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Saturday 24th Jun 2017

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

derek fisher

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
DFisher, Hou Seth Trachtman 367 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 190 Jeff Erickson 147 Chris Liss 111
    Patrick Davitt 99 Jason Collette 52 Mike Podhorzer 19
MChapman, Oak Seth Trachtman 234 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 190 Lawr Michaels 174 Larry Schechter 160
    Mike Podhorzer 147 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 103 Rob Leibowitz 103
    Patrick Davitt 99 Jason Collette 77  
JBrugman, Oak Larry Schechter 112 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Seth Trachtman 32 Patrick Davitt 1
FMartes, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 58 Jeff Erickson 47 Jason Collette 21 Rob Leibowitz 13
HVelazquez, Bos Jason Collette 39 Chris Liss 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
MBarnes, Bos Chris Liss 21 Larry Schechter 1    
APresley, Det Mike Podhorzer 12 Larry Schechter 58 Jason Collette 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DSmithJr, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4 Larry Schechter 37 Seth Trachtman 0  
LCessa, NYY Seth Trachtman 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
FMejia, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
AWilson, Det Larry Schechter 1      
WHarris, Hou Larry Schechter 1 Rob Leibowitz 0    
TomHunter, TB Rob Leibowitz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
RTejada, Bal Seth Trachtman 30                                                    
AClaudio, Tex Larry Schechter 1      
JPazos, Sea Larry Schechter 1      
DWashington, Bal Seth Trachtman 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
SCishek, Sea Larry Schechter 0      
DRobertson, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
MWilliams, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
CShreve, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0      
RTorreyes, NYY Seth Trachtman 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Defending AL Champ, Seth Trachtman put his FAAB where his title is, speing $601 this week on a pair of players: Matt Chapman and Derek Fisher. Trachtman submitted one of eight bids for Champan, while four teams failed in their pursuit of Fisher.

Larry Schechter, who made earnest bids for both players, wound up with Jaycob Brugman for $112, while team Colton/Wolf ponied up $58 for Francis Martes.

Chris Liss dropped $21 for Matt Barnes, while Jason Collette sought pitching help from Hector Velazquez ($39).

Top team man Mike Podhorzer spent $12 on Alex Pressley, with the remainder of bids being low-priced roster patchwork for a few bucks, if that.

Todd's Take

Jaycob Brugman has slid under the radar, mostly because he's not a top prospect playing in the relative obscurity of Oakland. however, in deep AL only league, at bats are currency and Brugman has the chance to cash in. The A's love their Strat-o-Matic type platoons, so as a lefty swinger, he'll see goodly playing time in the foreseeable future, essentially platooning with Rajai Davis in center. Brugman won't stuff the stat sheet in terms of either power or speed, but he'll do a little of everything, which is likely an upgrade over the fifth outfielder on most AL only rosters.

enny romero

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
ERomero, Was Brian Walton 56 Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 0  
JAlbMartinez, StL Steve Gardner 37 Mike Gianella 24 Brian Walton 17 Andy Behrens 16
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 12    
TLaStella, ChC Craig Mish 11      
GCecchini, NYM Mike Gianella 7      
BNimmo, NYM Mike Gianella 6      
BStewart, LAD Phil Hertz 1      
AChafin, Ari Craig Mish 0 Grey Albright 0    
CKuhl, Pit Derek Carty 0      
CHatcher, LAD Grey Albright 0      
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0      
PValaika, Col Grey Albright 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JFamilia, NYM Brian Walton 17 Grey Albright 0                                                  
GGarcia, StL Mike Gianella 7                             
PMaton, SD Phil Hertz 1                             
JGrimm, ChC Phil Hertz 0                             
JTorres, SD Derek Carty 0                             
KYates, SD Phil Hertz 0                             
ODrake, Mil Derek Carty 0                             
RMontero, NYM Phil Hertz 0                             
RRaburn, Was Steve Gardner 0                             

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a quiet week in NL Tout. I jumped on the Nationals closer du jour, Enny Romero, aggressively bidding $56 when $12 would have done the job. Though it seems unlikely that the lefty will hold the hot potato past the trade deadline, if that long, I cannot be choosy, having just nine saves on the season to date.

Having no obvious path to regular playing time despite there being no clear left fielder in St. Louis, Jose (Alberto) Martinez still managed 22 at-bats last week and shows glimpses of power and productivity when given a chance. The former Pacific Coast League batting champion went to Steve Gardner of USA TODAY for $11.

Tommy LaStella is back in Chicago with Ben Zobrist to the disabled list. Though the veteran utilityman will not single-handedly alter the league’s direction, at-bats are a valuable commodity and he should give them to new owner Craig Mish, who paid $11.

Todd's Take

If you read the LABR report, you can guess what's coming. Playing in leagues like this is a privilege, but sometimes priorities take over and I was knee-deep in a work issue (yes, what I do is work). I completely forgot about the FAAB deadline. As hinted in the LABR report, that wasn't my most egregious error. I won't say I do this every week, but when I know I have an injury replacement to deal with early in the week, I'll put in a preemptive bid to make sure I'm covered. My work week is basically Wednesday evening through Monday afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday are essentially me weekends. I'm still doing work-related things, I'm just not on a writing deadline so I'm freer to get distracted. I'll often do a preliminary FAAB look late on Wednesday. I didn't last week and it cost me.

jacob faria

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JFaria, TB Fred Zinkie 244 Zach Steinhorn 183 Brent Hershey 95  
    Al Melchior 56 Scott Engel 44  
    Jeff Zimmerman 15 Tim Heaney 12  
DFisher, Hou Derek Van Riper 167 Jeff Zimmerman 51 Brent Hershey 43  
MChapman, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 101 Brent Hershey 97 Derek Van Riper 11  
JZimmermann, Det Zach Steinhorn 58 Fred Zinkie 20 Jeff Zimmerman 2  
JPanik, SF Brent Hershey 55 Jeff Zimmerman 17 Scott Pianowski 7  
JReyes, NYM Zach Steinhorn 53 Fred Zinkie 0    
NPivetta, Phi Derek Van Riper 53 Fred Zinkie 0    
FMartes, Hou Brent Hershey 46 Al Melchior 28 Ron Shandler 18  
    Bret Sayre 0    
MStrahm, KC Al Melchior 28 Zach Steinhorn 28 Fred Zinkie 20  
    Ron Shandler 11 Jeff Zimmerman 10  
ERomero, Was Scott Engel 19 Al Melchior 12 Scott Pianowski 9  
DLamet, SD Fred Zinkie 10 Jeff Zimmerman 10    
TKahnle, CWS Al Melchior 6      
MMaldonado, LAA Scott Pianowski 5      
CHeadley, NYY Brent Hershey 5      
FCordero, SD Tim Heaney 4 Derek Van Riper 11 Al Melchior 9  
CUtley, LAD Bret Sayre 1 Brent Hershey 13    
EEscobar, Min Fred Zinkie 0 Brent Hershey 5    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
DSpan, SF Zach Steinhorn 18 Jeff Zimmerman 1    
DSmithJr, Tor Al Melchior 14      
PDeJong, StL Derek Van Riper 11 Fred Zinkie 0    
JMarisnick, Hou Derek Van Riper 11      
BGoodwin, Was Tim Heaney 2      
TRivera, NYM Bret Sayre 1 Scott Engel 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
AHanson, CWS Derek Van Riper 1 Bret Sayre 1    
HKim, Bal Tim Heaney 1      
MWilliams, NYY Tim Heaney 1      
KKela, Tex Al Melchior 0      
MJoyce, Oak Al Melchior 0      
JTomlin, Cle Derek Van Riper 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The owner of a strong minor league track record and a 1.37 ERA with better than a strikeout per inning over his first three big league starts, Jacob Faria was well-deserving of a hefty FAAB bid. I wasn't expecting $244, so I was about 80% sure that my $183 bid would be enough. Not quite. Considering the state of starting pitching this year, from both a health and performance standpoint, the waiver wire in this deep mixed league won't offer too many more exciting options than Faria.

Derek Fisher might be sent back down to Triple-A once Josh Reddick returns to the Astros lineup. But, as the saying goes, performance dictates playing time. So, if Fisher does indeed perform well, perhaps he is here to stay. That would be welcome news for his fantasy owners, as the 23-year-old outfielder is an across-the-board contributor worthy of a roster spot in most league formats.

Playing time won't be an issue at all for Matt Chapman, and the A's made sure of that when they released Trevor Plouffe. Chapman's power is legit, though he does strike out quite a bit, so he could be a batting average liability. Still, $101 is a more than reasonable price to pay considering the upside involved.

My consolation prize for losing out on Jacob Faria? Meet Jordan Zimmermann, a guy who used to be a high-end fantasy starter but has been a below average hurler for one and a half years now. However, his last three outings, during which he has registered a 2.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, have been encouraging. Plus, he's a two-start pitcher this week with one of the matchups coming at Petco Park against the Padres. I'll be hoping for the best, though I won't be watching Zimmermann pitch. Too stressful.

