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.
|STravis, Bos||Rob Leibowitz 143||Jason Collette 31||Mike Podhorzer 2|
|MPelfrey, CWS||Lawr Michaels 84|
|AAsher, Bal||Lawr Michaels 63||Seth Trachtman 3|
|BJohnson, Bos||Lawr Michaels 43|
|RDevers, Bos||Chris Liss 29|
|MGonzalez, CWS||Larry Schechter 18||Seth Trachtman 3|
|WGarcia, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 13|
|JHicks, Det||Larry Schechter 8||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|NFontana, LAA||Mike Podhorzer 2|
|SGaviglio, Sea||Steve Moyer 0|
|DButera, KC||Larry Schechter 0|
|DMarrero, Bos||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8||Mike Podhorzer 0|
|DMachado, Det||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8|
|JGraterol, LAA||Larry Schechter 0|
|MAlmonte, KC||Steve Moyer 0|
|TZych, Sea||Steve Moyer 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Of the 11 moves made in AL Tout Wars Sunday, over half were made by two teams, those being Larry Schechter, and me. Even with that, the high priced spread of the week came in the form of Boston first sacker Sam Travis, on whom Rob Leibowitz gambled $143 hoping to spark some offense along with some Memorial Day fireworks.
Chris Liss dropped $29 on another Bostonian, third sacker Rafael Devers, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton spent $13 on Willy Garcia ,with the remaining trannies not involving someone named Lawrence at birth were Steve Moyer (Sam Gaviglio, $0) and league leader Mike Podhorzer spending $2 on Nolan Fontana
The leaves the moves by Schechter, nabbing Miguel Gonzalez ($18), John Hicks ($8), and Drew Butera ($0), and then me.
My three moves, totalling $190 were on Mike Plefrey ($84), Alec Asher ($63), and Brian Johnson ($43, in an effort to both bolster and plan ahead. Right now, my squad is in a reasonably solid third place, but I am 20 points behind Podhorzer. I have Jesse Hahn going on the DL, with a chance that Kendall Graveman could also be put on the shelf to go with an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann.
Grabbing all three hurlers allows me to DL the pair of Oaklanders and bench Zimmermann--who probably will not be yanked from the rotation in the foreseeable future and who will likely have a hot spell out there sometime--and hide the three starters, replacing them with one ensconced (Pelfrey), one like to got back to the pen where he has been effective (Asher) and one who was sent back to the minors, but will surely be back (Johnson).
In a deep league like Tout, basically this gives me three more chess pieces with which to play, and while it is doubtful all three hurlers really deliver, let alone remain on my roster the rest of the season, there is a strong chance one of the three will deliver some points. In the end, however, at this time in the season, there is no point in half-stepping or waiting for a trade deadline deal to exploit for a couple of reasons.
One is that I have already spent enough that I would never bag a top name traded to the AL, but more important, waiting six weeks to try and grab some starts to catch suggests it will be too late by definition.
What it boils down to is building out my active roster as well as bench with as many options--as in players who are grabbing as many at-bats or innings--as I can and exploit playing time. As we go into the hot months, knowing how the DL is dinging us all, and how erratic pitching can be this crazy season, these pickups give me as good a chance to keep the innings and strikeouts, along with whatever wins or saves can be contributed,
For, the more at-bats, innings, and options any owner can plan, the better off in theory he or she--and their team--will be.
There's a strong Red Sox flavor to this week's moves, headed by Sam Travis. The Red Sox summoned the 23-year old first baseman to handle the soft side of a platoon with Mitch Moreland. The original plan was for Hanley Ramirez to grab his first baseman's mitt with a southpaw on the hill, but residual shoulder woes prohibit him from playing defense.
As is his style, Chris Liss placed a preemptive bid on Devers, hoping the Red Sos turn to their top prospect to fill the black hole at the hot corner. Lately, Deven Marrero has added a hot stick to his outstanding glove work, plus Pablo Sandoval is on the way. Still, keep in mind Boston advanced Yoan Moncada last season so there's a chance they repeat history.
