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Sunday 25th Feb 2018

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 above 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.




FLindor, Cle 38 Larry Schechter 42 Ron Shandler 37 Rob Leibowitz 19
Mike Podhorzer 13 Chris Liss 11 Seth Trachtman 10
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
VVelasquez, Hou 24 Jeff Erickson 36 Steve Moyer 23 Chris Liss 22
Seth Trachtman 21 Andy Behrens 16 Ron Shandler 8
Mike Podhorzer 7 Larry Schechter 4
GUrshela, Cle 19 Ron Shandler 23 Andy Behrens 18 Larry Schechter 18
Rob Leibowitz 13 Jason Collette 9 Mike Podhorzer 9
Larry Schechter 6 Seth Trachtman 5
NReimold, Bal 6 Steve Moyer 27 Seth Trachtman 5 Mike Podhorzer 2
MWilliams, NYY 2 Mike Podhorzer 3 Seth Trachtman 1
BRyan, NYY 1 Jason Collette 3
BFinnegan, KC 1 Rob Leibowitz 2
JBlanton, KC 1 Ron Shandler 1
DSmyly, TB 0 Chris Liss 0


CColon, KC Larry Schechter 1
VNuno, Sea Ron Shandler 1
JFields, Hou Rob Leibowitz 0
DWebb, CWS Rob Leibowitz 0
KRyan, Det Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

In order to get Lindor, I know I'd have to pay quite a bit to take on quite a bit of risk. Yes he's a disciplined hitter with some speed and he may win many gold gloves over the rest of his career, but Lindor is also a 21-year-old who struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A and required a second chance to make the adjustments. Considering he is not a true blazer speed threat with modest gap power, you're not talking an impact fantasy player, certainly at least not in the short run. Knowing I'd have to go into at least the $30s to get him compared to the risk when I lead Tout in FAAB remaining, made it seem like there might be better targets just a few short weeks down the road.

Todd's Take

Five owners have $74 or more which basically means those at the low end feel there will be 5 better players available than Francisco Lindor still to be bid on. I'm not sure I agree with that.

The potential for Lindor pales in comparison to that of Byron Buxton or Carlos Correa, there's no denying that. In MLB circles, he's more glove than stick, at least for now. The best comp I've heard is Erick Aybar. Granted, this is in Lindor's prime, but still, Aybar is a very useful fantasy entity. As the upper end boundary, if Erick Aybar were available in FAAB this week, I suspect he'd fetch an all-in bid. While anything is possible, Lindor isn't likely to approach Aybar's numbers this season. Maybe Alcides Escobar is more reasonable? If Escobar were available, he'd probably get bids in the same range as Lindor - not all in but pretty generous. That's what he's worth, so to speak. But again, will there be five players better than that up for bid? Keep in mind there's still 16 weeks to be played, not the seven or eight some will realize after the trading deadline.




ESuarez, Cin 17 Phil Hertz 28 Steve Gardner 16 Lenny Melnick  16
Tristan H. Cockcroft 13 Derek Carty 11 Brian Walton 8
Mike Gianella 1
IDeJesus, Cin 12 Gene McCaffrey 17 Steve Gardner 11 Phil Hertz 5
Brian Walton 3 Phil Hertz 1 Derek Carty 1
Mike Gianella 0
TLyons, StL 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Todd Zola 7 Scott Wilderman 6
Lenny Melnick  5 Phil Hertz 1
TJungmann, Mil 5 Gene McCaffrey 17 Peter Kreutzer 4 Todd Zola 3
Scott Wilderman 2
JFrancoeur, Phi 5 Steve Gardner 5 Brian Walton 5 Todd Zola 4
Derek Carty 0
AWebster, Ari 4 Brian Walton 10 Peter Kreutzer 3 Phil Hertz 5
Todd Zola 3 Phil Hertz 1
JParker, SF 1 Brian Walton 10
KSchwarber, ChC 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
MReynolds, NYM 1 Phil Hertz 1
CLuebke, SD 1 Phil Hertz 1
KCorreia, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
DHale, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JDeFratus, Phi 0 Scott Wilderman 0
MBaxter, ChC 0 Steve Gardner 0 Brian Walton 0


