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Wednesday 22nd Nov 2017

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.

adeiny hechevarria

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Adeiny Hechavarria, TB Mastersball 22 Winning Fantasy Baseball 12 Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Paul Blackburn, OAK Mastersball 7 Baseball HQ 2                           
Tyler Wade, NYY Baseball Prospectus 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Tommy Hunter, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4      
Ramon Torres, KC Fangraphs 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Willy Garcia, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Omar Narvaez, CWS ESPN.com 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I led the circuit with money gambled in the AL LABR FAAB world this week, dropping $22 on Adeiny Hechavarria, besting a pair of bids of $2 and $12 in what, at this point, is a battle for at-bats, a commodity I always need.

As if that was not enough, I continued my ride on the Oakland Athletics starting pitcher merry-go-round, winning the rights to Paul Blackburn with a $7 investment.

Mike Gianella bagged infielder Tyler Wade for $6, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs determined that in this pitcher crazy world in which we live, $4 on Tommy Hunter was a reasonable crapshoot. Since Greg and Shawn are in first place, who am I to argue?

But, probably the steal of the week was that of Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton acquring the Twins Adalberto Mejia, big week, for just a dollar. Mejia always a highly touted Giants prospect is a bona fide strikeout pitcher who could indeed be coming into his own.

Aside from Eno Sarris' purchase of Ramon Torres for $3, the remaining purchases were $1 fillers.

Todd's Take

While I make my living mostly with spreadsheets and using validated principles, I have this narrative about slick fielders with excellent hand-eye coordination eventually translating that skill to the dish, specifically in terms of contact. Despite the current philosophy of swinging really hard in case you hit the ball, there will always be a place for batters that put the ball in play. The majority of my hand-picked examples are shortstops. Hey, it's a narrative, I'm allowed to cherry-pick players that support my thinking. An example showing my age is Luis Aparicio. Most everyone knows Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel, a couple of flashy glov emen that evolved into good hitters. A couple of recent examples are Jose Iglesias and Hechavarria. Hechevarria is allergic to walks, partly because his contact rate is excellent. He puts balls in play that are swinging strikes for other hitters. Over a full season, he won't crack double digits in either homers or steals. heck, he may not get that combined. But, as Lawr alludes and I like to say, at bats are currency in deep leagues. For what it costs, Hechavarria is an asset in single league formats.

sam dyson

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Sam Dyson, SF RotoWire - DVR 17 Baseball HQ 8 Sandlot Shrink 7 Mastersball 6
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Stephen Vogt, MIL USA TODAY Sports 17 RotoWire - DVR 12 Yakkertech 11 Baseball HQ 8
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Derek Carty 5  
Nick Williams, PHI Yakkertech 11 RotoWire - DVR 5 Mastersball 4 USA TODAY Sports 4
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Derek Carty 1  
Hunter Strickland, SF Colton & The Wolfman 2      
Matt Bowman, STL Baseball HQ 1      
Ty Kelly, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Derek Carty 1  
Victor Caratini, CHC RotoWire - DVR 1      
Luke Voit, STL Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Brandon Nimmo, NYM USA TODAY Sports 2                                                                           
Cameron Perkins, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Phil Maton, SD Baseball HQ 1      
Trevor Williams, PIT Baseball HQ 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

Three players went for double-digit prices this week in aggressive bidding in National League LABR.

When Sam Dyson is good, like we saw in the World Baseball Classic, he can be very good. Other times, not so much. The ninth inning door is now open for the Giants, and with two saves last week, Dyson appears to be in the lead. With a $17 winning offer, Derek Van Riper of Rotowire crushed six other bidders, none of whom went over $8. Quietly, Colton and the Wolfman added Hunter Strickland for $2, a reminder that nothing is set in concrete here.

As a Manny Pina owner (paired with Austin Hedges at catcher), I had to make a call as to how much better new Brewers backstop Stephen Vogt would be over Pina in my lineup. (Even with Vogt in town, Pina hit two homers this past week.) Ultimately, I decided to put my money elsewhere. Commissioner Steve Gardner of USA TODAY also plopped down $17 to roster Vogt, with two of the other five bids in double digits and none less than $7.

The third major acquisition this week is Phillies prospect Nick Williams. The free-swinging outfielder also generated considerable interest with Steve Moyer of Yakkertech’s $11 outdistancing six other bidders. Though Michael Saunders is gone, there are a number of other contenders competing for at-bats in Philadelphia’s outfield. My $4 offer reflected concern as to whether Williams will stick the first time up, because if he is not starting, I think he will be returned to Triple-A to play every day.

Todd's Take

I think Brian made the right call on Vogt, as the Brewers have said they plan on giving Pina the majority of the playing time, despite Vogt being the lefty component of a potential platoon. Though, recent playing time points to a quick rethinking of that scenario. LABR's rules are more constrictive, you have to release, not reserve a player originally drafted so the ability to reserve Pina (or Hedges) until the situation plays out isn't available. Plus, LABR requires a minimum of $1 for each bid, so every dollar is valuable.

 

clint frazier

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Clint Frazier, NYY @TheFantasyFix 16 Baseball Prospectus 15 Fangraphs 3 Fantasy Alarm 1
Nick Williams, PHI Baseball Prospectus 11 Fangraphs 11    
Sam Dyson, SF Fangraphs 8 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 6 @TheFantasyFix 4 USA TODAY Sports 4
    Yahoo Sports 3 Rotowire 2 Fantasy Alarm 1
Raimel Tapia, COL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6 Fangraphs 6 Baseball HQ 4 Baseball Prospectus 1
Jorge Soler, KC Baseball HQ 4      
Luke Voit, STL ESPN.com 3      
Ariel Miranda, SEA MLB.com 1 Rotowire 1 Fantasy Alarm 1 Yahoo Sports 1
Jose Urena, MIA Rotowire 1 Rotowire 2    
Jeff Locke, MIA Baseball Prospectus 1      
Ketel Marte, ARI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Anibal Sanchez, DET MLB.com 1      
Bruce Maxwell, OAK Scout Fantasy 1      
Hunter Strickland, SF USA TODAY Sports 1      
Tim Adleman, CIN Yahoo Sports 1      
R.A. Dickey, ATL Yahoo Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Danny Santana, ATL Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                           
Kyle Barraclough, MIA Fantasy Alarm 1      
Austin Romine, NYY Scout Fantasy 1      
Blake Parker, LAA Yahoo Sports 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

Outfielders ruled the Mixed LABR roost this week with a couple of prospects leading the way. Brian touched on Williams (I concur with his take), here's the skinny on Frazier. The Yankees initially turned to Dustin Fowler to fortify their health-riddled outfield, but the unfortunate season-ending injury to Fowler forced their hand, calling up their prized prospect. Frazier, who won't turn 23 until September, was slashing .256/.344/.473 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, featuring 12 HR and 9 SB. It's this power-speed combo making him so attractive for fantasy. While his contact rate isn't great, it's certainly passable, especially since he draws plenty of walks. It'll be strikeouts that eventually determines if Frazier will be a nice category stuffer in the middle rounds or a fantasy stud. My lean is to the latter.

Todd's Take

How can a team alrerady wallowing in the depths of the standings lose twelve points in two days? It's not like I was cranking in some categories and had a lot to lose. Yet, I woke up to a last-place team after falling a dozen points over the weekend. The silver lining is points recently lost are within reach of regaining. Sorry, not much to say. This whole season has me a bit shell-shocked with respect to my personal game play.

