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..
|Wandy Rodriguez, TEX||$4||Baseball HQ 4||Fangraphs 1|
|Danny Valencia, TOR||$2||Mastersball 2||FantasyScore 1|
|Josh Thole, TOR||$1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Eric Sogard, OAK||$3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Cody Ross, OAK||$2||SiriusXM 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Rey Navarro, BAL||$3||FantasyScore 3|
|Ryan Raburn, CLE||Colton & The Wolfman 3||SiriusXM 2||Mastersball 2|
|Marwin Gonzalez, HOU||FantasyScore 3|
|Joba Chamberlain, DET||Baseball HQ 3|
|Steven Geltz, TB||Baseball HQ 1|
|Esmil Rogers, NYY||Baseball HQ 1|
|David Lough, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Andrew Romine, DET||FantasyScore 1|
|Gregorio Petit, NYY||FantasyScore 1|
|Jerry Sands, CLE||Mastersball 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary..
Injuries and new players accounted for most of Week 4's activity.
New Ranger SP Wandy Rodriguez seemed like the new kid on the block so got a $4 winning bid from Dave Adler, BaseballHQ.
Rey Navarro pressed into the Orioles Mash IF unit got a $3 bid from Tim Heaney, Fantasy Score, while Eric Sogard increase in at bats in Oakland netted the same winning bid from Greg Ambrosius, NFBC/Stats Inc.
I bid $2 on Ryan Raburn, CLE OF but was pipped at $3 by Colton & The Wolfman, but was successful on my other two dollar cast landing Blue Jays' CI Danny Valencia. Cody Ross also went for $2 to Ray Flowers, Sirius/XM.
I'm not sure I want to exist in a world where Wandy Rodriguez is the top FAAB choice of any league.
|Kevin Plawecki, NYM||$16||RotoWire - DVR 16||Fantasy Insiders 11||Inside Edge 6|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||USA TODAY Sports 4||Baseball HQ 3|
|Jason Rogers, MIL||$6||Inside Edge 6|
|Martin Maldonado, MIL||$6||Inside Edge 6||RotoWire - DVR 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Scott Baker, LAD||$4||Mastersball 4||Baseball HQ 3|
|Chris Hatcher, LAD||$2||Baseball HQ 2||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Elian Herrera, MIL||$2||ESPN - Karabell 2||RotoWire - DVR 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Baseball HQ 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Logan Schafer, MIL||$2||RotoWire - DVR 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Andrew Susac, SF||$1||Mastersball 1||RotoWire - DVR 6||Inside Edge 2|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Rafael Ynoa, COL||Inside Edge 4||Baseball HQ 1|
|Hector Gomez, MIL||RotoWire - DVR 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Daniel Descalso, COL||RotoWire - DVR 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Alexander Torres, NYM||Baseball HQ 1|
|Bryan Morris, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Carlos Torres, NYM||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Stewart, PIT||Inside Edge 1|
|David Ross, CHC||Inside Edge 1|
|George Kontos, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jared Hughes, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
|Justin Bour, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kevin Siegrist, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kristopher Negron, CIN||Inside Edge 1|
|Seth Maness, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary.
With Addison Russell safely tucked on the reserve list of LABR Commissioner Steve Gardner, the big scramble then moves to the rights to Mets backstop Kevin Plawecki, who went for $16 to Derek Van Riper of Rotowire. Derek outlasted five bids, ranging from $1-$11 in order to claim the catching prize. Which, means a nice move now, but what happens when Travis d'Arnaud returns? Although Derek is likely thinking he will worry about that when the time comes.
Catchers were clearly what was needed, as Steve Moyer and the Inside Edge grabbed Martin Maldonado ($6) outguessing a pair of $1 bids,while my team made our third catcher move over the past three weeks, reacquiring the Giants Andrew Susac (whom I got for $3 on draft day) to replace Hector Sanchez (who replaced Jose Lobaton, who replaced Susac).
Scrounging for saves, Doug Dennis (BBHQ) spent a successful buck to obtain the Dodgers Chris Hatcher (there was a failed $1 bid) while Mr. Van Riper also obtained the service of Logan Schafer for $2, again fighting off a pair of $1 bids.
Finally, trying to plug the potential Brandon McCarthy hole, I dropped $4 unchallenged on Scott Baker.
Lots of action for not so many names, and the circus continues.
