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LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 April 2014 13:45

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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

mchugh

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Collin McHugh, HOU $15 Yahoo! Sports 15 Mastersball 11 RotoWire 9
USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Andre Rienzo, CWS $7 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Raul Valdes, HOU $4 SiriusXM 4
Alex Presley, HOU $3 Fangraphs 3
Fernando Salas, LAA $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1
Dan Otero, OAK $1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Eduardo Escobar, MIN $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Kevin Jepsen, LAA $1 Fangraphs 1
J.R. Murphy, NYY $1 ESPN 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ronald Belisario, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Marc Rzepczynski, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1
Jonathan Herrera, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Fernando Abad, OAK USA TODAY Sports 1
Don Kelly, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Adam Warren, NYY USA TODAY Sports 1
Aaron Crow, KC USA TODAY Sports 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well the Erik Bedard tryout ended quickly so I tried this week to add a better starting pitcher and put $11 on Houston’s Collin McHugh who has been tremendous in his first two starts and gets the struggling Mariners at home on Sunday or $7 on the White Sox Andre Rienzo who does have a decent two start week against Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

My bid on McHugh was the highest underbid, but Brandon Funston won the Houston starter for $15. I did win Rienzo so hopefully Jose Abreu can give him enough runs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jacepeterson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jace Peterson, SD $5 Colton & The Wolfman 5 ESPN - Karabell 1
Bobby Abreu, NYM $3 Fantasy Insiders 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Michael Bolsinger, ARI $3 Sandlot Shrink 3
Tony Sanchez, PIT $2 Inside Edge 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tyler Lyons, STL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Zach Walters, WSH $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Brandon Cumpton, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jean Machi, SF $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM $1 Inside Edge 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sean Marshall, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1
Sandy Leon, WSH Inside Edge 1
Jeff Mathis, MIA Inside Edge 1
Zach Duke, MIL Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Leading the cluster of FAAB claims for this week in the National League LABR was the first trade of the season.

The participants were Rotowire's Derek Van Riper, and yours truly.

As I noted in my KFFL piece of last week, I have the best pitching, but the weakest hitting in the league, and part of my hitting problem is rooted in simply getting around 30-40 fewer at-bats than all the other teams. So, with Cole Hamels coming off the DL, I offered one of my starters for a full time hitter.

So, I traded DVR Jordan Zimmerman and Jacob Turner for Aaron Hill and Carter Capps.

Hopefully this will be a tonic for both our teams.

On the FAAB side, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $5 for the rights to San Diego middle infielder Jace Peterson (there was on challenging $1 bid) and also nabbed Jean Machi for a dollar during the week their red-hot team moved to the top of standings/

Fantasy Insiders and Derek Carty spent next, grabbing now Met vet Bobby Abreu for $3, out-financing a couple of $1 attempts at the prize.

Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski also spent $3 for San Diego hurler Michael Bolsinger trying to give his squad a shot in the arm.

Finally, Steve Moyer and the Inside Edge went in search of saves shelling out $2 a buck for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Oddly, being the lowest in the standings was the decider, as three other teams had the same plan, only without that ironic success.

MIXED LEAGUE

dicek

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Joe Smith, LAA $15 Rotowire-Erickson 15 Fangraphs 13
RotoExperts 9 KFFL.com 6
MLB.com 3
Phil Hughes, MIN $6 Baseball HQ 6 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 2 Mastersball 2
Juan Francisco, TOR $6 KFFL.com 6 Rotowire-Colton 5 Razzball 2
Craig Gentry, OAK $5 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball Prospectus 1
Rotowire-Colton 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM $4 Mastersball 4 KFFL.com 3 Rotowire-Colton 2
David Phelps, NYY $4 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 4
Nate McLouth, WSH $3 Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 3
Collin McHugh, HOU $2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Bloomberg Sports 1
Mastersball 2
Danny Duffy, KC $1 Baseball HQ 1
Jon Jay, STL $1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Lyons, STL $1 Razzball 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Sam Fuld, MIN $1 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ian Stewart, LAA KFFL.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 1
Cesar Ramos, TB USA TODAY Sports 1
Jeremy Guthrie, KC Mastersball 1
Jordan Walden, ATL Baseball HQ 1
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Mastersball 1
Michael Saunders, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1
Nick Vincent, SD Mastersball 1
Ryan Vogelsong, SF Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Chatwood, COL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Vidal Nuno, NYY Rotowire-Erickson 1
Wade Davis, KC Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oy vey. First he was Dice-K. Then he became Dice-BB. Now? Introducing Dice-SV. Well, I least I hope so anyway. While I have a rather ample gut, I don't often use it strategically. I don't know, I just have this weird feeling Matsuzaka is going to emerge from the Mets' bullpen as the regular closer.

Now you know why I don't rely on my gut very often.

But, my squad has been so injury-riddled that I'm going to need some help and if I have a closer to spare, I may be able to swing a deal to make up some ground.

One tenet of fantasy baseball is to wait on pitching in your draft/auction since arms will be available in-season. This week's pick-ups are going to put that to the test as Phil Hughes, Collin McHugh, Tyler Lyons and Danny Duffy were all acquired. Of the group, McHugh is most intriguing to me. Sure, regression will rear its ugly head but the fall may not be as steep as some may suggest. I said in the spring that I'll use Hughes at home and with Minnesota's offense scoring more runs than expected, he makes for a sneaky streaming option.

