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Saturday 16th Dec 2017


Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Normally they will run in one posting first thing Monday morning but due to the timing and length of the first free agent runs, we'll feature each seperately this week.

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.

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.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league as well as some pithy comments from yours truly. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.




Johnny Giavotella, LAA $12 FantasyScore 12 Colton & Wolf 6
Erasmo Ramirez, TB $11 SiriusXM 11 RotoWire 7 Fangraphs 5
Yahoo! Sports 4 Colton & Wolf 3 FantasyScore 3
ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Miguel Castro, TOR $7 ESPN.com 7 USA TODAY Sports 1 FantasyScore 1
Collin Cowgill, LAA $7 RotoWire 7 USA TODAY Sports 3 Colton & Wolf 1
FantasyScore 1
Jonathan Villar, HOU $5 FantasyScore 5
Keone Kela, TEX $4 RotoWire 4 ESPN.com 3 FantasyScore 1
Hector Noesi, CWS $3 Mastersball 3
Matt Andriese, TB $3 FantasyScore 3 RotoWire 1
Ricky Nolasco, MIN $3 Fangraphs 3 ESPN.com 1 FantasyScore 1
Asher Wojciechowski, HOU $3 Colton & Wolf 3 ESPN.com 1 FantasyScore 1
USA TODAY Sports 1
Brandon Guyer, TB $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 FantasyScore 3 Colton & Wolf 1
FantasyScore 1
Danny Valencia, TOR $2 Baseball HQ 2 FantasyScore 1
Carlos Corporan, TEX $1 ESPN.com 1
Roberto Hernandez, HOU $1 Yahoo! Sports 1 Mastersball 1 FantasyScore 1
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $1 Fangraphs 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX $1 FantasyScore 1
Ryan Flaherty, BAL $1 USA TODAY Sports 1 FantasyScore 1
Brian Matusz, BAL $1 Yahoo! Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Shane Robinson, MIN $1 Colton & Wolf 1 FantasyScore 1
Ross Detwiler, TEX $1 Mastersball 1
Jake Petricka, CWS $1 Colton & Wolf 1
Yoervis Medina, SEA $1 FantasyScore 1 Colton & Wolf 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Tony Sipp, HOU $1 USA TODAY Sports 1 FantasyScore 1 Fangraphs 1
David Carpenter, NYY $1 Yahoo! Sports 1 Colton & Wolf 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
FantasyScore 1


Logan Forsythe, TB FantasyScore 8
Grant Balfour, TB RotoWire 3 FantasyScore 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU FantasyScore 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Buck Farmer, DET Fangraphs 2
Casey Fien, MIN Yahoo! Sports 1 FantasyScore 1 Colton & Wolf 1
Roberto Osuna, TOR FantasyScore 1 Mastersball 1
Steven Wright, BOS Fangraphs 1 Mastersball 1
J.R. Graham, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire 1
Mike Pelfrey, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 FantasyScore 1
Anthony Ranaudo, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Nick Tepesch, TEX Fangraphs 1
Chris Bassitt, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Matt Barnes, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Nick Hagadone, CLE Yahoo! Sports 1
Fernando Abad, OAK USA TODAY Sports 1
Zach Putnam, CWS SiriusXM 1
Burch Smith, TB RotoWire 1
Dan Otero, OAK Mastersball 1
Eric O'Flaherty, OAK Mastersball 1
Al Alburquerque, DET FantasyScore 1
Andrew Romine, DET FantasyScore 1
Austin Adams, CLE FantasyScore 1
Brad Brach, BAL FantasyScore 1
Eric Sogard, OAK FantasyScore 1
Fernando Salas, LAA FantasyScore 1
Gregorio Petit, NYY FantasyScore 1
Jason Garcia, BAL FantasyScore 1
Kirby Yates, TB FantasyScore 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE FantasyScore 1
Scott Atchison, CLE FantasyScore 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX FantasyScore 1
Steve Clevenger, BAL FantasyScore 1
Steve Geltz, TB FantasyScore 1
Tim Beckham, TB FantasyScore 1
Tim Stauffer, MIN FantasyScore 1
Tyler Ladendorf, OAK FantasyScore 1
Willie Bloomquist, SEA FantasyScore 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET Fangraphs 1
Erik Kratz, KC ESPN.com 1
Roberto Perez, CLE ESPN.com 1
Ryan Hanigan, BOS ESPN.com 1
Sandy Leon, BOS ESPN.com 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With a "pre season" FAAB run over the weekend, most teams in the AL contest weren't willing to wager a lot with rosters not yet set as of Saturday night.

With a few pitchers on the DL I put in two bid groups with Hector Noesi (CWS) and Roberto Hernandez the only pitchers I bid more than a dollar on in the first string and all pitchers but Noesi repeated for a dollar each in the second - Almost Successful. I got Noesi for $3 and was awarded Hernandez in the second group for $1 but upon further review I was tied with another dollar bidder and lost the coin flip so instead got Ross Detwiler (TEX). Good News - Detwiler a better pitcher; Bad News - Hernandez pitching in front of a better team and in a better ballpark.

