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Wednesday 18th Oct 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.




Mookie Betts, BOS $62 Winning Fantasy Baseball 62 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 38 RotoWire 30
Colton & The Wolfman 21 Mastersball 17 Baseball HQ 11
Daniel Nava, BOS $28 Winning Fantasy Baseball 28 ESPN.com 9 RotoWire 4
Jason Grilli, LAA $11 Baseball HQ 11 ESPN.com 8 Fangraphs 7
Colton & The Wolfman 6 SiriusXM 6 RotoWire 3
Mastersball 2
Carlos Pena, TEX $8 RotoWire 8 ESPN.com 5
Erik Bedard, TB $7 RotoWire 7 SiriusXM 2
Zach Putnam, CWS $4 Fangraphs 4 SiriusXM 3 Baseball HQ 3
Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 2 ESPN.com 1
Jake Petricka, CWS $4 SiriusXM 4 Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 3
Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 2 RotoWire 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Javy Guerra, CWS $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 3 SiriusXM 4
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Darin Mastroianni, TOR $1 ESPN.com 1
Jose Veras, HOU $1 Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 2


Charlie Furbush, SEA SiriusXM 10
Adam Warren, NYY SiriusXM 2
Kevin Correia, MIN SiriusXM 2
Aaron Crow, KC SiriusXM 1
Casey Fien, MIN Fangraphs 1
Cesar Ramos, TB SiriusXM 1
Neal Cotts, TEX RotoWire 1
Yoervis Medina, SEA SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Larry Schechter, Winning Fantasy Baseball, finally got a chance to bully the weekly bidding with the most FAAB as he won the Mookie Betts derby for a cool $62. The five underbids on Betts ranged from $11 to $38.

Schechter also won Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava for $28 giving him two thirds of the current Boston outfield, both previously unowned.

The first crossover player from the NL, new Angels RP Jason Grilli, received seven bids from the twelve owners with underbids of $2 to $8 below Dave Adler’s winning $11 bid.

Todd's Take.

This concept has come up previously - knowing what MLB teams your competitors follow and using that to help read between the lines with their bids. Larry Schechter is a Red Sox fan. But he's also a big fan of winning at fantasy baseball (see what I did there?) so he's not going be a fan-boy and go all-in on a couple of Boston outfielders if he didn't believe these two would offer him more help than anyone else that becomes available going forward. Sure, there could be a measure of desperation, but Larry isn't going to put all his eggs in a basket he doesn't believe in. If he does, so should you.




Marco Gonzales, STL $21 RotoWire - DVR 21
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD $17 RotoWire - DVR 17 Mastersball 5
Eric Campbell, NYM $7 Mastersball 7 Fantasy Insiders 4 RotoWire - DVR 3
Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Jacob deGrom, NYM $7 RotoWire - DVR 7
Ernesto Frieri, PIT $7 RotoWire - DVR 7
Adam Duvall, SF $6 Colton & The Wolfman 6
Donovan Solano, MIA $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Tom Kahnle, COL $3 Mastersball 3
Craig Stammen, WSH $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Travis Snider, PIT $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
John Baker, CHC $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1


Matt Stites, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1
David Buchanan, PHI USA TODAY Sports 1
Carlos Villanueva, CHC USA TODAY Sports 1
Bryan Morris, MIA USA TODAY Sports 1
Mike Bolsinger, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1
Justin De Fratus, PHI USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

After sitting on a wad of FAAB cash for the first half of the season, RotoWire's Derek van Riper shot a chunk this week, purchasing four pitchers and overhauling his staff.

First, he grabbed Cardinals hurler Marco Gonzales ($21), and then outbid just me with $17 for the interesting Odrisamer Despaigne (I bid $5), and the $7 for Jacob deGrom, winding things up with a  $7 save crap shoot for Ernesto Frieri. Aside from the Despaigne challenge, the other bids were uncontested, meaning DVR could have spent just $3 on $35 of actual cost.