The more I think about Juan Francisco, the more I wonder if he can at least partially follow the path of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion -- increase contact and let his plus power rack up the homers. I think he's a great gamble while Adam Lind is out. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:29
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 April 2014 08:14

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

mchugh

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CMcHugh, Hou 8 Ron Shandler 12 Jeff Erickson 7 Rob Leibowitz 7
Lawr Michaels 7 Jason Collette 6 Chris Liss 5
Steve Moyer 0
JDMartinez, Det 6 Rob Leibowitz 7 Andy Behrens 5 Mike Podhorzer 4
JWeeks, Bal 3 Mike Podhorzer 3 Jeff Erickson 7 Jason Collette 3
EEscobar, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 7 Mike Podhorzer 0
WBloomquist, Sea 1 Jason Collette 1 Rob Leibowitz 0
SCarroll, CWS 1 Jason Collette 4
RValdes, Hou 1 Steve Moyer 3
CQualls, Hou 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
BShaw, Cle 0 Ron Shandler 0
BCecil, Tor 0 Mike Podhorzer 0 Lawr Michaels 0 Ron Shandler 0
DDeLaRosa, LAA 0 Chris Liss 0
JDiaz, Tor 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
AOgando, Tex 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Lawr Michaels 0 Jason Collette 0
MSierra, Tor 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
ACrow, KC 0 Lawr Michaels 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JoWilson, Tex Mike Podhorzer 1
JOviedo, TB Jason Collette 1
ARienzo, CWS Steve Moyer 0
AMiller, Bos Ron Shandler 0
AWarren, NYY Ron Shandler 0
BGomes, TB Ron Shandler 0
FSalas, LAA Ron Shandler 0
JPeralta, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
JChamberlain, Det Mike Podhorzer 0
KJepsen, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0
MGonzalez, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0
MRzepczynski, Cle Lawr Michaels 0
JStinson, Bal Jason Collette 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

My most significant move of the week will be reclaiming A.J. Griffin's salary as FAAB. Meanwhile it's the endless search for at bats and innings with three spots on my roster in need of mending. I lost out on former Met Collin McHugh. I think he has a shot of being the next Dillon Gee and maybe a career as a number 4 or 5 starter. He's likely to be overpriced on the basis of one start. I settled for Alexi Ogando who I hope holds the fort until a better starting pitcher becomes available or perhaps until Ogando himself returns to the rotation.

For at bats, I'm, taking a chance J.D. Martinez can pick up some playing time in a potent Tiger lineup. Though I don't expect much, his previous MLB experience offers a glimmer of hope which is better than most of the rest of the weak agent pool.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cumpton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BCumpton, Pit 9 Zola 9 Gene McCaffrey 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 1
JPeterson, SD 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Phil Hertz 8 Peter Kreutzer 2
Scott Wilderman 2 Derek Carty 0
DMatsuzaka, NYM 7 Gene McCaffrey 7 Phil Hertz 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4
Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 1 Mike Gianella 0
JBianchi, Mil 1 Brian Walton 1 Steve Gardner 4 Todd Zola 0
FMorales, Col 1 Brian Walton 2
RGrichuk, StL 1 Brian Walton 2
MEllis, StL 1 Phil Hertz 1 Steve Gardner 4 Gene McCaffrey 0
Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty 0
MWisler, SD 1 Mike Gianella 6
NSoto, Cin 1 Steve Gardner 13 Gene McCaffrey 2
TMoore, Was 1 Gene McCaffrey 2 Scott Wilderman 0
JHarrison, Pit 1 Scott Wilderman 2 Gene McCaffrey 0 Derek Carty 0
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
DThayer, SD 0 McCaffrey 0
RRivera, SD 0 Phil Hertz 0
ARamos, Mia 0 Phil Hertz 0
RKieschnick, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JArias, SF Steve Gardner 4 Derek Carty 0
ATorres, SD Phil Hertz 0
BZiegler, Ari Todd Zola 0
CBarmes, Pit Derek Carty 0
DButera, LAD Phil Hertz 0
GDobbs, Mia Steve Gardner 0
GLaird, Atl Phil Hertz 0
JAffeldt, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
JBaker, ChC Phil Hertz 0
JBlevins, Was Phil Hertz 0
JGutierrez, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
JMachi, SF Gene McCaffrey 0 Todd Zola 0
JMathis, Mia Phil Hertz 0
JSatin, NYM Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton 0
TBarnhart, Cin Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

A pair of pitching free agents drew considerable bidding action as well two of the three winning crooked number bids in NL Tout this week. One is a relatively new name, while the other is a retread in a new role.

Lord Zola is the new owner of Pittsburgh right-hander Brandon Cumpton. The 25-year-old drew attention with a two-run outing over seven innings against the Reds last Wednesday. Cumpton impressed in five fill-in starts in 2013 and has stepped in this time for Wandy Rodriguez (knee).

To say Daisuke Matsuzaka is post-hype is putting it mildly. Without a job this spring, the high-mileage Japanese import had to open the season in Triple-A. That changed when the chaos that is known as the Mets bullpen first tried Jose Valverde and has now turned to Kyle Farnsworth.

There could be many reasons for the spirited bidding that ended with Dice-K landing on Wise Guy Baseball Gene McCaffrey's roster for $7. One is that Matsuzaka collected a save this past week. Another is that manager Terry Collins expressed confidence in his hurler's ability to pitch consecutive days and close if needed. The other is a general and well-placed worry about Farnsworth.

The third big-money bid was $9 on shortstop prospect Jace Peterson of San Diego. Two-time league champion Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN is the winning owner. Peterson is expected to play third while Chase Headley is out, though word is that may not be more than the mandatory 15-day minimum. On the other hand, news that shortstop Everth Cabrera has been suiting up with an injured knee could come into play as well.

I made a trio of $1 flyers. Franklin Morales has made more good than bad starts for the Rockies this season, but is that really enough? Needing a corner-eligible infielder to plug in for Headley, I added Milwaukee's Jeff Bianchi, assured of regular playing time at short while Jean Segura is out.

My final addition is a Monday call-up by the Cardinals. Outfielder Randal Grichuk has some power and with both Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos struggling in centerfield, the former Angels' first-rounder has an opportunity to step in.

