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LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 24 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 24 August 2015 09:34

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

medlen-kris

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KMedlen, KC 9 Steve Moyer 24 Rob Leibowitz 8 Jeff Erickson 7
WVenable, Tex 5 Seth Trachtman 6 Jeff Erickson 7 Mike Podhorzer 4
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
GBird, NYY 3 Steve Moyer 23 Jeff Erickson 7 Seth Trachtman 2
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Mike Podhorzer 1
GBeckham, CWS 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Mike Podhorzer 0
CCasali, TB 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
RStrausborger, Tex 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
MBarnes, Bos 1 Andy Behrens 1
BFarmer, Det 1 Andy Behrens 4
SPearce, Bal 1 Mike Podhorzer 6
AOgando, Bos 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
KJepsen, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 19
HAlberto, Tex 0 Seth Trachtman 0
CShreve, NYY 0 Andy Behrens 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

POrlando, KC Seth Trachtman 1
BMatusz, Bal Andy Behrens 0
DNava, TB Mike Podhorzer 0
ESogard, Oak Seth Trachtman 0
JSands, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0
KCowart, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0
LHochevar, KC Andy Behrens 0
PNeshek, Hou Andy Behrens 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week I went all in with my $8 remaining FAAB on Kris Medlen. He's replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the KC rotation. So far he has looked pretty sharp, looking like the pre-injury Kris Medlen, complete with solid control, a low-nineties fastball, good curve, and changeup, generating solid swing and miss numbers. I didn't get him but at least I made Steve Moyer spend a little of what he had left.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised that Jeff Erickson's bid on Kevin Jepsen went unchallenged. Jeff has 29 saves then directly above him it goes 32, 33, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 43. That's a tightly bunched group and even a couple saves could mean multiple points. Perhaps it's because third place is 15 points away from first and fourth/fifth place are both 25 points away. Jeff's in second, trying to catch his Rotowire partner Chris Liss and will need some more help in the category, but at least he's attacking a spot where there's a big net gain.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jared-eickoff

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DSantana, Mil 27 Steve Gardner 30 Brian Walton 26 Phil Hertz 22
AAltherr, Phi 25 Brian Walton 26 Gene McCaffrey 24 Phil Hertz 22
Scott Wilderman 16 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Derek Carty 2
JEickhoff, Phi 4 Scott Wilderman 13 Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
JBourgeois, Cin 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Derek Carty 1
TJankowski, SD 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 15 Brian Walton 26 Phil Hertz 22
Scott Wilderman 6 Brian Walton 0
TPham, StL 1 Scott Wilderman 7 Brian Walton 2 Phil Hertz 1
Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty 0
AGarcia, Atl 1 Peter Kreutzer 11 Derek Carty 0
DRuf, Phi 1 Phil Hertz 22 Peter Kreutzer 5 Scott Wilderman 0
Derek Carty 0
DHudson, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 3
DSweeney, Phi 0 Brian Walton 26 Phil Hertz 0
JJeffress, Mil 0 Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 4
YPetit, SF 0 Phil Hertz 0 Scott Wilderman 0
BBoesch, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RLaMarre, Cin Scott Wilderman 6
BWallace, SD Peter Kreutzer 2
LVerrett, NYM Phil Hertz 2
KQuackenbush, SD Scott Wilderman 0
BTreinen, Was Scott Wilderman 0
JCollmenter, Ari Phil Hertz 0
BTreinen, Was Phil Hertz 0
BMorris, Mia Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

So there haven’t been many big names coming into the National League this summer. There are still some interesting names who moved in trade (in return for departing stars) and are receiving auditions with their new teams. In other cases, jobs are opening up for prospect auditions.

Just this week, a young outfielder in a new home is getting at-bats, and therefore drawing big interest in NL Tout. Domingo Santana joined Milwaukee from Houston in the Carlos Gomez deal. Two other outfield prospects are also seeing considerable playing time - Aaron Altherr with Philadelphia and San Diego’s Travis Jankowski.

The pitcher drawing the most interest in bidding this week is yet another Phillies prospect fresh from the farm, Jerad Eickhoff. The right-hander opened eyes by tossing six scoreless innings at Miami in his MLB debut Friday night.

I bid on all four, but with the third-most money remaining at $26, I put it all behind one player to ensure I got him.

My top priority, Santana, went to Steve Gardner of USA Today for $27 ($30 Vickrey). I ended up with Altherr for $25 ($26 Vickrey), who was batting third for the new-look Phils on Sunday.

With the heavy bidding on the other two outfielders, Jankowski slipped under the radar to Tristan H. Cockcroft for just $1 ($15 Vickrey). That is my bargain pick of the week, though Scott Wilderman also did very nicely getting Eickhoff for $4 ($13 Vickrey).

Todd's Take

League leader Mike Gianella probably wasn't happy to see three-time defending champion Tristan Cockcroft picking up Jankowski. This is going down to the wire and presently, Tristan is tied for 10th in steals with 66. There's a challenger right behind with 64 with the two ahead of him recording 68 and 70. That's 2.5 readily available points along with a buffer so he doesn't get passed. Every point counts -- considering that Tristan also had his bid reduced, I agree with Brian -- this was quite the fortuitous deal.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

mark_canha

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KMedlen, KC 10 Al Melchior 22 Fred Zinkie 9 Cory Schwartz 6
Scott Engel 4 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Pianowski 2
Derek Van Riper 0
MCanha, Oak 9 Ray Flowers 11 Scott Pianowski 8 Tim Heaney 2
TShaw, Bos 3 Scott Engel 5 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper 0
GBird, NYY 1 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper 0
WMiley, Bos 1 Cory Schwartz 3 Derek Van Riper 0
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 David Gonos 12
TTurner, Was 1 Al Melchior 4
HOwens, Bos 1 Scott Engel 2
AWainwright, StL 1 Patrick Davitt 19
AHechavarria, Mia 1 Fred Zinkie 1
DSantana, Mil 0 Derek Van Riper 0 Ray Flowers 11
ERosario, Min 0 Derek Van Riper 0
JNicolino, Mia 0 Derek Van Riper 0 Scott Engel 2
CCasali, TB 0 Scott Pianowski 0
AMorgan, Phi 0 Scott Pianowski 0
DPomeranz, Oak 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JTomlin, Cle 0 Fred Zinkie 0
JBlanton, Pit 0 Fred Zinkie 0
SClevenger, Bal 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillespie, Mia Ray Flowers 7
JLagares, NYM Ray Flowers 7
JDeLaRosa, Col Cory Schwartz 0 Fred Zinkie 0
AAltherr, Phi Derek Van Riper 0
ABlanco, Phi Fred Zinkie 0
ASanchez, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
CRea, SD Scott Pianowski 0
DMurphy, LAA Derek Van Riper 0
JEickhoff, Phi Fred Zinkie 0
KTomlinson, SF Fred Zinkie 0
LHendriks, Tor Cory Schwartz 0
MConforto, NYM Derek Van Riper 0
MStroman, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
RGoins, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
TDuffey, Min Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

At this point in the season, one hot player could mean the difference between winning and not winning a league, or in Al Melchior's case, the difference between a FAAB penalty and no FAAB penalty for next year. Finally fed up with the mediocre pitching of Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals have decided to insert Kris Medlen into Guthrie's starting rotation spot, and the move makes plenty of sense. Since being activated from the 60-day DL late last month, Medlen has registered a 2.51 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in seven relief appearances to go along with 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. This is a guy who pitched to a 3.11 ERA while winning 15 games back in 2013 before missing one and a half seasons due to Tommy John surgery, so the talent is unquestioned, and a strong finish to 2015 seems likely.

I found it noteworthy that Patrick Davitt, one of the seven owners (yes, seven!) still in the title hunt, was willing to sacrifice one week's worth of pitcher stats in acquiring Adam Wainwright, who might make it back by mid-September but might end up working out of the bullpen. It just seems to me that the downside outweighs the upside. But then again, I'm not a big risk-taker when it comes to fantasy baseball team management.

Todd's Take

Zach alluded to it, this league is going down to the wire as well. He also made another comment about being risk averse. I've talked about this on Baseball HQ Radio and have written about it on Fantasy Alarm -- while I share that philosophy with Zach, it's no longer the way to play the game, at least not in a high stakes or industry setting. It's my biggest obstacle in both formats (and DFS) and something I need to overcome. Maybe I should jump out of an airplane. On second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

grady_sizemore

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAltherr, Phi 4 Perry Van Hook 4 Tim McLeod 4 Brent Hershey 3
GSizemore, TB 1 Anthony Perri 5
CMorton, Pit 1 Anthony Perri 5 Perry Van Hook 6 Eno Sarris 3
MCain, SF 1 Ray Murphy 6
JTomlin, Cle 1 Ray Murphy 6
TTurner, Was 1 Brent Hershey 7
MCanha, Oak 1 Brent Hershey 2 Adam Ronis 2
KMedlen, KC 1 Perry Van Hook 11 Adam Ronis 3
JLamb, Cin 1 Adam Ronis 8 Perry Van Hook 2
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 7
JHoover, Cin 1 Tim McLeod 3
AReed, Hou 1 Tim McLeod 1
TJungmann, Mil 1 Eno Sarris 7
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 Adam Ronis 9
JWerth, Was 1 Rudy Gamble 11 Adam Ronis 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESantana, Min Eno Sarris 6
JEickhoff, Phi Perry Van Hook 5
RDelgado, Ari Ray Murphy 2
TDuffey, Min Perry Van Hook 2
LChisenhall, Cle Perry Van Hook 2
NSwisher, Atl Brent Hershey 1
JoRamirez, Cle Rudy Gamble 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Time to swing for the fences and hope that George Springer gets back in early September and that the recently activated Freddie Freeman can be productive right away. I bid on several starting pitchers to buttress my all starter staff and ended up with ... Kris Medlen, KC with two starts who I bid $11 for but rostered for the Vickrey reduced $1 winning bid as was the case with Jorge De La Rosa, COL who has two road starts (check his road versus home numbers) whom I bid $7 on. I bid on new Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr and had to spend my full $4 bid to get him from Brent Hershey, BaseballHQ - the only winning bid above a dollar this week.

Todd's Take

It continues to baffle me why there aren't more $0 bids in this league. At first I assumed not everyone was aware of the rule allowing it but it's been several years this trend exists. I'm not judging, just don't have anything else to say and want to get this thing posted.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

kevin-jepsen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kevin Jepsen, MIN 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Kris Medlen, KC 2 Mastersball 2 Baseball HQ 1
Gregory Bird, NYY 2 Mastersball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Mark Lowe, TOR 1 Baseball HQ 1
Steve Clevenger, BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Stephen Drew, NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Will Venable, TEX 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Steven Geltz, TB 1 Yahoo! Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Aaron Sanchez, TOR Yahoo! Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1
Alex Colome, TB Yahoo! Sports 1
Brandon Gomes, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1
Carlos Perez, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1
Felix Doubront, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1
Neal Cotts, MIN Baseball HQ 1
Will Harris, HOU Yahoo! Sports 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Down to the short strokes with FAAB budgets and two players I really wanted - Kris Medlen, KC starting pitcher who will have two starts this week replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the Royals rotation and Greg Bird the Yankee prospect who has been able to more than fill in for Mark Teixeira. With only five FAAB units left for the season and below others I thought my best play was to bid two dollars each and see what happened.

