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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.




CCrisp, Oak 7 Rob Leibowitz 7 Mike Podhorzer 6 Chris Liss 5
JWeeks, Bos 1 Steve Moyer 20
EJohnson, CWS 1 Jason Collette 1
BBrach, Bal 0 Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 0
JBlanton, KC 0 Chris Liss 0


ESogard, Oak Steve Moyer 0
JElmore, TB Steve Moyer 0
JFields, Hou Steve Moyer 0
LHendriks, Tor Chris Liss 0
LHochevar, KC Chris Liss 0
SGeltz, TB Steve Moyer 0
TFeatherston, LAA Steve Moyer 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Interesting in that this week the most intriguing FAAB selections were those of players coming back from injury. The high water mark was set for the cycle with Rob Leibowitz' $7 Coco Crisp bid acing out the top two (Chris Liss and Mike Podhorzer) teams.

After that it was filler crapshoot time, though Crisp is a poser. He is clearly no longer the Athletics starting center fielder, but he could add some pop and swipes down the stretch, but among the filler picks, Liss' acquisition of Luke Hochevar is interesting. The Royals hurler had just become a serious presence in the team's bull pen when he went down to a year off due to a dead arm, but a strong return could really help the Liss push to a title.

Finally it is hard to ignore the six pick-ups made by Steve Moyer as he tries to push his way back up in the standings and dump me back into last. Good luck with that!

Todd's Take

Like with the LABR leagues, we'll provide the standings and remaining FAAB as we head into the MLB trade deadline.

Mike Podhorzer 91.5 $73
Jeff Erickson 83 $29
Chris Liss 76.5 $5
Larry Schechter 74 $12
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 69.5 $43
Jason Collette 68 $60
Ron Shandler 67 $43
Andy Behrens 61.5 $8
Rob Leibowitz 60.5 $87
Seth Trachtman 53 $81
Lawr Michaels 38.5 $20
Steve Moyer 37 $85




ZGodley, Ari 7 Phil Hertz 12 Mike Gianella 6 Peter Kreutzer 4
WDifo, Was 1 Brian Walton 2
MDenDekker, Was 1 Gene McCaffrey 1 Derek Carty 0
HSanchez, SF 1 Gene McCaffrey 1
DJohnson, StL 1 Gene McCaffrey 1
AReed, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 1
RStephenson, Cin 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Phil Hertz 1
AGarcia, Atl 1 Phil Hertz 12 Derek Carty 0
LHawkins, Col 1 Mike Gianella 3
PCiriaco, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0


SSchumaker, Cin Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0
AAlmonte, SD Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

In a relatively quiet week in National League Tout Wars, only one player fetched more than one dollar. Zack Godley of Arizona went to Phil Hertz for $7. The 25-year-old, a former Cubs farmhand, moved to the D-backs in the Miguel Montero trade. Despite just 14 innings of experience at Double-A, the right-hander threw six shutout innings at the Brewers in his MLB debut on Thursday. For pitching-starved fantasy owners, why not take a shot?

Todd's Take

Mike Gianella 89 $106
Tristan H. Cockcroft 79 $69
Lenny Melnick 79 $82
Ray Guilfoyle 72.5 $68
Derek Carty 72 $77
Phil Hertz 67 $45
Gene McCaffrey 60.5 $69
Steve Gardner 57.5 $45
Peter Kreutzer 54 $24
Scott Wilderman 51.5 $62
Todd Zola 49 $39
Brian Walton 49 $75




MConforto, NYM 11 Scott Pianowski 19 Scott Engel 10 Nando DiFino 1
Derek Van Riper 0 Fred Zinkie 0
NCastellanos, Det 8 Scott Pianowski 24 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Swanay 5
Derek Van Riper 0
WMiley, Bos 5 Cory Schwartz 5 Scott Pianowski 4
RIglesias, Cin 1 Paul Singman 2
ZGodley, Ari 1 Nando DiFino 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Joe Pisapia 2
SPiscotty, StL 1 Scott Engel 5 Derek Van Riper 0 Scott Swanay 0
DEspinosa, Was 1 Derek Van Riper 2 Scott Swanay 0
BPaulsen, Col 1 Scott Swanay 3 Derek Van Riper 0
MPelfrey, Min 1 Scott Pianowski 1
JDanks, CWS 1 Tim Heaney 2
DPomeranz, Oak 0 Nando DiFino 0
CBassitt, Oak 0 Fred Zinkie 0