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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.

bruce maxwell

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BMaxwell, Oak Chris Liss 133 Jason Collette 11 Patrick Davitt 11  
TAustin, NYY Mike Podhorzer 113 Jeff Erickson 101 Nando DiFino 72 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 16
DFister, Bos Larry Schechter 33 Rob Leibowitz 28    
DHolmberg, CWS Jason Collette 32      
DGossett, Oak Lawr Michaels 28 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8 Seth Trachtman 4 Steve Moyer 0
RTejada, Bal Larry Schechter 17 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
JSucre, TB Nando DiFino 12      
AEngel, CWS Jason Collette 11 Mike Podhorzer 13 Seth Trachtman 1  
SPeterson, TB Jeff Erickson 10   0  
SGreene, Det Chris Liss 5 Jason Collette 4 0  
ASanchez, Det Seth Trachtman 4 Larry Schechter 13 0  
NGoody, Cle Jason Collette 4 Patrick Davitt 0 0  
RTorreyes, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1   0  
CGreen, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0   0  
DBarnes, Tor Patrick Davitt 0 Chris Liss 1 0  
TZych, Sea Patrick Davitt 0 Steve Moyer 0 0  
JPazos, Sea Steve Moyer 0 Patrick Davitt 0 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
NMartinez, Tex Jason Collette 32                             
TFeatherston, TB Larry Schechter 16      
DMarrero, Bos Larry Schechter 12 Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
JPhegley, Oak Chris Liss 11 Jeff Erickson 1    
YPetit, LAA Jason Collette 6      
PJanish, Bal Larry Schechter 3      
AMoore, Sea Seth Trachtman 2      
DRobertson, Cle Jeff Erickson 1      
MMahtook, Det Jeff Erickson 1      
DRobinson, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
CShreve, NYY Patrick Davitt 0      
MMinor, KC Patrick Davitt 0      
NVincent, Sea Patrick Davitt 0      
TRogers, Min Patrick Davitt 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Rob Leibowtiz and Jeff Erickson consummated a swap at the FAAB dealine as Rob sent strikeout wiz Brad Peacock to Jeff for Alex Colome. Leibowitz is trying to push out of the bottom third of the league. He should get a boost from Franklin Barreto, drafted as a reserve pick, thus keeping the newly promoted Athletic out of the FAAB pool. Jeff had a closer to spare as he tries to scramble out of the middle of the pack.

Oakland, who is indeed advancing their kids, was the target of FAAB with catcher Bruce Maxwell going to Chris Liss for $133, while I picked up Daniel Gossett for $28 in what feels a desperate attempt to stabilize my pitching (considering I have the second best pitching totals in the league, that is indeed an indictment of pitching this year).

Still, the best lesson for any of us was within league leader Mike Podhorzer's purchase of Tyler Austin for $113, an aggressive move by a team in first place, with a commanding lead. The message being Mike is not half-stepping, meaning if you are in first, and can step on the throats of your opponents, do so.

The number of players culled between $10-$40 was huge compared to LABR, with Erickson also grabbing Shane Peterson ($10), Larry Schechter going $17 on Ruben Tejada, and $33 for Doug Fister (see, we are indeed desperate for arms), while Jason Collette acquired David Holmberg for $32 and Pale Hose outfielder Adam Engel for $11 along with hurler Nick Goody for $4.

Nando DiFino is similarly trying to move up and is hoping Jesus Sucre ($12) will fill his Derek Norris hole. The remaining moves were all lesser, but was no less a desperate search for arms as Seth Trachtman gambled $4 on Anibal Sanchez while Liss went $5 for Shane Greene, two hurlers with solid careers of erratic pitching.

Todd's Take

It's fitting Nando copped Sucre to fill the roster void created by Norris' release considering Sucre will now play second-fiddle to Wilson Ramos, whose activation forced Tampa's release of Norris. Sucre's playing time increased over the past couple of weeks. He could continue to see more at bats while Ramos gets up to speed, but eventually, Ramos will be the bell cow backstop.

Sticking with the catcher theme, Maxwell's acquisition was a result of Oakland cutting ties with two-time All-Star receiver Stephen Vogt. Chances are, the club will stick with their Strat-o-Matic approach and run a strict platoon behind the dish. As such, Maxwell should enjoy the majority of the at bats with Josh Phegley continuing to squat when a southpaw is in the hill for the opposition.

cameron perkins

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
CPerkins, Phi Lenny Melnick 125 Andy Behrens 55 Todd Zola 47 Derek Carty 0
LCastillo, Cin Brian Walton 120 Craig Mish 77 Grey Albright 1  
RJones, SF Todd Zola 67 Lenny Melnick 85 Andy Behrens 63 Craig Mish 57
    Mike Gianella 14 Grey Albright 0  
RRaburn, Was Andy Behrens 61 Todd Zola 13    
GGarcia, StL Todd Zola 47 Mike Gianella 5 Andy Behrens 0  
CDArnaud, SD Todd Zola 27      
TWilliams, Pit Steve Gardner 24      
LVoit, StL Brian Walton 13      
PMaton, SD Phil Hertz 11 Mike Gianella 10 Grey Albright 3  
GKontos, SF Andy Behrens 1      
BMorrow, LAD Craig Mish 1 Grey Albright 1    
CStewart, Pit Derek Carty 0      
RMontero, NYM Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 0    
CAsuaje, SD Derek Carty 0 Grey Albright 0    
LAvilan, LAD Grey Albright 0      
JFamilia, NYM Grey Albright 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
KTomlinson, SF Todd Zola 21                                                                           
BStassi, Phi Todd Zola 17      
JGrimm, ChC Steve Gardner 5      
RMcMahon, Col Phil Hertz 1      
AEllis, Mia Derek Carty 0      
DMcGowan, Mia Steve Gardner 0      
JarGarcia, Mia Grey Albright 0      
LTorrens, SD Derek Carty 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

My prize in NL Tout this week was Cincinnati rookie pitching prospect Luis Castillo. I went in with guns blazing and got my man. I incorrectly gauged that it would take $120 to get the job done, however, when $78 would have been enough. If only he did not pitch for the Reds, the price would have been higher, as the 24-year old put up solid Triple-A numbers, a 2.58 ERA and an 81/13 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings.

Castillo was not the highest-priced player in this FAAB run, however. That honor goes to Cam Perkins of the Phillies dreawing a $125 offer from Lenny Melnick. Despite a debut week of two singles in 19 at-bats and no walks, the 26-year old should be given a bit of time to show he is a better roster option than released outfielder Michael Saunders. Whether or not that would be good enough to stay in the majors is an open question, however.

Todd's Take

It was find at bats anywhere week for me with Yangervis Solarte joining Adrian Gonzalez on the shelf. Hopefully, reinforcements are on the way with A.J. Pollock reembarking on his rehab stint, Ben Zobrist getting closer to returning as well as the possibility Jhonny Peralta's stay in Triple-A Pawtucket isn't long and he helps to fill the Red Sox void at the hot corner. Tout Wars allows owners to keep accruing stats for players changing leagues, so long as they remain on your roster.

