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Fantasy Fallout of Trent Richardson Trade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Carey   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:05

The fantasy landscape was shocked yesterday by the trade of Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts, mainly because trades of any kind are fairly rare in today’s NFL, let alone those that involve a potential “franchise” player like Richardson.  As news of the trade broke yesterday, Twitter erupted with reaction to the trade, with many of the Browns players posting shocked responses showing that the team as a whole was shocked by the news. My personal favorite of the day came from injured Browns RB Dion Lewis who tweeted “This real or fake?”

As a longtime Browns fan, the trade was a sobering smack in the face, as the team’s new regime has clearly waived the white flag on the 2013 season after only two games. There was plenty of speculation floating around yesterday as to why the Browns would make this trade so early in the season. While I hate the trade as a fan who wants to see my team compete this year, from a business standpoint I get the desire to continue to stockpile draft picks heading into what is supposed to be a loaded 2014 draft. Forbes magazine even floated the idea that the trade could be related to the mounting legal problems of Browns owner Jimmy Haslem. Richardson’s contract with the Browns was a four-year, fully-guaranteed deal worth $20.5 million, with a $13.3 signing bonus.  Whatever the reasons, Trent Richardson is an Indianapolis Colt today and fantasy players must now deal with the repercussions. Let’s take a look at the fantasy impact of the trade:

Trent Richardson – Richardson’s value receives a boost with the move to the Colts, but I don’t think it is as big as some might perceive. Yes he now plays on better team, with a real quarterback in Andrew Luck, and better skill players surrounding him. But I don’t think the trade really changes his value that much, other than perhaps putting him in a position to perhaps score more touchdowns on a consistent basis. While that is good news for T-Rich owners, he now also goes from being the absolute focus of an offense, to being a complementary piece to the Colts other weapons on offense.

Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw is the biggest loser, as his fantasy value takes a major hit, just days after it looked like he was locked in as a low-end RB2. He will obviously take a back-seat to Richardson going forward and will have to hope that an injury occurs to get significant carries. He has been relegated to handcuff status, but since Richardson has battled injuries throughout his brief career, he’s worth holding onto since he will surely get some starts at some point this year. But don’t kid yourself; he’s more of a RB4/5 now. The best course of action could be to reach out to the Richardson owner in your league and see what you can get for his new handcuff.

Willis McGahee – Early reports have the Browns ready to sign FA Willis McGahee to become the new feature running back for the Browns. He is 32 years-old and is coming off a decent 2012 with the Broncos that was ending by a knee injury. Judging by my leagues who had waivers run late last night, McGahee was a popular adds and the guy most fantasy owners expect to land the job.  Any starting running back is worth owning in fantasy, and I even grabbed McGahee myself in one of my leagues, but honestly his prospects for success are pretty meager on an offense that already had a huge vacuum at quarterback and a general lack of playmakers on the roster. He should be able to generate average rushing totals, with the occasional touchdown. Basically that makes him a Flex-play in deeper leagues and not much more than a bye-week or injury replacement player in standard leagues.

Bobby Rainey/Chris Ogbonnaya – Rainey and Ogbonnaya are the only backs on the team as of this writing. Regardless of whether the team signs McGahee or not, it looks like these two will split the carries this weekend against the Vikings. Rainey is an untested second-year pro who has yet to receive a carry in the pros. Ogbonnaya is a journeyman, who was playing fullback for the Browns this year. Ogbonnaya has had some success in the past, and can catch passes out of the backfield, so I think his value gets a boost even after McGahee takes over, as his touches will increase enough to maybe make him matter in deeper leagues that use PPR scoring. But, let’s be honest, the Browns backfield is an absolute mess now and if you can avoid the situation that may be the best course of action.

Donald Brown – The little value he had as Bradshaw’s handcuff has quickly evaporated. I’d drop him for either of the Browns listed above.

Jordan Cameron/Josh Gordon – The offense will continue to struggle, but if anything the loss of T-Rich can actually mean a slight value boost for both players. Cameron will become even more of a focus in the red-zone, if the team can find it this year. Gordon should get a lot of downfield looks as the Browns will be in comeback mode each and every week. As the deep-ball threat he should be able to hold onto solid WR3 value the rest of the way.

