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Saturday 17th Feb 2018

Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

Here's the LABR report, the Tout Wars is available below.


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..




Paulo Orlando, KC $8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 RotoWire 6 ESPN.com 1
Colton & The Wolfman 3
Tim Beckham, TB $6 ESPN.com 6 Baseball HQ 5 FantasyScore 4
Kyle Lobstein, DET $3 Mastersball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Madson, KC $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jimmy Paredes, BAL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pat Neshek, HOU $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Christian Colon, KC $1 Baseball HQ 1
Carson Smith, SEA $1 Fangraphs 1 FantasyScore 1


Gregorio Petit, NYY Baseball HQ 1
Eric Sogard, OAK Baseball HQ 1
Steve Tolleson, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Ryan Goins, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Jerry Sands, CLE ESPN.com 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE ESPN.com 1
Vinnie Pestano, LAA Fangraphs 1
Steven Geltz, TB FantasyScore 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

There were just three winning bids of more thant $1 this week, the highest being Larry Schechter's $8 bid for KC fly chaser Paulo Orlando. There were several underbids for Orlando, $6 being the highest. ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft won Tampa second baseman Tim Beckham for $6 beating four and five dollar bids.

I had the third highest winning bid at $3 to secure Detroit's Kyle Lobstein who had more allure with further bad news on Justin Verlander. I beat three one dollar bidders on Lobstein.

Todd's Take

It took longer than he hoped, but Ryan Madson is back and ready to work in high-leverage situations. The injury to Greg Holland has moved everyone up a spot in the loaded Kansas City bullpen. Madson has at least a piece of the eighth inning which puts him in line to grab a save or two if Wade Davis needs a break.




Clint Robinson, WSH $7 RotoExperts 7
Eric Campbell, NYM $5 Colton & The Wolfman 5
Jonathan Herrera, CHC $5 Mastersball 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Randall Delgado, ARI $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 1
Philip Gosselin, ATL $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
A.J. Ramos, MIA $1 ESPN - Karabell 1
Clint Barmes, SD $1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Mastersball 3
J.J. Hoover, CIN $1 Baseball HQ 1


Kristopher Negron, CIN RotoExperts 2
Bryan Morris, MIA Baseball HQ 1
George Kontos, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Jean Machi, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Daniel Descalso, COL Mastersball 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM RotoWire - DVR 1
Hector Gomez, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I hate to write about "my team" in covering this week's NL LABR FAAB moves, but you see, I have Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella, who went on the DL early last week, and that meant I needed to fill his spot.

Now the good news is that I have LaStella at my Utility slot, so I could draft anyone, but the bad news is there wasn't really anyone worth paying top dollar for.

First things first, however, as the expensive player of the week was the Nats big (6'5", 250 lb.) first baseman Clint Robinson, who set RotoExpert Lenny Melnick back $7.

However, I big $5 on Jonathan Herrera—La Stella's likely replacement-- beating out $3 and $1 bids, filling my hole. However, I made contingency bids on Eric Campbell, who went to Fantasy Alarm's Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, also for $5 (I bid $3), while I placed a third contingency on Clint Barmes. who went to Rotowire's Derek Van Riper for a buck.

Colton and the Wolfman also picked up Arquimedes Caminero (easily the most irresistibly named Major Leaguer right now) for $3, while Bob Radomski of Sandlot Shrink purchased the services of Randall Delgado for a couple of dollars.

The final move of the week was Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ, who grabbed J.J. Hoover for $1. No one who knows Mr. Dennis, and his love for middle men, should be surprised by this play.

Todd's Take

My mother always told me if I have nothing pithy to say then say nothing at all.




