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Arizona Fall League Preview PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:34

Of all the baseball I get to watch here in Arizona, my favorite league is the Arizona Fall League. The brainchild of former White Sox GM and HOF member Roland Hemond, the AFL is widely regarded as the finishing league for some of the best minor league prospects in baseball.

In case you are not already familiar with the Fall League, it is composed of six teams, owned and operated by Major League Baseball that operates in the Phoenix area starting this year on October 7 and running through November 15. Each major league team sends seven minor leaguers to populate the six 35-man rosters.

Here are the 2014 AFL teams, the MLB team their players will come from and their home ballpark:

GLENDALE DESERT DOGS – Brewers, Dodgers, Orioles, Tigers, and White Sox playing at Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale.

MESA SOLAR SOX – Cubs, Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays, and Nationals playing their home games at Cubs Park in Mesa.

PEORIA JAVELINAS – Royals, Cardinals, Braves, Indians, and Rays playing their home games in Surprise Stadium in Surprise.

SALT RIVER RAFTERS – Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Marlins, and Twins playing their home games in Salt River Fields in Scottsdale.

SCOTTSDALE SCORPIONS – Giants, Mets, Phillies, Pirates, and Yankees playing their home games in Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale.

SURPRISE SAGUAROS – Rangers, Mariners, Padres, Red Sox, and Reds playing their home games in Surprise Stadium in Surprise.

Among the top prospects who will be playing in the AFL this year are

  • Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
  • Addison Russell, SS, Chicago Cubs
  • Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Corey Seager, IF, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Josh Bell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Alberto (Raul) Mondesi, IF, Kansas City Royals
  • Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds
  • Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros
  • D.J. Pederson, 3B, Seattle Mariners

Make your plans now and spend some quality time in the Arizona sun watching some future major league players. The Fall Stars game which will be telecast live on the MLB Network will be Saturday, November 1 at Salt River Fields. The league championship game will be two weeks later, November 15 at Scottsdale Stadium, an afternoon game which will also be on the MLB Network.

If you had to pick just one weekend to be in Arizona, I highly recommend the First Pitch Arizona program which runs from October 31 to November 2. You can get more details and the schedule HERE . This is a full weekend for fantasy baseball players and almost all of your Mastersball staff will be there and can answer any questions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:08
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:35

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 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

danotero

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Dan Otero, OAK $1 1 ESPN.com 1 Baseball HQ
Jose Veras, HOU $1 1 Baseball HQ
Eduardo Escobar, MIN $1 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Carlos Sanchez, CWS $1 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brad Brach, BAL 1 SiriusXM
Fernando Abad, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Jason Grilli, LAA 1 SiriusXM
Joel Peralta, TB 1 SiriusXM
Kelvin Herrera, KC 1 SiriusXM
Mike Morin, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Nick Hagadone, CLE 1 SiriusXM
Ryan Cook, OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Shawn Tolleson, TEX 1 SiriusXM

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

A pretty quiet night of bidding as Winning Fantasy Baseball grabbed two one dollar MI and two other teams each grabbed a one dollar pitcher. The most interesting > read speculative pickup was ESPN’s Tristan Cockcroft add of Oakland reliever Dan Otero, fresh off the DL and perhaps a part of the new closer by committee for the Athletics

Todd's Take.

This is more an observation than anything -- at least until I think it through, but I find it curious that every single bid this week was $1, in all three LABR leagues, Recall $0 are not allowed in LABR. Plus there's no Vickrey. I mentioned in the Tout Report that I favor a $1000 FAAB kitty with $1 minimum bids. I'm just wondering if these $1 bids are circumstantial or part of my argument.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

travisishikawa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Travis Ishikawa, SF $1 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Hatcher, MIA $1 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Andres Blanco, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
Joaquin Arias, SF 1 Baseball HQ
Jean Machi, SF 1 Baseball HQ

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Yawn.

The NL LABR owners must be anticipating the flood of September call-ups, saving what FAAB they have accordingly, for the only two moves made this week were a pair from Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS.

