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.
|JArencibia, TB||5||Steve Moyer 8||Andy Behrens 4||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3|
|MStroman, Tor||3||Larry Schechter 15||Chris Liss 2|
|NTropeano, LAA||2||Mike Podhorzer 6||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|MOlt, CWS||2||Mike Podhorzer 8||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|RRivera, TB||1||Andy Behrens 2|
|DPompey, Tor||1||Ron Shandler 2|
|CSabathia, NYY||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|JPaxton, Sea||1||Chris Liss 2|
|NJones, CWS||Larry Schechter 0|
|RMadson, KC||Larry Schechter 0|
|SDyson, Tex||Larry Schechter 0|
Rob Leibowitz' Commentary
Stroman's sharp outing and impending MLB call-up got everyone's attention in Tout Wars. It cannot be understated that Stroman missed most of the season due to a non-arm related injury. Loss of stuff is not in the picture and if the rust is off, the Jays will have a fresh, upper-end of the rotation, arm to help them on their stretch run. Stroman isn't the only interesting Blue Jay as Dalton Pompey is back and while he may not play much, he'll be deployed as a pinch-runner/base stealer which could be useful down the stretch.
Sean Nolin, while he does not have Stroman's upside or his command, is already getting an audition in the A's rotation and is a target for those looking for innings down the stretch. The lefty gets swings and misses with a solid fastball, plus changeup combo and could be a mainstay in the A's 2016 rotation.
The word is the Blue Jays are looking to move to a six-man rotation when Marcus Stroman is ready to return or to just spot start Drew Hutchison at home. Don't expect miracles from Stroman, the main priority for Toronto is getting him playoff-ready, in any capacity.
|AJackson, ChC||24||Scott Wilderman 42||Tristan H. Cockcroft 23||Mike Gianella 21|
|Phil Hertz 13||Peter Kreutzer 2||Brian Walton 0|
|CRobinson, Was||1||Scott Wilderman 9||Brian Walton 0|
|BWallace, SD||1||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|TLyons, StL||1||Peter Kreutzer 1||Scott Wilderman 0|
|ZGodley, Ari||1||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|ADeAza, SF||1||Lenny Melnick 2||Scott Wilderman 2|
|EYoung, NYM||1||Phil Hertz 1|
|CRusin, Col||1||Phil Hertz 5|
|JCollmenter, Ari||1||Phil Hertz 2|
|AHedges, SD||1||Phil Hertz 3|
|BDrury, Ari||0||Brian Walton 0||Scott Wilderman 2||Lenny Melnick 2|
|TRoark, Was||Phil Hertz 2|
|ZDavies, Mil||Phil Hertz 2|
|AReed, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|GKontos, SF||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JGrimm, ChC||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|PBaez, LAD||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|PStrop, ChC||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Eight of the 12 teams in National League Tout Wars still have double-digit FAAB totals after this week’s bidding, with six of them holding more than $20. In other words, there is a lot of money remaining to be spent – but few meaningful options available.
This week, just one player was acquired for more than $1. It was new Cubs outfielder Austin Jackson, whom six owners tried to buy. onRoto’s Scott Wilderman plunked down $42, but the Vickrey rule required him to pay $24, $1 more than the second-highest bidder.
Jackson likely represents the last interleague trade piece moving into the NL in 2015. With most top prospects already owned in NL Tout, as well, it seems unlikely that all that available cash will be spent. And as we already know, it cannot be taken with an owner to the next season.
It remains to be seen how the Cubs use A-Jax but at least short term, he should see decent action as Kyle Schwarber nurses a rib injury. It wouldn't be shocking to see Jackson enter games a defensive replacement. Chances are he's an upgrade over your worst player in NL only but don't let the cost of acquisition skew what he's likely to contribute. There's just nothing left to spend it on.
|BMiller, Sea||4||Cory Schwartz 9||Scott Swanay 3||Fred Zinkie 0|
|BGuyer, TB||3||Fred Zinkie 3||Scott Pianowski 2||Cory Schwartz 1|
|RElias, Sea||2||Scott Pianowski 3||Tim Heaney 1|
|RRay, Ari||1||Nando DiFino 3|
|RGoins, Tor||1||Fred Zinkie 3|
|MStroman, Tor||1||Fred Zinkie 4|
|TClippard, NYM||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|JArencibia, TB||0||Scott Pianowski 0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|FDoubront, Oak||0||Tim Heaney 0|
|CRea, SD||Nando DiFino 3|
|HKendrick, LAD||Cory Schwartz 1|
|COwings, Ari||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Fred Zinkie 0|
|PGosselin, Ari||Fred Zinkie 0|
|TSaladino, CWS||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
The trade of Austin Jackson has opened up regular playing time for Brad Miller in center field, and Cory Schwartz is hoping that the increased at-bats will lead to increased production. Overall, Miller's 2015 season has been a disappointing one, but he is batting .273 since the All-Star break and offers a bit of power and a bit of speed. Perhaps most importantly for fantasy owners, he's eligible at both shortstop and second base in addition to outfield.
Brandon Guyer has 11 hits in his last 26 at-bats and five RBI in his last four games. Fred Zinkie is hoping that Guyer's hot streak can last a bit longer while I'm hoping that it's already over.
Back to Cory, I do like the $0 addition of Tyler Clippard, who not only could save a game or two down the stretch but will be a positive contributor in ERA and WHIP. Starting elite setup men in place of back end of the rotation starters during the final weeks of the season does have its advantages, particularly in leagues where the ERA and WHIP races are tight.
