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.
|WCastillo, Sea||10||Rob Leibowitz 13||Ron Shandler 9||Steve Moyer 7|
|Mike Podhorzer 5||Lawr Michaels 4||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|GSoto, CWS||6||Ron Shandler 7||Mike Podhorzer 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MMuncy, Oak||5||Jason Collette 9||Mike Podhorzer 4||Steve Moyer 0|
|BFarmer, Det||3||Mike Podhorzer 4||Jeff Erickson 2||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|CColon, KC||1||Jason Collette 4||Rob Leibowitz 0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|STolleson, Tor||1||Andy Behrens 5||Jason Collette 0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|MKrauss, LAA||1||Mike Podhorzer 1||Steve Moyer 0|
|PKlein, Tex||1||Rob Leibowitz 6||Steve Moyer 0|
|DBundy, Bal||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|JLindgren, NYY||1||Jason Collette 4|
|BSnell, TB||1||Jeff Erickson 1|
|PNeshek, Hou||0||Steve Moyer 0||Andy Behrens 3||Jeff Erickson 1|
|SHeathcott, NYY||0||Steve Moyer 0|
|RLavarnway, Bal||0||Steve Moyer 0|
|TCollins, Det||Rob Leibowitz 9|
|SDelabar, Tor||Andy Behrens 2|
|ROhlendorf, Tex||Jason Collette 2|
|JGraham, Min||Jason Collette 2|
|INova, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|ARosales, Tex||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|TCollins, Det||Steve Moyer 0|
|JSmolinksi, Tex||Steve Moyer 0|
|SRobinson, Min||Steve Moyer 0|
|EFrieri, TB||Steve Moyer 0|
|SGeltz, TB||Steve Moyer 0|
|DLough, Bal||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|SGeltz, TB||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|TSipp, Hou||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|JGraham, Min||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|WBloomquist, Sea||Mike Podhorzer 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
Like with LABR below, let's look at the standings and FAAB remaining thout about 25 percent of the season:
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton||75||$82|
Bidding among the leaders could get interesting. A couple of the big spenders (Chris and Andy) probably won't be quite as aggressive. How aggressive will those near the top of the standings be since they're likely unexpectedly close to having the most FAAB among the leaders?
|BPaulsen, Col||16||Ray Guilfoyle 45||Steve Gardner 15||Scott Wilderman 11|
|Mike Gianella 11||Gene McCaffrey 9||Tristan H. Cockcroft 9|
|Phil Hertz 6||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|BBarnes, Col||10||Steve Gardner 10||Ray Guilfoyle 25||Scott Wilderman 9|
|Phil Hertz 6||Brian Walton 5||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|Mike Gianella 1|
|RYnoa, Col||3||Brian Walton 3||Steve Gardner 9||Phil Hertz 3|
|SOSullivan, Phi||1||Peter Kreutzer 3||Scott Wilderman 0|
|DCeciliani, NYM||1||Scott Wilderman 2||Phil Hertz 0|
|JGray, Col||1||Brian Walton 1|
|JMoscot, Cin||1||Brian Walton 1|
|TBarnhart, Cin||1||Ray Guilfoyle 3|
|DMuno, NYM||1||Phil Hertz 2|
|JUrena, Mia||1||Phil Hertz 5|
|JJeffress, Mil||1||Phil Hertz 1|
|RBetancourt, Col||0||Mike Gianella 0||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JLake, ChC||0||Mike Gianella 0||Brian Walton 2||Scott Wilderman 0|
|Phil Hertz 0|
|PCiriaco, Atl||0||Phil Hertz 0|
|CCapps, Mia||Phil Hertz 1||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|ALiberatore, LAD||Mike Gianella 0|
|BBoesch, Cin||Scott Wilderman 0|
|BCunniff, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
|CRobinson, Was||Phil Hertz 0|
|CTorres, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|EGoeddel, NYM||Mike Gianella 0|
|JTabata, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Here is an example how tough it is to find offense on the waiver wire in NL Tout. Less than a half-dozen free agents had more than eight at-bats last week, and each was scooped up this period.
The Colorado Rockies feature all three players to receive winning bids of greater than $1 this week. In their just-completed eight-game homestand, the Rox broke out the lumber, averaging eight runs per game against the defending World Champion Giants. Still, they just managed a four-game split. It is Coors for both teams, after all.
