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Tuesday 23rd May 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 featured Tout Wars on Monday (see the second half of this report) and LABR on Tuesday.

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ryan_hanigan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Roberto Perez, CLE $14 SiriusXM 14 Yahoo! Sports 7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 6
Mastersball 4
Ryan Hanigan, BOS $7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7 SiriusXM 3 Yahoo! Sports 2
Mastersball 1
Allan Dykstra, TB $4 Mastersball 4
Drew Rucinski, LAA $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Efren Navarro, LAA $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Mastersball 2
Carlos Peguero, TEX $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Nicholas Martinez, TEX $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 2
Drew Butera, LAA $1 Mastersball 1
Mike Pelfrey, MIN $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Trevor May, MIN FantasyScore 7 Colton & The Wolfman 6 USA TODAY Sports 1
Shawn Tolleson, TEX RotoWire 5 Mastersball 1
Roberto Osuna, TOR RotoWire 3
Roberto Osuna, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Logan Forsythe, TB FantasyScore 2
Steven Geltz, TB Fangraphs 2
Bobby Wilson, TB Mastersball 1 SiriusXM 1
Erik Kratz, KC Mastersball 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Anthony Bass, TEX Fangraphs 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Carson Smith, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Esmil Rogers, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Justin Wilson, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Sandy Leon, BOS SiriusXM 1
Alexi Ogando, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Shaun Marcum, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Adam Rosales, TEX Mastersball 1
Jesus Sucre, SEA Mastersball 1
Ryan Lavarnway, BAL Mastersball 1
Cody Ross, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jerry Sands, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Miguel Castro already rostered in this league, much like I suspect Jeurys Familia would be in an NL only league the bidding emphasis was strangely on their battery mates. Sirius XM's Ray Flowers lost John Jaso this week so he went heavy after my Yan Gomes replacement, winning Roberto Perez for a large $14 bid. Maybe Ray wanted to block a competitor at the same time. Here I settled for the Angels Drew Butera as they head to nice hitting arenas in Arlington and Houston Texas to battle the not-so-great pitching staffs of the Rangers and Astros. Larry Schechter felt a greater need to replace Matt Wieters this week and knowing the Gomes and Jaso owners were looking as well, he bid $7 for Ryan Hanigan.

I also had to replace Tampa's James Loney and won his replacement Allan Dykstra for $4 from which you can surmise the corner infield pool is very bare in this league.

The other bid of more than a few dollars this week was for Minnesota pitching prospect Trevor May who will make his major league debut Monday at home against the Kansas City Royals in a two start week which prompted Fantasy Score's Tim Heaney to bid $7 to land him.

Todd's Take

I know I sound like a broken record with this, but it continues to intrigue me how we all rank players differently. For those not of a certain age, music used to be played on vinyl discs that spun around a turntable with things like stylus and needle attached to an arm. Occasionally, there would be an imperfection in the vinyl, causing the stylus to in effect keep jumping up and down, playing the same thing over and over again. Anyway, look at the catcher bids. Perry was fine if he acquired Butera so he didn't bid aggressively on Perez or Hanigan. The other three pursuants ranked the two backstops differently. Larry had Hanigan first and Perez third. Ray had Perez decidely first with the second high bid on Hanigan. Brandon Funston of Yahoo! had the second highest bid on Perez and third highest on Hanigan, missing out on both. As opposed to Perry and Ray needing to replace injured receivers, Brandon was looking for someone to get him a little something until Josmil Pinto is recalled by the Twins - or at least he's hoping Pinto is promoted after getting some minor league at bats (recall Pinto missed much of the spring after being concussed). 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

