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.
|KMedlen, KC||9||Steve Moyer 24||Rob Leibowitz 8||Jeff Erickson 7|
|WVenable, Tex||5||Seth Trachtman 6||Jeff Erickson 7||Mike Podhorzer 4|
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3|
|GBird, NYY||3||Steve Moyer 23||Jeff Erickson 7||Seth Trachtman 2|
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|GBeckham, CWS||1||Seth Trachtman 1||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|CCasali, TB||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2|
|RStrausborger, Tex||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2|
|MBarnes, Bos||1||Andy Behrens 1|
|BFarmer, Det||1||Andy Behrens 4|
|SPearce, Bal||1||Mike Podhorzer 6|
|AOgando, Bos||1||Mike Podhorzer 1|
|KJepsen, Min||1||Jeff Erickson 19|
|HAlberto, Tex||0||Seth Trachtman 0|
|CShreve, NYY||0||Andy Behrens 0|
|POrlando, KC||Seth Trachtman 1|
|BMatusz, Bal||Andy Behrens 0|
|DNava, TB||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|ESogard, Oak||Seth Trachtman 0|
|JSands, Cle||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|KCowart, LAA||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|LHochevar, KC||Andy Behrens 0|
|PNeshek, Hou||Andy Behrens 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
This week I went all in with my $8 remaining FAAB on Kris Medlen. He's replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the KC rotation. So far he has looked pretty sharp, looking like the pre-injury Kris Medlen, complete with solid control, a low-nineties fastball, good curve, and changeup, generating solid swing and miss numbers. I didn't get him but at least I made Steve Moyer spend a little of what he had left.
I'm a little surprised that Jeff Erickson's bid on Kevin Jepsen went unchallenged. Jeff has 29 saves then directly above him it goes 32, 33, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 43. That's a tightly bunched group and even a couple saves could mean multiple points. Perhaps it's because third place is 15 points away from first and fourth/fifth place are both 25 points away. Jeff's in second, trying to catch his Rotowire partner Chris Liss and will need some more help in the category, but at least he's attacking a spot where there's a big net gain.
|DSantana, Mil||27||Steve Gardner 30||Brian Walton 26||Phil Hertz 22|
|AAltherr, Phi||25||Brian Walton 26||Gene McCaffrey 24||Phil Hertz 22|
|Scott Wilderman 16||Tristan H. Cockcroft 11||Derek Carty 2|
|JEickhoff, Phi||4||Scott Wilderman 13||Peter Kreutzer 3||Brian Walton 0|
|Derek Carty 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|JBourgeois, Cin||2||Tristan H. Cockcroft 5||Derek Carty 1|
|TJankowski, SD||1||Tristan H. Cockcroft 15||Brian Walton 26||Phil Hertz 22|
|Scott Wilderman 6||Brian Walton 0|
|TPham, StL||1||Scott Wilderman 7||Brian Walton 2||Phil Hertz 1|
|Brian Walton 0||Derek Carty 0|
|AGarcia, Atl||1||Peter Kreutzer 11||Derek Carty 0|
|DRuf, Phi||1||Phil Hertz 22||Peter Kreutzer 5||Scott Wilderman 0|
|Derek Carty 0|
|DHudson, Ari||1||Phil Hertz 3|
|DSweeney, Phi||0||Brian Walton 26||Phil Hertz 0|
|JJeffress, Mil||0||Phil Hertz 0||Steve Gardner 4|
|YPetit, SF||0||Phil Hertz 0||Scott Wilderman 0|
|BBoesch, Cin||0||Derek Carty 0|
|RLaMarre, Cin||Scott Wilderman 6|
|BWallace, SD||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|LVerrett, NYM||Phil Hertz 2|
|KQuackenbush, SD||Scott Wilderman 0|
|BTreinen, Was||Scott Wilderman 0|
|JCollmenter, Ari||Phil Hertz 0|
|BTreinen, Was||Phil Hertz 0|
|BMorris, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
So there haven’t been many big names coming into the National League this summer. There are still some interesting names who moved in trade (in return for departing stars) and are receiving auditions with their new teams. In other cases, jobs are opening up for prospect auditions.
Just this week, a young outfielder in a new home is getting at-bats, and therefore drawing big interest in NL Tout. Domingo Santana joined Milwaukee from Houston in the Carlos Gomez deal. Two other outfield prospects are also seeing considerable playing time - Aaron Altherr with Philadelphia and San Diego’s Travis Jankowski.