The pair blew $2--one each--on Travis Ishikawa (his fourth NL LABR team this year) and Chris Hatcher.

Don't you just love a pennant race?

Todd's Take

Similarly, I'm wondering if $0 bids (or $1000 budget) would have led to more bids in NL LABR this week or again if this was coincidental)

MIXED LEAGUE

trevor_cahill

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Trevor Cahill, ARI $1 1 Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus
Jeurys Familia, NYM $1 1 ESPN.com
Jeremy Guthrie, KC $1 1 RotoExperts
Eric Stults, SD $1 1 Baseball Prospectus
Josh Collmenter, ARI $1 1 MLB.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jake Diekman, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
T.J. House, CLE 1 Baseball Prospectus

Todd Zola's Commentary

Five successful bids, five pitchers. Four are starters, one a possible closer. Each season is its own entity but it certainly appears as though the old dictum holds - there's pitching to be had in season. I still feel pitching needs to be addressed with an early ace but I'm backing off the two-aces early idea.That said, I didn't draft two starters early in this league but I did do it in most of my NFBC 15-team mixed leagues.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 14:16
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:15

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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

carlossanchez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CSanchez, CWS 11 Rob Leibowitz 18 Larry Schechter 10 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
WLeBlanc, LAA 1 Steve Moyer 1
RCastillo, Bos 1 Jason Collette 22
BPeacock, Hou 0 Chris Liss 0
JSucre, Sea 0 Steve Moyer 0
CColon, KC 0 Chris Liss 0
ENavarro, LAA 0 Steve Moyer 0
FSalas, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ALoup, Tor Steve Moyer 0
BBrach, Bal Ron Shandler 0
CCasali, TB Steve Moyer 0
DKelly, Det Steve Moyer 0
DRobertson, Tex Steve Moyer 0
EKratz, KC Steve Moyer 0
ERogers, NYY Ron Shandler 0
JBurton, Min Steve Moyer 0
JGuzman, Hou Steve Moyer 0
KHerrera, KC Steve Moyer 0
RoPerez, Cle Steve Moyer 0
YMedina, Sea Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Only player who received my attention this week was Carlos Sanchez. It is  not too often you receive the opportunity to try and obtain a every day starter on the free agent market in late August so one almost has to go all in on the rookie especially given one with some speed and fair contact making skills.

Todd's Take

Seeing all the zero bids got me thinking. Is it better to allow a bid of $0 or should everyone be forced to budget their spending so they'll be able to make adds in September? There's actually a third option. The National Fantasy Baseball Champonship uses a $1000 FAAB limit and requires all bids to be non-zero. I think I like this the best.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

travisishikawa

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TIshikawa, SF 1 Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
SSchumaker, Cin 1 Gene McCaffrey 2
CValaika, ChC 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Gene McCaffrey 2 Derek Carty 0
CTorres, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JDiekman, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RSantiago, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

EArruebarrena, LAD Gene McCaffrey 2
CHatcher, Mia Peter Kreutzer 0
DCarpenter, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
LWatkins, ChC Gene McCaffrey 0
TWatson, Pit Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

I wish I had something witty to write about NL Tout Wars bidding this week, but what can I say when the "big" acquisitions are Skip Schumaker and Travis Ishikawa at $1 each? The most newsworthy item about them is irrelevant to Tout. Skip was called upon for emergency duty as a pitcher this week for the reeling Reds, but those stats would not count, anyway.

I have the money to buy players and scanned the stats and potential call-ups over and over but came up blank. Remaining on the sidelines for two consecutive weeks is unheard of for me. It is a good reminder how inactive the waiver trade market across leagues has been this year.

Of course, the other reminder is to spend more money earlier. After reclaims helped to augment totals a bit, the average NL Tout owner still holds $29. Individual amounts range from $44 to $12. With about a month to go, a lot of money is going to be left on the table. Tout also allows $0 bidding for major leaguers

Todd's Take

What he said.

OK, I'll come up with something.

