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Thursday 5th May 2016

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

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CDevenski, Hou Ron Shandler 57 Chris Liss 35 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Seth Trachtman 5
MDominguez, Tor Jeff Erickson 51      
TWilson, Bal Jason Collette 44      
AMeyer, Min Rob Leibowitz 41 Chris Liss 33 Mike Podhorzer 18 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
BBrach, Bal Chris Liss 25 Seth Trachtman 25 Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
    Mike Podhorzer 0    
TBeckham, TB Seth Trachtman 12      
JMurphy, Min Mike Podhorzer 7      
FSalas, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Mike Podhorzer 0    
HConger, TB Jason Collette 2      
FRodriguez, Oak Seth Trachtman 1      
RDull, Oak Seth Trachtman 1      
HHembree, Bos Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRua, Tex Jeff Erickson 51
JChavez, Tor Jason Collette 6
JPolanco, Min Seth Trachtman 3
ERomero, TB Jason Collette 2
DButera, KC Jason Collette 1
MHernandez, Bos Seth Trachtman 1
JFields, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Perhaps the best move of this week was made Week 1 by Patrick Davitt, when he proactively spent $205 on Athletics hurler Sean Manaea, meaning the pitcher was not available to the rest of the league while plugging a roster spot at the same time.

Still, there was a bevy of activity, starting with Jeff Erickson who sat disappointing Aaron Hicks, replacing the outfielder with Matt Dominguez for $51. In more moves with hitters, Jason Collette is still trying to fix his backstop problems, meaning this week he dropped Taylor Motter and grabbed Trevor Wilson ($44) and disabled Kevan Smith while replacing the injured Sox with Hank Conger ($2).

The top team of Seth Trachtman grabbed Tim Beckham for $12, Mike Podhorzer acquired JR Murphy ($7) while Rick Wolf and Glen Colton purchased Brandon Guyer for $6.

As for hurlers, even though Ron Shandler has Henry Owens, he made a nice move in buying Chris Devenski for $57, reserving Owens, building depth with pitching, which we all know we will always need. Rob Leibowitz replaced Chris Bassett with Alex Meyer ($41), Chris Liss reserved Drew Storen and grabbed Brad Brach for $25, with Trachtman replacing starters Scott Feldman and Mike Pelfrey with Fernando Rodriguez ($1) and Ryan Dull ($1), while Podhorzer used a $0 bid on Heath Hembree to DL Huston Street.

The bottom line is that the AL Tout owners are still using a broad spectrum of bids, from that $205 Patrick spent on Manaea to the freebie crapshoot of Hembree.

Todd's Take

Lawr's note about Jeff Erickson benching Aaron Hicks reminded me of a short study I want to do. I'll be right back.

Did you miss me? OK, here's the deal. Hicks and Chris Young (the outfielder) are both fourth outfielders expected to see time against southpaws. Most anticipated Hicks picking up time as the season progressed as an injury replacement for the aging and brittle Yankees elder statesman while some expected Young to be in a platoon with Jackie Bradley Jr. and/or work into the left field mix in front of the Green Monster. Through April, neither played that much as the Bronx Bombers have avoided injury and Bradley Jr. has impressed enough with the stick to keep his exceptional glove in the lineup regularly.

Still, it's curious why neither has played much so a quick comparison of plate appearances versus southpaws from last April, last season and this April was determined to see if there are fewer left-handers for platoon specialists to spot in against. Last April, 25.7 percent of plate appearances were against LHP as compared to 24.6 percent this season. Looking at 2015 as a whole, 27 percent came against southpaws so there are fewer opportunities, but not by much.

Oooh, ooh, ooh - I have another idea, please excuse me.

I'm back. Given that these numbers can change by the time I'm done typing (I type slow and need to use the delete key a lot), here are the number of southpaw starters by division as of May 1: 

  • AL East - 6
  • AL Central - 5
  • AL West - 8
  • NL East - 5
  • NL Central - 6
  • NL West - 8

The difference between eight and five is pretty significant, especially if a player is on a team that uses all righties. Lefty-swinging platoon hitters in the AL and NL West get fewer starts than their counterparts in the AL Central and NL East. Obviously these numbers are subject to change and in the short term, the upcoming schedule is the most important factor, but when you're fighting for at bats in a deep league, every edge counts. Oh yeah, if you own Hicks or Young, sit tight. They'll get their at bats.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ISuzuki, Mia Todd Zola 113      
CVargas, SD Scott Wilderman 111 Tristan H. Cockcroft 14 Derek Carty 2  
JNicolino, Mia Lenny Melnick  102 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26    
HPerez, Mil Grey Albright 66 Lenny Melnick 13 Derek Carty 0  
THolt, Cin Grey Albright 66 Brian Walton 1    
OAlbies, Atl Ray Guilfoyle 65      
EBonifacio, Atl Phil Hertz 57      
BWallace, SD Lenny Melnick  42 Grey Albright 66    
AMorgan, Phi Mike Gianella 34 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26 Phil Hertz 18  
MRojas, Mia Ray Guilfoyle 20 Derek Carty 0    
ABlanco, Phi Brian Walton 15 Grey Albright 66 Lenny Melnick 42 Ray Guilfoyle 10
    Derek Carty 0    
TAdleman, Cin Brian Walton 13 Phil Hertz 1    
KBarraclough, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Lenny Melnick 99 Mike Gianella 6 Brian Walton 1
CAnderson, Mil Phil Hertz 2      
DRoss, ChC Brian Walton 2 Mike Gianella 25 Phil Hertz 0  
YPetit, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 1      
CBethancourt, SD Phil Hertz 1      
NRamirez, ChC Derek Carty 0      
ALiberatore, LAD Derek Carty 0      
EBurriss, Phi Derek Carty 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

TWood, ChC Lenny Melnick 99 Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty 0
MDenDekker, Was Grey Albright 66 Todd Zola 37 Mike Gianella 6
APresley, Mil Grey Albright 66 Brian Walton 1  
CHeisey, Was Grey Albright 66    
RWeeks, Ari Grey Albright 66    
MFoltynewicz, Atl Phil Hertz 4    
TFederowicz, ChC Phil Hertz 2    
HRenfroe, SD Phil Hertz 1    
JUrena, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 1    
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 1    
CHerrmann, Ari Phil Hertz 0    
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0  
JBlanton, LAD Brian Walton 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
JBlevins, NYM Derek Carty 0    
JBroxton, StL Derek Carty 0    
JHowell, LAD Derek Carty 0    
JMathis, Mia Phil Hertz 0    
LColeman, LAD Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
MCain, SF Phil Hertz 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

It feels like 2001 all over again with Ichiro Suzuki being the top dollar player this week in NL Tout Wars. The Miami outfielder, now 42 years of age and 55 hits short of 3000 in the US, is one of the beneficiaries of Dee Gordon’s suspension, with a new spot on top of manager Don Mattingly’s lineup. Our own Lord Zola was the lone bidder, paying a handsome sum of $113 to call the future Hall of Famer his own.

Cesar Vargas of San Diego had a credible MLB debut two weekends ago against St. Louis, but did not draw any bidding attention until he followed it up with 5 1/3 scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium this past week. OnRoto’s Scott Wilderman spent relatively big, with a winning offer of $111 on the 24-year-old right-hander.

The third over-$100 player this week is another pitcher, Justin Nicolino of Miami, who like Vargas, drew notice by a shutout appearance against the Dodgers. The 24-year-old lefty - back in the bigs after making a dozen starts for the Fish in 2015 - yielded just two hits over 7 1/3 frames in his 2016 debut on Wednesday. Nicolino is now owned by Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts ($102).

Also of note was the $65 buy-and-stash addition of shortstop Ozzie Albies by Ray Guilfoyle of Fake Teams. The 19-year-old Braves prospect was in the news this week due to his promotion from Double-A to Triple-A, making his MLB debut just one call away.

Todd's Take

Is that a nose ring up there with Ichiro? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm stalling. After all, I have 113 uncontested reasons to do so. Here's the deal. I have no regrets as the only bidder for Ichiro. I do however, cop to taking being aggressive too far. With Dee Gordon out, I expect Ichiro to play a little more, giving the Marlins a little speed to use at the top of the order. Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton aren't going anywhere so the hope is Suzuki takes some playing time from Marcell Ozuna, which is quite plausible. Factoring into the decision was I'm feeling the loss of A.J. Pollock the most in steals and runs and Tyler Goeddel,a cheap flyer for runs and steals has scored one more run than me this year while we're tied in steals.

But why 113? Well, 13 is actually a lucky number for me as my Mom was born on June 13. In fact, when afforded the opportunity, I always chose 13 as my uniform number growing up. That explains the 13 part, it's the 100 that, well, I have some 'splaining to do.

