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.
There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.
New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.
|SManaea, Oak||Patrick Davitt 201||Ron Shandler 5|
|JRickard, Bal||Seth Trachtman 187||Patrick Davitt 151||Steve Moyer 101||Ron Shandler 57|
|Rob Leibowitz 36||Chris Liss 15|
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11||Mike Podhorzer 6|
|TGore, KC||Steve Moyer 101|
|DLee, Sea||Ron Shandler 18||Chris Liss 3||Mike Podhorzer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CCasali, TB||Ron Shandler 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MPelfrey, Det||Seth Trachtman 3|
|OArcia, Min||Chris Liss 1||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|SWright, Bos||Seth Trachtman 1|
|RNolasco, Min||Ron Shandler 1|
|HOwens, Bos||Ron Shandler 1|
|MLowe, Det||Jeff Erickson 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CGentry, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0||Steve Moyer 0|
|KHerrera, KC||Patrick Davitt 0|
|ARomine, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JAxford, Oak||Steve Moyer 0|
|TBarnette, Tex||Steve Moyer 0|
|CPennington, LAA||Lawr Michaels 0|
|MMorin, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MDuffy, Hou||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|RoPerez, Cle||Ron Shandler 2|
|MFeliz, Hou||Seth Trachtman 1|
|ECarrera, Tor||Mike Podhorzer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ENunez, Min||Lawr Michaels 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|FSalas, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0||Patrick Davitt 0|
|GFloyd, Tor||Ron Shandler 0|
|JChavez, Tor||Ron Shandler 0|
|VNuno, Sea||Ron Shandler 0|
|CRasmus, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CVazquez, Bos||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|EKratz, Hou||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MAviles, Det||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|BShaw, Cle||Patrick Davitt 0|
|TSipp, Hou||Patrick Davitt 0|
|WHarris, Hou||Patrick Davitt 0|
|JChoi, LAA||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|TCollins, Det||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|ESogard, Oak||Lawr Michaels 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Clearly, there will be a few weeks of adjustment for the American League Touts as they sort through the rule change that bumped the FAAB base from $100 to $1000 for the first time this season.
As we would guess, AL rookie Patrick Davitt who took a chance on Sean Manaea for $201, outbidding just one other, Ron Shandler who was willing to drop $5 on the gambit that the Oakland prospect will come up and fill in for Felix Dubrount, seemed most comfortable with the process.
But, it was Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard who piqued the widest range of interest--while also showing the range of bid darts adjusting to the new financial structure-- going to Seth Trachtman for $187 who outlasted shots by Davitt ($151), Steve Moyer ($101), Ron Shandler ($57), Rob Leibowitz ($36), Chris Liss ($15), Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton ($11), and Mike Podhorzer ($6),
Steve Moyer was successful in bagging Terrence Gore for $101 and Shandler replaced the injured Evan Gattis with Dae-Ho Lee for $18, but the remaining bids were much more in line with the old $100 ceiling.
Curt Casali for $5, with Ricky Nolasco and Henry Owens each for a buck to Shandler, Mike Pelfrey to Trachman for $3, Oswaldo Arcia to Liss for $1, and the mess of $0 placeholders. John Axford (Moyer). Andrew Romine (Colton/Wolf), Mark Lowe (Jeff Erickson).
But, on the other end of the cost spectrum, Davitt, who spent the most, might have nabbed the best bargain of the day with a $0 Kelvim Herrera.
While I'm not a poker player, I hang around some and am familiar with the term "pot committed". With his 201 bid on Sean Manaea, Patrick Davitt is the equivalent of pot committed. As Lawr suggests, there's a chance Davitt was hoping for a real early call-up. But now that failed to manifest, not only is the voice of BaseballHQ Radio forced to keep Manaea active this week, he's pretty much forced to stash him on reserve and hope for a call-up sooner than later. The Baseball HQ projections calls for 14 starts which insinuates around the All-Star break. Davitt likely believes it will be sooner, and with the Athletics volatile rotation, I suspect he's right.