Mark Ingram – I haven’t seen any rumors surrounding the Saints running back, but perhaps the Browns could dangle one of their 4th or 5th round picks in next year’s draft to bring Ingram on board and see if a change of scenery can help salvage his career. It would be a deal that would make sense for both teams, as he isn’t ever going to be the answer for the Saints and the Browns front-office can at least pretend to be interested in competing this year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 11:18
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:57

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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

brendan_ryan

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Brendan Ryan, NYY 18 RotoWire
Moises Sierra, TOR 6 SiriusXM 1 Colton & Wolf
Esmil Rogers, TOR 2 Colton & Wolf 1 SiriusXM
Ryan Lavarnway, BOS 1 Colton & Wolf
Nicholas Tepesch, TEX 1 Mastersball
Liam Hendriks, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Sean Doolittle, OAK 1 SiriusXM

UNAWARDED BIDS

Erik Johnson, CWS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 SiriusXM

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Quite a week for gloveman Brendan Ryan as first he gets traded into pin stripes and then gets the top bid in LABR's AL only league as Rotowire's Chris Liss used his last $18 to fill a hole in his lineup with Angel OF Peter Bourjos out for the season.

I got Texas SP Nick Tepesch and his two start week for my last dollar of the year as I try to get to the top of the mid pack group.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

aaron_harang

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Aaron Harang, NYM 11 Colton & Wolf 7 DerekCarty.com
Tommy Medica, SD 10 USA TODAY Sports 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Edinson Volquez, LAD 7 DerekCarty.com 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chris Owings, ARI 5 Steve Moyer
Burch Smith, SD 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 DerekCarty.com
Chris Coghlan, MIA 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Freddy Garcia, ATL 1 DerekCarty.com
Sean Halton, MIL 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM 6 Colton & Wolf
David Hale, ATL 3 Colton & Wolf
Brian Flynn, MIA 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I guess a call to arms is the theme as we head into the final weeks of the season, as owners try to take advantage of innings and ideally the positive stats that come with, for eight of the 11 claims made were indeed for pitchers.

Equally interesting, is that two of all 11 transactions involved one of the top three teams, that being utilityman Chris Coughlan ($1), and uber-pitching prospect Burch Smith ($1) going to the second place NFBC/STATS team guided by Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosious. With seven points separating Shawn and Greg from leader Doug Dennis of BBHQ, it will be a tough row to hoe, but, you have to do what you have to do.

In the scramble to finish with as many points as possible, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf threw dice and FAAB bucks at a pair of veterans in Aaron Harang ($11, with one failed bid of $7, making Harang the high ticket player of the week), Daisuke Matsuzaka (uncontested at $6), and then nabbed Brewers first base prospect Sean Halton (also unchallenged for $1).

Derek Carty took a stab at a pair of reclamation projects with Edinson Volquez ($4) and Freddy Garcia ($1), but LABR curator Steve Gardner took the offensive stab grabbing Padres prospect Tommy Media for $4.

As for me, I find myself in the odd position of having $57 in FAAB, hanging in pretty solid third (17 points back) with a basically full and stable roster.

Meaning unfortunately there is very little that I can do but sit and watch. And, I suppose, pray?

MIXED LEAGUE

tanner_roark

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Tanner Roark, WSH 16 Baseball Prospectus 9 USA TODAY Sports
Sean Doolittle, OAK 9 USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Villar, HOU 6 Baseball Prospectus 3 Fangraphs 1 MLB.com
Angel Pagan, SF 3 MLB.com
Corey Dickerson, COL 3 Fangraphs
Bruce Chen, KC 1 MLB.com
Greg Reynolds, CIN 1 MLB.com
Cody Asche, PHI 1 MLB.com
Cesar Hernandez, PHI 1 MLB.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Withrow, LAD 2 USA TODAY Sports
Moises Sierra, TOR 1 MLB.com
Grant Green, LAA 1 MLB.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's a shame second place is first loser in these showcase leagues since there is a heckuva battle for first loser occuring in Mixed LABR. MLB.com's Fred Zinkie has seperated from the pack with 110 points but six of us are still holding out hope sitting between 93 and 99 points. I'm smack in the middle, somehow holding on without having been able to make a FAAB move all month due to poor budget management.