I screwed up, taking the mindset of being short on FAAB so just get the guys I want too far. Replacement level outfielders have cost mid-twenties to low-thirties thus far. There's no real difference between Ichiro this week, David Lough last week or Brandon Barnes the week before. Maybe bidding into the fourties or fifties would have been justified. That way, this bandwidth would be discussing how I reviewed old bids and adjusted accordingly instead of my immunity to triskaidekaphobia.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DDietrich, Mia Fred Zinkie 216 Bret Sayre 66 Tim Heaney 46 Scott Engel 27
    David Gonos 24 Cory Schwartz 12  
JSmith, LAA Ray Flowers 187 Scott Pianowski 77 Scott Engel 66  
AGarcia, CWS Nando DiFino 130 Scott Swanay 77 Tim Heaney 26  
SManaea, Oak Scott Engel 126 Al Melchior 81 Tim Heaney 46 Cory Schwartz 35
DRoss, ChC David Gonos 85 Bret Sayre 0    
KPlawecki, NYM Bret Sayre 73 Al Melchior 34    
BBrach, Bal Tim Heaney 66 Scott Pianowski 21    
JWeaver, LAA David Gonos 59      
HNeris, Phi Al Melchior 58 Scott Swanay 25 Bret Sayre 12 Ray Flowers 11
DSantana, Min Scott Pianowski 45 Scott Engel 16    
TChatwood, Col Cory Schwartz 44   Tim Heaney 16 Fred Zinkie 2
JChacin, Atl Scott Pianowski 37 Tim Heaney 26 Joe Pisapia 22 Al Melchior 5
MFulmer, Det Tim Heaney 36 Al Melchior 34 Joe Pisapia 28 Cory Schwartz 18
MSmith, Atl Scott Engel 34      
TDuffey, Min Al Melchior 34 Scott Engel 17    
NReimold, Bal Scott Engel 33 Al Melchior 27    
JPhegley, Oak Ray Flowers 22 Bret Sayre 0    
RNolasco, Min Ray Flowers 22 Tim Heaney 26    
DStraily, Cin Joe Pisapia 20 Tim Heaney 16    
SSmith, Sea Fred Zinkie 15      
MJoyce, Pit David Gonos 13      
JRollins, CWS Tim Heaney 11 Fred Zinkie 55    
BShaw, Cle Nando DiFino 8      
JLocke, Pit Scott Engel 4      
TBeckham, TB Gene McCaffrey 3      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AMorgan, Phi Al Melchior 32  
GSoto, LAA Ray Flowers 17  
CLewis, Tex David Gonos 22  
CRea, SD Scott Engel 16  
TBarnhart, Cin Ray Flowers 12  
KSuzuki, Min Ray Flowers 12  
SOh, StL Ray Flowers 11 Scott Pianowski 6
DPhelps, Mia Ray Flowers 11  
TWatson, Pit Ray Flowers 11  
KHerrera, KC Ray Flowers 11  
MGivens, Bal Ray Flowers 11  
AReed, NYM Ray Flowers 11  
DCastro, Atl Tim Heaney 6  
TLaStella, ChC Gene McCaffrey 3  
JJay, SD Fred Zinkie 2  
SPearce, TB Tim Heaney 2  
TNaquin, Cle Fred Zinkie 2  
DHernandez, Phi Scott Pianowski 1  
BHoladay, Tex Bret Sayre 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension has opened up more playing time for Derek Dietrich. Although Dietrich is unlikely to wow us with his fantasy prowess, he did reach the double-digit home run mark in just 90 games last season while posting a strong .346 OBP. I'm not so sure I'd shell out 216 FAAB bucks for him, but the 26-year-old utility man should provide Fred Zinkie with decent middle infield production, that is until Fred trades for someone else.

I fully expected Joe Smith to be the most expensive purchase of this FAAB period, and he did garner a formidable $187 winning bid. With the oft-injured Huston Street sidelined due to an oblique strain, Smith will step into the ninth inning role for the Angels, and there's little doubt that he can get the job done. The veteran righty has been an ultra-reliable bullpen arm throughout his career, and he did save 15 games as a fill-in closer back in 2014. Plus, his closer run this year could last awhile, as Street's return date is anyone's guess at this point. To be honest, I'm liking this buy a lot more than my $227 Kevin Jepsen investment from a couple weeks ago.

If only I was a little more patient.

Todd's Take

Maybe it's from more experience in the NFBC 15-team mixed format with 1000 FAAB units but I'm completely on board with Fred Zinkie's hefty bid on Derek Dietrich. A month ago, we eschewed platoon players in leagues this size, aiming for a regular. Now there's bidding wars for Seth Smith. Dietrich may not play every game in Dee Gordon's stead but he'll get the majority of the run, mostly in the leadoff spot ahead of a couple of productive hitters in Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. Add in soon-to-be dual eligibility at second and third and Dietrich is worth a 20 percent or more bid in this format.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MFulmer, Det Eno Sarris 361 Tim McLeod 87 Adam Ronis 77 Rudy Gamble 13
JGyorko, StL Greg Ambrosius 222      
JSmith, LAA Tom Kessenich 160 Greg Ambrosius 111 Adam Ronis 78 Rudy Gamble 37
    Charlie Wiegert 12    
BDrury, Ari Tim McLeod 141 Charlie Wiegert 73 Stacie Stern 49 Adam Ronis 23
TDuffey, Min Rick Wilton 71 Adam Ronis 13 Rudy Gamble 13 Tim McLeod 12
RDeLaRosa, Ari Ray Murphy 63 Eno Sarris 111 Adam Ronis 46 Stacie Stern 39
    Charlie Wiegert 12    
AGriffin, Tex Charlie Wiegert 54 Tim McCullough 12 Adam Ronis 1  
DDietrich, Mia Anthony Perri 43 Adam Ronis 23    
SWright, Bos Tim McLeod 43 Charlie Wiegert 22 Adam Ronis 6  
SSmith, Sea Perry Van Hook 27 Charlie Wiegert 7    
RGoins, Tor Patrick Mayo 25      
JNicolino, Mia Craig Mish 22 Perry Van Hook 17 Charlie Wiegert 12  
AMeyer, Min Rudy Gamble 13 Rudy Gamble 4 Adam Ronis 1  
ENunez, Min Charlie Wiegert 7 Adam Ronis 3 Tom Kessenich 1  
TChatwood, Col Perry Van Hook 7 Adam Ronis 1    
LMartin, Sea Rudy Gamble 4 Tim McLeod 48    
KPlawecki, NYM Rudy Gamble 3 Adam Ronis 0    
CUtley, LAD Adam Ronis 2 Tim McLeod 12 Tom Kessenich 1  
OArcia, Min Tom Kessenich 1      
JLocke, Pit Stacie Stern 1      
CRuiz, Phi Adam Ronis 0      
ROhlendorf, Cin Rudy Gamble 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RNolasco, Min Ray Murphy 43  
SRodriguez, Pit Perry Van Hook 7  
DStraily, Cin Eno Sarris 3  
JMercer, Pit Tom Kessenich 1 Adam Ronis 0
JJay, SD Tom Kessenich 1  
BNicholas, Tex Adam Ronis 0 Rudy Gamble 0
TBarnhart, Cin Adam Ronis 0 Rudy Gamble 0
DRoss, ChC Adam Ronis 0 Rudy Gamble 0
CaJoseph, Bal Adam Ronis 0  
DSantana, Min Adam Ronis 0  
FSalas, LAA Rudy Gamble 0  
GSoto, LAA Adam Ronis 0  
MGivens, Bal Rudy Gamble 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It was business as usual for high bids in a mixed league – new closer and top pitching prospect called up.

Joe Smith, subbing for Huston Street, was won for $160 by Tom Kessenich.  Check

Michael Fulmer, now in the Detroit rotation was won for $361 by Eno Sarris. Check. (Think of what might have been if Minnesota Twins Jose Berrios and Oakland Athletics Sean Manaea weren’t already owned?)

The other three digit winning bid - $222 on St. Louis infielder Jedd Gyorko by Greg Ambrosius is befuddling, but when you have a $1,000 budget and a need, anything can happen.

Adding Ryan Raburn worked last week, but the outfielder's upcoming schedule meant looking for help by either reinstating Lonnie Chisenhall from the DL over a week when the Indians would face six right-handed pitchers, or looking to the free agent pool for a fresh face. Having watched Chisenhall over the weekend, I bid $27 to win the left-handed bat of Seth Smith. The Mariners fly-chaser checks in with a much needed OBP over .400 and will face at least four, if not five righties in a seven-game span.

Todd's Take

This has been discussed previously in this space but when certain people make certain bids, it's worth paying attention. Eno Sarris knows pitching like I know pizza so when the Fangraphs writer takes a stand on a hurler, it's worth paying attention. As Perry points out, this league was savvy enough to have stashed Berrios and Manaea but Michael Fulmer got Eno's attention to the tune of a 36 percent bid. Given that I rely on others to do the legwork when I rank prospects for my own game-play but I had Fulmer behind Berrios and Manaea so Eno's bid piques interest and will stimulate some due diligence to see what I may be missing.

Another noteworthy purchase was Brandon Drury by Head2Head Sports Stacie Stern. Stacie lives in Arizona so she is closer to the Dbacks than most. Many times, this could be chalked up to a homer move, others it's bred of familiarity, good or bad. Stacie is sharp; she isn't going to pick up a player because he's local - unless she believes he's worth acquiring. The fact she's closer to the situation lends more credence to the move. And no, this has absolutely nothing to do with confirmation bias since I grabbed Drury in Mixed LABR.

