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LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:50

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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, 12-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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

lobstein

Kyle Lobstein, DET $6 Baseball HQ 6
Chris Young, NYY $6 Baseball HQ 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Cory Rasmus, LAA $5 Mastersball 5
Brad Miller, SEA $2 Baseball HQ 2 SiriusXM 1
Ryan Rua, TEX $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Josh Fields, HOU $1 SiriusXM 1 Baseball HQ 1
Andrew Romine, DET $1 SiriusXM 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Nathan Karns, TB Mastersball 5 Baseball HQ 2
Tony Sipp, HOU Baseball HQ 2 SiriusXM 1
Kelvin Herrera, KC Baseball HQ 1 SiriusXM 1
Nick Punto, OAK Baseball HQ 1
Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK SiriusXM 1
Alex Wilson, BOS SiriusXM 1
Dominic Leone, SEA SiriusXM 1
Fernando Salas, LAA SiriusXM 1
Chris Denorfia, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Collin Cowgill, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
David Lough, BAL Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Endy Chavez, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Jimmy Paredes, BAL Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Kevin Pillar, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

I bet my last five FAAB units on Cory Rasmus who is scheduled for two starts this week for the LA Angels of Anaheim. True if you look at the report there were no underbids but in the next to last week of the year I couldn’t guess that Dave Adler of Baseball HQ would spend all $14 of his remaining FAAB units on three different players or that Greg Ambrosius of NFBC.com and Keith Hernandez of KFFL.com would make no bids with their remaining $18 and $16 respectively.

Rasmus with two no-hitters won’t get me out of the AL cellar but he was the best pitching add I could make this week for my team.

Todd's Take

Love it - Dave Adler is taking no chances. As Rob Leibowitz alluded to in the Tout Wars reports, some moves are more defensive. Dave doesn't need the players but he'd prefer that others don't have them either. And now they don't.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

trsnider

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Travis Snider, PIT $21 USA TODAY Sports 21 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 1
Maikel Franco, PHI $9 Baseball HQ 9
Tyler Matzek, COL $1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Rafael Soriano, WSH $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Matt Szczur, CHC $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Andrew Susac, SF Baseball HQ 1
Brent Morel, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jeurys Familia, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1
Joaquin Arias, SF Baseball HQ 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYM Baseball HQ 1
Matt Clark, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Mike Olt, CHC Baseball HQ 1
Randal Grichuk, STL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Wow. With two weeks left, a sort of bidding war for Travis Snider, although all things considered, it was more of a slaughter.

LABR host Steve Gardner, of the USA Today, shot $22 into the Pirates flychaser, easily outdistancing two $1 attempts.

Doug Dennis won the rights to the Phils Maikel Franco, a move I note with mixed emotions, for I purchased the third sacker at draft time for $9, ultimately dropping him when the team announced they would not advance him this year. Doug spent the same $9, and I will never trust a front office again.

Finishing up, Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski dropped a buck on Tyler Matzek, while team Colton/Wolf of the Fantasy Alarm grabbed Matt Szczur and Rafael Soriano for a dollar each in a last ditch effort to catch Lenny Melnik.

Todd's Take

Lawr, does that mean you trusted front offices previously? It could be worse. It could have been Brandon Marshall.

MIXED LEAGUE

cyoung

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chris Young, NYY $5 ESPN.com 5
Yusmeiro Petit, SF $4 MLB.com 4 Mastersball 3
Jean Segura, MIL $3 Rotowire-Colton 3
Brad Peacock, HOU $1 Mastersball 1
Kyle Kendrick, PHI $1 Mastersball 1
Jose Ramirez, CLE $1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jose Ramirez, CLE MLB.com 2
Nathan Karns, TB MLB.com 2
Alfredo Simon, CIN Mastersball 1
David Freese, LAA Rotowire-Colton 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Arghh. I wanted two starting pitchers and perhaps ended up with none. Instead of bidding my max for Petit I tried to sneak in both Petit and Peacock. Now it turns out Peacock will be scratched Monday and won't be a two-start guy I (and maybe not a one-start guy either). Oh well, a poetic exclamation point to a season I'd rather forget.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 13:40
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 15 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:41

