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.
|JShields, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 671||Rob Leibowitz 445||Jeff Erickson 175||Mike Podhorzer 173|
|Chris Liss 88||Larry Schechter 51||Steve Moyer 33|
|WHarris, Hou||Chris Liss 288||Jeff Erickson 175||Steve Moyer 57||Larry Schechter 52|
|Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51||Mike Podhorzer 23||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21|
|RFuentes, KC||Jason Collette 41||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 31||Larry Schechter 25|
|CParmelee, NYY||Larry Schechter 38||Steve Moyer 23|
|JPaxton, Sea||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 32||Rob Leibowitz 27||Mike Podhorzer 17||Jason Collette 16|
|Jeff Erickson 5|
|JWeaver, LAA||Jason Collette 26|
|PNeshek, Hou||Larry Schechter 5|
|VWorley, Bal||Jeff Erickson 5|
|TAnderson, CWS||Patrick Davitt 1|
|JMarte, LAA||Steve Moyer 0|
|SRobinson, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JHoying, Tex||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JCoats, CWS||Jason Collette 11|
|XCedeno, TB||Larry Schechter 2|
|TSipp, Hou||Larry Schechter 2|
|TBeckham, TB||Larry Schechter 1|
|SRomero, Sea||Steve Moyer 0|
|SOMalley, Sea||Steve Moyer 0|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Patrick Davitt 0|
|OArcia, Min||Larry Schechter 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MAviles, Det||Larry Schechter 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|LHochevar, KC||Jeff Erickson 1|
|JSmolinksi, Oak||Steve Moyer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JShuck, CWS||Steve Moyer 0|
|JRutledge, Bos||Patrick Davitt 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $57 in LABR FAAB to land James Shields, but in Tout, Colton and the Wolfman upped the ante by a little more than 10% dropping $671 of $1000 budget to ensure the rights to the new White Sox hurler. Team Colton/Wolf beat out seven teams who sought the former Padre, but the $1000 change in the Tout FAAB ceiling this year clearly left bi-polar bidding results, with a low of just $33 to grab a potential ace, while the only close challenge bid was from Rob Leibowitz who went to $445, still an almost 20% swing of the total FAAB balance.
Colton and Wolf tried to boost their pitching even more dropping another $32 on James Paxton, while Chris Liss targeted Will Harris, rostering the Houston hurler for $288, $255 more than what proved to be the low-ball Shields bid.
Jason Collette nabbed outfielder Reymond Fuentes ($41) along with $26 for Jered Weaver, while current league leader Larry Schechter added reliever Pat Neshek ($5) and first sacker Chris Parmelee ($38), while Jeff Erickson shot $5 to put Vance Worley on his roster.
The remaining bids were unchallenged $0, and again Colton and Wolf went in the thick of things, acquiring outfielers Shane Robinson and Jared Hoying while Steve Moyer reserved the disappointing (and now injured for the year) Dustin Ackley in favor of Jefry Marte.
I could say something pithy about Chris Parmelee (actually, no, I can't) so instead I'll use this space to publicly congratulate my on-the-field site partner and off-the-field friend, Lawr, on twenty incredible years of his Hotpage. You're not too old to rock but you're too young to roll!
|JParedes, Phi||Andy Behrens 151||Mike Gianella 106||Phil Hertz 41||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|EJohnson, SD||Todd Zola 97|
|CFriedrich, SD||Derek Carty 11|
|ABlanco, Phi||Ray Guilfoyle 10||Derek Carty 5||Phil Hertz 0|
|ASuarez, SF||Scott Wilderman 6||Phil Hertz 3|
|ARosales, SD||Ray Guilfoyle 5||Grey Albright 2||Phil Hertz 0|
|DDescalso, Col||Derek Carty 3||Phil Hertz 0|
|MCastro, Col||Mike Gianella 3|
|DDahl, Col||Phil Hertz 2|
|TWood, ChC||Grey Albright 1|
|MReynolds, NYM||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|CHeisey, Was||Phil Hertz 0|
|JGant, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
|WContreras, ChC||Andy Behrens 16|
|MMargot, SD||Phil Hertz 3|
|DiHerrera, NYM||Phil Hertz 2|
|MWilliamson, SF||Mike Gianella 2||Phil Hertz 0|
|ABarnes, LAD||Phil Hertz 1|
|CGillespie, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
|TKelly, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Isn’t baseball grand? A player designated for assignment in one league moves to the other and generates an impressive bidding war in NL Tout. So it is with new Phillies player Jimmy Paredes, who has plenty of playing time opportunity and is off to a good start with his new club. $151 from Andy Behrens of Yahoo did the trick.
