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Friday 30th Sep 2016

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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.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBerrios, Min Mike Podhorzer 150 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 18 Chris Liss 0
TMancini, Bal Ron Shandler 13    
RDetwiler, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 18 Chris Liss 0  
BFarmer, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

CAnderson, Cle Mike Podhorzer 150

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With just a week to go, Mike Podhozer--who is not in contention--dropped $150 FAAB clams on Jose Berrios, showing there is indeed pride involved in playing in a public league where we all want to finish as high in the standings as we can.

In fact, the remaining three move a pair could have race impact as Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton. added Ross Detwiler ($18) and Buck Farmer ($1), hoping to creep up from their fourth place slot, though the team is down 15 points to first placer Seth Trachtman.

Todd's Take

Another reason Podhorzer is keeping active is an attempt to get above the points threshold necessary to avoid FAAB penalty. In the 12-team Tout Wars leagues, that's 60 points - exactly half the maximum. Mike is sitting at 56.5 so it makes sense to fight for the extra points so he'll begin 2017 with the full allotment of FAAB.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JCollmenter, Atl Tristan H. Cockcroft 15 Brian Walton 8 Scott Wilderman 5 Mike Gianella 3
    Phil Hertz 0    
PClemens, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 15 Mike Gianella 3 Scott Wilderman 1  
GMarquez, Col Scott Wilderman 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 15 Brian Walton 8 Phil Hertz 0
ARosales, SD Scott Wilderman 11 Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0  
RWeber, Atl Scott Wilderman 9 Phil Hertz 0    
MMariot, Phi Brian Walton 8      
RVogelsong, Pit Scott Wilderman 6      
GYnoa, NYM Mike Gianella 3      
SDrew, Was Brian Walton 1 Scott Wilderman 1 Phil Hertz 0  
DRuf, Phi Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz 0    
ZGodley, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
CAsche, Phi Phil Hertz 0      
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0      
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0      
CAsuaje, SD Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

WDifo, Was Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0
EAdrianza, SF Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz 0
WSmith, SF Phil Hertz 0  
TLaStella, ChC Phil Hertz 0  
PCorbin, Ari Phil Hertz 0  
PBaez, LAD Phil Hertz 0  
MFoltynewicz, Atl Phil Hertz 0  
JBlevins, NYM Phil Hertz 0  
ERamos, Phi Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

With money to spend and some good pitching options, the National League Tout warriors dropped their final balances. In third place, but probably too far back to win, Scott Wilderman is not giving up. The head of onRoto added three pitchers and utiltyman Adam Rosales for a total of $42. Wilderman’s top pick-up is German Marquez of Colorado. After a good outing against the Cardinals, the 21-year-old right-hander should face the reeling Giants during the final week.

Defending champion Tristan H. Cockcroft is one spot out of last place, but is fighting to the end. The ESPN writer picked up a pair of reborn, relocated starters for $15 each in Josh Collmenter of Atlanta and Paul Clemens with San Diego.

With Todd Zola holding a narrow edge over NL LABR leader Derek Carty, Lord Z added Darin Ruf on a $0 bid while Carty stood pat. Every at-bat cold could count in the final week.

Todd's Take

OK, so here's where we stand. There's a point in play in runs and two in OBP but the concern is I'm vulnerable to lose points so as Brian suggests, every at bats matters. It doesn't look like A.J. Pollock will be back and now I'm dealing with the day-to-day glute issue for Daniel Murphy, after having lost Neil Walker earlier.

I really have no choice but to leave Murphy active. I could use Chris Coghlan or Gordon Beckham so there are options.

Ruf will likely replace Matt Joyce on the hunch Ruf sees a decent number of at bats this week.

Derek has a point in runs, half a point in steals and a bunch of points in strikeouts with the latter being the key. He's punting saves and has a huge cushion in ERA and WHIP so I expect my colleague to maximize innings.

It's going to be a long week...

tj rivera full

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TRivera, NYM Al Melchior 38 Ray Flowers 2    
WPeralta, Mil Al Melchior 35      
MMargot, SD Al Melchior 32 Ray Flowers 2 Fred Zinkie 1  
RQuinn, Phi Al Melchior 31 Zach Steinhorn 16 Ray Flowers 2 Fred Zinkie 1
JCollmenter, Atl Al Melchior 19 Cory Schwartz 0    
SDrew, Was Scott Swanay 16      
HKim, Bal Scott Swanay 4      
RNolasco, LAA Ray Flowers 2 Cory Schwartz 0    
JHardy, Bal Ray Flowers 2      
AHedges, SD Cory Schwartz 1      
MBush, Tex Cory Schwartz 0      
POrlando, KC Fred Zinkie 1      
AEscobar, KC Fred Zinkie 0 Fred Zinkie 1    
JWendle, Oak Fred Zinkie 0      
MClevinger, Cle Fred Zinkie 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

GMarquez, Col Al Melchior 19
TAdleman, Cin Ray Flowers 2
JIglesias, Det Fred Zinkie 1
LGarcia, CWS Fred Zinkie 1
ROrtega, LAA Fred Zinkie 1
YPerez, Mia Fred Zinkie 1
JMarisnick, Hou Fred Zinkie 0
LGregerson, Hou Cory Schwartz 0
NJones, CWS Cory Schwartz 0
RIglesias, Cin Cory Schwartz 0
WHarris, Hou Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Al Melchior clearly didn't want to be idle during the final FAAB run of the 2016 season, making the five most expensive purchases. The group is headlined by T.J. Rivera, who is batting .429 with two homers and eight RBI over his last ten games. Melchior also grabbed my top target, Roman Quinn, whose elite speed gives him instant fantasy appeal.

