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Friday 26th May 2017

LABRLOGO

We're back! Can you believe this is our 20th anniversary season? Well, we haven't covered the FAAB moves for all twenty years but it's been quite a few. This is the only place youi'll find every FAAB purchase from all the LABR and Tout Wars leagues

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

Derek Norris, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 33 Fangraphs 11 SiriusXM 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9
    USA TODAY Sports 4 ESPN.com 2  
Jacob May, CWS Fangraphs 21 Mastersball 9 USA TODAY Sports 4 Yahoo! Sports 3
    Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Ariel Miranda, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 7 Yahoo! Sports 4 ESPN.com 3 Baseball HQ 1
    Baseball Prospectus 1    
Ronald Torreyes, NYY Baseball HQ 6 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Fangraphs 2  
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Fangraphs 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 6 Yahoo! Sports 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Peter Bourjos, TB Mastersball 4 Baseball HQ 3 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Yandy Diaz, CLE Yahoo! Sports 4 Fangraphs 16 Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    USA TODAY Sports 1    
A.J. Griffin, TEX Mastersball 3 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Jordan Montgomery, NYY Yahoo! Sports 3      
Dan Altavilla, SEA ESPN.com 2 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Erasmo Ramirez, TB Yahoo! Sports 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Taylor Motter, SEA Yahoo! Sports 2 Baseball HQ 1    
Michael Martinez, CLE Baseball HQ 1 ESPN.com 1    
Tyler Clippard, NYY Baseball Prospectus 1 Yahoo! Sports 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Bryan Shaw, CLE Baseball Prospectus 1 Mastersball 1    
Joakim Soria, KC Baseball Prospectus 1 Fangraphs 1 Yahoo! Sports 1  
Darwin Barney, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 1 Yahoo! Sports 1  
Adam Rosales, OAK ESPN.com 1      
Liam Hendriks, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1    
Jake Marisnick, HOU USA TODAY Sports 1      
Austin Jackson, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 3    
Frankie Montas, OAK Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Omar Narvaez, CWS Winning Fantasy Baseball 6    
Chris Gimenez, MIN Winning Fantasy Baseball 3    
Austin Romine, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 2    
Carlos Ruiz, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 2    
Derek Holland, CWS Mastersball 2    
Andrew Romine, DET Baseball HQ 2 Yahoo! Sports 1  
Gabriel Ynoa, BAL Fangraphs 2    
Abraham Almonte, CLE Yahoo! Sports 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Warren, NYY Yahoo! Sports 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Craig Gentry, BAL Baseball HQ 1    
Daniel Robertson, TB Baseball HQ 1    
Pete Kozma, NYY ESPN.com 1    
Danny Farquhar, TB Fangraphs 1    
Evan Scribner, SEA Fangraphs 1    
Matt Belisle, MIN Fangraphs 1    
Mike Morin, LAA Fangraphs 1    
Nick Vincent, SEA Yahoo! Sports 1    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Because LABR drafts so early--at the beginning of Spring Training--all owners were champing at the bit to make moves and replace fallen or broken players as the the held its first FAAB period, ending Saturday night, at midnight, eve of the season opener. The next waiver period will end at the normal Sunday, midnight EST time slot.

Of the top of the 22 roster moves made, only seven went unchallenged, so let's look at all this activity and try to determine what it might mean.

The big ticker item was Derek Norris, who went to Larry Schechter for $33. Larry beat out five bids ranging from $2-$11, while new starting White Sox center fielder Jacob May went to Eno Sarris for $21. Simlarly, five bids went out on May, going from $3-$9, with both examples showing what a decisive bid will fetch.

A group of potential starting pitchers--Ariel Miranda ($7, also to Schechter), Adalberto Mejia ($6, to Sarris), AJ Griffin ($3 to me), and Liam Hendricks ($1 to Gerg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs)--were nabbed as well.

And, while a cluster of relievers were similarly nabbed, the late announcement of the injury to Roberto Osuna left both Jason Grilli and Joe Biagini in the free agent pool in deference to Joaquim Soria, Bryan Shaw, and Tyler Clippard (all three for a buck to a seemingly distraught Mike Gianella), while on the hitting side, Tyler Motter ($2 to Brandon Funston), Jake Marisnick ($1 to LABR guru Steve Gardner) while team Colton/Wolf/Stern wrangled Darwin Barney ($1) and Austin Jackson (also $1).

