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Tuesday 21st Nov 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.

eric young jr

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
EYoung, LAA Steve Moyer 217 Seth Trachtman 123 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 103 Jason Collette 77
    Mike Podhorzer 44 Lawr Michaels 36  
DPaulino, Hou Nando DiFino 56 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 23 Chris Liss 23 Mike Podhorzer 7
    Seth Trachtman 1    
ESkoglund, KC Jason Collette 42 Rob Leibowitz 26 Chris Liss 23 Patrick Davitt 11
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4    
BBurns, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 23 Jason Collette 23    
DMachado, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21      
RRefsnyder, NYY Nando DiFino 12 Mike Podhorzer 0    
DMarrero, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4 Mike Podhorzer 0    
RGoins, Tor Chris Liss 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Mike Podhorzer 0  
YPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 1      
MOlson, Oak Mike Podhorzer 1      
CGimenez, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
CCuthbert, KC Mike Podhorzer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4    
KGibson, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
CBergman, Sea Jason Collette 15      
NGoody, Cle Jason Collette 2      
TomHunter, TB Seth Trachtman 1      
EAdrianza, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
EGonzalez, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
RTorreyes, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Clearly, within both the LABR and Tout Wars leagues, Eric Young Jr. was the prize of the week.

In LABR Larry Schechter spent $27 of his total FAAB budget of $100 on Young hoping to give a boost to his team, and in Tout, Steve Moyer spent $217 out of a $1000 budget, suggesting among the veteran fantasy universe, Young Jr. portends to be a strong fantasy asset in deep formats.

Five additional owners--including me--made bids to obtain Young ($36, $44, $71, $103, and $123)--including the top three teams in the standings further supporting a lot of value was placed on Young's potential

What makes Moyer's move interesting is over the years Steve has been the kind of player to hoard his FAAB, anticipating inter-league swaps at the trade deadline, hoping to cash in with a big name and drive to end the season. With seven teams holding a larger balance than Moyer as of now, it will be interesting to see how owners manage their FAAB and rosters as we move towards the deadline.

Pitching was where the Touts looked next, with Nando DiFino grabbing David Paulino ($56) while Jason Collette grabbed Eric Skoglund ($42).

Elsewhere, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton hope to patch a couple of holes and boost their offense, obtaining Deven Marrero ($21) and Billy Burns ($23).

DiFino also bagged Rob Refsnyder ($12) grabbing two players in Paulino and Refsnyder who were on my roster just a week ago, and were lost to the reserve numbers game.

Todd's Take

Remember Billy Burns? It was just two years ago he played in 125 games for Oakland, amassing 555 plate appearances with 26 steals. This led to some aggressive drafting last season, hoping for even more stolen bases. Unfortunately, Burns flamed out, eventually leaving the Athletics for the Royals. He's been toiling at Triple-A Omaha, slashing .248/.358/.275 with 13 bags in 20 tries. A .110 point delta between average and OBP is encouraging. However, a 65 percent success rate is lousy, especially for a 27-year old whose only asset is his legs (note a SLP less than his OBP). More importantly, Kansas City demoted Jorge Soler since they're playing several games in NL parks so they'll be devoid of the DH. While the party line is this gives Soler a chance for regular at bats this week, the club also likely hopes he'll restore some confidence. Don't expect much from Burns, he's a nice bench player to have when playing ball, Senior Circuit style.

chase drnoud

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
CDArnaud, SD Steve Gardner 57 Phil Hertz 6    
ASlater, SF Brian Walton 25 Craig Mish 7 Phil Hertz 6 Derek Carty 0
BLively, Phi Grey Albright 21 0    
TWilliams, Pit Phil Hertz 9 0    
JAlbMartinez, StL Phil Hertz 6 Mike Gianella 6 Brian Walton 1 Craig Mish 0
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 4 Derek Carty 0    
SKingery, Phi Craig Mish 2 0    
SBrault, Pit Andy Behrens 1 0    
SRomo, LAD Craig Mish 0 Phil Hertz 0    
JARamirez, Atl Andy Behrens 0 0    
OCalixte, SF Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 44 Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 3
    Brian Walton 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
PKivlehan, Cin Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 1                                                  
BEibner, LAD Brian Walton 3 Derek Carty 0                                                  
BreAnderson, ChC Phil Hertz 0                                                    
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
GGarcia, StL Phil Hertz 0                                                    
JEdgin, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
PSewald, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
WPeralta, Cin Phil Hertz 0                                                    
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0                                                    
AChafin, Ari Grey Albright 0                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two weeks ago, infielder Chase d’Arnaud was recently claimed off waivers by San Diego from Boston, joining his third team this season (Atlanta prior). When the veteran took off with a decent .261 average and three stolen bases, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY took notice, to the tune of a winning $57 bid.

