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Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017

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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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MShoemaker, LAA Chris Liss 88 Mike Podhorzer 13    
TKemp, Hou Rob Leibowitz 74 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 41 Seth Trachtman 26 Ron Shandler 5
MClevinger, Cle Seth Trachtman 56 Chris Liss 44 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 41 Steve Moyer 13
JRutledge, Bos Ron Shandler 37      
RGrossman, Min Ron Shandler 27 Mike Podhorzer 23 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21 Seth Trachtman 6
    Jason Collette 5    
HConger, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21      
CMoran, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21 Seth Trachtman 13    
ARomine, Det Jason Collette 6      
TLincecum, LAA Mike Podhorzer 2      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RTorreyes, NYY Ron Shandler 5
SRobinson, LAA Ron Shandler 5
TMotter, TB Jason Collette 4
JBandy, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JThole, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

While Jimmy Paredes was actually drafted in LABR, the new Jay was indeed a free agent in LABR, and with an injury to Ketel Marte, I thought I needed to fill that gap until either Marte, or Devon Travis (who is on my DL) returns to action. Additionally, Paredes makes a strong bench reserve player thanks to his potential flexibility, playing first, second, and the outfield. That was enough for me to dump $145 of FAAB, besting the $87 second highest bid for the rights to the utilityman.

A lot more bucks were dropped on similar redemption-type players, with Chris Liss going $88 for Matt Shoemaker, who was drafted and dropped, Ron Shandler kicking out $27 for Robbie Grossman and $37 for Josh Rutledge, and Mike Podhorzer getting away with a $2 winning bid for Tim Lincecum.

Rob Leibowitz looked for some hitting help by grabbing Tony Kemp for $74 to spell Seth Smith with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton made a pair of purchases with catcher Hank Conger and Colin Moran, both at $21 while Seth Trachtman ($56 for Mike Clevinger) and Jason Collette ($6 for Andrew Romine) finished up the week's moves.

Todd's Take

Just like we did with the LABR report, it's time to take a look at the standings with an eye on the remaining FAAB relative to the team's placement.

  Pts FAAB
1. Larry Schechter 93 $947
2. Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 71.5 $627
3. Seth Trachtman 71 $526
4. Jason Collette 70.5 $808
5. Lawr Michaels 70.5 $535
6. Patrick Davitt 63 $772
7. Steve Moyer 60 $697
8. Rob Leibowitz 58.5 $814
9. Chris Liss 58 $600
10. Ron Shandler 57 $836
11. Jeff Erickson 54 $651
12. Mike Podhorzer 53 $944

By means of review, Tout Wars starts with $1000 less any penalty incurred for finishing below a minimum points threshold. There's free movement from active to reserve with the sole caveat being a players won in FAAB must be active that week.

Coming into the season I thought those that played in the NFBC may have a better handle on managing a $1000 budget since this is the first year Tout Wars adopted the system while the NFBC has been using it for its existence. That's probably just me over-thinking as usual but it was a notion to follows. That said, having been the Secretary of Waivers and Transactions for this league for several years, I'm familiar with the spending habits and while there was no doubt a learning curve, owners that usually spend have been spending while those that are frugal have still nickel-and-dimed their bids despite the bloated budget.

The standings are interesting in that Larry Schechter has a big league then there's two groups of tightly bunched squads. This makes trading quite intiguing since there are so many teams close to yours in the standings making most offers of the challenge variety and less needs for needs, at least for now.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MBourn, Ari Brian Walton 122 Scott Wilderman 83 Steve Gardner 69 Todd Zola 57
    Phil Hertz 27 Grey Albright 21 Mike Gianella 14
    Andy Behrens 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5  
KBroxton, Mil Scott Wilderman 52 Grey Albright 22 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Steve Gardner 8
    Phil Hertz 2    
MCain, SF Steve Gardner 44 Phil Hertz 11 Brian Walton 3 Grey Albright 2
CBethancourt, SD Phil Hertz 37 Brian Walton 2    
ZDavies, Mil Mike Gianella 14      
HPerez, Mil Mike Gianella 14 Grey Albright 1    
ABregman, Hou Steve Gardner 12      
DWright, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 3      
CEstevez, Col Ray Guilfoyle 3      
TThornburg, Mil Grey Albright 3 Steve Gardner 31 Brian Walton 1  
HRenfroe, SD Phil Hertz 2      
ROhlendorf, Cin Brian Walton 2      
JBarrett, Ari Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner 15 Phil Hertz 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

FRivero, Was Grey Albright 2
JGrimm, ChC Brian Walton 0
MBowman, StL Brian Walton 0
TCahill, ChC Brian Walton 0
RCabrera, Cin Phil Hertz 0
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

I get it. Michael Bourn is old news, tired iron – a guy who was released from Toronto’s High-A club after not sticking on the worst team in Major League Baseball – the Atlanta Braves. Then again, the 33-year-old has a full-time job, hitting second for the Arizona Diamondbacks and playing center field. I am second-to-last in the league in steals and that is one thing Bourn can do, so I bid big to win, $122.

