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Sunday 23rd Apr 2017

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.

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

gomez-astros

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CGomez, Hou 71 Rob Leibowitz 86 Mike Podhorzer 73 Seth Trachtman 70
Jason Collette 52 Wolf/Colton 43 Ron Shandler 35
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Chris Liss 5
BRevere, Tor 41 Jason Collette 53 Seth Trachtman 50 Mike Podhorzer 44
Wolf/Colton 43 Seth Trachtman 40 Ron Shandler 37
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Chris Liss 5
GParra, Bal 39 Seth Trachtman 70 Mike Podhorzer 44 Wolf/Colton 43
Ron Shandler 30 Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 24
Jason Collette 22 Larry Schechter 12 Chris Liss 5
JCueto, KC 39 Ron Shandler 40 Mike Podhorzer 73 Wolf/Colton 43
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Andy Behrens 8 Chris Liss 5
TTulowitzki, Tor 35 Mike Podhorzer 73 Wolf/Colton 43 Ron Shandler 34
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Chris Liss 5
CHamels, Tex 30 Wolf/Colton 43 Mike Podhorzer 73 Steve Moyer 29
Jeff Erickson 29 Ron Shandler 25 Larry Schechter 12
Andy Behrens 8 Chris Liss 5
MFiers, Hou 30 Mike Podhorzer 31 Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 24
Jason Collette 23 Larry Schechter 12 Ron Shandler 10
Andy Behrens 8 Wolf/Colton 7 Chris Liss 5
Wolf/Colton 0 Jeff Erickson 0
AWilson, Det 25 Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 24 Mike Podhorzer 24
Larry Schechter 12 Wolf/Colton 7 Jason Collette 5
Chris Liss 5 Wolf/Colton 0
ABrooks, Oak 6 Jeff Erickson 24 Wolf/Colton 7 Chris Liss 5
Seth Trachtman 4 Steve Moyer 1 Rob Leibowitz 1
Wolf/Colton 0 Jeff Erickson 0
KMarte, Sea 6 Mike Podhorzer 12 Ron Shandler 5 Chris Liss 5
Jeff Erickson 0
JRutledge, Bos 1 Steve Moyer 1 Wolf/Colton 0
RRua, Tex 1 Seth Trachtman 15 Jeff Erickson 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
Chris Liss 0
NMartinez, Tex 1 Seth Trachtman 10
JDiekman, Tex 1 Jason Collette 2
CCasali, TB 1 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 0
CWalker, Bal 1 Ron Shandler 1
TWilson, Bal 1 Jeff Erickson 1
ESogard, Oak 1 Mike Podhorzer 3
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 Steve Moyer 29
TShaw, Bos 0 Jeff Erickson 0 Seth Trachtman 15 Steve Moyer 0
THolt, Cle 0 Wolf/Colton 7 Mike Podhorzer 0
BHardy, Det 0 Larry Schechter 0
GSoto, CWS 0 Chris Liss 0
RMadson, KC 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SCarroll, CWS Jason Collette 0
JMurphy, NYY Jason Collette 0
DButera, KC Jason Collette 0
TCollins, Det Mike Podhorzer 0
JSands, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

 So this week it was time to use the hammer with $87 FAAB remaining. I considered making a contingent deal, but received only one offer. Really the only way such a move would work would be from a team willing to deal multiple lesser, but helpful pieces towards specific team needs for a single impact player. Since nothing materialized, I had spent much of my weekend stewing over my decision. Do I go boring and rewarding with Tulowitzki? Do I take Johnny Cueto and with Luis Severino getting called up, hope I can combine multiple starters together to create some movement in the pitching categories? Operating on the basis that it's an unwritten rule that second highest team maxes their bid to ensure the leader in FAAB has little to nothing left to spend at the deadline, I figured I'd have to bid at least $86 of my remaining $87 for Tulowitzki and possibly Cueto as well.

In the end, I decided to go after the second best hitter available in Carlos Gomez given his broader base of contributions in categories, particularly since I have Ellsbury recently back from the DL and Coco Crisp coming off the DL today. That combination, while certainly a big "if", presented the greatest chance for upward movement in the standings. Also, I figured that as the second best hitter available, the teams immediately behind me might as I mentioned before try to keep me honest by throwing out high bids on Tulowitzki with their first bid, possibly allowing me not to spend all of my FAAB. This ended up being true, but as it turned out, it was not because of bids on Tulowitzki.

