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.
|Jordan Montgomery, NYY||Baseball Prospectus 9||Fangraphs 6||Baseball HQ 5||ESPN.com 2|
|Chris Coghlan, TOR||Colton & The Wolfman 7||Baseball HQ 3||ESPN.com 1|
|Tony Barnette, TEX||Colton & The Wolfman 6||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Andrew Romine, DET||Mastersball 5||USA TODAY Sports 4||Baseball HQ 2|
|Christian Vazquez, BOS||Rotowire 5||SiriusXM 1|
|Dylan Covey, CWS||Baseball HQ 4|
|Brad Peacock, HOU||Rotowire 4|
|Jaff Decker, OAK||Baseball HQ 2|
|Craig Gentry, BAL||Baseball HQ 2|
|Omar Narvaez, CWS||SiriusXM 2|
|Jose Leclerc, TEX||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||Fangraphs 1||SiriusXM 1|
|Zach Putnam, CWS||SiriusXM 1|
|Joakim Soria, KC||Fangraphs 1|
|Adam Warren, NYY||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||SiriusXM 1|
|Alec Asher, BAL||Baseball HQ 2|
|Ryan Goins, TOR||Baseball HQ 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Mastersball 1|
|Leury Garcia, CWS||Baseball HQ 1|
|Cliff Pennington, LAA||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Yolmer Carlos Sanchez, CWS||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Joe Jimenez, DET||Fangraphs 1|
|Matt Belisle, MIN||Fangraphs 1|
|Blake Parker, LAA||SiriusXM 1|
|Caleb Joseph, BAL||SiriusXM 1|
|Chris Gimenez, MIN||SiriusXM 1|
|Danny Farquhar, TB||SiriusXM 1|
|Drew Butera, KC||SiriusXM 1|
|Jesus Sucre, TB||SiriusXM 1|
|Joe Smith, TOR||SiriusXM 1|
|Justin Haley, MIN||SiriusXM 1|
|Nick Vincent, SEA||SiriusXM 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
We enter Week 3 following a full cycle of FAAB and play, meaning the fantasy baseball season is slipping into its routine of normalcy.
That means a bevy of early season bids, so let's see what fell out of the FAAB strategy pool for this time.
Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery caught eyes and bids, leading the pack with a $9 bid to Mike Gianella, besting three others, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton bested a pair of bids bagging Chris Coghlan for $3. Colton & The Wolfman acquired Tony Barnette for $6, giving the pair the highest pair of FAAB pickups this week.
With Rob Refsnyder sent down, Michael Bourn waiting to be signed, and Colby Rasmus injured, I was looking for corner help so Andrew Romine ($5) became mine, though three more owners were interested in the Tiger third sacker. Back-up Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, coming off a hot Sunday (three hits) also fetched five bucks for Clay Link, while Dave Adler of BBHQ grabbed Dylan Covey ($4).
However, the player I thought would grab the most attention--potential Rangers closer Jose LeClerc--managed just a successful $2 bid for Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs to roster the potential saves. That FAAB play could turn out to be one of the best moves of the season.
With the caveat you never know when it comes to saves, I'm not as optimistic as my site partner with respect to LeClerc's proximity to closing, even with San Dyson spitting the bit again Sunday, though some of that wasn't his fault. Keep in mind, the save LeClerc garnered last week wasn't intended to be that way. He came in during the eighth with a three-run lead, then his mates tacked on a couple more, so he stayed in the game to record a five-out save. However, it does say something he was summoned to face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, so... you never know. Not to mention, LeClerc is roster-worthy in AL only, even if Matt Bush and Jeremy Jeffress turn out to be higher in the pecking order.
|Chris Marrero, SF||Lenny Melnick 11||Mastersball 7||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Brock Stassi, PHI||Mastersball 2|
|Jarred Cosart, SD||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Matt Cain, SF||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Pedro Baez, LAD||Mastersball 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Chris Heisey, WSH||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Ross Stripling, LAD||Mastersball 1|
|Chris Iannetta, ARI||RotoWire - DVR 1||Lenny Melnick 3|
|Dustin McGowan, MIA||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Chris Hatcher, LAD||Mastersball 1|
|Fernando Salas, NYM||Mastersball 1|
|Jose Torres, SD||Mastersball 1|
|Luis Avilan, LAD||Mastersball 1|
|Matt Bowman, STL||Mastersball 1|
|Patrick Kivlehan, CIN||Mastersball 1|
|Tyler Moore, MIA||Mastersball 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Having lost San Francisco’s Jarrett Parker from my outfield, I figured I would go a dollar more for Chris Marrero than the top winning bids for hitters previously. As it turned out, my $7 was only second-best to Lenny Melnick’s $11. In an interesting Giants outfield comparison with Tout Wars, Melnick went in heavy this week on Melvin Upton, who is still in the minors, and therefore, ineligible in LABR.