Injuries to key players Justin Morneau (7-day DL, concussion) and Corey Dickerson (15-day DL, plantar fasciitis) have created opportunity. Ben Paulsen has been very good at first base and drove the most spirited bidding, going to Ray Guilfoyle for $16 (down from $45 Vickrey). Brandon Barnes is also performing well in the outfield, with his price $10, the exact amount bid by Steve Gardner of USAToday. I got in on the Colorado scraps, picking up switch-hitting infielder/outfielder Rafael Ynoa for $3. It may require a Troy Tulowitzki injury for the utilityman to receive regular time, and we all know how unlikely that is!
|Tristan H. Cockcroft||74.5||$85|
It will be interesting to follow what Mike does with his FAAB. Presently he's hanging in there without spending much, giving him the hammer at the MLB trade deadline. Will he spend some if necessary beforehand? This is where managing FAAB gets hairy.
|TRoark, Was||10||Derek Van Riper 16||Fred Zinkie 9||Tim Heaney 4|
|Scott Swanay 3||Cory Schwartz 3|
|WVenable, SD||7||Tim Heaney 11||Cory Schwartz 6||Derek Van Riper 1|
|TWada, ChC||6||Derek Van Riper 17||Paul Singman 5||Fred Zinkie 5|
|Scott Swanay 3||Cory Schwartz 3||Nando DiFino 2|
|SMarcum, Cle||6||Joe Pisapia 8||Derek Van Riper 7||Fred Zinkie 5|
|MDuffy, SF||6||Scott Swanay 6||Al Melchior 5||Ray Flowers 3|
|CMorton, Pit||6||Cory Schwartz 8||Derek Van Riper 7||Fred Zinkie 5|
|Scott Swanay 3|
|JBour, Mia||6||Scott Engel 14||Derek Van Riper 5||Al Melchior 5|
|KGraveman, Oak||5||Nando DiFino 14||Derek Van Riper 7||Tim Heaney 4|
|SPearce, Bal||4||Scott Swanay 6||Derek Van Riper 3||Ray Flowers 3|
|Cory Schwartz 1||Tim Heaney 1||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DDeJesus, TB||2||Ray Flowers 2||Tim Heaney 6||Scott Swanay 6|
|Derek Van Riper 3||Scott Pianowski 1||Cory Schwartz 0|
|NAhmed, Ari||1||Paul Singman 1|
|PKlein, Tex||1||Nando DiFino 8|
|JNiese, NYM||1||Scott Swanay 5||Tim Heaney 0|
|NSwisher, Cle||1||Derek Van Riper 10||Cory Schwartz 0|
|RGrichuk, StL||1||Derek Van Riper 5||Scott Engel 4|
|MReynolds, StL||1||Ray Flowers 2|
|CTaylor, Sea||1||Al Melchior 3|
|AEllis, LAD||1||Tim Heaney 2|
|WHarris, Hou||0||Scott Pianowski 0|
|EBurgos, Ari||0||Tim Heaney 0||Scott Engel 6|
|MMuncy, Oak||Derek Van Riper 5|
|JJay, StL||Scott Swanay 4|
|DValencia, Tor||Derek Van Riper 3||Ray Flowers 2|
|CarSmith, Sea||Scott Swanay 3||Tim Heaney 0|
|BBuxton, Min||Tim Heaney 3|
|DMurphy, Cle||Ray Flowers 2|
|BFarmer, Det||Nando DiFino 2|
|JButler, TB||Derek Van Riper 1|
|ARosales, Tex||Al Melchior 1|
|WCastillo, Sea||Tim Heaney 1|
|ADeAza, Bal||Derek Van Riper 1|
|AGriffin, Oak||Tim Heaney 0|
|BHolt, Bos||Paul Singman 0|
|DDescalso, Col||Paul Singman 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
The best starting pitcher who didn't open the season in a starting rotation found a Tout Wars home this week, landing on Derek Van Riper's roster for the fair price of $10. Tanner Roark, who won 15 games for the Nats last year and sports a career 2.57 ERA and 1.08 WHIP since making his big league debut in 2013, will fill the rotation spot of the injured Doug Fister. With Fister sidelined indefinitely due to an elbow injury, Roark could see extended time in the rotation, and he's scheduled to make two starts this week. In other words, the 28-year-old righty is a must-add in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Starting pitching was clearly the theme of this week, as while Roark was the only player who garnered a double-digit dollar winning bid, a quartet of starters went for at least $5. Fresh off the DL, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched well in his season debut on Wednesday, despite being on a pitch count, and posted a fine stat line in last season's 13-start sample. The fact that Wada is replacing a pitcher who got demoted to the bullpen (Travis Wood) is an added bonus, as unlike Roark, his spot in the rotation should be secure going forward as long as he remains effective. In my mind, Wada is the most appealing option among the group that also includes Shaun Marcum, Charlie Morton and Kendall Graveman.