What a weird year for catchers. Three more were acquired in NL LABR and now word is out that Jarrod Saltamacchia has been DFA. Looks like owners of Jacob Realmuto caught a break.
|Addison Russell, CHC||$34||FNTSY 34||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 17||RotoExperts 8|
|Jimmy Paredes, BAL||$12||RotoExperts 12||MLB.com 4||USA TODAY Sports 4|
|Kevin Plawecki, NYM||$8||RotoExperts 8||MLB.com 6||Baseball HQ 4|
|Kurt Suzuki, MIN||$8||FNTSY 8||MLB.com 1|
|Kyle Lohse, MIL||$8||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 8||BSports 3|
|Tony Watson, PIT||$7||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 7||Baseball Prospectus 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Jesse Chavez, OAK||$7||Mastersball 7||RotoExperts 3||Baseball Prospectus 3|
|Fangraphs 3||MLB.com 2||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Trevor May, MIN||$4||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4|
|Andre Ethier, LAD||$3||Baseball HQ 3||BSports 1||FantasyScore 1|
|Jorge De La Rosa, COL||$3||Fangraphs 3||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Martin Maldonado, MIL||$3||MLB.com 3|
|Juan Lagares, NYM||$3||Rotowire-Colton 3|
|Chris Young, NYY||$1||ESPN.com 1||BSports 1|
|Roenis Elias, SEA||$1||Fangraphs 1|
|Tim Lincecum, SF||$1||RotoExperts 1||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Jason Marquis, CIN||$1||Fangraphs 1|
|Cody Martin, ATL||$1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Joe Smith, LAA||$1||FantasyScore 1|
|Mitch Moreland, TEX||$1||FantasyScore 1|
|Cody Asche, PHI||$1||FantasyScore 1|
|Welington Castillo, CHC||$1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tim Beckham, TB||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5|
|Scott Van Slyke, LAD||Baseball HQ 2|
|Mike Aviles, CLE||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Andrew Susac, SF||FNTSY 3||RotoExperts 2|
|Zack Cozart, CIN||RotoExperts 2|
|Carlos Corporan, TEX||MLB.com 1|
|James McCann, DET||MLB.com 1|
|JR Murphy, NYY||MLB.com 1|
|Logan Forsythe, TB||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5||Baseball HQ 1|
|A.J. Ramos, MIA||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Kyle Gibson, MIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Brandon Guyer, TB||Baseball HQ 1|
|Paulo Orlando, KC||Baseball HQ 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
The good news is I remembered to hit the submit button this week. The bad news is there wasn't a whole lot I needed to bid on. I like Jesse Chavez as a short-term starter. It's unclear what the Athletics plan to do but with Kendall Graveman sent to Triple-A to get more seasoning, that leaves a spot for Chavez.
I find it interesting that Addison Russell cost more in Mixed LABR than he did in Mixed Tout, given that Tout employs Vickrey to reduce a bid. As a player in this league, it tells me I better be aggressive if there's a name player I want.
Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. We'll start with the Tout Wars report and add LABR on mid-afternoon.
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.
|JParedes, Bal||9||Jeff Erickson 37||Chris Liss 8|
|ESogard, Oak||3||Rob Leibowitz 3||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2||Jeff Erickson 2|
|ENunez, Min||2||Larry Schechter 12||Seth Trachtman 1|
|WandRodriguez, Tex||1||Andy Behrens 12|
|CBedrosian, LAA||1||Rob Leibowitz 3|
|RRaburn, Cle||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3||Jeff Erickson 4|
|SRobinson, Min||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3|
|CWhitley, NYY||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|CQuentin, Sea||1||Chris Liss 16|
|CBassitt, Oak||0||Lawr Michaels 0|
|JThole, Tor||0||Steve Moyer 0|
|BGomes, TB||0||Jason Collette 0|
|RNavarro, Bal||Larry Schechter 5|
|GPetit, NYY||Larry Schechter 4|
|SAtchison, Cle||Jeff Erickson 3|
|JChamberlain, Det||Rob Leibowitz 2|
|JElmore, TB||Rob Leibowitz 2|
|DLough, Bal||Jeff Erickson 1|
|HPerez, Det||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|JSucre, Sea||Steve Moyer 0|
|MMuncy, Oak||Jeff Erickson 0|
|RGoins, Tor||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|ASwarzak, Cle||Lawr Michaels 0|
|BHayes, Cle||Steve Moyer 0|
|BWilson, TB||Steve Moyer 0|
|DButera, LAA||Steve Moyer 0|
|EFrieri, TB||Jason Collette 0|
|SLeon, Bos||Steve Moyer 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
This week I am trolling for potential save opportunities with bids on Cam Bedrosian and Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain is now next in line behind Joakim Soria, though he'll have to deal with Bruce Rondon eventually. Bedrosian has more obstacles to overcome than Chamberlain, but at least has closer-level stuff and was dominating Triple-A. This year probably won't be the year he becomes a closer, but stranger things have happened. And now I get to hope they happen to me since my $3 for Bedrosian went unchallenged.