With the stolen base race still very tight heading into the final week, I was hoping to upgrade my speed. But ultimately, I decided that Quinn was the only high-impact guy worthy of a starting spot on my roster, factoring in the players I would need to bench and the similarly close races in some of the other hitting categories. Steals are so hard to predict when dealing with a one-week timeframe. So in the end, in my quest for a Tout Wars title, I'll go with the guys who have helped me get to this point.

Todd's Take

This one's coming down to steals and whiffs. As Zach hints, there's points to be had in the category and on paper, he has the arsenal to get it done, the operative phrase being on paper. Jose Altuve and Travis Jankowski are two key speed contributors. Altuve has barely run since the break while Jankowski is losing playing time to Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot. On the other hand, when he does play, Jankowski will likely run - because that's what he does. Trea Turner has also helped Zach with 24 pilfers but may not run much in fear of an injury heading into the playoffs. A couple of stealth candidates to run are Todd Frazier and Justin Upton, Frazier has nine, Upton has eight. Both would love to land on ten.

Strikeouts is a mano-a-mano battle with Fred Zinkie. It may turn out the winner of the league finishes ahead of the other in whiffs. Fred has a one point lead and is seven punch outs in front of Zach. There's not much, if any collateral damage than can be incurred so expect both to maximize innings for that all-important swing point in strikeouts.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HRenfroe, SD Ray Murphy 158 Charlie Wiegert 12
SRomo, SF Rudy Gamble 111 Perry Van Hook 2
FGalvis, Phi Rudy Gamble 24  
RQuinn, Phi Charlie Wiegert 22  
RIglesias, Cin Rudy Gamble 19 Rudy Gamble 111
RNolasco, LAA Adam Ronis 9  
SSmith, Sea Rudy Gamble 6  
MConforto, NYM Charlie Wiegert 5 Perry Van Hook 2
BFarmer, Det Craig Mish 2  
CKuhl, Pit Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 9
MCabrera, Atl Perry Van Hook 2  
AFrazier, Pit Perry Van Hook 2  
AMiranda, Sea Perry Van Hook 1  
AHicks, NYY Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 12
BButler, NYY Perry Van Hook 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

OArcia, Mil Rudy Gamble 16
JMarisnick, Hou Charlie Wiegert 12
RGrossman, Min Charlie Wiegert 12
ROrtega, LAA Charlie Wiegert 12
KBroxton, Mil Rudy Gamble 6
MSaunders, Tor Rudy Gamble 6
KGraveman, Oak Perry Van Hook 2
TMancini, Bal Perry Van Hook 2
YEscobar, LAA Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Bidding in the last FAAB period is alot like the session following the trade deadline. Go all-in on the better players or try to spread the wealth and fill multiple holes?

Of course in Tout Wars, $0 bids allow you to fill all your spots even with a max-bid acquisition. You just need to make the effort.

With a very tight three team race for the Mixed Draft League title and several teams trying to get past the 75 point threshold (for no FAAB penalty next year), I thought more teams would be bidding.

The top two teams, Adam Ronis at 106.5 and Rudy Gamble with 106 were active while Tom Kessenich, in third at 104.5 held steady.

Gamble won new Giants closer Sergio Romo for $111 along with Freddy Galvis for $24, Seth Smith for $6 and Raisel Iglesias for $19.

Ronis made just one bid group trying to add a starting pitcher for his last $9, bidding all on Ricky Nolasco and Chad Kuhl, winning Nolasco.

The high bid overall was Ray Murphy $158 to secure Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe for the last week of the season.

I had $7 left with several holes to fill and spots to upgrade so I made six bid groups: three for $2, one for $1 and two for $0, securing six different players. The catch included Kuhl for $2, Mauricio Cabrera for $2 (second in that group under Romo), Adam Frazier for $2, Ariel Miranda for a buck and then Yankees Aaron Hicks and Billy Butler for $0.

After picking up several points last week to reach 70, I need five more while watching the battle between Ronis, Gamble and Kessenich with both interest and envy.

Todd's Take

Adam has the top offense in the league, running the table in everything but steals where he's mid pack. If he's going to win, Adam will do it with a late pitching push, especially in wins. Rudy's squad is more balanced but isn't in a bunch of tight categorical races expect in the ratios - another example of why not to ignore those categories. This is also coming down to the wire.

 tyler flowers full

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TFlowers, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
RGrossman, Min Peter Kreutzer 0
RQuinn, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
TRivera, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
AReyes, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
BSnell, TB Peter Kreutzer 0
BColon, NYM Jake Ciely 0
MMargot, SD Jeff Zimmerman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JPeraza, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0
CHernandez, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
HIwakuma, Sea Jake Ciely 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

The usual crew bid this week. No one contested anyone else's choice.

I'm looking to increase OBP and hit some kind of crazy homer in WQS, in pursuit of second place. So, lots of swaps which are mostly likely to make not enough of a difference, if any.

Good luck to everyone this final week, one darkened and lightened too by thoughts and memories of Jose Fernandez.

Todd's Take

Well, other than going back to correct the mistakes and typos I'll inevitably find, this wraps up another year. On behalf of the Mastersball staff and the Tout Wars LLC, we appreciate your patronage and hope to see you back next April.

 

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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Billy Butler, NYY ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Joe Kelly, BOS ESPN.com 1  
Billy Burns, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Erick Aybar, DET ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Rafael Ortega, LAA ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Alexei Ramirez, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Bruce Rondon, DET ESPN.com 1  
Zach McAllister, CLE ESPN.com 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The last cycle of AL LABR FAAB saw two teams both looking to take the title, making a total of three moves.

With 94 points, Tristan Cockcroft bagged both Billy Butler and Joe Kelly for a buck each, trying to protect the four point lead he has over Steve Gardner.