OK, maybe a little.

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSmith, LAA Jeff Mans 158 Howard Bender 86  
BDrury, Ari Peter Kreutzer 103 Jake Ciely 23  
RHill, Oak Peter Kreutzer 83 Jake Ciely 47 Paul Sporer 15
SSmith, Sea Peter Kreutzer 61 Stephania Bell 16  
TRoark, Was Jeff Boggis 52 Peter Kreutzer 64 Paul Sporer 14
HNeris, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 37 Peter Kreutzer 2  
SManaea, Oak Jake Ciely 37    
SWright, Bos Jeff Boggis 28    
BHolt, Bos Jeff Boggis 27    
APierzynski, Atl Doug Anderson 22    
JHellickson, Phi Paul Sporer 11    
MFulmer, Det Stephania Bell 8    
CRuiz, Phi Paul Sporer 7    
CCasali, TB Doug Anderson 7    
DHudson, Ari Stephania Bell 5    

UNAWARDED BIDS

COwings, Ari Peter Kreutzer 27
JHahn, Oak Jake Ciely 20
CBedrosian, LAA Jeff Mans 15
DDietrich, Mia Peter Kreutzer 5
RDeLaRosa, Ari Peter Kreutzer 3
TMay, Min Stephania Bell 3
DRoss, ChC Paul Sporer 2
DPhelps, Mia Peter Kreutzer 1
FSalas, LAA Stephania Bell 1
DSantana, Min Peter Kreutzer 0
TDuffey, Min Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I have had a successful two periods, despite some underperforming pieces.

I was a strong preseason supporter of Brandon Drury, who only needed playing time, and now he seems to have it. Is he better than the geriatric Carlos Beltran I've been playing? I'm betting he is. So I bid on him, and won.

Eddie Rosario is a favorite of mine. Has been for a few years. He's athletic and while not a wholly schooled player (weak BB skills) seemed to be one step away from becoming something more this year. That's the beauty of the power/speed combo!

That hasn't happened yet.

And Seth Smith had an atypically excellent week in Seattle. A small bid on a player who might possibly be having a great season is a good way to fill a hole. But I'll admit this is playing a long shot. He's filling the Rosario hole, until it is time to move on.

As for the other bidders, it was mostly small stuff. Jeff Mans put a real and winning bid on Joe Smith. That's some month or two of saves. Well worth a bet.

Jeff Zimmerman won the low end but spirited scrum for Hector Neris, who is striking out nearly 1.5 hitters per inning. Useful in a league that counts K/9, I think.

Jeff Boggis picked up Tanner Roark for a song, after his 17 K game and the 6K game that followed. This week he's still been excellent without duplicating that dominant performance. That is as it should be.

Savviest move of the week for me was Paul Sporer grabbing Jeremy Hellickson for a song.

I think we're all navigating through this league's hybrid rules. Nobody is doing anything weird, we're all trying to be good. That's a fine thing.

One other note: In a league with six reserves, which require's new adds to spend a week on the active roster, there aren't that many clear Adds. Odd but true.

Todd's Take

Some love the head to head format. Others contend there's too much luck involved, both with week-to-week match-ups and getting hot during the playoffs. Odd, fantasy football's popularity pounds sand up fantasy baseball's butt so head to head can't be all bad. Plus, the Tout rules were designed to combat some of that happenstance.

All that's well and good but the real charm of the head to head format is the platform for social interaction and I'm thrilled to see a handful of Tout owners take advantage by talking some smack over Twitter, keeping their followers abreast of their weekly match-up.

Fantasy Alarm's Howard Bender (@rotobuzzguy) sets the tone with Tout H2H esteemed leader, Peter Kreutzer (@kroyte), Jake Ciely (‏@allinkid), Jeff Boggis (@JeffBoggis), Brent Hershey (@BrentHQ) and Paul Sporer (@sporer), among other getting their barbs in. Rock on.

LABRLOGO

Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed Draft League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alex Meyer, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 ESPN.com 6 USA TODAY Sports 2  
Rafael Ortega, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Fangraphs 1  
Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 6 USA TODAY Sports 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Fangraphs 1
Fernando Salas, LAA USA TODAY Sports 2      
Mike Wright, BAL Fangraphs 1      
Nick Vincent, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Hyun-soo Kim, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Fangraphs 1
Gavin Floyd, TOR Mastersball 2  
Jose Alvarez, LAA Fangraphs 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY Fangraphs 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With Sean Manaea (Tim Heaney), Jose Berrios (Ray Flowers), and Mike Fulmer (Doug Dennis) snatched up on draft day, the free agent market took its own turn this cycle, starting with the $11 Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs dropped on Twins pitcher Alex Meyer, besting three bids--one of $6, and a pair at $2).

Having traded Jesse Hahn and Steven Wright for Luis Valbuena and Matt Shoemaker last week (I needed a third sacker to cover for the injured Danny Valencia), I thought I could let Shoemaker make one start (how much could that hurt). Two innings, nine hits, and seven runs later I had an answer, so I was able to cover the spot vacated by Shoemaker when down by snatching up Chris Devenski, the Astros pitcher for $6, outlasting two more $2 bids and one of a buck.

Three more pitchers, Fernando Salas ($2 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton), Mike Wright ($1 to Eno Sarris), and Nick Vincent ($1 to Brandon Funston) were rostered, unchallenged, while only only one batter--Rafael Ortega--was purchased by Steve Gardner for $7, besting shots at $5 and $1.

Because LABR allows a six-man reserve list, plus a DL, the free agent market is thin, but it seems owners are plugging lineup holes while also letting the numbers stabilize to see what is really needed to be competitive

Todd's Take

Let's play a game of "What if." What if Berrios. Manaea and Fulmer were available this week, what would they have cost? Alex Meyer went for 11 FAAB units so that's the baseline. Of the three, Berrios is ranked higher on most prospect lists, followed my Manaea then Fulmer. Fulmer likely would have needed a high to mid-teens bid with Manaea in the twenties. Berrios is the wild-card as it's easy to see someone breaking the bank. Personally, a mid-30s bid seems right.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Justin Nicolino, MIA RotoExperts 9    
Adam Morgan, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Baseball HQ 2  
Matt Szczur, CHC RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT RotoExperts 3    
Ivan De Jesus, CIN Baseball HQ 2 RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1
Ramon Flores, MIL Baseball HQ 2    
David Hernandez, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Baseball HQ 1  
Ruben Tejada, STL Baseball HQ 1    
Tucker Barnhart, CIN RotoExperts 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Miguel Rojas, MIA RotoExperts 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Rickie Weeks, ARI Baseball HQ 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Colin Walsh, MIL Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hernan Perez, MIL RotoExperts 1 Baseball HQ 1
Matthew den Dekker, WSH RotoExperts 1  
David Ross, CHC RotoExperts 1  
Chris Stewart, PIT RotoExperts 1  
Stephen Drew, WSH Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a relatively quiet week this time around in NL LABR, with no players going for more than single-digit prices. The three moves that most caught my eye were made by the same owner, RotoExperts’ Lenny Melnick.

$9 fetched lefty Justin Nicolino of Miami, a player who Melnick also grabbed in NL Tout Wars. The 24-year-old held the Dodgers to two hits over 7 1/3 innings in his first MLB start of 2016, however, he fanned just two. Look for strikeouts elsewhere.

Kyle Barraclough is a hard throwing right-handed reliever who made a nice debut for the Marlins in 2015, but surprisingly opened 2016 down in Triple-A. Back with the Fish now, Barraclough looks to be slotted as the seventh inning man ahead of David Phelps and closer A.J. Ramos. I really like this $3 addition.

Melnick’s third buy was also for a bullpen arm, Arquimedes Caminero of Pittsburgh ($3), who has reclaimed having the coolest name in the Senior Circuit now that Socrates Brito has been demoted. Caminero was a dependable set up man with just under a strikeout per inning for the 2015 Bucs, but his bad spring has continued through the first month of the regular season (5.68 ERA and 10 walks in 12 2/3 innings). In his defense, the right-hander did grab a vulture save two weekends ago. Ironically, this same weekend, I gave up on Caminero, releasing him in NL Tout.

