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Saturday 16th Dec 2017

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.




MTrumbo, Sea 83 Lawr Michaels 89 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 82 Larry Schechter 61
Lawr Michaels 54 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 45 Mike Podhorzer 38
Chris Liss 23 Jason Collette 19
HAlberto, Tex 19 Jeff Erickson 21 Larry Schechter 18 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11
Lawr Michaels 7 Mike Podhorzer 0
TMilone, Min 3 Andy Behrens 4 Lawr Michaels 2
JBerrios, Min 1 Andy Behrens 1 Chris Liss 1
SDelabar, Tor 1 Andy Behrens 2
ZWalters, Cle 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
CYoung, NYY 1 Chris Liss 1 Mike Podhorzer 0
DLough, Bal 1 Jason Collette 2
BBoyer, Min 1 Jason Collette 1
JWilson, NYY 0 Seth Trachtman 0


FLindor, Cle Jeff Erickson 21 Chris Liss 1

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

To bid or not to bid? Lighting up the free agent lists this week was Mark Trumbo. Do I need home runs? Yes. That meant, dammit, yes I had to bid and bid aggressively to get this OBP killer on the basis that he is coming across leagues in early June and is likely to garner many an at-bat (and possibly a decent amount of home runs and runs batted in) albeit potentially many painful ones too. So I bid $82, one more than my nearest FAAB competitor. Fortunately, or unfortunately, I never had a chance as Lawr, the then FAAB leader, bid beyond what I could muster. That leaves me ranked second highest in FAAB, so I'll cross my fingers and hope more appealing characters come along in short order.

Todd's Take

Rob alluded to something we sometimes forget about and that's Tout Wars is an OBP league which definitely adds a twist when it comes to a player of Trumbo's ilk.

It's interesting that the only player that garnered a bid and was not acquired was a rookie still in the Minors. I'll bet this time next week, even if he's not called up, that Francisco Lindor has a place on a Tout roster. Minor league prospects aren't my thing but since we do have a deep ultra roster in the XFL, I do my best to keep up with the better soon-to-be-rookies. I was especially interested in Lindor since he was offered to me in a deal. Opinions vary as he definitely doesn't have the offensive upside of Carlos Correa, but he's more than an all-glove, no stick shortstop. The best comp I came across was Erick Aybar. I can live with Aybar.




JLake, ChC 10 Scott Wilderman 11 Todd Zola 9 Phil Hertz 6
Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 4 Derek Carty 2
Mike Gianella 1
JDeLaRosa, Col 7 Mike Gianella 8 Phil Hertz 6
CRusin, Col 4 Todd Zola 7 Brian Walton 3 Mike Gianella 2
Peter Kreutzer 0
JRoss, Was 2 Brian Walton 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
Phil Hertz 1
MBanuelos, Atl 2 Lenny Melnick  3 Peter Kreutzer 1
BHand, Mia 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Mike Gianella 4
DHudson, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 2 Todd Zola 2 Brian Walton 0
Scott Wilderman 0
DDescalso, Col 1 Todd Zola 6 Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty 0
SPeterson, Mil 1 Todd Zola 2
DHernandez, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
BBoesch, Cin 1 Lenny Melnick  16
RDelgado, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Todd Zola 3
CPennington, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0 Todd Zola 0
SOberg, Col 0 Brian Walton 0


CHernandez, Phi Todd Zola 1
CTorres, NYM Todd Zola 1
DMuno, NYM Todd Zola 1
JTabata, Pit Todd Zola 1
PCiriaco, Atl Todd Zola 1
CKnebel, Mil Phil Hertz 0
CStewart, Pit Phil Hertz 0
JGrimm, ChC Phil Hertz 0
KFlores, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
ABarrett, Was Mike Gianella 0
ALiberatore, LAD Mike Gianella 0
EGoeddel, NYM Mike Gianella 0
DRoss, ChC Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Topping the list is Cubs outfielder Junior Lake. It took $10 of OnRoto's Scott Wilderman's $11 bid to secure Lake's services. Though Jorge Soler may not be on the disabled list much at all beyond his 15-day minimum, which ends on June 17, Lake is getting the chance to show manager Joe Maddon that he deserves to stay on in the Windy City rather than returning to Triple-A to play every day.

At 34 years of age, Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa is a well-known quantity in fantasy baseball circles. Carrying a 6.15 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP through his first seven starts of the season, the lefty was released by USAToday's Steve Gardner last week. De La Rosa was not a free agent long, however, drawing bids of $8 and $6, with the winner being Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus.

