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Friday 19th Jan 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 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.




CParmelee, Bal 10 Ron Shandler 19 Chris Liss 9 Rob Leibowitz 8
Steve Moyer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Larry Schechter 5
Mike Podhorzer 1
DSantana, Hou 6 Steve Moyer 6 Chris Liss 6 Seth Trachtman 4
Mike Podhorzer 1 Ron Shandler 0
CAnderson, Cle 2 Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Larry Schechter 1
CYoung, NYY 2 Larry Schechter 5 Ron Shandler 5 Mike Podhorzer 1
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Chris Liss 0
JDanks, CWS 1 Larry Schechter 1
KRyan, Det 1 Jeff Erickson 7
LHendriks, Tor 1 Chris Liss 5
SGeltz, TB 0 Ron Shandler 0
TShaw, Bos 0 Rob Leibowitz 0


RShaffer, TB Jason Collette 1
AWilson, Det Ron Shandler 0
CFien, Min Ron Shandler 0
CRamos, LAA Ron Shandler 0
DRobertson, LAA Ron Shandler 0
MPerez, Tex Chris Liss 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

I made a bid on former Twins 1B/OF Chris Parmalee but was trumped by Ron Shandler. Parmalee's always someone who's shown very solid plate discipline skills and modest power in the minors, but has yet to translate them to the minors except for his first call-up back in 2011. He's off to a good start and the Orioles indeed have an opening in RF that's ready for anyone to come grab and take it by the horns.

Todd's Take

Man, being pithy is tough without my morning Diet Mountain Dew. We flip-flop the order of reports so the LABR commentary was already written. The theme was my irrational mancrush on Cody Anderson after one outing. I've said before that there are certain colleagues whose opinion I respect a lot and one is Jason Collette and pitching. So I was pleased to see Jason made a healthy bid on Anderson - not so much for self validation but more for the chance he'll actually help me.




DDietrich, Mia 18 Gene McCaffrey 19 Todd Zola 17 Steve Gardner 16
Lenny Melnick  16 Phil Hertz 11 Brian Walton 6
Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Peter Kreutzer 0
EPerez, Atl 6 Phil Hertz 8 Brian Walton 5
TMoore, Was 3 Steve Gardner 11 Peter Kreutzer 2 Scott Wilderman 2
Phil Hertz 2 Brian Walton 2
WMyers, SD 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Peter Kreutzer 1
CCapps, Mia 2 Lenny Melnick  12 Steve Gardner 1 Scott Wilderman 0
SPeterson, Mil 1 Brian Walton 6 Phil Hertz 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
Steve Gardner 0
CDominguez, Cin 1 Lenny Melnick  6 Brian Walton 0
ANola, Phi 1 Mike Gianella 6
DRoss, ChC 0 Scott Wilderman 0
Phil Hertz 0
DDorn, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Phil Hertz 0
AHedges, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella 0


XScruggs, StL Phil Hertz 11
TCruz, StL Scott Wilderman 0
SKelley, SD Phil Hertz 0
NMasset, Atl Phil Hertz 0
JTabata, Pit Brian Walton 0
JNicasio, LAD Brian Walton 0
JMachi, SF Brian Walton 0
JHowell, LAD Brian Walton 0
JBroxton, Mil Lenny Melnick  6
DCarpenter, Was Phil Hertz 0
CStewart, Pit Scott Wilderman 0
CRupp, Phi Phil Hertz 0
CKnebel, Mil Phil Hertz 0
CHernandez, Phi Phil Hertz 0
BWallace, SD Phil Hertz 0
AChafin, Ari Brian Walton 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

See what two home runs on a Sunday will do for a player’s value? Usually an afterthought in NL Tout, Miami’s Derek Dietrich opened the eyes and pocketbooks of a number of Tout warriors this period, with Wise Guy Baseball’s Gene McCaffrey ($18) out-shooting five other owners also making double-digit bids.

Eury Perez is back with Atlanta and there could be at-bats to be had in a fairly muddled outfield. BaseballHQ’s Phil Hertz was willing to go $8, but by Vickrey rule, had just to top my second-highest $5 offer by $1.

