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Wednesday 22nd Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

aaron slegers

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
ASlegers, Min Lawr Michaels 75        
TAustin, NYY Jeff Erickson 57 Rob Leibowitz 24 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11 Larry Schechter 4                         
AAlbers, Sea Jason Collette 52 Rob Leibowitz 33 Seth Trachtman 1    
MGarver, Min Patrick Davitt 49 Jeff Erickson 15      
JDDavis, Hou Rob Leibowitz 24 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
ASantander, Bal Rob Leibowitz 16 Jeff Erickson 5      
MStassi, Hou Jeff Erickson 13 Patrick Davitt 39 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
CGentry, Bal Jeff Erickson 5 Rob Leibowitz 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
BGuyer, Cle Larry Schechter 4 Rob Leibowitz 11 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2  
DFister, Bos Seth Trachtman 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
DRobinson, Tex Rob Leibowitz 5 Jeff Erickson 5                                                                           
GUrshela, Cle Jeff Erickson 5 Rob Leibowitz 1      
BNicholas, Tex Jeff Erickson 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I led the circuit in money spent spending $75 on Aaron Slegers. The 6'10" hurler was sent down the day after his one start), but I do expect Slegers to return by September 1 as a worst case scenario. For a team scrambling for arms at the end of the season, that seemed like a reasonable gamble.

More rooted in the current roster was Jeff Erickson who landed Yankees first sacker Tyler Austin for $57, adding Max Stassi for $13, and Craig Gentry ($5), while Patrick Davitt landed Twins backstop Matt Garver for $49. Rob Leibowitz added Astros infielder J.D. Davis for $24 and Anthony Santander for $16 while second-place owner Jason Collette acquired Andrew Albers for $52 in a late charge attempt to catch leader Mike Podhorzer..

The final moves were Larry Schechter's purchase of Brandon Guyer for $4 and Seth Trachtman taking on another tall hurler in Doug Fister, a la Slegers, for a buck.

Todd's Take

By most league rules, Mitch Garver qualifies at catcher, but there's a good chance the Twins use him all over the diamond. The club's best hitters are lefty swingers (Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler and...well...Joe Mauer). Robbie Grossman was taking many at bats versus southpaws, that's the role Garver will assume, dabbling at first, left field and DH. He may get back behind the plate too as Chris Gimenez isn't exactly raking when given the chance. Given he's been a little old for his level, Garver's displayed a little pop with a lot of plate discipline. He'll easily pick up ample at bats to help an AL only team, but perhaps not enough for mixed, unless it's an OBP league.

brandon nimmo 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
BNimmo, NYM Derek Carty 25 Phil Hertz 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1 Phil Hertz 0  
CStewart, Pit Brian Walton 22 Derek Carty 0                             
TLyons, StL Phil Hertz 15 Grey Albright 11 Craig Mish 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
PErvin, Cin Grey Albright 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0    
MRojas, Mia Craig Mish 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0    
TTelis, Mia Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Craig Mish 0    
JBrebbia, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Grey Albright 1      
KPlawecki, NYM Phil Hertz 0        
ADeAza, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
GCecchini, NYM Phil Hertz 14 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0                                                                           
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 11        
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 10        
JMathis, Ari Brian Walton 1        
RRivera, ChC Brian Walton 1        
MReynolds, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0      
EDiaz, Pit Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0      
JLobaton, Was Derek Carty 0 Brian Walton 0      
MMoroff, Pit Phil Hertz 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

Who is left to play in the outfield for the New York Mets other than Yoenis Cespedes? As the club looks to the future, one of their lower-key promotions from the minors is Brandon Nimmo. The at-bats should be there if the 24-year old hits. Heck, they may be there, anyway. Derek Carty spent $25 to roster Nimmo.

Having lost The Great Caratini to the minors thanks to the Cubs’ acquisition of Rene Rivera from the aforementioned selling New Yorkers, I needed a replacement catcher. With Francisco Cervelli out again with continuing hand problems, Chris Stewart should receive the lion’s share of his at-bats for the Bucs. I went $22 to get my man.

With the ninth inning for the St. Louis Cardinals in shambles, who will get the team’s saves going forward is anyone’s guess. Though he throws from the left side, Tyler Lyons has arguably been the club’s most reliable reliever of late and could see closing opportunities. Phil Hertz spent $15 in hopes that Lyons will leap forward.

Todd's Take

Quiet week for me on the FAAB front as a couple of players came off my DL. Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Schebler will reinforce my lineup in my push to lose fewer FAAB dollars next season. In addition, Seung Hwan Oh was sitting on reserve and with the possibility of garnering saves, he'll be active this week.

In a change from usual, I needed to drop some players and not simply put someone else on the DL. Allen Cordoba and Andrew Stevenson were shown the door. Greg Garcia and Jacob Barnes were reserved to accommodate the activations. It's subtle, but Tout Wars rule of penalizing FAAB for next season is a plenty reason to keep grinding.  

nicky delmonico

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
NDelmonico, CWS Derek Van Riper 55 Ray Flowers 8 Scott Pianowski 5 Al Melchior 1 Tim Heaney 0
CRichard, SD Ron Shandler 37 Ray Flowers 4 Scott Pianowski 0 Derek Van Riper 0  
DSpan, SF Scott Pianowski 33        
AHeaney, LAA Derek Van Riper 22 Ron Shandler 2 Al Melchior 0    
RGsellman, NYM Derek Van Riper 22 Ron Shandler 5 Tim Heaney 0    
CStratton, SF Fred Zinkie 20 Ron Shandler 5      
JMauer, Min Ray Flowers 14 Fred Zinkie 0      
GBird, NYY Al Melchior 11 Tim Heaney 0      
CBettis, Col Fred Zinkie 10 Fred Zinkie 20 Gene McCaffrey 0    
JCastro, Min Ray Flowers 9        
TLyons, StL Al Melchior 2        
AAlbers, Sea Scott Pianowski 0        
DFister, Bos Scott Pianowski 0        
JAlfaro, Phi Gene McCaffrey 0        
SOh, StL Gene McCaffrey 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
RMontero, NYM Ron Shandler 11                                                                                                    
JAlbMartinez, StL Derek Van Riper 11        
JHicks, Det Ray Flowers 4        
KSmith, CWS Ray Flowers 4        
NHundley, SF Ray Flowers 3        
ONarvaez, CWS Ray Flowers 3        
DGee, Min Ron Shandler 1        
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 1        
MGarver, Min Al Melchior 1        
CaJoseph, Bal Gene McCaffrey 0        
CHerrmann, Ari Gene McCaffrey 0        
SLeon, Bos Gene McCaffrey 0        
SLugo, NYM Gene McCaffrey 0        
BBoxberger, TB Fred Zinkie 0        
JHader, Mil Fred Zinkie 0        
LSims, Atl Derek Van Riper 0        
RNolasco, LAA Derek Van Riper 0        
THildenberger, Min Derek Van Riper 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Quite the start to a big league career for Nicky Delmonico, who boasts a .361/.451/.639 slash line with five homers (one being of the inside-the-park variety), 11 RBI and 12 runs scored through 17 games. However, his minor league numbers dating back to 2012 don't exactly jump off the page, so it will be interesting to see how much longer he can keep this up.

After being snatched off the waiver wire in AL Tout last week, Greg Bird is now off the board in the Mixed Auction league, and I wasn't surprised. I actually considered bidding on him but the crowded corner infield situation in New York complicates things. With Todd Frazier at third, we could be looking at a first base timeshare between Bird and Chase Headley, who has been very productive lately. The Yankees do have the DH spot at their disposal, so the playing time outlook for Bird is a little less complicated than it would be on a National League club.

