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.
|GSizemore, TB||6||Chris Liss 10||Andy Behrens 5||Jason Collette 5|
|APresley, Hou||6||Jason Collette 12||Mike Podhorzer 5|
|MHarrison, Tex||4||Chris Liss 9||Seth Trachtman 3|
|JMarte, Det||2||Seth Trachtman 4||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|DStraily, Hou||1||Seth Trachtman 1|
|JoWilson, Det||1||Jason Collette 1|
|NRumbelow, NYY||1||Jason Collette 4|
|DColeman, KC||1||Jason Collette 12|
|PNeshek, Hou||0||Larry Schechter 0|
|RamFlores, NYY||0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|EMujica, Oak||0||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|FGutierrez, Sea||0||Chris Liss 3|
|FDoubront, Tor||Seth Trachtman 1|
|CShreve, NYY||Larry Schechter 0|
|CFien, Min||Larry Schechter 0|
|KJepsen, TB||Larry Schechter 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
You know the way they say the best trades are the ones you don't make? Sometimes the same can be true for FAAB bids. I have the most FAAB left and with the MLB trade deadline fast approaching, there was no one worth giving up the hammer for. Plus, if this year is anything like last year, I may not have to wait until the end of July. It wouldn't surprise me if someone like Johnny Cueto or Cole Hamels was traded earlier.
I'm in the process of updating hitting projections for our Platinum subscribers and am amazed at how many teams carry 12 hitters and 13 pitchers. Then I look at the FAAB report and see recycled hitters like Grady Sizemore, Alex Presley, Josh Wilson and Franklin Gutierrez and realize there just aren't enough quality hitters worthy of even the 13th spot on a roster. In today's age of specialization, the 13th pitcher to mop-up is more valuable that an end-of-the-bench hitter.
|TPham, StL||8||Phil Hertz 8||Scott Wilderman 7||Peter Kreutzer 5|
|Brian Walton 5||Gene McCaffrey 1||Derek Carty 0|
|DRuf, Phi||3||Scott Wilderman 11||Phil Hertz 8||Gene McCaffrey 2|
|Brian Walton 1||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|HPerez, Mil||3||Steve Gardner 4||Peter Kreutzer 2||Scott Wilderman 1|
|JValdespin, Mia||2||Phil Hertz 7||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|MConforto, NYM||2||Brian Walton 15||MConforto, NYM|
|TKahnle, Col||1||Brian Walton 3|
|CRichard, ChC||1||Lenny Melnick 16||Phil Hertz 4||Brian Walton 1|
|MBlazek, Mil||1||Mike Gianella 3||Lenny Melnick 3||Phil Hertz 1|
|CGillespie, Mia||0||Peter Kreutzer 0||Derek Carty 0|
|JHerrera, ChC||0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|CStewart, Pit||0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|AMorgan, Phi||Phil Hertz 5|
|LHawkins, Col||Mike Gianella 4|
|VWorley, Pit||Mike Gianella 3|
|DUggla, Was||Scott Wilderman 0|
|MRojas, Mia||Scott Wilderman 0|
|JGrimm, ChC||Steve Gardner 0|
|CBillingsley, Phi||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
St. Louis has MLB’s best record due to strong pitching covering a weak offense. With Jon Jay on the disabled list, Peter Bourjos stuck to the bench and Randal Grichuk covering left for injured Matt Holliday, Tommy Pham was called up from Triple-A Memphis on Friday. The rookie scored both St. Louis’ runs on Saturday and the next day, his double and triple plated all three Cards scores. Time will tell if this past weekend was the 27-year-old’s 15 minutes of fame or if can somehow cement a job. The Touts were willing to spend to find out, with Baseball HQ’s Phil Hertz ($8) barely winning from among five bidders.
