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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.

jordan montgomery



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.

Todd's Take

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



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.

Todd's Take

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



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.

Todd's Take

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.

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