The trand I am finding interesting is the axiom is there is always pitching available in the wire but for the last few periods, the better players are hitters. I'm not saying the axiom is false, just that it needs adjustment to suggest that in the middle portion of the season, you get more rest-of-season help from pitching. That said, I have never been one to rely on intuition so it would be an interesting study to see the distribution of free agents the past few seasons and perhaps factor that into draft day strategy.

As for today's pick-ups, Villar has the chance to be a difference maker as he can swip five bases (or more) the final two weeks

I know you throw conventional analysis out the window at this point, but Roark's K/9 is below league average, he's been getting by on a lucky hit rate and NO homers in 34 innings.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 11:59
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:09

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

moises_sierra

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MSierra, Tor 22 (52) Matthew Berry 21 Ron Shandler 11 Steve Moyer 11 Larry Schechter
0 Wolf/Colton
LCain, KC 12 (20) Ron Shandler 11 Steve Moyer 11 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
ERogers, Tor 1 (28) Ron Shandler
AAlmonte, Sea 1 (11) Larry Schechter 18 Ron Shandler 0 Wolf/Colton
DValencia, Bal 1 (13) Steve Moyer 11 Larry Schechter 6 Ron Shandler
JPinto, Min 1 (11) Ron Shandler 0 Wolf/Colton
SVogt, Oak 1 (5) Steve Moyer 8 Ron Shandler
MKrauss, Hou 1 (11) Steve Moyer
EBedard, Hou 1 (6) Joe Sheehan

UNAWARDED BIDS

MSemien, CWS 52 Matthew Berry 5 Ron Shandler
TRedmond, Tor 16 Ron Shandler
JLobaton, TB 6 Ron Shandler

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Toronto outfielder Moises Sierra generated a lot of attention this week. The righty has become an everyday player as a result of injuries and has started off on a hot streak. When it’s this late in the game, the opportunities to find at-bats are slim, so a $22 bid on Sierra and $12 for Lorenzo Cain are far from unexpected. Sierra has 20-plus homer potential and decent wheels, but has an aggressive approach that makes him more ideally suited as a right-handed platoon player. Again we are not talking long term here; we’re talking about riding hot streaks and taking chances on small samples.

Cain’s injury did not keep sidelined as long as originally might be feared and he represents one of very few choices with some stolen base capabilities and everyday play on the free agent market. While he will start the remainder of the season, it is difficult to see him as a starter for many more seasons beyond given no set of dominant tools and sub-par OBP skills in his two years of trying to be KC’s starting centerfielder. For now, he is the guy with at the job and a stolen base here or there could be critical.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tommy_medica

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TMedica, SD 22 (62) Tristan H. Cockcroft 48 Steve Gardner 21 Brian Walton 17 Todd Zola
15 Mike Gianella
FGalvis, Phi 21 (48) Steve Gardner 41 Todd Zola 20 Scott Pianowski
AHarang, NYM 14 Derek Carty 14 Lenny Melnick
EVolquez, LAD 14 (15) Tristan H. Cockcroft 14 Derek Carty 8 Peter Kreutzer
BSmith, SD 1 (5) Derek Carty
DMatsuzaka, NYM 1 (14) Lenny Melnick
ARecker, NYM 1 (2) Peter Kreutzer 0 Steve Gardner
CWithrow, LAD 1 (10) Scott Pianowski
BHand, Mia 1 (12) Scott Pianowski
ELucas, Mia 1 (60) Todd Zola 48 Steve Gardner
XPaul, Cin 1 (10) Mike Gianella
JPerez, SF 1 (10) Mike Gianella
JSatin, NYM 0 Todd Zola
KHill, Mia 0 Steve Gardner

UNAWARDED BIDS

SHalton, Mil 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft
FGarcia, Atl 5 Derek Carty
RRivera, SD 0 Steve Gardner
TSanchez, Pit 0 Steve Gardner
WNieves, Ari 0 Steve Gardner

Brian Walton's Commentary

At this point, dollar values should be thrown out the window. With this being the second-to-last bidding opportunity this season, there is far more money to spend than players to acquire.

Along with the rest of the league, I have been chasing ESPN's Tristan H. Cockcroft this season. So it continued when my all-in bid of $21 for San Diego's Tommy Medica was trumped by Cockcroft, who paid $22 by Vickrey rule. Medica homered on Sunday and should continue to see regular time at first base with Yonder Alonso shelved.