In –only leagues like NL Tout, we are reminded over and over that at-bats for hitters is the name of the game. Such is the case with the Phillies’ post-hype first baseman Darin Ruf. Despite batting .200 last week and .229 on the season, Ruf was given 15 at-bats last week. I was again among the five bidders, with the winner Scott Wilderman of OnRoto paying $3 ($11 Vickrey).
Another $3 player this week is second baseman Hernan Perez of Milwaukee, who had eight singles and a triple in 20 at-bats last week (.450 average). The June waiver claim from Detroit has career BA of .230 in 93 MLB games, so expectations should be tempered. USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner ($4 Vickrey) won the Perez bidding.
You know it's not your year when you're in last place and really want to move up but as bad as your team is, the available players aren't an upgrade over the sludge you already have. Though, especially in an OBP league I likely missed the boat on Darin Ruf. Sometimes you need to think ahead with what might happen. The Phillies are a mess but they're in transition. If Ryan Howard is traded and/or Jeff Francoeur is released, then Ruf may get an extended look.
|ESantana, Min||22||Scott Swanay 22||Scott Pianowski 21||Tim Heaney 12|
|RPorcello, Bos||1||Paul Singman 2|
|JUribe, Atl||1||Scott Engel 3|
|TKoehler, Mia||1||Scott Engel 2||Scott Swanay 10|
|MBanuelos, Atl||1||Tim Heaney 5||Scott Engel 3||Tim Heaney 0|
|TPham, StL||1||Al Melchior 6|
|RVogelsong, SF||0||Paul Singman 0||Scott Pianowski 0|
|NEovaldi, NYY||0||Tim Heaney 2||Scott Engel 1||Tim Heaney 0|
|DValencia, Tor||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|GBlanco, SF||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CCapps, Mia||0||Scott Pianowski 0||Tim Heaney 0|
|GSizemore, TB||0||Scott Pianowski 0||Scott Swanay 8|
|JNiese, NYM||Scott Swanay 13||Tim Heaney 1|
|CAsche, Phi||Scott Engel 4|
|WMiley, Bos||Scott Pianowski 0||Tim Heaney 0|
|CDenorfia, ChC||Fred Zinkie 0|
|EEscobar, Min||Fred Zinkie 0|
|ISuzuki, Mia||Scott Pianowski 0|
|JHoover, Cin||Tim Heaney 0|
|JimJohnson, Atl||Tim Heaney 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
And I thought last week was quiet! This week saw only seven of the 15 teams entering in any bids, a grand total of 12 players purchased, six of those 12 for the price of $0 and only one player for a price higher than $1. That honor goes to Ervin Santana, who made his season debut yesterday after serving an 80-game PED suspension. Santana didn't look rusty at all, tossing eight innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts, and I don't see any reason why he can't be a solid mid-rotation fantasy starter from here on out. To be honest, I actually thought he was already owned and didn't even bother checking. And that's unlike me. But devoting 23 of my remaining 27 FAAB bucks to Santana is something that I would not have done anyway, so I can relax.
I'm a little surprised Big Erv was available. He's not a difference maker but considering some of the arms that have been picked up lately, a small bid over the past couple of weeks could have secured his services. Tout Wars has the rule where a player has to be active, but chances are there would have been a soft matchup somewhere along the line that could have been replaced with the goose-egg from Santana.
