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.
|GUrshela, Cle||Jeff Erickson 85|
|THernandez, Tor||Jeff Erickson 84|
|CHatcher, Oak||Steve Moyer 74|
|MJaye, Det||Chris Liss 25|
|CFulmer, CWS||Rob Leibowitz 9||Nando DiFino 5|
|MBush, Tex||Nando DiFino 0|
|RLiriano, CWS||Jeff Erickson 35|
|DMachado, Det||Jeff Erickson 35|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
As expected, there was a dearth of moves in AL Tout as the season moves to its final weeks.
Giovanny Urshala was the high priced spread this time as Jeff Erickson spent $85 on the third sacker and then added Teoscar Hernandez for $84 thus spending the most bucks while acquiring the two most esoteric names at the same time.
Steve Moyer dropped $74 on hurler Chris Hatcher.while Chris Liss obtained Myles Jaye for $25, Rob Leibowitz got pitcher Carson Fulmer for $9 and Nando DiFino made the attrition $0 bid getting Matt Bush while reserving Miguel Castro.
He'll need to make better contact, but as I've mentioned in this space previously, I like Teoscar Hernandez or next season. He seems like a great fit for the Jays as he has the pop to take advantage of Rogers Centre as well as the speed to swipe a base or two and Toronto isn't afraid to run. I'm reticent to count on him in early drafts, but he's someone I'd like to stash.
|VRobles, Was||Grey Albright 102|
|RGsellman, NYM||Phil Hertz 13|
|AGarrett, Cin||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|KPlawecki, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|BHamilton, Cin||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|MWilliamson, SF||Phil Hertz 13||Phil Hertz 0||Tristan H. Cockcroft 0|
|JPederson, LAD||Phil Hertz 13|
|MMoroff, Pit||Phil Hertz 6|
|TTaijeron, NYM||Phil Hertz 3|
|AMorgan, Phi||Phil Hertz 0|
|GCecchini, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|LGohara, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
With the NFL in full swing and the National League Tout Wars race pretty much decided, only five players were acquired this week. Just two of them were non-zero buys.
Despite a 25-point lead in first place, Grey Albright is not counting on a win. He spent $102 this week on prospect outfielder Victor Robles of Washington. It is unclear how much actual playing time the 20-year-old will receive until the Nationals clinch and decide to rest the regulars. Robles’ promotion could be as much about getting him familiar with the big league environment.
The other money purchase was made by the fourth-place owner, Phil Hertz. The BaseballHQ staffer made a wise acquisition of Mets starter Robert Gsellman for just $13. In four starts since coming off the disabled list, the right-hander has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any of them.
By means of a quick follow-up on Gsellman, note he only fanned nine in those 17 2/3 innings. though he does have a pair of road starts this week, first in Wrigley Field and then in Atlanta over the weekend.
Well, it looks like I'll be starting with about $750 FAAB next year, being docked 10 units for every point I finish below 60. While I obviously prefer to begin with the full allotment, it isn't a season-ender by any means. In fact, I started last year in a similar predicament which led to spending early and often, landing on a couple of players that were vital to winning the league. Working with fewer units at the jump takes you out of the running for the hammer at the deadline, easing spending early. Of course, I shouldn't need having fewer units to force early spending, but there is a mental influence. For what it's worth, not spending my 1000 units early this season isn't the reason for the poor showing - no excuses - I drafted a cruddy team.
|JAlbMartinez, StL||Scott Swanay 45||Fred Zinkie 40||Ray Flowers 8||Derek Van Riper 1|
|BNimmo, NYM||Scott Swanay 21||Ray Flowers 7||Derek Van Riper 0|
|JNicasio, StL||Scott Engel 8||Ray Flowers 5||Al Melchior 0|
|BPowell, Oak||Ray Flowers 7|
|BreAnderson, Tor||Scott Engel 6|
|KPlawecki, NYM||Scott Engel 4|
|BLively, Phi||Derek Van Riper 0|
|SAlexander, KC||Al Melchior 0|
|THernandez, Tor||Derek Van Riper 0|
|BAnderson, Mia||Scott Swanay 45|
|BMaurer, KC||Scott Engel 8|
|AMorgan, Phi||Al Melchior 0|
|YDiaz, Cle||Derek Van Riper 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
This was probably the quietest FAAB week of the season, in terms of both the number of purchases and the total dollars spent, which is sort of to be expected at this stage of the year. Then again, I do anticipate several "overpays" down the stretch, as owners with excess FAAB will look to make sure they win their targeted players.