The high bid for this league was $12 for new Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella to Fantasy Score's Tim Heaney. New Tampa Bay potential SP Erasmo Ramirez (former Marniner) was the only other player that went for double digits - $11 to Sirius XM's Ray Flowers.Ramirez was also the most bid on player last Saturday with ten of the twelve teams in the league making bids but I was not among them. Matt Andriese (TB) who is also in the running for the Rays' last rotation spot went for $3 to Heaney. One will not be happy.

Rotowire's Chris Liss got the Angels Colin Cowgill for $7 and rookie Ranger reliever Keone Kela for $3. Kela will replace the now suspended Ervin Santana on Liss's roster.

Todd's Take

Good job gents - not a whole lot available in terms of possible difference makers even though the auction took place the weekend of March 7 and 8. I was curious what Devon Travis went for but alas, Brandon Funston snagged him in reserve a month ago. Similarly, Edward Mujica was handcuffed to Koji Uehara by Chris Liss of Rotowire.

Tip of the cap to FantasyScore's Time Heaney who was going to make for dang sure he got someone.

One repercussion of the early draft was Erasmo Ramirez and Asher Wojciechowski both went for a little more in LABR than Tout Wars despite not having the Vickrey parachute. The reason is likely demand - with the auction over a month ago, more had rotation spots to fill than in Tout Wars, which drafted just two weeks ago,




Nick Ahmed, ARI $11 RotoExperts 11 USA TODAY Sports 1
Cody Ross, ARI $6 Inside Edge 6 USA TODAY Sports 3
Justin Maxwell, SF $6 Inside Edge 6 RotoExperts 11
Tyler Moore, WSH $5 USA TODAY Sports 5 RotoExperts 3 ESPN - Karabell 2
Brennan Boesch, CIN $4 USA TODAY Sports 4
Luis Jimenez, MIL $4 ESPN - Karabell 4
Jose Lobaton, WSH $3 Mastersball 3
Chris Dominguez, CIN $3 RotoExperts 3
Chris Hatcher, LAD $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell 2
Frank Garces, SD $1 Inside Edge 1
Seth Maness, STL $1 Inside Edge 1
Randall Delgado, ARI $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1


Kris Negron, CIN USA TODAY Sports 3 RotoExperts 2
Rafael Ynoa, COL RotoExperts 2
Clint Barmes, SD USA TODAY Sports 1
Matt Duffy, SF USA TODAY Sports 1
Pedro Baez, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hector Sanchez, SF Mastersball 1
Antonio Bastardo, PIT Inside Edge 1
Bryan Morris, MIA Inside Edge 1
Carlos Torres, NYM Inside Edge 1
Matt Thornton, WSH Inside Edge 1
Rafael Betancourt, COL Inside Edge 1
Eric Campbell, NYM ESPN - Karabell 1
J.P. Howell, LAD ESPN - Karabell 1
Neal Cotts, MIL ESPN - Karabell 1
Sergio Santos, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With the LABR auctions completing so early in spring training, and because the season really does not begin properly till April 6, our benevolent Commissioner Gardner allowed for a Waiver Run the day before the Cubs and Cards tipped off for Sunday Night Baseball.

As a result, virtually every team made a claim to fill one of the voids that occurred between the draft and roster cutdowns.

Topping this list, defending Champ Lenny Melnick dropped $11 on Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, who was handed the starting gig just as camp broke. Similarly, Lenny dropped $3 on the Reds Christopher Dominguez.

Steve Moyer, of the Inside Edge gambled $6 on Giants outfielder Justin Maxwell, hoping to grab some playing time while Hunter Pence convalesces. Steve also dropped $6 on D-backs flychaser Cody Ross (one bid challenged at $3). Steve also gambled on $1 players with Frank Garces and Seth Maness. Since the run, Steve may have caught a break as Ross has left the crowded Snake's outfield to Oakland, where they will find a place to use Ross against southpaws.

Commissioner Gardner beat out bids of $2 and $3 to land Tyler Moore ($5) hoping the local Nat will benefit from Jayson Werth’s down time. Steve spent $4 on outfielder Brennan Boesch as well, looking to get some counting stats among his flychasers.

Erid Karabell (ESPN) went $4 for Luis Jimenez, while Bob Radomski (Sandlot Shrink) spent $3 on Matt Reynolds, and I allocated the same on Jose Lobaton, hoping for some at-bats following an ill-spent three on Andrew Susac.

Finishing off, with $1 bids, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius went with Randall Delgado, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf threw out a crapshoot for Chris Hatcher.

First week moves can really pay off, but the big reward this time appears to be Ahmed, and perhaps Ross.

Todd's Take

It's an interesting contrast between the bids in NL LABR and NL Tout. Tout was much more aggressive. The reason could be Tout Wars allows more freedom of movement between active and reserve while LABR only permits free movement of players drafted as reserves in March. That is, the FAAB acquistions must remain in your lineup, you can't as easily reserve them like you can in Tout Wars. KNOW THY RULES!