Speaking of Colorado starters, Chris Rusin has gotten off to a tremendous beginning with two seven-inning starts with only three runs allowed in total sandwiched around a spotless 4 2/3 inning relief stint. The lefty added 15 strikeouts in those 18 2/3 frames. In a fight between Mastersball cronies, Todd Zola bid $7, but only had to pay $4 to top my $3 offer.

Todd's Take

This was the wrong week to have three holes to fill. I'm not hoarding FAAB but on the other hand don't trust the Cubs enough to keep Junior Lake around so I opted to play it a little conservative and see if I can strike on someone a little better soon. I admit I'm running out of time, having dug myself a huge hole in counting stats by carrying too many scrubs early. One spot has been filled with Maikel Franco while I'm still waiting on Jose Peraza to take another. I may have gotten lucky with Justin Bour as a free agent a few weeks back though losing Daniel Murphy isn't helping. Unless something drastic happens, this may be the second straight year my goal is finishing above the 60 point plateau so I don't lose FAAB. Nothing I can do but keep on fighting.




JGallo, Tex 27 Derek Van Riper 27 Tim Heaney 26 Scott Engel 21
Fred Zinkie 15 Al Melchior 11 Paul Singman 2
PStrop, ChC 10 Tim Heaney 12 Scott Engel 9 Ray Flowers 4
Fred Zinkie 0
JButler, TB 9 Derek Van Riper 9 Tim Heaney 9 Scott Engel 5
Nando DiFino 2
KJepsen, TB 5 Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 4 Scott Engel 4
MMontgomery, Sea 3 Derek Van Riper 3 Scott Engel 3 Fred Zinkie 0
MEstrada, Tor 3 Scott Swanay 3 Nando DiFino 1
SMatz, NYM 2 Scott Swanay 6 Fred Zinkie 2
JGiavotella, LAA 1 Paul Singman 1 Derek Van Riper 2 Al Melchior 1
CGonzalez, Tex 1 Scott Engel 5 Derek Van Riper 3 Fred Zinkie 0
CTillman, Bal 1 Scott Swanay 6 Derek Van Riper 2
VNuno, Sea 1 Nando DiFino 1
KVargas, Min 1 Nando DiFino 4
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 Patrick Davitt 3
HAlberto, Tex 1 Al Melchior 3
RTejada, NYM 1 Scott Engel 3
WCastillo, Ari 1 Scott Engel 2
TKoehler, Mia 1 Scott Engel 1
MAviles, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz 0 Al Melchior 1


EHernandez, LAD Scott Swanay 3
JUribe, Atl Derek Van Riper 3
MLorenzen, Cin Scott Engel 2 Fred Zinkie 0
JRoss, Was Derek Van Riper 2
DYoung, Bal Scott Engel 2 Derek Van Riper 1
SDrew, NYY Derek Van Riper 1
EEscobar, Min Al Melchior 1
BBarnes, Col Derek Van Riper 1
BHand, Mia Scott Engel 1
CGillaspie, CWS Derek Van Riper 1
CMcGehee, SF Derek Van Riper 1
EScribner, Oak Fred Zinkie 0
AHechavarria, Mia Scott Engel 0
JVargas, KC Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Through six big league games, Joey Gallo has given us an accurate idea as to what to expect going forward: two homers, 13 strikeouts. The strikeouts are here to stay, but this is a guy who tallied at least 40 homers in each of his last two minor league seasons before collecting nine more home runs through 34 games at Double-A this year. And he does walk quite a bit, in an Adam Dunn kind of way, and since Tout Wars uses OBP instead of AVG, 27 bucks seems like a fair, if not discounted price for him.

The closer situations in Tampa Bay and the North Side of Chicago are tough to decipher, but I do like what Tim Heaney did here, spending a combined $15 to snag both Pedro Strop and Kevin Jepsen. While it's entirely possible that the two relievers will fail to record a combined ten saves from here on out, it isn't out of the question that both will see the majority of the save chances for their respective teams. But even if Tim guesses right with one of the two, the $15 investment will be well worth it being that there are attainable points to be gained in the saves category.