|MBuehrle, Tor||10||Greg Ambrosius 11||Tom Kessenich 9||Charlie Wiegert 9|
|Perry Van Hook 2||Adam Ronis 1|
|AHeaney, LAA||6||Ray Murphy 6||Paul Sporer 6||Charlie Wiegert 5|
|Anthony Perri 4||Grey Albright 1||Adam Ronis 1|
|TPham, StL||5||Charlie Wiegert 9||Grey Albright 4|
|INova, NYY||3||Paul Sporer 6||Adam Ronis 2||Grey Albright 1|
|ISuzuki, Mia||1||Rick Wilton 1|
|CCapps, Mia||1||Rick Wilton 1||Paul Sporer 4|
|MWisler, Atl||1||Anthony Perri 3|
|JUribe, Atl||1||Anthony Perri 1|
|WCastillo, Ari||1||Ray Murphy 10|
|GJones, NYY||1||Ray Murphy 6|
|MBanuelos, Atl||1||Adam Ronis 1||Ray Murphy 6|
|JLocke, Pit||1||Charlie Wiegert 1||Greg Ambrosius 10|
|CRobinson, Was||1||Perry Van Hook 3|
|CCron, LAA||1||Grey Albright 3||Adam Ronis 1|
|TJungmann, Mil||1||Grey Albright 3|
|AMorgan, Phi||1||Paul Greco 8|
|SFuld, Oak||0||Rick Wilton 0|
|MMcKenry, Col||0||Rick Wilton 0|
|DMurphy, Cle||0||Perry Van Hook 0||Ray Murphy 3|
|NAhmed, Ari||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|DSantana, Min||Charlie Wiegert 3|
|DStraily, Hou||Paul Sporer 3|
|CAsche, Phi||Grey Albright 2|
|GSizemore, TB||Grey Albright 1||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JPhegley, Oak||Ray Murphy 1|
|KelJohnson, Atl||Perry Van Hook 0|
|TMoore, Was||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
When was the last year that Mark Buehrle was the catch of the week? Greg Ambrosius of STATS bid $11 to get Buehrle for an attractive two start week which was only reduced to $10 because there was not one $9 bidder but two in Tom Kessenich also STATS and Charlie Wiegert. Wiegert also bid $5 on Angel pitcher Andrew Heaney despite one of his two starts being in Colorado but lost to a $6 bid from Ray Murphy, BaseballHQ.
I needed more at bats in my outfield and bid $3 for Nationals OF/1B Clint Robinson and won him for a dollar. I also put in a list of four outfielders with $0 bids and won my first choice, David Murphy of the Tribe.
As Perry points out, the rule I just alluded to really comes into play when considering Buehrle and Heaney. I guess I'm not as enamored with the two start week for Buehrle in U.S. Cellular and Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox are weak offensively - I'm actually less worried about that start. Jose Abreu could go 4-for-4 with 4 homers, 4 runs and 4 RBI. What worries me more is the date with the Kansas City Royals. The K may squash power but overall it plays neutral for runs. The Royals lineup could tag on as many hits and runs to Buehrle as the Rockies do against Heaney. Heads up, give me Heaney, for this week and the rest of the season.
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..
|Grady Sizemore, TB||11||Fangraphs 11||Baseball HQ 5||RotoWire 3|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 3|
|Jefry Marte, DET||6||Baseball HQ 6|
|Chris Taylor, SEA||2||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2|
|Felix Doubront, TOR||1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Alex Presley, HOU||Baseball HQ 2||Fangraphs 1|
|Alexi Ogando, BOS||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Daniel Robertson, LAA||Fangraphs 1|
|J.B. Shuck, CWS||Baseball HQ 1|
|Justin Wilson, NYY||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Sam Fuld, OAK||Fangraphs 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
TBSunday - Remember when Grady Sizemore was in his Cleveland heyday? Well Sunday night he was the highest free agent bid in LABR's AL only league as Eno Sarris, Fangraphs bid $11 to get the resurgent Tampa outfielder/DH.
The other interesting bid was $6 from Dave Adler, BaseballHQ for Detroit CI Jefry Marte. There were only four players awarded this week perhaps some other teams had my situation with players returning from the DL needing space and no glaring players at the right positions.
