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.
|HUrrutia, Bal||6||Lawr Michaels 9||Mike Podhorzer 5||Seth Trachtman 2|
|ChJohnson, Cle||6||Seth Trachtman 16||Mike Podhorzer 5||Andy Behrens 4|
|NTropeano, LAA||6||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 9||Jeff Erickson 5|
|FGutierrez, Sea||4||Chris Liss 4||Mike Podhorzer 3||Seth Trachtman 2|
|JTomlin, Cle||2||Jeff Erickson 3||Ron Shandler 1|
|SClevenger, Bal||1||Jason Collette 2|
|FDoubront, Oak||1||Jason Collette 2|
|TDuffey, Min||1||Jeff Erickson 5||Ron Shandler 0|
|FSalas, LAA||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|GBird, NYY||Lawr Michaels 4|
|CGonzalez, Tex||Jeff Erickson 0|
|KMedlen, KC||Jeff Erickson 0|
|LHawkins, Tor||Jeff Erickson 0|
|LHochevar, KC||Ron Shandler 0|
|NJones, CWS||Jeff Erickson 0|
|OPerez, Hou||Ron Shandler 0|
|SDyson, Tex||Jeff Erickson 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
This week there were some parts available on the hitting front for marginal upgrades with Henry Urrutia called up to take the spot of Travis Snider and Chris Johnson finding at bats at first with the Tribe. When fighting for category points every at bat helps. Daniel Nava is seeing some significant time in the outfield for the Rays while Chris Johnson has some pop and is prone to the occasional short run hot streak.
In keeper leagues, Gregory Bird is a great target since he could the Yankees first baseman before 2016 ends. Barring injury, he has minimal value in redraft leagues.
So far in his career, Felix Doubront has worked in some of the more hitter friendly venues in the game (Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Rogers Centre). It will be interesting to see what happens on O. Co. Coliseum. Doubront can aid his own cause by ramping the whiffs back up, hopefully not at the expense of his improved control. You just never know with the A's -- there are worse lottery tickets than Doubront.
|CMorton, Pit||27||Tristan H. Cockcroft 35||Phil Hertz 26||Gene McCaffrey 14|
|Steve Gardner 13||Scott Wilderman 3||Derek Carty 2|
|JLamb, Cin||7||Peter Kreutzer 15||Scott Wilderman 6||Derek Carty 2|
|Phil Hertz 2||Brian Walton 1|
|JGrimm, ChC||4||Phil Hertz 6||Mike Gianella 3||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|PBaez, LAD||4||Steve Gardner 7||Mike Gianella 3||Phil Hertz 0|
|ABlanco, Phi||2||Scott Wilderman 2||Brian Walton 2||Derek Carty 0|
|HPerez, Mil||1||Gene McCaffrey 11||Scott Wilderman 2||Brian Walton 0|
|Derek Carty 0|
|AConley, Mia||1||Scott Wilderman 2|
|MAdams, StL||1||Brian Walton 25||Phil Hertz 4|
|MMcBride, Col||1||Lenny Melnick 1||Brian Walton 1|
|AWainwright, StL||1||Brian Walton 1|
|JLobaton, Was||1||Steve Gardner 2||Derek Carty 0|
|JDiaz, Cin||1||Phil Hertz 3||Mike Gianella 3|
|CaVillanueva, StL||1||Mike Gianella 3|
|CRichard, ChC||1||Mike Gianella 3|
|YGarcia, LAD||0||Peter Kreutzer 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|PCiriaco, Atl||0||Brian Walton 0|
|JRomak, Ari||0||Derek Carty 0|
|SSchumaker, Cin||0||Derek Carty 0|
|TIshikawa, Pit||0||Derek Carty 0||Lenny Melnick 0|
|CKnebel, Mil||0||Phil Hertz 0|
|CTorres, NYM||Mike Gianella 3|
|AChafin, Ari||Mike Gianella 3|
|BNorris, SD||Brian Walton 1|
|MRojas, Mia||Brian Walton 0|
|JHerrera, ChC||Brian Walton 0|
|CStewart, Pit||Steve Gardner 0|
|CNarveson, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Two pitchers, one old and one new, drew the most FAAB this week in National League Tout Wars.