With Father’s Day festivities taking my day on Sunday, I missed out on a nice opportunity. Wil Myers’ prior owner quietly dumped him last week and both Tristan H. Cockcroft and Peter Kreutzer noticed. The two were willing to take a week of zero stats now in order to stash the San Diego outfielder on the DL starting next period – until he comes back. Cockcroft made the more aggressive bid, $8, but only had to pay $2 to win. This move could pay off down the road, and even if not, the risk is minuscule.

Todd's Take

Funny Brian should being up Dietrich's two homers. I actually put in my bid mid-week and was unaware of Sunday's performance as I was trying to get everything wrapped up before I headed to NYC for the FSTA Conference, Had I known, I would have upped my already healthy bid. Dietrich often hits second which makes him a nice punt play at a weak position. I don't recall exactly what night, but when I saw he was hitting second, I immediately headed over to the Tout site and put in a bid. In a year I can't do anything right, add this to the list.




MWisler, Atl 8 Fred Zinkie 8 Tim Heaney 8 Scott Engel 4
Derek Van Riper 4
CParmelee, Bal 6 Paul Singman 9 Scott Swanay 5 Scott Engel 4
Scott Pianowski 3 Tim Heaney 2
TMilone, Min 3 Cory Schwartz 3 Paul Singman 2 Fred Zinkie 0
DDietrich, Mia 3 Derek Van Riper 4 Scott Engel 2 Scott Pianowski 1
JBlanton, KC 2 Tim Heaney 2 Paul Singman 1
ROsuna, Tor 2 Patrick Davitt 10 Scott Pianowski 1
NVincent, SD 1 Paul Singman 1
MAndriese, TB 1 Paul Singman 1 Tim Heaney 2 Fred Zinkie 0
TLyons, StL 1 Derek Van Riper 2
CRobinson, Was 1 Scott Engel 2 Nando DiFino 0
MSano, Min 1 Scott Swanay 10
COwings, Ari 1 Scott Swanay 5
JPhegley, Oak 1 Al Melchior 7
AWarren, NYY 1 Cory Schwartz 1
WSmith, Mil 1 Patrick Davitt 10
BPaulsen, Col 1 Tim Heaney 1
DSantana, Hou 0 Nando DiFino 0
RRay, Ari 0 Nando DiFino 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Cory Schwartz 0
KRyan, Det 0 Fred Zinkie 0
TJungmann, Mil 0 Fred Zinkie 0


KSiegrist, StL Scott Swanay 10
DBrown, Phi Scott Swanay 5
JJeffress, Mil Tim Heaney 1
JHoover, Cin Tim Heaney 1
ERosario, Min Tim Heaney 1
CAnderson, Cle Fred Zinkie 0
CLewis, Tex Cory Schwartz 0
JimJohnson, Atl Tim Heaney 0
MUpton, SD Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Maybe the Braves did pretty well after all in the Craig Kimbrel trade, netting not only a revitalized Cameron Maybin but also Matt Wisler, who impressed in his big league debut on Friday, limiting the Mets to one run over eight innings on 88 pitches. Wisler might not carry the strikeout upside of some of the other top pitching prospects but he keeps his walks to a minimum, so I don't see any reason why he can't be mixed league relevant from here on out. 

In this FAAB budget challenged league, Chris Parmelee was the only other player that garnered a winning bid of greater than $3. We have seen enough from Parmelee in the big leagues to know that he is not a difference maker in fantasy. But in six games since getting called up from Triple-A last week, he's 6-for-19 with three homers. This is simply a case of trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

Owners in this league have generally been unafraid to purchase top prospects who have yet to be called up despite the Tout rule that all FAAB additions must be in active lineups for one week. Scott Swanay's $1 investment in Miguel Sano is the latest example. In 61 games at Double-A, Sano has tallied 13 homers to go along with 41 RBI, so perhaps he does get the call sooner rather than later. In that case, considering the massive FAAB dollar savings, taking the goose egg in one starting roster slot for one week would be well worth it.

Todd's Take

Really? Multiple bids on Wisler, only a null bid on Anderson? Sorry, I get cranky without my caffeine.

