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.
|JWendle, Oak||Larry Schechter 127||Ron Shandler 51||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|JCotton, Oak||Ron Shandler 75||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11||Steve Moyer 7||Chris Liss 0|
|TDuffey, Min||Ron Shandler 31|
|GHeredia, Sea||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21||Larry Schechter 54|
|BMitchell, NYY||Ron Shandler 18||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11||Chris Liss 0|
|ABailey, LAA||Steve Moyer 7||Chris Liss 0|
|ARamirez, TB||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1||Larry Schechter 45|
|JMurphy, Min||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|JVargas, KC||Chris Liss 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
As we go to the wire, the jockeying among the top teams in AL Tout did continue with Larry Schechter (presently in third) gambling $127 on Athletics infielder Joey Wendle while fourth placer Chris Liss is looking to Jason Vargas for whiffs or wins or some kind of points assistance.
Elsewhere, Ron Shandler also looked towards youngsters, starting in Oakland with Jharel Cotton ($75), and Minnesota and Tyler Duffey ($31) hoping like Liss to boost some mound support. Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton made a troika of moves grabbing Gil Heredia ($21), and Aramis Ramirez and JR Murphy, each for a buck.
Rounding out the moves Steve Moyer went for Andrew Bailey for $7 leaving some money for who knows whom over the final weeks of play.
In part because Chad Pinder didn't do much with his opportunity but mostly because this is what happens in September, the A's are looking at Wendle, whose claim to fame is being traded for Brandon Moss when the A's rolled Moss to the Tribe. Wendle has double digit power and speed and makes decent contact but displays limited patience. He looks like a guy that will hit .240-.260 which isn't bad there just not much of a ceiling. He's in line for at minimum platoon at bats at second base which can ge useful, even with just three miles left in this marathon of a season.
|JJay, SD||Brian Walton 57||Todd Zola 13||Scott Wilderman 8||Phil Hertz 0|
|JEsch, Mia||Mike Gianella 55|
|RQuinn, Phi||Ray Guilfoyle 30|
|EJackson, SD||Steve Gardner 18|
|KJensen, Ari||Todd Zola 17|
|POBrien, Ari||Todd Zola 17||Phil Hertz 1|
|AAsher, Phi||Scott Wilderman 12||Brian Walton 7|
|JAlfaro, Phi||Ray Guilfoyle 10|
|JNathan, SF||Tristan H. Cockcroft 3|
|ASuarez, SF||Phil Hertz 3||Mike Gianella 55||Scott Wilderman 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|CFriedrich, SD||Scott Wilderman 1|
|ABlanco, Phi||Phil Hertz 1|
|FSalas, NYM||Phil Hertz 1|
|AAlmora, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|AHanson, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
|GDayton, LAD||Phil Hertz 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|JChavez, LAD||Phil Hertz 0|
|TLaStella, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Heading toward first-time free agency, San Diego outfielder Jon Jay is out to prove his health and pick up where he left off before suffering a forearm fracture in June. While playing time could be a challenge during the final weeks of the season, the 31-year-old led all NL Tout free agents in at-bats this past week. I bid $57 when $9 would have done the trick.
In his first two Major League starts totaling 9 1/3 innings, Miami starter Jake Esch has allowed five runs on 10 hits and five walks with eight strikeouts. That led to a $55 winning offer from Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella.
Three Phillies call up candidates were selected – outfielder Roman Quinn and catcher Jorge Alfaro (to Ray Guilfoyle $30 and $10, respectively), pitcher Alec Asher, who is already up (Scott Wilderman $12).
Todd Zola, in a fight for the title, grabbed a pair of Arizona outfielders for $17 each in Peter O’Brien and Kyle Jensen.
As good as the karma has been for my Mixed LABR squad, it's been that bad in NL Tout Wars. Yeah, I know - every team gets injuries but not every team has a vehicle to vent about it...so there!