Voila! Got both so Medlen replaces the DLed Anibal Sanchez and Bird even if he doesn't get as many at bats when Teixeira is back should get me more power stats than James Loney. I also got to activate Lance McCullers recently recalled by the Astros and reserve Martin Perez who is likely to have his turn skipped this week by the Rangers.

Todd's Take

Pssst - AL LABR, if you want to win a guy, bid $3.

Actually, chances are the guys are hoping for some reinforcements at the September call-ups. Something to keep in mind is the season started a week later which pushes everything up a week. So one one hand, if the player is called up on September 1 you may get him an extra week, the teams that let players stay on the farm through playoffs will be called up a week later than normal and you'll get the same length of time from them - just shifted a week.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

aaron-altherr

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Aaron Altherr, PHI 41 Baseball HQ 41 Inside Edge 21 RotoExperts 12
Colton & The Wolfman 11 Inside Edge 4
Travis Jankowski, SD 27 Colton & The Wolfman 27
Domingo Santana, MIL 21 Inside Edge 21 Colton & The Wolfman 27
Jerad Eickhoff, PHI 13 Mastersball 13 Inside Edge 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Michael Morse, PIT 6 Inside Edge 6 Baseball HQ 1
Logan Verrett, NYM 4 Inside Edge 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jason Bourgeois, CIN 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Baseball HQ 1
Kendry Flores, MIA 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Kelby Tomlinson, SF 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Trea Turner, WSH 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Justin Nicolino, MIA 3 Sandlot Shrink 3
Darnell Sweeney, PHI 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Justin Grimm, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jose Lobaton, WSH 1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brad Hand, MIA Inside Edge 4
Colin Rea, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Carlos Ruiz, PHI Sandlot Shrink 1
Pedro Baez, LAD Baseball HQ 1
Ryan LaMarre, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ryan Lavarnway, ATL Sandlot Shrink 1
Thomas Pham, STL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Travis Ishikawa, PIT Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It was a big and competitive week for transactions in NL LABR as teams emptied their wallets in anticipation of roster expansion. In all eight teams acquired new players in what might be the most active week of the season for FAAB moves.

Doug Dennis dropped $41 on the Phils Aaron Altherr, besting four bids between $11-$21, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe grabbed hitters Travis Jankowski ($27)  and $3 for Jason Bourgeois and a buck for Justin Grimm..

Steve Moyer then spent on Domingo Santiago for $21, just edging out an $18 stab. Moyer also bagged Mike Morse ($6) and Logan Verrett $1)

I successfully bid $13 for Jerad Eickhoff to replace demoted Chris Heston, beating out a couple of tries at $3 and $4, while Bob Radomski's Sandlot Shrink team picked up Justin Nicolino ($3) and Jose Lobaton ($1).

Derek Van Riper of Rotowire nabbed hot Nats property Trea Turner along with Darnell Sweeney and Kelby Tomlinson--all for $3 each--while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs brought home Kendry Flores for the same price.

Todd's Take

Geez, this week was almost as good as - heck, it may even be better - than trade deadline week in NL LABR. It's all about category management so regardless how you rank the available players, if you want pop it was Santana, if you want speed it was Jankowski and if you want across the board help it was Altherr. They all should get similar playing time down the stretch.

MIXED LEAGUE

domingo-santana-brewers

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Domingo Santana, MIL 4 FantasyScore 4 Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1
Travis Shaw, BOS 4 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball HQ 1 FantasyScore 1
Bruce Rondon, DET 3 FantasyScore 3
Ryan Vogelsong, SF 2 Razzball 2
Kris Medlen, KC 2 MLB.com 2
Travis Jankowski, SD 1 Fangraphs 1 FantasyScore 1
Randall Delgado, ARI 1 Baseball HQ 1
Joaquin Benoit, SD 1 FNTSY 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Junichi Tazawa, BOS FantasyScore 3
Gregory Bird, NYY FantasyScore 1
Henry Urrutia, BAL FantasyScore 1
J.J. Hoover, CIN FantasyScore 1
Mark Canha, OAK FantasyScore 1
Michael Conforto, NYM Fangraphs 1
Thomas Pham, STL FantasyScore 1
Tyler Collins, DET Fangraphs 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

It';s interesting that only one team needed a closer and both options, Rondon and Tazawa, blew a save over the weekend. While Tazawa may be the better pitcher, I agree with ranking Rondon higher since there's a better chance he closes down the stretch. Boston has indicated they intend to limit Tazawa's innings while Detroit wants to see what Rondon can do.

Todd's Take

There's some pretty solid hitters available in Jankowski and Santana with a nice contrast that Jankowski a speed merchant playing in a park conducive to speed while Santana is a power hitter playing for a team (and in a park) that favor power hitters. I think they're both nice pulls for this time of the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 23:15
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 17 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

henry-urrutia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HUrrutia, Bal 6 Lawr Michaels 9 Mike Podhorzer 5 Seth Trachtman 2
ChJohnson, Cle 6 Seth Trachtman 16 Mike Podhorzer 5 Andy Behrens 4
NTropeano, LAA 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 9 Jeff Erickson 5
FGutierrez, Sea 4 Chris Liss 4 Mike Podhorzer 3 Seth Trachtman 2
JTomlin, Cle 2 Jeff Erickson 3 Ron Shandler 1
SClevenger, Bal 1 Jason Collette 2
FDoubront, Oak 1 Jason Collette 2
TDuffey, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 5 Ron Shandler 0
FSalas, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GBird, NYY Lawr Michaels 4
CGonzalez, Tex Jeff Erickson 0
KMedlen, KC Jeff Erickson 0
LHawkins, Tor Jeff Erickson 0
LHochevar, KC Ron Shandler 0
NJones, CWS Jeff Erickson 0
OPerez, Hou Ron Shandler 0
SDyson, Tex Jeff Erickson 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week there were some parts available on the hitting front for marginal upgrades with Henry Urrutia called up to take the spot of Travis Snider and Chris Johnson finding at bats at first with the Tribe.  When fighting for category points every at bat helps. Daniel Nava is seeing some significant time in the outfield for the Rays while Chris Johnson has some pop and is prone to the occasional short run hot streak.

In keeper leagues, Gregory Bird is a great target since he could the Yankees first baseman before 2016 ends. Barring injury, he has minimal value in redraft leagues.

Todd's Take

So far in his career, Felix Doubront has worked in some of the more hitter friendly venues in the game (Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Rogers Centre). It will be interesting to see what happens on O. Co. Coliseum. Doubront can aid his own cause by ramping the whiffs back up, hopefully not at the expense of his improved control. You just never know with the A's -- there are worse lottery tickets than Doubront.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

charlie-morton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CMorton, Pit 27 Tristan H. Cockcroft 35 Phil Hertz 26 Gene McCaffrey 14
Steve Gardner 13 Scott Wilderman 3 Derek Carty 2
JLamb, Cin 7 Peter Kreutzer 15 Scott Wilderman 6 Derek Carty 2
Phil Hertz 2 Brian Walton 1
JGrimm, ChC 4 Phil Hertz 6 Mike Gianella 3 Peter Kreutzer 0
PBaez, LAD 4 Steve Gardner 7 Mike Gianella 3 Phil Hertz 0
ABlanco, Phi 2 Scott Wilderman 2 Brian Walton 2 Derek Carty 0
HPerez, Mil 1 Gene McCaffrey 11 Scott Wilderman 2 Brian Walton 0
Derek Carty 0
AConley, Mia 1 Scott Wilderman 2
MAdams, StL 1 Brian Walton 25 Phil Hertz 4
MMcBride, Col 1 Lenny Melnick  1 Brian Walton 1
AWainwright, StL 1 Brian Walton 1
JLobaton, Was 1 Steve Gardner 2 Derek Carty 0
JDiaz, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 3 Mike Gianella 3
CaVillanueva, StL 1 Mike Gianella 3
CRichard, ChC 1 Mike Gianella 3
YGarcia, LAD 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 0
PCiriaco, Atl 0 Brian Walton 0
JRomak, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0
SSchumaker, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0
TIshikawa, Pit 0 Derek Carty 0 Lenny Melnick  0
CKnebel, Mil 0 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CTorres, NYM Mike Gianella 3
AChafin, Ari Mike Gianella 3
BNorris, SD Brian Walton 1
MRojas, Mia Brian Walton 0
JHerrera, ChC Brian Walton 0
CStewart, Pit Steve Gardner 0
CNarveson, Mia Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two pitchers, one old and one new, drew the most FAAB this week in National League Tout Wars.

Eight-year MLB veteran Charlie Morton is back from injury and has thrown two quality starts in his last three outings for Pittsburgh with the other a trouncing at the hands of the Dodgers. Tristan H. Cockcroft ($27 Vickrey from $35 bid) had to outduel Phil Hertz and multiple others to make the acquisition.

Cincinnati’s John Lamb made his long-awaited MLB debut this week. The lefty gave up five runs to the Dodgers in six innings with a WHIP of 1.667, but also logged seven strikeouts. Peter Kreutzer ($7 Vickrey from $15) is among those expecting bigger and better things from the former Kansas City Royals farmhand, who had been lights out in Triple-A.

Todd's Take

I don't think I've ever seen a week where 10 different teams picked up free agents, especially this late in the season. I was one of the two teams in absentia. As poor as my squad is, there just wasn't an upgrade -- other than perhaps Charlie Morton -- that was worth spending FAAB on. I'm trying to gain points to save FAAB next season and figure I'll take some chances on the upside of September call-ups.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

ivan-nova

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

INova, NYY 9 Zach Steinhorn 12 Cory Schwartz 8 Fred Zinkie 4
Derek Van Riper 0
BHolt, Bos 5 Scott Pianowski 8 Fred Zinkie 4
GBlanco, SF 2 Fred Zinkie 4 Zach Steinhorn 11 Scott Pianowski 8
Zach Steinhorn 1
MCuddyer, NYM 1 Nando DiFino 1
VNuno, Sea 1 Nando DiFino 1
JLamb, Cin 1 Al Melchior 11 Derek Van Riper 0
JSaltalamacchia, Ari 1 Ray Flowers 6
JBradley, Bos 1 David Gonos 6 Scott Pianowski 8
SFeldman, Hou 1 David Gonos 10
MOzuna, Mia 0 Derek Van Riper 0
EHernandez, LAD 0 Fred Zinkie 0 Derek Van Riper 0 Tim Heaney 0
DNorris, Det 0 Derek Van Riper 0
HStrickland, SF 0 Cory Schwartz 0
CShreve, NYY 0 Cory Schwartz 0
FGutierrez, Sea 0 Tim Heaney 0
PStrop, ChC 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

GSoto, CWS Ray Flowers 4
CRupp, Phi Ray Flowers 4
CGimenez, Tex Ray Flowers 4
JMachi, Bos Al Melchior 1
CCrawford, LAD Nando DiFino 0
CRea, SD Fred Zinkie 0
CSabathia, NYY Derek Van Riper 0
DMurphy, LAA Derek Van Riper 0
FRodriguez, Oak Cory Schwartz 0
JFrancoeur, Phi Scott Pianowski 0
JPeterson, Atl Derek Van Riper 0
LHendriks, Tor Cory Schwartz 0
PBaez, LAD Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I would have preferred not to spend $9 on Ivan Nova. But with a 3.57 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over nine starts this season, the Yankee righty did not deserve to be on the waiver wire, especially since he's fresh off a solid showing (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) against the Blue Jays, the top offense in the game, so I was prepared for the possibility. Nova has a favorable matchup this week against a Twins team that ranks 24th in the Majors in runs scored since the All-Star break and he will be a two-start pitcher the following week.

