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.
|JBerrios, Min||Mike Podhorzer 150||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 18||Chris Liss 0|
|TMancini, Bal||Ron Shandler 13|
|RDetwiler, Oak||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 18||Chris Liss 0|
|BFarmer, Det||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|CAnderson, Cle||Mike Podhorzer 150|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
With just a week to go, Mike Podhozer--who is not in contention--dropped $150 FAAB clams on Jose Berrios, showing there is indeed pride involved in playing in a public league where we all want to finish as high in the standings as we can.
In fact, the remaining three move a pair could have race impact as Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton. added Ross Detwiler ($18) and Buck Farmer ($1), hoping to creep up from their fourth place slot, though the team is down 15 points to first placer Seth Trachtman.
Another reason Podhorzer is keeping active is an attempt to get above the points threshold necessary to avoid FAAB penalty. In the 12-team Tout Wars leagues, that's 60 points - exactly half the maximum. Mike is sitting at 56.5 so it makes sense to fight for the extra points so he'll begin 2017 with the full allotment of FAAB.
|JCollmenter, Atl||Tristan H. Cockcroft 15||Brian Walton 8||Scott Wilderman 5||Mike Gianella 3|
|Phil Hertz 0|
|PClemens, SD||Tristan H. Cockcroft 15||Mike Gianella 3||Scott Wilderman 1|
|GMarquez, Col||Scott Wilderman 12||Tristan H. Cockcroft 15||Brian Walton 8||Phil Hertz 0|
|ARosales, SD||Scott Wilderman 11||Brian Walton 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|RWeber, Atl||Scott Wilderman 9||Phil Hertz 0|
|MMariot, Phi||Brian Walton 8|
|RVogelsong, Pit||Scott Wilderman 6|
|GYnoa, NYM||Mike Gianella 3|
|SDrew, Was||Brian Walton 1||Scott Wilderman 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|DRuf, Phi||Todd Zola 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|ZGodley, Ari||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|CAsche, Phi||Phil Hertz 0|
|FSalas, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|HRobles, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|CAsuaje, SD||Scott Wilderman 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|WDifo, Was||Brian Walton 1||Phil Hertz 0|
|EAdrianza, SF||Scott Wilderman 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|WSmith, SF||Phil Hertz 0|
|TLaStella, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|PCorbin, Ari||Phil Hertz 0|
|PBaez, LAD||Phil Hertz 0|
|MFoltynewicz, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
|JBlevins, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|ERamos, Phi||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With money to spend and some good pitching options, the National League Tout warriors dropped their final balances. In third place, but probably too far back to win, Scott Wilderman is not giving up. The head of onRoto added three pitchers and utiltyman Adam Rosales for a total of $42. Wilderman’s top pick-up is German Marquez of Colorado. After a good outing against the Cardinals, the 21-year-old right-hander should face the reeling Giants during the final week.
Defending champion Tristan H. Cockcroft is one spot out of last place, but is fighting to the end. The ESPN writer picked up a pair of reborn, relocated starters for $15 each in Josh Collmenter of Atlanta and Paul Clemens with San Diego.
With Todd Zola holding a narrow edge over NL LABR leader Derek Carty, Lord Z added Darin Ruf on a $0 bid while Carty stood pat. Every at-bat cold could count in the final week.
OK, so here's where we stand. There's a point in play in runs and two in OBP but the concern is I'm vulnerable to lose points so as Brian suggests, every at bats matters. It doesn't look like A.J. Pollock will be back and now I'm dealing with the day-to-day glute issue for Daniel Murphy, after having lost Neil Walker earlier.
I really have no choice but to leave Murphy active. I could use Chris Coghlan or Gordon Beckham so there are options.
Ruf will likely replace Matt Joyce on the hunch Ruf sees a decent number of at bats this week.
Derek has a point in runs, half a point in steals and a bunch of points in strikeouts with the latter being the key. He's punting saves and has a huge cushion in ERA and WHIP so I expect my colleague to maximize innings.
It's going to be a long week...
|TRivera, NYM||Al Melchior 38||Ray Flowers 2|
|WPeralta, Mil||Al Melchior 35|
|MMargot, SD||Al Melchior 32||Ray Flowers 2||Fred Zinkie 1|
|RQuinn, Phi||Al Melchior 31||Zach Steinhorn 16||Ray Flowers 2||Fred Zinkie 1|
|JCollmenter, Atl||Al Melchior 19||Cory Schwartz 0|
|SDrew, Was||Scott Swanay 16|
|HKim, Bal||Scott Swanay 4|
|RNolasco, LAA||Ray Flowers 2||Cory Schwartz 0|
|JHardy, Bal||Ray Flowers 2|
|AHedges, SD||Cory Schwartz 1|
|MBush, Tex||Cory Schwartz 0|
|POrlando, KC||Fred Zinkie 1|
|AEscobar, KC||Fred Zinkie 0||Fred Zinkie 1|
|JWendle, Oak||Fred Zinkie 0|
|MClevinger, Cle||Fred Zinkie 1|
|GMarquez, Col||Al Melchior 19|
|TAdleman, Cin||Ray Flowers 2|
|JIglesias, Det||Fred Zinkie 1|
|LGarcia, CWS||Fred Zinkie 1|
|ROrtega, LAA||Fred Zinkie 1|
|YPerez, Mia||Fred Zinkie 1|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Fred Zinkie 0|
|LGregerson, Hou||Cory Schwartz 0|
|NJones, CWS||Cory Schwartz 0|
|RIglesias, Cin||Cory Schwartz 0|
|WHarris, Hou||Cory Schwartz 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Al Melchior clearly didn't want to be idle during the final FAAB run of the 2016 season, making the five most expensive purchases. The group is headlined by T.J. Rivera, who is batting .429 with two homers and eight RBI over his last ten games. Melchior also grabbed my top target, Roman Quinn, whose elite speed gives him instant fantasy appeal.