Todd's Take

In a recent column I wrote for Rotowire, the notion of offering choices in trades was discussed. One reason is we all view players differently. The NL LABR bidding offers a neat little example of this. Lenny Melnick bid on (and won) Justin Nicolino but he didn't include contingencies. On the other hand, the duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs along with Doug Dennis both bid on Adam Morgan but not Nicolino. Obviously we're not talking about Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta here, but it does help emphasize we all see players differently.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Sean Manaea, OAK Baseball Prospectus 18 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 8 Razzball 8 @TheFantasyFix 4
    USA TODAY Fantasy 2 RotoExperts 1  
Jesse Hahn, OAK Razzball 16 MLB.com 8 Baseball Prospectus 7 @TheFantasyFix 6
    Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 RotoExperts 1  
Seth Smith, SEA ESPN.com 16 MLB.com 1    
Trevor May, MIN Mastersball 13 USA TODAY Sports 2 @TheFantasyFix 1  
Brandon Drury, ARI Mastersball 13 MLB.com 8 USA TODAY Fantasy 3 RotoExperts 1
Michael Fulmer, DET Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 11 ESPN.com 8 Baseball Prospectus 3 Razzball 2
    @TheFantasyFix 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Dioner Navarro, CWS Baseball HQ 9 Fantasy Alarm 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 @TheFantasyFix 1
    Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
Joe Smith, LAA USA TODAY Fantasy 7 Baseball Prospectus 9 Fangraphs 7 Razzball 6
    @TheFantasyFix 5 MLB.com 2  
Danny Santana, MIN Fantasy Alarm 6 Baseball HQ 2 @TheFantasyFix 1 MLB.com 1
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS USA TODAY Fantasy 6 MLB.com 3 Baseball HQ 2 RotoExperts 2
    @TheFantasyFix 1    
Ricky Nolasco, MIN @TheFantasyFix 6 USA TODAY Sports 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Daniel Hudson, ARI ESPN.com 5      
Alex Meyer, MIN Razzball 3      
A.J. Griffin, TEX USA TODAY Sports 3 @TheFantasyFix 3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2  
David Ross, CHC Fantasy Alarm 1      
Coco Crisp, OAK Baseball HQ 1 Fantasy Alarm 3    
Carlos Ruiz, PHI @TheFantasyFix 1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
Tyler Flowers, ATL Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Tyler Naquin, CLE MLB.com 1      
Geovany Soto, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 @TheFantasyFix 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kevin Plawecki, NYM Baseball HQ 6 USA TODAY Sports 1
Chris Devenski, HOU Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2  
Brad Brach, BAL Razzball 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Trevor Brown, SF Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
Ross Ohlendorf, CIN Razzball 1  
Colin Rea, SD USA TODAY Sports 2  

Todd Zola's Commentary

As was discussed a couple weeks back, one of my shortcoming in this format is waiting until I need to replace a hurt player and not being more proactive about upgrading a weak spot. I've been looking to improve upon Eduardo Escobar and/or Martin Prado. C.J. Cron and Ben Paulsen are on the bench while Almedys Diaz was occupying utility. The return of Charlie Blackmon means Diaz can replace Escobar. In previous seasons I would have stayed put and waited for Cron to heat up. This time I took the plunge with Brandon Drury. For the record, I don't believe in riding streaks but I do recognize team management tends to give more playing time to pereived hot players and there's worse lineup spots than ahead of Paul Goldschmidt.

Todd's Take

 Earlier this week, I was contacted by mlb.com's Fred Zinkie as he was looking to deal a closer, dangling Jeurys Familia for one of my starting pitchers. We didn't find a match primarily because I planned on grabbing Trevor May to back up my scuffling Kevin Jepsen. My main closer is Francisco Rodriguez so at some point I'll likely need to make a move but this early in the season I opted not to deal a commodity like a starting pitcher for saves. At least not yet.

LABRLOGO

Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed Draft League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 5 USAT Sports 4 USAT Fantasy 2  
Ryan Dull, OAK Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Justin Wilson, DET USAT Fantasy 2 Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Rafael Ortega, LAA USAT Sports 2      
Michael Tonkin, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Joel Peralta, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Caleb Joseph, BAL RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Mike Aviles, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 USAT Fantasy 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 2 USAT Fantasy 1
Andrew Romine, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Enny Romero, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Fernando Salas, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Jake Diekman, TEX USAT Fantasy 1  
Ji-Man Choi, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA USAT Fantasy 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

What a fun and goofy week of mental gyrations it was in AL LABR, all of which came to a climax Sunday at midnight ET. Bids were certainly made on a small cluster of players, but at this point, no one was willing to gamble more than a five spot.

Within the journey of my own team, on Thursday, my third sacker, Danny Valencia went down with a pulled hamstring. Unfortunately, no one else on my roster could play third, and the only free agent hot corner choices were Andrew Romine (.122 over eight at-bats) and Mike Aviles (.111 over nine at-bats), neither of whom was remotely appealing, and both of whom play for Detroit.

I decided to sit tight and see if a trade would arrive in the next week, rather than essentially fill a hole with a vacuum.

But, at the deadline, Chris Liss advised me that Luis Valbuena was available, so we completed the trade of Valbuena and Matt Shoemaker for Jesse Hahn and Steven Wright.

In the mean time Larry Schechter decided that Aviles was worth the risk, so he dropped a buck on the Tiger and now we can all see whether the results are pain or pleasure.

In other moves, the big ticket free agent was the Jays Ezequiel Carrera, who cost Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf $5, but also got bids of $2 and $4.

In fact, five of the nine free agents acquired this week had multiple bids. Tim Heaney of USAT Fantasy rostered Justin Wilson for $2, while another $2 shot and three $1 attempts failed. In addition to Aviles, Schechter copped Junichi Tazawa for a dollar, but there was another pair of $1 tries, I nabbed Ruan Dull for $2, besting a pair of $1 shots, and Caleb Joseph, whom I released last week went to Chris Liss for a buck, but another owner tried the same only to lose out to Chris via place in the standings.

Surprisingly, Rafael Ortega was plucked by Steve Gardner for two uncontested dollars, Michael Tonkin and Joel Peralta both went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a buck each.

Todd's Take

Why all the chatter on Justin Wilson? In their seemingly infinite loop attempt to plug up the back-end of their bullpen, the Tigers signed Francisco Rodriguez who's been a successful closer the past couple of seasons despite losing a couple fee off his fastball. On top of a week with a couple of rough outings, K-Rod left the club Sunday due to an undisclosed family medical emergency. Despite being a southpaw, Wilson has closer stuff and is in line to get some change opportunities in the short term. Alex Wilson (last season's closer down the stretch) and Mark Lowe are also in the mix.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tyler Holt, CIN Inside Edge 7      
Daniel Castro, ATL RotoExperts 7 Baseball HQ 2 ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA RotoExperts 6 Inside Edge 1    
Andrew Bailey, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Jason Rogers, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 Inside Edge 1  
Caleb Cotham, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN - Karabell 1    
Adam Rosales, SD Mastersball 3 RotoWire - DVR 2 ESPN - Karabell 1 Inside Edge 1
    Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Cesar Vargas, SD Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Alex Presley, MIL RotoWire - DVR 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1  
David Lough, PHI Mastersball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
    Inside Edge 1    
David Phelps, MIA Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Brett Wallace, SD Inside Edge 1      
Ryan Buchter, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Joe Blanton, LAD Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Charlie Culberson, LAD Inside Edge 1
Colin Walsh, MIL RotoExperts 1
Dalier Hinojosa, PHI Baseball HQ 1
Derek Law, SF Baseball HQ 1
Eric Campbell, NYM Inside Edge 1
Rickie Weeks, ARI Inside Edge 1
Yadiel Rivera, MIL RotoExperts 1
Yusmeiro Petit, WSH Baseball HQ 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

After a relatively quiet week last time, the NL LABR crew was very active in bidding, with 14 players going to seven different owners. Two $7 players led the way – Tyler Holt and Daniel Castro.

Cincinnati center fielder Holt is now on the roster of Inside Edge’s Steve Moyer. The regular player at that position, Billy Hamilton, is out with a thumb injury, opening up at-bats. If Holt - who was with the Indians last season – can show anything with the bat, the Reds should find somewhere for him to play. Castro is receiving starter’s work on Atlanta’s infield with Hector Olivera sitting in assault limbo, from which he may not emerge any time soon.

Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS Inc. made a bet on the Philadelphia closer race, putting their $5 down on Andrew Bailey. The former ninth-inning specialist with Oakland (2009-11) appeared to grab the Philly job this spring, but lost his grasp on it almost as quickly and ended up opening the year in Triple-A. There is no reason to believe that Bailey couldn’t get another shot as the fourth candidate in line this young season

Todd's Take

There are two more closer bets placed this week in NL LABR. We'll save one for a moment as that's who I acquired in the Mixed League. The other is Caleb Cotham who has pitched himself into contention for some saves if the Reds' threat to relieve J.J. Hoover of his duties comes to fruition. Cotham's case looked better before a Saturday implosion versus the Cubs. That said, the Cubbies are going to ruin a lot of bullpen ERAs. Cotham's isn't especially dominant, averaging about 93 mph on his fastball. The perceived lead candidate to replace Hoover is southpaw Tony Cingrani but that would leave Cincinnati devoid of another left-handed reliever which could be the opening Cotham needs.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kendall Graveman, OAK @TheFantasyFix 7 RotoExperts 3 Rotowire 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
    MLB.com 2 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Jordy Mercer, PIT USA TODAY Sports 5 Fantasy Alarm 4 Baseball Prospectus 1 Razzball 1
David Phelps, MIA Mastersball 4      
Aaron Blair, ATL RotoExperts 3 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Adam Duvall, CIN Fangraphs 3      
Steven Wright, BOS Baseball Prospectus 3 Rotowire 2 MLB.com 2  
David Freese, PIT USA TODAY Fantasy 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Andrelton Simmons, LAA Fantasy Alarm 2      
Anthony Cingrani, CIN Razzball 2      
Caleb Cotham, CIN USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Mastersball 1    
Tucker Barnhart, CIN RotoExperts 1      
Desmond Jennings, TB USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Jon Jay, SD USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Hector Neris, PHI Rotowire 1      
Mark Reynolds, COL Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 4    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sean Rodriguez, PIT USA TODAY Sports 4
Brandon Drury, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1
Jered Weaver, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1
Logan Verrett, NYM Mastersball 1
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Seung-Hwan Oh, STL Rotowire 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

The suspense is over, David Phelps is the other speculative closer choice referenced above. The Miami Marlins have announced their intention to move Phelps into late-inning duty. This is a new role as Phelps is usually a useful swingman, going multiple innings in relief along with some spot starts. On the 'pen, Phelps has cranked up the strikeouts, fanning hitters at a 10.6 per nine innings clipped while dropping his walk rate to 2.45. These are closer like numbers and while A.J. Ramos got the job done after usurping the gig from Steve Cishek, the Fish must not have been convinced he's the guy as they declared an open competition in the spring with Carter Capps - winner gets to close. We all know what happened to Capps, leaving the saves to Ramos...at least for now.

