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Monday 23rd Oct 2017


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

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.




BNorris, Bal 32 Rob Leibowitz 38 Andy Behrens 31 Ron Shandler 22
Jason Collette 12 Steve Moyer 7
BSnyder, Tex 23 Andy Behrens 31 Larry Schechter 22 Jeff Erickson 10
Mike Podhorzer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JMontero, Sea 12 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 13 Larry Schechter 11 Steve Moyer 7
Jason Collette 6
STolleson, Tor 3 Jeff Erickson 5 Larry Schechter 2
JGuzman, Hou 1 Jason Collette 3 Larry Schechter 1
BRyan, NYY 1 Jason Collette 1
JHerrera, Bos 1 Larry Schechter 1 Jason Collette 1
EFryer, Min 1 Jason Collette 3
KJepsen, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0
DRobertson, Tex 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0


CParmelee, Min Jason Collette 2 Larry Schechter 0
GKottaras, Cle Jason Collette 1
MSierra, CWS Larry Schechter 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
AWarren, NYY Ron Shandler 0
DLeone, Sea Ron Shandler 0
FSalas, LAA Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This is Brad Snyder’s big chance. The former Indian and first round pick  is the beneficiary of the injuries to Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland and should significant playing time or at least should receive the longest audition of his career. In recent seasons the 32-year old has finally tapped into his power potential and has taken advantage of the rather hitter friendly conditions at Round Rock with 18 homers in 260 plate appearances. Given an all or nothing approach that has seen his strikeouts rise to the 30%-plus level in Triple-A, this is not someone likely to hit for average, but could be useful in OBP leagues given a fair amount of patience and power-hitting abilities. His profile is that of a platoon player and it may be exactly in that capacity that the Rangers will use him.

Bud Norris was released last week and was instantly the subject of some aggressive bidding as a result of a decent track record for staying generally healthy and missing bats, albeit mediocre results in the ERA department. Norris currently owns a 3.73 ERA and is throwing strikes more consistently in the past, but some may have been scared off by a .257 batting average on balls in play and a slightly elevated left-on base rate. Norris’ strikeout rates have also had a three-year downward trend, but the righty is actually throwing harder than he has in several seasons, so an injury is not a likely culprit for that decline. Some regression is likely especially if the strikeout rates don’t climb, but it’ not often you get a chance to bid on a durable veteran with some upside in mid-season that is not a league crossover acquisition.

Todd's Take

I like it -- see something you like and go for it without worrying about your FAAB totals at the deadline. Sure, Jeff Samardzija or Cliff Lee may be traded to the AL. Or maybe Bud Norris is the best available starter in AL Tout for the rest of the season. In this case the proverbial bird-in-hand is an Oriole.




JNelson, Mil 9 Steve Gardner 37 Phil Hertz 8
JLobaton, Was 4 Phil Hertz 7 Peter Kreutzer 3 Mike Gianella 1
Derek Carty 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
JHahn, SD 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Peter Kreutzer 3 Phil Hertz 3
Steve Gardner 0
VWorley, Pit 3 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 2 Steve Gardner 1
CBethancourt, Atl 1 Brian Walton 1
RPena, Atl 1 Gene McCaffrey 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Scott Wilderman 0
TCampana, Ari 1 Lenny Melnick  12 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 0
EAdrianza, SF 1 Phil Hertz 1
JTurner, Mia 1 Derek Carty 3 Steve Gardner 6
SSchumaker, Cin 1 Seth Trachtman 1
ABastardo, Phi 0 Scott Wilderman 0
ECampbell, NYM 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty 0
DButera, LAD 0 Scott Wilderman 0
TSnider, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
TCruz, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Phil Hertz 0
CBarmes, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RWheeler, Col 0 Derek Carty 0


JBaker, ChC Gene McCaffrey 0 Phil Hertz 0
JDeFratus, Phi Steve Gardner 0
JEdgin, NYM Steve Gardner 0
JArias, SF Seth Trachtman 0
JDiekman, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
JHowell, LAD Scott Wilderman 0
JRomak, LAD Scott Wilderman 0
ZDuke, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
CStewart, Pit Phil Hertz 0
JMathis, Mia Phil Hertz 0
JPerez, SF Phil Hertz 0
WNieves, Phi Phil Hertz 0
CHernandez, Phi Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Milwaukee right-hander Jimmy Nelson is one to watch. A 6-foot-6, he is easy to spot, but his results have stood out as well with 86 strikeouts in 77 2/3 Triple-A innings to go with a 1.51 ERA. The 25-year-old made one spot start in May and should be back soon. USA TODAY's Steve Gardner made sure he was the winning bidder with a $37 offer, reduced to $9.  

