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Free Agents Want YOU! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Saturday, 22 September 2012 16:12

Think of the poster where it is “Uncle Sam Wants YOU” – the message is that the country’s armed forces were looking for more able bodies to help. Your league's free agent list has a similar message – it wants YOU to add some of those players.

The tendency for many who are at this time just tired of months of watching struggling or DOA teams is to concentrate on their fantasy football teams and not pay any attention to the weekly free agent bidding. Don’t be THAT guy. Even if you are not in contention; even if it is a redraft league where there is not future value to adding the player; even if you are mired in last place you still have a responsibility to your league to squeeze every point you can onto your team’s total. Every team needs to compete for the entire season because every single point counts for somebody. And YOU don’t want to be the team that causes another team to win – or lose – because you let your team wallow and let another team pick up a point they weren’t really entitled to.

Obviously if you are clinging to any hope of a money finish you are looking at every possibility. But sometimes I see owners who just look at the league standings page and miss the opportunities they may have in specific categories. Face it with just two weeks to go (and btw you should check and see how your league’s host site is treating the weeks beginning 9/27 and 10/1 – they should be separate weeks but some sites get lazy or didn’t have them set correctly) you probably can’t pick up 14 home runs to get to the next point. So as long as you don’t lose a point there you should make sure your lineup can attack a possible point in batting average or stolen bases.

It is even more important in the pitching categories because unless you can gain (or need to maintain) a point in the saves category you may be better off with some of your relievers being replaced by starting pitchers even for the last two weeks to make a push in the strikeout or win categories. The opposite may well be true and you might gain a point in ERA by replacing shaky SP with good relievers – just make sure you are not “giving up” a point in W or K to teams who don’t deserve it.

But whatever your teams situation is today – Go attack that free agent list. The integrity of the league and more important of YOUR team deserve that.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 September 2012 18:35
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 September 2012 14:35

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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.

steve-pearce

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
PEARCE, STEVEN 3 BHQ
DOUBRONT, FELIX 1 NFBC

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

LOUGH, DAVID 1 BHQ
FORD, LEW 1 BHQ
HUFF, DAVID 1 NFBC
COOK, AARON 1 NFBC
THORNTON, MATT 1 NFBC

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Again it was a quiet week on the FAAB scene as only two players were acquired by teams who had any remaining FAAB. Make that three for next week as Dave Adler (BHQ) spent his last three dollars for 1B/OF Steven Pearce. The NFBC team of Ambrosius/Childs, still holding a four point lead over Nate Ravitz (ESPN) spent one of their remaining dollars to add Felix Doubront to replace the demoted Scott Feldman. I held on to my remaining dollar in hopes there would be something I needed on the FA list next week

matt-dominguez

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TURNER, JACOB 4 BHQ 1 Greg Ambr
DOMINGUEZ, MATT 4 Ray Flowe 3 Greg Ambr 1 CTW
CLEVENGER, STEVE 3 Yahoo
HOOVER, JJ 1 Greg Ambr
ISHIKAWA, TRAVIS 1 CTW

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

BARNES, BRANDON 1 CTW
KOZMA, PETE 1 CTW

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Well, retread seems to be the optimal term for today's transactions, as Jacob Turner was plucked by his fourth team (the BBHQ squad) while the itinerant Travis Ishikawa is on his fourth team--that being the Full Moon boys Glen Colton and Rick Wolf for $1--though in fairness Ishikawa was on the Sirius/XM team guided by second place Ray Flowers twice. Meaning Ishikawa was a FAAB pickup five times in 2012 (he was even on my team for a minute).

That same Mr. Flowers was the big spender, copping Matt Dominguez for $4, hoping a little offensive push can help him with a last minute surge past first place Steve Moyer.

Catcher Steve Clevenger went to Yahoo! for three bucks, one less than Turner, whom I still like!

justin_maxwell

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MAXWELL, JUSTIN 2 BBHQ 1 Fred Zink 1 Mike Pod
KENDRICK, KYLE 1 Todd Zola
PARMELEE, CHRIS 1 Mike Pod
CORREIA, KEVIN 1 Fred Zink
KELLY, JOE 1 Fred Zink
BOURGEOIS, JASON 1 Fred Zink

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

GOSE, ANTHONY 1 BBHQ
EATON, ADAM 1 BBHQ
LYNN, LANCE 1 Todd Zola
LYLES, JORDAN 1 Todd Zola
PORCELLO, RICK 1 Todd Zola
LANNAN, JOHN 1 Fred Zink
SMITH, WILL 1 Fred Zink

Todd Zola's Commentary

What do you do when you only have $1 and want to do what you can not to finish in last place? You buy Kyle Kendrick, of course. I know my plight is my own fault, I could have traded my way up a few strandings places, but I'll spare you that diatribe again. I've been down to a buck of FAAB for a few weeks now and have been saving it for the time I had no available player on reserve to add to my lineup to keep everyone active. Turns out this was the week so I opted for the best available starting pitcher, though in retrospect I wish I had flip-flopped Kendrick and Lance Lynn in my queue.