Garcia and D'Arnaud are just placeholders; I'm curious to see how Ryder Jones power plays in AT&T Park. At Triple-A Sacramento, the 23-year old was slugging a robust .553. Jones is filling in for Eduardo Nunez, who finally succumbed to a sore hamstring.

luis castillo

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
LCastillo, Cin Joe Pisapia 244 Ron Shandler 67 Gene McCaffrey 37  
BSnell, TB Derek Van Riper 67 Jeff Zimmerman 17    
DGossett, Oak Ron Shandler 57 Scott Engel 33    
MJoyce, Oak Scott Pianowski 44 Fred Zinkie 2 Jeff Zimmerman 1  
RGrichuk, StL Derek Van Riper 41 Ray Flowers 37    
BGoodwin, Was Ray Flowers 37 Scott Pianowski 23 Derek Van Riper 17 Al Melchior 11
    Jeff Zimmerman 5 Fred Zinkie 2  
KKela, Tex Bret Sayre 34      
MOlson, Oak Al Melchior 24 Jeff Zimmerman 5    
BMaxwell, Oak Ray Flowers 23 Derek Van Riper 0    
BParker, LAA Scott Pianowski 22 Zach Steinhorn 10 Bret Sayre 0  
DSpan, SF Jeff Zimmerman 20 Derek Van Riper 7    
WHarris, Hou Scott Pianowski 17 Zach Steinhorn 10    
HBailey, Cin Joe Pisapia 17 Derek Van Riper 3    
DPaulino, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 17 Bret Sayre 3 Fred Zinkie 0  
RMadson, Oak Scott Pianowski 13 Zach Steinhorn 10    
ABibensDirkx, Tex Scott Engel 11      
TAustin, NYY Derek Van Riper 0 Derek Van Riper 17 Al Melchior 11  
RChirinos, Tex Derek Van Riper 0 Ray Flowers 17    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JMarisnick, Hou Scott Pianowski 33 Jeff Zimmerman 14                                                  
JBrugman, Oak Scott Pianowski 20 Derek Van Riper 7    
PBridwell, LAA Ron Shandler 18      
JAlbMartinez, StL Ray Flowers 17      
ASlater, SF Jeff Zimmerman 15 Derek Van Riper 7    
EHernandez, LAD Jeff Zimmerman 15      
TBarnhart, Cin Ray Flowers 11      
ABarnes, LAD Ray Flowers 7 Derek Van Riper 0    
EDiaz, Pit Ray Flowers 7 Derek Van Riper 0    
JPhegley, Oak Ray Flowers 7      
DFister, Bos Jeff Zimmerman 5      
PDeJong, StL Jeff Zimmerman 3      
AAlmora, ChC Jeff Zimmerman 0      
AEscobar, KC Jeff Zimmerman 0      
AHanson, CWS Derek Van Riper 0      
CEdwards, ChC Bret Sayre 0      
JChacin, SD Scott Pianowski 0      
JIglesias, Det Jeff Zimmerman 0      
JJay, ChC Derek Van Riper 0      
JPolanco, Min Jeff Zimmerman 0      
TRivera, NYM Jeff Zimmerman 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Chasing wins and strikeouts is no fun, especially in deeper leagues. I'm finding this out the hard way. Since deciding to punt saves following Francisco Rodriguez's ninth inning demotion and the injury to Aroldis Chapman, I've been regularly using a lineup with at least eight starting pitchers. Well, this approach has resulted in my ERA increasing by more than one-third of a run since the beginning of June. I've had enough of this madness. Hopefully, adding a pair of high-end late-inning relievers will help to lower my ratios back to respectability.

I also learned the hard way a $10 bid wasn't good enough as Will Harris, Blake Parker and Ryan Madson all went for higher bids. I guess I'm not the only one tired of streaming low-end starters.

Not everyone has given up on starting pitching as the top three purchases were arms. Luis Castillo was the hot commodity, The returning Blake Snell was next with Daniel Gossett the last of the trio.

Next was another trio, this time outfielders. Old stand-by Matt Joyce earned the highest bid, with returning Randall Grichuk next. Brian Goodwin's power surge garnered attention as well.

Todd's Take

Everyone has their own philosophy, but I don't like to mess around when I need something, especially in a mixed league where you can usually get by with low FAAB totals heading into the second half. Zach's the defending champ, he knows what he's doing. This isn't a slight on him. Perhaps a different approach would have been to bid a little more on the top choices, then list a bunch of $0 bids on a long string of contingencies, making sure a couple are purchased.

I love this stuff. Six different owners bid on the three starting pitchers - but only one owner bid on more than one. Just another reminder we all see things differently.

 eric sogard

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
FBarreto, Oak Scott White 217 Rudy Gamble 118 Adam Ronis 112 Anthony Perri 103
    Tom Kessenich 69 Corey Parson 52 Charlie Wiegert 18
    Greg Ambrosius 13    
ESogard, Mil Tom Kessenich 69      
AVizcaino, Atl Anthony Perri 43 Scott White 11 Corey Parson 4  
EEscobar, Min Rudy Gamble 38      
LCastillo, Cin D.J. Short 35 Greg Ambrosius 23 Corey Parson 11  
AMoore, Sea Greg Ambrosius 23      
BGoodwin, Was Corey Parson 22 Adam Ronis 3    
TAustin, NYY Rudy Gamble 16 Corey Parson 1    
BMaxwell, Oak D.J. Short 15 Tom Kessenich 4 Scott White 0  
MClevinger, Cle Greg Ambrosius 13 Jeff Boggis 11    
PCorbin, Ari Charlie Wiegert 12 Jeff Boggis 11    
AMiranda, Sea Jeff Boggis 11      
CKuhl, Pit Tim McLeod 9      
PMaton, SD Corey Parson 5 Tim McLeod 3 Greg Ambrosius 0  
TDArnaud, NYM Tom Kessenich 4 D.J. Short 14    
JAlbMartinez, StL Perry Van Hook 3      
AEngel, CWS Greg Ambrosius 3      
MOlson, Oak Adam Ronis 3 Corey Parson 1 Greg Ambrosius 1 Scott White 0
ERosario, Min Anthony Perri 2 Greg Ambrosius 0    
PDeJong, StL Greg Ambrosius 0 Rudy Gamble 7 Adam Ronis 3  

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ABibensDirkx, Tex Charlie Wiegert 12                                                    
YEscobar, LAA Rudy Gamble 11 Tom Kessenich 2                                                  
JLeclerc, Tex D.J. Short 10                                                    
KVargas, Min Rudy Gamble 7 Corey Parson 1                                                  
RDickey, Atl Charlie Wiegert 6                                                    
TAdleman, Cin Charlie Wiegert 6                                                    
JIglesias, Det Rudy Gamble 5                                                    
FGalvis, Phi Rudy Gamble 4                                                    
JPolanco, Min Rudy Gamble 4                                                    
MMaldonado, LAA Tom Kessenich 3                                                    
DSpan, SF Tom Kessenich 2                                                    
KBarraclough, Mia Anthony Perri 2                                                    
PKivlehan, Cin Perry Van Hook 2                                                    
MLeiter, Phi Corey Parson 1                                                    
MMontero, ChC Tom Kessenich 1                                                    
BParker, LAA Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    
DGerman, NYY Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    
JBrugman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    
JMercer, Pit Greg Ambrosius 0                                                    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

In many redraft leagues, rookies brought up early get a lot of attention - especially when they play in the middle infield. Today's highest bid was for new Oakland shortstop Franklin Barreto, won by Scott White for a healthy $217.

New closers or even potential new closers are always sought after, hence Anthony Perri rostering Arodys Vizcaino for $43 in hopes of more save chances in Atlanta.

Eric Sogard has done very well in Milwaukee prompting Tom Kessenich to spend $69 to add him this week. However, things may get very crowded in the Brewers lineup with Jonathan Villar on rehab and Ryan Braun always a threat to resurface.

