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Tuesday 19th Sep 2017

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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.

jorge bonifacio

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBonifacio, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 183 Jeff Erickson 57 Rob Leibowitz 44  
MKopech, CWS Chris Liss 37      
JHoying, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Mike Podhorzer 12    
JPazos, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Larry Schechter 13 Jason Collette 2  
DRobertson, TB Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Larry Schechter 13 Nando DiFino 13
MCastro, Bal Nando DiFino 11      
CGreen, NYY Jason Collette 6      
JPhegley, Oak Jason Collette 2 Seth Trachtman 0    
AMejia, Min Jason Collette 2      
CFrazier, NYY Jeff Erickson 1      
KSmith, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0      
AAlford, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
RTorreyes, NYY Larry Schechter 0      
CGimenez, Min Seth Trachtman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

SCishek, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30  
WGarcia, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19  
SGreene, Det Jason Collette 2  
BWorkman, Bos Jason Collette 1  
BPowell, Sea Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMahtook, Det Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
PBourjos, TB Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMartinez, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Larry Schechter 0
DRobertson, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
DMachado, Det Larry Schechter 0  
EAdrianza, Min Larry Schechter 0  
DButera, KC Jason Collette 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big moves in AL Tout this week started with trades. Steve Moyer is attempting to jump-start his squad by swapping Kyle Seager, Tyler Thornberg and Dan Otero to Chris Liss for Lance McCullers, Miguel Gonzalez, and Josh Rutledge.

Then Larry Schechter and I made the big gamble swap, with Larry sending me Troy Tulowitzki in exchange for current Yankees closer Dellin Betances.

Fantasy Alarm brain trust Rick Wolf and his partner Glenn Colton dug deep, going $183 for the rights to Jorge Bonifacio, then went $30 each on Jared Hoying and Seattle hurler James Pazos, meaning 25% of a budget drop on three players to ideally jump-start the Alarm team.

Chris Liss gambled $37 on White Sox prospect Michael Kopech to earn second most dollars spent while Nando DiFino put $11 on Miguel Castro ($11).

Jason Collette led the circuit with the most moves, acquiring Daniel Robertson ($16), Josh Phegley ($2) Chad Green ($6), and Adalberto Mejia ($2).

Finally, Mike Podhorzer joined a troika of owners making $0 bids, copping White Sox backstop Kevan Smith.

Todd's Take

Bonifacio isn't a top prospect, but he'll likely make a living playing major league baseball for the next decade or so. He doesn't excel at anything, but does nothing poorly. If his contact rate were higher, I'd be more optimistic. The 75 percent range is good enough to stay employed but not enough to be a regular unless it comes with more power and/or speed. That said, in a deep league, at bats are currency and Bonifacio is currently getting semi-regular playing time, on the soft side of a platoon with Brandon Moss along with occasionally spelling the struggling Alex Gordon.

 rio ruiz

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RRuiz, Atl Derek Carty 82 Mike Gianella 34 Steve Gardner 33 Brian Walton 25
    Scott Wilderman 6    
ESogard, Mil Steve Gardner 45 Mike Gianella 36 Craig Mish 11 Brian Walton 2
    Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
RDelgado, Ari Todd Zola 17      
AAmarista, Col Mike Gianella 6 Steve Gardner 37 Brian Walton 3 Craig Mish 1
    Derek Carty 0    
LSims, Atl Brian Walton 3      
JLocke, Mia Craig Mish 1      
DLamet, SD Craig Mish 1      
BEibner, LAD Craig Mish 1 Steve Gardner 0    
CColon, Mia Mike Gianella 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBowman, StL Todd Zola 13  
BStassi, Phi Mike Gianella 6 Steve Gardner 0
BGoodwin, Was Steve Gardner 5 Derek Carty 0
CTorres, Mil Brian Walton 2  
MMorse, SF Steve Gardner 0  
TKelly, Phi Mike Gianella 0  
DSantana, Atl Derek Carty 0  
JLobaton, Was Derek Carty 0  
RFuentes, Ari Derek Carty 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I was prepared to bid $100 for Atlanta infielder Rio Ruiz – until the Braves acquired Matt Adams over the weekend to play first base in Freddie Freeman’s two-month absence. That move essentially makes the rookie the short-term fill-in for third baseman Adonis Garcia - with the latter is on track to return this week. Stashing Ruiz for later in the season would not be a bad move, but I was not willing to spend $82 like Derek Carty did. We will see who read the situation most accurately.

Veteran Eric Sogard is shaking up the shaky middle infield for the surprising first-place Milwaukee Brewers. The veteran has been red-hot, batting .450 for the week with five RBI. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY bid $45 in hopes Sogard can continue to amaze – or at least sustain healthy results.

