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Monday 23rd 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.




Zach Walters, CLE $7 7 Baseball HQ 6 Colton & The Wolfman
Ichiro Suzuki, NYY $6 6 Colton & The Wolfman 3 KFFL.com 1 Fangraphs
1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Jordan Schafer, MIN $1 1 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1 KFFL.com
1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
T.J. House, CLE $1 1 Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Esmil Rogers, NYY $1 1 Mastersball
Francisco Cervelli, NYY $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Adam Rosales, TEX $1 1 Yahoo! Sports 1 ESPN.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Joba Chamberlain, DET $1 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Leury Garcia, CWS $1 1 Colton & The Wolfman


Nolan Reimold, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman
David Lough, BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Tyler Holt, CLE 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Andrew Romine, DET 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Cole Figueroa, TB 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nick Tepesch, TEX 1 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well with six dollars remaining I am down to just about a dollar per bid week unless something was really interesting and then I likely wouldn’t have enough to win the bid.

This week I just wanted a $1 starter to replace Anibal Sanchez (my DL list with Sanchez and Eaton now back up to five). I ended did get my first choice of Esmil Rogers (NYY) over Nick Tepesch (TEX). Actually many years ago I was impressed with Rogers’ arm but pitching in Toronto was very tough on a young thrower who didn’t have enough command. He looked much better in his start this week, so the Yankees and I have slim hopes.

The high bids for the week were an odd couple. Zach Walters traded to the Indians by the Nationals and now back up from the minors with both David Murphy and Nick Swisher landing on the DL on Sunday went for $7 to league leader Dave Adler of Baseball HQ. Dave is not only atop the standings but going into tonight had the most FAAB. Walters can hit so with enough at bats should fill in nicely. The other half was Ichiro Suzuki, sometimes Yankee outfielder who has hung in there and now has ten stolen bases to support his decent batting average for Colton & The Wolfman.

Todd's Take

Here's the standings and FAAB data for AL LABR.

1 Baseball HQ $21 100.5
2 KFFL.com $29 81
3 ESPN.com $6 78.5
4 USA TODAY Sports $0 77.5
5 Winning Fantasy Baseball $3 76
6 SiriusXM $4 59
7 Colton & The Wolfman $5 58.5
8 Fangraphs $0 55.5
9 RotoWire $0 54.5
10 NFBC/Stats $18 54
11 Mastersball $5 47
12 Yahoo! Sports $0 38

Baseball HQ is in a very good spot but KFFL can make it interesing if they get an impact player soon. Keep in mind LABR does not allow $0 bids which is interesting since 4 teams are already maxed out.




Mike Fiers, MIL $23 23 ESPN - Karabell 9 USA TODAY Sports 5 Sandlot Shrink
1 RotoWire - DVR
Jacob Lamb, ARI $13 13 RotoExperts 9 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ
Kristopher Negron, CIN $2 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR
1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jeff Baker, MIA $1 1 Baseball HQ
Miguel Rojas, LAD $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Travis Wood, CHC $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
David Buchanan, PHI $1 1 RotoWire - DVR
Michael McKenry, COL $1 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ


Donovan Solano, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
Alfredo Marte, ARI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jayson Nix, PIT 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Alfredo Marte, ARI 1 USA TODAY Sports

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The last minute search for an arm--it seems any live one--continued in NL LABR this week with ESPN's Eric Karabell outlasting three other bids when dropping $23 for Mike Friers.

Add in shaky quasi journeymen hurlers Travis Wood (NFBC/STATS Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs) for a buck, and the ever shaky David Buchanan (a buck unchallenged to Derek van Riper of Rotowire) and that shows the level of hope and frustration associated with trying to boost some pitching points this time of the season.

Rotoexpert Lenny Melnick nabbed Arizona corner guy Jacob Lamb for $13 to lead the expensive position player bids, besting four $1 and one $9 chances, which USA Today's Steve Gardner won the rights to the Reds Kristopher Negronfor $2, outfoxing no fewer than five $1 crapshoots for the middle infielder.

Finishing off, NFBC/STATS also grabbed Miguel Rojas for a buck, while the Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski took a chance on backstop Mike McKenry and Doug Dennis of BBHQ did the same with some hopes of production from Jeff Baker, all also for a dollar.

Todd's Take

And now the NL data...

1 Inside Edge $3 87
2 RotoExperts $39 82.5
3 Colton & The Wolfman $7 76
4 Yahoo Sports $0 70
5 ESPN - Karabell $69 69.5
6 USA TODAY Sports $21 69
7 RotoWire - DVR $2 67
8 NFBC/Stats $5 65
9 Fantasy Insiders $0 63
10 Baseball HQ $19 59
11 Mastersball $18 45
12 Sandlot Shrink $64 27

This could get interesting as the Rotoexperts added Lamb this week and are in a great spot to add another piece while the Inside Edge likely has 3 $1 bids left. A lot will depend in whether Sandlot Shrick continues to be engaged. Presently ESPN has to bid 40 to freeze RotoExperts out but if Shrink is quiet, Experts get the second dibs. This will be fun to follow.




Caleb Joseph, BAL $6 6 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 Baseball HQ
Christopher Taylor, SEA $6 6 Rotowire-Colton 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com
Chris Capuano, NYY $4 4 Towers of Power Baseball Hour
Mike Fiers, MIL $2 2 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com
Carlos Carrasco, CLE $2 2 Fangraphs
Francisco Cervelli, NYY $1 1 Baseball HQ
Jordan Pacheco, ARI $1 1 Baseball HQ
Zack Cozart, CIN $1 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Mike Carp, TEX $1 1 Fangraphs


Hank Conger, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Colby Lewis, TEX 1 Baseball HQ
Jose Ramirez, CLE 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Didi Gregorius, ARI 1 Rotowire-Erickson

Todd Zola's Commentary

We've talked in the past that looking at bids can help discern team needs. I've got Carlos Ruiz sitting on my reserve -- I probably could have gotten something for him in a deal to help fill in another weak spot. 

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