Outfielder Keon Broxton came on strong this spring for Milwaukee and made the club out of spring training. Like so many others, when the lights came on for the regular season, the rookie wilted. Now back after a good showing in Triple-A, there is playing time to be had with Domingo Santana on the shelf. Scott Wilderman of our stats provider, onRoto.com, had the winning offer of $52.

Christian Bethancourt is known as a failed Braves catching prospect dealt to San Diego. With Derek Norris far under the Mendoza Line for the season, Bethancourt is not only seeing time behind the plate, he also was slated to make his first career start in right field this past week. Regular at-bats matter in NL Tout, and Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ was willing to spend $37 to roster the third-year player.

Todd's Take

  Pts FAAB
1. Phil Hertz 85 $200
2. Andy Behrens 81.5 $726
3. Todd Zola 80 $337
4. Steve Gardner 72.5 $709
5. Derek Carty 72 $759
6. Lenny Melnick 60.5 $856
7. Scott Wilderman 59.5 $713
8. Ray Guilfoyle 59 $762
9. Brian Walton 58.5 $576
10. Mike Gianella 58.5 $775
11. Tristan H. Cockcroft 51.5 $738
12. Grey Albright 41.5 $274

As Lawr has pointed out for the first quarter of the season, action in the AL side of things has been tempered with more activity in the Senior Circuit. That's readily seen with the above table as only Lenny Melnick is under $800. As opposed to LABR, two of the top three teams have been very liberal with spending (with a certain team keeping a $310 redemption for A.J. Pollock in his back pocket).

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KBroxton, Mil Nando DiFino 186 Cory Schwartz 0    
MAdams, StL Scott Swanay 124      
MFiers, Hou Joe Pisapia 108 Ray Flowers 47 Cory Schwartz 42 Tim Heaney 21
    Fred Zinkie 5    
KWong, StL Cory Schwartz 88 Ray Flowers 71 Scott Pianowski 44  
LChisenhall, Cle Nando DiFino 82      
TraThompson, LAD Derek Van Riper 67 Cory Schwartz 65 Scott Pianowski 25 Scott Engel 23
JuGuerra, Mil Al Melchior 57 Scott Pianowski 44 Fred Zinkie 18 Tim Heaney 16
    Fred Zinkie 10 Cory Schwartz 2  
MFulmer, Det Cory Schwartz 55 Joe Pisapia 48 Ray Flowers 39 Scott Engel 24
    Tim Heaney 6    
KGiles, Hou Ray Flowers 39 Tim Heaney 4    
RRay, Ari Cory Schwartz 34 Tim Heaney 16    
DGee, KC Fred Zinkie 30 Cory Schwartz 2    
CSabathia, NYY Nando DiFino 29      
JMercer, Pit Zach Steinhorn 22 Fred Zinkie 2    
MMahtook, TB Ray Flowers 22      
TFlowers, Atl Ray Flowers 13 Fred Zinkie 0    
MClevinger, Cle Tim Heaney 6      
ABregman, Hou Bret Sayre 5      
TKoehler, Mia Scott Pianowski 3      
JGiavotella, LAA Fred Zinkie 0      
DPhelps, Mia Fred Zinkie 0 Ray Flowers 13    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JRutledge, Bos Nando DiFino 41  
BWallace, SD Nando DiFino 41  
LMorrison, TB Cory Schwartz 33  
ECampbell, NYM Nando DiFino 31  
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Ray Flowers 23 Cory Schwartz 1
BButler, Oak Nando DiFino 21  
DHernandez, Phi Ray Flowers 17  
DGregorius, NYY Zach Steinhorn 14  
TBarnhart, Cin Ray Flowers 13  
CPerez, LAA Ray Flowers 13  
BWilson, Tex Ray Flowers 13  
CRuiz, Phi Ray Flowers 13  
BHoladay, Tex Ray Flowers 13  
KHerrera, KC Ray Flowers 13  
DAckley, NYY Nando DiFino 11  
DEspinosa, Was Zach Steinhorn 8  
JPaxton, Sea Fred Zinkie 1  
DWright, Cin Fred Zinkie 1  
CReed, Cin Fred Zinkie 1  
AReyes, StL Fred Zinkie 1  
RBuchter, SD Scott Pianowski 1  
MShoemaker, LAA Fred Zinkie 0  
APresley, Mil Cory Schwartz 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