In essence, there was the usual speculation and scrambling teams would do a month after drafting, but before any season play.

It will be interesting to see how the battle for Grilli/Biagini goes next cycle.

Todd's Take

Something to keep in mind all season when looking at the AL and NL LABR bids is those league play with pseudo-old school rules. Acquired players can obviously replace injuries or demoted players but if you want to replace an active one, they must be released (not reserved). There are a few players that may have garnered more attention if some of the owners had more natural openings. It's understandable why some may be reticent to drop someone they purchased before a pitch was thrown. For what it's worth, Mixed LABR allows free movement between active and reserves.

Even with the restricted movement, I'm a little surprised more weren't in on Derek Norris. Even when Wilson Ramos returns, Norris should be better than a bunch of receivers in a two-catcher, 12-team only league.

In a speed-deprived junior circuit, Jacob May could be a stolen base savior, coincidentally replacing another speedster, Charlie Tilson. Tilson is out with a foot injury and doesn't have a timetable for his return. In the meantime, the White Sox can afford to give May a long look as the club isn't in contending mode.

A couple of starting pitchers caught my eye. Ariel Miranda gets the nod while Drew Smyly's soggy elbow dries out. Miranda is definitely worth a grab, pitching in Safeco Field backed by a solid defensive outfield and good offense. The other starter to check out is Adalberto Mejia of the Twins. He's not dominant but there's some projectability with his strikeout rate, especially if he exhibits the good control displayed in the minors.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Stephen Cardullo, COL Yakkertech 7 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Koji Uehara, CHC Sandlot Shrink 7 Baseball HQ 2 ESPN - Karabell 1
Aaron Hill, SF Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Derek Carty 1
Jose Martinez, STL Baseball HQ 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Yakkertech 1
Manny Pina, MIL Mastersball 2 ESPN - Karabell 1  
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, MIL Yakkertech 2 Baseball HQ 1  
Jacob Barnes, MIL Baseball HQ 2    
Joely Rodriguez, PHI ESPN - Karabell 1    
Chris Marrero, SF Yakkertech 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Yakkertech 1
Jesus Aguilar, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1 Derek Carty 1  
Conor Gillaspie, SF Derek Carty 1    
Andrew Knapp, PHI ESPN - Karabell 1    
Emilio Bonifacio, ATL USA TODAY Sports 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jered Weaver, SD Sandlot Shrink 6  
Fernando Salas, NYM Sandlot Shrink 4  
Matt Cain, SF Sandlot Shrink 2  
Miguel Rojas, MIA Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Greg Garcia, STL Mastersball 1 Derek Carty 1
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Baseball HQ 1  
Jose Osuna, PIT Baseball HQ 1  
Jose Lobaton, WSH Mastersball 1  
Hector Sanchez, SD Yakkertech 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL Mastersball 1  
Daniel Nava, PHI Baseball HQ 1  
Christian Bethancourt, SD ESPN - Karabell 1  
Chris Heisey, WSH Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

With LABR having drafted four weeks ago, one would expect there was considerable pent up demand for free agent pick-ups. That seemed to be the case in the National League, as in total, 13 players were added by the 12 teams.

While the highest bids were $7 each for Cubs reliever Koji Uehara and Rockies first baseman Steven Cardullo, they drew just three offers and two, respectively. The largest number of NL LABR owners, four, wanted a spring training hero, Cardinals outfielder Jose Martinez, though his winning bid was just $3.

Of the trio, Uehara, as the top set up man for closer Wade Davis, could be the most forward-thinking pick-up, made by Bob Radomski of Sandlot Shrink. After all, Davis’ health is always a question in the background. Further, pretty much every other #2 reliever in the league is already owned.

Cardullo could find at-bats if another spring standout, Mark Reynolds, cannot carry his Cactus League success into the regular season. This opportunity has a shelf life, though, as Ian Desmond is expected back in six weeks. Steve Moyer of Yakkertech is Cardullo’s new owner.

