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.
|JGrilli, Tor||Jason Collette 7|
|DGee, KC||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1||Seth Trachtman 0|
|CPerez, LAA||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|AAlmonte, Cle||Steve Moyer 0|
|RFlaherty, Bal||Steve Moyer 0|
|CFurbush, Sea||Jason Collette 7|
|CGimenez, Cle||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|MAviles, Det||Steve Moyer 0|
|TBeckham, TB||Steve Moyer 0|
|JCenteno, Min||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JThole, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
In a week of transactions that was quiet beyond belief (is the the quiet before the trade deadline storm?) a trade between Steve Moyer and Chris Liss was the big move as Moyer swapped Francisco Lindor to Liss for Austin Jackson and Aroldis Chapman,
Team Colton/Wolf expended the "big" bucks, grabbing yet another Angels backstop in Carlos Perez for $7, also springing for Dillon Gee for a dollar.
Moyer made the two remaining moves picking up Abraham Almonte and Ryan Flaherty, each with unchallenged $0 bids.
I guess the circus begins next week.
Because the repercussions are important, it's worth repeating the note I posted in the LABR report because though you'll deny it, some of you only read one report or the other.
Keep in mind the trade Monday is actually on Monday, August 1 and not it's usual July 31. It's a very good idea to get clarification from your commissioner regarding the timing of trades, when they become official and hence eligible for bidding in your league. It's best to use an official source like the ESPN.com or mlb.com transactions to consider a deal official and just live by when it's posted. Relying on Twitter or some unofficial report will cause all sorts of ruckus. The second part of the equation is the cutoff for a deal to be posted and be eligible for FAAB bidding. To be fair to all league participants, the cutoff shouldn't be close to when bids are due since everyone can't be by their PC, tablet or phone 24/7. As an example, Tout Wars requires the trade to be listed on ESPN.com or mlb.com transactions the day before bidding. In other works, for a player to be eligible for Tout Wars next week, he needs to be listed on the transaction page dated Saturday. By the sound of it, there will be some crossovers eligible next week but chances are they'll be a second flurry on Monday that have to sit around a week before they become property of an owner in their new league.
|DDahl, Col||Phil Hertz 291||Mike Gianella 226||Steve Gardner 80|
|AToles, LAD||Brian Walton 25||Scott Wilderman 14||Andy Behrens 1|
|TJenkins, Atl||Mike Gianella 3|
|TBrown, SF||Grey Albright 1|
|MMontgomery, ChC||Steve Gardner 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 0||Steve Gardner 0|
|TGosewisch, Ari||Grey Albright 1|
|EJackson, SD||Steve Gardner 0||Mike Gianella 0|
|ALiberatore, LAD||Steve Gardner 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|LHarrell, Atl||Mike Gianella 0|
|EBurgos, Ari||Phil Hertz 0|
|NFeliz, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
The impending promotion of Colorado outfielder David Dahl led to aggressive bidding in NL Tout this week. Phil Hertz spent almost all of his remaining FAAB, $291 to get his man. Same with Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus, but his $226 was only good enough for second place. With interleague play this week for the Rockies, Dahl will get an immediate trial and if one or both of Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon are dealt away in the next week, Dahl may be up for good.
Needing a hitter, I picked up Andrew Toles of the Dodgers for $25. With Yasiel Puig’s injury issues and rumors of a trade, picking up Toles a week ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline seemed a good idea. The 24-year-old has started three of the last four games in right field, with four hits and a walk over those 12 plate appearances. Overall, Toles is 9-for-27 plus drew three walks, stole a base and showed a nice arm in right field on Sunday night’s ESPN telecast.
I've been thinking a bit about the difference in rules between LABR and Tout Wars with respect to non-roster pickups. For the record, Dahl is on a reserve roster in LABR so let's use Alex Bregman, being called up by the Astros to help illustrate the point. Even though he's not officially on the Rockies, Tout allows Dahl to be picked up (Bregman is owned in AL Tout already) while LABR prohibits such a move so AL LABR has to wait until next week to bid on Bregman. Which is a better set-up?
To be clear, this is just a mental exercise for me - I really don't care. Tell me the rules and I'll try to figure out a way to beat you accordingly. But it's still fun to think about, especially since I'm often consulted on such matters.
