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Thursday 19th Oct 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

cyoung

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CYoung, NYY 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Larry Schechter 9 Steve Moyer 6
Ron Shandler 5
NKarns, TB 4 Mike Podhorzer 14 Ron Shandler 3
NTropeano, Hou 4 Mike Podhorzer 4 Ron Shandler 3
DMurphy, Cle 1 Larry Schechter 9 Ron Shandler 0
JParedes, Bal 1 Ron Shandler 10 Larry Schechter 9
KLobstein, Det 0 Steve Moyer 0 Ron Shandler 0
ARosales, Tex 0 Larry Schechter 9
CBassitt, CWS 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWeeks, Bos Larry Schechter 9 Ron Shandler 8
ZMcAllister, Cle Ron Shandler 0
TMay, Min Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

David Murphy was available as a free agent this week. Despite playing regularly still for the Tribe, the lefty did not get much love on the FAAB waiver wire. The 32-year old remains a well-disciplined contact hitter, but offers little for fantasy players in terms of power or speed.

Chris Young’s recent hot streak actually received more attention which speaks well to the late-season focus on counting stat categories where ground can still be gained and home runs is the one area Young can certainly help. Whether or not the hot streak is over or not is irrelevant, the move is shrewd defensive move to insure others do not add Young’s potential homers to their totals.

Todd's Take

One of my personal crusades is to convince each and every fantasy baseball player that it's not only possible, but likely to gain or lose points in the ratio categories up to the last week of the season. We won't be with you the very last week and I have something in mind for next week so we'll take a look at how standings changed from last week within each category, making the leap of faith that if it happened this week, something similar can happen with two more week's worth of stats on the ledger.

HR +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
RBI +1, -1, +1.5, +.5, -2
RUNS +1, -1, +.5, -.5
SB +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
OBP +2, -1, -1, +1, -1
W +.5, -.5, +1, +.5, -1.5
SV +.5, -.5
K +1, -1
ERA +1, -1, +2, -1, -1
WHIP +1, -1

It's certainly not definitive but it's nice to see movement in OBP, ERA and WHIP with a couple teams gaining 2 points.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

mclark

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MClark, Mil 14 Todd Zola 22 Phil Hertz 13 Mike Gianella 11
Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Peter Kreutzer 6
DCorcino, Cin 14 Peter Kreutzer 23 Phil Hertz 13
CRoss, Ari 12 Phil Hertz 13 Todd Zola 17 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
Derek Carty 6 Peter Kreutzer 1
CBergman, Col 9 Peter Kreutzer 18 Phil Hertz 8
CBethancourt, Atl 4 Brian Walton 4 Peter Kreutzer 3
BPaulsen, Col 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Todd Zola 17
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
RDoumit, Atl 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
DHolmberg, Cin 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JHoldzkom, Pit Peter Kreutzer 3
MMaldonado, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
JLobaton, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
MSzczur, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
JTabata, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With three home runs this past week, Milwaukee first baseman Matt Clark was a hot commodity. Lord Zola won the spirited bidding with a $22 offer reduced to $14 by Vickrey rule. Though the 27-year-old former Padres and Mets farmhand is no longer a hot prospect and even spent time in Japan, all Zola wants is two weeks. In fact, Clark may earn more playing time for the Brewers, especially as they look for any formula to stop their losing ways before the season is lost.

The top pitching acquisition this period in NL Tout was Daniel Corcino of the Reds. Though the 24-year-old had been very ordinary in relief, he was strong in a spot-start against the Brewers on Saturday. Out of the hunt, Cincy may decide to let Mat Latos rest and see what they have in Corcino. Peter Kreutzer won the bidding at $14 ($23).

Cody Ross seems to have nine lives. He will be living another this week on the roster of Phil Hertz, who offered $13 and had to pay $12. The outfielder had been dropped in NL Tout while missing five weeks with a calf strain, but was reactivated by Arizona when rosters expanded on September 1.

Tired of six ugly at-bats per week from Nick Hundley, I tossed the catcher over the side and re-added a player I had acquired as a minor leaguer, then dropped when he was sent back down. It took all of my remaining $4 to reacquire Christian Bethancourt of the skidding Braves. I am at-least expecting regular playing time the rest of the way.

Todd's Take

HR +1, -1, +1, -1
RBI no changes
RUNS +1.5, +2, -.5, -3, +1, -1
SB +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
OBP +1, -1, +1, +1, -2
W +1, -1, +2, -.5, -1.5
SV +1, -1, +1, -1
K +4, -2, -2
ERA no changes
WHIP +1, -1, +1, -1

Sometimes it's all about the gaps. Looks like whiffs is tightly bunched and could come down to luck of the draw with respect to number of starts.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

relias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RElias, Sea 17 Derek Van Riper 35 Scott Swanay 16 Scott Pianowski 15
Fred Zinkie 9 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 4
Al Melchior 1
BPeacock, Hou 9 Scott Swanay 16 Cory Schwartz 8
DStoren, Was 7 Fred Zinkie 9 Ray Flowers 6
ADeAza, Bal 7 Scott Pianowski 7 Zach Steinhorn 20 Al Melchior 7
Fred Zinkie 7
BMiller, Sea 1 Ray Flowers 9
CYoung, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 4 Ray Flowers 8 Fred Zinkie 0
JMercer, Pit 1 Ray Flowers 5 Fred Zinkie 0
EMujica, Bos 1 Ray Flowers 7
JFields, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 6
CCapuano, NYY 1 Scott Swanay 16 Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 4
DJeter, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 4
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 Scott Swanay 15 Tim Heaney 4
CCowgill, LAA 1 Al Melchior 7
NTropeano, Hou 1 Al Melchior 1
VWorley, Pit 1 Tim Heaney 10
GJones, Mia 1 Zach Steinhorn 20
AHarang, Atl 1 Fred Zinkie 9

