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.
Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.
|JDecker, Oak||Lawr Michaels 75||Steve Moyer 14||Jeff Erickson 5||Wolf/Colton 0|
|JHicks, Det||Jeff Erickson 66||Chris Liss 66||Wolf/Colton 36||Jason Collette 6|
|BPeacock, Hou||Chris Liss 56|
|JRutledge, Bos||Chris Liss 44|
|JBonifacio, KC||Steve Moyer 21||Jeff Erickson 66||Chris Liss 1|
|FMontas, Oak||Rob Leibowitz 16|
|ONarvaez, CWS||Steve Moyer 14|
|KKela, Tex||Steve Moyer 14||Chris Liss 5|
|TDuffey, Min||Larry Schechter 8|
|HHembree, Bos||Rob Leibowitz 7|
|JCRamirez, LAA||Wolf/Colton 6||Mike Podhorzer 3|
|CWhitley, TB||Wolf/Colton 6|
|RWeeks, TB||Jason Collette 6||Chris Liss 1||Wolf/Colton 0|
|RPressly, Min||Larry Schechter 2|
|MClevinger, Cle||Jason Collette 2|
|MMahtook, Det||Seth Trachtman 1||Jeff Erickson 5|
|JAdduci, Det||Wolf/Colton 1|
|SSelsky, Bos||Chris Liss 1|
|MHernandez, Bos||Seth Trachtman 0||Wolf/Colton 1|
|PBourjos, TB||Lawr Michaels 25||Jeff Erickson 1||Chris Liss 1|
|AWilson, Det||Chris Liss 9|
|YPetit, LAA||Rob Leibowitz 3|
|NVincent, Sea||Rob Leibowitz 2|
|ZPutnam, CWS||Rob Leibowitz 2|
|CColon, KC||Jeff Erickson 1||Wolf/Colton 0|
|DRobertson, TB||Jeff Erickson 1|
|MBelisle, Min||Rob Leibowitz 1|
|MOlson, Oak||Chris Liss 1|
|TomHunter, TB||Rob Leibowitz 1|
|ZMcAllister, Cle||Rob Leibowitz 1|
|CGentry, Bal||Wolf/Colton 0|
|JMay, CWS||Wolf/Colton 0|
|SPeterson, TB||Wolf/Colton 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Perhaps part of the fun, not to mention interest, in summarizing the LABR moves and the Tout moves each week is that Tout allows a $1000 a year to blow on free agent pick-ups while LABR reduces the seasonal budget by 90%, giving just 100 clams to try and buy the same commodities.
So, while five bucks was as far as the prices were pushed for LABR moves this past week for the rights to Angels reliever Blake Parker, Parker was snatched up already in Tout by Mike Podhorzer for a buck, leaving Cam Bedrosian owner Chris Liss with a hole and the leading filler gone. Still, Chris went $56 to get Brad Peacock to replace the Camster.
Even with that, the high priced spread this week was Oakland's "new" outfielder, Jaff Decker who has been threatening rosters since he was drafted #1 by the Padres in 2008. I went $75 for Decker, whom I think will get some good playing time, but a week ago, Decker went in LABR for $2 a week ago to BBHQ's Dave Adler.
Elsewhere among the Tout moves, Liss also spent $44 on Josh Rutledge to spell the 10-day DL stint of Miguel Cabrera, but Jeff Erickson was really the big spender going $66 for John Hicks, whom Jeff thinks might also get some at-bats while Miggy recuperates.
On the lower end, meaning the teen dollar range which would be expensive in LABR, Omar Narvaez went to Steve Moyer for $14, who spent a like amount on Keone Kela, and upped the ante to $21 for Jorge Bonifacio, while Rob Leibowitz spent $16 on Athletcs current long-man Frankie Montas.
However, there were a few low-end buys that were interesting speculations. Team Wolf/Colton went after JC Ramirez and Larry Schechter went $8 on Tyler Duffey (who went for $3 in LABR), Seth Trachtman snatched up Mikie Mahtook for just a buck while this week's leader, Jason Collette spent six bucks on his newest hometown fave, Rickie Weeks.
