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Saturday 24th 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 Draft 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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Christian Vazquez, BOS Mastersball 13 RotoWire 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 USAT Fantasy 7
  Baseball HQ 3 ESPN.com 2    
Dae-Ho Lee, SEA USAT Fantasy 2      
Brett Nicholas, TEX USAT Fantasy 1      
Mychal Givens, BAL SiriusXM 1      
John Barbato, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Mastersball 1    


Rafael Ortega, LAA USAT Fantasy 2  
Fernando Salas, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 1
Austin Romine, NYY USAT Fantasy 1  
Bobby Wilson, DET USAT Fantasy 1  
Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 1  
Fernando Abad, MIN Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK SiriusXM 1  
Joel Peralta, SEA SiriusXM 1  
Josh Fields, HOU SiriusXM 1  
Josh Thole, TOR USAT Fantasy 1  
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Justin Wilson, DET SiriusXM 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY USAT Fantasy 1  
Ryan Dull, OAK Mastersball 1  
Ryan Pressly, MIN Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Tyler Collins, DET USAT Fantasy 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Considering injuries, cold bats, and demotions, the AL LABR had a relatively quiet week that saw only six acquisitions, albeit only one contested one.

Boston backstop was the focus of the only bidding frenzy which saw me replace Caleb Joseph with Vazquez for $13, knocking off attempts of $11, $8, $7, $3, and $2.

In a smooth move, Tim Heaney of USAT Fantasy Sports picked up Mariners first sacker Dae-Ho Lee for $2 as well as Brett Nicholas ($1), while Ray Flowers of SiriusXM took Mychal Givens for a buck and Larry Schechter grabbed John Barbato at the same price.

But, what now will interest me is with the dearth of catchers in the American League, first if Joseph will be a hot commodity in the market next week, and second, bearing in mind Matt Wieters durability, and the Red Sox recent luck with developing catchers, that maybe I should have well left enough along?

Todd's Take

It's a bit surprising that Angels' outfielder Rafael Ortega only drew a back-up bid. He's not a difference maker but he appears to be on the strong side of a platoon, hitting second followed by three future Hall-of-Famers in Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. OK, maybe two real Hall-of-Famers and a third who'd make the MastersHall. Woah, I like that - MastersHall.

I know moves in LABR are a bit restrictive, but it still is curious that no one needed the services of a guy that should get 25 plate appearances a week until Daniel Nava returns.

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Tyler Chatwood, COL Mastersball 7 Inside Edge 1    
Logan Verrett, NYM RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jhoulys Chacin, ATL Inside Edge 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Tony Wolters, COL USA TODAY Sports 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1  
Felipe Rivero, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1  
Ramon Flores, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1 Derek Carty 1    
Brandon Barnes, COL RotoWire - DVR 1 Derek Carty 1 Mastersball 1  
Matthew den Dekker, WSH Mastersball 1      
Alexi Amarista, SD ESPN - Karabell 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Chris Heisey, WSH ESPN - Karabell 1 Derek Carty 1 Mastersball 1  
Jeff Francoeur, ATL Derek Carty 1      
Emmanuel Burriss, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Hector Neris, PHI Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1    
Tyler Thornburg, MIL Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  


Carlos Villanueva, SD Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Rosales, SD RotoWire - DVR 1  
Charlie Culberson, LAD RotoWire - DVR 1  
Dalier Hinojosa, PHI Mastersball 1  
Daniel Castro, ATL ESPN - Karabell 1  
George Kontos, SF Baseball HQ 1  
Hansel Robles, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Joe Blanton, LAD Baseball HQ 1  
Ryan Buchter, SD Mastersball 1  
Yadiel Rivera, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I am clearly more in love with Tyler Chatwood than anyone else in the league. I spent $7 for a Colorado starter who by definition should perhaps be only used at home - though his very early career splits do not yet support my concern. The risk I have assumed is that players cannot be reserved in LABR unless sent down or injured. Knowing that, my bid should have been much less – and I would have gotten my man, anyway.

Only two other players went for more than $1 this week in NL LABR, both at $2.

Steve Moyer of InsideEdge picked up right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Unlike my addition Chatwood, Chacin no longer starts for Colorado. Now with Atlanta, the right-hander threw 11 scoreless innings over two starts before he encountered trouble in his sixth inning on Sunday.

