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.
|Jhoulys Chacin, LAA||Fangraphs 13||Colton & The Wolfman 11||Baseball HQ 9||RotoWire 4|
|USAT Fantasy 2||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Matt Andriese, TB||Baseball HQ 13||Colton & The Wolfman 11||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11||Fangraphs 11|
|USAT Sports 6||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Dillon Gee, KC||Colton & The Wolfman 11||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5||Baseball HQ 1|
|Steven Moya, DET||Baseball HQ 8||USAT Fantasy 6||USAT Sports 5|
|Mike Wright, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 6||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Ryan Rua, TEX||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Colton & The Wolfman 2||USAT Fantasy 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Juan Centeno, MIN||Baseball HQ 1|
|Michael Feliz, HOU||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Gavin Floyd, TOR||RotoWire 1|
|Jake Diekman, TEX||SiriusXM 1||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Drew Stubbs, TEX||USAT Fantasy 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ronald Torreyes, NYY||Yahoo! Sports||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Tyler Wilson, BAL||Colton & The Wolfman 6|
|Fernando Rodriguez, OAK||SiriusXM 1||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Dustin Ackley, NYY||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Josh Rutledge, BOS||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Ryan Flaherty, BAL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Gregorio Petit, LAA||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Jefry Marte, LAA||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Joakim Soria, KC||USAT Fantasy 1|
|Ryan Hanigan, BOS||USAT Fantasy 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
This week provided an unusually active set of owners with nine of the twelve teams making moves to replace dead or injured wood.
The common thought going into 2016 was there was enough pitching to go around. Look at this week's moves; the American League hitters did not get the message. Eno Sarris of Fangraphs spent $13 for a somewhat used Jhoulys Chacin, besting six bids ranging from $2 to $11, while Dave Adler dropped a like amount on the Rays Matt Andriese, besting five bids--three of them for $11--trying to boost his pitching numbers.
Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton also got into the festivities, spending $11 on Dillon Gee along with $6 for the rights to Mike Wright.
Adler also lead the charge on position players, topping three bids to acquire the Tigers Steven Moya, while Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius took Ryan Rua for $4, beating out two wannabe owners.
At the bottom of the player food chain were a flurry of $1 moves such as new Ranger Drew Stubbs along with Michael Feliz both going to Tim Heaney. Chris Liss took a shot on Gavin Floyd while Ray Flowers bagged A.J. Griffin and top team ESPN owner Tristan Cockcroft plugged a gap with Ryan Flaherty.
With nearly one-fourth of the season gone, and numbers stabilizing there is a concerted scramble to find production wherever possible. The gambles on former highly touted prospects like Chacin, Stubbs and Floyd suggest there is hope some gas is left in the respective player's tank.
I'm higher on Jhoulys Chacin than the esteemed Mr. Michaels. In many of my NFBC 15-team leagues, Chacin, Matt Andriese and Mike Foltynewicz were available. After pondering how to rank them and what to bid, Chacin was listed on top, followed by Foltynewicz then Andiese. The latter pair will be explained in a bit, let's focus on the Halos' new right-hander.
I'm guessing from writing about DFS pitching as part of my work-week, Chacin's decent peripherals have me encouraged. Granted, lefty swingers are pounding him, but if Chacin can maintain anywhere near the 9.1 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 he currently boasts, the 5.40 ERA will come down and be playable in AL only and as a streamer in mixed leagues. With all the injuries in the Angels rotation, Chacin should continue to take the hill every fifth day, half the time in pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium. Now if only his offense could provide him with some support, though coming from Atlanta, that's nothing new.
|Matt Cain, SF||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13||RotoExperts 1|
|Tommy Joseph, PHI||RotoExperts 9||Baseball HQ 5||Mastersball 2|
|Jon Niese, PIT||RotoExperts 7||Baseball HQ 6||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4|
|Jake Peavy, SF||Baseball HQ 5||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Tim Adleman, CIN||Baseball HQ 2|
|Jose Pirela, SD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tyler Goeddel, PHI||Mastersball 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9||RotoExperts 3||Baseball HQ 2|
|Christian Friedrich, SD||RotoExperts 2|
|Clint Robinson, WSH||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Joe Blanton, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Louis Coleman, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
After several relatively quiet weeks, the NL LABR crew opened up their wallets.
Two vintage starts from Matt Cain of the red-hot Giants were enough to lead Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of STATS, Inc. to spend $13, one-seventh of their full-year FAAB. If Cain continues to turn back the clock, this bid will repay itself many times over. (Interestingly, in NL Tout Wars, Cain remains on the waiver wire.)
In addition to his considerable power potential and playing time opportunity on the Phillies, Tommy Joseph still qualifies at catcher (unlike in Tout). That makes the first baseman even more valuable, with the winning bid at $9, from Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts.