Randall Delgado is pitcher about whom many fantasy owners once had high hopes. While that did not come to pass, the right-hander has become an effective long man and our Lord Zola dropped $17 to acquire the Arizona hurler.

Fantasy interest in Alexi Amarista was never high as the infielder slogged through five years in San Diego with an aggregate .233 batting average. Now a member of the high-flying Rockies, Amarista is contributing when called upon to the tune of a .347 mark. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was interested enough to drop $6 to see how long the 28-year old can sustain.

Todd's Take

I think it was two weeks ago I mentioned placing a bid on Ruiz, then still in the minors, since I was going to take a zero at the spot had I not acquired my top choice at the time, Pat Valaika. I say top, but mean only since there were no other corner infielders even eligible. I sort of wish I eschewed Valaika and went right to Ruiz, who I think will see some decent playing time, even with Matt Adams in town.

In the name of a smooth segue, at the time Valaika was filling in for the injured Trevor Story. Lately, those duties belong to Amarista, who as Brian suggests, took full advantage. However, in the name of cheesy segues, the story is about to change as the Rockies sophomore shortstop is slated to come off the DL early this week, pushing Amarista into a back-up role.

There's really nothing to read into my acquisition of Delgado other then wanting an option to use when my starters have poor matchups. Losing Madison Bumgarner and Jerad Eickhoff's woes have mitigated the ratio buffer I planned on in March.

 bradley zimmer

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BZimmer, Cle Brent Hershey 187 Ray Flowers 187 Tim Heaney 128 Zach Steinhorn 108
    Fred Zinkie 60 Scott Swanay 48  
MAdams, Atl Gene McCaffrey 177 Derek Van Riper 77 Tim Heaney 58 Fred Zinkie 30
    Scott Swanay 18    
AGonzalez, LAD Tim Heaney 128 Ron Shandler 125 Jeff Zimmerman 67  
LChisenhall, Cle Ron Shandler 126 Scott Pianowski 113 Scott Engel 13 Scott Swanay 1
MJoyce, Oak Ron Shandler 55 Gene McCaffrey 17    
AAvila, Det Al Melchior 50 Brent Hershey 45 Scott Pianowski 37 Fred Zinkie 22
    Ron Shandler 5 Scott Swanay 1  
JChacin, SD Scott Engel 36 Ray Flowers 27    
TBauer, Cle Tim Heaney 32 Jeff Zimmerman 16 Ray Flowers 11  
TGlasnow, Pit Tim Heaney 32 Ron Shandler 27 Ray Flowers 11  
CTaylor, LAD Scott Swanay 28 Ron Shandler 35 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Pianowski 7
KFreeland, Col Ron Shandler 26 Ron Shandler 15    
ASwarzak, CWS Al Melchior 16      
JuGuerra, Mil Fred Zinkie 15 Tim Heaney 16    
YSanchez, CWS Scott Engel 14      
FRivero, Pit Tim Heaney 13 Joe Pisapia 4    
MCanha, Oak Scott Swanay 13 Scott Engel 7    
DPhelps, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 12      
CPinder, Oak Scott Pianowski 11 Scott Swanay 24 Scott Engel 9  
BMiller, TB Tim Heaney 11      
JUrena, Mia Ray Flowers 11 Scott Engel 19    
BPeacock, Hou Scott Pianowski 9      
JSoria, KC Joe Pisapia 8 Fred Zinkie 0    
MFeliz, Hou Joe Pisapia 6 Fred Zinkie 0    
ACordoba, SD Al Melchior 6      
JMauer, Min Derek Van Riper 5      
CRusin, Col Al Melchior 4      
GBlanco, Ari Scott Pianowski 3      
ONarvaez, CWS Ron Shandler 3      
AMeyer, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 1      
DHolmberg, CWS Ron Shandler 1      
RRivera, NYM Fred Zinkie 0 Ron Shandler 1    
ZMcAllister, Cle Fred Zinkie 0 Joe Pisapia 5    
JHoyt, Hou Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAlford, Tor Brent Hershey 121
JRiddle, Mia Gene McCaffrey 17
DEspinosa, LAA Ron Shandler 5
MDavidson, CWS Ron Shandler 5
SCishek, Sea Tim Heaney 3
TZych, Sea Tim Heaney 3
RAMondesi, KC Tim Heaney 2
LWeaver, StL Scott Swanay 2
EHernandez, LAD Scott Swanay 1
KSuzuki, Atl Ron Shandler 1
SFeldman, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 1
WHarris, Hou Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As anticipated, Bradley Zimmer headed this week's FAAB purchase list, and for good reason. Through 33 games at Triple-A Columbus, the 24-year-old posted a .294-5-14 line with 22 runs scored and nine swipes, the kind of across-the-board production that fantasy owners crave. The concern with Zimmer is that he strikes out too much, which is true. And it's probably also true that the Indians would have ideally preferred to keep him in the Minors for at least another month but the Abraham Almonte injury forced them to make the move right now. But Zimmer is off to a fine start through five games with Cleveland, batting .267 with one homer, three RBIs, two runs scored and one steal. As long as he continues to produce, there's little reason to think that a return trip to the Minors is in his future.