INova, NYY Tim Heaney 2 Nando DiFino 0
JDeLaRosa, Col Tim Heaney 2
CSabathia, NYY Joe Pisapia 2
DDietrich, Mia Derek Van Riper 1
JKelly, Bos Paul Singman 1
SCishek, StL Nando DiFino 0
ISuzuki, Mia Scott Pianowski 0
BRondon, Det Nando DiFino 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

One 4-for-4 game sandwiched in between two hitless games. That's what we've seen so far from Michael Conforto, and that was good enough to earn him a $19 bid from Scott Pianowski. The vickrey-reduced price of $11 is a fine number for him considering that the Mets need as much offensive help as they can get and are highly unlikely to send Conforto back down to the Minors as long as he is producing at a decent level. 

The second-highest priced player for this week, Nick Castellanos, also went to Pianowski, and interestingly enough, Scott was willing to spend more for Castellanos than Conforto. The reality is that in a 15-team mixed league, the 23-year-old Castellanos, who is batting .286 with six homers, 19 RBI and a .912 OPS in the month of July, should not have been on the waiver wire to begin with, and I was surprised that Scott only had to shell out $8 for his services. 

And that leaves Pianowski with $30 left to spend this season, still more than nine of the other 14 teams.

Todd's Take

Zach Steinhorn 108.5 $13
Tim Heaney 106.5 $17
Patrick Davitt 99 $50
Scott Pianowski 92 $30
Cory Schwartz 87.5 $5
Fred Zinkie 86 $13
Scott Swanay 82.5 $5
David Gonos 78 $39
Al Melchior 77 $38
Derek Van Riper 77 $1
Scott Engel 72 $24
Ray Flowers 67.5 $54
Nando DiFino 60 $5
Joe Pisapia 58 $30
Paul Singman 48.5 $2




MConforto, NYM 12 Perry Van Hook 41 Tom Kessenich 11 Anthony Perri 7
ZGodley, Ari 1 Anthony Perri 2 Eno Sarris 3 Perry Van Hook 2
CIannetta, LAA 1 Anthony Perri 2
SPiscotty, StL 1 Tom Kessenich 11 Adam Ronis 0
THudson, SF 1 Tom Kessenich 1
CBassitt, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 2
DDietrich, Mia 1 Grey Albright 1
RIglesias, Cin 1 Eno Sarris 6
DPomeranz, Oak 1 Adam Ronis 2


JRollins, LAD Adam Ronis 2 Grey Albright 1
WSmith, Mil Eno Sarris 2
DBrown, Phi Perry Van Hook 2
DDeJesus, TB Perry Van Hook 2
JLamb, KC Eno Sarris 1
RDickey, Tor Tom Kessenich 1
JSmith, LAA Tom Kessenich 1
DPhelps, Mia Tom Kessenich 1
JDanks, CWS Perry Van Hook 0
MGonzalez, Bal Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Two rookie outfielders were the best targets this week - Michael Conforto of the Mets and Stephen Piscotty of the Cardinals. I thought bidding would be heavier so chose to put 41 chips on the table for Conforto. That was far more than my competitors - maybe they don't have outfield problems but my offense after losing first Freddie Freeman and then George Springer had taken massive hits. Freeman is now back but I need to replace David Murphy (who btw only sucks when he is on my team). I ended up getting Conforto for $12 beating the $11 bid from Tom Kessenich, NFBC who also bid $11 on Piscotty whom he got for a dollar. All the rest of the bids were similarly reduced to one dollar winning bids.

Todd's Take

Adam Ronis 117.5 $38
Anthony Perri 47 $71
Brent Hershey 66 $90
Charlie Wiegert 79 $62
Eno Sarris 90 $59
Greg Ambrosius 97.5 $61
Grey Albright 78.5 $43
Paul Greco 96 $75
Paul Sporer 76 $19
Perry Van Hook 76 $39
Ray Murphy 68 $49
Rick Wilton 28.5 $84
Rudy Gamble 107.5 $85
Tim McLeod 104.5 $16
Tom Kessenich 68 $20


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..




