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LABR FAAB Report: Week of September 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:12

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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

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yordano Ventura, KC 44 ESPN.com 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Fangraphs
Andrew Romine, LAA 1 SiriusXM 1 Fangraphs
Marcus Semien, CWS 1 Fangraphs 1 SiriusXM
Josh Phegley, CWS 1 Colton & Wolf

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ryan Goins, TOR 1 SiriusXM

Todd Zola's Guest Commentary

Look like win will go to Larry Schechter, place will go to Nicholas Minnix with show still up for grabs. To that end, a few moves were made for the chase for third.

Tristan Cockcroft is looking for a 2-start boost from Yordano Ventura, one of the Royals' top prospects and since you can't take it with you, bid his full 44.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Skip Schumaker, LAD 25 Baseball HQ
Luke Gregerson, SD 25 Baseball HQ
Ryan Sweeney, CHC 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Ryan Vogelsong, SF 8 DerekCarty.com
John Axford, STL 4 Steve Moyer

UNAWARDED BIDS

Matthew den Dekker, NYM 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Roger Bernadina, PHI 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Zach Miner, PHI 8 DerekCarty.com
Nick Buss, LAD 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Juan Perez, SF 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Alex Castellanos, LAD 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The final week of NL LABR FAAB involved just four teams, three among the top three, with Doug Dennis grabbing Luke Gregorson for his second place BBHQ squad, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs nabbed Ryan Sweeney for $9, hoping to hang onto  first for one more cycle.

Steve Moyer’s refreshing never-say-die approach meant John Axford found himself on a roster for $4.

But, Derek Carty, who gambled $8 on a Ryan Vogelsong start, deserves the real cred. Having a self-admittedly weak draft, Derek played the wire aggressively, and pulled the right strings, passing my uber-consistant, but just a bit short on power squad last week and I fear he will not look back.

Certainly a great job to leaders Greg and Shawn, and Doug, but an extra tip of the hat to Derek (and Steve Moyer) for playing the game the way it is supposed to be played (if they were players, they would be Rex Huddler with a uniform more dirty than not).

MIXED LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yordano Ventura, KC 7 USA TODAY Sports 3 Fangraphs
James Paxton, SEA 4 MLB.com
Pedro Strop, CHC 4 Fangraphs
Moises Sierra, TOR 1 MLB.com
Marcus Semien, CWS 1 MLB.com

UNAWARDED BIDS

Aaron Harang, NYM 7 USA TODAY Sports

Todd Zola's Commentary

Fred Zinkie continues to spoil the party by running away with the title though six of us have a legit shot at second. I'm doing my best to hold onto my scant two-point lead for "first-loser" but will have to do it with the same group as last week as I'm out of FAAB.

Because he's a tireless worker and a 13 point lead is not enough for him, Fred filled in a couple of holes. There's a reason Mr. Zinkie is going for an unprecedented Tout/LABR sweep.

Steve Gardner is hoping Yordano Ventura's 2-starts can jump him past me into second.

 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 23 September 2013 08:45

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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.<b

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

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
TRedmond, Tor 23 (46) Ron Shandler 22 Steve Moyer 0 Wolf/Colton
MSemien, CWS 7 (22) Steve Moyer 6 Andy Behrens 0 Wolf/Colton
JOdorizzi, TB 1 (22) Steve Moyer
JHammel, Bal 1 (3) Rob Leibowitz
JAdduci, Tex 0 Wolf/Colton

UNAWARDED BIDS

DKelly, Det 22 Steve Moyer
CJenkins, Tor 22 Steve Moyer
EJohnson, CWS 22 Steve Moyer
YVentura, KC 3 Rob Leibowitz

Todd Zola's Guest Commentary

It's too bad nothing other than pride is on the line for second place as we'd have quite a battle. With a 17-point lead, it's safe to congratulate Larry Schechter on another Tout Wars victory..

Presently in third, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton  are only two points out of second behind Joe Sheehan but only two points ahead of Jeff Erickson with Matthew Berry lurking as well. Rick and Glenn are three steals behind Joe so to help them catch him for a two-point swing, Rick and Glenn have rented the services of the best available stolen base artist, Jim Adduci who swiped 32 bags at Triple-A Round Rock this season.