Finally, a quick glance at the remaining FAAB budgets reveals that with the season roughly 35 percent complete, 12 of the 15 teams in this league have $50 or less at their disposal. This wasn't very surprising to me, but I was a bit surprised that six of the 15 teams have less than $24 remaining. I don't remember if these numbers were similar last year, but with more than one-third of the league having spent more than three-quarters of their total budget, it will be interesting to see how the FAAB dynamics play out in the months ahead. Expect FAAB to be thrown into more than a few trades.

Todd's Take

Yo Zach, save something for me to talk about. Just kidding partner. 

You know the mantra that you can always pick up useful pitching in-season? Take a look at the starters that are now forced to be on a roster this week - that's a bunch of mediocre pitching. Run scoring is just about on par with what it was last season but yet it seems pitching isn't as solid. My first thought is it could be relievers are better, but it seems closers are worse. Sounds like I have myself a topic for a Toddcast this week.




JGallo, Tex 26 Ray Murphy 28 Tom Kessenich 25 Anthony Perri 18
Adam Ronis 12 Rudy Gamble 2
TMay, Min 10 Paul Sporer 11 Ray Murphy 9 Grey Albright 3
Adam Ronis 2 Eno Sarris 2
PStrop, ChC 7 Grey Albright 8 Adam Ronis 6
KJepsen, TB 5 Paul Sporer 11 Adam Ronis 4 Grey Albright 3
Eno Sarris 2
JButler, TB 3 Anthony Perri 3 Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 0
CGonzalez, Tex 3 Tim McLeod 8 Adam Ronis 2 Grey Albright 5
Paul Sporer 5
JGiavotella, LAA 1 Ray Murphy 3 Grey Albright 1
BHolt, Bos 1 Grey Albright 10
RRay, Ari 1 Grey Albright 7
JJeffress, Mil 1 Eno Sarris 1
JLake, ChC 1 Rudy Gamble 2
GParra, Mil 1 Rudy Gamble 2 Adam Ronis 0
WandRodriguez, Tex 1 Adam Ronis 1


MMontgomery, Sea Paul Sporer 4
JBroxton, Mil Eno Sarris 2
DHudson, Ari Paul Sporer 2
PNeshek, Hou Tim McLeod 1
RDelgado, Ari Eno Sarris 1
DHudson, Ari Eno Sarris 1
CCoghlan, ChC Rudy Gamble 1
MAviles, Cle Adam Ronis 0
WMiddlebrooks, SD Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Perry is taking some well-deserved time to be with his family.

Todd's Take

It's getting late, my ability to be pithy is vanishing so we'll make this short and sweet. It's cool how closely the bids were on Joey Gallo in the pair of mixed leagues. Told you I was running on fumes. 


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..




Mark Trumbo, SEA $67 USA TODAY Sports 67 Fangraphs 61 SiriusXM 56
Colton & The Wolfman 52 ESPN.com 43 FantasyScore 43
Winning Fantasy Baseball 24 RotoWire 20
Eric Sogard, OAK $7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 7 SiriusXM 2 ESPN.com 1
RotoWire 1
Ramon Flores, NYY $4 Colton & The Wolfman 4 SiriusXM 1
Jonathan Villar, HOU $4 ESPN.com 4 SiriusXM 3 ESPN.com 2
Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 2 RotoWire 1
Carlos Perez, LAA $4 SiriusXM 4 ESPN.com 1
Mike Montgomery, SEA $3 Fangraphs 3 FantasyScore 1
Rickie Weeks, SEA $1 RotoWire 1
Mikie Mahtook, TB $1 ESPN.com 1
Pat Venditte, OAK $1 FantasyScore 1
Brandon Gomes, TB $1 Mastersball 1


Jake Elmore, TB SiriusXM 3 ESPN.com 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LAA SiriusXM 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU SiriusXM 1
Ryan Goins, TOR SiriusXM 1
Blaine Boyer, MIN Fangraphs 1
Josh Fields, HOU Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Perry's family getaway continues. He'll be back with us soon.

Todd's Take

When Commissioner Gardner sent me the transactions so I could put the report together, he expressed some surprise he won the Mark Trumbo sweepstakes and frankly so am I. There were five teams that could have bid more than Steve (and several bid a decent amount) but the point is no one was willing to basically go all-in. Another way to look at it is the general feeling is four or five owners feel there will be four or five better players dealt to the American League or else they should have bid closer to their max. WHAT? REALLY? I realize $0 bids are not allowed but if you're not bidding now, you're bidding pretty close to your max in July meaning you're going two months with minimal FAAB. So you bid maybe $10 below your limit to get you through July 31 when, in theory you're bidding close to your limit anyway.




