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Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 00:07

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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.

leonys-martin

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
JGrimm, Tex 10 (18) Michaels 7 Berry 0 Erickson
LMartin, Tex 10 (14) Liss 5 Wolf/Colton 5 Berry 4 Leibowitz 3 Behrens 0 Erickson
JTurner, Det 7 Berry 6 Wolf/Colton
JChavez, Tor 6 Wolf/Colton
CWells, Sea 5 Berry 5 Behrens 8 Liss 1 Leibowitz 0 Erickson
CVillanueva, Tor 4 Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Erickson
TCollins, KC 2 Liss 0 Behrens 0 Erickson 0 Leibowitz
DMastroianni, Min 2 Behrens
FMorales, Bos 1 Wolf/Colton 2 Behrens
MMelancon, Bos 0 Leibowitz
LAyala, Bal 0 Leibowitz
LMendoza, KC 0 Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
TRoss, Oak 0 Erickson
BHoladay, Det 0 Berry
EEscobar, CWS 0 Behrens

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

DBelow, Det 2 Liss
LAnderson, Bos 1 Behrens
ACunningham, Cle 0 Behrens
AMiller, Bos 0 Erickson
JFrasor, Tor 0 Leibowitz
MKawasaki, Sea 0 Behrens
MLowe, Tex 0 Leibowitz

Todd Zola Commentary

They say everything is bigger in Texas and that appears to include the AL Tout FAAB bids as a pair of Rangers led the charge this week. Our own Lawr Michaels is hoping that Texas either delays the debut of Roy Oswalt or remembers that Scott Feldman isn't very good as he picked up Justin Grimm who was quite impressive upon his promotion from Double-A, fanning seven Astros while walking nobody in his first six innings in the bigs.

Rotowire's Chris Liss then took a chance that Leonys Martin's stay would be longer than Josh Hamilton's visit to the hospital. This is a typical move for Chris - in the industry, taking a chance is affectionately known as "taking a Liss." Chris plays to win, following the mantra of second place is first loser.

Our own Rob Leibowitz has been snake bit recently when it comes to starting pitching as Drew SmylyDrew Hutchison and John Danks have all hit the DL forcing Rob to pick up some band aids until his guys heal. Mark Melancon has been lights out at Pawtucket since his early season disaster in Boston and while he will not be closing any time soon, Melancon will be used in high pressure situations so he may vulture a win or two

brandon-lyon

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
BLyon, Hou 4 Pianowski
CFriedrich, Col 2 Pianowski 1 Peterson 0 Walton
MCairo, Cin 1 Pianowski
JFrancis, Col 1 Peterson
LValbuena, ChC 1 Hertz 1 Pianowski 0 Kreutzer 0 Gianella
JJurrjens, Atl 1 Hertz
AOttavino, Col 1 Gianella
AHuff, SF 1 Gardner
BBoxberger, SD 1 Cockcroft
SCousins, Fla 0 Walton 0 Kreutzer
ASimon, Cin 0 Walton
MTreanor, LAD 0 Pianowski
VRottino, NYM 0 Kreutzer
WValdez, Cin 0 Gianella 1 Pianowski 0 Hertz
KLoe, Mil 0 Gianella

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

AHuff, SF 1 Gardner
AOttavino, Col 0 Kreutzer 1 Gianella
BHayes, Fla 0 Pianowski
CBreslow, Ari 0 Gianella
EMaysonet, Mil 0 Gianella
JGiambi, Col 0 Gianella 0 Pianowski
JHoover, Cin 0 Gardner
JMarquis, SD 0 Peterson
JThatcher, SD 0 Kreutzer 0 Gardner
MNickeas, NYM 0 Pianowski
RChoate, Fla 0 Gardner
TByrdak, NYM 0 Gardner

Brian Walton's Commentary

By a considerable margin, it was the quietest FAAB period this season to date in National League Tout Wars. It wasn't because of a lack of cash. The 13 league members still have a total of $632 remaining, or almost half of the full-season FAAB budgets. Individual balances range from a high of $88 to a low of $10. There is a major gulf between the haves and have nots. Four owners hold $80 or more while four others have less than $15 remaining.

