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Monday 26th Jun 2017

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

carlossanchez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CSanchez, CWS 11 Rob Leibowitz 18 Larry Schechter 10 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
WLeBlanc, LAA 1 Steve Moyer 1
RCastillo, Bos 1 Jason Collette 22
BPeacock, Hou 0 Chris Liss 0
JSucre, Sea 0 Steve Moyer 0
CColon, KC 0 Chris Liss 0
ENavarro, LAA 0 Steve Moyer 0
FSalas, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ALoup, Tor Steve Moyer 0
BBrach, Bal Ron Shandler 0
CCasali, TB Steve Moyer 0
DKelly, Det Steve Moyer 0
DRobertson, Tex Steve Moyer 0
EKratz, KC Steve Moyer 0
ERogers, NYY Ron Shandler 0
JBurton, Min Steve Moyer 0
JGuzman, Hou Steve Moyer 0
KHerrera, KC Steve Moyer 0
RoPerez, Cle Steve Moyer 0
YMedina, Sea Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Only player who received my attention this week was Carlos Sanchez. It is  not too often you receive the opportunity to try and obtain a every day starter on the free agent market in late August so one almost has to go all in on the rookie especially given one with some speed and fair contact making skills.

Todd's Take

Seeing all the zero bids got me thinking. Is it better to allow a bid of $0 or should everyone be forced to budget their spending so they'll be able to make adds in September? There's actually a third option. The National Fantasy Baseball Champonship uses a $1000 FAAB limit and requires all bids to be non-zero. I think I like this the best.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

travisishikawa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TIshikawa, SF 1 Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
SSchumaker, Cin 1 Gene McCaffrey 2
CValaika, ChC 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Gene McCaffrey 2 Derek Carty 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JDiekman, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RSantiago, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

EArruebarrena, LAD Gene McCaffrey 2
CHatcher, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
DCarpenter, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
LWatkins, ChC Gene McCaffrey 0
TWatson, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

I wish I had something witty to write about NL Tout Wars bidding this week, but what can I say when the "big" acquisitions are Skip Schumaker and Travis Ishikawa at $1 each? The most newsworthy item about them is irrelevant to Tout. Skip was called upon for emergency duty as a pitcher this week for the reeling Reds, but those stats would not count, anyway.

I have the money to buy players and scanned the stats and potential call-ups over and over but came up blank. Remaining on the sidelines for two consecutive weeks is unheard of for me. It is a good reminder how inactive the waiver trade market across leagues has been this year.

Of course, the other reminder is to spend more money earlier. After reclaims helped to augment totals a bit, the average NL Tout owner still holds $29. Individual amounts range from $44 to $12. With about a month to go, a lot of money is going to be left on the table. Tout also allows $0 bidding for major leaguers

Todd's Take

What he said.

OK, I'll come up with something.

The trade deadline in Tout Wars is fast approaching. I failed to follow through on my plan to fnd a new home for Dee Gordon (sorry PK, I promise to be in touch soon). For those new to the reports, Tout Wars has a rule whereby returning owners (and there's very limited turnover) are penalized $1 of FAAB for every roto-point they finish below a threshold, which for NL Tout is 60. I'm in the low fifties and have a shot at 60 if I can parlay Gordon into some help elsewhere but my problem is there isn't a single category that I can gain a significant number of points -- I have to pick up one or two across several categories. This makes finding a player to target in return more difficult. The other Tout rule that feeds into this is the use of a swingman spot which can be a hitter or pitcher. I could target hitting or pitching with that swing spot. Hopefully I'll be able to talk about what I did next week but the message for today is these little rules nuances add an extra element to keep owners engaged -- in a creative manner. This is never a bad thing.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

stevenpearce

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SPearce, Bal 18 Al Melchior 19 Fred Zinkie 17 Scott Pianowski 16
Paul Singman 3
LGregerson, Oak 11 Nando DiFino 14 Paul Singman 10 Scott Pianowski 6
Al Melchior 5 Fred Zinkie 0
EStults, SD 6 Scott Pianowski 6 Derek Van Riper 5
JPanik, SF 5 Paul Singman 13 Ray Flowers 4 Scott Pianowski 1
AWebster, Bos 1 David Gonos 18
RHernandez, LAD 1 Ray Flowers 2
EVolquez, Pit 1 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 2
LMorrison, Sea 1 Ray Flowers 4
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Cory Schwartz 9 Fred Zinkie 0
RElias, Sea 1 Derek Van Riper 5 Cory Schwartz 8 Tim Heaney 2
Fred Zinkie 0
NFreiman, Oak 1 Paul Singman 1
ACallaspo, Oak 1 Paul Singman 2
TWood, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 3
YPetit, SF 1 Al Melchior 10
TFlowers, CWS 0 Nando DiFino 0
NMartinez, Tex 0 Tim Heaney 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DValencia, Tor Al Melchior 11
HNoesi, CWS Cory Schwartz 5
JGuthrie, KC Ray Flowers 2
DGregorius, Ari Paul Singman 2
MEstrada, Mil Cory Schwartz 2
ODespaigne, SD Tim Heaney 1
AParrino, Oak Paul Singman 0
MGonzalez, Bal Fred Zinkie 0
KGiles, Phi Scott Pianowski 0
NHundley, Bal Nando DiFino 0
WLeBlanc, LAA Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

