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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
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: September 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 September 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.

brett-cecil

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BCecil, Tor 10 (11) Michaels
DLough, KC 10 (12) Schechter
JHannahan, Cle 5 Shandler 0 Erickson:
DStraily, Oak 4 Behrens 1 Wolf/Colton:
MGomez, Bos 2 Schechter 0 Erickson:
MAdams, Tex 0 Leibowitz
JCrain, CWS 0 Leibowitz
BMyers, CWS 0 Leibowitz
KJepsen, LAA 0 Schechter
BFrancisco, TB 0 Erickson 12 Schechter:

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

ALaffey, Tor 2 Behrens
BLyon, Tor 0 Schechter
EEscobar, Min 0 Shandler
HSantiago, CWS 3 Behrens
JPeralta, TB 0 Schechter:
LAyala, Bal 0 Schechter:
MLowe, Tex 0 Leibowitz:
SDelabar, Tor 0 Schechter:

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

It is now early to mid September and the AL FAAB leader has a whopping $14 remaining to him. Kansas City outfielder David Lough and Toronto starter Brett Cecil each garnered the highest bids this week at $10 each. Lough has long been considered something of a tweener with doubles power, slightly above average speed, mediocre overall plate discipline, but good contact making skills. He was playing semi-regularly until injuring his hamstring back on the 5th.  Brett Cecil’s gopheritis got him booted from the rotation earlier this year. He has actually shown pretty good skills otherwise at stops in Double-A and Triple-A, but for now will be utilized out of the bullpen in middle and long relief. In the past the righty has been known for his ability to keep the ball on the ground, so there is still a chance he could be a productive member of the Jays' rotation in the future.

john-lannan

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
AEaton, Ari 20 Peterson 20 Cockcroft 8 Walton 4 Kreutzer 0 Gianella
JLannan, Was 10 (20) Cockcroft 1 Peterson
PAumont, Phi 10 (12) Hertz 0 Kreutzer
DDescalso, StL 4 Kreutzer 0 Gianella
BHolt, Pit 3 Walton 2 Kreutzer 1 Peterson 0 Gianella
JBay, NYM 2 Walton
MLindstrom, Ari 0 Kreutzer
RCedeno, NYM 0 Gianella
JMcDonald, Ari 0 Gianella 0 Kreutzer

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

JLindblom, Phi 12 Hertz
RMattheus, Was 7 Hertz
JGrilli, Pit 3 Hertz
JHoover, Cin 3 Hertz
CGearrin, Atl 0 Kreutzer
DMurphy, Fla 0 Gianella 0 Kreutzer
EGGonzalez, Hou 0 Kreutzer
JMejia, NYM 0 Kreutzer
TCingrani, Cin 0 Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

It has to be a comforting position to be in first place and have a considerable FAAB balance in National League Tout Wars, as well. Such is the perch in which ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft sits.

Cockcroft bid $20 on good-hitting outfield prospect Adam Eaton, called up by Arizona this week. However, he lost Eaton on a tie-breaker based on the standings to Dean Peterson, still fighting for points from his 12th-place spot. The rest of the league thanks Dean!

NL Tout also had two $10 players this week, the amount required by Vickrey rules when a higher bid is made but uncontested for $10 or more. The bidders for Washington's returned-from-the-minors starter John Lannan were two familiar names - Cockcroft ($20, reduced to $10) and Peterson ($1). This time, Cockcroft carried the day.

The other $10 player is Philadelphia's Phillippe Aumont, the recipient of a $12 offer from Phil Hertz. The BaseballHQ staffer was the lone bidder.

Scratching for hitting points, I lost out on Eaton due to lack of cash (why didn't I nab him for $1 last week?). I added disappointing Jason Bay off the scrap heap for $2 and Bucs infielder Brock Holt ($3) from the bargain rack.

eric-stults

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
EStults, SD 4 Singman 3 Zinkie 0 Steinhorn 0 Heaney
DStraily, Oak 4 Singman 3 Zinkie 1 Schwartz 0 Minnix
AWerner, SD 3 Zinkie 0 Schwartz
TCloyd, Phi 3 Zinkie 0 Schwartz
GBeckham, CWS 2 VanRiper 0 Minnix
MDominguez, Hou 1 Steinhorn
WPeralta, Mil 1 Schwartz 0 Minnix
AEaton, Ari 1 Schwartz
KSuzuki, Was 1 Minnix 0 Singman 0 Heaney
CArcher, TB 1 Minnix 1 Schwartz
MCarpenter, StL 1 McCaffrey
JMcDonald, Pit 0 Steinhorn 0 Zinkie
GKottaras, Oak 0 Singman
HSantiago, CWS 0 Minnix 2 Singman
RCanzler, Cle 0 Minnix 0 Minnix
RHanigan, Cin 0 McC
CParmelee, Min 0 Heaney 2 Minnix
LForsythe, SD 0 Flowers 0 Minnix

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DDescalso, StL 1 Van Riper 0 Steinhorn
JArias, SF 1 Van Riper
RAndino, Bal 1 VanRiper
GHernandez, Fla 1 McCaffrey
CHeisey, Cin 0 Minnix
CMcHugh, NYM 0 Minnix
JDonaldson, Oak 0 Steinhorn 0 Minnix 0 Flowers
JGuthrie, KC 0 Zinkie
JLannan, Was 0 Zinkie
JLyles, Hou 0 Schwartz
JRuggiano, Fla 0 Minnix 0 Flowers
RBrantly, Fla 0 Singman 0 McCaffrey
SMiller, StL 0 Minnix

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

There was no shortage of starting pitchers on this week’s FAAB list, with the Padres’ Eric Stults and Athletics’ Dan Straily leading the way. Stults has allowed just one run combined over his last three starts and is in line for a two-start week while Straily, who has been impressive through his first three big league starts, will now take the place of the sidelined Brandon McCarthy in Oakland’s rotation.