|MCain, SF||Phil Hertz 72||Tristan H. Cockcroft 25||Scott Wilderman 20||Ray Guilfoyle 4|
|DHinojosa, Phi||Steve Gardner 69||Brian Walton 52||Todd Zola 43||Tristan H. Cockcroft 41|
|Grey Albright 35||Mike Gianella 20||Ray Guilfoyle 4|
|Phil Hertz 2|
|NFeliz, Pit||Phil Hertz 67|
|MJoyce, Pit||Todd Zola 63||Steve Gardner 2||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|RamFlores, Mil||Scott Wilderman 43||Grey Albright 11|
|TraThompson, LAD||Steve Gardner 37||Grey Albright 21||Brian Walton 11||Ray Guilfoyle 7|
|Scott Wilderman 5|
|RStripling, LAD||Phil Hertz 33||Derek Carty 31||Ray Guilfoyle 4|
|CHunter, Phi||Brian Walton 22|
|DStubbs, Atl||Grey Albright 22||Ray Guilfoyle 4||Brian Walton 0|
|SDrew, Was||Scott Wilderman 15||Derek Carty 5|
|JGrimm, ChC||Scott Wilderman 14||Mike Gianella 0||Derek Carty 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|WPerez, Atl||Brian Walton 11|
|MBlazek, Mil||Tristan H. Cockcroft 8||Steve Gardner 24||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|BBarnes, Col||Grey Albright 5||Ray Guilfoyle 5||Brian Walton 0|
|CWalsh, Mil||Ray Guilfoyle 5||Scott Wilderman 15|
|GBeckham, Atl||Ray Guilfoyle 2|
|CHatcher, LAD||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|CCulberson, LAD||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|TBrown, SF||Brian Walton 0|
|CStewart, Pit||Brian Walton 0||Derek Carty 0|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Derek Carty 0||Brian Walton 0|
|ABlanco, Phi||Derek Carty 0||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|BTreinen, Was||Derek Carty 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|TWood, ChC||Mike Gianella 0||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|ABarnes, LAD||Todd Zola 17||Ray Guilfoyle 4|
|ASimon, Cin||Phil Hertz 67||Scott Wilderman 1|
|JChacin, Atl||Phil Hertz 7|
|MCastro, Col||Tristan H. Cockcroft 5||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|TLaStella, ChC||Scott Wilderman 5|
|PGosselin, Ari||Ray Guilfoyle 4|
|ISuzuki, Mia||Ray Guilfoyle 3||Steve Gardner 2||Scott Wilderman 1|
|BWallace, SD||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|TCahill, ChC||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|FRivero, Was||Phil Hertz 1|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 1|
|JBlanton, LAD||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|JFrancoeur, Atl||Grey Albright 1||Brian Walton 0|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Phil Hertz 1|
|CBethancourt, SD||Derek Carty 0||Brian Walton 0|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Brian Walton 0|
|DPhelps, Mia||Derek Carty 0|
|DRoss, ChC||Brian Walton 0|
|DStraily, Cin||Brian Walton 0|
|DWinkler, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
|EAdrianza, SF||Derek Carty 0|
|JBroxton, StL||Brian Walton 0|
|JHazelbaker, StL||Brian Walton 0|
|JHenderson, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|JHowell, LAD||Phil Hertz 0|
|MGarza, Mil||Phil Hertz 0|
|RWeeks, Ari||Brian Walton 0|
|TWolters, Col||Derek Carty 0|
|YPetit, Was||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
You know you are desperate when… your two major bids are on Phillies.
On the offensive side, Cedric Hunter was my primary target at $22. Despite the right fielder coming into the season with a whopping total of five MLB plate appearances back in 2011, at-bats are at-bats and Hunter appears likely to be getting them ahead of Tyler Goeddel until Cody Asche is back.
I bid $52, over five percent of my full-season total, on a gamble for Dalier Hinojosa from Philadelphia’s bullpen. I passed on buying closers on draft day, so getting even a possible closer on a terrible team should get me a few points over those totally punting saves. David Hernandez is shaky and Andrew Bailey is in Triple-A, so why not take a shot at Hinojosa? The only problem was that I finished in my customary second place in the bidding, this time behind Steve Gardner of USA TODAY Sports, who bid $69.
