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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
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:15

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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

jordandanks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JorDanks, CWS 1 Jeff Erickson 5 Andy Behrens 0 Steve Moyer 0
Chris Liss 0
RRay, Det 1 Jason Collette 8 Chris Liss 0
ARomine, Det 1 Joe Sheehan 1
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 Joe Sheehan 1
FAbad, Oak 1 Joe Sheehan 1
NFreiman, Oak 1 Lawr Michaels 7
MTanaka, NYY 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
THolt, Cle 0 Andy Behrens 1 Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer 0
BBoesch, LAA 0 Steve Moyer 1 Andy Behrens 0
NMartinez, Tex 0 Chris Liss 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRaburn, Cle Lawr Michaels 2
AParrino, Oak Andy Behrens 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

You can really tell the season is moving towards a close as the moves are mostly triage in nature with a few interesting speculative plays here and there. The grab of Tanaka for a $1 was a low-risk/high-reward move if the Japanese right-hander can somehow make it back to the Majors in September. If the Yankees didn’t have a shot at the wild card, Tanaka would have been shut down, period.

Robbie Ray started yesterday for Detroit and will pick up at least one more start due to injuries to the rotation. The 22-year has pitched solidly, but not dominantly, in Triple-A and alarmingly has seen his K/9 drop 3 points since last season. The left, who has never been known for the consistency of his command, profiles as a #3 or #4 type starter at best.

Todd's Take

To further embellish the Tanaka move, Tout Wars rules require all players purchased in FAAB to be active for the entire transaction period so not only are Colton and the Wolfman taking a chance Tanaka comes back, they're taking a zero from a pitching spot this week. It's a calculated risk, one they feel won't cut into their double-digit lead.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

mtaylor

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MTaylor, Was 15 Todd Zola 23 Scott Wilderman 14 Steve Gardner 12
Derek Carty 5 Peter Kreutzer 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3
KCorreia, LAD 3 Todd Zola 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Steve Gardner 0
MDunn, Mia 1 Steve Gardner 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
JWilliams, Phi 1 Mike Gianella 10
JAffeldt, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer 1
EHerrera, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer 1
JNix, Pit 0 Derek Carty 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

MRojas, LAD Todd Zola 7 Derek Carty 0
MSzczur, ChC Peter Kreutzer 1
AOttavino, Col Todd Zola 0
ARamos, Mia Todd Zola 0
AVarvaro, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
CaVillanueva, ChC Todd Zola 0
DDescalso, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
JArias, SF Steve Gardner 0
JMachi, SF Todd Zola 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RSantiago, Cin Derek Carty 0
SSchumaker, Cin Steve Gardner 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

"All FAABed up and no place to go" pretty much sums up my position in NL Tout. Thanks to a $13 recovery from the release of the disappointing Cliff Lee, I have $36 in my kitty, second-most in the league.  

The bad news is that there is almost no one to buy. Waiver trade activity across MLB is basically at a standstill as Bud Selig's goal of parity was enhanced by the creation of the second wild card. Sellers are at a minimum, with teams like the Phillies that should be selling remaining on the sidelines.

Not only were there no trades this past week, top prospects predicted to come up in September are also gone. Every name-brand prospect is already taken and stashed away in this league. I have one such player in the Phillies' Maikel Franco.

As I remained on the sidelines, our own Lord Zola won both free agents this week to go for more than $1. Washington's Michael Taylor was the lone double-digit price acquisition, with Todd's $23 offer reduced to $15. As long as Jayson Werth's shoulder injury situation remains unclear, Taylor should continue to see at-bats in the Nats' outfield.

Kevin Correia seems to be on about his eighth of nine lives, but the veteran hurler had a decent debut as a member of the Dodgers and has a first-place offense behind him. Zola, who was looking for a replacement for injured Charlie Morton, could have done much worse for $3.

