointing 2017, I dropped Almora two weeks ago, and this time, host Steve Gardner of USA TODAY swooped him up for $11. Steve had the most cash remaining coming into the weekend at $21 and is just one point behind ESPN’s Eric Karabell in the standings.

With Adrian Gonzalez’ distinguished career winding down, I finally jettisoned the rarely-appearing former Dodgers star, adding Phillies prospect shortstop J.P. Crawford for $4. As a reminder of how long we had been waiting for Crawford, I held him among my reserves in this league for the entire 2016 season. Needless to say, even two hot weeks now will not make up for that.

The third and final free agent acquisition is another rebounder, Mets starter Matt Harvey. No one knows what the right-hander has left after thoracic outlet surgery, but Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf were willing to gamble their last $2 to find out.

Todd's Take

Many expected Crawford to be called up much earlier, but two factors delayed his arrival until roster expansion. Most importantly, he didn't force the Phillies hand, slashing a mediocre .243/.351/.405 for Triple-A Lehigh, albeit at 22-years old, he's younger than most at the level. The other reason Crawford spent the season on the farm is neither Cesar Hernandez nor Freddy Galvis deserved to be replaced. In fact, the Phillies have a conundrum in the middle. Crawford has been playing all over, including third with the disappointing Maikel Franco sitting or playing first. I really don't see Crawford shifting to the hot corner long term, presenting another issue for Philly. This is on top of what to do with Tommy Joseph, with Rhys Hoskins the obvious first baseman of the future. At least Philadelphia has good decisions to make. This is a team with a bright few years ahead of them.

jeimer candelario

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jeimer Candelario, DET USA TODAY Sports 13                                                                             
Luiz Gohara, ATL Mastersball 4 @TheFantasyFix 2      
Jesse Winker, CIN Baseball HQ 4        
Matt Holliday, NYY Baseball HQ 3        
Brandon Nimmo, NYM Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 3      
Steven Brault, PIT MLB.com 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Daniel Mengden, OAK MLB.com 1                                                                                                    
Alex Gordon, KC Fangraphs 1        
Teoscar Hernandez, TOR Fangraphs 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

Steve Gardner is within shouting distance of third, hence grabbing Candelario. The Tigers are moving Nicolas Castellanos around, mostly DH and right field to keep Candelario's bat in the lineup. He was acquired in the Alex Avila/Justin Wilson deal. His minor league numbers don't blow you away, but he's young for his level and scouts think his power will develop.

Todd's Take

We have a race. Mike Podhozer holds a six-point lead over Jake Ciely, but there's plenty of points in jeopardy. My goal is third...third to last as I'm out of the cellar and half a point from 13th. As it happens, 13 is my lucky number, but I'd much rather have 13 points in each category. Maybe next year.

Gohara is just a way to grab a two-start guy, hoping to snag the half-point I need for lucky 13th.

LABRLOGO

Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed Draft League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

brandon maurer

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Brandon Maurer, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7        
Teoscar Hernandez, TOR Baseball Prospectus 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Andrew Moore, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2        
Scott Alexander, KC USA TODAY Sports 2        
Darwin Barney, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball Prospectus 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Richard Urena, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                                                    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With just a few weeks left to the season, moves in AL LABR were scant with just five buys on six bids.

Leading the pack was Clay Link who nabbed Brandon Maurer for $7 hoping for a couple of saves. Mike Gianella picked up Teoscar Hernandez for a couple of bucks, and Steve Gardner paid the same amount for Scott Alexander.

That left the remaining acquisition at the hands of Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius who bagged pitcher Andrew Moore,for $2 and infielder Darwin Barney for a dollar.