 

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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 four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. 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 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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

cyoung

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CYoung, NYY 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Larry Schechter 9 Steve Moyer 6
Ron Shandler 5
NKarns, TB 4 Mike Podhorzer 14 Ron Shandler 3
NTropeano, Hou 4 Mike Podhorzer 4 Ron Shandler 3
DMurphy, Cle 1 Larry Schechter 9 Ron Shandler 0
JParedes, Bal 1 Ron Shandler 10 Larry Schechter 9
KLobstein, Det 0 Steve Moyer 0 Ron Shandler 0
ARosales, Tex 0 Larry Schechter 9
CBassitt, CWS 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWeeks, Bos Larry Schechter 9 Ron Shandler 8
ZMcAllister, Cle Ron Shandler 0
TMay, Min Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

David Murphy was available as a free agent this week. Despite playing regularly still for the Tribe, the lefty did not get much love on the FAAB waiver wire. The 32-year old remains a well-disciplined contact hitter, but offers little for fantasy players in terms of power or speed.

Chris Young’s recent hot streak actually received more attention which speaks well to the late-season focus on counting stat categories where ground can still be gained and home runs is the one area Young can certainly help. Whether or not the hot streak is over or not is irrelevant, the move is shrewd defensive move to insure others do not add Young’s potential homers to their totals.

Todd's Take

One of my personal crusades is to convince each and every fantasy baseball player that it's not only possible, but likely to gain or lose points in the ratio categories up to the last week of the season. We won't be with you the very last week and I have something in mind for next week so we'll take a look at how standings changed from last week within each category, making the leap of faith that if it happened this week, something similar can happen with two more week's worth of stats on the ledger.

HR +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
RBI +1, -1, +1.5, +.5, -2
RUNS +1, -1, +.5, -.5
SB +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
OBP +2, -1, -1, +1, -1
W +.5, -.5, +1, +.5, -1.5
SV +.5, -.5
K +1, -1
ERA +1, -1, +2, -1, -1
WHIP +1, -1

It's certainly not definitive but it's nice to see movement in OBP, ERA and WHIP with a couple teams gaining 2 points.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

mclark

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MClark, Mil 14 Todd Zola 22 Phil Hertz 13 Mike Gianella 11
Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Peter Kreutzer 6
DCorcino, Cin 14 Peter Kreutzer 23 Phil Hertz 13
CRoss, Ari 12 Phil Hertz 13 Todd Zola 17 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
Derek Carty 6 Peter Kreutzer 1
CBergman, Col 9 Peter Kreutzer 18 Phil Hertz 8
CBethancourt, Atl 4 Brian Walton 4 Peter Kreutzer 3
BPaulsen, Col 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 8 Todd Zola 17
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
RDoumit, Atl 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
DHolmberg, Cin 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JHoldzkom, Pit Peter Kreutzer 3
MMaldonado, Mil Peter Kreutzer 0
JLobaton, Was Peter Kreutzer 0
MSzczur, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
JTabata, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With three home runs this past week, Milwaukee first baseman Matt Clark was a hot commodity. Lord Zola won the spirited bidding with a $22 offer reduced to $17 by Vickrey rule. Though the 27-year-old former Padres and Mets farmhand is no longer a hot prospect and even spent time in Japan, all Zola wants is two weeks. In fact, Clark may earn more playing time for the Brewers, especially as they look for any formula to stop their losing ways before the season is lost.

The top pitching acquisition this period in NL Tout was Daniel Corcino of the Reds. Though the 24-year-old had been very ordinary in relief, he was strong in a spot-start against the Brewers on Saturday. Out of the hunt, Cincy may decide to let Mat Latos rest and see what they have in Corcino. Peter Kreutzer won the bidding at $14 ($23).