andres_blanco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Andres Blanco, PHI $14 Sandlot Shrink 14
Jim Johnson, ATL $11 RotoExperts 11 Sandlot Shrink 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Inside Edge 4 Baseball HQ 3 ESPN - Karabell 2
USA TODAY Sports 1
Kyle Kendrick, COL $7 Sandlot Shrink 7
Daniel Hudson, ARI $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Jeff Francoeur, PHI $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Sandlot Shrink 3 Baseball HQ 1
Matt Duffy, SF $2 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 RotoWire - DVR 2
Hector Sanchez, SF $2 Mastersball 2
Jason Marquis, CIN $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Cody Martin, ATL $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Antonio Bastardo, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1
Yimi Garcia, LAD $1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Logan Schafer, MIL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1
Rafael Betancourt, COL $1 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1
Pedro Baez, LAD $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Clint Barmes, SD Baseball HQ 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN Baseball HQ 1
Matt Szczur, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Daniel Descalso, COL Baseball HQ 1
Matthew den Dekker, WSH Baseball HQ 1
Rafael Ynoa, COL Baseball HQ 1
J.J. Hoover, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1
Bryan Morris, MIA ESPN - Karabell 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Though Andres Blanco was the high priced FAAB spread ($14 to Bob Radomski of Sandlot Shrink) this week, it was the retread vets who seemed to get the spotlight, with Jim Johnson ($11 to Lenny Melnick of Roto Experts), $7 for Kyle Kendrick (again to Mr. Radomski), Daniel Hudson and Jeff Francouer  (both $5 to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of STATS/NFBC), and then Jason Marquis (again to the early season retooling Shrink) for $2 (Marquis had a failed bid of a buck, believe it or not) as the most sought after purchases Week 2.

Giants Hector Sanchez ($2 to me) and Matt Duffy ($2 to BaseballHQ) followed, along with a $2 bid for Cody Martin completed by the USA Today.

Then followed the litany of $1 buys: Rafael Betancourt (Inside Edge), Yimi Garcia (BBHQ), Antonio Bastardo ( BBHQ), and Pedro Baez and Logan Schafer (both to NFBC/STATS).

Of the moves, the acquisition of Duffy and Kendrick look to me to be the ones to prove to be most fruitful (though I do like my addition of Sanchez, who will get increased playing time thanks to the injury to Brandon Belt) over the course of the season. Duffy looks a lot like a Matt Carpenter clone to me, and could really emerge as an everyday third sacker with Casey McGehee now nursing a sore leg.

Not that I dislike Marquis, Francoeur, et al: rather I fell they have completed their Major League runs.

Todd's Take

Whereas I, on the other hand, dislike Marquis and Francoeur - Marquis because he's always so hard on my WHIP while Francouer -- err -- Franceour --err -- Frenchy, because he's so hard to spell.

Sometimes it takes a little prescience to stay ahead in this game. A slew of owners bid on Jim Johnson, the next-in-line in Atlanta while only a pair had the foresight to throw a buck on Rafael Betancourt - just in case. Well, that proved quite wise for Steve Moyer as sure enough, LaTroy Hawkins was lifted from closer duties with the wily Betancourt stepping in, much to the chagrin of Adam Ottavino owners. My guess is Hawkins will be granted one more chance to reclaim the gig and if he fails, it will be turned over to Ottavino. If this is indeed the case, Betancourt makes sense as the interim guy, as it's easier to take the job away from him as it would have been if Ottavino continued to excel. Yeah, crazy, but by all rights, Ottavino deserved the job to start the season.

