|AHicks, Min||21||Steve Moyer 27||Jason Collette 20||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 10|
|Larry Schechter 9|
|EMujica, Bos||8||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16||Rob Leibowitz 7|
|JBradley, Bos||1||Jason Collette 4|
|ZPutnam, CWS||1||Rob Leibowitz 7||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|DRobertson, Tex||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|MTaylor, CWS||0||Andy Behrens 0|
|KLobstein, Det||Steve Moyer 27|
|JBurton, Min||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|DPompey, Tor||Jason Collette 4|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
This week's FAAB presented some opportunities in the saves department with Zach Putnam and Edward Mujica. Both are filling in for day-to-day/injured closers on teams out of contention meaning there is a fair shot here for both pitchers to continue to obtain save opportunities. It's possible that the Red Sox may even shut Uejara down for the year. Both pitchers's stuff and skills are better suited to setup roles, but at this late date in the season, one needs to take what one can get.
Three weeks left, let's check in on the standings. Colton and the Wolfman are sitting in the catbird's seat but continue to fight for points, a lesson we all should take to heart. Our own Rob Leibowitz has put a little space between his second place squad and Jeff Erickson who sits in third, half a point ahead of Lawr Michaels. Ron Shandler, Larry Schechter and Joe Sheehan are all within striking distance of Jeff.
Knowing this crew, they'll all be scratching and clawing for third. There may not be anything more than pride on the line but that's plenty. Leagues like Tout Wars and LABR may be branded as expert (or industry showcase leagues for those of us that shun the word expert) but to the participants it's like a home league, contested among friends who want to beat each other just as you want to beat your friends in your league.
|CSpangenberg, SD||20||Brian Walton 24||Tristan H. Cockcroft 19||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|Mike Gianella 11||Steve Gardner 5|
|TMatzek, Col||18||Phil Hertz 20||Todd Zola 17||Steve Gardner 10|
|RDelgado, Ari||7||Derek Carty 14||Phil Hertz 20||Steve Gardner 6|
|TIshikawa, SF||1||Todd Zola 6|
|MOlt, ChC||1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 5||Phil Hertz 10||Todd Zola 6|
|GBrown, SF||1||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|XScruggs, StL||1||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|FMorales, Col||1||Phil Hertz 20|
|CFrias, LAD||1||Steve Gardner 3|
|RYnoa, Col||1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 12|
|TWatson, Pit||0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|CBergman, Col||Phil Hertz 10|
|KNieuwenhuis, NYM||Phil Hertz 10|
Brian Walton's Commentary
When you’ve got the money, spend it. That was the motto for the owners in National League Tout Wars this weekend. After all, once the NFL season reaches its opener, the remainder of the fantasy baseball season can be measured in days.
With almost half the league still holding at least $20 of FAAB, dollar values in this week’s bidding were out of line with likely contribution to be received in return.
For a starting pitcher, three or four more starts is the most one could hope for. For that reason and the fact I fired him for poor performance earlier, I stayed out of the bidding for Rockies hurler Tyler Matzek. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ outdueled Lord Zola, paying $18. Maybe Matzek’s recent strong outings against NL West weakings Arizona and San Diego were real indicators he has turned the corner. Maybe not.
I offered my entire balance for Padres second baseman Cory Spangenberg, whom I felt was the best player available. Four others also took a run at the recent call-up, but $20 was enough for me to win out. The 23-year-old, just up from Double-A, hit two long balls in his first five games. Though a second sacker by trade, Spangenberg has already appeared at third base and left field as well. If not a starter in the future, he could play the role of a super-sub.
The third and final crooked number price this week offered a bit of déjà vu. After a non-remarkable year as a reliever, Randall Delgado may be returning to fantasy relevance with the Diamondbacks in the final month of the season. Derek Carty spent $7 to see if the Snakes go with a six-man rotation and if so, if Delgado can string multiple quality starts together.