Rarely do $0 winning bids catch my attention, but Gene McCaffrey made a couple of free additions that could really pay off. With Trevor Rosenthal now on the DL, Seung Hwan Oh has to be considered the favorite for saves in St. Louis, and if he pitches well enough, it would not be surprising if his temporary return to the closer role becomes a permanent one. A month or two ago, Oh's FAAB cost, assuming he was not the closer at the time, likely would have approached triple-digits. Over in Philadelphia, former top prospect Jorge Alfaro is 10-for-29 with a homer and three RBI in seven games since being recalled from Triple-A. Poor plate discipline continues to be an issue, but the rebuilding Phillies figure to give him plenty of playing time down the stretch, and playing time means counting stats.

Todd's Take

Speaking of fighting for points, Jeff Zimmerman enjoys a 21.5 point lead, but that didn't quell over half the league from looking to improve their roster.

I want to write something on Clayton Richard, I'm just not sure where to take it. We're at the point of the season where needs trump talent and he has a couple starts this week, albeit on the road. number-scouting, Richard's walk rate is good and he's keeping the ball in the yard, aided by an extreme ground ball rate. As is typical of ground ball pitchers, Richard carries a high BABIP. That said, a .350 mark is obviously high, even for his style of pitching. His line drive and hard hit rate are a little high, helping to explain the elevated BABIP.

Confession time: the purpose of this analysis is to help me be more open to taking chances on arms like Richard when apropos. It's easy to explain my research on two-start hurlers shows in a vacuum, the potential wins and whiffs are more helpful than possible damage to ratios. There's evidence pitchers throwing well tend to continue doing so. If someone were looking to pick up Richard, I'd pose these arguments. But yet, I have trouble doing so myself, even if I know the benefits. Kudos to those taking the chance.

luke weaver

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
LWeaver, StL Rudy Gamble 134 D.J. Short 90 Anthony Perri 54 Adam Ronis 33

 

HKendrick, Was D.J. Short 100 Rudy Gamble 23 Adam Ronis 22 Corey Parson 11 Greg Ambrosius 2
NDelmonico, CWS Anthony Perri 36 D.J. Short 25 Corey Parson 9 Scott White 0  
MMontgomery, ChC D.J. Short 30 Ray Murphy 22      
MBelisle, Min Adam Ronis 22        
JJay, ChC D.J. Short 10        
ERamirez, Sea D.J. Short 10        
JPeraza, Cin Corey Parson 7 D.J. Short 10      
JHicks, Det Scott White 4        
MGarver, Min Greg Ambrosius 0        
BPowell, Oak Greg Ambrosius 0        
TKahnle, NYY Scott White 0        
ASwarzak, Mil Scott White 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JMinaya, CWS Adam Ronis 22                                                                             
JJunis, KC D.J. Short 10        
BRevere, LAA D.J. Short 8 Greg Ambrosius 6      
CPinder, Oak D.J. Short 5        
JHeyward, ChC Greg Ambrosius 1        
PSeverino, Was Scott White 0        
AGordon, KC Greg Ambrosius 0        

Todd's Take

Originally acquired as a luxury, Howie Kendrick is playing an important role for the Nationals in the second half. The veteran could be hitting the quietest .342 in history. It isn't empty either, as Kendrick has chipped in with 7 homers and 10 swipes in just 221 plate appearances. With so many injuries to their fly chasers, Kendrick will continue to play almost every day. Obviously, he'll be hard-pressed to maintain the average, but hitting in the Nationals lineup, Kendrick's production should stay solid.

 josh reddick

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JReddick, Hou Stephania Bell 32 Vlad Sedler 9      
JBlash, SD Stephania Bell 25                                                                             
JAlfaro, Phi Peter Kreutzer 24        
JNelson, Mil Peter Kreutzer 17        
CCron, LAA Andrea LaMont 13 Vlad Sedler 0      
NDelmonico, CWS Peter Kreutzer 12        
SOh, StL Andrea LaMont 8 Vlad Sedler 3      
AClaudio, Tex Dr. Roto 7 Andrea LaMont 5      
ERosario, Min Dr. Roto 6 Andrea LaMont 4      
DStraily, Mia Vlad Sedler 4        
JBradley, Bos Vlad Sedler 3        
MMontero, Tor Kyle Elfrink 2        
TBarnhart, Cin Andrea LaMont 1 Peter Kreutzer 13      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
JJay, ChC Stephania Bell 28                                                                             
VCaratini, ChC Peter Kreutzer 22        
DSpan, SF Peter Kreutzer 12        
CVazquez, Bos Peter Kreutzer 11        
ALind, Was Stephania Bell 8        
BSnell, TB Dr. Roto 6        
AJackson, Cle Peter Kreutzer 5        
PCorbin, Ari Vlad Sedler 4        
KBarraclough, Mia Vlad Sedler 2 Dr. Roto 2                 
JGyorko, StL Vlad Sedler 1        
WFlores, NYM Vlad Sedler 1        
BMorrow, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0        
JoeSmith, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0        
TOlson, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0        


Todd's Take

While I like to see Jabari Blach getting another chance, I'm surprised it comes at the expense of Hunter Renfroe. I realize Renfroe is fanning at a high clip, but to be honest, 29 percent isn't as bad as the same mark in previous seasons. I'd prefer players be allowed to figure it out at the big league level, but he wouldn't be the first to get things right on the farm then come back and rake.

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.

 andrew heaney

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Andrew Heaney, LAA Fangraphs 10 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 ESPN.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1

 

Juan Minaya, CWS Baseball Prospectus 4 Fangraphs 3 SiriusXM 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2                         
Taylor Motter, SEA Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs 1      
Adam Engel, CWS Fangraphs 2        
Giovanny Urshela, CLE Fangraphs 2        
Ryan Tepera, TOR SiriusXM 2        
Max Stassi, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1 SiriusXM 1      
Daniel Robertson, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Drew Robinson, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1      
Juan Centeno, HOU SiriusXM 1 Baseball Prospectus 1      
Mychal Givens, BAL USA TODAY Sports 1 SiriusXM 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Anthony Santander, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1                                                                           
JaCoby Jones, DET Baseball Prospectus 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Carlos Ruiz, SEA SiriusXM 1        
Dustin Garneau, OAK SiriusXM 1        
Juan Graterol, LAA SiriusXM 1        
Roberto Perez, CLE SiriusXM 1        
Tyler Clippard, HOU SiriusXM 1        
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Fangraphs 1        
Dixon Machado, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Ehire Adrianza, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Andrew Albers, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1        
Chris Rowley, TOR Baseball Prospectus 1        
Mitch Garver, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The season cruised past three-quarter mark, with a thinning of FAAB dollars among the AL LABR owners. That meant the $10 Eno Sarris spent on Andrew Heaney made him the high cost item for the week. Sarris also added outfielder Adam Engel ($2) and cornerman Giovanny Urshela ($2).

Juan Minaya pulled $4 from Mike Gianella, who also picked up utility Taylor Motter for two bucks and backstop Max Stassi for a dollar. Ray Flowers selected Ryan Tepera for a buck, also adding Juan Centeno for a dollar.

In fact, a buck was it for the remaining picks with a pair of D. Robinsons--Daniel to team Wolf/Colton, and Drew to team Ambrosius/Childs--while Steve Gardner landed Mychal Givens.

So, though late in the season, the scramble for at-bats and innings continues, just with a lower economic ceiling.

