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 is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.
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.
|TField, Tex||19||Larry Schechter 28||Rob Leibowitz 18||Ron Shandler 9|
|Jeff Erickson 3||Mike Podhorzer 1||Steve Moyer 0|
|MWright, Bal||14||Ron Shandler 14||Lawr Michaels 13||Jason Collette 3|
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|LMcCullers, Hou||9||Chris Liss 9||Mike Podhorzer 8||Jason Collette 4|
|SWright, Bos||1||Lawr Michaels 11|
|GJones, NYY||1||Lawr Michaels 4||Larry Schechter 3|
|RGoins, Tor||1||Jeff Erickson 1||Ron Shandler 0|
|ERosario, Min||1||Jason Collette 2||Larry Schechter 9||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|JRuggiano, Sea||1||Mike Podhorzer 4||Larry Schechter 2|
|THunter, Bal||1||Larry Schechter 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|SMarcum, Cle||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|BJohnson, Bos||1||Rob Leibowitz 1|
|WHarris, Hou||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|CarSmith, Sea||0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0||Ron Shandler 0|
|ARomine, Det||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|ARosales, Tex||Larry Schechter 2|
|RNavarro, Bal||Larry Schechter 2||Jeff Erickson 1|
|MMuncy, Oak||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|BGomes, TB||Ron Shandler 0|
|LHendriks, Tor||Ron Shandler 0|
|MKrauss, LAA||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|SDelabar, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|STolleson, Tor||Jeff Erickson 0|
|TSipp, Hou||Ron Shandler 0|
|TWilhelmsen, Sea||Ron Shandler 0|
|ZDuke, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
A week makes a big difference. I bid $9 on Tommy Field when he was called up last week and landed him for a dollar given Vickery. After starting nearly every game this week I bid $ 18. Field is a journeyman with a good plate approach and gap power so I made the bid knowing his ceiling was modest but do think he has the skills to possibly stick. I was more surprised by the lack of other bids for his services.
I bid on Brian Johnson to stash him for later this season. I am not sure how many bats he'll miss but he has great command and keeps the ball on the ground. Johnson is also near, if not at the top, the top of the pecking order for call up on Boston's depth charts too.
Mike Wright may have cost Ron 14 FAAB units but he cost me a little chuck of my DFS bankroll on Sunday. I felt the Angels were in a good spot, facing a rookie pitcher in a favorable park, OOPS! I know there's narrative on both sides. Wright hasteh edge of unfamiliarity - but he is still a rookie making his debut. Right or wrong, I think I'm going to fade stacking against the unknown going forward in DFS.
|TCunningham, Atl||7||Gene McCaffrey 27||Brian Walton 6||Phil Hertz 3|
|ACole, Was||6||Brian Walton 56||Peter Kreutzer 5||Phil Hertz 4|
|Tristan H. Cockcroft 4|
|EHerrera, Mil||5||Todd Zola 13||Tristan H. Cockcroft 4||Brian Walton 3|
|Gene McCaffrey 2||Mike Gianella 1||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|Derek Carty 0|
|WPerez, Atl||4||Lenny Melnick 12||Phil Hertz 3||Mike Gianella 0|
|LSardinas, Mil||2||Tristan H. Cockcroft 5||Mike Gianella 1|
|MDunn, Mia||1||Brian Walton 6|
|JNicolino, Mia||1||Lenny Melnick 1|
|EBurgos, Ari||1||Phil Hertz 1|
|JHellickson, Ari||1||Mike Gianella 2|
|DDescalso, Col||0||Peter Kreutzer 0||Todd Zola 7||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|Phil Hertz 0||Derek Carty 0|
|KNieuwenhuis, NYM||0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|MSzczur, ChC||Gene McCaffrey 4|
|JMarquis, Cin||Mike Gianella 2|
|CBergman, Col||Brian Walton 1|
|RYnoa, Col||Gene McCaffrey 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Two pitchers and two hitters went for between $4 and $7 in NL Tout this week.