The trade deadline in Tout Wars is fast approaching. I failed to follow through on my plan to fnd a new home for Dee Gordon (sorry PK, I promise to be in touch soon). For those new to the reports, Tout Wars has a rule whereby returning owners (and there's very limited turnover) are penalized $1 of FAAB for every roto-point they finish below a threshold, which for NL Tout is 60. I'm in the low fifties and have a shot at 60 if I can parlay Gordon into some help elsewhere but my problem is there isn't a single category that I can gain a significant number of points -- I have to pick up one or two across several categories. This makes finding a player to target in return more difficult. The other Tout rule that feeds into this is the use of a swingman spot which can be a hitter or pitcher. I could target hitting or pitching with that swing spot. Hopefully I'll be able to talk about what I did next week but the message for today is these little rules nuances add an extra element to keep owners engaged -- in a creative manner. This is never a bad thing.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

stevenpearce

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SPearce, Bal 18 Al Melchior 19 Fred Zinkie 17 Scott Pianowski 16
Paul Singman 3
LGregerson, Oak 11 Nando DiFino 14 Paul Singman 10 Scott Pianowski 6
Al Melchior 5 Fred Zinkie 0
EStults, SD 6 Scott Pianowski 6 Derek Van Riper 5
JPanik, SF 5 Paul Singman 13 Ray Flowers 4 Scott Pianowski 1
AWebster, Bos 1 David Gonos 18
RHernandez, LAD 1 Ray Flowers 2
EVolquez, Pit 1 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 2
LMorrison, Sea 1 Ray Flowers 4
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Cory Schwartz 9 Fred Zinkie 0
RElias, Sea 1 Derek Van Riper 5 Cory Schwartz 8 Tim Heaney 2
Fred Zinkie 0
NFreiman, Oak 1 Paul Singman 1
ACallaspo, Oak 1 Paul Singman 2
TWood, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 3
YPetit, SF 1 Al Melchior 10
TFlowers, CWS 0 Nando DiFino 0
NMartinez, Tex 0 Tim Heaney 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DValencia, Tor Al Melchior 11
HNoesi, CWS Cory Schwartz 5
JGuthrie, KC Ray Flowers 2
DGregorius, Ari Paul Singman 2
MEstrada, Mil Cory Schwartz 2
ODespaigne, SD Tim Heaney 1
AParrino, Oak Paul Singman 0
MGonzalez, Bal Fred Zinkie 0
KGiles, Phi Scott Pianowski 0
NHundley, Bal Nando DiFino 0
WLeBlanc, LAA Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

We’ve reached the point in the season where players who would cost single-digit dollars to roster earlier in the year go for significantly more, as owners find themselves with an excess of FAAB and few weeks left to spend it. Steve Pearce is a good example. Overall, his second half production has been minimal (.222 AVG, 3 HR, 4 RBI), but the good news is that all three of those home runs and all four of those RBI have come in his last seven games. Could this be the start of another prolonged hot streak, like the .361-5-13 line he put up in June? We’ll find out soon enough.

With Sean Doolittle heading to the DL, Luke Gregerson might seem like the logical choice to close games for the A’s, and he’s done little to disappoint this year. But word is that Eric O’Flaherty will be the guy, and he didn’t receive a single bid! Expect that to change next week.

Rounding out the list of purchases exceeding $1 are Eric Stults and Joe Panik. Stults’ appeal is fairly obvious, as he’s allowed one run or less in each of his last four outings and is slated for a pair of home starts this week. The Padres southpaw sports a respectable 3.98 ERA at Petco Park this season compared to his 4.91 ERA on the road. As for Panik, after getting off to a slow start following his big league promotion, he’s clearly starting to figure things out, batting .400 in the month of August. Useful middle infielders can be hard to find on the waiver wire this late in the year.

Todd's Take

To dovetail on Zach's comment about the Athletics' closer, I think it's still up in the air. The fantasy pundits expected Gregerson. It was then mentioned on Twitter than Gregerson was staying in the 8th with Ryan Cook, Dan Otero and O'Flaherty sharing the 9th based on match-up. Then it came out the Melvin wants one closer but wants to talk to the candidates before announcing. And finally, there was a report pointing to O'Flaherty but unless I missed it, it was still speculation on the reporters part - Melvin was not quoted.