Todd's Take

The battle for 60 points. As a few have us have talked about throughout the season, Tout Wars has a rule designed to keep as many engaged as possible. AL and NL Tout owners are docked a FAAB dollar for each point they finish below the threshold of 60. I'm at 53.5 now (was at 57 yesterday) so there's some work to do. I actually have one bullet left in terms of a trade with Dee Gordon but I also had a hole in the outfield and am hoping Taylor sees some at bats for a few more days while I go about finding a new owner for Gordon. I'd like to think I'd be doing this anyway, but the rule is definitely a motivating factor as well.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

cuddyerm

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MCuddyer, Col 17 Scott Swanay 35 Zach Steinhorn 16
CCarrasco, Cle 10 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 9 Fred Zinkie 3
AGarcia, CWS 9 Fred Zinkie 30 Zach Steinhorn 8 Nando DiFino 7
TCahill, Ari 2 Scott Pianowski 5 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 4
Tim Heaney 1
JTurner, LAD 1 Ray Flowers 6
SRomo, SF 1 Ray Flowers 4
JCosart, Mia 1 Ray Guilfoyle 5 Ray Flowers 6 Fred Zinkie 0
JFamilia, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 6
EInciarte, Ari 1 Ray Flowers 3
RGrossman, Hou 1 Scott Pianowski 6 Fred Zinkie 5 Ray Flowers 3
TSnider, Pit 1 Paul Singman 7 Scott Swanay 35 Fred Zinkie 5
Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 2
JWilliams, Phi 1 Patrick Davitt 3
ZWalters, Cle 1 Nando DiFino 3 Fred Zinkie 0
MMoustakas, KC 1 Nando DiFino 7 Fred Zinkie 0
JHapp, Tor 1 Scott Pianowski 5
SGreene, NYY 1 Paul Singman 6 Fred Zinkie 3
JSoler, ChC 1 Ray Guilfoyle 30
ABurnett, Phi 1 Tim Heaney 1
MTaylor, Was 1 Al Melchior 15
KCorreia, LAD 1 Fred Zinkie 5
BPena, Cin 0 Scott Pianowski 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

RMontero, NYM Derek Van Riper 15
DBuchanan, Phi Derek Van Riper 15
RRay, Det Derek Van Riper 15
JSchafer, Min Fred Zinkie 12
LMorrison, Sea Nando DiFino 3 Fred Zinkie 0
DValencia, Tor Ray Flowers 3
JPanik, SF Ray Flowers 3
WVenable, SD Scott Pianowski 5 Nando DiFino 2 Ray Flowers 2
WFlores, NYM Ray Flowers 3 Nando DiFino 2
EStults, SD Ray Flowers 2
ACallaspo, Oak Derek Van Riper 1
TFlowers, CWS Nando DiFino 1
CCapuano, NYY Patrick Davitt 0
KNegron, Cin Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Two weeks ago, Scott Swanay picked up the previously injured Josh Reddick, who was dropped earlier in the season by Scott Pianowski in exchange for a FAAB rebate. This week, Swanay snagged another FAAB reclaim casualty in Michael Cuddyer, and I’m very surprised that Cuddyer garnered only two bids. Unfortunately, I was the second bidder. In his first game action since early-June, Cuddyer wasted no time getting to work, going a combined 5-for-10 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored in Sunday’s doubleheader. Oh, and he also hit for the cycle in the late game. With his power and on-base percentage (.346 career OBP) contributions, he could have been a key addition in my quest for the title. Too bad.

Avisail Garcia was the other player I placed a bid on this week, and as it turned out, I was the runner-up. Again. Garcia wasn’t even expected to return this season, so what makes losing out on him even more of a bummer is that I happen to be a Dayan Viciedo owner. The more playing time Garcia receives, the worse it will be for Viciedo, who now has added pressure to produce on a more consistent basis.

Derek Van Riper threw the same $15 bid at four different starting pitchers. As it turned out, he secured his first choice in Carlos Carrasco, who is coming off a seven shutout inning performance against a potent Orioles lineup, which was proceeded by a five shutout inning performance against a not as potent Yankees lineup. We’ve been waiting for Carrasco to achieve his potential for awhile now, but if he can close out the season strong, it could go a long way towards helping Derek in his quest for the title.

