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Saturday 16th Dec 2017

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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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CVazquez, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 151 Lawr Michaels 95 Mike Podhorzer 82 Jason Collette 57
    Rob Leibowitz 27 Steve Moyer 0  
OArcia, Min Chris Liss 113 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Mike Podhorzer 32  
ENunez, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 22 Chris Liss 34 Steve Moyer 0  
DHutchison, Tor Jason Collette 12      
BNicholas, Tex Mike Podhorzer 12 Steve Moyer 0    
RDull, Oak Chris Liss 5      
TMotter, TB Jason Collette 5      
RoPerez, Cle Jason Collette 3 Rob Leibowitz 0    
MLowe, Det Larry Schechter 2 Rob Leibowitz 0    
DavMurphy, Min Mike Podhorzer 2      
JTazawa, Bos Rob Leibowitz 0      
ARomine, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0 Mike Podhorzer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

ROrtega, LAA Mike Podhorzer 12  
JChavez, Tor Jason Collette 8 Rob Leibowitz 0
ARomine, Det Jason Collette 2  
BBrach, Bal Chris Liss 0  
BWilson, Det Rob Leibowitz 0  
DGee, KC Rob Leibowitz 0  
JThole, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0  
LHochevar, KC Rob Leibowitz 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Covering the holes of the wounded was a driving force in AL Tout this past week, with the likes of Glen Perkins, Shin-Soo Choo, and Robinson Chirinos all moving to the Red Cross Tent. That means teams eyeing rosters and free agents and possibilities with nine owners trying to replace wounded, under-performing, and demoted.

Fantasy Alarm's Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $151--tops for the day--to replace Eric Kratz with Boston's Christian Vazquez, a player coveted by no fewer than four other teams with bids of $27 (Chris Liss), $57 (Jason Collette), $82 (Mike Podhorzer), and my bid of $95.

Chris Liss then made a solid move acquiring the hero of Minnesota's weekend sweep of the Angels, bagging Oswaldo Garcia for $113 besting bids of
$51 and $32.

Liss also bagged Ryan Dull for $5, while team Wolf/Colten smartly snagged Edward Nunez for $22 to replace Justin Smoak.

Fangraphs Podhorzer lost on the marquee names, but did nab Brett NIcholas for $12 (replacing Blake Swihart) and then David Murphy for $2.

Rotowire and Fangraphs's Jason Collette covered his bases with Drew Hutchinson ($2) and hitters Taylor Motter ($5) and Roberto Perez ($3).

Finally, Larry Schechter rostered Mark Lowe ($2), and Rob Leibowitz picked up Junichi Tazawa ($0) so six teams actually did change their squads.

Todd's Take

Who is Taylor Motter and why is Jason Collette willing to take a goose-egg for the week and use one of his four reserve spots for him? Motter was the voted the most outstanding rookie of the Tampa Bay Rays spring. He's an outfielder by trade but like most Rays, can play all over the place. Last year in Triple-A Durham, the then 25-year old hit a robust 0.292 with 14 homers and 26 bags. He was a bit old for the level so keep expectations in check but anytime you can play more than one spot and contribute in multiple categories, there are usually pathways to fantasy utility.

That said, other than Steven Souza dealing with a jammed finger which isn't considered serious, Tampa is healthy. Jason is as plugged into the Rays as much as anyone can be without working for a club so he must feel Motter will be called up at some point, despite getting off to a rather tepid start in the minors.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JChacin, Atl Mike Gianella 104 Scott Wilderman 32 Steve Gardner 21 Phil Hertz 14
TWolters, Col Grey Albright 88 Brian Walton 32 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Derek Carty 11
LVerrett, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 35 Scott Wilderman 25 Steve Gardner 19 Brian Walton 12
    Lenny Melnick  7    
DStraily, Cin Brian Walton 32 Grey Albright 11 Scott Wilderman 11 Phil Hertz 1
CMorton, Phi Derek Carty 32 Mike Gianella 47    
BBarnes, Col Grey Albright 31 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Brian Walton 2  
MWilliamson, SF Brian Walton 22      
AAmarista, SD Derek Carty 22 Grey Albright 21 Ray Guilfoyle 20 Andy Behrens 7
    Phil Hertz 6    
ZDavies, Mil Brian Walton 13      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Phil Hertz 4      
HNeris, Phi Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton 1    
BreAnderson, LAD Andy Behrens 1      
RBuchter, SD Scott Wilderman 0 Brian Walton 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DCastro, Atl Grey Albright 21
EAdrianza, SF Grey Albright 21
DRoss, ChC Grey Albright 5
JMathis, Mia Grey Albright 5
CBethancourt, SD Grey Albright 5
FRivero, Was Brian Walton 2
CaVillanueva, SD Brian Walton 1
CHeisey, Was Brian Walton 1
CWithrow, Atl Brian Walton 1
MDenDekker, Was Brian Walton 1
TThornburg, Mil Brian Walton 1
BOberholtzer, Phi Scott Wilderman 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Jhoulys Chacin is well-known from his time in Colorado’s rotation. In 2016, the right-hander is an Atlanta Brave. After starting the season in Triple-A, Chacin returned to the bigs, where he strung together 11 scoreless innings over two starts before running out of gas during Sunday’s sixth inning. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was the winning bidder at $104. The defending champion is on a mission to improve his pitching. On Sunday night, Mike also added James Shields in a trade for Yasmany Grandal.