To me, Freddy Galvis of the Phillies seems like a weak-hitting second baseman stuck behind Chase Utley. Yet to multiple NL Tout warriors, the 23-year-old spelled roster relief. Playing regularly in left field in Philly, Galvis went to Steve Gardner of USA TODAY for $21.

A pair of well-traveled 30-something hurlers with past and present connections to the 2013 Dodgers each fetched $14 this week.

Now with his fourth club this season alone, Aaron Harang began 2013 with the Dodgers, passing through Colorado and Seattle on his way to the Big Apple. That is good enough for Derek Carty, who had to notice Harang striking out 10 Nationals in his Mets debut, rather than the three home runs allowed.

Cockcroft also snared Edinson Volquez, who joined LA after his release by San Diego three weeks ago. The league leader from the worldwide leader has to hope the 5.99 ERA Volquez of 2013 will revert to the 3.21 ERA Volquez of 2008 for at least the next two weeks. In his Dodgers debut on Sunday, Volquez fanned seven Giants in 5 2/3, but yielded three runs on a pair of Hunter Pence long balls. He faces his former Padres teammates next.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

josh_fields 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JFields, Hou 18 (21) Nicholas Minnix 17 Zach Steinhorn
TRoark, Was 10 (13) Fred Zinkie 12 Nicholas Minnix 9 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Swanay
JLocke, Pit 4 (9) Ray Flowers 5 Fred Zinkie 3 Scott Swanay 2 Fred Zinkie
MSierra, Tor 3 (7) Ray Flowers 6 Nicholas Minnix 2 Scott Swanay
WCastillo, ChC 1 (4) Ray Flowers
DValencia, Bal 1 (11) Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay
RRaburn, Cle 1 (17) Zach Steinhorn
TMedica, SD 1 (6) Nicholas Minnix 0 Seth Trachtman
ZMcAllister, Cle 1 (2) Scott Swanay 5 Fred Zinkie
CDickerson, Col 1 (2) Scott Swanay
GBeckham, CWS 1 (2) Scott Swanay
RSweeney, ChC 1 (2) Scott Swanay
GReynolds, Cin 1 (5) Fred Zinkie
TStauffer, SD 0 Nicholas Minnix
JBradley, Bos 0 Seth Trachtman
JUribe, LAD 0 Fred Zinkie 2 Scott Swanay

UNAWARDED BIDS

JPaxton, Sea 12 Nicholas Minnix
GBlanco, SF 7 Ray Flowers
BSmith, SD 5 Fred Zinkie
JLyles, Hou 5 Fred Zinkie
DBarton, Oak 4 Ray Flowers
JPinto, Min 4 Ray Flowers
AAlmonte, Sea 2 Scott Swanay
CGillaspie, CWS 2 Scott Swanay
MCarp, Bos 0 Seth Trachtman
LValbuena, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

If not for Nick Minnix, Josh Fields and his two remaining saves would be mine! All kidding aside, one save can mean the difference between winning or losing your league (though neither of us will be winning this league) and with the Astros officially anointing Fields as their closer this week, he was without question someone worth adding, as the saves category is still fairly bunched up (Nick could gain three points in the standings with three saves). And, Fields has actually pitched extremely well lately, posting a 3.18 ERA and 0.53 WHIP over the past three weeks, albeit with only three saves to show for it.

Fading All-Star Jeff Locke is someone who I strongly considered bidding on, as he has a two-start week on tap (vs. SD, vs. CIN). But even though he’s coming off a dominant performance against the Cubs, I decided to pass. Looking at the league standings, the ERA/WHIP risk (5.26 ERA, 1.79 WHIP since the All-Star break) outweighed the potential wins/strikeouts gain.

