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.
PLEASE NOTE: As part of the site transition, the reader's comments section was temporarily disabled. It's active again so please feel free to ask questions, share your thoughts, etc. A staff member will check the comments periodically and either answer the question or direct it to the person being queried.
|INova, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 102||Jeff Erickson 47||Jason Collette 26||Steve Moyer 13|
|CCuthbert, KC||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 102||Mike Podhorzer 16|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Jeff Erickson 53|
|JPolanco, Min||Chris Liss 45|
|DStoren, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36||Rob Leibowitz 8|
|NSmith, LAA||Seth Trachtman 30|
|ABregman, Hou||Jeff Erickson 23|
|MAndriese, TB||Mike Podhorzer 16|
|BWilson, Tex||Jeff Erickson 13||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|RFlaherty, Bal||Mike Podhorzer 13||Jeff Erickson 13||Steve Moyer 0|
|JPeralta, Sea||Jeff Erickson 5||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|RNunez, Oak||Jeff Erickson 3||Jeff Erickson 5|
|JChavez, Tor||Rob Leibowitz 3||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CGimenez, Cle||Jason Collette 2||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|JMusgrove, Hou||Jeff Erickson 1|
|CBYoung, Bos||Mike Podhorzer 1||Jeff Erickson 3||Steve Moyer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|EKratz, Hou||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|JThole, Tor||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|CBedrosian, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 22|
|RRua, Tex||Jeff Erickson 5|
|GSanchez, NYY||Jeff Erickson 5|
|JMateo, NYY||Jeff Erickson 5|
|CWilson, LAA||Rob Leibowitz 4|
|MMorin, LAA||Rob Leibowitz 2||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|WHarris, Hou||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ZDuke, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
It was a week in AL Tout where the fickle hands of playing time and owner approval converged, meaning a cluster of recent additions to teams were jettisoned in favor of new players and related hope for innings or at-bats that are increasingly becoming scarce out of the free agent pool.
Jeff Erickson let go of Matt Dominguez after a week in deference to Yankees second sacker Roland Torreyes ($53), while Mike Podhorzer dropped Brett Nicholas for Eric Kratz ($0), Rob Leibowitz bid farewell to Alex Meyer acquiring Jesse Chavez ($3), and Jason Collette, in a never-ending drive to build backstop strength from out of the free agent pool, dumped Hank Conger and added Chris Giminez for $2.
The top bid price of the week was a tie between Rick Wolf and Glen Colton who spent $102 on Yankees hurler Ivan Nova, while team Wolf/Colton also allotted the same $102 amount for Royal Cheslor Cuthbert, while also tweaking their bullpen for the tune of $36 for Drew Storen.
But, aside from single moves out of Chris Liss (Jorge Polanco for $45), and Seth Trachtman (Nate Smith for $30), the remaining players were nabbed by said teams Podhorzer and Erickson, with RotoWire braintrust Jeff also adding shortstop Alex Bregman ($23), backstop Bobby Wilson ($13), third sacker Renato Nunez ($3), Joel Peralta ($5), and Joe Musgrove ($1), while Podhorzer also rostered Matt Andriese ($16), Josh Thole ($0), Ryan Flaherty ($13), and Boston flychaser Chris B Young ($1).
That means the two bottom teams in the standings are desperately looking for help, with Erickson making a total of six moves with Podhorzer exchanging five players meaning the pair was responsible for 11 of the 17 totals moves made this week.
Jeff's pick-up of Bregman takes advantage of the Tout Wars rule allowing acquisition of a minor league player so long as he's active for the week and was won with a non-zero bid. It also is an example of some forward thinking as Evan Gattis has been sent to the farm to work on his catching skills. The Astros recognize they have a bunch of bats that can serve as designated hitter to help ease the logjam at first base. For instance, Tyler White can slot in which in turn opens up third (White has been dabbling at the hot corner as well as first). Bregman is a natural shortstop but Houston does not have a problem there. Perhaps Bregman is called up to help at third. It's worth the shot.