Other players with notable winning bids include a pair of Dodgers. Reserve outfielder Trayce Thompson fetched $37 (Gardner, again) while new fifth starter Ross Stripling drew a $33 bid from BaseballHQ’s Phil Hertz. Considering that about half of the Dodgers’ whopping total of 10 players on the disabled list are injured starters, Stripling has to feel about as secure as the latest drummer for Spinal Tap.
Hertz went hard at pitching, bringing home the most expensive player of the week, former Giants ace Matt Cain at $72, plus Neftali Feliz for $67. Our own Lord Zola popped for $63 to get Matt Joyce, who may find at-bats few and far between behind a very talented outfield trio in the Steel City.
The uncertain situation in center field in Milwaukee led to a bid of $43 for Ramon Flores from Scott Wilderman of OnRoto. Early camp sensation Keon Broxton has faded as of late and Kirk Nieuwenhuis is Kirk Nieuwenhuis, so Flores could have a shot at regular playing time. (P.S. You know you spend too much time at this job when you can spell “Nieuwenhuis” correctly without checking.)
When the news of A.J. Pollock's busted elbow broke, I assumed my season was over in general since I was higher on the Dbacks flychaser than anyone in the industry. So I was pleasantly surprised to see I didn't have as many shares as I assumed. That said, NL Tout Wars leads the list of leagues I want to win so this is a big blow. Looking for a silver lining, my disapponting finish last season resulted in starting with the lowest FAAB total in the league so there's no reason to miserly protect it for the trade deadline, loosening the reins to get what's needed early in the season. The problem is I didn't see anyone worth jumping on, so I filled the void with Joyce and hope that someone emerges sooner than later. With the Tout Wars reserve list only going four deep, sometimes useful players - or soon to be useful players - are dropped so I'll pay attention to the transactions. I also have the choice of using a pitcher since my roster has the flexiblity to in essence put Pollock at swing.
|JNicasio, Pit||Al Melchior 222||Gene McCaffrey 172||Derek Van Riper 167||Scott Engel 91|
|Joe Pisapia 68||Tim Heaney 66||Cory Schwartz 64|
|Scott Swanay 28|
|TShaw, Bos||Scott Pianowski 149||Scott Engel 76||Tim Heaney 22||Ray Flowers 22|
|JRickard, Bal||Al Melchior 113||Bret Sayre 41|
|JPeavy, SF||Cory Schwartz 81||Fred Zinkie 25||Ray Flowers 14|
|COwings, Ari||Bret Sayre 61||Tim Heaney 3||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DHinojosa, Phi||Derek Van Riper 57||Al Melchior 101||Tim Heaney 46||Scott Swanay 28|
|Bret Sayre 0|
|CCrawford, LAD||Tim Heaney 36|
|BHolt, Bos||Nando DiFino 34||Tim Heaney 26||Ray Flowers 22||Fred Zinkie 3|
|JHellickson, Phi||Cory Schwartz 28|
|CYoung, KC||Fred Zinkie 25||Al Melchior 28|
|DPomeranz, SD||Joe Pisapia 24||Al Melchior 53||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CTillman, Bal||Cory Schwartz 16||Al Melchior 31||Scott Pianowski 5|
|MWisler, Atl||Tim Heaney 16||Scott Swanay 14|
|JKelly, Bos||Tim Heaney 16||Ray Flowers 11||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CAnderson, Cle||Ray Flowers 14||Derek Van Riper 55||Scott Engel 10||Tim Heaney 2|
|Cory Schwartz 1|
