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Saturday 16th Dec 2017


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.

 eric young jr



Eric Young Jr., LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 27 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 24 Mastersball 13 Colton & The Wolfman 9
    USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 3  
John Hicks, DET Mastersball 8 Yahoo! Sports 1    
Yusmeiro Petit, LAA Rotowire 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1    
Eric Skoglund, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Matt Olson, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Matt Barnes, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Kyle Gibson, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1      


Liam Hendriks, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2                                                                           
Francisco Rodriguez, DET Rotowire 2                                                                           
Shane Peterson, TB Mastersball 2                                                                           
Sam Gaviglio, SEA Rotowire 1                                                                           
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Larry Schechter came busting out just like the month of June is supposed to, spending $27 on the Angels Eric Young, Jr, hoping the speedy though aging outfielder can give a boost to his offense. Larry beat out five owners hoping to secure the rights to Young Jr., with bids ranging from $3 to $24.

I had actually made a $13 shot to own Young which failed, but I nailed John Hicks for my roster for the second time, both being for $8, as I juggle my roster trying to compensate for the loss of Dustin Pedroia.

Clay Link bid $4 on Yusmeiro Petit, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs bought Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund for a couple of bucks. Note that all three of these last winning bids fought off challenges of $1 each.

Completing the week's action Schechter got Matt Barnes for a buck, and Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf bought the rights to Kyle Gibson and Matt Olson for a dollar each.

Todd's Take

Young Jr.'s call-up was necessitated after the unfortunate injury to Mike Trout as well as Cameron Maybin visiting the disabled list with a sore oblique. Further, potential corner outfielder Jefry Marte was sent down to bring back C.J. Cron, who's been raking on the farm. Revere and Young Jr. will hold down the fort until Maybin comes back, which could be as early as later this week. At that time, it's unclear how the playing time will be divided among the similar players. Young Jr. is a switch-hitter while Revere and Maybin both swing right-handed. All three will play, but if had to handicap it, my guess is Revere draws the short end of the straw, playing mostly against just southpaws.

ty blach



Ty Blach, SF Lenny Melnick 16 Mastersball 15 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 USA TODAY Sports 4
    Yahoo - DDD 2 Baseball HQ 2  
Ben Lively, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 Baseball HQ 2    
Austin Slater, SF Mastersball 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Derek Carty 1
    Sandlot Shrink 1    
Jeff Locke, MIA Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Trevor Williams, PIT Mastersball 3 Baseball HQ 1    
Orlando Calixte, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Derek Carty 1 Mastersball 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Brandon Morrow, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Brett Eibner, LAD Mastersball 1 Derek Carty 1    
Kyle Freeland, COL Baseball HQ 1      
Jarred Cosart, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Nick Ahmed, ARI Derek Carty 1 Sandlot Shrink 1    
Matt Cain, SF Yahoo - DDD 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Alexi Amarista, COL Yakkertech 1      


Dustin McGowan, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Kirby Yates, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Pedro Baez, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Ross Stripling, LAD Lenny Melnick 1                                                                           
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA Mastersball 1                                                                           
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1                                                                           

Brian Walton's Commentary

The San Francisco Giants may be disappointing on the field, but I targeted two players from their roster this week. I only won the bidding on one, however.

Back on May 22, Ty Blach of the Giants had been released by his prior NL LABR owner. The right-hander went unclaimed last week, but not this time around. After five straight quality starts, including a complete-game shutout over the Phillies Friday night, he drew interest from eight league owners. Unfortunately for me, my $15 offer was $1 short of the one submitted by winner Lenny Melnick.

San Francisco’s outfield has been a wasteland this season. Austin Slater has been called up from the minors and seems to have a decent shot a continued playing time – if he can perform. With my $4 offer, I outbid three others. My release was Justin Ruggiano, who had been one of Slater’s predecessors, but found himself designated for assignment this past week.

There was lively interest in Ben Lively, the new right-handed Phillies starter. The 25-year old went to Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats Inc. for $6. On one hand, Lively tossed seven innings of scoreless ball in his debut, but he struck out none.

I did pick up a pitcher, with my $3 offer for Trevor Williams of Pittsburgh edging out two others. With injuries impacting the Pirates’ rotation, the 25-year old was shifted from the bullpen into a starting role a month ago. Of his five starts, only his most recent was of the quality variety. I am hoping consistency is just ahead.