Derek Van Riper's free pickup of Marcell Ozuna has the potential to reap a considerable profit. Ozuna figures to get regular playing time while Christian Yelich is on the DL, and if he can perform anything like the guy who tallied 23 homers and 85 RBI last season, an everyday role down the stretch is well within reach.

Todd's Take

Other players that could make a difference down the stretch are Daniel Norris and Brock Holt. I assume you know Holt's story -- just seems to keep getting things done from every position except pitcher and catcher. Even when/if Dustin Pedroia returns, Holt's stick will find a place to play. Norris is a risk, and his strikeout upside has yet to manifest in the bigs but in the minors he showed the ability to miss bats -- always a good thing and often leading to a short term run, which is all you want this time of the season. Worry about the regression next spring.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

jackie_bradley_jr

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBradley, Bos 4 Ray Murphy 10 Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 2
MGarza, Mil 1 Charlie Wiegert 9 Tim McLeod 0
FGalvis, Phi 1 Perry Van Hook 2
GBlanco, SF 1 Tim McLeod 8 Eno Sarris 2 Perry Van Hook 0
JDanks, CWS 1 Perry Van Hook 4
CCoghlan, ChC 1 Eno Sarris 11
JGray, Col 1 Tim McLeod 3
DHutchison, Tor 1 Adam Ronis 8
EHernandez, LAD 1 Adam Ronis 2
JHapp, Pit 1 Rudy Gamble 2
SDrew, NYY 1 Rudy Gamble 2
FGutierrez, Sea 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CRea, SD Adam Ronis 4 Charlie Wiegert 2
JWerth, Was Eno Sarris 3 Adam Ronis 1
CCrisp, Oak Eno Sarris 3
JMachi, Bos Charlie Wiegert 2
JLamb, Cin Adam Ronis 2
FRodney, Sea Tim McLeod 0
KTomlinson, SF Tim McLeod 0
ADeAza, Bos Perry Van Hook 0
CAsche, Phi Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The flavor of the week here was Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. after his career game on Saturday. Ray Murphy bid $10 on Bradley, Vickrey reduced to a $4 winning bid. The next highest bid was for Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco who had a very good weekend and should be fulltime with Angel Pagan on the DL. Tim McLeod bid $8 on Blanco Vickfey reduced to a $1 winning bid.

I wanted a shortstop to replace Nick Ahmed and won Philly Freddy Galvis for a dollar on a two dollar bid. I also bid on Bradley ($2) and Blanco ($0) but instead got my third choice for a zero bid - another outfielder with a great game this weekend - Franklin Gutierrez, SEA. I also needed to end the Matt Boyd experiment and bid $4 on John Danks, CWS who has been very good the last two weeks and has a nice two start week ahead. Even better I won him for just one dollar.

Todd's Take

Fun with splits - at home Drew Hutchison is 9-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.12 WHIP while he's 2-1, 9.00/2.00 on the road. The head says this is sample size blip but the heart wonders what if it were real, could it help the wallet by using him as an anchor in a DFS tourney every time he's home? That's one of my beefs with FDS -- using players on the hope they do something and not because you think they will.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jean-machi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jean Machi, BOS 4 FantasyScore 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Henry Urrutia, BAL 2 Baseball HQ 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
LaTroy Hawkins, TOR 1 Mastersball 1
Ryan Strausborger, TEX 1 Mastersball 1
Tyler Collins, DET 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Tyler Duffey, MIN 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

J.B. Shuck, CWS Baseball HQ 1
Mike Aviles, CLE Baseball HQ 1
Josh Fields, HOU Mastersball 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

No new closer or crossover players and FAAB budgets are pretty low so high bid for the week was Fantasy Scores' Tim Heaney's $4 bid to land Jean Machi, BOS in case Junichi Tazawa should lose the closer role. The only other bid over a dollar was $2 for Baltimore outfielder Henry Urrutia by Dave Adler/Baseball HQ.

I wanted to get rid of Aaron Sanchez but lost on tie-breaker on new Twins SP Tyler Duffey so got the venerable LaTroy Hawkins for hopefully better ratios and perhaps an odd save. I also bid $1 and rostered new Rangers fly chaser Ryan Strausborger who has some pop and decent speed.

Todd's Take

If you play DFS, you've no doubt be burned at least once, perhaps multiple times this season by stacking against a perceived weak arm being brought up from the minors. The latest example is Tyler Duffey, who not only stifled the Indians over the weekend, he did it on three days rest. Honestly, this is getting a little ridiculous. I know pitchers are supposed to have an edge until the hitters get a book on them but this season has been extreme. Maybe it's time to try the old saying, "if you can't beat them, join them." Looks like I'm using Matt Barnes in DFS tonight.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

austin-hedges

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Austin Hedges, SD 16 RotoWire - DVR 1
Matt McBride, COL 11 RotoExperts 16
John Lamb, CIN 3 Colton & The Wolfman 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cameron Rupp, PHI 1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Jose Rafael Diaz, CIN 1 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Denorfia, CHC 1 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Joe Blanton, PIT 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Colton & The Wolfman 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brad Hand, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 3
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Colton & The Wolfman 2
Justin Grimm, CHC Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jason Rogers, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Juan Perez, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1
Logan Schafer, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pedro Baez, LAD Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

It is indeed go for broke time as the stretch run is upon the National League LABR-ians, as Lenny Melnick opened $16 of his wallet remnants for Rockies outfielder Matt McBride, unchallenged, meaning a dollar would have worked, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton shed $11 for the Reds John Lamb, beating just one other $1 bid on the rookie hurler.

Rick and Glenn also nabbed Chris Denorfia for $3, leaving $1 scraps of Cameron Rupp and  Jose Rafael Diaz (Doug Dennis at BBHQ), Austin Hedges (Chris Liss, of Rotowire), and Joe Blanton (Steve Gardner at USA Today).

Todd's Take

The Reds rotation could get interesting down the stretch as they're in 2016 mode and have a number of young arms to look at and some others to protect in terms of innings. Don't be surprised if Brandon Finnegan and Robert Stephenson join John Lamb and see some late August and September starts with the likes of Anthony DeSclafani, Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias shut down a little early.

MIXED LEAGUE

kike-hernandez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Enrique Hernandez, LAD 4 Mastersball 4
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS 4 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball HQ 3 MLB.com 1
Raisel Iglesias, CIN 3 USA TODAY Sports 3 Razzball 2 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Martin Perez, TEX 2 Baseball HQ 2
Derek Dietrich, MIA 2 Razzball 2
Danny Valencia, OAK 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports 4
Keyvius Sampson, CIN 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Edward Mujica, OAK 1 FantasyScore 1
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UNAWARDED BIDS

Ketel Marte, SEA Mastersball 3
Sergio Romo, SF USA TODAY Sports 3
Bruce Rondon, DET USA TODAY Sports 3
Jonathan Gray, COL FantasyScore 1
Scott Feldman, HOU Rotowire-Erickson 1
John Lamb, CIN Rotowire-Erickson 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

I'm unfortunately just playing out the string but I want to do so with a full active lineup every week. I'n running low on FAAB so I opted to snag Kike Hernandez as his multiple position eligibility meshes with some other players so unless I lose a catcher, I'll be able to shuffle players around and not have to use FAAB to get legal. I'm not psyched that Hernandez only has five games this week and won't play all five (LABR rules require that I have him active) and if I was fighting for category points I likely wouldn't have chosen a player with five games but he serves the big picture goal of conserving as much FAAB as possible for two-start pitchers when I have an opening.

Todd's Take

The Red Sox are the team I follow so I've seen the rejuvenation of Jackie Bradley Jr. on a nightly basis. I can't recall seeing a player so graceful and confident in the outfield since Fred Lynn - and Bradley is a better athlete that Lynn. He's just so natural out there, playing defense is second-hand. Obviously he's struggled at the dish for the better part of two seasons but is now swinging the bat very well. There's a place for JBJ's glove in the Majors, a team just has to be constructed in the proper manner. This entails a solid designatred hitter and above average hitting from catcher and middle infield. Boston can actually do this if they have the guts to give Hanley Ramirez a first baseman's mitt. David Ortiz has turned his season around with respect to hitting lefties but at some point, platooning Big Papi at DH, giving Hanley the time versus lefties and getting a right-handed stick to play first would allow a dynamic outfield of Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Bradley Jr.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2015 10:54
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 10 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

abraham_almonte

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAlmonte, Cle 10 Seth Trachtman 12 Lawr Michaels 9 Larry Schechter 9
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 7 Mike Podhorzer 1
JoRamirez, Cle 10 Steve Moyer 16 Larry Schechter 9 Jason Collette 7
Jeff Erickson 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Chris Liss 5
Ron Shandler 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
MBoyd, Det 8 Rob Leibowitz 16 Andy Behrens 7 Jason Collette 7
Jeff Erickson 6 Chris Liss 5 Mike Podhorzer 1
TraThompson, CWS 1 Andy Behrens 1
MLowe, Tor 1 Jason Collette 2
DPomeranz, Oak 1 Mike Podhorzer 1 Jeff Erickson 0
JMachi, Bos 1 Chris Liss 3
JAlvarez, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0
SGeltz, TB 0 Jason Collette 0
TCollins, Det 0 Mike Podhorzer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ChJohnson, Cle Steve Moyer 16 Seth Trachtman 9 Mike Podhorzer 1
Andy Behrens 1
CRasmus, LAA Ron Shandler 0
DWebb, CWS Jason Collette 0
JLake, Bal Mike Podhorzer 1
JSands, Cle Steve Moyer 16 Mike Podhorzer 1
KJepsen, Min Jason Collette 0
SFuld, Oak Steve Moyer 16 Andy Behrens 0
SPatton, Tex Ron Shandler 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

After the Carlos Gomez grab, it left me with just $16 in FAAB remaining. Still needing pitching, I targeted the Tigers' recent acquisition Matt Boyd. The lefty is being given an extended audition for the 2016 season and has the makings of a middle to back end of the rotation starter. He has excellent command and has missed bats at good rates in the Minors. I'm taking a chance that just maybe he'll keep that up in the Majors, though given no true plus pitch, hoping he just provides some usable innings.