Speaking of which, BaseballHQ's Phil Hertz picked up Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis for a buck. Though the veteran is batting just .100, he is expected to play most days now that rookie Kolten Wong has been sent back to Triple-A.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

hectorrondon

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSmith, LAA 50 Paul Singman 86 Patrick Davitt 49 Zach Steinhorn 29
Al Melchior 27 Cory Schwartz 21 Tim Heaney 12
Ray Flowers 11
HRondon, ChC 13 Ray Guilfoyle 20 Tim Heaney 12 Ray Flowers 4
RRoss, Tex 9 Al Melchior 25 Nando DiFino 8 Tim Heaney 6
Ray Guilfoyle 4
DMatsuzaka, NYM 8 Al Melchior 9 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Pianowski 7
Ray Flowers 4
MStroman, Tor 7 Ray Flowers 9 Paul Singman 8 Tim Heaney 6
Zach Steinhorn 3
TBauer, Cle 4 Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 3
DFarquhar, Sea 1 Tim Heaney 6 Ray Flowers 3
KSuzuki, Min 1 Eric Mack 1 Tim Heaney 1 Ray Flowers 1
CDenorfia, SD 1 Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Guilfoyle 3 Ray Flowers 1
BPeacock, Hou 1 Nando DiFino 7
YAlonso, SD 1 Nando DiFino 18
APollock, Ari 1 Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Guilfoyle 6
RChirinos, Tex 1 Tim Heaney 2
TLyons, StL 1 Fred Zinkie 2
MHarrison, Tex 1 Eric Mack 18 Ray Guilfoyle 4
NMcLouth, Was 1 Ray Guilfoyle 12
NCotts, Tex 0 Patrick Davitt 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JLyles, Col Eric Mack 3
RValdes, Hou Ray Flowers 3
JDanks, CWS Ray Flowers 3
AOttavino, Col Ray Flowers 2 Ray Guilfoyle 1
TSanchez, Pit Tim Heaney 2
HConger, LAA Tim Heaney 2 Eric Mack 0
RHanigan, TB Tim Heaney 1 Eric Mack 1
TCampana, Ari Ray Guilfoyle 1
TWatson, Pit Ray Flowers 1
JMcGee, TB Ray Flowers 1
GBeckham, CWS Ray Flowers 1 Patrick Davitt 0
BRoberts, NYY Ray Flowers 1
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 1
ARomine, Det Ray Flowers 1
BPena, Cin Tim Heaney 0
RDoumit, Atl Eric Mack 0
NHundley, SD Eric Mack 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

What a surprise, closers once again headlined this week’s list of FAAB purchases. In my two-plus seasons participating in Tout, I’m pretty sure that no one has spent 50 dollars on any one player, at least not in April. And here I was thinking that my $29 bid on Joe Smith might be enough to land him. But with the now demoted Ernesto Frieri being one of Paul Singman’s two closers, it made perfect sense why he went hard after Frieri’s replacement. Although he has never seen time in the closer role, Smith has been a highly effective big league reliever for quite some time now, boasting a career 2.99 ERA over 450 appearances, so there’s a good chance that he will make a smooth transition. But there’s also a strong possibility that the Angels will eventually turn back to Frieri once he shakes off his early-season struggles. But since Singman now owns both pitchers, he won’t have to worry about any of this.

You know that waiver wire saves are at a premium when someone who hasn’t even been named the closer fetches a $20 bid. But after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-0 Cubs victory on Sunday, lowering his season ERA to 0.73 in the process, it sure seems like Hector Rondon has officially pulled ahead of Pedro Strop in the bullpen pecking order, so $13 might not be so outlandish after all.

As a Kyle Farnsworth owner, I considered placing a bid on Daisuke Matsuzaka, and being that Farnsworth has allowed runs in back-to-back outings, maybe I should have. But that whole Mets closer situation is messy and I would not have topped Al Melchior’s $9 bid anyway, so no big deal.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

joe_smith

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSmith, LAA 22 Tim McLeod 28 Eno Sarris 21 Tom Kessenich 13
Nicholas Minnix 11 Grey Albright 11 Perry Van Hook 11
Charlie Wiegert 8 Adam Ronis 8 Ray Murphy 6
Anthony Perri 2
NMcLouth, Was 8 Grey Albright 11 Tom Kessenich 7 Adam Ronis 3
CMcHugh, Hou 5 Grey Albright 12 Perry Van Hook 4 Scott Engel 2
Paul Greco 1
DMatsuzaka, NYM 4 Tim McLeod 12 Scott Engel 3 Adam Ronis 1
Anthony Perri 1 Eno Sarris 1
HRondon, ChC 3 Adam Ronis 8 Grey Albright 9 Tim McLeod 7
Perry Van Hook 2
MHarrison, Tex 3 Paul Greco 6 Tim McLeod 4 Tim McLeod 4
Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 2
TKoehler, Mia 2 Greg Ambrosius 7 Perry Van Hook 1
CDickerson, Col 1 Scott Engel 3 Adam Ronis 3
MKohn, LAA 1 Eno Sarris 2
MBolsinger, Ari 1 Perry Van Hook 1 Grey Albright 6
BPena, Cin 1 Perry Van Hook 3 Ray Murphy 0
JPacheco, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 3
EStults, SD 1 Grey Albright 2
FMorales, Col 1 Anthony Perri 3
JPeterson, SD 1 Anthony Perri 2
RHanigan, TB 1 Ray Murphy 1 Perry Van Hook 1
BRoberts, NYY 1 Ray Murphy 1
KKendrick, Phi 1 Greg Ambrosius 6

UNAWARDED BIDS

BMcCarthy, Ari Greg Ambrosius 5
JDeLaRosa, Col Greg Ambrosius 4
MSaunders, Sea Adam Ronis 3
JDyson, KC Grey Albright 3 Scott Engel 2
AAmarista, SD Perry Van Hook 1
TSanchez, Pit Perry Van Hook 1
CYoung, Sea Grey Albright 1
FSalas, LAA Eno Sarris 1
GBeckham, CWS Ray Murphy 1
HConger, LAA Perry Van Hook 1
MAviles, Cle Perry Van Hook 1
NHundley, SD Ray Murphy 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With two more players – 1B Mark Trumbo and C Russell Martin landing on the DL this week I needed to find replacements for those positions. And with the talented but inconsistent Brett Oberholtzer facing the Nationals this week I wanted to add another temporary closer or find a better matchup starter for this week.