Roberto Perez, CLE $18 Mastersball 18 Baseball HQ 1 RotoExperts 1
Alex Guerrero, LAD $9 FG - Sleeper & Bust 9 MLB.com 1
Nathan Karns, TB $8 RotoExperts 8 FG - Sleeper & Bust 7
Alfredo Simon, DET $7 RotoExperts 7 FG - Sleeper & Bust 5 FG - Sleeper & Bust 5
USA TODAY Sports 2 BSports 2 FantasyScore 1
Cameron Maybin, ATL $7 FantasyScore 7 ESPN.com 1
Hector Santiago, LAA $7 Mastersball 7 BSports 3
MLB.com 1
Carlos Peguero, TEX $6 RotoExperts 6
Odrisamer Despaigne, SD $4 FG - Sleeper & Bust 4 FantasyScore 1
Jose Iglesias, DET $4 ESPN.com 4 MLB.com 2 BSports 1
FantasyScore 1
Travis Wood, CHC $3 BSports 3
Sam Fuld, OAK $3 ESPN.com 3 FantasyScore 2
Gerardo Parra, MIL $3 FantasyScore 3 ESPN.com 3
J.T. Realmuto, MIA $2 RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 17 Baseball Prospectus 2
Baseball HQ 1 RotoExperts 1
Yimi Garcia, LAD $2 FG - Sleeper & Bust 2 BSports 1
Jordan Walden, STL $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Yangervis Solarte, SD $1 FantasyScore 1 FG - Sleeper & Bust 3
Kyle Lobstein, DET $1 RotoExperts 1
A.J. Pierzynski, ATL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Brock Holt, BOS $1 RotoExperts 1
Jeff Locke, PIT $1 MLB.com 1 FG - Sleeper & Bust 3
Yonder Alonso, SD $1 BSports 1 FantasyScore 1


Kyle Gibson, MIN Mastersball 6
James McCann, DET Mastersball 4 RotoExperts 1
Jake Smolinski, TEX ESPN.com 2
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT RotoExperts 2
Kurt Suzuki, MIN RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Brayan Pena, CIN Baseball HQ 1
Paulo Orlando, KC ESPN.com 1
Andre Ethier, LAD FantasyScore 1
Hank Conger, HOU Mastersball 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Mastersball 1
Tim Lincecum, SF USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Finally, I got me a John Jaso replacement! And, I already have buyer's regret as I'm wondering if Jacob Realmuto would have been the better option. My other major acquisition was Hector Santiago who I favored over Kyle Lobstein and here too I'm wondering if I should have flip-flopped priorities. They both have enticing two-start weeks.

Todd's Take

It's apparent I misread the market with respect to catchers. I knew Travis d'Arnaud's owner would be bidding hard and figured there'd be some interest from Jarrod Saltalamachia's owner and a couple other so wanted to get one of the top-two choices (though by season's end James McCann will be relevant). In mixed leagues I'm not concerned about over-bidding as there will be chances to get better bang-for-the buck elsewhere. So even though I misread what it would take to replace Jaso, I'm not regretting the aggressiveness of my bid.



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.




KKela, Tex 6 Andy Behrens 7 Jason Collette 5 Seth Trachtman 0
CColon, KC 6 Chris Liss 9 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
GBeckham, CWS 1 Ron Shandler 2 Rob Leibowitz 0
CGonzalez, Tex 1 Chris Liss 1
DLeone, Sea 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
RLavarnway, Bal 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
MPelfrey, Min 0 Seth Trachtman 0
BBrach, Bal 0 Jason Collette 0


RBrett, TB Ron Shandler 1
RMadson, KC Rob Leibowitz 0 Seth Trachtman 0
ENavarro, LAA Rob Leibowitz 0
JChamberlain, Det Jason Collette 0
LHendriks, Tor Ron Shandler 0
MMorin, LAA Rob Leibowitz 0
OCalixte, KC Chris Liss 0
STolleson, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
TScheppers, Tex Rob Leibowitz 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Todd's Take

Quiet week on the AL front.  Keone Kela is someone to monitor. The emerging youngsters in the Toronto bullpen, Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna garnered most of the attention, but Kela is doing what they're doing as well. This flurry of activity was stimulated by a rough outing from Neftali Feliz. Feliz is safe for now, but his strikeout rate remains pedestrian while his control is sketchy. With all the injuries in Arlington, Kela is a possibility for saves.




