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.
|RGoins, Tor||Patrick Davitt 132||Larry Schechter 1||Mike Podhorzer 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0||
|GYnoa, Bal||Patrick Davitt 78|
|ASanchez, Det||Mike Podhorzer 53||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|JShields, CWS||Mike Podhorzer 10||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4||Rob Leibowitz 0|
|APresley, Det||Steve Moyer 9||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DNorris, Det||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4|
|ENavarro, Det||Larry Schechter 1||Steve Moyer 9||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|TKahnle, NYY||Patrick Davitt 0||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4|
|JHardy, Bal||Mike Podhorzer 0||Larry Schechter 1|
|AHays, Bal||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|PAlvarez, Bal||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|DPrice, Bos||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4|
|CCuthbert, KC||Larry Schechter 1|
|GAllen, Cle||Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0|
|MFeliz, Hou||Patrick Davitt 0|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
The first note when I processed the transactions for this final cycle of American League Tout was that Mike Podhorzer had to release three players.
The reason being the first place team, that of Podhorzer, who has dominated and has a 21 point lead was leaving no stone unturned as he grabbed Anibal Sanchez ($53), James Shields ($10), and JJ Hardy ($0) in an effort to seal a deal that was finalized with the start of spring.
That meant the remaining moves were made out of pride and Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton also made a troika of moves grabbing Daniel Norris ($4) along with Austin Hays and Pedro Alvarez (both for $0 bids), while Patrick Davitt also made three moves, purchasing Gabriel Ynoa ($78), Ryan Goins ($132), and Tommy Kahnle ($0).
Steve Moyer and Larry Schechter made the final moves with Moyer obtaining Alex Presley for $9 and Schechter Efren Navarro for a buck.
Congrats to Mike on a fantastic draft and subsequent job managing his team to the top slot!
Don't have much to add except of you haven't seen Ryan Going pull off the hidden ball trick last week, give it a Google. Classic.
|BSuter, Mil||Brian Walton 10||Tristan H. Cockcroft 2||Mike Gianella 0||Phil Hertz 0|
|JThompson, Phi||Brian Walton 2|
|ODespaigne, Mia||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|DMcGuire, Cin||Tristan H. Cockcroft 1|
|JGant, StL||Mike Gianella 0|
|WBuehler, LAD||Phil Hertz 0|
|CEdwards, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|AMinter, Atl||Phil Hertz 0|
|ASwarzak, Mil||Brian Walton 2||Phil Hertz 0|
|BMorrow, LAD||Brian Walton 2|
|DHudson, Pit||Phil Hertz 0|
|HRondon, ChC||Phil Hertz 0|
|JBlevins, NYM||Phil Hertz 0|
|JSherfy, Ari||Phil Hertz 0|
|KYates, SD||Phil Hertz 0|
Brian Walton's Commentary
As we conclude the final week of free agency for the 2017 season, congratulations should be extended to Grey Albright, who will win National League Tout Wars by at least 20 points. I remain in a pitched battle for second place with three-time winner Tristan H. Cockcroft.
That is important to know, since Tristan and I were the only bidders to spend more than $0 on players this week.
For my final $12, I added a pair of starting pitchers, Brent Suter of Milwaukee ($10) and Jake Thompson of Philadelphia ($2). With the Brewers still chasing a wild card, Suter is scheduled to start Thursday against Cincinnati. The left-hander has put together three decent starts, though he only pitched into the sixth inning once. Thompson, once a top prospect who had a rough year at Triple-A, has quietly pitched very well the final month, with a 2.95 ERA over his most recent four starts.
Cockcroft wanted Suter, but had just $2 to spend. Instead, he picked up Miami starter Odrisamer Despaigne and Deck McGwire of the Reds for $1 each. The former is a former Padres hurler, while the latter is a career minor leaguer who made his MLB debut earlier this month. This could be his 15 minutes of fame. Both are on tap for two starts, though Despaigne begins the week in Coors Field where the Rockies are still fighting for a berth in the wild card game.