Todd's Take

In three appearances since being activated off the disabled for a forearm strain, Kelvin Herrera has been terrible, allowing seven runs (five earned) with six hits, four walks and just one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. He obviously isn't right. For the rest of this season, Herrera won't be closing as that will fall to Brandon Maurer, Scott Alexander and Mike Minor with Maurer already snagging two helpers. The conundrum will be where to rank Herrera for early drafts. I'll be drafting my first NFBC team with my Rotowire Podcast partner Derek Van Riper starting the last weekend of the season. It would be nice to see Herrera have a couple of clean innings with good velocity before the 2017 campaign comes to a close, but if he doesn't, he needs to be downgraded until we get more reports or even see him in the spring.

juan nicasio

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Juan Nicasio, STL Yakkertech 21 ESPN - Karabell 2      
Phillip Ervin, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 11 USA TODAY Sports 6                                                                           
Dillon Peters, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 0      
Amir Garrett, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 0      
Luiz Gohara, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Steven Brault, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Just as in AL LABR, there were only five acquisitions this week, with only a pair generating more than the minimum bid.

The St. Louis Cardinals made a September-only move this past week, acquiring reliever Juan Nicasio from Philadelphia. Though the former Pirates hurler will not be eligible for the post-season, the Cardinals have a late-innings need right now. With a wild card still possible, St. Louis are giving Nicasio meaningful work, as he recorded two saves over the weekend. Steve Moyer of Yakkertech made the winning $21 bid.

Outfield prospect Phillip Ervin of Cincinnati joined the roster of Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf for $11. Leading off with Billy Hamilton out, the 25-year old swiped three bags this past week. With the Reds assured of last place in the NL Central, they should not be rushing Hamilton back.

Todd's Take

It's been a whirlwind September for Nicasio as he's is on his third team in the last two weeks. He was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh late August, then claimed by Philadelphia who agreed to pick up the remaining $600,000 on his 2017 contract. Late last week, the Phillies dealt Nicasio to St. Louis for infielder Eliezer Alvarez. The hefty contract was no doubt the reason for picking up extra frequent flyer miles as he boasts an impressive 2.69 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 63 whiffs in 63 2/3 innings.

phillip ervin

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Phillip Ervin, CIN Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6 MLB.com 1                                                    
Ben Lively, PHI Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4        
Brandon Maurer, KC Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2        
Dillon Peters, MIA Baseball Prospectus 2 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 MLB.com 1    
Brent Suter, MIL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3                             
Joe Biagini, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1        
Jose Reyes, NYM MLB.com 1        
Jose Martinez, STL Baseball Prospectus 1 MLB.com 1      
Jorge Alfaro, PHI Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        
Juan Lagares, NYM MLB.com 1        
Tyler Glasnow, PIT MLB.com 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Teoscar Hernandez, TOR Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3        
Brett Anderson, TOR Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1                          
David Robertson, NYY Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1 MLB.com 1      
Kurt Suzuki, ATL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        
Rene Rivera, CHC Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        
Scott Alexander, KC Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1                                              
Alex Presley, DET MLB.com 1        
Archie Bradley, ARI MLB.com 1        
Harrison Bader, STL MLB.com 1        
Jordan Luplow, PIT MLB.com 1        
Matt Albers, WSH MLB.com 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

This period was all about Rudy Gamble and Fred Zinkie, with Mike Gianella crashing the party. Mike Podhorzer has a comfortable 12-point lead, though being in his position this time last year, nothing feels comfortable. There a heated battle for second, which does mean a lot, between Fred, Jake Ciely and Rudy. That said, trust me, all three are doing the category math in an effort to make Podz sweat a bit.

Ervin and Maurer were addressed earlier. The next several highest bids went to a starting pitchers. Lively has tossed four quality starts in his last six outing. He has a tasty matchup with Oakland at home lined up this week. Dillon Peters is looking at a two-start week, beginning in Philly before entertaining the Brewers, hopefully in Miami, next weekend. Brent Suter was removed from the Brewers rotation, but with the unfortunate season-ending injury to Jimmy Nelson, he's been reinserted for Milwaukee's wild-card push.

 

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

giovanny urshela

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
GUrshela, Cle Jeff Erickson 85        
THernandez, Tor Jeff Erickson 84                                                                             
CHatcher, Oak Steve Moyer 74        
MJaye, Det Chris Liss 25        
CFulmer, CWS Rob Leibowitz 9 Nando DiFino 5      
MBush, Tex Nando DiFino 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
RLiriano, CWS Jeff Erickson 35                                                                                                    
DMachado, Det Jeff Erickson 35        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As expected, there was a dearth of moves in AL Tout as the season moves to its final weeks.