Despite being a reserve catcher with Washington, Jose Lobaton has always offered a decent on-base percentage. In addition, Wilson Ramos has not proven to be an iron man. As such, Lobaton drew multiple bids this week, going to Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ for $4, down from $7.

Tim Stauffer's injury created opportunity to Jesse Hahn of San Diego for a second recall from Double-A. This time was more successful, as the 24-year-old right-hander threw six scoreless innings at the Mets on Saturday. Tristan H. Cockcroft was willing to go $9, but had to pay just $4.

With dependable but unexciting Bronson Arroyo heading to the disabled list, I picked up another unexciting starter in Pittsburgh's Vance Worley. His long-term value seems to depend on Francisco Liriano staying away or another Bucs rotation member going down. To roster Worley, I had to spend just half of my maximum $6 offer.

Todd's Take

It seemed to me that the activity in the NL paled in comparison to the AL so I thought I'd look at the FAAB totals. I'm admittedly surprised.

Derek Carty 83.5 $42
Seth Trachtman 81 $74
Tristan H. Cockcroft 74 $89
Phil Hertz 69 $29
Steve Gardner 68.5 $84
Peter Kreutzer 66 $70
Lenny Melnick 65.5 $45
Todd Zola 61.5 $96
Gene McCaffrey 57 $34
Mike Gianella 56.5 $141
Scott Wilderman 49 $84
Brian Walton 48.5 $69

I thought there would be more money left. I'm especially not happy that I hold so much FAAB and am wondeing what I missed. It's never too early to think about how one will do things in the future so this week I'm going to review the season's worth of bids and see if I was right or wrong not taking many plunges.




ESuarez, Det 9 Scott Swanay 25 Fred Zinkie 8 David Gonos 6
Al Melchior 6 Scott Pianowski 5
SVogt, Oak 2 Paul Singman 2 Scott Pianowski 2
JMontero, Sea 1 Ray Flowers 6
SCasilla, SF 1 Tim Heaney 6
JHahn, SD 1 Derek Van Riper 2
JCosart, Hou 1 Al Melchior 3
JSmith, LAA 1 Zach Steinhorn 6
ChJohnson, Atl 1 Zach Steinhorn 6
HConger, LAA 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Zach Steinhorn 0
TKoehler, Mia 0 Patrick Davitt 0
JJay, StL 0 Patrick Davitt 0
JBuck, Sea 0 Scott Pianowski 0
RChirinos, Tex 0 Zach Steinhorn 0


JNelson, Mil Tim Heaney 3
JMachi, SF Tim Heaney 3
TMatzek, Col Tim Heaney 1
EVolquez, Pit Tim Heaney 1
TSnider, Pit Patrick Davitt 0
RNolasco, Min Patrick Davitt 0
RHanigan, TB Zach Steinhorn 0
JLocke, Pit Patrick Davitt 0
JLobaton, Was Cory Schwartz 0
HSanchez, SF Zach Steinhorn 0
CGimenez, Tex Cory Schwartz 0
ARecker, NYM Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Talk about a low-cost FAAB week. Tigers top prospect Eugenio Suarez was by far the most popular target, and being that Scott Swanay has by far the most FAAB dollars left of any owner in the league, if he really wants a player, he’s going to get that player. As for Suarez, he’s kicked off his big league career in impressive fashion, posting a .375 batting average with three homers and six RBI over his first nine games. Although his minor league stat lines aren’t exactly jaw-dropping, Suarez was performing very well prior to his call-up and offers some power and some speed. But perhaps most importantly, Detroit’s lack of appealing alternatives at the shortstop position means that Suarez will likely get a long look.