Todd's Take

Nick Pivetta and Matt Strahm joined Zimmermann as consolation prizes this week. I was very high on Strahm coming into the season and have been intrigued by Pivetta after he stoned the Red Sox last week. You probably know the deal with Strahm. He started the season in the bullpen but was sent down after being crushed early-on. He's since righted the ship and is getting a chance to start, like I expected in the spring. In fact, my AL only draft strategy was to build my pitching around Kevin Gausman, Chris Devenksi and Strahm. I'm not doing well in my AL only league.

Anyway, Pivetta throws mid-90s with deception. He was dialing it up to 97 versus Boston. Control is the issue. Keep an eye on his walks. If he can get that fixed, Pivetta has a chance to be an asset since he certainly can miss bats.

matt chapman

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
DFisher, Hou Tim McCullough 191 Adam Ronis 118 Tom Kessenich 53  
    Charlie Wiegert 17 Perry Van Hook 7  
MChapman, Oak Ray Murphy 122 Adam Ronis 57 Rudy Gamble 16  
MStrahm, KC Ray Murphy 54 D.J. Short 35 Adam Ronis 12  
    Corey Parson 6    
FRodriguez, Det Tim McCullough 41      
FMartes, Hou Ray Murphy 34 Corey Parson 16 Adam Ronis 12  
JZimmermann, Det Perry Van Hook 23 Charlie Wiegert 17 Rudy Gamble 4  
JHammel, KC Charlie Wiegert 17 Perry Van Hook 23 Tim McLeod 2  
DLamet, SD Adam Ronis 12 Corey Parson 1    
HBailey, Cin Tim McLeod 8 Greg Ambrosius 7    
FCordero, SD Adam Ronis 8      
ASlater, SF Perry Van Hook 7      
ERomero, Was Corey Parson 5      
JAguilar, Mil Perry Van Hook 3      
HVelazquez, Bos Corey Parson 1 Tim McLeod 1    
GBlanco, Ari Corey Parson 1      
TNaquin, Cle Greg Ambrosius 1      
RMadson, Oak Greg Ambrosius 1      
NPivetta, Phi Greg Ambrosius 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ERosario, Min Perry Van Hook 7 Greg Ambrosius 4                           
ESogard, Mil Perry Van Hook 7      
RTapia, Col Perry Van Hook 7      
AHanson, CWS Adam Ronis 6      
TMoore, Mia Perry Van Hook 3      
AAlmora, ChC Perry Van Hook 2      
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 2      
JJaso, Pit Perry Van Hook 2      
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 2      
TRivera, NYM Corey Parson 2      
DSmithJr, Tor Greg Ambrosius 1      
JBrugman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 1      
HStrickland, SF Greg Ambrosius 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Every team faces moments of crisis - this week two teams spent over $200 each to try and get their squads to move up in the standings or stay on top of the pack. Ray Murphy, currently in first place by half a point, spent $210 for his replacements, winning Matt Chapman for $122, Matt Strahm for $54, and France Martes for $34. Tim McCullough who has slipped to 6th place, over twenty points behind Murphy, reeled in rookie Astro fly chaser Derek Fisher for $191, and added Francisco Rodriguez for $41.

Those of us lower in the standings tried less expensive options. I was looking for the best two start candidate for Week 12 and bid $23 each on Jordan Zimmermann (really look at his last few starts) and Jason Hammel who both have attractive matchups and won JZimm who will be @ SEA and then @ SD. I got caught without another player who was first base eligible on my roster when Chis Davis went on the disabled list and didn't find world beaters on the free agent list so I added Jesus Aguilar for $3 and hope that Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar spend another week in the infirmary so Aguilar will get enough at bats to help. There were several OF/UT options so I put $7 bids on many and won my second choice of Austin Slater the latest Giants' left fielder.

Hopefully those replacements can get me moving back up the standings.

Todd's Take

Perhaps coincidental, perhaps not, but Zimmermann's resurgence comes after he returned to the slider grip he employed while with the Washington Nationals. The main difference his last three starts isn't better control or more whiffs, but fewer homers. Of course, this is integral to success in today's landscape, I'm just not sure it's sustainable. Though, this week's matchups should help in that regard.

Hammel's turnaround is a result of better control and better luck, as he's been victimized by a high BABIP that's seen some correction lately. This will be an interesting week as he's also keeping the ball in the yard and draws a couple of teams known for power, but not hitting the long ball as Boston and Toronto visit The K.

trey mancini 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TMancini, Bal Dr. Roto 102 Jake Ciely 53 Andrea LaMont 24  
JFaria, TB Dr. Roto 80 Jake Ciely 73 Vlad Sedler 13  
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 44      
MChapman, Oak Jake Ciely 23      
DFisher, Hou Dr. Roto 22      
BPeacock, Hou Peter Kreutzer 13 Vlad Sedler 3    
MMontgomery, ChC Vlad Sedler 8      
WMerrifield, KC Peter Kreutzer 6      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
WRamos, TB Andrea LaMont 38                                                    
MDavidson, CWS Dr. Roto 32      
MStrahm, KC Dr. Roto 16      
TRoss, Tex Peter Kreutzer 10      
ZGodley, Ari Peter Kreutzer 7 Vlad Sedler 3    
MMoore, SF Vlad Sedler 4      
BPhillips, Atl Peter Kreutzer 4      
FMartes, Hou Vlad Sedler 2      
DPhelps, Mia Dr. Roto 2      
CHeadley, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0      
JShields, CWS Peter Kreutzer 0      


Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Not much action in H2H this week.

The big bid was on Trey Mancini, who is consistently getting on base and hitting for power.

Jacob Faria was the other big buy, also to Doctor Roto, was Jacob Faria. Faria has solid 2-3 starter potential and is off to a fantastic start in the Rays rotation.

Dr. Roto's team got off to a slow start, but he's been working on improving it. My offense crushed his this past week, but his pitchers showed mine a thing or two.

My quest for a good K/9 starter led to the innings challenged Brad Peacock, who is striking out more than 14 per 9 this year. He's not walking too many, neither, but is having a problem getting out of the fifth inning.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised Mancini was available as he's been playing regularly for quite a while, with a decent OBP. The reason is likely an early power surge, followed by an outage then his recent spike. This is the second time Dr. Roto has prescribed the services of Mancini, with Kyle Elfrink renting him in the interim. Chris Davis will be out for awhile, giving Mancini all the reps at first. With the hot and humid weather coming to Camden Yards, homer droughts for Mancini should be few and far between.

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

matt chapman

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Matt Chapman, OAK SiriusXM 37 Colton & The Wolfman 28 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 21 Baseball Prospectus 12
    Fangraphs 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3  
Derek Fisher, HOU Baseball Prospectus 36 SiriusXM 34 Colton & The Wolfman 28 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 27
    USA TODAY Sports 3    
Jacob Faria, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31 Baseball HQ 18 Fangraphs 16 Winning Fantasy Baseball 12
    Colton & The Wolfman 8 Baseball Prospectus 4  
Jaycob Brugman, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Adam Rosales, OAK Baseball Prospectus 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Alex Presley, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Alen Hanson, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Baseball Prospectus 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Hector Velazquez, BOS Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Rob Refsnyder, NYY Fangraphs 1      
Jose Leclerc, TEX Fangraphs 1      
Daniel Robertson, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Kevan Smith, CWS SiriusXM 1      
Daniel Gossett, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Dwight Smith Jr., TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Josh Rutledge, BOS Fangraphs 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
David Washington, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Francisco Rodriguez, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Mason Williams, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Sam Gaviglio, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Taylor Featherston, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Tyler Smith, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1      
David Hernandez, LAA Fangraphs 1      
Zach McAllister, CLE Fangraphs 1      
Chris Gimenez, MIN SiriusXM 1                             

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the season nears its half-way mark, LABR owners made some aggressive bids for playing time using the FAAB wire this past week, but in deference to potential inter-league trade deadline machinations, the bids were in general aggressive, yet controlled if that makes any sense.

The grand prize of the weekend was the acquisition of now starting Oakland third sacker Matt Chapman, who generated eight bids (including one from me) but ultimately went to Ray Flowers for $37, a little more than one-third of the Baseballguy's total budget. Astro's outfielder Derek Fisher drew nearly as much cash, though not quite the same interest as Chapman.

Hitting was not the only focus with Jacob Faria going to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $31, besting five bids for the red-hot Ray.

From there the process became more pedestrian, with owners hopefully plugging holes, ideally for less than $2.

Jaycob Brugman found himself on team Colton/Wolf, but in what might really be the sleeper acquisition, Glenn and Rick picked up new Pale Hose utilityman Alen Hanson. Hanson, copped from the Bucs stash of players, has always been solid in the minors, but struggled in the Steel City. Hanson is quick, to be sure (205 minor league swipes to go with a .340 OBP) and plays second, but has now logged some Chicago time in the outfield , as well as some time at third and short over the weekend. In a deep league like LABR, 10 steals from Hanson could be huge.