What does it take to win a tightly bunched league? There's a reason why Fred Zinkie has multiple Tout Wars and LABR titles. Here's his tweets after the FAAB results were announced:
"In @toutwars I picked up my favorite sleeper for this week -- Brandon Guyer. Five likely starts at leadoff spot vs. LHP."
"Also grabbed Ryan Goins. .481 OBP in past 21 days. Getting on base in the Jays high-scoring lineup is a recipe for success."
I'll spare the diatribe why I don't agree with the notion behind the second tweet (streaks are predictive) but the offshoot of the numbers is Goins is playing nearly every day which is something I agree is paramount. Fred is thinking out of the box to maximize at bats, which is how you separate from a bunched pack.
|CSeager, LAD||18||Anthony Perri 35||Perry Van Hook 17||Adam Ronis 12|
|JGyorko, SD||6||Adam Ronis 6||Anthony Perri 5||Tim McLeod 0|
|DGregorius, NYY||1||Anthony Perri 2|
|LMorrison, Sea||1||Tim McLeod 3|
|MStroman, Tor||1||Tim McLeod 3|
|CRupp, Phi||1||Grey Albright 1|
|BMoss, StL||1||Perry Van Hook 4||Eno Sarris 11|
|DSantana, Mil||1||Eno Sarris 22||Perry Van Hook 4|
|ESantana, Min||1||Perry Van Hook 3|
|COwings, Ari||0||Tim McLeod 0|
|SRomero, Sea||Perry Van Hook 4|
|SOMalley, Sea||Perry Van Hook 4|
|CRobinson, Was||Perry Van Hook 4|
|CRea, SD||Perry Van Hook 2|
|JNicolino, Mia||Perry Van Hook 2|
|CCrawford, LAD||Adam Ronis 2|
|HConger, Hou||Grey Albright 1|
|GBird, NYY||Tim McLeod 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Unlike LABR where some people have no bidding units, the TOUT mixed league players have plenty of money but sadly, not much interest - only six of the fifteen teams placed bids this week. However there were some high and interesting bids from those teams. The key prize of the night was Dodger prospect Corey Seager who has done well albeit in limited at bats since his callup earlier in the week. I bid $17 of my 22 units on Seager but lost to a $35 bid from Anthony Perri (Baseball Fantastics) so the wrong Perri rostered him for $18. Because he had bid so much (turns out unnecessarily) for Seager, his second bid for Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko was just $5 which lost to a $6 bid from Adam Ronis (who lost his $12 bid on Seager). Had Perri bid less on Seager and more on Gyorko he would have won both but time will tell whether he will get more from Didi Gregorius who he won for $1 than he would have from Gyorko.
My large bid getting squashed meant my underbids did better as I got Brandon Moss for a dollar on a $4 bid and Ervin Santana for a dollar on a $3 bid - and I have more left for next week in my run up the standings.
Domingo Santana is intriguing. He's not playing every day but that could change, though there's not much time left. While anyone can get hot, he's got the power to hit 6 bombs the rest of the way. I talk a lot about at bats. There are occasions where someone not getting as many at bats as others may have the potential to make a bigger difference. Santana is a perfect example.
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..
|J.P. Arencibia, TB||2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Sean Nolin, OAK||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Felix Doubront, OAK||1||FantasyScore 1|
|Jonny Gomes, KC||1||SiriusXM 1|
|Chris Johnson, CLE||SiriusXM 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Another short round of bids in the AL LABR league with just four teams bidding for four players so everyone got their target. J.P. Arencibia a catcher who has hit well at least in this go round captured the only two dollar bid from the NFBC duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.
Perhaps like some other teams I decided my one remaining FAAB unit would have more targets to shoot for next week. Problem was that I could have filled my shortstop slot with Ryan Flaherty who may play more than Danny Santana who I activated from reserve - or not.
Looks like Arencibia is up to his old tricks - hitting a cluster of homers in between long droughts featuring bountiful strike outs. But with les than a month left, it's worth the chance the homers trump the whiffs.
|Austin Jackson, CHC||31||USA TODAY Sports 31||Colton & The Wolfman 21||Inside Edge 18|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13|
|Tanner Roark, WSH||7||Baseball HQ 7||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7|
|Jarred Cosart, MIA||7||Baseball HQ 7|
|Hernan Perez, MIL||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Erik Kratz, PHI||1||Sandlot Shrink 1|
|Josh Collmenter, ARI||Baseball HQ 3|
|Daniel Hudson, ARI||Baseball HQ 3|
|Cristhian Adames, COL||Baseball HQ 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary.
Once again the money flew at the free agents as LABR head cheese, the USA Today's Steve Gardner was willing to drop $31 on outfielder Austin Jackson, besting bids of $13, $18, and $21,
Doug Dennis, of BaseballHQ went deep picking up three players, including Tanner Roark ($7, squeezing a like bid) and then nabbed Jared Cosart, also for $7, and Herman Perez for a buck.
The lone other FAAB purchase went to Bob Radomski and his Sandlot Shrink team who bagged Erik Kratz for a dollar,
It's been an odd season in the Senior Circuit. There hasn't been much to bid on in terms of free agents and more prospects are being drafted in reserve to begin the season, further diluting the inventory. The key is not assuming next season will be a repeat. Maybe next year trades lean to fortifying the NL at the deadline. That said, more often than not it's the plight of your team that dictates your spending.
|Greg Bird, NYY||5||Mastersball 5|
|Justin Nicolino, MIA||1||MLB.com 1|
|Tommy Milone, MIN||MLB.com 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Real quiet week in Mixed LABR - there's a two-team battle at the top, the rest are just counting the days until next season's draft. I'm just looking to put out the best lineup I can and with Mark Teixeira hurt, Bird will see regular time for another couple weeks.