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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 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.




DPomeranz, Oak 5 Chris Liss 6 Lawr Michaels 4
MBoyd, Tor 4 Seth Trachtman 16 Jeff Erickson 3 Chris Liss 0
SRobinson, Min 1 Lawr Michaels 5
BRondon, Det 1 Lawr Michaels 4
RShaffer, TB 1 Jason Collette 3
JoRamirez, Cle 1 Chris Liss 1
GPetit, NYY 0 Steve Moyer 0
TFeatherston, LAA 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Steve Moyer 0
RoPerez, Cle 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
MPerez, Tex 0 Mike Podhorzer 0


JFields, Hou Lawr Michaels 2
CColon, KC Steve Moyer 0
CRoe, Bal Seth Trachtman 0
CFien, Min Seth Trachtman 0
VNuno, Sea Seth Trachtman 0
MKrauss, TB Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Matt Moore's pending season debut this week removed my need to troll the FAAB market to find a Brett Oberholtzer replacement. While I made no FAAB bids this week, the most intriguing player to bid on in my mind was Drew Pomeranz. He injured his way out of the A's rotation and garnered a save opportunity when Tyler Clippard needed rest. While he is neither a starter, nor a closer, at the moment, there are two possible paths for him to possibly still have some value the rest of the season.

Todd's Take

For those that haven't read the LABR section, the theme of today's report is "Why did they do it? " I'm dissecting the top bid in each league in an effort to discern why the bid was made.

That said, trying to figure out why Chris Liss did something can be quite the task. I kid, I kid. I wish I had more Liss and less Excel in my own game. The leagues are accessible by clicking on the respective headings for those wanting to play along at home.

Chris is using a reliever heavy pitching staff, doing well in ERA, WHIP and saves while hanging mid-pack in wins and whiffs by playing match-ups and using two start options. Pomeranz is another option to use in middle relief (he is currently using Wade Davis and Jake McGee along with two closers) or he can sit on him and hope Tyler Clippard is dealt, moving Pomeranz into the saves picture along with Evan Scribner. Chris is low on FAAB so like what was discussed in the LABR leagues, acquiring an asset on the cheap now can be parlayed into something more at the trade deadline, making up for missing out on the bigger prizes.



CHernandez, Phi 9 Steve Gardner 25 Derek Carty 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft 7
Phil Hertz 4 Scott Wilderman 3 Mike Gianella 1
Peter Kreutzer 0
XScruggs, StL 3 Gene McCaffrey 3 Steve Gardner 18 Peter Kreutzer 2
Brian Walton 2 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
MBanuelos, Atl 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 19 Brian Walton 2 Phil Hertz 2
Lenny Melnick  2
CRupp, Phi 2 Scott Wilderman 4 Phil Hertz 1 Steve Gardner 0
Mike Gianella 0 CRupp, Phi
MBaxter, ChC 1 Derek Carty 3 Steve Gardner 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JBroxton, Mil 1 Lenny Melnick  1 Lenny Melnick  12
ABlanco, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JGomez, Phi 0 Steve Gardner 0
MDenDekker, Was 0 Phil Hertz 0
JTerdoslavich, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0
BWallace, SD 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0


RYnoa, Col Steve Gardner 0 Derek Carty 0
ALiberatore, LAD Steve Gardner 0
DRuf, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JHowell, LAD Steve Gardner 0
KQuackenbush, SD Phil Hertz 0
MSzczur, ChC Derek Carty 0
PCiriaco, Atl Steve Gardner 0
TIshikawa, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
VWorley, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

The top dollar player this week in National League Tout is Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies. The veteran infielder is taking advantage of Chase Utley's injury to put up solid results, including five RBI last week. The winner from among seven bidders was Steve Gardner of USA TODAY, willing to spend up to $25, but only requiring $9.

Playing my usual but undesired role of enforcer, I made a pair of $2 bids that were trumped by $3 Vickrey winners.

St. Louis first baseman Xavier Scruggs is 27 years old and not a top prospect, yet the power hitter cut down on his strikeouts at Triple-A and got hot upon his most recent promotion. With Matt Adams out for the season and Mark Reynolds ineffective, Scruggs has a window to convince the Cards they don't need to add a veteran first sacker via trade. Gene McCaffrey of Wise Guy Baseball is his new owner.

My best Atlanta contact told me earlier that he thought the club wanted to keep former Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos in the minors all season as settles into his new organization in his second year removed from Tommy John surgery. However, the combination of Banuelos' strong performance and a revolving door at the back end of the Braves rotation many change matters soon. Tristan H. Cockcroft was willing to go as high as $19 to get his man.