Gardner made no moves, but third place Larry Schechter, seven behind the leader, added a second ex-Athletic of the week with the "B,B," initials rostering Billy Burns, also for a buck.

Todd's Take

There's enough points in play for any of the leaders to come out on top though Tristan is clearly in the driver's seat. He's most vulnerable in steals but so long as Rajai Davis plays, he should be fine.

In an effort to catch Tristan in steals, Larry added Billy Burns to tack onto his speed arsenal which also includes Terrance Gore, Jose and Brian Dozier. Dozier is interesting as he sits at 16. If he were to grab a bag or two early in the week, there a good chance he'd try for the 20 plateau.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Hector Neris, PHI Baseball HQ 8  
Will Smith, SF Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Grant Dayton, LAD Baseball HQ 1  
Hunter Renfroe, SD Mastersball 1  
German Marquez, COL Mastersball 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Patrick Corbin, ARI Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Jerry Blevins, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Kevin Quackenbush, SD Baseball HQ 1  
Pedro Baez, LAD Baseball HQ 1  
Adam Frazier, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Raimel Tapia, COL Baseball HQ 1  
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Baseball HQ 1  
John Jaso, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Michael Taylor, WSH Baseball HQ 1  
Adam Rosales, SD Mastersball 1  
Josh Collmenter, ATL Mastersball 1  
Michael Mariot, PHI Mastersball 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Derek Carty, on his way to a decisive win, stood pat, but second-place owner Doug Dennis added Hector Neris for $8, apparently next in line to try to hold the hot potato also known as Philadelphia’s closer’s job. The BaseballHQ staffer also picked up Will Smith from another struggling bullpen in San Francisco as well as Grant Dayton of the Dodgers for $1.

I was the only NL LABR other owner bidding in the final period, spending my final $2 on a pair of interesting prospects. My new players are outfielder Hunter Renfroe, finally called up to the Padres after helping his club take the Pacific Coast League title, and 21-year-old right-hander German Marquez of Colorado. Too bad I can’t keep them for next season.

Todd's Take

Back in the spring, the primary observation of the NL LABR auction was Derek's purchase of Clayton Kershaw was a steal, and that's turned out to be prescient. It'll be really interesting to see what Kershaw sells for next spring, especially since health and durability can no longer be considered locks.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ricky Nolasco, LAA Razzball 1 MLB.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Ariel Miranda, SEA @TheFantasyFix 1 MLB.com 1  
Clay Buchholz, BOS Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1  
Robert Gsellman, NYM Baseball Prospectus 1 Razzball 1  
Roman Quinn, PHI MLB.com 1    
Whit Merrifield, KC MLB.com 1    
Avisail Garcia, CWS Razzball 1    
Andrew Bailey, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Terrance Gore, KC MLB.com 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI MLB.com 1
Andrelton Simmons, LAA MLB.com 1
Daniel Norris, DET Baseball Prospectus 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

A bidding war over Ricky Nolasco? For the past month, the journeyman has boasted an impressive 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. The whiffs are pedestrian and he's currently slated for one start versus the A's so his suitors must be looking for a last second push in ratios.

Todd's Take

OK, let's get to it. After enjoying a 20-plus lead for most of the week, a couple of weekend pitching disasters have dropped the Mastersball margin to 15.5 points over the relentless Fred Zinkie of mlb.com. There's plenty of points in play to have this get really close.

RUNS

Mastersball - locked
mlb.com - locked
Baseball HQ - can gain or lose one point

HR

Mastersball - tied with 3 teams at 282, trailed by 281, 279, 278, and 277.
MLB.com - can lose one points
Baseball HQ - locked

Homers are one of the key categories in play. I can gain two points or lose five.

RBI

Mastersball - locked
MLB.com - locked
Baseball HQ - can gain one point

SB

Mastersball - can gain two or lose one but long shot for either
MLB.com - can gain two or lose one (at 138, trailing 139 and 141).
Baseball HQ - can lose two points

This will be a key category since the two points Fred can gain are quite reachable.

BA

Mastersball - locked
MLB.com - can gain or lose one point
Baseball HQ - can gain one point or lose two

WINS

Mastersball - at 95, followed by 94 (Baseball HQ), 91 (MLB.com) and 90
MLB.com - can gain two points
Baseball HQ - can gain one point

ERA

Mastersball - can gain one point
MLB.com - locked in last place
Baseball HQ - probably locked, maybe gain or lose one point

WHIP

Mastersball - can lose on point
MLB.com - can maybe gain one or lose two
Baseball HQ - can lose one

SV

Mastersball - Have 69, in a bunch with 70, 69, 69, 68, 66 so points in play either way
MLB.com - locked
Baseball HQ - can gain or lose .5 points

This is the other key category

K

Mastersball - can gain or lose one
MLB.com - can lose one point
Baseball HQ - can gain one point or lose two

It's going to be a long week....

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.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Whit Merrifield, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Carlos Sanchez, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Ariel Miranda, SEA USAT Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alexei Ramirez, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Billy Burns, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Daniel Vogelbach, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Hunter Dozier, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Michael Bourn, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Christian Colon, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jharel Cotton, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Renato Nunez, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Andrew Bailey, LAA USAT Sports 1
Bruce Maxwell, OAK USAT Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the season winds down, the middle infield took center stage in AL LABR, especially for Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, who first bagged Carlos Sanchez for $2, and then beat down a couple of $1 shots for Royals infielder Whit Merrifield, also for $2. Greg and Shawn also picked up Jharel Cotton for a buck, and the final move of the week was by LABR avatar Steve Gardner, who acquired Ariel Miranda for a buck.