MIXED LEAGUE

grilli

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jason Grilli, ATL $44 Baseball Prospectus 44 Rotowire-Erickson 35 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 32
BSports 31 MLB.com 22 RotoExperts 18
FantasyScore 14 Rotowire-Colton 9 USA TODAY Sports 9
Fangraphs 8 ESPN.com 6
Miguel Castro, TOR $39 FNTSY 39 Rotowire-Erickson 35 Baseball Prospectus 21
MLB.com 14 Baseball Prospectus 13 FantasyScore 9
BSports 6 RotoExperts 5 ESPN.com 3
Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Jeurys Familia, NYM $33 Rotowire-Erickson 33 Baseball Prospectus 24 Fangraphs 14
Baseball Prospectus 14 FantasyScore 13 MLB.com 12
BSports 11 Rotowire-Colton 9 Razzball 4
Francisco Cervelli, PIT $11 Rotowire-Erickson 11 RotoExperts 1
Joe Kelly, BOS $7 Rotowire-Erickson 7 USA TODAY Sports 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2
BSports 2
Ender Inciarte, ARI $6 FantasyScore 6
Adam Warren, NYY $4 Baseball HQ 4
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL $4 Baseball HQ 4 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jacob Lamb, ARI $4 MLB.com 4 FantasyScore 4
Mark Canha, OAK $4 RotoExperts 4 FantasyScore 4
Aaron Harang, PHI $3 BSports 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 MLB.com 1
Jim Johnson, ATL $3 RotoExperts 3 Fangraphs 2
Jordan Lyles, COL $2 FantasyScore 2
Tom Koehler, MIA $1 BSports 1 MLB.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Christopher Heston, SF $1 MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson 3
Kevin Pillar, TOR $1 MLB.com 1 FantasyScore 1
Nicholas Martinez, TEX $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Barrett, WSH $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
John Axford, COL $1 ESPN.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kurt Suzuki, MIN Rotowire-Erickson 7
Cameron Maybin, ATL FantasyScore 6
Roberto Perez, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 5
Hector Sanchez, SF Rotowire-Erickson 3
Nathan Karns, TB RotoExperts 2 Baseball HQ 1
Drew Rucinski, LAA Baseball HQ 2
Alfredo Simon, DET FantasyScore 2
Conor Gillaspie, CWS FantasyScore 2
Yonder Alonso, SD FantasyScore 1 Baseball HQ 1 FantasyScore 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Delmon Young, BAL FantasyScore 1
John Mayberry, NYM FantasyScore 1
Yangervis Solarte, SD FantasyScore 1
Tim Lincecum, SF BSports 1
Eddie Butler, COL Baseball Prospectus 1
Chris Hatcher, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1
Hector Santiago, LAA Rotowire-Erickson 1
Josh Phegley, OAK Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kyle Gibson, MIN Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kyle Lobstein, DET Rotowire-Erickson 1
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD MLB.com 1
Scott Feldman, HOU MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary and Todd's Take

You'd think having to publicly discuss my FAAB moves each week would shame me into not screwing up (again), but on the other hand, telling everyone I know I'm going to lose weight hasn't worked either. At least this week Lord Scatterbrain remembered to enter bids. The final step of actually submitting them, however, was omitted.

I need to replace John Jaso, you know, the catcher-eligible dude that wouldn't get hurt because he's going to be the Rays' primary designated hitter. There's actually someone I really like (regular readers can probably guess the identity) but I'll keep it mum until I hopefully discuss the pick-up next week.

Something catching my eye is the heavy bidding on possible saves. Anyone with three closers would be wise to put one on the block to see what might be offered. Hey, lookie there. I have Cody Allen, Hector Rondon and Brad Boxberger. It sure appears Boxberger is the guy until Jake McGee returns (and maybe after). Methinks it's time to see what the rest of the league thinks.

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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. All 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.

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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

roberto_perez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RoPerez, Cle 9 Jeff Erickson 11 Rob Leibowitz 8
CRoss, Oak 8 Jeff Erickson 9 Andy Behrens 7
CPeguero, Tex 4 Steve Moyer 50 Jeff Erickson 7 Chris Liss 3
SDeduno, Hou 1 Lawr Michaels 1
RFlaherty, Bal 1 Larry Schechter 9 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 3
Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
ADykstra, TB 1 Seth Trachtman 3 Larry Schechter 8 Rob Leibowitz 0
ROsuna, Tor 1 Jason Collette 2 Chris Liss 3 Rob Leibowitz 0
EFrieri, TB 1 Steve Moyer 4
YMedina, Sea 1 Andy Behrens 1 Steve Moyer 0 Jeff Erickson 0
KLobstein, Det 1 Jeff Erickson 7 Steve Moyer 0
TMay, Min 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Jeff Erickson 1
POrlando, KC 1 Jason Collette 1
CMartin, NYY 1 Jason Collette 3
JMurphy, NYY 1 Jason Collette 1 Jeff Erickson 2
STolleson, Tex 1 Chris Liss 5
JSands, Cle 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Chris Liss 0
CarSmith, Sea 0 Steve Moyer 0
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
RGrossman, Hou 0 Chris Liss 0 Jason Collette 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