With Freddie Freeman expected to miss 10-12 weeks, the Braves traded for Matt Adams over the weekend with the idea that Adams will take over as their everyday first baseman, a role that he was never able to earn while with the Cardinals thanks to his struggles against left-handed pitching. But his power potential certainly makes him someone worth owning in deeper mixed leagues, and he carried a hefty $177 FAAB price tag in this particular deep mixed league.

When Adrian Gonzalez landed on the DL, he was released by his previous owner in exchange for a FAAB redemption. Well, the Dodgers first baseman has returned and is fresh off a three-hit performance on Sunday. While Gonzalez is clearly past his prime, he still warrants a roster spot in most league formats and a starting roster spot in most deep-league formats. Great pickup by Tim Heaney.

Rotoman Peter Kreutzer, in his weekly FAAB e-mail to the league, noted that he was surprised by how much less Gonzalez went for as compared to Adams. I couldn't agree more.

Todd's Take

Oh great, now Peter's doing my job in two leagues!

FWIW, I agree, though I don't agree Adams will play against southpaws. At least not in a couple weeks when he's exposed, but we'll see. Unfortunately, it won't be Ruiz platooning as he's also a lefty swinger.

A name slipping under the radar this week is David Phelps. The Marlins hinted at a return to the rotation for the current reliever. The Fish 'pen is deep enough to absorb the loss. Phelps was placed on the bereavement list to begin the week, and isn't stretched out, but smoke usually means fire. I like Phelps as a long-term spec play and in the meantime, he can help support ratios as a reliever.

justin smoak 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BZimmer, Cle Tom Kessenich 351 Jeff Boggis 306 Anthony Perri 124 Adam Ronis 124
    D.J. Short 43 Corey Parson 20 Rudy Gamble 5
JSmoak, Tor Adam Ronis 124 Tim McCullough 122 D.J. Short 78 Ray Murphy 63
    Jeff Boggis 57 Corey Parson 44 Scott White 37
    Rudy Gamble 5 Charlie Wiegert 5  
AFrazier, Pit Perry Van Hook 63 D.J. Short 44 Charlie Wiegert 5 Adam Ronis 0
MAdams, Atl Ray Murphy 63 Tom Kessenich 299 D.J. Short 45 Adam Ronis 29
    Corey Parson 21 Charlie Wiegert 5  
MClevinger, Cle Jeff Boggis 62 Greg Ambrosius 33 Tim McLeod 23 Scott White 10
    D.J. Short 10 Adam Ronis 8 Ray Murphy 8
    Corey Parson 6 Charlie Wiegert 6  
LChisenhall, Cle Jeff Boggis 57 D.J. Short 42 Perry Van Hook 27 Adam Ronis 0
AMeyer, LAA David Gonos 48 Anthony Perri 12    
JChacin, SD Jeff Boggis 37 Anthony Perri 5    
DSmyly, Sea Jeff Boggis 37      
JPazos, Sea Anthony Perri 34      
GMarquez, Col David Gonos 33 Perry Van Hook 11    
BPeacock, Hou Perry Van Hook 17      
JTomlin, Cle Charlie Wiegert 17      
CBergman, Sea Jeff Boggis 12 Tim McLeod 3    
AAmarista, Col David Gonos 12      
AWilson, Det Corey Parson 11 Perry Van Hook 4    
ERamirez, TB D.J. Short 11 Tim McLeod 8 Ray Murphy 8 Greg Ambrosius 4
    Adam Ronis 2    
CGreen, NYY Tim McLeod 5      
LGarcia, CWS Corey Parson 5 Adam Ronis 16    
CArroyo, SF Anthony Perri 4      
JSucre, TB Perry Van Hook 1      
RRivera, NYM Corey Parson 1      
MFiers, Hou Ray Murphy 1      
CPinder, Oak Adam Ronis 0      
DPhelps, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0 Corey Parson 6    

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESogard, Mil Perry Van Hook 11    
JRoss, Was D.J. Short 9    
MCanha, Oak Corey Parson 5 Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 0
JJunis, KC Greg Ambrosius 2    
CHerrmann, Ari Corey Parson 1    
YSanchez, CWS Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 0  
AKnapp, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
CVazquez, Bos Perry Van Hook 0    
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 0    
KSuzuki, Atl Perry Van Hook 0    
MMinor, KC Greg Ambrosius 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Is Bradley Zimmer the next Cody Bellinger? Tom Kessenich hopes so, grabbing Zimmer for a cool $351, just beating a $306 bid from Jeff Boggis. In order to make the high bid worth it, Zimmer needs to make better contact than he displayed in the minors.