|TZych, Sea||Tim Heaney 13||Scott Pianowski 4||Scott Swanay 2||Derek Van Riper 1|
|PTucker, Hou||Scott Swanay 9|
|AEllis, LAD||Zach Steinhorn 5|
|ASimmons, LAA||Tim Heaney 3|
|JCosart, Mia||Scott Swanay 3|
|NJones, CWS||Bret Sayre 0|
|CUtley, LAD||Fred Zinkie 0|
|TNaquin, Cle||Al Melchior 105||Tim Heaney 26|
|MUpton, SD||Al Melchior 105||Scott Pianowski 17|
|JoRamirez, Cle||Al Melchior 55||Fred Zinkie 0|
|AGarcia, Atl||Nando DiFino 33||Tim Heaney 22|
|JBlash, SD||Bret Sayre 31|
|FGutierrez, Sea||Scott Pianowski 23||Scott Swanay 4|
|SPearce, TB||Ray Flowers 22|
|DFreese, Pit||Nando DiFino 22||Bret Sayre 11|
|APagan, SF||Scott Pianowski 22|
|JDiaz, Cin||Tim Heaney 16||Ray Flowers 11|
|DBundy, Bal||Joe Pisapia 14|
|TMilone, Min||Ray Flowers 11||Cory Schwartz 9|
|TWatson, Pit||Ray Flowers 11|
|SRomo, SF||Ray Flowers 11|
|SDyson, Tex||Ray Flowers 11|
|MShoemaker, LAA||Ray Flowers 11|
|JDeLaRosa, Col||Ray Flowers 11|
|YGallardo, Bal||Tim Heaney 6|
|KSuzuki, Min||Zach Steinhorn 5|
|SBracho, Ari||Joe Pisapia 4|
|DDietrich, Mia||Tim Heaney 4|
|JHardy, Bal||Tim Heaney 3|
|TCingrani, Cin||Derek Van Riper 1||Scott Pianowski 0|
|TKoehler, Mia||Cory Schwartz 1|
|WPeralta, Mil||Cory Schwartz 1|
|MGarza, Mil||Cory Schwartz 1|
|KGraveman, Oak||Cory Schwartz 1|
|JLocke, Pit||Cory Schwartz 1|
|CMorton, Phi||Cory Schwartz 1|
|RGoins, Tor||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JGiavotella, LAA||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DDuffy, KC||Bret Sayre 0|
|AWarren, ChC||Bret Sayre 0|
|AReed, NYM||Bret Sayre 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
How much is a strong spring training showing and a spot in the Pirates rotation worth in FAAB? How about 222 bucks? At least that's what Al Melchior paid for Juan Nicasio. Maybe the idea that pitching coach Ray Searage can revitalize Nicasio's career will prove to be true, but we're talking about a guy with a 4.90 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across five big league seasons. Shelling out nearly one-quarter of your season's FAAB budget for his services is plenty risky.
But Melchior wasn't done there, spending 113 bucks on Joey Rickard, a Rule 5 pick by the Orioles this past December who could make a mixed league impact with his speed if given regular at-bats. And that seems to be Baltimore's plan, at least for now.
Since our draft, Travis Shaw was somewhat surprisingly named the Red Sox starting third baseman to open the season, so there was little doubt that he would immediately find a spot on a Tout Wars roster. After slugging 13 home runs in just 226 at-bats last season, there's certainly a lot to like about Shaw.
With Yasmani Grandal heading to the DL to begin the season, I needed a replacement catcher, so I decided to simply go with Grandal's replacement, A.J. Ellis. I'm not expecting much, but Ellis has displayed some decent power in the past and sports a career .345 OBP. The good news is that Grandal isn't expected to miss more than the minimum 15 days.
Note that the Tout Wars rule makers decided to switch from vickrey to straight FAAB bidding this year and also increased the season FAAB budget from $100 to $1000, so if you're a little freaked out by these numbers, don't be!
