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's the LABR report, Tout Wars is below.
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..
|Rich Hill, BOS||6||USA TODAY Sports 6|
|Taylor Featherston, LAA||1||Mastersball 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary..
There were five teams with no FAAB units left and I had just one dollar left but I used it to get Angels MI Taylor Featherton to upgrade from Danny Santana, MIN who was replacing Hanley Ramirez. I needed to use that dollar if I could improve my lineup with just two weeks to play and with the lead of Steve Gardner, USA Today reduced to under ten points.
Gardner was the only other bidder Sunday and landed Boston SP Rich Hill for $6 - the fantasy irony since I added Hill in my AL only league and will now have to bench or root against him. [wink]
Those of us of a certain age recall when Rich Hill made sniglets famous. A sniglet was a made up word that sounded real. For example, every spring I write a piece about Mocksterbation.
That was Rich Hall?
|Thomas Pham, STL||9||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9||Inside Edge 4||RotoWire - DVR 3|
|Brandon Finnegan, CIN||6||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|John Lamb, CIN||6||Colton & The Wolfman 6||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Logan Verrett, NYM||6||Colton & The Wolfman 6||USA TODAY Sports 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Dustin Garneau, COL||3||Inside Edge 3||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Clint Robinson, WSH||3||RotoWire - DVR 3||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Adam Conley, MIA||3||RotoWire - DVR 3||Colton & The Wolfman 6|
|Tom Murphy, COL||2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Williams Perez, ATL||2||Sandlot Shrink 2||RotoWire - DVR 3|
|Addison Reed, NYM||1||RotoWire - DVR 1||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Adam Morgan, PHI||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Antonio Bastardo, PIT||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9|
|Logan Schafer, MIL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
As the 2015 season winds up, there were actual bidding wars for this week's free agents, starting with Thomas Pham, who went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $9, besting bids of $3 and $4, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up John Lamb for $6 (there was a bid for $1) along with Logan Verrett (two bids of $1 and $3).
Steve Moyer picked up Dustin Garneau grabbing the Rockie for $3 winning the hitter due to place in the standings.
Derek Van Riper acquired Clint Robinson and Adam Conley ($3 each) and Addison Reed for a dollar, while team Childs/Ambrosius signed Tom Murphy and the Sandlot Shrink signed Williams Perez in a search for innings.
The St. Louis Cardinals remind me of the fantasy player that is always in the mix. Because they're so good every year you look at their draft, usually coming away with the feeling that finally they're going to have an off-year. What they put together doesn't seem that impressive. But by the end of the season, they're exactly where they always end up, in the thick of things. The little moves they make along the way work out - like Tommy Pham. Coming into the season, the Redbirds were deploying Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay in center field. Neither really shined which opened the door for Randal Grichuk to get a shot and though he's more of a corner outfielder, he was getting the job done while contributing offensively (albeit with too many strikeouts). When Grichuk went down it looked like it was Bourjos and Jay again. Pham said not so fast and has taken over, sporting a nifty .859 OPS/.366 wOBA. His defense has been about average with some metrics saying slightly below and others suggesting a little above.
|Corey Seager, LAD||3||USA TODAY Sports 3||FantasyScore 2|
|Adam Conley, MIA||3||Razzball 3|
|Alex Rios, KC||1||FantasyScore 1|
|Matt Shoemaker, LAA||1||FantasyScore 1|
|Marcus Stroman, TOR||1||FantasyScore 1||MLB.com 1|
|Rich Hill, BOS||1||MLB.com 1|
|Thomas Pham, STL||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Tyler Duffey, MIN||FantasyScore 1||MLB.com 1|
|Doug Fister, WSH||FantasyScore 1|
|Jarred Cosart, MIA||MLB.com 1|
|Tanner Roark, WSH||FantasyScore 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
This league is going down to the wire with Baseball Prospectus beginning Week 25 with a slim three point lead over MLB.com. Both teams have been working the wire all year so it's no surprise they're both well-positioned for the stretch run. The rest of us are playing for pride, though some -- OK most, alright all but two teams doing it from higher in the standings than me. Kole Calhoun deserved better than that.
The Dodgers keep insisting Jimmy Rollins is still their shortstop though that's becoming harder and harder to believe with every Corey Seager knock. I regretfully dealt him away in one keeper league but have him on the farm in an NL only league and am already looking forward to rooting for him the next three seasons.
