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.
|Anthony Kemp, HOU||Colton & The Wolfman 11||Fangraphs 3|
|Robbie Grossman, MIN||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Michael Clevinger, CLE||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Hank Conger, TB||Colton & The Wolfman 1||ESPN.com 1|
|Matt McBride, OAK||ESPN.com 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Matt Bush, TEX||ESPN.com 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Joakim Soria, KC||SiriusXM 1|
|Josh Rutledge, BOS||Fangraphs 1|
|Whit Merrifield, KC||Colton & The Wolfman 5|
|Taylor Motter, TB||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Fangraphs 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Jett Bandy, LAA||Colton & The Wolfman 1||ESPN.com 1|
|Austin Romine, NYY||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Dustin Ackley, NYY||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Jake Smolinski, OAK||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Tyler Ladendorf, OAK||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Fernando Rodriguez, OAK||SiriusXM 1|
|Kirby Yates, NYY||SiriusXM 1|
|Tony Sipp, HOU||SiriusXM 1|
|Tyler Wilson, BAL||SiriusXM 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
One would think going into the latest FAAB cycle Jimmy Paredes, now of Toronto, would be among the most sought after this past week. The utility player who hit .275-10-42 last year was activated from the DL by the Orioles, released, and then signed by the Jays. Since Paredes started the season on the DL with an unknown role we would imagine no bidding, but Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/STATS nabbed the utilityman during the reserve draft and immediately dropped him on the DL.
Within the context of the LABR rules, this was a great move, as it allowed the team to DL a player and grab an extra FAAB gamble just as the season began, while giving the special reserve move rights to Paredes. LABR rules allow for unlimited movement from active to reserve for such "$0" players as opposed to regular salaried players who must remain active, and can only be removed if disabled or sent down. If there is no other option, said player must be released. Paredes is currently only eligible at utility but should pick up the requisite five games played to be placed at second, third and outfield down the line. This makes the new Torontonian, who homered last week, a potentially valuable chit in a particularly deep league (by contrast, Paredes went for $145 FAAB in Tout Wars).
So, with Paredes off the table, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton made three moves, first in bagging Houston's Anthony Kemp for $11, then Twin Robbie Grossman for $3 and finally backstop Hank Conger for $1.
Childs and Ambrosius are going to have to make an activation decision about Paredes next week, but for now the team acquired hurler Mike Clevinger for $3, while Eno Sarris picked up Josh Rutledge for a buck.
ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft made a pair of tweaks bagging Athletics back-up catcher for a buck along with hard throwing Matt Bush for a like amount. McBride is currently only playable in the outfield, needing just one more appearance behind the dish to be catcher-eligible though he's also helping fill the outfield void with Josh Reddick sidelined. To complete the moves, SiriusXM's Ray Flowers added reliever Joakim Soria to his stable.
It's tradition to check in on the standings and remaining FAAB about a quarter of the way through. Don't worry, I learned several years ago it's not the quarter pole until we're three-quarters of the way through.
|Winning Fantasy Baseball||79||$97|
|Colton & The Wolfman||58||$55|
Interestingly, the top four teams hold the most FAAB. Or maybe this isn't so interesing but more a matter they've avoided the injury bug. Keep in mind Lawr's explanation of the reserve rules which limits player replacement. What will be interesing is if the NL follows a similar pattern and how this compares to the AL Tout Wars league that has freer movement from active to reserve.
LABR rebates FAAB equivalent to the auction price for players on the disabled list and released by their owner. Colton & The Wolfman reclaimed $22 for Garrett Richards.
|Chase Anderson, MIL||Baseball HQ 2||RotoExperts 1|
|Tyler Thornburg, MIL||USA TODAY Sports 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|David Lough, PHI||Colton & The Wolfman 1||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Eric Campbell, NYM||ESPN - Karabell 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|David Ross, CHC||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Hansel Robles, NYM||Derek Carty 1|
|Joe Blanton, LAD||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Derek Law, SF||Derek Carty 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
A pair of Milwaukee Brewers at $2 each were the most expensive free agents of the six players added this week in NL LABR.
On the down side, Chase Anderson has served up 11 home runs over his last six starts. On the positive side, the 28-year-old has allowed just five runs in his last 14 2/3 innings. That is on the heels of having yielded 21 tallies over his prior 18 1/3 frames. Dave Adler of BaseballHQ is betting the recent Anderson will be the guy we will see going forward.
Jeremy Jeffress has locked down the closer job, with the set up role having evolved to Tyler Thornburg. While the 27-year-old Thornburg’s ERA is only so-so at 3.86, his 29 strikeouts to seven walks in just 18 2/3 innings made the right-hander’s acquisition appealing to new owner and league commissioner Steve Gardner of USA TODAY.
I had no roster openings this week, but if I had, I would have bid on Thornburg, who picked up a stray save last week.
|RotoWire - DVR||62.5||$100|
|Colton & The Wolfman||58||$74|
|USA TODAY Sports||50.5||$77|
|ESPN - Karabell||43.5||$90|
OK, the theory doesn't completely carry over as the top team has been a little agressive while the next three have been more miserly. Derek Van Riper, my Wednesday podcast partner at Rotowire released Kyle Schwarber with $24 added back to his total. While it doesn't completely balance the loss of Schwarber for the season, DVR has been able to be aggressive early on and still be in the running for an impact NL transplant in 10 or so weeks.
