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.
|YDiaz, Cle||Lawr Michaels 125||Larry Schechter 2||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1||
|ZReininger, Det||Lawr Michaels 35|
|KVargas, Min||Chris Liss 33||Larry Schechter 13||Jason Collette 12||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1|
|TScribner, LAA||Mike Podhorzer 23||Jason Collette 16||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DGee, Min||Mike Podhorzer 23||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DEspinosa, TB||Jason Collette 12|
|BNorris, LAA||Larry Schechter 9|
|MCanha, Oak||Larry Schechter 6||Jason Collette 6||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DHolland, CWS||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DRobinson, Tex||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|JCurtiss, Min||Lawr Michaels 12|
|RBrantly, CWS||Jason Collette 6|
|GUrshela, Cle||Larry Schechter 3|
|CCuthbert, KC||Larry Schechter 1||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|ChSmith, Oak||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DMachado, Det||Larry Schechter 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Six owners tussled for the rights to players this past week, although it was a quiet with respect to bidding wars.
For example, I collected the Indians Yandy Diaz hoping for some semblance of offense, bidding $125 for the corner man, but just two $1 challenged my big bid. Similarly, I grabbed Zac Reininger for $35 unopposed.
Larry Schechter took a $9 chance on Bud Norris and a $6 gamble on Mark Canha, while league leader Mike Podhorzer tried to hold off any challenges by grabbing Dillon Gee and Troy Scribner, both for $23. Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton acquired Derek Holland and Drew Robinson, both for $0 investments.
Second placer Jason Collette took a $12 chance on Danny Espinosa while Chris Liss threw $33 on Kennys Vargas hoping, like me, for a sign of some offense.
It's not my favorite aspect of this game but sometimes you have to hang your hat on opportunity. Ask the beneficiaries of Scooter Gennett, Eric Sogard, Paul Dejong and Whit Merrifield. Last season there was Eduardo Nunez ad Hernan Perez. Why not Yandy Diaz?
Diaz appears to have leapfrogged Giovanny Urshela at the hot corner while Jason Kipnis and his sore hamstring convalesce on the disabled list. Versatile Jose Pamirez slides over to second. Diaz was old for the level, but he was an on base machine for Double-A Akron last season then carried that over to Triple-A Columbus. He's maintained a good eye, and reasonable solid contact rate with the Tribe. It's not surprising his near .400 BABIP has fallen precipitously in the majors, where it lands will ultimately decide whether Diaz gets listed with the above names or is included with all the failed opportunities like... like... like... see, we don't remember the ones that didn't make it.
|BLively, Phi||Scott Wilderman 212||Steve Gardner 9|
|RStripling, LAD||Scott Wilderman 102|
|TLaStella, ChC||Steve Gardner 67||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|MAviles, Mia||Andy Behrens 44||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|YCespedes, NYM||Brian Walton 25||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|RStephenson, Cin||Steve Gardner 12|
|TMahle, Cin||Grey Albright 5|
|SRomano, Cin||Phil Hertz 2||Phil Hertz 0|
|RRivera, ChC||Grey Albright 1|
|MReynolds, NYM||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|AEllis, Mia||Grey Albright 1|
|CKelly, StL||Grey Albright 1|
|TKelly, Phi||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|AWojciechowski, Cin||Steve Gardner 0|
|BMorrow, LAD||Steve Gardner 0|
|KCrick, SF||Steve Gardner 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With $765 remaining and the trade season apparently over, Scott Wilderman of onRoto spent close to half of his remaining cash on a pair of hurlers. He forked out $212 for starter Ben Lively of Philadelphia and $102 for reliever Ross Stripling of the Dodgers. Lively is coming off a rough start in which the Cubs plated six earned runs in five innings. Most notable was that eight of his 15 outs secured came via the strikeout. After 35 relief appearances, Stripling made a spot start this week and tossed three scoreless frames at the Brewers, fanning five.