The biggest lesson I saw today was that at the deadline, make sure you bid on everyone. You never know what the guy ahead of you in FAAB is going to do. It looked like there were several instances of teams not bothering bidding on players because they felt they had no chance at them. The result was some pretty huge windfalls by the teams that bid on everyone regardless of their remaining FAAB, leaving those teams with enough FAAB to make further significant pickups as we proceed through the end of the season. Don't let them get away with that if it's within your power.

Todd's Take

How can Ben Revere and Gerardo Parra cost more than Troy Tulowitzki? 

How can Cole Hamels and Mike Fiers both cost the same?

What a mess. I'm not going to question any bids -- I'm in last place in NL Tout and am in no position to judge. What I'll say is an amazing confluence of factors led to Peter Kreutzer and I spending far too many hours untangling this maze.

The first reason this was so garbled is an add-on to the Vickrey rule where the adjusted bid keeps getting subtracted from your total and effectively becomes your bid unless you bid less than what's left. The impact was two-fold in that not only were winning bids affected but so were the Vickrey-inducing underbids. This is why the above table may look odd since I didn't adjust the bid but just left them as they were initially entered.

But this wasn't alone in instigating this puzzle. Many of those with a lot of FAAB decided not to max bid, which caused some studs like Tulo to be purchased for less FAAB as well as leaving a large chunk behind, forcing more look-backs and altering underbids.

I discussed this last season and I still believe it. The NFBC has it right. Everyone gets $1000 FAAB, no Vickrey and no $0 bids. Eezy-peezy. The game has evolved with too many parachutes to mitigate risk. Make a decision and own it. Decide how much a player is worth to you and own it.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

reyes-col

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YCespedes, NYM 78 Lenny Melnick  78 Derek Carty 77 Brian Walton 74
Gene McCaffrey 69 Tristan H. Cockcroft 69 Scott Wilderman 62
Ray Guilfoyle 60 Steve Gardner 45 Peter Kreutzer 24
Mike Gianella 0
JReyes, Col 78 Mike Gianella 83 Derek Carty 77 Brian Walton 74
Gene McCaffrey 69 Tristan H. Cockcroft 69 Ray Guilfoyle 60
Steve Gardner 45 Peter Kreutzer 24
BMoss, StL 75 Derek Carty 77 Lenny Melnick  78 Brian Walton 74
Gene McCaffrey 69 Tristan H. Cockcroft 65 Scott Wilderman 62
Steve Gardner 40 Ray Guilfoyle 30 Peter Kreutzer 24
Phil Hertz 21 Mike Gianella 0
TClippard, NYM 25 Ray Guilfoyle 25 Tristan H. Cockcroft 25 Steve Gardner 14
Mike Gianella 11 Phil Hertz 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
JHapp, Pit 16 Todd Zola 37 Phil Hertz 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
Derek Carty 10 Ray Guilfoyle 2 Derek Carty 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl 12 Phil Hertz 15 Mike Gianella 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
Derek Carty 6 Peter Kreutzer 2
JSoria, Pit 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 21 Phil Hertz 12 Mike Gianella 11
Steve Gardner 10 Peter Kreutzer 0
THunter, ChC 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Phil Hertz 3
DCastro, Atl 1 Brian Walton 1
DDescalso, Col 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman 0
TMoore, Was 1 TMoore, Was
KParker, Col 1 Ray Guilfoyle 5 Scott Wilderman 0
TIshikawa, Pit 1 TIshikawa, Pit
JBlanton, Pit 1 Steve Gardner 9
BFinnegan, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 10
JSaltalamacchia, Ari 1 Mike Gianella 3
JBourgeois, Cin 0 Brian Walton 0
EHernandez, LAD 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty 1 Brian Walton 0
KSampson, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JLobaton, Was 0 Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
AReed, Ari 0 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RBetancourt, Col Derek Carty 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JLamb, Cin Phil Hertz 5
JUrena, Mia Phil Hertz 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
DSantana, Mil Phil Hertz 3
DBuchanan, Phi Phil Hertz 3
TStory, Col Phil Hertz 1
ABlanco, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
BHand, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
CaVillanueva, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
DRoss, ChC Mike Gianella 0
ECampbell, NYM Scott Wilderman 0
EHerrera, Mil Brian Walton 0
JDecker, Pit Brian Walton 0
JHowell, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
JMiller, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JNicasio, LAD Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JWilliams, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
KQuackenbush, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

As expected, the three owners with the most money in NL Tout acquired the three biggest names from the American League entering the NL. Mike Gianella used $78 of his $106 to acquire new Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes. It took $78 of Lenny Melnick’s $82 to win the bidding for Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets’ new outfielder. New Cardinals outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss required $75 of Derek Carty’s $77. With the fourth-most FAAB at $75, I missed out on the plums. Here is hoping a good waiver trade is ahead.