KPlawecki, NYM 32 Derek Carty 41 Steve Gardner 31 Tristan H. Cockcroft 21
Lenny Melnick  15 Mike Gianella 9 Phil Hertz 5
CMartin, Atl 2 Phil Hertz 3 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Mike Gianella 0
Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Steve Gardner 0
KNegron, Cin 1 Steve Gardner 5 Peter Kreutzer 0
JRogers, Mil 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Steve Gardner 2
RJohnson, Was 1 Todd Zola 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
ARamos, Mia 1 Mike Gianella 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
PBaez, LAD 1 Gene McCaffrey 4 Mike Gianella 0
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Phil Hertz 2
HSanchez, SF 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
BMaurer, SD 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
JHerrera, ChC 0 Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 2
SSchumaker, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Todd Zola 1
RTejada, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RMartin, Was 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
KSiegrist, StL 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JHughes, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Gene McCaffrey 4 Phil Hertz 0
JHowell, LAD 0 Mike Gianella 0


CRobinson, Was Steve Gardner 2
CStewart, Pit Ray Guilfoyle 1
SPiscotty, StL Todd Zola 1
CTorres, NYM Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
CPennington, Ari Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 0
TThornburg, Mil Phil Hertz 0
MDunn, Mia Mike Gianella 0
LJimenez, Mil Steve Gardner 0
LAvilan, Atl Mike Gianella 0
JDiaz, Cin Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
HGomez, Mil Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
DMuno, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
DAnna, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
CHernandez, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
CBarmes, SD Derek Carty 0
BLogan, Col Mike Gianella 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Catching has been among the most painful professions in the National League to date in this young season. In the first month, Miami’s Jeff Mathis went down as did Arizona’s Rule 5 addition, Oscar Hernandez.

On Sunday, Mets’ budding star Travis d’Arnaud was next as he suffered a fractured hand when hit by a pitch. His every day replacement – at least initially – is minor leaguer Kevin Plawecki. The 24-year-old has been anointed as the regular catcher for the duration of d’Arnaud’s recovery. In NL Tout, six bidders were chasing Plawecki, with the offer from the winner, Derek Carty, dropped from $41 to $32 by Vickrey Rule.

The only other player to draw more than $1 winning offer is reliever Cody Martin of the Braves. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ made the addition of the right-hander for $2. The 25-year-old has 11 strikeouts to just one walk in 7 2/3 innings to date.

I remained on the bidding sidelines this week, with my major addition being the activation of Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey from the disabled list.

Todd's Take

I love deep single leagues. Not only was I stuck with bidding on only Skip Schumaker or Reed Johnson to replace Carlos Gomez, those searching for a catcher this week were likely dismayed to recall Lenny Melnick had the foresight to stash Jake Realmuto on his reserve. It's no surprise that Derek won the Plawecki sweepstakes as he has d'Arnaud. It would have been interesting to see the bidding between Realmuto and Plawecki.

Something else of note with the Plawecki bidding is none of the five runner-ups bid on another receiver. That is, they weren't looking for a catcher as much as they were seeking regular at bats. If I had the flexibility to fit Plawecki in I would have joined the fun (but would have fallen well short of the winning bid).