Perry alluded to it and I agree, I'm a little surprised there weren't more bids on Marte. Chances are he'll be on the weak side of a platoon, facing mostly lefties, but in an AL only league that helps. But again, as Perry touched on, every league is contextual. The LABR owners can't pick up a player with FAAB and then reserve the player they replace - he must be released. There's no guarantee Marte sticks. If Alex Avila keeps diving into the stands making highlight reel catches then he could share first with Victor Martinez, leaving receiving duties to James McCann.
|Manuel Banuelos, ATL||11||RotoExperts 11||Baseball HQ 1|
|Carter Capps, MIA||7||RotoExperts 7||USA TODAY Sports 2||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Baseball HQ 1|
|Thomas Pham, STL||3||RotoWire - DVR 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Hernan Perez, MIL||2||RotoWire - DVR 2|
|Tucker Barnhart, CIN||1||USA TODAY Sports 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Xavier Scruggs, STL||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Cory Luebke, SD||RotoExperts 9|
|Cole Gillespie, MIA||RotoWire - DVR 2|
|Ryan Lollis, SF||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Darrell Ceciliani, NYM||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Brett Wallace, SD||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
I know Rotoexpert Lenny Melnick has been jonesing for arms all season, mostly because we have talked trades that never came to fruition for a couple of months anyway.
So, it is not surprising that Lenny dropped $18 FAAB bucks on the combo of Manuel Banuelos ($11) and Carter Capps ($7). There was one $1 failed bid for Banuelos, but there were three bids for Capps the did not cut the muster. What is tough is I cut Capps last week to the roster numbers game as I could not let Chris Heston sit on my reserve list any longer.
Derek Van Riper grabbed a couple of players, Thomas Pham for $3 (besting a $1 bid) and then Herman Perez ($1), unchallenged.
Rounding the FAAB bids Steve Gardner nabbed Tucker Barnhart for a dollar while Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius got Xavier Scruggs $1.
You know how you can tell if your league is deep? How about if some of the owners are willing to use a light-hitting, part-time catcher in their utility spot? Check it out, both the duo of Greg and Shawn along with DVR won bids on position players, but they both had Barnhart in as a contingency. Had they won him he would have been their utility. It appears Barnhart will be splitting catching duties with Brayan Pena now that Devin Mesoraco has finally succumbed to the fact he needs surgery for his hip. Barnhart makes decent contact for a catcher but his BABIP is a bit high. By season's end he'll settle into the .250 range which is pretty good for a second receiver and palatable for utility -- that's how deep this league is.
|Miguel Sano, MIN||26||Baseball Prospectus 26||Rotowire-Colton 20||ESPN.com 20|
|USA TODAY Sports 19||Fangraphs 18||Baseball HQ 5|
|Kevin Gausman, BAL||4||MLB.com 4||Fangraphs 3|
|Nick Ahmed, ARI||3||Mastersball 3|
|Clint Robinson, WSH||2||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Garrett Jones, NYY||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tyler Flowers, CWS||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Eddie Rosario, MIN||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Will Smith, MIL||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Alejandro De Aza, BOS||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Iannetta, LAA||Baseball HQ 1|
|David Murphy, CLE||Baseball HQ 1|
|Garrett Jones, NYY||Baseball HQ 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
To show you how much I value sportsmanship in this hobby, once the bids were announced and Nick Ahmed was mine, I volunteered to accept the first half LABR title so we can re-draft at the break and have a real race. Apparently Head Poobah Steve Gardner feels as though we should play it out, not so convinced that Ahmed will jump me about 40 points and 9 or so places in the standings.
Maybe Steve is right. Though, Ahmed makes for an interesting pick-up and could help a team legitimately in contention. The shortstop gig is his and with Ender Inciarte out, Ahmed has been hitting some lead-off versus southpaws. It may only lead to five or six more runs and a couple of steals, but sometimes that's all you need to gain an extra point or two.
I like what the Twins are doing with Sano -- starting him out at designated hitter and not burdening him with playing defense right off the bat. Even with his prolific power, there's going to be a transition as he's bound to nut a couple of fly balls that get caught on the Target Field warning track. Don't fret, he can hit the ball out of any park but the venue will cost him a couple of dingers and it's best he get used to the environment without having to worry about playing defense - at least not yet.