Todd's Take

Why did Steve bid so heavy on Cesar Hernandez? Rumor has it he lost a bet. I kid, I kid.

At bats are everything and right now, with Utley out, Hernandez is getting the keystone run - as opposed to doing a run for Keystone. Ah, hearkening back to my youth, this time not kidding. Though, I never did buy the idea that the plastic lined cans made the beer taste better. The low price made the beer taste better.

As I was saying, at bats are currency and while Hendandez is hitting into some good sample size luck, the stats count the same and could lead to some playing time versus southpaws when Utley returns. Hernandez is hitting second which means runs (even on the Phillies) and could swipe some bags over the second half.




CYoung, NYY 5 Al Melchior 8 Scott Pianowski 4
SVictorino, Bos 1 Paul Singman 2
CHernandez, Phi 1 Paul Singman 1 Fred Zinkie 0
AHeaney, LAA 1 Derek Van Riper 4 Scott Engel 3 Fred Zinkie 0
CAnderson, Cle 1 Fred Zinkie 5 Derek Van Riper 3
MPelfrey, Min 1 Scott Engel 5 Scott Pianowski 0
ASusac, SF 1 Cory Schwartz 3 Scott Engel 2
JMotte, ChC 1 Cory Schwartz 2 Tim Heaney 3
ADeAza, Bos 1 Scott Pianowski 2 Al Melchior 8
SDrew, NYY 1 David Gonos 5
JBenoit, SD 1 Patrick Davitt 2
DPomeranz, Oak 1 Tim Heaney 3
KSiegrist, StL 0 Paul Singman 0 Scott Pianowski 0
AHechavarria, Mia 0 Fred Zinkie 0
JDeLaRosa, Col 0 Scott Pianowski 0


ERosario, Min Al Melchior 6
CAsche, Phi Al Melchior 4
JHoover, Cin Tim Heaney 3
JJeffress, Mil Tim Heaney 1
JBaker, Mia David Gonos 1
SDelabar, Tor Tim Heaney 1
AWebster, Ari Derek Van Riper 1
AAmarista, SD David Gonos 1
ISuzuki, Mia Scott Pianowski 1
AHill, Ari David Gonos 0
WMiley, Bos Scott Pianowski 0
SFuld, Oak Paul Singman 0
RFlaherty, Bal Fred Zinkie 0
MBoyd, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
JUribe, Atl Scott Pianowski 0
ESogard, Oak Fred Zinkie 0
CCapps, Mia Scott Pianowski 0
BBuxton, Min Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I don't remember a quieter FAAB run in my three and a half years playing in Tout Wars, with Chris Young being the only player purchased at a price higher than $1. Young, who opened the season as the fourth outfielder for the Yankees, has gotten a decent amount of playing time, thanks in large part to Jacoby Ellsbury's health woes. The problem with Young is that his lefty/righty splits remain drastic (.388 AVG vs. LHP, .190 AVG vs. RHP). But he does have power, and considering that Al Melchior happens to be the owner of Giancarlo Stanton, the aggressive $8 bid (Vickrey reduced the price to $5) makes sense.

Adding Jason Motte for $1 is the type of preemptive speculative saves move that carries the downside of wasting a starting roster slot on a non-elite middle reliever but the upside of securing an eventual regular closer at a steep discount. Cory Schwartz is surely hoping for the latter.

Todd's Take

Why did Al Melchior pick up Chris Young? Perhaps he thought it was the Royals pitcher. Or, as Zach points out, maybe Al noticed Young is getting regular playing time with Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined and is looking to go with the hot hand to replace Giancarlo Stanton.




MEstrada, Tor 4 Paul Sporer 6 Adam Ronis 3 Ray Murphy 2
Perry Van Hook 2
MMontgomery, Sea 3 Paul Sporer 7 Adam Ronis 4 Ray Murphy 2
Perry Van Hook 2
WMiley, Bos 1 Ray Murphy 2 Paul Sporer 3
AMeyer, Min 1 Tom Kessenich 22
CParmelee, Bal 1 Perry Van Hook 4
ADeAza, Bos 1 Grey Albright 1
ASusac, SF 1 Tim McLeod 6
CAnderson, Cle 1 Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 2
JMotte, ChC 1 Eno Sarris 6 Adam Ronis 0
CHernandez, Phi 1 Paul Greco 7
KHendricks, ChC 1 Adam Ronis 9


