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.
|Hector Santiago, LAA||$17||ESPN.com 17||Colton & The Wolfman 8||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Brad Snyder, TEX||$6||RotoWire 6||USA TODAY Sports 6||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4|
|Colton & The Wolfman 3||ESPN.com 3||Fangraphs 2|
|Mike Morin, LAA||$2||Baseball HQ 2|
|Hector Noesi, CWS||$1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|George Kottaras, CLE||$1||ESPN.com 1|
|Endy Chavez, SEA||$1||Fangraphs 1|
|Kevin Jepsen, LAA||$1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Willie Bloomquist, SEA||ESPN.com 1||Fangraphs 1||RotoWire 1|
|Marwin Gonzalez, HOU||RotoWire 1|
|Scott Baker, TEX||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jesus Guzman, HOU||ESPN.com 1|
|Don Kelly, DET||ESPN.com 1|
|Adam Warren, NYY||ESPN.com 1|
|Cam Bedrosian, LAA||Baseball HQ 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
A small bidding war in the AL league erupted for new Ranger first baseman Brad Snyder with half the teams in the league putting in a bid between $2 and $6. In fact there were two six dollar bids so the standings tie-breaker sent him to Rotowire’s Chris Liss.
The high bid for the week however was $17 from ESPN’s Tristan Cockcroft for the re-emergent Hector Santiago of the Angels.
I'm sure you all have analysts you favor for whatever reason. Something I like to do is use the bidding to get an idea of how my brethren feel about players for which I have a vested interest in other leagues. It helps even more if the information is gleaned from a person whose opinion you most respect. To me, there's no one better at what he does than Tristan and I find his bidding on Santiago quite telling. My ESPN colleague did not back up the bid with another starter- it was Santiago or bust. He wasn't looking for a starter - if he did there would be bids on others. The back-up was reliever Adam Warren. He wanted Santiago and he got him. I've been holding onto Santiago in a few leagues and I have a little peace of mind that was justified.
|Reid Brignac, PHI||$7||Mastersball 7||Sandlot Shrink 2|
|Chris Coghlan, CHC||$2||Sandlot Shrink 2||Colton & The Wolfman 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Charlie Culberson, COL||$1||Baseball HQ 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|J.T. Realmuto, MIA||$1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Matthew den Dekker, NYM||$1||Fantasy Insiders 1||Baseball HQ 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|John Baker, CHC||$1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Travis Snider, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
|Wil Nieves, PHI||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tim Federowicz, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Joaquin Arias, SF||Mastersball 1|
|Elian Herrera, MIL||Mastersball 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Although there were only six Waiver transactions this cycle, four of those moves resulted in what could be construed as bidding wars.
I managed to grab Reid Brignac for $7 to plug my horrid third base slot, vacated with the injury to Emilio Bonifacio, beating out a $2 shot for the former Orioles top prospect.
So, though that was not a bidding war, it did represent the highest payout of the week, but certainly not the most contested.
Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink dropped $2 for Chris Coghlan, staving off another $2 bid and a pair of $1 shots.
Similarly, Doug Dennis (BBHQ) won the rights to infielder Charlie Culberson for a $1, holding back three other $1 shots, winning Culberson thanks to the dubious honor of being lowest in the standings among the bidders.
Fantasy Insiders nabbed Matthew den Dekker in the same fashion, as two other LABR squads were willing to go that same buck for the Mets outfielder.
Finally, there were a pair of unchallenged bids: $1 for J.T. Realmuto to Mr. Dennis, and $1 for John Baker to the NFBC/Stats, Inc boys, Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.
Again, FAAB movement was limited largely due to a dearth of any players worthy of rostering for more than a cursory bid.
However, if there is a big inter-league swap or two, it will be interesting to see how that bidding goes.
As Lawr has described, there's an interesting cat-and-mouse game going on with the have and have nots with respect to FAAB. Here's a look at the standings with the FAAB left per team:
|Colton & The Wolfman||75.5||$83|
|USA TODAY Sports||75.5||$90|
|ESPN - Karabell||70.5||$92|
|RotoWire - DVR||68.5||$138|
With the caveat that things could change as LABR rebates FAAB for injured players (which is why Derek Van Riper has more than $100), the league leader Steve Moyer holds the second position. Having the second spot means you (usually) get the best hitter or pitcher unless the second best available player at one is superior than the best at the other or need dictates one over the other. The point being, many times, holding the second most FAAB is just as good as the most if your needs (hitter versus pitcher) differ from the FAAB leader. Steve is in a good spot since he can still put in a few low single digit bids in the case of emergency. Like Lawr, I'm very much looking forward to how this plays out.
ETA: Thanks to Doug Dennis for pointing out I inadvertently listed Derek Carty as the league leader. Sorry Steve, I owe you one and I'm sure you'll make me pay -- emotionally if not financially.
|Jake McGee, TB||$8||Fangraphs 8|
|Eugenio Suarez, DET||$6||RotoExperts 6||MLB.com 3|
|Neil Ramirez, CHC||$4||Fangraphs 4||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Kyle Gibson, MIN||$2||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|A.J. Ellis, LAD||$2||Razzball 2|
|Edinson Volquez, PIT||$2||Rotowire-Erickson 2|
|John Danks, CWS||$1||Baseball Prospectus 1||Rotowire-Erickson 1||MLB.com 1|
|Logan Morrison, SEA||$1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Luis Valbuena, CHC||$1||Baseball HQ 1||Razzball 1|
|Jeremy Guthrie, KC||$1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Chris Young, SEA||$1||MLB.com 1|
|Josh Rutledge, COL||$1||Razzball 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jonathan Broxton, CIN||$1||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Stephen Vogt, OAK||$1||Mastersball 1|
|Jose Lobaton, WSH||Mastersball 1||Razzball 1|
|Robinson Chirinos, TEX||Mastersball 1||Razzball 1|
|Erik Bedard, TB||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|J.A. Happ, TOR||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Jesse Hahn, SD||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Matt Shoemaker, LAA||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Pat Neshek, STL||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Jordy Mercer, PIT||Razzball 1|
|Ryan Hanigan, TB||Razzball 1|
|Chris Gimenez, TEX||Mastersball 1|
|John Buck, SEA||Mastersball 1|
|Michael McKenry, COL||Mastersball 1|
|Nick Hundley, BAL||Mastersball 1|
|Rene Rivera, SD||Mastersball 1|
|Hector Santiago, LAA||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Jhoulys Chacin, COL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Nick Tepesch, TEX||Baseball Prospectus 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Woohoo! With apologies to one of the really good guys in the industry - KFFL's TIM Heaney - WOOHOO! For about two hours last week I flip-flopped with Tim and was in 14th place!.Since me deals I've actually gained 17 points in the standings but I think that has as much to do with some players finally getting their act together as it does shrewd maneuvering. Now of course one of my newly acquired players, Christian Yelich is hurt. Story of my season.
Oh yeah, my catcher Wilson Ramos is hurt again which is the reason for my string of catchers. I got my first choice in Steven Vogt but am regretting not targeting Mike McKenry first.
In general it was a rather quiet week, nothing really sticks out. And besides, I need to leave something for....
Part of my plan the rest of the way is to punt ERA and WHIP and use the free agent pool to keep the supply of not-so-good starting pitchers plush. The results of this week's FAAB is very encouraging in that a bunch of starters that I could use (if I needed) went for no more than $1. I get dibs on a $1 tie - at least for now - so when I embark on more trading, I can hopefully turn James Shields into a hitting upgrade as well as converting David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman into lesser closers with a hitting bump. That is, I don't need to ask for pitching back.