I got all three replacements for one dollar, my $3 bid on Brayan Pena reduced; the same with my CI as Jordan Pacheco was $3>1; and on the pitcher list I didn’t bid nearly high enough for Joe Smith (went for $22) or Hector Rondon (went for $3 but on $8 bid) or the sparkling SP as Collin McHugh went for $5 (reduced from $12 bid), so I got Mike Bolsinger for $1.

Tim McLeod, RotoRob, was the Joe Smith winner at $22 having to top Eno Sarris (Fangraphs) bid of $21, but Tim saved some from his $28 bid.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 11:19
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 11:30

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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

juanfrancisco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Juan Francisco, TOR 28 Fangraphs-Nick 28 SiriusXM 11 Baseball HQ 6
Colton & The Wolfman 5
Brennan Boesch, LAA 7 Fangraphs 7 SiriusXM 2
Vidal Nuno, NYY 7 RotoWire 7 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Sean Rodriguez, TB 6 Fangraphs 6 SiriusXM 2 RotoWire 1
Wade Davis, KC 4 Yahoo! Sports 4 SiriusXM 3
Andrew Romine, DET 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 SiriusXM 2
Justin Maxwell, KC 3 SiriusXM 3 Fangraphs 3 RotoWire 1
Erik Bedard, TB 2 Mastersball 2 SiriusXM 1
Josh Thole, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Maikel Cleto, CWS 1 Fangraphs-Nick 1 SiriusXM 1
Michael Tonkin, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tyler Collins, DET 1 RotoWire 1
Michael Kohn, LAA 1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Don Kelly, DET SiriusXM 3
Darin Mastroianni, MIN Fangraphs 2 SiriusXM 1
Brock Holt, BOS SiriusXM 2
Carlos Corporan, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
Chris Herrmann, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Jose Molina, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1 SiriusXM 1
JR Murphy, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1
Aaron Loup, TOR SiriusXM 1
Andrew Miller, BOS SiriusXM 1
Chris Herrmann, MIN SiriusXM 1
Dan Otero, OAK SiriusXM 1
Heath Bell, TB SiriusXM 1
Joba Chamberlain, DET SiriusXM 1
Jonathan Diaz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Brock Holt, BOS KFFL.com 1
James Jones, SEA Fangraphs 1
Scott Atchison, CLE SiriusXM 1
Scott Sizemore, NYY SiriusXM 1
Willie Bloomquist, SEA SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Fortunately for my team Alex Gonzalez got dumped by the Tigers the same weekend that Mark Teixeira came off the DL so that was an easy swap and a good thing because there aren’t many hitters you would want to add at this point in the season.

But there are always pitchers and I decided to take advantage of my reservable Matt Lindstrom to try and add the new Yankee starter Vidal Nuno for $7 with a two dollar underbid for Erik Bedard. If I win one I can audition them and if not I can activate David Robertson a few days early. I mentioned the value of reservable players – especially pitchers in my auction write up and we see it in play here.

I tied with two teams on the Nuno bid so Chris Liss of Rotowire, lower in the standings gets Nuno and I got Bedard for two – he has one start this week to prove he is worth a spot.

KFFL was the high bid of the week landing 1B/3B Juan Francisco now with the Toronto Blue Jays.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

germen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Gonzalez Germen, NYM 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, NYM 2 RotoWire - DVR 2 Fantasy Insiders 1
Wil Nieves, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sean Marshall, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3
Jake Diekman, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Bryan Morris, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

NL LABR is a tight race beyond belief, with 10 points separating first placer Lenny Melnick and his 73.5 points and Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs ninth place Fantasy Insiders squad.

As a result, it appears the owners are playing it cautious, seeing who they own and who will actually shake out with some contributing stats.

That means just three moves were processed, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton grabbing Germen Gonzalez, shelling out $6 for the Mets hurler, with a bid that won by $5 over the next closest coveter.

Derek Van Riper copped Mets flychaser Kirk Nieuwenhius for a couple of bucks to win the rights to the second Met of the week for his Rotowire team, also beating out a lone $1 try.

Finally Phillies backup catcher Wil Nieves now how his second FAAB team of the year thanks to a $1 toss of the dice to Mssrs. Ambrosius and Childs.

With ten of the 12 teams still banking over $90 of their FAAB budgets, it will be interesting to see just how things FAAB play out.

MIXED LEAGUE

ikedavis

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ike Davis, PIT 16 Baseball Prospectus 16 Fangraphs 11 Rotowire-Erickson 5
RotoExperts 3 ESPN.com 2
Kyle Farnsworth, NYM 12 RotoExperts 12 KFFL.com 7 Fangraphs 6
Rotowire-Colton 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 Bloomberg Sports 2
Kyle Gibson, MIN 4 KFFL.com 4 Baseball Prospectus 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Rotowire-Colton 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH 4 RotoExperts 4 Rotowire-Colton 3 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jarrod Dyson, KC 3 Baseball HQ 3 Rotowire-Erickson 3 Razzball 1
Jordan Lyles, COL 3 Baseball Prospectus 3
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA 3 Rotowire-Colton 3
Derek Dietrich, MIA 3 Rotowire-Erickson 3
Robbie Ross, TEX 2 Fangraphs 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 Baseball HQ 1
KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN 2 MLB.com 2 Baseball Prospectus 2 Rotowire-Erickson 2
KFFL.com 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 ESPN.com 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Wei-Yin Chen, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1
Anthony Bass, HOU 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Carlos Torres, NYM 1 Rotowire-Colton 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Wade Davis, KC Baseball Prospectus 2
Erik Johnson, CWS Baseball Prospectus 2 RotoExperts 1
Carlos E. Martinez, STL Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com 1
L.J. Hoes, HOU Baseball HQ 2
Mike Carp, BOS USA TODAY Sports 2
Danny Duffy, KC Baseball Prospectus 2
Alexi Amarista, SD Rotowire-Erickson 1
Brandon Barnes, COL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Delmon Young, BAL Rotowire-Erickson 1
John Danks, CWS Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com 1
Jon Jay, STL Rotowire-Erickson 1
Justin Grimm, CHC Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL KFFL.com 1
Zach Britton, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

No bids for me this week and that's a good thing.

