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.
|DFisher, Hou||Seth Trachtman 367||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 190||Jeff Erickson 147||Chris Liss 111|
|Patrick Davitt 99||Jason Collette 52||Mike Podhorzer 19|
|MChapman, Oak||Seth Trachtman 234||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 190||Lawr Michaels 174||Larry Schechter 160|
|Mike Podhorzer 147||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 103||Rob Leibowitz 103|
|Patrick Davitt 99||Jason Collette 77|
|JBrugman, Oak||Larry Schechter 112||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36||Seth Trachtman 32||Patrick Davitt 1|
|FMartes, Hou||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 58||Jeff Erickson 47||Jason Collette 21||Rob Leibowitz 13|
|HVelazquez, Bos||Jason Collette 39||Chris Liss 11||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MBarnes, Bos||Chris Liss 21||Larry Schechter 1|
|APresley, Det||Mike Podhorzer 12||Larry Schechter 58||Jason Collette 11||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DSmithJr, Tor||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4||Larry Schechter 37||Seth Trachtman 0|
|LCessa, NYY||Seth Trachtman 3||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|FMejia, Cle||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|AWilson, Det||Larry Schechter 1|
|WHarris, Hou||Larry Schechter 1||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|TomHunter, TB||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|RTejada, Bal||Seth Trachtman 30|
|AClaudio, Tex||Larry Schechter 1|
|JPazos, Sea||Larry Schechter 1|
|DWashington, Bal||Seth Trachtman 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|SCishek, Sea||Larry Schechter 0|
|DRobertson, Cle||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MWilliams, NYY||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|CShreve, NYY||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|RTorreyes, NYY||Seth Trachtman 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Defending AL Champ, Seth Trachtman put his FAAB where his title is, speing $601 this week on a pair of players: Matt Chapman and Derek Fisher. Trachtman submitted one of eight bids for Champan, while four teams failed in their pursuit of Fisher.
Larry Schechter, who made earnest bids for both players, wound up with Jaycob Brugman for $112, while team Colton/Wolf ponied up $58 for Francis Martes.
Chris Liss dropped $21 for Matt Barnes, while Jason Collette sought pitching help from Hector Velazquez ($39).
Top team man Mike Podhorzer spent $12 on Alex Pressley, with the remainder of bids being low-priced roster patchwork for a few bucks, if that.
Jaycob Brugman has slid under the radar, mostly because he's not a top prospect playing in the relative obscurity of Oakland. however, in deep AL only league, at bats are currency and Brugman has the chance to cash in. The A's love their Strat-o-Matic type platoons, so as a lefty swinger, he'll see goodly playing time in the foreseeable future, essentially platooning with Rajai Davis in center. Brugman won't stuff the stat sheet in terms of either power or speed, but he'll do a little of everything, which is likely an upgrade over the fifth outfielder on most AL only rosters.
|ERomero, Was||Brian Walton 56||Grey Albright 11||Phil Hertz 0|
|JAlbMartinez, StL||Steve Gardner 37||Mike Gianella 24||Brian Walton 17||Andy Behrens 16|
|Tristan H. Cockcroft 12|
|TLaStella, ChC||Craig Mish 11|
|GCecchini, NYM||Mike Gianella 7|
|BNimmo, NYM||Mike Gianella 6|
|BStewart, LAD||Phil Hertz 1|
|AChafin, Ari||Craig Mish 0||Grey Albright 0|
|CKuhl, Pit||Derek Carty 0|
|CHatcher, LAD||Grey Albright 0|
|JFields, LAD||Grey Albright 0|
|PValaika, Col||Grey Albright 0|
|JFamilia, NYM||Brian Walton 17||Grey Albright 0|
|GGarcia, StL||Mike Gianella 7|
|PMaton, SD||Phil Hertz 1|
|JGrimm, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|JTorres, SD||Derek Carty 0|
|KYates, SD||Phil Hertz 0|
|ODrake, Mil||Derek Carty 0|
|RMontero, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|RRaburn, Was||Steve Gardner 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
It was a quiet week in NL Tout. I jumped on the Nationals closer du jour, Enny Romero, aggressively bidding $56 when $12 would have done the job. Though it seems unlikely that the lefty will hold the hot potato past the trade deadline, if that long, I cannot be choosy, having just nine saves on the season to date.
