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Wednesday 29th Mar 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

NFranklin, TB Jason Collette 37 Rob Leibowitz 24 Chris Liss 5
MAviles, Det Rob Leibowitz 35 Jeff Erickson 3 Chris Liss 0
DNava, LAA Seth Trachtman 13 Jeff Erickson 5  
CDevenski, Hou Rob Leibowitz 8 Lawr Michaels 5  
DHutchison, Tor Jason Collette 6    
CVazquez, Bos Jeff Erickson 3    
ABenintendi, Bos Chris Liss 1    
TMay, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
RDull, Oak Lawr Michaels 0    
TLadendorf, Oak Chris Liss 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RTorreyes, NYY Jason Collette 12
JRutledge, Bos Rob Leibowitz 8
ZDuke, CWS Rob Leibowitz 6
MBarnes, Bos Rob Leibowitz 5
DOtero, Cle Jason Collette 5
HHembree, Bos Rob Leibowitz 3
AAlmonte, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JChavez, Tor Lawr Michaels 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Journeyman middle infielders led the bidding this cycle in American League Tout Wars, with Jason Collette dropping $37 on Nick Franklin while Rob Leibowitz followed closely with a $35 acquisition of Mike Aviles.

Collette also added to his roster giving a shot to hurler Drew Hutchison ($6) while Leibowitz went $8 on Chris Devenski, besting a $5 try by me.

Since I missed out on the Toronto hurler, I had to make do with the Athletics Ryan Dull ($0), while Chris Liss bagged another Athletic, Tyler Ladendorf, also for the investment of $0.

Liss also added Andrew Benintendi ($1), reserving Joey Gallo and Yoan Moncada in deference to his new pickups.

Jeff Erickson gave Christian Vazquez a new home for $3, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton plugged Trevor May ($1) in for suspended Yordano Ventura while Seth Trachtman spent $13 on Daniel Nava, reserving Jake Marisnick.

Todd's Take

Drew Hutchison, remember him? The Toronto right-hander was having a nice season at Triple-A Buffalo, boasting a 2.78 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP, featuring 97 whiffs to a respectable 31 walks in 87 1/3rd innings. Barring an injury, there's no spot for Hutchison in the Jays rotation but keep in mind Marco Estrada's back has been barking so he may get an extended rest with the All-Star break coming up, with Hutchison grabbing the spot start.

It will be interesting to see how Cleveland works Abraham Almonte into their first-place lineup now that he's served his PED suspension. Colton and the Wolfman had a contingency bid in on the center fielder but ended up with their first choice, Trevor May, so the punished fly chaser is still available. Almonte played Sunday with southpaw J.A. Happ on the hill, sending Lonnie Chisenhall to the pine. It remains to be seen if Almonte only plays versus lefties as he is a switch hitter. Chisenhall is joined by Rajai Davis and Tyler Naquin along with Jose Ramirez shagging the flies in Believeland so there's a pathway to playing time. My guess is Tyler Naquin and Juan Uribe lose a little time as Jose Ramirez plays a little more hot corner.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BMaurer, SD Phil Hertz 138 Lenny Melnick  135 Brian Walton 123 Grey Albright 106
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 101 Mike Gianella 90 Todd Zola 58
    Steve Gardner 34    
MCabrera, Atl Lenny Melnick  75 Steve Gardner 28 Ray Guilfoyle 2  
BStewart, LAD Ray Guilfoyle 30      
TPham, StL Derek Carty 23 Andy Behrens 20 Mike Gianella 14 Grey Albright 1
BBarnes, Col Andy Behrens 20 Mike Gianella 11 Derek Carty 0  
ADickerson, SD Mike Gianella 14      
CFriedrich, SD Mike Gianella 13 Todd Zola 7    
ACaminero, Pit Todd Zola 3      
PBaez, LAD Derek Carty 2 Mike Gianella 2    
LHarrell, Atl Grey Albright 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

HPerez, Mil Mike Gianella 14  
DHudson, Ari Mike Gianella 6 Derek Carty 0
RTejada, SF Mike Gianella 4  
CEdwards, ChC Mike Gianella 4  
JBroxton, StL Mike Gianella 3 Grey Albright 1
TWood, ChC Mike Gianella 3  
ALiberatore, LAD Todd Zola 0 Derek Carty 0
JHughes, Pit Todd Zola 0  
JGrimm, ChC Derek Carty 0  
GGreen, SF Derek Carty 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

There was no doubt which player was in demand in National League Tout Wars this week. Despite what may be a tenuous hold on the job, new San Diego closer Brandon Maurer drew bids from eight of the 12 owners. My $123 offer was only third-best, with Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ the winner at $138.

Currently in fourth place with half the season remaining, Hertz spent over half of his remaining FAAB on Maurer. Having only two saves for the year to date along with knowing I would need 14 more saves before picking up even one point in the category, kept me from pushing more cash into the center of the table.