Logan Verrett is the beneficiary of Jacob deGrom’s uncertain status – due to his injured lat plus health concerns with his newborn baby son. On just about any other club, if Verrett performs well, he might have a shot at staying in the rotation. That would be much tougher given the Mets’ talented starting five, however. Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts was the winning bidder.

Todd's Take

While I agree with Brian that the Mets' rotation is solid, there are pathways for Verrett to find his way to the hill as a starter once deGrom is back. The irony is #5 starter, 42-year old Bartolo Colon has started at least 30 games each of the past three seasons so he's not the weak link in terms of durability. The Mets are likely to be careful with Steven Matz' innings and to a lesser extent, Noah Syndergaard as well. And with Matt Harvey's early season struggles, would it surprise anyone if Harvey gets a 15-day vacation at some point? The general protocol for deep leagues is to carry solid relievers that can help ratios with the hope they get a shot to close. There's nothing with with hoping for an end game of starting.

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Aledmys Diaz, STL Mastersball 13 @TheFantasyFix 2 RotoExperts 2  
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DET Rotowire 12 Baseball HQ 6 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Mallex Smith, ATL Fangraphs 9 MLB.com 2 RotoExperts 2  
Mat Latos, CWS Fantasy Alarm 8 RotoExperts 3 MLB.com 1 Rotowire 1
Jhoulys Chacin, ATL FNTSY 7 MLB.com 1    
Christian Vazquez, BOS Razzball 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1
Eduardo Nunez, MIN RotoExperts 4      
Enrique Hernandez, LAD USA TODAY Fantasy 3 Mastersball 13 MLB.com 1 Rotowire 1
Jose Ramirez, CLE USA TODAY Fantasy 3      
John Jaso, PIT Rotowire 3 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Ross Stripling, LAD RotoExperts 2 MLB.com 1    
Adonis Garcia, ATL RotoExperts 2      
Matt Wisler, ATL USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Brandon Maurer, SD Razzball 1      
Preston Tucker, HOU MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1    
Chad Bettis, COL MLB.com 1 Fantasy Alarm 6    
Tony Wolters, COL Baseball HQ 1      
J.J. Hardy, BAL @TheFantasyFix 1 RotoExperts 1    


Coco Crisp, OAK @TheFantasyFix 1 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Blake Treinen, WSH Razzball 1    
Brandon Drury, ARI Rotowire 1    
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball HQ 1    
Geovany Soto, LAA Baseball HQ 1    
Kendall Graveman, OAK RotoExperts 1    
Nick Ahmed, ARI Rotowire 1    
Ryan Raburn, COL MLB.com 1    
Seth Smith, SEA MLB.com 1    
Trayce Thompson, LAD MLB.com 1    

Todd Zola's Commentary

The injuries to James McCann and Nick Hundley along with the unexpected demotion of Blake Swihart put three teams in the market for backstops. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a big power week which no doubt contributed to the dozen FAAB units Jeff Erickson of Rotowire dropped on the veteran. Salty will see regular at bats in Motown while McCann is out. Christian Vazquez has the reputation as one of the best pitch-framers and throwers in the game. His arm strength is still just 90 percent post-Tommy John surgery but that didn't stop him from executing his patented back-pick throw at first. At least in the short term, Vazquez should catch three of five games which makes him mixed league worthy and Razzball's new receiver for $5. The last hole was filled by converted middle infielder, turned catcher Tony Wolters, requiring just the minimum $1 bid from Ray Murphy and Brent Hershey. I have a weird feeling the co-managers of Baseball HQ may get the best bang for the buck of the trio.

Mallex Smith, basically a clone of the man he's replacing, Ender Inciarte drew a healthy $9 bid from Alan Harrison of Fangraphs while Howard Bender isn't alarmed with Mat Latos poor season last year, costing the Fantasy Alarm's Mock Draft Army head poobah $8.

Todd's Take

One of the shortcomings in my mixed LABR play has been looking to improve my squad when I don't have a natural spot to upgrade - natural meaning injured or sent to the minors. My middle infield is occupied by Eduardo Escobar, who's hitting a decent 0.282 but he has no homers, no steals and just two RBI with two runs. That's pretty vacuous. Alemdys Diaz, on the other hand has 18 combined runs plus RBI, though is in danger of losing his job when Ruben Tejada is ready to return. I didn't drop Escobar, just reserved him so if Diaz doesn't work out, I'm down some FAAB but in a mixed league, that doesn't concern me.


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