RYnoa, Col Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0
ABlanco, Phi Steve Gardner 0
CDominguez, Cin Brian Walton 0
CHernandez, Phi Phil Hertz 0
DDietrich, Mia Phil Hertz 0
DUggla, Was Phil Hertz 0
JGrimm, ChC Brian Walton 0
JHerrera, ChC Phil Hertz 0
JTabata, Pit Brian Walton 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

In National League Tout Wars, the big money was chasing the playing time available at shortstop for Cincinnati given Zack Cozart’s season-ending knee injury. Ivan DeJesus Jr. had 20 at-bats last week, but all indications are that Eugenio Suarez will be the every-day man at short.

Bidding reflected this, with Phil Hertz edging out Steve Gardner, $17 to $16 for Suarez, while DeJesus’ new owner is Gene McCaffrey of Wise Guy Baseball for $12, reduced from $17 by Vickrey Rule.

Even though Tyler Lyons has been in Triple-A for four seasons and given trials with St. Louis numerous times before, Lance Lynn’s forearm injury has created another opportunity for the lefty to start. Lyons allowed just two runs in five innings against Kansas City over the weekend and it looks like he will get at least one more turn in the Cardinals rotation. Tristan H. Cockcroft missed out on Suarez, but settled for Lyons for $8 (down from $11 due to Vickrey).

Todd's Take

I seem to be explaining away more goofs this season than elucidating sage strategy. There was no reason to pussyfoot my bids in the manner I did this week. Not getting Tyler Lyons, Taylor Jungmann or Allen Webster isn't going to cost me the Tout championship, but they would help me in what will no doubt be an effort to lose as little FAAB as possible going into next season. I'm not in a position to wait for a crossover player. I should have bid more.




BBuxton, Min 46 Patrick Davitt 55 David Gonos 45 Joe Pisapia 40
Scott Swanay 35 Scott Engel 33 Fred Zinkie 32
Scott Pianowski 23 Cory Schwartz 20 Tim Heaney 14
Al Melchior 11 Derek Van Riper 9
VVelasquez, Hou 10 Cory Schwartz 11 Derek Van Riper 9 Fred Zinkie 8
Tim Heaney 2
JRoss, Was 4 Zach Steinhorn 6 David Gonos 3
EScribner, Oak 3 Al Melchior 3 Tim Heaney 3
WPerez, Atl 2 Zach Steinhorn 6 Scott Pianowski 1 Cory Schwartz 0
ODespaigne, SD 1 Paul Singman 1 Cory Schwartz 0
JSmoak, Tor 1 Paul Singman 6
ESuarez, Cin 1 Derek Van Riper 5 Cory Schwartz 0
GParra, Mil 1 Scott Pianowski 5
DEspinosa, Was 1 Cory Schwartz 4 Scott Pianowski 3
KKiermaier, TB 1 Patrick Davitt 19 Scott Pianowski 2
SCopeland, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie 3
JMaxwell, SF 1 Scott Engel 9
SGennett, Mil 1 Al Melchior 8 Cory Schwartz 0
GUrshela, Cle 1 Al Melchior 9
HOlivera, LAD 1 Tim Heaney 5
INova, NYY 1 Tim Heaney 3
SCishek, Mia 0 Scott Pianowski 0
DODay, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt 0 Fred Zinkie 0
DPhelps, Mia 0 Fred Zinkie 0


TMoore, Was Paul Singman 5
DiHerrera, NYM Derek Van Riper 3
RRay, Ari Cory Schwartz 3
JBenoit, SD Zach Steinhorn 1 Patrick Davitt 0
CCapps, Mia Zach Steinhorn 0
CShreve, NYY Patrick Davitt 0
JTazawa, Bos Patrick Davitt 0
KHerrera, KC Patrick Davitt 0
KSiegrist, StL Fred Zinkie 0
ROsuna, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
TMilone, Min Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

When news broke of the Byron Buxton promotion, I was almost positive that he was owned in this league. But a short visit to the website revealed that he wasn't. A few seconds later, I realized that I wasn't going to get him. A few seconds later, I realized that Patrick Davitt, who had a league-high 101 FAAB bucks at his disposal, was going to get him. So I didn't even bother placing a bid. Buxton's price tag of $46 seemed a bit high to me at first, but in a mixed league with no crossover players involved, he could turn out to be the biggest impact FAAB addition of the season. And seriously, how else was Patrick going to use his excess dough?