Eight-year MLB veteran Charlie Morton is back from injury and has thrown two quality starts in his last three outings for Pittsburgh with the other a trouncing at the hands of the Dodgers. Tristan H. Cockcroft ($27 Vickrey from $35 bid) had to outduel Phil Hertz and multiple others to make the acquisition.
Cincinnati’s John Lamb made his long-awaited MLB debut this week. The lefty gave up five runs to the Dodgers in six innings with a WHIP of 1.667, but also logged seven strikeouts. Peter Kreutzer ($7 Vickrey from $15) is among those expecting bigger and better things from the former Kansas City Royals farmhand, who had been lights out in Triple-A.
I don't think I've ever seen a week where 10 different teams picked up free agents, especially this late in the season. I was one of the two teams in absentia. As poor as my squad is, there just wasn't an upgrade -- other than perhaps Charlie Morton -- that was worth spending FAAB on. I'm trying to gain points to save FAAB next season and figure I'll take some chances on the upside of September call-ups.
|INova, NYY||9||Zach Steinhorn 12||Cory Schwartz 8||Fred Zinkie 4|
|Derek Van Riper 0|
|BHolt, Bos||5||Scott Pianowski 8||Fred Zinkie 4|
|GBlanco, SF||2||Fred Zinkie 4||Zach Steinhorn 11||Scott Pianowski 8|
|Zach Steinhorn 1|
|MCuddyer, NYM||1||Nando DiFino 1|
|VNuno, Sea||1||Nando DiFino 1|
|JLamb, Cin||1||Al Melchior 11||Derek Van Riper 0|
|JSaltalamacchia, Ari||1||Ray Flowers 6|
|JBradley, Bos||1||David Gonos 6||Scott Pianowski 8|
|SFeldman, Hou||1||David Gonos 10|
|MOzuna, Mia||0||Derek Van Riper 0|
|EHernandez, LAD||0||Fred Zinkie 0||Derek Van Riper 0||Tim Heaney 0|
|DNorris, Det||0||Derek Van Riper 0|
|HStrickland, SF||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|CShreve, NYY||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|FGutierrez, Sea||0||Tim Heaney 0|
|PStrop, ChC||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|GSoto, CWS||Ray Flowers 4|
|CRupp, Phi||Ray Flowers 4|
|CGimenez, Tex||Ray Flowers 4|
|JMachi, Bos||Al Melchior 1|
|CCrawford, LAD||Nando DiFino 0|
|CRea, SD||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CSabathia, NYY||Derek Van Riper 0|
|DMurphy, LAA||Derek Van Riper 0|
|FRodriguez, Oak||Cory Schwartz 0|
|JFrancoeur, Phi||Scott Pianowski 0|
|JPeterson, Atl||Derek Van Riper 0|
|LHendriks, Tor||Cory Schwartz 0|
|PBaez, LAD||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
I would have preferred not to spend $9 on Ivan Nova. But with a 3.57 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over nine starts this season, the Yankee righty did not deserve to be on the waiver wire, especially since he's fresh off a solid showing (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) against the Blue Jays, the top offense in the game, so I was prepared for the possibility. Nova has a favorable matchup this week against a Twins team that ranks 24th in the Majors in runs scored since the All-Star break and he will be a two-start pitcher the following week.
Derek Van Riper's free pickup of Marcell Ozuna has the potential to reap a considerable profit. Ozuna figures to get regular playing time while Christian Yelich is on the DL, and if he can perform anything like the guy who tallied 23 homers and 85 RBI last season, an everyday role down the stretch is well within reach.