Especially in a league with the penalty of needing to drop anunder-performer in order to replace him, it will be fun to follow what Dalton Del Don from Yahoo! and Eric Karabell from ESPN do with their FAAB. Having been in their shoes many times, it's tempting to wait for the big gun at the deadline but you still need to be in a position to make it matter.
|Evan Gattis, HOU||@TheFantasyFix 16||USA TODAY Sports 15||MLB.com 12||FG - Sleeper & Bust 3|
|Trayce Thompson, LAD||@TheFantasyFix 13||RotoWire 7||USA TODAY Sports 6||Fangraphs 6|
|FG - Sleeper & Bust 3||RotoExperts 2||MLB.com 1|
|Michael Bourn, ARI||Fantasy Alarm 11||USA TODAY Sports 4|
|Jorge Soler, CHC||@TheFantasyFix 10||USA TODAY Sports 5||Fangraphs 3||FG - Sleeper & Bust 2|
|Johnny Giavotella, LAA||Mastersball 7|
|Tommy Joseph, PHI||USA TODAY Sports 6||Baseball HQ 3|
|Chris Herrmann, ARI||RotoWire 5||USA TODAY Sports 4||MLB.com 2||RotoExperts 1|
|Junior Guerra, MIL||RotoWire 5||FG - Sleeper & Bust 3||MLB.com 3||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Tony Wolters, COL||Baseball HQ 3|
|Derek Holland, TEX||MLB.com 3|
|Danny Duffy, KC||Baseball Prospectus 3|
|Doug Fister, HOU||MLB.com 2|
|Tyler White, HOU||USA TODAY Sports 2||RotoExperts 1|
|Blake Swihart, BOS||Fangraphs 2||Baseball HQ 3|
|Daniel Straily, CIN||FG - Sleeper & Bust 2||Baseball Prospectus 1||MLB.com 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Mark Reynolds, COL||Razzball 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Tyler Goeddel, PHI||RotoExperts 1|
|Christian Bethancourt, SD||RotoExperts 1|
|Desmond Jennings, TB||@TheFantasyFix 11|
|Fernando Salas, LAA||RotoWire 3|
|Chase Anderson, MIL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Michael Clevinger, CLE||FG - Sleeper & Bust 1|
|Chase d'Arnaud, ATL||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Danny Espinosa, WSH||Mastersball 1|
|Erick Aybar, ATL||Mastersball 1|
|Freddy Galvis, PHI||Mastersball 1|
|Gregorio Petit, LAA||Mastersball 1|
|Nick Ahmed, ARI||Mastersball 1|
|Tim Beckham, TB||Mastersball 1|
|Tom Koehler, MIA||MLB.com 1|
|Zach Davies, MIL||MLB.com 1|
|Ryan Howard, PHI||Razzball 1|
|Yonder Alonso, OAK||Razzball 1|
|Nick Vincent, SEA||RotoExperts 1|
|Ryan Buchter, SD||RotoWire 1|
|Bobby Wilson, TEX||USA TODAY Sports 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
So I spent the better part of Sunday evening replacing Ketel Marte in about ten leagues (not an exaggeration). The good news is he's looking at a minimum stay on the disabled list, The bad news is there's not a ton available as you can ascertain from my string of contingency bids backing the acquisition of Johnny Giavotella. Devon Travis is on my reserve so I didn't feel desperate since the Blue Jays second baseman is due back soon and looks like he'll take over the keystone sack full time. That said, Giavotella is a regular too and could provide some trade fodder after Marte and Travis are both ready.
The big buys this week are all familiar names, save Trayce Thompson. The Dodgers have been mixing and matching their outfield with Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke injured. Thompson was on the small side of a platoon but has bashed his way to a full-time gig - at least for now. Alan Harrison hopes it's for the season.
Alan also invested a big chunk of FAAB on Evan Gattis, the new Astros back-up receiver along with remaining designated hitter. Gattis won't play as much as he did when he didn't need to bring a mitt to the park but he'll be fine as a backstop once he squats behind the plate five times. The founder of the Fantasy Fix also added Jorge Soler as Jason Heyward is supposed to miss a few more games, giving Soler some added playing time.
Howard Bender grabbed Michael Bourn and the potential of some cheap speed. The Diamondbacks need a center fielder with David Peralta hurt so Bourn will get some run while he's out.
|Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust||72||$67|
|USA TODAY Fantasy||60.5||$49|
|USA TODAY Sports||58||$47|
The key here is Mixed LABR allows free movement from active to reserve to mimic the format the majority of our audience plays. Thus, we have the ability to stash slow starters and not release them. As an example, Justin Upton can be reserved by his Mixed owner while his AL owner is hoping he gets things together. The other major difference is we don't have to decide whether to hang onto our budget to have the hammer at the trade deadline. Although, for mixed leagues, the passing of the Super-2 date is the equivalent of the trading deadline as they'll be an influx of potentially impact talent.