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Sunday 22nd Oct 2017

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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.

ryan goins

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS   

PLAYER WINNING BID        
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        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
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!

Todd's Take

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.

brent suter

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
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        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
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.

Todd's Take

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.

curtis granderson

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
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        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
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.

Todd's Take

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.

hunter renfroe

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
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        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
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.

Todd's Take

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.

 tommy pham

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
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                                                      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
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.

Todd's Take

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.

LABRLOGO

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

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

anibal sanchez

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

starling marte

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Victor Robles, WSH ESPN - Karabell 2                                                                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

daniel mengden

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Todd Zola's Commentary

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

Good luck guys, enjoy the week.

LABRLOGO

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

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

willie calhoun

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Willie Calhoun, TEX Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                  
Carson Fulmer, CWS ESPN.com 1                                                      
Derek Fisher, HOU NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Jordan Montgomery, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

A scant four moves were made by LABR AL owners and we move to the end of the season, although one of the potential prime prospects was among the players purchased in Texas infielder and cum left fielder Willie Calhoun.

Calhoun, who has some serious pop as well as on-base skills only fetched $4 to Larry Schechter with a pair of challenging $1 bids. Interesting that had Calhoun been promoted two months ago, say, the price tag could indeed have been 10 times greater.

Todd's Take

Calhoun was the centerpiece of the Yu Darvish deal. A second baseman by trade, there's question where his glove will play there long term, not to mention Rougned Odor may be having an off year, he still has a bright future at the keystone sack. The move to left Lawr cited could be more than a way to get his stick in the lineup in September, it could be where he lands. Calhoun doesn't have the power of some corner outfielders, but the on-base skills the Zen Master referenced make up for it. Calhoun will likely be AL-only relevant next season but probably won't play enough for mixers, at least right away.

albert almora jr

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Albert Almora Jr., CHC USA TODAY Sports 11 Mastersball 3                                                                           
J.P. Crawford, PHI Mastersball 4        
Matt Harvey, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 2        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With no zero dollar bids allowed, one-third of the NL LABR ownership pool was already tapped out from further free agent action this season. Of the remaining eight, just three of us placed bids and each got our man.

Outfielder Albert Almora drove in 10 runs this past week for a Cubs team on a six-game winning streak and finally in the driver’s seat to take the NL Central. In a move typical of my disappointing 2017, I dropped Almora two weeks ago, and this time, host Steve Gardner of USA TODAY swooped him up for $11. Steve had the most cash remaining coming into the weekend at $21 and is just one point behind ESPN’s Eric Karabell in the standings.

With Adrian Gonzalez’ distinguished career winding down, I finally jettisoned the rarely-appearing former Dodgers star, adding Phillies prospect shortstop J.P. Crawford for $4. As a reminder of how long we had been waiting for Crawford, I held him among my reserves in this league for the entire 2016 season. Needless to say, even two hot weeks now will not make up for that.

The third and final free agent acquisition is another rebounder, Mets starter Matt Harvey. No one knows what the right-hander has left after thoracic outlet surgery, but Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf were willing to gamble their last $2 to find out.

Todd's Take

Many expected Crawford to be called up much earlier, but two factors delayed his arrival until roster expansion. Most importantly, he didn't force the Phillies hand, slashing a mediocre .243/.351/.405 for Triple-A Lehigh, albeit at 22-years old, he's younger than most at the level. The other reason Crawford spent the season on the farm is neither Cesar Hernandez nor Freddy Galvis deserved to be replaced. In fact, the Phillies have a conundrum in the middle. Crawford has been playing all over, including third with the disappointing Maikel Franco sitting or playing first. I really don't see Crawford shifting to the hot corner long term, presenting another issue for Philly. This is on top of what to do with Tommy Joseph, with Rhys Hoskins the obvious first baseman of the future. At least Philadelphia has good decisions to make. This is a team with a bright few years ahead of them.

jeimer candelario

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jeimer Candelario, DET USA TODAY Sports 13                                                                             
Luiz Gohara, ATL Mastersball 4 @TheFantasyFix 2      
Jesse Winker, CIN Baseball HQ 4        
Matt Holliday, NYY Baseball HQ 3        
Brandon Nimmo, NYM Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 3      
Steven Brault, PIT MLB.com 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Daniel Mengden, OAK MLB.com 1                                                                                                    
Alex Gordon, KC Fangraphs 1        
Teoscar Hernandez, TOR Fangraphs 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

Steve Gardner is within shouting distance of third, hence grabbing Candelario. The Tigers are moving Nicolas Castellanos around, mostly DH and right field to keep Candelario's bat in the lineup. He was acquired in the Alex Avila/Justin Wilson deal. His minor league numbers don't blow you away, but he's young for his level and scouts think his power will develop.