Todd's Take

With two weeks left, Larry Schechter holds a four-point lead over Tristan Cockcroft who is four points ahead of Steve Gardner in the win, place and show spots. The trio all sit in the 90s while the rest of the pack languish in the 70s and below. There's plenty of points in play for the top-three; this race is far from over. Strikeouts on the pitching side looks to be a key category. Unfortunately for Steve, Miranda worked on Sunday which sets him up for only two more outings, the first this week against the Twins, who offer above average strikeout potential.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Mitch Haniger, ARI Derek Carty 12
T.J. Rivera, NYM Derek Carty 7
Steven Brault, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Christian Friedrich, SD USA TODAY Sports 2
Hector Sanchez, SD Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Roman Quinn, PHI Derek Carty 12 ESPN - Karabell 7
Adam Frazier, PIT Derek Carty 6  
Brock Stewart, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Rene Rivera, NYM Sandlot Shrink 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Fighting for the rare LABR/Tout Wars sweep, Derek Carty looks to be cruising to a decisive victory in NL LABR. Not sitting back, the league leader from the Worldwide Leader added half the free agents picked up this week, three of six, while spending $31 of $36 spent across NL LABR.

Among Carty’s latest acquisitions are a pair of outfielders, Roman Quinn of Philadelphia and Mitch Haniger of Arizona at $12 each. The other is hot-hitting infielder T.J. Rivera of the Mets, who cost $7. Quinn has considerable upside despite his .219 average to date. Haniger is smoking, with a .409 average, three home runs and eight RBI in the last week. Since his September recall, Rivera is batting .381.

Todd's Take

Derek is eight up over Doug Dennis who in turn leads Brian by ten. Doug waived the white flag on Twitter but don't let that fool you; he's going to do what he can to squeeze out every point.

I always follow Doug's plight in industry leagues. The Baseball HQ bullpen guru favors paying for a crushing offense and only buying pitching because it's dictated by the rules. As an analyst, this makes my skin crawl. As a player, I admire the ingenuity and am envious of the courage and discipline to go down this road. As a fan, I love it.

There's obviously method to Doug's perceived madness. He doesn't trust the volatile pitching pool but does trust his ability to land a couple of gems in his initial nine arms then works diligently through the season to assimilate a competitive staff through trade and free agent pickups. Sometimes it works, others it doesn't. But can't you say that about every strategy?

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ryon Healy, OAK Baseball HQ 3 Razzball 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
A.J. Cole, WSH Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 1  
Jharel Cotton, OAK Razzball 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Clayton Richard, SD Baseball HQ 1
Kennys Vargas, MIN Baseball HQ 1
Whit Merrifield, KC Baseball HQ 1
Joey Wendle, OAK Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

A .467 week with 2 homers, 9 runs and 7 RBI drew the interest of three owners this week with Ray Murphy winning the rights of the Oakland hot cormerman. It's been more than a hot week for Healy as he's hit 0.373 and slugged 0.568 for the past month. In general, riding streaks isn't usually effective but with two weeks left it's a different story, especially since it's clear Healy will play nearly every game.

The other two pickups were pitchers. Cole's looking at a double dip, both on the road. The first is in Miami then Pittsburgh. The Nats rookie isn't pitching deep into games but he's fanning a hitter an inning and isn't a bad guy to chase wins, especially this week. Cotton has one start scheduled but could pick up another if something happens unexpectedly this week. The A's are using a six-man rotation and have an off day.

Todd's Take

OK, here's where we're at. The Masterball squad has a 24 point lead heading into the final two weeks with Ray and Fred Zinkie tied for second. I talked to the Mastersball owner and he's not taking anything for granted, especially since I...umm...he grew up following the Red Sox.

Wish him luck...

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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.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BButler, NYY Larry Schechter 87      
BPeacock, Hou Ron Shandler 56 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 23 Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 0
JChacin, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6      
RAlcantara, Oak Seth Trachtman 3 Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 0  
MBarnes, Bos Steve Moyer 0      
MClevinger, Cle Chris Liss 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Seth Trachtman 3  
TClippard, NYY Larry Schechter 0 Steve Moyer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGore, KC Larry Schechter 33
MTonkin, Min Steve Moyer 0
BShaw, Cle Larry Schechter 0
DODay, Bal Larry Schechter 0
KUehara, Bos Larry Schechter 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With two weeks to go, Seth Trachtman has a solid, but not insurmountable lead in AL Tout with 86.5 points, while five wannabe winners are playing a continuous game of leap frog, trying to cliimb past one another and catch Seth.

Truth is the points are there for those five squads to gain and Trachtman to lose; however there is so much churn with those five teams gaining and losing that the who task of moving up grows more daunting daily.

Among the top teams, Trachtman let go of the injured Carlos Carrasco in lieu of Oakland's Raul Alcantara for $3. Second placer Chris Liss grabbed Mike Clevinger for $0, third place Larry Schechter made a pair of buys with Billy Butler ($87) and Tyler Clippard ($0), while the sixth place team of Wolf/Colton went after Jhoulys Chacin for $6.

The last move of the week was Steve Moyer acquiring Matt Barnes for a $0 bid.