A. That means I have no injuries to replace (for a change)

2. Jose Reyes and David Robertson can be put back in my active lineup.

I'm still short a starting pitcher (even with Doug Fister coming back) but I just didn't see anyone I wanted long term and with no $0 bids, I don't even want to burn a buck since a buck could come in handy in a mixed league. In addition, I wasn't really interested in Farnsworth since I should have Aroldis Chapman coming back sooner than later.

My favorite bid this week was Danny Espinosa. There's a lot of moving parts in DC and whether it be via trade or otherwise, I see Espinosa playing regularly even when Ryan Zimmerman returns. It wasn't all that long ago that Ian Desmond and Espinosa were thought of as equals.

The big fish this week was Ike Davis. Full time play should help but recall PNC Park has a knack for turning homers into fly outs.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 13:43
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 April 2014 07:29

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

juanfrancisco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JFrancisco, Tor 9 Mike Podhorzer 16 Joe Sheehan 8 Andy Behrens 2
Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Rob Leibowitz 0
ARomine, Det 8 Mike Podhorzer 8 Larry Schechter 7 Chris Liss 2
Jeff Erickson 1
VNuno, NYY 4 Chris Liss 5 Jeff Erickson 3
CRamos, TB 3 Joe Sheehan 6 Jeff Erickson 2
BBoesch, LAA 1 Andy Behrens 3 Jeff Erickson 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
MPelfrey, Min 1 Joe Sheehan 1
ERomero, TB 1 Jeff Erickson 1 Rob Leibowitz 2
JMaxwell, KC 1 Jeff Erickson 1
NMartinez, Tex 1 Jason Collette 3
DWorth, Det 1 Jason Collette 2
SSizemore, NYY 1 Rob Leibowitz 8
MStroman, Tor 1 Rob Leibowitz 7
DRoss, Bos 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Andy Behrens 0
WDavis, KC 0 Rob Leibowitz 0 Joe Sheehan 1 Jeff Erickson 0
CFien, Min 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Jeff Erickson 0
JIglesias, Det 0 Rob Leibowitz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JoWilson, Tex Mike Podhorzer 4
MSierra, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0
JThole, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JStinson, Bal Jason Collette 0
JOviedo, TB Jason Collette 0
JMurphy, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JMolina, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CCorporan, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BGuyer, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
BCecil, Tor Jeff Erickson 0
ALoup, Tor Jeff Erickson 0
ACrow, KC Jeff Erickson 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

I really can’t get excited about Juan Francisco. Yes he has great power and will get some playing time for a little bit while the Jays wait for injured players to come off the DL, but he’s still a right-handed hitter with a terrible plate approach. Odds are far more likely he will hit below the Mendoza mark than above even .240, so for a chance at a few homers, I’d didn’t see the point of going double digits on him.

Meanwhile, everyone in Tout continues to search for starting pitching. Given what’s out there, I opted to eschew it in favor of Marcus Stroman. The second he was cut last week I knew I’d go in with a pretty aggressive bid in case someone felt similary and was quite pleased to get him at a $1. Right now he’s lighting up Triple-A with a 1.17 ERA and a 11-plus K/9. With Dustin McGowan struggling, Stroman is a logical choice for a call-up before the All-Star break and one with upside at that. Meanwhile, attempting to help a little bit with my strikeout issues I took a chance on Wade Davis who is back in his best role, striking out 15 batters in 9 innings.

I also grabbed Jose Iglesias even though he’ll be out awhile. As I have injury issues on my roster and few options to replace it on the free agent market, figured I’d just grab him at $0 and stash him on the DL until he’s activated, at which point he might have received a double-digit bid.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tylerlyons

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TLyons, StL 3 Brian Walton 6 Peter Kreutzer 2
CStewart, Pit 1 Brian Walton 1 Scott Wilderman 1
KSlowey, Mia 1 Seth Trachtman 5 Brian Walton 1
JWalden, Atl 1 Brian Walton 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella 0
Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty 0
JTurner, LAD 1 Brian Walton 2
XNady, SD 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
ABrown, NYM 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
MFiers, Mil 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
SLeon, Was 1 Scott Wilderman 1
BParker, ChC 1 Lenny Melnick  21
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 1
TGwynn, Phi 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
TWatson, Pit 0 Mike Gianella 0
PNeshek, StL 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
SLeCure, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

FMorales, Col Brian Walton 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
JGrimm, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
BZiegler, Ari Gene McCaffrey 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
TMoore, Was Peter Kreutzer 0 Scott Wilderman 0
DThayer, SD Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton 0
GDobbs, Mia Brian Walton 0
JBianchi, Mil Brian Walton 0
JGutierrez, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
JMathis, Mia Scott Wilderman 0
MBelisle, Col Derek Carty 0
MEllis, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
MMaldonado, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
NSoto, Cin Brian Walton 0
RSantiago, Cin Brian Walton 0
SManess, StL Gene McCaffrey 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

It is all about me this week in NL Tout. With very uncomfortable feelings about a roster that has badly underperformed to date and several open spots in my lineup, I decided to acquire help immediately. Unfortunately, the reality was that there were few viable options available.

Even so, I acquired four of the 15 league-wide free agents joining rosters this week in NL Tout. It did not take much cash. Still, my whopping $6 required was equivalent to the entire rest of the league's spending this period, due to a number of successful $0 bids by others.