Archie Bradley, ARI $34 RotoExperts 34 BSports 10 FG -  Sleeper & Bust 6
USA TODAY Sports 3 MLB.com 1 Razzball 1
FantasyScore 7
Eric Young, ATL $13 FantasyScore 13 Baseball Prospectus 6 Fangraphs 6
Rotowire-Colton 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 MLB.com 4
Razzball 4 MLB.com 3 BSports 2
Edward Mujica, BOS $10 Rotowire-Colton 10 RotoExperts 6 MLB.com 4
FantasyScore 4 BSports 2 Razzball 1
Rasiel Iglesias, CIN $10 FG -  Sleeper & Bust 10 Rotowire-Colton 4 FantasyScore 1
Alexi Amarista, SD $7 FantasyScore 7 FNTSY 3
Jordan Schafer, MIN $6 Baseball Prospectus 6 Razzball 6 Fangraphs 3
MLB.com 3 Razzball 2 MLB.com 1
FantasyScore 1
Zach McAllister, CLE $6 Fangraphs 6 MLB.com 3 BSports 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Devon Travis, TOR $5 RotoExperts 5 MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Joel Peralta, LAD $5 FantasyScore 5 BSports 2 Razzball 1
Odubel Herrera, PHI $5 RotoExperts 5 Razzball 4 Razzball 3
USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Ryan Rua, TEX $4 MLB.com 4 RotoExperts 12 Baseball Prospectus 5
Fangraphs 2 Rotowire-Colton 1 FantasyScore 1
Michael Taylor, WSH $4 Fangraphs 4 Baseball Prospectus 5 FantasyScore 3
USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Josh Collmenter, ARI $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Rotowire-Colton 3 FantasyScore 2
Razzball 1
Brandon Morrow, SD $3 Razzball 3 FantasyScore 3
Nick Hundley, COL $3 Razzball 3 Fangraphs 1
Gregor Blanco, SF $3 RotoExperts 3
Stephen Drew, NYY $3 FNTSY 3
Jesse Chavez, OAK $3 FantasyScore 3
Billy Burns, OAK $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 FantasyScore 3 Fangraphs 2
Rotowire-Colton 1 MLB.com 1
Shane Victorino, BOS $2 BSports 2 RotoExperts 5 MLB.com 2
FantasyScore 1
Ryan Hanigan, BOS $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL $1 MLB.com 1
Jace Peterson, ATL $1 Rotowire-Colton 1 RotoExperts 17 Baseball Prospectus 6
Razzball 1
Johnny Giavotella, LAA $1 MLB.com 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL $1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Dillon Gee, NYM $1 BSports 1 MLB.com 1 FantasyScore 1


Kyle Gibson, MIN FG -  Sleeper & Bust 8
Jon Gray, COL RotoExperts 6
Erasmo Ramirez, TB FG -  Sleeper & Bust 5 Razzball 1
Casey McGehee, SF Baseball Prospectus 3 FantasyScore 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 3
Trevor Cahill, ATL RotoExperts 3
Mark Buehrle, TOR FantasyScore 3
Jake Lamb, ARI Baseball Prospectus 3
Francisco Cervelli, PIT Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs 1
Yonder Alonso, SD FantasyScore 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Adam Warren, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Craig Gentry, OAK Rotowire-Colton 1
Nate Karns, TB Rotowire-Colton 1
Ryan Doolittle, OAK Rotowire-Colton 1
David Phelps, MIA Razzball 1
Alfredo Simon, DET FantasyScore 1
Andre Ethier, LAD FantasyScore 1
Delmon Young, BAL FantasyScore 1
Marco Estrada, TOR FantasyScore 1
Tim Lincecum, SF FantasyScore 1
Scott Van Slyke, LAD Baseball Prospectus 1
Yangervis Solarte, SD Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary and Todd's Take

I apologize friends, normally I'd find a couple of different angles but mostly due to the fact Lord Scatterbrain failed to put in bids despite several reminders, I'll combine them into one. Usually I'll discuss my bids then offer some more general commentary but the reason I have no bids isn't strategic. I was in Vegas with the NFBC and focused elsewhere.

I suppose subconsciously I knew I didn't have any major holes to fill despite drafting in February, but I am kicking myself for missing the chance to snag Devon Travis to upgrade DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu is fine as a middle infielder in a league of this depth but Travis has a chance to contribute more - perhaps double digit homers and steals. Other than the lesson about making sure you are organized enough not to miss deadlines, the other take-home message is don't wait for an opening to improve your team, especially in mixers. Even if you upgrade a reserve, your team is better.


0 #2 Todd Zola 2015-04-13 20:00
Monday is still the plan. I'm pushing today's to tomorrow for this week only. Reason being the plethora of bids in combination with that tax thing this week has prevented me from putting it together yet. Dual report will be posted first thing Tuesday.
0 #1 Greg Doyle 2015-04-13 15:19
Do you plan to publish this column on Monday mornings?

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