Cody Ross seems to have nine lives. He will be living another this week on the roster of Phil Hertz, who offered $13 and had to pay $12. The outfielder had been dropped in NL Tout while missing five weeks with a calf strain, but was reactivated by Arizona when rosters expanded on September 1.

Tired of six ugly at-bats per week from Nick Hundley, I tossed the catcher over the side and re-added a player I had acquired as a minor leaguer, then dropped when he was sent back down. It took all of my remaining $4 to reacquire Christian Bethancourt of the skidding Braves. I am at-least expecting regular playing time the rest of the way.

Todd's Take

HR +1, -1, +1, -1
RBI no changes
RUNS +1.5, +2, -.5, -3, +1, -1
SB +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
OBP +1, -1, +1, +1, -2
W +1, -1, +2, -.5, -1.5
SV +1, -1, +1, -1
K +4, -2, -2
ERA no changes
WHIP +1, -1, +1, -1

Sometimes it's all about the gaps. Looks like whiffs is tightly bunched and could come down to luck of the draw with respect to number of starts.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

relias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RElias, Sea 17 Derek Van Riper 35 Scott Swanay 16 Scott Pianowski 15
Fred Zinkie 9 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 4
Al Melchior 1
BPeacock, Hou 9 Scott Swanay 16 Cory Schwartz 8
DStoren, Was 7 Fred Zinkie 9 Ray Flowers 6
ADeAza, Bal 7 Scott Pianowski 7 Zach Steinhorn 20 Al Melchior 7
Fred Zinkie 7
BMiller, Sea 1 Ray Flowers 9
CYoung, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 4 Ray Flowers 8 Fred Zinkie 0
JMercer, Pit 1 Ray Flowers 5 Fred Zinkie 0
EMujica, Bos 1 Ray Flowers 7
JFields, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 6
CCapuano, NYY 1 Scott Swanay 16 Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 4
DJeter, NYY 1 Nando DiFino 4
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 Scott Swanay 15 Tim Heaney 4
CCowgill, LAA 1 Al Melchior 7
NTropeano, Hou 1 Al Melchior 1
VWorley, Pit 1 Tim Heaney 10
GJones, Mia 1 Zach Steinhorn 20
AHarang, Atl 1 Fred Zinkie 9

UNAWARDED BIDS

TWood, ChC Scott Swanay 15
RHernandez, LAD Scott Swanay 12 Tim Heaney 4
NTepesch, Tex Scott Swanay 9
CBergman, Col Scott Swanay 9
CSpangenberg, SD Al Melchior 7
GParra, Mil Ray Flowers 6
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 6
AHechavarria, Mia Ray Flowers 6
MMoustakas, KC Ray Flowers 6
CValaika, ChC Ray Flowers 6
ROdor, Tex Ray Flowers 6
FDoubront, ChC Ray Flowers 4
YEscobar, TB Ray Flowers 4
ASanchez, Tor Ray Flowers 3
BHand, Mia Al Melchior 1

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Over his last four starts, Roenis Elias has registered a 2.05 ERA, and he’s slated for two starts this week. So, it was not too surprising that he garnered plenty of interest as every extra win and strikeout becomes so important at this point in the season. I considered bidding on Elias but was scared off by his Tuesday matchup, on the road against a red-hot Angels club. Regardless, with only $21 left to spend, it’s nice to know that I would not have won Elias even if I tried.

Earlier in the year, there’s no way that Drew Storen and Edward Mujica would garner a combined three bids. But a glance at the standings tells the story, as the Wins and Strikeouts categories are more bunched up then the Saves standings. With time running out to gain significant ground in saves, many owners are following a starting pitcher-heavy lineup approach.

My mid-season trade for Billy Butler was looking good at first, but he’s been awful in September and no longer owns an everyday job. There’s nothing too exciting about Garrett Jones, but he figures to get more at-bats than Butler going forward and might reward me with a home run or two. With only two weeks left in the season, I simply cannot afford to give away at-bats.