We begin with the rotation situation in St. Louis. Joe Kelly's strained hamstring is not viewed to be serious. Two starts is all I may get from lefty Tyler Lyons before he returns to being irrelevant. Both are this week, however, and represent decent matchups, starting with the Mets in New York on Monday and a home start against the Bucs on Saturday. If there will be a third Lyons start, it would be versus the Cubs. Disappointing Brad Hand of the Marlins, who impressed me in spring training, went over the side.

My biggest acquisition to date this season had been now-DFAed Travis Ishikawa, formerly of the Pirates. I paid $8 to get him - the week after he put up his only decent numbers as a Buc. The lesson to be learned is that these guys have track records that should not be ignored. Needing a corner infield replacement, I discovered there was exactly one available who had more than three at-bats last week. Welcome to my roster, Justin Turner!

My catching situation has been in shambles since A.J. Ellis hurt his knee. I have been trying to compete with two-thirds of the odd three-way rotation in San Diego, but the return of back up Chris Stewart from the disabled list in Pittsburgh was worth a dollar to me. If for no other reason, it allowed me to jettison Rene Rivera.

The all-world closer on one of the most pleasant surprises of the new season, Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel, has been dealing with shoulder soreness. While nothing much may come of it, most insurance premiums have been placed on David Carpenter. I am not so sure. Carpenter has been off his game this season and former Angels closer Jordan Walden grabbed what may only be a stray save on Saturday. I put down a speculative dollar on Walden that more might come of the situation later on.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

ysolarte

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YSolarte, NYY 8 Cory Schwartz 10 Tim Heaney 7 Ray Flowers 2
Scott Swanay 2 David Gonos 2
DMurphy, Cle 4 Scott Swanay 10 Cory Schwartz 10 Ray Flowers 3
Paul Singman 3
JBeckett, LAD 2 Scott Swanay 13 Ray Flowers 3 Cory Schwartz 1
David Gonos 1
TChatwood, Col 2 Al Melchior 2 Cory Schwartz 1
JShuck, LAA 1 Ray Flowers 11 Scott Swanay 2 Paul Singman 0
SGennett, Mil 1 Scott Pianowski 22 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 1
JLoney, TB 1 David Gonos 10 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay 1
SFeldman, Hou 1 Scott Pianowski 5 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers 2
JJay, StL 1 Paul Singman 2 Scott Swanay 3
NSchierholtz, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Swanay 2
JWalden, Atl 1 David Gonos 4
DCarpenter, Atl 1 Derek Van Riper 1
EJohnson, CWS 1 Nando DiFino 6
DKeuchel, Hou 1 Tim Heaney 7
RMontero, NYM 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
JDyson, KC 0 Paul Singman 0 Tim Heaney 3
JPutz, Ari 0 Nando DiFino 0 David Gonos 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

KKouzmanoff, Tex David Gonos 6 Paul Singman 1
LChisenhall, Cle Scott Swanay 5
CRoss, Ari Scott Swanay 4
EStults, SD Scott Swanay 4
BZiegler, Ari Scott Swanay 3
JDeLaRosa, Col Scott Swanay 3
CDenorfia, SD Tim Heaney 3 Scott Swanay 2
JSmith, LAA Ray Flowers 3
RRoss, Tex David Gonos 2 Tim Heaney 1
DStubbs, Col Ray Flowers 2 Paul Singman 0
ZCozart, Cin Ray Flowers 2
BCrawford, SF Ray Flowers 2
BRoberts, NYY Ray Flowers 2
JDanks, CWS Tim Heaney 2
CHeisey, Cin Ray Flowers 2
RElias, Sea Tim Heaney 1
TKoehler, Mia Tim Heaney 1
SCasilla, SF Ray Flowers 1
NPunto, Oak Scott Swanay 1
SVanSlyke, LAD Paul Singman 0
ARamos, Mia Tim Heaney 0
GFloyd, Atl Tim Heaney 0
TThornburg, Mil Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The season’s third FAAB period marked the first quiet one, with only four players going for more than $1 and two costing more than $2. With Mark Teixeira back in the fold, now seems like a curious time to add Yangervis Solarte, as everyday at-bats are no longer a certainty for the rookie third baseman, especially if he begins to struggle. He should still be an automatic start for the Yanks against lefties though, with Kelly Johnson moving to the bench. And that’s exactly what happened on Sunday versus southpaw Cesar Ramos.

Sticking to the subject of playing time, David Murphy, a player who was widely considered a platoon guy heading into the season, has been a constant in the Indians’ lineup thanks to his hot start combined with Ryan Raburn’s slow start. Even with Michael Bourn back from the DL, there’s still room for Murphy as long as he continues to produce. Josh Beckett has tossed a combined ten shutout innings over his last two starts, and when healthy, he’s certainly relevant in 15-team mixed leagues. Beckett’s next start comes at home against the Rockies, and Colorado is usually a good team to pick on when they are away from Coors Field. The veteran righty could turn out to be a fine $2 investment for Scott Swanay.

Kyle Farnsworth would have easily been this week’s most expensive player, but I guessed right last week when I added the eventual new Mets’ closer to my squad for $1. So, without any one glaring need and unimpressed by the quality of the waiver wire pool, I opted to sit this week out.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

farnsworth

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KFarnsworth, NYM 17 Paul Greco 19 Eno Sarris 16 Grey Albright 14
Tom Kessenich 14 Perry Van Hook 8 Adam Ronis 6
Scott Engel 4 Anthony Perri 3 Nicholas Minnix 0
DMurphy, Cle 5 Tim McLeod 6 Brent Hershey 5 Scott Engel 4
Adam Ronis 4
TBauer, Cle 4 Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim McLeod 3
JReddick, Oak 2 Adam Ronis 8 Ray Murphy 1
MMelancon, Pit 2 Anthony Perri 2 Tim McLeod 2 Adam Ronis 1
CDenorfia, SD 1 Eno Sarris 2 Ray Murphy 0
GJones, Mia 1 Ray Murphy 1 Anthony Perri 2 Eno Sarris 1
SGennett, Mil 1 Brent Hershey 7 Eno Sarris 1
CQualls, Hou 1 Eno Sarris 2
MOlt, ChC 1 Scott Engel 3
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Scott Engel 2 Adam Ronis 1
KGibson, Min 1 Scott Engel 2
TMilone, Oak 1 Adam Ronis 3
JUribe, LAD 1 Anthony Perri 2
KKouzmanoff, Tex 1 Paul Greco 6 Anthony Perri 2 Perry Van Hook 1
EJohnson, CWS 1 Anthony Perri 2
CGentry, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 2 Tim McLeod 1
JTazawa, Bos 1 Tim McLeod 1
JSingleton, Hou 1 Tim McLeod 3
PHughes, Min 1 Ray Murphy 6