EInciarte, Ari 15 Fred Zinkie 18 Scott Engel 14 Nando DiFino 12
Scott Pianowski 12 Derek Van Riper 10 Tim Heaney 6
Paul Singman 0
KPlawecki, NYM 12 Scott Engel 14 Al Melchior 11 Tim Heaney 4
Cory Schwartz 1
OHerrera, Phi 11 Scott Pianowski 11 Derek Van Riper 10 Cory Schwartz 8
Paul Singman 8 Scott Engel 5 Tim Heaney 4
HSantiago, LAA 8 Cory Schwartz 8 Derek Van Riper 7 Joe Pisapia 6
Fred Zinkie 4 Patrick Davitt 1 Tim Heaney 0
BHolt, Bos 8 Scott Pianowski 17 Tim Heaney 7 Paul Singman 6
JRealmuto, Mia 7 Tim Heaney 7 Al Melchior 7 Scott Engel 4
Cory Schwartz 2
ASimon, Det 6 Paul Singman 9 David Gonos 8 Derek Van Riper 5
Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney 1
TWood, ChC 6 David Gonos 8 Derek Van Riper 5 Joe Pisapia 4
Tim Heaney 4
DFarquhar, Sea 5 Scott Pianowski 9 Tim Heaney 4 Cory Schwartz 0
DDeJesus, TB 2 Derek Van Riper 2 Tim Heaney 2
CJoseph, Bal 2 David Gonos 4 Tim Heaney 2 Ray Flowers 1
LForsythe, TB 1 Cory Schwartz 1
YSolarte, SD 1 Scott Pianowski 3 Derek Van Riper 3 Cory Schwartz 0
YGarcia, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Pianowski 5 Cory Schwartz 0
JChavez, Oak 1 Cory Schwartz 1
JPanik, SF 1 Paul Singman 1
JLagares, NYM 1 Paul Singman 1 Scott Engel 2
KHerrera, KC 1 Nando DiFino 4
GParra, Mil 1 Nando DiFino 13 Tim Heaney 1
MBuehrle, Tor 1 Patrick Davitt 1 Derek Van Riper 3
CAsche, Phi 1 Derek Van Riper 3 Scott Pianowski 3
DLeMahieu, Col 1 Scott Engel 4 Derek Van Riper 3
HNoesi, CWS 1 Derek Van Riper 3
KLobstein, Det 1 Derek Van Riper 5
ECampbell, NYM 1 Tim Heaney 1
RHanigan, Bos 1 Ray Flowers 1 Scott Engel 0
KSuzuki, Min 1 Scott Engel 1 Ray Flowers 1
APierzynski, Atl 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney 4 David Gonos 0


CMartin, Atl Scott Pianowski 3
AHill, Ari Derek Van Riper 3
TWatson, Pit Cory Schwartz 2
TBeckham, TB Tim Heaney 1
JFrancoeur, Phi Tim Heaney 1
BSwihart, Bos Tim Heaney 1
AAmarista, SD Tim Heaney 1
ACaminero, Pit Cory Schwartz 0
ARecker, NYM Scott Engel 0
BCrawford, SF Cory Schwartz 0
CYoung, NYY Tim Heaney 0
DGee, NYM Cory Schwartz 0
MDuffy, SF Tim Heaney 0
RAlvarez, Oak Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Ender Inciarte seemed like an ideal FAAB addition. After all, he's already recorded seven multi-hit games through his first 13 contests to go along with two swipes, and thanks to his impressive performance, his manager now seems committed to playing him regularly. Inciarte tallied 19 steals in 118 games last season, and I can use some help in the speed department. The problem was that I could not decide who to drop, and even more importantly, due to my already crowded outfield situation, I could not decide who I would bench this week in favor of Inciarte (Tout Wars rules stipulate that all FAAB additions must be in active lineups for at least one week.) And who knows, maybe he would play himself out of an everyday gig just as easily as he played himself into one. Ultimately, I opted to pass on Inciarte. I'm hoping I won't regret that decision.

Sure enough, Inciarte fetched several bids. At least I know what it might take to get steals in case there is an opening in my oufield.

Todd's Take

OK, here we go, Plawecki and Realmuto, heads up. Scott Engel scooped up Plawecki. Scott is a Met's fan but that doesn't mean he let his affinity for the team bias his decision. He could just have easily been following the rookie and is more aware of his potential. Personally, I side with Tim Heaney would bid a little more for Realmuto. Despite Plawecki having the short term playing time edge, I'm intrigued with Realmuto's long term potential.




