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..
|Rickie Weeks, SEA||11||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11||SiriusXM 6||SiriusXM 3|
|Yahoo! Sports 2||FantasyScore 2|
|Marwin Gonzalez, HOU||4||FantasyScore 4||SiriusXM 3|
|Ryan Goins, TOR||2||SiriusXM 2|
|Samuel Deduno, HOU||1||FantasyScore 1|
|Ezequiel Carrera, TOR||1||SiriusXM 1|
|JR Murphy, NYY||1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||Mastersball 1|
|Carlos Peguero, TEX||FantasyScore 2||SiriusXM 1|
|Chris Herrmann, MIN||SiriusXM 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Bobby Wilson, TB||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Brett Hayes, CLE||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|David Lough, BAL||SiriusXM 1|
|Gregorio Petit, NYY||SiriusXM 1|
|Chris Martin, NYY||FantasyScore 1|
|Evan Scribner, OAK||FantasyScore 1|
|J.B. Shuck, CWS||FantasyScore 1|
|Steven Geltz, TB||FantasyScore 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary..High bid for the week was the $11 that Greg Ambrosius of Stats/NFBC bid to win Rickie Weeks, 2B/OF of Seattle. Otherwise the only bids above a dollar were for some backup infielders who are seeing more at bats - $4 on Marwin Gonzalez, HOU by Tim Heaney, Fantasy Score and $2 for Ryan Goins, TOR to Ray Flowers, Sirius/XM.
After a good week I dodged some wounds to my lineup with Masahiro Tanaka going on the DL and Dalton Pompey unexpectedly being sent to the minors because Oakland called up Billy Burns and Alex Colome came off Tampa's DL. I went to bid on new Boston catcher Blake Swihart to replace Drew Butera only to find that Rotowire's Chris Liss had bolstered his starters with a boatload of minor leaguers that unfortunately included Swihart. So instead I bid $1 on Detroit's James McCann to replace Drew Butera until Yan Gomes returns, but lost the tie-breaker (standings).
The Mariners have taken a page out of the Oakland A's playbook and have gone to using a lefty-righty platoon at a couple of spots. When a lefty is on the mound, Weeks is in the lineup. This gives him some utility in an AL-only league. He may seem like an intriguing DFS option when he's starting, but remember, Weeks is likely to be lifted for Dustin Ackley when a righty reliever comes in or perhaps for defense. Still, the 200 or so plate appearances will be useful in this league.
|Carlos Frias, LAD||6||RotoWire - DVR 6||Sandlot Shrink 2||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Rafael Ynoa, COL||3||Inside Edge 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Carlos Villanueva, STL||2||ESPN - Karabell 2|
|Justin Bour, MIA||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jose Lobaton, WSH||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jonathan Broxton, MIL||1||ESPN - Karabell 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Edwin Jackson, CHC||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jordan Pacheco, ARI||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Michael Lorenzen, CIN||RotoWire - DVR 6||ESPN - Karabell 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Alexander Torres, NYM||ESPN - Karabell 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Randall Delgado, ARI||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Kevin Siegrist, STL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Jean Machi, SF||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Reid Brignac, MIA||Inside Edge 1|
|Kristopher Negron, CIN||Inside Edge 1|
|Wil Nieves, SD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tony Cruz, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Hector Sanchez, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Hector Gomez, MIL||Baseball HQ 1|
|David Ross, CHC||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Stewart, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary.A month into the season, the depth, or actual lack thereof, of substantial free agent help in NL LABR is apparent. Without the likes of a Kevin Plawecki or Addison Russell, FAAB purchases are pretty much hopeful crapshoots for meaningful numbers.
Among position players, were four successful bids for non-pitchers. Rafael Ynoa of the Rockies went to Derek Carty of the Inside Edge for $3, Justin Bour to BaseballHQ for a buck, and backstops Jose Lobaton (also BBHQ) for another dollar, and Jordan Pacheco to NFBC/STATS partners Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, again for a dollar.
The remaining players awarded were pitchers, starting with the intriguing Dodger starter Carlos Frias who went to Derek Van Riper's Rotowire squad for $6 (there were also bids of $1 and $2), and Eric Karabell selected Jonathan Braxton for a dollar looking for saves, along with Carlos Villanueva ($2), while team Childs and Ambrosius also nabbed Edwin Jackson looking for pitching help.