Pitchers made up the next tier of non-waiver trade deadline buys this week with Tyler Clippard drawing a $25 offer and Joaquim Soria fetching $12. J.A. Happ cost $16 and Mike Foltynewicz going for $12.

Todd's Take

Chalk! Of course the NL didn't have as much to choose from since there were far fewer impact players crossing into the Senior Circuit. I'm just looking to pick up starts - with the associated wins and whiffs so I'm actually OK with ending up with J.A. Happ since I was at the bottom of the FAAB heap.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

hectorrondon

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HRondon, ChC 19 Scott Pianowski 26 Patrick Davitt 18 Tim Heaney 17
Zach Steinhorn 13 Cory Schwartz 7 Derek Van Riper 0
AWilson, Det 15 Joe Pisapia 17 Scott Pianowski 16 Al Melchior 14
Zach Steinhorn 13 Ray Flowers 9 Scott Engel 7
Cory Schwartz 7 Tim Heaney 7 Derek Van Riper 0
EMujica, Oak 14 Patrick Davitt 18 Zach Steinhorn 13 Cory Schwartz 7
Tim Heaney 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl 5 Tim Heaney 5 Scott Engel 4 Derek Van Riper 0
Scott Pianowski 0
RRay, Ari 4 Cory Schwartz 7 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Engel 2
DGregorius, NYY 4 Scott Pianowski 4 Tim Heaney 4
DDietrich, Mia 2 Al Melchior 8 Derek Van Riper 1
RBetancourt, Col 2 Zach Steinhorn 8 Cory Schwartz 1
BRondon, Det 1 Nando DiFino 5
KGraveman, Oak 1 Scott Engel 3 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper 0
HOwens, Bos 1 Scott Engel 11
DBrown, Phi 1 Ray Flowers 6 Scott Pianowski 1 Derek Van Riper 0
Scott Swanay 0
BHardy, Det 1 Ray Flowers 2
CSanchez, CWS 1 Ray Flowers 7
KMarte, Sea 1 Al Melchior 11
TKahnle, Col 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney 3
LChisenhall, Cle 1 Scott Swanay 1
CaJoseph, Bal 1 Zach Steinhorn 2
CCasali, TB 0 Derek Van Riper 0
MPerez, Tex 0 Derek Van Riper 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DPhelps, Mia Cory Schwartz 7
DStubbs, Col Ray Flowers 6
BBarnes, Col Ray Flowers 6
CAsche, Phi Ray Flowers 5
INova, NYY Tim Heaney 4
JBradley, Bos Al Melchior 4
ABlanco, Phi Ray Flowers 4
CGillespie, Mia Ray Flowers 3
FGutierrez, Sea Ray Flowers 3
JHellickson, Ari Scott Engel 1
TCollins, Det Al Melchior 1
HConger, Hou Derek Van Riper 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

With the saves race still tight, owners were understandably willing to shell out the dough for one reliever who seems to have gotten his old ninth inning job back and two others who will be afforded the opportunity to close thanks to trade deadline moves. 

Hector Rondon's overall numbers suggest that he never should have lost the job in the first place, and he did save 29 games last season. To be honest, considering that this is a 15-teamer with six reserve slots (as opposed to four in previous seasons), I'm surprised he was available. Edward Mujica also has closing experience (37 saves in 2013) and now gets to step in for the departed Tyler Clippard. The risk with Mujica is that in addition to being shaky at times this year, Sean Doolittle will likely return from the DL within the next few weeks, so simply pitching well might not be enough for Mujica to remain in the closer role through the end of the season. The risk with Alex Wilson is that he has just one career save under his belt, so forget about job security.

As expected, I did not have enough FAAB to roster any of the above three relievers, though I took a flier on Rafael Betancourt, who has allowed just one earned run across 11 1/3 innings since the beginning of July. With John Axford demoted from the ninth inning, Betancourt seems to be the favorite for saves in Colorado, at least until next week comes along. But saves are saves.