OHerrera, Phi 8 Anthony Perri 14 Charlie Wiegert 7 Adam Ronis 4
Tim McLeod 3 Grey Albright 2 Rudy Gamble 2
JIglesias, Det 7 Paul Greco 8 Anthony Perri 11 Tim McLeod 6
Grey Albright 5 Adam Ronis 2
HSantiago, LAA 4 Ray Murphy 4 Perry Van Hook 7 Grey Albright 1
TWood, ChC 4 Paul Greco 7 Ray Murphy 4 Perry Van Hook 4
Grey Albright 3 Anthony Perri 3
KPlawecki, NYM 3 Perry Van Hook 3 Anthony Perri 2
JRealmuto, Mia 3 Tim McLeod 8 Adam Ronis 2
AEthier, LAD 1 Ray Murphy 6
KPillar, Tor 1 Charlie Wiegert 3 Ray Murphy 3 Adam Ronis 2
BZiegler, Ari 1 Anthony Perri 2
TLincecum, SF 1 Tom Kessenich 2
ACaminero, Pit 1 Eno Sarris 3
MGonzalez, Bal 1 Perry Van Hook 11
TBeckham, TB 1 Grey Albright 1 Adam Ronis 2
YGarcia, LAD 1 Grey Albright 1
AHarang, Phi 1 Paul Sporer 4
DFreese, LAA 1 Greg Ambrosius 2 Adam Ronis 2
JFrancoeur, Phi 1 Greg Ambrosius 2
CCoghlan, ChC 1 Adam Ronis 2


GParra, Mil Charlie Wiegert 3 Adam Ronis 1
APierzynski, Atl Perry Van Hook 3
PStrop, ChC Eno Sarris 3
SFuld, Oak Anthony Perri 3
DRuf, Phi Ray Murphy 3
ECampbell, NYM Charlie Wiegert 2
LChisenhall, Cle Greg Ambrosius 2
JMercer, Pit Grey Albright 1
KJepsen, TB Eno Sarris 1
RDeLaRosa, Ari Eno Sarris 1
DStubbs, Col Adam Ronis 0
CPeguero, Tex Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

While there weren't a lot of high dollar items in the Mixed Draft League there was some intrigue. The two highest winning bids were for players that are already rostered in all my other mixed leagues - Phillies' CF Odubel Herrera who was a Rule V pick from the Texas Rangers system where he was a second baseman went for a Vickrey adjusted $8 to Anthony Perri who had bid $14; while Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias still hitting over .400 but sure to drop in the next month went to current leader Paul Greco for $7 of his $8 bid.

I was party to one of the more interesting bids of the night if you look at the Mixed League versus the NL League results as I took a stab at NY Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki who is very high on 2015 prospect lists. Depending on which soothsayer you read, Plawecki is either being brought up to be the starting catcher for the Mets after Travis d'Arnaud broke his hand on Sunday with Anthony Recker remaining the backup while others say Recker will be starting while the rookie Plawecki, a very sound defensive catcher who has hit over .290 in three minor league seasons averaging eight home runs per year will be the on the job trainee. With Josh Phegley my replacement last week for John Jaso losing more and more at bats in Oakland to Stephen Vogt I decided a three dollar bid on Plawecki was worth a week's look and I got him for the full price. In the TOUT NL league Plawecki was obviously far more desirable with Derek Carty winning his services for $32 adjusted down from his $41 bid to beat Steve Garner's $31 lob.

But as is often the case there are lower winning bids too as my $11 bid for Orioles' starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was Vickrey reduced to my one dollar winning bid.

Todd's Take

I admit, there are times I look for some measure of comfort that others I trust acquired a player I picked up in other leagues. In the NFBC, I snagged Hector Santiago in several leagues - liking his two start week. Ergo, I am pleased to see Ray Murphy of BaseballHQ win the bid here. Ray and I share philosophies so there's definitely a feeling of justification.

For what it's worth, I also like Kyle Lobstein's two starts as well as Kyle Gibson's if you're looking for a starting pitching boost.

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