GPetit, NYY Larry Schechter 7
RLavarnway, Bal Larry Schechter 1 Jason Collette 1
BWilson, TB Jason Collette 1 Jeff Erickson 1
KKela, Tex Jason Collette 1 Chris Liss 0
MAppel, Hou Chris Liss 1
SLeon, Bos Jason Collette 1 Jeff Erickson 0
DRucinski, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
GBeckham, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DOtero, Oak Lawr Michaels 0
FAbad, Oak Lawr Michaels 0 Andy Behrens 0
EScribner, Oak Jeff Erickson 0
TLayne, Bos Jeff Erickson 0
RRoss, Bos Jason Collette 0
SRobinson, Min Jason Collette 0 Chris Liss 0
TSipp, Hou Jason Collette 0
RRaburn, Cle Chris Liss 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Looking things over this week, the two biggest opportunities go to Trevor May on the Twins and Roberto Perez of the Indians given the injuries to Ricky Nolasco and Yan Gomes respectively. While May generates strikeout rates, he is a fly ball pitcher with control issues who profiles at the back end of a rotation long term. I'm passing. On the catching front, I still have Caleb Joseph sitting in my #2 catcher slot on a team that is currently carrying three receivers. Roberto Perez draws some walks, has a little pop, but also strikes out a bit, so while he is not a high ceiling play, the opportunity and skill at least make him worth a modest bid.

Roberto Osuna is worth a look with the Jays handing the closing the reigns over to another 20-year reliever in Miguel Castro. Osuna is actually younger than Castro and does not throw quite as hard, but is a solid prospect in his own right and has a good changeup. Worth a flier given the potential volatility of their bullpen

My competitors were more aggressive on May, Perez and Osuna, leaving me with Jerry Sands. The corresponding move was releasing Efren Navarro who is seeing only spot duty. Sands has a good chance to see regular at bats versus southpaws, replacing either Brandon Moss or David Murphy in the Cleveland Indians lineup. For his career, Sands sports an impressive .892 OPS versus left-handers.

Todd's Take

My colleague Rob didn't explicitly mention this but I suspect it was part of his thought process behind bidding on Perez. Tout Wars has a unique rule, eliminating the fifth outfielder and instead making that a swingman spot, eligible to be filled by either a pitcher or any hitter. When you include the standard utility spot, a Tout Wars owner could have four receivers on the roster. In fact, someone once purchased four catchers in the auction. Stop laughing, it was me. Okay, you can laugh. Anyway, with the free agent pool being so thin, there's a decent chance an available catcher is a better option than other free agents, especially if the catcher plays regularly, like Perez will. Plus, if a competitor loses a catcher due to injury, you could be in a position to deal them one and get a better position player back, especially if they have one on their reserve they can afford to deal away.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

heston

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CHeston, SF 13 Todd Zola 19 Phil Hertz 12 Gene McCaffrey 12
Lenny Melnick  12 Steve Gardner 3 Peter Kreutzer 0
MDuffy, SF 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Brian Walton 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
Scott Wilderman 1
YGarcia, LAD 3 Steve Gardner 3 Lenny Melnick  3 Peter Kreutzer 1
BMorris, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 3 Peter Kreutzer 0
JNicasio, LAD 1 Phil Hertz 2
TMatzek, Col 1 Phil Hertz 6
JHoover, Cin 1 Peter Kreutzer 1 Phil Hertz 0
JArias, SF 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
JPacheco, Ari 1 Brian Walton 1
BCunniff, Atl 1 Lenny Melnick  2
ABlanco, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BHand, Mia 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
MSzczur, ChC 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
CSadler, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RBetancourt, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CBarmes, SD Todd Zola 7 Peter Kreutzer 0
BMaurer, SD Todd Zola 3
JHowell, LAD Todd Zola 1
CMartin, Atl Steve Gardner 0
JHughes, Pit Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BTreinen, Was Phil Hertz 0
CStammen, Was Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JDiaz, Cin Phil Hertz 0
JDiekman, Phi Phil Hertz 0
CDominguez, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
CPennington, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
CRobinson, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
DBarney, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
DSolano, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
HGomez, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
JAxford, Col Peter Kreutzer 0
JHerrera, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
JJeffress, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
KSiegrist, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
LJimenez, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
MDunn, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
OPerez, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
PBaez, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
PGosselin, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
RJohnson, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
RTejada, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
SSchumaker, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The injuries that have hit the San Francisco Giants opened the door for the two largest transactions in NL Tout Wars this week.