Piggy-backing on Lawr's point between the LABR and Tout Wars budgets, everyone assumes a $5 bid in LABR is equivalent to a $50 bid in Tout Wars. I suppose this is the case, but there's a couple major differences. Using 5 and 50 doesn't work as well as 50 and 500. The big difference is a $50 bid in LABR leaves just 50 $1 bids whereas a $500 bid leaves 500 such acquisitions. Not to mention, Tout Wars allows $0 bids. The National Fantasy Baseball Championship uses the $1000 budget, but no $0 bids (the way it should be, in my not so humble opinion). For me, a $5 LABR bid should equate to more than $50 in Tout Wars and the NFBC.
|EHernandez, LAD||Andy Behrens 91||Steve Gardner 75||Todd Zola 37||Scott Wilderman 32|
|Craig Mish 19||Mike Gianella 14||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|Derek Carty 0|
|SVanSlyke, LAD||Todd Zola 37||Scott Wilderman 12||Steve Gardner 2||Derek Carty 0|
|MCain, SF||Todd Zola 37||Phil Hertz 2|
|ACordoba, SD||Todd Zola 27||Mike Gianella 14||Steve Gardner 8||Scott Wilderman 5|
|Craig Mish 2||Derek Carty 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|ZEflin, Phi||Brian Walton 23||Todd Zola 17||Phil Hertz 7||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|TRivera, NYM||Steve Gardner 18||Andy Behrens 51||Mike Gianella 14||Phil Hertz 0|
|PErvin, Cin||Mike Gianella 14|
|CTaylor, LAD||Scott Wilderman 13||Todd Zola 33||Phil Hertz 0||Derek Carty 0|
|PKivlehan, Cin||Steve Gardner 2|
|AEllis, Mia||Phil Hertz 1|
|RStripling, LAD||Grey Albright 1|
|TAdleman, Cin||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0||Brian Walton 12||Phil Hertz 0|
|JGrimm, ChC||Derek Carty 0|
|NRamirez, SF||Derek Carty 0|
|JWeaver, SD||Phil Hertz 0|
|CHeisey, Was||Derek Carty 0||Steve Gardner 2|
|RRivera, NYM||Derek Carty 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|ERomero, Was||Phil Hertz 0|
|LSardinas, SD||Mike Gianella 14||Scott Wilderman 2|
|CDArnaud, Atl||Steve Gardner 8||Todd Zola 3||Scott Wilderman 1|
|MBowman, StL||Brian Walton 1|
|AAmarista, Col||Phil Hertz 0|
|DLaw, SF||Phil Hertz 0|
|JUrena, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
|MGarza, Mil||Phil Hertz 0|
|PGosselin, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
|KQuackenbush, SD||Derek Carty 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Two home runs and three RBI over 15 at-bats made Kike Hernandez the league’s top target this week. Though five owners made their top offer for the Dodgers utiltyman, only one could be the winner. That is Andy Behrens of Yahoo at $91.
Another Dodger, Scott Van Slyke, has long been a power threat, though his at-bats have been sporadic. While the outfielder is batting just .182 to date, Todd Zola’s $37 bid suggests he sees better results ahead.
Speaking of $37, that was Lord Zola’s number for a blast from the past, Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Though the club is off to a rough opening to the season, it is due to the offense. Cain has quietly put together two strong starts in a row, allowing just two runs in his last 12 innings.
As Brian notes, some slug actually bid on Matt Cain. Oh wait, that was me. Like in Mixed LABR, I'm saddled with replacing Madison Bumgarner. Obviously, I'm not counting on Cain to do that, but with two starts in pitcher-friendly AT&T, I'll take my chances this week.