We’ve reached the point in the season where players who would cost single-digit dollars to roster earlier in the year go for significantly more, as owners find themselves with an excess of FAAB and few weeks left to spend it. Steve Pearce is a good example. Overall, his second half production has been minimal (.222 AVG, 3 HR, 4 RBI), but the good news is that all three of those home runs and all four of those RBI have come in his last seven games. Could this be the start of another prolonged hot streak, like the .361-5-13 line he put up in June? We’ll find out soon enough.

With Sean Doolittle heading to the DL, Luke Gregerson might seem like the logical choice to close games for the A’s, and he’s done little to disappoint this year. But word is that Eric O’Flaherty will be the guy, and he didn’t receive a single bid! Expect that to change next week.

Rounding out the list of purchases exceeding $1 are Eric Stults and Joe Panik. Stults’ appeal is fairly obvious, as he’s allowed one run or less in each of his last four outings and is slated for a pair of home starts this week. The Padres southpaw sports a respectable 3.98 ERA at Petco Park this season compared to his 4.91 ERA on the road. As for Panik, after getting off to a slow start following his big league promotion, he’s clearly starting to figure things out, batting .400 in the month of August. Useful middle infielders can be hard to find on the waiver wire this late in the year.

Todd's Take

To dovetail on Zach's comment about the Athletics' closer, I think it's still up in the air. The fantasy pundits expected Gregerson. It was then mentioned on Twitter than Gregerson was staying in the 8th with Ryan Cook, Dan Otero and O'Flaherty sharing the 9th based on match-up. Then it came out the Melvin wants one closer but wants to talk to the candidates before announcing. And finally, there was a report pointing to O'Flaherty but unless I missed it, it was still speculation on the reporters part - Melvin was not quoted.

And I'm the bad guy for suggesting to invest on a good closer in mixed leagues.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

dannysalazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DSalazar, Cle 9 Brent Hershey 36 Nicholas Minnix 8 Eno Sarris 5
Charlie Wiegert 2 Perry Van Hook 2 Perry Van Hook 1
MBetts, Bos 1 Eno Sarris 6 Nicholas Minnix 0
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Nicholas Minnix 1
WLeBlanc, LAA 1 Charlie Wiegert 1
EStults, SD 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
JCosart, Mia 1 Perry Van Hook 1
LGregerson, Oak 1 Brent Hershey 36
CRuiz, Phi 1 Brent Hershey 10 Tim McLeod 0
MMcKenry, Col 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KGibson, Min Brent Hershey 2 Eno Sarris 1
CMaybin, SD Eno Sarris 1
DBuchanan, Phi Eno Sarris 1
LMartin, Tex Eno Sarris 1
HConger, LAA Brent Hershey 1
KGiles, Phi Brent Hershey 1
JBroxton, Cin Perry Van Hook 0
KQuackenbush, SD Perry Van Hook 0
AAlmonte, SD Nicholas Minnix 0
LMorrison, Sea Nicholas Minnix 0
ZWalters, Cle Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Except for BHQ’s Brent Hershey, currently the league leader, it was a quiet bid night here as well. But Hershey wanted to bolster his pitching staff and bid $36 each on Luke Gregerson of Oakland, and Danny Salazar of Cleveland. Gregerson who rates to stay in the eighth inning for Oakland he got for just one dollar, but Salazar was Vickrey reduced to $9 to beat the $8 bid of Nick Minnix.

I needed to replace two pitchers but didn’t want to spend much of my remaining FAAB as we will start to see September call ups of note next week and then certainly the first week of the new month. So my top bids of $2 were reduced to $1 winning bids for two start pitchers Eric Stults of the Padres with two home starts in Petco; and Jarred Cosart of Miami with two starts on the road. That still leaves me with $38 FAAB dollars – nowhere near the leaders but gives me a chance to add a useful player.

Todd's Take

This is going to be fun to watch as we have three very good fantasy players matching wits down the stretch. Brent, Perry and Tim McLeod have been jostling for points and should continue to do so for the final month. A different dynamic of a league like Tout Wars is second place is first loser. There's no protecting second or third place money which may lead to some boom-or-bust managing if any of the three fall a little behind.

 

 

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