The trade deadline is approaching and there are a couple of closers on the block. Now is the time to grab the back-ups and you can see that in the bids of J.J. Hoover (for Aroldis Chapman) and Jeremy Jeffress (K-Rod). They'll cost next to nothing now and your entire remaining budget later,




KSchwarber, ChC 12 Rick Wilton 98 Paul Sporer 11
TLyons, StL 1 Ray Murphy 2
AGose, Det 1 Grey Albright 2
TSnider, Bal 1 Rudy Gamble 2 Grey Albright 1
JHoover, Cin 1 Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 2
JNicolino, Mia 1 Greg Ambrosius 14
RFlaherty, Bal 1 Charlie Wiegert 3
AWarren, NYY 1 Eno Sarris 2
YEscobar, Was 1 Adam Ronis 1
ESantana, Min 1 Adam Ronis 5


DDietrich, Mia Charlie Wiegert 3
WCastillo, Ari Charlie Wiegert 3
MEstrada, Tor Adam Ronis 3
MWisler, Atl Adam Ronis 3
CAnderson, Cle Adam Ronis 3
JimJohnson, Atl Tim McLeod 2 Adam Ronis 0
DDeJesus, TB Rudy Gamble 2
KSiegrist, StL Adam Ronis 2
ADeAza, Bos Grey Albright 1
AWainwright, StL Eno Sarris 1
CCapps, Mia Eno Sarris 1
DHudson, Ari Eno Sarris 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With one player off the DL before last week and likely another back this week I was going to have to cut and not add players in Week 12. In addition to that I didn't see many players worth adding and none that would add to my roster. But there is always a Cub fan hiding somewhere and despite the fact that Chicago has already said Kyle Schwarber would be sent back to the minor leagues after filling in for the club as the DH in Minnesota this weekend there were a few who thought he would be worth a reserve spot next week after taking zeroes from him in the coming week assuming he is sent down. Paul Sporer might have won him for some portion of his $11 bid but ran into an all in effort from Rick Wilton who won Schwarber for $12.

All other players were won for just a dollar the most interesting stash being Royals starter Ervin Santana who is now just a few weeks away from returning from his suspension. Interesting that despite his great first major league start no one would venture a buck on Atlanta's Matt Wisler likely because he is facing Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals for his only start this week.

Todd's Take

Interesting how the two Tout Mixed Leagues are similar in format but the draft was much busier in FAAB. Sorry, that's all I have -- need to catch a bus into the Big Apple. Do they still call it the Big Apple?


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.




Chris Parmelee, BAL 14 RotoWire 14 Mastersball 4 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Shane Robinson, MIN 3 Mastersball 3
Joe Blanton, KC 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 FantasyScore 2
Kyle Ryan, DET 1 ESPN.com 1
Andrew Romine, DET 1 FantasyScore 1
Josh Fields, HOU 1 SiriusXM 1
Mark Lowe, SEA 1 SiriusXM 1


Cody Anderson, CLE ESPN.com 3
Brad Brach, BAL SiriusXM 1
Chaz Roe, BAL SiriusXM 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR SiriusXM 1
Steven Geltz, TB SiriusXM 1
Adam Rosales, TEX Mastersball 1
Maxwell Muncy, OAK Mastersball 1
Taylor Featherston, LAA Mastersball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

There wasn't a lot to rescue from the free agent pile this week - the only player bid on by multiple teams was Baltimore 1B/OF Chris Parmelee who went to Chris Liss of Rotowire for $14. While I did need either a CI or OF to replace the injured Jake Marisnick, I bid only $4 on Parmelee as his lack of defensive chops in RF and his likely decreasing production is added to a lineup that already has too many bats looking for  work. Admittedly in any AL only league Parmelee should be played until that happens, I just wasn't willing to pay more for my temporary player and got Minnesota fly chaser for $3.

The only other player that went for more than a dollar was Joe Blanton who has been touted by many as an acceptable risk at least this week with starts against Seattle and Minnesota. Colton & The Wolfman actually won a tie-breaker at $2 to secure Blanton's services.