Part of that logjam is my Jesus Aguilar, grabbed last week to fill in for Chris Davis. Aguilar had a tough week and is slated for fewer at bats this week, so I swapped him for Cardinals OF/1B Jose Martinez for the same $3 bid it cost to get Aguilar.

Todd's Take

Has anyone seen Eric Sogard and Scooter Gennett in the same room? I've talked about this before, riding streaks goes against my DNA. I understand players get hot, but I don't believe we can predict when the clock strikes midnight and I'm starting a pumpkin as my middle infielder. This admittedly hurts my game play, especially in shallower leagues. That said, in a season like we're experiencing, warm bodies getting playing time are in short supply. Guys like Sogard and Gennett will eventually run out of pixie dust, but so long as they're producing, they'll play. In the case of Sogard and Gennett, both are hitting from the two-hole in power-friendly venues, so there's something to hang my analytical hat on. If you go this route, just be ready with an exit strategy. 

frankin barreto

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
FBarreto, Oak Dr. Roto 118 Vlad Sedler 13                                                  
MMaldonado, LAA Peter Kreutzer 71 Jake Ciely 0    
ESogard, Mil Jake Ciely 47 Vlad Sedler 3    
BMaxwell, Oak Dr. Roto 23      
KYates, SD Peter Kreutzer 7      
KKela, Tex Vlad Sedler 7 Jake Ciely 17    
BParker, LAA Peter Kreutzer 5      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Clay Link 4 Vlad Sedler 3    
EEscobar, Min Vlad Sedler 4      
SNewcomb, Atl Vlad Sedler 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
NPivetta, Phi Jake Ciely 27 Vlad Sedler 3                                                  
MDavidson, CWS Dr. Roto 23      
MPina, Mil Peter Kreutzer 23      
PMaton, SD Dr. Roto 10      
MClevinger, Cle Clay Link 3      
JBlevins, NYM Peter Kreutzer 2      
LCastillo, Cin Vlad Sedler 2      
AChafin, Ari Peter Kreutzer 1      
DBarnes, Tor Peter Kreutzer 1      
DHernandez, LAA Peter Kreutzer 1      
MStrahm, KC Clay Link 1      
TTulowitzki, Tor Vlad Sedler 1      
ZGodley, Ari Vlad Sedler 1      
TBarnhart, Cin Peter Kreutzer 0      


Todd's Take

Prospects promoted to the bigs are the mixed league equivalent of deadline deals in AL and NL only formats, so it's not surprising to see a healthy bid on Barreto a he may push Marcus Semien to second base when the incumbent shortstop returns.

A two-homer game drew some attention for Martin Maldanado, however, he's had a solid first half in a season where catcher production is gross. Further, he's playing a lot, already on the verge of a career high number of at bats. Ironically, the man he was dealt for, Jett Bandy, who's been, well, jettisoned to the minors.

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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.

derek fisher

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
DFisher, Hou Seth Trachtman 367 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 190 Jeff Erickson 147 Chris Liss 111
    Patrick Davitt 99 Jason Collette 52 Mike Podhorzer 19
MChapman, Oak Seth Trachtman 234 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 190 Lawr Michaels 174 Larry Schechter 160
    Mike Podhorzer 147 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 103 Rob Leibowitz 103
    Patrick Davitt 99 Jason Collette 77  
JBrugman, Oak Larry Schechter 112 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Seth Trachtman 32 Patrick Davitt 1
FMartes, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 58 Jeff Erickson 47 Jason Collette 21 Rob Leibowitz 13
HVelazquez, Bos Jason Collette 39 Chris Liss 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
MBarnes, Bos Chris Liss 21 Larry Schechter 1    
APresley, Det Mike Podhorzer 12 Larry Schechter 58 Jason Collette 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DSmithJr, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4 Larry Schechter 37 Seth Trachtman 0  
LCessa, NYY Seth Trachtman 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
FMejia, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1      
AWilson, Det Larry Schechter 1      
WHarris, Hou Larry Schechter 1 Rob Leibowitz 0    
TomHunter, TB Rob Leibowitz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
RTejada, Bal Seth Trachtman 30                                                    
AClaudio, Tex Larry Schechter 1      
JPazos, Sea Larry Schechter 1      
DWashington, Bal Seth Trachtman 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
SCishek, Sea Larry Schechter 0      
DRobertson, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
MWilliams, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
CShreve, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0      
RTorreyes, NYY Seth Trachtman 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Defending AL Champ, Seth Trachtman put his FAAB where his title is, speing $601 this week on a pair of players: Matt Chapman and Derek Fisher. Trachtman submitted one of eight bids for Champan, while four teams failed in their pursuit of Fisher.

Larry Schechter, who made earnest bids for both players, wound up with Jaycob Brugman for $112, while team Colton/Wolf ponied up $58 for Francis Martes.

Chris Liss dropped $21 for Matt Barnes, while Jason Collette sought pitching help from Hector Velazquez ($39).

Top team man Mike Podhorzer spent $12 on Alex Pressley, with the remainder of bids being low-priced roster patchwork for a few bucks, if that.

Todd's Take

Jaycob Brugman has slid under the radar, mostly because he's not a top prospect playing in the relative obscurity of Oakland. however, in deep AL only league, at bats are currency and Brugman has the chance to cash in. The A's love their Strat-o-Matic type platoons, so as a lefty swinger, he'll see goodly playing time in the foreseeable future, essentially platooning with Rajai Davis in center. Brugman won't stuff the stat sheet in terms of either power or speed, but he'll do a little of everything, which is likely an upgrade over the fifth outfielder on most AL only rosters.

enny romero

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
ERomero, Was Brian Walton 56 Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 0  
JAlbMartinez, StL Steve Gardner 37 Mike Gianella 24 Brian Walton 17 Andy Behrens 16
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 12    
TLaStella, ChC Craig Mish 11      
GCecchini, NYM Mike Gianella 7      
BNimmo, NYM Mike Gianella 6      
BStewart, LAD Phil Hertz 1      
AChafin, Ari Craig Mish 0 Grey Albright 0    
CKuhl, Pit Derek Carty 0      
CHatcher, LAD Grey Albright 0      
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0      
PValaika, Col Grey Albright 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JFamilia, NYM Brian Walton 17 Grey Albright 0                                                  
GGarcia, StL Mike Gianella 7                             
PMaton, SD Phil Hertz 1                             
JGrimm, ChC Phil Hertz 0                             
JTorres, SD Derek Carty 0                             
KYates, SD Phil Hertz 0                             
ODrake, Mil Derek Carty 0                             
RMontero, NYM Phil Hertz 0                             
RRaburn, Was Steve Gardner 0                             

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a quiet week in NL Tout. I jumped on the Nationals closer du jour, Enny Romero, aggressively bidding $56 when $12 would have done the job. Though it seems unlikely that the lefty will hold the hot potato past the trade deadline, if that long, I cannot be choosy, having just nine saves on the season to date.

Having no obvious path to regular playing time despite there being no clear left fielder in St. Louis, Jose (Alberto) Martinez still managed 22 at-bats last week and shows glimpses of power and productivity when given a chance. The former Pacific Coast League batting champion went to Steve Gardner of USA TODAY for $11.

Tommy LaStella is back in Chicago with Ben Zobrist to the disabled list. Though the veteran utilityman will not single-handedly alter the league’s direction, at-bats are a valuable commodity and he should give them to new owner Craig Mish, who paid $11.