Todd's Take

 This was a tough week as my squad could use another starting pitcher with Tyson Ross hurt. Kendall Graveman has two starts this week, one at Detroit and the other at home versus Houston. Both offer strikeout potential and Graveman has upped his K-rate thus far, but both also sport dangerous offenses so the decision was made to go the safe route this week while keeping a lookout for an emerging starter.

 

 

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

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ECarrera, Tor Jason Collette 78 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 52 Jeff Erickson 32 Patrick Davitt 11
    Chris Liss 7 Lawr Michaels 6 Steve Moyer 3
    Mike Podhorzer 2    
ROrtega, LAA Lawr Michaels 55 Jeff Erickson 12    
SClevenger, Sea Jason Collette 27 Jeff Erickson 5    
YMoncada, Bos Chris Liss 21      
MZunino, Sea Ron Shandler 18      
ZMcAllister, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11 Jeff Erickson 3    
KSmith, CWS Jason Collette 11 Mike Podhorzer 1    
JSands, CWS Mike Podhorzer 2      
ARomine, Det Larry Schechter 1      
NVincent, Sea Steve Moyer 0      
EKratz, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRua, Tex Lawr Michaels 8  
JChoi, LAA Lawr Michaels 5 Larry Schechter 1
ERomero, TB Jason Collette 3  
RRua, Tex Mike Podhorzer 2  
BBrach, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Steve Moyer 0
BWilson, Det Mike Podhorzer 0  
DButera, KC Mike Podhorzer 0  
JThole, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0  
LHochevar, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
TBarnette, Tex Steve Moyer 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In AL Tout there were a lot of FAAB gyrations around trying to make the tools of ignorance make some sense.

Jason Collette's team might be sitting in third place in the current standings, but Jason hardly sat still buying three players in White Sox catcher Kevan Smith ($11), Seattle backstop Steve Clevenger ($27) , thus de- and reconstructing his backstop corps, reserving Tyler Motter, releasing JR Murphy and finally releasing Hank Conger and grabbing Ezequiel Carrera for $78.

Perhaps adding to the backstop confusion was Ron Shandler's reserving Caleb Joseph and dropping $18 on Mike Zunino, while Mike Podhorzer tried to remedy his catcher woes with Eric Kratz for an unchallenged $0 bid.

In other moves, Chris Liss grabbed Yoan Moncada for $21, I got Rafael Ortega for $55, Podhorzer took Jerry Sands for a couple of dollars. and Larry Schechter acquired Andrew Romine for a dollar.

Steve Moyer made a nice speculative relief gamble with Nick Vincent (who got a save Sunday) for a dollar while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbed Zach McAllister for $11.

Todd's Take

Back in the spring at BaseballHQ's First Pitch Forum series, I noted how dreadful the AL-only catching pool is with 15 of the 24 draft-worthy candidates estimated to earn less than $5 (and that's with the scarcity bump baked into the formula). The way to attack that was give in and pay for at least one of the better backstops or go with the flow and play the wire all season until a couple of not-hurt-you receivers land on you roster, assuming you don't get lucky at the draft table.

Jason Collette tried the latter with Conger and Murphy - two of my favorite options if you opted not to pay. Murphy's struggles are surprising as my money was on him grabbing more and more playing time as the season progressed, eventually usurping Kurt Suzuki. Murphy's hitting an anemic 0.094 (3-for-32) but the curious aspect is he's only whiffed four times. I'm still optimistic Murphy will get it in gear but with Tout Wars limited bench space (a rule I favor), Jason decided to release him (along with Conger). Smith is backing up Dioner Navarro while Alex Avila nurses a sore hamstring on the DL. He hit well in the minors and is worth a pickup.

But so is Murphy...next week.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABlair, Atl Ray Guilfoyle 130 Todd Zola 13 Andy Behrens 9  
DCastro, Atl Grey Albright 87 Ray Guilfoyle 60 Steve Gardner 54 Phil Hertz 0
    Todd Zola 0    
CCotham, Cin Grey Albright 83 Ray Guilfoyle 65 Brian Walton 33 Todd Zola 17
    Andy Behrens 11 Mike Gianella 5  
JWeeks, SD Phil Hertz 42 Steve Gardner 11 Mike Gianella 7  
DPhelps, Mia Todd Zola 37 Brian Walton 12 Phil Hertz 11 Mike Gianella 5
DLough, Phi Mike Gianella 27 Phil Hertz 43 Brian Walton 12 Todd Zola 0
ARosales, SD Brian Walton 23 Steve Gardner 14 Todd Zola 13 Grey Albright 11
    Lenny Melnick 8    
TThornburg, Mil Phil Hertz 22 Todd Zola 0    
PGosselin, Ari Todd Zola 13      
ROhlendorf, Cin Andy Behrens 11      
NFeliz, Pit Mike Gianella 5 Phil Hertz 4    
FRivero, Was Brian Walton 2 Phil Hertz 0    
WContreras, ChC Andy Behrens 1      
YRivera, Mil Steve Gardner 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BWood, Cin Ray Guilfoyle 70 Grey Albright 41  
CVargas, SD Ray Guilfoyle 65    
BLogan, Col Grey Albright 17    
MDenDekker, Was Grey Albright 11 Brian Walton 1 Todd Zola 0
CHeisey, Was Grey Albright 11 Brian Walton 2  
APresley, Mil Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 2  
DLaw, SF Phil Hertz 3    
YPetit, Was Phil Hertz 2 Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0
KBarraclough, Mia Phil Hertz 1    
ZLee, LAD Phil Hertz 1    
APresley, Mil Brian Walton 0    
DRoss, ChC Andy Behrens 0    
RDelgado, Ari Todd Zola 0    
THolt, Cin Todd Zola 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Aaron Blair was a big piece of the pie Atlanta received from Arizona in return for Shelby Miller. The 23-year-old right-hander made his Major League debut on Sunday and held the visiting Mets to one run over the first five innings before giving up two in the sixth and was pulled at 80 pitches. The fact that Blair’s next start may line up against the Cubs on Friday did not deter Ray Guilfoyle from Fake Teams from spending $130 on him. As usual, I was second at $33.

Grey Albright of Razzball has been an aggressive bidder this season so it should not be a surprise that he spent a total of $170 on a pair of hitters. In Atlanta, Daniel Castro ($87) was called up from Triple-A and given starter’s at-bats due to the arrest of Hector Olivera two weeks ago. Given the charge is assault and seeing how long the Jose Reyes case is taking to play out seems to make Castro more than a short-term fill in.

Albright’s other addition is one of the entrants in the Cincinnati closer committee, Caleb Cotham ($83). For my money, Tony Cingrani is the man to beat, but Cotham has a good skill set, even if his early numbers are uneven. Yep, I came in second in the bidding again. Interestingly, Blake Wood was a secondary bid from several Tout warriors, but remains on the waiver wire. Pitching in the fifth with the Reds behind on Saturday was not a good signal for Woods’ closing chances soon.