Giovanny Urshala was the high priced spread this time as Jeff Erickson spent $85 on the third sacker and then added Teoscar Hernandez for $84 thus spending the most bucks while acquiring the two most esoteric names at the same time.

Steve Moyer dropped $74 on hurler Chris Hatcher.while Chris Liss obtained Myles Jaye for $25, Rob Leibowitz got pitcher Carson Fulmer for $9 and Nando DiFino made the attrition $0 bid getting Matt Bush while reserving Miguel Castro.

Todd's Take

He'll need to make better contact, but as I've mentioned in this space previously, I like Teoscar Hernandez or next season. He seems like a great fit for the Jays as he has the pop to take advantage of Rogers Centre as well as the speed to swipe a base or two and Toronto isn't afraid to run. I'm reticent to count on him in early drafts, but he's someone I'd like to stash.

victor robles

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
VRobles, Was Grey Albright 102        
RGsellman, NYM Phil Hertz 13                                                                             
AGarrett, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0      
KPlawecki, NYM Phil Hertz 0        
BHamilton, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MWilliamson, SF Phil Hertz 13 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0                                                  
JPederson, LAD Phil Hertz 13                                                      
MMoroff, Pit Phil Hertz 6        
TTaijeron, NYM Phil Hertz 3        
AMorgan, Phi Phil Hertz 0        
GCecchini, NYM Phil Hertz 0        
LGohara, Atl Phil Hertz 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the NFL in full swing and the National League Tout Wars race pretty much decided, only five players were acquired this week. Just two of them were non-zero buys.

Despite a 25-point lead in first place, Grey Albright is not counting on a win. He spent $102 this week on prospect outfielder Victor Robles of Washington. It is unclear how much actual playing time the 20-year-old will receive until the Nationals clinch and decide to rest the regulars. Robles’ promotion could be as much about getting him familiar with the big league environment.

The other money purchase was made by the fourth-place owner, Phil Hertz. The BaseballHQ staffer made a wise acquisition of Mets starter Robert Gsellman for just $13. In four starts since coming off the disabled list, the right-hander has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any of them.

Todd's Take

By means of a quick follow-up on Gsellman, note he only fanned nine in those 17 2/3 innings. though he does have a pair of road starts this week, first in Wrigley Field and then in Atlanta over the weekend.

Well, it looks like I'll be starting with about $750 FAAB next year, being docked 10 units for every point I finish below 60. While I obviously prefer to begin with the full allotment, it isn't a season-ender by any means. In fact, I started last year in a similar predicament which led to spending early and often, landing on a couple of players that were vital to winning the league. Working with fewer units at the jump takes you out of the running for the hammer at the deadline, easing spending early. Of course, I shouldn't need having fewer units to force early spending, but there is a mental influence. For what it's worth, not spending my 1000 units early this season isn't the reason for the poor showing - no excuses - I drafted a cruddy team.

jose a martinez

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JAlbMartinez, StL Scott Swanay 45 Fred Zinkie 40 Ray Flowers 8 Derek Van Riper 1                         
BNimmo, NYM Scott Swanay 21 Ray Flowers 7 Derek Van Riper 0    
JNicasio, StL Scott Engel 8 Ray Flowers 5 Al Melchior 0    
BPowell, Oak Ray Flowers 7        
BreAnderson, Tor Scott Engel 6        
KPlawecki, NYM Scott Engel 4        
BLively, Phi Derek Van Riper 0        
SAlexander, KC Al Melchior 0        
THernandez, Tor Derek Van Riper 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
BAnderson, Mia Scott Swanay 45                                                                                                    
BMaurer, KC Scott Engel 8        
AMorgan, Phi Al Melchior 0        
YDiaz, Cle Derek Van Riper 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

This was probably the quietest FAAB week of the season, in terms of both the number of purchases and the total dollars spent, which is sort of to be expected at this stage of the year. Then again, I do anticipate several "overpays" down the stretch, as owners with excess FAAB will look to make sure they win their targeted players.