UNAWARDED BIDS

TWood, ChC Scott Swanay 15
RHernandez, LAD Scott Swanay 12 Tim Heaney 4
NTepesch, Tex Scott Swanay 9
CBergman, Col Scott Swanay 9
CSpangenberg, SD Al Melchior 7
GParra, Mil Ray Flowers 6
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 6
AHechavarria, Mia Ray Flowers 6
MMoustakas, KC Ray Flowers 6
CValaika, ChC Ray Flowers 6
ROdor, Tex Ray Flowers 6
FDoubront, ChC Ray Flowers 4
YEscobar, TB Ray Flowers 4
ASanchez, Tor Ray Flowers 3
BHand, Mia Al Melchior 1

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Over his last four starts, Roenis Elias has registered a 2.05 ERA, and he’s slated for two starts this week. So, it was not too surprising that he garnered plenty of interest as every extra win and strikeout becomes so important at this point in the season. I considered bidding on Elias but was scared off by his Tuesday matchup, on the road against a red-hot Angels club. Regardless, with only $21 left to spend, it’s nice to know that I would not have won Elias even if I tried.

Earlier in the year, there’s no way that Drew Storen and Edward Mujica would garner a combined three bids. But a glance at the standings tells the story, as the Wins and Strikeouts categories are more bunched up then the Saves standings. With time running out to gain significant ground in saves, many owners are following a starting pitcher-heavy lineup approach.

My mid-season trade for Billy Butler was looking good at first, but he’s been awful in September and no longer owns an everyday job. There’s nothing too exciting about Garrett Jones, but he figures to get more at-bats than Butler going forward and might reward me with a home run or two. With only two weeks left in the season, I simply cannot afford to give away at-bats.

Todd's Take

HR +2, -1, -1
RBI +1, +2.5, -2, -1, -.5, .5, -.5
RUNS +2, -1, -1, +.5, -.5, 1, -1
SB +1, -1, +.5, -.5, -.5, +1, -.5
OBP +1, -1, +2, +2, -1, -3
W +2, +.5, -1.5, +1, -2, +1, -1, +.5, -.5
SV +.5, -.5, +1, -1
K +1, +5, +2, +1, -3, -6, +1, -1
ERA +1, +1, -2, +1,  -1
WHIP +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1

Now this looks like fun. That's a lot of movement, especially in strikeouts which is a category where a lot can be managed with using extra starters and benching relievers. And, of course, there's action in the ratios too.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

nkarns

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NKarns, TB 1 Nicholas Minnix 6 Perry Van Hook 11
THouse, Cle 1 Adam Ronis 7
DGee, NYM 1 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 0
BPeacock, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 15
CRasmus, LAA 1 Perry Van Hook 15
RVogelsong, SF 0 Tim McLeod 0 Adam Ronis 4
KGiles, Phi 0 Tim McLeod 0
RRivera, SD 0 Tim McLeod 0
JoRamirez, Cle 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RCastillo, Bos Nicholas Minnix 6
KHendricks, ChC Nicholas Minnix 6
EMujica, Bos Tim McLeod 0
RHanigan, TB Tim McLeod 0
CSpangenberg, SD Tim McLeod 0
DGregorius, Ari Tim McLeod 0
TMatzek, Col Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With two weeks to go I am just two points behind Tim McLeod and the categories where I can gain those points with replacements are Wins (Hyun-Jin Ryu injured again and Nathan Eovaldi continuing to be less than effective and not sure I will get a start out of Danny Duffy this week. As there were no closers available to improve my troika of Casey Janssen, LaTroy Hawkins, and Neftali Feliz I had to add the best starters I could and chose to bid $15 each on Houston’s Brad Peacock and Anaheim’s Cory Rasmus both of whom are scheduled for two starts this week. The fact I only had to pay a dollar each was because of a low level of bids this week and of those that did bid they thought more highly of T.J. House, Dillon Gee, and Nathan Karns all of whom only have one start this week.

The other good news is that McLeod has bid his last dollars (though he can still bid $0) and I have more FAAB than most of the league for a final shot.

Todd's Take

HR +2, -.5, -1, -.5, -.5, +.5, +1, +.5, -1.5, +1, +1, -2
RBI +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1.5, +.5
RUNS +1, -1, +2, -.5, -1.5, +1, +1, -2
SB +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
OBP +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1
W +2, +.5, +.5, -3, +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5, -1.5, +1.5, +.5, -1, +.5
SV +1, -1, +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5, -1, +1
K +2, -1, +1, -2
ERA +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1
WHIP +1, -1, +2, -1, +1, -2, +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1

Four leagues does not a stone cold lock's worth of proof make, but there's indeed movement in all ten categories which at minimum suggests not to categorically ignore the ratios, even this late in the season.

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