Speaking of Gattis, the narrative is with catcher eligibility, Gattis' value (I cringe every time I use that term) spikes. Count me in the minority that isn't so giddy. Granted this emanates from a 15-team mixed, no-trading perspective but I drafted a couple of decent catchers in those leagues and took Gattis at a big discount to be my DH/UT. After waiting a month, he's finally active and or course can't hit his way out of a paper bag. Now he's sent to Corpus Christi and while he'll come back and eventually have a "C" next to his name on set lineup pages, he's not going to play full time. The end result is I'll have a pretty decent third catcher and a sub par utility. Early in the season the proxy DH/UT was pretty good but as injuries set in, that player is now likely active at a position. Granted, Gattis was originally drafted at a discount, but still, the best laid plans....
|APresley, Mil||Andy Behrens 129||Grey Albright 61||Brian Walton 56||Grey Albright 51|
|Scott Wilderman 21||Steve Gardner 15|
|RStripling, LAD||Derek Carty 112||Tristan H. Cockcroft 31||Scott Wilderman 17||Brian Walton 5|
|Grey Albright 1||Phil Hertz 1|
|RBrignac, Atl||Grey Albright 96||Andy Behrens 61|
|TWolters, Col||Grey Albright 88||Derek Carty 42||Brian Walton 13||Phil Hertz 3|
|Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|JuGuerra, Mil||Derek Carty 54||Scott Wilderman 3||Grey Albright 1|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Phil Hertz 37||Grey Albright 1|
|DSwanson, Atl||Steve Gardner 22|
|RWeeks, Ari||Grey Albright 21||Grey Albright 42|
|MWilliamson, SF||Mike Gianella 17||Grey Albright 32||Scott Wilderman 11||Phil Hertz 1|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Grey Albright 12||Phil Hertz 1|
|HRobles, NYM||Todd Zola 7||Grey Albright 1||Derek Carty 0|
|MLorenzen, Cin||Ray Guilfoyle 1|
|PBaez, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|TFederowicz, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|CHeisey, Was||Grey Albright 21|
|JMathis, Mia||Grey Albright 12|
|KSkipworth, Cin||Grey Albright 12|
|RCabrera, Cin||Grey Albright 12|
|RRivera, NYM||Grey Albright 12||Phil Hertz 0|
|ADickerson, SD||Grey Albright 11|
|CDArnaud, Atl||Grey Albright 11|
|CGillespie, Mia||Grey Albright 11|
|MTuiasosopo, Atl||Grey Albright 11|
|RKalish, ChC||Grey Albright 11|
|YRodriguez, Cin||Grey Albright 11|
|LColeman, LAD||Todd Zola 7|
|CMurray, Phi||Todd Zola 2|
|TLincecum, FA||Andy Behrens 2|
|ACaminero, Pit||Grey Albright 1|
|ASimon, Cin||Phil Hertz 1|
|JOsich, SF||Grey Albright 1|
|JBlevins, NYM||Derek Carty 0|
|TWood, ChC||Derek Carty 0|
|ZDavies, Mil||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
The name Alex Presley is well-known, likely from disappointments from his time with Pittsburgh. The outfielder is back with Milwaukee and his hot bat drew a lot of interest from among the Touts. The winner at $129 is Andy Behrens of Yahoo.
Starting pitcher Ross Stripling of the Dodgers had a near no-hit debut, then a trio of rough outings since. The rookie had a strong start on Sunday against the Blue Jays, allowing just one run on one hit over six innings. That and his next appearance at home against the sputtering Cardinals may have given Derek Carty encouragement to place a successful $112 bid.
Grey Albright has already spent over 70 percent of his full-year FAAB stipend. This week, he bought five players, including two at just under $100 each. The first is a rebound candidate like Presley in Reid Brignac ($96), now an infielder with the rebuilding Braves. The other is catcher Tony Wolters of Colorado ($88), who could be sharing time indefinitely due to Nick Hundley’s oblique injury. As Albright owns Hundley, the aggressive bid is understandable.
I was shut out this week after making half-hearted bids on Presley, Wolters and Stripling. I need pitching, but I am not confident in Stripling and saw nothing else on the wire worth buying.
Like Brian, I was looking at pitching this week as Carlos Martinez was questionable for his mid-week start when bids were due. Also not being enthralled with the available option, the choice was a get-me-over curve ball in Hansel Robles. The Mets reliever has been throwing a lot of pitches over the plate as evidenced by fanning 17 against only four walks in 12 1/3rd frames.