Todd's Take

There may not be crossover deals in mixed leagues but there are domino-effect team shake-ups that open up jobs for hitters and especially pitchers, which is why there's more activity than normal despite not worrying about cross-league deals. It's not worth saving FAAB for this sort of thing but especially if you're chasing saves, it doesn't hurt to have something set aside in the kitty. Of course, the best play is to anticipate the closers on the block and scoop up the next-in-line, which is in fact what's transpired in both mixed leagues the past several weeks.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

alex-wilson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AWilson, Det 24 Rudy Gamble 36 Eno Sarris 23 Adam Ronis 22
Paul Sporer 19 Anthony Perri 6 Grey Albright 6
EMujica, Oak 23 Paul Greco 33 Rudy Gamble 26 Paul Sporer 19
Adam Ronis 12 Anthony Perri 6 Grey Albright 4
RCastillo, Bos 13 Eno Sarris 23 Tim McLeod 12 Charlie Wiegert 9
Perry Van Hook 7 Adam Ronis 2
BHolt, Bos 8 Rudy Gamble 22 Perry Van Hook 7 Paul Greco 6
RDickey, Tor 4 Perry Van Hook 7 Tom Kessenich 3
DBrown, Phi 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1
TKahnle, Col 3 Grey Albright 3 Adam Ronis 3 Eno Sarris 1
Rudy Gamble 0
BRondon, Det 2 Eno Sarris 3 Anthony Perri 1
ODespaigne, SD 1 Tom Kessenich 1
DNorris, Det 1 Adam Ronis 4 Perry Van Hook 0
CYoung, NYY 1 Paul Greco 6 Perry Van Hook 0
TShaw, Bos 1 Perry Van Hook 4
JLamb, Ari 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
DMurphy, LAA 1 Paul Greco 1
LMartin, Tex 1 Tim McLeod 4
KMarte, Sea 1 Tim McLeod 3 Rudy Gamble 10
CCasali, TB 1 Greg Ambrosius 15
RShaffer, TB 1 Adam Ronis 1
AGuerrero, LAD 1 Adam Ronis 1
GBlanco, SF 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Paul Greco 6
RRua, Tex 0 Perry Van Hook 0
CaJoseph, Bal 0 Paul Greco 0 Greg Ambrosius 15
JMiller, Col 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DGregorius, NYY Rudy Gamble 21
KSuzuki, Min Greg Ambrosius 15
CSanchez, CWS Rudy Gamble 12 Charlie Wiegert 3
CGillaspie, LAA Charlie Wiegert 3
AGarcia, Atl Charlie Wiegert 3
EPerez, Atl Tim McLeod 2
PStrop, ChC Eno Sarris 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl Perry Van Hook 0
FRodriguez, Oak Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Of course in a mixed league we didn't have any of the crossovers as free agents BUT we did have two new closers to entice bidders so Alex Wilson, DET went for $24 to Rudy Gamble (Vickrey reduced from a $36 bid), while Edward Mujica, OAK went for $23 to Paul Greco (Vickrey reduced from his $33 bid).

Gamble also won the popular Brock Holt, BOS with his $22 bid reduced to a winning bid of $8 to whack my $7 attempt. My other $7 bid on Rusney Castillo, BOS wasn't close as he was won by Eno Sarris for $13 on another $23 bid.

I did get the lately very good knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for $4 on a $7 bid but to fill my outfield slots had to settle for what I could get for $0 bids after Holt and Castillo went for so much so this week will play Ranger fly chaser Ryan Rua and Giant outfielder Gregor Blanco who at least has seven games in friendly Fulton County and Wrigley stadiums.

Todd's Take

I'm going to be honest friends, I'm tired, I'm cranky and my DFS teams are still embroiled in the biggest slump I've ever endured so what I'd like to do is simply thank you for your patience, I apologize it took so long for this report to be posted.