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillaspie, CWS Tim McLeod 2 Perry Van Hook 1
TChatwood, Col Anthony Perri 2
GGermen, NYM Eno Sarris 2
JDeLaRosa, Col Anthony Perri 2
TCampana, Ari Perry Van Hook 2
CLewis, Tex Adam Ronis 2
JHanrahan, FA Perry Van Hook 1
CHeisey, Cin Perry Van Hook 1
SSizemore, NYY Eno Sarris 1
AAmarista, SD Eno Sarris 1
WChen, Bal Ray Murphy 1
BNorris, Bal Ray Murphy 1
JTabata, Pit Ray Murphy 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I lost Adam Lind to the DL on Friday but was able to move Martin Prado from MI to CI and then Chris Owings from reserve to MI to replace Lind. At the same time I moved Tanner Scheppers from reserve to DL thus clearing two reserve spots to add some players this week.

With Adam Eaton having hamstring problems I just wanted a short term fix for that outfield slot and bid two dollars on Craig Gentry or Tony Campana and then a dollar on Chris Heisey, Conor Gillaspie or Kevin Kouzmanoff. I had originally planned to use a pitching move – reserving Jered Weaver for his start in Washington this week – to add either Brett Oberholtzer whose start this week is against the Athletics or put in a one dollar bid on FA Joel Hanrahan to see where he lands. I had put those bids in on Saturday with a crowded Easter weekend and the very early Patriot game lineups to deal with. But Sunday morning (at least for me) brought the news that Met’s manager Terry Collins had installed Kyle Farnsworth as the new (for now) closer. How much would you risk on Farnsworth’s tenure? I decided to move him to the top of that queue for eight and hope I got him for less and if not I still had my original bids to root for.

Well that was a nice thought that wasn’t worth the time as Paul Greco bid $19 for Farnsworth reduced to the $17 winning bid by Vickrey.

I got Craig Gentry for a dollar for the outfield slot and while I like Oberholtzer a lot and he has improved each time out and has a good start this week at home against Oakland, I almost wish I had gotten Joel Hanrahan for the potential upside – but will have to content myself with already having used the move for another mixed league team this week.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 10:17
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of April 14 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 April 2014 08:29

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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

nolasco

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ricky Nolasco, MIN 23 Fangraphs 23 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 RotoWire 1
Anthony Bass, HOU 21 Fangraphs 21 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Mastersball 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY 9 ESPN.com 9 Fangraphs 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5
Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Jordan Danks, CWS 6 Mastersball 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
RotoWire 1
Ryan Goins, TOR 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 4
Ryan Roberts, BOS 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX 5 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 Colton & The Wolfman 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
Cesar Ramos, TB 4 Mastersball 4
Dellin Betances, NYY 3 RotoWire 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1
Mastersball 1
Ian Stewart, LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Adam Warren, NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Robinson Chirinos, TEX 1 SiriusXM 1
Zach Britton, BAL 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Herrmann, MIN Mastersball 1 SiriusXM 1
Tyler Collins, DET Mastersball 1 RotoWire 1
Aaron Crow, KC Mastersball 1
Carlos Corporan, HOU SiriusXM 1
Cesar Cabral, NYY Mastersball 1
Dan Otero, OAK Mastersball 1
Darin Mastroianni, MIN RotoWire 1
Don Kelly, DET Mastersball 1
Erik Kratz, TOR SiriusXM 1
Gorkys Hernandez, CWS Mastersball 1
Ian Krol, DET RotoWire 1
Jason Frasor, TEX Mastersball 1
Wade Davis, KC Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Tough week as I lost both David Robertson and Avisail Garcia to the DL. Can’t replace the production but I needed an OF and a P. The best hope for the outfield slot is the recently recalled White Sox flychaser Jordan Danks. Danks had terrific spring training and if that counted should have had him starting instead of heading to AAA Charlotte to start the season. But with Garcia gone for the season with shoulder surgery Danks was called up. Hopefully for him and me, Dayan Viciedo has been terrible – well he can still hit LHP – so Danks should find some at bats. He just needs to hit to keep him in both lineups. I did back that $6 bid up with a series of one dollar bids – an overpay for some listed.

On the pitching side the only possibility was Cesar Ramos of the Rays and I chose to hope for another try based on his great first inning. I was only willing to risk $4 though as there were several good reliever choices to vie for my one dollar underbids.

I got both my players while the most money was spent by Eno Sarris of Fangraphs who tried to fix his pitching staff with Anthony Bass ($21) and Ricky Nolasco ($23) – too bad for him this wasn’t Vickrey bidding as he would have saved thirty plus dollars.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

broxton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jonathan Broxton, CIN 13 Baseball HQ 13 RotoExperts 16
Hector Rondon, CHC 6 Sandlot Shrink 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 Fantasy Insiders 5
Baseball HQ 4 RotoWire - DVR 2 Inside Edge 1
Kyle Farnsworth, NYM 5 Fantasy Insiders 5 Baseball HQ 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN 4 Baseball HQ 4 Sandlot Shrink 4 Fantasy Insiders 1
Tim Federowicz, LAD 3 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Steven Souza, WSH 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Freddy Galvis, PHI 3 ESPN - Karabell 3
Justin Grimm, CHC 2 RotoWire - DVR 2
Xavier Nady, SD 2 Sandlot Shrink 2
Gonzalez Germen, NYM 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Ottavino, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jean Machi, SF Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jean Machi, SF Baseball HQ 1
Tony Watson, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 1
Craig Stammen, WSH Colton & The Wolfman 1
Gonzalez Germen, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jeff Locke, PIT RotoExperts 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In the LABR scramble for saves and backstops, Jonathan Broxton, copped by Doug Dennis of BBHQ led the way with this week's financial transactions. Doug shelled out $13 for the heavyweight, once described by Bay Area OS Michael Duca as "resembling the box your refrigerator was delivered in."

