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Sunday 19th Feb 2017

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jmaxwell

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yohan Pino, MIN $8 USA TODAY Sports 8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Mastersball 1
Justin Maxwell, KC $3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Mastersball 1
Brad Mills, OAK $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 1
Joel Hanrahan, DET $1 Mastersball 1
Steve Tolleson, TOR $1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1
Don Kelly, DET $1 Mastersball 1
Efren Navarro, LAA $1 Mastersball 1
Logan Forsythe, TB $1 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

Kevin Correia, MIN USA TODAY Sports 3
Casey Fien, MIN Mastersball 1
Daniel Robertson, TEX Mastersball 1
Jason Frasor, TEX Mastersball 1
Jerry Sands, TB Mastersball 1
Kirby Yates, TB Mastersball 1
Tommy Hunter, BAL Mastersball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In the AL LABR league I didn’t think there would be a lot of bidding. There weren’t great targets and while I welcomed two more outfielders to the DL I thought multiple string of one dollar bids would work fine.

Well that was mostly correct except for Steve Gardner of USA Today Sports lobbing an $8 bid for a thirty year old who just got his first start in the majors. Needless to say he won Yohan Pinto and at only double the next highest bid.

Justin Maxwell, recently recalled by the Royals with my Norichika Aoki on the DL, went for $3 to Larry Schechter, Winning Fantasy Baseball, who leads the league in FAAB dollars.

I will have to plug in my dollar outfielders – Steve Tolleson, Don Kelly, and Efren Navarro. I had bid one dollar on Pino but got my second choice of pitchers – Tommy Hunter of the Orioles (the Hanrahan bid was reversed because in LABR you can't FAAB a player on the DL)

Todd's Take

Poor Kevin Correia. To borrow from Perry, a thirty year old who just got his first start inspired a bidding war while Correia saw a sole contingency bid. In the name of full disclosure (albeit an admitted humblebrag), I had Correia on my staff twice when I took down the NFBC NL-only high stakes auction so he has a soft spot with me but it seems to me if you're willing to take a shot at Pino you should also be willing to accept what Correia offers.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jhahn

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Joe Panik, SF $47 Mastersball 47 Yahoo Sports 44 RotoWire - DVR 18
Colton & The Wolfman 6 Fantasy Insiders 1
Jesse Hahn, SD $16 Colton & The Wolfman 16 Baseball HQ 7 ESPN - Karabell 6
Sandlot Shrink 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Miguel Rojas, LAD $9 Mastersball 9
Jeff Locke, PIT $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 2
Vance Worley, PIT $3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 5 ESPN - Karabell 2
Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 1
Jake Goebbert, SD $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pedro Strop, CHC $1 Inside Edge 1
Daniel Descalso, STL $1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Elian Herrera, MIL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1
RotoWire - DVR 1
Tony Watson, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1

 UNAWARDED BIDS

David Buchanan, PHI Sandlot Shrink 2
Travis Snider, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 1
Roger Kieschnick, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Shane Robinson, STL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pat Neshek, STL Inside Edge 1
Dana Eveland, NYM Inside Edge 1
Joaquin Arias, SF RotoWire - DVR 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Finally.

A couple of prospect move to the NL LABR free agent pool who are not spoken for. Which means neither is named Andrew Heaney, who belongs to RotoExperts Lenny Melnick.

I confess to having spent over half my remaining FAAB budget on the Giants second baseman, Joe Panik.

Since my team is mired in 11th place, going nowhere, I figured I had to go for broke, in fact, I changed my bid from $29, to $37, and finally to $47, all within the span of the final three hours before the 9 PM PT deadline.

Apparently the move was warranted, as I beat out four bids, the highest being a $44 shot (also bids of $18, $6, and $1 were submitted) suggesting that this time acting out of "panic" was indeed prudent.

Then, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf spent $16 on Padres hurler Jesse Hahn, out-gambling again four wannabe owners who submitted bids of $7, $6, $2, and $1, respectively. Rick and Glenn also went for pitcher Jeff Locke ($3) throwing down three $2 attempts, and then dropped a buck on Jake Goebbert to flesh out their team.