My $3 bid for Eric Sogard was challenged but was still enough to beat Jeff Erickson and Glenn Colton/Rick Wolf who both bid $2. Sogard was been the on-again-off-again starter at second and he's on again, at least while Ben Zobrist is out and since surgery may required, it could be a little while.
It doesn't surprise me that Rotowire's duo of Erickson and Liss were aggressive for Jimmy Paredes as Paredes has been the talk of the DFS community for a couple weeks and Jeff and Chris both play DFS. That actually brings up a good point. One of the ways to be successful in DFS is to be up on the news and be aware of the recently promoted players since their salary is usually dirt cheap. By reading some DFS analysis sites, you can get a sense for how some feel about these players which could help in deciding how aggressive to be in your FAAB bidding.
|EHerrera, Mil||7||Tristan H. Cockcroft 8||Todd Zola 6||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|Steve Gardner 0|
|JAxford, Col||7||Peter Kreutzer 10||Brian Walton 6||Lenny Melnick 6|
|Mike Gianella 2||Phil Hertz 1|
|EButler, Col||5||Lenny Melnick 6||Mike Gianella 4|
|EStults, Atl||4||Lenny Melnick 10||Scott Wilderman 3|
|JBour, Mia||1||Todd Zola 4||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|SSantos, LAD||1||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|CRobinson, Was||1||Todd Zola 4|
|CBarmes, SD||1||Todd Zola 6||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|ARecker, NYM||1||Gene McCaffrey 1||Mike Gianella 1|
|CStewart, Pit||1||Phil Hertz 1||Gene McCaffrey 1|
|ZLee, LAD||1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|BBoesch, Cin||0||Peter Kreutzer 0||Steve Gardner 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|TCruz, StL||0||Mike Gianella 0||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|MBelisle, StL||0||Brian Walton 0|
|CTorres, NYM||0||Phil Hertz 0|
|RVogelsong, SF||0||Derek Carty 0|
|MLorenzen, Cin||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|MWisler, Atl||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|JWieland, LAD||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|TCooney, StL||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|SManess, StL||Brian Walton 0||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|CRupp, Phi||Mike Gianella 0||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Mike Gianella 0|
|DMuno, NYM||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|JDiaz, Cin||Phil Hertz 0|
|JNicasio, LAD||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|ZRosscup, ChC||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
As the first month of the season is coming to its close, only four players fetched more than $1 in National League Tout Wars this week.
John Axford has closed before and speculation exists that he could again in Colorado with the health of Adam Ottavino a potential question. Peter Kreutzer, aka Rotoman, was willing to spend $10, but only $7 was required. As usual, I came in second in the bidding, not a good place to be.
The legend Lenny Melnick apparently felt the need for starting pitching additions, so he grabbed two this week. Colorado's Eddie Butler ($5) is carrying an ERA near six and WHIP greater than 1.60. For those reasons, the 24-year-old has been on the waiver wire until now.
Melnick's other acquisition (for $4) was a player I threw back into the pool last week. Atlanta's number five starter, Eric Stults, is off to an uneven April, but his most recent start was a good one – one earned run in six innings on the road at Citi Field.
30-year-old Elian Herrera is receiving at-bats with Milwaukee due to Scooter Gennett's trip to the disabled list. While Herrera had a solid week last period, his good stats went to no one. His new owner, Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN, picked up a $1 discount from his $8 max offer. Long-term value to be received from Herrera may not be likely, however.