I look at the pitching that is available here and in NL Tout Wars below and just shake my head. Then I recall having the same reaction last season, albeit a bit further in when Jacob deGrom and Anthony Desclafani were recalled in the same week. The game has morphed into one where you make bids on players due to availability and not analysis.
|Blake Swihart, BOS||37||Baseball HQ 37||MLB.com 13||ESPN.com 4|
|RotoExperts 4||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Alex Colome, TB||6||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6||RotoExperts 1|
|Kelly Johnson, ATL||6||BSports 6||Rotowire-Erickson 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Roberto Osuna, TOR||5||BSports 5|
|Zack Cozart, CIN||5||Rotowire-Erickson 5||USA TODAY Sports 2||MLB.com 2|
|Razzball 1||Rotowire-Colton 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Michael Foltynewicz, ATL||4||BSports 4||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4|
|David Phelps, MIA||4||USA TODAY Sports 4||FantasyScore 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Mark Canha, OAK||3||Mastersball 3||BSports 3|
|Scott Van Slyke, LAD||3||Baseball HQ 3|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA||2||MLB.com 2||Rotowire-Erickson 4||BSports 3|
|A.J. Ramos, MIA||2||Baseball Prospectus 2||BSports 2||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Delmon Young, BAL||1||FantasyScore 1|
|Kyle Gibson, MIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6|
|Colby Lewis, TEX||BSports 4||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Michael Lorenzen, CIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4|
|Justin Turner, LAD||Rotowire-Erickson 3|
|David DeJesus, TB||BSports 2|
|Justin Maxwell, SF||BSports 2|
|Kelvin Herrera, KC||BSports 2|
|Adam Warren, NYY||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Brad Ziegler, ARI||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Carlos Frias, LAD||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2||BSports 1|
|Mike Pelfrey, MIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2||FantasyScore 1|
|Kevin Gausman, BAL||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Kyle Blanks, TEX||MLB.com 1||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Carson Smith, SEA||BSports 1|
|Steven Geltz, TB||BSports 1|
|Andrew Susac, SF||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|James McCann, DET||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Jordan Pacheco, ARI||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Chase Whitley, NYY||Baseball HQ 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Sure, now there's a possible difference-maker available at catcher. Where was Swihart when I was looking to replace John Jason? Actually, I'm fine with Roberto Perez. I look at the bidding, however and have to scratch my head. This is a mixed league - they'll be players at the other spots to upgrade, It's really hard to find a good set of catchers. The chance to upgrade with a full-time receiver is rare. I showed that I was willing to bid a decent number to secure Perez. I'm a little surprised how tame these bids are and applaud Ray Murphy for his aggressive bid.
Sometimes it's not the mistake but the timing an repercussions. As I explained in previous commentary, on occasion I've set up some bids but failed to hit the save button and was therefore shut out of claims. It's not like I could ask Commissioner Steve Gardner of FantasyScore to trust my bids and redo everything by hand. I made a mistake.
On the other hand, there have been a few instances of Mixed owners setting their bids up incorrectly - usually failing to properly include ample drops or not realizing you need a separate bid group for every acquisition. Stringing bids in the same group is basically adding back-up contingencies, not a separate bid on that player. The site we use documents these errors so the Commish (correctly) resorted everything and assigned the players in the spirit of what was supposed to happen. Steve sent out a couple notes reiterating the process while offering his help for those still not familiar with the mechanism.
Well, there have been a few more instances of these errors. Steve has again done the right thing and processed the mistakes, but has also said enough is enough. It's been a month. We're professionals. going forward, Steve has correctly decreed that bids will be automatically processed as they are entered and errors will no longer be corrected.
It's a tough job being the commissioner, especially in a league in which you participate. I've always said the role of a commissioner is to facilitate, not govern. The rules should govern and the league should essentially run itself. But on those instances where something needs to be done, be fair and influence the outcome as little as possible. I'm fine with giving the benefit of the doubt with a grace period to learn the site. Let's have the league decided on the field and not lose a free agent due to being unfamiliar with the mechanism (I have no excuse having played on the site for several years). But on the other hand, let's show some responsibility and respect and not put the Commissioner in the position to have to make a decision of this nature.