Todd's Take

As I've talked about previously, sometimes I care more about why a bid was made more than who it was on and for how much. With a trio of 30-plus winning bids this week, it's a great time to try to get in the heads of some of the industry's sharpest minds.

Ray Flowers currently sits in third place. heading into this FAAB run, he had one of the big stacks terms of budget. It's also relevant he hails from the Bay Area since his target was Chapman. This tells me Ray doesn't want to wait around until the trade deadline to make a move, he sees Chapman as sticking -- and being productive -- at the hot corner. The Athletics traded Trevor Plouffe to Tampa so a pathway to playing time is there. The club doesn't trust Ryon Healy's glove at the spot. Once Marcus Semien returns, which could be in a couple weeks, there's a chance Chad Pinder picks up some time at third, but both he and Chapman are righty swingers so it won't be a platoon, Chapman should get the majority of the at bats.

Mike Gianella is in the middle of the pack. He had 78 FAAB units to work with. There's a chance he could have a shot at a difference-maker in five or six weeks, but considering he needs to jump over several teams, giving up that outside shot for a potential difference-maker now makes a ton of sense. Houston has a bunch of moving parts, and has been known to rise the hot hand, so there's risk. Josh Reddick will be back, but Nori Aoki isn't blocking anyone. George Springer is a fixture, while the corners are up for grabs. Especially in the potent Astros lineup, Fisher can contribute in all the counting categories. Average is usually a crapshoot for a young hitter. Fisher's contact rate isn't super, but it isn't at all terrible, especially in today's environment. Obviously, position and needs matter, but in a vacuum, I like Fisher to be a better fantasy asset than Chapman the next three-plus months.

The last of the hefty bids came courtesy of league leader Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius. They've been fairly aggressive all season, already spending 34 FAAB units, so their chance of a top deadline acquisition wasn't strong. Not to mention, they're sitting on three White Sox prospects, Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Remember, movement from reserve is more restricted in LABR. The point is, the NFBC duo don't need a deadline splash. They can afford to spend FAAB now. If only one of the three minor leaguers comes up, they have their equivalent of a deadline pick-up. With Chris Sale as a foundation, Greg and Shawn can take the chance on Faria, which is also a defensive tactic, keeping him away from those chasing down the top spot.

The final piece to the puzzle is second-place squad and perennial contender Tristan Cockcroft, friend and ESPN colleague (well, he works there, they rent me). Tristan has one of the top FAAB totals. We're close enough to the deadline that treaing water in hopes of landing the big fish is viable. With his track record, I don't question anything Tristan does.

nick pivetta

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Nick Pivetta, PHI RotoWire - DVR 12 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Enny Romero, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4      
Johan Camargo, ATL USA TODAY Sports 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1  
Daniel Nava, PHI Lenny Melnick 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
    Mastersball 1    
Aaron Hill, SF Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Tommy La Stella, CHC Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Jose Torres, SD Yakkertech 1      
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1      
Ryan Raburn, WSH Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Gorkys Hernandez, SF Lenny Melnick 2 Mastersball 1                                                  
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1    
Chase d'Arnaud, SD Baseball HQ 1      
Elias Diaz, PIT Baseball HQ 1      
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Baseball HQ 1      
Andres Blanco, PHI Mastersball 1      
Chad Huffman, STL Mastersball 1      
Pat Valaika, COL Mastersball 1      
Ty Kelly, PHI Mastersball 1      
Blake Wood, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Craig Stammen, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Edgar Santana, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Tyler Lyons, STL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Chris Hatcher, LAD Yakkertech 1      
Josh Fields, LAD Yakkertech 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

Phillies starter Nick Pivetta was the most desired commodity in NL LABR this week, with the $12 bid of Derek Van Riper of Rotowire acing out a $9 offer. The right-hander opened eyes this past week with seven scoreless innings against the Red Sox with nine strikeouts. Needless to say, it was his best of six career MLB starts to date. Pivetta takes on the Cardinals and Diamondbacks in a two-start week ahead. I like the first matchup better than the second.

I didn’t get my $3 bid on new Nationals closer Enny Romero in ahead of the deadline, but it would not have mattered as the winning offer of $4 was submitted by Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats Inc. Oddly, no one else even made an attempt to get the lefty. I guess everyone is weary of the Washington closer carousel, likely to stop as the trade deadline approaches.

Another winning $4 offer was made on Atlanta utilityman Johan Camargo, this one by host Steve Gardner of USA TODAY. The 23-year old did get 13 at-bats in each of the last two weeks in an infield that will be missing Adonis Garcia for the next two months. It is not surprising that Gardner also owns Garcia.

Todd's Take

Let's do some more mind-reading, this time LABR head Poobah Steve Gardner will be the victim..err...subject. There's an extremely tight battle at the top with Eric Karabell clinging to a half point lead over Steve and the ubiquitous Colton and the Wolfman. With six more saves, Steve would garner four more points, including passing Eric, another ESPN friend and colleague. Above, it was suggested Ray Flowers had a closer read on Chapman, living in the area. Well, Steve takes residence in the DC area, so he could have a better handle on Enny Romero's chance of getting more saves. The one he earned on Saturday was of the five-out variety. However, Matt Albers was available. While it's unlikely Romero would make up the difference Steve needs in saves, every one helps. The other factor is Romero would likely replace Pedro Baez on the USA Today Fantasy roster. Steve is leading the league in ratios, with Baez much better than Romero in that regard. While an argument can be tendered Steve has a cushion in ERA and WHIP so he can absorb Romero, the counter is in today's climate, ratios can fall apart at the drop of a hat. Chances are, Steve can deal for saves if necessary. Why not maintain that ratio buffer in case he prefers to replace a starter in an effort to chase wins and whiffs?

One last quick note. I don't mean to imply Steve and Ray only know the scoop on their local clubs, nor those not living in the area are devoid of info. It's just with more local coverage, news may be available sooner, before it hits the Twitter machine, etc.

jacob faria

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Jacob Faria, TB MLB.com 17 Scout Fantasy 10 @TheFantasyFix 9 Fangraphs 8
    Baseball HQ 7 USA TODAY Sports 4 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4
    Rotowire 2 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
Matt Davidson, CWS Yahoo Sports 7 Baseball HQ 6 Scout Fantasy 4 Rotowire 1
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 Yahoo Sports 3    
Francis Martes, HOU Scout Fantasy 4 Baseball HQ 2 Rotowire 1  
Manny Pina, MIL Scout Fantasy 4      
Enny Romero, WSH Fangraphs 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Matt Strahm, KC Rotowire 2 Baseball HQ 2 Scout Fantasy 2  
Matt Chapman, OAK RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1      
Francisco Rodriguez, DET RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1      
Eduardo Escobar, MIN Fantasy Alarm 1 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1    
Eric Sogard, MIL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1 Rotowire 1    
T.J. Rivera, NYM Scout Fantasy 1      
Derek Fisher, HOU Rotowire 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Mike Pelfrey, CWS Yahoo Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
David Phelps, MIA Scout Fantasy 2                                                    
Franchy Cordero, SD Rotowire 1 Fantasy Alarm 1    
Clayton Richard, SD @TheFantasyFix 1      
Gregor Blanco, ARI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Alen Hanson, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Danny Espinosa, LAA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Paul DeJong, STL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Yolmer Sanchez, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Adam Ottavino, COL Scout Fantasy 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

Why all the fuss about Jacob Faria, the latest in the Rays seemingly endless supply of promising arms? Faria is ahead of both Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon, so he got the call when Matt Andriese was put on the DL. Now that it appears Andriese will be out awhile, Faria's days on the farm may be over. The 23-year old righty isn't dominant in terms of velocity, but still misses plenty of bats, fanning 22 in his first 19 2/3 career frames, right in line with his minor league numbers. Faria features an effective change-up along with a couple other secondary pitches. Blake Snell looms, along with Honeywell and De Leon, but keep in mind Erasmo Ramirez is currently starting and can be moved back to the bullpen to clear another spot. Backed by the pitcher-friendly confines of Tropicana Field, Faria has a good chance of being one of the better in-season shots in the arm for the season.

Todd's Take

Unfortunately, sometimes work gets in the way of play, and even though I take this, and all leagues, seriously, I was embroiled in a work issue when I normally do my FAAB and I wasn't able to enter a couple of necessary bids, meaning I'll be taking a zero for Asdrubal Cabrera. Some people like to put in holder bids earlier in the week, in case of an emergency of this nature. That sounds like a great idea.

