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.
|Raul Ibanez, KC||$5||KFFL.com 5||ESPN.com 1|
|Avisail Garcia, CWS||$4||Colton & The Wolfman 4||Winning Fantasy Baseball 3||ESPN.com 2|
|Ricky Nolasco, MIN||$1||KFFL.com 1|
|Ryan Cook, OAK||KFFL.com 1|
|Brennan Boesch, LAA||KFFL.com 1|
We'll give Perry the day off; the AL Tout action has kept him rather busy the past several weeks.
While no lead is insurmountable, Dave Adler from Baseball HQ can at least start making the ice to cool down the champagne as he holds a 27-point lead over the field. There is, however, quite a battle for the runner-up spot as four teams are jostling for the place and show spots, even though there's nothing more than pride on the line. Good thing that's more than enough for most privileged to play in LABR. All the bids came from those in the upper-portion of the standings as they are all looking to finish as high as possible. This is a quiet week in the AL in general, but it will be interesting to see how much action comes from the lower tier as we head down the stretch as compared to Tout Wars, which has a rule designed to keep all the teams engaged (see Todd's Take from the NL Tout report).
|Rymer Liriano, SD||$31||ESPN - Karabell 31||USA TODAY Sports 9||Baseball HQ 7|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Michael Taylor, WSH||$3||ESPN - Karabell 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Philip Gosselin, ATL||$2||Colton & The Wolfman 2||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Kevin Correia, LAD||$1||Inside Edge 1|
|Elian Herrera, MIL||$1||Inside Edge 1|
|Darin Ruf, PHI||$1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
As the sands of the 2014 slip into the bottom half of the hourglass, suddenly the LABR owners are willing to spend, as in ESPN's Eric Karabell who dropped $31 for the interesting Padres flychaser, Rymer Liriano. Eric bested four other bids ranging from $2-$9. Eric indeed went deep on prospect outfielders, also obtaining Washington's Michael Taylor for $3 (there was also a $2 shot).
Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton copped the Braves interesting second sacker Phillip Gosselin for just $2, beating out just one $1 attempt.
I cannot remember how much Darin Ruf cost when he first came up a year ago, but he only cost Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, of NFBC/STATS, a dollar this week, unchallenged even.
Finally, Steve Moyer of the Inside Edge took a shot on new Dodger arm Kevin Correia for one of his remaining three bucks, and then spent one more for the Brewers infielder Elian Herrera.
You can never predict what will occur but a couple week's back it was suggested that missing out at the MLB trading deadline may not be a bad thing since there are often August moves that can still be difference-makers. In a tight league, Rymer Liriano can definitely make an impact as can Michael Taylor if he continues to play (though Jayson Werth should be back soon and the Nationals are in contention and not in a position to play youngsters).
This is not to say you should make sure you have FAAB in August; that's dictated by the circumstances the previous four-plus months. But it does suggest not to assume nothing will be available and spend cavalierly after the deadline, especially in a non-Vickrey league like LABR.
|Avisail Garcia, CWS||$7||MLB.com 7|
|Kevin Correia, LAD||$3||MLB.com 3|
|Rymer Liriano, SD||$3||Baseball HQ 3|
|Zach Walters, CLE||$2||Mastersball 2|
|Justin Turner, LAD||$1||Baseball Prospectus 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Danny Valencia, TOR||$1||Baseball Prospectus 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Brandon Crawford, SF||$1||Fangraphs 1|
|Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC||$1||Baseball Prospectus 1||MLB.com 3||RotoExperts 1|
|Travis Snider, PIT||$1||Baseball HQ 1||MLB.com 1|
|Kristopher Negron, CIN||$1||USA TODAY Sports 1||Mastersball 2|
|Jordan Schafer, MIN||$1||MLB.com 1|
|Jonathan Schoop, BAL||Mastersball 2||Baseball Prospectus 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Marwin Gonzalez, HOU||Mastersball 2|
|Yunel Escobar, TB||Baseball Prospectus 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA||Mastersball 1|
|Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK||Mastersball 1|
|Andy Parrino, OAK||Fangraphs 1|
|Brett Oberholtzer, HOU||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Cliff Pennington, ARI||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Ike Davis, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jacob Lamb, ARI||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jose Ramirez, CLE||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Munenori Kawasaki, TOR||Mastersball 1|
|Robbie Grossman, HOU||MLB.com 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
There were some nice outfielders available this week. Too bad I have five healthy fly-chasers with a sixth at utility but I do have an opening in the middle. Walters should continue to share at bats with Mike Aviles but I should have Brandon Phillips back soon.
There's a great race going on here as Baseball HQ and MLB.com are tied and not so coincidentally very active this week. But it's nice to see they're not the only ones.
Confession time -- not making an excuse, there is no excuse, but I'm sharing to show we all make mistakes. The free agent mechanism for the site running LABR requires a final step to save the bids that I have failed to click on several occasions this season. Right before doing LABR FAAB I do my NFBC bids and that does not require the final save so I sometimes clumsily forget to do it here. Don't get me wrong; I made far bigger errors in terms of drafting and team management throughout the course of the season. I'm just suggesting to save yourself ample time to do things right, something that will be more important as fantasy football shares our time.