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.
|KBlanks, Tex||16||Andy Behrens 16||Seth Trachtman 15||Mike Podhorzer 12|
|Rob Leibowitz 9||Chris Liss 5||Steve Moyer 0|
|ECarrera, Tor||1||Andy Behrens 13|
|JVillar, Hou||1||Jason Collette 46||Steve Moyer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|SGeltz, TB||1||Jason Collette 1||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|RGoins, Tor||0||Steve Moyer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|RMadson, KC||0||Rob Leibowitz 0||Ron Shandler 0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|SLeon, Bos||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|CMartin, NYY||0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|EScribner, Oak||0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|THolt, Cle||Andy Behrens 6|
|JButler, TB||Andy Behrens 4|
|DLough, Bal||Andy Behrens 3|
|ARomine, Det||Jason Collette 2|
|DLeone, Sea||Jason Collette 1|
|ZDuke, CWS||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|CHerrmann, Min||Ron Shandler 0|
|DCarpenter, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JWilson, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
This week was all about Kyle Blanks. He'll be the Ranger's 1B/DH until Mitch Moreland returns and has been hitting well over a small sample size. The journeyman is known for his plus power and patient approach, but has the the wrong side of the platoon split label as a career .227 hitter. Still, his power and OBP skills are attention-grabbing in this league. My $9 bid was more of a token bid based on Blank's track record and the transiency of his playing time. In other words, paying into the teens for those services wasn't something I desired to do.
I picked up Cam Bedrosian as a speculative long-term saves pick, but he's more of a keeper-leaguer player. With his demotion, I targeted other relievers who have been performing well. Ryan Madson has been having a nice comeback year, showing the same skills and throwing almost as hard as he did in his years as a closer.
Dear Mr. Vickrey,
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your brilliant brainchild. I realize its intent was for blind auctions such as those on E-Bay but we have adopted it in Tout Wars, one of the two signature fantasy baseball industry leagues. This past week I bid 46 of my 100 FAAB units on Jonathan Villar, one of the two Houston Astros that will be filling in for Jed Lowrie as he will be out until the All-Star break. But since none of the other 11 teams bid on Villar, I was only charged one unit. The next time you're in my neck of the woods I'd like to buy you a beer. Heck, I travel a bit for work, I'll come to you.
|SBaker, LAD||12||Lenny Melnick 16||Scott Wilderman 11||Peter Kreutzer 8|
|Gene McCaffrey 0|
|CFrias, LAD||12||Scott Wilderman 12||Lenny Melnick 16||Brian Walton 12|
|Phil Hertz 10||Gene McCaffrey 7||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|Mike Gianella 2|
|MLorenzen, Cin||11||Peter Kreutzer 14||Phil Hertz 10|
|CaVillanueva, StL||3||Peter Kreutzer 3||Lenny Melnick 5||Gene McCaffrey 3|
|Phil Hertz 3||Brian Walton 0|
|JLake, ChC||3||Peter Kreutzer 3||Phil Hertz 8||Gene McCaffrey 2|
|TLyons, StL||2||Phil Hertz 11||Brian Walton 1|
|CMartin, Atl||1||Mike Gianella 1||Peter Kreutzer 0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|CPennington, Ari||1||Steve Gardner 3|
|SDyson, Mia||0||Brian Walton 0||Scott Wilderman 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|KQuackenbush, SD||0||Phil Hertz 1||Scott Wilderman 0||Brian Walton 0|
|Mike Gianella 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|JNicasio, LAD||0||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|RYnoa, Col||0||Gene McCaffrey 0||Steve Gardner 2|
|CContreras, Cin||0||Brian Walton 0|
|MBlazek, Mil||Lenny Melnick 5|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Steve Gardner 3|
|CHernandez, Phi||Steve Gardner 2|
|HGomez, Mil||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|ZRosscup, ChC||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|EJackson, ChC||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|ATorres, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Pitching was the name of the game in National League Tout this week, with three hurlers drawing double-digit dollar winning bids.
Having formally and completely lost my March gamble on Homer Bailey when the Reds hurler underwent Tommy John surgery, I came into the week looking for a starting pitching replacement. My choice was Carlos Frias of the Dodgers. The 25-year-old was off to a sharp opening in Triple-A with a 2.84 ERA and 15 strikeouts to no walks in 12 2/3 innings.
Brandon McCarthy’s injury enabled Frias to move into the Dodgers’ rotation this week and he produced 5 2/3 scoreless frames. Some of my enthusiasm was tempered by the opponent, the Diamondbacks, but I still bid $12, the same amount of my FAAB recovery for the loss of Bailey. Sadly, I lost again, this time on a standings tiebreaker with Scott Wilderman of onRoto.com.
Another Dodgers starter, Scott Baker, also went for $12, though Lenny Melnick was willing to go to $16 for either Baker or Frias. Unfortunately, Baker allowed four runs in four innings on Sunday and media reports have Los Angeles ready to designate Baker for assignment. At least his stats will follow him, even if Baker ends up in the American League.
