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.
|Daniel Mengden, OAK||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 17|
|Brandon Kintzler, MIN||Fangraphs 13||Fangraphs 6||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Fernando Abad, MIN||RotoWire 6||Fangraphs 3||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Jefry Marte, LAA||Baseball HQ 5|
|Christian Colon, KC||Fangraphs 3|
|Ezequiel Carrera, TOR||USAT Sports 3||Baseball HQ 1|
|Erasmo Ramirez, TB||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1||RotoWire 2|
|Jett Bandy, LAA||Yahoo! Sports 1|
|Fernando Salas, LAA||RotoWire 3|
|Jake Smolinski, OAK||USAT Sports 2|
|Max Muncy, OAK||Baseball HQ 2|
|Vance Worley, BAL||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Mychal Givens, BAL||RotoWire 1||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Andrew Romine, DET||Baseball HQ 1|
|Drew Storen, TOR||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Tony Sipp, HOU||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Xavier Cedeno, TB||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
A modest battle for pitching led the FAAB wars in AL LABR this week, with Athletics rookie Daniel Mengden leading the price pack garnering a $17 bid from Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs. Interestingly, only one $6 bid was there to challenge, while the hunt for saves fostered Eno Sarris to drop $13 for the Twins Brandon Kintzler, fending off a pair of meek $1 attempts to roster one of Kevin Jepsen's potential replacements.
The other, southpaw Fernando Abad went to Chris Liss of RotoWire for a like $6 bid, and though there was just one challenge to that ownership shot, again, it was just a buck try, while Steve Gardner nabbed outfielder Eqequiel Carrera for $3, fending off a $1 try in the last of the contested claims processed this week.
Sarris also bagged the Royals multi-positional Christian Colon for a modest $3 price tag while Dave Adler spent $5 on the services of Jefry Marte.
Finally, Jeff Bandy (Brandon Funston) and Erasmo Ramirez (Larry Schechter)--both commanding the minimum $1 price tag--were distributed accordingly in what boiled down to a fairly quiet week of moves in the league.
While Mengden isn't one of the top pitching prospects that have whet the fantasy whistle this season, I'm surprised he didn't garner a little more attention. There are openings in the A's rotation so opportunity could be there while O. Co Coliseum is one of the better venues in which to pitch. Granted, with the LABR laws you have to have him in there all the time but that's the way it is with almost all of the league's starting pitchers.
|Erik Johnson, SD||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 16||Inside Edge 1|
|Chris Coghlan, CHC||ESPN - Karabell 11||Colton & The Wolfman 7||Baseball HQ 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Derek Carty 1||Inside Edge 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Carlos Estevez, COL||Derek Carty 8||Colton & The Wolfman 6||Baseball HQ 5||ESPN - Karabell 4|
|Albert Almora Jr., CHC||Colton & The Wolfman 7||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jace Peterson, ATL||Colton & The Wolfman 7||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Baseball HQ 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Ivan De Jesus Jr., CIN||Baseball HQ 1|
|Cole Gillespie, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jake Barrett, ARI||Baseball HQ 1|
|Zack Godley, ARI||Inside Edge 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3|
|Boone Logan, COL||Mastersball 1|
|Ryan Howard, PHI||Colton & The Wolfman 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Brad Hand, SD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Chris Stewart, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
|Clint Robinson, WSH||Baseball HQ 1|
|Matt Reynolds, NYM||Baseball HQ 1|
|Miguel Rojas, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Rene Rivera, NYM||Baseball HQ 1|
|Travis Wood, CHC||Baseball HQ 1|
|Adam Warren, CHC||Inside Edge 1|
|Andrew Bailey, PHI||Inside Edge 1|
|Jim Johnson, ATL||Inside Edge 1|
|Kevin Quackenbush, SD||Inside Edge 1|
|Neftali Feliz, PIT||Inside Edge 1|
|Tony Watson, PIT||Inside Edge 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats, Inc. apparently like $16 bids, with the same amount leading LABR NL spending for the second consecutive week. Last time, it was Phillies utilityman Jimmy Paredes, and this week, the cash went to acquire pitcher Erik Johnson. The right-hander made his Padres debut at Coors on Saturday, yielding four runs in five innings. The former White Sox prospect’s next turn won’t be much easier, with the Nationals just ahead.
