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Friday 19th Jan 2018


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.

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A.J. Griffin, TEX Baseball HQ 13 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 ESPN.com 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
    Yahoo! Sports 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Dillon Overton, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Max Muncy, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1    
Bryce Brentz, BOS ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Justin Wilson, DET SiriusXM 1      
Anibal Sanchez, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Ryan Dull, OAK Fangraphs 1      


Brian Flynn, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Dylan Bundy, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Junior Lake, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Arismendy Alcantara, OAK ESPN.com 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Wow, we are nearly half-way through the season. The commanding FAAB bid for the week was on A.J. Griffin, going to Dave Adler for $13. The Athletics hurler tossed 200 innings once (2013), missed all of 2014 and most of 2015 to injury, but has a decent portfolio when healthy. The thing is seven other owners submitted bids ranging from a buck to $5, meaning essentially the AL LABR universe was willing to gamble on the right-handed Ranger.

Oakland hurler Dillon Overton pulled the next highest price tag at just $3 uncontested, while another Athletic, Max Muncy went for $2, besting a $1 try. The NFBC duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs posted both of the winning bids.

The remaining players went uncontested, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton bagging Anibal Sanchez, Eno Sarris nabbing Ryan Dull (third Athletic of the week), Ray Flowers obtaining Justin Wilson and Tristan Cockcroft rostering Bryce Brentz, all for the meager sum of a buck.

Todd's Take

While the reaction wasn't quite to the extent when I downloaded John Jaso's image earlier in the season, I admit to thinking "that's not what I pictured him looking like" when I grabbed Griffin's image from our directory. I also forgot his strikeout rate isn't terrible as I've always thought of him as the proverbial "pitch-to-contact" sort. As Lawr mentioned, Griffin missed almost two full years, the first recovering from Tommy John surgery then having a setback in his shoulder that cost him last season. It makes sense that his control is slow to come around. The big concern is Griffin remains a fly ball pitcher which doesn't play nearly as well in Globe Life Park as it did in O. Co Coliseum. It's already hot in Arlington, and a lot of other places, as well. With the temperatures rising, expect Griffin's home rate rate to follow along. He's fine for AL only, just not the type that makes sense on a Mixed roster.

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Brandon Nimmo, NYM Baseball HQ 23 Mastersball 5
Jonathan Broxton, STL Colton & The Wolfman 6  
Adam Frazier, PIT Mastersball 4  
Tony Wolters, COL ESPN - Karabell 2  
Yusmeiro Petit, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Mastersball 2  
Luis Perdomo, SD Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT Mastersball 1  


Emilio Bonifacio, ATL RotoWire - DVR 3  
Chase Anderson, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1  
Ramiro Pena, SF RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ 1
Hector Neris, PHI Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Rosales, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Brandon Maurer, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA Baseball HQ 1  
Nick Ahmed, ARI Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

The New York Mets’ decision to send outfielder Michael Conforto down to Triple-A opened the door for prospect Brandon Nimmo. The latter made his first career start on Sunday and looks to be in a position to receive a decent audition. Still, it wasn’t like the 23-year-old was on any of the top national top 100 prospect lists before the season like Byron Buxton or Nomar Mazara or …, so I essentially bid for Nimmo’s starters at-bats, going $5. As usual, I came in second, squashed by a $23 bid from BaseballHQ’s Doug Dennis.

Needing steals more than anything on offense led me to secretly hope that I would get Pirates call-up Adam Frazier instead of Nimmo and that is what happened. The utilityman, eligible at shortstop in LABR (and third base in Tout) already had 32 stolen base attempts in Triple-A this season, but on the downside, was only successful 17 times. I hate when new guys play in Sunday night games on ESPN with everyone watching. Frazier didn’t help my cause with two hits and good defense on national TV as the Bucs’ right, then left fielder, but I should not have worried as I was the lone bidder. My $4 offer reflected hope that Frazier will benefit further from Jordy Mercer’s latest injury.

Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf spent $6 in the apparent hope that former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton will get a chance to pitch the ninth for St. Louis after Trevor Rosenthal vacated the job. The portly one may be first in the Cardinals’ post-game chow line, but I see him third in the potential saves derby after Korean Seung-hwan Oh and lefty Kevin Siegrist. Yet, the only opinion that matters is that of Mike Matheny, and the manager has not been faced with a save situation since easing Rosenthal out.