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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..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

cueto_KC

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Johnny Cueto, KC $55 Yahoo! Sports 55 Baseball HQ 54 SiriusXM 50
ESPN.com 49 Colton & The Wolfman 43 FantasyScore 42
Fangraphs 33 USA TODAY Sports 24 Winning Fantasy Baseball 15
Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Cole Hamels, TEX $55 Yahoo! Sports 55 Baseball HQ 54 SiriusXM 50
ESPN.com 49 Colton & The Wolfman 43 Hamels, Cole (P), TEX
FantasyScore 42 Fangraphs 33 USA TODAY Sports 24
Winning Fantasy Baseball 15 Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Troy Tulowitzki, TOR $54 Baseball HQ 54 Yahoo! Sports 55 SiriusXM 50
ESPN.com 49 Colton & The Wolfman 43 FantasyScore 42
Fangraphs 33 USA TODAY Sports 24 Winning Fantasy Baseball 15
Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Gerardo Parra, BAL $50 SiriusXM 50 Colton & The Wolfman 32 Fangraphs 29
USA TODAY Sports 24 FantasyScore 22 Winning Fantasy Baseball 14
Mastersball 13 Baseball HQ 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Carlos Gomez, HOU $49 ESPN.com 49 Yahoo! Sports 55 SiriusXM 50
Colton & The Wolfman 43 FantasyScore 42 Fangraphs 33
Mastersball 15 Winning Fantasy Baseball 15 Baseball HQ 8
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Ben Revere, TOR $43 Colton & The Wolfman 43 SiriusXM 49 ESPN.com 41
Fangraphs 31 FantasyScore 26 USA TODAY Sports 18
Winning Fantasy Baseball 14 Baseball HQ 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Alex Wilson, DET $36 FantasyScore 36 Fangraphs 16 SiriusXM 11
Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 Baseball HQ 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Mike Fiers, HOU $16 Fangraphs 16 SiriusXM 44 FantasyScore 32
ESPN.com 25 USA TODAY Sports 16 Winning Fantasy Baseball 14
Mastersball 6 Baseball HQ 4
Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Travis Shaw, BOS $7 Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 1
Aaron Brooks, OAK $3 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Blaine Hardy, DET $3 SiriusXM 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Curt Casali, TB $3 Yahoo! Sports 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ketel Marte, SEA $2 RotoWire 2 ESPN.com 11 Baseball HQ 2
David Lough, BAL $1 Baseball HQ 1
Sam Fuld, OAK $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 ESPN.com 1
Steven Wright, BOS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Goins, TOR $1 Baseball HQ 1
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UNAWARDED BIDS

Pat Neshek, HOU FantasyScore 3
Tyler Holt, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 2
Bruce Rondon, DET Fangraphs 2
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Mikie Mahtook, TB Baseball HQ 1
Josh Rutledge, BOS Baseball HQ 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Baseball HQ 1
Josh Fields, HOU Fangraphs 1
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK Fangraphs 1
Bryan Mitchell, NYY Fangraphs 1
Mark Lowe, TOR Fangraphs 1
Al Alburquerque, DET FantasyScore 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

Plenty of good crossover players to whittle down the FAAB purses. Here were the highlights:

Johnny Cueto - $55 to Brandon Funston, Yahoo Sports (formerly with $120 FAAB)

Cole Hamels - $55 to Brandon Funston, Yahoo Sports

(well judged as both had two $54 underbids)

Troy Tulowitzki - $54 to Dave Adler, Baseball HQ

Gerardo Parra - $50 to Ray Flowers, Sirius XM

Carlos Gomez - $49 to Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN

Ben Revere - $43 to Colton & The Wolfman

Alex Wilson - $36 to Tim Heaney, Fantasy Score (new closer love)

Mike Fiers - $16 to Eno Sarris, Fangraphs

Yeah I bid on all those guys but I had only 17 FAAB units left but did get new Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw for $7 and now am one of five teams with double digit FAAB for the rest of the season. I also get to start new Yankee starter Luis Severino as he has been on my reserves since draft day.

Todd's Take

There was some interesing cat-and-mouse thinking at the top of the bidding. Beginning the run, here was the totals at the top:

Brandon/Yahoo 120

Dave/Baseball HQ 66

Ray/SiriusXM 54

Tristan/ESPN and Glenn/Rick 49

It wasn't obvious that Dave would bid 55 on his guys to beat Ray since Brandon had so much FAAB. There's a chance Brandon tries for multiple players so Dave could have bid closer to his max. Brandon, on the other hand, knew he could get the two of the three guys he wanted, perhaps losing out on his second choice if Dave bid more than the 55. Brandon also knew Dave had the tiebreaker (lower in standings).

If that's confusing, Brandon got two players for $55 each -- either of which Dave could have bid $55 on and won but he opted not to. 