Leading the way is Atlanta outfielder Todd Cunningham. Gene McCaffrey of Wise Guy Baseball was willing to spend $27, but only had to beat two $6 bids - mine and that of Scott Wilderman. I had hoped to add Cunningham to share space on my roster with his possible platoon partner with the Braves, Jonny Gomes.
With the left side of Milwaukee's infield banged up, Elian Herrera is seeing considerable playing time. Todd Zola was willing to pay $13 for the at-bats, but just had to top my $3 offer.
In the league's pitching cellar, I put considerable money on the table for Washington's A.J. Cole, though only $6 was required to win. Runner up Peter Kreutzer said, "I upgraded Cole four times today, from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4 to 5. I wish I'd gone all in!" The 23-year-old prospect has the first opportunity to step into the Nationals' rotation to replace injured Doug Fister. Bidding may have been depressed due to Cole's MLB debut being a clunker against the Braves last month.
Our final spotlight player this week is Williams Perez of Atlanta, acquired for $4 by Lenny Melnick. The 23-year-old, who impressed in Triple-A this season, is moving into the rotation to replace Eric Stults.
I apologize for those hoping to see how much Maikel Franco cost in NL Tout as I've been stashing him on my roster since the auction (he cost $6), While I'm happy he's promoted, he's going to need to really produce for me to compete. I went with a stars and scrubs approach and the scrubs (well, the stars too) have not produced, That said, my main concern at this point of the season is pitching ratios and, well, they stink too.
|MFranco, Phi||19||Tim Heaney 32||Scott Engel 18||Ray Flowers 17|
|Derek Van Riper 12||Cory Schwartz 4|
|DPomeranz, Oak||18||Paul Singman 19||Derek Van Riper 17||Nando DiFino 8|
|Tim Heaney 3||Cory Schwartz 0|
|BZiegler, Ari||17||Scott Pianowski 22||Nando DiFino 16||Tim Heaney 11|
|Zach Steinhorn 5||Cory Schwartz 0|
|DDeShields, Tex||10||Tim Heaney 16||Scott Swanay 12||Scott Engel 9|
|Derek Van Riper 5||Ray Flowers 4||Paul Singman 4|
|Cory Schwartz 0|
|STolleson, Tex||6||Scott Pianowski 20||Tim Heaney 6||Derek Van Riper 5|
|LMcCullers, Hou||6||Al Melchior 26||Scott Engel 5||Tim Heaney 3|
|MBolsinger, LAD||4||Cory Schwartz 5||Scott Engel 3|
|AHicks, Min||1||Joe Pisapia 6|
|JSingleton, Hou||1||Joe Pisapia 6||Tim Heaney 7|
|RIglesias, Cin||1||Nando DiFino 8|
|JGarcia, StL||1||Scott Swanay 12|
|PBourjos, StL||1||Cory Schwartz 7||Derek Van Riper 12|
|JTurner, LAD||1||Cory Schwartz 4||Ray Flowers 5||Derek Van Riper 5|
|Tim Heaney 4|
|ACabrera, TB||1||Ray Flowers 9||Tim Heaney 3|
|KKela, Tex||1||Tim Heaney 6||Ray Flowers 3|
|SVanSlyke, LAD||1||Derek Van Riper 12|
|PTucker, Hou||1||Derek Van Riper 12|
|MWright, Bal||1||Scott Engel 2|
|NSwisher, Cle||Derek Van Riper 12|
|SVictorino, Bos||Cory Schwartz 7||Ray Flowers 4|
|SPearce, Bal||Ray Flowers 5||Tim Heaney 3|
|DDeJesus, TB||Ray Flowers 3|
|ADeAza, Bal||Derek Van Riper 3|
|JButler, TB||Derek Van Riper 1|
|JLocke, Pit||Cory Schwartz 0|
|TRoark, Was||Cory Schwartz 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
In my years of participating in the Mixed Auction league, most of the top hitting prospects have been drafted, maybe for a dollar at the end of the auction or more likely in the reserve rounds. And with the increase in reserves from four to six this season, the chances of purchasing an impact call-up using the FAAB route are even slimmer. Well, Maikel Franco could be one of the exceptions. So far, Franco's second stint in the Majors is going considerably better than his first one, last year's 16-game sample, and it sure sounds like the rebuilding Phillies have every intention to leave him in their starting lineup for the remainder of the season. For 19 FAAB bucks, he's certainly worth a flier.