The injury to Lance Lynn combined with just terrible matchups for Bartolo Colon (@TOR) and Mike Leake (vs. DET) had me searching for starting pitching alternatives for the coming week. And I hope I picked the right ones. Joe Ross has been quite impressive through his first two big league starts. The only problem is that he might find himself without a rotation spot by the end of the week, as Doug Fister is very close to returning. But at least Ross will be making one more start, and the matchup is a favorable one, at home versus an inconsistent Rays lineup. As for Williams Perez, he is a two-start pitcher, which is nice. He has been pitching well, which is also nice. I'm not too concerned about the home start against the Mets but Monday's Fenway Park outing scares me. Ultimately, though, I decided to be daring, because there's no way I'm starting either Colon or Leake.

Hopefully, this $6 spending spree won't backfire.

Todd's Take

As Zach suggested, Patrick bid enough to cover the all-in bids from his competitors. Honestly, who knows how Buxton will perform but the job is his (in my estimation). The mistake often made in these instances is hearing a comp and assuming that's the expectation for this season. For Buxton, I've heard Carlos Gomez as well as Andrew McCutchen (see Lawr's hotpage for week of June 15). This is the peak expectation -- not what to anticipate the rest of the season.




VVelasquez, Hou 12 Perry Van Hook 23 Paul Sporer 11 Anthony Perri 6
CMorton, Pit 10 Paul Sporer 16 Charlie Wiegert 9 Adam Ronis 2
PHughes, Min 1 Ray Murphy 8
TMilone, Min 1 Ray Murphy 3
JRoss, Was 1 Paul Sporer 3 Perry Van Hook 11
BPena, Cin 1 Perry Van Hook 5
KelJohnson, Atl 1 Perry Van Hook 3
SGennett, Mil 1 Grey Albright 3 Adam Ronis 0
ESuarez, Cin 1 Adam Ronis 3 Grey Albright 1
GUrshela, Cle 1 Paul Sporer 7
BPaulsen, Col 1 Rudy Gamble 6 Paul Sporer 6
CCoghlan, ChC 1 Eno Sarris 2 Paul Sporer 5 Tim McLeod 1
MAviles, Cle 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
CFrias, LAD 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
MSano, Min 1 Tim McLeod 5
NReimold, Bal 1 Tim McLeod 4


KRyan, Det Charlie Wiegert 9
RDickey, Tor Charlie Wiegert 9
MMontgomery, Sea Charlie Wiegert 5 Paul Sporer 3
JSmoak, Tor Paul Sporer 4
JPhegley, Oak Perry Van Hook 3
YEscobar, Was Paul Sporer 3 Grey Albright 1
MWilliams, NYY Eno Sarris 2
DMurphy, Cle Tim McLeod 2
AGriffin, Oak Paul Sporer 1
AWarren, NYY Paul Sporer 1
CAsche, Phi Eno Sarris 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Rumor has it Perry is back on dry land and should be back with us in a week's time.

Todd's Take

Buxton was stashed on Anthony Perri's reserve list and thus unavailable. He finds himself in a position that I am very familiar (geez, discussing another mistake) and that's sitting on a prospect, in my case Jose Peraza, while my counting stats continue to lag well behind. In the NL only league, there weren't any available players to pick up instead. Anthony knows what he's doing and must have figured what he'd get from Buxton bests what he would have received from that roster spot. I hope for his sake he's right.

Just a quick note about Charlie Morton -- if he's available, grab him.


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 above each player photo..