You know you're playing in a deep league when you're excited to see Justin Bour and Clint Barmes on the available players list. By purchasing Maikel Franco and Jose Peraza in the auction, I left myself (purposely) with a couple of holes to fill with the intent on throwing FAAB at possible placeholders until my rookie pair is promoted to save my season. This is even more necessary since I built my offense around Carlos Gomez. It's not that Bour, Barmes and my other acquisition, Clint Robinson, are world-beaters, but in NL-only, you'll take any at bats you can get and the couple of games a week they're getting beat the pinch-hit appearances of those they replaced.
|JParedes, Bal||12||Scott Pianowski 22||Derek Van Riper 11||Fred Zinkie 5|
|Paul Singman 4||Scott Engel 4||Tim Heaney 4|
|TBeckham, TB||12||Scott Swanay 13||Nando DiFino 11||Ray Flowers 4|
|THudson, SF||7||Zach Steinhorn 8||Cory Schwartz 6||Ray Flowers 4|
|CYoung, NYY||7||Tim Heaney 7||Ray Flowers 6|
|TWatson, Pit||6||Cory Schwartz 6||Scott Pianowski 11||Derek Van Riper 5|
|Ray Flowers 4||Tim Heaney 2|
|JMaxwell, SF||2||Scott Engel 4||Tim Heaney 3||Cory Schwartz 1|
|AEthier, LAD||2||Tim Heaney 7||Cory Schwartz 1||Ray Flowers 3|
|Scott Engel 1|
|MMaldonado, Mil||1||Joe Pisapia 1|
|DGee, NYM||1||Joe Pisapia 9||Cory Schwartz 3|
|SBaker, LAD||1||Joe Pisapia 11|
|DPhelps, Mia||1||Nando DiFino 8||Joe Pisapia 4||Cory Schwartz 4|
|DYoung, Bal||1||Nando DiFino 8|
|RDeLaRosa, Ari||1||Cory Schwartz 8||Ray Flowers 3||Tim Heaney 2|
|Scott Engel 1|
|ARamos, Mia||1||Cory Schwartz 4|
|JTazawa, Bos||1||Scott Pianowski 20||Cory Schwartz 0|
|AHechavarria, Mia||1||Ray Flowers 6||Al Melchior 9||Scott Swanay 2|
|CQualls, Hou||1||Ray Flowers 4|
|BPena, Cin||1||Al Melchior 2||Patrick Davitt 0|
|POrlando, KC||1||Scott Engel 1|
|ISuzuki, Mia||1||Scott Engel 2|
|ZCozart, Cin||1||Al Melchior 12|
|CCorporan, Tex||0||Patrick Davitt 0|
|RElias, Sea||Scott Swanay 10|
|JAxford, Col||Joe Pisapia 5||Ray Flowers 2||Ray Flowers 2|
|Cory Schwartz 0|
|CMcGehee, SF||Ray Flowers 3|
|FGalvis, Phi||Ray Flowers 3|
|DGregorius, NYY||Scott Swanay 3|
|BCrawford, SF||Scott Swanay 2|
|RoHernandez, Hou||Ray Flowers 2|
|JMercer, Pit||Scott Swanay 2|
|ESogard, Oak||Scott Swanay 2|
|RRivera, TB||Al Melchior 1|
|BZiegler, Ari||Cory Schwartz 1|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Al Melchior 0|
|ABarrett, Was||Cory Schwartz 0|
|ACaminero, Pit||Cory Schwartz 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
There's nothing special about Tim Hudson these days, but he still has that pinpoint control (his first outing of the season notwithstanding), and he managed to escape Coors Field with a quality start his last time out. In a 15-team mixed league, I just don't think he belongs on the waiver wire. At the very least, he's a solid option when the matchups are right.
I wasn't alone in that thinking as my $8 bid was just enough to beat Cory Schwartz and Ray Flowers. The other big bids went to Jimmy Paredes, who is getting most of the DH at-bats for Baltimore and is on a hot streak, and Tim Beckham, who is still just a back-up but if he keeps hitting, could force his way into the lineup on a more regular basis.