Ryan Raburn is swinging a hot bat, and Indians’ manager Terry Francona mentioned this week that he needs to find more playing time for Raburn. That, coupled with Dan Uggla forgetting how to hit a baseball, was enough of a reason for me to make this purchase. Raburn will slide into my MI spot, and since Uggla isn’t even playing every day anymore, this move seemed like a no-brainer.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

jonathan_villar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JVillar, Hou 5 (21) Mike Podhorzer 4 Anthony Perri
APresley, Min 1 (9) Anthony Perri
CIannetta, LAA 1 (5) Anthony Perri 1 Scott Engel
AAvila, Det 1 (2) Scott Engel
BColon, Oak 1 (2) Scott Engel 0 Tim McLeod
EFrieri, LAA 1 Tim McLeod
AGose, Tor 1 (14) Gene McCaffrey
DGordon, LAD 1 (14) Gene McCaffrey
JHellickson, TB 0 Tim McLeod
TRoark, Was 0 Tim McLeod

UNAWARDED BIDS

EJohnson, Atl 13 Gene McCaffrey
ENunez, NYY 13 Gene McCaffrey
JBradley, Bos 13 Gene McCaffrey
KBlanks, SD 13 Gene McCaffrey
LDuda, NYM 13 Gene McCaffrey
NCastellanos, Det 13 Gene McCaffrey
THelton, Col 13 Gene McCaffrey
ERogers, Tor 2 Scott Engel
JPaxton, Sea 0 Tim McLeod
KLohse, Mil 0 Tim McLeod
RErlin, SD 0 Tim McLeod
TThornburg, Mil 0 Tim McLeod
ZWheeler, NYM 0 Tim McLeod

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The top two contenders placed good sized bids especially for September without much competition nabbed their targets for very little. Mike Podhorzer bid $21 for Jonathan Villar but was Vickrey reduced to $5 while Gene McCaffrey fared even better with his $14 bid for Anthony Gose and $13 bid for Dee Gordon both reduced to one dollar.

With Clay Buchholz back from the DL last week to get me two wins and some hitting I didn't see anything that would improve my team as I try and track down the leaders.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 12:10
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 9 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 09 September 2013 14:28

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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

james_paxton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
James Paxton, SEA 8 Mastersball 1 Fangraphs
Josmil Pinto, MIN 2 USA TODAY Sports
Danny Valencia, BAL 2 KFFL.com 1 Colton & Wolf
Jake McGee, TB 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Abraham Almonte, SEA 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Jerome Williams, LAA 1 Fangraphs 1 Colton & Wolf
Pedro Hernandez, MIN 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Delmon Young, TB 6 Colton & Wolf
Leury Garcia, CWS 6 Colton & Wolf
Austin Romine, NYY 1 USA TODAY Sports
Craig Breslow, BOS 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
David Ross, BOS 1 USA TODAY Sports
Tanner Scheppers, TEX 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Chris Young, OAK 1 Colton & Wolf
Liam Hendriks, MIN 1 Colton & Wolf

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I suspected that bat starved AL owners might go after Delmon Young as many in AL only leagues have seen the possibility of a productive AL outfield bat if Young stays in the Rays lineup. My needs with what I presumed would be most of my remaining $9 FAAB dollars needed to find a SP and it never occurred that I might be able to get both, so I bid $8 and landed Seattle prospect James Paxton with surprisingly no underbids while Colton & The Wolfman landed Young for just $6.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

brian_bogusevic

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Brian Bogusevic, CHC 15 USA TODAY Sports 6 ESPN - Karabell
Carlos Torres, NYM 11 ESPN - Karabell 7 Colton & Wolf 7 DerekCarty.com
Hector Sanchez, SF 8 USA TODAY Sports
Cesar Hernandez, PHI 5 ESPN - Karabell
Tyler Moore, WSH 4 Baseball HQ
Greg Reynolds, CIN 2 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jordan Pacheco, COL 4 Baseball HQ
Brett Pill, SF 4 Baseball HQ
Hector Sanchez, SF 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The prescience of LABR Commissioner Steve Gardner was apparent during this week of free agent moves, and his draft claim speed Cincy outfielder Billy Hamilton during the draft last March blocked the remainder of the league from making a claim.

In particular this hurt my third place team’s prospects, as steals is a category where we could pick up a precious point, but the bottom line is my path to victory was just made bumpier thanks to Steve’s foresight.

The player who did cost the most FAAB this week is journeyman Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who is now a member of Steve’s USA Today team thanks to a $15 winning bid (there was a failed $6 try for Bogusevic).

As pretty much a full timer last year with Houston, Bogusevic managed a limp .203-7-28 line, with a .297 OBP, although he did steal 15 bags over 146 games.