Todd's Take

We have a race. Mike Podhozer holds a six-point lead over Jake Ciely, but there's plenty of points in jeopardy. My goal is third...third to last as I'm out of the cellar and half a point from 13th. As it happens, 13 is my lucky number, but I'd much rather have 13 points in each category. Maybe next year.

Gohara is just a way to grab a two-start guy, hoping to snag the half-point I need for lucky 13th.

toutwarslogo new

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.

willie calhoun

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
WCalhoun, Tex Mike Podhorzer 89 Larry Schechter 8 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6    
BFarmer, Det Mike Podhorzer 58 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6                                                    
DMengden, Oak Mike Podhorzer 16 Mike Podhorzer 58      
TCollins, Det Larry Schechter 8        
RUrena, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Larry Schechter 8      
CBell, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        
RLiriano, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
ASanchez, Det Mike Podhorzer 58                                                                                                    
JShields, CWS Mike Podhorzer 58        
RRua, Tex Larry Schechter 8        
GAllen, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        
WMiddlebrooks, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Leaving no potential stone unturned, Mike Podhorzer made a troika of moves designed to put the final nails into the coffin of the league that has largely been chasing his team all summer.

Podhorzer dumped Craig Kimbrel in lieu of Buck Farmer for $58, then Oakland hurler Daniel Mendgen for $16, and finally went big on Willie Calhoun for $89.

Struggling at the other end of the standings, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton similarly made three moves, grabbing Chad Bell ($5), Toronto infielder Richard Urena, and Pale Hoser Rymer Liriano while Larry Schechter went $8 for Tyler Collins as we move to the final two seeks of the season.

Todd's Take

Podz has a 21-point lead, but either isn't taking anything for granted, wants the overall points record or is just doing what he's supposed to do, squeeze out every point. Mike has a comfortable lead in ERA, WHIP and saves, with some attainable points in wins and whiffs. I've talked about this before, but managing categories to eek out the most points when it doesn't matter provides valuable experience for when it counts.

luiz gohara

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
LGohara, Atl Todd Zola 87 Steve Gardner 55 Brian Walton 3 Craig Mish 0 Mike Gianella 0
    Phil Hertz 0      
JTaillon, Pit Steve Gardner 77 Phil Hertz 0      
SBrault, Pit Todd Zola 57 Grey Albright 1 Mike Gianella 0    
RRuiz, Atl Brian Walton 4        
GCecchini, NYM Brian Walton 4        
JStephens, Cin Brian Walton 4        
PBaez, LAD Grey Albright 1        
ACole, Was Craig Mish 0        
JLyles, SD Mike Gianella 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JBrebbia, StL Grey Albright 1 Mike Gianella 0                                                                           
TCingrani, LAD Grey Albright 1        
ASanchez, Was Brian Walton 1        
GGarcia, StL Brian Walton 1        
MReynolds, NYM Brian Walton 1        
ASwarzak, Mil Mike Gianella 0        
CRusin, Col Mike Gianella 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the season winding down, 10 players were still purchased by six different owners. The headliners were three starting pitchers, with the arms remaining clearly offering more leverage than free agent hitters.

Our own Todd Zola purchased Atlanta’s Luiz Gohara. The 21-year old left-hander is not to be confused with Gojira, though Zola is likely hoping to get Godzilla-like results for his $87. The fast-rising hurler fanned 144 over 123 2/3 innings across three minor league levels earlier this season before two MLB starts – one bad (six earned runs in four innings) and one good (one earned over six frames).

A very familiar name, Pittsburgh’s Jameson Taillon, was snared by USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner for $77. After two good starts, the still-just-25-year old was spanked for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Cubs on the seventh. After being skipped last time through the rotation, Taillon may get a start or two before the season is out.

Zola also snagged another Bucs starter, Steven Brault, for $57. With the club out of the post-season race, the lefty has been given two starts and done well, with just three earned runs yielded over 11 innings.