Todd's Take

While I understand the motivation on both sides of the Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher for Chris Johnson deal was money, I'm curious how the Indians plan to use Johnson. I'm assuming third base is still Giovanny Urshela, if only for his glove. There's room for Johnson at first with Carlos Santana sticking with DH. This is what the Tribe did Sunday and is the likely configuration most of the time. Johnson isn't a stat-sheet stuffer, but my guess is he'll make the Succesful Bids section this time next week.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

nick-swisher

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NSwisher, Atl 46 Gene McCaffrey 61 Tristan H. Cockcroft 45 Steve Gardner 37
Scott Wilderman 32 Ray Guilfoyle 25
MBourn, Atl 46 Brian Walton 74 Tristan H. Cockcroft 45 Steve Gardner 37
Scott Wilderman 32 Ray Guilfoyle 25 Peter Kreutzer 8
BHand, Mia 9 Steve Gardner 12 Gene McCaffrey 8
DHolmberg, Cin 7 Phil Hertz 11 Mike Gianella 6 Peter Kreutzer 4
EAdrianza, SF 1 Scott Wilderman 6 Brian Walton 0
EHerrera, Mil 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Brian Walton 0
JTerdoslavich, Atl 1 Gene McCaffrey 4
TCravy, Mil 1 Gene McCaffrey 1 Phil Hertz 1 Mike Gianella 1
CRea, SD 1 Phil Hertz 1 Phil Hertz 10
JMathis, Mia 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1
JNicolino, Mia 1 Lenny Melnick  1
ZDavies, Mil 1 Mike Gianella 1
KTomlinson, SF 0 Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman 3
JWilliams, Phi 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 0
RLavarnway, Atl 0 Phil Hertz 0 Ray Guilfoyle 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TGlasnow, Pit Mike Gianella 19
JRogers, Mil Gene McCaffrey 7
JLamb, Cin Phil Hertz 11
JDiaz, Cin Phil Hertz 1 Mike Gianella 0
JWieland, LAD Mike Gianella 1
ABlanco, Phi Brian Walton 0
BMorris, Mia Mike Gianella 0
CaVillanueva, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
CNarveson, Mia Phil Hertz 0
JCollmenter, Ari Phil Hertz 0
JGrimm, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
JHerrera, ChC Brian Walton 0
PCiriaco, Atl Brian Walton 0
TWood, ChC Mike Gianella 0
SSchumaker, Cin Brian Walton 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Despite the passing of the non-waiver trade deadline last week, the Atlanta Braves made it interesting this week in National League Tout Wars. Wielding the FAAB hammer by $1, I knew Michael Bourn would be mine. With the second-most money, Gene McCaffrey put his cash behind the other new Brave, Nick Swisher. Both players went for $46 Vickrey with Tristan H. Cockcroft playing the role of enforcer in both cases.

Two other players, both left-handed pitchers, went for more than a dollar this week. Miami's Brad Hand was once a prospect, but flamed out and was banished to the bullpen. With the trade of Dan Haren, Hand now has a second chance in the Marlins' rotation. $9 of Steve Gardner's $12 bid was needed to get the job done.

David Holmberg is one of four greenhorns in Cincinnati's new post-trade rotation and after making two solid starts in his third shot at the bigs, the 24-year-old joined Phil Hertz' squad for $7 ($11 Vickrey).

Todd's Take

As opposed to the scenario in NL LABR (now dicussed below), the leader in FAAB, my esteemed colleague Mr. Walton, had a need for steals as there's two points well within reach as well as perhaps getting close to some points in runs if things really go well. As many of us discuss, where to gain points isn't necessarily category strength and weakness (at the top and bottom) but rather where you're nestled within the gaps and tightly bunched distribution.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

sergio-romo

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SRomo, SF 4 Tim Heaney 6 Zach Steinhorn 3 Nando DiFino 0
YSolarte, SD 3 Ray Flowers 9 Scott Pianowski 2
SWright, Bos 3 Fred Zinkie 3
JTazawa, Bos 2 Ray Flowers 7 Tim Heaney 4
ISuzuki, Mia 1 Nando DiFino 1 Scott Pianowski 1
MBoyd, Det 1 Nando DiFino 1
ABrooks, Oak 1 Al Melchior 6 Ray Flowers 4 Tim Heaney 1
JoRamirez, Cle 1 Derek Van Riper 1
MGarza, Mil 1 David Gonos 12 Tim Heaney 0
JKelly, Bos 1 Scott Pianowski 1 David Gonos 0
GSizemore, TB 1 David Gonos 1
CAsche, Phi 1 David Gonos 7
JGray, Col 1 Al Melchior 9
AAlmonte, Cle 1 Al Melchior 3
AAmarista, SD 1 Scott Pianowski 2
YVentura, KC 1 Tim Heaney 3
DValencia, Oak 0 Derek Van Riper 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

SFeldman, Hou David Gonos 5
EPerez, Atl Ray Flowers 4
SWright, Bos Ray Flowers 3 Fred Zinkie 3 Scott Pianowski 2
CCrawford, LAD David Gonos 2
KSampson, Cin Tim Heaney 2
RShaffer, TB Derek Van Riper 1 Scott Pianowski 1 Derek Van Riper 0
MBoyd, Det Nando DiFino 1
GBlanco, SF Scott Pianowski 1
VNuno, Sea Nando DiFino 0 Tim Heaney 0
JBradley, Bos Nando DiFino 0
MLorenzen, Cin Tim Heaney 0
DHolmberg, Cin Tim Heaney 0
DPhelps, Mia Tim Heaney 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As it turned out, I'm the reason why Sergio Romo was the most expensive FAAB purchase this week. I was so convinced that a $3 bid would be enough to land him that I was already deciding which pitcher to bench to make room for my newest acquisition. But Tim Heaney, one of the other contending owners, spoiled my plans, though I never considered bidding as high as six bucks, so it's really a moot point. Santiago Casilla has been shaky of late while Romo is working on a 10 2/3 scoreless inning streak and has 80 career saves to his name. A speculative pickup, but an educated one nonetheless. So rather than rooting against Casilla, I'll be rooting for him.

Todd's Take

I live in the Boston area and am as curious as you who will close if Koji Uehara misses time. Most speculate Junichi Tazawa but manager John Farrell recently went on record stating the club plans on limiting Tazawa's usage since he's been a workhorse the past three seasons. Perhaps this is to make sure he's fresh for his role of closer next season but that's just speculation and irrelevant to the saves at hand. Alexi Ogando is a possibility but the name to monitor is Heath Hembree, who recently rehabbed a sore shoulder and is at Triple-A. He was shaky in his short stint in the Majors but has been nails at Pawtucket.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

aaron_brooks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABrooks, Oak 4 Paul Sporer 7
MPerez, Tex 1 Paul Sporer 4
DValencia, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 6
AAlmonte, Cle 1 Perry Van Hook 3
JFrancoeur, Phi 1 Perry Van Hook 6
MBoyd, Det 1 Perry Van Hook 5
HOwens, Bos 1 Eno Sarris 1 Perry Van Hook 3
HStrickland, SF 1 Tim McLeod 1
JBerrios, Min 1 Tim McLeod 1
JTazawa, Bos 4 Adam Ronis 4
JRollins, LAD 4 Adam Ronis 4
MGonzalez, Hou 1 Eno Sarris 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

MGarza, Mil Perry Van Hook 2
CAsche, Phi Perry Van Hook 0
CDenorfia, ChC Perry Van Hook 0
SPeterson, Mil Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

League leader Adam Ronis - now just half a point in front of Rudy Gamble - placed the two highest bids and had two of the three highest winning bids at $4. Ronis bid $11 for Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins and won him at $4 where he also won Boston reliever and possible temporary closer Junichi Tazawa on a $9 bid. The other $4 winning bid was on new A's pitcher Aaron Brooks, who Paul Sporer had bid $7 for.

I tried to spend more than half my remaining FAAB with $6 bids on new Athletics 3B/OF Danny Valencia and Philly outfielder Jeff Francoeur, and a $5 try for Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd. Thankfully, I won them all for Vickrey reduced $1. Strange with the hot week Valencia had since being added by the Athletics. He has virtually assured himself of a lineup spot for awhile and his first three games will be at Rogers Centre against his former team.

Todd's Take

Maybe it's my DFS influence but now that Jimmy Rollins is back at the top of the order -- and likely to stay there with the injury to Howie Kendrick, he deserved more than one bid - middle infield just isn't that strong this season.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jesus-montero

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jesus Montero, SEA 8 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Fangraphs 3
Bruce Rondon, DET 7 Fangraphs 7 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Vidal Nuno, SEA 3 Mastersball 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Abraham Almonte, CLE 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 1
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
CC Sabathia, NYY 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Goins, TOR 1 FantasyScore 1
Jerry Sands, CLE 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

LaTroy Hawkins, TOR Mastersball 2
Chris Johnson, CLE Fangraphs 2
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK Fangraphs 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The highest winning bid of the evening was Larry Schechter's $8 bid for SEA 1B Jesus Montero - and he had good radar as the underbids were 5,5, and 3, while all other underbids were $1 if contested. The next highest winning bid was $7 from Fangraphs' Eno Sarris for Tiger relief pitcher Bruce Rondon.

With Cody Anderson, CLE having the double dreadful ineffective and disabled I wanted another starting pitcher and got SEA hurler Vidal Nuno for $3.

Todd's Take

The calm after the storm. Keep an eye on Abraham Almonte, though with two homers since replacing Michael Bourn in center, the chance he flies under the radar is now limited, Obviously he's not going to keep up the power pace and he may not even have regular playing time for the rest of the season but the way the Indian's outfield is presently constituted, he's the favorite for the run in center. In single league formats, at bats are currency so anyone getting the lion's share at a position is a must own.

Speaking of the Tribe....Yo, Jose Ramirez, where was this back in April when you were my secret weapon for cheap steals before <> Jose Peraza was promoted?

NATIONAL LEAGUE

michael-bourn

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Michael Bourn, ATL 57 Sandlot Shrink 57 RotoWire - DVR 25 Colton & The Wolfman 22
Inside Edge 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Nick Swisher, ATL 25 RotoWire - DVR 25 RotoExperts 21 Inside Edge 2
Jonathan Gray, COL 7 Mastersball 7
Keyvius Sampson, CIN 5 Sandlot Shrink 5
Tyler Clippard, NYM 3 Inside Edge 3 Baseball HQ 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Alexi Amarista, SD 2 Baseball HQ 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Sergio Romo, SF 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Andres Blanco, PHI 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 Baseball HQ 1
Corey Knebel, MIL 1 Baseball HQ 1
Brett Wallace, SD 1 Inside Edge 1
Ehire Adrianza, SF 1 RotoWire - DVR 1 RotoWire - DVR 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Matt Szczur, CHC Mastersball 7
Joe Blanton, PIT Mastersball 5
David Holmberg, CIN Sandlot Shrink 3
Addison Reed, ARI Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Denorfia, CHC Inside Edge 1
Tyler Moore, WSH Inside Edge 1
Andrew Chafin, ARI Baseball HQ 1
Carlos Torres, NYM Baseball HQ 1
Daniel Descalso, COL Baseball HQ 1
Skip Schumaker, CIN Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The second wave of late season pennant drive moves by the big league clubs concluded this past week and those owners who still had some bank spent accordingly, with Bob Radomski dropping $57 for Michael Bourn. The Sandlot Shrink skipper managed to fend off bids ranging from $1 to $25, and that $25 was enough for league leader Derek Van Riper to bag Nick Swisher (who overcame two bids of $2 and $21) and add him to his arsenal.