The third big-money player is Michael Lorenzen of Cincinnati, who took over Bailey’s rotation opening. In his debut, the right-hander allowed three runs in five innings. A contact rather than a strikeout pitcher, Lorenzen does not look like a slam dunk, especially with the shaky Reds offense behind him. Rotoman, aka Peter Kreutzer, spent $11, reduced from $14 by Vickrey rules, to find out.
One of the things I like to do this time of the season is to look at the standings to find category inconsistencies. The two things you really don't want to see is an ERA much higher in the standings than your WHIP (implying a lucky ERA that will regress back to your WHIP) and a high batting average, or in this case, on base percentage and low counting stats. The theory here is if your hitters are off to slow starts, once they get going their production will rise. But if your BA/OBP is good (and likely to drop) and your production is still low, you're in trouble.
I'm in SERIOUS trouble.
10 in OBP. 1 in HR, RBI, Runs.
I purposely went a bit stars and scrubs with the hope Jose Peraza and Maikel Franco would come up mid-season and save the day -- and they still might. But my shining star, Carlos Gomez, has been hurt and my scrubs are even scrubbier than expected. I need to let things play out, but so far my brilliant plan is falling very flat.
|BCecil, Tor||40||Zach Steinhorn 42||Patrick Davitt 39||Nando DiFino 38|
|Joe Pisapia 36||Derek Van Riper 22||Ray Flowers 13|
|David Gonos 7||Fred Zinkie 5|
|JAxford, Col||25||Joe Pisapia 26||Zach Steinhorn 41||Nando DiFino 24|
|Derek Van Riper 22||David Gonos 14||Ray Flowers 17|
|Tim Heaney 16||Scott Engel 14|
|BSwihart, Bos||21||Ray Flowers 23||Al Melchior 20||Scott Engel 17|
|Joe Pisapia 16||Tim Heaney 6|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||13||Nando DiFino 15||Al Melchior 12||Cory Schwartz 7|
|Ray Flowers 6||Tim Heaney 2||Scott Engel 1|
|AColome, TB||12||Derek Van Riper 21||Paul Singman 11||Scott Swanay 10|
|Cory Schwartz 5|
|YSolarte, SD||12||Scott Engel 12||Scott Pianowski 11||Ray Flowers 6|
|Cory Schwartz 4||Tim Heaney 4||Nando DiFino 4|
|BCrawford, SF||9||Scott Pianowski 22||Derek Van Riper 8||Fred Zinkie 7|
|Joe Pisapia 3||Patrick Davitt 2||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CFrias, LAD||6||Joe Pisapia 8||Al Melchior 5||Cory Schwartz 1|
|KelJohnson, Atl||4||Ray Flowers 4||Scott Pianowski 3||Cory Schwartz 2|
|Scott Engel 1|
|RElias, Sea||4||Scott Swanay 10||Tim Heaney 3||Scott Pianowski 1|
|BBurns, Oak||1||Paul Singman 16|
|MLorenzen, Cin||1||Cory Schwartz 7|
|CLewis, Tex||1||Cory Schwartz 5|
|MEstrada, Tor||1||Tim Heaney 2||Joe Pisapia 4||Cory Schwartz 0|
|MAviles, Cle||1||Scott Engel 1||Derek Van Riper 5||Cory Schwartz 0|
|KBlanks, Tex||1||Joe Pisapia 4|
|FGalvis, Phi||1||Derek Van Riper 5||Ray Flowers 2|
|KGibson, Min||1||Ray Flowers 4|
|JPeterson, Atl||1||Nando DiFino 6|
|WHarris, Hou||1||Scott Pianowski 2|
|SVanSlyke, LAD||1||Derek Van Riper 8|
|TLyons, StL||1||Derek Van Riper 5|
|BGuyer, TB||1||David Gonos 1|
|DiHerrera, NYM||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|JVillar, Hou||Derek Van Riper 5|
|RRivera, TB||Ray Flowers 4|
|TFlowers, CWS||Ray Flowers 3|
|MJoyce, LAA||Ray Flowers 3|
|CMcGehee, SF||Ray Flowers 3|
|SFeldman, Hou||Ray Flowers 3|
|RoHernandez, Hou||Ray Flowers 3|
|TCingrani, Cin||Joe Pisapia 2|
|JMcCann, Det||Ray Flowers 2|
|POBrien, Ari||Ray Flowers 2|
|ABarrett, Was||Ray Flowers 2|
|CaVillanueva, StL||Tim Heaney 2|
|LMorrison, Sea||Paul Singman 1|
|MPelfrey, Min||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CSeager, LAD||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CCorrea, Hou||Cory Schwartz 1|
|TRoark, Was||Derek Van Riper 1|
|TMatzek, Col||Cory Schwartz 0|
|DEspinosa, Was||Cory Schwartz 0|
|ACallaspo, Atl||Cory Schwartz 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
The Cecil vs. Axford decision was something I wrestled with right up to the FAAB deadline, but ultimately I chose to bid more on Cecil because I think he has a better chance of holding onto the closer job for the rest of the season. The inconsistent control is a concern, however, so I wasn't exactly thrilled to learn of his $40 price tag. But in a mixed league, the difference of owning two closers or three closers is significant, often translating to five or six points in the final standings. Also, the fact that Cecil garnered a number of bids in the high 30's is reassuring. Now I just need to sell some players to bolster my dwindling FAAB budget.