Todd's Take

Whereas Podz was safely in the lead in WHIP and ERA, I'm buried in the basement. With nothing to play for but less of a FAAB penalty, I'm chasing wins and whiffs. Don't read into the amount of the bid, I had 166 units heading into the FAAB run, and you can't take it with you.

brandon moss

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BMoss, KC Zach Steinhorn 52 Fred Zinkie 10      
SBrault, Pit Fred Zinkie 27                                                                             
TChatwood, Col Fred Zinkie 27        
DMengden, Oak Fred Zinkie 27        
DomSmith, NYM Fred Zinkie 10 Ray Flowers 7      
CFulmer, CWS Ray Flowers 4 Al Melchior 0      
JCandelario, Det Ray Flowers 4        
ABeltre, Tex Scott Swanay 0 Al Melchior 0      
NHundley, SF Al Melchior 0        
LGohara, Atl Al Melchior 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
NAoki, NYM Zach Steinhorn 52                                                                                                    
RGrossman, Min Zach Steinhorn 52        
JJay, ChC Zach Steinhorn 36        
CStratton, SF Ray Flowers 4        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The penultimate FAAB run was just about as uneventful as expected. One thing to keep in mind is that winning bid amounts are pretty much meaningless at this stage of the season. If you have excess FAAB dollars and want a player, you're going to overpay to get him. That's exactly what I did with Brandon Moss, who fills a need for me as I've been getting little production out of my fifth outfielder spot in recent weeks, and Moss does indeed hit homers. He's already launched five longballs this month.

It does seem strange to see Adrian Beltre's name on a FAAB report, but he was released while on the DL with a strained hamstring in exchange for a significant FAAB redemption. The future Hall of Fame inductee returned early last week, however, and is receiving regular playing time despite not being 100 percent healthy. Still, Beltre is a more than worthy "free" addition.

Todd's Take

Jeff Zimmerman has a huge 34 points lead with several battling for second and third, including Zach. Fred Zinkie and Al Melchior are also in this mix. All three were active this period. Don't let anyone tell you those privileged enough to play in industry leagues don't take it seriously.

yoan moncada

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
YMoncada, CWS Adam Ronis 57 D.J. Short 35 Corey Parson 35 0 0
YDiaz, Cle Corey Parson 31                                                      
JCandelario, Det D.J. Short 20 Corey Parson 8      
MMinor, KC Scott White 8        
SAlexander, KC Corey Parson 2        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
NAoki, NYM D.J. Short 8                                                                                                    
RGrossman, Min D.J. Short 8        
CHeadley, NYY D.J. Short 7        
WCalhoun, Tex D.J. Short 5        
SBrault, Pit Corey Parson 2        
LGohara, Atl Corey Parson 1        


Todd's Take

Perry is away but asked me to relay he opted to sit out this period in hope there's something more intriguing during the final FAAB run.

Like the auction league, the leader, Rudy Gamble is comfortably in front with several owners angling for place and show. Corey, Adam, Scott and D.J. are all in the mix, fighting for every point. I guess not everyone is in full-football mode.

 mike clevinger

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
MClevinger, Cle Vlad Sedler 15        
JBradley, Bos Peter Kreutzer 7                                                                                                    
BMorrow, LAD Vlad Sedler 2        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
SBrault, Pit Vlad Sedler 3                                                                                                    
SAlexander, KC Vlad Sedler 2        
BShaw, Cle Vlad Sedler 1        

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

We're down to the final six games. Vlad Sedler has a commanding lead. I'm in a tie for third, and would like to be there alone. So the two of us made some small changes.

Todd's Take

Vlad has a three-game lead over Andrea Lamont. Each week, six points are up for grabs. Two to the winner of the most hitting categories, two to winning most pitching and two to the most total categories. Ties get one point each. The most likely outcomes are 6-0 and 4-2, with the corresponding 0-6 and 2-4. It's possible to lose 5-1, but it's rare. As such, for Vlad to lose, he'll need to be swept in both hitting and pitching with Andrea winning at least four points. Vlad faces fellow GuruEliter Jeff Mans. Andrea draws Kyle Elfrink while Peter takes on Stephania Bell in his quest to break the third-place tine with Kyle.