As Lawr mentioned, Brian Johnson was rewarded with his complete game shutout with a trip back to Triple-A. With four months left, the chances of someone in the rotation getting hurt are pretty good.
|FCordero, SD||Craig Mish 17||Todd Zola 17||Phil Hertz 15||Mike Gianella 14|
|RFuentes, Ari||Todd Zola 17||Mike Gianella 0||Derek Carty 0|
|PDeJong, StL||Mike Gianella 14||Brian Walton 12||Craig Mish 11|
|DSantana, Atl||Mike Gianella 14||Phil Hertz 0|
|NFranklin, Mil||Mike Gianella 14|
|AWojciechowski, Cin||Phil Hertz 4|
|JBrebbia, StL||Craig Mish 1|
|BGoodwin, Was||Phil Hertz 0||Mike Gianella 14|
|ABlanco, Phi||Derek Carty 0||Mike Gianella 6|
|MAlbers, Was||Mike Gianella 0||Grey Albright 0|
|RStephenson, Cin||Phil Hertz 0||Mike Gianella 0|
|PSewald, NYM||Steve Gardner 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|MBowman, StL||Mike Gianella 0|
|CHatcher, LAD||Grey Albright 0|
|RRaburn, CWS||Phil Hertz 4|
|BreAnderson, ChC||Phil Hertz 3|
|TAdleman, Cin||Phil Hertz 1|
|WPeralta, Cin||Phil Hertz 0||Mike Gianella 0|
|SFreeman, Atl||Steve Gardner 0|
|TMoore, Mia||Phil Hertz 0|
|TWilliams, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
|JARamirez, Atl||Mike Gianella 0|
|AChafin, Ari||Grey Albright 0|
|JFields, LAD||Grey Albright 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
On Sunday, Kolten Wong was placed on St. Louis’ disabled list with an elbow injury. His roster replacement is a third baseman-shortstop who can also play second in Paul DeJong (dee-YUNG). The 2015 draftee is known for his power, leading the Cardinals system in long balls when called up. If he hits, DeJong could see time at third with Jedd Gyorko sliding over to second. Joining the team in Sunday’s fourth-inning, the newcomer victimized Rockies closer Greg Holland with a pinch-hit home run. Currently with just four points in homers, I was willing to gamble $12 on DeJong being able to earn some playing time for what has been an anemic Cardinals offense in 2017, but I was aced out by $2 by Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus.
Having lost Ryan Braun and Manuel Margot this week from his offense, Gianella also added two other hitters on identical $14 bids. They are former Minnesota Twin Danny Santana, now with Atlanta, and former top prospect, now journeyman Nick Franklin of the Brewers.
The top dollar players this week in NL Tout went for $17 each. Both Todd Zola and Craig Mish took a shot at Padres outfielder and all-world name Franchy Cordero, with Mish winning on tiebreaker. Lord Zola ended up with outfielder Rey Fuentes of Arizona instead, who has struggled in the early going.
Typical of the goings-on this season, after all my ranting and raving about how I bid to reduce chances for a tie, I end up tied. Not only that, I lost the tie-breaker to the only team able to win a tiebreaker with me. Yeah, do the math, we award players to the team lower in the standings, meaning I'm in second to last. It happened quickly about ten days ago after an especially disastrous pitching day. Usually, when you lose that many points that quickly, the categories are compressed so jumping back up is possible. That's indeed the case, but my pitching, which was supposed to be carrying my squad, is in trouble. The issues go beyond losing Madison Bumgarner. Jerad Eickhoff, Jeremy Hellickson and Zach Davies have all been disappointments. I know, we're not talking about Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine here, but all three ended last season on a strong note, with indications they'd keep it up this season. I'm concerned about Hellickson and the disappearing strikeouts, but still hold out hope Eickhoff and Davies can right the ship.
