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Tuesday 19th Sep 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.




Allen Craig, BOS $25 KFFL.com 25 Yahoo! Sports 21 SiriusXM 19
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18 Colton & The Wolfman 11 RotoWire 11
Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Martin Prado, NYY $21 Yahoo! Sports 21 SiriusXM 19 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18
Colton & The Wolfman 11 RotoWire 11 KFFL.com 10
Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Jake Marisnick, HOU $14 SiriusXM 14 RotoWire 11 ESPN.com 3
KFFL.com 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Kennys Vargas, MIN $11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 ESPN.com 4 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Yahoo! Sports 1
Joe Kelly, BOS $11 RotoWire 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 KFFL.com 7
SiriusXM 6 Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Fangraphs 1
Chris Denorfia, SEA $7 Mastersball 7 SiriusXM 9 KFFL.com 5
ESPN.com 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Jose Ramirez, CLE $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Nolan Reimold, TOR $4 ESPN.com 4 SiriusXM 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Ezequiel Carrera, DET $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Danny Valencia, TOR $2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 SiriusXM 6 Yahoo! Sports 1
Colton & The Wolfman 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Yohan Pino, MIN $2 SiriusXM 2 KFFL.com 2
Ryan Goins, TOR $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $1 SiriusXM 1
Chase Whitley, NYY $1 KFFL.com 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU $1 KFFL.com 1


Miles Mikolas, TEX RotoWire 2
L.J. Hoes, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1
David Lough, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1
T.J. House, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Plenty of good crossover players to bid on Sunday night so interesting to see who went for each.

Again I had a maximum of $7 to try for Allen Craig, Martin Prado, and Joe Kelly in that order.

Craig went for $25 to KFFL. There were ten underbids from $2 to $21 so everybody but one team bid for his services. He had the largest purse going in with $55 and is now tied at $28 with Dave Adler of Baseball HQ (leading the standings).

Prado went for $21 to Yahoo leaving him with just one dollar for the rest of the year (he was the $21 underbid for Craig). Again there were ten underbids ranging from $2 to $18.

I won Denorfia for $7 as there were four $2 and $3 underbids.

In between those players were Jake Marisnick for $14 to Ray Flowers of Sirius/XM with five underbids from $2 to $11.

There were also two players who went for $11. Joe Kelly to Rotowire’s Chris Liss using all of his remaining FAAB, and Kenny Vargas of the Twins who went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats.

There were also nine players bought for single digit bids.

Todd's Take

Like what we did in the Tout Wars report, below are the double-digit bids from the past several weeks in AL LABR.

Jeff Samardzija, OAK $68 7-Jul
Chase Headley, NYY $57 28-Jul
Huston Street $57 21-Jul
Jason Hammel, OAK $57 7-Jul
Allen Craig, BOS $25 4-Aug
Martin Prado, NYY $21 4-Aug
Brandon McCarthy, NYY $19 7-Jul
Jake Marisnick, HOU $14 4-Aug
Kennys Vargas, MIN $11 4-Aug
Joe Kelly, BOS $11 4-Aug
Roenis Elias, SEA $11 28-Jul

There's nothing all that surprising as the players line up in order of reasonable market value. Actually, I have an idea. Later this week. I'll do a comparison between Tout Wars and LABR to put a Vickrey and non-Vickrey league side-by-side to see the effect (if any) of the budget adjustments.




John Lackey, STL $95 Inside Edge 95 Yahoo Sports 94 RotoWire - DVR 78
Sandlot Shrink 61 ESPN - Karabell 44 USA TODAY Sports 36
RotoExperts 32 Baseball HQ 14 Colton & The Wolfman 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Asdrubal Cabrera, WSH $94 Yahoo Sports 94 RotoWire - DVR 77 ESPN - Karabell 41
USA TODAY Sports 36 Baseball HQ 14 Sandlot Shrink 9
Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jarred Cosart, MIA $77 RotoWire - DVR 77
Justin Masterson, STL $19 USA TODAY Sports 19 RotoWire - DVR 77 Mastersball 18
ESPN - Karabell 11 Sandlot Shrink 7
Enrique Hernandez, MIA $14 Baseball HQ 14 Sandlot Shrink 7 ESPN - Karabell 4
Abraham Almonte, SD $6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Andy Marte, ARI $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Trevor Cahill, ARI $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI $1 Sandlot Shrink 1


Alfredo Marte, ARI USA TODAY Sports 8
Matt Duffy, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1
Travis Wood, CHC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Alfredo Marte, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

For a second week there was a FAAB dump with Steve Moyer (Inside Edge) pulling the strings to the tune of $95 in acquiring John Lackey.

Steve beat out no fewer than nine bids, ranging from $1 to $94 in virtually emptying his FAAB wallet.

Then, Derek del Don dropped $94 on Asdrubal Cabrera, the newest National, outlasting seven would be owners who went as high as $77 but were bested by Team Yahoo.

Keeping the spending going, LABR host and USA Today Fantasy top dog Steve Gardner  nabbed Justin Masterson for $19, outspending three, including me ($18) while Doug Dennis of BBHQ grabbed Enrique Hernandez for $14 (there were two other bids of $4 and $7).

The Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski picked up Nick Ahmed for a dollar, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS copped Trevor Cahill for the same price.

But, the final words go to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton of Fantasy Alarm, who first bought Abraham Almonte for $6 (there was a $1 bid) but took a chance on Andy Marte for a buck.

Way to go, guys!

Todd's Take

And here's the NL version....

John Lackey, STL $95 4-Aug
Asdrubal Cabrera, WSH $94 4-Aug
Jake Peavy, SF $89 28-Jul
Jarred Cosart, MIA $77 4-Aug
A.J. Pierzynski, STL $37 28-Jul
Arismendy Alcantara, CHC $37 14-Jul
Justin Masterson, STL $19 4-Aug
Yangervis Solarte, SD $15 28-Jul
Jimmy Nelson, MIL $15 14-Jul
Enrique Hernandez, MIA $14 4-Aug
Tony Cruz, STL $10 14-Jul

I admit I like Masterson more than most (skills usually strong, home runs and walks to LHB usually the key) but this price is a bit shocking.




Kennys Vargas, MIN $16 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 16 Fangraphs 4 ESPN.com 1
Jake Marisnick, HOU $6 Fangraphs 6
Chris Iannetta, LAA $5 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 5
Sam Fuld, OAK $2 Fangraphs 2 Fangraphs 2
Yangervis Solarte, SD $1 RotoExperts 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Tommy Medica, SD $1 ESPN.com 1
Mike Aviles, CLE $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Roberto Hernandez, PHI $1 KFFL.com 1
Tommy Milone, MIN $1 KFFL.com 1
Yonder Alonso, SD $1 MLB.com 1
Ezequiel Carrera, DET $1 Fangraphs 1
Brad Hand, MIA $1 KFFL.com 1



Todd Zola's Commentary

Arghh. We've gone from battling for 70 points back to battling to stay out of the cellar. I knew the risk dealing Mike Trout for Troy Tulowitzki and it's something I'd do if that's what it took to win so I have no regrets. All I can do is hope he comes back in mid-August and isn't shut down.

Todd's Take.

As was mentioned last week, mixed leagues don't have crossover players but they do have players that benefit from deadline dealing - Jake Marisnick being a prime example. The Astros have beeen playing musical outfielders so his time isn't assured, but there's a strong chance Marisnick will play the lion's share of innings in center. He won't dominate any one category, which is actually a detriment at this point of the season but he will contribute across the board with a little more speed than power.

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