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.
|CDevenski, Hou||Ron Shandler 57||Chris Liss 35||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6||Seth Trachtman 5|
|MDominguez, Tor||Jeff Erickson 51|
|TWilson, Bal||Jason Collette 44|
|AMeyer, Min||Rob Leibowitz 41||Chris Liss 33||Mike Podhorzer 18||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|BBrach, Bal||Chris Liss 25||Seth Trachtman 25||Jason Collette 16||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6|
|Mike Podhorzer 0|
|TBeckham, TB||Seth Trachtman 12|
|JMurphy, Min||Mike Podhorzer 7|
|FSalas, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|HConger, TB||Jason Collette 2|
|FRodriguez, Oak||Seth Trachtman 1|
|RDull, Oak||Seth Trachtman 1|
|HHembree, Bos||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|RRua, Tex||Jeff Erickson 51|
|JChavez, Tor||Jason Collette 6|
|JPolanco, Min||Seth Trachtman 3|
|ERomero, TB||Jason Collette 2|
|DButera, KC||Jason Collette 1|
|MHernandez, Bos||Seth Trachtman 1|
|JFields, Hou||Mike Podhorzer 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Perhaps the best move of this week was made Week 1 by Patrick Davitt, when he proactively spent $205 on Athletics hurler Sean Manaea, meaning the pitcher was not available to the rest of the league while plugging a roster spot at the same time.
Still, there was a bevy of activity, starting with Jeff Erickson who sat disappointing Aaron Hicks, replacing the outfielder with Matt Dominguez for $51. In more moves with hitters, Jason Collette is still trying to fix his backstop problems, meaning this week he dropped Taylor Motter and grabbed Trevor Wilson ($44) and disabled Kevan Smith while replacing the injured Sox with Hank Conger ($2).
The top team of Seth Trachtman grabbed Tim Beckham for $12, Mike Podhorzer acquired JR Murphy ($7) while Rick Wolf and Glen Colton purchased Brandon Guyer for $6.
As for hurlers, even though Ron Shandler has Henry Owens, he made a nice move in buying Chris Devenski for $57, reserving Owens, building depth with pitching, which we all know we will always need. Rob Leibowitz replaced Chris Bassett with Alex Meyer ($41), Chris Liss reserved Drew Storen and grabbed Brad Brach for $25, with Trachtman replacing starters Scott Feldman and Mike Pelfrey with Fernando Rodriguez ($1) and Ryan Dull ($1), while Podhorzer used a $0 bid on Heath Hembree to DL Huston Street.
The bottom line is that the AL Tout owners are still using a broad spectrum of bids, from that $205 Patrick spent on Manaea to the freebie crapshoot of Hembree.
Lawr's note about Jeff Erickson benching Aaron Hicks reminded me of a short study I want to do. I'll be right back.
Did you miss me? OK, here's the deal. Hicks and Chris Young (the outfielder) are both fourth outfielders expected to see time against southpaws. Most anticipated Hicks picking up time as the season progressed as an injury replacement for the aging and brittle Yankees elder statesman while some expected Young to be in a platoon with Jackie Bradley Jr. and/or work into the left field mix in front of the Green Monster. Through April, neither played that much as the Bronx Bombers have avoided injury and Bradley Jr. has impressed enough with the stick to keep his exceptional glove in the lineup regularly.
Still, it's curious why neither has played much so a quick comparison of plate appearances versus southpaws from last April, last season and this April was determined to see if there are fewer left-handers for platoon specialists to spot in against. Last April, 25.7 percent of plate appearances were against LHP as compared to 24.6 percent this season. Looking at 2015 as a whole, 27 percent came against southpaws so there are fewer opportunities, but not by much.
Oooh, ooh, ooh - I have another idea, please excuse me.
I'm back. Given that these numbers can change by the time I'm done typing (I type slow and need to use the delete key a lot), here are the number of southpaw starters by division as of May 1:
- AL East - 6
- AL Central - 5
- AL West - 8
- NL East - 5
- NL Central - 6
- NL West - 8
The difference between eight and five is pretty significant, especially if a player is on a team that uses all righties. Lefty-swinging platoon hitters in the AL and NL West get fewer starts than their counterparts in the AL Central and NL East. Obviously these numbers are subject to change and in the short term, the upcoming schedule is the most important factor, but when you're fighting for at bats in a deep league, every edge counts. Oh yeah, if you own Hicks or Young, sit tight. They'll get their at bats.