Vincent Velasquez, HOU 22 Fangraphs 22 Mastersball 21 ESPN.com 12
RotoWire 15 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 FantasyScore 8
Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2
Matt Andriese, TB 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 FantasyScore 1
Mason Williams, NYY 5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 RotoWire 1
Mastersball 1
Nolan Reimold, BAL 4 ESPN.com 4 Fangraphs 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Vidal Nuno, SEA 2 Mastersball 2 Fangraphs 1
Efren Navarro, LAA 2 SiriusXM 2 Fangraphs 1
Sam Fuld, OAK 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Kyle Kubitza, LAA 1 Mastersball 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU 1 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball 1
Jake Elmore, TB 1 RotoWire 1 SiriusXM 2 Mastersball 1


Josh Fields, HOU ESPN.com 1 Fangraphs 1
Steven Geltz, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

One more week and Perry will be back, I promise!

Todd's Take

A bit of alliterative theme as we'll look at Vincent Velasquez, who captured the highest overall bid and Kyle Kubitza because Perry felt he was worthy enough to slip away from his vacation and put in a bid.

With the success Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh have enjoyed on Houston, young Astros call-ups can't be ignored. The prime jewel, Mark Appel still looms but in the meantime the club is slowly flushing out the likes of Roberto Hernandez and Scott Feldman and breaking in Lance McCullers and Velasquez. The 23 year old right-hander was throwing lights out in Double-A Corpus Christi, fanning 37 with only 9 walks in 26 1/3rd innings. If there's a concern it's he averaged only 5 1/3rd frames a start, likely due to an injury history which includes Tommy John surgery in 2012. Velasquez throws in the 95 mph range but could use some work on his secondary pitches and control. He's not assured a spot for the rest of the season, but he's certainly worth a look.

Kubitza's calling card is on base skills as he's pulled at least a ten percent walk rate every season in the minors, though it should be noted he's been on the upper end of the usual age for each level. It's unclear how long his major league stay will be as he's up primarily to cover the hot corner while David Freese nurses a hamstring, That said, the Halos offense beyond the top four in the order has been vapid so if he sparks the lower part of the order, he may stick.




Eugenio Suarez, CIN 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13 Baseball HQ 8 Colton & The Wolfman 5
RotoWire - DVR 5
Joe Ross, WSH 8 Baseball HQ 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 RotoExperts 6
Colton & The Wolfman 5
Ivan De Jesus, CIN 2 Baseball HQ 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jose Urena, MIA 2 Sandlot Shrink 2
J.J. Hoover, CIN 1 Baseball HQ 1
Shane Peterson, MIL 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Blake Treinen, WSH 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1


Chris Denorfia, CHC Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Brennan Boesch, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1
Dale Thayer, SD Baseball HQ 1
George Kontos, SF Baseball HQ 1
Jarrett Parker, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1
Justin De Fratus, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Mike Baxter, CHC Colton & The Wolfman 1
Randall Delgado, ARI Baseball HQ 1
Sam Dyson, MIA Baseball HQ 1
Taylor Jungmann, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Filler is the key word for this week's transactions.

So strange it should be like this when the likes of Carlos Correa, Byron Buxton, and Francisco Lindor have all been advanced in the AL, things a bit bleaker in the NL, where Eugenio Suarez was the top bid recipient, going to Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius for $13, besting a pair of $5 tries as well as an $8 one.

Doug Dennis bagged Nats pitcher Joe Ross for $8, also beating out three bits, ranging from $5-$8.

That is it for the high priced players, for the remaining players awarded were Jose Urena ($2 to the Sandlot Shrink), and Ivan De Jesus also costing Monsieur Dennis a couple of bucks (there was a $1 attempt on De Jesus).

Everyone else from the dearth of talent in the free agent LABR pool was indeed $1 filler: JJ Hoover (BBHQ), with Shane Peterson, Kris Negron and Blake Treinen both to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton for a buck.

Like I said: filler.