The pitcher drawing the most interest in bidding this week is yet another Phillies prospect fresh from the farm, Jerad Eickhoff. The right-hander opened eyes by tossing six scoreless innings at Miami in his MLB debut Friday night.
I bid on all four, but with the third-most money remaining at $26, I put it all behind one player to ensure I got him.
My top priority, Santana, went to Steve Gardner of USA Today for $27 ($30 Vickrey). I ended up with Altherr for $25 ($26 Vickrey), who was batting third for the new-look Phils on Sunday.
With the heavy bidding on the other two outfielders, Jankowski slipped under the radar to Tristan H. Cockcroft for just $1 ($15 Vickrey). That is my bargain pick of the week, though Scott Wilderman also did very nicely getting Eickhoff for $4 ($13 Vickrey).
League leader Mike Gianella probably wasn't happy to see three-time defending champion Tristan Cockcroft picking up Jankowski. This is going down to the wire and presently, Tristan is tied for 10th in steals with 66. There's a challenger right behind with 64 with the two ahead of him recording 68 and 70. That's 2.5 readily available points along with a buffer so he doesn't get passed. Every point counts -- considering that Tristan also had his bid reduced, I agree with Brian -- this was quite the fortuitous deal.
|KMedlen, KC||10||Al Melchior 22||Fred Zinkie 9||Cory Schwartz 6|
|Scott Engel 4||Tim Heaney 3||Scott Pianowski 2|
|Derek Van Riper 0|
|MCanha, Oak||9||Ray Flowers 11||Scott Pianowski 8||Tim Heaney 2|
|TShaw, Bos||3||Scott Engel 5||Tim Heaney 2||Derek Van Riper 0|
|GBird, NYY||1||Tim Heaney 2||Derek Van Riper 0|
|WMiley, Bos||1||Cory Schwartz 3||Derek Van Riper 0|
|TWilhelmsen, Sea||1||David Gonos 12|
|TTurner, Was||1||Al Melchior 4|
|HOwens, Bos||1||Scott Engel 2|
|AWainwright, StL||1||Patrick Davitt 19|
|AHechavarria, Mia||1||Fred Zinkie 1|
|DSantana, Mil||0||Derek Van Riper 0||Ray Flowers 11|
|ERosario, Min||0||Derek Van Riper 0|
|JNicolino, Mia||0||Derek Van Riper 0||Scott Engel 2|
|CCasali, TB||0||Scott Pianowski 0|
|AMorgan, Phi||0||Scott Pianowski 0|
|DPomeranz, Oak||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|JTomlin, Cle||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JBlanton, Pit||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|SClevenger, Bal||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CGillespie, Mia||Ray Flowers 7|
|JLagares, NYM||Ray Flowers 7|
|JDeLaRosa, Col||Cory Schwartz 0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|AAltherr, Phi||Derek Van Riper 0|
|ABlanco, Phi||Fred Zinkie 0|
|ASanchez, Tor||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CRea, SD||Scott Pianowski 0|
|DMurphy, LAA||Derek Van Riper 0|
|JEickhoff, Phi||Fred Zinkie 0|
|KTomlinson, SF||Fred Zinkie 0|
|LHendriks, Tor||Cory Schwartz 0|
|MConforto, NYM||Derek Van Riper 0|
|MStroman, Tor||Fred Zinkie 0|
|RGoins, Tor||Fred Zinkie 0|
|TDuffey, Min||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
At this point in the season, one hot player could mean the difference between winning and not winning a league, or in Al Melchior's case, the difference between a FAAB penalty and no FAAB penalty for next year. Finally fed up with the mediocre pitching of Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals have decided to insert Kris Medlen into Guthrie's starting rotation spot, and the move makes plenty of sense. Since being activated from the 60-day DL late last month, Medlen has registered a 2.51 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in seven relief appearances to go along with 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. This is a guy who pitched to a 3.11 ERA while winning 15 games back in 2013 before missing one and a half seasons due to Tommy John surgery, so the talent is unquestioned, and a strong finish to 2015 seems likely.
I found it noteworthy that Patrick Davitt, one of the seven owners (yes, seven!) still in the title hunt, was willing to sacrifice one week's worth of pitcher stats in acquiring Adam Wainwright, who might make it back by mid-September but might end up working out of the bullpen. It just seems to me that the downside outweighs the upside. But then again, I'm not a big risk-taker when it comes to fantasy baseball team management.