|ISuzuki, Mia||Todd Zola 113|
|CVargas, SD||Scott Wilderman 111||Tristan H. Cockcroft 14||Derek Carty 2|
|JNicolino, Mia||Lenny Melnick 102||Tristan H. Cockcroft 26|
|HPerez, Mil||Grey Albright 66||Lenny Melnick 13||Derek Carty 0|
|THolt, Cin||Grey Albright 66||Brian Walton 1|
|OAlbies, Atl||Ray Guilfoyle 65|
|EBonifacio, Atl||Phil Hertz 57|
|BWallace, SD||Lenny Melnick 42||Grey Albright 66|
|AMorgan, Phi||Mike Gianella 34||Tristan H. Cockcroft 26||Phil Hertz 18|
|MRojas, Mia||Ray Guilfoyle 20||Derek Carty 0|
|ABlanco, Phi||Brian Walton 15||Grey Albright 66||Lenny Melnick 42||Ray Guilfoyle 10|
|Derek Carty 0|
|TAdleman, Cin||Brian Walton 13||Phil Hertz 1|
|KBarraclough, Mia||Tristan H. Cockcroft 5||Lenny Melnick 99||Mike Gianella 6||Brian Walton 1|
|CAnderson, Mil||Phil Hertz 2|
|DRoss, ChC||Brian Walton 2||Mike Gianella 25||Phil Hertz 0|
|YPetit, Was||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|CBethancourt, SD||Phil Hertz 1|
|NRamirez, ChC||Derek Carty 0|
|ALiberatore, LAD||Derek Carty 0|
|EBurriss, Phi||Derek Carty 0|
|TWood, ChC||Lenny Melnick 99||Brian Walton 0||Derek Carty 0|
|MDenDekker, Was||Grey Albright 66||Todd Zola 37||Mike Gianella 6|
|APresley, Mil||Grey Albright 66||Brian Walton 1|
|CHeisey, Was||Grey Albright 66|
|RWeeks, Ari||Grey Albright 66|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Phil Hertz 4|
|TFederowicz, ChC||Phil Hertz 2|
|HRenfroe, SD||Phil Hertz 1|
|JUrena, Mia||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|RRivera, NYM||Phil Hertz 1|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Phil Hertz 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Mike Gianella 0||Derek Carty 0|
|JBlanton, LAD||Brian Walton 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|JBlevins, NYM||Derek Carty 0|
|JBroxton, StL||Derek Carty 0|
|JHowell, LAD||Derek Carty 0|
|JMathis, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
|LColeman, LAD||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|MCain, SF||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
It feels like 2001 all over again with Ichiro Suzuki being the top dollar player this week in NL Tout Wars. The Miami outfielder, now 42 years of age and 55 hits short of 3000 in the US, is one of the beneficiaries of Dee Gordon’s suspension, with a new spot on top of manager Don Mattingly’s lineup. Our own Lord Zola was the lone bidder, paying a handsome sum of $113 to call the future Hall of Famer his own.
Cesar Vargas of San Diego had a credible MLB debut two weekends ago against St. Louis, but did not draw any bidding attention until he followed it up with 5 1/3 scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium this past week. OnRoto’s Scott Wilderman spent relatively big, with a winning offer of $111 on the 24-year-old right-hander.
The third over-$100 player this week is another pitcher, Justin Nicolino of Miami, who like Vargas, drew notice by a shutout appearance against the Dodgers. The 24-year-old lefty - back in the bigs after making a dozen starts for the Fish in 2015 - yielded just two hits over 7 1/3 frames in his 2016 debut on Wednesday. Nicolino is now owned by Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts ($102).
Also of note was the $65 buy-and-stash addition of shortstop Ozzie Albies by Ray Guilfoyle of Fake Teams. The 19-year-old Braves prospect was in the news this week due to his promotion from Double-A to Triple-A, making his MLB debut just one call away.
Is that a nose ring up there with Ichiro? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm stalling. After all, I have 113 uncontested reasons to do so. Here's the deal. I have no regrets as the only bidder for Ichiro. I do however, cop to taking being aggressive too far. With Dee Gordon out, I expect Ichiro to play a little more, giving the Marlins a little speed to use at the top of the order. Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton aren't going anywhere so the hope is Suzuki takes some playing time from Marcell Ozuna, which is quite plausible. Factoring into the decision was I'm feeling the loss of A.J. Pollock the most in steals and runs and Tyler Goeddel,a cheap flyer for runs and steals has scored one more run than me this year while we're tied in steals.
But why 113? Well, 13 is actually a lucky number for me as my Mom was born on June 13. In fact, when afforded the opportunity, I always chose 13 as my uniform number growing up. That explains the 13 part, it's the 100 that, well, I have some 'splaining to do.