As my Mastersball team has been struggling with the hot corner since draft day, when we wasted $8 on Maikel Franco, we were able to again plug the whole previously owned by Joaquin Arias (who can't hit), then Emilio Bonifacio (who went on the DL), then Reid Brignac (who went on the DL) on the Dodgers Miguel Rojas. In that case $1 would have been a better gamble, as no one else was interested in the Dodger.

Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius, of the NFBC/STATS squad then forked over $3 for pitcher Vance Worley, and again this time there were three challenge bids, two of $2 and one for a dollar.

Then came the litany of $1 players awarded: pretty much the path we have seen pretty much every week in NL LABR FAAB since the season began.

Doug Dennis (BBHQ) copped Tony Watson, Derek van Riper (Rotowire) got Daniel Descalso, , Greg and Shawn picked up Elian Herrera, and Steve Moyer (Inside Edge) added Pedro Strop.

Todd's Take

First off, I'd like to thanks my managing partners Brian in the NL Tout commentary and Lawr here in NL LABR -- should I go hack and make jokes about Joe Panik? Fortunately Brian and Lawr took care of that for me. My panic attack went for naught.

A common theme in these commentaries is the spend now as there may not be an opportunity to spend later. As Lawr alludes, that was part of his thinking and why he sagely upped his Panik bid. If I'm in this league, the mental note I make is Dalton Del Don of Yahoo is willing to spend on a free agent and not wait so when I place my bids, I take a look at his roster and if he appears to have an opening/need for a quality player I want, I better be willing to pay since there's a good chance he will.

MIXED LEAGUE

aheaney

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Andrew Heaney, MIA $21 Baseball Prospectus 21 RotoExperts 18 MLB.com 6
Fangraphs 3
J.D. Martinez, DET $10 USA TODAY Sports 10 KFFL.com 4 MLB.com 4
Baseball Prospectus 3
Jake Marisnick, MIA $8 ESPN.com 8 KFFL.com 1
Jarrod Dyson, KC $7 Baseball HQ 7 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 1
MLB.com 1
Brandon Crawford, SF $4 KFFL.com 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jesus Montero, SEA $4 FNTSY 4 RotoExperts 1
Jesse Hahn, SD $3 KFFL.com 3 MLB.com 3 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA $3 Rotowire-Erickson 3 KFFL.com 2
Jeff Locke, PIT $3 MLB.com 3
Steve Pearce, BAL $1 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 5 KFFL.com 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kevin Kiermaier, TB USA TODAY Sports 4 ESPN.com 2
Yohan Pino, MIN KFFL.com 3 MLB.com 1
Vance Worley, PIT Rotowire-Erickson 1
Jeurys Familia, NYM KFFL.com 1
Erik Bedard, TB KFFL.com 1
David Peralta, ARI KFFL.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Quiet week on the battle to not finish in last as I was at the FSTA conference in San Francisco and didn't want to engage in trade talks that I couldn't continue uninterrupted. I'm still looking to deal James Shields and convert Aroldis Chapman and David Robertson to lesser closers. That said I am heartened by the fact that there are again a couple of starting pitchers I could have had for $1 that fit my I-don't-care-about-ratios strategy.

Todd's Take

Wanting to trade pitching for hitting is one thing. Being able to actually do it is another. In an effort to be pro-active, I looked at all the rosters over the weekend in an effort to find a competitor that could use some pitching and had some hitting to spare. The prospects are not promising. I knew this was an issue in AL and NL only formats - with the current landscape, pounding up an excess of counting stats is next to impossible. But I was naive to how hard it is in a 15-team mixed league. It's a different time. Pitching is dominating. Fantasy teams simply can't afford to deal away hitting - there's too many points to lose.

This poses an interesting conundrum. I've been preaching that in order to keep up with pitching, you need to invest a little more in pitching than a few years ago. I still believe that.

On the other hand, due to the non-linear manner talent levels descend, the best way to bully counting stats is to spend early picks on hitters. There's only so many early picks. You can't draft both the best hitters and an ace pitcher.

I don't know the answer but I suspect it revolves around which facet is more likely to emanate from later picks and in-season acquisitions. In the past, this was pitching and it wasn't close. Personal research shows the gap is closing. I need to spend some time in the off-season really analyzing where unexpected stats come from. I don't want to assume it is pitching.

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