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.
|Brandon Phillips, LAA||Baseball HQ 27||Baseball Prospectus 10||USA TODAY Sports 4||ESPN.com 4||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4|
|Mike Leake, SEA||SiriusXM 26||Brandon Funston 20||Rotowire 14||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4||Baseball HQ 4|
|ESPN.com 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Kyle Gibson, MIN||Brandon Funston 17||Baseball HQ 2||Baseball Prospectus 2||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Jeimer Candelario, DET||Baseball Prospectus 4|
|Artie Lewicki, DET||Mastersball 4|
|Brett Anderson, TOR||Baseball HQ 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Chris Gimenez, MIN||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Matthew Boyd, DET||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Dominic Leone, TOR||Baseball Prospectus 1||SiriusXM 2|
|Francisco Mejia, CLE||Baseball HQ 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Sergio Romo, TB||SiriusXM 2|
|Mike Minor, KC||SiriusXM 2|
|Bryan Shaw, CLE||SiriusXM 2|
|Roberto Perez, CLE||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Raffy Lopez, TOR||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Gregory Infante, CWS||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Chance Sisco, BAL||Baseball HQ 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
The trade non-waiver deadline might have passed a month ago, but that doesn't mean deals were not made and the AL LABR folks were ready to pounce. Dave Adler spent $27 on Brandon Phillips, besting four would-be owners. Adler also sneaked Brett Anderson ($3) and Francisco Mejia ($1) onto his roster, looking for some September. Ray Flowers went to Mike Leake, grabbing the new Mariner for $26, besting six bids, while Brandon Funston nabbed the third highest priced acquisition of the week, dropping $17 on Kyle Gibson, beating out a troika of $2 tries.
Mike Gianella made a pair of pick-ups with Jeimer Candelario ($4) and Dominic Leone ($1) while I gambled on new Tiger starter Artie Lewicki ($4).
Finishing up the moves of the week were Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picking up Chris Gimenez for a buck while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs added Matthew Boyd, also for a dollar.
Hopefully those of you playing in AL West-only leagues had some spare FAAB to bid on Justin Upton and Justin Verlander as well as Leake and Phillips. It was certainly a fun couple of days with the Angels raising the pot followed by an all-in bid from the Astros.
Leake had the perfect landing spot for his first AL start, facing the free-swinging Athletics. Oakland is vulnerable to finesse pitchers and Leake took advantage with seven stellar frames. Things will get tougher quick as he's lined up to face the Astros this week.
I'm curious to see if the Indians play Francisco Mejia or if he was just brought up as insurance as well as getting their future backstop a taste of the Show. You likely recognize him as the author of a 50-game hitting streak last season in A-ball. This season, Mejia slashed .297/.346/.490 as a 21-year old for Double-A Akron. Current Tribe receiver Yan Gomes sports a weak .583 OPS versus righties. Mejia, a switch-hitter, could pick up some playing time when a right-hander is on the hill.
|Jack Flaherty, STL||Baseball HQ 24||Mastersball 10|
|Norichika Aoki, NYM||USA TODAY Sports 17||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Tyler Mahle, CIN||Mastersball 10||Baseball HQ 19|
|Eric Sogard, MIL||Derek Carty 3|
|Brian Anderson, MIA||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Rio Ruiz, ATL||Mastersball 1||ESPN - Karabell 1|
|Alex Verdugo, LAD||Baseball HQ 24||ESPN - Karabell 2|
|Dillon Peters, MIA||Mastersball 10|
|Jordy Mercer, PIT||Mastersball 1|
|Luke Voit, STL||Mastersball 1||Derek Carty 1|
|Tomas Telis, MIA||Derek Carty 1|
|Alejandro De Aza, WSH||Baseball HQ 1|
|Gorkys Hernandez, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ichiro Suzuki, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Mike Aviles, MIA||Baseball HQ 1|
|Ross Stripling, LAD||Baseball HQ 1|
Brian Walton's Commentary
Though only seven players were acquired this week in NL LABR, considerable FAAB was expended. Doug Dennis spent all of his remaining money on two $24 players – pitcher Jack Flaherty of St. Louis and outfielder Alex Verdugo of Los Angeles. Flaherty should be given opportunity to start – at least until Adam Wainwright returns. Verdugo has started in three of four games since his September 1 call-up, with two hits and two walks in 12 plate appearances.
Nori Aoki is a known quantity, though not a world beater. Being able to cover the outfield positions and hit a bit is just what the Mets need. $17 made him the target of USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner.
I decided to bid $10 to get one of three pitchers, Tyler Mahle of Cincinnati, Flaherty or Dillon Peters from Miami. The former was my first priority, with a 2.45 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and eight strikeouts in 11 innings. However, Mahle has no wins yet with his next start on Thursday at Citi Field.
Brian handled the top half of the board, the bottom consisted of a trio of infielders including a couple of third baseman that should get a good look down the stretch. With the trade of Brandon Phillips to the Angels, Rio Ruiz has received the hot corner starts versus righties. Adonis Garcia may get some action when he comes back, but keep in mind he's 31 years old while Ruiz is eight years his junior. The Marlins advanced Brian Anderson as it looks like Martin Prado's season could be over. Anderson began this season at Double-A Jacksonville where he had moderate success, before exploding after being promoted to Triple-A New Orleans where he crushed it to the tune of .363/.416/.602 decimals. He's definitely worth tracking, especially if you can grab him in keeper formats.
|Jorge Polanco, MIN||USA TODAY Sports 8||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Lucas Giolito, CWS||Mastersball 3||@TheFantasyFix 2|
|Rafael Montero, NYM||Baseball Prospectus 2||Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2|
|Jabari Blash, SD||Fangraphs 2|
|Robert Stephenson, CIN||Baseball Prospectus 2|
|Jayson Werth, WSH||Fangraphs 2|
|Bruce Maxwell, OAK||MLB.com 1|
|Andrew Cashner, TEX||MLB.com 1|
|Austin Jackson, CLE||MLB.com 1|
|Andrew Heaney, LAA||Mastersball 3|
|Dillon Peters, MIA||Mastersball 3|
|Derek Holland, CWS||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Robert Stephenson, CIN||MLB.com 1|
|Robert Stephenson, CIN||@TheFantasyFix 1|
|Troy Scribner, LAA||Baseball Prospectus 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
The Mixed LABR brethren looked to fill some holes this week, mostly riding the hot hand. To wit, Polanco has a 1.143 OPS over the last month. If this were May, the party line would be "he's playing over his head." With four weeks left, who cares.
I have a little FAAB in the kitty, so I figured I'd buy one of the young starters, as much to see if I picked the right one as it is to help my team. Though, I'm pretty sure most would rank them Giolito, Heaney and Peters. Giolito and Heaney are known commodities. Peters earned a September audition with a 1.97 ERA and .97 WHIP at Double-A Jacksonville. However, at 24, Peters is at an age most prospects are either in Triple-A or the Majors.