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.
|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?
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
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.