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Friday 19th Jan 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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Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 5 USAT Sports 4 USAT Fantasy 2  
Ryan Dull, OAK Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Justin Wilson, DET USAT Fantasy 2 Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Rafael Ortega, LAA USAT Sports 2      
Michael Tonkin, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Joel Peralta, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Caleb Joseph, BAL RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Mike Aviles, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 USAT Fantasy 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  


Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 2 USAT Fantasy 1
Andrew Romine, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Enny Romero, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Fernando Salas, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Jake Diekman, TEX USAT Fantasy 1  
Ji-Man Choi, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA USAT Fantasy 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

What a fun and goofy week of mental gyrations it was in AL LABR, all of which came to a climax Sunday at midnight ET. Bids were certainly made on a small cluster of players, but at this point, no one was willing to gamble more than a five spot.

Within the journey of my own team, on Thursday, my third sacker, Danny Valencia went down with a pulled hamstring. Unfortunately, no one else on my roster could play third, and the only free agent hot corner choices were Andrew Romine (.122 over eight at-bats) and Mike Aviles (.111 over nine at-bats), neither of whom was remotely appealing, and both of whom play for Detroit.

I decided to sit tight and see if a trade would arrive in the next week, rather than essentially fill a hole with a vacuum.

But, at the deadline, Chris Liss advised me that Luis Valbuena was available, so we completed the trade of Valbuena and Matt Shoemaker for Jesse Hahn and Steven Wright.

In the mean time Larry Schechter decided that Aviles was worth the risk, so he dropped a buck on the Tiger and now we can all see whether the results are pain or pleasure.

In other moves, the big ticket free agent was the Jays Ezequiel Carrera, who cost Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf $5, but also got bids of $2 and $4.

In fact, five of the nine free agents acquired this week had multiple bids. Tim Heaney of USAT Fantasy rostered Justin Wilson for $2, while another $2 shot and three $1 attempts failed. In addition to Aviles, Schechter copped Junichi Tazawa for a dollar, but there was another pair of $1 tries, I nabbed Ruan Dull for $2, besting a pair of $1 shots, and Caleb Joseph, whom I released last week went to Chris Liss for a buck, but another owner tried the same only to lose out to Chris via place in the standings.

Surprisingly, Rafael Ortega was plucked by Steve Gardner for two uncontested dollars, Michael Tonkin and Joel Peralta both went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a buck each.

Todd's Take

Why all the chatter on Justin Wilson? In their seemingly infinite loop attempt to plug up the back-end of their bullpen, the Tigers signed Francisco Rodriguez who's been a successful closer the past couple of seasons despite losing a couple fee off his fastball. On top of a week with a couple of rough outings, K-Rod left the club Sunday due to an undisclosed family medical emergency. Despite being a southpaw, Wilson has closer stuff and is in line to get some change opportunities in the short term. Alex Wilson (last season's closer down the stretch) and Mark Lowe are also in the mix.

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Tyler Holt, CIN Inside Edge 7      
Daniel Castro, ATL RotoExperts 7 Baseball HQ 2 ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA RotoExperts 6 Inside Edge 1    
Andrew Bailey, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Jason Rogers, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 Inside Edge 1  
Caleb Cotham, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN - Karabell 1    
Adam Rosales, SD Mastersball 3 RotoWire - DVR 2 ESPN - Karabell 1 Inside Edge 1
    Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Cesar Vargas, SD Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Alex Presley, MIL RotoWire - DVR 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1  
David Lough, PHI Mastersball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
    Inside Edge 1    
David Phelps, MIA Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Brett Wallace, SD Inside Edge 1      
Ryan Buchter, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Joe Blanton, LAD Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1    


Charlie Culberson, LAD Inside Edge 1
Colin Walsh, MIL RotoExperts 1
Dalier Hinojosa, PHI Baseball HQ 1
Derek Law, SF Baseball HQ 1
Eric Campbell, NYM Inside Edge 1
Rickie Weeks, ARI Inside Edge 1
Yadiel Rivera, MIL RotoExperts 1
Yusmeiro Petit, WSH Baseball HQ 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

After a relatively quiet week last time, the NL LABR crew was very active in bidding, with 14 players going to seven different owners. Two $7 players led the way – Tyler Holt and Daniel Castro.