Then, there was a battle for potential saves, with Steve Moyer of Inside Edge getting Tyler Clippard ($3), while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbed Sergio Romo for a couple of bucks.

I made my $7 bid on Jonathan Gray count, but truth is I could have had him for just a dollar, the amount Doug Dennis spent on Corey Knebel, Moyer spent on Brett Wallace, and Van Riper on Ehire Adrianza.

Splitting the middle were stop gap utilitymen, a la Alexi Amarisa ($1), Andres Blanco, and Brett Wallace.

Todd's Take

Last week I commented that my preferred FAAB system is $1000 units, no Vickrey and no $0 bids. I talked with Patrick Davitt about it on the 8/7 edition of HQ Radio. Long story short is I feel you should decide how much a player is worth to you that week, considering all the other factors and own that bid. Bid what you're willing to pay.

Sandlot Shrink's purchase of Michael Bourn is a perfect example. Coming into the bidding, two teams had more FAAB than Sandlot. He had to decide how much he was willing to bid, knowing he was covered by two other owners. Sure, he could look at their teams and try to gauge how much steals may be worth to the teams with more FAAB as well as covering the amount of the teams below. The decision was 57 and as it turns out, 26 would have gotten it done, In a Vickrey league, that's all Sandlot would have paid - 26. But I like the fact the decision was made that he was willing to spend 57. Make a decision and own it.

You may be wondering why the teams with more FAAB weren't more aggressive. One team was Colton and the Wolfman and they're embroiled in a first place battle with Rotowire-DVR. It could come down to one point. Looking at steals, which is Bourn's primary asset, C&W are 20 bags behind the team ahead, six ahead of the team below and 14 ahead of the next team. Basically, worst case scenario is they drop a point and even with Bourn, they're unlikely to grab any points. As such, the decision was made to not be aggressive and save the hammer for really managing the categories down the stretch. Trust me, there WILL be players available in September that can help specific categories and if you have the hammer, you're assured of the at bats while other teams are losing at bats.

MIXED LEAGUE

domonic-brown

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Domonic Brown, PHI 11 Razzball 11 Rotowire-Colton 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Luis Severino, NYY 6 ESPN.com 6 MLB.com 3 FantasyScore 2
Fangraphs 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Tommy Kahnle, COL 6 USA TODAY Sports 6 BSports 2 Fangraphs 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1
Yangervis Solarte, SD 5 Razzball 5 USA TODAY Sports 3 BSports 1
Henry Owens, BOS 3 ESPN.com 3
Daniel Norris, DET 3 BSports 3 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Jake Peavy, SF 1 Rotowire-Colton 1 BSports 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com 1
Matt Garza, MIL 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 ESPN.com 1
Gregor Blanco, SF 1 BSports 1
Carlos Sanchez, CWS 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Justin Smoak, TOR Razzball 5
Derek Dietrich, MIA Razzball 2
Ketel Marte, SEA Razzball 2
Carlos Villanueva, STL USA TODAY Sports 1
Raisel Iglesias, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1
Aaron Brooks, OAK Rotowire-Erickson 1
Omar Infante, KC Razzball 1
Abraham Almonte, CLE BSports 1
Steven Wright, BOS BSports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Continuing the theme I can do nothing right with this team, there were a bunch of intriguing starting pitchers available but I don't have the FAAB to be aggressive ($11) so I took the spectator view this round. Though, as it turns out, I wish put a series of $4 bids in on Severino, Garza, Norris, Owens and Peavy. a $4 Owens would have been nice and I'd still have 7 more $1 bullets.

Todd's Take

I like comparing who bid on the rookies and who bid on the veterans, the file that away for future use since the membership of this league is pretty stable. Perhaps its situational but James Quintong from ESPN was more aggressive on the rookies (Severino, Owens) and didn't even bid on Garza and Peavy. Maybe he needs the hope that the rookies provide more than the track records of Peavy and Garza suggest they'll provide - it really doesn't matter. If there's a young arm available, JQ could be interested.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 08:36
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 3 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:15

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

gomez-astros

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CGomez, Hou 71 Rob Leibowitz 86 Mike Podhorzer 73 Seth Trachtman 70
Jason Collette 52 Wolf/Colton 43 Ron Shandler 35
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Chris Liss 5
BRevere, Tor 41 Jason Collette 53 Seth Trachtman 50 Mike Podhorzer 44
Wolf/Colton 43 Seth Trachtman 40 Ron Shandler 37
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Chris Liss 5
GParra, Bal 39 Seth Trachtman 70 Mike Podhorzer 44 Wolf/Colton 43
Ron Shandler 30 Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 24
Jason Collette 22 Larry Schechter 12 Chris Liss 5
JCueto, KC 39 Ron Shandler 40 Mike Podhorzer 73 Wolf/Colton 43
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Andy Behrens 8 Chris Liss 5
TTulowitzki, Tor 35 Mike Podhorzer 73 Wolf/Colton 43 Ron Shandler 34
Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 29 Larry Schechter 12
Chris Liss 5
CHamels, Tex 30 Wolf/Colton 43 Mike Podhorzer 73 Steve Moyer 29
Jeff Erickson 29 Ron Shandler 25 Larry Schechter 12
Andy Behrens 8 Chris Liss 5
MFiers, Hou 30 Mike Podhorzer 31 Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 24
Jason Collette 23 Larry Schechter 12 Ron Shandler 10
Andy Behrens 8 Wolf/Colton 7 Chris Liss 5
Wolf/Colton 0 Jeff Erickson 0
AWilson, Det 25 Steve Moyer 29 Jeff Erickson 24 Mike Podhorzer 24
Larry Schechter 12 Wolf/Colton 7 Jason Collette 5
Chris Liss 5 Wolf/Colton 0
ABrooks, Oak 6 Jeff Erickson 24 Wolf/Colton 7 Chris Liss 5
Seth Trachtman 4 Steve Moyer 1 Rob Leibowitz 1
Wolf/Colton 0 Jeff Erickson 0
KMarte, Sea 6 Mike Podhorzer 12 Ron Shandler 5 Chris Liss 5
Jeff Erickson 0
JRutledge, Bos 1 Steve Moyer 1 Wolf/Colton 0
RRua, Tex 1 Seth Trachtman 15 Jeff Erickson 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
Chris Liss 0
NMartinez, Tex 1 Seth Trachtman 10
JDiekman, Tex 1 Jason Collette 2
CCasali, TB 1 Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 0
CWalker, Bal 1 Ron Shandler 1
TWilson, Bal 1 Jeff Erickson 1
ESogard, Oak 1 Mike Podhorzer 3
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 Steve Moyer 29
TShaw, Bos 0 Jeff Erickson 0 Seth Trachtman 15 Steve Moyer 0
THolt, Cle 0 Wolf/Colton 7 Mike Podhorzer 0
BHardy, Det 0 Larry Schechter 0
GSoto, CWS 0 Chris Liss 0
RMadson, KC 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SCarroll, CWS Jason Collette 0
JMurphy, NYY Jason Collette 0
DButera, KC Jason Collette 0
TCollins, Det Mike Podhorzer 0
JSands, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

 So this week it was time to use the hammer with $87 FAAB remaining. I considered making a contingent deal, but received only one offer. Really the only way such a move would work would be from a team willing to deal multiple lesser, but helpful pieces towards specific team needs for a single impact player. Since nothing materialized, I had spent much of my weekend stewing over my decision. Do I go boring and rewarding with Tulowitzki? Do I take Johnny Cueto and with Luis Severino getting called up, hope I can combine multiple starters together to create some movement in the pitching categories? Operating on the basis that it's an unwritten rule that second highest team maxes their bid to ensure the leader in FAAB has little to nothing left to spend at the deadline, I figured I'd have to bid at least $86 of my remaining $87 for Tulowitzki and possibly Cueto as well.

In the end, I decided to go after the second best hitter available in Carlos Gomez given his broader base of contributions in categories, particularly since I have Ellsbury recently back from the DL and Coco Crisp coming off the DL today. That combination, while certainly a big "if", presented the greatest chance for upward movement in the standings. Also, I figured that as the second best hitter available, the teams immediately behind me might as I mentioned before try to keep me honest by throwing out high bids on Tulowitzki with their first bid, possibly allowing me not to spend all of my FAAB. This ended up being true, but as it turned out, it was not because of bids on Tulowitzki.

The biggest lesson I saw today was that at the deadline, make sure you bid on everyone. You never know what the guy ahead of you in FAAB is going to do. It looked like there were several instances of teams not bothering bidding on players because they felt they had no chance at them. The result was some pretty huge windfalls by the teams that bid on everyone regardless of their remaining FAAB, leaving those teams with enough FAAB to make further significant pickups as we proceed through the end of the season. Don't let them get away with that if it's within your power.

Todd's Take

How can Ben Revere and Gerardo Parra cost more than Troy Tulowitzki? 

How can Cole Hamels and Mike Fiers both cost the same?

What a mess. I'm not going to question any bids -- I'm in last place in NL Tout and am in no position to judge. What I'll say is an amazing confluence of factors led to Peter Kreutzer and I spending far too many hours untangling this maze.

The first reason this was so garbled is an add-on to the Vickrey rule where the adjusted bid keeps getting subtracted from your total and effectively becomes your bid unless you bid less than what's left. The impact was two-fold in that not only were winning bids affected but so were the Vickrey-inducing underbids. This is why the above table may look odd since I didn't adjust the bid but just left them as they were initially entered.

But this wasn't alone in instigating this puzzle. Many of those with a lot of FAAB decided not to max bid, which caused some studs like Tulo to be purchased for less FAAB as well as leaving a large chunk behind, forcing more look-backs and altering underbids.