The next highest bid was $124 from Adam Ronis to add Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak, whose power plays in any format. Note Smoak's walk rate makes him better for an OBP league like Tout Wars.

There were a group of $60+ winning bids, including $63 from yours truly for Adam Frazier. The Pirates 2B/OF picked up where he left off before a recent DL stint. Frazier gives fantasy players a little bit of power, some steals and good OBP. It behooves the Bucs to keep him in the lineup. With him, they are a .500 club - when he doesn't play they win about a third of those games. The position flexibility is a plus for weekly lineups. Joining the $60 club are Braves first baseman Matt Adams, who also went for $63 to Ray Murphy, while $62 landed Mike Clevinger for Jeff Boggis.

With Tony Wolters back, I needed another cheap catcher to replace Ryan Hanigan. As such, Jesus Sucre was worth a dollar atop my list and he will be in my lineup this week. Wanting to add two pitchers, $17 was enough to add Astros new SP Brad Peacock, who will start at least once for Houston this period. I wasn't so lucky with a cheap stab at Detroit's Alex Wilson. With an eight game week, including a doubleheader on Friday, Alex may vulture a save or two from fellow Wilson, Justin. My $4 fell to an $11 try from Corey Parson.

Todd's Take

Speaking of others doing my job for me, my friend and ESPN colleague Tristan Cockcroft wrote a nice piece on Smoak (and others) supporting Perry's take on his pick.

Why all the fuss over Mike Clevinger? Filling in for Corey Kluber, Clevinger spun a Kluber-like gem last week against the Astros in Minute Maid Park, holding the home team scoreless for seven innings, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks, fanning eight along the way. Clevinger will likely head back down to Triple-A when the former Cy Young award winner returns but he'll get at least one more start this week against the Reds.

ian happ 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

IHapp, ChC Michael Beller 313 Dr. Roto 300 Jake Ciely 125 Peter Kreutzer 44
CTaylor, LAD Paul Sporer 69 Peter Kreutzer 37 Dr. Roto 10  
MClevinger, Cle Jake Ciely 65 Vlad Sedler 13 Dr. Roto 1  
JSmoak, Tor Howard Bender 52 Paul Sporer 37 Jake Ciely 25  
AAvila, Det Kyle Elfrink 47      
SGray, Oak Howard Bender 42      
JHahn, Oak Jeff Mans 36      
BZimmer, Cle Jake Ciely 35 Dr. Roto 5    
BHand, SD Vlad Sedler 29 Dr. Roto 2    
LGarcia, CWS Andrea LaMont 22 Dr. Roto 1    
CPinder, Oak Paul Sporer 21 Paul Sporer 16    
FRivero, Pit Dr. Roto 20      
DSwanson, Atl Dr. Roto 15      
JBandy, Mil Stephania Bell 15 Howard Bender 12    
CHerrmann, Ari Andrea LaMont 11      
DPhelps, Mia Dr. Roto 4 Michael Beller 1    
WMerrifield, KC Andrea LaMont 1      
ECarrera, Tor Dr. Roto 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AFrazier, Pit Howard Bender 51
CTillman, Bal Howard Bender 32
ACashner, Tex Jeff Mans 27
DHolland, CWS Jeff Mans 17
AWainwright, StL Howard Bender 12
AMeyer, LAA Jeff Mans 9
JNelson, Mil Andrea LaMont 6
RRua, Tex Howard Bender 3
DPomeranz, Bos Dr. Roto 2
JLowrie, Oak Andrea LaMont 2
MMaldonado, LAA Andrea LaMont 2
MCanha, Oak Dr. Roto 1

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

One big thing happened in Tout H2H this week, and it is likely to make Michael Beller very happy or very unhappy. He spent $313 on Ian Happ, edging out Dr. Roto's 300 bid. Happ has continued his hot start to the season in Triple-A since being promoted to the majors, and suddenly seems entrenched in the Cubs outfield. He's a potential difference-maker for Beller, who is at the bottom of the middle of the pack, and surely would have helped the good Dr., who has been buried in the first quarter.

There was lots of other bidding this week, with some interesting names involved, like Bradley Zimmer and the suddenly so-hot-he-has-flames-coming-out-his-ears Justin Smoak. He has smoke coming out, too, I suspect. But mostly this was otherwise a roster of teams grasping at hot hands, with the only risk the commitment to keep each of these guys active for a week.

It will be interesting to see how many of them are active next week.

Todd's Take

Another busy week in the head-to-head universe, in part due to quality of available players, in part from injury-induced needs but also I sense the league is more in tune with category management necessary to succeed in this format than this time last season.

 

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