After just finishing cleaning up after A.J. Pollock's welcome back party, it looks like he'll miss the bulk of the remaining 21 days, perhaps returning for the final seven. This came on the heels of losing Neil Walker for the season which doubly stung since he was not placed on the DL so I'm unable to recoup some helpful FAAB units. I'm already down three pitchers with the Fish trio of Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen and David Phelps (recently activated) sidelined.
But there's no crying in fantasy baseball, though like Big Papi, sometimes my eyes get sweaty. Jensen and O'Brien are both right-handed hitters I hope play more than Matt Joyce and Gordon Beckham this week and with the Snakes slated to face three southpaws, there's a good chance they do just that. There's a point in steals in play which I'm hoping Jose Peraza can capture.
|JKang, Pit||Cory Schwartz 94||Tim Heaney 60||Scott Engel 12||Scott Swanay 10|
|DSwanson, Atl||Tim Heaney 60||Ray Flowers 11||Scott Swanay 10||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JCotton, Oak||Zach Steinhorn 16||Ray Flowers 11||Scott Engel 5|
|JUrena, Mia||Ray Flowers 11|
|TSaladino, CWS||Ray Flowers 11||Fred Zinkie 0|
|ABailey, LAA||Scott Swanay 10|
|CBYoung, Bos||Scott Engel 9|
|TAustin, NYY||Scott Engel 6|
|WMerrifield, KC||Scott Engel 4||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DNorris, SD||Cory Schwartz 4||Scott Swanay 0|
|CMaybin, Det||Fred Zinkie 4||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CRichard, SD||Scott Engel 4|
|ASuarez, SF||Fred Zinkie 2|
|DGee, KC||Cory Schwartz 2||Ray Flowers 11||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CBettis, Col||Craig Mish 17|
|RGsellman, NYM||Zach Steinhorn 16|
|DLee, Sea||Tim Heaney 16|
|RNolasco, LAA||Ray Flowers 11||Fred Zinkie 0|
|HStrickland, SF||Scott Swanay 10|
|CGearrin, SF||Scott Swanay 10|
|MGonzalez, CWS||Cory Schwartz 2||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CDevenski, Hou||Cory Schwartz 2|
|LCessa, NYY||Craig Mish 1|
|POrlando, KC||Fred Zinkie 0|
|NJones, CWS||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JMercer, Pit||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DFreese, Pit||Fred Zinkie 0|
|CEdwards, ChC||Fred Zinkie 0|
|BGuyer, Cle||Fred Zinkie 0|
|ASimmons, LAA||Fred Zinkie 0|
|AEscobar, KC||Fred Zinkie 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Since returning from the DL last week, Jung Ho Kang is batting .522 (12-for-23) with four homers and ten RBI. Fortunately for Cory Schwartz, Kang was there for the taking after being released a couple weeks ago in exchange for a FAAB redemption. Kang has proven to be a strong OBP asset since making his big league debut last year (.353 career OBP), but even more notable is his power spike. After hitting 15 home runs in 421 at-bats in 2015, Kang has launched 18 homers in just 258 at-bats this season. He's clearly worth owning in all mixed leagues and was well worth the $94 investment.
Former top overall pick Dansby Swanson is receiving everyday playing time for the rebuilding Braves. Through 20 games, he has not disappointed, batting .306 with two homers (one of the inside-the-park variety), eight RBI, ten runs scored, one steal and a .354 OBP. Currently with 68 rotisserie points (75 points is the minimum needed for no FAAB penalty for next year), Tim Heaney is hoping that this stat sheet stuffer can help him close out the season on a positive note.
With a comfortable ERA and WHIP cushion, I can afford to take some chances with high risk/high reward starting pitchers as long as they offer strikeout upside. Jharel Cotton fits the bill. Cotton's high home run rate in the Minors this season is a concern, but the 10.3 K/9 is pretty good. The 24-year-old pitched well in his big league debut, limiting the Angels to one run across 6 1/3 innings, and is in line to make two starts this week, though his second matchup, on the road against the Rangers, is a scary one. Still, finishing atop the strikeouts standings will greatly increase my chances of finishing atop the overall standings, so this move makes a lot of sense.