Injuries to Lucas Duda and Jhonny Peralta left a couple of hitting holes, filled by Scott Van Slyke and Allen Cordoba. Van Slyke starts against some lefties so I'm hoping he gets some action early in the week with the Dodgers drawing Ty Blach and Matt Moore. They conclude the week against three Philly righties, so I'll hope for a couple of pinch-hitting at bats. I discussed Cordoba in the LABR report. In brief, there's a pathway to playing time with Erick Aybar off to a slow start.
|TRosenthal, StL||Scott Pianowski 99||Scott Swanay 2|
|BNorris, LAA||Bret Sayre 73||Scott Pianowski 53||Brent Hershey 51|
|KWong, StL||Bret Sayre 64||Scott Pianowski 59||Tim Heaney 22||Gene McCaffrey 17|
|Scott Swanay 4|
|ASimmons, LAA||Scott Pianowski 55||Fred Zinkie 5||Scott Swanay 3|
|AHicks, NYY||Scott Pianowski 49||Scott Pianowski 39||Scott Swanay 6|
|JBarnes, Mil||Tim Heaney 48||Al Melchior 36|
|KGlover, Was||Scott Swanay 44||Zach Steinhorn 32||Jeff Zimmerman 22||Derek Van Riper 1|
|JCRamirez, LAA||Al Melchior 44|
|JWilson, Det||Jeff Zimmerman 42||Scott Swanay 14|
|TBlach, SF||Fred Zinkie 42||Al Melchior 32|
|ARomine, NYY||Ron Shandler 32||Tim Heaney 4|
|WMiley, Bal||Derek Van Riper 22||Tim Heaney 11|
|LMorrison, TB||Tim Heaney 22||Scott Engel 11||Derek Van Riper 1||Al Melchior 1|
|MPrado, Mia||Al Melchior 21||Tim Heaney 8|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Scott Engel 19||Scott Swanay 2|
|DVogelbach, Sea||Fred Zinkie 18|
|ERamirez, TB||Brent Hershey 17|
|CHerrmann, Ari||Tim Heaney 13|
|ARosario, NYM||Fred Zinkie 5|
|JMercer, Pit||Scott Swanay 3||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|YEscobar, LAA||Derek Van Riper 1|
|JHardy, Bal||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|MBoyd, Det||Scott Swanay 28||Fred Zinkie 3|
|JSmoak, Tor||Bret Sayre 24||Tim Heaney 22||Scott Engel 11|
|AVizcaino, Atl||Jeff Zimmerman 22|
|ARomine, Det||Al Melchior 16|
|KKela, Tex||Scott Swanay 13|
|AGarcia, Atl||Tim Heaney 8||Al Melchior 1|
|GGarcia, StL||Al Melchior 6|
|YGomes, Cle||Tim Heaney 4|
|BPeacock, Hou||Scott Pianowski 3|
|ARosales, Oak||Scott Swanay 3|
|SGennett, Cin||Scott Swanay 2||Gene McCaffrey 0|
|EAybar, SD||Scott Swanay 2|
|TKahnle, CWS||Scott Swanay 1|
|BHand, SD||Bret Sayre 1|
|AAvila, Det||Tim Heaney 1|
|AWarren, NYY||Scott Swanay 0|
|HHembree, Bos||Scott Swanay 0|
|NVincent, Sea||Scott Swanay 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
In a relatively quiet FAAB week, at least in terms of total dollars spent, a trio of speculative closers stands out. Trevor Rosenthal, the most expensive purchase for this week at $99, used to be an elite fantasy closer until midway through last season, when things fell apart, largely due to control problems. But he's pitched well so far this year, the most noteworthy stat being his 11-to-0 K/BB ratio across 5 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Seung-Hwan Oh, who was dominant last season as Rosenthal's ninth inning replacement, hasn't been nearly as sharp so far this year, though he has tossed four scoreless innings after allowing runs in four of his first five appearances. Maybe Rosenthal will not return to his old role this year. Or maybe Oh's inconsistency will continue. Either way, it's worth the 99 bucks to take a flier on the former St. Louis stopper.
Cam Bedrosian has been outstanding as the Angels closer so far (6 2/3 scoreless innings, nine strikeouts). But a groin strain has now landed him on the DL, which is good news for Bud Norris, who picked up the save for the Halos on Saturday. However, Blake Parker could figure into the saves mix as well, and Bedrosian's injury might not be too serious, so Norris' fantasy relevance might be short-lived.
