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Tuesday 19th Sep 2017


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 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.




Collin McHugh, HOU $15 Yahoo! Sports 15 Mastersball 11 RotoWire 9
USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Andre Rienzo, CWS $7 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Raul Valdes, HOU $4 SiriusXM 4
Alex Presley, HOU $3 Fangraphs 3
Fernando Salas, LAA $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1
Dan Otero, OAK $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA $1 Fangraphs 1
J.R. Murphy, NYY $1 ESPN 1


Ronald Belisario, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Marc Rzepczynski, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1
Jonathan Herrera, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Fernando Abad, OAK USA TODAY Sports 1
Don Kelly, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Adam Warren, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Crow, KC USA TODAY Sports 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well the Erik Bedard tryout ended quickly so I tried this week to add a better starting pitcher and put $11 on Houston’s Collin McHugh who has been tremendous in his first two starts and gets the struggling Mariners at home on Sunday or $7 on the White Sox Andre Rienzo who does have a decent two start week against Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

My bid on McHugh was the highest underbid, but Brandon Funston won the Houston starter for $15. I did win Rienzo so hopefully Jose Abreu can give him enough runs.




Jace Peterson, SD $5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 ESPN - Karabell 1
Bobby Abreu, NYM $3 Fantasy Insiders 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Michael Bolsinger, ARI $3 Sandlot Shrink 3
Tony Sanchez, PIT $2 Inside Edge 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tyler Lyons, STL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Zach Walters, WSH $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Brandon Cumpton, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jean Machi, SF $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1


Sean Marshall, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1
Sandy Leon, WSH Inside Edge 1
Jeff Mathis, MIA Inside Edge 1
Zach Duke, MIL Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Leading the cluster of FAAB claims for this week in the National League LABR was the first trade of the season.

The participants were Rotowire's Derek Van Riper, and yours truly.

As I noted in my KFFL piece of last week, I have the best pitching, but the weakest hitting in the league, and part of my hitting problem is rooted in simply getting around 30-40 fewer at-bats than all the other teams. So, with Cole Hamels coming off the DL, I offered one of my starters for a full time hitter.

So, I traded DVR Jordan Zimmerman and Jacob Turner for Aaron Hill and Carter Capps.

Hopefully this will be a tonic for both our teams.

On the FAAB side, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $5 for the rights to San Diego middle infielder Jace Peterson (there was on challenging $1 bid) and also nabbed Jean Machi for a dollar during the week their red-hot team moved to the top of standings/

Fantasy Insiders and Derek Carty spent next, grabbing now Met vet Bobby Abreu for $3, out-financing a couple of $1 attempts at the prize.

Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski also spent $3 for San Diego hurler Michael Bolsinger trying to give his squad a shot in the arm.

Finally, Steve Moyer and the Inside Edge went in search of saves shelling out $2 a buck for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Oddly, being the lowest in the standings was the decider, as three other teams had the same plan, only without that ironic success.




Joe Smith, LAA $15 Rotowire-Erickson 15 Fangraphs 13
RotoExperts 9 KFFL.com 6
MLB.com 3
Phil Hughes, MIN $6 Baseball HQ 6 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2 Mastersball 2
Juan Francisco, TOR $6 KFFL.com 6 Rotowire-Colton 5 Razzball 2
Craig Gentry, OAK $5 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball Prospectus 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM $4 Mastersball 4 KFFL.com 3 Rotowire-Colton 2
David Phelps, NYY $4 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 4
Nate McLouth, WSH $3 Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 3
Collin McHugh, HOU $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Bloomberg Sports 1
Mastersball 2
Danny Duffy, KC $1 Baseball HQ 1
Jon Jay, STL $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Lyons, STL $1 Razzball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Sam Fuld, MIN $1 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1


Ian Stewart, LAA KFFL.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 1
Cesar Ramos, TB USA TODAY Sports 1
Jeremy Guthrie, KC Mastersball 1
Jordan Walden, ATL Baseball HQ 1
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Mastersball 1
Michael Saunders, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1
Nick Vincent, SD Mastersball 1
Ryan Vogelsong, SF Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Chatwood, COL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Vidal Nuno, NYY Rotowire-Erickson 1
Wade Davis, KC Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oy vey. First he was Dice-K. Then he became Dice-BB. Now? Introducing Dice-SV. Well, I least I hope so anyway. While I have a rather ample gut, I don't often use it strategically. I don't know, I just have this weird feeling Matsuzaka is going to emerge from the Mets' bullpen as the regular closer.

Now you know why I don't rely on my gut very often.

But, my squad has been so injury-riddled that I'm going to need some help and if I have a closer to spare, I may be able to swing a deal to make up some ground.

One tenet of fantasy baseball is to wait on pitching in your draft/auction since arms will be available in-season. This week's pick-ups are going to put that to the test as Phil Hughes, Collin McHugh, Tyler Lyons and Danny Duffy were all acquired. Of the group, McHugh is most intriguing to me. Sure, regression will rear its ugly head but the fall may not be as steep as some may suggest. I said in the spring that I'll use Hughes at home and with Minnesota's offense scoring more runs than expected, he makes for a sneaky streaming option.

The more I think about Juan Francisco, the more I wonder if he can at least partially follow the path of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion -- increase contact and let his plus power rack up the homers. I think he's a great gamble while Adam Lind is out. 

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