Todd's Take

It's interesting that Frazier, and not Alen Hanson got the call to PNC Park. They profile similarly though Hanson has a little more pop. Don't get me wrong, Frazier earned the promotion, but it'll be intriguing to see how the club sees them down the line. Hanson got a little taste of the bigs earlier in the season then returned to Triple-A Indianapolis with the goal of getting him some reps in the outfield. This is curious, especially since the current second baseman, Josh Harrison, has MLB experience shagging flies. Something else to note about Frazier, and this is even more apropos in an OBP league like Tout Wars but also important here is he walked more than he whiffed in Triple-A. That's a very desirable trait.

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Travis Jankowski, SD Baseball HQ 4 @TheFantasyFix 1
Kevin Siegrist, STL Razzball 4 MLB.com 1
Joey Rickard, BAL ESPN.com 4 @TheFantasyFix 3
Jose Peraza, CIN @TheFantasyFix 3  
Gregor Blanco, SF ESPN.com 3  
Matt Joyce, PIT @TheFantasyFix 2  
John Gant, ATL Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1
Colin Rea, SD Fantasy Alarm 1  
Jett Bandy, LAA Razzball 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA MLB.com 1  
Ryan Buchter, SD MLB.com 1  


Eduardo Escobar, MIN @TheFantasyFix 2
Johnny Giavotella, LAA @TheFantasyFix 2
Martin Prado, MIA @TheFantasyFix 2
Pedro Strop, CHC MLB.com 1
Tyler Anderson, COL MLB.com 1
Yovani Gallardo, BAL MLB.com 1
Albert Almora Jr., CHC @TheFantasyFix 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

With Jon Jay sidelined the last five games after being hit in the arm with a pitch, Travis Jankowski has filled in swimmingly, or perhaps runningly as he copped five bags this week, starting six straight contests. There's a chance Jay needs a DL stint which affords Jankowski at least another week's worth of games. Ray Murphy of Baseball HQ was willing to invest four jelly beans to see what happens.

Brian alluded to the Cardinals removing Trevor Rosenthal from the closer role. One of the candidates to close games is Kevin Siegrist. While the Razzball squad is hoping that's the case, I'm pulling for Brian's top choice, Seung-hwan Oh as I nabbed the rookie reliever a couple weeks ago.

Other notable acquisitions include Stephania Bell grabbing Joey Rickard who appears to back in the Orioles good graces and Jose Peraza. If Peraza can play regularly, he has a chance to be a difference maker considering the dearth of steals in today's landscape.

With only $9 FAAB and no injuries to deal with, I sat out this FAAB session.

Todd's Take

I did, however, make a deal with none other than Mr. Trade himself, mlb.com's Fred Zinkie. To properly set the stage, I need to tempt fate and divulge the Mastersball squad is sitting a top the standings, enjoying a 15-20 point lead, depending on which teams had more starters pitching the previous day. Clayton Kershaw is the cornerstone, fueling 15 points in wins, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts. The offense is designed to be safer than explosive and so far it's working as I lead the league in at bats which may not be a scoring category but it's a great gauge for team potential. The two weakest categories are steals and saves. The hope is Fernando Abad and Oh help K-Rod in the save department, leaving pilfers as the primary deficiency.

Fred asked for the BMW before switching to the SUV, inquiring about Kershaw. The offer was fair but I see no reason to deal the best pitcher on the planet. Maybe if things were closer, but as is, I'm content trying to move other arms.

Fred countered with an offer for Johnny Cueto. I replied that the offer was fair but did not really not address my need for speed, plus if I'm dealing Cueto, I'd like to test the market.

Smartly, Fred asked if there was any way I'd agree to a deal right away. The response was if I was 100 percent sure I couldn't do better.

"How about Jose Altuve and Nate Karns for Ian Kinsler and Johnny Cueto?"


So we made the deal on the spot. I can absorb the loss of Cueto, especially since this frees up an active spot to use three closers in an effort to move up the saves category. Karns suffices as a guy to stream in with good matchups, especially at home. The buffer in ratios is large enough so that I can take a couple chances if necessary to chase wins and whiffs.

The other reason for agreeing was to revel in the tilt Howard Bender would endure upon seeing the deal posted. Mission accomplished.



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