Finally, I was about to go two straight weeks without making a FAAB bid until the Nats turned to Koda Glover, not Shawn Kelley, for the save last night. And Glover proceeded to earn his second save in as many days. Perhaps this was simply a situation of Kelley, who has undergone two Tommy John surgeries, needing an additional rest day. Or maybe deep down, Dusty Baker would really prefer to leave Kelley in the eighth inning. So, I figured a token bid of $32 on Glover was in order, though I was not going to be surprised if the winning bid was in the triple-digits. The strange thing is that I almost won Glover, but he instead went to Scott Swanay, who just so happens to be the owner of Shawn Kelley. I guess that's the way it should be.
Granted, it's not especially relevant, or helpful to your game play, but stuff like this fascinates me. There's not much difference between Trevor Rosenthal, Jacob Barnes and Koda Glover. All three are speculative closers, though most would likely peg Glover with the best chance to lead the trio in saves the rest of the campaign. Oddly, no one bidding on Glover bid on Barnes, and vice versa. For Scott P, it was Rosenthal or bust while Scott S preferred Glover to Rosenthal, and won him.
|AAltherr, Phi||Corey Parson 79||Adam Ronis 39||Perry Van Hook 17||Rudy Gamble 14|
|TBlach, SF||Perry Van Hook 56||Corey Parson 4||Greg Ambrosius 2|
|TMotter, Sea||Corey Parson 46||Perry Van Hook 17||Adam Ronis 12||Anthony Perri 7|
|TCahill, SD||Ray Murphy 42||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|WMiley, Bal||Tom Kessenich 36||Scott White 23||Charlie Wiegert 2|
|BNorris, LAA||Greg Ambrosius 27||Adam Ronis 27||Jeff Boggis 26||Corey Parson 2|
|MPina, Mil||Jeff Boggis 26|
|MDavidson, CWS||Perry Van Hook 17||Corey Parson 12|
|DMesoraco, Cin||Scott White 17|
|MGonzalez, Hou||Tim McCullough 15|
|AHicks, NYY||Perry Van Hook 13||Corey Parson 41||Tom Kessenich 11||Corey Parson 6|
|CRichard, SD||Anthony Perri 12|
|YAlonso, Oak||Adam Ronis 12|
|ARosales, Oak||Ray Murphy 10|
|JLowrie, Oak||Tim McCullough 9|
|YEscobar, LAA||Ray Murphy 3||Corey Parson 3|
|JChacin, SD||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|WMerrifield, KC||Perry Van Hook 17|
|DNava, Phi||Perry Van Hook 4|
|RGrossman, Min||Perry Van Hook 4|
|DVogelbach, Sea||Adam Ronis 2|
|EEscobar, Min||Perry Van Hook 2|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Eleven Touts participated in this relatively active week of bidding. There were two prmary sets of targets: emerging bats and starting pitchers.
Starting with the sticks, the high bid was for Phillies fly chaser Aaron Altherr whose hot week spurred Corey Parson to put up $76, hoping for continued playing time. Parson also dropped $46 on Taylor Motter, fresh off his Sunday grand slam. Motter began the season as a fantasy outfielder, picking up shortstop eligibility as he's filling in for the disabled Jean Segura. It will be interesting to see if Motter gets full time at bats in the outfield (or possibly first base) when Segura returns next week.
Next comes starting pitchers, featuring a duo enjoying a double dip. I placed the high bid on Ty Blach of the Giants, spending $56 for his home pair against the Dodgers and Padres while hoping he grabs the job and stays in the rotation beyond the 6-8 weeks that the MadCyclist will be on the DL. Ray Murphy put $42 on Padre starter Trevor Cahill, with Tom Kessenich winning Orioles hurler Wade Miley and his two-start week for $36. Miley has impressed thus far, sporting a 1.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, supported by 24 whiffs in 19 innings.
With Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechevarria back on the left side of the Marlins infield, I need to replace Miguel Rojas, my temporary replacement for the vacationing Josh Dondaldson. Newly acquired Pale Hose 3B/DH Matt Davidson ($17) will be inserted. Also wanting to upgrade at least one of my struggling outfielders, Travis Jankowski was selected to walk the plank and cede his spot to Yankees Aaron Hicks for $13, my third choice behind Altherr and Motter.