But, he had the money, and decided it was time to take a shot. In all DVR spent $52 for four players: $7 more than I gambled on Joe Panik last week.

I managed to grab Eric Campbell for my Mastersball team, which now features nine players on the DL. I  expect Campbell to get hurt this week so I can replace him next, however (there were six bids between $2-$4 I beat out). I also nabbed Thomas Kahnle to spell the again injured Andrew Cashner.

Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf went for a pair of players: Adam Duvall ($6) and infielder Donovan Solano ($3), leaving the final $1 players as John Baker (NFBC/Stats) and Steve Gardner dropped a buck on Craig Stammen.

Todd's Take.

While I'm still a firm believer that pitching needs to be addressed more aggressively than before in the draft, I'm beginning to reconsider my perception that not as much useful pitching emerges in-season. So while I'll still look to draft or purchase a solid foundation, I'll also look to improve the back-end of my staff in-season and direct a little more draft assets to the dwindling offensive side of the ledger.




Mookie Betts, BOS $35 Rotowire-Colton 35 RotoExperts 13 MLB.com 11
ESPN.com 10 USA TODAY Sports 8 Fangraphs 6
Grant Green, LAA $6 RotoExperts 6
Santiago Casilla, SF $6 RotoExperts 6 Baseball HQ 6 Fangraphs 5
Rotowire-Colton 3
Jacob Petricka, CWS $4 Baseball HQ 4 Rotowire-Colton 3
Jordy Mercer, PIT $3 KFFL.com 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
Jeremy Affeldt, SF $3 Rotowire-Colton 3
J.A. Happ, TOR $3 USA TODAY Sports 3
Zach Putnam, CWS $3 Fangraphs 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
Vance Worley, PIT $1 MLB.com 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Ryan Hanigan, TB $1 Baseball HQ 1


Joe Panik, SF KFFL.com 1
Brian Roberts, NYY KFFL.com 1
David Phelps, NYY MLB.com 1
Gregor Blanco, SF Rotowire-Colton 1
Eric Campbell, NYM Rotowire-Colton 1
Kevin Kiermaier, TB Rotowire-Colton 1
Zack Cozart, CIN Rotowire-Colton 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

You always need to acquire the best player in a deal, right? Hogwash, I say. Your overall team outlook needs to be improved after a deal. I made the next swap in my effort to climb out of last place by dealing Mike Trout, Aroldis Chapman, Doug Fister and Chris Owings for Troy Tulowitzki, Curtis Granderson, Rafael Soriano and Tyler Clippard. Well, OK, there isn't that much of a difference between Trout and a healthy Tulo but in general I'm not a fan of any advice that included the words always or never.

Offensively, I should accrue more counting stats from the Tulowitzki and Granderson pair than from Trout and Owings and that's where I need the most help - HR, RBI and runs. I'm last in steals with little chance of anything more than the 1 point you get for signing your name. On the pitching side, even though I'm middle of the pack in ERA, since I'm very poor in WHIP, I expect the ERA to worsen as the season progresses so I made the decision to accept the loss and not worry about ratios and focus on wins and whiffs. Thus losing Fister isn't an issue and neither is the downgrade in closer. A points total in the middle 70's is attaiable and even though that will leave me 50 points shy of the title, it's quite an improvement from the 39 I had when I embarked on this campaign to achieve mediocrity.

Todd's Take.

It's fairly rare that the top FAAB bid in the mixed league is the same as one of the single formats but Mookie Betts pulled it off this week. The reason is while there is a reserve list in LABR, the reserve to active rules in the AL and NL formats favor using Major League players though there will always be owners that stash a prospect or two. Back in early March, Betts did not carry the prospect cache worthy of a reserve stash in this format. Note this was also true in AL Tout but Mastersball's Rob Leibowitz stealthly snagged Betts a couple weeks ago using a unique Tout rule discussed in the Tout Wars report.

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