The problem this time around was the lack of living, breathing, potentially contributing players.

The only bids over $1 were made on two pitchers. Houston's Brandon Lyon went for $4, while his owner waits for the seemingly-inevitable trade of Brett Myers. Colorado's Christian Friedrich fetched $2 after having been thrown back into the pool by his frustrated prior owner last week.

One Tout warrior, apparently hoping Jair Jurrjens' major and minor league numbers were just a mirage, threw out a $1 bid for the Atlanta hurler and got crickets. I had thought about going there, but didn't have the guts to absorb his upcoming Friday start in Boston. Jurrjens had fetched $8 on draft day.

I had an open roster spot from Houston's reliable reliever Wilton Lopez hitting the disabled list. My additions this week are a couple of $0 options in Florida outfielder Scott Cousins and Cincinnati reliever Alfredo Simon. Though it remains to be seen if he gets a real shot, Cousins would love to be the next to try to hold down centerfield until Emilio Bonifacio returns. Yes, Simon is the same guy you remember. He is sort of like the pitching version of Fernando Tatis, except without the two grand slams in one inning, hopefully.

carlos-marmol

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
CMarmol, ChC 19 (46) Mack 18 Steinhorn 12 DiFino 8 Heaney 4 Zinkie 3 Singman
TCampana, ChC 12 (14) Flowers 11 Zinkie 5 Davitt 4 Heaney 3 Mack 2 Van Riper
BMoss, Oak 10 Mack 8 Swanay 5 Van Riper 1 Singman 1 Zinkie 0 Minnix
QBerry, Det 8 Davitt
ASimmons, Atl 7 Singman 2 Flowers 1 Zinkie
SPearce, Bal 4 DiFino 0 Zinkie
JArrieta, Bal 3 Schwartz 0 Minnix
JMaxwell, Hou 2 Swanay 1 Heaney 1 Flowers
GHolland, KC 2 Singman 1 Heaney
LHochevar, KC 2 Heaney
SPodsednik, Bos 1 VanRiper 3 Mack
EJohnson, TB 1 Swanay 0 Davitt
BCecil, Tor 1 Swanay 0 Minnix 0 Singman
JGrimm, Tex 1 Singman
ALind, Tor 1 Minnix
KMedlen, Atl 1 McCaffrey 1 DiFino
GPerkins, Min 1 Heaney
JPacheco, Col 1 Flowers
MOlivo, Sea 1 Flowers
JRivera, LAD 0 Zinkie

 

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

FGutierrez, Sea 1 Heaney 1 Flowers
JGrimm, Tex 1 Singman
JJurrjens, Atl 1 Heaney
LMartin, Tex 1 Heaney
BInge, Oak 1 Heaney
CGentry, Tex 1 McCaffrey 0 Davitt
AWhite, Col 0 Singman
CYoung, NYM 0 Singman
TWood, ChC 0 Swanay

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Not too long ago, Carlos Marmol was a clear-cut top-5 fantasy closer. This week, he drew the highest bid in Mixed Tout FAAB. Now that Marmol is back in his familiar closer role following an early-season demotion, Eric Mack valued him at $46. Luckily, he only had to shell out $19 thanks to the Vickrey bidding procedure. Marmol still has electric stuff, but his inability to control it makes each one of his outings a roller coaster ride. But if he holds onto the job for the rest of the season, Eric’s investment will prove to be worth it, though Marmol’s ratios might not be pretty.

Mack wasn’t done shopping, as he also grabbed Oakland’s Brandon Moss for $10. Moss has shown plenty of pop since his June 6th call-up, belting six homers over his first 11 games, and for now he should see regular playing time at first base, as there’s little competition for at-bats. That said, Moss has failed to capitalize on numerous opportunities to stick around in the big leagues over the past few years, so it remains to be seen if this is just an isolated hot streak. The other double-digit dollar purchase this week was Tony Campana, snatched up by Ray Flowers for the Vickrey-adjusted price of $12. Players who can carry you in a certain category always offer significant roto value, and Campana, who has already swiped 23 bags, fits the bill. Considering that he is playing almost every day, I’m actually very surprised that he was not owned.