LABRLOGO

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 Draft 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.

mallex smith 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Jake Junis, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13 Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Brian Johnson, BOS Rotowire 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 Baseball Prospectus 2  
Chris Tillman, BAL Winning Fantasy Baseball 9      
Buck Farmer, DET Baseball HQ 7 ESPN.com 6 SiriusXM 2 Baseball Prospectus 2
    Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Peter Bourjos, TB Baseball Prospectus 3      
Ruben Tejada, BAL USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Baseball HQ 1      
Dan Jennings, CWS SiriusXM 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Christian Bergman, SEA Baseball HQ 6                                                    
Jaycob Brugman, OAK Baseball Prospectus 3      
Sam Gaviglio, SEA Rotowire 3      
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Danny Barnes, TOR Rotowire 1 SiriusXM 1    
Josh Rutledge, BOS Baseball HQ 1      
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Tommy Hunter, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The scramble for starting pitching continues in AL LABR as a quartet of arms drew the top four bids. Brian Johnson went to Clay Link and RotoWire for $13, outbidding three other owners. Continuing the theme, Royals rookie starter Jake Junis fetched $13 from Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius, though only one other owner had interest. Chris Tillman went unopposed to Larry Schechter for nine bucks. Finishing off the high level search for arms, Dave Adler copped Buck Farmer for $7, besting four more bids.

Yes, emphasizing pitching is indeed everything these days.

As for hitters, Steve Gardner acquired Ruben Tejada for a dollar, Peter Bourjos went to Mike Gianella for three, and Cheslor Cuthbert also moved to team Adler for another dollar.

Finally, Dan Jennings rounded out the bidding with Ray Flowers bagging the reliever for a buck.

Todd's Take

Eight teams bid on the four starting pitchers Lawr discussed. Only three teams bid on two different hurlers. Farmer garnered the most bids, which makes sense to me as I like him the best of the lot. It appears he figured something out in Triple-A, throwing more strikes while keeping the ball in the yard. Coming into the season, I was on Matthew Boyd, but his struggles have paved the way for Farmer to nail down the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation, something that has troubled them for a few years.

The only pitcher receiving one bid was Tillman. When someone as savvy as Larry bids on someone as... well... crappy as Tillman, I like to try to figure out why. The most obvious reason would be Larry is eschewing ratios in an effort to pound up as many wins and whiffs as possible. This is in sync with his current stead, sitting next to last in ERA and fourth from the bottom in WHIP. The thing is, Larry has Dallas Keuchel, David Price and Felix Hernandez, not to mention Aroldis Chapman about to come off the DL. Granted, Keuchel and King Felix are on the DL while Price could see a return visit at any time. Still, there's points to be had in WHIP (moving in ERA would be tough). LABR rules force Tillman to be active this week. The O's righty will take the hill in Guaranteed Rate Park to take on a White Sox club not especially dangerous versus right-handers. Maybe Larry is playing both sides of the fence. Tillman's match-up isn't terrible so perhaps the plan is to let things flesh out a little longer, and if it appears racking up whiffs will earn more points than will be lost in ratios, Tillman fits that strategy just fine. Keuchel, Hernandez and Price can be dealt for offense, with their spots being taken by other starting pitchers no one else wants. It's obviously not something one does heading into a season, but it's something I've had to use on occasion, with varying degrees of success. This much I know. The times it's worked, I wasn't going to compete without doing it and the times it failed, I wasn't going anywhere anyway.

jose pirela

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Jose Pirela, SD Mastersball 15 USA TODAY Sports 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    Derek Carty 1    
Sean Newcomb, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Mastersball 7 Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Pat Neshek, PHI Yakkertech 6 USA TODAY Sports 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 2
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Tyler Moore, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Lenny Melnick 3 Derek Carty 1  
Pedro Baez, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1      
George Kontos, SF Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Enny Romero, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2                                                    
Aaron Hill, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1    
Hunter Strickland, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Oliver Perez, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Ryan Raburn, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Johan Camargo, ATL Mastersball 1      
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Mastersball 1      
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Derek Carty 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

With $40 of draft-day middle infield value moved to the disabled list this past week in Jonathan Villar and Cesar Hernandez and my team skidding into the cellar, I needed some help badly. As a result, I bid extremely aggressively for San Diego call-up Jose Pirela and got my man. Despite being second base eligible, Pirela has primarily been playing left field and leading off for the Padres. In his first week up, the 27-year old former Yankees prospect batted .500, including five extra base hits. Unfortunately, I will not receive those stats.

I also placed a $7 bid on talented Braves rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb, but lost out by $2 to Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats Inc. In his big-league debut on Saturday the 24-year old, a former Angels first-rounder, limited the Mets to four hits and an unearned run over 6 1/3 innings.

Middle relievers with strong ratios always have a place in –only leagues and three of them were among the additions this week. My next contingent bid after Newcomb was on the Phillies’ Pat Neshek, but I was outbid again, this time with Steve Moyer of Yakkertech the winner at $6. Neshek has an advantage over the other relievers picked up this week – Pedro Baez of the Dodgers and George Kontos of the Giants – being the steadiest arm in a shaky pen. I ended up with Kontos, but to be honest, I am mad at myself for not noticing Baez was in this week’s free agent pool. Kudos to USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner and his wise under-the-radar addition.

Todd's Take

Perhaps Brian was implying it, but another advantage enjoyed by Neshek is he could be in line for a couple of saves as Hector Neris has been hanging splitters lately. By the tone of the reports, it's not so much that Neris has been relieved of his closing duties as he's being put in time-out for a little while. The report last week said Phillies manager Pete Mackanin wanted to talk to Neris about his recent outings, implying he wasn't going to get the call in the ninth until he was able to recapture the splitter that rendered him so effective last season. Neither Neshek nor Neris has pitched since June 6 so it's unclear if Neris needs to work out the kinks in the bullpen or show his Skipper he can get hitters out under real game conditions.

I really like Brian's pick-up of Jose Pirela. Obviously, he's not going to keep up his current pace, but the 27-year old was crushing Triple-A upon his promotion, slashing .331/.387/.635 with eight steals for El Paso. We're getting close to the point where conserving FAAB for the trade deadline is in play. If you don't think you'll be in the running for one of the top cross-overs, assuming there are any, it's worth making an aggressive play for the Padres IF/OF.

lewis brinson

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Mallex Smith, TB Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 27 Yahoo Sports 38 MLB.com 26 Baseball HQ 23
    Fangraphs 16 Scout Fantasy 12 Fantasy Alarm 12
    @TheFantasyFix 11 USA TODAY Sports 8 Mastersball 7
    Rotowire 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2  
Lewis Brinson, MIL Fantasy Alarm 12 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 17 Fangraphs 12 @TheFantasyFix 4
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2    
Matt Albers, WSH Fangraphs 8 Scout Fantasy 2 @TheFantasyFix 2 MLB.com 1
Buck Farmer, DET MLB.com 8 Baseball Prospectus 3 Mastersball 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2
    Scout Fantasy 2 Rotowire 1  
Jose Pirela, SD USA TODAY Sports 6 Mastersball 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 MLB.com 1
         
Sean Newcomb, ATL Baseball Prospectus 6 MLB.com 5 Scout Fantasy 5 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2
    USA TODAY Sports 2    
Pat Neshek, PHI @TheFantasyFix 5 USA TODAY Sports 3 Scout Fantasy 3 Rotowire 2
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2    
Mike Montgomery, CHC USA TODAY Sports 3 Scout Fantasy 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Alex Meyer, LAA Baseball Prospectus 3 Rotowire 2 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Jake Junis, KC Mastersball 2      
Seth Lugo, NYM RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 @TheFantasyFix 6 Scout Fantasy 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
    Rotowire 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
C.J. Cron, LAA Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire 1  
Scott Feldman, CIN Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Joe Panik, SF Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1      
Chase Headley, NYY Baseball HQ 1      
Chris Iannetta, ARI Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 Scout Fantasy 1    
Cory Spangenberg, SD MLB.com 1      
Tyler Moore, MIA Baseball HQ 1 Fantasy Alarm 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Scooter Gennett, CIN Fantasy Alarm 11                                                    
Jose Iglesias, DET Fantasy Alarm 6      
Daniel Robertson, TB Fantasy Alarm 2 MLB.com 1    
Chase Utley, LAD Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Eric Sogard, MIL Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Alec Asher, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Sandy Leon, BOS Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Christian Bergman, SEA Rotowire 1      
Franchy Cordero, SD Rotowire 1      
Matt Joyce, OAK Rotowire 1      
Keone Kela, TEX Scout Fantasy 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

Something I've talked about the past few seasons is how prospects being called up after the Super-Two deadline is the Mixed League equivalent of the trade deadline in AL and NL only formats. We're getting close, but not quite there yet. Though, a few worth prospects have been summoned, the latest being Brewers outfielder, Lewis Brinson. Milwaukee also advanced top pitching prospect Josh Hader, but he has no mixed league potential yet since he'll start out as a reliever. Brinson is your classic toolsy player needing to make enough contact to have his power and speed play for fantasy.

While Brisnon drew a modest five tries, Mallex Smith received bids from four-fifths of the 15-team league. Coincidentally, the three owners not bidding on Smith don't chew Dentyne gum. No doubt, you know the deal with Smith, he runs about 50 percent of the time he reaches base, but you can't steal first. His hitting the ground running upon taking over for Kevin Kiermaier elevated the bidding to a point I knew I had no chance. The kicker is I own Kiermaier, but you likely guess that anyway the manner this season is going.