Things went chalk, Brandon got his two guys and everyone else bid $1 more than the next team -- which leaves them with some FAAB down the stretch which is important since LABR doesn't allow $0 bids.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cespedes_nym

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yoenis Cespedes, NYM $97 ESPN - Karabell 97 Derek Carty 90 Yahoo Sports 89
Baseball HQ 84 Sandlot Shrink 75 Colton & The Wolfman 72
Inside Edge 52 Mastersball 45 RotoWire - DVR 41
USA TODAY Sports 33 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31
Jose Reyes, COL $90 Derek Carty 90 Yahoo Sports 89 Baseball HQ 84
Sandlot Shrink 75 Colton & The Wolfman 72 Inside Edge 52
RotoWire - DVR 41 USA TODAY Sports 36 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31
Brandon Moss, STL $89 Yahoo Sports 89 Derek Carty 90 Sandlot Shrink 63
Inside Edge 52 Mastersball 45 RotoExperts 41
RotoWire - DVR 41 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31 Colton & The Wolfman 20
USA TODAY Sports 8
J.A. Happ, PIT $6 Derek Carty 6 Inside Edge 3
Joakim Soria, PIT $3 Inside Edge 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Tommy Kahnle, COL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Derek Carty 2
Adonis Garcia, ATL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Rafael Betancourt, COL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Derek Carty 6 Inside Edge 1
Tommy Hunter, CHC $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Clippard, NYM Inside Edge 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Sergio Romo, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

In the wake of the trade deadline, NL LABR wallets were both opened and emptied, and not without challenge.

ESPN's Eric Karabell took the big prize, beating out ten bids ranging from $41 to $90, buying the rights to Yoenis Cespedes for $97 completely cleaning out his FAAB budget with the hopes of some offense.

Close behind is Derek Carty, who added Jose Reyes for $90, also zeroing out his FAAB balance and whipping eight wannabe Reyes owners.

As it stands, Carty's fourth place and Karabell's fifth place teams can pick up some points with their solid additions, but still, there is a tough row to hoe ahead for each, and in the end, the best thing each player might add is some flexibility to swap for more specific needs.

Brad Evans, who bagged Brandon Moss for $89 similarly broke his own bank with a long-shot too pull his team from the bottom half of the standings (Moss was the guy I hoped to bag with a lersser $45 bid, to similarly help me out of the bottom of the pack)  and once again, eight others did their best t get Moss' numbers in vain.

Carty actually did have $6 left after the Reyes acquisition, and with that he added lefty pitcher J.A. Happ, but only one owner was really interested in the lefty while the Inside Edge's Steve Moyer picked up Joakim Soria for $3, defeating a pair of $1 tries, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton trolling the depths, grabbing Tommy Hunter and Rafael Betancourt, each for a dollar.

Now it is indeed crunch time.

Todd's Take

So to begin the run....

Eric/ESPN 97

Derek 96

Dalton/Yahoo 90

Doug/Baseball HQ 88

Colton and the Wolfman 80

Eric had no choice, if he wanted Cespedes, he needed to cover Derek's max of 96. If he was OK with Reyes, he could have just covered Dalton's 90 but he wanted Cespedes and went all-in. I applaud that initiative. You want him? Get him.

Derek needed to decide whether to max bid and hope Eric covered the third highest amount of FAAB or be fine with either Cespedes or Reyes and have a few bucks remaining. I think he made the right choice since he may prefer Reyes to Cespedes - that choice comes down to needs. Best case scenario is he gets the guy he wants plus has some FAAB left over.

MIXED LEAGUE

vizcaino

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL $22 Fangraphs 22 USA TODAY Sports 4 FantasyScore 2
FNTSY 2 MLB.com 1
Alex Wilson, DET $16 Fangraphs 16 Rotowire-Colton 10
Hank Conger, HOU $6 Razzball 6
Jesus Montero, SEA $3 Fangraphs 3
Tommy Hunter, CHC $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Chris Bassitt, OAK $1 MLB.com 1 Razzball 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

Edward Mujica, OAK Fangraphs 12
Tommy Kahnle, COL Fangraphs 6
Curt Casali, TB Razzball 4
Michael Foltynewicz, ATL Razzball 3
Domonic Brown, PHI Fangraphs 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS Fangraphs 1
Jake Peavy, SF MLB.com 1
JR Murphy, NYY Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Yawn. Well that was anti-climatic. There wasn't a whole lot to bid on and I had Wily Peralta coming off the DL, Hector Rondon getting saves again and Rusney Castillo called up so I got players from my reserve/DL matching those available in FAAB.

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