The 4-man bench has become a big issue for me in FAAB, as I’m not quite ready to give up on most of my current players. I entered in only one bid this week, $18 for Carlos Marmol. Turns out my bid was the second-highest, but nowhere near Mack’s bid. So basically, my only accomplishment this week was squeezing a few extra bucks from Eric’s budget!

Last Updated on Monday, 10 June 2013 01:50
 
The Argument About Daily Transactions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Friday, 15 June 2012 16:50

Another argument against daily transactions comes interestingly enough from those who have unlimited access and time to catch things during the day and grab a brand new free agent in attempts to improve their lineup.

Consider what happened on Friday from the point of view of an active roto player in an AL-only league. With a pitching vacancy since lineups were changed on Monday (and there are lots of those - Drew Smyly, Alexi Ogando, Steven Pryor, P.J. Walters, Kyle Drabek, and Brandon Morrow all put on the DL; and Blake Beavan optioned to the minors), the news on Friday morning is that the Texas Rangers decide against starting Robbie Ross  (ostensibly because Ron Washington thinks he needs even more relievers) and are going to put Koji Uehara on the DL and call up Jason Grimm from Double-A Round Rock. While Grimm has been excellent for those Rangers, he is jumping a level and several Texas pitchers there.

But fine, pick up Grimm on Friday for the Saturday start (once the transaction goes through) and there is even a bonus chance that he will get a second or third start, according to Rangers GM Jon Daniels. All Ready

But then the news breaks that Josh Hamilton was hospitalized Thursday night after the game for an intestinal virus and will be getting fluids for the next day or two and that the Rangers did DL Uehara but used that roster spot to call up outfield prospect Leonys Martin who will start in CF on Friday night. Well………..then how are they getting Grimm to the 40-man roster and then active? Or with Hamilton out and the extra outfielder needed, will they scrap that plan and perhaps start Robbie Ross? Or more likely they will make another move to get Grimm active on Saturday but now your competition has all the news you were going to act on.Sigh

And you thought it was a plus to have daily transactions or that they were terrible because you couldn’t get to a computer and get all the news.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2012 17:08
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 June 2012 19:15

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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, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed 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-moss

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
MOSS, BRANDON 11 Perry 2 KFFL
MASTROIANNI, DARIN 6 USAT 1 Full Moon
ROBINSON, CLINT 3 Jason Col
WALTERS, P.J. 2 BHQ
DOOLITTLE, SEAN 2 KFFL
DANKS, JORDAN 1 Full Moon
FLAHERTY, RYAN 1 Full Moon
LOGAN, BOONE 1 RW - Liss
UEHARA, KOJI 1 RW - Liss

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

BURTON, JARED 1 RW - Liss
HAGADONE, NICK 1 RW - Liss
MCCOY, MIKE 1 Full Moon
PATTON, TROY 1 RW - Liss

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well this week most people decided to go only a buck or two for replacements except for three players called up last week. Brandon Moss (currently only available at OF but just one game short of 1B position eligibility) got an $11 bid from Mastersball. Well in defense of my apparent gross overbid – the underbids from KFFL and Full Moon were both $2 – I thought the Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome, and Kila Ka'aihue owners would be more interested. For me it was a chance to get Seattle’s Alex Liddi who is running out of at bats and possibly his roster spot for the Mariners reserved and hope for Moss’ bat to get him to stay in the Athletics lineup at their revolving first base slot. Moss did have 15 home runs at Triple-A Sacramento this year before his callup and frankly was one of the toughest spring training cuts for Oakland after a terrific spring in which he hit .526. But there was a huge logjam in the Oakland outfield especially when they decided that Yoenis Cespedes would start the year with the big club. Fortunately for Moss he got time to work at first base in Sacramento enabling Billy Beane to give him a shot at the position while designating Ka’aihue for assignment.