Stepping in for Matt Cain, 27-year-old Chris Heston made his second career start on Friday at Arizona and pitched well enough to apparently hold off Ryan Vogelsong and continue in the rotation. Ironically, three Tout warriors priced Heston exactly at $12. However, they all lost out to Lord Zola, who was willing to go up to $19 if necessary.

Despite a big spring that included a team-best 15 RBI, a lack of clear playing time meant infielder Matt Duffy went undrafted and still remained a free agent after the first week of free agent bidding. Third baseman Casey McGehee's knee injury may have opened the door for Duffy in San Francisco. As a result, I put in a modest $3 bid, but ESPN's Tristan H. Cockcroft went $1 higher.

The only other player to go for more than $1 was the Dodgers' Yimi Garcia. Six strikeouts in four innings and the potential to snag some saves in Kenley Jansen's absence led to interest from several Touts. USA TODAY's Steve Gardner won a tie with the legend Lenny Melnick, both having bid $3.

Todd's Take

The power of nine. It works in regular auctions, so I thought I'd try it in FAAB bidding. For those unaware, there's something in our wiring that sees a bigger difference between 19 and 20 than say 18 and 19. Take a look at your auction results and count up the number of winning bids ending in 9. It's been my experience that there's an inordinate number of bids ending in 9. At minimum, there are more than end in 0. So why not see if this psychological barrier works in blind bidding, with the parachute of Vickrey present to potentially save some FAAB units of my opponents didn't want to spend anything close to 20?

It turned out that the 9 factor didn't come into play but Vickrey did. Thanks, Vickrey.

Starting pitching was a need for me since I'm carrying four relievers. I have a couple of bats that are doing next to nothing so I thought I'd take advantage of the aforementioned swingman spot and use it for a pitcher. At some point I'll need to bench a reliever for another stick, but for now I'm fine with keeping ratios in check.

Heston was an easy target for me as he has a pair of home tilts. Chances are the club won't let him get exposed and rely upon their bullpen if necessary.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