I joined the starting pitching frenzy, and am actually very surprised that a $0 bid was enough to win James McDonald. Yeah, McDonald has been extremely erratic of late, but with a matchup against a sub-par Cubs’ lineup on tap, I like his chances of racking up a bunch of strikeouts and possibly even netting a win. Matt Dominguez of the Astros was my other pickup this week. He’s been on fire since getting called up to the Majors a couple weeks ago, and while he’s not really known for his bat, I’m hoping he stays hot for a bit longer. With Mark Teixeira out indefinitely, I was desperate for a corner infielder, so this was more a move out of necessity. I’m keeping my expectations in check.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 16:25
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 September 2012 14:38

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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.

chris_parmelee

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
SANTIAGO, HECTOR 3 Yahoo
DONALDSON, JOSH 2 NFBC
CANZLER, RUSS 1 Perry
PARMELEE, CHRIS 1 Perry
DREW, STEPHEN 1 Nate Ravi 2 NFBC
KLUBER, COREY 1 NFBC

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DICKERSON, CHRIS 1 Perry
GARCIA, AVISAIL 1 Perry
CARSON, MATT 1 Perry
SNYDER, BRANDON 1 Perry
PROFAR, JURICKSON 1 Nate Ravi
FLORIMON JR., PEDR 1 Nate Ravi

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Disappointing last week to lose players by a dollar, but having the ability to get players for a dollar for the rest of the year was worthwhile today. I had two holes this week with Brett Lawrie still on the DL and surprisingly with Casper Wells sent to the minors by Seattle. But as only one of five teams able to bid today I was able to get Chris Parmalee, MIN to fill the CI slot while getting Russ Canzler, CLE to cover the hole in the outfield. There were only six players bought today and four of those were for a dollar. The $3 player this week was Hector Santiago won by Brad Evans (Yahoo) and might be worth it IF he gets both starts this week for the Pale Hose. The $2 player was 3B/C Josh Donaldson of the Athletics, won by league leader Greg Ambrosius (NFBC).

andrew-werner

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LEAGUE, BRANDON 14 Ray Flowe 6 Full Moon 5 SMoyer 5 BBHQ
BELISARIO, RONALD 3 SMoyer 12 Ray Flowe
WERNER, ANDREW 2 Full Moon 1 SMoyer
KELLY, CASEY 2 Full Moon 1 SMoyer 1 Tristan

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CHOATE, RANDY 1 SMoyer
MCHUGH, COLLIN 1 SMoyer
POMERANZ, DREW 1 Full Moon

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Coveting saves was on the mind of NL LABR owners this week as Steve Moyer from BIS worked to solidify his first place slot by adding $3 Ronald Belisario hoping to add to his save store (Steve made the good move of jumping on my trade offer for John Axford last week (I got Lance Lynn in exchange) while second place Ray Flowers and his Sirius/XM team went for Brandon League ($14).

But, among the scant four FAAB moves this week I like Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton's grab of Casey Kelly for $2 best. Kelly looks good, though the addition of the pitcher pushes Jacob Turner, last week's astute move by the Full Moon pair, to the bench for the week. Full Moon also grabbed Andrew Werner (also $2) to replace Dallas Keuchel in their rotation giving them some youthful options in the rotation going into the season's final month.

nate_mclouth

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

Player Awarded Winning Bid
LEAGUE, BRANDON 6 Mike Pod 1 Rotowire
MCLOUTH, NATE 2 Fred Zink
MCHUGH, COLLIN 2 BBHQ
LAVARNWAY, RYAN 1 Rotowire
KELLY, CASEY 1 Rotowire
LOCKE, JEFF 1 Fred Zink

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

CASTILLO, WELINGTO 1 Rotowire

Todd Zola's Commentary

The eternal search for a useful starting pitcher continues as Collin McHugh, Casey Kelly and Jeff Locke joined the Mixed LABR ranks. Kelly's debut was highly anticipated as he has had a roller-coaster ride thus far in his early career, going from top prospect traded for Adrian Gonzalez to failed prospect back to top prospect again. Considering he won't be 23 until next month, Kelly's future is back on the bright path. McHugh's ascent was a bit unexpected though he earned his September audition with a wonderful season at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo, though at 25, he should be able to hold his own against the younger competition. Locke was given a shot this time last season but failed miserably. He must have taken that experience to heart as he excelled at Triple-A Indianapolis.

The big money ticket of the week, all of six bucks was Brandon League who will be sharing closing duties with Ronald Belasario. Kenley Jansen is going to be examined Tuesday and may be out for the season if it is determined he needs to continue to take blood thinners for a heart condition.

 
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