As for me, I am indeed in the thick of things, but with a team full of players already starting, and a full complement of pitchers, I sat tight and just hope my players would do the talking instead of my wallet

Todd's Take

So it looks like Seth could plausibly lose ten or so points, bringing him anywhere from three to six points ahead of the quintent tracking him down. It would take the perfect storm for this to manifest but it's within the realm of possible outcomes. Of course, Seth can also gain a handful of points. Someone from the chasers will likely emerge as the chief contender. We'll revisit this with a week to go and detail what needs to happen, sort of like they do at the end of the NFL season with playoff berths on the line.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABradley, Ari Mike Gianella 107 Derek Carty 40 Phil Hertz 0 Scott Wilderman 0
KSampson, Cin Derek Carty 40      
TRivera, NYM Steve Gardner 31 Derek Carty 15 Scott Wilderman 1 Phil Hertz 0
THolt, Cin Derek Carty 15 Derek Carty 0    
GDayton, LAD Todd Zola 12 Phil Hertz 0    
AHedges, SD Brian Walton 3      
JNicasio, Pit Brian Walton 2      
AAlmora, ChC Scott Wilderman 1 Derek Carty 0    
ABlair, Atl Phil Hertz 0      
MReed, Mil Phil Hertz 0      
AAmarista, SD Derek Carty 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

HRondon, ChC Derek Carty 2
CRoe, Atl Brian Walton 1
SSelsky, Cin Derek Carty 0
BRevere, Was Phil Hertz 0
EGoeddel, NYM Phil Hertz 0
ERamos, Phi Phil Hertz 0
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JBlevins, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JChavez, LAD Phil Hertz 0
JEdgin, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JHoffman, Col Phil Hertz 0
JOsich, SF Phil Hertz 0
JSmoker, NYM Phil Hertz 0
PCorbin, Ari Phil Hertz 0
TKelly, NYM Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

As Todd Zola and Derek Carty continue to flip-flop in the top spot in NL Tout, both added free agents this week. Zola picked up lefty specialist Grant Dayton of the Dodgers for $12.

Carty acquired up a trio, including two Reds – Keyvius Sampson ($40) and Tyler Holt ($15) plus Swiss army knife Alexi Amarista ($0). In a spot start this week, Sampson tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings, but has allowed too many baserunners all season long (1.578 WHIP). Holt has been seeing semi-regular time in the outfield and has been performing well.

The top acquisition in terms of dollars was a player I had held all season but finally gave up on, Archie Bradley of Arizona. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus plopped down $107 to become Bradley’s new owner. The right-hander has a 5.07 ERA for the season and a 6.00 mark with a 1.9 WHIP over the last two weeks. Good luck to Mike as Bradley makes his next start against San Diego this week.

Steve Gardner of USA TODAY acquired another one of my earlier drops, T.J. Rivera, for $37. Since his September return, the Mets infielder is hitting a cool .381. I should have been more patient, then again, I did not know at the time that Neil Walker would miss the rest of the season.

Todd's Take

The week begins with a precarious .5 point lead over Derek, after having spent most of the week a point or two in his rear-view mirror. Derek has Kerhsaw back which along with Sampson helps his quest for a couple of strikeout points in play. Derek can also pick up points in runs and steals, explaining the Amarista and Holt grabs.

I see Dayton as a Kenley Jensen handcuff along with a guy that can get whiffs and maybe a vulture win. Jansen is working through a sore wrist so Dayton helps cover the chance the Dodgers cut back on Jensen's use once the NL West is secured.

There aren't many points I can still add with a lot more I can lose, especially on offense. That said, with things so close even a half point is huge and currently I'm tied with a colleague in both steals and homers. With Jose Peraza playing regularly, I'm hoping he secures the half point in bags while I use power bats in the fungible roster spots. Losing AJ Pollock (again) really hurt and this time I won't be able to activate him mid-week if he comes back. I'll likely have a decision next Monday.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RGsellman, NYM Zach Steinhorn 31 Fred Zinkie 0  
FGalvis, Phi Cory Schwartz 14 Ray Flowers 4 Fred Zinkie 0
MGonzalez, CWS Ray Flowers 5    
JThompson, Phi Cory Schwartz 5 Zach Steinhorn 28 Ray Flowers 4
SRodriguez, Pit Ray Flowers 4 Scott Swanay 1  
GStanton, Mia Scott Swanay 1    
ASimmons, LAA Fred Zinkie 1 Ray Flowers 4  
NAoki, Sea Al Melchior 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
BMaxwell, Oak Scott Swanay 0    
BHand, SD Fred Zinkie 0    
CDevenski, Hou Fred Zinkie 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

WPeralta, Mil Zach Steinhorn 28  
CBettis, Col Zach Steinhorn 28  
BPeacock, Hou Zach Steinhorn 28  
CAnderson, Mil Cory Schwartz 5 Fred Zinkie 0
RNolasco, LAA Ray Flowers 5  
LPerdomo, SD Ray Flowers 5  
JHardy, Bal Ray Flowers 4 Scott Swanay 1
JWendle, Oak Ray Flowers 4 Fred Zinkie 0
AEscobar, KC Fred Zinkie 1  
RZimmerman, Was Scott Swanay 1  
KVargas, Min Scott Swanay 1  
CUtley, LAD Scott Swanay 1  
BGuyer, Cle Scott Swanay 1  
BButler, NYY Scott Swanay 1  
HDozier, KC Al Melchior 0  
RQuinn, Phi Fred Zinkie 0  
RBuchter, SD Fred Zinkie 0  
JTomlin, Cle Fred Zinkie 0  
TFlowers, Atl Scott Swanay 0  
MMontero, ChC Scott Swanay 0  
JAlfaro, Phi Scott Swanay 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Trying to maximize strikeouts and wins, I turned to the two-start pitcher list for this week where Robert Gsellman was the most appealing waiver wire option. Through five big league appearances (four starts), the 23-year-old righty has registered a solid 3.08 ERA to go along with 21 strikeouts across 26 1/3 innings. But more importantly, he will be facing the Braves and Phillies, two teams that rank among the bottom three clubs in the Majors in both runs scored and OPS. And looking beyond this week, his final start of the season would also come against the Phillies, so the opportunity is there for Gsellman to finish strong. I'm surprised that there wasn't more interest in him.

