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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.




Chase Headley, NYY $57 USA TODAY Sports 57 Baseball HQ 24 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 23
RotoWire 22 SiriusXM 21 KFFL.com 19
Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 8
Roenis Elias, SEA $11 RotoWire 11 KFFL.com 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN.com 1
Christopher Taylor, SEA $8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8
Aaron Sanchez, TOR $1 Fangraphs 1
Jose Veras, HOU $1 KFFL.com 1
Brandon Maurer, SEA $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR $1 SiriusXM 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY $1 SiriusXM 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Yahoo! Sports 3 SiriusXM 1
Zelous Wheeler, NYY $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1


Francisco Cervelli, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
L.J. Hoes, HOU SiriusXM 1 SiriusXM 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 SiriusXM 1
David Lough, BAL Yahoo! Sports 1
Nolan Reimold, TOR Yahoo! Sports 1
Brad Brach, BAL SiriusXM 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Casey Fien, MIN SiriusXM 1
Don Kelly, DET SiriusXM 1
Ryan Goins, TOR SiriusXM 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX SiriusXM 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA SiriusXM 1
Yohan Pino, MIN SiriusXM 1
Neal Cotts, TEX Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well I knew my $8 bid on Chase Headley from my puny thirteen dollar stash wouldn’t hold up but I could freeze out three competitors. There were nine of the twelve teams that bid on the new Yankee third baseman but USA Today’s Steve Gardner all in bid of $57 beat the three bids in the twenties. But fighting to improve Steve guarded against a similar push from KFFL.

Two Mariners drew the other bids of more than a dollar with Rotowire’s Chris Liss buying the resurgent Roenis Elias for $11 while NFBC/Stats Greg Ambrosius grabbed new shortstop Chris Taylor.

Todd's Take.




Jake Peavy, SF $89 Fantasy Insiders 89 Sandlot Shrink 41 Inside Edge 22
RotoExperts 17 RotoWire - DVR 16 ESPN - Karabell 4
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
A.J. Pierzynski, STL $37 USA TODAY Sports 37 Inside Edge 22 Baseball HQ 22
RotoExperts 12 Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Yangervis Solarte, SD $15 Baseball HQ 15 RotoExperts 12 Fantasy Insiders 7
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 RotoWire - DVR 6 Inside Edge 5
ESPN - Karabell 4 Sandlot Shrink 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jordany Valdespin, MIA $7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Baseball HQ 2
Kyle Hendricks, CHC $5 RotoWire - DVR 5 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Chris Nelson, SD $3 Sandlot Shrink 3 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Jeff Francoeur, SD $2 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC $2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Brad Hand, MIA $1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 3
Ben Paulsen, COL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 2
Nate McLouth, WSH $1 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Pedro Strop, CHC $1 Inside Edge 1


Tyler Matzek, COL RotoWire - DVR 3
Travis Wood, CHC RotoWire - DVR 2
Jeff Mathis, MIA USA TODAY Sports 2
Kristopher Negron, CIN Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Zach Walters, WSH Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Gerald Laird, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1
Joaquin Arias, SF RotoWire - DVR 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI RotoWire - DVR 1
Jacob Turner, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Antonio Bastardo, PHI Inside Edge 1
J.P. Howell, LAD Inside Edge 1
Jake Diekman, PHI Inside Edge 1
Jean Machi, SF Inside Edge 1
Bobby Abreu, NYM Baseball HQ 1
Brent Morel, PIT Baseball HQ 1
George Kontos, SF Baseball HQ 1
Justin De Fratus, PHI Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary


After three months of sitting on chunks of FAAB, finally cut loose this past week dumping a wad on the trade deadline spoils.

Leading the pack was the $89 price tag for new Giants hurler Jake Peavy, who went to Derek Carty of Fantasy Insiders for the whopping sum of $89. Derek outbid six teams and bids ranging from $41 at the top to a wishful $3 at the bottom.

Then, another vet in A.J. Pierzynski was plucked by the LABR host Steve Gardner for $37, holding off five teams who offered $22 (two teams tried this) to $2 in an attempt to win the stats rights to the new St. Louis backstop.

Add in the $15 Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ spent on new Padre Yangervis Solarte, outbidding nine other teams who were willing to go from between $12 and a buck.

Right there we have more money spent and activity than it seems in the previous 17 weeks, but such is baseball.

On the bottom end of the spectrum, Jordany Valdespin went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS for $7 (there was also a $2 challenge), and Derek van Riper of Rotowire spent $5 on Kyle Hendricks.

There were other moves rounding out the bottom of the FAAB pond, but $2 was all it took for Doug Dennis to grab vet Jeff Francouer (there was a $1 shot on the outfielder, who seems like he should be older than the 30-years old he is).

Rounding out the week were $3 for Chris Nelson (to Bob Radomski of the Sandlot Shrink), Tsuyoshi Wada who went for $2 to team Ambrosius/Childs, and four $1 players: Brad Hand (BBHQ), Ben Paulsen (Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf), and Nate McLouth and Pedro Strop to the Inside Edge (Steve Moyer who still has $98 left in his kitty).

Todd's Take.




Neftali Feliz, TEX $44 USA TODAY Sports 44 Fangraphs 14 MLB.com 1
Danny Salazar, CLE $16 Fangraphs 16 Baseball HQ 9 MLB.com 5
KFFL.com 3 Rotowire-Erickson 2
Jeremy Hellickson, TB $3 Baseball HQ 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com 2
Efren Navarro, LAA $2 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2
Gregor Blanco, SF $2 Baseball HQ 2
Daniel Nava, BOS $1 FNTSY 1
Jacob Turner, MIA $1 MLB.com 1
Wilmer Flores, NYM $1 RotoExperts 1
Chase Anderson, ARI $1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kyle Hendricks, CHC $1 KFFL.com 1
Tyler Flowers, CWS $1 Baseball Prospectus 1


Anthony Gose, TOR Baseball HQ 2
Tyler Matzek, COL KFFL.com 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI KFFL.com 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

I knew dealing for Troy Tulowizki -- err Troy Tulowitzki was a risk but it was one I was willing to take. The quest for 70 points takes a hit but I'll keep pushing on. In retrospect, it was probably a mistake not try to get Josh Rutledge as a hedge.

The elevated bids on Salazar aren't surprising; it further feeds into the industry's fascination with strikeouts (I'm looking at you Bud Norris and Brad Peacock). I'm also a Salazar fan but the walks still scare me.

Todd's Take

It's interesting - we talk about mixed leagues being devoid of deadline deal excitement, but an argument can be made there are some players available due to trades that have their roles change (Feliz will close) or enter an improved situation (Solarte will play every day, Peavy moves to a pitching park). But on the other hand, it's not like closers, starting pitchers and viable but not difference-making hitters aren't available all season in mixed leagues.

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