Because I'm a fan of strategy mixed in with player analysis, I favor the Tout Wars lenience allowing prospects to be bid on early, especially since there's an opportunity cost requiring a non-zero bid along with having to be active the ensuing week. The only negative pertains to the mission of Tout Wars with respect to sharing what industry folks would pay for prospects when they're eligible in most leagues. Having someone stash Bregman for a buck three weeks ago doesn't help set your bid next weekend. On the other hand, there is some big value to seeing the prospects on the mind of the Touts so you can get them on your radar too.
|ERosario, Min||David Gonos 95||Ray Flowers 23||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DDahl, Col||Bret Sayre 92||Scott Swanay 74||Zach Steinhorn 69||Fred Zinkie 65|
|Tim Heaney 47||Nando DiFino 40||Cory Schwartz 20|
|RSchimpf, SD||Al Melchior 56||Fred Zinkie 35||Nando DiFino 26||Cory Schwartz 18|
|Scott Swanay 17||Ray Flowers 14||Derek Van Riper 5|
|DBundy, Bal||Nando DiFino 51||Scott Swanay 24|
|LHarrell, Atl||David Gonos 45||Tim Heaney 6||Derek Van Riper 1|
|DStraily, Cin||Scott Engel 43||Tim Heaney 6|
|CRea, SD||David Gonos 40|
|DDeShields, Tex||Scott Swanay 35||Zach Steinhorn 22||Fred Zinkie 8|
|TThornburg, Mil||Al Melchior 22||Scott Swanay 0|
|JSmolinksi, Oak||Cory Schwartz 22||Scott Swanay 17||Fred Zinkie 8||Derek Van Riper 5|
|Fred Zinkie 3|
|NEovaldi, NYY||Cory Schwartz 22||Nando DiFino 44||Al Melchior 18||Tim Heaney 16|
|MMoreland, Tex||Scott Swanay 17|
|CHernandez, Phi||Scott Pianowski 15|
|HPerez, Mil||Fred Zinkie 13||Fred Zinkie 12|
|MZunino, Sea||Gene McCaffrey 7||Scott Swanay 4||Derek Van Riper 3|
|ZEflin, Phi||Tim Heaney 6||Derek Van Riper 5||Fred Zinkie 3|
|HNeris, Phi||Scott Swanay 4|
|BMaxwell, Oak||Derek Van Riper 3|
|AAltherr, Phi||Fred Zinkie 3||Cory Schwartz 2|
|BShipley, Ari||Derek Van Riper 1|
|ISuzuki, Mia||Scott Pianowski 0|
|KNieuwenhuis, Mil||Scott Swanay 4|
|PTucker, Hou||Scott Swanay 4|
|MMontero, ChC||Derek Van Riper 2||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|NAoki, Sea||Fred Zinkie 2||Fred Zinkie 0|
|APierzynski, Atl||Derek Van Riper 0||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|CAnderson, Mil||Derek Van Riper 0|
|DLaw, SF||Scott Swanay 0|
|JSaltalamacchia, Det||Derek Van Riper 0|
|TBrown, SF||Derek Van Riper 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
A rough start to the season resulted in a minor league demotion for Eddie Rosario. However, since returning to the big club earlier this month, he's batting .368 with two homers and 12 runs scored. This is a player who tallied 13 homers and 11 steals in an impressive 122-game rookie showing last year, and the rebuilding Twins figure to give him the opportunity for regular at-bats going forward.
Speaking of regular at-bats, David Dahl is expected to receive everyday playing time for now, but Gerardo Parra's impending return from the DL complicates things a bit. But Dahl is a top prospect who boasts a .314 batting average to go along with 18 homers, 61 RBI, 70 runs scored and 17 steals through 92 minor league games this season. This is the kind of stat line that makes fantasy owners giddy. Should the Rockies trade either Carlos Gonzalez or Charlie Blackmon, the playing time issue would become a non-issue. Dahl's FAAB price tag surely would have been higher than $92 had he been called up earlier in the season. I'm not an advocate of conservative early-season FAAB spending, and my aggressive approach has its advantages sometimes. But this is the downside, as with only $144 left in my FAAB budget, I didn't feel comfortable going higher than $69 for Dahl, thus missing out on him.
Love it! This is an exceptional group of fantasy owners so I'd expect nothing less but it's still worth praising their collective enthusiasm, continuing to play hard at a point in the season where this isn't always the case. There are five teams within seven points at the top with a sixth well within shouting distance. But yet, most of the remaining squads are still bidding aggressively. Anything can happen and there's also a bunch of personal rivalries in this league with one owner trying to beat the other, irrespective of where they are in the standings.
Party on -- there's one industry guy out there really enjoying following this league!
