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.
|Drew Pomeranz, BOS||Yahoo! Sports 88||ESPN.com 56||RotoWire 50||USAT Fantasy 46|
|Baseball HQ 40||Fangraphs 31||USAT Sports 12|
|SiriusXM 9||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Ryon Healy, OAK||Winning Fantasy Baseball 8||ESPN.com 2|
|Trevor May, MIN||ESPN.com 1|
|Shawn O'Malley, SEA||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Mike Montgomery, SEA||RotoWire 10||RotoWire 5||Fangraphs 1|
|Christian Colon, KC||Winning Fantasy Baseball 2|
|Carson Fulmer, CWS||ESPN.com 1|
|Daniel Robertson, SEA||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Darwin Barney, TOR||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Jared Hoying, TEX||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
|Mike Aviles, DET||Winning Fantasy Baseball 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
The LABR week of transactions started with a trade made between Chris Liss and me, the third swap we have completed this year in the league.
First I dealt Jesse Hahn and Stephen Wright to Chris, for Luis Valbuena. And, just to show how timing is everything in fantasy, Chris threw in Matt Shoemaker, whom I was ready to drop, except. Except that the Angel hurler was sent down before the transaction deadline, so I was able to move Shoemaker to my reserve list. Then, I traded Evan Gattis to Chris, and got Stephen Wright back, along with Whit Merrifield. Finally, for this cycle, I traded Valbuena back to Chris in exchange for Logan Morrison and Daniel Norris.
But, to show timing is everything, Drew Pomeranz became an $88 FAAB acquisition, which he was for Brandon Funston and his Yahoo! team this cycle. Pomeranz is having a fine year at 8-7, 2.47, but his career mark is 21-31, 3.66, and he is prone to the long ball with a little over a dinger allowed per nine innings. So, Brandon risked $88 on Pomeranz, besting nine bids ranging from $3 to $56 with hopes of some big innings.
Chris Liss was also active on the wire, grabbing Mike Montgomery for $10, Larry Schechter went for the Athletics Ryon Healy for $8, Tristan Cockcroft nabbed Trevor May for a buck while Schechter also bagged Shawn O'Malley for a measly dollar.
Given that my definition of fun isn't exactly mainstream, I get a kick out of reverse engineering all-in FAAB bids to try to discern the genesis of the precise bid. Brandon entered the festivities with 90 units, Tristan had 91 while Larry was sitting on 105. This wasn't a case of Brandon bidding one more dollar than the owner below him but rather deciding how many more $1 bids he was comfortable leaving for emergency acquisitions over the final 11 weeks. Though, Brandon does have a couple of DL players he could cash in for a couple more bucks if necessary, not to mention several players close to returning that essentially serve as FAAB acquisitions.
|Jake Barrett, ARI||Inside Edge 12||Mastersball 3|
|Corey Knebel, MIL||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Neftali Feliz, PIT||Mastersball 1|
|Andrew Toles, LAD||RotoWire - DVR 2|
|Chris Taylor, LAD||RotoWire - DVR 2|
|Ross Ohlendorf, CIN||Inside Edge 1|
|Adam Liberatore, LAD||Mastersball 1|
|Kevin Quackenbush, SD||Mastersball 1|
|Kyle Barraclough, MIA||Mastersball 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino heading toward the disabled list, I had previously added Jim Johnson to try to hold onto the limited saves from the Braves. I also liked the idea of taking a shot at Arizona’s saves, as Jake Barrett bailed out incumbent Tyler Clippard on Sunday and may receive more chances. Unfortunately, my LABR waiver wire nemesis Steve Moyer of Inside Edge went $12 to my $3. It was Moyer’s last major move of the season, however, as he has just $4 FAAB remaining and LABR does not allow $0 bids.
The only other two players to be selected off the waiver wire this week are also relievers. Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of Full Moon Sports picked up Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel for $2 and I added Neftali Feliz, second in the Pirates saves pecking order, for a buck. Ironically, I just dropped Feliz in NL Tout in this same transaction period because Sergio Romo had to be activated off the DL or be lost.
With the note that I am not calling out my Rotowire podcast partner Derek Van Riper at all, especially because I have done stuff ten times more egregious during FAAB but it's curious why he has a couple of unawarded contingencies but no players won. According to the log, DVR wasn't awarded either player because his roster is full. He has two OF that can be put on the DL but the RTS mechanism requires the drop be named with the bid or it won't go through. DVR must not have included a drop.
This rule is in contrast to Tout Wars which allows for an illegal roster after the FAAB run so long as you clean it up with the requisite drops by lineup lock. I don't think one system is better or worse than the other. LABR is more stringent and requires less work for the SWAT, in this case Steve Gardner who oversees all three LABR leagues.
Tout Wars is looser but keep in mind there are multiple SWATs covering all five leagues and it's a paid position (not higher tax-bracket paid, but enough to take duties seriously) so it makes much more sense to allow the owners a little more freedom then have the SWAT for each league do a scrub before lock, making sure everyone is legal.
|Jim Johnson, ATL||Fangraphs 4||Mastersball 1|
|Sergio Romo, SF||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Zach Eflin, PHI||Mastersball 1|
|Chad Kuhl, PIT||Mastersball 1|
|Ryan Dull, OAK||Mastersball 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Pretty quiet as not much occurred this weekend to move the needle. I have two starting pitchers with rough matchups with Mike Foltynewicz in Coors and Kyle Gibson in Fenway. I could have simply promoted David Phelps and Nate Karns or I could go with the tough draws since I do have some ERA and WHIP cushion. Ultimately, I opted to go add another starting pitcher since whiffs are close and I could use a couple more than what relievers may provide. Eflin and Kuhl both have one start this week, in the same series but not against each other. I see it as a wash this week but favor Eflin a little more. For the second opening, I'm considering activating Clayton Kershaw in hopes he returns over the weekend in St. Louis. Plan B is using Folty in Coors with Phelps the third option. As of this writing, I have about four hours to ponder the choices.
So why Eflin? He was already on my radar but his performance in Coors right before the break was impressive. There are many more heralded starters that debuted this season but the 22-year old righty has demonstrated good mound presence, not appearing over-matched. He's not particularly dominant though more whiffs may come as he fine tunes the delivery from his 6' 6" frame. Tall hurlers often take longer to master repeatable mechanics.