Todd's Take

HR +2, -1, -1
RBI +1, +2.5, -2, -1, -.5, .5, -.5
RUNS +2, -1, -1, +.5, -.5, 1, -1
SB +1, -1, +.5, -.5, -.5, +1, -.5
OBP +1, -1, +2, +2, -1, -3
W +2, +.5, -1.5, +1, -2, +1, -1, +.5, -.5
SV +.5, -.5, +1, -1
K +1, +5, +2, +1, -3, -6, +1, -1
ERA +1, +1, -2, +1,  -1
WHIP +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1

Now this looks like fun. That's a lot of movement, especially in strikeouts which is a category where a lot can be managed with using extra starters and benching relievers. And, of course, there's action in the ratios too.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

nkarns

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NKarns, TB 1 Nicholas Minnix 6 Perry Van Hook 11
THouse, Cle 1 Adam Ronis 7
DGee, NYM 1 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 0
BPeacock, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 15
CRasmus, LAA 1 Perry Van Hook 15
RVogelsong, SF 0 Tim McLeod 0 Adam Ronis 4
KGiles, Phi 0 Tim McLeod 0
RRivera, SD 0 Tim McLeod 0
JoRamirez, Cle 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RCastillo, Bos Nicholas Minnix 6
KHendricks, ChC Nicholas Minnix 6
EMujica, Bos Tim McLeod 0
RHanigan, TB Tim McLeod 0
CSpangenberg, SD Tim McLeod 0
DGregorius, Ari Tim McLeod 0
TMatzek, Col Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With two weeks to go I am just two points behind Tim McLeod and the categories where I can gain those points with replacements are Wins (Hyun-Jin Ryu injured again and Nathan Eovaldi continuing to be less than effective and not sure I will get a start out of Danny Duffy this week. As there were no closers available to improve my troika of Casey Janssen, LaTroy Hawkins, and Neftali Feliz I had to add the best starters I could and chose to bid $15 each on Houston’s Brad Peacock and Anaheim’s Cory Rasmus both of whom are scheduled for two starts this week. The fact I only had to pay a dollar each was because of a low level of bids this week and of those that did bid they thought more highly of T.J. House, Dillon Gee, and Nathan Karns all of whom only have one start this week.

The other good news is that McLeod has bid his last dollars (though he can still bid $0) and I have more FAAB than most of the league for a final shot.

Todd's Take

HR +2, -.5, -1, -.5, -.5, +.5, +1, +.5, -1.5, +1, +1, -2
RBI +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1.5, +.5
RUNS +1, -1, +2, -.5, -1.5, +1, +1, -2
SB +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5
OBP +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1
W +2, +.5, +.5, -3, +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5, -1.5, +1.5, +.5, -1, +.5
SV +1, -1, +.5, -.5, +.5, -.5, -1, +1
K +2, -1, +1, -2
ERA +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1
WHIP +1, -1, +2, -1, +1, -2, +1, -1, +1, -1, +1, -1

Four leagues does not a stone cold lock's worth of proof make, but there's indeed movement in all ten categories which at minimum suggests not to categorically ignore the ratios, even this late in the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 13:21
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 08 September 2014 17:02

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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, 12-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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

hicks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Aaron Hicks, MIN 1 ESPN.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

An unusually light night for bids saw just one $1 bid as ESPN’s Tristan Cockcroft rostered Minnesota outfielder Aaron Hicks to try and keep his hold on second place in this league.