The trade of James Shields to the White Sox made pitching prospect Erik Johnson the newest member of the San Diego Padres. Though some speculated Johnson would immediately move into the Padres rotation, the 26-year-old right-hander was initially sent down to Triple-A instead. Johnson’s call up should occur soon, which led to a lone bid of $97 from our own Lord Zola. I imagine he will have more to say about that.
I stayed out of the bidding frays this week.
Ask and ye shall receive. I'm not expecting Erik Johnson to be a difference-maker, but I did see an opportunity to add depth to my pitching with a guy that I can use in favorable match-ups, except this week I'm stuck with his likely outing in Coors Field. Johnson isn't dominant, but he usually doesn't walk many and he'll work a lot in Petco Park. I do think it's fair to question the steepness of the bid. Basically, I'm out of the running for the deadline stud coming over so I'l on the lookout for depth as it arises. Though (don't tell my NL Tout competitors) I do have a $310 FAAB chip in A.J. Pollock sitting on my disabled list.
|TNaquin, Cle||Gene McCaffrey 277||Joe Pisapia 24||Scott Engel 5|
|WHarris, Hou||Cory Schwartz 195||Al Melchior 181||Nando DiFino 121||Derek Van Riper 77|
|Scott Pianowski 68||Tim Heaney 66||Scott Engel 53|
|Ray Flowers 13||Fred Zinkie 5|
|JJay, SD||Scott Pianowski 85||Al Melchior 20|
|DLee, Sea||Scott Pianowski 67||Derek Van Riper 44||Al Melchior 36||Scott Swanay 28|
|Tim Heaney 26|
|JParker, SF||Derek Van Riper 57||Gene McCaffrey 175||Scott Swanay 24||Joe Pisapia 18|
|WFlores, NYM||Scott Swanay 46|
|CAnderson, Mil||Zach Steinhorn 36||Fred Zinkie 35||Ray Flowers 11|
|MFeliz, Hou||Tim Heaney 26||Ray Flowers 13||Cory Schwartz 5||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JParedes, Phi||Scott Engel 23|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Joe Pisapia 22|
|RRefsnyder, NYY||Tim Heaney 16|
|GRichards, LAA||Cory Schwartz 15|
|MBolsinger, LAD||Scott Pianowski 15|
|JPeavy, SF||Ray Flowers 13|
|EJohnson, SD||Nando DiFino 11|
|ZDavies, Mil||Derek Van Riper 11|
|TChatwood, Col||Fred Zinkie 5||Zach Steinhorn 22||Cory Schwartz 15||Scott Pianowski 13|
|Tim Heaney 3|
|JLoney, NYM||Scott Engel 4|
|RRivera, NYM||Bret Sayre 0|
|ECarrera, Tor||Gene McCaffrey 277|
|JPaxton, Sea||Tim Heaney 16||Fred Zinkie 5|
|CBYoung, Bos||Scott Pianowski 11|
|MWilliamson, SF||Joe Pisapia 8|
|DBarney, Tor||Scott Pianowski 1|
|KBarraclough, Mia||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
With three homers in four games since his latest recall from Triple-A and a clear path to regular at-bats for the foreseeable future, Tyler Naquin was unsurprisingly the most expensive purchase of this week. The only problem here is that Naquin isn't known for consistent power production, with ten home runs being his minor league single-season high. But he should contribute meaningful stats in the other categories, most notably OBP, as he holds a career .359 mark in the Minors.
Although Will Harris has not been anointed as the new ninth inning man in Houston, regular closer Luke Gregerson is struggling and Harris did earn his first save of the season on Sunday. Oh, and he's allowed just one run across 26 2/3 innings this year with 29 strikeouts.