Jose Martinez has been playing regularly since the calendar turned to September, batting .412 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs this month. Those two facts were enough to make the Cardinals first baseman/outfielder the most expensive purchase of the week.
Fresh off his third straight quality start, Ben Lively is scheduled to make his next start at home versus the A's. I strongly considered bidding on Lively, as the Oakland offense is sub-par, or so it seems. Since the All-Star break, the A's actually rank 7th in the Majors in runs scored and 6th in OPS. So, I ultimately passed. Still, he could prove to be a quality $0 addition, as the recent results should not be discounted.
Zach cited the recent exploits for Jose Martinez. Brandon Nimmo is also enjoying a fine stretch run, slashing .337/.467/.556 the past two weeks. A healthy Michael Conforto obviously has one of the three Mets OF spots, well, as obvious as anything can be with that organization. Past that, everything is up for grabs as the club doesn't have anyone on the farm ready to step in. There's a good chance the Mets sign a free agent or two, or they could turn to Nimmo for a platoon option. At just 24, there's still time to develop, but currently, Nimmo needs to find more power or speed to be mixed league relevant, else he's just NL-only filler, even if he plays versus righties next season.
|BNimmo, NYM||Charlie Wiegert 200||Adam Ronis 4|
|THernandez, Tor||Rudy Gamble 45|
|ACabrera, NYM||Anthony Perri 23|
|ERamirez, Sea||D.J. Short 15|
|BreAnderson, Tor||D.J. Short 14|
|RGsellman, NYM||Tim McLeod 11|
|JNicasio, StL||Perry Van Hook 11|
|JPanik, SF||Adam Ronis 6|
|BLively, Phi||Rudy Gamble 5|
|AMiranda, Sea||Tim McLeod 6|
|LValbuena, LAA||Adam Ronis 6|
|CHeadley, NYY||Adam Ronis 4|
|JFlaherty, StL||Tim McLeod 2|
|JBiagini, Tor||D.J. Short 2|
|SRomano, Cin||D.J. Short 2|
|JThompson, Phi||Tim McLeod 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Not all of the Tout warriors were as low on FAAB as I, and yes, time is running out, so Charlie Wiegert spent a healthy $200 to roster Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.
Another young outfielder up from the minors with a bang - Blue Jay fly chaser Teoscar Hernandez who hit two home runs on Sunday, also joined the team of league leader Rudy Gamble for $45.
Low on funds and with four members of my team returning from the DL, I limited myself to an $11 effort to add a few saves and won new Cardinals reliever Juan Nicasio.
With a 23.5-point lead, Rudy is certainly in the driver's seat. Finishing second and third may not seem important in a league of this nature, but it is. Plus, I've always been a proponent of scratching for points in a non-winning season, as the experience going through the process of managing categories is invaluable when doing so results in the proverbial Yoo-Hoo shower. There's four teams in a heated battle for second, with two making moves this week, Adam Ronis and D.J. Short. The other moves are for price, as well as maximizing FAAB dollars.
|FGalvis, Phi||Peter Kreutzer 11|
|JPeraza, Cin||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|YGomes, Cle||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|NCastellanos, Det||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|DPeters, Mia||Vlad Sedler 9|
|GParra, Col||Vlad Sedler 3|
|BMaurer, KC||Vlad Sedler 3|
|MClevinger, Cle||Vlad Sedler 7|
|BWoodruff, Mil||Vlad Sedler 3|
|DSpan, SF||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|JLowrie, Oak||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|JPanik, SF||Peter Kreutzer 3|
|AJackson, Cle||Peter Kreutzer 2|
|DFister, Bos||Vlad Sedler 1|
|JReyes, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|TDArnaud, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 1|
|ACabrera, NYM||Peter Kreutzer 0|
|DSwanson, Atl||Peter Kreutzer 0|
It looks like things will come down to the wire as Vlad Sedler holds a slim three-game lead over Andrea Lamont, with ten games up for grabs each week. Vlad draws Kyle Elfrink, currently in third place, ten games from the top. Kyle squares off with Andrea in the final week, so with a couple of near sweeps, he could steal the title. Andrea plays Clay Link, currently in the lower half of the standings, but with a solid pitching staff, so Andrea will have to hope her hitters come through.