Todd's Take

Dave Adler from BaseballHQ has a very comfortable lead but don't expect an invitation to the victory party until September 29. There's a heckuva battle for second between KFFL's Keith Hernandez, Tristan and Winning Fantasy Baseball author Larry Schechter and even though they may be almost 30 points behind the leader, second place is still second place and it means something to these guys. And don't count Steve Gardner from USA Today out as there's still time to make it a 4-way battle for second.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

spangenberg

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cory Spangenberg, SD $15 ESPN - Karabell 15 RotoExperts 10 Baseball HQ 3
Colton & The Wolfman 1
Drew Storen, WSH $14 RotoExperts 14
Logan Watkins, CHC $3 Baseball HQ 3
Felix Doubront, CHC $3 Baseball HQ 3
Donovan Solano, MIA $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 3
Jason Bourgeois, CIN $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Eric Young, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYM Baseball HQ 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Randal Grichuk, STL Baseball HQ 3
Rickie Weeks, MIL Baseball HQ 3
Tyler Matzek, COL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Doing his best to drain the corporate fantasy wallet, ESPN's Eric Karabell spent $15 on former first round pick of the Padres, Cory Spangenberg, and at this time of year, the dollar advantage made the difference as Eric fended off four bids, ranging from $1 to $10.

League leader Lenny Melnik of RotoExperts made a late season bid for saves, grabbing Drew Storen, unchallenged for $14.

Doug Dennis, of BaseballQ, expended $6--$3 each for Logan Watkins and Felix Doubront, while the Fantasy Alarmers--Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf--spent $2--$1 each--for the rights to Donovan Solano and Jason Bourgeois.

Finally Inside Edger Steve Moyer spent a buck to get Eric Young.

You can tell the end is near, no?

Todd's Take

It looks like NL LABR will be a race to the finish between Lenny Melnick from RotoExperts, Inside Edge's Steve Moyer and Colton and the Wolfman. Dalton Del Don from Yahoo! Sports and Derek Van Riper from Rotowire also loom so as many as five squads could be tussling for the top.

MIXED LEAGUE

jocpederson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Joc Pederson, LAD $35 ESPN.com 35
Dilson Herrera, NYM $5 ESPN.com 5
T.J. House, CLE $3 MLB.com 3
Edinson Volquez, PIT $3 MLB.com 3
Cory Spangenberg, SD $3 ESPN.com 3
Drew Storen, WSH $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 RotoExperts 1
Rene Rivera, SD $1 RotoExperts 1
Anthony Gose, TOR $1 MLB.com 1
Tyler Clippard, WSH $1 RotoExperts 1
Jonathan Schoop, BAL $1 Fangraphs 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Aaron Sanchez, TOR USA TODAY Sports 1
Edward Mujica, BOS USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Hicks, MIN MLB.com 1
Hector Noesi, CWS MLB.com 1

Todd's Take

Ray Murphy from Baseball HQ has put the peddle to the metal, separating from the pack while Steve Gardner, Fred Zinkie from MLB.com and Rotowire's Jeff Erickson all hope Ray decides to rejoin the pack.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 08 September 2014 08:28

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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 four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. 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 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.

*PLEASE NOTE - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

hicks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AHicks, Min 21 Steve Moyer 27 Jason Collette 20 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 10
Larry Schechter 9
EMujica, Bos 8 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16 Rob Leibowitz 7
JBradley, Bos 1 Jason Collette 4
ZPutnam, CWS 1 Rob Leibowitz 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
DRobertson, Tex 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
MTaylor, CWS 0 Andy Behrens 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KLobstein, Det Steve Moyer 27
JBurton, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
DPompey, Tor Jason Collette 4

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week's FAAB presented some opportunities in the saves department with Zach Putnam and Edward Mujica. Both are filling in for day-to-day/injured closers on teams out of contention meaning there is a fair shot here for both pitchers to continue to obtain save opportunities. It's possible that the Red Sox may even shut Uejara down for the year. Both pitchers's stuff and skills are better suited to setup roles, but at this late date in the season, one needs to take what one can get.