Having no obvious path to regular playing time despite there being no clear left fielder in St. Louis, Jose (Alberto) Martinez still managed 22 at-bats last week and shows glimpses of power and productivity when given a chance. The former Pacific Coast League batting champion went to Steve Gardner of USA TODAY for $11.
Tommy LaStella is back in Chicago with Ben Zobrist to the disabled list. Though the veteran utilityman will not single-handedly alter the league’s direction, at-bats are a valuable commodity and he should give them to new owner Craig Mish, who paid $11.
If you read the LABR report, you can guess what's coming. Playing in leagues like this is a privilege, but sometimes priorities take over and I was knee-deep in a work issue (yes, what I do is work). I completely forgot about the FAAB deadline. As hinted in the LABR report, that wasn't my most egregious error. I won't say I do this every week, but when I know I have an injury replacement to deal with early in the week, I'll put in a preemptive bid to make sure I'm covered. My work week is basically Wednesday evening through Monday afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday are essentially me weekends. I'm still doing work-related things, I'm just not on a writing deadline so I'm freer to get distracted. I'll often do a preliminary FAAB look late on Wednesday. I didn't last week and it cost me.
|JFaria, TB||Fred Zinkie 244||Zach Steinhorn 183||Brent Hershey 95|
|Al Melchior 56||Scott Engel 44|
|Jeff Zimmerman 15||Tim Heaney 12|
|DFisher, Hou||Derek Van Riper 167||Jeff Zimmerman 51||Brent Hershey 43|
|MChapman, Oak||Jeff Zimmerman 101||Brent Hershey 97||Derek Van Riper 11|
|JZimmermann, Det||Zach Steinhorn 58||Fred Zinkie 20||Jeff Zimmerman 2|
|JPanik, SF||Brent Hershey 55||Jeff Zimmerman 17||Scott Pianowski 7|
|JReyes, NYM||Zach Steinhorn 53||Fred Zinkie 0|
|NPivetta, Phi||Derek Van Riper 53||Fred Zinkie 0|
|FMartes, Hou||Brent Hershey 46||Al Melchior 28||Ron Shandler 18|
|Bret Sayre 0|
|MStrahm, KC||Al Melchior 28||Zach Steinhorn 28||Fred Zinkie 20|
|Ron Shandler 11||Jeff Zimmerman 10|
|ERomero, Was||Scott Engel 19||Al Melchior 12||Scott Pianowski 9|
|DLamet, SD||Fred Zinkie 10||Jeff Zimmerman 10|
|TKahnle, CWS||Al Melchior 6|
|MMaldonado, LAA||Scott Pianowski 5|
|CHeadley, NYY||Brent Hershey 5|
|FCordero, SD||Tim Heaney 4||Derek Van Riper 11||Al Melchior 9|
|CUtley, LAD||Bret Sayre 1||Brent Hershey 13|
|EEscobar, Min||Fred Zinkie 0||Brent Hershey 5|
|DSpan, SF||Zach Steinhorn 18||Jeff Zimmerman 1|
|DSmithJr, Tor||Al Melchior 14|
|PDeJong, StL||Derek Van Riper 11||Fred Zinkie 0|
|JMarisnick, Hou||Derek Van Riper 11|
|BGoodwin, Was||Tim Heaney 2|
|TRivera, NYM||Bret Sayre 1||Scott Engel 0||Fred Zinkie 0|
|AHanson, CWS||Derek Van Riper 1||Bret Sayre 1|
|HKim, Bal||Tim Heaney 1|
|MWilliams, NYY||Tim Heaney 1|
|KKela, Tex||Al Melchior 0|
|MJoyce, Oak||Al Melchior 0|
|JTomlin, Cle||Derek Van Riper 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
The owner of a strong minor league track record and a 1.37 ERA with better than a strikeout per inning over his first three big league starts, Jacob Faria was well-deserving of a hefty FAAB bid. I wasn't expecting $244, so I was about 80% sure that my $183 bid would be enough. Not quite. Considering the state of starting pitching this year, from both a health and performance standpoint, the waiver wire in this deep mixed league won't offer too many more exciting options than Faria.