I discussed this last season and I still believe it. The NFBC has it right. Everyone gets $1000 FAAB, no Vickrey and no $0 bids. Eezy-peezy. The game has evolved with too many parachutes to mitigate risk. Make a decision and own it. Decide how much a player is worth to you and own it.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

reyes-col

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YCespedes, NYM 78 Lenny Melnick  78 Derek Carty 77 Brian Walton 74
Gene McCaffrey 69 Tristan H. Cockcroft 69 Scott Wilderman 62
Ray Guilfoyle 60 Steve Gardner 45 Peter Kreutzer 24
Mike Gianella 0
JReyes, Col 78 Mike Gianella 83 Derek Carty 77 Brian Walton 74
Gene McCaffrey 69 Tristan H. Cockcroft 69 Ray Guilfoyle 60
Steve Gardner 45 Peter Kreutzer 24
BMoss, StL 75 Derek Carty 77 Lenny Melnick  78 Brian Walton 74
Gene McCaffrey 69 Tristan H. Cockcroft 65 Scott Wilderman 62
Steve Gardner 40 Ray Guilfoyle 30 Peter Kreutzer 24
Phil Hertz 21 Mike Gianella 0
TClippard, NYM 25 Ray Guilfoyle 25 Tristan H. Cockcroft 25 Steve Gardner 14
Mike Gianella 11 Phil Hertz 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
JHapp, Pit 16 Todd Zola 37 Phil Hertz 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
Derek Carty 10 Ray Guilfoyle 2 Derek Carty 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl 12 Phil Hertz 15 Mike Gianella 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11
Derek Carty 6 Peter Kreutzer 2
JSoria, Pit 12 Tristan H. Cockcroft 21 Phil Hertz 12 Mike Gianella 11
Steve Gardner 10 Peter Kreutzer 0
THunter, ChC 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Phil Hertz 3
DCastro, Atl 1 Brian Walton 1
DDescalso, Col 1 Peter Kreutzer 2 Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman 0
TMoore, Was 1 TMoore, Was
KParker, Col 1 Ray Guilfoyle 5 Scott Wilderman 0
TIshikawa, Pit 1 TIshikawa, Pit
JBlanton, Pit 1 Steve Gardner 9
BFinnegan, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 10
JSaltalamacchia, Ari 1 Mike Gianella 3
JBourgeois, Cin 0 Brian Walton 0
EHernandez, LAD 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty 1 Brian Walton 0
KSampson, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JLobaton, Was 0 Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0
AReed, Ari 0 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RBetancourt, Col Derek Carty 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JLamb, Cin Phil Hertz 5
JUrena, Mia Phil Hertz 3 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
DSantana, Mil Phil Hertz 3
DBuchanan, Phi Phil Hertz 3
TStory, Col Phil Hertz 1
ABlanco, Phi Scott Wilderman 0
BHand, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
CaVillanueva, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
DRoss, ChC Mike Gianella 0
ECampbell, NYM Scott Wilderman 0
EHerrera, Mil Brian Walton 0
JDecker, Pit Brian Walton 0
JHowell, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
JMiller, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JNicasio, LAD Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JWilliams, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
KQuackenbush, SD Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

As expected, the three owners with the most money in NL Tout acquired the three biggest names from the American League entering the NL. Mike Gianella used $78 of his $106 to acquire new Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes. It took $78 of Lenny Melnick’s $82 to win the bidding for Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets’ new outfielder. New Cardinals outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss required $75 of Derek Carty’s $77. With the fourth-most FAAB at $75, I missed out on the plums. Here is hoping a good waiver trade is ahead.

Pitchers made up the next tier of non-waiver trade deadline buys this week with Tyler Clippard drawing a $25 offer and Joaquim Soria fetching $12. J.A. Happ cost $16 and Mike Foltynewicz going for $12.

Todd's Take

Chalk! Of course the NL didn't have as much to choose from since there were far fewer impact players crossing into the Senior Circuit. I'm just looking to pick up starts - with the associated wins and whiffs so I'm actually OK with ending up with J.A. Happ since I was at the bottom of the FAAB heap.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

hectorrondon

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HRondon, ChC 19 Scott Pianowski 26 Patrick Davitt 18 Tim Heaney 17
Zach Steinhorn 13 Cory Schwartz 7 Derek Van Riper 0
AWilson, Det 15 Joe Pisapia 17 Scott Pianowski 16 Al Melchior 14
Zach Steinhorn 13 Ray Flowers 9 Scott Engel 7
Cory Schwartz 7 Tim Heaney 7 Derek Van Riper 0
EMujica, Oak 14 Patrick Davitt 18 Zach Steinhorn 13 Cory Schwartz 7
Tim Heaney 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl 5 Tim Heaney 5 Scott Engel 4 Derek Van Riper 0
Scott Pianowski 0
RRay, Ari 4 Cory Schwartz 7 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Engel 2
DGregorius, NYY 4 Scott Pianowski 4 Tim Heaney 4
DDietrich, Mia 2 Al Melchior 8 Derek Van Riper 1
RBetancourt, Col 2 Zach Steinhorn 8 Cory Schwartz 1
BRondon, Det 1 Nando DiFino 5
KGraveman, Oak 1 Scott Engel 3 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper 0
HOwens, Bos 1 Scott Engel 11
DBrown, Phi 1 Ray Flowers 6 Scott Pianowski 1 Derek Van Riper 0
Scott Swanay 0
BHardy, Det 1 Ray Flowers 2
CSanchez, CWS 1 Ray Flowers 7
KMarte, Sea 1 Al Melchior 11
TKahnle, Col 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney 3
LChisenhall, Cle 1 Scott Swanay 1
CaJoseph, Bal 1 Zach Steinhorn 2
CCasali, TB 0 Derek Van Riper 0
MPerez, Tex 0 Derek Van Riper 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DPhelps, Mia Cory Schwartz 7
DStubbs, Col Ray Flowers 6
BBarnes, Col Ray Flowers 6
CAsche, Phi Ray Flowers 5
INova, NYY Tim Heaney 4
JBradley, Bos Al Melchior 4
ABlanco, Phi Ray Flowers 4
CGillespie, Mia Ray Flowers 3
FGutierrez, Sea Ray Flowers 3
JHellickson, Ari Scott Engel 1
TCollins, Det Al Melchior 1
HConger, Hou Derek Van Riper 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

With the saves race still tight, owners were understandably willing to shell out the dough for one reliever who seems to have gotten his old ninth inning job back and two others who will be afforded the opportunity to close thanks to trade deadline moves. 

Hector Rondon's overall numbers suggest that he never should have lost the job in the first place, and he did save 29 games last season. To be honest, considering that this is a 15-teamer with six reserve slots (as opposed to four in previous seasons), I'm surprised he was available. Edward Mujica also has closing experience (37 saves in 2013) and now gets to step in for the departed Tyler Clippard. The risk with Mujica is that in addition to being shaky at times this year, Sean Doolittle will likely return from the DL within the next few weeks, so simply pitching well might not be enough for Mujica to remain in the closer role through the end of the season. The risk with Alex Wilson is that he has just one career save under his belt, so forget about job security.

As expected, I did not have enough FAAB to roster any of the above three relievers, though I took a flier on Rafael Betancourt, who has allowed just one earned run across 11 1/3 innings since the beginning of July. With John Axford demoted from the ninth inning, Betancourt seems to be the favorite for saves in Colorado, at least until next week comes along. But saves are saves.

Todd's Take

There may not be crossover deals in mixed leagues but there are domino-effect team shake-ups that open up jobs for hitters and especially pitchers, which is why there's more activity than normal despite not worrying about cross-league deals. It's not worth saving FAAB for this sort of thing but especially if you're chasing saves, it doesn't hurt to have something set aside in the kitty. Of course, the best play is to anticipate the closers on the block and scoop up the next-in-line, which is in fact what's transpired in both mixed leagues the past several weeks.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

alex-wilson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AWilson, Det 24 Rudy Gamble 36 Eno Sarris 23 Adam Ronis 22
Paul Sporer 19 Anthony Perri 6 Grey Albright 6
EMujica, Oak 23 Paul Greco 33 Rudy Gamble 26 Paul Sporer 19
Adam Ronis 12 Anthony Perri 6 Grey Albright 4
RCastillo, Bos 13 Eno Sarris 23 Tim McLeod 12 Charlie Wiegert 9
Perry Van Hook 7 Adam Ronis 2
BHolt, Bos 8 Rudy Gamble 22 Perry Van Hook 7 Paul Greco 6
RDickey, Tor 4 Perry Van Hook 7 Tom Kessenich 3
DBrown, Phi 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1
TKahnle, Col 3 Grey Albright 3 Adam Ronis 3 Eno Sarris 1
Rudy Gamble 0
BRondon, Det 2 Eno Sarris 3 Anthony Perri 1
ODespaigne, SD 1 Tom Kessenich 1
DNorris, Det 1 Adam Ronis 4 Perry Van Hook 0
CYoung, NYY 1 Paul Greco 6 Perry Van Hook 0
TShaw, Bos 1 Perry Van Hook 4
JLamb, Ari 1 Charlie Wiegert 9
DMurphy, LAA 1 Paul Greco 1
LMartin, Tex 1 Tim McLeod 4
KMarte, Sea 1 Tim McLeod 3 Rudy Gamble 10
CCasali, TB 1 Greg Ambrosius 15
RShaffer, TB 1 Adam Ronis 1
AGuerrero, LAD 1 Adam Ronis 1
GBlanco, SF 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Paul Greco 6
RRua, Tex 0 Perry Van Hook 0
CaJoseph, Bal 0 Paul Greco 0 Greg Ambrosius 15
JMiller, Col 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DGregorius, NYY Rudy Gamble 21
KSuzuki, Min Greg Ambrosius 15
CSanchez, CWS Rudy Gamble 12 Charlie Wiegert 3
CGillaspie, LAA Charlie Wiegert 3
AGarcia, Atl Charlie Wiegert 3
EPerez, Atl Tim McLeod 2
PStrop, ChC Eno Sarris 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl Perry Van Hook 0
FRodriguez, Oak Adam Ronis 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Of course in a mixed league we didn't have any of the crossovers as free agents BUT we did have two new closers to entice bidders so Alex Wilson, DET went for $24 to Rudy Gamble (Vickrey reduced from a $36 bid), while Edward Mujica, OAK went for $23 to Paul Greco (Vickrey reduced from his $33 bid).

Gamble also won the popular Brock Holt, BOS with his $22 bid reduced to a winning bid of $8 to whack my $7 attempt. My other $7 bid on Rusney Castillo, BOS wasn't close as he was won by Eno Sarris for $13 on another $23 bid.

I did get the lately very good knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for $4 on a $7 bid but to fill my outfield slots had to settle for what I could get for $0 bids after Holt and Castillo went for so much so this week will play Ranger fly chaser Ryan Rua and Giant outfielder Gregor Blanco who at least has seven games in friendly Fulton County and Wrigley stadiums.