The other top prospect making his debut was Braves lefty Sean Newcomb. Newcomb has no issues missing bats. The problem is, when he's not missing bats, he's missing the strike zone.

Not only did I lose Kiermaier, but Devon Travis returned to the DL as well. I had ample bodies on my bench to field a lineup without making a move, but since I still am a C.J. Cron truther, in part because we play in a fantasy football league together (I've never met him), I dropped a buck on the Halos first-sacker.

Todd's Take

One step forward, two steps back. That's the story of my season. I'm sticking with my goal of landing in the middle third of the standings by the end of June, but even that will be an ordeal. I've been approached with some trade offers, but I haven't had the courage to sit down and do the category math, figuring out where I can manage the categories, like what was discussed above. Doing so feels like an admission of failure, though I know deep down it's the right thing to do for my flailing squad.

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BFarmer, Det Jeff Erickson 187 Chris Liss 96 Lawr Michaels 79 Seth Trachtman 65
    Jason Collette 51 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Steve Moyer 6
KVargas, Min Chris Liss 84 Nando DiFino 62 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Seth Trachtman 34
    Lawr Michaels 33 Mike Podhorzer 13  
PBourjos, TB Lawr Michaels 37      
CBergman, Sea Chris Liss 34 Jeff Erickson 35    
NTurley, Min Jason Collette 17 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8    
DGossett, Oak Seth Trachtman 11      
JJunis, KC Chris Liss 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8    
RTorres, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8      
ABibensDirkx, Tex Steve Moyer 6      
AHanson, CWS Nando DiFino 3      
JDiaz, TB Jason Collette 1      
RWeeks, TB Rob Leibowitz 0      
TFeatherston, TB Steve Moyer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
MMahtook, Det Lawr Michaels 28                                                    
CGreen, NYY Jason Collette 1 Chris Liss 1    
NGoody, Cle Jason Collette 1      
JPazos, Sea Chris Liss 1      
NVincent, Sea Chris Liss 1      
MMartinez, TB Steve Moyer 0      
TZych, Sea Seth Trachtman 0      
APresley, Det Rob Leibowitz 0      
DRobertson, Cle Rob Leibowitz 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As with AL LABR, pitching was the focus within the Tout Wars moves this last week with RotoWire's Jeff Erickson leading the spendthrifts, having spent $187 for the rights to Buck Farmer. Defending champ Seth Trachtman spent $11 on Athletics Daniel Gossett, while the second-place squad, manned by Jason Collette, grabbed Nik Turley ($17) and Jumbo Diaz

Chris Liss also went for arms, acquiring Christian Bergman for $34 and Jake Junis for $11. Chris also spent $74 on Kenys Vargas making his FAAB price tag for the week $129.

I tried to stop the damage on injured Kevin Kiermaier cost by purchasing Peter Borjous for $37, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up Ramon Torres with Nando DiFino collecting a player I like a lot--Alen Hanson, late of Pittsburgh, now of Chicago and the Pale Hose.

Todd's Take

Nik Turley and Jake Junis are a couple of unknown, but intriguing names, not only for AL only but also mixers as both have a chance to stick with injury-riddled rotations.

Turley only lasted four innings in his MLB debut, giving up four runs on eight hits to the Giants in AT&T. However, he fanned four with no walks, suggesting he was the victim of some bad batted ball luck. Admittedly old for both Double-A and Triple-A, the 27-year old southpaw was crushing both levels, fanning 84 to 15 walks in 52 1/3 combined innings, allowing just two homers.

Junis was called up earlier this season but could stick if he pitches like he did in his last start, minus the homers as he allowed three runs in seven innings, all long balls in Petco Park. The 24-year old righty earned the promotion with a 2.34 ERA and .97 WHIP with Triple-A Omaha, fanning 57 with eight free passes in 42 1/3 frames.

brett phillips

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BPhillips, Mil Todd Zola 117 Phil Hertz 41 Mike Gianella 36 Tristan H. Cockcroft 12
JPirela, SD Brian Walton 112 Steve Gardner 88 Phil Hertz 68 Craig Mish 41
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 41 Mike Gianella 24 Derek Carty 12
    Grey Albright 6 Scott Wilderman 2  
SNewcomb, Atl Phil Hertz 86 Brian Walton 83 Mike Gianella 81 Todd Zola 67
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 51 Craig Mish 47 Scott Wilderman 22
EDiaz, Pit Phil Hertz 82      
NPivetta, Phi Andy Behrens 61      
CHuffman, StL Todd Zola 47      
TMoore, Mia Phil Hertz 34 Scott Wilderman 32 Tristan H. Cockcroft 12 Grey Albright 5
    Craig Mish 1 Derek Carty 0  
JCamargo, Atl Scott Wilderman 11 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
TAdleman, Cin Scott Wilderman 8 Phil Hertz 7    
JHazelbaker, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
PKivlehan, Cin Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 11 Phil Hertz 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
MGonzales, StL Phil Hertz 14                             
RRaburn, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty 0  
BZiegler, Mia Phil Hertz 0      
ERomero, Was Phil Hertz 0      
JGrimm, ChC Scott Wilderman 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big money came out in NL Tout this weekend, as four players went for more than $80 and the two triple-digit players went to Mastersball competitors.

Heading the list is Milwaukee outfielder Brett Phillips, who Lord Zola acquired for $117. The top prospect made his MLB this past week and has the talent to grab at-bats with Ryan Braun out and Keon Broxton struggling.

I topped eight other owners by going $112 for infielder/outfielder Jose Pirela of San Diego. Promoted to the bigs on June 6, the 27-year old had raked in Triple-A, with a .331 average, .387 OBP, 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 48 games. His first week with the Padres was exceptional, with an 11-for-22 mark at the plate, including three doubles, two home runs and five RBI - from the leadoff position.

The other two top-dollar players went to the same owner, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ. Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb ($86) made his MLB debut on Saturday and threw 6 1/3 innings of four-hit ball, with seven strikeouts and two walks, while allowing just an unearned run. A rotation spot for the lefty looks to be his for the taking.

Hertz added Elias Diaz of Pittsburgh on an uncontested bid for $82. Originally called up at the start of the month with Chris Stewart was injured, Diaz has been seeing semi-regular playing time behind the plate with starter Francisco Cervelli sidelined with a concussion, and has performed admirably.

Todd's Take

Brian is too kind, justifying my Phillips purchase despite knowing the real story. Though, he also knew I'd share, so here goes. I was very lucky Phillips was listed alphabetically above Jose Pirela, else I may be explaining why I spent $117 bones on an injured scrub, out for the season. No excuses, just an explanation, I carelessly clicked on Phillips and even more carelessly didn't check the bid to make sure it was right. I can use Phillips, but suspect Lewis Brinson will get the look and not Phillips. Another example of do as I say, not as I do.

pat neshek

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
MSmith, TB Scott Pianowski 313 Fred Zinkie 254 Derek Van Riper 159 Zach Steinhorn 158
    Joe Pisapia 148 Scott Swanay 87 Scott Engel 29
    Tim Heaney 25    
PNeshek, Phi Joe Pisapia 128 Scott Pianowski 89 Derek Van Riper 79 Scott Swanay 45
    Zach Steinhorn 28 Tim Heaney 3  
BFarmer, Det Joe Pisapia 118 Jeff Zimmerman 89 Fred Zinkie 67 Scott Engel 32
    Ray Flowers 17 Tim Heaney 5  
JHoffman, Col Al Melchior 103 Scott Swanay 87 Zach Steinhorn 36 Fred Zinkie 30
    Scott Engel 17 Ray Flowers 17 Tim Heaney 5
KFreeland, Col Zach Steinhorn 67 Fred Zinkie 30    
JPirela, SD Scott Pianowski 60 Derek Van Riper 57 Fred Zinkie 1  
SNewcomb, Atl Scott Swanay 48 Zach Steinhorn 34 Fred Zinkie 30 Scott Engel 4
    Tim Heaney 3    
MAlbers, Was Scott Swanay 45 Scott Engel 33 Zach Steinhorn 27 Fred Zinkie 0
JNicasio, Pit Scott Swanay 45      
EDiaz, Pit Ray Flowers 37      
ACashner, Tex Scott Engel 31 Zach Steinhorn 23    
CUtley, LAD Zach Steinhorn 23      
JUrena, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 20      
JHammel, KC Ray Flowers 17      
JMercer, Pit Scott Engel 17      
AMeyer, LAA Scott Engel 11      
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 8      
SGaviglio, Sea Scott Engel 8      
SGennett, Cin Tim Heaney 5 Scott Engel 16    
SFeldman, Cin Fred Zinkie 2 Ray Flowers 14    
EButler, ChC Fred Zinkie 2 Zach Steinhorn 18    
JMcGee, Col Zach Steinhorn 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JFaria, TB Joe Pisapia 78                                                    
MJoyce, Oak Zach Steinhorn 16      
MMaldonado, LAA Ray Flowers 11      
ABarnes, LAD Ray Flowers 6      
CGimenez, Min Ray Flowers 6      
RChirinos, Tex Ray Flowers 6      
CRuiz, Sea Ray Flowers 4      
NHundley, SF Ray Flowers 4      
FCordero, SD Tim Heaney 3      
BParker, LAA Zach Steinhorn 1 Fred Zinkie 0    
JSmith, Tor Zach Steinhorn 1      
BPhillips, Mil Tim Heaney 0      
DDescalso, Ari Tim Heaney 0      
KKela, Tex Fred Zinkie 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The question heading into this weekend's FAAB bidding was more about how much Mallex Smith would go for as opposed to whether or not he would be the most expensive purchase. The answer? 313 bucks. Smith can flat out run, and he's always posted solid OBP numbers while in the Minors. In other words, he could be a fantasy force as long as he's getting regular at-bats, which should not be an issue for the foreseeable future with Kevin Kiermaier expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a fractured hip.