Steve Gardner had $200 remaining and dropped $67 of it on Tommy LaStella. The USA TODAY fantasy head must be hoping the part-time Cubs third baseman can replicate his two-homer, four RBI game on Saturday.
For $44, Mike Aviles of the Marlins joined the roster of Andy Behrens of Yahoo. The outfielder/infielder has come back nicely from having been outrighted to the minors by the Fish and going unclaimed back in May.
Mind you, I am not criticizing Wilderman or Gardner for their FAAB management. I cannot talk as I had about one-third of my full-year cash remaining coming into this week. Sitting in third place in the standings, I can only wonder “What if?” about players I missed early on.
With no one on the waiver wire I was interested in buying and over $300 burning a hole in my pocket, I took a long-shot $25 flyer on Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. First of all, the Cuban native would need to have a healed hamstring and secondly, the going-nowhere Mets would have to be willing to play him as a lost season winds down. Smart money says Cespedes is not coming back in 2017, but I am fine with taking a week of zero stats to stash him – just in case he has a speedy recovery.
Hey, guess who finished in first for the week? Sigh, I wish I could blame injuries on having my goal be not finishing in last, but the truth is I drafted a poor team. It's hard to explain, but I think I spent more time trying to be the defending champion that I did defending my title. Instead of being cute and nominating Ketel Marte first for the humor, I should spent more time filtering the player pool. On paper, the club wasn't bad, but it took on far too much risk. It was a poorly constructed team, more my old style of buying a dollar value and not a player.
|DDietrich, Mia||Scott Swanay 34|
|ZDavies, Mil||Scott Engel 22||Derek Van Riper 17||Scott Swanay 13||Fred Zinkie 0|
|LSims, Atl||Ron Shandler 21||Ray Flowers 2|
|JMinaya, CWS||Scott Engel 11||Scott Engel 12|
|BPowell, Oak||Ray Flowers 11||Ron Shandler 8|
|JMercer, Pit||Ron Shandler 11||Scott Swanay 34|
|JHicks, Det||Ray Flowers 4|
|JShields, CWS||Ray Flowers 3|
|MPerez, Tex||Al Melchior 0|
|DGossett, Oak||Al Melchior 0|
|BNimmo, NYM||Ron Shandler 10|
|JPolanco, Min||Scott Engel 8|
|KSmith, CWS||Ray Flowers 3|
|TTelis, Mia||Ray Flowers 3|
|RStephenson, Cin||Ray Flowers 2||Al Melchior 0|
|DomSmith, NYM||Scott Engel 2|
|YPetit, LAA||Ron Shandler 2|
|MGonzalez, CWS||Ray Flowers 2|
|RoPerez, Cle||Ray Flowers 2|
|TScribner, LAA||Ray Flowers 2|
|ALind, Was||Ron Shandler 1|
|DSteckenrider, Mia||Ron Shandler 1|
|RStripling, LAD||Ron Shandler 1|
|LValbuena, LAA||Ron Shandler 0|
|DGee, Min||Al Melchior 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
A quiet week on the FAAB front with only 10 purchases, seven of which were accompanied by a DL move, suggesting that most of these acquisitions were made more out of necessity than enthusiasm over the purchased player.
This week's highest priced player honor goes to Derek Dietrich, who is manning third base on a regular basis for the Marlins these days. Aside from a solid .333 OBP for the season and useful positional flexibility (Dietrich is eligible at 1B, 2B and 3B), there isn't much to get excited about here from a fantasy perspective.
Zach Davies is the one player I strongly considered bidding on before coming to the conclusion that he wasn't really a clear upgrade over any of my current starting pitchers. Plus, I wasn't comfortable starting him this week versus the Nationals. Davies definitely deserves to be on a roster in a deep mixed league, and he did stand out as the best available SP. Note that the Brewers righty is 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in nine starts since the All-Star break.
