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.
|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|
|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.
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.
|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.
|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|
|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.
|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).
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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|
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.
Touche, PK, that they are.
With the reminder there's a roto element to the standings, here are the head to head records.
|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.