Then with the injury to A.J. Ellis, the Dodgers Tim Federowicz also went to Doug, who jettisoned Wil Nieves, after a week with the team in order to make room for his new backstop.

Derek Carty and the Fantasy Insiders, also looking for conversions, took a crapshoot on Kyle Farnsworth (perfect as 4/14 happens to be Farnsworth’s birthday) for $5, beating out a $1 bid.

A couple of grasps at starting arms were Doug also shelling out $4 for Alfredo Simon, unchallenged, while Derek Van Riper of Rotowire hopes the $2 he spend on ex-Ranger Justin Grimm proves to be worth something.

Finally, also of note was ESPN’s Eric Karabell grabbing Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis, while the Sandlot Shrink’s Bob Radomski bagged Xavier Nady for a couple of bucks.

Tough times when the reserve pool is as iffy as our economy.

MIXED LEAGUE

morrow

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Brandon Morrow, TOR 17 DFSEdge 17 Fangraphs 8 Baseball HQ 5
USA TODAY Sports 2 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jonathan Broxton, CIN 17 RotoExperts 17 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com 4
Sean Doolittle, OAK 14 Bloomberg Sports 14 Mastersball 3 KFFL.com 2
Rotowire-Colton 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Edward Mujica, BOS 13 RotoExperts 13 Bloomberg Sports 8 KFFL.com 3
Mastersball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Edinson Volquez, PIT 8 KFFL.com 8 USA TODAY Sports 2
Scott Feldman, HOU 7 DFSEdge 7 USA TODAY Sports 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Shawn Kelley, NYY 7 Mastersball 7 Baseball Prospectus 5 Bloomberg Sports 4
KFFL.com 4 Rotowire-Colton 3 Fangraphs 3
USA TODAY Sports 1
Conor Gillaspie, CWS 6 Towers of Power 6 RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Zach McAllister, CLE 5 Baseball Prospectus 5 Towers of Power 4 Mastersball 2
Rotowire-Colton 1
Josh Collmenter, ARI 4 Baseball HQ 4
Hector Rondon, CHC 4 KFFL.com 4 Rotowire-Colton 1
Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK 2 Towers of Power 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
J.B. Shuck, LAA 1 Baseball HQ 1
Bruce Chen, KC 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Garrett Jones, MIA 1 Mastersball 1 Razzball 1
Travis Snider, PIT 1 Razzball 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Luke Gregerson, OAK 1 Rotowire-Colton 1 RotoExperts 5 Mastersball 3
KFFL.com 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Juan Uribe, LAD 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Bloomberg Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Jose Lobaton, WSH 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Roenis Elias, SEA 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Danny Espinosa, WSH RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 1
Ryan Cook, OAK KFFL.com 2
Anthony Bass, HOU Bloomberg Sports 2
Juan Lagares, NYM Rotowire-Erickson 1 Mastersball 1
Alex Presley, HOU Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Ottavino, COL Baseball Prospectus 1
Jeremy Guthrie, KC Baseball Prospectus 1
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1
Tony Watson, PIT Baseball Prospectus 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1
Al Alburquerque, DET KFFL.com 1
Carlos E. Martinez, STL KFFL.com 1
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA Mastersball 1
Brandon Crawford, SF Mastersball 1
Kevin Frandsen, WSH Mastersball 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX Mastersball 1
Steve Lombardozzi, BAL Mastersball 1
Donnie Murphy, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1
Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX Rotowire-Erickson 1
Luis Valbuena, CHC Rotowire-Erickson 1
Mike Aviles, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Nyjer Morgan, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Ryan Raburn, CLE Rotowire-Erickson 1
Juan Nicasio, COL USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

What changed? I always wonder that around this time of year. It was just a couple of weeks ago the pungent aroma emanating from some players was so strong we laughed at the mere possibility of picking them for our fantasy baseball teams. Brandon Morrow? Too risky. Scott Feldman? He's terrible. Edinson Volquez? Really, I mean REALLY?!?!

Has our sense of smell been desensitized? Is that it? Is it all relative? There's been matriculation and this is the best of what's left?

Or do we really feel Feldman and Volquez are new guys? We preach not to panic over slow starts, why do we seemingly ignore fast ones? Or again, is it more desparation or grasping at the potential? Remember when your Little League coach said you can't hit it if you don't swing? Maybe this is just the equivalent of swinging real hard - in case we indeed make contact.

I can't speak for my competitors. I'm sure there's a plethora of reason why last week's crap is this week's catch. My team has been decimated with injuries (Jose Reyes, Doug Fister, Kris Medlen, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Avisail Garcia, Wilson Ramos, Will Middlebrooks) and I'm even sweating out the news on Dustin Pedroia. But even with all the woes, if it sucked a month ago it still sucks today so I am taking the band-aid approach then will think of each returning player as a FAAB acquisition. I don't feel the sennd of urgency just yet to go the high-risk-high-reward route. My opponents will all suffer injuries. If there is any silver lining to my M*A*S*H unit it's the early season replacements are much better than those available later. While others are acquiring crap from free agency, my injured players will be returning so hopefully I can make up the ground I am now losing.

My pick-ups this week were Shawn Kelley (he was worth more to me than everyone else. even for a week or two since I have Robertson) and the boring but reliable Garrett Jones.

With the injury to Pedroia, the regret I have this week was not making a stronger play for Danny Espinosa who should be seeing regular run with Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf for more than a month.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 16:46
 
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