Let's follow up on Zach's last comment since I'm seeing some FAAB analysis I don't quite agree with. As an example, many are equating a $15 bid from a $100 budget to a $150 bid with a $1000 budget. OK, I get it but the huge difference is the former permits 85 more $1 bids while the latter allows a whopping 850 more (which doesn't even account for Tout Wars using $0 bids). Going to the extreme, an argument can be tendered the aforementioned $15 bid is more like a $915 bid with the $100 max. This isn't really true either. The real equivalent is somewhere in between. It's not necessary to waste brain power equating the two, the key is a $15 bid is equivalent to something more than a $150 so a direct comparison isn't exactly correct.
|SBrito, Ari||Tim McLeod 197||Anthony Perri 131||Adam Ronis 107||Rudy Gamble 24|
|Perry Van Hook 11||Charlie Wiegert 9|
|TWhite, Hou||Tim McLeod 179||Anthony Perri 124||Adam Ronis 61||Charlie Wiegert 9|
|JNicasio, Pit||Anthony Perri 145||Perry Van Hook 123||Adam Ronis 68||Ray Murphy 55|
|Rudy Gamble 23||Charlie Wiegert 9||Rick Wilton 9|
|Eno Sarris 7|
|DPomeranz, SD||Tim McLeod 68||Ray Murphy 25||Adam Ronis 13||Rudy Gamble 1|
|SGreene, Det||Adam Ronis 67||Charlie Wiegert 5|
|TCingrani, Cin||Anthony Perri 43|
|DHinojosa, Phi||Rudy Gamble 34||Anthony Perri 32||Adam Ronis 8|
|TNaquin, Cle||Perry Van Hook 31||Adam Ronis 13||Charlie Wiegert 9|
|LMartin, Sea||Adam Ronis 23||Tim McLeod 27|
|MByrd, Cle||Anthony Perri 23|
|CBassitt, Oak||Rudy Gamble 23||Rudy Gamble 14||Tim McLeod 13||Adam Ronis 2|
|PTucker, Hou||Perry Van Hook 21|
|SGennett, Mil||Rudy Gamble 13|
|CAnderson, Cle||Charlie Wiegert 9||Charlie Wiegert 5||Adam Ronis 2|
|JRickard, Bal||Charlie Wiegert 9||Adam Ronis 1|
|BFinnegan, Cin||Tom Kessenich 8||Eno Sarris 8||Adam Ronis 7||Rudy Gamble 1|
|JIglesias, Det||Eno Sarris 6|
|COwings, Ari||Craig Mish 6||Adam Ronis 23||Eno Sarris 5||Rudy Gamble 3|
|CCrawford, LAD||Charlie Wiegert 4||Adam Ronis 1|
|JPeavy, SF||Perry Van Hook 2|
|CTillman, Bal||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|JJay, SD||Tim McLeod 29||Perry Van Hook 7||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|RRay, Ari||Tim McLeod 27||Rudy Gamble 23||Adam Ronis 13||Perry Van Hook 2|
|APagan, SF||Anthony Perri 18|
|BHolt, Bos||Rudy Gamble 13||Perry Van Hook 11|
|KBroxton, Mil||Adam Ronis 12|
|ZCozart, Cin||Rudy Gamble 8|
|BDrury, Ari||Perry Van Hook 7|
|LMorrison, TB||Perry Van Hook 7|
|JDeLaRosa, Col||Eno Sarris 4|
|JHellickson, Phi||Eno Sarris 4|
|DAckley, NYY||Rudy Gamble 3|
|JGiavotella, LAA||Rudy Gamble 3|
|DGregorius, NYY||Eno Sarris 3|
|WPeralta, Mil||Eno Sarris 3|
|DFarquhar, TB||Rudy Gamble 2|
|JSmith, LAA||Rudy Gamble 1|
|CCrisp, Oak||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|MReynolds, Col||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|SVanSlyke, LAD||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|DFreese, Pit||Adam Ronis 1|
|RTejada, StL||Charlie Wiegert 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Because the Tout Wars Mixed League Draft was in early March there were plenty of roster changes and injuries to inspire some very hefty bids in Sunday’s first FAAB bidding.
In addition, Tout has unlimited DL slots which stimulated teams to draft a valuable player known to be starting on the disabled list (my selection of Zach Wheeler in the 21st round for example).