And I'm the bad guy for suggesting to invest on a good closer in mixed leagues.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

dannysalazar

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DSalazar, Cle 9 Brent Hershey 36 Nicholas Minnix 8 Eno Sarris 5
Charlie Wiegert 2 Perry Van Hook 2 Perry Van Hook 1
MBetts, Bos 1 Eno Sarris 6 Nicholas Minnix 0
CGillaspie, CWS 1 Nicholas Minnix 1
WLeBlanc, LAA 1 Charlie Wiegert 1
EStults, SD 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Charlie Wiegert 1
JCosart, Mia 1 Perry Van Hook 1
LGregerson, Oak 1 Brent Hershey 36
CRuiz, Phi 1 Brent Hershey 10 Tim McLeod 0
MMcKenry, Col 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

KGibson, Min Brent Hershey 2 Eno Sarris 1
CMaybin, SD Eno Sarris 1
DBuchanan, Phi Eno Sarris 1
LMartin, Tex Eno Sarris 1
HConger, LAA Brent Hershey 1
KGiles, Phi Brent Hershey 1
JBroxton, Cin Perry Van Hook 0
KQuackenbush, SD Perry Van Hook 0
AAlmonte, SD Nicholas Minnix 0
LMorrison, Sea Nicholas Minnix 0
ZWalters, Cle Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Except for BHQ’s Brent Hershey, currently the league leader, it was a quiet bid night here as well. But Hershey wanted to bolster his pitching staff and bid $36 each on Luke Gregerson of Oakland, and Danny Salazar of Cleveland. Gregerson who rates to stay in the eighth inning for Oakland he got for just one dollar, but Salazar was Vickrey reduced to $9 to beat the $8 bid of Nick Minnix.

I needed to replace two pitchers but didn’t want to spend much of my remaining FAAB as we will start to see September call ups of note next week and then certainly the first week of the new month. So my top bids of $2 were reduced to $1 winning bids for two start pitchers Eric Stults of the Padres with two home starts in Petco; and Jarred Cosart of Miami with two starts on the road. That still leaves me with $38 FAAB dollars – nowhere near the leaders but gives me a chance to add a useful player.

Todd's Take

This is going to be fun to watch as we have three very good fantasy players matching wits down the stretch. Brent, Perry and Tim McLeod have been jostling for points and should continue to do so for the final month. A different dynamic of a league like Tout Wars is second place is first loser. There's no protecting second or third place money which may lead to some boom-or-bust managing if any of the three fall a little behind.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 11:01
 
August Auction Values for Fantasy Football PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 13:01

While there are tons of place to get rankings that are very good, the ADP (Average Draft Position) and AAV (Average Auction Values) that are reported should not be used as we have no idea how old they are or whether the league they were drafted for corresponds with what YOU need.

What I like is real draft information, and you can find some articles that will give you isolated examples. Even harder to find are real money league auction values, so I thought I would share the auction prices from a just concluded 12-team, PPR league where the starting lineups are QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/WR/TE/K/DST.

To get the most out of this information, STOP reading now and get your current rankings or cheatsheet. Then you can mark the prices next to each name and it gives you a better idea of where some drafters got value and what true market perception is regarding auction pricing.

I will give you the top 12 quarterbacks and tight ends but expand to 24 running backs and wide receivers and any other players I thought were particularly interesting. Ready?

QUARTERBACKS – I think people tend to overpay for the top quarterbacks but that is why there are 31 flavors.