Todd's Take

Please check the LABR report for my analysis of David Phelps. I wouldn't mind another starter to replace the injured (again) Robbie Erlin but opted for the emerging later inning reliever. Phil Gosselin was also acquired to take the spot of Scott Van Slyke. The Snakes are playing musical infielders and with Chris Owings and Brandon Drury dabbling in the outfield, that frees up infield time for Gosselin. There won't be a ton in the way of counting stats but Gosselin is scrappy and could emerge with more playing time like he did last season. Hopefully he's just a stop-gap as I'm still figuring out how to replace A.J. Pollock.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABlair, Atl Derek Van Riper 157 Scott Engel 84    
ADuvall, Cin Ray Flowers 81 Scott Swanay 76 Al Melchior 66 Scott Engel 39
    David Gonos 33    
TCingrani, Cin Scott Pianowski 77 Nando DiFino 21 Ray Flowers 19 Derek Van Riper 11
MReynolds, Col Scott Swanay 73 Derek Van Riper 1 Bret Sayre 0  
RDeLaRosa, Ari Tim Heaney 56      
CCotham, Cin Al Melchior 51 Scott Pianowski 66 Ray Flowers 19  
SDyson, Tex Ray Flowers 42      
SRodriguez, Pit Scott Engel 41      
ENunez, Min Fred Zinkie 40 Scott Engel 38 Zach Steinhorn 12 Derek Van Riper 1
    Bret Sayre 0    
AGriffin, Tex Scott Engel 33 Ray Flowers 9    
CUtley, LAD Derek Van Riper 21      
TFlowers, Atl Scott Engel 21 Scott Pianowski 11 Scott Swanay 0  
DFreese, Pit Zach Steinhorn 18 Derek Van Riper 1 Bret Sayre 0  
SWright, Bos Fred Zinkie 6 Derek Van Riper 2 Cory Schwartz 0  
HOwens, Bos Scott Engel 6 Derek Van Riper 77    
TBrown, SF Scott Pianowski 5      
RRaburn, Col Fred Zinkie 3      
JMercer, Pit Bret Sayre 1 Fred Zinkie 1 Derek Van Riper 1  
AHill, Mil Bret Sayre 0 Zach Steinhorn 4    
APierzynski, Atl Scott Swanay 0 Scott Pianowski 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RNolasco, Min Tim Heaney 26  
JWilson, Det Ray Flowers 19  
KHerrera, KC Ray Flowers 19  
JWeaver, LAA Ray Flowers 18  
HNeris, Phi Ray Flowers 17  
KSiegrist, StL Ray Flowers 17  
ABailey, Phi Scott Pianowski 13 Ray Flowers 9
BShaw, Cle Ray Flowers 9  
KQuackenbush, SD Ray Flowers 9  
KUehara, Bos Ray Flowers 9  
OArcia, Min Fred Zinkie 3  
SSmith, Sea Fred Zinkie 3  
TClippard, Ari Scott Pianowski 3  
LVerrett, NYM Derek Van Riper 2  
MLowe, Det Derek Van Riper 2  
RStephenson, Cin Derek Van Riper 1  
TDuffey, Min Derek Van Riper 1  
CCasali, TB Scott Swanay 0  
DPhelps, Mia Al Melchior 0  
JUribe, Cle Bret Sayre 0  
KSuzuki, Min Scott Swanay 0  
TSaladino, CWS Bret Sayre 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Aaron Blair pitched fairly well in his big league debut on Sunday and sports an impressive 3.13 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 67 career minor league games (66 starts). But when it comes to his immediate fantasy value, the most important factor is that the rebuilding Braves will likely provide him with a legitimate opportunity to stick in their rotation, and this was probably the factor that swayed Derek Van Riper to bid a substantial $157. Personally, I need to see more from Blair before I'd feel comfortable with him in a mixed league, but maybe by next week, his FAAB price would have exceeded $157, so grabbing him now could turn out to be the prudent move.

The closer situation in Cincinnati is a mess, and as of now, there is no clear leader of the pack in the competition to replace J.J. Hoover. Tony Cingrani has the stuff to succeed in the role, but he has issued eight free passes through eight innings this season. Not good. Caleb Cotham has been the most effective reliever for the Reds so far, but he has only 21 games of big league experience under his belt. This is why I like to draft at least two reliable closers. Desperately playing the waiver wire closer game, especially in deeper leagues, is not fun.

Trevor Plouffe's trip to the DL, which of course had to happen after last Monday's lineup deadline, forced me to start Brandon Drury as he was the only other third baseman on my roster (Tout Wars allows mid-week substitutions for players placed on the DL). Although I do like Drury, the bottom line is that he's not playing every day. So in order to maximize my counting stats, I figured that it was a good idea to add a third baseman. David Freese is nothing special, but he's swinging a hot bat out of the gate and is currently hitting in the heart of Pittsburgh's lineup. Hopefully, the hot streak lasts for a bit longer until Plouffe returns. If not, I might head right back to the waiver wire next week.

Todd's Take

Zach touched on one of the two players that caught my eye - David Freese. The chance Freese ends the season in the three-hole are slim but I agree with Zach, ride it out. The other intriguing acquisition was my Wednesday Rotowire Podcast partner Derek Van Riper's buy of Chase Utley. It's not so much DVR took the plunge but rather his bid went uncontested with some lesser middle infielders also purchased. Howie Kendrick is playing third and left, leaving the keystone sack for Utley except when a real tough lefty is on the hill.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HNeris, Phi Eno Sarris 113 Tim McLeod 8    
TBauer, Cle Adam Ronis 37      
AGarcia, Atl Tim McLeod 18 Tom Kessenich 2    
ABlair, Atl Tom Kessenich 11 Adam Ronis 4    
KGraveman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 11 Adam Ronis 32 Eno Sarris 13 Ray Murphy 4
JHardy, Bal Tom Kessenich 9      
JTomlin, Cle Ray Murphy 4 Rudy Gamble 4    
KSiegrist, StL Tim McLeod 3      
CCotham, Cin Rudy Gamble 2 Adam Ronis 4 Tom Kessenich 3  
RRaburn, Col Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CUtley, LAD Adam Ronis 31 Tim McLeod 6 Tom Kessenich 4 Perry Van Hook 0
JMercer, Pit Tim McLeod 16 Tom Kessenich 1    
OArcia, Min Adam Ronis 13 Tom Kessenich 4    
ENunez, Min Tim McLeod 11 Adam Ronis 4 Tom Kessenich 1  
DFister, Hou Greg Ambrosius 5      
ROhlendorf, Cin Tom Kessenich 3      
NJones, CWS Tim McLeod 2      
DStubbs, Atl Tom Kessenich 1      
JJay, SD Tom Kessenich 1      
KHerrera, KC Tim McLeod 1      
MByrd, Cle Tom Kessenich 1      
JRollins, CWS Perry Van Hook 0      
SRodriguez, Pit Perry Van Hook 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It didn’t look like there would be a lot of bidding this week – no new closers or players called up of particular interest. But Touts are always looking and thinking so there were a few speculative bids.

The highest winning bid of the evening was for Phillies reliever Hector Neris at $113 by Eno Sarris – ironic because in Sunday’s action Neris gave up his first run of the season. Jeanmar Gomez doesn’t have everyone’s confidence, perhaps even his clubs’ as Andrew Bailey was called up (but did not attract any bids). On the same wavelength was Rudy Gamble with his two dollar bid for potential Reds’ committee member Caleb Cotham as J.J. Hoover has purportedly lost the job in Cincinnati.

Another good speculator was Adam Ronis who bid $37 for Trevor Bauer, likely on the thought that if Carlos Carrasco, already sent to the DL with his hamstring issue, is going to miss significant time, Bauer might be back in the Indians’ rotation.

Based on the feeling there wouldn’t be a lot of bidding and the fact that I have an extra roster spot with Martin Prado DL eligible because of his maternity leave, I bid $0 for several players who might help next week and won the top choice, Rockies outfielder Ryan Raburn. The righty swinger is hitting very well and looks like he should have some meaningful at-bats in four home games versus Pittsburgh and three road games in Arizona’s hitter friendly Chase Field. The Bucs are scheduled to start southpaws Jeff Locke and Jon Niese while the Snakes will send Robbie Ray to the hill meaning Raburn will get three starts plus pinch-hitting duty. Adding him means Tyler Naquin can be reserved to see if he survives as the Cleveland center fielder with the imminent return of Michael Brantley on Monday.

Todd's Take

I like how Perry took into account Raburn's favorable venues and match-ups against three southpaws. When you're working on the fringes, it's the little things that provide an edge. We all do it with pitchers so why not think similarly with hitters?

Apparently more Touts disagree with me as Utley wasn't acquired, though he was the contingency for several owners. This is also a reflection of how deep the second base pool is with quantity (but not quality). There's a ton of useful but non-game changers that qualify at second.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BShaw, Cle Jeff Zimmerman 54  
ABlair, Atl Jeff Boggis 52 Jake Ciely 14
DPomeranz, SD Howard Bender 48 Jake Ciely 19
HSantiago, LAA Jake Ciely 19  
MGivens, Bal Brent Hershey 2  

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMay, Min Brent Hershey 2
SOh, StL Howard Bender 1
HNeris, Phi Brent Hershey 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Scant action in H2H. Let's blame the shallow league, which has hoovered most of the relevant talent. At least we hope so.

That Drew Pomeranz was available and sold for just 48 makes my point. Three good starts earned one modest bid.

There was only one bid on Braves semi-phenom Aaron Blair, who joins the rotation for a team that is not going to win many games. Not exciting.

But the week's biggest bid went to Bryan Shaw. Relievers are of value in this league, at least those with high strikeout rates, which historically doesn't include Shaw.

Todd's Take

To be honest, it's surprising there's not more churn in this league. It's likely due to the culture of those in the industry that aren't as used to shallower formats and are more programmed to play the patience game. We all want confirmation our initial player evaluations were correct so we hold onto them longer than we should in some instances. The truth is, we should also trust our in-season analysis and make moves to improve our teams. This isn't an admission we were wrong, but rather an indication we're actively paying attention and reevaluating. While this should be done in all leagues, the available inventory of a 12-team mixer lends itself to more churn since the exit strategy for a failed move is less painful than deeper leagues.

