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Tuesday 20th 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.

alec asher



Alec Asher, BAL Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                  
Alex Presley, DET Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Deven Marrero, BOS Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Daniel Robertson, CLE Fangraphs 1                                                    
Danny Farquhar, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                    
Shane Greene, DET USA TODAY Sports 1                                                    
Tyler Clippard, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                    


John Hicks, DET Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                           
Zach McAllister, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Liam Hendriks, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Chris Beck, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With Memorial Day upon us, the moves in LABR all pointed to pitching, and I led the pack with a $13 bid on Alec Asher, besting one $1 bid, meaning I could have saved $11, but who knows these things?

For now with Aaron Sanchez and AJ Griffin on the DL, and Jordan Zimmermann not worth his weight in soba noodles, Asher seemed like a good gamble.

But, as far as the $11 difference is concerned, no other player even mustered a bid of over $1.

Among the $1 arms the desperado owners sought, Shane Greene (to Steve Gardner), Tyler Clippard (to Larry Schechter), and Danny Farquhar (Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs) met new homes, while Alex Presley (Dave Adler), Caleb Joseph and Deven Marrero (Mike Gianella), and Daniel Robertson (Eno Sarris) fit the player position bid bill for the week.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Todd's Take

I'm going to take the other side of Lawr's "who knows these things?" query. Obviously, no one truly KNOWS, but as I've discussed, looking at previous bids for similar players sometimes helps frame a logical amount. For example, The most recent starting pitchers acquired in AL LABR were Christian Bergman for $3 and Nick Martinez for $5. Very early in the season, Jordan Montgomery cost $9, Jesse Hahn fetched $6 while Derek Holland drew $5. It can be argued a mid-to-high single digit bid was likely to bag Asher.

That said, if you're not worried about saving budget for the trade deadline, I'm all about making sure you get the players you want previous to July 31. Hence, I have no issues with an aggressive bid. I just thought this was a good example of how it's possible to ballpark a reasonable bid.

Dinelson Lamet



Dinelson Lamet, SD Lenny Melnick 11 Baseball HQ 6 Mastersball 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
Paul DeJong, STL ESPN - Karabell 3 Mastersball 1    
Franchy Cordero, SD ESPN - Karabell 2      
Chase d'Arnaud, SD Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Karabell 1  
Randall Delgado, ARI Baseball HQ 1      
Jake McGee, COL Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Andrew Chafin, ARI Baseball HQ 1      
Josh Fields, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Aaron Hill, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      


Gift Ngoepe, PIT ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ 1                                                  
Chris Rusin, COL Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Baseball HQ 1                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Dinelson Lamet was promoted from Triple-A and made his MLB debut for the Padres against a banged-up Mets lineup at Citi Field on Thursday. The 24-year old right-hander performed admirably, allowing just five baserunners and one run with eight strikeouts over five innings. It did not appear to be a fluke, as Lamet had logged a 3.23 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 39 innings in the Pacific Coast League this season. That was good enough for Lenny Melnick, who topped five other bidders at $11. Lamet’s first game on Lenny’s roster will against be the Cubs at home on Tuesday in a potential two-start week.

Eric Karabell of ESPN dropped $3 for infielder Paul DeJong of the Cardinals, who homered in his first MLB at-bat on Sunday and could find himself in the mix for playing time given the unsettled Cardinals offense.

The only other bid over the $1 minimum this week was a $2 offer from Karabell for new Padre Franchy Cordero. With Manuel Margot on the disabled list, Cordero may receive an extended trial in the San Diego outfield.

Todd's Take

Lamet is interesting. Brian referenced his outstanding strikeout rate. On the flip side, Lamet's control needs work, as he walked 20 in those 39 frames. The 6'4", 187 pound right-hander averages 95 mph on his fastball, meaning he throws a few even harder. Considering that velocity coming from a tall and lanky frame with spotty control, I can't imagine hitters are all that comfortable the first few times they step into the box. I have a feeling I'll be deploying Lamet in a DFS lineup or two, trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

leury garcia



Dinelson Lamet, SD Scout Fantasy 8 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6      
Ty Blach, SF Fantasy Alarm 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 Scout Fantasy 1  
Josh Tomlin, CLE Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 1    
Jorge Bonifacio, KC RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2      
Miguel Montero, CHC Scout Fantasy 1      
Yovani Gallardo, SEA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      


Robbie Grossman, MIN Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5                                                                           
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball HQ 2                                                                           
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Chris Herrmann, ARI Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Kurt Suzuki, ATL Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Martin Maldonado, LAA Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Paul Sewald, NYM Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oh man, I really hope Howard Bender of Fantasy Alarm doesn't read this as I'm about to rave about his acquisition of Giants rookie hurler, Ty Blach. The Rotobuzzguy lives in the Bay area so he's no doubt aware Blach's tossed at least seven stanzas in five of his last six outings. Considering the average start is fewer then six innings, that's an impressive run, especially for a freshman. Blach's minuscule 3.5 K/9 suggests he'll have some not-so-impressive efforts, but with AT&T at his back, the 26-year old southpaw has a place on a mixed league roster.

Todd's Take

No moves for Team Todd this week, but I am getting a couple of injured hitters back as Josh Donaldson and Asdrubal Cabrera were both activated from the DL over the weekend. I jettisoned Chase Headley and reluctantly, C.J. Cron. Donaldson goes in for Headley while Cabrera bumps Christian Arroyo to reserve. I have a tough row to hoe, languishing in the lower third of the 15-team league. I've set the goal of moving into the middle third by the end of June, with an eye on the upper third by the All-Star break. At that point, I could get Madison Bumgarner back for the stretch. One step at a time though, time to make a move now that my hitting is mostly healthy.

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