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Saturday 17th Feb 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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Terrance Gore, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 USAT Sports 1


Whit Merrifield, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 2

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As if last week was slow, this week the only move was Larry Schechter's acquisition of Terrence Gore.

Looks like the NFL is calling everyone else.

Todd's Take

Well, at least I didn't have to decide what player to use in the image header.

We all know what Gore does - how many steals can we reasonably expect?

First, it's interesting to note that so far this season he's appeared in nine games, eight as a pinch-runner and has, get this, eight steals. When he punch-runs, he runs. Every time.

Last September, Gore swiped three bags. The year before he pilfered four. So that makes the reasonable expectation three or four. Can he still more? Certainly, but when doing the category math, expect just a handful.

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Alec Asher, PHI USA TODAY Sports 1
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Mastersball 1


Adam Morgan, PHI USA TODAY Sports 1
Jose Urena, MIA USA TODAY Sports 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

In the quietest week of the season to date in National League LABR, just two players were acquired.

Actually in the case of Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, it was a re-acquisition. I added him for $1 after having dropped him due to a finger injury that I incorrectly thought would keep the backstop sidelined longer.

Phillies pitcher Alec Asher has come back from a PED suspension in the minors and made one solid run-free six-inning start on two hits, albeit with no strikeouts. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY secured the services of the 24-year-old right-hander for a buck.

Todd's Take

So the LABR commander-in-chief ranked the available pitchers Asher, Morgan, Urena and I agree with him. Asher actually has a nice double-dip, facing the Pirates and Marlins in a couple of home affairs. The Bucs have been on an extended skid, especially against righty pitching while the Marlins are also fading, mostly because of an injury-depleted pitching staff but they also obviously miss Giancarlo Stanton.

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Jose De Leon, LAD Razzball 3
Albert Suarez, SF MLB.com 1


Drew Hutchison, PIT Razzball 2
Dillon Gee, KC MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Love it - another reinforcement of how we all see players differently. Two guys wanted a starting pitcher for the week. Both listed just two with no duplicates. Razzball had no interest in Suarez or Gee while Fred Zinkie wanted nothing to do with De Leon or Suarez.

Hutchison isn't scheduled for a start this week but the Bucs have a double-header on Saturday so he may sneak in. The other three all have a pair of outing on the ledger.

I side with Fred's ranking. Suarez has a pair at home (I like him a little more than Asher above) as does Gee but I'll take the pair in the NL, especially AT&T. De Leon is on the road for his double-dup, first in Yankee Stadium, the in the desert - both hitter's venues.

Todd's Take

The Mastersball entry in Mixed LABR is again enjoying a 20+ point lead, sitting at 121.5 with Fred (mlb.com) and Ray Murphy (Baseball HQ) tied at 101. These are two of the most accomplished fantasy players out there so there's no letting up now.

I didn't make any pickups this week but the reserve got a little stronger as Aledmys Diaz and David Phelps were activated from the disabled list.

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