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

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CVazquez, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 151 Lawr Michaels 95 Mike Podhorzer 82 Jason Collette 57
    Rob Leibowitz 27 Steve Moyer 0  
OArcia, Min Chris Liss 113 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Mike Podhorzer 32  
ENunez, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 22 Chris Liss 34 Steve Moyer 0  
DHutchison, Tor Jason Collette 12      
BNicholas, Tex Mike Podhorzer 12 Steve Moyer 0    
RDull, Oak Chris Liss 5      
TMotter, TB Jason Collette 5      
RoPerez, Cle Jason Collette 3 Rob Leibowitz 0    
MLowe, Det Larry Schechter 2 Rob Leibowitz 0    
DavMurphy, Min Mike Podhorzer 2      
JTazawa, Bos Rob Leibowitz 0      
ARomine, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0 Mike Podhorzer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

ROrtega, LAA Mike Podhorzer 12  
JChavez, Tor Jason Collette 8 Rob Leibowitz 0
ARomine, Det Jason Collette 2  
BBrach, Bal Chris Liss 0  
BWilson, Det Rob Leibowitz 0  
DGee, KC Rob Leibowitz 0  
JThole, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0  
LHochevar, KC Rob Leibowitz 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Covering the holes of the wounded was a driving force in AL Tout this past week, with the likes of Glen Perkins, Shin-Soo Choo, and Robinson Chirinos all moving to the Red Cross Tent. That means teams eyeing rosters and free agents and possibilities with nine owners trying to replace wounded, under-performing, and demoted.

Fantasy Alarm's Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $151--tops for the day--to replace Eric Kratz with Boston's Christian Vazquez, a player coveted by no fewer than four other teams with bids of $27 (Chris Liss), $57 (Jason Collette), $82 (Mike Podhorzer), and my bid of $95.

Chris Liss then made a solid move acquiring the hero of Minnesota's weekend sweep of the Angels, bagging Oswaldo Garcia for $113 besting bids of
$51 and $32.

Liss also bagged Ryan Dull for $5, while team Wolf/Colten smartly snagged Edward Nunez for $22 to replace Justin Smoak.

Fangraphs Podhorzer lost on the marquee names, but did nab Brett NIcholas for $12 (replacing Blake Swihart) and then David Murphy for $2.

Rotowire and Fangraphs's Jason Collette covered his bases with Drew Hutchinson ($2) and hitters Taylor Motter ($5) and Roberto Perez ($3).

Finally, Larry Schechter rostered Mark Lowe ($2), and Rob Leibowitz picked up Junichi Tazawa ($0) so six teams actually did change their squads.

Todd's Take

Who is Taylor Motter and why is Jason Collette willing to take a goose-egg for the week and use one of his four reserve spots for him? Motter was the voted the most outstanding rookie of the Tampa Bay Rays spring. He's an outfielder by trade but like most Rays, can play all over the place. Last year in Triple-A Durham, the then 25-year old hit a robust 0.292 with 14 homers and 26 bags. He was a bit old for the level so keep expectations in check but anytime you can play more than one spot and contribute in multiple categories, there are usually pathways to fantasy utility.

That said, other than Steven Souza dealing with a jammed finger which isn't considered serious, Tampa is healthy. Jason is as plugged into the Rays as much as anyone can be without working for a club so he must feel Motter will be called up at some point, despite getting off to a rather tepid start in the minors.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JChacin, Atl Mike Gianella 104 Scott Wilderman 32 Steve Gardner 21 Phil Hertz 14
TWolters, Col Grey Albright 88 Brian Walton 32 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Derek Carty 11
LVerrett, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 35 Scott Wilderman 25 Steve Gardner 19 Brian Walton 12
    Lenny Melnick  7    
DStraily, Cin Brian Walton 32 Grey Albright 11 Scott Wilderman 11 Phil Hertz 1
CMorton, Phi Derek Carty 32 Mike Gianella 47    
BBarnes, Col Grey Albright 31 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Brian Walton 2  
MWilliamson, SF Brian Walton 22      
AAmarista, SD Derek Carty 22 Grey Albright 21 Ray Guilfoyle 20 Andy Behrens 7
    Phil Hertz 6    
ZDavies, Mil Brian Walton 13      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Phil Hertz 4      
HNeris, Phi Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton 1    
BreAnderson, LAD Andy Behrens 1      
RBuchter, SD Scott Wilderman 0 Brian Walton 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DCastro, Atl Grey Albright 21
EAdrianza, SF Grey Albright 21
DRoss, ChC Grey Albright 5
JMathis, Mia Grey Albright 5
CBethancourt, SD Grey Albright 5
FRivero, Was Brian Walton 2
CaVillanueva, SD Brian Walton 1
CHeisey, Was Brian Walton 1
CWithrow, Atl Brian Walton 1
MDenDekker, Was Brian Walton 1
TThornburg, Mil Brian Walton 1
BOberholtzer, Phi Scott Wilderman 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Jhoulys Chacin is well-known from his time in Colorado’s rotation. In 2016, the right-hander is an Atlanta Brave. After starting the season in Triple-A, Chacin returned to the bigs, where he strung together 11 scoreless innings over two starts before running out of gas during Sunday’s sixth inning. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was the winning bidder at $104. The defending champion is on a mission to improve his pitching. On Sunday night, Mike also added James Shields in a trade for Yasmany Grandal.

With Colorado catcher Nick Hundley out indefinitely due to a concussion, it only stands to reason that his NL Tout owner, Grey Albright, shelled out the most cash, $88, for Hundley’s primary reserve, Tony Wolters. The Rockies’ other alternative behind the plate, Dustin Garneau, is already owned.

Even though he has bounced around this year – to Houston, then to Cincinnati – with Dan Straily getting a shot to start for the Reds on Monday, I was willing to spend $32. Unless he delivers results in a hurry, though, odds are that Straily will be back in the pen with the returns of Anthony DeSclafani and John Lamb nearing. Honestly, it could happen either way.

Todd's Take

I sort of blew it this week as I completely missed I have an injured Scott Van Slyke active. Our site, OnRoto designates injured players with an asterisk and I still missed it. I can slide Eric Campbell into his place but there's a couple of fly-chasers in Chris Heisey and Matt Den Dekker that would be better than taking a zero.

It's too early to be overly concerned with categories but to this point, my speed and runs are lagging behind the other categories which makes sense having lost A.J. Pollock. I have Jose Peraza on reserve so perhaps there are steals on the way but it is interesting to note the majority of moves this week involved pitchers and thus far, that's the strength of my team.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KJepsen, Min Zach Steinhorn 227 Fred Zinkie 110 Scott Engel 91 Al Melchior 71 Scott Pianowski 63
    Tim Heaney 46 Bret Sayre 21    
CAnderson, Mil Bret Sayre 167 Fred Zinkie 30 Scott Pianowski 29 Joe Pisapia 6 Fred Zinkie 4
ADiaz, StL Al Melchior 94 Fred Zinkie 91 Scott Pianowski 39 Bret Sayre 24 Derek Van Riper 21
TRoark, Was Scott Swanay 83 Bret Sayre 62 Fred Zinkie 15 Cory Schwartz 6 Fred Zinkie 4
MUpton, SD Cory Schwartz 81 Scott Pianowski 81 Bret Sayre 45 Fred Zinkie 30  
EHernandez, LAD Derek Van Riper 77 Scott Swanay 44 Bret Sayre 0    
TWolters, Col Gene McCaffrey 72 Scott Engel 28      
JSaltalamacchia, Det Al Melchior 58 Ray Flowers 41 Scott Swanay 34 Scott Engel 24 Cory Schwartz 16
    Tim Heaney 11      
RHoward, Phi Zach Steinhorn 52        
CPerez, LAA Ray Flowers 28        
SOh, StL Scott Engel 27        
CVazquez, Bos Scott Engel 26 Ray Flowers 31 Gene McCaffrey 17    
CBettis, Col Cory Schwartz 11 Fred Zinkie 0      
JHardy, Bal Bret Sayre 11        
JChacin, Atl Joe Pisapia 8 Bret Sayre 21 Fred Zinkie 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MShoemaker, LAA Bret Sayre 51
MReynolds, Col Scott Swanay 24
LVerrett, NYM Scott Engel 14
JPhegley, Oak Gene McCaffrey 2
APierzynski, Atl Gene McCaffrey 2
MJoyce, Pit Bret Sayre 0
DFreese, Pit Bret Sayre 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I had the luxury of a few days to figure out how much I was going to bid for Kevin Jepsen's services, but that didn't make the decision any easier. Jepsen has proven to be a capable closer when called upon, but his ninth inning role will be a temporary one. Then again, Glen Perkins hasn't exactly been a model of health over the course of his career, and yesterday's news that Perkins is unlikely to return when first eligible convinced me to raise my bid, which was originally $206. So, that turned out to be a total waste of FAAB, as I would have easily won Jepsen anyway. Then there's the threat of Trevor May becoming the long-term closer choice should Perkins miss an extended period of time. But I do like to be aggressive with my FAAB spending early in the season, and Todd's comment last week that the new $1000 budget allows for more aggressive bidding, even though we no longer use the vickrey process, did influence my thought process here. I have confidence in Jepsen, but whether or not this will prove to be an overbid remains to be seen. Betting against the health of Glen Perkins does seem like a well-educated bet.