Jake Thompson, who has pitched to a 2.49 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over his last four starts after a rough beginning to his big league career, was also on my radar, and he could prove to be a fine pickup for Cory Schwartz. But Thompson's matchups (vs. CHW, @NYM) aren't quite as favorable.

Todd's Take

First a warning to Zach: the Braves are in the upper half in terms of runs scored since the mid-season hiatus. hey, you try to think of different ways to say "All-Star break".

In keeping with the theme of the LABR and Tout Wars reports this week, and not believing in jinxes, young Mr. Steinhorn sits a top the standings with a five point lead over his mlb.com colleague Fred Zinkie with a seven point gap over their colleague, Cory Schwartz. You can cut the tension in their Chelsea Park office with a knife. That said, we sponsor Zach which of course means we buy the Yoo Hoo.

Fred is one OBP point and 4.5 points in steals of running the table on the hitting side while Zach dominates the pitching ledger. This is another race that's going down to the wire. We'll handicap it next week.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MMontero, ChC Charlie Wiegert 33 Tim McLeod 0  
BPeacock, Hou Adam Ronis 33 Ray Murphy 12 Tim McLeod 1
WMerrifield, KC Ray Murphy 12    
BEibner, Oak Ray Murphy 12    
FLiriano, Tor Adam Ronis 12 Perry Van Hook 4  
CRichard, SD Ray Murphy 12    
JTomlin, Cle Ray Murphy 12    
SRodriguez, Pit Adam Ronis 6 Adam Ronis 4  
CAsche, Phi Perry Van Hook 5    
JChacin, LAA Perry Van Hook 5    
BMaxwell, Oak Tim McLeod 0    
HSantiago, Min Tim McLeod 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

TFlowers, Atl Charlie Wiegert 33  
JWendle, Oak Ray Murphy 12  
KVargas, Min Ray Murphy 12  
MHaniger, Ari Ray Murphy 12  
RQuinn, Phi Ray Murphy 12  
CKuhl, Pit Adam Ronis 7 Tim McLeod 0
AAsher, Phi Perry Van Hook 4  
BButler, NYY Perry Van Hook 4  
DDietrich, Mia Perry Van Hook 4  
AGriffin, Tex Tim McLeod 0  
AMiranda, Sea Tim McLeod 0  
RoPerez, Cle Tim McLeod 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The penultimate FAAB bidding for the Tout Mixed Draft League saw five of the participants looking for either two-start pitchers or replacements who might get enough at bats to help.

The top price paid was $33 as Houston starter Brad Peacock went to Adam Ronis while Cubs catcher Miguel Montero was purchased by Charlie Wiegert for the like amount.

My choice for the two-start pitcher was Angels hurler Jhoulys Chacin, and on the hitting side I paid the same five dollars for Cody Asche, now back in the Phillies outfield.

Todd's Take

Former champ Adam Ronis is in the driver's seat for another title. enjoying a five point cushion over Rudy Gamble and eight points over Tom Kessenich. Tom closed the gap with a strong Week 24. This league looks like it will come down to the wins category as nine teams sit between 74 and 82 wins. Tom and Adam are in the thick of that, with points to gain or lose in both directions. Rudy is in an intriguing spot as he controls the strikeout category with several ERA and WHIP points in play. It will be interesting to see how he attacks that.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BDrury, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
ACole, Was Jake Ciely 0
BLogan, Col Jeff Zimmerman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RHealy, Oak Jake Ciely 0
JDyson, KC Jake Ciely 0
BCecil, Tor Jeff Zimmerman 0
JGrilli, Tor Jeff Zimmerman 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I finished the year with the second most free agent acquisitions, with 44, behind Jake Ciely's 47. Jeff Zimmerman, our very likely champion, made the fourth most, with 25. These three teams are likely to finish in the Top 5, though I'm not sure there is a lesson to be drawn based on how active teams were. Andrea LaMont made the third most moves and is currently in last place, while Brent Hershey and Stephania Bell made fewer than half as many moves as Zimmerman, and are our other Top 5 likely finishers.

It is par for the course then that Zimmerman, Ciely and Kreutzer made this week's three buys.

Zimmerman ditches the low K-rate starter Ivan Nova, after his bad start, to roster Colorado setup man cum closer Boone Logan.

Jake Ciely has picked up starter AJ Cole, who has been throwing strikeouts and home runs for Washington in recent weeks.

Alarmed by Yuliesky Gurriel's OBP last week, I went to the exceedingly hot Brandon Drury down the stretch.

The wild card in the H2H race are the 36 games to be awarded based on first half, second half, and whole season roto standings. In the first half, the top three teams were Hershey, Zimmerman and Kreutzer.

In the second half, it looks like the top three will be Zimmerman, Hershey and Kreutzer, though that is of course subject to change.

We haven't calculated the full season standings, in part because it's hard to see how there will be a surprise that will upend Zimmerman's road to the championship.

Todd's Take

As usual, Peter didn't leave much for me. Keep in mind the rules of this experimental league are mostly typical head to head seasoned with some rotisserie flavor. Part of that was minimizing the impact of niche strategies favoring the focus of one category, hence type of player, over another category. It was also just to add a mind-bending twist, which is always a good thing as conventional drafting schemes can become stagnant or stale.

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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.

New to Tout Wars this year is a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) and no Vickrey. Teams are still allowed $0 bids.