Todd's Take

If you read the LABR report, you can guess what's coming. Playing in leagues like this is a privilege, but sometimes priorities take over and I was knee-deep in a work issue (yes, what I do is work). I completely forgot about the FAAB deadline. As hinted in the LABR report, that wasn't my most egregious error. I won't say I do this every week, but when I know I have an injury replacement to deal with early in the week, I'll put in a preemptive bid to make sure I'm covered. My work week is basically Wednesday evening through Monday afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday are essentially me weekends. I'm still doing work-related things, I'm just not on a writing deadline so I'm freer to get distracted. I'll often do a preliminary FAAB look late on Wednesday. I didn't last week and it cost me.

jacob faria

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JFaria, TB Fred Zinkie 244 Zach Steinhorn 183 Brent Hershey 95  
    Al Melchior 56 Scott Engel 44  
    Jeff Zimmerman 15 Tim Heaney 12  
DFisher, Hou Derek Van Riper 167 Jeff Zimmerman 51 Brent Hershey 43  
MChapman, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 101 Brent Hershey 97 Derek Van Riper 11  
JZimmermann, Det Zach Steinhorn 58 Fred Zinkie 20 Jeff Zimmerman 2  
JPanik, SF Brent Hershey 55 Jeff Zimmerman 17 Scott Pianowski 7  
JReyes, NYM Zach Steinhorn 53 Fred Zinkie 0    
NPivetta, Phi Derek Van Riper 53 Fred Zinkie 0    
FMartes, Hou Brent Hershey 46 Al Melchior 28 Ron Shandler 18  
    Bret Sayre 0    
MStrahm, KC Al Melchior 28 Zach Steinhorn 28 Fred Zinkie 20  
    Ron Shandler 11 Jeff Zimmerman 10  
ERomero, Was Scott Engel 19 Al Melchior 12 Scott Pianowski 9  
DLamet, SD Fred Zinkie 10 Jeff Zimmerman 10    
TKahnle, CWS Al Melchior 6      
MMaldonado, LAA Scott Pianowski 5      
CHeadley, NYY Brent Hershey 5      
FCordero, SD Tim Heaney 4 Derek Van Riper 11 Al Melchior 9  
CUtley, LAD Bret Sayre 1 Brent Hershey 13    
EEscobar, Min Fred Zinkie 0 Brent Hershey 5    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
DSpan, SF Zach Steinhorn 18 Jeff Zimmerman 1    
DSmithJr, Tor Al Melchior 14      
PDeJong, StL Derek Van Riper 11 Fred Zinkie 0    
JMarisnick, Hou Derek Van Riper 11      
BGoodwin, Was Tim Heaney 2      
TRivera, NYM Bret Sayre 1 Scott Engel 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
AHanson, CWS Derek Van Riper 1 Bret Sayre 1    
HKim, Bal Tim Heaney 1      
MWilliams, NYY Tim Heaney 1      
KKela, Tex Al Melchior 0      
MJoyce, Oak Al Melchior 0      
JTomlin, Cle Derek Van Riper 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The owner of a strong minor league track record and a 1.37 ERA with better than a strikeout per inning over his first three big league starts, Jacob Faria was well-deserving of a hefty FAAB bid. I wasn't expecting $244, so I was about 80% sure that my $183 bid would be enough. Not quite. Considering the state of starting pitching this year, from both a health and performance standpoint, the waiver wire in this deep mixed league won't offer too many more exciting options than Faria.

Derek Fisher might be sent back down to Triple-A once Josh Reddick returns to the Astros lineup. But, as the saying goes, performance dictates playing time. So, if Fisher does indeed perform well, perhaps he is here to stay. That would be welcome news for his fantasy owners, as the 23-year-old outfielder is an across-the-board contributor worthy of a roster spot in most league formats.

Playing time won't be an issue at all for Matt Chapman, and the A's made sure of that when they released Trevor Plouffe. Chapman's power is legit, though he does strike out quite a bit, so he could be a batting average liability. Still, $101 is a more than reasonable price to pay considering the upside involved.

My consolation prize for losing out on Jacob Faria? Meet Jordan Zimmermann, a guy who used to be a high-end fantasy starter but has been a below average hurler for one and a half years now. However, his last three outings, during which he has registered a 2.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, have been encouraging. Plus, he's a two-start pitcher this week with one of the matchups coming at Petco Park against the Padres. I'll be hoping for the best, though I won't be watching Zimmermann pitch. Too stressful.

Todd's Take

Nick Pivetta and Matt Strahm joined Zimmermann as consolation prizes this week. I was very high on Strahm coming into the season and have been intrigued by Pivetta after he stoned the Red Sox last week. You probably know the deal with Strahm. He started the season in the bullpen but was sent down after being crushed early-on. He's since righted the ship and is getting a chance to start, like I expected in the spring. In fact, my AL only draft strategy was to build my pitching around Kevin Gausman, Chris Devenksi and Strahm. I'm not doing well in my AL only league.

Anyway, Pivetta throws mid-90s with deception. He was dialing it up to 97 versus Boston. Control is the issue. Keep an eye on his walks. If he can get that fixed, Pivetta has a chance to be an asset since he certainly can miss bats.

matt chapman

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
DFisher, Hou Tim McCullough 191 Adam Ronis 118 Tom Kessenich 53  
    Charlie Wiegert 17 Perry Van Hook 7  
MChapman, Oak Ray Murphy 122 Adam Ronis 57 Rudy Gamble 16  
MStrahm, KC Ray Murphy 54 D.J. Short 35 Adam Ronis 12  
    Corey Parson 6    
FRodriguez, Det Tim McCullough 41      
FMartes, Hou Ray Murphy 34 Corey Parson 16 Adam Ronis 12  
JZimmermann, Det Perry Van Hook 23 Charlie Wiegert 17 Rudy Gamble 4  
JHammel, KC Charlie Wiegert 17 Perry Van Hook 23 Tim McLeod 2  
DLamet, SD Adam Ronis 12 Corey Parson 1    
HBailey, Cin Tim McLeod 8 Greg Ambrosius 7    
FCordero, SD Adam Ronis 8      
ASlater, SF Perry Van Hook 7      
ERomero, Was Corey Parson 5      
JAguilar, Mil Perry Van Hook 3      
HVelazquez, Bos Corey Parson 1 Tim McLeod 1    
GBlanco, Ari Corey Parson 1      
TNaquin, Cle Greg Ambrosius 1      
RMadson, Oak Greg Ambrosius 1      
NPivetta, Phi Greg Ambrosius 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ERosario, Min Perry Van Hook 7 Greg Ambrosius 4                           
ESogard, Mil Perry Van Hook 7      
RTapia, Col Perry Van Hook 7      
AHanson, CWS Adam Ronis 6      
TMoore, Mia Perry Van Hook 3      
AAlmora, ChC Perry Van Hook 2      
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 2      
JJaso, Pit Perry Van Hook 2      
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 2      
TRivera, NYM Corey Parson 2      
DSmithJr, Tor Greg Ambrosius 1      
JBrugman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 1      
HStrickland, SF Greg Ambrosius 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Every team faces moments of crisis - this week two teams spent over $200 each to try and get their squads to move up in the standings or stay on top of the pack. Ray Murphy, currently in first place by half a point, spent $210 for his replacements, winning Matt Chapman for $122, Matt Strahm for $54, and France Martes for $34. Tim McCullough who has slipped to 6th place, over twenty points behind Murphy, reeled in rookie Astro fly chaser Derek Fisher for $191, and added Francisco Rodriguez for $41.