Now I have a bit of a conundrum as the latest news has Martinez scheduled for Saturday. Tout rules force Robles to be active so in order to keep Martinez active as well, someone else needs to be reserved. Possibilities include Tyler Lyons or David Phelps. There's a benefit to keeping Lyons active as he could pick up the start in the event Martinez isn't able to go. Phelps is also quite useful, vulturing a couple of helpful saves as well as supporting ratios with decent strikeouts. There is another possibility; sliding Martinez into the swingman spot and reserving Phil Gosselin. Shoot, I pushed for that rule to be enacted, I may as well use it.
|CRea, SD||Scott Engel 124||Ray Flowers 11|
|JSmoak, Tor||Ray Flowers 89||Scott Pianowski 33||Scott Engel 1|
|OArcia, Min||Scott Engel 86||Ray Flowers 79||Tim Heaney 36||Derek Van Riper 11|
|GSoto, LAA||Ray Flowers 59||Scott Pianowski 12||Nando DiFino 11|
|AMorgan, Phi||Al Melchior 54|
|CYoung, KC||Cory Schwartz 38||Derek Van Riper 11||Fred Zinkie 2|
|JTaillon, Pit||Tim Heaney 36|
|TMay, Min||Tim Heaney 36||Scott Pianowski 10|
|SPearce, TB||Al Melchior 36||Ray Flowers 39||Derek Van Riper 12|
|JLamb, Cin||Derek Van Riper 31||Fred Zinkie 7|
|APresley, Mil||Scott Pianowski 31||Al Melchior 33||Ray Flowers 29||Derek Van Riper 1|
|CCasali, TB||Scott Engel 25||Scott Engel 28||Scott Pianowski 11||Nando DiFino 11|
|JNicolino, Mia||Scott Engel 24|
|JHazelbaker, StL||Derek Van Riper 21||Ray Flowers 29|
|TLaStella, ChC||Al Melchior 21||Ray Flowers 32||Scott Pianowski 22|
|CVargas, SD||Nando DiFino 19|
|YAlonso, Oak||Nando DiFino 14||Ray Flowers 19|
|TFederowicz, ChC||Nando DiFino 11|
|AReed, NYM||Ray Flowers 11||Scott Pianowski 0|
|PStrop, ChC||Scott Pianowski 10||Tim Heaney 1|
|SDelabar, Cin||Nando DiFino 8|
|CDevenski, Hou||Fred Zinkie 2||Al Melchior 11||Scott Pianowski 10||Tim Heaney 4|
|CCuthbert, KC||Scott Engel 27|
|WPeralta, Mil||Derek Van Riper 21|
|MAdams, StL||Derek Van Riper 21|
|BGuyer, TB||Ray Flowers 19||Al Melchior 12|
|JJay, SD||Ray Flowers 19|
|GBlanco, SF||Ray Flowers 19|
|AHechavarria, Mia||Ray Flowers 19|
|AGose, Det||Ray Flowers 19|
|KHerrera, KC||Ray Flowers 11||Tim Heaney 1|
|DPhelps, Mia||Ray Flowers 11||Tim Heaney 1|
|SOh, StL||Scott Pianowski 10|
|KSiegrist, StL||Scott Pianowski 10|
|DLee, Sea||Derek Van Riper 2|
|RRaburn, Col||Derek Van Riper 1|
|BMaurer, SD||Tim Heaney 1|
|AWarren, ChC||Tim Heaney 1|
|TClippard, Ari||Scott Pianowski 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Colin Rea has now pieced together five straight starts of three earned runs or fewer, and his most recent outing (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER vs. Mets) was his best one to date. Rea's performance of late along with his two-start status for this week were likely the main factors that prompted Scott Engel to shell out 124 FAAB bucks for his services. But I usually avoid two-start pitchers with at least one matchup that carries disaster potential, and his first start of the week, on the road against the Cubs, certainly fits that description.
For every Kris Bryant, there's a Justin Smoak, a highly regarded prospect who could never quite achieve consistency at the big league level. With Chris Colabello currently serving an 80-game PED suspension, Smoak is getting every day at-bats as Toronto's starting first baseman, and he's producing, batting .286 with two homers, eight RBI, eight runs scored and a .423 OBP through 63 at-bats. The problem is that we have seen these types of hot stretches from Smoak numerous times in the past only to be disappointed in the end.
Oswaldo Arcia could prove to be one of the better FAAB pickups of the season if he can rediscover the stroke that helped him swat 20 homers in just 372 at-bats back in 2014. The 25-year-old is on pace for 21 home runs this season and a more disciplined approach at the plate has led to a .361 OBP. Playing time could become an issue for him should his bat go cold, but maybe the breakout season that many expected in 2015 will come in 2016.
