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Monday 18th Dec 2017


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.

anibal sanchez



Anibal Sanchez, DET Baseball Prospectus 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1    
Gabriel Ynoa, BAL ESPN.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 3 ESPN.com 1                                                  
Bartolo Colon, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1      
Matt Andriese, TB ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Lance McCullers Jr., HOU ESPN.com 1        
Austin Hays, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Richard Urena, TOR SiriusXM 1        
Ian Kennedy, KC USA TODAY Sports 1        


Bryan Shaw, CLE Baseball Prospectus 2                                                                                                    
Joe Kelly, BOS Baseball Prospectus 2        
Matt Barnes, BOS Baseball Prospectus 2        
Mike Minor, KC Baseball Prospectus 2        
Mychal Givens, BAL Baseball Prospectus 2        
Darwin Barney, TOR SiriusXM 1        
Ehire Adrianza, MIN SiriusXM 1        
Franklin Barreto, OAK SiriusXM 1        
Giovanny Urshela, CLE SiriusXM 1        
Nick Martinez, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1        
Tyler Saladino, CWS SiriusXM 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A spirited battle for pitchers at bargain basement prices found its way to the final week of the AL LABR season with Anibal Sanchez leading a gaggle of hurlers, going to Mike Gianella for $3, besting three other $1 bids.

What makes that move great is the remaining arms all went for a buck, starting with Lance McCullers, who fell to the free agent pool after missed activation, with Tristan Cockcroft nabbing the Houston hurler.

Gabe Ynoa also was copped by Cockcroft, along with Matt Andriese while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs tried to bolster their pitching staff with Bartolo Colon. Team Ambrosius/Childs also fetched one of two non-hurlers, Austin Hays for a dollar while Ray Flowers acquired the other position player, Richard Urena.

Both Ray and the team of Greg and Shawn made their moves trying to catch leader Steve Gardner who has a nine point edge going into the final week of the season. Steve concluded this week's action with addition of Ian Kennedy to his staff, also for a buck.

A solid season for all these top teams and good luck to Gardner in his effort to win the league he curates, along with the chasers.

Todd's Take

After a season yo-yoing between the rotation and bullpen, Anibal Sanchez is on a mini-roll, fanning 10 over his last two starts, both six-inning, one-run efforts. He's scheduled for a double-dip this week, visiting Kansas City then Minnesota. The Twins have been hitting lately, but in the last week, beggars can't be choosers.

starling marte



Starling Marte, PIT USA TODAY Sports 10 ESPN - Karabell 2      
Norichika Aoki, NYM ESPN - Karabell 2 USA TODAY Sports 10                                                                           
Chris Flexen, NYM Yakkertech 2        


Victor Robles, WSH ESPN - Karabell 2                                                                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

With five owners out of money and unable to bid, the reality is that other than bragging rights, only two teams matter at this point. Representatives of two media behemoths, USA TODAY and ESPN, are batting for the 2017 NL LABR title. Specifically, Steve Gardner has a narrow lead over Eric Karabell.

Gardner spent his last $10 on a very good waiver wire addition in Starling Marte. Also wanting an outfielder, Karabell picked up the Mets’ Nori Aoki for $2. Aoki continues to see regular time as a replacement in the injury-racked Mets outfield.

Marte has eight hits and five RBI in his last five games, but in an interesting twist, the Pirates’ outfielder had been released by Gardner just last week amid news Marte might miss the rest of the season. Obviously, he recovered quickly. Actually, both Marte and Gardner did!

Good luck to the two owners in their final-week showdown.

Todd's Take

Starling Marte is going to be one of the more difficult hitters to rank for 2018. That said, if the early market is an accurate reflection, I won't be holding any shares. Friends of Fantasy Benefits honcho Justin Mason is running four industry mocks, each 15-team mixed. Marte was taken 35, 35, 36 and 43 -- mid third round. Sorry, but that's too rich for me.

Setting aside the possibility his numbers have been enhanced, he's only played more than 150 games once in five seasons since becoming a regular. He missed 50 games from suspension this season, but will end the year somewhere in the 70s in terms of games this season.

I see his floor around 12 HR/35 SB, which happens to almost exactly doubling his 2017 numbers. There's some upside, obviously, but with perhaps five pitchers in the top-35, I just don't see Marte as a top-30 or so hitter, which appears to be his market rank. As useful as steals are, the injury risk, combined with floundering power pushes me to look for bags elsewhere. I hope he continues to be drafted in the third, that pushes hitters I want more to me, greasing the skids to take one of the top-5 arms alluded to earlier.

daniel mengden



Daniel Mengden, OAK Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1      
Teoscar Hernandez, TOR Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1                                                                                                    
Brett Phillips, MIL Fangraphs 1        
Anibal Sanchez, DET Fangraphs 1        
James Shields, CWS Fangraphs 1        
Jon Jay, CHC MLB.com 1        


Curtis Granderson, LAD Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1                                                  
Alex Presley, DET MLB.com 1                                                      
Alex Gordon, KC MLB.com 1        
Adam Lind, WSH MLB.com 1        
Lucas Sims, ATL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        
Luis Valbuena, LAA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

With one week left in the season, three teams are tied at the top with 109.5 points. The battling trio include Mike Podhorzer from Fangraphs, Fred Zinkie from mlb.com and Jake Ciely from Rotoexperts/FNTSY Network. Two of the three fortified their squads for the final push. Mike grabbed three starters scheduled for two games, a risky move considering he could give back what he stands to gain in K and wins by dropping in WHIP. Still, I like the aggressive play. Fred grabbed the steady Jon Jay to make sure he has regular at bats from all his roster spots while Jake will ride what got him to this spot.

Good luck guys, enjoy the week.

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