Derek Fisher might be sent back down to Triple-A once Josh Reddick returns to the Astros lineup. But, as the saying goes, performance dictates playing time. So, if Fisher does indeed perform well, perhaps he is here to stay. That would be welcome news for his fantasy owners, as the 23-year-old outfielder is an across-the-board contributor worthy of a roster spot in most league formats.
Playing time won't be an issue at all for Matt Chapman, and the A's made sure of that when they released Trevor Plouffe. Chapman's power is legit, though he does strike out quite a bit, so he could be a batting average liability. Still, $101 is a more than reasonable price to pay considering the upside involved.
My consolation prize for losing out on Jacob Faria? Meet Jordan Zimmermann, a guy who used to be a high-end fantasy starter but has been a below average hurler for one and a half years now. However, his last three outings, during which he has registered a 2.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, have been encouraging. Plus, he's a two-start pitcher this week with one of the matchups coming at Petco Park against the Padres. I'll be hoping for the best, though I won't be watching Zimmermann pitch. Too stressful.
Nick Pivetta and Matt Strahm joined Zimmermann as consolation prizes this week. I was very high on Strahm coming into the season and have been intrigued by Pivetta after he stoned the Red Sox last week. You probably know the deal with Strahm. He started the season in the bullpen but was sent down after being crushed early-on. He's since righted the ship and is getting a chance to start, like I expected in the spring. In fact, my AL only draft strategy was to build my pitching around Kevin Gausman, Chris Devenksi and Strahm. I'm not doing well in my AL only league.
Anyway, Pivetta throws mid-90s with deception. He was dialing it up to 97 versus Boston. Control is the issue. Keep an eye on his walks. If he can get that fixed, Pivetta has a chance to be an asset since he certainly can miss bats.
|DFisher, Hou||Tim McCullough 191||Adam Ronis 118||Tom Kessenich 53|
|Charlie Wiegert 17||Perry Van Hook 7|
|MChapman, Oak||Ray Murphy 122||Adam Ronis 57||Rudy Gamble 16|
|MStrahm, KC||Ray Murphy 54||D.J. Short 35||Adam Ronis 12|
|Corey Parson 6|
|FRodriguez, Det||Tim McCullough 41|
|FMartes, Hou||Ray Murphy 34||Corey Parson 16||Adam Ronis 12|
|JZimmermann, Det||Perry Van Hook 23||Charlie Wiegert 17||Rudy Gamble 4|
|JHammel, KC||Charlie Wiegert 17||Perry Van Hook 23||Tim McLeod 2|
|DLamet, SD||Adam Ronis 12||Corey Parson 1|
|HBailey, Cin||Tim McLeod 8||Greg Ambrosius 7|
|FCordero, SD||Adam Ronis 8|
|ASlater, SF||Perry Van Hook 7|
|ERomero, Was||Corey Parson 5|
|JAguilar, Mil||Perry Van Hook 3|
|HVelazquez, Bos||Corey Parson 1||Tim McLeod 1|
|GBlanco, Ari||Corey Parson 1|
|TNaquin, Cle||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|RMadson, Oak||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|NPivetta, Phi||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|ERosario, Min||Perry Van Hook 7||Greg Ambrosius 4|
|ESogard, Mil||Perry Van Hook 7|
|RTapia, Col||Perry Van Hook 7|
|AHanson, CWS||Adam Ronis 6|
|TMoore, Mia||Perry Van Hook 3|
|AAlmora, ChC||Perry Van Hook 2|
|DNava, Phi||Perry Van Hook 2|
|JJaso, Pit||Perry Van Hook 2|
|JJay, ChC||Perry Van Hook 2|
|TRivera, NYM||Corey Parson 2|
|DSmithJr, Tor||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|JBrugman, Oak||Greg Ambrosius 1|
|HStrickland, SF||Greg Ambrosius 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Every team faces moments of crisis - this week two teams spent over $200 each to try and get their squads to move up in the standings or stay on top of the pack. Ray Murphy, currently in first place by half a point, spent $210 for his replacements, winning Matt Chapman for $122, Matt Strahm for $54, and France Martes for $34. Tim McCullough who has slipped to 6th place, over twenty points behind Murphy, reeled in rookie Astro fly chaser Derek Fisher for $191, and added Francisco Rodriguez for $41.
