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Sunday 25th Feb 2018


Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. 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.

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.

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Bryan Holaday, TEX Colton & The Wolfman 6 RotoWire 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Mike Montgomery, SEA RotoWire 5    
Brad Brach, BAL RotoWire 3    
Nolan Reimold, BAL RotoWire 3 USAT Sports 1  
Ricky Nolasco, MIN USAT Fantasy 2    
Eduardo Nunez, MIN ESPN.com 1    
Steve Clevenger, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Darwin Barney, TOR SiriusXM 1    


Ryan Flaherty, BAL SiriusXM 1 ESPN.com 1
Ronald Torreyes, NYY ESPN.com 1  
Mike Aviles, DET ESPN.com 1  
Josh Thole, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Cliff Pennington, LAA SiriusXM 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Things settled in AL LABR after a busy first week of filling holes and all across the board.

Week 1 drew a total of 16 acquired with five of those being challenged by multiple bids. In contrast, this week in replacing the hampered Robinson Chirinos, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf picked up Bryan Holaday for $6, enough to beat out $3 and $1 tries. Another catcher, Steve Clevenger went to NFBC/STATS guys Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a dollar.

But, as expected, pitchers were the big fill, with Rotowire's Jeff Erickson getting both Mike Montgomery ($5) and Brad Bach ($3) along with Nolan Reimold ($3) while Tim Heaney bagged Ricky Nolasco ($2).

Finishing off the week were Ray Flowers (SiriusXM) taking Darwin Barney ($1) and Tristan Cockroft of ESPN nabbing Eduardo Nunez.

Meaning a basically quiet week of moves as we all assess our teams and play and let some numbers settle before making wholesale change.

Todd's Take

As Lawr points out it was a quiet week in AL LABR so I'm going to do something I should have done last week. On April Fool's Day, many of us awoke to what we hoped was a joke but came to learn was quite serious. Our friend and colleague Steve Gardner had a significant health scare. He pulled through and after taking it easy for approximately 24 minutes, Steve is back on the job, which includes overseeing all three LABR competitions. You often hear the expression, "I don't like him but I respect him." Well, not only is Steve one of the most well-liked individuals in the industry, he's among the most highly respected as well. This is a rare combination that is genuine and earned by a select few. On behalf of my Managing Partners Lawr Michaels and Brian Walton, the entire Mastersball staff wishes Steve the best. On a personal note, Steve and I exchanged a couple of e-mails and agreed we're both ridiculously blessed to be a part of an industry with such warm and caring ladies and gentlemen.

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Jeanmar Gomez, PHI RotoExperts 31 Inside Edge 22 Mastersball 12 Colton & The Wolfman 11
    Derek Carty 11 USA TODAY Sports 11 Baseball HQ 4
Jeremy Hazelbaker, STL Inside Edge 18 Mastersball 11 RotoWire - DVR 9 Derek Carty 4
    Colton & The Wolfman 3 USA TODAY Sports 2  
Ross Stripling, LAD USA TODAY Sports 10 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2  
Aledmys Diaz, STL Mastersball 6 RotoWire - DVR 5 Baseball HQ 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    Derek Carty 2    
Tommy La Stella, CHC USA TODAY Sports 6 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 1
Micah Johnson, LAD RotoWire - DVR 5 Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Matt Szczur, CHC Mastersball 3 RotoWire - DVR 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Miguel Castro, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Jim Henderson, NYM RotoExperts 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Neftali Feliz, PIT RotoWire - DVR 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Mastersball 1  
Trevor Brown, SF Mastersball 1      
Daniel Straily, CIN Mastersball 1      
Philip Gosselin, ARI RotoExperts 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1    
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT Mastersball 1      


Brandon Barnes, COL Mastersball 2  
Ivan De Jesus, CIN USA TODAY Sports 2  
Chris Stewart, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Yadiel Rivera, MIL Mastersball 1  
Tyler Thornburg, MIL Mastersball 1  
Tony Wolters, COL Mastersball 1  
Randall Delgado, ARI RotoExperts 1  
Ramon Flores, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1  
Michael Blazek, MIL USA TODAY Sports 1  
Joe Blanton, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1  
Greg Garcia, STL Mastersball 1  
Ehire Adrianza, SF Mastersball 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

This week in NL LABR, three players went for more than $10.

The first is the current leader in the Philadelphia closer carousel. Last week’s darling, Dalier Hinojosa, crashed and burned this week, making Jeanmar Gomez the next man up. Two saves in two opportunities led to aggressive bidding, won by The Legend, Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts for $31, just under one-third of his season FAAB kitty. My $12 was a distant second, with three others right behind at $11.

The early season injury to Tommy Pham and the struggles of Randal Grichuk opened the door for 28-year-old rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker to reach the majors for the first time and step directly into the Cardinals’ outfield rotation. An impressive first week will lead to more at-bats – as long as the shine on his apple remains. I think there is a chance Hazelbaker is going to stick around and remain productive, though my bid of $11 was aced out by Steve Moyer of Inside Edge ($18).

Last week, no one knew the name Ross Stripling. After the rookie tossed a 7 1/3-inning no-hitter at the Giants on Friday in his MLB debut, everyone is now familiar with the Dodgers’ fifth starter. Host Steve Gardner of USA TODAY brought home Stripling for $10.