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.
|CColon, KC||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|AAvila, Det||1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|RRoss, Bos||1||Jeff Erickson 15|
|RDull, Oak||1||Jeff Erickson 1|
|JWilson, NYY||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|MGivens, Bal||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|SFuld, Oak||0||Ron Shandler 0|
|MMahtook, TB||Jeff Erickson 15||Ron Shandler 0|
|JVillar, Hou||Jeff Erickson 10|
|RFlaherty, Bal||Jeff Erickson 10|
|NFranklin, TB||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|BWilson, Tex||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CBlair, Oak||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CFien, Min||Ron Shandler 0|
|TFeatherston, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
The Red Sox are like a Little League team giving all their pitchers a chance to be the closer, It's Robbie Ross Jr.'s turn. I'm a little surprised Heath Hembree hasn't been given a look since he's been bred for late-inning duty his whole career. On the other hand, he's not missing many bats.
|THudson, SF||5||Mike Gianella 15||Phil Hertz 5||Steve Gardner 3|
|Peter Kreutzer 3||Brian Walton 0|
|JRogers, Mil||4||Todd Zola 21||Phil Hertz 3||Mike Gianella 3|
|BFinnegan, Cin||4||Gene McCaffrey 7||Steve Gardner 3||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|Brian Walton 0|
|LSchafer, Mil||1||Todd Zola 21|
|JJeffress, Mil||1||Steve Gardner 3||Derek Carty 0|
|PGosselin, Ari||1||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|AReed, NYM||1||Phil Hertz 3||Brian Walton 0|
|CAdames, Col||1||Gene McCaffrey 17||Brian Walton 0|
|CStewart, Pit||1||Phil Hertz 1|
|CHeisey, LAD||1||Mike Gianella 3|
|MRojas, Mia||0||Derek Carty 0||Peter Kreutzer 3||Brian Walton 0|
|PStrop, ChC||0||Brian Walton 0||Phil Hertz 0||Derek Carty 0|
|DCastro, Atl||0||Brian Walton 0|
|JCollmenter, Ari||0||Phil Hertz 3|
|BTreinen, Was||0||Derek Carty 0|
|PBaez, LAD||0||Derek Carty 0|
|TMoore, Was||Todd Zola 21|
|PMoylan, Atl||Gene McCaffrey 7|
|EAdrianza, SF||Peter Kreutzer 3||Brian Walton 0|
|TSnider, Pit||Mike Gianella 3|
|PGosselin, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|ZDavies, Mil||Steve Gardner 3|
|HPerez, Mil||Brian Walton 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With half the league holding $17 or more of FAAB, there was still plenty of money available. Most of the action, however, was focused on a trio of players – one old and one new pitcher plus a first baseman. Despite the interest level, none went for more than $5 as the cash offers were spread around.
First up was warhorse Tim Hudson, nabbed by league leader Mike Gianella for $5 (down from $15 due to Vickrey Rule). San Francisco’s 40-year-old right-hander had been slowed by a hip injury and is no longer much help with strikeouts. Yet, Hudson has gotten better in each of his three starts since returning to the rotation, including six scoreless innings against Arizona on Sunday.
The newbie is the Reds’ Brandon Finnegan. Though the lefty was picked up at the trade deadline when coming over from Kansas City, his initial owner likely grew tired of waiting for the 22-year-old to make his first Cincy start and dropped him. After Finnegan held the Brewers to a solo home run in 5 2/3 innings in his starting debut last week, Gene McCaffrey won the bidding at $4 ($7 Vickrey).
Our own Todd Zola picked up Brewers first baseman Jason Rogers for $4 ($21 Vickrey). The 260-pounder is primarily being used against left-handers and as a pinch hitter and blasted a home run and plated three this past week.