Those of us lower in the standings tried less expensive options. I was looking for the best two start candidate for Week 12 and bid $23 each on Jordan Zimmermann (really look at his last few starts) and Jason Hammel who both have attractive matchups and won JZimm who will be @ SEA and then @ SD. I got caught without another player who was first base eligible on my roster when Chis Davis went on the disabled list and didn't find world beaters on the free agent list so I added Jesus Aguilar for $3 and hope that Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar spend another week in the infirmary so Aguilar will get enough at bats to help. There were several OF/UT options so I put $7 bids on many and won my second choice of Austin Slater the latest Giants' left fielder.

Hopefully those replacements can get me moving back up the standings.

Todd's Take

Perhaps coincidental, perhaps not, but Zimmermann's resurgence comes after he returned to the slider grip he employed while with the Washington Nationals. The main difference his last three starts isn't better control or more whiffs, but fewer homers. Of course, this is integral to success in today's landscape, I'm just not sure it's sustainable. Though, this week's matchups should help in that regard.

Hammel's turnaround is a result of better control and better luck, as he's been victimized by a high BABIP that's seen some correction lately. This will be an interesting week as he's also keeping the ball in the yard and draws a couple of teams known for power, but not hitting the long ball as Boston and Toronto visit The K.

trey mancini 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TMancini, Bal Dr. Roto 102 Jake Ciely 53 Andrea LaMont 24  
JFaria, TB Dr. Roto 80 Jake Ciely 73 Vlad Sedler 13  
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 44      
MChapman, Oak Jake Ciely 23      
DFisher, Hou Dr. Roto 22      
BPeacock, Hou Peter Kreutzer 13 Vlad Sedler 3    
MMontgomery, ChC Vlad Sedler 8      
WMerrifield, KC Peter Kreutzer 6      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
WRamos, TB Andrea LaMont 38                                                    
MDavidson, CWS Dr. Roto 32      
MStrahm, KC Dr. Roto 16      
TRoss, Tex Peter Kreutzer 10      
ZGodley, Ari Peter Kreutzer 7 Vlad Sedler 3    
MMoore, SF Vlad Sedler 4      
BPhillips, Atl Peter Kreutzer 4      
FMartes, Hou Vlad Sedler 2      
DPhelps, Mia Dr. Roto 2      
CHeadley, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0      
JShields, CWS Peter Kreutzer 0      


Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Not much action in H2H this week.

The big bid was on Trey Mancini, who is consistently getting on base and hitting for power.

Jacob Faria was the other big buy, also to Doctor Roto, was Jacob Faria. Faria has solid 2-3 starter potential and is off to a fantastic start in the Rays rotation.

Dr. Roto's team got off to a slow start, but he's been working on improving it. My offense crushed his this past week, but his pitchers showed mine a thing or two.

My quest for a good K/9 starter led to the innings challenged Brad Peacock, who is striking out more than 14 per 9 this year. He's not walking too many, neither, but is having a problem getting out of the fifth inning.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised Mancini was available as he's been playing regularly for quite a while, with a decent OBP. The reason is likely an early power surge, followed by an outage then his recent spike. This is the second time Dr. Roto has prescribed the services of Mancini, with Kyle Elfrink renting him in the interim. Chris Davis will be out for awhile, giving Mancini all the reps at first. With the hot and humid weather coming to Camden Yards, homer droughts for Mancini should be few and far between.

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.

adam engel

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Adam Engel, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 USA TODAY Sports 3 Baseball Prospectus 1                         
Luis Cessa, NYY Baseball HQ 5 Colton & The Wolfman 4    
Tyler Austin, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 4 Baseball Prospectus 4    
Mason Williams, NYY Baseball Prospectus 1      
James Hoyt, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Chase Whitley, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1      
David Hernandez, LAA ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Cliff Pennington, LAA Mastersball 1 Rotowire 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Peter Bourjos, TB Mastersball 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Dwight Smith Jr., TOR Rotowire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Caleb Joseph, BAL Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Deven Marrero, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Parker Bridwell, LAA SiriusXM 1 Baseball HQ 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Kaleb Cowart, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3                                                                           
Alex Claudio, TEX SiriusXM 1      
Chris Gimenez, MIN Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Drew Butera, KC Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Luke Maile, TOR Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Paul Janish, BAL Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Taylor Featherston, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The AL LABR owners were bargain hunting as 14 players were acquired for a total of $29 with just three pickups costing more than a buck. Note that prospects like Franklin Barreto and Francis Marte have been long gone, so the pickings are thinner than some might have imagined.

Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, the first place leaders of the pack are seeking to strengthen their path going $9 on White Sox fly-chaser Adam Engel, while Dave Adler picked up Luis Cessa for $4, and Larry Schechter nabbed Tyler Austin, also for $4.

From there it was a one dollar fun-fest featuring largely retreads: Peter Bourjos, Caleb Joseph, Chase Whitley, David Hernandez with even Deven Marerro, who also went to Schechter. Marrero joins his second LABR squad while the Red Sox have promoted and demoted Marrero three times since Opening Day.

It has been that kind of year.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised Tyler Austin didn't garner more attention. The suddenly-reeling Yankees released Chris Carter, opening up first base for Austin, at least until Greg Bird is back at which point a platoon is likely. However, Bird's return has been delayed a she recently needed a cortisone shot to abate some bruising in his injured ankle. Plus, with Aaron Hicks on the DL and jacoby Ellsbury not ready to return, Brett Gardner could play center, clearing left field for Austin. With the dearth of available players actually playing, seems to me Austin was worth a shot.

frankin barreto

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Luis Castillo, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 29 Mastersball 8 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ryder Jones, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Rene Rivera, NYM USA TODAY Sports 2      
Rafael Montero, NYM Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Carlos Asuaje, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Pat Valaika, COL Yakkertech 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Mark Leiter, PHI Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1    
Gorkys Hernandez, SF Baseball HQ 1      
Tyler Lyons, STL Baseball HQ 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Cameron Perkins, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6                                                    
Phil Maton, SD Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Jake McGee, COL Baseball HQ 1      
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Baseball HQ 1      
Matt Albers, WSH Baseball HQ 1      
Elias Diaz, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1      
Andres Blanco, PHI Yakkertech 1      
Brock Stassi, PHI Yakkertech 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

I needed a pitcher in NL LABR, but having just half of my full year FAAB remaining, I bid less aggressively for my target than in NL Tout. Not surprisingly, I won there and lost here. Reds rookie pitching prospect Luis Castillo was the target. In Tout, I bid the equivalent of $12 in LABR dollars and won, but here, I went just $8 and lost. As it turns out, either of my bids would have lost badly.

All it takes is one owner to blow a plan to pieces, and in this league, it was Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/SportsHub. The pair dropped 29 percent of their full-year spend, or $29, to secure the services of the newest member of Cincinnati’s rotation. Castillo can pop radar guns with triple-digit heat, by the way, and his job looks as secure as any pitcher with one career MLB start could be.

The NFBC duo also acquired the only other player in the league this week who drew multiple bids in which at least one was over a dollar. In this case, the pair grabbed third baseman Ryder Jones of San Francisco for $9. With Eduardo Nunez on the shelf with a nagging hamstring injury, the Triple-A call-up should see starter’s at bats with decent power potential.