Needing outfield help with Randal Grichuk demoted to high-A to reboot his bat, I took a $25 chance that Austin Slater will have a sustaining role in the Giants outfield going forward. In hindsight, $8 would have been enough.

Ben Lively joined the Phillies this past week and tossed seven innings of shutout baseball at the Giants on Saturday. Despite a strong minor league record, the 25-year old is not a strikeout artist, but it he can sustain a low ERA and WHIP, that could surely help new owner Grey Albright, who bid $21.

Todd's Take

What a difference a year makes. Much like in Mixed LABR, it's been a lousy couple of months. In the LABR report, I talked about setting attainable goals for a struggling team. In Tout Wars, we're penalized FAAB if we finish the season under a set number or points, which is 60 in the NL format. The FAAB is subtracted from the following season's budget, serving as an inducement to keep fighting for points all season. My first goal in this league is to eclipse the 60-point mark so I'll have my full supply of FAAB next season. The funny thing is having less than then maximum has led me to being more aggressive, and more successful in picking up free agents in the past. Still, I'd rather have the total allotment. It won't be easy as I'm nestled second from the bottom with 46.5 points.

tommy pham

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TPham, StL Al Melchior 133 Scott Swanay 56    
CAnderson, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 131 Joe Pisapia 110 Fred Zinkie 85 Bret Sayre 79
    Derek Van Riper 67 Ray Flowers 67 Scott Swanay 56
    Scott Engel 51 Zach Steinhorn 32 Tim Heaney 3
GParra, Col Ray Flowers 87 Scott Engel 41    
RDelgado, Ari Brent Hershey 76 Ray Flowers 34 Scott Swanay 24 Ron Shandler 21
    Fred Zinkie 3    
ESogard, Mil Al Melchior 55      
BLively, Phi Scott Engel 44 Ray Flowers 27 Fred Zinkie 13 Ron Shandler 11
HRyu, LAD Scott Swanay 44 Ron Shandler 13 Tim Heaney 3  
TMotter, Sea Scott Engel 39 Al Melchior 81 Fred Zinkie 14  
EYoung, LAA Scott Swanay 35      
MFiers, Hou Ray Flowers 34 Ray Flowers 28 Fred Zinkie 3  
SLugo, NYM Scott Engel 33 Fred Zinkie 3 Ron Shandler 3 Tim Heaney 1
JJunis, KC Derek Van Riper 22      
TChatwood, Col Ron Shandler 21      
TWolters, Col Gene McCaffrey 17 Ron Shandler 1    
MZunino, Sea Tim Heaney 16 Ray Flowers 28 Ron Shandler 12  
DPaulino, Hou Fred Zinkie 13      
CPinder, Oak Fred Zinkie 7 Scott Engel 21    
BJohnson, Bos Fred Zinkie 3      
AKnapp, Phi Ron Shandler 3      
WFlores, NYM Ron Shandler 1 Scott Swanay 24    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ESkoglund, KC Scott Engel 32 Ray Flowers 17    
FCordero, SD Al Melchior 32      
SGaviglio, Sea Scott Engel 29      
AAsher, Bal Ray Flowers 27      
CBergman, Sea Scott Engel 21      
AGarcia, Atl Ray Flowers 18      
SGennett, Cin Al Melchior 5      
CUtley, LAD Ron Shandler 1      
ECarrera, Tor Ron Shandler 1      
MMaldonado, LAA Ron Shandler 1      
JMercer, Pit Fred Zinkie 0      
JRiddle, Mia Fred Zinkie 0      
MMinor, KC Fred Zinkie 0      
NAhmed, Ari Fred Zinkie 0      
OCalixte, SF Fred Zinkie 0      
TWilliams, Pit Fred Zinkie 0      
YPetit, LAA Fred Zinkie 0                                                    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Fresh off an impressive month of May in which he batted .320 with five homers, 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored, Tommy Pham has earned a spot on a Tout Wars Mixed Auction league roster, as Al Melchior was willing to shell out triple-digit FAAB dollars to secure his Mike Trout replacement. Good luck with that! Kidding aside, Pham did launch nine home runs in just 159 at-bats last season, so the power potential is certainly there, and he's seeing regular playing time right now. Still, Pham is already 29 years old and has yet to secure a permanent place in a big league starting lineup, so he's no sure thing.