The nightmare is almost over. Thinking back on this season. I've already copped to drafting a lousy team in this league. As tilted as I am about that, I'm even more upset about the way I went about fixing it -- that is to say, I did nothing. I'm battling to stay out of last, what's the worst thing that could have happened if I took some risky chances and they failed? I'd be battling to stay out of last. So even more than correcting the errors I made at the auction table, of which there were many, next time (insert I hope there isn't a next time here) I start out of the gate with a poor team, I'll be more aggressive in trying to get it on competitive.
|CGranderson, LAD||Zach Steinhorn 87|
|KBarraclough, Mia||Jeff Zimmerman 67|
|SLugo, NYM||Jeff Zimmerman 60||Tim Heaney 0|
|PSandoval, SF||Fred Zinkie 19|
|RDickey, Atl||Ray Flowers 4||Tim Heaney 0|
|MBoyd, Det||Ray Flowers 4|
|BHarper, Was||Ray Flowers 1||Zach Steinhorn 87||Scott Swanay 0||Al Melchior 0|
|MMinor, KC||Fred Zinkie 0||Ray Flowers 4|
|PBridwell, LAA||Tim Heaney 0||Ray Flowers 4||Scott Swanay 0|
|DSalazar, Cle||Scott Swanay 0||Tim Heaney 0|
|BBrach, Bal||Al Melchior 0||Ray Flowers 4|
|ACole, Was||Al Melchior 0|
|AMorgan, Phi||Al Melchior 0|
|YGomes, Cle||Al Melchior 0|
|TJankowski, SD||Al Melchior 0|
|BPhillips, Mil||Al Melchior 0|
|JFamilia, NYM||Jeff Zimmerman 67|
|CStratton, SF||Ray Flowers 4|
|JHader, Mil||Ray Flowers 4|
|JMusgrove, Hou||Ray Flowers 4|
|JThompson, Phi||Ray Flowers 4|
|BColon, Min||Tim Heaney 0|
|JShields, CWS||Tim Heaney 0|
|AReed, Bos||Fred Zinkie 0|
|DPrice, Bos||Fred Zinkie 0|
|TKahnle, NYY||Fred Zinkie 0|
|APresley, Det||Al Melchior 0|
Zach Steinhorn's Commentary
Curtis Granderson is certainly streaky. When I was outbid on him back in mid-August only to see Grandy go on a home run barrage, I was annoyed. Well, a prolonged cold stretch has landed him back on the waiver wire. With two homers in his last seven games, Granderson has convinced me that he's worth a try for the final week. The downside of playing Granderson is that he's sitting versus lefties, and the Dodgers will be facing two left-handed starters this week. But, the three-game series at Coors Field to close out the season, against all right-handed starters, was too tempting to pass up.
What to do about Bryce Harper? My final FAAB decision of 2017 entailed weighing the risk versus reward of bidding on Harper, who was released for a chunky FAAB redemption last month. With Harper expected to be activated from the DL on Monday, he could either be on the verge of a three-homer week or a week in which he gets only 10 at-bats as he looks to shake off some rust heading into the postseason. Ultimately, I decided that Granderson was the safer investment but still threw out a $1 bid on Harper simply to block a bunch of teams that were limited to $0 bids. Ray Flowers ended up winning him, which is fine being that Ray isn't close to taking points away from me in any offensive categories. Mission accomplished.
It's a strange year in that all four of Tout Wars standard roto leagues will have runaway winners. However, as mentioned in this space previously, most embrace the privilege of playing in the showcase league and either battle for a a proverbial money spot or to conserve FAAB dollars next season as we're penalized for finishing below a threshold, depending on the size of the league.
Jeff Zimmerman is on the verge of following up his 2017 Head-to-head championship with the Mixed Auction title. Zach, Fred Zinkie, Ron Shandler and Al Melchior are in a spirited tussle for second place, with three of the four placing bids this week. Tim Heaney, Scott Swanay and Ray Flowers are aiming for every point, and every FAAB dollar.