Steve Gardner (USA Today) was the DLed Fukudome owner who chose a $6 bid on Darin Mastroianni of the Twins to fill that slot. Clint Robinson of the Royals was a $3 bid for Jason Collette (BP) as he replaced Don Kelly. I am guessing Collette has a player ready to return from the DL as Robinson doesn’t figure to get many at bats and be sent down fairly soon.

justin-maxwell

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
BOGGS, MITCHELL 3 USAT 2 RotoWire 1 Greg Ambr
MAXWELL, JUSTIN 2 Full Moon
KENDRICK, KYLE 1 Greg Ambr 1 Full Moon
MOORE, TYLER 1 Greg Ambr 1 Tristan 1 BHQ
CORPAS, MANNY 1 Greg Ambr
DIAZ, MATT 1 BHQ
CHAMBERS, ADRON 1 RotoWire 1 Full Moon
MARQUIS, JASON 1 Full Moon

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BIXLER, BRIAN 1 BHQ
CHOATE, RANDY 1 USAT
COLLMENTER, JOSH 1 Greg Ambr
HOOVER, JJ 1 USAT
HUGHES, JARED 1 USAT
LOE, KAMERON 1 USAT
ROTTINO, VINNY 1 Greg Ambr
ZIEGLER, BRAD 1 USAT

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Ho hum is the way to describe this week on the NL LABR FAAB front.

Probably the most notable issue was last week I dumped Jeff Suppan and his mediocre numbers, activating Nathan Eovaldi from my reserve list to fill the slot.

This week Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up Jason Marquis--ostensibly the "new" Jeff Suppan--for a buck hoping for the same miracle I had for Suppan. Good luck with that Full Mooners!

The Full Mooners also nabbed Justin Maxwell for a couple of bucks

Mitchell Boggs was the high ticket item for the week at $3.

Like I said: "ho-hum"

What is interesting is four teams sitting on chunks of FAAB money, as follows:

Yahoo - Brandon Brandon $109

Sandlot Shrink Bob Radomski $94

mastersball - lawr michaels  $92

ESPN - Karabell $88

I don't know about Brandon, Bob, or Eric, but I am sitting on my $92 as rumors of Kevin Youkilis being swapped, hopefully to the NL, and hopefully to me!

manny-corpas

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

 

PLAYER AWARDED WINNING BID
PRESLEY, ALEX 9 Fred Zinkie 4 Rotowire 4 Clay Dave 3 Mike Pod 1 KFFL
LAIRD, GERALD 6 Todd Zola 2 Clay Dave
PRYOR, STEPHEN 6 Doug Ande
THERIOT, RYAN 5 Clay Dave
BALFOUR, GRANT 4 USAT 3 Bobby Col 1 Mike Pod 1 Jonah Keri
RICHARDS, GARRETT 4 Rotowire 2 Fred Zink 1 Mike Pod
CORPAS, MANNY 2 Rotowire
BETEMIT, WILSON 1 Mike Pod
MATSUZAKA, DAISUKE 1 Mike Pod
SANCHEZ, HECTOR 1 Clay Dave 1 Todd Zola
PODSEDNIK, SCOTT 1 KFFL

 

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

 

MOSS, BRANDON 2 Full Moon 2 KFFL
BARNEY, DARWIN 2 Clay Dave
CARROLL, JAMEY 1 Clay Dave
CONGER, HANK 1 Clay Dave
KOTTARAS, GEORGE 1 Todd Zola
LOBATON, JOSE 1 Todd Zola
SMITH, SETH 1 Mike Pod

 

Todd Zola's Commentary

Fred Zinkie usually has the Midas touch which bodes well for anyone hoping Alex Presley has a better go of it his ssecond time around this season. In the spring, I thought Michael Brantley and Presley would both be nice late round additions to give a little of this and a little of that. So far I'm half right.

My only bid this week was to replace the disabled Alex Avila, who joins Troy Tulowitzki and Wilson Ramos as my walking wounded. While I pondered the possibility of Hank Conger, I settled for the safer Gerald Laird who at least has the luxury of replacing my guy.