Todd's Take

I'm going to be honest friends, I'm tired, I'm cranky and my DFS teams are still embroiled in the biggest slump I've ever endured so what I'd like to do is simply thank you for your patience, I apologize it took so long for this report to be posted.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

cueto_KC

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Johnny Cueto, KC $55 Yahoo! Sports 55 Baseball HQ 54 SiriusXM 50
ESPN.com 49 Colton & The Wolfman 43 FantasyScore 42
Fangraphs 33 USA TODAY Sports 24 Winning Fantasy Baseball 15
Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Cole Hamels, TEX $55 Yahoo! Sports 55 Baseball HQ 54 SiriusXM 50
ESPN.com 49 Colton & The Wolfman 43 Hamels, Cole (P), TEX
FantasyScore 42 Fangraphs 33 USA TODAY Sports 24
Winning Fantasy Baseball 15 Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Troy Tulowitzki, TOR $54 Baseball HQ 54 Yahoo! Sports 55 SiriusXM 50
ESPN.com 49 Colton & The Wolfman 43 FantasyScore 42
Fangraphs 33 USA TODAY Sports 24 Winning Fantasy Baseball 15
Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Gerardo Parra, BAL $50 SiriusXM 50 Colton & The Wolfman 32 Fangraphs 29
USA TODAY Sports 24 FantasyScore 22 Winning Fantasy Baseball 14
Mastersball 13 Baseball HQ 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Carlos Gomez, HOU $49 ESPN.com 49 Yahoo! Sports 55 SiriusXM 50
Colton & The Wolfman 43 FantasyScore 42 Fangraphs 33
Mastersball 15 Winning Fantasy Baseball 15 Baseball HQ 8
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Ben Revere, TOR $43 Colton & The Wolfman 43 SiriusXM 49 ESPN.com 41
Fangraphs 31 FantasyScore 26 USA TODAY Sports 18
Winning Fantasy Baseball 14 Baseball HQ 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Alex Wilson, DET $36 FantasyScore 36 Fangraphs 16 SiriusXM 11
Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 Baseball HQ 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Mike Fiers, HOU $16 Fangraphs 16 SiriusXM 44 FantasyScore 32
ESPN.com 25 USA TODAY Sports 16 Winning Fantasy Baseball 14
Mastersball 6 Baseball HQ 4
Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Travis Shaw, BOS $7 Mastersball 7 ESPN.com 1
Aaron Brooks, OAK $3 Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Blaine Hardy, DET $3 SiriusXM 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Curt Casali, TB $3 Yahoo! Sports 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ketel Marte, SEA $2 RotoWire 2 ESPN.com 11 Baseball HQ 2
David Lough, BAL $1 Baseball HQ 1
Sam Fuld, OAK $1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 ESPN.com 1
Steven Wright, BOS $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Goins, TOR $1 Baseball HQ 1
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UNAWARDED BIDS

Pat Neshek, HOU FantasyScore 3
Tyler Holt, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 2
Bruce Rondon, DET Fangraphs 2
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Mikie Mahtook, TB Baseball HQ 1
Josh Rutledge, BOS Baseball HQ 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Baseball HQ 1
Josh Fields, HOU Fangraphs 1
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK Fangraphs 1
Bryan Mitchell, NYY Fangraphs 1
Mark Lowe, TOR Fangraphs 1
Al Alburquerque, DET FantasyScore 1
Liam Hendriks, TOR SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

Plenty of good crossover players to whittle down the FAAB purses. Here were the highlights:

Johnny Cueto - $55 to Brandon Funston, Yahoo Sports (formerly with $120 FAAB)

Cole Hamels - $55 to Brandon Funston, Yahoo Sports

(well judged as both had two $54 underbids)

Troy Tulowitzki - $54 to Dave Adler, Baseball HQ

Gerardo Parra - $50 to Ray Flowers, Sirius XM

Carlos Gomez - $49 to Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN

Ben Revere - $43 to Colton & The Wolfman

Alex Wilson - $36 to Tim Heaney, Fantasy Score (new closer love)

Mike Fiers - $16 to Eno Sarris, Fangraphs

Yeah I bid on all those guys but I had only 17 FAAB units left but did get new Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw for $7 and now am one of five teams with double digit FAAB for the rest of the season. I also get to start new Yankee starter Luis Severino as he has been on my reserves since draft day.

Todd's Take

There was some interesing cat-and-mouse thinking at the top of the bidding. Beginning the run, here was the totals at the top:

Brandon/Yahoo 120

Dave/Baseball HQ 66

Ray/SiriusXM 54

Tristan/ESPN and Glenn/Rick 49

It wasn't obvious that Dave would bid 55 on his guys to beat Ray since Brandon had so much FAAB. There's a chance Brandon tries for multiple players so Dave could have bid closer to his max. Brandon, on the other hand, knew he could get the two of the three guys he wanted, perhaps losing out on his second choice if Dave bid more than the 55. Brandon also knew Dave had the tiebreaker (lower in standings).

If that's confusing, Brandon got two players for $55 each -- either of which Dave could have bid $55 on and won but he opted not to. 

Things went chalk, Brandon got his two guys and everyone else bid $1 more than the next team -- which leaves them with some FAAB down the stretch which is important since LABR doesn't allow $0 bids.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

cespedes_nym

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Yoenis Cespedes, NYM $97 ESPN - Karabell 97 Derek Carty 90 Yahoo Sports 89
Baseball HQ 84 Sandlot Shrink 75 Colton & The Wolfman 72
Inside Edge 52 Mastersball 45 RotoWire - DVR 41
USA TODAY Sports 33 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31
Jose Reyes, COL $90 Derek Carty 90 Yahoo Sports 89 Baseball HQ 84
Sandlot Shrink 75 Colton & The Wolfman 72 Inside Edge 52
RotoWire - DVR 41 USA TODAY Sports 36 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31
Brandon Moss, STL $89 Yahoo Sports 89 Derek Carty 90 Sandlot Shrink 63
Inside Edge 52 Mastersball 45 RotoExperts 41
RotoWire - DVR 41 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31 Colton & The Wolfman 20
USA TODAY Sports 8
J.A. Happ, PIT $6 Derek Carty 6 Inside Edge 3
Joakim Soria, PIT $3 Inside Edge 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Tommy Kahnle, COL $1 Baseball HQ 1 Derek Carty 2
Adonis Garcia, ATL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Rafael Betancourt, COL $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Derek Carty 6 Inside Edge 1
Tommy Hunter, CHC $1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Clippard, NYM Inside Edge 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Sergio Romo, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

In the wake of the trade deadline, NL LABR wallets were both opened and emptied, and not without challenge.

ESPN's Eric Karabell took the big prize, beating out ten bids ranging from $41 to $90, buying the rights to Yoenis Cespedes for $97 completely cleaning out his FAAB budget with the hopes of some offense.

Close behind is Derek Carty, who added Jose Reyes for $90, also zeroing out his FAAB balance and whipping eight wannabe Reyes owners.

As it stands, Carty's fourth place and Karabell's fifth place teams can pick up some points with their solid additions, but still, there is a tough row to hoe ahead for each, and in the end, the best thing each player might add is some flexibility to swap for more specific needs.

Brad Evans, who bagged Brandon Moss for $89 similarly broke his own bank with a long-shot too pull his team from the bottom half of the standings (Moss was the guy I hoped to bag with a lersser $45 bid, to similarly help me out of the bottom of the pack)  and once again, eight others did their best t get Moss' numbers in vain.

Carty actually did have $6 left after the Reyes acquisition, and with that he added lefty pitcher J.A. Happ, but only one owner was really interested in the lefty while the Inside Edge's Steve Moyer picked up Joakim Soria for $3, defeating a pair of $1 tries, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton trolling the depths, grabbing Tommy Hunter and Rafael Betancourt, each for a dollar.

Now it is indeed crunch time.

Todd's Take

So to begin the run....

Eric/ESPN 97

Derek 96

Dalton/Yahoo 90

Doug/Baseball HQ 88

Colton and the Wolfman 80

Eric had no choice, if he wanted Cespedes, he needed to cover Derek's max of 96. If he was OK with Reyes, he could have just covered Dalton's 90 but he wanted Cespedes and went all-in. I applaud that initiative. You want him? Get him.

Derek needed to decide whether to max bid and hope Eric covered the third highest amount of FAAB or be fine with either Cespedes or Reyes and have a few bucks remaining. I think he made the right choice since he may prefer Reyes to Cespedes - that choice comes down to needs. Best case scenario is he gets the guy he wants plus has some FAAB left over.

MIXED LEAGUE

vizcaino

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL $22 Fangraphs 22 USA TODAY Sports 4 FantasyScore 2
FNTSY 2 MLB.com 1
Alex Wilson, DET $16 Fangraphs 16 Rotowire-Colton 10
Hank Conger, HOU $6 Razzball 6
Jesus Montero, SEA $3 Fangraphs 3
Tommy Hunter, CHC $1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Chris Bassitt, OAK $1 MLB.com 1 Razzball 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

Edward Mujica, OAK Fangraphs 12
Tommy Kahnle, COL Fangraphs 6
Curt Casali, TB Razzball 4
Michael Foltynewicz, ATL Razzball 3
Domonic Brown, PHI Fangraphs 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS Fangraphs 1
Jake Peavy, SF MLB.com 1
JR Murphy, NYY Razzball 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Yawn. Well that was anti-climatic. There wasn't a whole lot to bid on and I had Wily Peralta coming off the DL, Hector Rondon getting saves again and Rusney Castillo called up so I got players from my reserve/DL matching those available in FAAB.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 23:18
 
LABR and Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of July 27 PDF Print E-mail
You Look FAABulous
Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

coco_crisp

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CCrisp, Oak 7 Rob Leibowitz 7 Mike Podhorzer 6 Chris Liss 5
JWeeks, Bos 1 Steve Moyer 20
EJohnson, CWS 1 Jason Collette 1
BBrach, Bal 0 Steve Moyer 0 Chris Liss 0
JBlanton, KC 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESogard, Oak Steve Moyer 0
JElmore, TB Steve Moyer 0
JFields, Hou Steve Moyer 0
LHendriks, Tor Chris Liss 0
LHochevar, KC Chris Liss 0
SGeltz, TB Steve Moyer 0
TFeatherston, LAA Steve Moyer 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Interesting in that this week the most intriguing FAAB selections were those of players coming back from injury. The high water mark was set for the cycle with Rob Leibowitz' $7 Coco Crisp bid acing out the top two (Chris Liss and Mike Podhorzer) teams.

After that it was filler crapshoot time, though Crisp is a poser. He is clearly no longer the Athletics starting center fielder, but he could add some pop and swipes down the stretch, but among the filler picks, Liss' acquisition of Luke Hochevar is interesting. The Royals hurler had just become a serious presence in the team's bull pen when he went down to a year off due to a dead arm, but a strong return could really help the Liss push to a title.

Finally it is hard to ignore the six pick-ups made by Steve Moyer as he tries to push his way back up in the standings and dump me back into last. Good luck with that!

Todd's Take

Like with the LABR leagues, we'll provide the standings and remaining FAAB as we head into the MLB trade deadline.