SDelabar, Tor Paul Sporer 4 Eno Sarris 3 Adam Ronis 1
AHeaney, LAA Ray Murphy 2 Adam Ronis 2
JPhegley, Oak Tim McLeod 2
DBrown, Phi Perry Van Hook 1 Grey Albright 1
INova, NYY Adam Ronis 1
ISuzuki, Mia Grey Albright 1
DSantana, Min Grey Albright 1
TJungmann, Mil Adam Ronis 1
WMiddlebrooks, SD Paul Greco 1
ECarrera, Tor Perry Van Hook 1
EScribner, Oak Adam Ronis 0
JFields, Hou Adam Ronis 0
JimJohnson, Atl Adam Ronis 0
KSiegrist, StL Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Even in a fifteen team mixed league the high bids this week were for pitching although the same pitchers would have been rostered weeks ago in an AL or NL only league. Well except for the high bid of the night for recent Twins callup Alex Meyer who caused a $22 bid from Tom Kessenich of NFBC/Stats. Fortunately for Tom his bid was Vickrey reduced to just one dollar. Chicago starter Kyle Hendrick with a two start week drew a $9 bid from Adam Ronis but that too ended up at just a dollar.

There was more competition for the pitchers I tried to add - Seattle starter Mike Montgomery had a $9 bid from Paul Sporer enough to beat my $2 effort. Sporer also won Marco Estrada (TOR) who despite a great run in his last two starts with a $6 bid beating my $2 and Ronis' $3 thus a $4 winning bid.

Like Estrada the mixed league group is totally unconvinced by the Orioles Chris Parmelee so my $4 bid was Vickrey reduced to a winning $1 bid.

Todd's Take

Paul went for and got two starting pitchers, why? His staff is devoid of a true ace so he's mixing and matching, Sometimes you can get a feel for how someone ranks players (who they bid on, who they didn't) but in this case, both Estrada and Montgomery have two start weeks on the docket which is as much a factor as talent.


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..




Roberto Osuna, TOR $21 ESPN.com 21 FantasyScore 16 Colton & The Wolfman 5
Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Matt Boyd, TOR $5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Cody Anderson, CLE $4 Mastersball 4 FantasyScore 2
Steve Delabar, TOR $3 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Mastersball 4 FantasyScore 2
Marc Krauss, TB $2 Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 RotoWire 1
Franklin Gutierrez, SEA $1 RotoWire 1


Zach Putnam, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As usual new pitchers or those with new roles drew the most interest in a deep AL league. Top winning bid was $21 for Roberto Osuna (TOR) by Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN, just a little bit more than he needed to top the $16 underbid.

Matt Boyd (TOR) went for $5 to NFBC/Stats' Greg Ambrosius while I rostered Cody Anderson for $4. I had a $4 underbid on Steve Delabar (TOR) who figures to get some save chances but with my bid out of the way he went for $3 to Colton & The Wolfman.

I also added 1B Marc Krauss (TB) who has a lot of power though not much batting average but the Rays will face right-handers in six of their seven games next week so Krauss should get several chances.

Todd's Take

Let's play a game called "Why did they do it?" What we'll do is dissect why the person with the high bid in each league bid what they did. By means of reminder, you can get to each league via clicking on the name of each league.

Why did Tristan bid $21 on Roberto Osuna? The easy answer is he owns Brett Cecil. But we need to look deeper. Did he have to keep his stock in the Toronto closing situation? As expected, Cecil was dragging Tristan down in the category as he sits with just 2 points and is 10 saves from gaining three more points. Since we're basically at the halfway point, that's really a 20 save gap Tristan needs to make up to gain those trio of points. Osuna alone won't get it done. Even if he starts recording saves at the pace of a normal closer, my ESPN colleague will need some help. My guess is Tristan is going to let things play out a bit then decide if adding a second closer will gain him more points than he might lose in strikeouts. Or maybe he gets one of those three available points organically if Osuna goes on a bit of a saves binge. Worst case scenario is he stays status quo until the trade deadline and re-evaluates. I bet he could flip Osuna for a player better than some that cross leagues so he will in essence have purchased a player at the deadline for $21 FAAB, far less than it would cost those hoarding FAAB.




Jason Motte, CHC $9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9
Jonathan Broxton, MIL $3 RotoExperts 3
Mike Baxter, CHC $2 Derek Carty 2 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Ivan De Jesus, CIN $1 Derek Carty 1
Yimi Garcia, LAD $1 ESPN - Karabell 1
Matt Szczur, CHC $1 RotoWire - DVR 1


Joseph Terdoslavich, ATL Derek Carty 2
Eric Campbell, NYM RotoWire - DVR 1
Matthew den Dekker, WSH Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Xavier Scruggs, STL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

The crush for saves in NL LABR is revealed with Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs nabbing long-time wannabe, often injured Jason Motte went to the STATS/NFBC boys for $9, unchallenged.