Sure, now that I'm off Altherr, he does what I thought he'd do for a couple of years. Odubel has done what I expected Altherr to do, but injuries got in the way. With Howie Kendrick sidelined, it's Altherr's time to shine. At least I have him on my first-place Scoresheet team, hashtag humblebrag.
|MConforto, NYM||Clay Link 124||Dr. Roto 65||Vlad Sedler 59|
|JVargas, KC||Michael Beller 84||Paul Sporer 2|
|JBandy, Mil||Jake Ciely 64|
|TMancini, Bal||Dr. Roto 55||Jake Ciely 37||Andrea LaMont 32|
|KPillar, Tor||Dr. Roto 45|
|MEstrada, Tor||Howard Bender 41||Jake Ciely 6|
|PCorbin, Ari||Kyle Elfrink 35||Vlad Sedler 8|
|BMcCarthy, LAD||Andrea LaMont 33||Vlad Sedler 13|
|RDavis, Oak||Andrea LaMont 32|
|JMontgomery, NYY||Howard Bender 31|
|JReddick, Hou||Kyle Elfrink 25||Dr. Roto 31|
|DPomeranz, Bos||Vlad Sedler 23|
|CKuhl, Pit||Vlad Sedler 18||Howard Bender 21|
|JPanik, SF||Vlad Sedler 16|
|RSchimpf, SD||Michael Beller 14|
|JBarnes, Mil||Clay Link 6|
|TRosenthal, StL||Jake Ciely 6||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|JLeclerc, Tex||Peter Kreutzer 1||Paul Sporer 0|
|TClippard, NYY||Paul Sporer 0||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|WPeralta, Cin||Paul Sporer 0|
|AAltherr, Phi||Dr. Roto 31|
|WMiley, Bal||Andrea LaMont 27|
|JZimmermann, Det||Kyle Elfrink 22|
|WChen, Mia||Kyle Elfrink 21||Vlad Sedler 4|
|KWong, StL||Dr. Roto 15|
|LChisenhall, Cle||Kyle Elfrink 15|
|AToles, LAD||Dr. Roto 12|
|JHellickson, Phi||Howard Bender 11|
|ASenzatela, Col||Howard Bender 7|
|AWainwright, StL||Vlad Sedler 7|
|JHahn, Oak||Vlad Sedler 6|
|BNorris, LAA||Clay Link 5|
|MGonzalez, CWS||Howard Bender 3|
|ZPutnam, CWS||Paul Sporer 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
Even in the 12 team mixed pool there was a decided lack of excitement this week.
Well, Clay Link was righteously excited about Michael Conforto, who might possibly conceivably have a chance at regular playing time. If he keeps hitting the way we all knew he could he will.
But otherwise this week's adds were not an exciting set. But what was a little exciting were the releases.
Dansby Swanson. Luke Gregerson. Nick Markakis. Daniel Norris. Joaquin Benoit. Jaime Garcia. Gio Gonzalez. Alex Wood. Stephen Pearce.
These are not all stars, but all have played at a high quality or have recently come with high expectations. It surprises that there isn't room on a six-man reserve list (plus DL guys) for some of these. But I'm not looking closely.
In a 12 team mixed league, who you roster and how you handle your reserves has to be idiosyncratic. As much potential as those names above have, there are plenty of other marginal players who are performing better right now. Which is why each week we come back to the free agent list to replenish.
I suspect I'll be bidding on some of those names in the future, though probably not next week.
NOTE: Howard Bender and I have renewed our match bet of last year. The winner of this week's H2H matchup between Bender and Rotoman gets to stay at home with pride, while the loser visits a local haunt carrying a sign that the winner is really a winner. We'll revisit the results next week, and look for a picture on Facebook (and elsewhere).
As alluded to last week, you can't tell me the bids here on Conforto and elsewhere on Motter weren't at least partially a result of a strong Sunday performance. Well, you can tell me, but I won't believe you. The lesson is keep that in mind when ruminating on an amount. Not that I won't believe you... recency effect.