Drew Pomeranz was the most appealing starting pitcher on the wire, and he is in line for two starts this week. But I'm not a fan of the matchups (@HOU, @TB) being that he's 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in four road outings this season compared to 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 0.74 WHIP in three home starts. Even though I could've used an extra starting pitcher, I was ultimately scared off by these splits and opted to pass on Pomeranz. And there will be no second-guessing if I'm wrong about this since it would have cost me 20 of my remaining 34 FAAB dollars to land him.
Finally, a FAAB run would not be complete without talking about closers, and the situation in Arizona is tough to read. Is Addison Reed's demotion a short-term or long-term decision? Brad Ziegler has proven that he can handle the closer job when called upon to fill in, but I still think that Chip Hale's preference is to reinstall Reed into the ninth inning once he fixes whatever is going wrong mechanically. That said, 17 bucks is far from a crazy price for Ziegler.
The unawarded list is interesting as it contains several players thought to be contributors this season and now not only have they been released, they're the second and third choices to fill holes. Especially in a mixed league, there's nothing wrong with churning fungible roster spots. Why not take a shot at Preston Tucker or Aaron Hicks? Are Shane Victorino and David DeJesus going to get you to the promised land?
|MFranco, Phi||9||Tom Kessenich 17||Brent Hershey 8||Grey Albright 5|
|Charlie Wiegert 2|
|RIglesias, Cin||5||Tim McLeod 5||Eno Sarris 4||Perry Van Hook 2|
|EInciarte, Ari||3||Grey Albright 7||Perry Van Hook 5||Eno Sarris 2|
|Tim McLeod 1|
|LMcCullers, Hou||1||Tim McLeod 4||Perry Van Hook 7|
|MBolsinger, LAD||1||Perry Van Hook 17||Tim McLeod 3|
|GParra, Mil||1||Perry Van Hook 9||Charlie Wiegert 2||Tim McLeod 0|
|DDeShields, Tex||1||Charlie Wiegert 9||Grey Albright 6||Perry Van Hook 0|
|Tim McLeod 0|
|STolleson, Tex||1||Rudy Gamble 2||Adam Ronis 0|
|ROsuna, Tor||1||Eno Sarris 2|
|MBourn, Cle||1||Eno Sarris 1|
|MEstrada, Tor||1||Ray Murphy 2|
|ACole, Was||1||Brent Hershey 3|
|CQualls, Hou||1||Perry Van Hook 3|
|CHeston, SF||1||Paul Greco 11|
|TWada, ChC||1||Adam Ronis 1|
|GBlanco, SF||0||Tim McLeod 0|
|DEspinosa, Was||0||Ray Murphy 0|
|FCervelli, Pit||0||Adam Ronis 0|
|DYoung, Bal||Tom Kessenich 6|
|TCunningham, Atl||Charlie Wiegert 5||Perry Van Hook 0|
|KLobstein, Det||Perry Van Hook 4|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Charlie Wiegert 2||Ray Murphy 0|
|EEscobar, Min||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|KBlanks, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|CarSmith, Sea||Tim McLeod 1||Eno Sarris 1|
|AWarren, NYY||Eno Sarris 1|
|EBurgos, Ari||Perry Van Hook 1|
|JFields, Hou||Perry Van Hook 1|
|JTazawa, Bos||Eno Sarris 1|
|PCorbin, Ari||Adam Ronis 0|
|DMurphy, Cle||Perry Van Hook 0|
|MTaylor, Was||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JTurner, LAD||Ray Murphy 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
A shout out for Vickrey and people ordering their lists differently. I really needed to buttress my sagging pitching and get a better outfielder so I bid $17 on Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger - reduced to a $1 winning bid as was my $9 bid on Gerardo Parra, Brewers outfielder who has done so well the last two weeks he has raised his season BA to over .300 and CF Carlos Gomez may be facing concussion protocol but even if Gomez is back immediately, Khris Davis hasn't been performing well so I think Parra continues to get more at bats at thrive. My third bid group was headed by Houston's Chad Qualls at $3 and again I won him for a dollar. While closer Luke Gregerson is back, he won't pitch every day and that club is finding enough ways to win that Qualls has value even if only for a week. Funny that my second choice in both pitching threads was Astros minor league SP Lance McCullers who will make his major league debut on Monday and could have a two start week if that goes well. Had I not gotten Bolsinger my $7 bid on McCullers would have won the pot but instead Tim McLeod, the league's defending champion won him for $4 on a $5 bid.