Todd's Take

I'm quite surprised that Cody Anderson only received a contingency bid. The Cleveland Indians have released Shaun Marcum and the assumption is Anderson assumes his spot in the rotation. Granted he struggled for a couple of years at Double-A before it came together this season (1.73 ERA in 50 IP with Akron then 2.33 ERA in 19.3 IP with Columbus). Considering the two starting pitchers acquired this period were Joe Blanton and Kyle Ryan it just seems to me that Anderson is worth a shot. Keep in mind the infield defense on the left side was just improved significantly with the promotions of Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela.




Taylor Jungmann, MIL 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Clint Robinson, WSH 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Denorfia, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1
David Ross, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1


Darrell Ceciliani, NYM Baseball HQ 1
Chris Stewart, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Martin Maldonado, MIL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Good morning from the Big Apple. 

Since I had the luck/good fortune of selecting Kyle Schwarber way back on draft day, he was not available for FAAB, nor was Matt Wisler, meaning Taylor Jungmann ($3 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton) was the high priced spread, followed by Clint Robinson for $2, also to Colton and the Wolfman and that could prove to be a sweet move.

Similarly I wanted to bid on Chris Denorfia ($1 to Doug Dennis of BBHQ) but was on a plane that had wi fi, but my laptop simply ran out of juice in concert with the time changes. 

At the bottom of the rung were a cluster of backstops (David Ross $1 to Doug who squared his bid with the likes of Chris Stewart and Martin Maldonado, all for naught.

As I have said: Deep league, thin reserves, skimpy moves.

Todd's Take

I mentioned this earlier in the season and it's going to come up in the Tout commentary but there are instances where DFS can help seasonal play. This is not to say what I'm about to point out shouldn't have been noticed on it's own, it should have. But, DFS players know Clint Robinson has been hitting some clean-up for Washington. If a team moves someone to the clean-up spot, chances are they're taking a good look at him. If he sticks, that's the kind of player that can make a huge difference in the single league formats. 




Cody Anderson, CLE 7 Mastersball 7 Fangraphs 4
Brock Holt, BOS 5 FantasyScore 5 BSports 4 Rotowire-Colton 3
Rotowire-Erickson 2 Baseball HQ 1
Alex Rios, KC 5 Rotowire-Erickson 5
Kevin Siegrist, STL 3 USA TODAY Sports 3
Matt Wisler, ATL 3 Rotowire-Colton 3 MLB.com 2 BSports 1
FantasyScore 1
Justin Nicolino, MIA 2 ESPN.com 2 BSports 1
Derek Dietrich, MIA 1 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Johnny Giavotella, LAA 1 BSports 1
Travis Snider, BAL 1 Fangraphs 1
Steve Delabar, TOR 1 Fangraphs 1


Tony Watson, PIT USA TODAY Sports 3
Clint Robinson, WSH Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ivan Nova, NYY FantasyScore 1
Robbie Ray, ARI FantasyScore 1
Justin Maxwell, SF Fangraphs 1
Dilson Herrera, NYM BSports 1
Scooter Gennett, MIL BSports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

See, money where my mouth is, I grabbed Anderson! I have an opening for a starting pitcher since I dealt Ian Kennedy to the dynamic duo of Paul Sporer and Jason Collette for Brett Cecil -- which pretty much explains why Cecil has tanked lately. The guys sold it to me as a way to supplement a saves category where I have Hector Rondon, Cody Allen and Brad Boxberger. The pitch made sense since all three have had issues (though Boxberger's was more the emergence of Jake McGee). I didn't see it so much as a way to salvage the category as it's easier to find starters in FAAB than closers, or at least they cost a lot less. Last week I picked up Joe Ross and this week Anderson. At this point they fill the same role as Kennedy - a streamer when at home. Keep in mind Cecil had just come off a two-save weekend when we made the deal. But in a year where nothing has gone right for me, I'm not surprised he's scuffled since the deal.

Todd's Take

While the scenario I just described hasn't worked out of me, at least not yet, that's the approach necessary at times to make incremental improvements to your team. I didn't NEED another closer but if Cecil gets it back in gear, perhaps I can deal him or one of the others. Worst case is I lose Kennedy but should be able to replace him. Of course it costs me FAAB so it's not free, but I have to spend it on someone. I saw it as it will cost me less FAAB on starters than it would have to FAAB Cecil, or another closer, if available.

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