Ray Murphy and Fred Zinkie are battling for the title and both fortified their hitters with Ray picking up Justin Maxwell for some pop and Fred acquiring Jason Bourgeois for speed.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 15:25
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: September 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 September 2012 00:13

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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.

jason-bourgeois

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JBourgeois, KC 6 Schechter 1 Wolf/Colton 1 Berry 0 Erickson 0 Behrens
ERamirez, Sea 6 Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton 4 Shandler
BRyan, Sea 1 Shandler
HNoesi, Sea 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Leibowitz
EVasquez, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
ALaffey, Tor 0 Leibowitz
DHuff, Cle 0 Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Leibowitz

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

EChavez, Bal 6 Schechter
BRyan, Sea 1 Shandler
EEscobar, Min 0 Shandler
ALaffey, Tor 0 Leibowitz

Todd Zola's Commentary

Larry Schechter's once double digit lead is down to a mere three points over Jeff Erickson so Schechter is using his late season FAAB hammer to fortify a couple of roster spots. With Lorenzo Cain going down, Jason Bourgeois is on tap for a lot of run in center field, and Schechter is hoping he does just that as he can gain a point in steals. Erasmo Ramirez is slated to finish the season in the Mariner rotation thus could contribute some late season strikeouts, another category where Schechter can pick up a point. Combined, these are examples of why Larry is such an accomplished player as he held some FAAB back and then used it to boost categories with points in play - a job well done.

Something to keep in mind for the future is there is always a flurry of starting pitching available once rosters expand as some guys are shut down early due to injury or work load. Not only was Ramirez picked up, but teammate Hector Noesi along with Esmerling Vasquez, Aaron Laffey and David Huff were all purchased for strikeouts and the off chance they win a game or two.

chris-carpenter

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
CCarpenter, StL 10 Kreutzer 6 Walton 5 Ravitz 1 Cockcroft
MHarvey, NYM 8 Cockcroft 6 Carty 4 Kreutzer 0 Pianowski
JVitters, ChC 7 Peterson 0 Walton 0 Zola
KMcPherson, Pit 6 Walton
JMather, ChC 6 Gardner 4 Zola
TIshikawa, Mil 4 Zola 0 Gianella 0 Walton
EGGonzalez, Hou 4 Carty
CRusin, ChC 0 Kreutzer
DSappelt, ChC 0 Gianella 5 Gardner 4 Carty 1 Zola 0 Walton

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Carty
PKozma, StL 1 Zola 0 Gianella
WValdez, Cin 0 Zola

Brian Walton's Commentary

Once again, we are reminded to never say never.

St. Louis Cardinals hurler Chris Carpenter was said to be out for the season due a nerve problem called thoratic outlet syndrome. After a rib was removed, the 37-year-old recovered quickly - enough to be ready to come off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Cubs on Friday. It will be his 2012 season debut.

I paid $6 for Carpenter back on draft day, but reclaimed the full FAAB amount when the DL move was announced on July 4. Fast forwarding to today, I had saved exactly $6 FAAB for one reason - to try to buy Carp back. (Tout rules require a reclaiming bid of at least the initial amount to avoid gaming.) I expect the Cardinals to shift Lance Berkman to the 60-day DL to activate Carpenter. That would allow me to reclaim another $10 FAAB from Berkman to replenish my depleted account.

While I would have been happy with a five-inning win from Carpenter on Friday, my dreams were crushed by Peter Kreutzer's $10 bid. The fact I edged Nate Ravitz' $5 offer and several others is of no consolation. Like they say, second place is first loser.

Instead, I spent my $6 on Pittsburgh's Kyle McPherson, who is taking over disappointing James McDonald's rotation spot. Roughly a strikeout per inning in the minors and in the Bucs' pen has appeal.