From the "if he can breathe he can close for the Cubs department", TJS recovery Manuel Corpas is back in the bigs. Good luck with that DVR.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:41
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 11 June 2012 00:35

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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.

hank-conger

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
CParmelee, Min 6 Wolf/Colton 6 Leibowitz 3 Behrens 0 Erickson
NAdcock, KC 4 Michaels
THunter, Bal 2 Wolf/Colton 0 Shandler
JorDanks, CWS 2 Liss 0 Erickson
HConger, LAA 1 Shandler 0 Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Leibowitz
VPadilla, Bos 1 Michaels
JCrain, CWS 1 Schechter
SDoolittle, Oak 1 Erickson 1 Collette
CWade, NYY 1 Collette 0 Erickson
WRhymes, TB 1 Behrens
JBurton, Min 0 Shandler
MMaier, KC 0 Leibowitz
BMoss, Oak 0 Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

TScheppers, Tex 0 Erickson
MMelancon, Bos 1 Wolf/Colton
AMiller, Bos 0 Erickson
BBadenhop, TB 0 Erickson
CRamos, TB 0 Shandler
DMastroianni, Min 0 Erickson
EScribner, Oak 1 Michaels
JHester, LAA 0 Shandler
JMolina, TB 0 Shandler
LMarson, Cle 0 Shandler
LPerez, Tor 0 Erickson
SAtchison, Bos 0 Erickson

Todd Zola's Commentary

I'm pinch-hitting for Rob today. Chris Parmelee was on a lot of sleeper lists in the spring as the tenuous situations of both Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau paved the way for Parmelee to pick up some playing time at first. His first go-round resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Rochester, but after 1.208 OPS on the farm, the Twins' youngster is back for another shot. Target Field will depress his power, but at this point of the season, anytime you can acquire a player that will accrue neat full-time at bats, you take the chance, like the dynamic duo of Colton and the Wolfman did.

Something that caught my eye was what I consider curious bidding on Hank Conger, called up to help fill in for Chris Iannetta. Maybe it is just an artifact of my 2011 man-crush on Conger, but I am surprised the bidding was not higher. I realize Conger is a short-term fix, but if the young receiver were to hit, he could stick with Bobby Wilson losing his backup spot. I just feel it would have been a shot worth taking for those in need of a catcher. Ron Shandler is now covered regardless as he owns the entire Halos' receiving troika.

Something else I find extremely interesting is the FAAB totals for the AL Tout Warriors. Here they are:

Jason Collette 92
Rob Leibowitz 73
Steve Moyer 69
Larry Schechter 67
Ron Shandler 65
Andy Behrens 60
Matthew Berry 44
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 43
Lawr Michaels 42
Mike Siano 40
Chris Liss 29
Jeff Erickson 8

Usually, there are multiple teams vying for the top spot in the hopes there is an impact deadline deal that sends an NL player over the AL. I wonder if the addition of the second wild card has caused concern that fewer teams will be sellers, decreasing the chance a top player comes over. Or maybe, injuries are much more prevalent so they can't afford to fold onto their FAAB. Either way, Jason Collette is in the interesting position of being able to bit a pretty healthy amount, especially with Vickrey, and still retain the top spot. That said, the trading of FAAB is allowed in Tout Wars, as is the ability to reclaim FAAB if you have a player purchased at the auction on the DL. I have a feeling that if there are some crossovers, we'll see some interesting deals involving FAAB. Keep in mind that FAAB acquired in a trade is not eligible to be used until the following transaction period, so all the owners will know what they are up against. The previous week, however, is where clandestine deals can be consummated, and I, as the league SWAT, will be asked not to announce some deals until the last possible instance and still have the transaction be valid that week. This is all part of the gamesmanship that goes on in a league such as Tout Wars.