Zach alluded to it, this league is going down to the wire as well. He also made another comment about being risk averse. I've talked about this on Baseball HQ Radio and have written about it on Fantasy Alarm -- while I share that philosophy with Zach, it's no longer the way to play the game, at least not in a high stakes or industry setting. It's my biggest obstacle in both formats (and DFS) and something I need to overcome. Maybe I should jump out of an airplane. On second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea.
|AAltherr, Phi||4||Perry Van Hook 4||Tim McLeod 4||Brent Hershey 3|
|GSizemore, TB||1||Anthony Perri 5|
|CMorton, Pit||1||Anthony Perri 5||Perry Van Hook 6||Eno Sarris 3|
|MCain, SF||1||Ray Murphy 6|
|JTomlin, Cle||1||Ray Murphy 6|
|TTurner, Was||1||Brent Hershey 7|
|MCanha, Oak||1||Brent Hershey 2||Adam Ronis 2|
|KMedlen, KC||1||Perry Van Hook 11||Adam Ronis 3|
|JLamb, Cin||1||Adam Ronis 8||Perry Van Hook 2|
|JDeLaRosa, Col||1||Perry Van Hook 7|
|JHoover, Cin||1||Tim McLeod 3|
|AReed, Hou||1||Tim McLeod 1|
|TJungmann, Mil||1||Eno Sarris 7|
|TWilhelmsen, Sea||1||Adam Ronis 9|
|JWerth, Was||1||Rudy Gamble 11||Adam Ronis 2|
|ESantana, Min||Eno Sarris 6|
|JEickhoff, Phi||Perry Van Hook 5|
|RDelgado, Ari||Ray Murphy 2|
|TDuffey, Min||Perry Van Hook 2|
|LChisenhall, Cle||Perry Van Hook 2|
|NSwisher, Atl||Brent Hershey 1|
|JoRamirez, Cle||Rudy Gamble 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Time to swing for the fences and hope that George Springer gets back in early September and that the recently activated Freddie Freeman can be productive right away. I bid on several starting pitchers to buttress my all starter staff and ended up with ... Kris Medlen, KC with two starts who I bid $11 for but rostered for the Vickrey reduced $1 winning bid as was the case with Jorge De La Rosa, COL who has two road starts (check his road versus home numbers) whom I bid $7 on. I bid on new Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr and had to spend my full $4 bid to get him from Brent Hershey, BaseballHQ - the only winning bid above a dollar this week.
It continues to baffle me why there aren't more $0 bids in this league. At first I assumed not everyone was aware of the rule allowing it but it's been several years this trend exists. I'm not judging, just don't have anything else to say and want to get this thing posted.
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..
|Kevin Jepsen, MIN||2||Colton & The Wolfman 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kris Medlen, KC||2||Mastersball 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Gregory Bird, NYY||2||Mastersball 2||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA||2||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2||Baseball HQ 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Mark Lowe, TOR||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Steve Clevenger, BAL||1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Stephen Drew, NYY||1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Will Venable, TEX||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Steven Geltz, TB||1||Yahoo! Sports 1|
|Aaron Sanchez, TOR||Yahoo! Sports 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Alex Colome, TB||Yahoo! Sports 1|
|Brandon Gomes, TB||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Carlos Perez, LAA||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Felix Doubront, OAK||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Neal Cotts, MIN||Baseball HQ 1|
|Will Harris, HOU||Yahoo! Sports 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Down to the short strokes with FAAB budgets and two players I really wanted - Kris Medlen, KC starting pitcher who will have two starts this week replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the Royals rotation and Greg Bird the Yankee prospect who has been able to more than fill in for Mark Teixeira. With only five FAAB units left for the season and below others I thought my best play was to bid two dollars each and see what happened.
Voila! Got both so Medlen replaces the DLed Anibal Sanchez and Bird even if he doesn't get as many at bats when Teixeira is back should get me more power stats than James Loney. I also got to activate Lance McCullers recently recalled by the Astros and reserve Martin Perez who is likely to have his turn skipped this week by the Rangers.
Pssst - AL LABR, if you want to win a guy, bid $3.