On the closer front, the mystery continues in Philadelphia and Washington. Pat Neshek recorded the most recent save for the Phillies while Koda Glover is now on the DL and Matt Albers has been the most reliable Nationals reliever so far this season. I'd rather spend $45 on Albers than $128 on Neshek, but I'm not overly optimistic regarding the long-term mixed league value of either pitcher.

With eight quality starts in his last nine outings, Kyle Freeland has been one of the more consistent hurlers in the game for quite some time now. The Rockies rookie is a two-start pitcher this week with a pair of favorable matchups (@PIT, vs. SF), so I was surprised that there wasn't more interest in him. Maybe it's the low strikeout rate (5.7 K/9), but for a reasonable $67 price tag, I'll take my chances.

As for my other additions, Chase Utley might just be a temporary solution at CI for me until Justin Bour returns, but he has quietly been productive this year, productive enough to deserve a spot on deep mixed league rosters, especially OBP leagues. The Jake McGee addition enables me to start him this week instead of Matt Moore at Coors Field. It's as simple as that.

Todd's Take

The times, they are a-changin'. For years, it was hard to imagine one, let alone two Rockies starting pitchers being sought after in mixed league free agency. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the bar has been lowered as the league ERA is on the rise, sitting at 4.27, .4 runs higher than just five years ago. More importantly, the Rockies own the league's best road ERA, a tidy 3.31. Chew on that.

 sean newcomb

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
SNewcomb, Atl Jeff Boggis 201 Tim McLeod 113 Scott White 47 Corey Parson 31
    D.J. Short 30 Greg Ambrosius 0  
JHarrison, Pit D.J. Short 120 Greg Ambrosius 68 Adam Ronis 47 Scott White 22
    Perry Van Hook 17 Tim McLeod 16 Tom Kessenich 7
PNeshek, Phi Perry Van Hook 69 Al Melchior 103 Scott White 37 Corey Parson 30
    Adam Ronis 18    
JHader, Mil Tom Kessenich 67      
JBiagini, Tor D.J. Short 60 Adam Ronis 18 Perry Van Hook 11 Tim McLeod 8
    Scott White 4 Greg Ambrosius 2 Corey Parson 2
TPham, StL Rudy Gamble 43 D.J. Short 40 Tim McCullough 31 Corey Parson 11
    Charlie Wiegert 7 Scott White 4 Perry Van Hook 3
JFaria, TB Tim McLeod 37 Scott White 7 Greg Ambrosius 6 Adam Ronis 4
MAlbers, Was Corey Parson 28 Adam Ronis 18 Scott White 17  
BFarmer, Det Scott White 17 Al Melchior 83 Charlie Wiegert 12 Tim McLeod 2
SGennett, Cin Perry Van Hook 17      
HKendrick, Phi Tim McLeod 14 Perry Van Hook 17 Charlie Wiegert 7 Adam Ronis 4
SGaviglio, Sea Perry Van Hook 11      
BLively, Phi Tim McLeod 7      
BJohnson, Bos Charlie Wiegert 7 Greg Ambrosius 1    
DSmyly, Sea Rudy Gamble 6      
JPirela, SD Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 3    
MMontgomery, ChC Greg Ambrosius 2 Perry Van Hook 2    
ALind, Was Greg Ambrosius 2      
CAdams, NYY Scott White 1      
MMinor, KC Greg Ambrosius 0 Greg Ambrosius 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JHoffman, Col Al Melchior 103                             
JNicasio, Pit Perry Van Hook 23 Corey Parson 2 Greg Ambrosius 1                         
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 8                             
ECarrera, Tor Perry Van Hook 7 Greg Ambrosius 1                           
TMoore, Mia Perry Van Hook 7                             
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 4                             
FGalvis, Phi Tim McLeod 1                             
TAdleman, Cin Corey Parson 1                             
PCorbin, Ari Greg Ambrosius 0                             

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Twelve of the 15 Touts placed bids this cycle, leading to multiple bids on many players. The high bid was $201 for Atlanta starting pitcher Sean Newcomb. Six teams bid on the rookie with numbers all over the lot. The low ones probably question whether the recently promoted top prospect will even stay in the rotation. Tim McLeod was the tough luck runner up with a bid of $113, which would win most nights.

Josh Harrison was a surprise on the free agent list, with seven teams bidding on the versatile Pirate. D.J. Short won Harrison at $120.

A new closer usually garners a ot of attention so I was surprised Pat Neshek, the new Phillies closer, got only three bids. I might have been more suprised my $69 winning bid was several dollars more than the other two bids combined.

Derek Holland has gotten stale on my bench so I put in a group of small bids for a successor and won my second choice, Sam Gaviglio of the Mariners for $11. Joe Biagini, my first choice with a like $11 toss, went for $60 to D.J. Short.

Another surprise was winning my second choice on the outfielder list. I didn't expect to get Harrison for $17 nor figured to get Scooter Gennett for that price. I feel 2B/OF eligibility and hitting in Great American Ballpark, on top of the four homer game, should have elicited more bids.

Todd's Take

As was discussed in the companion LABR report, my sense is Hector Neris has been put in what amounts to time-out and won't be stripped of the closer role for very long.

NFBC's Tom Kessenich follows the Brewers so he's in tune with the club. Tom may feel (as I do) Hader may start in the bullpen, but it won't be long before the club moves him to the rotation. The other angle is Milwaukee has a twin bill on Tuesday so Hader may grab a one-and-done start, then Tom can decide what to do next week. Something to keep in mind is Hader was working out of the bullpen before he was called up, perhaps to conserve innings as the Brewers are surprisingly in playoff contention, albeit just over two months into a six-month marathon.

mallex smith

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
MSmith, TB Vlad Sedler 179 Dr. Roto 170    
JHoffman, Col Jake Ciely 95 Peter Kreutzer 36 Dr. Roto 25 Vlad Sedler 2
PNeshek, Phi Andrea LaMont 56 Vlad Sedler 37    
JRoss, Was Vlad Sedler 34      
MAlbers, Was Vlad Sedler 29      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Dr. Roto 25 Vlad Sedler 12    
TBeckham, TB Dr. Roto 23      
BFarmer, Det Peter Kreutzer 11 Vlad Sedler 12    
TWolters, Col Peter Kreutzer 11      
CCron, LAA Vlad Sedler 6      
CSabathia, NYY Clay Link 6 Vlad Sedler 12    
WFlores, NYM Andrea LaMont 6      
JLeclerc, Tex Peter Kreutzer 6      
AAvila, Det Andrea LaMont 2      
AMeyer, LAA Vlad Sedler 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
TMancini, Bal Dr. Roto 23                                                                           
EDiaz, Pit Peter Kreutzer 11      
JReddick, Hou Vlad Sedler 6      
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 6      
AChafin, Ari Peter Kreutzer 4      
WRamos, TB Andrea LaMont 3      
ASlater, SF Vlad Sedler 2      
BParker, LAA Peter Kreutzer 2      
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 2      

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I sometimes wonder if we're all getting better at bidding as we go along.

Last night, Vlad Sedler put down a bid of $179 on Mallex Smith, a former prospect, recently a bit tarnished, who is now suddenly given a chance at regular playing time and is off to a good start with lots of steals. What's not to like?

Dr. Roto saw $170 and bid it, for a heartbreakingly close loss. And no one else bid a farthing. Because their teams are so good they don't need a speedy outfielder? Or because they didn't want a speedy outfielder who was going to cost so much?

The other bid of consequence this week was for Jeff Hoffman, another touted arm out of the Rockies system. He's off a run of three quality starts, and draw a 95 bid from Jake Ciely. I had the second highest bid of 36. Not heartbreaking, like the Smith loss, but I was hoping in the face of Coors Field the bidding would be more modest.

The thing about Hoffman is that those three quality starts all came on the road, against Philly, San Diego, and the Cubs. We have yet to see how he'll react when the balls start carrying, but with 34 strikeouts in 27 innings, and only three walks, we were willing to take our chances.