People want to change scoring to add holds. If that happens, we'd be robbed of our chance to witness a bidding war over Brett Cecil and John Axford. I know the shortcomings with the stat, but I still prefer the game theory elements sticking with saves provides.
|JMarisnick, Hou||25||Adam Ronis 38||Greg Ambrosius 24||Tim McLeod 22|
|Charlie Wiegert 14||Grey Albright 12||Perry Van Hook 11|
|Rudy Gamble 2|
|BSwihart, Bos||20||Ray Murphy 31||Perry Van Hook 19||Anthony Perri 5|
|Adam Ronis 4|
|KelJohnson, Atl||6||Perry Van Hook 7||Tim McLeod 5||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|Anthony Perri 1|
|ARamos, Mia||2||Adam Ronis 3||Rudy Gamble 1|
|BMorris, Mia||1||Eno Sarris 1|
|JGiavotella, LAA||1||Tim McLeod 2|
|JWieland, LAD||1||Tim McLeod 5|
|PBourjos, StL||1||Tim McLeod 2|
|DiHerrera, NYM||1||Ray Murphy 3|
|ASanchez, Tor||1||Ray Murphy 4|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||1||Grey Albright 5|
|JMcCann, Det||1||Perry Van Hook 1||Adam Ronis 0|
|HConger, Hou||0||Adam Ronis 0||Perry Van Hook 0|
|NMartinez, Tex||0||Paul Greco 0|
|RBetancourt, Col||0||Adam Ronis 3|
|DPhelps, Mia||Ray Murphy 2|
|BHolt, Bos||Perry Van Hook 2|
|KBlanks, Tex||Adam Ronis 2|
|FGalvis, Phi||Tim McLeod 1||Ray Murphy 1|
|JPeterson, Atl||Ray Murphy 1||Tim McLeod 0|
|DEspinosa, Was||Ray Murphy 1|
|JLocke, Pit||Grey Albright 1|
|TMay, Min||Grey Albright 1|
|BPena, Cin||Perry Van Hook 1|
|JPacheco, Ari||Perry Van Hook 1|
|CMartin, Atl||Tim McLeod 0|
|MAviles, Cle||Tim McLeod 0|
|ASusac, SF||Perry Van Hook 0|
|KKela, Tex||Adam Ronis 0|
|CQualls, Hou||Adam Ronis 0||Adam Ronis 0|
|PStrop, ChC||Adam Ronis 0|
|JPhegley, Oak||Adam Ronis 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
I set out to rectify an error I made last Sunday morning when with Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders activated from the DL and Astros' fly chaser Jake Marisnick listed as "guarded" I made a midweek move to activate Saunders dropping Marisnick. Of course you likely know that Marisnick proceeded to have a one of the best weeks of his young career while Michael Saunders not yet 100% (which I should have thought about) was below average. Sadly my $11 bid for Marisnick wasn't even in the ballpark as it was exceeded by several competitors with Adam Ronis the winner, his $38 bid Vickrey reduced to $25 to fend off $24 from Greg Ambrosius.
I also wanted to try and replace Angels catcher Chris Iannetta who has been struggling all year and I wasn't sure I could land Blake Swihart in this league but if not there were several other catcher options I thought I could get cheaply. So I bid $19 on Swihart given he is a switch hitter who makes good contact and this is an on base percentage not batting average league. My loss there looks much closer as the winning bid was $20 but in fact Ray Murphy had bid $31.
Sometimes you just know who you want. Perhaps because he's been a conundrum for me to evaluate, but I was curious if Nick Martinez would garner any interest. With many of the Tout Warriors placing multiple bids with many back-up bids, Paul Greco placed one bid, on Martinez, and got his man. No one contested the bid and he placed no other bids. Paul lives in Texas so perhaps there's some local coverage that swayed Paul to covet Martinez. My problem is there's no doubt he's pitching into some good luck but I also feel he's a better pitcher - or a more improved pitcher - than most perceive.