mark_canha

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MCanha, Oak 13 Scott Swanay 25 Scott Pianowski 12 Nando DiFino 4
Joe Pisapia 4 David Gonos 2
JKelly, Bos 9 Nando DiFino 12 Joe Pisapia 8 David Gonos 7
Scott Pianowski 6 Derek Van Riper 3 Cory Schwartz 2
JPeralta, LAD 7 Zach Steinhorn 17 David Gonos 6 Scott Pianowski 3
Cory Schwartz 2
RoPerez, Cle 5 Paul Singman 9 Scott Engel 4 Al Melchior 2
ODespaigne, SD 3 Paul Singman 4 Zach Steinhorn 5 Cory Schwartz 2
TKoehler, Mia 3 Zach Steinhorn 10 Cory Schwartz 2 Paul Singman 0
CBethancourt, Atl 2 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 1 Scott Engel 1
CPeguero, Tex 2 Nando DiFino 5 Derek Van Riper 1
TLincecum, SF 2 Scott Pianowski 13 Ray Flowers 1
SFuld, Oak 1 Paul Singman 7
AHarang, Phi 1 Paul Singman 5 Zach Steinhorn 8 Scott Pianowski 3
Derek Van Riper 1 Cory Schwartz 0
RChirinos, Tex 1 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers 1
KPillar, Tor 1 KPillar, Tor David Gonos 5 Fred Zinkie 0
ARussell, ChC 1 Cory Schwartz 3
EButler, Col 1 Derek Van Riper 3 Nando DiFino 2
RMontero, NYM 1 Joe Pisapia 6 Nando DiFino 0
NMartinez, Tex 1 Joe Pisapia 8
UJimenez, Bal 1 David Gonos 1 Joe Pisapia 3 Tim Heaney 1
JIglesias, Det 1 David Gonos 4
YEscobar, Was 1 David Gonos 1
DRucinski, LAA 1 Patrick Davitt 1
CHeston, SF 1 Al Melchior 6
JGuthrie, KC 0 Cory Schwartz 0
RDelgado, Ari 0 Nando DiFino 0
TGosewisch, Ari 0 Scott Engel 0 Ray Flowers 2
ROsuna, Tor 0 David Gonos 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JSmoak, Tor Scott Swanay 25
CGillaspie, CWS Scott Swanay 5
CMcGehee, SF Scott Swanay 5 David Gonos 0
RHanigan, Bos Paul Singman 3 Scott Swanay 2 Ray Flowers 1
JPhegley, Oak Scott Swanay 3
JPanik, SF David Gonos 2
KSuzuki, Min Scott Swanay 1 Ray Flowers 1
GSoto, CWS Scott Swanay 1
WCastillo, ChC Ray Flowers 1
MBuehrle, Tor Paul Singman 1
CRoss, Oak Nando DiFino 1
ASimon, Det Zach Steinhorn 1
JVargas, KC Zach Steinhorn 1
RAlvarez, Oak Nando DiFino 0
AHill, Ari David Gonos 0
ASimon, Det David Gonos 0
GBlanco, SF David Gonos 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Being that my $17 bid on Joel Peralta was actually more of a price-enforcing bid than anything else (waiver wire closers, even temporary ones, have tended to attract the highest bids in this league), I was surprised to land him for the reasonable price of $7. At this point, it has become clear that Peralta is the primary guy until Kenley Jansen returns, which is projected to be in mid-May. So, what's a month's worth of saves? Five? Sure, I'll pay seven bucks for five saves.

Even in a mixed league, losing 40% of your front five starting pitchers will hurt, and the injuries to Ian Kennedy and Derek Holland was the obvious reason for my slightly aggressive bid on Tom Koehler. I fully expected to get him for less than $7, and I was right. Koehler is in line to make two starts this week (@ATL, @NYM) and in nine combined starts against the Braves and Mets last year, Koehler registered a 2.88 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, and he pitched well against the Braves in his 2015 season debut. What's not to like?

Todd's Take

I realize at times I'm a bit NFBCentric but it's an important element of my fantasy play. Something I find interesting with the results of this FAAB run is waiver wire in Mixed Tout was similar to that in my 15-team NFBC leagues. Here, there was only 1 bid on Heston with several attemps on better known commodities such as Joe Kelly, Odrisamer Despaigne, Aaron Harang, Tim Lincecum and Zach's new BFF, Koehler. However, in the high stakes arena, Heston garnered more love. I'm not in a position to say which is right and which is wrong, but what's apparent is the NFBC isn't afraid to pay for the mystery of the unknown while my industry counterparts prefer to dance with the devil they know.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