A few weeks back, NL Tout was looking like a tight race with several owners jostling for the top spot but Tristan Cockcroft decided a threepeat was more important than a race and has distanced himself from the field. Steve Gardner and Seth Trachtman are next with Seth trying to track down Steve for second. Phil Hertz and Derek Carty lurk in case something unexpected happens to the leaders. It's obvious by the array of bids that no one is giving up - you never know what can happen.
|JLocke, Pit||10||Tim Heaney 18||Scott Pianowski 9||Fred Zinkie 7|
|TMatzek, Col||1||Paul Singman 7|
|ARosales, Tex||1||Scott Pianowski 7|
|DValencia, Tor||1||Tim Heaney 7|
|WFlores, NYM||1||Ray Guilfoyle 2|
|CAnderson, Ari||1||Zach Steinhorn 20|
|HNoesi, CWS||1||Al Melchior 2||Fred Zinkie 7|
|TGore, KC||1||Al Melchior 2|
|AGose, Tor||1||Fred Zinkie 7|
|THouse, Cle||1||Fred Zinkie 7|
|RElias, Sea||Zach Steinhorn 20|
|ODespaigne, SD||Zach Steinhorn 20|
|CValaika, ChC||Tim Heaney 7|
|RRua, Tex||Tim Heaney 7|
|BMiller, Sea||Scott Pianowski 4||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JVillar, Hou||Al Melchior 2|
|MDenDekker, NYM||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JMercer, Pit||Fred Zinkie 0|
|GParra, Mil||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DiHerrera, NYM||Fred Zinkie 0|
|AHicks, Min||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's CommentaryDespite the fact that 10 of the league’s 15 owners still have at least 20 FAAB dollars at their disposal, Jeff Locke turned out to be the only contested player this week, going to Tim Heaney for the Vickrey adjusted price of $10. Locke is coming off his worst performance in quite some time, an outing against the Cardinals in which he allowed four earned runs over three innings while walking five. The Pirates’ lefty always makes me nervous, which is why I have resisted adding him to my roster, but he is in line for a two-start week and Tim is in position to gain several points in strikeouts, so the move makes plenty of sense.
Speaking of strikeouts, routinely playing four closers and just five starters over the past month, while protecting my ERA and WHIP, has cost me two points in strikeouts. In order to have any chance at winning this league, I’ll need to regain those points in addition to holding my position in ERA and WHIP. So right now, the plan is to play seven starters and hope I can make up that ground. Even though Chase Anderson isn’t a two-start pitcher, he’s allowed only three earned runs combined over his last two starts, spanning 12 innings, with 14 strikeouts. But even more importantly, he gets to face a Padres team that ranks dead last in the Majors in both runs scored and batting average.
Here's where it gets interesting as Fred Zinkie and Derek Van Riper are half a point apart with Al Melchior, Zach Steinhorn and Ray Guilfoyle within striking distance followed by a lurking Tim Heaney. This one is going to go down to the last week.
|JPanik, SF||1||Eno Sarris 3||Nicholas Minnix 3||Tim McLeod 0|
|DStoren, Was||1||Nicholas Minnix 7||Tim McLeod 1|
|VNuno, Ari||1||Adam Ronis 8|
|GBlanco, SF||1||Adam Ronis 3||Tim McLeod 0|
|BPaulsen, Col||1||Perry Van Hook 3|
|WDavis, KC||1||Tim McLeod 1|
|BMiller, Sea||0||Nicholas Minnix 3||Tim McLeod 0|
|ASusac, SF||0||Tim McLeod 0|
|PBourjos, StL||0||Tim McLeod 0|
|EMujica, Bos||Nicholas Minnix 7||Adam Ronis 3||Tim McLeod 1|
|DiHerrera, NYM||Nicholas Minnix 3||Tim McLeod 0|
|JJay, StL||Nicholas Minnix 3|
|TClippard, Was||Nicholas Minnix 3|
|JNelson, Mil||Adam Ronis 3|
|DDeJesus, TB||Perry Van Hook 2|
|CCoghlan, ChC||Eno Sarris 1|
|THouse, Cle||Adam Ronis 1|
|AHicks, Min||Nicholas Minnix 0||Tim McLeod 0|
|BBoxberger, TB||Tim McLeod 0|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Tim McLeod 0|
|GParra, Mil||Tim McLeod 0|
|NHundley, Bal||Tim McLeod 0|
|JHahn, SD||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Whether the actual bid was $8 or $7 or $3 or $1 or $0, all bidders in this league got their first choice and thus on Vickrey had to pay just one or in some cases zero dollars. A very light and unusual night of bidding to be sure.
Having slipped to 3rd but just half a point out of 2nd and more importantly just three points out of 1st place in this league I opted to add Colorado’s Ben Paulsen as HR is one of the few categories where one or two points are easily obtainable with a few good weeks as I have 202, tied for 3rd in the category but 2nd is 203 and 1st is just 205.
As Perry alludes to, this league is even closer than it's auction counterpart. There's a pretty healthy gap to the next group so it appears win, place and show will come from present leader Tim McLeod, Brent Hershey and Captain Hook.