But, there are a couple of points Steve can pick up via swipes, and at this point it is all about pride (Steve kept that trend up with a third acquisition of Giants catcher Hector Sanchez for $8, besting a $3 try from another squad).

However, Mets hurler Carlos Torres was the most coveted player this week. Torres (3-3, 2.89 over 62.1 innings) is now the property of Eric Karabell’s ESPN squad, but no fewer than three teams all submitted $7 bids for Torres’ services, yet all in vain.

As the season winds down, the available corps of replacements may be thinning, but the push to keep an active roster is just as pronounced as the first weeks of the season.

MIXED LEAGUE

billy_hamilton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
Billy Hamilton, CIN 30 ESPN.com 8 Fangraphs
Carlos Torres, NYM 4 MLB.com
Mark Reynolds, NYY 3 ESPN.com
Kole Calhoun, LAA 2 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports
Chris Colabello, MIN 2 Baseball HQ
Brandon Barnes, HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports
Jose Iglesias, DET 1 MLB.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Justin Ruggiano, MIA 2 MLB.com
Jerome Williams, LAA 2 MLB.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

Looks like we have a great race -- for second place -- shaping up in mixed LABR as mlb.com's Fred Zinkie has selfishly distanced himself a bit from the lead pack. You're truly is actually within striking distance of second, but with my empty FAAB account and no help on reserves, I expect my last ditch effort to break into the top-3 will fall short.

ESPN's James Quintong is doing his best to catch Fred as he's looking for a late-season boost in steals. Billy Hamilton has yet to step into an MLB batter's box, but he already has 4 steals.

Similar to the Tout Wars Mixed leagues, not much trust is being placed on the available starting pitchers. 

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 17:20
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 9 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 09 September 2013 10:35

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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 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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jackie_bradley_jr

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JBradley, Bos 37 (40) Rob Leibowitz 36 Matthew Berry 12 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
JPaxton, Sea 1 (47) Ron Shandler
DYoung, TB 1 (12) Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
LGarcia, CWS 0 Wolf/Colton
PHernandez, Min 0 Wolf/Colton
SDoolittle, Oak 0 Larry Schechter

UNAWARDED BIDS

DValencia, Bal 8 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
LCain, KC 40 Rob Leibowitz 0 Wolf/Colton
EJohnson, CWS 36 Ron Shandler
AAlmonte, Sea 12 Larry Schechter 0 Wolf/Colton
QBerry, Bos 0 Wolf/Colton
NCotts, Tex 0 Larry Schechter
LColeman, KC 0 Larry Schechter
JSmith, Cle 0 Larry Schechter
CFurbush, Sea 0 Larry Schechter
CCapps, Sea 0 Jeff Erickson

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's rare that an impact full-time player becomes available with only three weeks remaining but Rob Leibowitz may have happened upon such an instance with Jackie Bradley Jr. It appears as though Jacoby Ellsbury will return before the end of the season in an effort to get him play-off ready, but Bradley should see regular playing time, especially with Shane Victorino dinged up as well.

The other catch of the week was Seattle pitcher James Paxton who will assume the spot of fellow rookie Taijuan Walker whom Seattle is shutting down after getting a cup of coffee in the bigs. Paxton had a bit of a disappointing campaign but the Mariners still consider him, along with Walker and Danny Hultzen to be the foundation to support Felix Hernandez.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

justin_turner

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JTurner, NYM 11 (46) Steve Gardner 10 Mike Gianella 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft
CHernandez, Phi 4 (20) Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer
JBianchi, Mil 1 (10) Mike Gianella 43 Todd Zola
JHarrison, Pit 1 (43) Todd Zola
MDavidson, Ari 1 (44) Tristan H. Cockcroft
DHernandez, Ari 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
NVincent, SD 0 Peter Kreutzer
LAvilan, Atl 0 Peter Kreutzer

UNAWARDED BIDS

CWithrow, LAD 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer
JLopez, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer

Brian Walton's Commentary

Though there were a number of double-digit bids placed in National League Tout Wars this week, they were more of a function of large FAAB totals remaining than of great quality becoming available. In all cases but one, there were no other owners bidding beyond single digits for the free agents.