Pedro Strop, CHC $17 Inside Edge 17 RotoExperts 12 USA TODAY Sports 6
Colton & The Wolfman 5 RotoWire - DVR 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Baseball HQ 2 ESPN - Karabell 2
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, ARI $11 Yahoo Sports 11 Baseball HQ 3 Derek Carty 2
Jason Motte, CHC $4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Inside Edge 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Robbie Ray, ARI $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Skip Schumaker, CIN $2 Baseball HQ 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Inside Edge 1
Derek Carty 1
Michael Blazek, MIL $2 RotoExperts 2
Kevin Plawecki, NYM $2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Derek Carty 1
Daniel Muno, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1


Jose Urena, MIA Sandlot Shrink 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Brad Hand, MIA Sandlot Shrink 1
Joe Ross, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ivan De Jesus, CIN Inside Edge 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Catchers and closers led the drive for points in NL LABR with eight bids logging for the Cubs Pedro Strop. In the end Steve Moyer of Inside Edge closed the deal for $17, with losing bids ranging from $2 to $12.

Then Greg Ambroisus and Shawn Childs also made the move for more saves, landing Jason Motte for their NFBC/STATS for $4, besting three bids of $1, $2, and $3.

On the backstop side, Jarrod Saltalamacchia went to Brad Evans of Yahoo! for $11, besting bids of $2 and $3 while Bob Radomski picked up Kevin Plawecki for a couple of bucks outbidding one owner.

Then, Steve Gardner (USAT) nabbed Robbie Ray for $3 again besting another bid of just a buck, Lenny Melnick copped the Brewers Michael Blazek for $2, Doug Dennis bought the rights to Skip Schumaker,for $2 (again besting a $1 bid) while Stefve Moyer also landed Daniel Munro for a dollar.

Todd's Take

Has there been a crazier year with closers in recent memory? Turnover is always expected, but at the back end. Guys like Steve Cishek, Hector Rondon, Mark Melancon and Cody Allen were supposed to be safe middle tier options to avoid the churn. Guys like Craig Kimbrel (4.29/1.43) and Aroldis Chapman (2.13/1.38) were worth the high price since they help ratios as well as getting saves.


It all really makes you appreciate even more the ridiculous career of Mariano Rivera.




Joey Gallo, TEX $45 ESPN.com 45 Rotowire-Erickson 21 FantasyScore 20
USA TODAY Sports 15 FNTSY 11 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 9
Baseball Prospectus 6 Fangraphs 5 Razzball 4
Joey Butler, TB $13 FantasyScore 13 ESPN.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Pedro Strop, CHC $9 Baseball HQ 9 Fangraphs 4 USA TODAY Sports 3
Razzball 3 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Devin Mesoraco, CIN $4 BSports 4
Will Middlebrooks, SD $3 ESPN.com 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 FantasyScore 1
Michael Taylor, WSH $3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Welington Castillo, ARI $3 Baseball Prospectus 3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Jeremy Hellickson, ARI $2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Carlos Perez, LAA $1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Aaron Hicks, MIN $1 Baseball Prospectus 1


A.J. Pierzynski, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1
Adam Warren, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Carter Capps, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Daniel Hudson, ARI Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Jason Motte, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Josh Phegley, OAK Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Shawn Kelley, SD USA TODAY Sports 1
Tom Koehler, MIA Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

With Lonnie Chisenhall being sent down I had an opening for a third baseman but with $35 FAAB left I knew I was out of the running so I didn't place what would amount to a token bid. I've talked about this in a few different places but one of my frustrations with the way this game has evolved is you don't use salient analysis with players like Gallo but you pick him up on the chance he overcomes his whiff propensity, not because you think he will. I suppose the counter is don't put yourself in a position where you need to take a chance. OK, enough whining about something out of my control.

Todd's Take

Though the past couple of seasons my game play has more holes than just being a bad trader, I readily cop to being a poor trader in leagues of this nature. Contrary to popular belief, trades do occur in industry leagues. My problem is I'm not out there enough in general trade talks. I don't respond enough to the general cattle calls. Many trades occur when there wasn't originally an intent to trade; it came about organically. I don't have enough general correspondence with the league for them to feel comfortable approaching me. I'm not at all unapproachable -- but I do give off the vibe of don't bother me, I'm busy. It's not just here but in other leagues as well. The first step is to admit a problem - the next is to do something about it.

The problem is I'm just too damned busy.

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