Todd's Take

Andrew Heaney's in an interesting spot  Often, when a pitcher returns from Tommy John surgery in the latter part of the season, the objective is to shake off the rust while regaining confidence your arm won't snap while throwing a ball in anger. The hurler can then spend a normal off-season, preparing as usual as opposed to worrying if they'll be able to pitch normally. While some of this is likely the case, the Angels are within shouting distance of a wild card spot, so they're also looking for Heaney to provide their rotation a boost down the stretch. His first game back was interesting -- 5 K and no BB in 5 IP, but 4 HR allowed. The contest was in warm and muggy Camden Yards so the long balls are understandable. With his pedigree, and the comfort of Angels Stadium, Heaney isn't just AL-only fodder, he's viable as a streamer at home in Mixed formats.

Last Wednesday night, after Carlos Rodon was lifted following tossing 8 1/3 stellar frames against the Dodgers, I tweeted, "Finally, we get to see who'll be blowing saves for the White Sox." Turns out I was prescient, but it wasn't a hard call. Minaya did his job in the 8th inning before Gregory Infante, Aaron Bummer and Jake Petricka blew the lead in the 9th. Two days later, Minaya successfully converted a save opportunity thus looks like the closer for the two or three remaining saves the White Sox will get this season.

albert almora

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Albert Almora Jr., CHC USA TODAY Sports 6        
Chris Stratton, SF Colton & The Wolfman 2                                                                                                    
Brandon Nimmo, NYM Derek Carty 2        
Pedro Florimon, PHI Yakkertech 1        
Josh Fields, LAD Yakkertech 1        
Kelby Tomlinson, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Travis Wood, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                                                    
Juan Nicasio, PIT Yakkertech 1        
Tony Watson, LAD Yakkertech 1        

Brian Walton's Commentary

The story of my season is missed opportunity. I rostered Albert Almora all season long, but with middling results and dwindling at-bats, he ended up on the waiver wire two weeks ago to accommodate the return of Jarrett Parker. Since then, Almora’s playing time picked up and he outplayed his replacement. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY snatched up the Cubs youngster this waiver period for $6.

Pitcher Chris Stratton of the Giants joined the roster of Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf for $2. A week ago Sunday, the right-hander tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts at Washington, but did not pitch last week. In a two-start week just ahead, Stratton is scheduled to take on the Brewers Monday and Arizona on Saturday.

I stayed out of the action this waiver period, having to accommodate a pair of already-rostered first basemen at the opposite ends of their careers. Adrian Gonzalez is off the DL and back in the Dodgers lineup, with likely NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger moving to left. My other addition is new Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, who I have stashed away since draft day. We will see if it was worth it.

Todd's Take

Brian alluded to it so let's talk about the revamped Mets lineup. Nimmo and Juan Lagares project to share center with Cespedes and Michael Conforto on the flanks. With Jose Reyes on the DL, Wilmer Flores is playing every day. Perhaps the most notable point is Travis d'Arnaud's hitting fifth, making him a great DFS catcher, especially with a southpaw on the hill.

luke weaver

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Luke Weaver, STL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 MLB.com 4 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Mike Napoli, TEX Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2                                                    
Matt Joyce, OAK Yahoo Sports 3 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Mikie Mahtook, DET Yahoo Sports 3        
Mike Montgomery, CHC Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 2      
Nicky Delmonico, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1 Scout Fantasy 1      
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR ESPN.com 1        
Erasmo Ramirez, SEA MLB.com 1        
Matt Olson, OAK Scout Fantasy 1        
Kendall Graveman, OAK Scout Fantasy 1        
Juan Minaya, CWS Yahoo Sports 1        
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        
Clayton Richard, SD Baseball Prospectus 1        
Lucas Giolito, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1        
Andrew Albers, SEA @TheFantasyFix 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Chad Bettis, COL MLB.com 1                                                                                                    
Dominic Smith, NYM Scout Fantasy 1        
Joe Biagini, TOR Scout Fantasy 1        
Kirby Yates, SD Scout Fantasy 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

When LABR front man Steve Gardner sent me the FAAB results, he noted we have some great races in the making. I'll be watching the Mixed LABR from afar as perennial contender Fred Zinkie from mlb.com nurses a slim three point lead over Jake Ciely, representing FNTSY Network/RotoExperts. Fangraph's Mike Podhorzer's within shouting distance of the leaders. That said, a lot can happen in six weeks, so everyone is still scratching for points.

Razzball's Rudy Gamble is counting on Luke Weaver to provide a second half push as the youngster fills the spot of veteran Adam Wainwright. Rudy also snagged Mike Napoli who's smacked 26 of the quietest homers of the season as he's struggled to stay north of the Mendoza line. We're at the point where category management is paramount, just keep in mind it's actually easier to gain/lose points in batting average than the counting stats, though it ultimately depends on where you're situated in the standings.

Todd's Take

It was a silent FAAB week for me as I had a couple of players returning from the DL to serve as reinforcements. One is Kevin Keirmaier, slotted right back at lead off for the Rays. Steals are hard to come by, Kiermaier could be a sneaky candidate to lend a hand -- or a leg, so to speak. Keeping with the theme of my season, I didn't need to clear a spot for Kiermaier with Brian Goodwin swapping places on the DL.

My other activation was Chase Anderson, who was enjoying a break out campaign before being sidelined. Back in April, I though Chris Devenski would be a luxury. I know longer need a ratio protector, so he was an easy release to free up space for Anderson. With Tyler Skaggs also returning recently, I have a couple more options to help extricate myself from the basement.

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.

 jay bruce

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Jay Bruce, CLE Brandon Funston 58 Rotowire 55 SiriusXM 32 Baseball Prospectus 20 Baseball HQ 17
    Fangraphs 17 Colton & The Wolfman 6    
Cam Bedrosian, LAA Rotowire 35 Fangraphs 6 Baseball HQ 5 USA TODAY Sports 5 Baseball Prospectus 2
    Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Boog Powell, OAK Rotowire 7 Fangraphs 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Trevor Hildenberger, MIN Fangraphs 3 Baseball Prospectus 1      
Keynan Middleton, LAA Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs 1      
Doug Fister, BOS USA TODAY Sports 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Garrett Cooper, NYY Fangraphs 2        
Chris Smith, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Mark Canha, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Darwin Barney, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Mychal Givens, BAL Rotowire 6                                                                             
Adam Engel, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1      
Anibal Sanchez, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Jefry Marte, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Nick Tepesch, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 1        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Another week of interleague swaps made for another week of deep pockets as Brandon Funston tried to fire his offense by acquiring Jay Bruce for $58, besting six bids ranging from $6 to $55. Clay Link spent the next highest amount, pinning some save hopes on Cam Bedrosian for $35, besting five would-be owners, those with lesser challenges from $2-$6. Clay also rostered new Athletic Boog Powell for $7 besting another pair of wannabe owners.

Eno Sarris picked up Trevor Hidenberger ($3) and Yankees first sacker Garrett Cooper ($2) while LABR commish Steve Gardner took the gamble with Doug Fister fr a couple of bucks as well.

Finishing off the moves, Mike Gianella obtained Kenyan Middleton for $2 while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton opted for Chris Smith and Mark Canha each for a buck. Lastly, Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius added Darwin Barney--who has had as many FAAB owners as Peter Borjous--for a dollar.

Todd's Take

It appears Bud Norris is out of pixie dust and his days of closing are over. Using the bidding here as a guide, most feel Cam Bedrosian is next in line. However, Kenyan Middleton, as well as Yusmeiro Petit each garnered a save over the weekend. Granted, Petit's was of the extra-inning variety while Middletons's came on the heels of Bedrosian recording one the night before. The funny thing is Blake Parker has the best credentials of the lot. 