Corroborating the notion that DFS participation had something to do with the Paredes bidding in the AL league is both Scott Pianowski and Derek Van Riper are DFS players. Speaking of which, here's a shout out to Scott, who took down the first Tout Daily contest sponsored by FanDuel and is in position to punch one of first three tickets to the Tout Daily Championship with a strong showing in Week 4.
|ARussell, ChC||20||Tom Kessenich 20||Grey Albright 19||Anthony Perri 11|
|Adam Ronis 9||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|JAxford, Col||7||Tim McLeod 9||Paul Greco 6|
|JParedes, Bal||7||Paul Sporer 8||Charlie Wiegert 6||Adam Ronis 3|
|JMaxwell, SF||5||Charlie Wiegert 5||Perry Van Hook 4||Adam Ronis 4|
|JChavez, Oak||3||Charlie Wiegert 9||Anthony Perri 2||Adam Ronis 2|
|CHatcher, LAD||3||Eno Sarris 7||Anthony Perri 2|
|ZCozart, Cin||3||Grey Albright 7||Rudy Gamble 2||Adam Ronis 1|
|MMaldonado, Mil||2||Greg Ambrosius 10||Anthony Perri 1||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|RDeLaRosa, Ari||2||Grey Albright 7||Adam Ronis 1||Eno Sarris 3|
|MMcKenry, Col||1||Rick Wilton 6||Perry Van Hook 0|
|WCastillo, ChC||1||Rick Wilton 2|
|AHarang, Phi||1||Anthony Perri 1||Adam Ronis 1|
|AHechavarria, Mia||1||Anthony Perri 2||Tom Kessenich 4||Paul Sporer 3|
|Charlie Wiegert 1|
|SFuld, Oak||1||Charlie Wiegert 2||Anthony Perri 2||Perry Van Hook 0|
|RRivera, TB||1||Ray Murphy 6||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|LChisenhall, Cle||1||Ray Murphy 6|
|APierzynski, Atl||1||Greg Ambrosius 8||Grey Albright 4||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|Perry Van Hook 0|
|CJoseph, Bal||1||Brent Hershey 3||Greg Ambrosius 2||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|Perry Van Hook 0|
|CYoung, NYY||1||Perry Van Hook 4||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|SDrew, NYY||1||Rudy Gamble 2||Paul Sporer 2|
|RElias, Sea||1||Adam Ronis 4|
|ROsuna, Tor||Tim McLeod 4|
|ASusac, SF||Brent Hershey 2|
|ARamos, Mia||Eno Sarris 2|
|JTazawa, Bos||Eno Sarris 1|
|PBaez, LAD||Eno Sarris 1|
|ECampbell, NYM||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|DGregorius, NYY||Rudy Gamble 1||Perry Van Hook 0|
|BGuyer, TB||Paul Sporer 1|
|YEscobar, Was||Grey Albright 5||Rudy Gamble 1|
|FGalvis, Phi||Grey Albright 3||Rudy Gamble 1|
|BHolt, Bos||Paul Sporer 3||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|ISuzuki, Mia||Charlie Wiegert 0||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JSmolinksi, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|NMartinez, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|TCingrani, Cin||Anthony Perri 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Addison Russell rated to be the high ticket item this week and was as Tom Kessenich/NFBC/Stats bid $28 and landed the new Cubs' MI for a Vickrey reduced $20 to nip Grey Albright/Razzball.
The minor bidding wars of note were John Axford, P, COL who went for $7 to Tim McLeod and Baltimore CI Jimmy Paredes who also went for $7 to Paul Sporer.
I wanted to get an extra outfielder and catcher and was successful in getting Yankees fly chaser Chris Young for $1 on my $4 bid but was shutout on $0 bids for a new catcher, so Kevin Plawecki and Chris Iannetta will have to soldier on as my backstops.
Yes, Paul Sporer, Charlie Wiegert and Adam Ronis all play DFS and were the only three bidders on Paredes - I think we're onto something here. Adam, in fact, joins Scott in the Tout Daily winner's circle as he took down last Friday's contest to vault into the lead in the first of five four-week scoring periods. The top-three from each scoring period will earn their way into the Tout Championship. I'm. um, eagerly awaiting the second four-week period to begin.
Wow, five catchers were purchased this week. It's been a rough start to the position. Here's where I'm on a slippery-slope between providing the best analysis and speaking out of school and possibly influencing the league so I'll be gentle. Tout Wars allows the bidding on minor leaguers with the caveat the bid needs to be non-zero and the player needs to be active the week you acquire him. If I was in this league and had a low-scoring catcher AND an available reserve spot (probably the reason someone isn't doing this) I'd look for a catcher with a chance to be promoted, a la Plawecki was and cross my fingers.