Todd's Take

Three weeks left, let's check in on the standings. Colton and the Wolfman are sitting in the catbird's seat but continue to fight for points, a lesson we all should take to heart. Our own Rob Leibowitz has put a little space between his second place squad and Jeff Erickson who sits in third, half a point ahead of Lawr Michaels. Ron Shandler, Larry Schechter and Joe Sheehan are all within striking distance of Jeff.

Knowing this crew, they'll all be scratching and clawing for third. There may not be anything more than pride on the line but that's plenty. Leagues like Tout Wars and LABR may be branded as expert (or industry showcase leagues for those of us that shun the word expert) but to the participants it's like a home league, contested among friends who want to beat each other just as you want to beat your friends in your league.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

spangenberg

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CSpangenberg, SD 20 Brian Walton 24 Tristan H. Cockcroft 19 Peter Kreutzer 11
Mike Gianella 11 Steve Gardner 5
TMatzek, Col 18 Phil Hertz 20 Todd Zola 17 Steve Gardner 10
RDelgado, Ari 7 Derek Carty 14 Phil Hertz 20 Steve Gardner 6
TIshikawa, SF 1 Todd Zola 6
MOlt, ChC 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Phil Hertz 10 Todd Zola 6
GBrown, SF 1 Peter Kreutzer 11
XScruggs, StL 1 Peter Kreutzer 3
FMorales, Col 1 Phil Hertz 20
CFrias, LAD 1 Steve Gardner 3
RYnoa, Col 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 12
TWatson, Pit 0 Scott Wilderman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CBergman, Col Phil Hertz 10
KNieuwenhuis, NYM Phil Hertz 10

Brian Walton's Commentary

When you’ve got the money, spend it. That was the motto for the owners in National League Tout Wars this weekend. After all, once the NFL season reaches its opener, the remainder of the fantasy baseball season can be measured in days.

With almost half the league still holding at least $20 of FAAB, dollar values in this week’s bidding were out of line with likely contribution to be received in return.

For a starting pitcher, three or four more starts is the most one could hope for. For that reason and the fact I fired him for poor performance earlier, I stayed out of the bidding for Rockies hurler Tyler Matzek. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ outdueled Lord Zola, paying $18. Maybe Matzek’s recent strong outings against NL West weakings Arizona and San Diego were real indicators he has turned the corner. Maybe not.

I offered my entire balance for Padres second baseman Cory Spangenberg, whom I felt was the best player available. Four others also took a run at the recent call-up, but $20 was enough for me to win out. The 23-year-old, just up from Double-A, hit two long balls in his first five games. Though a second sacker by trade, Spangenberg has already appeared at third base and left field as well. If not a starter in the future, he could play the role of a super-sub.

The third and final crooked number price this week offered a bit of déjà vu. After a non-remarkable year as a reliever, Randall Delgado may be returning to fantasy relevance with the Diamondbacks in the final month of the season. Derek Carty spent $7 to see if the Snakes go with a six-man rotation and if so, if Delgado can string multiple quality starts together.

Todd's Take

A few weeks back, NL Tout was looking like a tight race with several owners jostling for the top spot but Tristan Cockcroft decided a threepeat was more important than a race and has distanced himself from the field. Steve Gardner and Seth Trachtman are next with Seth trying to track down Steve for second. Phil Hertz and Derek Carty lurk in case something unexpected happens to the leaders. It's obvious by the array of bids that no one is giving up - you never know what can happen.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

locke

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLocke, Pit 10 Tim Heaney 18 Scott Pianowski 9 Fred Zinkie 7
TMatzek, Col 1 Paul Singman 7
ARosales, Tex 1 Scott Pianowski 7
DValencia, Tor 1 Tim Heaney 7
WFlores, NYM 1 Ray Guilfoyle 2
CAnderson, Ari 1 Zach Steinhorn 20
HNoesi, CWS 1 Al Melchior 2 Fred Zinkie 7
TGore, KC 1 Al Melchior 2
AGose, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie 7
THouse, Cle 1 Fred Zinkie 7