In other NL Tout action, Matt Harvey had been dropped last week. This time, the talented rookie drew an $8 rebound bid from league leader Tristan H. Cockcroft. Three others made offers for Harvey as well, despite the Mets having said they plan to garage Harvey early, perhaps as soon as after one more start.

john_lannan

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JLannan, Was 10 (12) Swanay 4 Zinkie
DHernandez, Ari 10 (19) Davitt 0 DiFino 0 Zinkie
KCorreia, Pit 5 Flowers 4 Zinkie
JGuthrie, KC 4 Zinkie 12 Swanay 3 Flowers 0 DiFino
JRuggiano, Fla 4 Flowers 11 Swanay
JKelly, StL 3 Zinkie
RBrantly, Fla 3 Flowers 0 Schwartz
WSmith, KC 1 Zinkie
JBourgeois, KC 0 Zinkie 3 Flowers
SHairston, NYM 0 Steinhorn
LLynn, StL 0 Minnix 2 Zinkie 0 Schwartz
JBroxton, Cin 0 DiFino

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CDenorfia, SD 3 Flowers
JTurner, NYM 3 Flowers
JMartinez, Hou 0 Steinhorn
JSmoak, Sea 0 Steinhorn
JTurner, Fla 0 Minnix
MPerez, Tex 0 Minnix
JChamberlain, NYY 0 DiFino
ERamirez, Sea 0 Minnix
KMcPherson, Pit 0 Minnix

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

With a little over two weeks left in the season, we’re clearly at the stage when owners with excess FAAB dollars are eager to empty their budget, even if it’s on unexciting players. When else would Nationals’ lefty John Lannan warrant a $12 bid? To be fair, Lannan has pitched well in his three big league starts this year and now has a rotation spot secured thanks to the club’s decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg. But he’s not exactly a difference maker.

Diamondbacks’ reliever David Hernandez, who was purchased by Patrick Davitt for the vickrey adjusted price of $10, could be a difference maker, but only if he vultures some saves from J.J. Putz down the stretch. Davitt doesn’t stand to gain more than a point or so in ERA or WHIP, but with the saves category bunched up towards the middle of the pack, a few saves from Hernandez could earn him a few additional points, which would result in a few less dollars subtracted from his starting 2013 FAAB total.

All the other winning bids were of the single-digit variety, including my own pickup, which was of the $0 variety. I had dropped Scott Hairston a few weeks back, but with Lorenzo Cain now done for the season, I needed a replacement outfielder, preferably one with some pop, as I could gain a few points in homers with a late power surge. At this point, like Davitt, my sole focus is on minimizing that FAAB penalty!

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 13:29
 
FAABulous Free Agents for Week 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:52

The NFL’s scheduling of Thursday night games every week this season caused all of the high stakes FF leagues and many smaller leagues to have FAAB for free agents run on Wednesday nights prior to the first game of the week. In the high stakes contests they also run on what was the standard Friday nights.

This is a big plus for those of you who play in FAAB leagues that run on Friday or Saturday nights because we can at least give you a glimpse of how much was bid on players in these leagues on Wednesday. I suggest you read Ryan Carey’s Waiver Wire column on Wednesdays to get his take on what players are likely to be added.

Now remember that many of the leagues I am going to pull numbers from – whether they were online or live drafts may have been done two months ago as well as two weeks ago, so the pent up demand to replace a poor or now injured selection is magnified by how well some replacement players did in Week 1. We see this overreaction every year in the first week of bidding and likely you may not in a local league. So who went for big money this week?

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1) Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

This may be one of the more classic overreactions I have seen. True Morris the 6th round pick out of Florida Atlantic college had a very nice game in the first week and has already been named the starter for this week. BUT unless Morris is the reincarnation of Terrell Davis who also played for HC Mike Shanahan, he is just as likely to take a seat on the bench and watch Evan Royster or Roy Helu or whomever is the Skins Johnnycomelately be Shanahans running back of the week. The historical pattern there is terrible (look it up if you have never owned a Redskins running back since Shanahan arrived in DC) – in fact we just refer to it as Shananagins. Anyway Morris went for the following bids this week – 971, 955, and 900 on $1000 FAAB budgets and in one league I play in, $1110 on a $1200 budget. Personally I wouldn’t bid more than two hundred if I was desperate for a running back for a Washington running back – those scars don’t heal quickly.

2) Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets

Hill the talented rookie receiver looked sensational in hauling in two touchdown grabs from Mark Sanchez last week, and one could argue is a better target for Sanchize than Santonio Holmes. So I can see FF players who needed an additional receiver committing to Hill and as I said in response to Ryan’s question of Hill vs Kevin Ogletree this week, Hill is a much better investment as the Jets WR2 than is Ogletree the WR3 for the Cowboys. Hill went for 356, 227, 127, and 333 in leagues with a $1000 budget for the season in Week 2 bidding. Compare to

3) Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Ogletree would have been in even more bidding wars this week had his breakout performance in the opening night game against the Giants not been before several drafts last weekend. And there is a solid reason to add Ogletree as long as you don’t think that will be even a monthly occurrence – the confidence of not only his quarterback and teammates and the Dallas coaching staff clearly cemented him as the third receiver on the team – very important when both the guys in front of him on the depth chart and on Tony Romo’s radar, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are favorites not to be able to appear in all sixteen games in any given year. Still the problem is that you would have to be beyond desperate to actually put Ogletree into a lineup slot in games Austin and Bryant were playing (to say nothing of a healed Jason Witten). Still Ogletree went for bids far outweighing anyone not named Morris this week – 350, 561, 676, 257, 378, 287, 163, 500, 299, and 577 on $1000 budgets and on $15 on a $100 budget and 900 and 851 on $1200 budgets.

4) Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Hawkins, the undrafted rookie out of Toledo,  also had a coming out party in Week 1 and finally (we hope) answered the question of who would provide a badly needed target for Andy Dalton besides A.J. Green and TE Jermaine Gresham. Hawkins went for 207, 356, 612, 76, 388, 76, 201, 69, 201, and 144 on $1000 budgets, and 22 on a $100 budget and 123 on $1200 budgets.  Try as I might I could only roster Hawkins for two teams this week, one on a $123 bid and the other on waivers (with the 4th slot). When we see the results from the end of this year, I would not be surprised in the least for Hawkins to have more FF points than Ogletree or Hill.

In the few leagues where he wasn’t drafted the Packers James Jones was a hot target and the Cardinals Andre Roberts was also claimed in many leagues.

Good Hunting in your league this week.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 10:48
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 September 2012 17:26

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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.

cole-devries

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

DE VRIES, COLE 1 Nate Ravi

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

COLLINS, TIM 1 Nate Ravi
O'DAY, DARREN 1 Nate Ravi

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I only have one dollar left to spend on a free agent in LABR AL but that is one dollar more than more than half the league – seven teams to be exact. There were a couple of teams with $3 left but perhaps they felt as I did that with some returning from the DL (Brett Lawrie and Erasmo Ramirez for my team) that they already owned better options than what they might get so they would wait and hope there would be more players recalled who would be available next Monday for the final two weeks.

Nate Ravitz finally got tired of looking at Roy Oswalt on his roster (I feel your pain bro – have him in my AL league from LALA-land where I am fighting to get into the money) and spent one of his remaining dollars to replace him with the Twins Cole De Vries. And that was the only successful bid this week. Nate btw is now at 90 points trying desperately but unlikely to gain enough points to overtake the NFBC duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs who continue to league the lead, now at 97 points.

tyler-cloyd

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

EATON, ADAM 7 CTW
CLOYD, TYLER 5 BHQ
BIANCHI, JEFF 1 Ray Flowe

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

MCDONALD, JOHN 1 Ray Flowe
CEDENO, RONNY 1 Ray Flowe
TURNER, JUSTIN 1 Ray Flowe

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Lean times they are on the NL LABR wire, and at the same time, it is fish or cut bait time.

Only three free agent acquisitions occurred during this period. Arizona's flychaser Adam Eaton was the focus of the neatley renamed Full Moon Team (now known as "Colton and the Wolfman") replacing the defunct and disappointing Jason Bay. I saw Eaton's first major league hits, and he has some speed, a little pop, all the things that could make him a nice solid play. The only issue for Rick and Glenn is probably too little too late.

Ray Flowers picked up Jeff Bianchi for a buck to spell the ailing Rafael Furcal, and BBHQ nabbed Tyler Cloyd to replace Brett Myers.

As with the Full Moon pick, good luck to all of us catching first placer Steve Moyer. It seems like it is indeed his year.

andrew_werner

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

CHISENHALL, LONNIE 1 Mike Pod
WERNER, ANDREW 1 Fred Zink
STULTS, ERIC 1 Fred Zink 1 BBHQ
GONZALEZ, MIGUEL 1 BBHQ

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CLOYD, TYLER 1 Fred Zink

Todd Zola's Commentary

Three more starters were plucked off the free agent heap in the never-ending trek to jack up the wins and K's. Both Eric Stults and Andrew Werner have PETCO Park at their back, so they should be safe to use though their run support will be limited. Miguel Gonzalez has the best chance of wins as the Orioles are in a race with the Yankees for the AL East crown.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 18:37
 
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