I screwed up, taking the mindset of being short on FAAB so just get the guys I want too far. Replacement level outfielders have cost mid-twenties to low-thirties thus far. There's no real difference between Ichiro this week, David Lough last week or Brandon Barnes the week before. Maybe bidding into the fourties or fifties would have been justified. That way, this bandwidth would be discussing how I reviewed old bids and adjusted accordingly instead of my immunity to triskaidekaphobia.
|DDietrich, Mia||Fred Zinkie 216||Bret Sayre 66||Tim Heaney 46||Scott Engel 27|
|David Gonos 24||Cory Schwartz 12|
|JSmith, LAA||Ray Flowers 187||Scott Pianowski 77||Scott Engel 66|
|AGarcia, CWS||Nando DiFino 130||Scott Swanay 77||Tim Heaney 26|
|SManaea, Oak||Scott Engel 126||Al Melchior 81||Tim Heaney 46||Cory Schwartz 35|
|DRoss, ChC||David Gonos 85||Bret Sayre 0|
|KPlawecki, NYM||Bret Sayre 73||Al Melchior 34|
|BBrach, Bal||Tim Heaney 66||Scott Pianowski 21|
|JWeaver, LAA||David Gonos 59|
|HNeris, Phi||Al Melchior 58||Scott Swanay 25||Bret Sayre 12||Ray Flowers 11|
|DSantana, Min||Scott Pianowski 45||Scott Engel 16|
|TChatwood, Col||Cory Schwartz 44||Tim Heaney 16||Fred Zinkie 2|
|JChacin, Atl||Scott Pianowski 37||Tim Heaney 26||Joe Pisapia 22||Al Melchior 5|
|MFulmer, Det||Tim Heaney 36||Al Melchior 34||Joe Pisapia 28||Cory Schwartz 18|
|MSmith, Atl||Scott Engel 34|
|TDuffey, Min||Al Melchior 34||Scott Engel 17|
|NReimold, Bal||Scott Engel 33||Al Melchior 27|
|JPhegley, Oak||Ray Flowers 22||Bret Sayre 0|
|RNolasco, Min||Ray Flowers 22||Tim Heaney 26|
|DStraily, Cin||Joe Pisapia 20||Tim Heaney 16|
|SSmith, Sea||Fred Zinkie 15|
|MJoyce, Pit||David Gonos 13|
|JRollins, CWS||Tim Heaney 11||Fred Zinkie 55|
|BShaw, Cle||Nando DiFino 8|
|JLocke, Pit||Scott Engel 4|
|TBeckham, TB||Gene McCaffrey 3|
|AMorgan, Phi||Al Melchior 32|
|GSoto, LAA||Ray Flowers 17|
|CLewis, Tex||David Gonos 22|
|CRea, SD||Scott Engel 16|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Ray Flowers 12|
|KSuzuki, Min||Ray Flowers 12|
|SOh, StL||Ray Flowers 11||Scott Pianowski 6|
|DPhelps, Mia||Ray Flowers 11|
|TWatson, Pit||Ray Flowers 11|
|KHerrera, KC||Ray Flowers 11|
|MGivens, Bal||Ray Flowers 11|
|AReed, NYM||Ray Flowers 11|
|DCastro, Atl||Tim Heaney 6|
|TLaStella, ChC||Gene McCaffrey 3|
|JJay, SD||Fred Zinkie 2|
|SPearce, TB||Tim Heaney 2|
|TNaquin, Cle||Fred Zinkie 2|
|DHernandez, Phi||Scott Pianowski 1|
|BHoladay, Tex||Bret Sayre 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension has opened up more playing time for Derek Dietrich. Although Dietrich is unlikely to wow us with his fantasy prowess, he did reach the double-digit home run mark in just 90 games last season while posting a strong .346 OBP. I'm not so sure I'd shell out 216 FAAB bucks for him, but the 26-year-old utility man should provide Fred Zinkie with decent middle infield production, that is until Fred trades for someone else.
I fully expected Joe Smith to be the most expensive purchase of this FAAB period, and he did garner a formidable $187 winning bid. With the oft-injured Huston Street sidelined due to an oblique strain, Smith will step into the ninth inning role for the Angels, and there's little doubt that he can get the job done. The veteran righty has been an ultra-reliable bullpen arm throughout his career, and he did save 15 games as a fill-in closer back in 2014. Plus, his closer run this year could last awhile, as Street's return date is anyone's guess at this point. To be honest, I'm liking this buy a lot more than my $227 Kevin Jepsen investment from a couple weeks ago.
If only I was a little more patient.