It's the last week of the season in what's ostensibly a winner-take-all league but half the teams are still bidding. Like Zach said, mission accomplished.
|HRenfroe, SD||Charlie Wiegert 205||Adam Ronis 4|
|DMengden, Oak||Corey Parson 39||Tim McLeod 22||Perry Van Hook 7|
|JThompson, Phi||Tim McLeod 11|
|TChatwood, Col||Perry Van Hook 7|
|JShields, CWS||Tim McLeod 2|
|CRichard, SD||Corey Parson 29|
|INova, Pit||Corey Parson 8||Tim McLeod 5|
|NPivetta, Phi||Tim McLeod 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Down to the last FAAB for free agents with just a week of play to go (absent any play-in games) there were only five teams in the league who made bids.
Unlike most last dances there was a new dance partner for all five teams. The high bid for the night was Charlie Wiegert's $205 for Padres slugger Hunter Renfroe. The only other winning bid above $11 was Oakland starting pitcher Daniel Mengden who went to Corey Parson for $39.
With only eight bid bucks I tried for one or two pitchers - losing out on Mengden but landing another two start hurler in Tyler Chatwood for $7.
Rudy Gamble has a 20-point lead so it looks safe to congratulate Razzball for taking both NL Tout and Mixed Draft. Second place is still up for grabs with Scott White looking to fend off Ray Murphy. Corey Parson and Adam Ronis. There isn't as much activity as the sister auction league, but those with something on the line (top-3 finish or maximizing FAAB next season) are still grinding.
|TPham, StL||Peter Kreutzer 22|
|BSnell, TB||Dr. Roto 15|
|DODay, Bal||Peter Kreutzer 15|
|JMauer, Min||Peter Kreutzer 14|
|MOlson, Oak||Vlad Sedler 6|
|CCorrea, Hou||Vlad Sedler 4|
|JMinaya, CWS||Vlad Sedler 4|
|DHudson, Pit||Dr. Roto 3|
|AJackson, Cle||Peter Kreutzer 22|
|JCandelario, Det||Peter Kreutzer 8|
|JReyes, NYM||Vlad Sedler 6|
|SNewcomb, Atl||Dr. Roto 5|
|DFowler, StL||Peter Kreutzer 4|
|ARosario, NYM||Vlad Sedler 4|
|JNicasio, StL||Vlad Sedler 4|
|AMinter, Atl||Dr. Roto 3|
Peter Kreutzer's Commentary
There isn't much to report in terms of transactions this week. League leader Vlad made some changes, I shifted things a bit in my outfield, but the die is pretty much cast. Sedler will have to collapse totally to give Andrea LaMont a true shot, and once again I will end up third. Or fourth.
But looking back on the second half of the season, I see something in reverse I didn't see as it was happening. You see, I'd set my pitching staff as Kershaw, Strasburg and Hill, plus a bunch of setup guys. The idea was to win ERA, Ratio, and K/9 most weeks at relatively low cost, and end up with 950 innings. Well, that worked okay until Hill went on the DL, then Strasburg went on the DL, then Kershaw went on the DL. I found myself at midseason with a need for innings. So every week I tried to pick off high strikeout guys with good matchups, but the thing I eventually discovered was that I actually cobbled together a pretty good staff off of waivers. Brad Peacock, Luke Weaver, and Jimmy Nelson were all big helps for all the time I played them, and Dinelson Lamet was helpful except when he wasn't. I could have used him a little more judiciously.
I'm not sure that's going to change my strategy for next year. One of the cool things this year was that the cheap set up guys I bought turned into closers, and pitching became my club's strong suit. Not strong enough, but almost. That makes me want to try it again.
The last matchup is a two-week affair. Halfway through, league leader Vlad Sedler is comfortably ahead in nine categories, all but securing the championship in his rookie Tout Wars campaign. He obviously isn't taking anything for granted, grabbing some hitting and pitching reinforcements.
Andrea LaMont is in good shape for second place while Peter Kreutzer has the edge on Kyle Elfrink for third. Weird things can happen the last week of the season so like Vlad, Peter isn't letting up.
Kudos to Mark Bloom, aka Dr. Roto for grinding until the end as well.