I concur with the majority here, Bedrosian should rack up the most saves. However, it appears Mike Scioscia doesn't want to overwork the frequently-injured Bedrosian.

mark leiter

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Mark Leiter, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 4 Baseball HQ 1    

 

Asher Wojciechowski, CIN Mastersball 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                         
Pablo Sandoval, SF Colton & The Wolfman 3        
Tyler Lyons, STL Baseball HQ 1        
Rene Rivera, NYM Baseball HQ 1        
Drew Steckenrider, MIA Baseball HQ 1        
Danny Santana, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Tomas Telis, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1        
Rafael Montero, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Sal Romano, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Edwin Jackson, WSH Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Andrew Chafin, ARI Derek Carty 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Albert Almora Jr., CHC Colton & The Wolfman 2                                                                             
Carson Kelly, STL Baseball HQ 1        
Chris Rusin, COL Baseball HQ 1        
Chris Stratton, SF Colton & The Wolfman 1        
Jose Lobaton, WSH Baseball HQ 1        
Justin Wilson, CHC Baseball HQ 1        
Kyle Farmer, LAD Baseball HQ 1        
Ryan Hanigan, COL Baseball HQ 1                           

Brian Walton's Commentary

Even without the momentum of non-waiver trades, a dozen players were added this week in NL LABR.

I spent the most, $4, beating out four others for the services of Cincinnati’s Asher Wojciechowski. It has quite an interesting two months for the right-hander, who was outrighted in late June, but then added back onto the major league roster just two weeks later. He has logged a 1.93 ERA in 23 1/3 innings since his July 2 return.

Also purchased for $4 was Philadelphia’s Mark Leiter, by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf. The right-hander has logged a good 3.48 ERA and exceptional 0.87 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 10 1/3 frames over the last two weeks.

The return to San Francisco of Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, caused Colton and the Wolfman to spend $3. Unfortunately, the Giants are no longer World Series contenders and Sandoval hasn’t been good since 2014. He is getting at-bats, however, which has value in itself.

Todd's Take

I like both of the starting pitcher pick-ups at the top of the board this week, having picked them both up in mixed leagus this week, let alone in an NL only format. It wasn't that long ago that Asher Wojciechowski was a highly regarded propsect in the Jays and Astros system, but injuries curtailed his fledgling career. Now healthy, and pitching well since he was waived by the Reds as Brian notes, Wojciechowski has a shot to inject himself into Cincinnati's 2018 plans. This week, he's lined up for a double dip, both on the road, facing the Cubs and Braves.

Injuries have also paved the way for Leiter to audition for next season. Vince Velasquez is the Phillies latest casualty. It was Leiter who came in for Velasquez after he left his last start with numbness in his middle finger. Leiter worked five innings, following a 4 1/3 frame effort before that, so he's stretched out enough not to be concerned in that regard. Brian notes Leiter's stellar peripherals since his recall. Even more impressive is that 4 1/3 inning effort came in Coors field.

rhys hoskins

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
Rhys Hoskins, PHI @TheFantasyFix 5 Scout Fantasy 2                         
Reynaldo Lopez, CWS Baseball HQ 4 @TheFantasyFix 2   Scout Fantasy 2                     
Manny Pina, MIL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 3        
Kolten Wong, STL Baseball Prospectus 2 USA TODAY Sports 5   Scout Fantasy 2  
Jake Junis, KC @TheFantasyFix 2 MLB.com 1      
A.J. Cole, WSH @TheFantasyFix 2 Baseball HQ 1      
Chris Stratton, SF Baseball HQ 2 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Travis Wood, SD Baseball Prospectus 1 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Edwin Jackson, WSH MLB.com 1 @TheFantasyFix 1      
Kevan Smith, CWS Scout Fantasy 1        
Yovani Gallardo, SEA Baseball Prospectus 1        
Mark Leiter, PHI Scout Fantasy 1        
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1        
Gregory Infante, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1        
Yusmeiro Petit, LAA MLB.com 1        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
Dominic Smith, NYM @TheFantasyFix 4                                                               
Austin Pruitt, TB @TheFantasyFix 1        
Chad Bettis, COL @TheFantasyFix 1        
Dansby Swanson, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1        
Erasmo Ramirez, SEA Baseball HQ 1        
Jake Petricka, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1        
Jorge Polanco, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1        
Juan Minaya, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1                        
Mikie Mahtook, DET USA TODAY Sports 1        

Todd Zola's Commentary

Ill preface this by saying I'm guilty too, but I'm surprised Rhys Hoskins didn't draw more attention. He was arguably the best hitter in the minors previous to his promotion, slashing a robust .284/.385/.581 with 29 homers in 115 games for Triple-A Lehigh. Hoskins is currently playing left with Aaron Altherr on the shelf again, but he'll eventually push Tommy Joseph for time at first base.

The other eagerly awaited call-up was Reynaldo Lopez pushing Mike Pelfrey to the bullpen. Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Micheal Kopech are expected to anchor the White Sox rotation in a few years. As a 23-year old righty for Triple-A Charlotte, Lopez sported a 3.79 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, with an impressive 9.7 K/9, though his 3.6 BB/9 is a little high. With 121 minor league innings already under his belt (plus the six he tossed in his White Sox debut), the Pale Hose will be cautious with Lopez the rest of the way. He's still worth a pick-up, just don't be surprised if we start seeing five-and-fly from the youngster, especially since the combo of whiffs and walks tends to drive up pitch counts.

Todd's Take

As a young lad, I was taught if you didn't have something nice to say about your fantasy team, say nothing at all. I'm still languishing near last, with no relief in sight. Good times.

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

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

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

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

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

jay bruce

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
JBruce, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 449 Rob Leibowitz 415 Steve Moyer 379 Mike Podhorzer 378 Patrick Davitt 165
    Jason Collette 100      
BSnell, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26 Nando DiFino 14 Mike Podhorzer 13 Seth Trachtman 1  
GBird, NYY Mike Podhorzer 23        
BPowell, Oak Seth Trachtman 20 Jason Collette 13 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
KMiddleton, LAA Seth Trachtman 15 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
JJunis, KC Mike Podhorzer 13        
JMinaya, CWS Jason Collette 12 Seth Trachtman 5      
YPetit, LAA Larry Schechter 6 Jason Collette 11 Patrick Davitt 2 Seth Trachtman 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
AAlmonte, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1        
RTepera, Tor Steve Moyer 0 Patrick Davitt 0      
JShields, CWS Steve Moyer 0        
YGallardo, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
SCishek, TB Patrick Davitt 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
DFister, Bos Seth Trachtman 1                                                                                                    
JDDavis, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1        
ABummer, CWS Steve Moyer 0        
CGentry, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
ChSmith, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0        
DLeone, Tor Patrick Davitt 0        

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

No question regarding the intent of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton this week, who spent nearly half their total FAAB budget on Jay Bruce ($449), easily leading the pack, especially with the next highest free agent being Tampa hurler Blake Snell, who mustered just a $26, also to team Colton/Wolf. Rick and Glenn did not stop there, making two more acquisitions in Abraham Almonte ($1) and Yovani Gallardo ($0), hoping to jump start some standings movement.

Dominating season-long leader Mike Podhorzer made a couple of moves, grabbing Yankees first sacker Greg Bird ($23) and then Jake Junis for another $13, while second place owner Jason Collette dropped $12 on Pale Hose pitcher Juan Minaya.

Seth Trachtman made a pair of purchases, gambling on Boog Powell for $20 and Angels hurler Kenyan Middleton for $15 while Larry Schechter took a shot on Yusmeiro Petit for $6.

The remaining names--all $0 bids--kind of reads like a who's who of has-beens like James Shields ($0 to Steve Moyer) and Steve Cishek ($0 to Patrick Davitt).