Other players that could make a difference down the stretch are Daniel Norris and Brock Holt. I assume you know Holt's story -- just seems to keep getting things done from every position except pitcher and catcher. Even when/if Dustin Pedroia returns, Holt's stick will find a place to play. Norris is a risk, and his strikeout upside has yet to manifest in the bigs but in the minors he showed the ability to miss bats -- always a good thing and often leading to a short term run, which is all you want this time of the season. Worry about the regression next spring.
|JBradley, Bos||4||Ray Murphy 10||Adam Ronis 3||Perry Van Hook 2|
|MGarza, Mil||1||Charlie Wiegert 9||Tim McLeod 0|
|FGalvis, Phi||1||Perry Van Hook 2|
|GBlanco, SF||1||Tim McLeod 8||Eno Sarris 2||Perry Van Hook 0|
|JDanks, CWS||1||Perry Van Hook 4|
|CCoghlan, ChC||1||Eno Sarris 11|
|JGray, Col||1||Tim McLeod 3|
|DHutchison, Tor||1||Adam Ronis 8|
|EHernandez, LAD||1||Adam Ronis 2|
|JHapp, Pit||1||Rudy Gamble 2|
|SDrew, NYY||1||Rudy Gamble 2|
|FGutierrez, Sea||0||Perry Van Hook 0|
|CRea, SD||Adam Ronis 4||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|JWerth, Was||Eno Sarris 3||Adam Ronis 1|
|CCrisp, Oak||Eno Sarris 3|
|JMachi, Bos||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|JLamb, Cin||Adam Ronis 2|
|FRodney, Sea||Tim McLeod 0|
|KTomlinson, SF||Tim McLeod 0|
|ADeAza, Bos||Perry Van Hook 0|
|CAsche, Phi||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
The flavor of the week here was Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. after his career game on Saturday. Ray Murphy bid $10 on Bradley, Vickrey reduced to a $4 winning bid. The next highest bid was for Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco who had a very good weekend and should be fulltime with Angel Pagan on the DL. Tim McLeod bid $8 on Blanco Vickfey reduced to a $1 winning bid.
I wanted a shortstop to replace Nick Ahmed and won Philly Freddy Galvis for a dollar on a two dollar bid. I also bid on Bradley ($2) and Blanco ($0) but instead got my third choice for a zero bid - another outfielder with a great game this weekend - Franklin Gutierrez, SEA. I also needed to end the Matt Boyd experiment and bid $4 on John Danks, CWS who has been very good the last two weeks and has a nice two start week ahead. Even better I won him for just one dollar.
Fun with splits - at home Drew Hutchison is 9-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.12 WHIP while he's 2-1, 9.00/2.00 on the road. The head says this is sample size blip but the heart wonders what if it were real, could it help the wallet by using him as an anchor in a DFS tourney every time he's home? That's one of my beefs with FDS -- using players on the hope they do something and not because you think they will.
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..
|Jean Machi, BOS||4||FantasyScore 4||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Henry Urrutia, BAL||2||Baseball HQ 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|LaTroy Hawkins, TOR||1||Mastersball 1|
|Ryan Strausborger, TEX||1||Mastersball 1|
|Tyler Collins, DET||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Tyler Duffey, MIN||1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||Mastersball 1|
|J.B. Shuck, CWS||Baseball HQ 1|
|Mike Aviles, CLE||Baseball HQ 1|
|Josh Fields, HOU||Mastersball 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
No new closer or crossover players and FAAB budgets are pretty low so high bid for the week was Fantasy Scores' Tim Heaney's $4 bid to land Jean Machi, BOS in case Junichi Tazawa should lose the closer role. The only other bid over a dollar was $2 for Baltimore outfielder Henry Urrutia by Dave Adler/Baseball HQ.
I wanted to get rid of Aaron Sanchez but lost on tie-breaker on new Twins SP Tyler Duffey so got the venerable LaTroy Hawkins for hopefully better ratios and perhaps an odd save. I also bid $1 and rostered new Rangers fly chaser Ryan Strausborger who has some pop and decent speed.