The most expensive player at $11 is one who has been on my roster several times this season in Mets infielder Justin Turner. Receiving time at third base in the absence of injured David Wright, Turner hit his only two home runs of the season this weekend at Cleveland.

The only other player fetching more than a dollar was Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez at $4. Seeing time in centerfield and leading off, the 23-year-old switch-hitter had a pair of runs scored and two RBI in five games this past week.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MWacha, StL 12 (23) Zach Steinhorn 11 Tim Heaney 6 Cory Schwartz
CColabello, Min 9 (11) Nando DiFino 8 Scott Swanay 8 Fred Zinkie 2 Derek Van Riper
2 Tim Heaney
LDuda, NYM 8 Scott Swanay 8 Fred Zinkie 2 Tim Heaney
APresley, Min 7 (8) Scott Swanay 6 Cory Schwartz 2 Derek Van Riper
ENunez, NYY 1 (8) Cory Schwartz 6 Cory Schwartz
BPeacock, Hou 1 (6) Cory Schwartz
CBlackmon, Col 1 (2) Derek Van Riper
JShuck, LAA 1 Derek Van Riper
EJohnson, CWS 1 (21) Al Melchior
LChisenhall, Cle 1 (2) Tim Heaney
CTorres, NYM 0 Fred Zinkie
THelton, Col 0 Fred Zinkie
ACallaspo, Oak 0 Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

JNicasio, Col 13 Zach Steinhorn 8 Zach Steinhorn
WCastillo, ChC 8 Scott Swanay
RSweeney, ChC 8 Scott Swanay
FGutierrez, Sea 8 Scott Swanay
DYoung, TB 8 Scott Swanay
BBarnes, Hou 8 Scott Swanay
TRoark, Was 6 Cory Schwartz
JWilliams, LAA 0 Fred Zinkie

Todd Zola's Commentary

As an outsider, I have found in interesting how the FAAB bidding in the Mixed Draft always seems to be busier than the Mixed Auction, even though both are 15-team leagues with the same 4-man reserve lists. Perhaps it's a reflection on the owners or perhaps it's due to the distribution of injured players and the need to replace them. Another possibility is Tout Wars has a rule designed to keep everyone active until the end, penalizing owners FAAB dollars for the following season if they finish below a set threshold of point. At least this week, perhaps the added activity is due to owners fighting ts stay north of the cut-off.

Hitters dominated the acquisitions this week as the Tout Warriors are looking at scratch out all the points in the counting categories they can. Perhaps they're reluctant to pick up the available (incorrectly) feeling there are no more points to be gained or lost in the pitching ratios.

Justin Morneau's waiver deal opened the door for Chris Colabello to receiver regular at bats. He could provide some pop down the stretch.

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Todd is right on about the FAAB penalty rule being the primary reason behind some of the aggressive biding. At least that was the case for me with my Wacha bid, as I’m desperate for quality pitching since the majority of my starting pitchers are slumping at the same time. Pitching has been the biggest factor in my epic collapse over the past couple of weeks, so maybe a few starts from Wacha will make a positive impact. And besides, it’s not like we can carry over FAAB dollars into next year. If you don’t use them, you lose them!

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
MAdams, StL 19 (45) Gene McCaffrey 18 Mike Podhorzer
MWacha, StL 1 (2) Tim McLeod
YPetit, SF 1 (18) Perry Van Hook
BMcCarthy, Ari 0 Tim McLeod

UNAWARDED BIDS

JPaxton, Sea 7 Perry Van Hook
TRoark, Was 0 Tim McLeod
JHellickson, TB 0 Tim McLeod
RErlin, SD 0 Tim McLeod
SFeldman, Bal 0 Tim McLeod

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The two teams battling for the top spot in this league - Mike Podhorzer and Gene McCaffrey both went to war over the same hope of power from Matt Adams filling in for the Cardinals until Allen Craig is back. Podhorzer bid $18 of his remaining $21 for Adams but McCaffrey was familiarly all in, bidding $45 of his $47 and ultimately landing him for the Vickrey-reduced $19.

I actually made an $18 bid on Yusmeiro Petit - not trying to buy another complete game shutout - just trying to replace Zach Wheeler with a better hurler for the last three weeks. Apparently no one else was interested, so it cost me just one dollar.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 15:10
 
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