Something to keep in mind with Smoak is the Jays are in AT&T to begin the week which likely means he'll be sitting in favor of Edwin Encarnacion - but in general I agree with Zach, Smoak is interesting as that Blue Jay lineup has yet to click and you know it will.
Zach also referenced the Cubs and their dangerous offense. One big reason for their success is a significant spike in contact as compared to last season. In a Pavlovian manner, DFS player check to see who is pitching against the Astros since they fan a ton, but are also capable to laying a crooked number on you in a heartbeat. That was the Cubs last season. This year, they're even more potent but don't offer the high-risk, high-reward platform of strikeouts for opposing hurlers.
|JoRamirez, Cle||Greg Ambrosius 111|
|CRea, SD||Stacie Stern 86|
|ABradley, Ari||Stacie Stern 48|
|DStraily, Cin||Patrick Mayo 44||Perry Van Hook 23||Rudy Gamble 2||Craig Mish 1|
|RNolasco, Min||Ray Murphy 32|
|CCuthbert, KC||Stacie Stern 18|
|MNapoli, Cle||Adam Ronis 13||Rudy Gamble 3|
|CDevenski, Hou||Craig Mish 11|
|TWolters, Col||Craig Mish 6||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|MReynolds, Col||Rudy Gamble 3||Greg Ambrosius 77||Perry Van Hook 0|
|DRoss, ChC||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|DPhelps, Mia||Rudy Gamble 1|
|MJoyce, Pit||Perry Van Hook 0|
|APresley, Mil||Perry Van Hook 0|
|DEspinosa, Was||Greg Ambrosius 55|
|AGarcia, CWS||Adam Ronis 12|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Craig Mish 1||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|GSoto, LAA||Charlie Wiegert 0|
|TBrown, SF||Charlie Wiegert 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Bidding was quiet in the mixed draft league as seven of the 15 teams were silent. Maybe they didn’t think the free agents were better than what they have or perhaps didn’t want them active in the coming week. Either way, there were some interesting bids and some good strategy on display.
Greg Ambrosius registered the high bid, winning Indians’ super utility man Jose Ramirez for $111. Ramirez, even though he isn’t the starter at any one position, gets enough at bats and qualifies at ample positions to be very useful. Ambrosius’ contingency was $77 on Rockies Mark Reynolds. The corner infielder could be a very good fill-in with six games in Coors Field this week. Since Ambrosius won Ramirez, Rudy Gamble’s $3 bid best my $0 bid for Reynolds.
Charlie Wiegert needed to replace Devin Mesoraco. The Godfather strung six catchers, bidding $2 for his top two then $0 for the others. The idea being, Wiegert favored a couple a little more than the others but they’re all so close it wasn’t worth draining his FAAB. Listing six would surely fill the spot.
Similarly, I bid $0 on three players in an effort to fill two spots, feeling they all were in a great spot to have a solid week. One was Reynolds. Another was Matt Joyce as the Pittsburgh Pirates are on the road with dates in two very friendly hitting venues: The Great American Ballpark and Wrigley Field. The Bucs are slated to face five righties which means the lefty swinging Joyce should see significant action. The third was Brewer’s outfielder Alex Presley as the Brew Crew will play three games in Miami and four at home versus a depleted Padres pitching staff. Presley has been hitting second as Milwaukee plays musical outfielders, hoping to land on something productive. The gambit worked as no one else bid on either of the fly-chasers.
Fellow Arizona resident Stacie Stern spent $48 on the Diamondbacks Archie Bradley for his Monday start in Coors Field. The plans are this to be one-and-down for the Snakes righty but there’s a good chance Bradley gets an extended look at some point this season so if the First Lady of Fantasy can stash him long enough, her mile-high risk could pay off.
Hopefully Stacie won't mind if I share this but as a game operator, I suspect she shares the sentiment. I'm the Secretary of Waiver and Transactions (SWAT) for the Mixed Draft league and have fulfilled a similar role in countless others, both industry and private. A few minutes before deadline, Ms. Stern sent me a note, explaining she couldn't find Bradley in the available player list. Unlike some services, our scoring site, OnRoto, conveniently has two separate pull down menus for free agents. Excluding farm players facilitates navigating the inventory. However, if you're new to the site you may not realize there are two different options.