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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.

giovanny urshela

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
GUrshela, Cle Jeff Erickson 85        
THernandez, Tor Jeff Erickson 84                                                                             
CHatcher, Oak Steve Moyer 74        
MJaye, Det Chris Liss 25        
CFulmer, CWS Rob Leibowitz 9 Nando DiFino 5      
MBush, Tex Nando DiFino 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
RLiriano, CWS Jeff Erickson 35                                                                                                    
DMachado, Det Jeff Erickson 35        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As expected, there was a dearth of moves in AL Tout as the season moves to its final weeks.

Giovanny Urshala was the high priced spread this time as Jeff Erickson spent $85 on the third sacker and then added Teoscar Hernandez for $84 thus spending the most bucks while acquiring the two most esoteric names at the same time.

Steve Moyer dropped $74 on hurler Chris Hatcher.while Chris Liss obtained Myles Jaye for $25, Rob Leibowitz got pitcher Carson Fulmer for $9 and Nando DiFino made the attrition $0 bid getting Matt Bush while reserving Miguel Castro.

Todd's Take

He'll need to make better contact, but as I've mentioned in this space previously, I like Teoscar Hernandez or next season. He seems like a great fit for the Jays as he has the pop to take advantage of Rogers Centre as well as the speed to swipe a base or two and Toronto isn't afraid to run. I'm reticent to count on him in early drafts, but he's someone I'd like to stash.

victor robles

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
VRobles, Was Grey Albright 102        
RGsellman, NYM Phil Hertz 13                                                                             
AGarrett, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0      
KPlawecki, NYM Phil Hertz 0        
BHamilton, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MWilliamson, SF Phil Hertz 13 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0                                                  
JPederson, LAD Phil Hertz 13                                                      
MMoroff, Pit Phil Hertz 6        
TTaijeron, NYM Phil Hertz 3        
AMorgan, Phi Phil Hertz 0        
GCecchini, NYM Phil Hertz 0        
LGohara, Atl Phil Hertz 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

With the NFL in full swing and the National League Tout Wars race pretty much decided, only five players were acquired this week. Just two of them were non-zero buys.

Despite a 25-point lead in first place, Grey Albright is not counting on a win. He spent $102 this week on prospect outfielder Victor Robles of Washington. It is unclear how much actual playing time the 20-year-old will receive until the Nationals clinch and decide to rest the regulars. Robles’ promotion could be as much about getting him familiar with the big league environment.

The other money purchase was made by the fourth-place owner, Phil Hertz. The BaseballHQ staffer made a wise acquisition of Mets starter Robert Gsellman for just $13. In four starts since coming off the disabled list, the right-hander has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any of them.

Todd's Take

By means of a quick follow-up on Gsellman, note he only fanned nine in those 17 2/3 innings. though he does have a pair of road starts this week, first in Wrigley Field and then in Atlanta over the weekend.

Well, it looks like I'll be starting with about $750 FAAB next year, being docked 10 units for every point I finish below 60. While I obviously prefer to begin with the full allotment, it isn't a season-ender by any means. In fact, I started last year in a similar predicament which led to spending early and often, landing on a couple of players that were vital to winning the league. Working with fewer units at the jump takes you out of the running for the hammer at the deadline, easing spending early. Of course, I shouldn't need having fewer units to force early spending, but there is a mental influence. For what it's worth, not spending my 1000 units early this season isn't the reason for the poor showing - no excuses - I drafted a cruddy team.

jose a martinez

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JAlbMartinez, StL Scott Swanay 45 Fred Zinkie 40 Ray Flowers 8 Derek Van Riper 1                         
BNimmo, NYM Scott Swanay 21 Ray Flowers 7 Derek Van Riper 0    
JNicasio, StL Scott Engel 8 Ray Flowers 5 Al Melchior 0    
BPowell, Oak Ray Flowers 7        
BreAnderson, Tor Scott Engel 6        
KPlawecki, NYM Scott Engel 4        
BLively, Phi Derek Van Riper 0        
SAlexander, KC Al Melchior 0        
THernandez, Tor Derek Van Riper 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
BAnderson, Mia Scott Swanay 45                                                                                                    
BMaurer, KC Scott Engel 8        
AMorgan, Phi Al Melchior 0        
YDiaz, Cle Derek Van Riper 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

This was probably the quietest FAAB week of the season, in terms of both the number of purchases and the total dollars spent, which is sort of to be expected at this stage of the year. Then again, I do anticipate several "overpays" down the stretch, as owners with excess FAAB will look to make sure they win their targeted players.