Cincinnati center fielder Holt is now on the roster of Inside Edge’s Steve Moyer. The regular player at that position, Billy Hamilton, is out with a thumb injury, opening up at-bats. If Holt - who was with the Indians last season – can show anything with the bat, the Reds should find somewhere for him to play. Castro is receiving starter’s work on Atlanta’s infield with Hector Olivera sitting in assault limbo, from which he may not emerge any time soon.

Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS Inc. made a bet on the Philadelphia closer race, putting their $5 down on Andrew Bailey. The former ninth-inning specialist with Oakland (2009-11) appeared to grab the Philly job this spring, but lost his grasp on it almost as quickly and ended up opening the year in Triple-A. There is no reason to believe that Bailey couldn’t get another shot as the fourth candidate in line this young season

Todd's Take

There are two more closer bets placed this week in NL LABR. We'll save one for a moment as that's who I acquired in the Mixed League. The other is Caleb Cotham who has pitched himself into contention for some saves if the Reds' threat to relieve J.J. Hoover of his duties comes to fruition. Cotham's case looked better before a Saturday implosion versus the Cubs. That said, the Cubbies are going to ruin a lot of bullpen ERAs. Cotham's isn't especially dominant, averaging about 93 mph on his fastball. The perceived lead candidate to replace Hoover is southpaw Tony Cingrani but that would leave Cincinnati devoid of another left-handed reliever which could be the opening Cotham needs.

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Kendall Graveman, OAK @TheFantasyFix 7 RotoExperts 3 Rotowire 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
    MLB.com 2 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Jordy Mercer, PIT USA TODAY Sports 5 Fantasy Alarm 4 Baseball Prospectus 1 Razzball 1
David Phelps, MIA Mastersball 4      
Aaron Blair, ATL RotoExperts 3 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Adam Duvall, CIN Fangraphs 3      
Steven Wright, BOS Baseball Prospectus 3 Rotowire 2 MLB.com 2  
David Freese, PIT USA TODAY Fantasy 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Andrelton Simmons, LAA Fantasy Alarm 2      
Anthony Cingrani, CIN Razzball 2      
Caleb Cotham, CIN USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Mastersball 1    
Tucker Barnhart, CIN RotoExperts 1      
Desmond Jennings, TB USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Jon Jay, SD USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Hector Neris, PHI Rotowire 1      
Mark Reynolds, COL Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 4    


Sean Rodriguez, PIT USA TODAY Sports 4
Brandon Drury, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1
Jered Weaver, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1
Logan Verrett, NYM Mastersball 1
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Seung-Hwan Oh, STL Rotowire 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

The suspense is over, David Phelps is the other speculative closer choice referenced above. The Miami Marlins have announced their intention to move Phelps into late-inning duty. This is a new role as Phelps is usually a useful swingman, going multiple innings in relief along with some spot starts. On the 'pen, Phelps has cranked up the strikeouts, fanning hitters at a 10.6 per nine innings clipped while dropping his walk rate to 2.45. These are closer like numbers and while A.J. Ramos got the job done after usurping the gig from Steve Cishek, the Fish must not have been convinced he's the guy as they declared an open competition in the spring with Carter Capps - winner gets to close. We all know what happened to Capps, leaving the saves to Ramos...at least for now.

Todd's Take

 This was a tough week as my squad could use another starting pitcher with Tyson Ross hurt. Kendall Graveman has two starts this week, one at Detroit and the other at home versus Houston. Both offer strikeout potential and Graveman has upped his K-rate thus far, but both also sport dangerous offenses so the decision was made to go the safe route this week while keeping a lookout for an emerging starter.



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