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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.




Dan Otero, OAK $1 1 ESPN.com 1 Baseball HQ
Jose Veras, HOU $1 1 Baseball HQ
Eduardo Escobar, MIN $1 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Carlos Sanchez, CWS $1 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball


Brad Brach, BAL 1 SiriusXM
Fernando Abad, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Jason Grilli, LAA 1 SiriusXM
Joel Peralta, TB 1 SiriusXM
Kelvin Herrera, KC 1 SiriusXM
Mike Morin, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Nick Hagadone, CLE 1 SiriusXM
Ryan Cook, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Shawn Tolleson, TEX 1 SiriusXM

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

A pretty quiet night of bidding as Winning Fantasy Baseball grabbed two one dollar MI and two other teams each grabbed a one dollar pitcher. The most interesting > read speculative pickup was ESPN’s Tristan Cockcroft add of Oakland reliever Dan Otero, fresh off the DL and perhaps a part of the new closer by committee for the Athletics

Todd's Take.

This is more an observation than anything -- at least until I think it through, but I find it curious that every single bid this week was $1, in all three LABR leagues, Recall $0 are not allowed in LABR. Plus there's no Vickrey. I mentioned in the Tout Report that I favor a $1000 FAAB kitty with $1 minimum bids. I'm just wondering if these $1 bids are circumstantial or part of my argument.




Travis Ishikawa, SF $1 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Hatcher, MIA $1 1 Baseball HQ


Andres Blanco, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
Joaquin Arias, SF 1 Baseball HQ
Jean Machi, SF 1 Baseball HQ

Lawr Michaels' Commentary


The NL LABR owners must be anticipating the flood of September call-ups, saving what FAAB they have accordingly, for the only two moves made this week were a pair from Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS.

The pair blew $2--one each--on Travis Ishikawa (his fourth NL LABR team this year) and Chris Hatcher.

Don't you just love a pennant race?

Todd's Take

Similarly, I'm wondering if $0 bids (or $1000 budget) would have led to more bids in NL LABR this week or again if this was coincidental)




Trevor Cahill, ARI $1 1 Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus
Jeurys Familia, NYM $1 1 ESPN.com
Jeremy Guthrie, KC $1 1 RotoExperts
Eric Stults, SD $1 1 Baseball Prospectus
Josh Collmenter, ARI $1 1 MLB.com


Jake Diekman, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
T.J. House, CLE 1 Baseball Prospectus

Todd Zola's Commentary

Five successful bids, five pitchers. Four are starters, one a possible closer. Each season is its own entity but it certainly appears as though the old dictum holds - there's pitching to be had in season. I still feel pitching needs to be addressed with an early ace but I'm backing off the two-aces early idea.That said, I didn't draft two starters early in this league but I did do it in most of my NFBC 15-team mixed leagues.

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