Always one to scrap until the end, Steve Moyer replaced Edwin Encarnacion with Marcus Semien who is being auditioned at shortstop the last week of the season. If Semien shows he can handle the position defensively, that avails the opportunity for the White Sox to sell high on Alexei Ramirez. Steve also picked up Jake Odorizzi who may get a spot-start for the Rays this week, depending on how the Wild Card race fleshes out.

Ron Shandler and our own Rob Leibowitz are currently below the threshold to begin next season with their full allotment of FAAB. Tout Wars has an interesing rule whereby teams totaling fewer than 60 points are docked one future FAAB unit for each point below 60. Neither Ron nor Rob want to enter next season with a paucity of FAAB so they're fighting for every point...and dollar.

Ron is hoping for a couple of solid performances out of Todd Redmond while Rob is counting on Baltimore to give Jason Hammel one more start before season's end.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
JHeyward, Atl 28 (43) Tristan H. Cockcroft 27 Steve Gardner 23 Mike Gianella 21 Brian Walton
4 Phil Hertz
SHalton, Mil 24 (25) Steve Gardner 43 Tristan H. Cockcroft 23 Mike Gianella 21 Brian Walton
11 Derek Carty 0 Mike Gianella
JHerrera, Col 22 (28) Todd Zola 21 Brian Walton
JWilson, Pit 3 (6) Todd Zola 2 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
WNieves, Ari 1 (7) Peter Kreutzer
TSanchez, Pit 1 Steve Gardner 2 Peter Kreutzer 1 Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella
SManess, StL 1 (6) Todd Zola
SFife, LAD 1 (4) Phil Hertz
JNelson, Mil 1 (2) Phil Hertz
JLopez, SF 1 Peter Kreutzer
JHellweg, Mil 1 (4) Phil Hertz
JBianchi, Mil 1 (10) Mike Gianella
FGarcia, Atl 1 912) Derek Carty
DRobinson, Cin 1 (28) Todd Zola
BMorris, Pit 1 (6) Todd Zola 0 Mike Gianella
YTorrealba, Col 0 Mike Gianella
WTovar, NYM 0 Mike Gianella
VMazzaro, Pit 0 Mike Gianella
ASimon, Cin 0 Mike Gianella 6 Todd Zola

UNAWARDED BIDS

OQuintanilla, NYM 28 Todd Zola
PPolanco, Mia 25 Steve Gardner
JHairston, LAD 15 Todd Zola
ZMiner, Phi 12 Derek Carty
NNoonan, SF 10 Mike Gianella
TAbreu, SF 10 Mike Gianella
JGomez, Pit 6 Todd Zola
TCruz, StL 1 Steve Gardner 0 Mike Gianella
BKintzler, Mil 0 Mike Gianella
CQualls, Mia 0 Mike Gianella
RRivera, SD 0 Mike Gianella
SMarshall, Cin 0 Mike Gianella
TFederowicz, LAD 0 Mike Gianella

Brian Walton's Commentary

Unless a 163rd game is needed next Monday, this was the final FAAB period for NL Tout this season. With $21 FAAB remaining, I set my sights on one of three position players - Jason Heyward, Sean Halton or Jonathan Herrera - bidding the same amount for each in that priority sequence.

I did not get any of them, however. Perhaps it is fitting that the three free agents were both the only players over $3 to be purchased this week and also went to the top three teams in the standings. On the other hand, my team is in sixth and even if I achieve my revised goal of taking fifth, no one will remember except me.

For $28, league leader Tristan H. Cockcroft acquired Heyward, back in Atlanta's lineup but wearing a protective mask over his face. The NL East champion Braves should want the outfielder to take ample at-bats this coming week to prepare for the post-season.

Second-place Steve Gardner snared Halton for $24. Set at first base for the Brewers, Halton continues to play because Corey Hart cannot. Hart says he is willing to take less to return next year, so Halton's 2014 prospects are unclear. Since Tout is not a keeper format, this purchase is for the next seven days.

Just behind in third place, Lord Zola added Herrera for $22, by Vickrey rule $1 more than my offer. Herrera continues to perform well for the last-place team from Colorado.