Jose Martinez has been playing regularly since the calendar turned to September, batting .412 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs this month. Those two facts were enough to make the Cardinals first baseman/outfielder the most expensive purchase of the week.

Fresh off his third straight quality start, Ben Lively is scheduled to make his next start at home versus the A's. I strongly considered bidding on Lively, as the Oakland offense is sub-par, or so it seems. Since the All-Star break, the A's actually rank 7th in the Majors in runs scored and 6th in OPS. So, I ultimately passed. Still, he could prove to be a quality $0 addition, as the recent results should not be discounted.

Todd's Take

Zach cited the recent exploits for Jose Martinez. Brandon Nimmo is also enjoying a fine stretch run, slashing .337/.467/.556 the past two weeks. A healthy Michael Conforto obviously has one of the three Mets OF spots, well, as obvious as anything can be with that organization. Past that, everything is up for grabs as the club doesn't have anyone on the farm ready to step in. There's a good chance the Mets sign a free agent or two, or they could turn to Nimmo for a platoon option. At just 24, there's still time to develop, but currently, Nimmo needs to find more power or speed to be mixed league relevant, else he's just NL-only filler, even if he plays versus righties next season.

 

brandon nimmo

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BNimmo, NYM Charlie Wiegert 200 Adam Ronis 4      
THernandez, Tor Rudy Gamble 45                                                                                                    
ACabrera, NYM Anthony Perri 23                               
ERamirez, Sea D.J. Short 15                               
BreAnderson, Tor D.J. Short 14                               
RGsellman, NYM Tim McLeod 11                               
JNicasio, StL Perry Van Hook 11                               
JPanik, SF Adam Ronis 6                               
BLively, Phi Rudy Gamble 5                               

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
AMiranda, Sea Tim McLeod 6                                                                                                    
LValbuena, LAA Adam Ronis 6                               
CHeadley, NYY Adam Ronis 4                               
JFlaherty, StL Tim McLeod 2                               
JBiagini, Tor D.J. Short 2                               
SRomano, Cin D.J. Short 2                               
JThompson, Phi Tim McLeod 1                               

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Not all of the Tout warriors were as low on FAAB as I, and yes, time is running out, so Charlie Wiegert spent a healthy $200 to roster Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

Another young outfielder up from the minors with a bang - Blue Jay fly chaser Teoscar Hernandez who hit two home runs on Sunday, also joined the team of league leader Rudy Gamble for $45.

Low on funds and with four members of my team returning from the DL, I limited myself to an $11 effort to add a few saves and won new Cardinals reliever Juan Nicasio.

Todd's Take

With a 23.5-point lead, Rudy is certainly in the driver's seat. Finishing second and third may not seem important in a league of this nature, but it is. Plus, I've always been a proponent of scratching for points in a non-winning season, as the experience going through the process of managing categories is invaluable when doing so results in the proverbial Yoo-Hoo shower. There's four teams in a heated battle for second, with two making moves this week, Adam Ronis and D.J. Short. The other moves are for price, as well as maximizing FAAB dollars.

freddy galvis

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
FGalvis, Phi Peter Kreutzer 11        
JPeraza, Cin Peter Kreutzer 3                                                                                                    
YGomes, Cle Peter Kreutzer 1        
NCastellanos, Det Peter Kreutzer 4        
DPeters, Mia Vlad Sedler 9        
GParra, Col Vlad Sedler 3        
BMaurer, KC Vlad Sedler 3        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MClevinger, Cle Vlad Sedler 7                                                                                                    
BWoodruff, Mil Vlad Sedler 3        
DSpan, SF Peter Kreutzer 3        
JLowrie, Oak Peter Kreutzer 3        
JPanik, SF Peter Kreutzer 3        
AJackson, Cle Peter Kreutzer 2        
DFister, Bos Vlad Sedler 1        
JReyes, NYM Peter Kreutzer 1        
TDArnaud, NYM Peter Kreutzer 1        
ACabrera, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0        
DSwanson, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0        


Todd's Take

It looks like things will come down to the wire as Vlad Sedler holds a slim three-game lead over Andrea Lamont, with ten games up for grabs each week. Vlad draws Kyle Elfrink, currently in third place, ten games from the top. Kyle squares off with Andrea in the final week, so with a couple of near sweeps, he could steal the title. Andrea plays Clay Link, currently in the lower half of the standings, but with a solid pitching staff, so Andrea will have to hope her hitters come through.

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