In need of a catcher to fill in for the again injured Wilson Ramos, I had considered placing a bid on failed (for now) former elite prospect Jesus Montero, who despite no longer playing the catcher position, is still catcher-eligible. But after earning a big league promotion thanks to his eight home runs and 40 RBI in 59 Triple-A contests this year, Montero appeared in only one game over the weekend, so I was ultimately scared off by the initial lack of playing time. Still, Ray Flowers’ $1 addition is an intriguing one that could pay off if the playing time situation in Seattle changes.

Instead of Montero, I made the hot-hitting Robinson Chirinos my temporary (hopefully) Ramos replacement. Yeah, the OBP is terrible, but he does have two homers and five RBI in his last four games. Joe Smith is a low risk/high reward $1 pickup in the event that Ernesto Frieri’s complete meltdown on Saturday is a sign of things to come. Chris Johnson plays every day and is finally snapping out of his season-long funk, so I felt that he deserved to be on a roster, and I had some extra room.

Todd's Take

It's a recurring theme but once again, the results of the bidding really embellish how we all value players. Look at all the unopposed bids - even in the contingencies. Derek Van Riper only wanted Jesse Hahn, no one else. Ditto for Al Melchior with Jarred Cosart. Patrick Davitt was the only one to bid on Tom Koehler but he backed it up with Ricky Nolasco (not Hahn or Cosart).

I have no idea who will end up being right or wrong - and for this discussion it's really moot. I just find it fascinating that three really good fantasy players didn't share bids on three fairly equal starting pitchers.

One reason may be Tout Wars requires all free agents to be active the week of acquisition so perhaps the upcoming matchups played a part. Maybe one owner was looking long term while another really liked the schedule this week.




NRamirez, ChC 12 Eno Sarris 12 Tim McLeod 11 Charlie Wiegert 9
JRutledge, Col 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Nicholas Minnix 2 Ray Murphy 1
Adam Ronis 0
AEthier, LAD 3 Adam Ronis 3 Tom Kessenich 2
LValbuena, ChC 1 Ray Murphy 1 Adam Ronis 0
KKiermaier, TB 1 Eno Sarris 2 Charlie Wiegert 9 Adam Ronis 3
JSmith, LAA 1 Nicholas Minnix 2 Tim McLeod 1
JMontero, Sea 1 Adam Ronis 4 Charlie Wiegert 2
JLobaton, Was 1 Anthony Perri 1 Adam Ronis 0
WChen, Bal 1 Charlie Wiegert 5
JHahn, SD 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
JMcGee, TB 1 Anthony Perri 4
SCasilla, SF 1 Tim McLeod 3
DJeter, NYY 1 Tom Kessenich 1
JGray, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 2


EEscobar, Min Charlie Wiegert 9
BWorkman, Bos Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod 2
JLocke, Pit Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
KGibson, Min Tom Kessenich 2
TMedica, SD Charlie Wiegert 2
GFloyd, Atl Charlie Wiegert 1 Eno Sarris 1
BSnyder, Tex Tom Kessenich 1 Adam Ronis 0
BAbreu, NYM Eno Sarris 1
EBedard, TB Charlie Wiegert 1
EVolquez, Pit Tom Kessenich 1
JCosart, Hou Tom Kessenich 1
JGuthrie, KC Tom Kessenich 1
JMercer, Pit Ray Murphy 1
MAviles, Cle Tom Kessenich 1
HConger, LAA Adam Ronis 0
NHundley, Bal Adam Ronis 0
RHanigan, TB Adam Ronis 0
WVenable, SD Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Once again potential saves were the hot commodity as Fangraphs’ Eno Harris out bid both Charlie Wiegert ($9) and Tim McLeod ($11) to roster Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez for his full $12 bid.

All the other winning bids were from $1 to $3 with a smaller bidding war for Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier. Now I like Ethier too and would have considered bidding on him except that in TOUT (as well as LABR) leagues you have to have the player active for the week after you add him to your roster. This week the Dodgers play three games at home against the Colorado Rockies and then three games in San Diego against the Padres and Ethier and his mates will face left handed starting pitchers in half of those games – not when you want to deploy Ethier.

Todd's Take

It continues to baffle me how few in this league use $0 bids and I'm more convinced than ever they aren't aware they are able to (and also don't read this report and me pointing it out, but I digress). KNOW THY RULES!


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