PTS FAAB
Mike Podhorzer 91.5 $73
Jeff Erickson 83 $29
Chris Liss 76.5 $5
Larry Schechter 74 $12
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 69.5 $43
Jason Collette 68 $60
Ron Shandler 67 $43
Andy Behrens 61.5 $8
Rob Leibowitz 60.5 $87
Seth Trachtman 53 $81
Lawr Michaels 38.5 $20
Steve Moyer 37 $85

NATIONAL LEAGUE

zack-godley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ZGodley, Ari 7 Phil Hertz 12 Mike Gianella 6 Peter Kreutzer 4
WDifo, Was 1 Brian Walton 2
MDenDekker, Was 1 Gene McCaffrey 1 Derek Carty 0
HSanchez, SF 1 Gene McCaffrey 1
DJohnson, StL 1 Gene McCaffrey 1
AReed, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 1
RStephenson, Cin 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Phil Hertz 1
AGarcia, Atl 1 Phil Hertz 12 Derek Carty 0
LHawkins, Col 1 Mike Gianella 3
PCiriaco, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SSchumaker, Cin Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0
AAlmonte, SD Derek Carty 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

In a relatively quiet week in National League Tout Wars, only one player fetched more than one dollar. Zack Godley of Arizona went to Phil Hertz for $7. The 25-year-old, a former Cubs farmhand, moved to the D-backs in the Miguel Montero trade. Despite just 14 innings of experience at Double-A, the right-hander threw six shutout innings at the Brewers in his MLB debut on Thursday. For pitching-starved fantasy owners, why not take a shot?

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Mike Gianella 89 $106
Tristan H. Cockcroft 79 $69
Lenny Melnick 79 $82
Ray Guilfoyle 72.5 $68
Derek Carty 72 $77
Phil Hertz 67 $45
Gene McCaffrey 60.5 $69
Steve Gardner 57.5 $45
Peter Kreutzer 54 $24
Scott Wilderman 51.5 $62
Todd Zola 49 $39
Brian Walton 49 $75

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

nick-castellanos

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MConforto, NYM 11 Scott Pianowski 19 Scott Engel 10 Nando DiFino 1
Derek Van Riper 0 Fred Zinkie 0
NCastellanos, Det 8 Scott Pianowski 24 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Swanay 5
Derek Van Riper 0
WMiley, Bos 5 Cory Schwartz 5 Scott Pianowski 4
RIglesias, Cin 1 Paul Singman 2
ZGodley, Ari 1 Nando DiFino 1
CLewis, Tex 1 Joe Pisapia 2
SPiscotty, StL 1 Scott Engel 5 Derek Van Riper 0 Scott Swanay 0
DEspinosa, Was 1 Derek Van Riper 2 Scott Swanay 0
BPaulsen, Col 1 Scott Swanay 3 Derek Van Riper 0
MPelfrey, Min 1 Scott Pianowski 1
JDanks, CWS 1 Tim Heaney 2
DPomeranz, Oak 0 Nando DiFino 0
CBassitt, Oak 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

INova, NYY Tim Heaney 2 Nando DiFino 0
JDeLaRosa, Col Tim Heaney 2
CSabathia, NYY Joe Pisapia 2
DDietrich, Mia Derek Van Riper 1
JKelly, Bos Paul Singman 1
SCishek, StL Nando DiFino 0
ISuzuki, Mia Scott Pianowski 0
BRondon, Det Nando DiFino 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

One 4-for-4 game sandwiched in between two hitless games. That's what we've seen so far from Michael Conforto, and that was good enough to earn him a $19 bid from Scott Pianowski. The vickrey-reduced price of $11 is a fine number for him considering that the Mets need as much offensive help as they can get and are highly unlikely to send Conforto back down to the Minors as long as he is producing at a decent level. 

The second-highest priced player for this week, Nick Castellanos, also went to Pianowski, and interestingly enough, Scott was willing to spend more for Castellanos than Conforto. The reality is that in a 15-team mixed league, the 23-year-old Castellanos, who is batting .286 with six homers, 19 RBI and a .912 OPS in the month of July, should not have been on the waiver wire to begin with, and I was surprised that Scott only had to shell out $8 for his services. 

And that leaves Pianowski with $30 left to spend this season, still more than nine of the other 14 teams.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Zach Steinhorn 108.5 $13
Tim Heaney 106.5 $17
Patrick Davitt 99 $50
Scott Pianowski 92 $30
Cory Schwartz 87.5 $5
Fred Zinkie 86 $13
Scott Swanay 82.5 $5
David Gonos 78 $39
Al Melchior 77 $38
Derek Van Riper 77 $1
Scott Engel 72 $24
Ray Flowers 67.5 $54
Nando DiFino 60 $5
Joe Pisapia 58 $30
Paul Singman 48.5 $2

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

stephen-piscotty

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MConforto, NYM 12 Perry Van Hook 41 Tom Kessenich 11 Anthony Perri 7
ZGodley, Ari 1 Anthony Perri 2 Eno Sarris 3 Perry Van Hook 2
CIannetta, LAA 1 Anthony Perri 2
SPiscotty, StL 1 Tom Kessenich 11 Adam Ronis 0
THudson, SF 1 Tom Kessenich 1
CBassitt, Oak 1 Perry Van Hook 2
DDietrich, Mia 1 Grey Albright 1
RIglesias, Cin 1 Eno Sarris 6
DPomeranz, Oak 1 Adam Ronis 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

JRollins, LAD Adam Ronis 2 Grey Albright 1
WSmith, Mil Eno Sarris 2
DBrown, Phi Perry Van Hook 2
DDeJesus, TB Perry Van Hook 2
JLamb, KC Eno Sarris 1
RDickey, Tor Tom Kessenich 1
JSmith, LAA Tom Kessenich 1
DPhelps, Mia Tom Kessenich 1
JDanks, CWS Perry Van Hook 0
MGonzalez, Bal Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Two rookie outfielders were the best targets this week - Michael Conforto of the Mets and Stephen Piscotty of the Cardinals. I thought bidding would be heavier so chose to put 41 chips on the table for Conforto. That was far more than my competitors - maybe they don't have outfield problems but my offense after losing first Freddie Freeman and then George Springer had taken massive hits. Freeman is now back but I need to replace David Murphy (who btw only sucks when he is on my team). I ended up getting Conforto for $12 beating the $11 bid from Tom Kessenich, NFBC who also bid $11 on Piscotty whom he got for a dollar. All the rest of the bids were similarly reduced to one dollar winning bids.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Adam Ronis 117.5 $38
Anthony Perri 47 $71
Brent Hershey 66 $90
Charlie Wiegert 79 $62
Eno Sarris 90 $59
Greg Ambrosius 97.5 $61
Grey Albright 78.5 $43
Paul Greco 96 $75
Paul Sporer 76 $19
Perry Van Hook 76 $39
Ray Murphy 68 $49
Rick Wilton 28.5 $84
Rudy Gamble 107.5 $85
Tim McLeod 104.5 $16
Tom Kessenich 68 $20

labr2

There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

chris-bassitt

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chris Bassitt, OAK 7 Baseball HQ 7 Fangraphs 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jonathan Singleton, HOU 6 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2 ESPN.com 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Fangraphs 1 SiriusXM 1
Daniel Robertson, LAA 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Ryan Rua, TEX 1 ESPN.com 1
JR Murphy, NYY 1 ESPN.com 1
Bo Schultz, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jesus Aguilar, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1
Neftali Feliz, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1
Pat Neshek, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

I have just $17 of FAAB left and saw no desirable targets and had a full roster so I sat this one out. In fact I made a trade to alleviate roster problems sending Jake Marisnick, HOU to Chris Liss of Rotowire for the DLed James Paxton so that I could promote Billy Burns, OAK from my reserve. Hopefully I can get a month or more of good starts from Paxton down the road. The highest bids in the league were $7 for Chris Bassitt, OAK by Dave Adler of Baseball HQ and $6 for Jon Singleton, HOU by Eno Farris of Fangraphs.

Todd's Take

Heading into the trade deadline, I thought it would be a great time to provide the standings and the FAAB left for each team, plus that means I get a week off from having to come up with seven pithy blurbs.

PTS FAAB
USA TODAY Sports 106 $25
FantasyScore 87 $42
Mastersball 81 $17
SiriusXM 75 $54
ESPN.com 67 $49
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 66 $12
Colton & The Wolfman 59.5 $49
Winning Fantasy Baseball 56.5 $16
Yahoo! Sports 55.5 $120
Baseball HQ 49 $66
RotoWire 46 $2
Fangraphs 31.5 $33

NATIONAL LEAGUE

michael_conforto

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Michael Conforto, NYM 37 USA TODAY Sports 37 Inside Edge 24 RotoWire - DVR 12
Colton & The Wolfman 5 Derek Carty 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Zack Godley, ARI 2 ESPN - Karabell 2 Sandlot Shrink 1
Carter Capps, MIA 1 Baseball HQ 1
Shane Peterson, MIL 1 Inside Edge 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sergio Romo, SF ESPN - Karabell 1
Abraham Almonte, SD Inside Edge 1
Travis Ishikawa, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Head LABR-man, Steve Gardner, make the big purchase--perhaps in anticipation of further bucks to be spent with the coming deadline swaps--of Mets flychaser Michael Conforto, ideally Michael Cuddyer's replacement, for the substantial sum of $37, about spending five others in chances ranging from $1-$24.

After that it was filler with Zack Godley going to Eric Karabell for a couple of bucks, Shane Peterson to Steve Moyer for a buck, and Carter Capps, who is seeing his third team in a little over a month was nabbed by Doug Dennis for another dollar.

Next week will likely tell all in the FAAB world.

Todd's Take

RotoWire - DVR 97 $45
Colton & The Wolfman 92.5 $80
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 86.5 $44
Derek Carty 83.5 $96
ESPN - Karabell 77 $97
RotoExperts 62 $42
USA TODAY Sports 58.5 $37
Baseball HQ 58 $88
Mastersball 43 $47
Inside Edge 41.5 $56
Yahoo Sports 41.5 $89
Sandlot Shrink 39 $59

MIXED LEAGUE

nate-eovaldi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nathan Eovaldi, NYY 4 ESPN.com 4 Fangraphs 2 Razzball 1
Aaron Nola, PHI 3 Fangraphs 3 Razzball 3 Baseball HQ 2
MLB.com 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
Michael Conforto, NYM 1 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Stephen Piscotty, STL 1 Rotowire-Colton 1
Caleb Joseph, BAL 1 USA TODAY Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Geovany Soto, CWS USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

There's so much hype around Michael Conforto and while he won't hurt your average, he has little power or speed so be careful about buying, literally, into the hype. Unless I needed a boost in average, I'd prefer the production with the batting average hit from Stephen Piscotty.

Aaron Nola has a nice career in store as a mid-rotation staple, just beware he's a touch and feel pitcher, not a fire-baller so his whiffs won't be as plentiful as some of the more celebrated rookies that have come up.

Todd's Take

PTS FAAB
Baseball Prospectus 122 $0
USA TODAY Sports 111 $24
MLB.com 99.5 $9
FantasyScore 97.5 $16
Baseball HQ 89 $16
BSports 88 $20
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 85.5 $0
Razzball 82.5 $52
Rotowire-Erickson 78.5 $2
Fangraphs 65.5 $42
FNTSY 64.5 $3
Mastersball 64.5 $11
RotoExperts 52.5 $0
ESPN.com 50.5 $35
Rotowire-Colton 49 $27
Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 12:49
 
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