Todd's Take

Don't look now but Mixed Tout Auction is shaping up to have a very compelling final six weeks. The top six teams are within 11 points with a 22 point drop to the 7th place team. Team management is going to get very interesting with so many teams in play. Just like in pennant races when a team beats a rival and you hear the announcers call it a two-game swing, there are several two-point swings that could help one owner leapfrog the other. You can access the standings by clicking on the header for this section, today above Michael Cuddyer.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPaxton, Sea 7 Tim McLeod 7 Adam Ronis 6 Perry Van Hook 4
Eno Sarris 3 Charlie Wiegert 1
CCrawford, LAD 4 Nicholas Minnix 7 Scott Engel 3 Eno Sarris 2
ODespaigne, SD 1 Eno Sarris 1
KCorreia, LAD 1 Charlie Wiegert 4
RHernandez, LAD 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Charlie Wiegert 1
NFreiman, Oak 1 Anthony Perri 2
OArcia, Min 1 Tim McLeod 1 Anthony Perri 1
TSnider, Pit 1 Scott Engel 2 Anthony Perri 0
JDyson, KC 1 Scott Engel 2
BPena, Cin 1 Tom Kessenich 3
JoRamirez, Cle 1 Adam Ronis 4
CWilson, LAA 1 Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 4
JMarisnick, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 6

UNAWARDED BIDS

CColon, KC Perry Van Hook 6
LMorrison, Sea Perry Van Hook 6
ARosales, Tex Adam Ronis 4
CPennington, Ari Adam Ronis 2
YEscobar, TB Adam Ronis 2
CCapuano, NYY Charlie Wiegert 2
JJay, StL Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 0
AWebster, Bos Charlie Wiegert 1
JCosart, Mia Charlie Wiegert 1
KGibson, Min Charlie Wiegert 1
MAviles, Cle Adam Ronis 0
ZCozart, Cin Adam Ronis 0
CBuchholz, Bos Charlie Wiegert 0
HNoesi, CWS Charlie Wiegert 0
BGuyer, TB Scott Engel 0
BBoxberger, TB Tim McLeod 0
KGiles, Phi Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Hyun Jin-Ryu on the DL I wanted to get another starting pitcher and having activated Adam Lind from the DL last week I had dropped Delmon Young and moved Prado from CI to OF, so I wanted an outfielder to replace Prado there so my bids were

  -- $6 to reserve Prado and add Jake Marisnick (HOU), Logan Morrison (SEA), or Christian Colon (KC)

I got Marisnick for one dollar.

 -- $4 to replace the DLed Ryu to add Roberto Hernandez (LAD) with two starts at home; C.J. Wilson (LAA) two road starts for the surging Angels; or James Paxton (SEA) one start @PHL

I got Hernandez for one dollar.

Todd's Take

The draft side of Tout Mixed may not have as many teams within striking distance but the three that are have a small 3.5 point gap between them. They've been jockeying for the top spot for a couple weeks and this should continue throughout the rest of the season. The key to this race could be which owner does the best job of managing categories, finding the spot where by focusing assets, they can gain the most while losing the least elsewhere. This isn't always a function of where they are in that category but rather where they are nestled among the category distribution.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 10:34
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 11 August 2014 01:46

 

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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

Zach Walters, CLE $7 7 Baseball HQ 6 Colton & The Wolfman
Ichiro Suzuki, NYY $6 6 Colton & The Wolfman 3 KFFL.com 1 Fangraphs
1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Jordan Schafer, MIN $1 1 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1 KFFL.com
1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
T.J. House, CLE $1 1 Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Esmil Rogers, NYY $1 1 Mastersball
Francisco Cervelli, NYY $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Adam Rosales, TEX $1 1 Yahoo! Sports 1 ESPN.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Joba Chamberlain, DET $1 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Leury Garcia, CWS $1 1 Colton & The Wolfman

UNAWARDED BIDS

Nolan Reimold, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman
David Lough, BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Tyler Holt, CLE 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Andrew Romine, DET 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Cole Figueroa, TB 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nick Tepesch, TEX 1 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well with six dollars remaining I am down to just about a dollar per bid week unless something was really interesting and then I likely wouldn’t have enough to win the bid.

This week I just wanted a $1 starter to replace Anibal Sanchez (my DL list with Sanchez and Eaton now back up to five). I ended did get my first choice of Esmil Rogers (NYY) over Nick Tepesch (TEX). Actually many years ago I was impressed with Rogers’ arm but pitching in Toronto was very tough on a young thrower who didn’t have enough command. He looked much better in his start this week, so the Yankees and I have slim hopes.

The high bids for the week were an odd couple. Zach Walters traded to the Indians by the Nationals and now back up from the minors with both David Murphy and Nick Swisher landing on the DL on Sunday went for $7 to league leader Dave Adler of Baseball HQ. Dave is not only atop the standings but going into tonight had the most FAAB. Walters can hit so with enough at bats should fill in nicely. The other half was Ichiro Suzuki, sometimes Yankee outfielder who has hung in there and now has ten stolen bases to support his decent batting average for Colton & The Wolfman.