Actually, chances are the guys are hoping for some reinforcements at the September call-ups. Something to keep in mind is the season started a week later which pushes everything up a week. So one one hand, if the player is called up on September 1 you may get him an extra week, the teams that let players stay on the farm through playoffs will be called up a week later than normal and you'll get the same length of time from them - just shifted a week.
|Aaron Altherr, PHI||41||Baseball HQ 41||Inside Edge 21||RotoExperts 12|
|Colton & The Wolfman 11||Inside Edge 4|
|Travis Jankowski, SD||27||Colton & The Wolfman 27|
|Domingo Santana, MIL||21||Inside Edge 21||Colton & The Wolfman 27|
|Jerad Eickhoff, PHI||13||Mastersball 13||Inside Edge 4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Michael Morse, PIT||6||Inside Edge 6||Baseball HQ 1|
|Logan Verrett, NYM||4||Inside Edge 4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Jason Bourgeois, CIN||3||Colton & The Wolfman 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Kendry Flores, MIA||3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Kelby Tomlinson, SF||3||RotoWire - DVR 3||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Trea Turner, WSH||3||RotoWire - DVR 3||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Justin Nicolino, MIA||3||Sandlot Shrink 3|
|Darnell Sweeney, PHI||3||RotoWire - DVR 3||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Justin Grimm, CHC||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jose Lobaton, WSH||1||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Brad Hand, MIA||Inside Edge 4|
|Colin Rea, SD||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Arquimedes Caminero, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
|Carlos Ruiz, PHI||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Pedro Baez, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ryan LaMarre, CIN||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Ryan Lavarnway, ATL||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Thomas Pham, STL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Travis Ishikawa, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
It was a big and competitive week for transactions in NL LABR as teams emptied their wallets in anticipation of roster expansion. In all eight teams acquired new players in what might be the most active week of the season for FAAB moves.
Doug Dennis dropped $41 on the Phils Aaron Altherr, besting four bids between $11-$21, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe grabbed hitters Travis Jankowski ($27) and $3 for Jason Bourgeois and a buck for Justin Grimm..
Steve Moyer then spent on Domingo Santiago for $21, just edging out an $18 stab. Moyer also bagged Mike Morse ($6) and Logan Verrett $1)
I successfully bid $13 for Jerad Eickhoff to replace demoted Chris Heston, beating out a couple of tries at $3 and $4, while Bob Radomski's Sandlot Shrink team picked up Justin Nicolino ($3) and Jose Lobaton ($1).
Derek Van Riper of Rotowire nabbed hot Nats property Trea Turner along with Darnell Sweeney and Kelby Tomlinson--all for $3 each--while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs brought home Kendry Flores for the same price.
Geez, this week was almost as good as - heck, it may even be better - than trade deadline week in NL LABR. It's all about category management so regardless how you rank the available players, if you want pop it was Santana, if you want speed it was Jankowski and if you want across the board help it was Altherr. They all should get similar playing time down the stretch.
|Domingo Santana, MIL||4||FantasyScore 4||Fangraphs 1||MLB.com 1|
|Travis Shaw, BOS||4||USA TODAY Sports 4||Baseball HQ 1||FantasyScore 1|
|Bruce Rondon, DET||3||FantasyScore 3|
|Ryan Vogelsong, SF||2||Razzball 2|
|Kris Medlen, KC||2||MLB.com 2|
|Travis Jankowski, SD||1||Fangraphs 1||FantasyScore 1|
|Randall Delgado, ARI||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Joaquin Benoit, SD||1||FNTSY 1|
|Junichi Tazawa, BOS||FantasyScore 3|
|Gregory Bird, NYY||FantasyScore 1|
|Henry Urrutia, BAL||FantasyScore 1|
|J.J. Hoover, CIN||FantasyScore 1|
|Mark Canha, OAK||FantasyScore 1|
|Michael Conforto, NYM||Fangraphs 1|
|Thomas Pham, STL||FantasyScore 1|
|Tyler Collins, DET||Fangraphs 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
It';s interesting that only one team needed a closer and both options, Rondon and Tazawa, blew a save over the weekend. While Tazawa may be the better pitcher, I agree with ranking Rondon higher since there's a better chance he closes down the stretch. Boston has indicated they intend to limit Tazawa's innings while Detroit wants to see what Rondon can do.
There's some pretty solid hitters available in Jankowski and Santana with a nice contrast that Jankowski a speed merchant playing in a park conducive to speed while Santana is a power hitter playing for a team (and in a park) that favor power hitters. I think they're both nice pulls for this time of the season.