After opening the 2016 season by going 0-for-16 with the Brewers, Keon Broxton registered a .301 batting average to go along with seven homers and 15 steals in 25 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. While the power outburst is somewhat surprising, the speed is legit. Now back in the big leagues, Broxton is currently in line for regular at-bats, and with the stolen base race very tight in this league, an impact speedster could make a huge impact in the overall standings.

Matt Adams has rarely started versus left-handed pitching this year, but he's been productive nonetheless, slashing .281/.340/.461 with four homers and 17 RBI entering play on Monday. The fact that he got the start on Saturday against Diamondbacks southpaw Robbie Ray is worth noting. Could increased playing time be on the horizon?

I reentered the FAAB scene this week, though it was not by choice, as I needed a middle infield replacement for Ketel Marte. None of the options were exciting but I settled on Jordy Mercer, who is off to a solid start this season, boasting a .391 OBP and on pace to set single-season career highs in both RBI and runs. He's not going to make up for Marte's steals, but at least Marte isn't expected to miss more than the minimum 15 days.

Todd's Take

1. Bret Sayre 112 $657
2. Scott Pianowski 108 $561
3. Joe Pisapia 99.5 $720
4. Cory Schwartz 91 $459
5. Zach Steinhorn 88 $710
6. Gene McCaffrey 82 $525
7. Fred Zinkie 81.5 $531
8. David Gonos 79 $663
9. Nando DiFino 75 $224
10. Al Melchior 72.5 $270
11. Derek Van Riper 68.5 $247
12. Tim Heaney 68 $248
13. Ray Flowers 61 $497
14. Scott Swanay 60 $609
15. Scott Engel 54 $243

As I've mentioned, I'm a fan of aggressive spending in mixed formats as there's ways of conserving budget, especially down the stretch. A nice example is how Ray Flowers listed a bunch of catchers at the relatively small $13 bid. That's basically saying, "I don't care which one I get, just give me one of these catchers." An argument can be tendered to string $0 bids if they're all truly the same but chances are Ray wanted to beat out the single digit bids and even though they're all the same bakers dozen bid, they were listed in order of desire.

 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MMahtook, TB Craig Mish 68    
CLewis, Tex Greg Ambrosius 44    
CHerrmann, Ari Tim McLeod 39    
MClevinger, Cle Greg Ambrosius 33    
DSantana, Min Patrick Mayo 33 Adam Ronis 4 Charlie Wiegert 3
CAnderson, Mil Anthony Perri 26    
TKoehler, Mia Patrick Mayo 19 Greg Ambrosius 30 Craig Mish 1
BWallace, SD Stacie Stern 18    
DGee, KC Craig Mish 9    
KGiles, Hou Tim McLeod 3    
KTomlinson, SF Charlie Wiegert 3    
JTaillon, Pit Charlie Wiegert 2    
AReyes, StL Craig Mish 1    
MByrd, Cle Perry Van Hook 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MCain, SF Greg Ambrosius 31
JHahn, Oak Craig Mish 12
TLaStella, ChC Stacie Stern 3
CRamos, Tex Charlie Wiegert 2
MShoemaker, LAA Charlie Wiegert 2
LChisenhall, Cle Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The high bidder for this week's cycle was Craig Mish with a $68 on new Tampa outfielder Mikie Mahtook, hoping to find enough at bats with incumbent center fielder Kevin Kiermaier out for a couple of months.

Among the low bids, however, were gambles on a pair of excellent minor league prospects. Charlie Weigert nabbed Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon for $2, while the active Mish was back with a $1 grab of Cardinals starter Alex Reyes.The good news is Taillon and Reyes were cheap: the bad news is FAAB acquisitions must remain active on the roster for the week meaning zero stats barring a miraculous call-up.

In the middle was Greg Ambrosius still searching to repair his rotation, jettisoning Shelby Miller in lieu of a $33 Mike Clevinger, while saying goodbye to Scott Kazmir for a $44 Colby Lewis.

Personally, I was going to sit out this week's free agent scrum but with Ketel Marte hitting the DL along with two reserve outfielders--Curtis Granderson and Matt Joyce--both likely to suffer with several lefty starters on the late this week, I bid $0 to get an Indians flychaser and the wheel stopped on Marlon Byrd.