The only bid I entered this week was for Chase Anderson, who has tossed a combined 14 scoreless innings over his last two starts to go along with 18 strikeouts. Anderson, who is 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP across 11 starts this season with 59 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings, is in line to make two starts this week, which almost certainly factored into Jeff Zimmerman's hefty $131 bid. The problem is that Anderson's second start of the week will come on the road against a Diamondbacks team that leads the Majors in both runs scored and OPS at home, so I was scared away from going higher than $32. I fully expected to be outbid. I didn't quite expect to be outbid by $99. But with the state of starting pitching this year, I cannot say I was overly surprised.

Todd's Take

Zach alluded to the Snakes prowess in the desert. Keep in mind sometime this month, construction on a Chase Field humidor should be complete. While it remains to be seen how it will affect the Dbacks offense, it should help the pitchers, especially Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker and perhaps Zach Godley. Warning, it gets mathy, but THIS PIECE by Alan Nathan posted on the Hardball Times quantifies the potential effect.

robert gsellman 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RGsellman, NYM Tim McLeod 111 Ray Murphy 20 Greg Ambrosius 7 Corey Parson 3
    Adam Ronis 3    
SLugo, NYM D.J. Short 50 Corey Parson 16    
JHoffman, Col Corey Parson 32      
BGamel, Sea Tim McCullough 32 Perry Van Hook 13 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 1
RDelgado, Ari Corey Parson 22 Corey Parson 23 Ray Murphy 22 Greg Ambrosius 0
DPaulino, Hou Ray Murphy 21 D.J. Short 30    
LChisenhall, Cle Ray Murphy 15 Perry Van Hook 2    
EVolquez, Mia Jeff Boggis 12 D.J. Short 40    
GParra, Col Scott White 11 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 2  
EYoung, LAA Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1  
TWilliams, Pit Perry Van Hook 7      
AGarcia, Atl Perry Van Hook 2      
JJunis, KC Greg Ambrosius 2      
FCordero, SD Perry Van Hook 2      
NKingham, Pit Tim McLeod 1      
AVizcaino, Atl Scott White 1 Adam Ronis 1    
FBarreto, Oak Scott White 1      
KKela, Tex Adam Ronis 1 Corey Parson 1    
CKuhl, Pit Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ESkoglund, KC D.J. Short 50 Perry Van Hook 7 Tim McLeod 3                         
BLively, Phi Tim McLeod 28 Greg Ambrosius 1    
JLocke, Mia Perry Van Hook 7      
ALind, Was Perry Van Hook 2      
STravis, Bos Charlie Wiegert 2      
BJohnson, Bos Greg Ambrosius 1      
CShaw, SF Scott White 1      
DSantana, Atl Charlie Wiegert 1      
JAguilar, Mil Corey Parson 1 Scott White 0    
NPivetta, Phi Greg Ambrosius 1      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It must be snowing up in Canada as Tim McLeod went over his skis with $111 to roster Met starter Robert Gsellman.

The next highest winning bid was $32 as Corey Parsons landed Rockie pitcher Jeff Hoffman for that while Tim McCullough won Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel for the same amount.

I was trying to save money this week as none of the available players were significant upgrades to what I have - especially some of the pitchers who have to be active this period. I wanted an outfielder to replace the disappointing Jake Marisnick. Gamel was the first choice but $13 didn't cut it. Next, I had three fly chasers at $2 and won the last choice, San Diego's Frenchy Cordero.

I also wanted a change at utility and put $2 each on Adonis Garcia and Adam Lind, winning Garcia.

On the pitching side I put in three modest $7 bids, winning first choice of Pirate starter Trevor Williams who has been very good his last two starts and has one home start against the Marlins this week.

Todd's Take

I don't know if it's snowing north of the border but I live 20 miles west of Boston and have to keep my door and windows closed to keep the heat in -- on June 5th. That's just not right.