Todd's Take

The days of miserly hoarding FAAB for the trading deadline are a thing of the past. Several years ago, I was the SWAT for both AL and NL Tout and get this...FAAB acquisitions were done BY HAND. Yes, fancy that. We used to have a special MLB trading deadline FAAB and there routinely six or seven teams with 85 or more units. Tout Wars didn't employ Vickrey at that point so those are real totals. If this week's bidding in NL LABR is any indications, the league won't make it out of April with that many teams still holding at least 85 units. Good for them -- you can't benefit from a late July acquisition if you aren't in contention.

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Jeanmar Gomez, PHI Fantasy Alarm 22 Baseball HQ 12 @TheFantasyFix 11 Rotowire 11
  Mastersball 6 RotoExperts 4 MLB.com 1  
Jeremy Hazelbaker, STL ESPN.com 18 Rotowire 5 @TheFantasyFix 3  
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL Fantasy Alarm 11 @TheFantasyFix 4 Rotowire 1  
Joe Mauer, MIN ESPN.com 5 Rotowire 2    
Nicholas Tropeano, LAA Rotowire 5 RotoExperts 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 MLB.com 2
Mike Napoli, CLE Rotowire 5 Baseball HQ 2    
Bryan Holaday, TEX Rotowire 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
Sam Dyson, TEX @TheFantasyFix 4 USA TODAY Fantasy 1 MLB.com 1  
Scooter Gennett, MIL USA TODAY Sports 3 Rotowire 3 @TheFantasyFix 3  
Chase Anderson, MIL @TheFantasyFix 3 Fantasy Alarm 6    
Jon Jay, SD @TheFantasyFix 3 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Alex Avila, CWS Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 Fangraphs 1 Rotowire 1  
John Jaso, PIT USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Rotowire 3 Razzball 1  
Trevor May, MIN Rotowire 2 @TheFantasyFix 2 Mastersball 1 Fantasy Alarm 1
Chris Tillman, BAL MLB.com 2 @TheFantasyFix 7 RotoExperts 2 MLB.com 1
Nate Jones, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1      
Cameron Rupp, PHI Fangraphs 1      
Tony Zych, SEA Mastersball 1      
Taylor Jungmann, MIL USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Ryan Howard, PHI Razzball 1 Rotowire 2    
Austin Barnes, LAD Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Angel Pagan, SF MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Jeremy Hellickson, PHI RotoExperts 1 @TheFantasyFix 5 Baseball HQ 2 Rotowire 2
Joakim Soria, KC USA TODAY Fantasy 1      


Tommy Milone, MIN Fantasy Alarm 8    
Alfredo Simon, CIN Fantasy Alarm 7    
Seung-Hwan Oh, STL Rotowire 2 Fantasy Alarm 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Ross Stripling, LAD Rotowire 2 MLB.com 1  
A.J. Ellis, LAD Rotowire 1    
A.J. Griffin, TEX Rotowire 1    
Addison Reed, NYM Baseball Prospectus 1    
Chase Utley, LAD Rotowire 1    
Curt Casali, TB Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
David Phelps, MIA Mastersball 1    
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DET Rotowire 1    
Jim Henderson, NYM Baseball Prospectus 1    
Joe Smith, LAA Razzball 1    
Jose Ramirez, CLE Rotowire 1    
Koji Uehara, BOS RotoExperts 1    
Kurt Suzuki, MIN Fangraphs 1    
Matt Wisler, ATL USA TODAY Fantasy 1    
Pedro Strop, CHC Mastersball 1    
Preston Tucker, HOU Rotowire 1    
Tom Koehler, MIA MLB.com 1    

Todd Zola's Commentary

Not surprisingly, it was a spirited week of bidding as many were caught off-guard by last week's early deadline in combo with residual holes from a February draft. The new flavor-of-the-week in term of saves drew the most heat. I know saves are important but at the end of the day he's still Jeanmar Gomez, he plays for a stinky team and he's not very good. Pass.

Tyson Ross found his way onto many of my teams and now he finds his way onto many of my reserve and disabled lists. It's a significant blow but one that can be absorbed, in part because Clayton Kershaw was selected with the fourth overall pick. Eventually I'll find a starter to use in Ross' stead but quite frankly, there wasn't anything that moved the needle this week so going the safe route with high-skilled relievers was the plan. OK, the string begin with stinky Gomez but for $6 I'll take 6 saves. Trevor Maywent elsewhere but Seattle Mariners' unheralded rookie Tony Zych was awarded. The 25-year old impressed last season and is off to a white-hot start to 2016, fanning nine in five frames with just a single walk. Additionally, Steve Cishek is one of the more unstable closers in the league, thus why Joaquin Benoit was secured in the draft. Now I have Benoit insurance that also supports ratios with nice whiffs.

Todd's Take

One of the things to do early in the season is follow the tendencies of those new to your league. Howard Bender of the Fantasy Alarm and Alan Harrison of The Fantasy Fix are first-time LABR participants so I'm keeping an eye on how aggressively they're bidding on free agents to not only get a feel for what I may need to bid if we're both in need of the same position but also to set a sense for what they may be looking at to improve their roster. Some newcomers like to be active early, in both FAAB and the trade market and it's nice to be ahead of those not doing their homework.

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