|Derek Van Riper||71.5||$49|
The average balance is 47. Let's see what the average is in the draft league.
|MWright, Bal||4||Eno Sarris 6||Tim McLeod 3||Adam Ronis 2|
|BGuyer, TB||4||Brent Hershey 5||Perry Van Hook 4||Rudy Gamble 3|
|DDeJesus, TB||3||Tom Kessenich 12||Perry Van Hook 4||Rudy Gamble 2|
|Tim McLeod 1||Adam Ronis 0|
|RGrichuk, StL||2||Tim McLeod 5||Tom Kessenich 4||Rudy Gamble 1|
|Adam Ronis 0|
|JGarcia, StL||2||Perry Van Hook 37||Rudy Gamble 1|
|ECampbell, NYM||1||Tom Kessenich 1|
|CarSmith, Sea||1||Tim McLeod 4||Adam Ronis 0|
|SMarcum, Cle||1||Tim McLeod 1|
|EEscobar, Min||1||Rudy Gamble 1||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|CTaylor, Sea||1||Rudy Gamble 1|
|CYoung, NYY||1||Rudy Gamble 1|
|WMiley, Bos||1||Ray Murphy 3|
|KGraveman, Oak||1||Perry Van Hook 11||Adam Ronis 0|
|BBarnes, Col||1||Perry Van Hook 4|
|BPaulsen, Col||1||Charlie Wiegert 5|
|JKelly, Bos||1||Brent Hershey 8||Eno Sarris 6|
|MTaylor, Was||1||Brent Hershey 12|
|CSpangenberg, SD||1||Brent Hershey 4||Rudy Gamble 1|
|CYoung, KC||1||Adam Ronis 2||Perry Van Hook 2|
|WVenable, SD||1||Adam Ronis 2||Tom Kessenich 6|
|CIannetta, LAA||1||Adam Ronis 1|
|DYoung, Bal||Tom Kessenich 8|
|EBurgos, Ari||Eno Sarris 6|
|MMuncy, Oak||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|PKlein, Tex||Ray Murphy 3|
|TMay, Min||Ray Murphy 3||Adam Ronis 1|
|RNolasco, Min||Ray Murphy 3|
|ROhlendorf, Tex||Eno Sarris 2|
|CMorton, Pit||Perry Van Hook 2||Tim McLeod 0||Adam Ronis 0|
|DMurphy, Cle||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|ISuzuki, Mia||Tom Kessenich 2|
|MDuffy, SF||Tim McLeod 2||Rudy Gamble 1||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|ODespaigne, SD||Perry Van Hook 2|
|PCorbin, Ari||Eno Sarris 2||Adam Ronis 0|
|NSwisher, Cle||Rudy Gamble 1|
|DGregorius, NYY||Rudy Gamble 1|
|SDrew, NYY||Rudy Gamble 1|
|BFarmer, Det||Adam Ronis 1|
|GSizemore, Phi||Tom Kessenich 1|
|HGomez, Mil||Rudy Gamble 1|
|BHolt, Bos||Tom Kessenich 1|
|BPena, Cin||Tom Kessenich 1|
|CCoghlan, ChC||Adam Ronis 0|
|PStrop, ChC||Adam Ronis 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
The vagaries of Vickrey or how I lost my mind to acquire what I thought was the best pitcher available and bid $37 for St. Louis' Jaime Garcia but only had to pay two dollars for him. In fact despite how much people actually bid for players this week the highest winning bid was only $4 and that was for Tampa fly chaser Brandon Guyer and Orioles SP Mike Wright. Eno Sarris bid $6 for Wright but only had to use $4 to beat Tim McLeod's three dollar bid while Brent Hershey bid $5 for Guyer but only had to beat a $3 bid from Rudy Gamble.