Todd's Take

You might remember Castillo as the prospect that went back-and-forth between the Marlins and Padres in the ill-fated Colin Rea deal. Another young arm with a chance to fortify a struggling rotations is Mark Leiter Jr. The Phillies sent the second-generation hurler to the minors in early June to stretch out, after he began the season in the bullpen. Leiter Jr. got his first start last week, shutting out the high-scoring Dbacks for six frames in their home park. Leiter Jr. fanned five with just one free pass. He's not especially dominant, but did fan 16 with two walks spanning 13 innings in the three starts for Triple-A Lehigh preceding his call-up. Leiter Jr. isn't yet mixed-league worthy, but he could provide a shot in the arm in deeper formats.

frankin barreto

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Franklin Barreto, OAK Scout Fantasy 18 MLB.com 17 @TheFantasyFix 8 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6
Tyler Austin, NYY ESPN.com 18 @TheFantasyFix 3    
Scooter Gennett, CIN Yahoo Sports 9 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 8 @TheFantasyFix 3 Mastersball 3
    MLB.com 1 Baseball Prospectus 1 Scout Fantasy 1
Nick Pivetta, PHI Mastersball 7 @TheFantasyFix 3    
Kevin Gausman, BAL Baseball Prospectus 5      
Phil Maton, SD Scout Fantasy 4      
Paul DeJong, STL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 Scout Fantasy 1 Mastersball 1  
Brian Goodwin, WSH Mastersball 3 Fantasy Alarm 3 Yahoo Sports 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Luis Castillo, CIN Scout Fantasy 3      
Keone Kela, TEX @TheFantasyFix 2 Scout Fantasy 3    
Mike Napoli, TEX Scout Fantasy 2      
David Phelps, MIA Scout Fantasy 2      
Sandy Leon, BOS MLB.com 2      
Alen Hanson, CWS @TheFantasyFix 1      
Will Harris, HOU Yahoo Sports 1      
Matt Joyce, OAK Baseball Prospectus 1      
Johan Camargo, ATL Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Kyle Barraclough, MIA Scout Fantasy 2                                                                           
Matt Olson, OAK Scout Fantasy 2      
Bruce Maxwell, OAK MLB.com 1      
Daniel Robertson, TB Scout Fantasy 1      
Raimel Tapia, COL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Yolmer Sanchez, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

It was a busy week for Mixed LABR with many clubs looking to fill holes. Franklin Barreto and Tyler Austin tied for the high bid, each fetching a healthy 18 units. After using this space to laud those picking up Derek Fisher I am reticent to jinx Dr. Roto, but there's a pathway for Barreto to stick with the Athletics after Marcus Semien returns, as Barreto can stay at shprtstop with Semien pushing Lowrie to a reserve role -- or to another team.

Dr. Roto also threw a $4 dart at Padres reliever Phil Maton. Closer Brandon Maurer had another rough outing on Sunday, causing some to wonder how long his leash is this time. Brad Hand already replaced Maurer once this season, Maton could get a chance at some point. The 24-year old righty has appeared in seven contests so far, tossing 5 1/3 innings with seven punchies and no walkies.

After missing FAAB last week, I had a couple of empty reserve spots, plus a demoted C.J. Cron to deal with. I have a couple of corner infielders on reserve, but I wanted to grab Johan Camargo for his multiple eligibility since I don't have a ton of FAAB, plus playing regularly for the Braves, he can't be worse than Joe Mauer or Trevor Plouffe. While I didn't need another outfielder, Eddie Rosario has a tough schedule this week with the Twins facing six southpaws, so I opted to fill an open reserve spot with Brian Goodwin. The 26-year old post-hype prospect has been hitting second for the Nationals. Seems to me slotting after Trea Turner and before Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman is a good place to be. My final acquisition was Nick Pivetta. Still stinging from buying into Buck Farmer, I'm relying on my gut again as I've been impressed with Pivetta's last couple of outings. It's hard to pick up the ball out of his hands, helping to get the edge over teams the first time they see him. Pivetta has two starts this week, a scary one in the desert followed by a visit to Citi Field. It's not the best set-up, but by rule he'll be in my lineup. I just hope I don't get bucked over again.

Todd's Take

Well, Phase 1 of the comeback plan isn't happening. I set a goal to be in the middle third of the standings by July 1. Unless a miracle occurs, I'll be firmly entrenched in the bottom three. I'm still going to grind - a couple bodies coming off the DL soon should help. 

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.

matt chapman

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Matt Chapman, OAK SiriusXM 37 Colton & The Wolfman 28 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 21 Baseball Prospectus 12
    Fangraphs 6 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3  
Derek Fisher, HOU Baseball Prospectus 36 SiriusXM 34 Colton & The Wolfman 28 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 27
    USA TODAY Sports 3    
Jacob Faria, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 31 Baseball HQ 18 Fangraphs 16 Winning Fantasy Baseball 12
    Colton & The Wolfman 8 Baseball Prospectus 4  
Jaycob Brugman, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 7 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Adam Rosales, OAK Baseball Prospectus 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Alex Presley, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Alen Hanson, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Baseball Prospectus 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
Hector Velazquez, BOS Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Rob Refsnyder, NYY Fangraphs 1      
Jose Leclerc, TEX Fangraphs 1      
Daniel Robertson, CLE Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Kevan Smith, CWS SiriusXM 1      
Daniel Gossett, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Dwight Smith Jr., TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Josh Rutledge, BOS Fangraphs 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
David Washington, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Francisco Rodriguez, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Mason Williams, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Sam Gaviglio, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Taylor Featherston, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Tyler Smith, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1      
David Hernandez, LAA Fangraphs 1      
Zach McAllister, CLE Fangraphs 1      
Chris Gimenez, MIN SiriusXM 1                             

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the season nears its half-way mark, LABR owners made some aggressive bids for playing time using the FAAB wire this past week, but in deference to potential inter-league trade deadline machinations, the bids were in general aggressive, yet controlled if that makes any sense.

The grand prize of the weekend was the acquisition of now starting Oakland third sacker Matt Chapman, who generated eight bids (including one from me) but ultimately went to Ray Flowers for $37, a little more than one-third of the Baseballguy's total budget. Astro's outfielder Derek Fisher drew nearly as much cash, though not quite the same interest as Chapman.

Hitting was not the only focus with Jacob Faria going to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $31, besting five bids for the red-hot Ray.

From there the process became more pedestrian, with owners hopefully plugging holes, ideally for less than $2.

Jaycob Brugman found himself on team Colton/Wolf, but in what might really be the sleeper acquisition, Glenn and Rick picked up new Pale Hose utilityman Alen Hanson. Hanson, copped from the Bucs stash of players, has always been solid in the minors, but struggled in the Steel City. Hanson is quick, to be sure (205 minor league swipes to go with a .340 OBP) and plays second, but has now logged some Chicago time in the outfield , as well as some time at third and short over the weekend. In a deep league like LABR, 10 steals from Hanson could be huge.

Todd's Take

As I've talked about previously, sometimes I care more about why a bid was made more than who it was on and for how much. With a trio of 30-plus winning bids this week, it's a great time to try to get in the heads of some of the industry's sharpest minds.

Ray Flowers currently sits in third place. heading into this FAAB run, he had one of the big stacks terms of budget. It's also relevant he hails from the Bay Area since his target was Chapman. This tells me Ray doesn't want to wait around until the trade deadline to make a move, he sees Chapman as sticking -- and being productive -- at the hot corner. The Athletics traded Trevor Plouffe to Tampa so a pathway to playing time is there. The club doesn't trust Ryon Healy's glove at the spot. Once Marcus Semien returns, which could be in a couple weeks, there's a chance Chad Pinder picks up some time at third, but both he and Chapman are righty swingers so it won't be a platoon, Chapman should get the majority of the at bats.