Quarterbacks $
Peyton Manning 30
Drew Brees 29
Aaron Rodgers 25
Andrew Luck 24
Matthew Stafford 22
Tom Brady 18
Matt Ryan 13
Colin Kaepernick 12
Robert Griffin 9
Nick Foles 8
Cam Newton 8
Russell Wilson 4

Foles especially was a great value in this auction. There were also a few QBBC attempts that were quite good – one team getting Jay Cutler for $5 and Ben Roethlisberger for $4 which is likely better than my Carson Palmer for $4 paired with a $2 Ryan Tannehill. Funny that Tom Brady, who barely makes the top ten quarterbacks in rankings and most high stakes drafts still commands a higher price.

RUNNING BACKS – The very best are very expensive and the next group isn’t cheap, so some prices are a matter of preferred team composition.

Running Backs $
Jamaal Charles 55
LeSean McCoy 55
Matt Forte 50
Adrian Peterson 50
Eddie Lacy 46
DeMarco Murray 37
Montee Ball 35
Giovani Bernard 35
Le'Veon Bell 34
Marshawn Lynch 34
Andre Ellington 30
Rashad Jennings 27
C.J. Spiller 26
Doug Martin 26
Zac Stacy 26
Arian Foster 24
Toby Gerhart 23
Reggie Bush 22
Alfred Morris 21
Shane Vereen 19
Joique Bell 17
Ryan Mathews 15
Ray Rice 15
Lamar Miller 13

Prices seem normal although I must credit one of my opponents who nominated Dri Archer for a dollar early in the draft and got him for that price before the cloud of news was out about Bell and Blount.

WIDE RECEIVERS – Yes, in PPR leagues the very best cost as much as the top running backs and the mid prices extend longer in leagues where you start three (or more). I added a few extra names you might be interested in.

Wide Receivers $
Calvin Johnson 54
Demaryius Thomas 52
Dez Bryant 47
A.J. Green 47
Brandon Marshall 45
Jordy Nelson 44
Julio Jones 41
Antonio Brown 40
Randall Cobb 32
Alshon Jeffery 31
Keenan Allen 29
Cordarrelle Patterson 25
Andre Johnson 24
Vincent Jackson 24
Roddy White 23
T.Y. Hilton 22
Emmanuel Sanders 22
Pierre Garcon 21
Victor Cruz 20
Julian Edelman 20
Larry Fitzgerald 18
DeSean Jackson 17
Wes Welker 17
Michael Floyd 16
Percy Harvin 16
Brandin Cooks 16
Kendall Wright 15
Mike Wallace 10

The interesting thing to me was a change also seen in some drafts now with Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks having more market value than the Bills’ Sammy Watkins, who went for just $4. 

TIGHT ENDS – This is where there is even more of a market split – especially after the top four were off the board.

Tight Ends $
Jimmy Graham 46
Julius Thomas 27
Rob Gronkowski 24
Jordan Cameron 17
Jordan Reed 9
Jason Witten 9
Kyle Rudolph 9
Dennis Pitta 9
Greg Olsen 9
Vernon Davis 9
Charles Clay 6
Martellus Bennett 5

Remember that “sleepers” is really a term that shouldn’t be used with so much information available on the internet, but in case you thought they were much cheaper, Zach Ertz went for $3, Travis Kelce went for $4 and Ladarius Green also escaped dollar days at $2.

Hope this helps whet your auction appetite. If there are specific players not mentioned, you can ask below or in the Forums.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:50
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:59

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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

ibanez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Raul Ibanez, KC $5 KFFL.com 5 ESPN.com 1
Avisail Garcia, CWS $4 Colton & The Wolfman 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 ESPN.com 2
Ricky Nolasco, MIN $1 KFFL.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ryan Cook, OAK KFFL.com 1
Brennan Boesch, LAA KFFL.com 1

Todd's Take

We'll give Perry the day off; the AL Tout action has kept him rather busy the past several weeks.