UNAWARDED BIDS

RElias, Sea Zach Steinhorn 20
ODespaigne, SD Zach Steinhorn 20
CValaika, ChC Tim Heaney 7
RRua, Tex Tim Heaney 7
BMiller, Sea Scott Pianowski 4 Fred Zinkie 0
JVillar, Hou Al Melchior 2
MDenDekker, NYM Fred Zinkie 0
JMercer, Pit Fred Zinkie 0
GParra, Mil Fred Zinkie 0
DiHerrera, NYM Fred Zinkie 0
AHicks, Min Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Despite the fact that 10 of the league’s 15 owners still have at least 20 FAAB dollars at their disposal, Jeff Locke turned out to be the only contested player this week, going to Tim Heaney for the Vickrey adjusted price of $10. Locke is coming off his worst performance in quite some time, an outing against the Cardinals in which he allowed four earned runs over three innings while walking five. The Pirates’ lefty always makes me nervous, which is why I have resisted adding him to my roster, but he is in line for a two-start week and Tim is in position to gain several points in strikeouts, so the move makes plenty of sense.

Speaking of strikeouts, routinely playing four closers and just five starters over the past month, while protecting my ERA and WHIP, has cost me two points in strikeouts. In order to have any chance at winning this league, I’ll need to regain those points in addition to holding my position in ERA and WHIP. So right now, the plan is to play seven starters and hope I can make up that ground. Even though Chase Anderson isn’t a two-start pitcher, he’s allowed only three earned runs combined over his last two starts, spanning 12 innings, with 14 strikeouts. But even more importantly, he gets to face a Padres team that ranks dead last in the Majors in both runs scored and batting average.

Todd's Take

Here's where it gets interesting as Fred Zinkie and Derek Van Riper are half a point apart with Al Melchior, Zach Steinhorn and Ray Guilfoyle within striking distance followed by a lurking Tim Heaney. This one is going to go down to the last week.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

panik

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPanik, SF 1 Eno Sarris 3 Nicholas Minnix 3 Tim McLeod 0
DStoren, Was 1 Nicholas Minnix 7 Tim McLeod 1
VNuno, Ari 1 Adam Ronis 8
GBlanco, SF 1 Adam Ronis 3 Tim McLeod 0
BPaulsen, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 3
WDavis, KC 1 Tim McLeod 1
BMiller, Sea 0 Nicholas Minnix 3 Tim McLeod 0
ASusac, SF 0 Tim McLeod 0
PBourjos, StL 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

EMujica, Bos Nicholas Minnix 7 Adam Ronis 3 Tim McLeod 1
DiHerrera, NYM Nicholas Minnix 3 Tim McLeod 0
JJay, StL Nicholas Minnix 3
TClippard, Was Nicholas Minnix 3
JNelson, Mil Adam Ronis 3
DDeJesus, TB Perry Van Hook 2
CCoghlan, ChC Eno Sarris 1
THouse, Cle Adam Ronis 1
AHicks, Min Nicholas Minnix 0 Tim McLeod 0
BBoxberger, TB Tim McLeod 0
CSpangenberg, SD Tim McLeod 0
GParra, Mil Tim McLeod 0
NHundley, Bal Tim McLeod 0
JHahn, SD Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Whether the actual bid was $8 or $7 or $3 or $1 or $0, all bidders in this league got their first choice and thus on Vickrey had to pay just one or in some cases zero dollars. A very light and unusual night of bidding to be sure.

Having slipped to 3rd but just half a point out of 2nd and more importantly just three points out of 1st place in this league I opted to add Colorado’s Ben Paulsen as HR is one of the few categories where one or two points are easily obtainable with a few good weeks as I have 202, tied for 3rd in the category but 2nd is 203 and 1st is just 205.