Martinez is going to be hard-pressed to find at-bats behind the Cardinals’ starting outfielders, especially with Matt Adams’ new flirtation as a left fielder. Then again, Martinez, acquired by Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ, did hit .380 in Florida this spring.

Needing an infielder and catcher to plug holes, I wanted to ensure I would get my targets, so I spent a total of $5 on the Giants’ Aaron Hill and the Brewers’ Manny Pina. In both cases, I am chasing at-bats. Best case, the veteran Hill could earn a platoon at second with Joe Panik. Up in Milwaukee, the playing time split between spring fantasy darling Jett Bandy and Pina is unclear. The latter soundly out-hit the former in Arizona, for what that is worth.

Todd's Take

I'll talk about two names that Brian didn't cover. Jesus Aguilar's spring could push Eric Thames to the outfield on occasion, which isn't a huge deal since that's where he played in his first MLB stint. Aguilar has some pop, knocking 68 out of the yard in Triple-A the last three seasons, including 30 last year. However, keep in mind he played at Colorado Springs.

The other player I like is Jacob Barnes, someone I have on several deep squads. I don't trust Neftali Feliz to carry over his PNC Park success to Miller Park so while everyone else stashes Corey Knebel, I'll sneak in Barnes. His strikeout rate and ratios are sufficient to be useful even without saves.

blake treinen

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Blake Treinen, WSH Rotowire 53 Yahoo Sports 50 Baseball Prospectus 38 Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 22
    Razzball 21 Scout Fantasy 20 Fantasy Alarm 14
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 14 MLB.com 12 Fangraphs 8
    USA TODAY Sports 2    
Delino DeShields, TEX Yahoo Sports 25 Rotowire 23 Yahoo Sports 22 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 14
    Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 11 USA TODAY Sports 10 Fangraphs 3
    Razzball 1    
Jarrett Parker, SF Mastersball 12      
Daniel Hudson, PIT Scout Fantasy 12 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Tyler Saladino, CWS Fantasy Alarm 11 Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
Gerardo Parra, COL Rotowire 11 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 4 Fangraphs 3 Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 2
    Yahoo Sports 2 Razzball 1  
Shelby Miller, ARI Fangraphs 6 Razzball 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 1
Koda Glover, WSH Fantasy Alarm 6 Scout Fantasy 5 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Baseball HQ 1
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD MLB.com 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Baseball Prospectus 2 Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 2
    Yahoo Sports 2    
Michael Lorenzen, CIN Baseball Prospectus 3 Baseball HQ 1 Baseball Prospectus 1 Rotowire 1
Charlie Morton, HOU Fangraphs 3 Scout Fantasy 11 Fantasy Alarm 4 Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 3
    Baseball Prospectus 2 Razzball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Danny Espinosa, LAA Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 2 Yahoo Sports 2 Mastersball 1  
Matt Boyd, DET Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 2 Scout Fantasy 7 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire 1
Brandon McCarthy, LAD Razzball 2 Fantasy Alarm 4    
Brett Anderson, CHC USA TODAY Sports 2 Baseball HQ 1    
Koji Uehara, CHC Baseball Prospectus 1      
Aaron Altherr, PHI Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 1 Rotowire 2    
Ricky Nolasco, LAA Razzball 1      
Felipe Rivero, PIT Razzball 1      
Juan Nicasio, PIT RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1      
Grant Dayton, LAD RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1 Scout Fantasy 1    
Carl Edwards Jr., CHC RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Jordy Mercer, PIT Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