Keeping the theme, Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts bagged Jonathan Broxton  for $3. hoping el gigante will deliver a save or two and some whiffs. This bid was also the lone one.

Derek Carty grabbed Mike Baxter for $2, holding off a pair of buck bids, while Doug Dennis nabbed Joey Terdoslavich for $1, somewhat ignominiously defeating a failed dollar bid for same, and rounding the the slow trannies leading up to the Fourth were Yimi Garcia($1 to Eric Karabell, Ivan De Jesus (to Derek Carty for $1) and the scrabble friendly sur-named Matt Szczur who went to Rotowire's Derek Van Riper, the league leader, for $1.


Todd's Take

Why did Greg and Shawn go after Jason Motte? Presently the NFBC duo leads the saves category but are in jeopardy of losing up to three points since they only have Drew Storen, having traded Jason Grilli a few weeks back for Gio Gonzalez. It should be noted they have Jose Fernandez returning as well as Stephen Strasburg who showed some promise over the weekend. Also keep in mind the Cubs signed Rafael Soriano who could be in the saves mix sometime in the second half. The final piece to the puzzle is they're near the bottom in FAAB left so they won't be in the running for anything significant at the deadline.

Even three or four saves in the next month would be a big help then Greg and Shawn look at their pitching and decide what direction they want to go in. Like with Tristan, a relatively small bid now could realize bigger returns in a deal later. This is a very clever way of increasing your squad's assets.




Steven Matz, NYM $18 Rotowire-Erickson 18 Baseball Prospectus 11 Razzball 11
ESPN.com 10 Fangraphs 6 MLB.com 6
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 FantasyScore 3
Roberto Osuna, NYY $13 USA TODAY Sports 13 Baseball HQ 6 Baseball Prospectus 6
Rotowire-Erickson 5 Rotowire-Colton 5 Fangraphs 4
Fangraphs 4 FNTSY 3 FantasyScore 3
Marco Estrada, TOR $8 FNTSY 8 Rotowire-Erickson 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 4
MLB.com 4 Baseball Prospectus 2 FantasyScore 1
Kennys Vargas, MIN $5 FNTSY 5 Baseball Prospectus 1
Ivan Nova, NYY $3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 FantasyScore 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Chris Parmelee, BAL $3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Baseball HQ 2 Mastersball 2
Cody Asche, PHI $3 Mastersball 3
Ryan Vogelsong, SF $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Scooter Gennett, MIL $2 Baseball Prospectus 2
Jonathan Singleton, HOU $2 FantasyScore 2
Josh Phegley, OAK $2 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 Baseball HQ 2
Matt Boyd, TOR $1 MLB.com 1
Cesar Hernandez, PHI $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Will Harris, HOU $1 Baseball HQ 1
Danny Duffy, KC $1 FantasyScore 1


Alejandro De Aza, BOS USA TODAY Sports 2 Mastersball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Domingo Santana, HOU Mastersball 2
Domonic Brown, PHI Mastersball 2
Garrett Jones, NYY Mastersball 2
Robbie Ray, ARI FantasyScore 1 MLB.com 1
Taylor Jungmann, MIL Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com 1
Eduardo Nunez, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1
Adam Warren, NYY Rotowire-Erickson 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

You can learn a lot about how some of your competitors are thinking through FAAB. A starting pitcher and a closer were both available.  By seeing which teams bid more on one as opposed to the other -- or perhaps ignored the other completely, you can gauge what they may be looking for in a deal. Baseball HQ bid on Osuna but not Matz (or Estrada) - they want saves. Razzball bid on Matz but not Osuna (or Estrada) - they're not necessarily desperate for a starter else they would have also bid on Estrada but were looking to take a chance on a rookie. Anything you can glean can help personalize an opening salvo in a trade discussion which may facilitate a deal being consummated.

Todd's Take

Why did Jeff Erickson bid aggressively on Steven Matz? To be honest, I'm surprised it didn't take a higher bid (I only have 14 units left). Who knows, Jeff may have expected it to be higher but wanted to put in something more than token but less than an aggressive bid. He is lagging in pitching so a wild-card like Matz is just what he needed. Circling back to the train of thought in my commentary, it's a little odd to me that there are a number of guys that bid on just Matz or just Estrada - seems to me they profile similarly that if you would roster one, you'd also roster the other. There may be a little recency bias in that thought, but more moves are made because they might work than because you think they will work. As great as the hype for Matz is, this is still a case of because it may work than you think it will work. He's still a rookie.

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