What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, Swanson was slashing .236/.283/.273. Fast forward a week and we have the player Zach so eloquently detailed. if you haven't noticed, the Braves as a team have picked it up since the All-Star break, ranking mid-pack in terms of runs scored per game.
|CRasmus, Hou||Charlie Wiegert 27|
|JCotton, Oak||Eno Sarris 25||Adam Ronis 23|
|ABailey, LAA||Adam Ronis 22|
|CBettis, Col||Craig Mish 17||Tim McLeod 1|
|HStrickland, SF||Adam Ronis 13||Adam Ronis 8|
|LCessa, NYY||Craig Mish 1|
|TGore, KC||Craig Mish 1|
|CSabathia, NYY||Tim McLeod 1|
|JThompson, Phi||Tim McLeod 1|
|AAsher, Phi||Tim McLeod 1|
|CRichard, SD||Tim McLeod 1|
|UJimenez, Bal||Tim McLeod 1|
|RNolasco, LAA||Tim McLeod 1|
|HSantiago, Min||Tim McLeod 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
With budgets fading, I expected the high bids for the week would be for Jharel Cotton who had a great game in his first major league start for Oakland and has a two start week ahead, and for new Angels' closer Andrew Bailey. Sorry I couldn't afford either one.
Cotton did go for $25 to Eno Sarris, and Bailey went for $22 to Adam Ronis but neither were the high bid as Charlie Wiegert bid $27 for Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus
My starting pitchers had a good week while my sole closer Santiago Casilla struggled, so now just seven points shy of my late season goal (avoiding a FAAB penalty next year) I decided to run them out again and hope my remaining seventeen FAAB units would go further next week.
File this under "different strokes for different folks" but I like the undrafted Asher better than all the acquired pitchers except Cotton. It will be interesting to see how things play out.
|MStroman, Tor||Brent Hershey 100|
|CEdwards, ChC||Brent Hershey 52|
|BBrach, Bal||Brent Hershey 42|
|BBuxton, Min||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|YGurriel, Hou||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JoseDeLeon, LAD||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|INova, Pit||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|AReed, NYM||Brent Hershey 32|
|JGrilli, Tor||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|TMay, Min||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
I'm facing off against Brent Hershey in a very tight battle (he leads me in hitting, 3-2, and I lead him in pitching by the same score) that extends over two weeks, and each of us bought three new players this week. Looking to add at bats and I hope some fresh production, I swapped out the limping Jay Bruce and platooning Jorge Soler for the hot Byron Buxton and Yuliesky Gurriel. Plus subbed in two-start starter this week Jose De Leon for Alex Reyes, who looks good but is seeing limited innings.
Hershey releases Vince Velasquez, Blake Snell and Archie Bradley, replacing them with Marcus Stroman, CJ Edwards, and Brad Brach. He hopes to maintain his K/9 lead, while I stumble in ERA or Ratio.
The two-week H2H format allows us to reset in the middle of the battle, which is a challenging wrinkle.
League leader Jeff Zimmerman made the other acquisition this week. He's going to have to stumble badly for Brent to catch him.
I never really thought about it but extending head to head matchups over two weeks is a really good idea. It eliminates some of the scheduling flukes where your ace gets two starts while your opponent's best arm is on the road in Coors. It also helps even out hitting imbalances. Of course it reduces the number of games you can play...or does it? What if you were able to play a staggered schedule where you're playing two opponents a week, but one is the first week of the battle, the second is the deciding week. It would take some cooperation with the stat service and SWAT along with some extra work for the owners with respect to setting lineups (makes sense they can be different) but it could help mitigate the scheduling luck that turns a few off from the format.