Todd's Take

I'm a little intrigued with Joe Ross. I like the way he's progressed through the minors, first in the San Diego Padres system (yes, he's Tyson's brother) and now with the Nationals. His K, BB and HR numbers are all very good. He's averaged giving up a hit an inning which is a little higher than you want but nothing an MLB defense can't fix, though the Nationals could use some work in that area. There may not be a spot for Ross much longer, unless he's given Tanner Roark's rotation gig. Either way, if your league only allows pick-ups when active, he's worth the shot even if you need to stash him as there will likely be another injury down the line. This is doubly important in keepers leagues with Jordan Zimmermann set to hit the free agent waters in the off-season.




Carlos Correa, HOU 51 MLB.com 51 USA TODAY Sports 50 BSports 41
Rotowire-Colton 37 Baseball Prospectus 32 Rotowire-Erickson 27
Razzball 22
Byron Buxton, MIN 41 Rotowire-Colton 41 BSports 41 MLB.com 31
Fangraphs 24 FantasyScore 20 Razzball 16
USA TODAY Sports 14 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5
Vincent Velasquez, HOU 8 BSports 8 Razzball 3 MLB.com 1
Rotowire-Colton 1 FantasyScore 1 Mastersball 1
Giovanny Urshela, CLE 7 Mastersball 7
Mike Montgomery, SEA 5 USA TODAY Sports 5 Mastersball 4 MLB.com 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Kevin Correia, PHI 5 Rotowire-Colton 5
Joe Ross, WSH 4 Mastersball 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Randal Grichuk, STL 3 FantasyScore 3 Fangraphs 2
Mark Buehrle, TOR 2 Razzball 2 MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Tommy Milone, MIN 1 Baseball HQ 1
A.J. Pierzynski, ATL 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Mason Williams, NYY 1 Fangraphs 1
Christopher Rusin, COL 1 FantasyScore 1
Shaun Marcum, CLE 1 MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ 1
Colby Lewis, TEX 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jason Motte, CHC 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Ruben Tejada, NYM 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1


Yangervis Solarte, SD Mastersball 1
Cody Asche, PHI Mastersball 1
Brock Holt, BOS Mastersball 1
Ryan Flaherty, BAL Mastersball 1
Alexi Amarista, SD Mastersball 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN Mastersball 1
Chris Tillman, BAL Mastersball 1
Alex Colome, TB Mastersball 1
Chris Tillman, BAL MLB.com 1
Jeff Locke, PIT MLB.com 1
Chris Tillman, BAL Rotowire-Colton 1
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU Rotowire-Colton 1
Jose Urena, MIA Rotowire-Colton 1
Tom Layne, BOS Rotowire-Colton 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

See, I told you I was intrigued by Ross. My other pick-up was Giovanny Urshela. I've been using Mike Aviles to cover the loss of Lonnie Chisenhall but with the promotion of Lindor, Aviles goes back to utility and I need more playing time than that. I'm not expecting huge things from Urshela, perhaps a better average but less pop than Chisenhall. Urshela's glove plays and along with Lindor, the defense in the left side of the Cleveland infield is vastly improved. This could really benefit the likes of Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar and of course, Corey Kluber. This could also be huge for T.J. House if he's afforded another chance. Defense may not be a roto scoring stat, but in this instance, it may be relevant to keep Urshela in the lineup.

Todd's Take

I've been thinking a lot about position scarcity lately and if I'm approaching it properly. My philosophy is not to jump players up my ranks based on position. If you're patient, eventually you'll be able to find a player at every position commensurate with that draft spot. In this draft, I specifically remember knowingly passing over other third baseman since I knew I'd be able to get Nick Castellanos, Trevor Plouffe or Chisenhall with a late pick.

Obviously, I needed to replace Chisenhall. What prompted my pontification regarding scarcity is the dearth of viable replacements at the position while the replacements elsewhere are more palatable. I'm not talking about the rookie like Buxton and Correa but the normal replacement level player.

I don't have the answer yet. I need to go back and see if part of the problem was missing some opportunities to upgrade the spot previous to the injury. I also need to keep in mind that I'm not expecting much from the spot where I took Chisenhall and I may still get the expected production from Urshela. The real message is don't wait until the off-season to investigate this. The available data in terms of past waiver reports are readily accessible. Don't tempt fate that you'll be able to grab the info in the off-season.

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