The high bid for the night was Tom Kessenich's $9 win on Maikel Franco, his $17 bid reduced to beat runner up Brent Hershey at $8.
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..
|Tommy Field, TEX||28||Winning Fantasy Baseball 28||Fangraphs 16||ESPN.com 3|
|Joe Kelly, BOS||18||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 18||Colton & The Wolfman 17||Fangraphs 6|
|Preston Tucker, HOU||6||ESPN.com 6||Winning Fantasy Baseball 8|
|Mike Wright, BAL||6||Fangraphs 6||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5||Baseball HQ 4|
|Colton & The Wolfman 2||FantasyScore 2|
|Sam Fuld, OAK||4||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4|
|Steven Wright, BOS||4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4|
|Maxwell Muncy, OAK||2||ESPN.com 2|
|Zach Walters, CLE||1||ESPN.com 1|
|Alexi Ogando, BOS||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Matt Barnes, BOS||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Esmil Rogers, NYY||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Chasen Shreve, NYY||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
As they say, one man's trash is another's treasure or perhaps more aptly my hurry to get rid of Joe Kelly's assault on my pitching ratios and then subsequent best outing of the year inspired the NFBC duo of Ambrosius and Childs to bid $18 and add Kelly to their roster (btw narrowly pipping an unknown to me underbid of $17). Strangely that was not the high bid of the night as Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball) bid $28 to secure the services of new Ranger 2B Tommy Fields - he wasn't totally out in left field there was a $16 underbid.
The only listed free agent pitcher that I would have (okay truth out did bid) bid on was Houston prospect Lance McCullers who will start on Monday and have a chance at a two start week if he does well. But LABR doesn't allow bidding on players not on the active roster so my bid was cancelled and I will likely have to decide whether to give Oakland's Fernando Rodriguez another week or whether to activate Masahiro Tanaka early to replace him and hope for a late week start (no midweek moves in LABR).
There were some interesting players available, mostly pitching, but the name that intrigues me the most is Preston Tucker of the Astros. He's played some left and DH mostly against right-handers as he's a lefty swinger. He hasn't been in the forefront of prospect rankings but the kid can hit. His plate patience isn't great but in today's landscape it's not bad either. The club is pretty crowded at outfield and designated hitter with Colby Rasmus the main guy in the way. I don't expect Ticket to play any more than three or four times a week, but in AL only that means something, And for those DFS dabblers, he's a nice cost-saving option.