|JRoss, Was||Gene McCaffrey 417||Derek Van Riper 177||Zach Steinhorn 108||Scott Engel 91|
|Bret Sayre 88||Scott Swanay 48||Tim Heaney 37|
|Fred Zinkie 35|
|MDavidson, CWS||Scott Pianowski 91||Ron Shandler 45||Scott Engel 24|
|DLamet, SD||Scott Engel 78||Scott Engel 77||Gene McCaffrey 77||Jeff Zimmerman 69|
|Tim Heaney 37||Fred Zinkie 35||Al Melchior 11|
|CCarter, NYY||Bret Sayre 68|
|ASenzatela, Col||Zach Steinhorn 38||Jeff Zimmerman 35||Scott Engel 34||Zach Steinhorn 16|
|ASimmons, LAA||Ron Shandler 25||Tim Heaney 4|
|BRevere, LAA||Tim Heaney 12|
|TAdleman, Cin||Jeff Zimmerman 5|
|MMontero, ChC||Brent Hershey 4|
|AVizcaino, Atl||Tim Heaney 3||Zach Steinhorn 2|
|LWeaver, StL||Scott Swanay 3|
|SGaviglio, Sea||Gene McCaffrey 18|
|TChatwood, Col||Zach Steinhorn 16|
|EHernandez, LAD||Bret Sayre 5|
|ECarrera, Tor||Ron Shandler 1|
|FCordero, SD||Ron Shandler 1|
|JHardy, Bal||Tim Heaney 1|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Tim Heaney 1|
|JMercer, Pit||Tim Heaney 1|
|STravis, Bos||Ron Shandler 1|
|WFlores, NYM||Tim Heaney 1|
|WHarris, Hou||Scott Engel 1|
|MMaldonado, LAA||Brent Hershey 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Joe Ross was sent to the Minors earlier this month to work on his mechanics, but he made a triumphant return to the Majors last Tuesday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball versus the Mariners. Considering the lack of starting pitching available on the waiver wire, I was fairly confident that the Nationals righty would lead the pack in this week's FAAB bidding. Considering his fine track record as a big leaguer along with my need for quality starting pitching, I wanted him. When I originally entered a bid of $168, I thought I had a good chance of getting him. Then came yesterday's rough outing against the light-hitting Padres, which I figured would lower Ross' FAAB price tag substantially. So I changed my bid to $108. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to save some money while still adding Ross? Well, that seemed like a good plan. Not only would my original bid of $168 have fallen short, but it would not have even been the second-highest bid, as Gene McCaffrey made Ross the highest-priced FAAB purchase so far this season at $417. Will he be worth it? We shall see, but there are now concerns about his stamina and declining velocity over the course of yesterday's start, so he's less of a sure thing than he seemed just a few days ago.
Antonio Senzatela is far from a sure thing, but as a much cheaper alternative to Ross, I'll give him a try. The majority opinion is that he will eventually lose mixed league relevance. However, after Senzatela's latest start in which he blanked the Cardinals over eight innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.19, it is fair to wonder if the majority opinion could be incorrect.
Reports from the nation's capital indicate Ross fell back into bad habits, dropping his arm slot, losing movement as well as velocity. The good news is there doesn't appear to be an injury. The bad news is Ross doesn't appear to have the concentration to repeat his mechanics. So long as Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg remain healthy, the Nationals can be a little patient with Ross. It wouldn't be shocking if the team sporadically skipped his turn, working with him in the bullpen to find a way to iron out his mechanics.
|JRoss, Was||Corey Parson 99||Tim McLeod 91||D.J. Short 55||Anthony Perri 43|
|Jeff Boggis 27||Scott White 17||Charlie Wiegert 17|
|Adam Ronis 3|
|DLamet, SD||Tim McLeod 83||Perry Van Hook 69||D.J. Short 65||Corey Parson 49|
|Rudy Gamble 3|
|JBonifacio, KC||D.J. Short 55||Adam Ronis 13||Jeff Boggis 2||Scott White 0|
|TBlach, SF||Charlie Wiegert 38||Tim McLeod 67||Perry Van Hook 11||Corey Parson 11|
|MDavidson, CWS||Tim McLeod 29|
|CAnderson, Mil||Jeff Boggis 27||Scott White 17|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Perry Van Hook 27|
|CRasmus, TB||Ray Murphy 14||Adam Ronis 3|
|TChatwood, Col||Perry Van Hook 13||Jeff Boggis 2|
|ABradley, Ari||Tim McLeod 11|
|YSanchez, CWS||Tom Kessenich 9||Adam Ronis 0||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|ACordoba, SD||Adam Ronis 3|
|TMotter, Sea||Jeff Boggis 2||Tom Kessenich 1|
|AKnapp, Phi||Perry Van Hook 1|
|RHoskins, Phi||Scott White 1|
|LBrinson, Mil||Rudy Gamble 1|
|AMejia, Min||Corey Parson 1|
|RChirinos, Tex||Corey Parson 0|
|OArcia, Mil||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|DMengden, Oak||Tim McLeod 32|
|ERosario, Min||Ray Murphy 14|
|RDelgado, Ari||Perry Van Hook 11|
|ESogard, Mil||Tom Kessenich 2|
|SGennett, Cin||Tom Kessenich 2|
|ARomine, Det||Tom Kessenich 1|
|CVazquez, Bos||Perry Van Hook 1|
|RGoins, Tor||Tom Kessenich 1|
|RGsellman, NYM||Corey Parson 1|
|BTreinen, Was||Perry Van Hook 0|
|CSpangenberg, SD||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|JPolanco, Min||Greg Ambrosius 0|
|MAlbers, Was||Perry Van Hook 0|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Corey Parson 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Starting pitchers fetched the highest prices this week as returning Nationals starter Joe Ross got $99 from Corey Parsons, while Padres rookie Dinelson Lamet's excellent first outing prompted an $83 bid from Tim McLeod.