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JWendle, Oak Larry Schechter 127 Ron Shandler 51 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
JCotton, Oak Ron Shandler 75 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11 Steve Moyer 7 Chris Liss 0
TDuffey, Min Ron Shandler 31      
GHeredia, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21 Larry Schechter 54    
BMitchell, NYY Ron Shandler 18 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11 Chris Liss 0  
ABailey, LAA Steve Moyer 7 Chris Liss 0    
ARamirez, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Larry Schechter 45    
JMurphy, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
JVargas, KC Chris Liss 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we go to the wire, the jockeying among the top teams in AL Tout did continue with Larry Schechter (presently in third) gambling $127 on Athletics infielder Joey Wendle while fourth placer Chris Liss is looking to Jason Vargas for whiffs or wins or some kind of points assistance.

Elsewhere, Ron Shandler also looked towards youngsters, starting in Oakland with Jharel Cotton ($75), and Minnesota and Tyler Duffey ($31) hoping like Liss to boost some mound support. Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton made a troika of moves grabbing Gil Heredia ($21), and Aramis Ramirez and JR Murphy, each for a buck.

Rounding out the moves Steve Moyer went for Andrew Bailey for $7 leaving some money for who knows whom over the final weeks of play.

Todd's Take

In part because Chad Pinder didn't do much with his opportunity but mostly because this is what happens in September, the A's are looking at Wendle, whose claim to fame is being traded for Brandon Moss when the A's rolled Moss to the Tribe. Wendle has double digit power and speed and makes decent contact but displays limited patience. He looks like a guy that will hit .240-.260 which isn't bad there just not much of a ceiling. He's in line for at minimum platoon at bats at second base which can ge useful, even with just three miles left in this marathon of a season.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JJay, SD Brian Walton 57 Todd Zola 13 Scott Wilderman 8 Phil Hertz 0
JEsch, Mia Mike Gianella 55      
RQuinn, Phi Ray Guilfoyle 30      
EJackson, SD Steve Gardner 18      
KJensen, Ari Todd Zola 17      
POBrien, Ari Todd Zola 17 Phil Hertz 1    
AAsher, Phi Scott Wilderman 12 Brian Walton 7    
JAlfaro, Phi Ray Guilfoyle 10      
JNathan, SF Tristan H. Cockcroft 3      
ASuarez, SF Phil Hertz 3 Mike Gianella 55 Scott Wilderman 1 Phil Hertz 0
CFriedrich, SD Scott Wilderman 1      
ABlanco, Phi Phil Hertz 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 1
AAlmora, ChC Phil Hertz 0
AHanson, Pit Phil Hertz 0
GDayton, LAD Phil Hertz 0
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0
JChavez, LAD Phil Hertz 0
TLaStella, ChC Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Heading toward first-time free agency, San Diego outfielder Jon Jay is out to prove his health and pick up where he left off before suffering a forearm fracture in June. While playing time could be a challenge during the final weeks of the season, the 31-year-old led all NL Tout free agents in at-bats this past week. I bid $57 when $9 would have done the trick.

In his first two Major League starts totaling 9 1/3 innings, Miami starter Jake Esch has allowed five runs on 10 hits and five walks with eight strikeouts. That led to a $55 winning offer from Baseball Prospectus’ Mike Gianella.

Three Phillies call up candidates were selected – outfielder Roman Quinn and catcher Jorge Alfaro (to Ray Guilfoyle $30 and $10, respectively), pitcher Alec Asher, who is already up (Scott Wilderman $12).

Todd Zola, in a fight for the title, grabbed a pair of Arizona outfielders for $17 each in Peter O’Brien and Kyle Jensen.

Todd's Take

As good as the karma has been for my Mixed LABR squad, it's been that bad in NL Tout Wars. Yeah, I know - every team gets injuries but not every team has a vehicle to vent about it...so there!

After just finishing cleaning up after A.J. Pollock's welcome back party, it looks like he'll miss the bulk of the remaining 21 days, perhaps returning for the final seven. This came on the heels of losing Neil Walker for the season which doubly stung since he was not placed on the DL so I'm unable to recoup some helpful FAAB units. I'm already down three pitchers with the Fish trio of Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen and David Phelps (recently activated) sidelined.

But there's no crying in fantasy baseball, though like Big Papi, sometimes my eyes get sweaty. Jensen and O'Brien are both right-handed hitters I hope play more than Matt Joyce and Gordon Beckham this week and with the Snakes slated to face three southpaws, there's a good chance they do just that. There's a point in steals in play which I'm hoping Jose Peraza can capture.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JKang, Pit Cory Schwartz 94 Tim Heaney 60 Scott Engel 12 Scott Swanay 10
DSwanson, Atl Tim Heaney 60 Ray Flowers 11 Scott Swanay 10 Fred Zinkie 0
JCotton, Oak Zach Steinhorn 16 Ray Flowers 11 Scott Engel 5  
JUrena, Mia Ray Flowers 11      
TSaladino, CWS Ray Flowers 11 Fred Zinkie 0    
ABailey, LAA Scott Swanay 10      
CBYoung, Bos Scott Engel 9      
TAustin, NYY Scott Engel 6      
WMerrifield, KC Scott Engel 4 Fred Zinkie 0    
DNorris, SD Cory Schwartz 4 Scott Swanay 0    
CMaybin, Det Fred Zinkie 4 Fred Zinkie 0    
CRichard, SD Scott Engel 4      
ASuarez, SF Fred Zinkie 2      
DGee, KC Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers 11 Fred Zinkie 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