I considered bidding on Chase Anderson, who has a pair of promising matchups on tap for this week against the Twins and Phillies, but I'm already deep in starting pitching, so this would have been an unnecessary move. Not surprisingly, Anderson fetched a generous bid, though I wasn't expecting 167 bucks. This makes me feel a little better about the Jepsen investment.

Through 13 games, Ryan Howard already has four homers. With my starting corner infielder, Pedro Alvarez, off to a slow start, I figured there was little downside in adding Howard as CI bench depth, even if it means I have to keep him active for a week. Power isn't easy to find on the waiver wire.

Todd's Take

Cool, Zach reads my stuff. I knew there was a reason I liked him.

Jepsen is one of several examples of a good but not great reliever being ahead of a teammate with stronger skills on the basis of having closed a little previously. As Zach suggested, Perkins has an injury history, closing up shop early each of the past two campaigns. Jepsen did the job down the stretch but look out for Trevor May who has taken very nicely to the bullpen. That said, Zach's aggressiveness was the right call...saves is saves.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBour, Mia Eno Sarris 103 Perry Van Hook 69 Rudy Gamble 1
JChacin, Atl Perry Van Hook 69    
ADiaz, StL Charlie Wiegert 55 Anthony Perri 43 Adam Ronis 13
TraThompson, LAD Perry Van Hook 47 Ray Murphy 0  
BBrach, Bal Stacie Stern 34    
CVazquez, Bos Tim McLeod 27 Tom Kessenich 6  
MWisler, Atl Greg Ambrosius 22    
WPeralta, Mil Patrick Mayo 22    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Tom Kessenich 19 Anthony Perri 12  
ZCozart, Cin Adam Ronis 12    
PHughes, Min Tim McLeod 11    
JPeavy, SF Rudy Gamble 4    
ADuvall, Cin Ray Murphy 2    
TZych, Sea Eno Sarris 1    
DFreese, Pit Perry Van Hook 0    
TWolters, Col Craig Mish 0 Tim McLeod 18  

UNAWARDED BIDS

LVerrett, NYM Perry Van Hook 47 Tim McLeod 2  
JTomlin, Cle Perry Van Hook 43    
KHerrera, KC Greg Ambrosius 21 Eno Sarris 1 Tim McLeod 1
MPerez, Tex Greg Ambrosius 11    
NAhmed, Ari Adam Ronis 11    
JoRamirez, Cle Adam Ronis 6 Perry Van Hook 0  
ENunez, Min Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 0  
ABradley, Ari Perry Van Hook 2    
GSoto, LAA Tim McLeod 2    
RDull, Oak Stacie Stern 2    
BGuyer, TB Ray Murphy 1    
BHoladay, Tex Tom Kessenich 1    
BTreinen, Was Eno Sarris 1    
CRuiz, Phi Tom Kessenich 1    
DRoss, ChC Tom Kessenich 1    
KSuzuki, Min Tom Kessenich 1    
TFlowers, Atl Tom Kessenich 1    
AAmarista, SD Perry Van Hook 0    
BBarnes, Col Perry Van Hook 0    
JHardy, Bal Adam Ronis 0    
KelJohnson, Atl Ray Murphy 0    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Perry Van Hook 0    
NReimold, Bal Perry Van Hook 0    
SSmith, Sea Perry Van Hook 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As the saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's rose."

Applied to fantasy sports, the phrase haunts when Justin Bour was thrown out with the garbage a couple of weeks ago, and suddenly a power surge turns the first baseman back into a flower.

Even worse, Eno Sarris coveted the trash even more meaning Sarris copped the Marlin’s first baseman for Sunday’s high bid of $103, while my second choice for a corner guy was at least the FAAB painless David Freese for a zero dollar bid.

Elsewhere, replacement catchers were at a premium as the James McCann owner Tom Kessenich hopes Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent home run barrage will be worth $19 while Tim McLeod the Blake Swihart owner ponied up $27 to secure Christian Vazquez. Both new catchers did in fact have other suitors.

Taking what looks like a wild swing at a starting pitcher now with this third big league club for a $69 bid is somewhat different when we realize that Jhoulys Chacin who could never harness the promise in Colorado is still just twenty eight years old and has a fresh start in Atlanta. I also added Dodger outfielder Trayce Thompson who should see plenty of at bats this week in Cincinnati and Colorado and hopefully keep hitting well. Todd will at least  be happy the $0 bids were put to good use.

Todd's Take

While I am pleased to see some $0 bids, I am a little sad Perry doesn't still have Justin Bour. Granted, I'm higher on him than most but by season's end, I expect Bour and Christian Yelich to take the best advantage of the closer and lower fences in the Aquarium, also known as Marlins Park.

Speaking of David Freese, as  DFS dabbler I follow lineups and if baffles me that the Pirates are using Freese in the three-hole. To his credit, the journeyman hot cornerman is hitting well but I just can't bring myself to include Freese in a Bucs stack which takes the most prolific spot to get DFS points out of the equation.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KJepsen, Min Michael Beller 161    
KHerrera, KC Jeff Zimmerman 133 Peter Kreutzer 0  
CVazquez, Bos Michael Beller 75 Howard Bender 44  
AConley, Mia Peter Kreutzer 61    
BMoss, StL Paul Sporer 33    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Andrea LaMont 21 Andrea LaMont 21  
TBarnhart, Cin Howard Bender 10    
NAhmed, Ari Jeff Boggis 6 Peter Kreutzer 0  
SGennett, Mil Andrea LaMont 4    
CBeltran, NYY Peter Kreutzer 4 Paul Sporer 25  
ENunez, Min Jeff Boggis 2    
ADiaz, StL Peter Kreutzer 0    
JWilson, Det Peter Kreutzer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

EHernandez, LAD Paul Sporer 28
TWolters, Col Andrea LaMont 10
SGreene, Det Peter Kreutzer 5
CPerez, LAA Howard Bender 4
JPhegley, Oak Howard Bender 2
APagan, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
CDevenski, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
DValencia, Oak Peter Kreutzer 0
JBarbato, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0
JChacin, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
JHardy, Bal Peter Kreutzer 0
LVerrett, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
MWisler, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
RDavis, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0
SOh, StL Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

It can't be stressed too much. A new league with a format nobody has played before is going to leave us lurching, trying to figure out what works and what doesn't.

My opening "week" was great, I went 6-0, but compared to the teams I wasn't playing my team wasn't nearly as dominant. So it seemed wise to try to improve.

But in a shallow 12-team mixed league it is hard to tell what wire scraps are real improvement and which are simply a flash in last week's pan. My play was to bench the struggling Brad Miller and Eddie Rosario, eject bench players Matt Adams and Wilmer Flores, and add last week's hot sticks, which turned out to be Aledmys Diaz and Carlos Beltran, for little money.

Beltran is a veteran and hot right now, which I hope continues. My $4 bid wasn't challenged, except for a contingent bid that didn't come into play.

Diaz can clearly hit but faces playing time pressures with the return of Ruben Tejada from the DL. I didn't lose much by dumping Flores, and can only hope that Diaz continues to play. If he's sent to the minors, I'll be able to promote Miller the next day, so for $0 this wasn't an all or nothing commitment.

Which leads us to Adam Conley, who struck out a noticeable number of batters in his start against the Mets last week. He looked pretty good in 11 starts last year, and impressed against the Mets. He only went one inning in his first start this year, struggling against the Nats and then getting pulled after a rain delay. His two starts this week are against Washington at home and on the road in San Francisco, two helpful parks if not helpful teams.

He replaces Brandon Finnegan, whose lively arm impresses but whose many walks hurt. He has one start this week, at Great American against the discerning and big swinging Cubs. Better to skip that one.

What did other teams do as we figure this out? I made a somewhat aggressive bid on Conley and no one else bid at all, but that wasn't unusual. Michael Beller made a big bid on Kevin Jepsen that was not challenged, and Jeff Zimmerman made a substantial bid on Kelvin Herrera, that faced only a $0 contingent bid.

Five teams did not bid, which demonstrates how the pool of richer free agent talent must contend with richer deeper rosters.

This week's H2H play lasts just seven days. Bring it on!

Todd's Take

I like Peter's approach, choosing Conley over Finnegan. The key to 12-team leagues is clever churning which means limiting getting attached to a player. It's like working on a farm - you never name a "pet" that one day may be dinner.

If you are scratching your head after seeing Kelvin Herrera, or possible running to your favorite site to see if Wade Davis is injured, don't fret, K/9 is part of the scoring and Herrera is mowing them down at a healthy 12.2 K/9 clip. I'm a big proponent of K/9, especially instead of holds. The one pitching stat omitted from most leagues that employ alternative categories is innings pitched. That's a really good representation of his skills and importance to his Major League team. It's simple but in general,  the better you are as a starter of reliever, the more innings you toss.

 

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