Pirates lefty Jon Niese also drew considerable attention as he lowered his season ERA under 6.00 this past week. Derek Van Riper of RotoWire made the top offer of $7.
Not only can you get a peek at some under-the-radar names and how the industry ranks them from these reports, sometimes you can glean an extra nugget. For example, I own Tyler Goeddel in NL Tout Wars. He's on reserve since after an early-season spurt, his playing time dried up. A little due diligence was necessary after seeing four suitors this week in NL LABR.
Alas, Goeddel has started six of the past seven games, collecting a hit in five, scoring three runs while knocking in four, not to mention swiping a bag. In contrast, my Week 6 utility spot was occupied by Matt Joyce and his 0-for-2 week. Goeddel's week would almost assuredly caught my attention when setting lineups for Week 7, but you never know. Stuff happens, computers act finicky, the phone rings at the most inopportune time. Suffice it to say Goeddel is now active, and I have NL LABR to thank for it.
|Oswaldo Arcia, MIN||FNTSY 8|
|Ervin Santana, MIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 8||Fantasy Alarm 4|
|Matt Andriese, TB||RotoExperts 7||USA TODAY Sports 4||MLB.com 4||Mastersball 3|
|Baseball HQ 1|
|Ivan Nova, NYY||Fantasy Alarm 6||Baseball HQ 4|
|Gordon Beckham, ATL||ESPN.com 4|
|Mike Foltynewicz, ATL||Mastersball 3||@TheFantasyFix 2||RotoExperts 2||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Dillon Gee, KC||ESPN.com 3|
|Marwin Gonzalez, HOU||USA TODAY Fantasy 3||MLB.com 2||Razzball 1|
|Matt Cain, SF||Baseball HQ 3|
|Chase Utley, LAD||Razzball 2||@TheFantasyFix 2|
|Brandon Guyer, TB||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Jose Ramirez, CLE||USA TODAY Fantasy 2||Razzball 1|
|Tyler Wilson, BAL||MLB.com 1|
|Justin Smoak, TOR||RotoExperts 1||USA TODAY Fantasy 3|
|Kevin Plawecki, NYM||Razzball 1|
|Robbie Ray, ARI||Razzball 1|
|Chris Coghlan, OAK||Baseball HQ 1||Razzball 2|
|Daniel Straily, CIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3||Razzball 1|
|Jose Peraza, CIN||USA TODAY Fantasy 2|
|Trayce Thompson, LAD||USA TODAY Fantasy 1|
|Freddy Galvis, PHI||Razzball 1|
|Jeff Locke, PIT||Razzball 1|
|Seung-Hwan Oh, STL||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Eddie Butler, COL||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Tim Adleman, CIN||Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
After a few weeks devoid of interesting starting pitching, eight new hurlers will be active this per LABR rules. Unlike the NFBC where Matt Cain can be stashed, Ray Murphy and Brent Hershey of BaseballHQ are required to have the San Francisco veteran right-hander active for his date with the dangerous Chicago Cubs, albeit at home in AT&T Park. For what it's worth, Cain's ensuing outing lines up as a Coors affair. Hopefully Ray or Brent's PCs don't go wonky or one rings the other up just as they were going to take Cain out.
The upcoming match-up is what landed me on Mike Foltynewicz instead of Matt Andriese, along with cautious optimism regarding a couple of improvement from the Atlanta Braves righty. Foltynewicz is slated to next work in PNC Park against the Pirates while the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Field are next on Andriese's docket. Neither are at all favorable, but PNC is a pitcher's park and Foltynewicz is displaying improved control. There is concern over a low swinging strike rate, portending a drop in his current 7.7 K/9. On the other hand, he does throw 95 so perhaps he'll figure out how to miss more bats.
Ervin Santana garnered the top big among the arms. Back woes delayed his start to the season but now that the Twins veteran is healthy, Jason Collette and Paul Sporer grabbed Big Erv.
Standings are still unstable which means when your team collectively regresses, you're likely to gain or lose points depending on the correction. As an example, all it takes is a couple of hitters to be carrying a fortunate batting average on balls in play (BABIP) which can propel your squad to the top of the average category. Chances are these players are also accounting for a little extra run production. if your batting average is buoyed by luck and you're not doing as well in the counting categories, that's a bad sign since your average is likely to drop. Perhaps looking to deal someone with an empty average for a low average hitter but decent production will help. What's done is done, you're not going to lose the lucky hits. Going forward your player shouldn't be unlucky, they should simply so as expected so you have that gift batting average buffer to burn.
Similarly, check out your ERA and WHIP. Normally, WHIP is the leader with ERA the follower. There's luck involved with both but ERA displays larger variance. If your ERA is one of the league's best but your WHIP isn't so hot, plan for losing some points once Lady Luck decides to visit someone else and your ERA falls down towards the WHIP.