Not nearly as costly as the LABR bids.
|Perry Van Hook||86||$75|
The average here is 71. The player availabilities weren't exact but the rules and league sizes are the same. This just emphasizes that you should really know your league in terms of tendencies.
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..
|Lance McCullers, HOU||37||Mastersball 37||RotoWire 31||Fangraphs 23|
|Baseball HQ 16||FantasyScore 9||USA TODAY Sports 7|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Maxwell Muncy, OAK||6||Baseball HQ 6||Fangraphs 11||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2|
|Shaun Marcum, CLE||6||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6||Mastersball 6||Baseball HQ 3|
|RotoWire 3||Colton & The Wolfman 2||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Fangraphs 1||FantasyScore 1|
|Tyler Collins, DET||5||RotoWire 5|
|Liam Hendriks, TOR||4||RotoWire 4|
|Craig Gentry, OAK||3||RotoWire 3||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Slade Heathcott, NYY||2||Colton & The Wolfman 2||RotoWire 3||Fangraphs 2|
|ESPN.com 1||Fangraphs 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|David Lough, BAL||2||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Welington Castillo, SEA||2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||FantasyScore 1|
|Steve Tolleson, TOR||1||ESPN.com 1|
|Jose Alvarez, LAA||1||Mastersball 1|
|Phil Klein, TEX||1||Baseball HQ 1||Mastersball 1|
|Eric Sogard, OAK||Fangraphs 6||ESPN.com 1|
|Rickie Weeks, SEA||RotoWire 3||Colton & The Wolfman 2||Fangraphs 1|
|Marc Krauss, LAA||Colton & The Wolfman 2||Fangraphs 2|
|J.B. Shuck, CWS||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Brandon Gomes, TB||Mastersball 1|
|Matt Barnes, BOS||Mastersball 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Lots of bids this week and the Lance McCullers derby made more interesting because he wasn't eligible for FAAB last week as he wasn't activated until Monday but a few teams had made bids, in fact my $11 was high. Not so easy after the Houston prospect had two good outings and appears to be in the rotation for the foreseeable future. I tried $37 and of course had remorse it might either be too much or not enough but it turned out that eight of the twelve teams bid for him and I beat the underbid of $31 by only six dollars.
The second highest bid was for new but not young Cleveland Indians SP Shaun Marcum where the winning bid was $6 by NFBC/STATS - actually they beat me on a standings tie-breaker.
We're about one-quarter into the season, a nice time to take a look at the standings and the remaining FAAB units for each team. By means of reminder, the standings and reports for each league are linked to the leage heading, right above each photo.
|USA TODAY Sports||98.5||$94|
|Colton & The Wolfman||69.5||$69|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball||57||$31|
Steve Gardner is in the driver's season, both in terms of standings and FAAB. Remember, you can get a rebate equal to the player's bid price for anyone you cut that's been placed on the DL.
|Ben Paulsen, COL||11||RotoExperts 11||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||RotoWire - DVR 2|
|Jason Rogers, MIL||11||RotoExperts 11|
|Nick Ahmed, ARI||9||Sandlot Shrink 9||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Carter Capps, MIA||7||Mastersball 7||USA TODAY Sports 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Sean O'Sullivan, PHI||3||Sandlot Shrink 3|
|Jeremy Jeffress, MIL||2||USA TODAY Sports 2||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Tyler Moore, WSH||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Corey Knebel, MIL||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Kevin Siegrist, STL||1||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Todd Cunningham, ATL||1||RotoWire - DVR 1||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Brandon Barnes, COL||Sandlot Shrink 2||Baseball HQ 1||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Jason Motte, CHC||RotoExperts 2|
|Brandon Cunniff, ATL||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Chad Bettis, COL||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Chris Hatcher, LAD||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Dale Thayer, SD||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jose Rafael Diaz, CIN||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Sam Dyson, MIA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Williams Perez, ATL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Leading off the moves for the week are a couple of trades, both initiated by yours truly who had a team in search of a closer.