Tim hopes his triple-digit bid on Gsellman is right. Last year's second half sensation has scuffled early on, primarily a result of a big drop in strikeouts, supported by a low swinging strike rate. Keep in mind last season's increases in whiffs was out of character for Gsellman so what we're seeing now is likely the fact as compared to last season's fluke.

Seth Lugo joined Gsellman in providing the Mets a post All-Star break shot in the arm and is finally ready to make his 2017 debut. Given the choice between the two, I'll take Lugo for his greater strikeout potential.

Dinelson Lamet

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
DLamet, SD Peter Kreutzer 181 Jake Ciely 37 Vlad Sedler 19                         
AReed, NYM Kyle Elfrink 79 Clay Link 19 Dr. Roto 10                         
EYoung, LAA Howard Bender 66 Vlad Sedler 9                           
CAnderson, Mil Jake Ciely 47 Vlad Sedler 1                           
JNelson, Mil Dr. Roto 35 Vlad Sedler 3                           
RGrossman, Min Howard Bender 33 Howard Bender 66                           
JLowrie, Oak Kyle Elfrink 25 Vlad Sedler 18                           
AWainwright, StL Jake Ciely 25                             
JMercer, Pit Kyle Elfrink 19 Andrea LaMont 7                           
MMaldonado, LAA Andrea LaMont 13                             
ALoup, Tor Kyle Elfrink 11                             
RPorcello, Bos Clay Link 9                             
DSwanson, Atl Vlad Sedler 6                             
CVazquez, Bos Andrea LaMont 6                             
MFiers, Hou Vlad Sedler 4                             
ASimmons, LAA Andrea LaMont 2                             

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BPeacock, Hou Peter Kreutzer 81 Clay Link 3                                                  
JHoffman, Col Dr. Roto 30                                                    
JCotton, Oak Dr. Roto 10                                                    
JRickard, Bal Howard Bender 9                                                    
MFoltynewicz, Atl Clay Link 4                                                    
ACabrera, NYM Vlad Sedler 3                                                    
ARomine, Det Howard Bender 3                                                    
CSabathia, NYY Clay Link 3                                                    
HSantiago, Min Vlad Sedler 3                                                    
ERosario, Min Howard Bender 1                                                    
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 1                                                    

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I looked at Dinelson Lamet's first two starts and saw a man who struck out 16 in 10 innings. Having gone most of the year with just Clayton Kershaw and Steven Strasburg as starters, I'm right at the innings minimum pace. No one expects a San Diego pitcher to win many games, but Lamet won his first two starts. And he's been effective avoiding walks, though the sample is decidedly small on that count. As a free agent I saw the potential for gold in Lamet, and decided that some other team might bid in the low $100s. Taking no chances, unless I ran into a wild bidder, I became the wild bidder, winning Lamet with a 181 offer. The next highest was Jake Ciely's 37.

Ciely settled for Adam Wainwright for 25, which is a steal. No one else bid for him, and my recollection is I didn't even see him on the list. He was some sort of ghost free agent. He's been sharp lately and could be a powerful pickup, though with only 21 K in his last 26.3 IP (during which he was 4-0, allowing one earned run), he's not going to help Ciely in K/9.

In the week after I dropped the skills-failing Addison Reed he saved two games (even though it seemed the Mets lost every day), which made him an attractive buy for Kyle Elfrink.

The league looked at the starter market and ranked them: Lamet, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, Adam Wainwright, Rick Porcello, Mike Fiers.

On the hitting side, the hot start of Eric Young Jr. earned him a 66 bid from Howard Bender. Young is still a speedster with good on base skills, which makes him a better play in this OBP league than he is in BA leagues. But he's also a sub-par defender being asked to play center field. Unless the bat stays hot, his job is precarious. But the fact that in these days of Angel injuries in the outfield, Young is playing center and Ben Revere is in left is a harsh statement about Revere's skills.

Todd's Take

The resurgence of Jimmy Nelson has gone largely unnoticed in fantasy circles. Truth be told, many of us were one year too early, expecting this performance level last season. Perhaps some are shying away from the stigma of Miller Park. That's a mistake as the venue is just a tick above neutral for runs. The perception stems from Miller Park being one of, if not the best place to hit homers in the league. There's a handful of venues very generous to the long ball but stingier to runs, with Yankee Stadium, Globe Life Park, Citizens Bank Park and The Great American Ballpark some others. To Peter's point about K/9, Nelson has upped his punch out pace to a hitter an inning with excellent control. 

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