Jose Martinez has been playing regularly since the calendar turned to September, batting .412 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs this month. Those two facts were enough to make the Cardinals first baseman/outfielder the most expensive purchase of the week.

Fresh off his third straight quality start, Ben Lively is scheduled to make his next start at home versus the A's. I strongly considered bidding on Lively, as the Oakland offense is sub-par, or so it seems. Since the All-Star break, the A's actually rank 7th in the Majors in runs scored and 6th in OPS. So, I ultimately passed. Still, he could prove to be a quality $0 addition, as the recent results should not be discounted.

Todd's Take

Zach cited the recent exploits for Jose Martinez. Brandon Nimmo is also enjoying a fine stretch run, slashing .337/.467/.556 the past two weeks. A healthy Michael Conforto obviously has one of the three Mets OF spots, well, as obvious as anything can be with that organization. Past that, everything is up for grabs as the club doesn't have anyone on the farm ready to step in. There's a good chance the Mets sign a free agent or two, or they could turn to Nimmo for a platoon option. At just 24, there's still time to develop, but currently, Nimmo needs to find more power or speed to be mixed league relevant, else he's just NL-only filler, even if he plays versus righties next season.

 

brandon nimmo

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BNimmo, NYM Charlie Wiegert 200 Adam Ronis 4      
THernandez, Tor Rudy Gamble 45                                                                                                    
ACabrera, NYM Anthony Perri 23                               
ERamirez, Sea D.J. Short 15                               
BreAnderson, Tor D.J. Short 14                               
RGsellman, NYM Tim McLeod 11                               
JNicasio, StL Perry Van Hook 11                               
JPanik, SF Adam Ronis 6                               
BLively, Phi Rudy Gamble 5                               

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
AMiranda, Sea Tim McLeod 6                                                                                                    
LValbuena, LAA Adam Ronis 6                               
CHeadley, NYY Adam Ronis 4                               
JFlaherty, StL Tim McLeod 2                               
JBiagini, Tor D.J. Short 2                               
SRomano, Cin D.J. Short 2                               
JThompson, Phi Tim McLeod 1                               

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Not all of the Tout warriors were as low on FAAB as I, and yes, time is running out, so Charlie Wiegert spent a healthy $200 to roster Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

Another young outfielder up from the minors with a bang - Blue Jay fly chaser Teoscar Hernandez who hit two home runs on Sunday, also joined the team of league leader Rudy Gamble for $45.

Low on funds and with four members of my team returning from the DL, I limited myself to an $11 effort to add a few saves and won new Cardinals reliever Juan Nicasio.

Todd's Take

With a 23.5-point lead, Rudy is certainly in the driver's seat. Finishing second and third may not seem important in a league of this nature, but it is. Plus, I've always been a proponent of scratching for points in a non-winning season, as the experience going through the process of managing categories is invaluable when doing so results in the proverbial Yoo-Hoo shower. There's four teams in a heated battle for second, with two making moves this week, Adam Ronis and D.J. Short. The other moves are for price, as well as maximizing FAAB dollars.

freddy galvis

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
FGalvis, Phi Peter Kreutzer 11        
JPeraza, Cin Peter Kreutzer 3                                                                                                    
YGomes, Cle Peter Kreutzer 1        
NCastellanos, Det Peter Kreutzer 4        
DPeters, Mia Vlad Sedler 9        
GParra, Col Vlad Sedler 3        
BMaurer, KC Vlad Sedler 3        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MClevinger, Cle Vlad Sedler 7                                                                                                    
BWoodruff, Mil Vlad Sedler 3        
DSpan, SF Peter Kreutzer 3        
JLowrie, Oak Peter Kreutzer 3        
JPanik, SF Peter Kreutzer 3        
AJackson, Cle Peter Kreutzer 2        
DFister, Bos Vlad Sedler 1        
JReyes, NYM Peter Kreutzer 1        
TDArnaud, NYM Peter Kreutzer 1        
ACabrera, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0        
DSwanson, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0        


Todd's Take

It looks like things will come down to the wire as Vlad Sedler holds a slim three-game lead over Andrea Lamont, with ten games up for grabs each week. Vlad draws Kyle Elfrink, currently in third place, ten games from the top. Kyle squares off with Andrea in the final week, so with a couple of near sweeps, he could steal the title. Andrea plays Clay Link, currently in the lower half of the standings, but with a solid pitching staff, so Andrea will have to hope her hitters come through.