Todd's Take

It'll be interesting to see what the Yankees do with Greg Bird when he's ready to return. Both he and Starlin Castro are on rehab assignments, likely to join the club when rosters expand. The obvious spot for Bird is the strong side of a platoon at first, but Chase Headley has been handling that swimmingly, recording a .333/.385/.505 triple slash the last month. Still, it's Chase Headley -- Bird should get a month to get in a groove should the Yankees make the playoffs.

mark leiter 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
MLeiter, Phi Todd Zola 57 Phil Hertz 2 Mike Gianella 0    
AStevenson, Was Todd Zola 47                                                      
PKivlehan, Cin Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 6      
VCaratini, ChC Brian Walton 22        
VWorley, Mia Scott Wilderman 8        
CStratton, SF Phil Hertz 5        
JAlfaro, Phi Craig Mish 0 Brian Walton 5      
CMoncrief, SF Craig Mish 0        
HStrickland, SF Mike Gianella 0        
PMaton, SD Mike Gianella 0        
TWood, SD Derek Carty 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MAviles, Mia Todd Zola 27                                                                                                    
MRojas, Mia Todd Zola 27        
ASusac, Mil Brian Walton 3        
CStewart, Pit Brian Walton 1        
AChafin, Ari Derek Carty 0        
BMorrow, LAD Mike Gianella 0        
JBenoit, Pit Mike Gianella 0        
MDunn, Col Mike Gianella 0        
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 0        
TLyons, StL Phil Hertz 0        
TTelis, Mia Craig Mish 0        

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was quite a comedown after three straight weeks of heavy bidding primarily due to interleague trading, but NL Tout owners were still active, with 11 players picked up.

I feel like I should let Todd Zola take over, since he was top bidder on the three top-dollar players. They begin with Mark Leiter for $57. The right-hander has been strong in long relief, with 17 strikeouts and no walks in 10 1/3 innings to go with a 3.48 ERA over the last two weeks.

Next is Andrew Stephenson of Washington for $47. The outfielder should receive time as a top reserve at all three positions. Zola’s third buy is Patrick Kivlehan of Cincinnati for $37. The outfielder is batting just .217 on the season, but is red-hot, with a .333 average, two home runs and six RBI over the last week.

Having lost Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury, I picked up Victor Caratini for $22. The catcher is back from Triple-A and will serve as Alex Avila’s backup for the next 4-6 weeks.

Todd's Take

I wish I had some pearls of wisdom to explain my acquisitions, but it's simply a matter of having holes and FAAB to burn, seeing as I'm not going to get anything coming over to the NL in a waiver deal. Brian covered the attributes of the trio. I've been using ten pitchers, so I reserved Jacob Barnes, Seung Hwan Oh along with infielder Allen Cordoba, releasing Chris Heisey, Amir Garrett and Johonny Peralta.

In a year where injuries wrecked a lot of teams, I don't have that as an excuse in this league. Yeah, I lost a ton of players, including Madison Bumgarner but the truth is this was a poorly constructed team which would be floundering even if Bumgarner hadn't decided to go for that fateful joyride. I don't think it was poor evaluation of the player pool or even a bad draft plan. It comes down to lousy execution, plain and simple. I'll have more to say about some of the mistakes I made in draft leagues in my various platforms, but here it was nothing more than failing to get into my zone during the auction.

That said, something I'm considering changing is the approach to my reserves. It's not just this season, but past years and following how others handle the bench. I usually focus on MLB back-ups, leaving the prospects to others. I'm pretty sure I'll stash at least one top prospect next season. 

alex avila

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
AAvila, ChC Ron Shandler 67 Scott Swanay 44 Al Melchior 5 Tim Heaney 0                         
YPetit, LAA Scott Swanay 44 Ron Shandler 3      
CGranderson, NYM Fred Zinkie 40 Zach Steinhorn 38 Ray Flowers 13    
BGoodwin, Was Fred Zinkie 40 Al Melchior 1      
TWilliams, Pit Ray Flowers 39 Scott Swanay 35 Ron Shandler 23 Scott Engel 9  
CCron, LAA Ray Flowers 29        
JJunis, KC Al Melchior 26        
ABanda, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 21        
MLeiter, Phi Al Melchior 13        
APruitt, TB Ron Shandler 8        
AWojciechowski, Cin Bret Sayre 3 Ray Flowers 19 Ron Shandler 5 Scott Swanay 0  
BSnell, TB Bret Sayre 3 Tim Heaney 0      
ASenzatela, Col Bret Sayre 2 Bret Sayre 3      
JCotton, Oak Tim Heaney 0 Ray Flowers 13 Bret Sayre 3 Tim Heaney 0  
ERamirez, Sea Scott Swanay 0 Ray Flowers 13      
YGomes, Cle Tim Heaney 0 Ron Shandler 1      
PValaika, Col Gene McCaffrey 0        

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
MMelancon, SF Ray Flowers 39                                                                             
JMauer, Min Ray Flowers 19        
JPolanco, Min Ray Flowers 19        
JAlbMartinez, StL Fred Zinkie 10        
ONarvaez, CWS Ron Shandler 2        
SLeon, Bos Ron Shandler 1 Tim Heaney 0      
JHicks, Det Ron Shandler 1        
AHeaney, LAA Tim Heaney 0        
CPinder, Oak Gene McCaffrey 0        
DDietrich, Mia Gene McCaffrey 0        
DFister, Bos Tim Heaney 0        
EHernandez, LAD Gene McCaffrey 0        
SLugo, NYM Tim Heaney 0        
UJimenez, Bal Tim Heaney 0        

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Starting pitchers dominated this week's FAAB bidding, as ten of the 17 total purchases were indeed starters.

The most expensive hurler was swingman Yusmeiro Petit who has thrived this season, pitching to a 2.36 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP with well over a strikeout per inning in 42 appearances. Petit picked up a save last weekend, albeit in an extra inning affair. He was also scheduled to start this week, though it now appears Andrew Heaney will make his 2017 debut. With only five games this week, the Angels could look elsewhere if Heaney is unable to go, or they could use Petit. Either way, he's a useful roster piece.

In a somewhat surprising development, Alex Avila was the highest priced purchase overall, fetching a $67 winning bid from Ron Shandler. Avila has been productive since taking over as the primary backstop for the Cubs in place of the injured Willson Contreras, and Shandler is a Contreras owner, so maybe this isn't so surprising after all.

Curtis Granderson doesn't belong on the waiver wire in a 15-team mixed league. At least that was my thinking when I decided to place a $38 bid on the Mets outfielder. I don't have a huge need for Grandy, though it would have been nice to add his hot bat to my lineup. There are questions about his playing time situation, both in the short term and the long term should he get traded, which probably explains the modest interest in him among these Touts. Unfortunately, one of them valued Granderson slightly more than I did. When you lose out on a player by $2, the natural tendency is to wish you had bid a few more bucks.

Todd's Take

The top priced starting pitcher was Trevor Williams, coming off a decent double dip where he blanked the Tigers for seven frames, then allowed three earned to the Jays in six frames. For the week, he whiffed a respectable 12 in 13 innings, though he also issued six free passes. Williams isn't especially dominant, relying on good control and keeping the ball in the yard. He's a guy I'm comfortable streaming at home and in good road matchups. This week, he draws the Cardinals in PNC Park, a pretty decent setup.