The highest winning bid for a position player was the $55 D.J. Short spent on Royals fly chaser Jorge Bonifacio, owner of four home runs in the last six games for Kansas City.
It was back to Russian roulette for my second catcher spot with Jesus Sucre not performing up to expectations. I had Miguel Montero on reserve and while Miggy has been good in limited action, the roster spot is more important than a third catcher. So I bid one dollar on Andrew Knapp and Christian Vazquez, winning Knapp to replace Montero. By rule, Knapp has to be active, so I moved Scure to utility with the intent of replacing him with available Jake Marisnick. The Houston outfielder had a good week, which should result in continued playing time as the Astros visit Minnesota for three games then finish in Arlington for a trio against the Rangers. Marisnick cost me $27 so I am hoping I read the schedule tea leaves correctly.
My $69 bid for Lamet was second best so I settled for Rockie starter Tyler Chatwood for $13 who has an intriguing two start week home against the Mariners and then at the strikeout happy Padres over the weekend.
Jorge Bonifacio's early-season exploits have gone largely unnoticed. The 23-year old outfielder has swatted five homers over the last two weeks. With Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler under-performing, Bonifacio has been a needed spark for Kansas City. With a 27 percent strikeout rate, Bonifacio will eventually hit a cold spell, but in leagues with a decent sized reserve list, you can ride the wave while having an exit strategy in place.
|AFrazier, Pit||Jake Ciely 48||Vlad Sedler 35||Clay Link 21||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|SSouza, TB||Clay Link 46||Dr. Roto 12||Vlad Sedler 9|
|DPomeranz, Bos||Howard Bender 44||Dr. Roto 35|
|MAndriese, TB||Dr. Roto 27|
|TAnderson, Col||Vlad Sedler 17|
|MAlmonte, KC||Stephania Bell 15|
|BMcCarthy, LAD||Clay Link 11|
|TRosenthal, StL||Peter Kreutzer 5|
|JBlevins, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|JBonifacio, KC||Dr. Roto 3|
|JHoyt, Hou||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|JMcGee, Col||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|TWolters, Col||Jake Ciely 28|
|DLamet, SD||Jake Ciely 18|
|BPeacock, Hou||Clay Link 6||Vlad Sedler 4|
|ZGodley, Ari||Vlad Sedler 4|
|JRiddle, Mia||Clay Link 2|
|JFields, LAD||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|CSabathia, NYY||Clay Link 1|
|RGrossman, Min||Clay Link 1|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
Big bid of the week goes to Jake Ciely, who picks off Adam Frazier, the Pirates leadoff man now. Frazier had decent strike zone judgement last year, and has improved it this year, which makes him a OBP asset (he has a .382 OBP last week while hitting just .192) even if he isn't expected to post big homer or steals numbers.
I discarded four high-K relievers who have either been terrible (Shawn Kelley) or not had a high K rate, in favor of James Hoyt, Trevor Rosenthal, Jerry Blevins and Jake McGee. That isn't going to solve my big problem, which is my speedy high OBP guys aren't running much or getting on base, but currently no one is out there who can.
Like a few others, I was reticent jumping on the Adam Frazier-train. Like Peter suggests, he doesn't profile to be a stat-sheet stuffer. However, hitting leadoff enhances his fantasy potential. Note, in leagues with 5-game in-season eligibility, Frazier also qualifies at second base.