New-old Cubs utilityman Chris Coghlan was picked up by Eric Karabell of ESPN for $11. Though the Cubs have been wildly successful this season, they have had to deal with a number of nagging injuries. Combining that with Coghlan’s ability to play all over the infield and outfield makes him an interesting addition, which is why 10 of 12 teams tried to acquire him this week. (I was one of the two owners to pass.) After all, Coghlan has hit over his career average of .260 just once since 2010.
Another newcomer in the Chicago outfield mix is former heralded prospect Albert Almora, who has quietly made a solid introduction. However, the youngster lacks Coghlan’s versatility, so regular at-bats may be difficult to secure. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of Full Moon Sports acquired Almora for $7.
Apparent new Colorado closer Carlos Estevez fetched a winning bid of $8 from Derek Carty while I added another contender for Rockies saves, Boone Logan, for $1. In the process, I dropped another saves possibility with worse peripherals on a poorer team, Cincinnati’s Ross Ohlendorf.
I sort of like the Erik Johnson pick-up, but that's probably confirmation bias as I snagged him last week in NL Tout Wars. Of course that meant I had to sweat out the start in Coors but at least the next one is in Petco.
Remember early last year when Jace Peterson was a thing? Well, he's back but his 15 minutes are over. He finished last year with a 0.239 average, swiping 12 bags in 22 tries. But despite the low average and terrible success rate, Peterson started this season with the regular keystone gig before being banished to Triple-A Gwinnett. Don't expect much playing time, let alone production as Erick Aybar is back, pushing Chase d'Arnaud to second.
|Tim Anderson, CWS||MLB.com 17||Fantasy Alarm 6||Fangraphs 4||RotoExperts 1|
|Carlos Estevez, COL||Razzball 17||Baseball Prospectus 3|
|Peter O'Brien, ARI||MLB.com 17|
|Fernando Abad, MIN||Mastersball 13||RotoWire 1|
|Brandon Kintzler, MIN||Fangraphs 6||Mastersball 6||Baseball Prospectus 4||Razzball 4|
|RotoWire 3||RotoExperts 1|
|Jason Motte, COL||Fangraphs 5|
|Chase Anderson, MIL||MLB.com 5||Baseball Prospectus 3|
|Chase d'Arnaud, ATL||Fantasy Alarm 4|
|Miguel Gonzalez, CWS||Fantasy Alarm 3|
|Danny Espinosa, WSH||RotoExperts 1|
|Brad Brach, BAL||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Enrique Hernandez, LAD||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Edwin Diaz, SEA||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Derek Holland, TEX||MLB.com 1|
|Rob Refsnyder, NYY||Baseball HQ 1|
|Daniel Mengden, OAK||Fantasy Alarm 1||MLB.com 1|
|Zack Godley, ARI||Fantasy Alarm 1||MLB.com 1|
|Jake Diekman, TEX||Fantasy Alarm 1|
|Doug Fister, HOU||MLB.com 1|
|Matt Boyd, DET||MLB.com 1|
|Jason Grilli, TOR||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Matt Joyce, PIT||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Paulo Orlando, KC||USA TODAY Sports 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
A trio of $17 FAAB bids landed two rookies and a possible closer with lucky $13 took down another possible source of saves. Fred Zinkie dropped the average age of his club by adding White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson along with Diamonbacks outfielder Pete O'Brien. Of the two, Anderson has the upper hand toward more playing time after the Pale Hose designated Jimmy Rollins for assignment. O'Brien bashed his way to the Show with a .330 average with 17 homers in 51 games at Triple-A Reno. The Snakes have been trying to find the right combo in their A.J. Pollock-less outfield, even going so far as to sign Michael Bourn. O'Brien hit a dinger on Sunday which should get him another start or two this weel but with David Peralta back, there's not many at bats for the converted catcher, now fly chaser.
Razzball opted to go big on Estevez for the Rockies saves while I opted to stick with the Twins (I have Kevin Jepsen) and expect Abad to be the guy over Brandon Kintzler despite being left-handed. Abad secured the first post-Jepsen save and was in line for the second on Sunday had Mintzler not let the Red Sox rally from three down in the eighth to tie the game.
I best be careful so as not to let karma come back and haunt me. I find in interesting that Daniel Mengden was the bridesmaid for both Howard Bender of the Fantasy Alarm and Zinkie from mlb.com. Howard landed Miguel Gonzalez while Fred copped Derek Holland. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd rather go with the devil we don't know in Mengden than the devilish inconsistency of Gonzalez and Holland.