Actually, I also picked up Logan Schafer to pair with Rogers - and felt a little creepy doing so. We've discussed a couple of Vickrey loopholes in the past and this week, I was the guy that took advantage. I shouldn't feel bad, rules are rules. But yet, after submitting my bids knowing I was going to add some extra work for the NL Swat, the venerable Captain Hook, I felt a little guilty. At least the bid was uncontested,
|SCastro, ChC||4||Cory Schwartz 4||Scott Pianowski 3||Scott Swanay 3|
|Patrick Davitt 1||Tim Heaney 1||Derek Van Riper 0|
|TPham, StL||3||Scott Pianowski 9||Scott Swanay 3||Fred Zinkie 2|
|Tim Heaney 0||Derek Van Riper 0|
|RHill, Bos||2||Scott Pianowski 2||Fred Zinkie 1|
|DGarneau, Col||1||Al Melchior 1|
|SRodriguez, Pit||1||Patrick Davitt 1|
|SPearce, Bal||1||Fred Zinkie 1||Cory Schwartz 2|
|MBuehrle, Tor||1||Zach Steinhorn 5|
|ADeAza, SF||1||Scott Swanay 3|
|TWood, ChC||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|BCecil, Tor||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|PStrop, ChC||0||Cory Schwartz 0|
|EJohnson, CWS||0||Tim Heaney 0|
|LVerrett, NYM||0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Scott Swanay 3||Cory Schwartz 0|
|HKendrick, LAD||Scott Swanay 3||Scott Pianowski 1|
|MMahtook, TB||Scott Swanay 3|
|ChJohnson, Cle||Scott Swanay 3|
|TRoark, Was||Scott Pianowski 2|
|DMurphy, LAA||Cory Schwartz 2|
|EHerrera, Mil||Cory Schwartz 2|
|RGoins, Tor||Fred Zinkie 1||Cory Schwartz 1|
|JRuggiano, LAD||Scott Pianowski 1|
|BGuyer, TB||Cory Schwartz 1|
|AColome, TB||Cory Schwartz 0|
|AReed, NYM||Cory Schwartz 0|
|CHatcher, LAD||Cory Schwartz 0|
|CMartin, Oak||Tim Heaney 0|
|JChacin, Ari||Tim Heaney 0|
|KTomlinson, SF||Fred Zinkie 0|
|MGonzalez, Hou||Cory Schwartz 0|
|SRomo, SF||Cory Schwartz 0|
|TGott, LAA||Cory Schwartz 0|
|TWatson, Pit||Cory Schwartz 0|
|WHarris, Hou||Cory Schwartz 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Why was Starlin Castro available in this league, a 15-team mixed? I'm still trying to figure it out, especially since he's batting .419 (18-for-43) with four homers, 13 RBI and ten runs scored in September.
Thomas Pham's hot hitting has earned him regular playing time and even more importantly, a lineup promotion to the No. 2 hole. With only two weeks to go in the season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Pham remain in that spot the rest of the way and provide plenty of production for his fantasy owners, especially in the runs department.
After hours of studying the league standings (OK, maybe not hours), I have come to the conclusion that thanks to two straight weeks of awful pitching that has resulted in a substantial ERA and WHIP hike, the only way for me to win this thing is to gain significant ground in wins. That means playing nine starting pitchers. That also means playing starting pitchers who are backed by strong offenses. I'd say that the Blue Jays are a pretty strong offense, so why not take a chance on Mark Buehrle, with a favorable matchup against the Rays? As an added bonus, he will be facing Chris Archer, one of my other pitchers. So I'm guaranteed to get a win out of that game. Or maybe not.
Less than three points separate the top three teams with another three teams within shouting distance of the top. The tightness of the standings is reflected with the bidding though non-contenders are also still active. This is good to see - make the winner earn their points and not back into a couple by passing a dormant team.
|THunter, Min||12||Rudy Gamble 13||Adam Ronis 11||Tim McLeod 2|
|TPham, StL||1||Tim McLeod 3||Rudy Gamble 12|
|FGutierrez, Sea||1||Adam Ronis 4||Tim McLeod 3|
|MSemien, Oak||1||Eno Sarris 6||Adam Ronis 1|
|MBolsinger, LAD||1||Eno Sarris 1|
|CRobinson, Was||1||Perry Van Hook 7|
|BFinnegan, Cin||1||Perry Van Hook 7||Adam Ronis 1|
|RHill, Bos||1||Adam Ronis 7|
|SPearce, Bal||1||Rudy Gamble 12||Adam Ronis 2|
|AConley, Mia||1||Rudy Gamble 15|
|JCosart, Mia||1||Rudy Gamble 15|
|CSabathia, NYY||Rudy Gamble 15|
|LChisenhall, Cle||Rudy Gamble 12|
|TLaStella, ChC||Perry Van Hook 6|
|YEscobar, Was||Eno Sarris 2||Adam Ronis 2|
|EAybar, LAA||Adam Ronis 1|
|JChacin, Ari||Eno Sarris 1|
|MMahtook, TB||Tim McLeod 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Very interesting battle for the services of Torii Hunter, MIN this week. Rudy Gamble the current leader bid $13 for Hunter and needed twelve of that to best the $11 bid of 2nd place Adam Ronis.
I bid $7 each on Brandon Finnegan, CIN and Clint Robinson, WAS and got both for a dollar. Hopefully they can help my team gain enough points in the last two weeks to climb from a 4th place tie to one of the top positions - stanger things have happened in fourteen+ days.
Here, the top two teams are separated by half a point with two weeks left - though there are three other teams still in the picture. The bidding again is a nice mix between contenders and non-contenders.