Mike Gianella is in the middle of the pack. He had 78 FAAB units to work with. There's a chance he could have a shot at a difference-maker in five or six weeks, but considering he needs to jump over several teams, giving up that outside shot for a potential difference-maker now makes a ton of sense. Houston has a bunch of moving parts, and has been known to rise the hot hand, so there's risk. Josh Reddick will be back, but Nori Aoki isn't blocking anyone. George Springer is a fixture, while the corners are up for grabs. Especially in the potent Astros lineup, Fisher can contribute in all the counting categories. Average is usually a crapshoot for a young hitter. Fisher's contact rate isn't super, but it isn't at all terrible, especially in today's environment. Obviously, position and needs matter, but in a vacuum, I like Fisher to be a better fantasy asset than Chapman the next three-plus months.

The last of the hefty bids came courtesy of league leader Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius. They've been fairly aggressive all season, already spending 34 FAAB units, so their chance of a top deadline acquisition wasn't strong. Not to mention, they're sitting on three White Sox prospects, Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. Remember, movement from reserve is more restricted in LABR. The point is, the NFBC duo don't need a deadline splash. They can afford to spend FAAB now. If only one of the three minor leaguers comes up, they have their equivalent of a deadline pick-up. With Chris Sale as a foundation, Greg and Shawn can take the chance on Faria, which is also a defensive tactic, keeping him away from those chasing down the top spot.

The final piece to the puzzle is second-place squad and perennial contender Tristan Cockcroft, friend and ESPN colleague (well, he works there, they rent me). Tristan has one of the top FAAB totals. We're close enough to the deadline that treaing water in hopes of landing the big fish is viable. With his track record, I don't question anything Tristan does.

nick pivetta

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Nick Pivetta, PHI RotoWire - DVR 12 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Enny Romero, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4      
Johan Camargo, ATL USA TODAY Sports 4 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1  
Daniel Nava, PHI Lenny Melnick 2 USA TODAY Sports 2 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
    Mastersball 1    
Aaron Hill, SF Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Tommy La Stella, CHC Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Jose Torres, SD Yakkertech 1      
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1      
Ryan Raburn, WSH Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Gorkys Hernandez, SF Lenny Melnick 2 Mastersball 1                                                  
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1    
Chase d'Arnaud, SD Baseball HQ 1      
Elias Diaz, PIT Baseball HQ 1      
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Baseball HQ 1      
Andres Blanco, PHI Mastersball 1      
Chad Huffman, STL Mastersball 1      
Pat Valaika, COL Mastersball 1      
Ty Kelly, PHI Mastersball 1      
Blake Wood, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Craig Stammen, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Edgar Santana, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Tyler Lyons, STL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Chris Hatcher, LAD Yakkertech 1      
Josh Fields, LAD Yakkertech 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

Phillies starter Nick Pivetta was the most desired commodity in NL LABR this week, with the $12 bid of Derek Van Riper of Rotowire acing out a $9 offer. The right-hander opened eyes this past week with seven scoreless innings against the Red Sox with nine strikeouts. Needless to say, it was his best of six career MLB starts to date. Pivetta takes on the Cardinals and Diamondbacks in a two-start week ahead. I like the first matchup better than the second.

I didn’t get my $3 bid on new Nationals closer Enny Romero in ahead of the deadline, but it would not have mattered as the winning offer of $4 was submitted by Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats Inc. Oddly, no one else even made an attempt to get the lefty. I guess everyone is weary of the Washington closer carousel, likely to stop as the trade deadline approaches.

Another winning $4 offer was made on Atlanta utilityman Johan Camargo, this one by host Steve Gardner of USA TODAY. The 23-year old did get 13 at-bats in each of the last two weeks in an infield that will be missing Adonis Garcia for the next two months. It is not surprising that Gardner also owns Garcia.

Todd's Take

Let's do some more mind-reading, this time LABR head Poobah Steve Gardner will be the victim..err...subject. There's an extremely tight battle at the top with Eric Karabell clinging to a half point lead over Steve and the ubiquitous Colton and the Wolfman. With six more saves, Steve would garner four more points, including passing Eric, another ESPN friend and colleague. Above, it was suggested Ray Flowers had a closer read on Chapman, living in the area. Well, Steve takes residence in the DC area, so he could have a better handle on Enny Romero's chance of getting more saves. The one he earned on Saturday was of the five-out variety. However, Matt Albers was available. While it's unlikely Romero would make up the difference Steve needs in saves, every one helps. The other factor is Romero would likely replace Pedro Baez on the USA Today Fantasy roster. Steve is leading the league in ratios, with Baez much better than Romero in that regard. While an argument can be tendered Steve has a cushion in ERA and WHIP so he can absorb Romero, the counter is in today's climate, ratios can fall apart at the drop of a hat. Chances are, Steve can deal for saves if necessary. Why not maintain that ratio buffer in case he prefers to replace a starter in an effort to chase wins and whiffs?

One last quick note. I don't mean to imply Steve and Ray only know the scoop on their local clubs, nor those not living in the area are devoid of info. It's just with more local coverage, news may be available sooner, before it hits the Twitter machine, etc.

jacob faria

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Jacob Faria, TB MLB.com 17 Scout Fantasy 10 @TheFantasyFix 9 Fangraphs 8
    Baseball HQ 7 USA TODAY Sports 4 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4
    Rotowire 2 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
Matt Davidson, CWS Yahoo Sports 7 Baseball HQ 6 Scout Fantasy 4 Rotowire 1
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 Yahoo Sports 3    
Francis Martes, HOU Scout Fantasy 4 Baseball HQ 2 Rotowire 1  
Manny Pina, MIL Scout Fantasy 4      
Enny Romero, WSH Fangraphs 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Matt Strahm, KC Rotowire 2 Baseball HQ 2 Scout Fantasy 2  
Matt Chapman, OAK RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1      
Francisco Rodriguez, DET RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1      
Eduardo Escobar, MIN Fantasy Alarm 1 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1    
Eric Sogard, MIL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1 Rotowire 1    
T.J. Rivera, NYM Scout Fantasy 1      
Derek Fisher, HOU Rotowire 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Mike Pelfrey, CWS Yahoo Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
David Phelps, MIA Scout Fantasy 2                                                    
Franchy Cordero, SD Rotowire 1 Fantasy Alarm 1    
Clayton Richard, SD @TheFantasyFix 1      
Gregor Blanco, ARI Fantasy Alarm 1      
Alen Hanson, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Danny Espinosa, LAA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Paul DeJong, STL Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Yolmer Sanchez, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      
Adam Ottavino, COL Scout Fantasy 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

Why all the fuss about Jacob Faria, the latest in the Rays seemingly endless supply of promising arms? Faria is ahead of both Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon, so he got the call when Matt Andriese was put on the DL. Now that it appears Andriese will be out awhile, Faria's days on the farm may be over. The 23-year old righty isn't dominant in terms of velocity, but still misses plenty of bats, fanning 22 in his first 19 2/3 career frames, right in line with his minor league numbers. Faria features an effective change-up along with a couple other secondary pitches. Blake Snell looms, along with Honeywell and De Leon, but keep in mind Erasmo Ramirez is currently starting and can be moved back to the bullpen to clear another spot. Backed by the pitcher-friendly confines of Tropicana Field, Faria has a good chance of being one of the better in-season shots in the arm for the season.

Todd's Take

Unfortunately, sometimes work gets in the way of play, and even though I take this, and all leagues, seriously, I was embroiled in a work issue when I normally do my FAAB and I wasn't able to enter a couple of necessary bids, meaning I'll be taking a zero for Asdrubal Cabrera. Some people like to put in holder bids earlier in the week, in case of an emergency of this nature. That sounds like a great idea.

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