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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|Cheslor Cuthbert, KC||Colton & The Wolfman 14|
|Jorge Polanco, MIN||RotoWire 7|
|Bobby Wilson, TEX||Fangraphs 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Hyun-soo Kim, BAL||Fangraphs 3||RotoWire 2|
|Mike Montgomery, SEA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Ricky Nolasco, MIN||Fangraphs 2|
|Josh Thole, TOR||Baseball HQ 1|
|Cam Bedrosian, LAA||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Fangraphs 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Joel Peralta, SEA||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Ronald Torreyes, NYY||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Ryan Flaherty, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Fangraphs 1|
|Cliff Pennington, LAA||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Dustin Ackley, NYY||Fangraphs 1|
|Liam Hendriks, OAK||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Mike Aviles, DET||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Paul Janish, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Robbie Ross Jr., BOS||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Ryan Hanigan, BOS||Fangraphs 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Moves in AL LABR were clearly concerted this week, with just five teams making bids while all 12 teams worked at preserving precious FAAB money in the event of trades and promotions as the season moves into the warmer months.
The big coup was Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbing Cheslor Cuthbert for what turned out to be 14 uncontested dollars. The same held for the unchallenged Twin Jorge Polanco who went to Chris Liss for $7, while Eno Sarris bagged a pair of hitters, in Hyun-soo Kim ($2) and Bobby Wilson ($1) along with the annual Ricky Nolasco crap-shoot for $2.
Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs dropped $2 on hurlers Mike Montgomery and a dollar for Joel Peralta, while Josh Thole ($1) was plucked by BaseballHQ while team Colton/Wolf finished their expenditures off with Cam Bedrosian, also for a dollar.
Among the moves, the only challenge bid was a second one dollar bid on Bobby Wilson, one of a pair of catchers taken this week to try to fill the ever empty slot of benign backstop.
Six weeks into the season, seven of the 12 owners still have at least 90 of their original allotment of 100 FAAB units.
When I formatted the grid and saw no other bids for Cuthbert my first thought was uh oh, I screwed up again - because, well, there's precedent. OK, the fill-in Royals hot cornerman isn't the second coming of Mike Schmidt but he'll be playing a lot while Mike Moustakas is out and that's worth something. Then I recalled LABR's more stringent rules with respect to acquiring free agents. You either need a natural opening or release the player the pick-up replaces. Colton & the Wolfman lost Moustakas so it makes sense they were aggressive. But why no other bids? Checking out the rosters (a jump-link is available with each league heading directly under each photo), there's one team that definitely could use regular at bats while two others were borderline. That is, Cuthbert was only a minor upgrade, if at all, over the player he'd bump. Then, of course, when Moustakas is back, Cuthbert is sent down or plays sparingly.
It'll be interesting to compare the interest in Cuthbert here to AL Tout Wars.
|Anthony Cingrani, CIN||Inside Edge 13||Mastersball 7||Colton & The Wolfman 6||RotoExperts 6|
|NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||Derek Carty 1|
|Hernan Perez, MIL||RotoExperts 11||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Junior Guerra, MIL||Derek Carty 3||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Chris Herrmann, ARI||Derek Carty 3|
|Yusmeiro Petit, WSH||Derek Carty 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ryan Buchter, SD||Baseball HQ 1||Derek Carty 1|
|Wily Peralta, MIL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Yadiel Rivera, MIL||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Conor Gillaspie, SF||RotoWire - DVR 1|
|Chase d'Arnaud, ATL||Mastersball 1|
|Eddie Butler, COL||Inside Edge 1|
|Derek Law, SF||Derek Carty 1|
|Hansel Robles, NYM||Derek Carty 1|
|Trevor Cahill, CHC||Derek Carty 1|
|Reid Brignac, ATL||Mastersball 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
I hate to admit it because I know it will please him, but I can’t help it. Steve Moyer of Inside Edge is getting under my skin. Earlier this season, he outbid me for Cardinals rookie outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. This time, I finished second to him in spirited bidding (six contenders) for Tony Cingrani ($13). The left-hander may or may not be in the lead of the Reds closer committee, but with the best skills and the other candidates imploding, I like his chances. Moyer liked it $6 better, though.
Third baseman Hernan Perez ($11) has the dual advantage of playing for the rebuilding Brewers and the fact there is no clear starter at his position. The 25-year-old has a couple of home runs this month, including one on Sunday. It was only Perez’ third May start, however, though more playing time could have been earned, and perhaps even a roster spot secured after Scooter Gennett returns next week. Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts was the only bidder offering more than $1, paying $11 for the opportunity to roster Perez.
Brian's pick-up of Chase d'Arnaud reinforces how some DFS players may have a bit of an edge when it comes to FAAB. Having known Brian for a number of years, he does his homework so I'l bet he knew d'Arnaud will be playing second against southpaws after the Braves farmed out Jace Peterson. Remember when Peterson was a thing? That was awesome. Anyway, Daniel Castro is flipping between third and second while Reid Brignac (who never really was a thing) plays third against right-handers. Being on the short side of a platoon doesn't yield many at bats, but it's better than taking a goose-egg. Peterson was sent down on May 2, with d'Arnaud getting promoted that same day. Before Sunday, Atlanta had faced only one lefty since the move. So if you did FAAB before your scoring site added Sunday's game (against another left-hander) you would have seen only five at bats for d'Arnaud and possibly glossed over him. However, if you're a regular DFS player, you had a better chance of being aware of d'Arnaud's role and made a note of it for your seasonal leagues.