jeurys_familia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JFamilia, NYM 23 Adam Ronis 23 Tom Kessenich 23 Eno Sarris 21
Grey Albright 16 Rudy Gamble 12 Anthony Perri 3
MCastro, Tor 22 Tim McLeod 22 Eno Sarris 21 Grey Albright 21
Tom Kessenich 18 Charlie Wiegert 17 Adam Ronis 11
Anthony Perri 7 Rudy Gamble 7 Perry Van Hook 4
MCanha, Oak 8 Paul Greco 11 Anthony Perri 7 Adam Ronis 6
NAoki, SF 8 Grey Albright 11 Tom Kessenich 7 Adam Ronis 3
Rudy Gamble 1 Anthony Perri 1
CHeston, SF 6 Tim McLeod 8 Perry Van Hook 5 Adam Ronis 3
RoPerez, Cle 3 Charlie Wiegert 3 Perry Van Hook 2
JimJohnson, Atl 2 Anthony Perri 2 Adam Ronis 1 Eno Sarris 1
EInciarte, Ari 2 Eno Sarris 6 Anthony Perri 1
JPanik, SF 2 Greg Ambrosius 3 Tom Kessenich 6 Eno Sarris 2
Paul Sporer 2 Rudy Gamble 1
UJimenez, Bal 1 Ray Murphy 6 Anthony Perri 1
DRucinski, LAA 1 Ray Murphy 5
ODespaigne, SD 1 Adam Ronis 6 Grey Albright 3 Anthony Perri 2
Rudy Gamble 0
RMontero, NYM 1 Eno Sarris 1 Anthony Perri 1
TKoehler, Mia 1 Grey Albright 3
DLeMahieu, Col 1 Tom Kessenich 6 Anthony Perri 2
TMilone, Min 1 Anthony Perri 2 Tim McLeod 4
JSchoop, Bal 1 Anthony Perri 3
JPhegley, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 1
LForsythe, TB 1 Paul Sporer 3
SFeldman, Hou 0 Paul Greco 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JIglesias, Det Anthony Perri 3 Eno Sarris 2
ARamos, Mia Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 0
CCoghlan, ChC Adam Ronis 1 Eno Sarris 1
CJoseph, Bal Charlie Wiegert 1 Perry Van Hook 0
JAxford, Col Anthony Perri 1
AHarang, Phi Grey Albright 1
NMartinez, Tex Grey Albright 1
BTreinen, Was Eno Sarris 1
ROsuna, Tor Eno Sarris 1
AEllis, LAD Charlie Wiegert 0 Perry Van Hook 0
GSoto, CWS Charlie Wiegert 0 Perry Van Hook 0
BPena, Cin Perry Van Hook 0
CCorporan, Tex Perry Van Hook 0
DButera, LAA Perry Van Hook 0
HSanchez, SF Perry Van Hook 0
JMcCann, Det Perry Van Hook 0
MMcKenry, Col Perry Van Hook 0
TGosewisch, Ari Charlie Wiegert 0
KPillar, Tor Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As in many leagues there was spirited bidding for any new closers even if temporary. In the Mixed Draft League Jeurys Familia went for $23 to Adam Ronis and he needed every dollar of that bid AND a tie-break on standings to get him away from Tom Kessenich who also bid $23.

Toronto's save master du jour Miguel Castro wen for $22 to Tim McLeod beating $21 bids from both Eno Sarris and Grey Albright.

On my lists the priority was to cheaply but productively replace Yan Gomes for a few months and while I lost out on Roberto Perez I think Oakland's Josh Phegley for $1 will be a good substitute. I was more upset my $5 bid on new Giant SP Chris Heston also lost to McLeod but he did bid $8 which was Vickrey reduced to the winning $6 bid.

Todd's Take

There are some that want to replace the saves category with something else, often involving holds. There are some that want to kill the win and instead use quality starts. Some want to eliminate the second catcher from standard roster configurations. My response to each of them is "get off my lawn."

Here's the deal. I'm for anything that adds an element beyond knowing baseball. I favor any nuance that means you simply can't just take the best player on the board, regardless of position. I like rules that require some adding strategic planning to draft day. The second catcher requires deciding how much of a scarcity bump the position deserves on top of dealing with the injury risk. Using wins necessitates balancing better ratios from a pitcher on a weak team with wins and strikeout potential from a lesser skilled arm on a better team. Including saves means deciding whether to address closers in the draft/auction and if so, at what level? Alternatively, one can look for saves in season and pay close to 25 percent of their budget for the chance to get some saves. I personally prefer to address closers in the auction so I don't have to chase them in season. Again, not right or wrong, just my approach. But more importantly, I like the fact we can all decide how we want to attack the category and not have the safety net of getting holds via an arbitrary middle reliever.

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