With the stolen base race still very tight heading into the final week, I was hoping to upgrade my speed. But ultimately, I decided that Quinn was the only high-impact guy worthy of a starting spot on my roster, factoring in the players I would need to bench and the similarly close races in some of the other hitting categories. Steals are so hard to predict when dealing with a one-week timeframe. So in the end, in my quest for a Tout Wars title, I'll go with the guys who have helped me get to this point.
This one's coming down to steals and whiffs. As Zach hints, there's points to be had in the category and on paper, he has the arsenal to get it done, the operative phrase being on paper. Jose Altuve and Travis Jankowski are two key speed contributors. Altuve has barely run since the break while Jankowski is losing playing time to Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot. On the other hand, when he does play, Jankowski will likely run - because that's what he does. Trea Turner has also helped Zach with 24 pilfers but may not run much in fear of an injury heading into the playoffs. A couple of stealth candidates to run are Todd Frazier and Justin Upton, Frazier has nine, Upton has eight. Both would love to land on ten.
Strikeouts is a mano-a-mano battle with Fred Zinkie. It may turn out the winner of the league finishes ahead of the other in whiffs. Fred has a one point lead and is seven punch outs in front of Zach. There's not much, if any collateral damage than can be incurred so expect both to maximize innings for that all-important swing point in strikeouts.
|HRenfroe, SD||Ray Murphy 158||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|SRomo, SF||Rudy Gamble 111||Perry Van Hook 2|
|FGalvis, Phi||Rudy Gamble 24|
|RQuinn, Phi||Charlie Wiegert 22|
|RIglesias, Cin||Rudy Gamble 19||Rudy Gamble 111|
|RNolasco, LAA||Adam Ronis 9|
|SSmith, Sea||Rudy Gamble 6|
|MConforto, NYM||Charlie Wiegert 5||Perry Van Hook 2|
|BFarmer, Det||Craig Mish 2|
|CKuhl, Pit||Perry Van Hook 2||Adam Ronis 9|
|MCabrera, Atl||Perry Van Hook 2|
|AFrazier, Pit||Perry Van Hook 2|
|AMiranda, Sea||Perry Van Hook 1|
|AHicks, NYY||Perry Van Hook 0||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|BButler, NYY||Perry Van Hook 0|
|OArcia, Mil||Rudy Gamble 16|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|RGrossman, Min||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|ROrtega, LAA||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|KBroxton, Mil||Rudy Gamble 6|
|MSaunders, Tor||Rudy Gamble 6|
|KGraveman, Oak||Perry Van Hook 2|
|TMancini, Bal||Perry Van Hook 2|
|YEscobar, LAA||Perry Van Hook 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Bidding in the last FAAB period is alot like the session following the trade deadline. Go all-in on the better players or try to spread the wealth and fill multiple holes?
Of course in Tout Wars, $0 bids allow you to fill all your spots even with a max-bid acquisition. You just need to make the effort.
With a very tight three team race for the Mixed Draft League title and several teams trying to get past the 75 point threshold (for no FAAB penalty next year), I thought more teams would be bidding.
The top two teams, Adam Ronis at 106.5 and Rudy Gamble with 106 were active while Tom Kessenich, in third at 104.5 held steady.
Gamble won new Giants closer Sergio Romo for $111 along with Freddy Galvis for $24, Seth Smith for $6 and Raisel Iglesias for $19.
Ronis made just one bid group trying to add a starting pitcher for his last $9, bidding all on Ricky Nolasco and Chad Kuhl, winning Nolasco.
The high bid overall was Ray Murphy $158 to secure Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe for the last week of the season.
I had $7 left with several holes to fill and spots to upgrade so I made six bid groups: three for $2, one for $1 and two for $0, securing six different players. The catch included Kuhl for $2, Mauricio Cabrera for $2 (second in that group under Romo), Adam Frazier for $2, Ariel Miranda for a buck and then Yankees Aaron Hicks and Billy Butler for $0.
After picking up several points last week to reach 70, I need five more while watching the battle between Ronis, Gamble and Kessenich with both interest and envy.
Adam has the top offense in the league, running the table in everything but steals where he's mid pack. If he's going to win, Adam will do it with a late pitching push, especially in wins. Rudy's squad is more balanced but isn't in a bunch of tight categorical races expect in the ratios - another example of why not to ignore those categories. This is also coming down to the wire.
|TFlowers, Atl||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|RGrossman, Min||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|RQuinn, Phi||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|TRivera, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|AReyes, StL||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|BSnell, TB||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|BColon, NYM||Jake Ciely 0|
|MMargot, SD||Jeff Zimmerman 0|
|JPeraza, Cin||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|CHernandez, Phi||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|HIwakuma, Sea||Jake Ciely 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
The usual crew bid this week. No one contested anyone else's choice.
I'm looking to increase OBP and hit some kind of crazy homer in WQS, in pursuit of second place. So, lots of swaps which are mostly likely to make not enough of a difference, if any.
Good luck to everyone this final week, one darkened and lightened too by thoughts and memories of Jose Fernandez.
Well, other than going back to correct the mistakes and typos I'll inevitably find, this wraps up another year. On behalf of the Mastersball staff and the Tout Wars LLC, we appreciate your patronage and hope to see you back next April.