If you play DFS, you've no doubt be burned at least once, perhaps multiple times this season by stacking against a perceived weak arm being brought up from the minors. The latest example is Tyler Duffey, who not only stifled the Indians over the weekend, he did it on three days rest. Honestly, this is getting a little ridiculous. I know pitchers are supposed to have an edge until the hitters get a book on them but this season has been extreme. Maybe it's time to try the old saying, "if you can't beat them, join them." Looks like I'm using Matt Barnes in DFS tonight.
|Austin Hedges, SD||16||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Matt McBride, COL||11||RotoExperts 16|
|John Lamb, CIN||3||Colton & The Wolfman 11||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Cameron Rupp, PHI||1||Baseball HQ 1||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Jose Rafael Diaz, CIN||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Denorfia, CHC||1||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Joe Blanton, PIT||1||USA TODAY Sports 1||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Brad Hand, MIA||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Kelby Tomlinson, SF||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Justin Grimm, CHC||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jason Rogers, MIL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Juan Perez, SF||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Logan Schafer, MIL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Pedro Baez, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary.
It is indeed go for broke time as the stretch run is upon the National League LABR-ians, as Lenny Melnick opened $16 of his wallet remnants for Rockies outfielder Matt McBride, unchallenged, meaning a dollar would have worked, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton shed $11 for the Reds John Lamb, beating just one other $1 bid on the rookie hurler.
Rick and Glenn also nabbed Chris Denorfia for $3, leaving $1 scraps of Cameron Rupp and Jose Rafael Diaz (Doug Dennis at BBHQ), Austin Hedges (Chris Liss, of Rotowire), and Joe Blanton (Steve Gardner at USA Today).
The Reds rotation could get interesting down the stretch as they're in 2016 mode and have a number of young arms to look at and some others to protect in terms of innings. Don't be surprised if Brandon Finnegan and Robert Stephenson join John Lamb and see some late August and September starts with the likes of Anthony DeSclafani, Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias shut down a little early.
|Enrique Hernandez, LAD||4||Mastersball 4|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS||4||USA TODAY Sports 4||Baseball HQ 3||MLB.com 1|
|Raisel Iglesias, CIN||3||USA TODAY Sports 3||Razzball 2||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Martin Perez, TEX||2||Baseball HQ 2|
|Derek Dietrich, MIA||2||Razzball 2|
|Danny Valencia, OAK||1||Baseball HQ 1||USA TODAY Sports 4|
|Keyvius Sampson, CIN||1||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Edward Mujica, OAK||1||FantasyScore 1|
|Ketel Marte, SEA||Mastersball 3|
|Sergio Romo, SF||USA TODAY Sports 3|
|Bruce Rondon, DET||USA TODAY Sports 3|
|Jonathan Gray, COL||FantasyScore 1|
|Scott Feldman, HOU||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|John Lamb, CIN||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
I'm unfortunately just playing out the string but I want to do so with a full active lineup every week. I'n running low on FAAB so I opted to snag Kike Hernandez as his multiple position eligibility meshes with some other players so unless I lose a catcher, I'll be able to shuffle players around and not have to use FAAB to get legal. I'm not psyched that Hernandez only has five games this week and won't play all five (LABR rules require that I have him active) and if I was fighting for category points I likely wouldn't have chosen a player with five games but he serves the big picture goal of conserving as much FAAB as possible for two-start pitchers when I have an opening.
The Red Sox are the team I follow so I've seen the rejuvenation of Jackie Bradley Jr. on a nightly basis. I can't recall seeing a player so graceful and confident in the outfield since Fred Lynn - and Bradley is a better athlete that Lynn. He's just so natural out there, playing defense is second-hand. Obviously he's struggled at the dish for the better part of two seasons but is now swinging the bat very well. There's a place for JBJ's glove in the Majors, a team just has to be constructed in the proper manner. This entails a solid designatred hitter and above average hitting from catcher and middle infield. Boston can actually do this if they have the guts to give Hanley Ramirez a first baseman's mitt. David Ortiz has turned his season around with respect to hitting lefties but at some point, platooning Big Papi at DH, giving Hanley the time versus lefties and getting a right-handed stick to play first would allow a dynamic outfield of Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Bradley Jr.