While no lead is insurmountable, Dave Adler from Baseball HQ can at least start making the ice to cool down the champagne as he holds a 27-point lead over the field. There is, however, quite a battle for the runner-up spot as four teams are jostling for the place and show spots, even though there's nothing more than pride on the line. Good thing that's more than enough for most privileged to play in LABR. All the bids came from those in the upper-portion of the standings as they are all looking to finish as high as possible. This is a quiet week in the AL in general, but it will be interesting to see how much action comes from the lower tier as we head down the stretch as compared to Tout Wars, which has a rule designed to keep all the teams engaged (see Todd's Take from the NL Tout report).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

rymerliriano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rymer Liriano, SD $31 ESPN - Karabell 31 USA TODAY Sports 9 Baseball HQ 7
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Michael Taylor, WSH $3 ESPN - Karabell 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Philip Gosselin, ATL $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Kevin Correia, LAD $1 Inside Edge 1
Elian Herrera, MIL $1 Inside Edge 1
Darin Ruf, PHI $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the sands of the 2014 slip into the bottom half of the hourglass, suddenly the LABR owners are willing to spend, as in ESPN's Eric Karabell who dropped $31 for the interesting Padres flychaser, Rymer Liriano. Eric bested four other bids ranging from $2-$9. Eric indeed went deep on prospect outfielders, also obtaining Washington's Michael Taylor for $3 (there was also a $2 shot).

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton copped the Braves interesting second sacker Phillip Gosselin for just $2, beating out just one $1 attempt.

I cannot remember how much Darin Ruf cost when he first came up a year ago, but he only cost Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, of NFBC/STATS, a dollar this week, unchallenged even.

Finally, Steve Moyer of the Inside Edge took a shot on new Dodger arm Kevin Correia for one of his remaining three bucks, and then spent one more for the Brewers infielder Elian Herrera.

Todd's Take

You can never predict what will occur but a couple week's back it was suggested that missing out at the MLB trading deadline may not be a bad thing since there are often August moves that can still be difference-makers. In a tight league, Rymer Liriano can definitely make an impact as can Michael Taylor if he continues to play (though Jayson Werth should be back soon and the Nationals are in contention and not in a position to play youngsters).

This is not to say you should make sure you have FAAB in August; that's dictated by the circumstances the previous four-plus months. But it does suggest not to assume nothing will be available and spend cavalierly after the deadline, especially in a non-Vickrey league like LABR.

MIXED LEAGUE

avisail_garcia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Avisail Garcia, CWS $7 MLB.com 7
Kevin Correia, LAD $3 MLB.com 3
Rymer Liriano, SD $3 Baseball HQ 3
Zach Walters, CLE $2 Mastersball 2
Justin Turner, LAD $1 Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Danny Valencia, TOR $1 Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Brandon Crawford, SF $1 Fangraphs 1
Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC $1 Baseball Prospectus 1 MLB.com 3 RotoExperts 1
Travis Snider, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN $1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 2
Jordan Schafer, MIN $1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jonathan Schoop, BAL Mastersball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Mastersball 2
Yunel Escobar, TB Baseball Prospectus 1 Fangraphs 1
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA Mastersball 1
Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK Mastersball 1
Andy Parrino, OAK Fangraphs 1
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1
Cliff Pennington, ARI Baseball Prospectus 1
Ike Davis, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jacob Lamb, ARI Baseball HQ 1
Jose Ramirez, CLE Baseball Prospectus 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR Mastersball 1
Robbie Grossman, HOU MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

There were some nice outfielders available this week. Too bad I have five healthy fly-chasers with a sixth at utility but I do have an opening in the middle. Walters should continue to share at bats with Mike Aviles but I should have Brandon Phillips back soon.

There's a great race going on here as Baseball HQ and MLB.com are tied and not so coincidentally very active this week. But it's nice to see they're not the only ones.

Todd's Take

Confession time -- not making an excuse, there is no excuse, but I'm sharing to show we all make mistakes. The free agent mechanism for the site running LABR requires a final step to save the bids that I have failed to click on several occasions this season. Right before doing LABR FAAB I do my NFBC bids and that does not require the final save so I sometimes clumsily forget to do it here. Don't get me wrong; I made far bigger errors in terms of drafting and team management throughout the course of the season. I'm just suggesting to save yourself ample time to do things right, something that will be more important as fantasy football shares our time.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 13:23
 
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