Todd's Take

 

1. Rudy Gamble 108 $888
2. Anthony Perri 106 $369
3. Patrick Mayo 105.5 $723
4. Craig Mish 93 $874
5. Tim McLeod 86.5 $222
6. Tom Kessenich 86 $695
7. Charlie Wiegert 85.5 $611
8. Adam Ronis 85 $572
9. Rick Wilton 84.5 $418
10. Tim McCullough 75 $1,000
11. Stacie Stern 68.5 $485
12. Ray Murphy 67.5 $800
13. Eno Sarris 64 $397
14. Perry Van Hook 60 $691
15. Greg Ambrosius 25 $279

 Another mixed-bag. Something to note is the Auction league has been more aggressive than the draft league. That's more likely a function of the league members than the formats but it may give an idea of the range of bids that could land a player in your own leagues.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SDyson, Tex Michael Beller 311 Doug Anderson 293 Paul Sporer 222 Jake Ciely 55
JJaso, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 201      
DValencia, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 178 Jake Ciely 90 Paul Sporer 66 Howard Bender 28
CMaybin, Det Andrea LaMont 172 Michael Beller 141 Jake Ciely 90 Peter Kreutzer 23
TraThompson, LAD Paul Sporer 89 Jake Ciely 35 Peter Kreutzer 17  
AWood, LAD Andrea LaMont 83 Jake Ciely 55    
RDavis, Cle Jake Ciely 55 Howard Bender 28    
CHerrmann, Ari Michael Beller 35 Jake Ciely 1    
JPeralta, StL Michael Beller 32      
CBeltran, NYY Howard Bender 28 Paul Sporer 59    
AWainwright, StL Andrea LaMont 26 Howard Bender 12 Jeff Boggis 2  
TGoeddel, Phi Jake Ciely 15      
MWisler, Atl Jake Ciely 15      
INova, NYY Howard Bender 6      
CVazquez, Bos Andrea LaMont 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

We've been talking here this season about the relative lack of moves in Tout H2H.

Two factors come into play on this issue.

The Tout Wars rule that a purchased player has to spend the week on a roster is a huge inhibitor to shallow league churn. Finding a player who is better than a reserve player is a lot easier, usually, than finding one who is better than an active player.

Plus, the rules make it hard to dump categories and score points, since you're not only playing week to week but also in a Roto contest for each half of the season, and the season as a whole. Miserable OBP guys have a bigger cost in this format.

But the other factor is shallow roster.

I would have loved to roster Jacob Lamb this week. He's having a fine season, he gets on base and he's on target for 25 homers or so. That's a good player!

But for me to roster him I would have to move Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado, Chris Carter, or Nick Castellanos to reserve. That isn't going to happen.

Presumably every other team had a similar surfeit of corners, since Lamb was not picked up this week. That has to be a mistake, no?

I put in modest bids on Cameron Maybin, who is a productive hitter off to a hot start off the DL, so long as he is healthy (which isn't that often) and Trayce Thompson, who also had a big week and will continue to play until Andre Ether or Scott Van Slyke is back. Though if he continues to hit as he did last week, those guys got Pipped.

I like both Maybin and Thompson this season, but you have to figure in who you're replacing (in this case, reserving Brandon Drury and dropping Eddie Rosario), and who you're reserving.

Not every FAAB jewel is of equal value to the FAABing masses.

That said, 16 players were picked up this week, and some serious coin was spent. The players are playing.

Todd's Take

Touche, PK, that they are.

With the reminder there's a roto element to the standings, here are the head to head records.

TEAM WIN LOSS PCT FAAB
1. Brent Hershey 30 6 0.833 $925
2. Peter Kreutzer 23 13 0.639 $472
3. Jake Ciely 22 14 0.611 $285
4. Jeff Zimmerman 22 14 0.611 $220
5. Doug Anderson 20 16 0.556 $959
6. Howard Bender 19 17 0.528 $194
7. Stephania Bell 18 18 0.500 $866
8. Jeff Boggis 17 19 0.472 $270
9. Michael Beller 16 20 0.444 $304
10. Jeff Mans 14 22 0.389 $810
11. Paul Sporer 9 27 0.250 $790
12. Andrea LaMont 6 30 0.167 $487

A future Todd's takes will review the combo standings (read: I need to make sure I am getting it right and want to get this posted). There's actually been a lot more spending than I realized. Twelve team leagues are hard. I'll talk about that too down the line.

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