With Colorado catcher Nick Hundley out indefinitely due to a concussion, it only stands to reason that his NL Tout owner, Grey Albright, shelled out the most cash, $88, for Hundley’s primary reserve, Tony Wolters. The Rockies’ other alternative behind the plate, Dustin Garneau, is already owned.

Even though he has bounced around this year – to Houston, then to Cincinnati – with Dan Straily getting a shot to start for the Reds on Monday, I was willing to spend $32. Unless he delivers results in a hurry, though, odds are that Straily will be back in the pen with the returns of Anthony DeSclafani and John Lamb nearing. Honestly, it could happen either way.

Todd's Take

I sort of blew it this week as I completely missed I have an injured Scott Van Slyke active. Our site, OnRoto designates injured players with an asterisk and I still missed it. I can slide Eric Campbell into his place but there's a couple of fly-chasers in Chris Heisey and Matt Den Dekker that would be better than taking a zero.

It's too early to be overly concerned with categories but to this point, my speed and runs are lagging behind the other categories which makes sense having lost A.J. Pollock. I have Jose Peraza on reserve so perhaps there are steals on the way but it is interesting to note the majority of moves this week involved pitchers and thus far, that's the strength of my team.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KJepsen, Min Zach Steinhorn 227 Fred Zinkie 110 Scott Engel 91 Al Melchior 71 Scott Pianowski 63
    Tim Heaney 46 Bret Sayre 21    
CAnderson, Mil Bret Sayre 167 Fred Zinkie 30 Scott Pianowski 29 Joe Pisapia 6 Fred Zinkie 4
ADiaz, StL Al Melchior 94 Fred Zinkie 91 Scott Pianowski 39 Bret Sayre 24 Derek Van Riper 21
TRoark, Was Scott Swanay 83 Bret Sayre 62 Fred Zinkie 15 Cory Schwartz 6 Fred Zinkie 4
MUpton, SD Cory Schwartz 81 Scott Pianowski 81 Bret Sayre 45 Fred Zinkie 30  
EHernandez, LAD Derek Van Riper 77 Scott Swanay 44 Bret Sayre 0    
TWolters, Col Gene McCaffrey 72 Scott Engel 28      
JSaltalamacchia, Det Al Melchior 58 Ray Flowers 41 Scott Swanay 34 Scott Engel 24 Cory Schwartz 16
    Tim Heaney 11      
RHoward, Phi Zach Steinhorn 52        
CPerez, LAA Ray Flowers 28        
SOh, StL Scott Engel 27        
CVazquez, Bos Scott Engel 26 Ray Flowers 31 Gene McCaffrey 17    
CBettis, Col Cory Schwartz 11 Fred Zinkie 0      
JHardy, Bal Bret Sayre 11        
JChacin, Atl Joe Pisapia 8 Bret Sayre 21 Fred Zinkie 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MShoemaker, LAA Bret Sayre 51
MReynolds, Col Scott Swanay 24
LVerrett, NYM Scott Engel 14
JPhegley, Oak Gene McCaffrey 2
APierzynski, Atl Gene McCaffrey 2
MJoyce, Pit Bret Sayre 0
DFreese, Pit Bret Sayre 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I had the luxury of a few days to figure out how much I was going to bid for Kevin Jepsen's services, but that didn't make the decision any easier. Jepsen has proven to be a capable closer when called upon, but his ninth inning role will be a temporary one. Then again, Glen Perkins hasn't exactly been a model of health over the course of his career, and yesterday's news that Perkins is unlikely to return when first eligible convinced me to raise my bid, which was originally $206. So, that turned out to be a total waste of FAAB, as I would have easily won Jepsen anyway. Then there's the threat of Trevor May becoming the long-term closer choice should Perkins miss an extended period of time. But I do like to be aggressive with my FAAB spending early in the season, and Todd's comment last week that the new $1000 budget allows for more aggressive bidding, even though we no longer use the vickrey process, did influence my thought process here. I have confidence in Jepsen, but whether or not this will prove to be an overbid remains to be seen. Betting against the health of Glen Perkins does seem like a well-educated bet.