Is C.J. Cron finally going to get regular playing time? Since his early July recall, he's raking to the tune of .348/.392/.667 decimals. Cron's been playing full-time lately as Luis Valbuena's been filling in at third (along with Jefry Marte and Kaleb Cowart) while Yunel Escobar is out. If Cron keeps hitting right-handers well, he may continue to play regularly once Escobar is back later this month. Valbuena usually handles righties, but has been mired in a season-long malaise.

cam bedrosian

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
CBedrosian, LAA Corey Parson 71 Adam Ronis 18 Scott White 9                                                  
NWalker, Mil Rudy Gamble 57 Corey Parson 2 Scott White 0    
DomSmith, NYM Corey Parson 33 Scott White 0      
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 31        
APruitt, TB D.J. Short 20 Adam Ronis 13 Corey Parson 3    
KMiddleton, LAA Adam Ronis 13        
CVazquez, Bos Charlie Wiegert 8 Perry Van Hook 0 Greg Ambrosius 0    
CIannetta, Ari Ray Murphy 7 Greg Ambrosius 0      
CCron, LAA Charlie Wiegert 3        
BColon, Min Greg Ambrosius 2        
TTelis, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0        
JAlfaro, Phi Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 6      
BParker, LAA Scott White 0 Adam Ronis 13      
RMadson, Was Scott White 0 Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
ACole, Was D.J. Short 15                                                      
TWilliams, Pit Adam Ronis 13 Corey Parson 3 Perry Van Hook 0    
HKendrick, Was Corey Parson 11        
CaJoseph, Bal Ray Murphy 7 Perry Van Hook 0      
THildenberger, Min Adam Ronis 7        
KSmith, CWS Charlie Wiegert 6        
AMiranda, Sea D.J. Short 5        
MBelisle, Min Adam Ronis 1        
VCaratini, ChC Perry Van Hook 0        
MLeiter, Phi Perry Van Hook 0        
JHicks, Det Perry Van Hook 0        
JCenteno, Hou Perry Van Hook 0        
DFister, Bos Greg Ambrosius 0        
DEnns, Min Greg Ambrosius 0        
CStratton, SF Perry Van Hook 0        
BMitchell, NYY Greg Ambrosius 0        
ABanda, Ari Perry Van Hook 0        

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

High bids went to a closer reclaiming his job as Cam Bedrosian cost Corey Parson $71, and a forgotten middle infield bat as new Brewer, former Met Neil Walker went for $57 to league leader Rudy Gamble.

Only half the league made bids, obviously having better team doctors than my squad with four new additions to the disabled list. I only bid for two replacements as I could fill two spots with Aaron Hicks and Tyson Ross returning from the infirmary.

The saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is often cruelly the refrain of weekly FAAB contests. Several weeks ago I had Yankee pitcher Chad Green on my roster, not just because he was pitching so well in relief, but because the Yankees were thin in their rotation and I hoped he might get a chance to start. Roster spots are short however and the Yankees added to their pitching staff via trade so Green fell off my roster. With a potential start next week I was glad to add him back but would others bid? Sadly my $31 winning bid could have been thirty dollars lighter and still been successful. Making matters worse, Luis Cessa is taking the spot initially earmarked for Green. That said, Green is used for multiple innings so with the Yankees playing seven games this week, there's a good chance Green pitches the equivalent innings of a starter, with more whiffs than most.

On the other hand with another catcher on the DL I chose to bid on several for $0 bids and won my first choice, Philly prospect Jorge Alfaro while Christian Vazquez, lower on my list went for $8.

Todd's Take

Funny to note Petit wasn't even bid on in the Tout Mixed Draft, but Bedrosian, Kenyan Middleton and Blake Parker all drew interest for the Angels saves.

It took a waiver deal sending Jay Brice to the junior circuit, but Dominic Smith was finally called up from Triple-A Las Vegas where he was slashing an impressive .330/.386/.519, though keep in mind the desert, and PCL in general, is a hitter's paradise. Still, Smith will play regularly so he's definitely worth a look for those in need of a power boost.

Despite being a switch hitter, Nell Walker will likely only play versus right-handers, as that's his better side. Fellow switch-hitter and one of my worst life decisions this summer, Jonathan Villar, will probably play the keystone versus southpaws.

Dinelson Lamet

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID        
DLamet, SD Peter Kreutzer 39                                                      
CBedrosian, LAA Andrea LaMont 32 Peter Kreutzer 28 Vlad Sedler 7    
HNeris, Phi Peter Kreutzer 23 Andrea LaMont 41      
MBelisle, Min Andrea LaMont 21        
KWong, StL Dr. Roto 19        
RHoskins, Phi Dr. Roto 15        
RLopez, CWS Dr. Roto 11        
AAvila, ChC Vlad Sedler 4        
MWieters, Was Jake Ciely 3 Vlad Sedler 0      
JPirela, SD Jake Ciely 3        
KMiddleton, LAA Vlad Sedler 2        
JEickhoff, Phi Jake Ciely 1 Peter Kreutzer 9      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER          
SNewcomb, Atl Peter Kreutzer 16                                                                                                    
KSuzuki, Atl Vlad Sedler 4        
TBarnhart, Cin Vlad Sedler 2        
THildenberger, Min Andrea LaMont 2        
MLeiter, Phi Vlad Sedler 1        
ARosario, NYM Jake Ciely 1        
ABarnes, LAD Vlad Sedler 0        

Todd's Take

Four straight solid efforts caught the attention of league proprietor Peter Kreutzer, looking to fortify his pitching. Lamet's fanned 23 in his last 23 1/3 innings, albeit with nine walks. Most importantly, he's issued no homers in that span. Lamet is slated for double duty this week, both in Petco Park. First up is a weak Plhillies club, followed by the Bryce Harper-less Nationals.

 

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

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

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

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

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

jeremy hellickson

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JHellickson, Bal Nando DiFino 202 Jason Collette 62 Rob Leibowitz 36 Lawr Michaels 25
    Larry Schechter 15 Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
JHicks, Det Chris Liss 108 Seth Trachtman 1 Rob Leibowitz 33 Patrick Davitt 9
THildenberger, Min Patrick Davitt 59      
MBelisle, Min Larry Schechter 53 Mike Podhorzer 53 Jason Collette 52 Seth Trachtman 48
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21 Steve Moyer 7 Jeff Erickson 5
APruitt, TB Jeff Erickson 33      
TWhite, Hou Jason Collette 32 Steve Moyer 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3  
NMartinez, Tex Rob Leibowitz 31      
WMiley, Bal Lawr Michaels 17 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
RRefsnyder, Tor Nando DiFino 14 Jeff Erickson 1    
AReed, Bos Jason Collette 13 Rob Leibowitz 14 Larry Schechter 8 Jeff Erickson 5
    Seth Trachtman 3    
DButera, KC Seth Trachtman 10      
TRogers, Min Larry Schechter 9      
NDelmonico, CWS Steve Moyer 7 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Jason Collette 12  
JCenteno, Hou Jason Collette 5 Seth Trachtman 1    
JCandelario, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3      
UJimenez, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2      
DBarney, Tor Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3 Chris Liss 0  
JGraterol, LAA Rob Leibowitz 0      
MAndriese, TB Seth Trachtman 0      
AEngel, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
JHardy, Bal Chris Liss 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
AAlmonte, Cle Jason Collette 12                                                    
JDDavis, Hou Jason Collette 12      
YGallardo, Sea Jeff Erickson 11 Lawr Michaels 8    
SCishek, TB Jason Collette 5      
BMaurer, KC Rob Leibowitz 2 Larry Schechter 1    
DGarneau, Oak Seth Trachtman 2      
MBarnes, Bos Rob Leibowitz 2      
RTepera, Tor Larry Schechter 1      
TDuffey, Min Larry Schechter 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

While AL LABR had a cluster of moves last week, AL Tout was a lot more active with a lot more change being distributed covering the free agent market.