Those of us lower in the standings tried less expensive options. I was looking for the best two start candidate for Week 12 and bid $23 each on Jordan Zimmermann (really look at his last few starts) and Jason Hammel who both have attractive matchups and won JZimm who will be @ SEA and then @ SD. I got caught without another player who was first base eligible on my roster when Chis Davis went on the disabled list and didn't find world beaters on the free agent list so I added Jesus Aguilar for $3 and hope that Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar spend another week in the infirmary so Aguilar will get enough at bats to help. There were several OF/UT options so I put $7 bids on many and won my second choice of Austin Slater the latest Giants' left fielder.
Hopefully those replacements can get me moving back up the standings.
Perhaps coincidental, perhaps not, but Zimmermann's resurgence comes after he returned to the slider grip he employed while with the Washington Nationals. The main difference his last three starts isn't better control or more whiffs, but fewer homers. Of course, this is integral to success in today's landscape, I'm just not sure it's sustainable. Though, this week's matchups should help in that regard.
Hammel's turnaround is a result of better control and better luck, as he's been victimized by a high BABIP that's seen some correction lately. This will be an interesting week as he's also keeping the ball in the yard and draws a couple of teams known for power, but not hitting the long ball as Boston and Toronto visit The K.
|TMancini, Bal||Dr. Roto 102||Jake Ciely 53||Andrea LaMont 24|
|JFaria, TB||Dr. Roto 80||Jake Ciely 73||Vlad Sedler 13|
|MZunino, Sea||Andrea LaMont 44|
|MChapman, Oak||Jake Ciely 23|
|DFisher, Hou||Dr. Roto 22|
|BPeacock, Hou||Peter Kreutzer 13||Vlad Sedler 3|
|MMontgomery, ChC||Vlad Sedler 8|
|WMerrifield, KC||Peter Kreutzer 6|
|WRamos, TB||Andrea LaMont 38|
|MDavidson, CWS||Dr. Roto 32|
|MStrahm, KC||Dr. Roto 16|
|TRoss, Tex||Peter Kreutzer 10|
|ZGodley, Ari||Peter Kreutzer 7||Vlad Sedler 3|
|MMoore, SF||Vlad Sedler 4|
|BPhillips, Atl||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|FMartes, Hou||Vlad Sedler 2|
|DPhelps, Mia||Dr. Roto 2|
|CHeadley, NYY||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|JShields, CWS||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
Not much action in H2H this week.
The big bid was on Trey Mancini, who is consistently getting on base and hitting for power.
Jacob Faria was the other big buy, also to Doctor Roto, was Jacob Faria. Faria has solid 2-3 starter potential and is off to a fantastic start in the Rays rotation.
Dr. Roto's team got off to a slow start, but he's been working on improving it. My offense crushed his this past week, but his pitchers showed mine a thing or two.
My quest for a good K/9 starter led to the innings challenged Brad Peacock, who is striking out more than 14 per 9 this year. He's not walking too many, neither, but is having a problem getting out of the fifth inning.
I'm a little surprised Mancini was available as he's been playing regularly for quite a while, with a decent OBP. The reason is likely an early power surge, followed by an outage then his recent spike. This is the second time Dr. Roto has prescribed the services of Mancini, with Kyle Elfrink renting him in the interim. Chris Davis will be out for awhile, giving Mancini all the reps at first. With the hot and humid weather coming to Camden Yards, homer droughts for Mancini should be few and far between.