A sleeper pick is recent Braves call-up Mauricio Cabrera. The reliever’s 100 mph heat coupled with an incumbent closer in high demand in the trade market in Arodys Vizcaino could come together in a role change soon. Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts made an aggressive $75 bid to win.

Todd's Take

NL-only leagues got a lot more interesting the past week or two as the once sterling set of pitchers is showing some chinks in the armor. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are on the disabled list, the Mets duo of Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are both attempting to pitch through bone spurs that likely eventually require surgery, Stephen Strasburg had a scare with displaced ribs while Jake Arrieta hasn't been the Cy Young version for a good month or so. What's next, Madison Bumgarner getting hurt in the home run derby? The big-picture point is hang in there, standings in NL only leagues are still in flux.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BMcCarthy, LAD Bret Sayre 242 Tim Heaney 76 Scott Pianowski 65 Cory Schwartz 45
    Fred Zinkie 15    
BMaurer, SD Scott Pianowski 77 Scott Engel 48 Al Melchior 41 Zach Steinhorn 36
    Derek Van Riper 15 Cory Schwartz 10  
MTeixeira, NYY Zach Steinhorn 67      
TAnderson, Col Al Melchior 50 Fred Zinkie 10    
OArcia, TB Gene McCaffrey 27 Derek Van Riper 3    
MZunino, Sea Scott Swanay 24 Derek Van Riper 6    
JPeterson, Atl Ray Flowers 22      
TBarnhart, Cin Ray Flowers 21      
PBourjos, Phi Fred Zinkie 15 Ray Flowers 14 Cory Schwartz 9  
ESantana, Min Zach Steinhorn 12      
DLee, Sea Derek Van Riper 12 Zach Steinhorn 41 Ray Flowers 22 Scott Engel 10
MGonzalez, CWS Cory Schwartz 5      
JShuck, CWS Scott Engel 5      
TFlowers, Atl Derek Van Riper 0 Ray Flowers 17    
KHerrera, KC Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

TJankowski, SD Zach Steinhorn 27 Ray Flowers 14
JIglesias, Det Ray Flowers 22  
DFreese, Pit Zach Steinhorn 20  
JParker, SF Derek Van Riper 12  
CKuhl, Pit Al Melchior 11  
TDuffey, Min Al Melchior 11  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Making his first start since April 2015, Brandon McCarthy was sharp on Sunday, holding the Rockies scoreless over five innings while striking out eight. I'm not so sure I'd throw 242 FAAB bucks his way, but McCarthy has proven to be a serviceable back end of the rotation mixed league starter in past years, so he certainly deserves a spot on a deep mixed league roster.

The other Brandon who was purchased this week is the newly anointed Padres closer. Brandon Maurer picked up his first career save on Friday, though he did allow a run in the outing. After a shaky start to the season, Maurer has settled down of late, and his stuff is closer caliber. But there's something about pitching in the ninth inning that can even rattle a highly accomplished reliever, so let's see how this plays out. Regardless, 77 bucks is a more than reasonable price. Ryan Buchter looms as a threat to replace Maurer should he falter.

I was surprised that there wasn't more interest in Mark Teixeira, who has launched four home runs in his last seven games. The overall stat line is still ugly, and he's a candidate to hit the DL again at any moment. But from a performance standpoint, it seems like he has finally found his stroke, and if my $67 investment can net me double-digit homers from here on out, it will be money well spent.

Todd's Take

If you haven't had the occasion to catch Dae-ho Lee play, it's worth staying up late on the east coast or flipping the channel on the west coast. The Seattle Mariners first baseman is listed at 6' 4", 250 lbs and that may be conservative. He's a big crowd favorite and has been mashing southpaw pitching all season. As of late, Lee has been playing against righties too, which is why he's drawing interest in leagues of this nature. There's no telling how long Lee will continue to play regularly but with Nori Aoki on the farm, Nelson Cruz has been playing a lot of outfield, opening up DH which allows Lee and Adam Lind to both be in the lineup versus right-handers.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BMcCarthy, LAD Rudy Gamble 57 Craig Mish 41 Perry Van Hook 27 Tom Kessenich 23
    Stacie Stern 17 Adam Ronis 1 Tim McLeod 1
CAsche, Phi Perry Van Hook 27 Rudy Gamble 7    
BBurns, Oak Anthony Perri 23 Tom Kessenich 1    
LChisenhall, Cle Adam Ronis 17      
TKoehler, Mia Stacie Stern 14 Tom Kessenich 3 Greg Ambrosius 2  
ASuarez, SF Perry Van Hook 11      
DGregorius, NYY Tim McLeod 6 Tom Kessenich 4 Charlie Wiegert 1  
JParker, SF Stacie Stern 3      
TJoseph, Phi Rudy Gamble 3      
FGalvis, Phi Rudy Gamble 3      
CCrisp, Oak Charlie Wiegert 3 Adam Ronis 3 Rudy Gamble 2 Tom Kessenich 1
XCedeno, TB Tom Kessenich 3      
BKintzler, Min Tim McLeod 2 Adam Ronis 13    
JMercer, Pit Tom Kessenich 2      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PBourjos, Phi Perry Van Hook 11 Tom Kessenich 1
WLeBlanc, Sea Perry Van Hook 11  
CBedrosian, LAA Rudy Gamble 4 Tom Kessenich 3
ECarrera, Tor Perry Van Hook 4  
FRivero, Was Rudy Gamble 4  
CCoghlan, ChC Stacie Stern 2  
MTaylor, Was Charlie Wiegert 2  
CCuthbert, KC Charlie Wiegert 1  
CGillaspie, SF Charlie Wiegert 1  
DNorris, Det Adam Ronis 1  
MZunino, Sea Charlie Wiegert 1  
RDelgado, Ari Rudy Gamble 1  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