Todd's Take

As Perry alludes to, this league is even closer than it's auction counterpart. There's a pretty healthy gap to the next group so it appears win, place and show will come from present leader Tim McLeod, Brent Hershey and Captain Hook.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 11:40
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 01 September 2014 12:39

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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, 12-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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

tylerholt

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tyler Holt, CLE $7 KFFL.com 7
Eric O'Flaherty, OAK $6 Baseball HQ 6 SiriusXM 1
Scott Baker, TEX $1 SiriusXM 1
Danny Valencia, TOR $1 ESPN.com 1
Sam Fuld, OAK $1 KFFL.com 5 ESPN.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Juan Francisco, TOR ESPN.com 1
Endy Chavez, SEA SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

With only five dollars left and nothing great available I decided to wait a week and see if I could catch a September call up next week.

Meanwhile this week Eric O’Flaherty went for $6 to BHQ’s Dave Adler and Tyler Holt went for $7 to KFFL.com and the other three players went for a dollar each.

And we wait for next week and hopefully some September call ups of note.

Todd's Take

Sorry -- drawing a blank. Just a few guys filling in holes.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

dilsonherrera

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jorge Soler, CHC $40 Sandlot Shrink 40 USA TODAY Sports 19 Baseball HQ 17
Colton & The Wolfman 3 RotoWire - DVR 2
Dilson Herrera, NYM $15 RotoExperts 15
Dylan Axelrod, CIN $9 Sandlot Shrink 9
Chris Valaika, CHC $5 Sandlot Shrink 5
Nolan Reimold, ARI $2 Baseball HQ 2
Andrew Lambo, PIT $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Matt Duffy, SF Baseball HQ 2
Andrew Susac, SF Baseball HQ 2
Alfredo Marte, ARI Baseball HQ 1
Donovan Solano, MIA Baseball HQ 1
Wil Nieves, PHI Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we would expect, the big ticket item in NL LABR was the Cubs next big thing--of which they will have many over the next year or so--Jorge Soler, who went to the Sandlot Shrink and Bob Radomski for just $40 (by comparison, that is $7 less than I spent on Joe Panik).

Bob fought off four wannabe owners, who submitted shots ranging from $3-$19, though, meaning with a month to go, and the FAAB purses depleted, Mr. Radomski could have walked away from the fray with Soler and still had $20 for some fun remaining September commodities.

In fact, Bob dropped $9 on the first Major Leaguer named Dylan, with Dylan Axelrod, and then $5 on Cubs corner-man Chris Valaika, but the push might prove to be too little, too late.

RotoExperts Lenny Melnick, looking for some September stick, sunk $15 in Mets infielder Dilson Herrera, and from there things dropped to the $2 Doug Dennis gave for the up-and-down Nolan Reimold, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf spent $1 for the Bucs Andrew Lambo.

With a month to go, and call-ups eminent, there are still a few dollars out there, as in the $35 Eric Karabell and the $24 Lenny possesses, and then host Steve Gardner's $21, with just two teams (Fantasy Insiders Derek Carty and Dalton del Don of Yahoo!) have shot their entire FAAB wad,

It should be interesting to see how the end of year FAAB machinations go.

Todd's Take

Better late than never? The paucity of in-season help thus far makes those emerging now that much more helpful. Sure, three months is better than one but the three months wasn't available. It's all relative.

MIXED LEAGUE

jorgesoler

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jorge Soler, CHC $30 Rotowire-Colton 30 ESPN.com 20 Baseball HQ 11
MLB.com 5 USA TODAY Fantasy 5
Shane Greene, NYY $5 MLB.com 5
Delmon Young, BAL $3 USA TODAY Fantasy 3
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL $3 MLB.com 3
Ender Inciarte, ARI $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 USA TODAY Fantasy 1 Bloomberg Sports 1
James Jones, SEA $1 Bloomberg Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jacob Lamb, ARI USA TODAY Fantasy 2
Jose Ramirez, CLE USA TODAY Fantasy 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

For those needing some steals, Inciarte is running every chance he gets, swiping seven the past couple of weeks.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 14:05
 
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