David Freese, PIT Mastersball 11  
Derek Dietrich, MIA Fantasy Alarm 11  
Jed Lowrie, OAK Fantasy Alarm 11 Mastersball 1
Chase Utley, LAD Fantasy Alarm 6  
Matt Joyce, OAK Mastersball 6  
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Scout Fantasy 6  
Avisail Garcia, CWS Rotowire 5 Baseball HQ 1
Chris Iannetta, ARI Scout Fantasy 3  
David Phelps, MIA Scout Fantasy 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Josh Tomlin, CLE Rotowire 3 Rotowire 1
Martin Perez, TEX Rotowire 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Kendall Graveman, OAK Yahoo Sports 2 Rotowire 1
Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire 1
Robbie Grossman, MIN Mastersball 1 Rotowire 1
Adam Frazier, PIT Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 1  
Amir Garrett, CIN Rotowire 1  
Antonio Senzatela, COL Fantasy Alarm 1  
Brad Hand, SD Baseball Prospectus 1  
Brock Holt, BOS Mastersball 1  
Chris Young, BOS Mastersball 1  
Erick Aybar, SD Mastersball 1  
Jabari Blash, SD Fangraphs Sleeper & Bust 1  
Jesse Chavez, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1  
Jesus Aguilar, MIL RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
Jhonny Peralta, STL Mastersball 1  
Jhoulys Chacin, SD Razzball 1  
Manny Pina, MIL Scout Fantasy 1  
Miguel Montero, CHC Scout Fantasy 1  
Mike Fiers, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1  
Norichika Aoki, HOU Rotowire 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

February 13, that's when we drafted Mixed LABR. If I were more in touch with pop culture I'd make some ridiculously funny analogy but I'm not so I won't. What I will do is take a look at the bevy of moves.

Full-time closers obviously draw the most attention with Blake Treinen being the prize. In typical Dusty Baker fashion, he refused to annoint the deserving youngster, Koda Glover. Treinen was preferred over Shawn Kelley for his durability and ground ball ways. Most assume Glover will eventually get the gig, though acquiring an established closer is also possible. Short term, Treinen is the guy and is worth the 53 percent of the FAAB budget bid submitted by Jeff Erickson of Rotowire. I suspect Jeff bought at least four months worth of saves on a very good team.

Delino DeShields bashed his way into the left field mix in Arlington. With steals being such a desired commodity, over half the league bid on DeShields. Scott Pianowski of Yahoo! was probably a little frustrated Jurickson Profar got the opening day start, but Scott's not panicking, DeShields will get his chance.

Several speculative saves plays garnered bids, including Daniel Hudson, Koda Glover, Michael Lorenzen, Koji Uehara, Felipe Rivero, Juan Nicasio, Grant Dayton and Carl Edwards, Jr. of the lot, Hudson and Lorenzen are most interesting. Tony Watson is more than capable of doing the job for Pittsburgh, but he's a non-dominant lefty that could be demoted or dealt, opening the door for Hudson. The mere fact Rivero and Nicasio also drew bids speaks to Watson's security. Lorenzen is the type that's useful even without getting saves as the Reds will likely have him toss 90 innings.

A bunch of darts were thrown at starting pitchers, including Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Charlie Morton, Matt Boyd, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson and Ricky Nolasco. The two that intrigue me the most are Morton and Boyd. Morton has displayed flashes in the past and was lighting up the gun this spring. Minute Maid Park is quietly good for pitchers while Morton should get nice run support. Boyd's metrics took a step up late last season and he continued the improved skills in the Grapefruit League.

Todd's Take

My bids focused on backing up J.D. Martinez and possibly Devon Travis. In retrospect, I wish I backed out my bid on Jordy Mercer, especially since I needed a second baseman and not shortstop, since my other middle infielders are Marcus Semien and Asdrubal Cabrera. Rules say I need to have Mercer active so I opted to put him at UT, leaving either Eddie Rosario or Seth Smith on the pine.

I guess I could have passed on Jarrett Parker and used Rosario or Smith in the outfield but something I learned in this league and others is if there's talent available, get it even if you don't need it, because at some point you will need it and the available replacements at that time are likely to be of lesser quality. AT&T Park may squash power, but Parker has some pop and is fantasy-worthy in 15-team mixed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

CAnderson, Cle Mike Podhorzer 150

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

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

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

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

 tyler flowers full

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Todd Zola's Commentary

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

Todd's Take

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

RUNS

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

HR

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

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

RBI

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

SB

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

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

BA

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

WINS

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

ERA

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

WHIP

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

SV

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

This is the other key category

K

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

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

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

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

Todd's Take

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

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Brian Walton's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

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

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

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

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

UNAWARDED BIDS

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

Todd Zola's Commentary

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

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

Todd's Take

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

Wish him luck...

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