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

brandon phillips

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BPhillips, LAA Rob Leibowitz 379 Patrick Davitt 205 Mike Podhorzer 158 Seth Trachtman 42 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19
    Nando DiFino 16 Larry Schechter 9    
MLeake, Sea Steve Moyer 296 Mike Podhorzer 63 Larry Schechter 9 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
ALewicki, Det Lawr Michaels 75        
BreAnderson, Tor Mike Podhorzer 42        
JCandelario, Det Seth Trachtman 35 Larry Schechter 9      
JBiagini, Tor Mike Podhorzer 28 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3      
FMejia, Cle Rob Leibowitz 21        
JJones, Det Nando DiFino 11        
BMaurer, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3        
ChSmith, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
GUrshela, Cle Nando DiFino 8                                                                                          
RRefsnyder, Tor Nando DiFino 8        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Despite the season winding down, several owners dropped big bucks for players new to the American League this cycle with Rob Leibowitz leading the way, spending $379 on Brandon Phillips, augmenting that purchase with $21 more spent on Francisco Mejia. Following Rob's heels was Steve Moyer who went $296 for new Mariner Mike Leake hoping to boost his pitching over the final month.

Seth Trachtman took a $35 chance on Jeimer Candelario while I placed what little hope for a push in the standings behind Tigers hurler Artie Lewicki for $75.

League leader Mike Podhorzer punctuated his nearly perfect season with the acquisitions of Brett Anderson ($42) and Joe Biagini ($28), Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton took chances on Brandon Maurer ($3) and Chad Smith ($0) while Nando DiFino placed some hope in the potential of JaCoby Jones for $11.

Todd's Take

With Kelvin Herrera out for the early part of the week, Colton and the Wolfman could have bought a save or two -- maybe more -- from Maurer. The Royals are downplaying Herrera's forearm strain, but with four weeks left there's no reason to take chances.

It appears the Tigers are following through with their plan on converting Nicholas Castellanos to right field, clearing a spot for Candelario, similar to what the Indians did to Lonnie Chisenhall to pave the way for a kid named jose Ramirez to play regularly. I'm not comparing Ramirez and Candelario, just the drawing the comparison to the path to playing time. 


jack flaherty

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JFlaherty, StL Brian Walton 176 Phil Hertz 44 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Grey Albright 1

 

DPeters, Mia Brian Walton 102 Brian Walton 176 Phil Hertz 51 Derek Carty 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
    Grey Albright 1      
BAnderson, Mia Phil Hertz 68        
NAoki, NYM Phil Hertz 49 Phil Hertz 55 Grey Albright 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
HBailey, Cin Phil Hertz 45 Derek Carty 0      
JLuplow, Pit Grey Albright 1 Craig Mish 0      
EDiaz, Pit Brian Walton 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
RRuiz, Atl Phil Hertz 65                                                                                                    
MMoroff, Pit Phil Hertz 2        
WFont, LAD Grey Albright 1        
GCecchini, NYM Phil Hertz 1        
MFried, Atl Phil Hertz 1        
AEllis, Mia Brian Walton 0        
STurner, Cin Brian Walton 0        
AGarcia, Atl Phil Hertz 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

Rarely if ever am I the focus of the transactions news here in National League Tout Wars. The result is not necessarily good - my second largest FAAB total of $302. With September call ups occurring and time running out to make an impact with purchases, I set my targets on two pitchers – Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals and Dillon Peters from Miami. With the third-place team at $175, I decided to make my top bid at $176, which won Flaherty. I wanted to keep a bit of money for the final weeks, so bid $102 for Peters. Rather, I could have made my purchases for $53 in total.

Flaherty could continue to start – at least until/if Adam Wainwright is ready and able to come off the disabled list. While Peters does not have a clear starting spot, his success through two starts should be enough to speak for themselves.