As she should, Stacie shot me the note asking how to find Bradley. She also apologized for being a bother.
Answering queries of this nature is absolutely not a bother. In fact, it's my JOB.
Do you know what is a bother? Dealing with a disgruntled owner that couldn't find Bradley but instead of inquiring, opted not to place a bid. Then, after seeing the hurler listed in the transaction report, bombards the inboxes of the rest of the league with vitriol, demanding the acquisition be reversed.
Please don't misinterpret as that didn't happen - this time. But trust me, similar scenarios have occurred over the years.
The solution is simple. If you don't know, ask. That's what we're here for.
|DDietrich, Mia||Brent Hershey 73|
|RDeLaRosa, Ari||Jeff Zimmerman 63||Andrea LaMont 25|
|MEstrada, Tor||Jake Ciely 33|
|COwings, Ari||Andrea LaMont 29|
|DDeShields, Tex||Jake Ciely 25|
|JCastro, Hou||Andrea LaMont 24|
|CTillman, Bal||Andrea LaMont 22||Jake Ciely 10|
|NKarns, Sea||Jake Ciely 20|
|TGlasnow, Pit||Jake Ciely 5|
|JLamb, Ari||Brent Hershey 70|
|DStraily, Cin||Patrick Mayo 44|
|JoRamirez, Cle||Brent Hershey 31||Andrea LaMont 19|
|MLatos, CWS||Andrea LaMont 26|
|JGray, Col||Andrea LaMont 20|
|TChatwood, Col||Jake Ciely 20|
|CUtley, LAD||Andrea LaMont 17|
|AHill, Mil||Andrea LaMont 14|
|TLaStella, ChC||Andrea LaMont 12|
|CBuchholz, Bos||Andrea LaMont 7||Jake Ciely 5|
|RPorcello, Bos||Andrea LaMont 7|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Andrea LaMont 5|
|CRea, SD||Jake Ciely 5|
|DNavarro, CWS||Andrea LaMont 5|
|GSoto, LAA||Andrea LaMont 5|
|BWilson, Tex||Andrea LaMont 4|
|ERamirez, TB||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|SOh, StL||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
There were only two contested bids in Tout H2H this week.
Andrea LaMont was outbid for Rubby De La Rosa by Jeff Zimmerman, and she won her bid for Chris Tillman (who Jake Ciely bid on, though he won all his higher ranked targets, so that hardly mattered).
I was not in this week's game. The one name I looked at was Tillman, who is off to a fine start, but for me he would have replaced Rich Hill, who has been just as good and strikes out more guys. I started the year deep in the hole in FAAB, due to the penalty after my dreadful 2015 in Tout NL, so passing this week was easy.
I've been surprised by the limited bidding in this new league, but the reality is that for the most part the 12 teams have rostered better players than those on the Free Agent list in the early going. A quick survey:
Of this week's nine moves, three were to replace guys who went on the DL (Moustakas, Hundley, Street, replaced by Dietrich, Castro and Tillman).
Jake Ciely rejiggered his pitching staff, swapping Manaea and Nicasio (both stashed), and dropped O'Day, to pick up Estrada, Glasnow (spec), and Karns.
Jeff Zimmerman decided to get off the Yordano Ventura Highway, going with De La Rosa (aye there's the Rubby). De La Rosa is striking more hitters out this year, which might help. At the same time, he seems to be hurt by Chase Field and its altitude.
Andrea LaMont swapped out Cesar Hernandez for Chris Owings, which is a pretty fair challenge move. I like it, but it's close.
Finally, Ciely sat the ailing Domingo Santana and picked up Delino Deshields, who has yet to recapture the magic from 2015, but for the time being is a legitimate regular outfielder, exactly the type of move you would expect to see in such a shallow league.
One more note: Tout Wars has a rule that pick ups must be on the active roster for a week. Jake Ciely accessed that rule to make a spec play for Tyler Glasnow this week, which means he's going with eight pitchers this week instead of nine. That's a calculated risk, and a reason perhaps that teams are a little shy about additions. They have to replace an active player, not a reserve. That definitely changes the equation.
Wow - for the first time in a long time, I'm cyber-speechless. Peter did exactly what I had planned and that's investigate the current rosters in an effort to discern the reason for minimal churning. While I do think my industry brethren are still wired to trust their original expectations and be patient, Peter is right, there just aren't that many areas to upgrade. Thanks PK, I can punch out a little early today.