In search of a starting pitcher replacement for Anibal Sanchez, who I officially gave up on shortly before the Tigers did, I was tempted to grab Tyler Chatwood for his upcoming two-start week. And all of the numbers said I should go with Chatwood. But there's something about two-start pitcher chasing that scares me, as one bad start negates one good start, and if the first start is bad, you're stuck with the guy for the next start. And it's not like Chatwood is a reliable source of strikeouts. Instead, I opted for Chase Anderson, who will be making one home start versus the A's, a club that ranks in the bottom tier of the AL in most offensive categories.
Zach alluded to the notion of a two-start week. This comment is in general, not related to anything specific in the Mixed Draft FAAB run this week. The two-start week is one of the most overblown purported strategies in fantasy baseball. I'm not talking about picking a guy up that week because he has a good double-dip on the docket. I'm referring to the ploy of stashing a guy on reserves to use in two-start weeks. Do you know how many weeks the average hurler has a pair of starts? Based on a 32-start campaign and a 26-week season, that's about six times you can use your reserve stash. And as Zach suggests, what if one of the pair is an ugly match-up? You've just lost another chance to use him. My rule of thumb is only keep starters on reserve you're almost assuredly going to use for all home starts and let multiple starts fall where they may.
|WHarris, Hou||Eno Sarris 310||Ray Murphy 203||Tim McLeod 151||Patrick Mayo 113|
|Adam Ronis 44||Craig Mish 17|
|JProfar, Tex||Craig Mish 211||Anthony Perri 45||Adam Ronis 44|
|AConley, Mia||Stacie Stern 138||Adam Ronis 44||Eno Sarris 11||Charlie Wiegert 5|
|Rudy Gamble 1|
|WFlores, NYM||Ray Murphy 68|
|JLoney, NYM||Stacie Stern 67|
|FGutierrez, Sea||Anthony Perri 33|
|BBrach, Bal||Stacie Stern 27|
|HKim, Bal||Craig Mish 26||Ray Murphy 16||Charlie Wiegert 5||Adam Ronis 3|
|Eno Sarris 1||Perry Van Hook 0|
|SSmith, Sea||Charlie Wiegert 15||Ray Murphy 13|
|LChisenhall, Cle||Ray Murphy 15||Perry Van Hook 0|
|ZDavies, Mil||Charlie Wiegert 13|
|MBolsinger, LAD||Perry Van Hook 11||Rudy Gamble 7||Craig Mish 2|
|SManaea, Oak||Rudy Gamble 3||Charlie Wiegert 7|
|TNaquin, Cle||Adam Ronis 3||Charlie Wiegert 8||Perry Van Hook 0|
|MKepler, Min||Eno Sarris 1|
|DLee, Sea||Perry Van Hook 0|
|CCuthbert, KC||Stacie Stern 60|
|RNolasco, Min||Stacie Stern 29|
|JPeavy, SF||Stacie Stern 28||Charlie Wiegert 7|
|CBYoung, Bos||Ray Murphy 14|
|JParker, SF||Craig Mish 13|
|POrlando, KC||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|BMoss, StL||Charlie Wiegert 12||Craig Mish 1|
|YVentura, KC||Charlie Wiegert 7|
|ACashner, SD||Charlie Wiegert 5|
|JChacin, LAA||Stacie Stern 3|
|YEscobar, LAA||Perry Van Hook 0|
|MGonzalez, Hou||Ray Murphy 0|
|DGregorius, NYY||Ray Murphy 0|
|ARamirez, SD||Ray Murphy 0|
|AHechavarria, Mia||Ray Murphy 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
In Tout Mixed this week, the league was back to the surefire bid generator archetypes in a (possible) new closer, and a hot former prospect back from the ashes of injury
Eno Sarris bid $310 for Houston's Will Harris hoping the reliever relieves Luke Gregerson of ninth inning duties, while Craig Mish spent $211 for Rangers' IF/DH Jurickson Profar hoping he can maintain his hot start and keep Prince Fielder on the bench while maybe getting playing time up the middle.