Maybe it's from more experience in the NFBC 15-team mixed format with 1000 FAAB units but I'm completely on board with Fred Zinkie's hefty bid on Derek Dietrich. A month ago, we eschewed platoon players in leagues this size, aiming for a regular. Now there's bidding wars for Seth Smith. Dietrich may not play every game in Dee Gordon's stead but he'll get the majority of the run, mostly in the leadoff spot ahead of a couple of productive hitters in Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. Add in soon-to-be dual eligibility at second and third and Dietrich is worth a 20 percent or more bid in this format.
|MFulmer, Det||Eno Sarris 361||Tim McLeod 87||Adam Ronis 77||Rudy Gamble 13|
|JGyorko, StL||Greg Ambrosius 222|
|JSmith, LAA||Tom Kessenich 160||Greg Ambrosius 111||Adam Ronis 78||Rudy Gamble 37|
|Charlie Wiegert 12|
|BDrury, Ari||Tim McLeod 141||Charlie Wiegert 73||Stacie Stern 49||Adam Ronis 23|
|TDuffey, Min||Rick Wilton 71||Adam Ronis 13||Rudy Gamble 13||Tim McLeod 12|
|RDeLaRosa, Ari||Ray Murphy 63||Eno Sarris 111||Adam Ronis 46||Stacie Stern 39|
|Charlie Wiegert 12|
|AGriffin, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 54||Tim McCullough 12||Adam Ronis 1|
|DDietrich, Mia||Anthony Perri 43||Adam Ronis 23|
|SWright, Bos||Tim McLeod 43||Charlie Wiegert 22||Adam Ronis 6|
|SSmith, Sea||Perry Van Hook 27||Charlie Wiegert 7|
|RGoins, Tor||Patrick Mayo 25|
|JNicolino, Mia||Craig Mish 22||Perry Van Hook 17||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|AMeyer, Min||Rudy Gamble 13||Rudy Gamble 4||Adam Ronis 1|
|ENunez, Min||Charlie Wiegert 7||Adam Ronis 3||Tom Kessenich 1|
|TChatwood, Col||Perry Van Hook 7||Adam Ronis 1|
|LMartin, Sea||Rudy Gamble 4||Tim McLeod 48|
|KPlawecki, NYM||Rudy Gamble 3||Adam Ronis 0|
|CUtley, LAD||Adam Ronis 2||Tim McLeod 12||Tom Kessenich 1|
|OArcia, Min||Tom Kessenich 1|
|JLocke, Pit||Stacie Stern 1|
|CRuiz, Phi||Adam Ronis 0|
|ROhlendorf, Cin||Rudy Gamble 0|
|RNolasco, Min||Ray Murphy 43|
|SRodriguez, Pit||Perry Van Hook 7|
|DStraily, Cin||Eno Sarris 3|
|JMercer, Pit||Tom Kessenich 1||Adam Ronis 0|
|JJay, SD||Tom Kessenich 1|
|BNicholas, Tex||Adam Ronis 0||Rudy Gamble 0|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Adam Ronis 0||Rudy Gamble 0|
|DRoss, ChC||Adam Ronis 0||Rudy Gamble 0|
|CaJoseph, Bal||Adam Ronis 0|
|DSantana, Min||Adam Ronis 0|
|FSalas, LAA||Rudy Gamble 0|
|GSoto, LAA||Adam Ronis 0|
|MGivens, Bal||Rudy Gamble 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
It was business as usual for high bids in a mixed league – new closer and top pitching prospect called up.
Joe Smith, subbing for Huston Street, was won for $160 by Tom Kessenich. Check
Michael Fulmer, now in the Detroit rotation was won for $361 by Eno Sarris. Check. (Think of what might have been if Minnesota Twins Jose Berrios and Oakland Athletics Sean Manaea weren’t already owned?)
The other three digit winning bid - $222 on St. Louis infielder Jedd Gyorko by Greg Ambrosius is befuddling, but when you have a $1,000 budget and a need, anything can happen.
Adding Ryan Raburn worked last week, but the outfielder's upcoming schedule meant looking for help by either reinstating Lonnie Chisenhall from the DL over a week when the Indians would face six right-handed pitchers, or looking to the free agent pool for a fresh face. Having watched Chisenhall over the weekend, I bid $27 to win the left-handed bat of Seth Smith. The Mariners fly-chaser checks in with a much needed OBP over .400 and will face at least four, if not five righties in a seven-game span.