mike-fontenot

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
APresley, Pit 60 (54) Gianella 53 Carty 38 Pianowski 31 Cockcroft 19 Ravitz 18 Peterson
18 Kreutzer 9 Gardner 5 Wilderman 4 Walton
MFontenot, Phi 15 (10) Pianowski 8 Cockcroft 3 Ravitz 2 Walton 1 Wilderman 1 Kreutzer
1 Gianella
MCorpas, ChC 7 Pianowski 1 Peterson 0 Kreutzer
JKelly, StL 4 Walton
CMaldonado, Was 3 Pianowski
ROhlendorf, SD 2 Peterson 1 Pianowski 0 Zola
FSalas, StL 0 Cockcroft 0 Hertz
TGorzelanny, Was 0 Zola 0 Walton 0 Hertz
AChambers, StL 0 Wilderman 2 Pianowski
RBelisario, LAD 0 Hertz
DSolano, Fla 0 Kreutzer
MGonzalez, Was 0 Kreutzer 0 Zola
RBrothers, Col 0 Gianella 0 Cockcroft
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Peterson 0 Walton 0 Carty
MKotsay, SD 0 Walton 0 Wilderman

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BLyon, Hou 4 Pianowski
MCairo, Cin 2 Pianowski
JGiambi, Col 2 Pianowski
AOttavino, Col 0 Walton 0 Kreutzer
DCarpenter, Hou 0 Zola
DSlaten, Pit 0 Zola
JHoover, Cin 0 Zola
MTreanor, LAD 0 Peterson 0 Pianowski
RChoate, Fla 0 Zola
VMarte, StL 0 Zola

Brian Walton's Commentary

Coming off a 2011 debut during which he drove in 20 and stole nine bases in 215 at-bats for the Pirates, Alex Presley fetched a $14 winning bid on draft day from ESPN's Nate Ravitz. Last year's success did not initially carry over to 2012, however. Batting just .220 on May 15, the outfielder was returned to Triple-A. With only four reserve spots in Tout, Ravitz cut his ties with Presley. Back to the bigs this week, Presley drew 10 bids, including $19 from his previous owner. It wasn't nearly enough as Mike Gianella's $54 ($60 Vickrey) edged Derek Carty's $53 offer. Last week, Presley could have been had for just $1, but who knew he'd be called up?

The back injury suffered by Philadelphia's Freddy Galvis and the continual question marks that dog Chase Utley turned Mike Fontenot from unwanted last week to a hot commodity this Sunday night. The former Cubs and Giants' second sacker attracted seven bids. Six were single-digit offers, with the winner being Scott Pianowski at $10 ($15 Vickrey).

Losing Jaime Garcia for up to two months with a shoulder problem meant my already-underachieving staff needed someone else. I went for the left-hander's replacement. Joe Kelly had passed top prospect Shelby Miller in the Cardinals pecking order and in his Sunday MLB debut, Kelly allowed just one run over five innings. I figured that performance would interest some of my competitors, but my $4 bid surprisingly stood alone.

alex-presley

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
APresley, Pit 52 (13) Schwartz 12 Zinkie 7 Steinhorn 1 Singman 0 Minnix
GSanchez, Fla 12 (10) Zinkie 5 Steinhorn 1 Minnix
TPlouffe, Min 13 (10) Mack 2 Schwartz 1 Van Riper 0 Heaney 0 Gonos 0 Minnix
RCook, Oak 7 Van Riper 5 Heaney 1 Zinkie
HAlvarez, Tor 4 Van Riper 0 Zinkie
HConger, LAA 3 Mack 0 Singman
WMyers, KC 2 Singman
PBourjos, LAA 2 Van Riper
JHairston, LAD 2 Gonos
JBenoit, Det 1 Steinhorn
TColvin, Col 1 Heaney
BZito, SF 1 Trachtman 0 Heaney 0 Zinkie
GParra, Ari 1 Van Riper 1 Zinkie
DHernandez, Ari 0 Heaney
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Singman
DMatsuzaka, Bos 0 Minnix 1 Van Riper 0 Heaney
EChavez, Bal 0 Minnix
RTheriot, SF 0 Minnix 0 Zinkie
HNoesi, Sea 0 Zinkie 0 Minnix
JThome, Phi 0 Zinkie