Nando DiFino made the big buy gambling $202 for Jeremy Hellickson plus adding Rob Refsnyder ($14) to help out in the infield. Chris Liss then dropped $108 for John Hicks while Patrick Davitt expended $59 for Twin Trevor Hidenberger. That makes Larry Schechter's $53 for Matt Belisle--the most expensive LABR FAAB pickup this week--the fourth highest price paid for a player this cycle. Schechter also attempted to augment his pitching with Trevor Rogers ($9).

Jeff Erickson added Austin Pruitt ($33 along with Darwin Barney for $1), second placer Jason Collette copped Tyler White ($32) along with Austin Reed ($13) and Juan Centeno ($5) with Rob Leibowitz going $31 for Nick Martinez while grabbing Juan Graterol ($0) to augment his catching corps.

I then spent $17 on Wade Miley, while Seth Trachtman went for Drew Butera ($10) and Matt Andriese ($0). Ubaldo Jimenez ($2) and Jeimer Candelario ($3) are new to team Colton-Wolf and that was the bulk of pertinent purchases this time.

Todd's Take

The relationships I'm about to reference are significant, but perhaps not strong. So while you're reading it, thinking "even bad teams can get saves" is true, but there is method to the madness of projecting saves. Saves correlate to wins. That is, teams winning more games generally accrue more saves. The percentage of wins that are saved correlate closest to ERA, as opposed to run differential or runs scored. On average, 52 percent of wins are saved, though this season the number is just under 48 percent.

While Brandon Kinztler was with the Twins, he saved 28 of their wins, 56 percent. Further, the club's ERA during that span was 4.81, well above league average. As stated earlier, the correlations are real, but still allow for variance -- and we're seeing that variance. That said, the expectation for Minnesota saves the rest of the season should be tempered. We're about two-thirds the way through the season, don't expect the Twins to amass 14 more saves (Kintzler had 28).

Why is this relevant? Well, other than getting to share some cool research, there were three bids placed on Twins relievers, fishing for saves. Larry Schechter copped the two options most discussed while Patrick Davitt threw a dart at a speculative choice. Larry's ploy makes sense, he's six or so saves from several points in the category and beggars can't be choosers - you need to attack the teams with saves scenarios in flux.

yu darvish

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
YDarvish, LAD Craig Mish 872 Tristan H. Cockcroft 841 Scott Wilderman 700 Steve Gardner 427
    Todd Zola 424 Brian Walton 170 Andy Behrens 93
    Mike Gianella 13    
JLucroy, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 839 Steve Gardner 427 Todd Zola 424 Brian Walton 300
    Scott Wilderman 124 Andy Behrens 93 Tristan H. Cockcroft 23
    Phil Hertz 17 Mike Gianella 13 Lenny Melnick 5
AAvila, ChC Steve Gardner 227 Scott Wilderman 63 Tristan H. Cockcroft 25  
BWoodruff, Mil Todd Zola 117 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
HKim, Phi Brian Walton 100 Scott Wilderman 64 Todd Zola 17  
RJones, SF Scott Wilderman 65 Todd Zola 17 Lenny Melnick 2  
BKintzler, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 23 Mike Gianella 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
LSims, Atl Mike Gianella 13 Todd Zola 17 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 1      
JWilson, ChC Mike Gianella 0 Mike Gianella 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
EJackson, Was Mike Gianella 0 Phil Hertz 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
PSandoval, SF Mike Gianella 0 Todd Zola 17    
MFried, Atl Craig Mish 0      
JPeterson, Atl Craig Mish 0      
LVoit, StL Mike Gianella 0      
DSteckenrider, Mia Phil Hertz 0      
DHernandez, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
CKelly, StL Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ACole, Was Todd Zola 43                             
JAlfaro, Phi Brian Walton 40      
ARosales, Ari Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 0    
MLeiter, Phi Todd Zola 13 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0  
ABanda, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
AEllis, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
ASusac, Mil Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
HStrickland, SF Mike Gianella 0      
JTazawa, Mia Mike Gianella 0      
RRivera, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
VWorley, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

You’d have thought last week was the non-waiver trade deadline or something, what with all the action Sunday night in NL Tout Wars!

The big names drew the big spending with the plum, new Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, going to the owner with the most FAAB. Craig Mish bid all of his $872 just to be sure he would win, and he did. Though he could have bid at least $8 less and still won, money that could tide him over for the remainder of the season in $1 fill-ins. With zero dollar bidding allowed in Tout, however, Mish is not going to be shut out of future player acquisition entirely.

Next up is new Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy, traded last Sunday, but ineligible until this period. With the second-largest remaining kitty, Tristan H. Cockcroft secured the second-best free agent available. Cockcroft efficiently bid exactly $1 more than the owner with the next-most money and now owns the new Rockies backstop for his $839. Sitting in second place, Cockcroft has to hope his new acquisition will help him close the 18-point gap to the top.

Alex Avila received more attention perhaps for being traded away by his Dad, Detroit’s general manager, than for his ability to provide veteran innings for the Cubs behind Willson Contreras. (In an interesting aside, Contreras has logged three home runs and 11 RBI just since Avila was acquired. How’s that for motivation?) Anyway, Avila received a very strong bid from Steve Gardner of $227. The next-closest offer was $63.

Brandon Woodruff of Milwaukee joined Todd Zola’s roster on a winning offer of $117. Todd made a nice acquisition, despite the right-hander only receiving $0 contingency interest from one other owner. Once a top prospect, the right-hander was slowed by injury this season but in his MLB debut, threw 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball at Tampa on Friday.

Todd's Take

The human psyche is a funny thing. There's more of a chance Meghan Markle dumps Prince Harry for me than I had getting Yu Darvish or Jonathan Lucroy. Same with most of the league, but because it's the right thing to do, we all bid. Sure, Derek Carty admitted to forgetting to put in bids a couple weeks ago, but did we really all believe we'd have our bids win? No, but we had to bid anyway. Just part of the job.

brandon woodruff

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BWoodruff, Mil Derek Van Riper 57 Fred Zinkie 30 Ron Shandler 18 Bret Sayre 3
JEllsbury, NYY Brent Hershey 51      
CHeadley, NYY Zach Steinhorn 42 Scott Swanay 13 Bret Sayre 1  
JZimmermann, Det Bret Sayre 32 Jeff Zimmerman 10 Scott Engel 2 Fred Zinkie 0
BZiegler, Mia Scott Engel 31 Ray Flowers 31 Derek Van Riper 27 Al Melchior 10
MBelisle, Min Ray Flowers 31 Brent Hershey 24 Al Melchior 10  
LPerdomo, SD Brent Hershey 25      
DFreese, Pit Scott Swanay 24      
JWinker, Cin Fred Zinkie 15 Brent Hershey 22    
RLopez, CWS Jeff Zimmerman 12      
JUrena, Mia Scott Swanay 10 Scott Engel 6    
TWhite, Hou Scott Swanay 7      
KSuzuki, Atl Scott Swanay 5 Al Melchior 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
EJackson, Was Scott Engel 3      
MCanha, Oak Scott Swanay 2      
CVazquez, Bos Fred Zinkie 2      
EEscobar, Min Scott Swanay 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Scott Engel 4  
SRodriguez, Pit Gene McCaffrey 0 Scott Swanay 1    
ACole, Was Bret Sayre 0 Derek Van Riper 0    
BMaxwell, Oak Al Melchior 0 Bret Sayre 0    
TWood, SD Bret Sayre 0      
AAlmora, ChC Al Melchior 0      
RHanigan, Col Bret Sayre 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BMoss, KC Zach Steinhorn 38                                                    
LSims, Atl Ray Flowers 31      
MMelancon, SF Ray Flowers 31      
JMarisnick, Hou Brent Hershey 23      
ABanda, Ari Brent Hershey 21      
ERamirez, Sea Brent Hershey 21      
ASwarzak, Mil Ray Flowers 7      
SOh, StL Ray Flowers 7      
ALind, Was Scott Swanay 5      
UJimenez, Bal Derek Van Riper 2 Bret Sayre 0    
DSteckenrider, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 1      
JMauer, Min Scott Swanay 1      
YGomes, Cle Scott Swanay 0 Fred Zinkie 0    
AWojciechowski, Cin Bret Sayre 0      
CaJoseph, Bal Fred Zinkie 0      
DDietrich, Mia Gene McCaffrey 0      
JCamargo, Atl Scott Swanay 0      
JCotton, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 0      
JHicks, Det Fred Zinkie 0      
MRojas, Mia Scott Swanay 0      
NHundley, SF Al Melchior 0      
PValaika, Col Gene McCaffrey 0      
TWilliams, Pit Derek Van Riper 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Considering the messy state of starting pitching in 2017, all it took was a strong big league debut to make Brandon Woodruff this week's most expensive FAAB purchase, regardless of his mediocre minor league numbers this season (4.46 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in 16 starts). But his overall track record in the Minors is solid, and he sure was impressive on Friday, blanking the Rays across 6 1/3 innings. Let's see if he can further establish himself as a viable mixed league option.