My second choice was Philadelphia’s Brock Stassi. The first baseman may also soon become outfield eligible, and that potential was good enough for me to offer $1 over the minimum. No one else was interested.
Among the seven $1 winning offers was a blast from the past. Colton and the Wolfman picked up a former three-time all-star who has fallen on hard times, Matt Cain. In his two starts this year, the right-hander has logged a win, but with an ERA just under 5.00 and a 1.82 WHIP.
When I first put the NL table together, I was miffed I missed bidding on Marrero, seeing as I own Parker. Then my brain uncramped, remembering this is NL LABR, not Tout Wars. For what it's worth, I did check for Marrero in Tout Wars, but none other than Mr. Walton picked him up last week, a prescient move considering not only did Parker hit the DL, Marrero will enjoy some Coors Field at bats later this week.
|Derek Holland, CWS||Mastersball 17|
|Chase Anderson, MIL||Mastersball 17|
|Jeremy Jeffress, TEX||Mastersball 13||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2||Scout Fantasy 1|
|J.J. Hardy, BAL||ESPN.com 7|
|Dan Straily, MIA||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5|
|Trey Mancini, BAL||Scout Fantasy 5||Yahoo Sports 4|
|Miguel Rojas, MIA||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 4|
|Jesse Chavez, LAA||Baseball Prospectus 3|
|Jed Lowrie, OAK||Mastersball 3|
|David Freese, PIT||USA TODAY Sports 3||Mastersball 1||MLB.com 1|
|Jesse Hahn, OAK||Scout Fantasy 2||Baseball HQ 1|
|Antonio Senzatela, COL||Rotowire 1||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Mike Fiers, HOU||Baseball HQ 1||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Chris Young, BOS||Baseball HQ 1|
|Yandy Diaz, CLE||Mastersball 1|
|Manny Pina, MIL||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Trevor Cahill, SD||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tyler Chatwood, COL||RotoExperts/ FNTSY 4|
|Matt Davidson, CWS||USA TODAY Sports 3||Mastersball 1||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Brad Ziegler, MIA||Mastersball 3|
|Chad Kuhl, PIT||Mastersball 3|
|Jason Grilli, TOR||Mastersball 3|
|Jose Leclerc, TEX||Mastersball 3|
|Jhoulys Chacin, SD||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2|
|Jordan Montgomery, NYY||Scout Fantasy 2|
|Martin Perez, TEX||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Aaron Hicks, NYY||Baseball HQ 1||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Adam Rosales, OAK||Mastersball 1|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Norichika Aoki, HOU||Baseball HQ 1|
|Phil Hughes, MIN||Baseball HQ 1|
|Raul Mondesi, KC||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Ryan Doolittle, OAK||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Taylor Motter, SEA||Scout Fantasy 1|
|Trevor Plouffe, OAK||Mastersball 1|
|Wade Miley, BAL||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Oy vey, what can I say? I didn't overbid, everyone else underbid. I'll explain the process in my take below. The bottom line is my team is decimated with injuries, with Josh Donaldson, Marcus Semien, J.D Martinez, Brandon Finnegan and Zack Britton all populating my DL. I not only needed to fill in those holes with Jed Lowrie and Yandy Diaz, I saw an opportunity to fortify my rotation, and if I'm right, build up some equity to deal. To be honest, it wasn't the amount I bid that bugged me, it was despite tries on other starting pitchers, Holland and Anderson went unopposed.
Holland struggled with injuries, and performance, the past couple of seasons. However, there's signs he's returned to form as his velocity is up while he's mixing in more breaking balls and off-speed stuff. It's one thing to table the back-to-health narrative, it's another to support it with an uptick in velo and an increased pitch arsenal.
Anderson has been quietly effective for over half a season, going back to last year. Granted, some of these were rather short outings, but Anderson hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since last June. Both Anderson and Holland have a pair of starts on the docket, another reason why I'm surprised I flew solo trying to grab them this week.
As alluded to above, the Rangers bullpen is a mess, hence my pick-up of Jeffress. He may not close this week, or ever, but with the addition of a couple double dippers, I can afford to use him, as the rules require, this week.
OK, why $17? Last week, Kendall Graveman drew seven bids, with $12 getting the job done. I don't see a whole lot different between Graveman and Holland. They profile similarly in that they're both throwing harder, but didn't excel last season so there's risk. I wanted both Holland and Anderson so I bid what I felt would cover the challengers also using last week as a model. Was this a mistake? Maybe, but more often than not, framing bids in this manner is more beneficial than detrimental. I'm playing with the short FAAB stack, but hopefully have built up a solid reserve, especially when my walking wounded return.