Good luck to these three owners and all Tout warriors in the final week of action.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
BHamilton, Cin 17 (50) David Gonos 16 Zach Steinhorn 0 Fred Zinkie
ZCozart, Cin 6 (12) Zach Steinhorn 5 Ray Flowers 0 Fred Zinkie
JPinto, Min 5 (24) Cory Schwartz 4 Ray Flowers
YVentura, KC 1 (2) David Gonos 8 Nicholas Minnix 1 Fred Zinkie
TRedmond, Tor 1 (6) Ray Flowers 1 Fred Zinkie
SHalton, Mil 1 Fred Zinkie
RErlin, SD 1 (8) Nicholas Minnix 6 Ray Flowers
JPaxton, Sea 1 Fred Zinkie
JHapp, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie
HSanchez, SF 1 (4) Ray Flowers
EStults, SD 1 (11) Ray Flowers 1 Fred Zinkie
EJohnson, Atl 1 (5) Ray Flowers
CSabathia, NYY 1 (17) Zach Steinhorn
MSemien, CWS 0 Fred Zinkie
JTabata, Pit 0 Fred Zinkie
CHernandez, Phi 0 Fred Zinkie
CGentry, Tex 0 Fred Zinkie

UNAWARDED BIDS

HConger, LAA 24 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers
NHundley, SD 24 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers
BSmith, SD 8 Nicholas Minnix 6 Ray Flowers 1 Fred Zinkie
RCedeno, SD 5 Ray Flowers
JPhegley, CWS 3 Ray Flowers
ELucas, Mia 5 Ray Flowers
LValbuena, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie
CGindl, Mil 0 Fred Zinkie
BBogusevic, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie
BBarnes, Hou 0 Fred Zinkie
AAlmonte, Sea 0 Fred Zinkie

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I really wanted Billy Hamilton, which is why I decided to empty my remaining FAAB budget in an attempt to add him. Unfortunately, David Gonos’ FAAB budget was quite a bit larger than mine, so David will reap the rewards from the 10-plus bags that Hamilton will steal this week (seriously, he swiped seven in four games last week, as a part-timer) and quite possibly inch closer to catching league leader Fred Zinkie in what has become a down to the wire two-team race with seven days to go.

Promising Twins’ prospect Josmil Pinto figures to see regular playing time as Minnesota closes out a disappointing 2013 campaign. But there has been nothing disappointing about Pinto, who sports a .362 batting average with three homers and nine RBI over his first 58 big league at-bats. Add in the fact that he’s catcher eligible, and this could turn out to be a key pickup for Cory Schwartz in his attempt to crawl out of the cellar.

Zack Cozart was my backup plan to Billy Hamilton. Cozart plays every day and while there’s nothing exciting about what he’s done this year, outside of a poor OBP, he’s very quietly posted a solid stat line. I was getting tired of Ryan Raburn’s inconsistent playing time and figured that Cozart was an upgrade

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Player Awarded Winning Bid
YVentura, KC 14 (16) Mike Podhorzer 13 Gene McCaffrey 12 Perry Van Hook
LCain, KC 1 (30) Greg Ambrosius
WPeralta, Mil 1 (10) Greg Ambrosius
BChen, KC 1 (11) Perry Van Hook
AAlmonte, Sea 1 (8) Perry Van Hook
LGarcia, CWS 1 Perry Van Hook
TThornburg, Mil 1 (13) Gene McCaffrey
CGentry, Tex 1 (13) Gene McCaffrey

UNAWARDED BIDS

JPaxton, Sea 13 Gene McCaffrey
ENunez, NYY 13 Gene McCaffrey
EStults, SD 11 Perry Van Hook
CBlackmon, Col 8 Perry Van Hook
MDenDekker, NYM 8 Perry Van Hook
MAviles, Cle 1 Perry Van Hook

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I had $21 for the (presumed) final FAAB run so I decided to bid $14 on Yordano Ventura, $8 on an outfielders and then one dollar to get a MI to replace the (sadly) injured Jean Segura. Well my bid on Ventura who has two nice starts for the final week of the season was trumped twice by the teams above me - Gene McCaffrey's $13 supplanted by Mike Podhorzer's $1 which was Vickrey reduced to $14. Since I got Abraham Almonte for a dollar on my $8 bid I clearly should have bid $16 and won Ventura (ain't hindsight great). Instead I got Bruce Chen who also has two nice starts for the hot KC Royals this week and then Leury Garcia for a dollar who BTW if you have Mondaycallups now qualifies at OF in five game leagues as well as both MI positions and is a good bet to be in the White Sox lineup every day AND get you some cheap stolen bases

 
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
 
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