Stacie Stern also went big ($138) for mercurial Marlins' starter Adam Conley who does have a very interesting two start week ahead at Target and Chase Fields.
Continuing the search for a reliable starter, I bid just $11 to win Mike Bolsinger, hoping his two Dodgers starts this week will help. Additionally, a bunch of solid hitters were available to fill my Utility spot, so I submitted a list of five $0 bids and got my second choice, Mariner first baseman Dae-Ho Lee who has indeed been hot lately.
Gotta admit, I'm a bit flummoxed with respect to Jurickson Profar. I stare at his name every week when I update rest-of-season projections for the Platinum subscribers (gratuitous plug alert).I have him for 200-something at bats which isn't mixed league worthy, but I understand the aggressiveness, just in case. Profar is a switch hitter which is nice and with lefty swinging Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland both starting against southpaws, there's a clear path to some playing time for Profar. This week the Rangers are slated to face a pair of left-handers so at minimum, Profar should get 10-12 plate appearances, assuming some pinch-hitting duties as well. I was hoping by typing this I'd get more clarity - but it ain't happening. Right now if I had to choose between stashing Trea Turner or Profar, I'd go Turner.
|ABradley, Ari||Brent Hershey 155||Jake Ciely 20|
|JProfar, Tex||Andrea LaMont 67|
|ADuvall, Cin||Jake Ciely 55|
|JTaillon, Pit||Brent Hershey 30|
|DPomeranz, SD||Jake Ciely 25||Peter Kreutzer 12|
|ENunez, Min||Jeff Boggis 22||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|MAdams, StL||Jeff Boggis 6|
|ABregman, Hou||Jake Ciely 5|
|RBuchter, SD||Peter Kreutzer 4||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|EDiaz, Sea||Howard Bender 1|
|JGray, Col||Brent Hershey 117|
|DLee, Sea||Jake Ciely 25|
|MFeliz, Hou||Jake Ciely 5|
|WHarris, Hou||Jake Ciely 5|
|JWilson, Det||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|NFeliz, Pit||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
There were interesting players this week.
I saw Jurickson Profar in Arizona last November and it was clear his hurdle was being able to play defense. He can, and he's hitting. Poor Hanser Robles, who seemed to have a dream job.
Edwin Nunez has long been a fine middle infield bat without any middle infield fielding skills. The batting average hes putting up this year 's unreal, but the rest of his game is within margins, so long as he deserves playing time he'll have value. The question is when he's called to task for his fielding. Probably sooner rather than later.
Jake Ciely grabbed the week's most explosive hitter, in Adam Duvall, though he comes with a poor OBP, and the best pitcher, in Drew Pomeranz, who is flawless if he can keep this up. Older scouting reports suggest he might.
League dominator Brent Hershey (is that an oxymoron? since Brent is as mild mannered as Clark Kent, but plays like Superman) added prospect Archie Bradley, coming off a fine game, and future-play Jameson Taillon, who has been pitching lights-out in Triple-A after years of injury.
I put in a small bid of $0 on Nunez (is he better than Jose Ramirez?), and a better one on Pomeranz (but do I really need a starter?), and won closer in waiting Ryan Buchter. Fernando Rodney would have to fail in a hurry for this to work out, but for peanuts it seemed better to be in the game. Michael Tonkin was a placeholder, ideally a painless one, until better came along.
Gotta say, I really like Jake Ciely's pickup of Drew Pomeranz, especially in a format that includes quality starts in the scoring. Keep in mind the scoring is tilted to the ratio categories so middle relievers are quite useful (and the league has caught on to that) but still, I see Pomeranz as a top-60 or so starting pitcher going forward which should be roster-worthy in a 12-team format. His BB/9 is 4.3 which is high, especially in light of a 10.7 K/9 as the high pitch total means he'll fall short of the requisite six innings for a quality start on occasion. Still, a double digit whiff rate for a groundball pitcher in Petco Park? Sign me up. His outing this week is against the visiting Atlanta Braves, a putrid squad against lefties so Jake picked the perfect week to have to have Pomeranz active.