CBettis, Col Craig Mish 17  
RGsellman, NYM Zach Steinhorn 16  
DLee, Sea Tim Heaney 16  
RNolasco, LAA Ray Flowers 11 Fred Zinkie 0
HStrickland, SF Scott Swanay 10  
CGearrin, SF Scott Swanay 10  
MGonzalez, CWS Cory Schwartz 2 Fred Zinkie 0
CDevenski, Hou Cory Schwartz 2  
LCessa, NYY Craig Mish 1  
POrlando, KC Fred Zinkie 0  
NJones, CWS Fred Zinkie 0  
JMercer, Pit Fred Zinkie 0  
DFreese, Pit Fred Zinkie 0  
CEdwards, ChC Fred Zinkie 0  
BGuyer, Cle Fred Zinkie 0  
ASimmons, LAA Fred Zinkie 0  
AEscobar, KC Fred Zinkie 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Since returning from the DL last week, Jung Ho Kang is batting .522 (12-for-23) with four homers and ten RBI. Fortunately for Cory Schwartz, Kang was there for the taking after being released a couple weeks ago in exchange for a FAAB redemption. Kang has proven to be a strong OBP asset since making his big league debut last year (.353 career OBP), but even more notable is his power spike. After hitting 15 home runs in 421 at-bats in 2015, Kang has launched 18 homers in just 258 at-bats this season. He's clearly worth owning in all mixed leagues and was well worth the $94 investment.

Former top overall pick Dansby Swanson is receiving everyday playing time for the rebuilding Braves. Through 20 games, he has not disappointed, batting .306 with two homers (one of the inside-the-park variety), eight RBI, ten runs scored, one steal and a .354 OBP. Currently with 68 rotisserie points (75 points is the minimum needed for no FAAB penalty for next year), Tim Heaney is hoping that this stat sheet stuffer can help him close out the season on a positive note.

With a comfortable ERA and WHIP cushion, I can afford to take some chances with high risk/high reward starting pitchers as long as they offer strikeout upside. Jharel Cotton fits the bill. Cotton's high home run rate in the Minors this season is a concern, but the 10.3 K/9 is pretty good. The 24-year-old pitched well in his big league debut, limiting the Angels to one run across 6 1/3 innings, and is in line to make two starts this week, though his second matchup, on the road against the Rangers, is a scary one. Still, finishing atop the strikeouts standings will greatly increase my chances of finishing atop the overall standings, so this move makes a lot of sense.

Todd's Take

What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, Swanson was slashing .236/.283/.273. Fast forward a week and we have the player Zach so eloquently detailed. if you haven't noticed, the Braves as a team have picked it up since the All-Star break, ranking mid-pack in terms of runs scored per game.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CRasmus, Hou Charlie Wiegert 27  
JCotton, Oak Eno Sarris 25 Adam Ronis 23
ABailey, LAA Adam Ronis 22  
CBettis, Col Craig Mish 17 Tim McLeod 1
HStrickland, SF Adam Ronis 13 Adam Ronis 8
LCessa, NYY Craig Mish 1  
TGore, KC Craig Mish 1  
CSabathia, NYY Tim McLeod 1  
JThompson, Phi Tim McLeod 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAsher, Phi Tim McLeod 1
CRichard, SD Tim McLeod 1
UJimenez, Bal Tim McLeod 1
RNolasco, LAA Tim McLeod 1
HSantiago, Min Tim McLeod 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With budgets fading, I expected the high bids for the week would be for Jharel Cotton who had a great game in his first major league start for Oakland and has a two start week ahead, and for new Angels' closer Andrew Bailey. Sorry I couldn't afford either one.

Cotton did go for $25 to Eno Sarris, and Bailey went for $22 to Adam Ronis but neither were the high bid as Charlie Wiegert bid $27 for Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus

My starting pitchers had a good week while my sole closer Santiago Casilla struggled, so now just seven points shy of my late season goal (avoiding a FAAB penalty next year) I decided to run them out again and hope my remaining seventeen FAAB units would go further next week.

Todd's Take

File this under "different strokes for different folks" but I like the undrafted Asher better than all the acquired pitchers except Cotton. It will be interesting to see how things play out.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MStroman, Tor Brent Hershey 100
CEdwards, ChC Brent Hershey 52
BBrach, Bal Brent Hershey 42
BBuxton, Min Peter Kreutzer 0
YGurriel, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
JoseDeLeon, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
INova, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

AReed, NYM Brent Hershey 32
JGrilli, Tor Peter Kreutzer 0
TMay, Min Peter Kreutzer 0
MFoltynewicz, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I'm facing off against Brent Hershey in a very tight battle (he leads me in hitting, 3-2, and I lead him in pitching by the same score) that extends over two weeks, and each of us bought three new players this week. Looking to add at bats and I hope some fresh production, I swapped out the limping Jay Bruce and platooning Jorge Soler for the hot Byron Buxton and Yuliesky Gurriel. Plus subbed in two-start starter this week Jose De Leon for Alex Reyes, who looks good but is seeing limited innings.

Hershey releases Vince Velasquez, Blake Snell and Archie Bradley, replacing them with Marcus Stroman, CJ Edwards, and Brad Brach. He hopes to maintain his K/9 lead, while I stumble in ERA or Ratio.

The two-week H2H format allows us to reset in the middle of the battle, which is a challenging wrinkle.

League leader Jeff Zimmerman made the other acquisition this week. He's going to have to stumble badly for Brent to catch him.

Todd's Take

I never really thought about it but extending head to head matchups over two weeks is a really good idea. It eliminates some of the scheduling flukes where your ace gets two starts while your opponent's best arm is on the road in Coors. It also helps even out hitting imbalances. Of course it reduces the number of games you can play...or does it? What if you were able to play a staggered schedule where you're playing two opponents a week, but one is the first week of the battle, the second is the deciding week. It would take some cooperation with the stat service and SWAT along with some extra work for the owners with respect to setting lineups (makes sense they can be different) but it could help mitigate the scheduling luck that turns a few off from the format.

 

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