While I went after pitching, the acquisitions of Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ were focused on offense. (By the way, I am in third and Phil is very close behind in fourth.) Third baseman Brian Anderson of Miami ($68) and new Mets outfielder Nori Aoki ($49) were his additions. Both can see September playing time due to injuries – Martin Prado for Anderson and Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto for Aoki.

Hertz also made a third acquisition, a player I kept all season until dropping last week – Homer Bailey of Cincinnati at $45. I decided I could not trust Bailey, though he has improved recently. We will see if Flaherty and Peters will be any better.

Todd's Take

The Cardinals are listing Flaherty as Wednesday's starter so it appears Brian will get at least one start from the rookie, and it's a great matchup with the Padres in Petco Park. Peters and the Marlins will entertain the Nationals, also on Wednesday. It may be a better setup than perceived as the Nats are essentially trying to be in maximum health for the playoffs and aren't always running the best lineup out there.

robert stephenson

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JPolanco, Min Fred Zinkie 100 Ray Flowers 17      
RStephenson, Cin Fred Zinkie 60 Ray Flowers 2 Al Melchior 0                           
TMahle, Cin Ron Shandler 37 Gene McCaffrey 0 Fred Zinkie 20    
CEdwards, ChC Zach Steinhorn 32        
AJackson, Cle Fred Zinkie 30        
RMontero, NYM Fred Zinkie 25 Fred Zinkie 50 Ray Flowers 6 Tim Heaney 0  
SVogt, Mil Bret Sayre 12 Scott Engel 3      
DPeters, Mia Derek Van Riper 11 Ron Shandler 27 Gene McCaffrey 0 Al Melchior 0  
MGonzalez, Tex Fred Zinkie 10 Ray Flowers 2      
YPetit, LAA Zach Steinhorn 8        
JLuplow, Pit Derek Van Riper 5        
YSanchez, CWS Ray Flowers 4        
KGibson, Min Ray Flowers 2        
KSmith, CWS Scott Engel 1        
SRomano, Cin Gene McCaffrey 0 Fred Zinkie 10      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JFlaherty, StL Fred Zinkie 20                                                                                                    
BreAnderson, Tor Ron Shandler 18        
LValbuena, LAA Ray Flowers 4        
ChSmith, Oak Derek Van Riper 2        
JMcGee, Col Ray Flowers 2        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The two priciest purchases this week were made by Fred Zinkie, who found himself with some extra FAAB bucks after recently cashing in Bryce Harper for $210. And Fred decided to use a good chunk of that dough to add the duo of Jorge Polanco and Robert Stephenson.

After getting off to a rough start this season, the 24-year-old Polanco has been swinging a red-hot bat since the beginning of August, tallying seven homers, 28 RBI and 19 runs scored. Let's see if Polanco can close out his first full big league season on a high note and further establish himself as a quality mixed league option heading into 2018.

Long billed as a top pitching prospect, Stephenson has mostly struggled in the big leagues, though the sample size is limited. But perhaps the Reds righty has finally figured things out, as he's fresh off an impressive August in which he posted a 2.22 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP with better than a strikeout per inning. Control continues to be a problem, however, as Stephenson did issue 13 free passes over his 24 1/3 innings pitched last month.

With a pair of my starting pitchers facing tough matchups this week, I took a look at the category standings and concluded that trying to protect my ERA and WHIP at this stage of the season was a better idea than chasing wins and strikeouts. So, I added a pair of high-end relievers in Carl Edwards Jr. and Yusmeiro Petit and will at least temporarily go with a 6 SP/3 RP lineup instead of playing eight starters (I punted saves a long time ago). Maybe I'll sacrifice a win, but I feel a lot better about my ratios now, and the strikeout loss probably won't be significant. Or it might not even be a loss at all.

Todd's Take

Roster expansion is the closest thing mixed leagues have to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, though only using a player for one month tempers any advantage of hoarding FAAB. Having said that, Fred Zinkie has the FAAB hammer, but didn't go prospect. As usual, Fred was more conservative, adding players with a little more data than a decent 2017 minor league campaign. 