|Michael Bolsinger, LAD||8||Mastersball 8||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8||Baseball HQ 6|
|USA TODAY Sports 3||Colton & The Wolfman 2||ESPN - Karabell 2|
|Sandlot Shrink 2|
|Abraham Almonte, SD||5||RotoWire - DVR 5||Baseball HQ 1|
|Randall Delgado, ARI||5||RotoWire - DVR 5|
|A.J. Cole, WSH||4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Sandlot Shrink 2||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Kyle Kendrick, COL||2||Sandlot Shrink 2|
|Daniel Descalso, COL||2||Sandlot Shrink 2||Inside Edge 1|
|Philip Gosselin, ATL||1||Inside Edge 1|
|Enrique Burgos, ARI||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jean Machi, SF||1||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Todd Cunningham, ATL||Sandlot Shrink 2|
|George Kontos, SF||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Erik Goeddel, NYM||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Blake Treinen, WSH||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jose Rafael Diaz, CIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Bidding was active this FAAB cycle, as teams tried to shore up their pitching, starting with the newest Dodgers ace of the future, who generated eight bids of between $2-$8, including three at the exact $8 price tag. And, while I cannot say I enjoy being in the lower portion of the standings, in this instance one of the $8 bids was mine, so hopefully Bolsinger can help fill the Brandon McCarthy void.
There were a number of other stabs for pitching, with Derek Van Riper spent $5 unchallenged on Randall Delgado, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs bagged A.J. Cole for a couple of dollars besting a pair of bids (Shawn and Greg also picked up Enrigue Burgos for a buck). Bob Randomski (Sandlot Shrink) spent $2 on Kyle Kendrick, while Eric Karabell took San Francisco reliever Jean Machi for a dollar.
On the position player side, Van Riper also picked up Abraham Almonte for $5, while Radomksi tied to push some at-bats with Daniel Descalso for a dollar. Steve Moyer bid a successful buck on infielder Philip Gosselin, and that was all she wrote.
Not too many choices, for the most part, you have to pick your spots in such a league. I am hoping Bolsinger helps with just that.
It will be interesting to see what the Padres do when Wil Myers is back. With Yonder Alonso on the DL, Wil Myers could play first, leaving centerfield to Wil Venable and Abraham Almonte. You never know, but sometimes you need to take a chance on the opportunity as much as the talent in deep leagues.
|Delino DeShields Jr., TEX||13||Mastersball 13||BSports 8||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Baseball HQ 1||FantasyScore 1||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Brad Ziegler, ARI||12||Fangraphs 12||Razzball 7||RotoExperts 1|
|Yunel Escobar, WSH||9||USA TODAY Sports 9||FantasyScore 1|
|Shawn Tolleson, TEX||7||BSports 7||Fangraphs 6||Razzball 2|
|Cory Spangenberg, SD||4||MLB.com 4||USA TODAY Sports 4||RotoExperts 1|
|Drew Stubbs, COL||4||Fangraphs 4|
|Michael Bolsinger, LAD||3||Razzball 3||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Mike Wright, BAL||3||Rotowire-Colton 3|
|Danny Espinosa, WSH||3||Rotowire-Erickson 3||USA TODAY Sports 4|
|Preston Tucker, HOU||3||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3|
|Logan Forsythe, TB||2||Baseball HQ 2||Logan Forsythe, TB|
|Keone Kela, TEX||1||RotoExperts 1|
|Freddy Galvis, PHI||1||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Marco Estrada, TOR||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Colabello, TOR||1||BSports 1||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1||MLB.com 1|
|Joey Butler, TB||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|A.J. Cole, WSH||Baseball HQ 1||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Elian Herrera, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Joe Smith, LAA||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Kelvin Herrera, KC||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Eddie Rosario, MIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Similar to Almonte above, Delino Deshields is not assrued of playing time once Josh Hamilton is ready. On the other hand, he's getting steals in bunches so I thought I'd try to squeeze some more bags from him and see what happens. I was replacing Mark Canha, who's really slowed down so the opportunity cost is nil.
My takeaway from this week's bidding is the multitude of bids on Deshields suggest many are in the market for speed while the action of Ziegler and Tolleson show there may also be a market for saves. Neither of these are a surprise but taking this to the next level, instead of just putting a speedster or a closer on the block, these results pave the way for a more personal, well thought out offer. Identify the owners bidding on speed and tailor an offer based on that and the rest of their roster. You'd get better results that just saying "speed for sale, make me an offer."