So, in the first FAAB run on Sunday, three players could be added while moving Wheeler, Jung-Ho Kang, and Lonnie Chisenhall to the DL. The best starting pitcher available was needed to replace Wheeler (in Tout any free agent pickup must be active the week after selected) so the plan was a heavy $123 bid on spring training standout Juan Nicasio, with two dollar backup bids on Jake Peavy (home vs Alex Wood and the Dodgers) and Robbie Ray, (home vs Jason Hammel and the Cubs). Nicasio went to Anthony Perri for $145 (the third highest bid of the night), so Peavy it is.
With Martin Prado to replace Kang, and Chisenhall in a UT slot, the best two hitters getting at bats the first week of the season were targeted. Preston Tucker ($21) who will get the DH at bats for Houston while Evan Gattis is out, and Tyler Naquin, Cleveland’s starting center fielder ($31) were the additions.
Sunday's big spender in the Mixed League was Tim McLeod (league champion in 2014) who paid $197 to replace Hung-So Kim with Socrates Brito, and $179 to add new Astros first baseman Tyler White. Tout Wars did change the FA budget this year from $100 to $1000 and in the process eliminated the Vickrey system previously in place so the high bid fetches the goods (I doubt if bids go this high going forward).
So while there were several bids of over one hundred dollars, there were also several bids under ten dollars that netted the palyers a secondary or tertiary choice.
It's going to be interesting to follow the bidding patterns in the mixed leagues. Chances are several were unaware or forgot Tout Wars switched to a $1000 budget. Plus, Tim McLeod has set precedent with some hefty bids. Anyone want to bet that the average price of a free agnet doesn't climb next week?
|SBrito, Ari||Howard Bender 262||Stephania Bell 70|
|JSegura, Ari||Jake Ciely 133||Stephania Bell 100|
|TShaw, Bos||Jake Ciely 113|
|JNicasio, Pit||Jake Ciely 103||Paul Sporer 40|
|CAnderson, Cle||Paul Sporer 70|
|LGregerson, Hou||Jeff Zimmerman 57||Jake Ciely 53|
|TZych, Sea||Jeff Zimmerman 57||Peter Kreutzer 6|
|MTaylor, Was||Stephania Bell 45|
|AGarcia, CWS||Jeff Mans 19||Howard Bender 36||Jake Ciely 13|
|ASanchez, Tor||Jeff Mans 13|
|NJones, CWS||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|TWhite, Hou||Jake Ciely 93||Jake Ciely 53|
|AGose, Det||Howard Bender 88||Jeff Mans 1|
|BHolt, Bos||Howard Bender 73||Jake Ciely 63||Jake Ciely 53|
|AConley, Mia||Paul Sporer 50|
|TJankowski, SD||Howard Bender 44|
|CBuchholz, Bos||Jake Ciely 33|
|DPomeranz, SD||Jake Ciely 33||Jeff Mans 2|
|CTillman, Bal||Jeff Mans 7|
|CBeltran, NYY||Jeff Mans 4||Jeff Mans 1|
|TRoark, Was||Jeff Mans 4|
|TNaquin, Cle||Jeff Mans 3|
|DFister, Hou||Jeff Mans 2|
|DHolland, Tex||Jeff Mans 2|
|PHughes, Min||Jeff Mans 2|
|SSchebler, Cin||Howard Bender 2|
|BColon, NYM||Jeff Mans 1|
|DNava, LAA||Jeff Mans 1|
Yeah, I know I usually go second but this week is an exception as I want to introduce Peter Kreutzer who has graciously agreed to be the Tout Head to Head correspondent. After all, the league is Peter's creation so when I was pondering what to do about covering this league, the answer was simple...ask Rotoman.
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
To tell the truth, there are so many available players in 12 team mixed, that I bet a team could dump their squad and find a way to the championship. This year or any year. At least in hindsight.
But the way to do that isn't obvious.
As we approached Week 1 I had one of my least pitchers on the DL, and decided to add some bullpen flexibility. My modest bid for Tony Zych was modestly overwhelmed by Jeff Zimmerman, who I knew from his writing was going to be going for set up guys.
I was also going for such guys, since they afford flexibility and in this league's context some net strikeouts above innings pitched, if you have a chance to play them.
I ended up buying Nate Jones, a similar pitcher behind a solider closer for peanuts.
We can hope, can't we?