While scanning the waiver wire, it was strange to see Jacoby Ellsbury's name. But then I remembered that he's a fourth outfielder these days and might even fall further down the Yankees depth chart once Aaron Hicks returns, so I decided against bidding on him. Still, Ellsbury has performed reasonably well lately in limited at-bats and could work himself back into a more prominent role, and I could use some steals, so maybe passing on him was a mistake. We will know soon enough, but I do like the pickup at a modest cost of $51.

Very quietly, Chase Headley is batting .341 with two homers, eight RBI, 13 runs scored and a .382 OBP since the All-Star break and continues to play every day. I figured it was worth 42 bucks to find out if this hot stretch can last a little longer.

Todd's Take

It's not surprising my Rotowire podcast partner Derek Van Riper grabbed Woodruff, we've discussed him a few times on the podcast, including this past Friday as a good pickup for the rest of the season. This is one of the reasons I was aggressive in NL Tout. I guess no one from the league listens to the podcast.

Two good starts and Jordan Zimmermann is back in the good fantasy graces. He's tossed seven frames his last two outings, against decent lineups in the Astros and Yankees. He's doing a nice job keeping the ball in the yard, key in this landscape. He also has two starts this week, the first a nice matchup in Pittsburgh with the second at home, against the Twins, another nice setup.

keon broxton

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
KBroxton, Mil Adam Ronis 183 Corey Parson 18 Perry Van Hook 23 Scott White 0
MEstrada, Tor David Gonos 65 Anthony Perri 33 D.J. Short 35 Ray Murphy 48
    Tim McLeod 19    
TRogers, Min Anthony Perri 45      
RStephenson, Cin David Gonos 35      
JEickhoff, Phi D.J. Short 35 Rudy Gamble 22 Tim McLeod 3  
JParker, SF Perry Van Hook 23      
AGriffin, Tex Perry Van Hook 23      
BWoodruff, Mil Ray Murphy 18 Scott White 1    
TWhite, Hou Corey Parson 14      
NHundley, SF Ray Murphy 8      
DBetances, NYY Perry Van Hook 7      
MOlson, Oak Greg Ambrosius 7      
AHeaney, LAA Greg Ambrosius 1      
MGonzales, Sea Greg Ambrosius 1      
JLeclerc, Tex Scott White 1      
AWojciechowski, Cin Rudy Gamble 1 Greg Ambrosius 1    
DButera, KC Perry Van Hook 0      
JCamargo, Atl Perry Van Hook 0 Corey Parson 5    
JWinker, Cin Scott White 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
HKendrick, Was Adam Ronis 23 Perry Van Hook 0                                                  
MBelisle, Min Adam Ronis 23      
DGee, Min David Gonos 17      
CVazquez, Bos Ray Murphy 8 Perry Van Hook 0    
DHolland, CWS Perry Van Hook 4      
MLeiter, Phi Perry Van Hook 4      
ABanda, Ari Greg Ambrosius 1      
CCron, LAA Perry Van Hook 0      
DColeman, SD Perry Van Hook 0      
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0      
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 0      
KSmith, CWS Perry Van Hook 0      
MDavidson, CWS Perry Van Hook 0      
NAoki, Tor Perry Van Hook 0      
VWorley, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The high bid Sunday night was for newly reinstalled Brewer center fielder Keon Broxton, won by Adam Ronis for $183.

The second highest bid was for Toronto starting pitcher Marco Estrada who had been dropped but found a new home on David Gonos' roster for $65.

I wanted several replacements and had room on my reserve list so with several adequate replacements at catcher and utility, I bid $0 on those positions thus saving units for the OF and SP I thought were the best for my team. With Drew Butera playing full time at least for this week while Salvador Perez is in concussion protocol, he was my first choice to replace Austin Barnes. I needed to find a replacement for the disabled Addison Russell, my utility, and again received my first choice in my $0 queue rostering Atlanta shortstop/third baseman Johan Comargo.

I thought the two best outfielders were Broxton and Jarret Parker and bid $23 on both, winning Parker. Again I had several $0 outfielders in the queue that were playable but without the potential and as many at bats as Parker is likely to get in the coming week.

The pool was somewhat thin for starting pitchers (a previously burned Estrada owner so I wasn't considering him) but I though that A.J. Griffin pitching for the scrappy Texas Rangers visting the Metropolitans at Citi Field was the best choice. If you look at the unawarded bids you will see my two longshot choices who both have two starts this week - if you are brave or desperate enough.

Todd's Take

Perry references streaming pitching. Here's some more research. The benefits of the wins and whiffs of a two-start week usually help more than potential bad ratios hurt. This may be contradictory to my crusade that ratios can move in the standings, but the theory is you aren't always wrong, many streaming choices work so all you're looking to do is break even in ratios over the course of the season, gaining points in wins and strikeouts. Of course, the bottom line is everything depends on where you are in the standings with respect to the associated categories.

 shane greene

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
SGreene, Det Kyle Elfrink 207 Andrea LaMont 27 Vlad Sedler 12 Dr. Roto 11
TBeckham, Bal Kyle Elfrink 123 Dr. Roto 22 Andrea LaMont 1  
AFrazier, Pit Kyle Elfrink 77      
BParker, LAA Kyle Elfrink 54      
KBroxton, Mil Dr. Roto 30      
LCastillo, Cin Vlad Sedler 17      
TAnderson, CWS Dr. Roto 17      
BTreinen, Oak Vlad Sedler 6 Vlad Sedler 12    
JMcCann, Det Dr. Roto 5      
WCastillo, Bal Andrea LaMont 3 Dr. Roto 1    
CGranderson, NYM Andrea LaMont 3      
BZiegler, Mia Dr. Roto 2      
AMiranda, Sea Jake Ciely 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
AWojciechowski, Cin Vlad Sedler 1                                                                           
CRupp, Phi Dr. Roto 1      
KSuzuki, Atl Andrea LaMont 1      
SPearce, Tor Andrea LaMont 1      


Todd's Take

This is a big week in the head to head league, with four of the top five teams squaring off with each other as fourth place Peter Kreutzer battles league leader Vlad Sedler while fifth place Howard Bender squares off with Andrea Lamont, seven games behind Vlad. It's not a surprise there was a lot of roster maneuvering among this group, along with third place Kyle Elfrink. With ten points up for grabs each week, Kyle's in a good spot, likely to either gain on the leaders or solidify third, maybe both. Kyle's four acquisitions suggest he's thinking the same thing -- time to make a move.

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