The Athletics haven't been as active in their OBP focus in recent seasons, in part because there's not as much of a market inefficiency anymore. Still, OBP is important so it's no surprise they're giving Boog Powell a long look, as well as sluggers Matt Olson and Matt Chapman. Powell, who recently met his namesake, is about half the size of Baltimore favorite BBQ proprietor. The younger Powell has minimal power, but can swipe a base. His calling card, is suggested, is a discerning eye and solid contact skills. He's been playing center and leading off against righties, scoring an impressive 15 runs in 87 plate appearances.
|JPolanco, Min||Perry Van Hook 63||Charlie Wiegert 43||Adam Ronis 27||Corey Parson 11|
|LGiolito, CWS||Tim McLeod 49|
|TWilliams, Pit||Perry Van Hook 47|
|JJunis, KC||Charlie Wiegert 43||D.J. Short 9|
|CStratton, SF||Perry Van Hook 41||Corey Parson 10||Tim McLeod 4||D.J. Short 4|
|JHeyward, ChC||Ray Murphy 32|
|BNimmo, NYM||Ray Murphy 32|
|MLeiter, Phi||Adam Ronis 29||Tim McLeod 23||Corey Parson 10||D.J. Short 2|
|AAlbers, Sea||Rudy Gamble 27||D.J. Short 1|
|JMcGee, Col||Corey Parson 19||Adam Ronis 17||Scott White 6|
|KGibson, Min||Ray Murphy 13||Perry Van Hook 13|
|JMinaya, CWS||Corey Parson 13||Adam Ronis 28|
|BMoss, KC||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|TLyons, StL||Scott White 4||Charlie Wiegert 3||Scott White 0|
|CBettis, Col||D.J. Short 4|
|SRomano, Cin||D.J. Short 1||Charlie Wiegert 40|
|TBarnhart, Cin||Adam Ronis 1|
|JBrebbia, StL||Scott White 0|
|DFister, Bos||Charlie Wiegert 12||Ray Murphy 3|
|JLagares, NYM||Ray Murphy 12|
|PValaika, Col||Charlie Wiegert 12|
|EJackson, Was||Corey Parson 8|
|PNeshek, Col||Adam Ronis 1|
|MMontero, Tor||Adam Ronis 0|
|ONarvaez, CWS||Adam Ronis 0|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Down to the last month of the season, time to give up on some players while giving others a chances to help down the stretch. Both led to my high winning bid of $63 for hot Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco, replacing Jonathan Villar at my MI slot.
I also went looking for starting pitching, adding Pirates Trevor Williams for a risky two start week for $47 and the rejuvenated Giants Chris Stratton who has been good for three week and cost me $41. The other $40+ bid was from Tim McLeod who bought White Sox prospect pitcher Lucas Giolito for $49.
Wow, nine starting pitchers grabbed this week, Perry wasn't the only one looking to beef up their fantasy staff for the final push. It's been such an odd, and challenging season with the confluence of injuries and homers on the rise. I've talked about this in a few different places, but we could be back to the point where mixed staff pitching isn't just seven starters with two closers. Middle relievers are likely to be back in the picture.
|PCorbin, Ari||Stephania Bell 65|
|NWilliams, Phi||Dr. Roto 13|
|DBundy, Bal||Dr. Roto 6|
|JGyorko, StL||Peter Kreutzer 6|
|WDifo, Was||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|LGiolito, CWS||Dr. Roto 5|
|MMahtook, Det||Dr. Roto 3|
|JLowrie, Oak||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|JMauer, Min||Peter Kreutzer 0|
Is Patrick Corbin good again? Admittedly, I wasn't as high on the lefty as some previous to his Tommy John surgery. The jury was still out last season, his first full campaign after the surgery. This year would be the measure. Early on, it seemed last year may not have been just rust, but lately Corbin's been impressive, reeling off five straight quality starts. Over those 36 1/3 innings, Corbin's pitched to a .99 ERA and .88 WHIP with 39 punch outs and seven walks. Admittedly, I need to do a deeper dive to see what's driving this surge, but considering the state of pitching, I don't blame Stephania Bell for hoping he carries the run into September.