One of Fred's acquisitions, and someone I've seen a picked up a lot this weekend is Rafael Montero. Last time out, Montero tossed 8 1/3 scoreless innings against the Reds one of the better lineups versus righties. He fanned eight but walked four. This week's allure is a double dip, first against the Phillies and then a rematch with the Reds.

 dillon peters

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
DPeters, Mia Greg Ambrosius 78 Tim McLeod 39 Corey Parson 2  

 

DDeShields, Tex Adam Ronis 54 D.J. Short 25 Corey Parson 18                           
GRichards, LAA Ray Murphy 33 Perry Van Hook 10      
TGlasnow, Pit D.J. Short 25        
JVillar, Mil Corey Parson 19 Adam Ronis 12      
TMahle, Cin Tim McLeod 18 Greg Ambrosius 21 Corey Parson 1    
JAlbMartinez, StL Perry Van Hook 15        
RMontero, NYM Rudy Gamble 12 Perry Van Hook 11 D.J. Short 6 Corey Parson 1  
MFried, Atl Tim McLeod 9        
EJackson, Was D.J. Short 5 Tim McLeod 3      
DFister, Bos D.J. Short 5 Corey Parson 3 Perry Van Hook 2    
CVazquez, Bos Corey Parson 3        
BMaurer, KC Scott White 3 Adam Ronis 7      
MLeake, Sea Corey Parson 3 Tim McLeod 11      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
BLively, Phi Greg Ambrosius 17                                                                                                    
LValbuena, LAA Adam Ronis 7        
JBiagini, Tor Tim McLeod 4        
ODespaigne, Mia Greg Ambrosius 4        
MMontero, Tor Corey Parson 1        
RMerritt, Cle Corey Parson 1        
RoPerez, Cle Corey Parson 0        

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

High bid for the evening was $78 for Marlins SP Dillon Peters who went to Greg Ambrosius for $78.

The second highest winning bid was $54 for Delino DeShields who is getting a chance to play every day for the Rangers and making the most of it as Adam Ronis rostered him for the final weeks of play.

Once again I added Jose Martinez (1B/OF) of the Cardinals, this time to replace the DLed Yankee flychaser Aaron Hicks.

I also tried to add one pitcher but was well short with my $11 bid for Rafael Montero's upcoming two start week and the return of Angels ace Garrett Richards whom I bid $10 for. Montero went for $12 to Rudy Gamble while Richards went for $33 Ray Murphy.

When you have the numbers wrong (or don't have enough funds) you can't even get your third choice as my $2 bid for the resurgent Doug Fister also fell short.

Todd's Take

As Perry mentioned, Delino DeShields is a thing again. For the past month, Jr. has registered a .911 OPS, scoring 18 runs with nine pilfers. There's no reason for him to stop running. He's the top choice for help in steals down the stretch and is still amazingly available in some mixed leagues.

jorge polanco

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JPolanco, Min Paul Sporer 180        
KKiermaier, TB Dr. Roto 10 Paul Sporer 11                                                                           
MZunino, Sea Dr. Roto 5        
LGiolito, CWS Dr. Roto 5        
JHader, Mil Paul Sporer 4        
RMontero, NYM Vlad Sedler 4        
RDickey, Atl Vlad Sedler 4        
CVazquez, Bos Kyle Elfrink 3 Paul Sporer 1      
AGarcia, CWS Vlad Sedler 3        
CGreen, NYY Paul Sporer 2        
JFamilia, NYM Vlad Sedler 2        
OAlbies, Atl Vlad Sedler 2        
MMinor, KC Paul Sporer 2        
JHicks, Det Paul Sporer 1        
MMahtook, Det Peter Kreutzer 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
NCastellanos, Det Paul Sporer 5                                                                                                    
KBarraclough, Mia Paul Sporer 2        
MGivens, Bal Paul Sporer 2        
KSuzuki, Atl Paul Sporer 1        


Todd's Take

It's getting tight with Vlad Sedler holding a slim three-game lead over Andrea Lamont at the top. Kyle Elfrink is third, within shouting distance of the leaders. The interesting part if Kyle's final two matchups are with Vlad and Andrea. He'll need to beat them both handily and get some help, but he's still in the mix.

 

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