I considered bidding on Chase Anderson, who has a pair of promising matchups on tap for this week against the Twins and Phillies, but I'm already deep in starting pitching, so this would have been an unnecessary move. Not surprisingly, Anderson fetched a generous bid, though I wasn't expecting 167 bucks. This makes me feel a little better about the Jepsen investment.

Through 13 games, Ryan Howard already has four homers. With my starting corner infielder, Pedro Alvarez, off to a slow start, I figured there was little downside in adding Howard as CI bench depth, even if it means I have to keep him active for a week. Power isn't easy to find on the waiver wire.

Todd's Take

Cool, Zach reads my stuff. I knew there was a reason I liked him.

Jepsen is one of several examples of a good but not great reliever being ahead of a teammate with stronger skills on the basis of having closed a little previously. As Zach suggested, Perkins has an injury history, closing up shop early each of the past two campaigns. Jepsen did the job down the stretch but look out for Trevor May who has taken very nicely to the bullpen. That said, Zach's aggressiveness was the right call...saves is saves.

 justin bour full

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBour, Mia Eno Sarris 103 Perry Van Hook 69 Rudy Gamble 1
JChacin, Atl Perry Van Hook 69    
ADiaz, StL Charlie Wiegert 55 Anthony Perri 43 Adam Ronis 13
TraThompson, LAD Perry Van Hook 47 Ray Murphy 0  
BBrach, Bal Stacie Stern 34    
CVazquez, Bos Tim McLeod 27 Tom Kessenich 6  
MWisler, Atl Greg Ambrosius 22    
WPeralta, Mil Patrick Mayo 22    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Tom Kessenich 19 Anthony Perri 12  
ZCozart, Cin Adam Ronis 12    
PHughes, Min Tim McLeod 11    
JPeavy, SF Rudy Gamble 4    
ADuvall, Cin Ray Murphy 2    
TZych, Sea Eno Sarris 1    
DFreese, Pit Perry Van Hook 0    
TWolters, Col Craig Mish 0 Tim McLeod 18  

UNAWARDED BIDS

LVerrett, NYM Perry Van Hook 47 Tim McLeod 2  
JTomlin, Cle Perry Van Hook 43    
KHerrera, KC Greg Ambrosius 21 Eno Sarris 1 Tim McLeod 1
MPerez, Tex Greg Ambrosius 11    
NAhmed, Ari Adam Ronis 11    
JoRamirez, Cle Adam Ronis 6 Perry Van Hook 0  
ENunez, Min Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 0  
ABradley, Ari Perry Van Hook 2    
GSoto, LAA Tim McLeod 2    
RDull, Oak Stacie Stern 2    
BGuyer, TB Ray Murphy 1    
BHoladay, Tex Tom Kessenich 1    
BTreinen, Was Eno Sarris 1    
CRuiz, Phi Tom Kessenich 1    
DRoss, ChC Tom Kessenich 1    
KSuzuki, Min Tom Kessenich 1    
TFlowers, Atl Tom Kessenich 1    
AAmarista, SD Perry Van Hook 0    
BBarnes, Col Perry Van Hook 0    
JHardy, Bal Adam Ronis 0    
KelJohnson, Atl Ray Murphy 0    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Perry Van Hook 0    
NReimold, Bal Perry Van Hook 0    
SSmith, Sea Perry Van Hook 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As the saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's rose."

Applied to fantasy sports, the phrase haunts when Justin Bour was thrown out with the garbage a couple of weeks ago, and suddenly a power surge turns the first baseman back into a flower.

Even worse, Eno Sarris coveted the trash even more meaning Sarris copped the Marlin’s first baseman for Sunday’s high bid of $103, while my second choice for a corner guy was at least the FAAB painless David Freese for a zero dollar bid.

Elsewhere, replacement catchers were at a premium as the James McCann owner Tom Kessenich hopes Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent home run barrage will be worth $19 while Tim McLeod the Blake Swihart owner ponied up $27 to secure Christian Vazquez. Both new catchers did in fact have other suitors.

Taking what looks like a wild swing at a starting pitcher now with this third big league club for a $69 bid is somewhat different when we realize that Jhoulys Chacin who could never harness the promise in Colorado is still just twenty eight years old and has a fresh start in Atlanta. I also added Dodger outfielder Trayce Thompson who should see plenty of at bats this week in Cincinnati and Colorado and hopefully keep hitting well. Todd will at least  be happy the $0 bids were put to good use.