Jake was willing to take a bit more of one.

Todd's Take

While this is true in all leagues, it's even more apropos in category-driven head to head formats. There's a chance the limited interest in Smith was due to team construct, with owners more concerned about the other categories than speed. Dr. Roto obviously wanted another burner. if I was in this league and had some spare steals, I'd be making an appointment to talk with Dr. Roto.

 

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Welcome to "You Look FAABulous", our look at the FAAB reports for Tout Wars and LABR. Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars and LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids.

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.

There are five Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League, 15-team Mixed Draft League and a brand new 12-team Mixed Auction Head to head format. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average with the Head to Head league also using other unique categories. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR was posted earlier.

eric young jr

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
EYoung, LAA Steve Moyer 217 Seth Trachtman 123 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 103 Jason Collette 77
    Mike Podhorzer 44 Lawr Michaels 36  
DPaulino, Hou Nando DiFino 56 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 23 Chris Liss 23 Mike Podhorzer 7
    Seth Trachtman 1    
ESkoglund, KC Jason Collette 42 Rob Leibowitz 26 Chris Liss 23 Patrick Davitt 11
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4    
BBurns, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 23 Jason Collette 23    
DMachado, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21      
RRefsnyder, NYY Nando DiFino 12 Mike Podhorzer 0    
DMarrero, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4 Mike Podhorzer 0    
RGoins, Tor Chris Liss 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Mike Podhorzer 0  
YPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 1      
MOlson, Oak Mike Podhorzer 1      
CGimenez, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
CCuthbert, KC Mike Podhorzer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4    
KGibson, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
CBergman, Sea Jason Collette 15      
NGoody, Cle Jason Collette 2      
TomHunter, TB Seth Trachtman 1      
EAdrianza, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
EGonzalez, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
RTorreyes, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Clearly, within both the LABR and Tout Wars leagues, Eric Young Jr. was the prize of the week.

In LABR Larry Schechter spent $27 of his total FAAB budget of $100 on Young hoping to give a boost to his team, and in Tout, Steve Moyer spent $217 out of a $1000 budget, suggesting among the veteran fantasy universe, Young Jr. portends to be a strong fantasy asset in deep formats.

Five additional owners--including me--made bids to obtain Young ($36, $44, $71, $103, and $123)--including the top three teams in the standings further supporting a lot of value was placed on Young's potential

What makes Moyer's move interesting is over the years Steve has been the kind of player to hoard his FAAB, anticipating inter-league swaps at the trade deadline, hoping to cash in with a big name and drive to end the season. With seven teams holding a larger balance than Moyer as of now, it will be interesting to see how owners manage their FAAB and rosters as we move towards the deadline.

Pitching was where the Touts looked next, with Nando DiFino grabbing David Paulino ($56) while Jason Collette grabbed Eric Skoglund ($42).

Elsewhere, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton hope to patch a couple of holes and boost their offense, obtaining Deven Marrero ($21) and Billy Burns ($23).

DiFino also bagged Rob Refsnyder ($12) grabbing two players in Paulino and Refsnyder who were on my roster just a week ago, and were lost to the reserve numbers game.

Todd's Take

Remember Billy Burns? It was just two years ago he played in 125 games for Oakland, amassing 555 plate appearances with 26 steals. This led to some aggressive drafting last season, hoping for even more stolen bases. Unfortunately, Burns flamed out, eventually leaving the Athletics for the Royals. He's been toiling at Triple-A Omaha, slashing .248/.358/.275 with 13 bags in 20 tries. A .110 point delta between average and OBP is encouraging. However, a 65 percent success rate is lousy, especially for a 27-year old whose only asset is his legs (note a SLP less than his OBP). More importantly, Kansas City demoted Jorge Soler since they're playing several games in NL parks so they'll be devoid of the DH. While the party line is this gives Soler a chance for regular at bats this week, the club also likely hopes he'll restore some confidence. Don't expect much from Burns, he's a nice bench player to have when playing ball, Senior Circuit style.

chase drnoud

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
CDArnaud, SD Steve Gardner 57 Phil Hertz 6    
ASlater, SF Brian Walton 25 Craig Mish 7 Phil Hertz 6 Derek Carty 0
BLively, Phi Grey Albright 21 0    
TWilliams, Pit Phil Hertz 9 0    
JAlbMartinez, StL Phil Hertz 6 Mike Gianella 6 Brian Walton 1 Craig Mish 0
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 4 Derek Carty 0    
SKingery, Phi Craig Mish 2 0    
SBrault, Pit Andy Behrens 1 0    
SRomo, LAD Craig Mish 0 Phil Hertz 0    
JARamirez, Atl Andy Behrens 0 0    
OCalixte, SF Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 44 Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 3
    Brian Walton 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
PKivlehan, Cin Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 1                                                  
BEibner, LAD Brian Walton 3 Derek Carty 0                                                  
BreAnderson, ChC Phil Hertz 0                                                    
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
GGarcia, StL Phil Hertz 0                                                    
JEdgin, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
PSewald, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
WPeralta, Cin Phil Hertz 0                                                    
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0                                                    
AChafin, Ari Grey Albright 0                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two weeks ago, infielder Chase d’Arnaud was recently claimed off waivers by San Diego from Boston, joining his third team this season (Atlanta prior). When the veteran took off with a decent .261 average and three stolen bases, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY took notice, to the tune of a winning $57 bid.

Needing outfield help with Randal Grichuk demoted to high-A to reboot his bat, I took a $25 chance that Austin Slater will have a sustaining role in the Giants outfield going forward. In hindsight, $8 would have been enough.

Ben Lively joined the Phillies this past week and tossed seven innings of shutout baseball at the Giants on Saturday. Despite a strong minor league record, the 25-year old is not a strikeout artist, but it he can sustain a low ERA and WHIP, that could surely help new owner Grey Albright, who bid $21.

Todd's Take

What a difference a year makes. Much like in Mixed LABR, it's been a lousy couple of months. In the LABR report, I talked about setting attainable goals for a struggling team. In Tout Wars, we're penalized FAAB if we finish the season under a set number or points, which is 60 in the NL format. The FAAB is subtracted from the following season's budget, serving as an inducement to keep fighting for points all season. My first goal in this league is to eclipse the 60-point mark so I'll have my full supply of FAAB next season. The funny thing is having less than then maximum has led me to being more aggressive, and more successful in picking up free agents in the past. Still, I'd rather have the total allotment. It won't be easy as I'm nestled second from the bottom with 46.5 points.

tommy pham

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TPham, StL Al Melchior 133 Scott Swanay 56    
CAnderson, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 131 Joe Pisapia 110 Fred Zinkie 85 Bret Sayre 79
    Derek Van Riper 67 Ray Flowers 67 Scott Swanay 56
    Scott Engel 51 Zach Steinhorn 32 Tim Heaney 3
GParra, Col Ray Flowers 87 Scott Engel 41    
RDelgado, Ari Brent Hershey 76 Ray Flowers 34 Scott Swanay 24 Ron Shandler 21
    Fred Zinkie 3    
ESogard, Mil Al Melchior 55      
BLively, Phi Scott Engel 44 Ray Flowers 27 Fred Zinkie 13 Ron Shandler 11
HRyu, LAD Scott Swanay 44 Ron Shandler 13 Tim Heaney 3  
TMotter, Sea Scott Engel 39 Al Melchior 81 Fred Zinkie 14  
EYoung, LAA Scott Swanay 35      
MFiers, Hou Ray Flowers 34 Ray Flowers 28 Fred Zinkie 3  
SLugo, NYM Scott Engel 33 Fred Zinkie 3 Ron Shandler 3 Tim Heaney 1
JJunis, KC Derek Van Riper 22      
TChatwood, Col Ron Shandler 21      
TWolters, Col Gene McCaffrey 17 Ron Shandler 1    
MZunino, Sea Tim Heaney 16 Ray Flowers 28 Ron Shandler 12  
DPaulino, Hou Fred Zinkie 13      
CPinder, Oak Fred Zinkie 7 Scott Engel 21    
BJohnson, Bos Fred Zinkie 3      
AKnapp, Phi Ron Shandler 3      
WFlores, NYM Ron Shandler 1 Scott Swanay 24    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ESkoglund, KC Scott Engel 32 Ray Flowers 17    
FCordero, SD Al Melchior 32      
SGaviglio, Sea Scott Engel 29      
AAsher, Bal Ray Flowers 27      
CBergman, Sea Scott Engel 21      
AGarcia, Atl Ray Flowers 18      
SGennett, Cin Al Melchior 5      
CUtley, LAD Ron Shandler 1      
ECarrera, Tor Ron Shandler 1      
MMaldonado, LAA Ron Shandler 1      
JMercer, Pit Fred Zinkie 0      
JRiddle, Mia Fred Zinkie 0      
MMinor, KC Fred Zinkie 0      
NAhmed, Ari Fred Zinkie 0      
OCalixte, SF Fred Zinkie 0      
TWilliams, Pit Fred Zinkie 0      
YPetit, LAA Fred Zinkie 0                                                    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Fresh off an impressive month of May in which he batted .320 with five homers, 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored, Tommy Pham has earned a spot on a Tout Wars Mixed Auction league roster, as Al Melchior was willing to shell out triple-digit FAAB dollars to secure his Mike Trout replacement. Good luck with that! Kidding aside, Pham did launch nine home runs in just 159 at-bats last season, so the power potential is certainly there, and he's seeing regular playing time right now. Still, Pham is already 29 years old and has yet to secure a permanent place in a big league starting lineup, so he's no sure thing.

