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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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Billy Butler, NYY ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Joe Kelly, BOS ESPN.com 1  
Billy Burns, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  


Erick Aybar, DET ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Rafael Ortega, LAA ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Alexei Ramirez, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Bruce Rondon, DET ESPN.com 1  
Zach McAllister, CLE ESPN.com 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The last cycle of AL LABR FAAB saw two teams both looking to take the title, making a total of three moves.

With 94 points, Tristan Cockcroft bagged both Billy Butler and Joe Kelly for a buck each, trying to protect the four point lead he has over Steve Gardner.

Gardner made no moves, but third place Larry Schechter, seven behind the leader, added a second ex-Athletic of the week with the "B,B," initials rostering Billy Burns, also for a buck.

Todd's Take

There's enough points in play for any of the leaders to come out on top though Tristan is clearly in the driver's seat. He's most vulnerable in steals but so long as Rajai Davis plays, he should be fine.

In an effort to catch Tristan in steals, Larry added Billy Burns to tack onto his speed arsenal which also includes Terrance Gore, Jose and Brian Dozier. Dozier is interesting as he sits at 16. If he were to grab a bag or two early in the week, there a good chance he'd try for the 20 plateau.

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Hector Neris, PHI Baseball HQ 8  
Will Smith, SF Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Grant Dayton, LAD Baseball HQ 1  
Hunter Renfroe, SD Mastersball 1  
German Marquez, COL Mastersball 1  


Patrick Corbin, ARI Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Jerry Blevins, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Kevin Quackenbush, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Pedro Baez, LAD Baseball HQ 1  
Adam Frazier, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Raimel Tapia, COL Baseball HQ 1  
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Baseball HQ 1  
John Jaso, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Michael Taylor, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
Adam Rosales, SD Mastersball 1  
Josh Collmenter, ATL Mastersball 1  
Michael Mariot, PHI Mastersball 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Derek Carty, on his way to a decisive win, stood pat, but second-place owner Doug Dennis added Hector Neris for $8, apparently next in line to try to hold the hot potato also known as Philadelphia’s closer’s job. The BaseballHQ staffer also picked up Will Smith from another struggling bullpen in San Francisco as well as Grant Dayton of the Dodgers for $1.

I was the only NL LABR other owner bidding in the final period, spending my final $2 on a pair of interesting prospects. My new players are outfielder Hunter Renfroe, finally called up to the Padres after helping his club take the Pacific Coast League title, and 21-year-old right-hander German Marquez of Colorado. Too bad I can’t keep them for next season.

Todd's Take

Back in the spring, the primary observation of the NL LABR auction was Derek's purchase of Clayton Kershaw was a steal, and that's turned out to be prescient. It'll be really interesting to see what Kershaw sells for next spring, especially since health and durability can no longer be considered locks.

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Ricky Nolasco, LAA Razzball 1 MLB.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Ariel Miranda, SEA @TheFantasyFix 1 MLB.com 1  
Clay Buchholz, BOS Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1  
Robert Gsellman, NYM Baseball Prospectus 1 Razzball 1  
Roman Quinn, PHI MLB.com 1    
Whit Merrifield, KC MLB.com 1    
Avisail Garcia, CWS Razzball 1    
Andrew Bailey, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1    


Terrance Gore, KC MLB.com 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI MLB.com 1
Andrelton Simmons, LAA MLB.com 1
Daniel Norris, DET Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

A bidding war over Ricky Nolasco? For the past month, the journeyman has boasted an impressive 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. The whiffs are pedestrian and he's currently slated for one start versus the A's so his suitors must be looking for a last second push in ratios.

Todd's Take

OK, let's get to it. After enjoying a 20-plus lead for most of the week, a couple of weekend pitching disasters have dropped the Mastersball margin to 15.5 points over the relentless Fred Zinkie of mlb.com. There's plenty of points in play to have this get really close.


Mastersball - locked
mlb.com - locked
Baseball HQ - can gain or lose one point


Mastersball - tied with 3 teams at 282, trailed by 281, 279, 278, and 277.
MLB.com - can lose one points
Baseball HQ - locked

Homers are one of the key categories in play. I can gain two points or lose five.


Mastersball - locked
MLB.com - locked
Baseball HQ - can gain one point


Mastersball - can gain two or lose one but long shot for either
MLB.com - can gain two or lose one (at 138, trailing 139 and 141).
Baseball HQ - can lose two points

This will be a key category since the two points Fred can gain are quite reachable.


Mastersball - locked
MLB.com - can gain or lose one point
Baseball HQ - can gain one point or lose two


Mastersball - at 95, followed by 94 (Baseball HQ), 91 (MLB.com) and 90
MLB.com - can gain two points
Baseball HQ - can gain one point


Mastersball - can gain one point
MLB.com - locked in last place
Baseball HQ - probably locked, maybe gain or lose one point


Mastersball - can lose on point
MLB.com - can maybe gain one or lose two
Baseball HQ - can lose one


Mastersball - Have 69, in a bunch with 70, 69, 69, 68, 66 so points in play either way
MLB.com - locked
Baseball HQ - can gain or lose .5 points

This is the other key category


Mastersball - can gain or lose one
MLB.com - can lose one point
Baseball HQ - can gain one point or lose two

It's going to be a long week....

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