Todd's Take

While I am pleased to see some $0 bids, I am a little sad Perry doesn't still have Justin Bour. Granted, I'm higher on him than most but by season's end, I expect Bour and Christian Yelich to take the best advantage of the closer and lower fences in the Aquarium, also known as Marlins Park.

Speaking of David Freese, as  DFS dabbler I follow lineups and if baffles me that the Pirates are using Freese in the three-hole. To his credit, the journeyman hot cornerman is hitting well but I just can't bring myself to include Freese in a Bucs stack which takes the most prolific spot to get DFS points out of the equation.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KJepsen, Min Michael Beller 161    
KHerrera, KC Jeff Zimmerman 133 Peter Kreutzer 0  
CVazquez, Bos Michael Beller 75 Howard Bender 44  
AConley, Mia Peter Kreutzer 61    
BMoss, StL Paul Sporer 33    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Andrea LaMont 21 Andrea LaMont 21  
TBarnhart, Cin Howard Bender 10    
NAhmed, Ari Jeff Boggis 6 Peter Kreutzer 0  
SGennett, Mil Andrea LaMont 4    
CBeltran, NYY Peter Kreutzer 4 Paul Sporer 25  
ENunez, Min Jeff Boggis 2    
ADiaz, StL Peter Kreutzer 0    
JWilson, Det Peter Kreutzer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

EHernandez, LAD Paul Sporer 28
TWolters, Col Andrea LaMont 10
SGreene, Det Peter Kreutzer 5
CPerez, LAA Howard Bender 4
JPhegley, Oak Howard Bender 2
APagan, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
CDevenski, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
DValencia, Oak Peter Kreutzer 0
JBarbato, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0
JChacin, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
JHardy, Bal Peter Kreutzer 0
LVerrett, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
MWisler, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
RDavis, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0
SOh, StL Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

It can't be stressed too much. A new league with a format nobody has played before is going to leave us lurching, trying to figure out what works and what doesn't.

My opening "week" was great, I went 6-0, but compared to the teams I wasn't playing my team wasn't nearly as dominant. So it seemed wise to try to improve.

But in a shallow 12-team mixed league it is hard to tell what wire scraps are real improvement and which are simply a flash in last week's pan. My play was to bench the struggling Brad Miller and Eddie Rosario, eject bench players Matt Adams and Wilmer Flores, and add last week's hot sticks, which turned out to be Aledmys Diaz and Carlos Beltran, for little money.

Beltran is a veteran and hot right now, which I hope continues. My $4 bid wasn't challenged, except for a contingent bid that didn't come into play.

Diaz can clearly hit but faces playing time pressures with the return of Ruben Tejada from the DL. I didn't lose much by dumping Flores, and can only hope that Diaz continues to play. If he's sent to the minors, I'll be able to promote Miller the next day, so for $0 this wasn't an all or nothing commitment.

Which leads us to Adam Conley, who struck out a noticeable number of batters in his start against the Mets last week. He looked pretty good in 11 starts last year, and impressed against the Mets. He only went one inning in his first start this year, struggling against the Nats and then getting pulled after a rain delay. His two starts this week are against Washington at home and on the road in San Francisco, two helpful parks if not helpful teams.

He replaces Brandon Finnegan, whose lively arm impresses but whose many walks hurt. He has one start this week, at Great American against the discerning and big swinging Cubs. Better to skip that one.

What did other teams do as we figure this out? I made a somewhat aggressive bid on Conley and no one else bid at all, but that wasn't unusual. Michael Beller made a big bid on Kevin Jepsen that was not challenged, and Jeff Zimmerman made a substantial bid on Kelvin Herrera, that faced only a $0 contingent bid.

Five teams did not bid, which demonstrates how the pool of richer free agent talent must contend with richer deeper rosters.

This week's H2H play lasts just seven days. Bring it on!

Todd's Take

I like Peter's approach, choosing Conley over Finnegan. The key to 12-team leagues is clever churning which means limiting getting attached to a player. It's like working on a farm - you never name a "pet" that one day may be dinner.

If you are scratching your head after seeing Kelvin Herrera, or possible running to your favorite site to see if Wade Davis is injured, don't fret, K/9 is part of the scoring and Herrera is mowing them down at a healthy 12.2 K/9 clip. I'm a big proponent of K/9, especially instead of holds. The one pitching stat omitted from most leagues that employ alternative categories is innings pitched. That's a really good representation of his skills and importance to his Major League team. It's simple but in general,  the better you are as a starter of reliever, the more innings you toss.

 

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