Chris Bassitt, OAK 7 Baseball HQ 7 Fangraphs 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jonathan Singleton, HOU 6 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2 ESPN.com 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 1 SiriusXM 1
Daniel Robertson, LAA 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Ryan Rua, TEX 1 ESPN.com 1
JR Murphy, NYY 1 ESPN.com 1
Bo Schultz, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1


Jesus Aguilar, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1
Neftali Feliz, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pat Neshek, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I have just $17 of FAAB left and saw no desirable targets and had a full roster so I sat this one out. In fact I made a trade to alleviate roster problems sending Jake Marisnick, HOU to Chris Liss of Rotowire for the DLed James Paxton so that I could promote Billy Burns, OAK from my reserve. Hopefully I can get a month or more of good starts from Paxton down the road. The highest bids in the league were $7 for Chris Bassitt, OAK by Dave Adler of Baseball HQ and $6 for Jon Singleton, HOU by Eno Farris of Fangraphs.

Todd's Take

Heading into the trade deadline, I thought it would be a great time to provide the standings and the FAAB left for each team, plus that means I get a week off from having to come up with seven pithy blurbs.

USA TODAY Sports 106 $25
FantasyScore 87 $42
Mastersball 81 $17
SiriusXM 75 $54
ESPN.com 67 $49
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 66 $12
Colton & The Wolfman 59.5 $49
Winning Fantasy Baseball 56.5 $16
Yahoo! Sports 55.5 $120
Baseball HQ 49 $66
RotoWire 46 $2
Fangraphs 31.5 $33




Michael Conforto, NYM 37 USA TODAY Sports 37 Inside Edge 24 RotoWire - DVR 12
Colton & The Wolfman 5 Derek Carty 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Zack Godley, ARI 2 ESPN - Karabell 2 Sandlot Shrink 1
Carter Capps, MIA 1 Baseball HQ 1
Shane Peterson, MIL 1 Inside Edge 1


Sergio Romo, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Abraham Almonte, SD Inside Edge 1
Travis Ishikawa, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Head LABR-man, Steve Gardner, make the big purchase--perhaps in anticipation of further bucks to be spent with the coming deadline swaps--of Mets flychaser Michael Conforto, ideally Michael Cuddyer's replacement, for the substantial sum of $37, about spending five others in chances ranging from $1-$24.

After that it was filler with Zack Godley going to Eric Karabell for a couple of bucks, Shane Peterson to Steve Moyer for a buck, and Carter Capps, who is seeing his third team in a little over a month was nabbed by Doug Dennis for another dollar.

Next week will likely tell all in the FAAB world.

Todd's Take

RotoWire - DVR 97 $45
Colton & The Wolfman 92.5 $80
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 86.5 $44
Derek Carty 83.5 $96
ESPN - Karabell 77 $97
RotoExperts 62 $42
USA TODAY Sports 58.5 $37
Baseball HQ 58 $88
Mastersball 43 $47
Inside Edge 41.5 $56
Yahoo Sports 41.5 $89
Sandlot Shrink 39 $59




Nathan Eovaldi, NYY 4 ESPN.com 4 Fangraphs 2 Razzball 1
Aaron Nola, PHI 3 Fangraphs 3 Razzball 3 Baseball HQ 2
MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Michael Conforto, NYM 1 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Stephen Piscotty, STL 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL 1 USA TODAY Sports 1


Geovany Soto, CWS USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

There's so much hype around Michael Conforto and while he won't hurt your average, he has little power or speed so be careful about buying, literally, into the hype. Unless I needed a boost in average, I'd prefer the production with the batting average hit from Stephen Piscotty.

Aaron Nola has a nice career in store as a mid-rotation staple, just beware he's a touch and feel pitcher, not a fire-baller so his whiffs won't be as plentiful as some of the more celebrated rookies that have come up.

Todd's Take

Baseball Prospectus 122 $0
USA TODAY Sports 111 $24
MLB.com 99.5 $9
FantasyScore 97.5 $16
Baseball HQ 89 $16
BSports 88 $20
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 85.5 $0
Razzball 82.5 $52
Rotowire-Erickson 78.5 $2
Fangraphs 65.5 $42
FNTSY 64.5 $3
Mastersball 64.5 $11
RotoExperts 52.5 $0
ESPN.com 50.5 $35
Rotowire-Colton 49 $27

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