This segues into an interesting suggestion. While it's possible to get this from looking at box scores, there are a couple of sites that track team's starting lineups for DFS purposes. Looking at the past week's worth of starting lineup all on one page facilitates differentiating spot starts from platoon scenarios, not to mention helps track hitters in new lineup spots. My favorite source is The Baseball Press.
|Tyler Chatwood, COL||FNTSY 9||USA TODAY Sports 6||RotoExperts 4||RotoWire 2|
|Jonathan Gray, COL||USA TODAY Sports 5||Baseball HQ 4||USA TODAY Fantasy 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Alex Presley, MIL||RotoExperts 4|
|Aaron Hill, MIL||Baseball Prospectus 3|
|Ross Ohlendorf, CIN||Razzball 3|
|Anthony Cingrani, CIN||FNTSY 3||RotoWire 2||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Christian Colon, KC||ESPN.com 2|
|Tommy La Stella, CHC||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Cesar Vargas, SD||RotoWire 2|
|Curt Casali, TB||FNTSY 2||Razzball 1|
|Tyler Lyons, STL||Mastersball 1|
|Martin Perez, TEX||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Adam Morgan, PHI||MLB.com 1|
|Carson Smith, BOS||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|John Lamb, CIN||MLB.com 1||Razzball 2|
|Trevor Brown, SF||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Mark Reynolds, COL||Razzball 1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Colin Rea, SD||RotoExperts 1||USA TODAY Sports 3|
|Daniel Straily, CIN||Razzball 2||MLB.com 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Chris Devenski, HOU||USA TODAY Sports 2||RotoWire 1|
|Chase Utley, LAD||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Oswaldo Arcia, MIN||Razzball 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Bryan Holaday, TEX||Razzball 1|
|Justin Smoak, TOR||RotoExperts 1|
|Kevin Plawecki, NYM||Razzball 1|
|Kyle Barraclough, MIA||MLB.com 1|
|Ryan Howard, PHI||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Tony Wolters, COL||Razzball 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Let the Tyler Lyons era commence! Mixed LABR could be the only league I don't own Carlos Martinez so acquiring Lyons wasn't a handcuff but more because I'd like another decent starting pitcher and I didn't like what was available this week. Like Tout Wars, we're required to have FAAB acquisitions active so Lyons will take the spot of either Trevor May, Kevin Jepsen or David Phelps. Yeah, I'm fishing for some cheap saves. There's no guarantee Lyons would take Martinez's spot but with Marco Gonzales out for the season. that's one fewer arm to compete with.
So this next part will tempt fate a bit, but to be honest, I stopped worrying about that after my college intramural softball team spat in karma's face during the semi-finals of the playoffs my super-senior year. I took five years to finish undergrad. The story was since I switched my major late (which I did) I needed to take a couple courses over the summer to fulfill the requirements of my degree -- or stay a fifth year, take a couple other courses and get a double-major. That's what I opted to do but the real reason was I failed to win an intramural championship in the first four years and the memories of never owning one of those ratty gray t-shirts the championship teams received would haunt me forever. So yeah, I stayed an extra year. Anyway, we had a NO-HITTER in SLO-PITCH softball going. We all knew it but were of course not saying anything. With one out to go, just before the pitcher was readying to lob the ball towards home plate, our right fielder called time out then yelled, "Hey everybody, one more out and we have a no-hitter." We got the out and I actually drove in the winning run in the championship game. For what it's worth, I have no clue where that t-shirt is (nor would it fit) but I still have that memory. Actually, this is the 30th anniversary of that fateful year.
Now I forget the point...
Oh yeah. In order to compose this section I'm going to need to use phrases like, "My team is doing well to this point." I'm presently in second (it's a 15-team league) with double-digit points in seven of the ten categories. However, I have just two in steals and 3.5 in saves. That said, if you're going to be deficient in any category, that's the proper two since two players can essentially fix the issue. As alluded to above, I'm trolling for more saves as K-Rod is my main source. With respect to speed, potential stolen base contributors Charlie Blackmon, Christian Yelich, Ketel Marte and Kevin Pillar have an aggregate of eight so far. Colleagues have tested the water with some intriguing trade offers to fortify both categories but I'm being obstinate. With respect to saves, I'm reticent to give up a contributor for a stat available for FAAB, at least for another month or so. I may even have a closer down the road as Tony Zych and Joaquin Benoit are both stashed on reserve. Looking at steals, the players offered certainly run, but they're not impact guys. If my other speed sources don't get it going, more points would be lost than gained by dealing an asset that contributes elsewhere.
My dilemma is trying to figure out if this is the right course of action or if a more proactive approach would be better. If you think not winning an intramural title would have eaten at me, that's nothing compared to the frustration of never winning LABR or Tout Wars.
What to do, what to do....