This Sunday presented another light day of bidding with only ten teams competing for new players and only fourteen players awarded, meaning in a mixed league, with 15-teams, in general things are going either very well, or very badly.

The high bid of the night was for Dodgers’ starter Brandon McCarthy who returned from the DL with five shutout innings in his first appearance in over a year. Rudy Gamble, who won McCarthy for $57, also favored a few Phillies who will play four games in Coors Canaveral this week, winning both Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis for $3 each.

Rudy and I were on the same page as I bid $27 for McCarthy in a losing effort but won Cody Asche for the same bid forcing Gamble to settle for Joseph. I also won the second pitcher on my list getting Albert Suarez of the Giants for $11 and his home start next week versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Todd's Take

As I mentioned on Twitter, when it comes to fantasy, I remain neutral but as a fan, I'm pulling for Brandon McCarthy. He's a great Twitter follow, engages with some of the writers in the fantasy industry and just overall gets it. If he can stay healthy, there's definitely a place for him on a mixed roster. He checks all the boxes, expect perhaps high strikeout potential. He's in the National League, in a pitcher's park and while the Dodgers offense isn't to the level of the Cubs, Cards, Giants, Pirates, etc., in the Senior Circuit it's enough to compete most nights.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BMcCarthy, LAD Jeff Boggis 11
CCrisp, Oak Howard Bender 9
DNorris, Det Peter Kreutzer 6
DMengden, Oak Jake Ciely 5
JReyes, NYM Jake Ciely 5
DLee, Sea Peter Kreutzer 3
LChisenhall, Cle Jake Ciely 3
TBarnhart, Cin Peter Kreutzer 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

OArcia, TB Howard Bender 6
NJones, CWS Jake Ciely 5
BMaurer, SD Jake Ciely 5
JPeterson, Atl Howard Bender 3
MReynolds, Col Jake Ciely 3
BNimmo, NYM Jake Ciely 3
TNaquin, Cle Jake Ciely 3
SMoya, Det Jake Ciely 3
ERamos, Phi Peter Kreutzer 1
DAlvarez, Atl Peter Kreutzer 1
JGrilli, Tor Peter Kreutzer 1

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

We reach the end of Week 13 in the middle of a holiday weekend, and a pretty tight race. That last is surprising, since Brent Hershey has seemed to be cleaning our clocks. But not thoroughly.

Until this year, Tout Wars FAAB budgets were 100 units, but we increased them to 1000 this year when we did away with the Vickrey auction system.

The idea was to make more bidding points, and ideally fewer ties.

But the increase in units also allows for less enthusiastic bidding. This week only one team bid $10+ on anyone, the equivalent of a $1 bid last year. That was Jeff Boggis venturing in on the returning Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy hasn't been sharp in his rehab, but he has a long history of success when healthy, and a long history of not being healthy. Worth the risk for sure at this price.

All the moves this week were incremental. I picked up Tucker Barnhart, who doesn't have Yan Gomes's power, but is playing full time and gets on base way more than Gomes.

I also picked up Dae Ho Lee, who has been playing pretty much full time recently, has shown good power and on base percentage thus far, even as his role has increased

And I added Daniel Norris, who had a hyped run as a phenom last year, failed, and is now finally back and healthy, in Detroit rather than Toronto. He had a good game last week against Miami, and is speculative. But he has a shot at being very good, with a high strikeout rate, which matters in this league.

Another interesting move was Jake Ciely's add of Jose Reyes. I think it's hard for a not rigorous athlete to come back from a year-plus layoff when late in life, so I'm not so sure of his chances. That said, at $3, why the heck not. You handle the guy for a week and then good riddance. That's the worst that could happen?

See you next week!

Todd's Take

I'm not sure I've ever seen a week in any of the formats where every bid went uncontested. It doesn't really mean much, just an observation.

I agree with Peter's analysis on McCarthy and Norris as well as being impressed with what I've seen from Daniel Mengden thus far. He's not blowing anyone away but the mustachioed one looks like he could stick and be an asset in the second half. Sorry, that's all I have. Plus no doubt you want to get back to your barbecue.

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