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

EHerrera, LAD 2 Gonos
MCorpas, ChC 1 Van Riper
JBlanton, Phi 1 Van Riper
JMaxwell, Hou 1 Van Riper
GHolland, KC 1 Van Riper 0 Heaney
BVillarreal, Det 0 Heaney
CSnyder, Hou 0 Mack
CYoung, NYM 0 Heaney
DHutchison, Tor 0 Zinkie 0 Minnix
DLowe, Cle 0 Heaney
GLaird, Det 0 Mack
JBaker, ChC 0 Minnix
KKendrick, Phi 0 Zinkie
MOlivo, Sea 0 Mack
NJones, CWS 0 Heaney
SDoolittle, Oak 0 Heaney
SHairston, NYM 0 Heaney

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I think it’s safe to say that Cory Schwartz is a big Alex Presley fan. Presley, who was banished to the minors after a dreadful start to the season but recalled early last week, received a $52 bid from Schwartz, dwarfing Fred Zinkie’s second place bid of $12. Tout uses Vickrey bidding for bids exceeding $10, however, so Cory was only forced to shell out $13 for the Pirates’ outfielder. In six games since getting recalled, Presley is 8-for-27 (.296 AVG) with a homer and three steals, so Schwartz’s enthusiasm is certainly understandable.

First baseman Gaby Sanchez, another player who is fresh off a stint in the minors after starting the year in the big leagues, garnered the second highest bid and went to Fred Zinkie for the Vickrey adjusted price of $10. Even though he has yet to fully live up to expectations, Sanchez has still been a mixed league worthy player over the past few years and without question deserved a spot on a Tout roster.

I put in bids for both of these guys, but with less than half of my season FAAB budget remaining, I had to limit myself. I did scoop up Joaquin Benoit to serve as my new non-closer reliever but ERA/WHIP/K rate helper, figuring that he’s an upgrade over the disappointing Jonny Venters. All in all, what could have been a busy FAAB week for me turned out to be a rather quiet one.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 08:45
 
How to Screw Up an FF Draft PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 16:43

If you read my Mastersblog post from Sunday evening, I listed the first round picks and my team from a twelve team, PPR, fifteen round draft hosted by Rotowire on MockDraftCentral.com. Here are a couple of the worst offenders – things you will avoid:

1) Signing up but not showing up – how much good can it do you to just have your name there? On the other hand, you can screw the draft up for those who really want to practice.

2) Not knowing the scoring system or starting lineup requirements for the intended mock draft. Again aside from drafting a bad team for yourself, you are short changing those who want to learn or practice.

3) That would also include not knowing what teams players are with for the upcoming season.

All of these things are why websites and magazines shouldn’t use the term “Expert Leagues” or “Expert Mock Drafts” because some of the participants are clearly less than expert. Call them Industry Drafts and it will still let everyone know that these are drafters from websites or newsletters or blogs or whatever.

Here are a few follow up numbers and observations from Sunday’s draft.

Three teams took quarterbacks in the first round. While I have no problem with someone taking Aaron Rodgers in the back half of the first round I don’t see the ability to draft a strong team if you start with other quarterbacks with your first pick.

Only two teams took a tight end in the first two rounds – Jimmy Graham at 1.10 and Rob Gronkowski at 2.07. The rest of the teams waited until the very end of the fifth round (Witten), with four more off in the sixth round (Hernandez, Finley, Gates, and Davis) and one in the seventh round (Tamme). That leaves four teams that showed either they have no clue how important the better tight ends are in PPR leagues or they believe that you can wait and find a gem. Not true especially when three of the drafters took their second TE before some teams had one. CLUE – you can Flex a second TE.

There was one team that waited past round seven to get their first quarterback – not a good strategy when several others have already grabbed an alternate or backup. I doubt you are winning your fantasy league in 2012 with Ryan Fitzpatrick as your QB.

*When I stated in the opening about “certain conditions” you should only be doing serious mocking for your important leagues when the scoring system and starting lineup requirements and number of roster spots are exactly the same as the league you are practicing for. And only when you have ALL live drafters who are there for the whole draft. Otherwise it’s just mocksturbation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 June 2012 09:33
 
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