This has been discussed previously in this space but when certain people make certain bids, it's worth paying attention. Eno Sarris knows pitching like I know pizza so when the Fangraphs writer takes a stand on a hurler, it's worth paying attention. As Perry points out, this league was savvy enough to have stashed Berrios and Manaea but Michael Fulmer got Eno's attention to the tune of a 36 percent bid. Given that I rely on others to do the legwork when I rank prospects for my own game-play but I had Fulmer behind Berrios and Manaea so Eno's bid piques interest and will stimulate some due diligence to see what I may be missing.
Another noteworthy purchase was Brandon Drury by Head2Head Sports Stacie Stern. Stacie lives in Arizona so she is closer to the Dbacks than most. Many times, this could be chalked up to a homer move, others it's bred of familiarity, good or bad. Stacie is sharp; she isn't going to pick up a player because he's local - unless she believes he's worth acquiring. The fact she's closer to the situation lends more credence to the move. And no, this has absolutely nothing to do with confirmation bias since I grabbed Drury in Mixed LABR.
OK, maybe a little.
|JSmith, LAA||Jeff Mans 158||Howard Bender 86|
|BDrury, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 103||Jake Ciely 23|
|RHill, Oak||Peter Kreutzer 83||Jake Ciely 47||Paul Sporer 15|
|SSmith, Sea||Peter Kreutzer 61||Stephania Bell 16|
|TRoark, Was||Jeff Boggis 52||Peter Kreutzer 64||Paul Sporer 14|
|HNeris, Phi||Jeff Zimmerman 37||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|SManaea, Oak||Jake Ciely 37|
|SWright, Bos||Jeff Boggis 28|
|BHolt, Bos||Jeff Boggis 27|
|APierzynski, Atl||Doug Anderson 22|
|JHellickson, Phi||Paul Sporer 11|
|MFulmer, Det||Stephania Bell 8|
|CRuiz, Phi||Paul Sporer 7|
|CCasali, TB||Doug Anderson 7|
|DHudson, Ari||Stephania Bell 5|
|COwings, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 27|
|JHahn, Oak||Jake Ciely 20|
|CBedrosian, LAA||Jeff Mans 15|
|DDietrich, Mia||Peter Kreutzer 5|
|RDeLaRosa, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|TMay, Min||Stephania Bell 3|
|DRoss, ChC||Paul Sporer 2|
|DPhelps, Mia||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|FSalas, LAA||Stephania Bell 1|
|DSantana, Min||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|TDuffey, Min||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
I have had a successful two periods, despite some underperforming pieces.
I was a strong preseason supporter of Brandon Drury, who only needed playing time, and now he seems to have it. Is he better than the geriatric Carlos Beltran I've been playing? I'm betting he is. So I bid on him, and won.
Eddie Rosario is a favorite of mine. Has been for a few years. He's athletic and while not a wholly schooled player (weak BB skills) seemed to be one step away from becoming something more this year. That's the beauty of the power/speed combo!
That hasn't happened yet.
And Seth Smith had an atypically excellent week in Seattle. A small bid on a player who might possibly be having a great season is a good way to fill a hole. But I'll admit this is playing a long shot. He's filling the Rosario hole, until it is time to move on.
As for the other bidders, it was mostly small stuff. Jeff Mans put a real and winning bid on Joe Smith. That's some month or two of saves. Well worth a bet.
Jeff Zimmerman won the low end but spirited scrum for Hector Neris, who is striking out nearly 1.5 hitters per inning. Useful in a league that counts K/9, I think.
Jeff Boggis picked up Tanner Roark for a song, after his 17 K game and the 6K game that followed. This week he's still been excellent without duplicating that dominant performance. That is as it should be.
Savviest move of the week for me was Paul Sporer grabbing Jeremy Hellickson for a song.
I think we're all navigating through this league's hybrid rules. Nobody is doing anything weird, we're all trying to be good. That's a fine thing.
One other note: In a league with six reserves, which require's new adds to spend a week on the active roster, there aren't that many clear Adds. Odd but true.
Some love the head to head format. Others contend there's too much luck involved, both with week-to-week match-ups and getting hot during the playoffs. Odd, fantasy football's popularity pounds sand up fantasy baseball's butt so head to head can't be all bad. Plus, the Tout rules were designed to combat some of that happenstance.
All that's well and good but the real charm of the head to head format is the platform for social interaction and I'm thrilled to see a handful of Tout owners take advantage by talking some smack over Twitter, keeping their followers abreast of their weekly match-up.
Fantasy Alarm's Howard Bender (@rotobuzzguy) sets the tone with Tout H2H esteemed leader, Peter Kreutzer (@kroyte), Jake Ciely (@allinkid), Jeff Boggis (@JeffBoggis), Brent Hershey (@BrentHQ) and Paul Sporer (@sporer), among other getting their barbs in. Rock on.