The only bid I entered this week was for Chase Anderson, who has tossed a combined 14 scoreless innings over his last two starts to go along with 18 strikeouts. Anderson, who is 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP across 11 starts this season with 59 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings, is in line to make two starts this week, which almost certainly factored into Jeff Zimmerman's hefty $131 bid. The problem is that Anderson's second start of the week will come on the road against a Diamondbacks team that leads the Majors in both runs scored and OPS at home, so I was scared away from going higher than $32. I fully expected to be outbid. I didn't quite expect to be outbid by $99. But with the state of starting pitching this year, I cannot say I was overly surprised.

Todd's Take

Zach alluded to the Snakes prowess in the desert. Keep in mind sometime this month, construction on a Chase Field humidor should be complete. While it remains to be seen how it will affect the Dbacks offense, it should help the pitchers, especially Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker and perhaps Zach Godley. Warning, it gets mathy, but THIS PIECE by Alan Nathan posted on the Hardball Times quantifies the potential effect.

robert gsellman 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RGsellman, NYM Tim McLeod 111 Ray Murphy 20 Greg Ambrosius 7 Corey Parson 3
    Adam Ronis 3    
SLugo, NYM D.J. Short 50 Corey Parson 16    
JHoffman, Col Corey Parson 32      
BGamel, Sea Tim McCullough 32 Perry Van Hook 13 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 1
RDelgado, Ari Corey Parson 22 Corey Parson 23 Ray Murphy 22 Greg Ambrosius 0
DPaulino, Hou Ray Murphy 21 D.J. Short 30    
LChisenhall, Cle Ray Murphy 15 Perry Van Hook 2    
EVolquez, Mia Jeff Boggis 12 D.J. Short 40    
GParra, Col Scott White 11 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 2  
EYoung, LAA Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1  
TWilliams, Pit Perry Van Hook 7      
AGarcia, Atl Perry Van Hook 2      
JJunis, KC Greg Ambrosius 2      
FCordero, SD Perry Van Hook 2      
NKingham, Pit Tim McLeod 1      
AVizcaino, Atl Scott White 1 Adam Ronis 1    
FBarreto, Oak Scott White 1      
KKela, Tex Adam Ronis 1 Corey Parson 1    
CKuhl, Pit Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ESkoglund, KC D.J. Short 50 Perry Van Hook 7 Tim McLeod 3                         
BLively, Phi Tim McLeod 28 Greg Ambrosius 1    
JLocke, Mia Perry Van Hook 7      
ALind, Was Perry Van Hook 2      
STravis, Bos Charlie Wiegert 2      
BJohnson, Bos Greg Ambrosius 1      
CShaw, SF Scott White 1      
DSantana, Atl Charlie Wiegert 1      
JAguilar, Mil Corey Parson 1 Scott White 0    
NPivetta, Phi Greg Ambrosius 1      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It must be snowing up in Canada as Tim McLeod went over his skis with $111 to roster Met starter Robert Gsellman.

The next highest winning bid was $32 as Corey Parsons landed Rockie pitcher Jeff Hoffman for that while Tim McCullough won Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel for the same amount.

I was trying to save money this week as none of the available players were significant upgrades to what I have - especially some of the pitchers who have to be active this period. I wanted an outfielder to replace the disappointing Jake Marisnick. Gamel was the first choice but $13 didn't cut it. Next, I had three fly chasers at $2 and won the last choice, San Diego's Frenchy Cordero.

I also wanted a change at utility and put $2 each on Adonis Garcia and Adam Lind, winning Garcia.

On the pitching side I put in three modest $7 bids, winning first choice of Pirate starter Trevor Williams who has been very good his last two starts and has one home start against the Marlins this week.

Todd's Take

I don't know if it's snowing north of the border but I live 20 miles west of Boston and have to keep my door and windows closed to keep the heat in -- on June 5th. That's just not right.

Tim hopes his triple-digit bid on Gsellman is right. Last year's second half sensation has scuffled early on, primarily a result of a big drop in strikeouts, supported by a low swinging strike rate. Keep in mind last season's increases in whiffs was out of character for Gsellman so what we're seeing now is likely the fact as compared to last season's fluke.

Seth Lugo joined Gsellman in providing the Mets a post All-Star break shot in the arm and is finally ready to make his 2017 debut. Given the choice between the two, I'll take Lugo for his greater strikeout potential.

Dinelson Lamet

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
DLamet, SD Peter Kreutzer 181 Jake Ciely 37 Vlad Sedler 19                         
AReed, NYM Kyle Elfrink 79 Clay Link 19 Dr. Roto 10                         
EYoung, LAA Howard Bender 66 Vlad Sedler 9                           
CAnderson, Mil Jake Ciely 47 Vlad Sedler 1                           
JNelson, Mil Dr. Roto 35 Vlad Sedler 3                           
RGrossman, Min Howard Bender 33 Howard Bender 66                           
JLowrie, Oak Kyle Elfrink 25 Vlad Sedler 18                           
AWainwright, StL Jake Ciely 25                             
JMercer, Pit Kyle Elfrink 19 Andrea LaMont 7                           
MMaldonado, LAA Andrea LaMont 13                             
ALoup, Tor Kyle Elfrink 11                             
RPorcello, Bos Clay Link 9                             
DSwanson, Atl Vlad Sedler 6                             
CVazquez, Bos Andrea LaMont 6                             
MFiers, Hou Vlad Sedler 4                             
ASimmons, LAA Andrea LaMont 2                             

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BPeacock, Hou Peter Kreutzer 81 Clay Link 3                                                  
JHoffman, Col Dr. Roto 30                                                    
JCotton, Oak Dr. Roto 10                                                    
JRickard, Bal Howard Bender 9                                                    
MFoltynewicz, Atl Clay Link 4                                                    
ACabrera, NYM Vlad Sedler 3                                                    
ARomine, Det Howard Bender 3                                                    
CSabathia, NYY Clay Link 3                                                    
HSantiago, Min Vlad Sedler 3                                                    
ERosario, Min Howard Bender 1                                                    
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 1                                                    

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I looked at Dinelson Lamet's first two starts and saw a man who struck out 16 in 10 innings. Having gone most of the year with just Clayton Kershaw and Steven Strasburg as starters, I'm right at the innings minimum pace. No one expects a San Diego pitcher to win many games, but Lamet won his first two starts. And he's been effective avoiding walks, though the sample is decidedly small on that count. As a free agent I saw the potential for gold in Lamet, and decided that some other team might bid in the low $100s. Taking no chances, unless I ran into a wild bidder, I became the wild bidder, winning Lamet with a 181 offer. The next highest was Jake Ciely's 37.

Ciely settled for Adam Wainwright for 25, which is a steal. No one else bid for him, and my recollection is I didn't even see him on the list. He was some sort of ghost free agent. He's been sharp lately and could be a powerful pickup, though with only 21 K in his last 26.3 IP (during which he was 4-0, allowing one earned run), he's not going to help Ciely in K/9.

In the week after I dropped the skills-failing Addison Reed he saved two games (even though it seemed the Mets lost every day), which made him an attractive buy for Kyle Elfrink.

The league looked at the starter market and ranked them: Lamet, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, Adam Wainwright, Rick Porcello, Mike Fiers.

On the hitting side, the hot start of Eric Young Jr. earned him a 66 bid from Howard Bender. Young is still a speedster with good on base skills, which makes him a better play in this OBP league than he is in BA leagues. But he's also a sub-par defender being asked to play center field. Unless the bat stays hot, his job is precarious. But the fact that in these days of Angel injuries in the outfield, Young is playing center and Ben Revere is in left is a harsh statement about Revere's skills.

Todd's Take

The resurgence of Jimmy Nelson has gone largely unnoticed in fantasy circles. Truth be told, many of us were one year too early, expecting this performance level last season. Perhaps some are shying away from the stigma of Miller Park. That's a mistake as the venue is just a tick above neutral for runs. The perception stems from Miller Park being one of, if not the best place to hit homers in the league. There's a handful of venues very generous to the long ball but stingier to runs, with Yankee Stadium, Globe Life Park, Citizens Bank Park and The Great American Ballpark some others. To Peter's point about K/9, Nelson has upped his punch out pace to a hitter an inning with excellent control. 

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