Todd's Take

The Abyss by the Bay, otherwise known as the Giants outfield. The original plan was for Jarrett Parker to platoon in left with Mac Williamson. Both got hurt early. Williamson returned, only to be sent down to Triple-A while Parker hopes to rejoin the club in mid-May. Further dampening matters is Denard Span and Hunter Pence have both had DL stints. Span returned a few weeks ago while Pence was just activated on Sunday. The corresponding move was sending the still maturing Christian Arroyo back down for more development. This pushes Eduardo Nunez back to the hot corner, opening up left field for Austin Slater and Orlando Calixte. Slater and Calixte are both righty swingers, so either can serve as the Parker's platoon partner. Both can also dabble in the infield. Slater likely has the edge since he was crushing it in the minors. However, neither Span nor Pence are bastions of health. Of course, Wiliamson could find his stroke and/or Arroyo could regain confidence, forcing their way back into the Show. Still, short term, Slater and Calixte are worthy of a pick-up in a deep league, with a possible pathway to more playing time down the road.

jeff hoffman



Eric Young Jr., LAA USA TODAY Sports 8 Baseball HQ 5 Fantasy Alarm 3 Scout Fantasy 1
Jeff Hoffman, COL Scout Fantasy 7 @TheFantasyFix 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2  
Robbie Grossman, MIN Fantasy Alarm 6 USA TODAY Sports 5 Scout Fantasy 1  
Randall Delgado, ARI Baseball HQ 4 Mastersball 3 Scout Fantasy 2 MLB.com 1
David Paulino, HOU Baseball HQ 4 MLB.com 2 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
Seth Lugo, NYM @TheFantasyFix 3 Scout Fantasy 1    
Trevor Williams, PIT Mastersball 3      
Jordan Zimmermann, DET Baseball HQ 2      
Ben Lively, PHI MLB.com 2      
Arodys Vizcaino, ATL RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2      
Danny Santana, ATL Baseball HQ 1      
Chad Pinder, OAK Scout Fantasy 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Austin Barnes, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1      
Austin Slater, SF RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1      


Jake Marisnick, HOU USA TODAY Sports 2                                                    
Scooter Gennett, CIN USA TODAY Sports 2                                                    
Martin Maldonado, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1 @TheFantasyFix 1                                                  
Sandy Leon, BOS @TheFantasyFix 1                                                    
Tucker Barnhart, CIN @TheFantasyFix 1                                                    
Alex Meyer, LAA Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Jeff Locke, MIA Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Joey Rickard, BAL Fantasy Alarm 1                                                    
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                    

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching was the order of the day in Mixed LABR, led by Jeff Hoffman. I've mentioned this a couple of times, strong Sunday performances often draw elevated bids, with Hoffman being the latest example. The Rockies righty stifled the Padres over seven three-hit innings, allowing just one run while fanning nine with one walk. This drew the attention of Dr. Roto to the tune of a $7 bid, as well as helping me take down a small DFS GPP (pardon the humblebrag).

Relievers-turned-starters Randall Delgado and David Paulino impressed Ray Murphy enough to pay $4 for each. Delgado is interesing as he was supposed to be am injury fill-in, but has pitched well in a starting role. If Patrick Corbin doesn't pick it up, Delgado's rotation stay may become permanent. Long-term, Paulino strives to be a starter, but injuries to Joe Musgrove and Charlie Morton have opened a spot for Paulino as well as Brad Peacock.

Seth Lugo gave the Mets a much-needed shot in the arm in the scond half last season, Alan Harrison hopes he does the same as Lugo is set to finally make his 2017 debut after missing time with a slight UCL tear in his throwing elbow.

There's an interesting discussion on the Baseball HR forums concerning Jordan Zimmermann reverting back to the slider grip he used with the Nationals and how this could be the panacea to his woes with the Tigers. Perhaps Ray saw his, stimulating a $2 bid for the veteran righty.

My colleague Brian Walton alluded to Ben Lively and his paucity of punch outs. Even though Citizens Bank Park plays neutral for runs, I'm reticent to stream a raw rookie with a low strikeout rate in that venue. Instead, I picked up Trevor Williams, another potential streamer that doesn't miss many bats. The difference is I'm more comfortable using a pitcher in PNC Park. By rule, Williams has to be active this week, which is fine as the Miami Marlins will visit the Steel City with Williams taking the ball for the Bucs.

Todd's Take

The grinding continues as I try to execute the first stage of my comeback, getting into the middle third of the standings by the end of the month. I actually made it to 11th, before falling back to 14th. Despite missing a bunch of key cogs early, my bats should eventually get my counting stats into respectability. Pitching, on the other hand, presents a huge challenge. Competing in saves will be tough without Zach Britton. Believing in Derek Holland turned out to be a poor life decision. Julio Teheran and John Lackey have done me no favors. With five points in ERA and WHIP, I don't have to rush to a decision, but punting ratios to fortify wins, strikeouts and saves is a possibility. Of course, in order to do that, I need some trade chits, most likely Teheran and Lackey. But if they get it going so I can get back a worthwhile return, I may be better off keeping them. Ultimately, it matters how fast they right the ship and how much more damage they inflict.

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