|DBundy, Bal||Eno Sarris 130||Adam Ronis 17|
|MGonzalez, CWS||Greg Ambrosius 99|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Greg Ambrosius 88||Eno Sarris 11|
|RSchimpf, SD||Craig Mish 45||Charlie Wiegert 42||Adam Ronis 32||Anthony Perri 23|
|Adam Ronis 16||Tim McLeod 5|
|HSantiago, LAA||Charlie Wiegert 45||Greg Ambrosius 44||Perry Van Hook 21|
|TSkaggs, LAA||Rudy Gamble 42||Perry Van Hook 21||Adam Ronis 18||Tim McLeod 12|
|RHealy, Oak||Anthony Perri 23|
|ZEflin, Phi||Anthony Perri 23||Charlie Wiegert 11||Stacie Stern 3|
|NJones, CWS||Ray Murphy 21|
|KGiles, Hou||Charlie Wiegert 17|
|MAdams, StL||Charlie Wiegert 15||Anthony Perri 13||Tim McLeod 0|
|JSmolinksi, Oak||Stacie Stern 13||Adam Ronis 3|
|HPerez, Mil||Perry Van Hook 11||Tim McLeod 9|
|JMorneau, CWS||Craig Mish 11||Tim McLeod 1|
|DDahl, Col||Adam Ronis 3||Craig Mish 22|
|KGibson, Min||Stacie Stern 2|
|LVerrett, NYM||Craig Mish 1|
|CBedrosian, LAA||Adam Ronis 1||Rudy Gamble 1|
|JoseDeLeon, LAD||Tim McLeod 1|
|YAlonso, Oak||Tim McLeod 0|
|ACashner, SD||Greg Ambrosius 33|
|INova, NYY||Charlie Wiegert 11||Tim McLeod 0|
|MBoyd, Det||Charlie Wiegert 11|
|MMontgomery, ChC||Greg Ambrosius 11|
|CCuthbert, KC||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|JBerrios, Min||Rudy Gamble 2|
|JSmoak, Tor||Stacie Stern 2|
|RRua, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|DDeShields, Tex||Charlie Wiegert 1|
|JHardy, Bal||Charlie Wiegert 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
The light bidding of the last two weeks was abruptly shattered as several teams bid heavy for replacement players. Greg Ambrosius didn't have the high bid but needing to replace the disabled Clayton Kershaw and Tyler Glasnow, he spent $99 for Miguel Gonzalez and $88 for Mike Foltynewicz.
The high bid was the $130 that Eno Sarris laid on Dylan Bundy, assuming the righty stays in the rotation, hoping his last outing will be duplicated several times in the next two months.
Despite a poor schedule for the upcoming week, at Kansas City and home versus Boston, I tried to roster either Tyler Skaggs or Hector Santiago for $21 but was sawed off by Charlie Wiegert's $45 bid on Santiago and Rudy Gamble's $42 play on Skaggs. I did manage to get Hernan Perez, Milwaukee's undervalued 3B/OF for $11.
With the trade deadline next Monday, August 1, I thought there might be more speculative stashes but the only one was Tim McLeod grabbing the Dodgers' pitching prospect Jose DeLeon for a dollar.
To be fair, this group is just an active, but then, there's a reason the esteemed Tout Wars LLC invited these industry stalwarts to participate.
This is an interesting array of starting pitchers. We have veterans Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago with stretches of previous success intertwined with rough patches, prospect Tyler Skaggs hoping working in pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium helps him realize the potential so many have been waiting on, another top prospect in Dylan Bundy, finally healthy, making the somewhat unexpected transition back to the rotation after the notion being he would finish the season as a reliever and Zach Eflin, an unheralded prospect that's pitching well despite not missing many bats.
Of the group, I'll take Skaggs. There are indicators in Santiago's underlying numbers suggesting some regression. Gonzalez just isn't very good. I like Bundy but in a mixed league, I don't like using anyone but a stud in Camden Yards. Eflin is actually intriguing but I think I'll stick with using him as a cheap option in DFS. That leaves Skaggs who's been crushing it at Triple-A, looking ready to return after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
|ABregman, Hou||Jake Ciely 235||Jeff Zimmerman 102|
|DDahl, Col||Jeff Zimmerman 102||Jake Ciely 135||Peter Kreutzer 13|
|CCuthbert, KC||Andrea LaMont 55|
|TNaquin, Cle||Stephania Bell 34|
|MBoyd, Det||Stephania Bell 20|
|JBandy, LAA||Peter Kreutzer 13|
|DAlvarez, Atl||Peter Kreutzer 13|
|BBrach, Bal||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|DPhelps, Mia||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|JWilson, Det||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|NFeliz, Pit||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|RDull, Oak||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
The big big big news this week were the impending call ups of top prospects Alex Bregman and David Dahl.
Jake Ciely jumped on Bregman, about who it was announced on Sunday that he would be promoted on Monday. He spent 235 FAAB samoleans for a blue chipper, albeit one without a position to play. For now, he's expected to act as a super utility guy, with perhaps a permanent seat available at 3B if he gets off to a decent start.
Jeff Zimmerman bid on Bregman, too, but ranked Dahl more highly, probably because he has two outfielders on the DL.
I jumped into the Jett Bandy stream, even though Tucker Barnhart had a decent week for me, and nabbed Dario Alvarez, whose incredible strikeout rate thus far can't last, but can stand some drop off and still be helpful.
It'll be very interesting to see how the Astros handle Bregmana and eventually Yulieski Gurriel. It's amazing that we're talking about needing to keep Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Valbeuna in the lineup at the expense of Evan Gattis, A.J. Reed and to a lesser extent, Tyler White. But kudos to Houston for playing the guys doing the job. That said, it wouldn't be surprising to see the logjam alleviated via trade. Gonzalez in particular is a nice piece for a contending team, given his defensive flexibility.