Todd's Take

Here's the standings and FAAB data for AL LABR.

FAAB PTS
1 Baseball HQ $21 100.5
2 KFFL.com $29 81
3 ESPN.com $6 78.5
4 USA TODAY Sports $0 77.5
5 Winning Fantasy Baseball $3 76
6 SiriusXM $4 59
7 Colton & The Wolfman $5 58.5
8 Fangraphs $0 55.5
9 RotoWire $0 54.5
10 NFBC/Stats $18 54
11 Mastersball $5 47
12 Yahoo! Sports $0 38

Baseball HQ is in a very good spot but KFFL can make it interesing if they get an impact player soon. Keep in mind LABR does not allow $0 bids which is interesting since 4 teams are already maxed out.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Mike Fiers, MIL $23 23 ESPN - Karabell 9 USA TODAY Sports 5 Sandlot Shrink
1 RotoWire - DVR
Jacob Lamb, ARI $13 13 RotoExperts 9 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ
Kristopher Negron, CIN $2 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR
1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jeff Baker, MIA $1 1 Baseball HQ
Miguel Rojas, LAD $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Travis Wood, CHC $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
David Buchanan, PHI $1 1 RotoWire - DVR
Michael McKenry, COL $1 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Donovan Solano, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
Alfredo Marte, ARI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jayson Nix, PIT 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Alfredo Marte, ARI 1 USA TODAY Sports

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The last minute search for an arm--it seems any live one--continued in NL LABR this week with ESPN's Eric Karabell outlasting three other bids when dropping $23 for Mike Friers.

Add in shaky quasi journeymen hurlers Travis Wood (NFBC/STATS Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs) for a buck, and the ever shaky David Buchanan (a buck unchallenged to Derek van Riper of Rotowire) and that shows the level of hope and frustration associated with trying to boost some pitching points this time of the season.

Rotoexpert Lenny Melnick nabbed Arizona corner guy Jacob Lamb for $13 to lead the expensive position player bids, besting four $1 and one $9 chances, which USA Today's Steve Gardner won the rights to the Reds Kristopher Negronfor $2, outfoxing no fewer than five $1 crapshoots for the middle infielder.

Finishing off, NFBC/STATS also grabbed Miguel Rojas for a buck, while the Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski took a chance on backstop Mike McKenry and Doug Dennis of BBHQ did the same with some hopes of production from Jeff Baker, all also for a dollar.

Todd's Take

And now the NL data...

FAAB PTS
1 Inside Edge $3 87
2 RotoExperts $39 82.5
3 Colton & The Wolfman $7 76
4 Yahoo Sports $0 70
5 ESPN - Karabell $69 69.5
6 USA TODAY Sports $21 69
7 RotoWire - DVR $2 67
8 NFBC/Stats $5 65
9 Fantasy Insiders $0 63
10 Baseball HQ $19 59
11 Mastersball $18 45
12 Sandlot Shrink $64 27

This could get interesting as the Rotoexperts added Lamb this week and are in a great spot to add another piece while the Inside Edge likely has 3 $1 bids left. A lot will depend in whether Sandlot Shrick continues to be engaged. Presently ESPN has to bid 40 to freeze RotoExperts out but if Shrink is quiet, Experts get the second dibs. This will be fun to follow.

MIXED LEAGUE

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SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Caleb Joseph, BAL $6 6 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 Baseball HQ
Christopher Taylor, SEA $6 6 Rotowire-Colton 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com
Chris Capuano, NYY $4 4 Towers of Power Baseball Hour
Mike Fiers, MIL $2 2 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com
Carlos Carrasco, CLE $2 2 Fangraphs
Francisco Cervelli, NYY $1 1 Baseball HQ
Jordan Pacheco, ARI $1 1 Baseball HQ
Zack Cozart, CIN $1 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Mike Carp, TEX $1 1 Fangraphs

UNAWARDED BIDS

Hank Conger, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Colby Lewis, TEX 1 Baseball HQ
Jose Ramirez, CLE 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Didi Gregorius, ARI 1 Rotowire-Erickson

Todd Zola's Commentary

We've talked in the past that looking at bids can help discern team needs. I've got Carlos Ruiz sitting on my reserve -- I probably could have gotten something for him in a deal to help fill in another weak spot. 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 14:17
 
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