I traded Lucas Duda to ringleader Steve Gardner for Hector Rondon, and then Gio Gonzalez for Jason Grilli with the NFBC duo, giving me points to gain in saves, and ideally my pitching, with Mike Bolsinger in tow, an improving Jeremy Hellickson on reserve, an injured Patrick Corbin due back, and Clayton Kershaw at the helm witll kick my pitching, and maybe even add some depth for potential future trades.
Steve's USAT team needed some pop, and Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs NFBC/STATS team needed a starter and some whiffs, so for now everyone got something they needed.
As for free agents, Ben Paulson and Jason Rogers were a pair of sticks who went to RotoExperts Lenny Melnick, each for $11. Failed bids of $2 and $4 went for Paulsen, but the Rogers bid curiously went unchallenged.
The Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski added infielder Nick Ahmed for $9, outbidding shots of $3 and $1, while Doug Dennis of BBHQ dropped a buck on Tyler Moore.
Pitching wise, Radomski also added Sean O'Sullivan for $3, while Mr. Gardner got the services of Jeremy Jeffress for a dollar. Childs and Ambrosius picked up Ciorey Knebel for a buck, and league leaduer Derek Van Riper of Rotowire acquired Kevin Siegrist for a dollar.
As for me, I tried to add to my relieving corps by also adding Carter Capps for $7, although I now rue not bidding on Rogers. I hope that oversight will neither haunt, nor cost.
|RotoWire - DVR||99||$63|
|Colton & The Wolfman||88||$95|
|USA TODAY Sports||65||$87|
|ESPN - Karabell||61.5||$89|
Derek Van Riper is in the opposite predicament as Steve as DVR is also winning but as opposed to Steve who's carry the second most FAAB in the AL, DVR has the least. The silver lining with that is you don't have to worry about the trading deadline and can be a little more cavalier about spending if you see someone you like.
|Tanner Roark, WSH||15||USA TODAY Sports 15||MLB.com 8||BSports 3|
|Jaime Garcia, STL||7||Fangraphs 7||Baseball Prospectus 4||Razzball 3|
|Baseball HQ 1||FantasyScore 1|
|Charlie Morton, PIT||5||MLB.com 5|
|Kendall Graveman, OAK||5||Rotowire-Erickson 5||Baseball Prospectus 2||RotoExperts 1|
|Brayan Pena, CIN||4||Mastersball 4|
|Wade Miley, BOS||3||USA TODAY Sports 6||BSports 1|
|Shaun Marcum, CLE||3||MLB.com 3|
|Ryan Raburn, CLE||3||FantasyScore 3|
|Joe Kelly, BOS||2||Baseball Prospectus 2||FantasyScore 1|
|Lance McCullers, HOU||2||BSports 2||USA TODAY Sports 6||FantasyScore 1|
|Carson Smith, SEA||1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Maxwell Muncy, OAK||1||ESPN.com 1||MLB.com 1|
|David DeJesus, TB||1||Razzball 1||FantasyScore 2|
|Matt Duffy, SF||1||Razzball 1|
|Enrique Burgos, ARI||1||RotoExperts 1|
|Will Venable, SD||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Mike Aviles, CLE||FantasyScore 2|
|David Murphy, CLE||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jeremy Jeffress, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Michael Taylor, WSH||FantasyScore 1|
|Phil Klein, TEX||Baseball HQ 1|
|Randal Grichuk, STL||Baseball HQ 1|
|Rene Rivera, TB||Mastersball 1|
|Ricky Nolasco, MIN||Baseball HQ 1|
|Welington Castillo, SEA||Mastersball 1|
|Zach McAllister, CLE||USA TODAY Sports 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Welcome to America's favorite game show, What Catcher Will Todd Overbid on This Week. With Yan Gomes set to return to the Indians, I need to replace Roberto Hernandez. I thought about Reve Rivera but figure I can always go back to him if necessary. I opted for Brayan Pena as it's becoming increasingly likely that Devin Mesoraco will need hip surgery.
|USA TODAY Sports||116.5||$58|
|Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust||67||$37|
I knew I should have gone with the "I'll post the standings this week" meme when I was much higher up. Steve Gardner is having a fine season here as well but spent some money to get his lead. I'm not sure I get the reasoning behind zeroing out in a mixed league with three-quarters of a season to go but that's why we play the game.