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Wednesday 22nd Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BFarmer, Det Jeff Erickson 187 Chris Liss 96 Lawr Michaels 79 Seth Trachtman 65
    Jason Collette 51 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Steve Moyer 6
KVargas, Min Chris Liss 84 Nando DiFino 62 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Seth Trachtman 34
    Lawr Michaels 33 Mike Podhorzer 13  
PBourjos, TB Lawr Michaels 37      
CBergman, Sea Chris Liss 34 Jeff Erickson 35    
NTurley, Min Jason Collette 17 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8    
DGossett, Oak Seth Trachtman 11      
JJunis, KC Chris Liss 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8    
RTorres, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8      
ABibensDirkx, Tex Steve Moyer 6      
AHanson, CWS Nando DiFino 3      
JDiaz, TB Jason Collette 1      
RWeeks, TB Rob Leibowitz 0      
TFeatherston, TB Steve Moyer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
MMahtook, Det Lawr Michaels 28                                                    
CGreen, NYY Jason Collette 1 Chris Liss 1    
NGoody, Cle Jason Collette 1      
JPazos, Sea Chris Liss 1      
NVincent, Sea Chris Liss 1      
MMartinez, TB Steve Moyer 0      
TZych, Sea Seth Trachtman 0      
APresley, Det Rob Leibowitz 0      
DRobertson, Cle Rob Leibowitz 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As with AL LABR, pitching was the focus within the Tout Wars moves this last week with RotoWire's Jeff Erickson leading the spendthrifts, having spent $187 for the rights to Buck Farmer. Defending champ Seth Trachtman spent $11 on Athletics Daniel Gossett, while the second-place squad, manned by Jason Collette, grabbed Nik Turley ($17) and Jumbo Diaz

Chris Liss also went for arms, acquiring Christian Bergman for $34 and Jake Junis for $11. Chris also spent $74 on Kenys Vargas making his FAAB price tag for the week $129.

I tried to stop the damage on injured Kevin Kiermaier cost by purchasing Peter Borjous for $37, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up Ramon Torres with Nando DiFino collecting a player I like a lot--Alen Hanson, late of Pittsburgh, now of Chicago and the Pale Hose.

Todd's Take

Nik Turley and Jake Junis are a couple of unknown, but intriguing names, not only for AL only but also mixers as both have a chance to stick with injury-riddled rotations.

Turley only lasted four innings in his MLB debut, giving up four runs on eight hits to the Giants in AT&T. However, he fanned four with no walks, suggesting he was the victim of some bad batted ball luck. Admittedly old for both Double-A and Triple-A, the 27-year old southpaw was crushing both levels, fanning 84 to 15 walks in 52 1/3 combined innings, allowing just two homers.

Junis was called up earlier this season but could stick if he pitches like he did in his last start, minus the homers as he allowed three runs in seven innings, all long balls in Petco Park. The 24-year old righty earned the promotion with a 2.34 ERA and .97 WHIP with Triple-A Omaha, fanning 57 with eight free passes in 42 1/3 frames.

brett phillips

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
BPhillips, Mil Todd Zola 117 Phil Hertz 41 Mike Gianella 36 Tristan H. Cockcroft 12
JPirela, SD Brian Walton 112 Steve Gardner 88 Phil Hertz 68 Craig Mish 41
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 41 Mike Gianella 24 Derek Carty 12
    Grey Albright 6 Scott Wilderman 2  
SNewcomb, Atl Phil Hertz 86 Brian Walton 83 Mike Gianella 81 Todd Zola 67
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 51 Craig Mish 47 Scott Wilderman 22
EDiaz, Pit Phil Hertz 82      
NPivetta, Phi Andy Behrens 61      
CHuffman, StL Todd Zola 47      
TMoore, Mia Phil Hertz 34 Scott Wilderman 32 Tristan H. Cockcroft 12 Grey Albright 5
    Craig Mish 1 Derek Carty 0  
JCamargo, Atl Scott Wilderman 11 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
TAdleman, Cin Scott Wilderman 8 Phil Hertz 7    
JHazelbaker, Ari Tristan H. Cockcroft 0      
PKivlehan, Cin Derek Carty 0 Scott Wilderman 11 Phil Hertz 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
MGonzales, StL Phil Hertz 14                             
RRaburn, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Derek Carty 0  
BZiegler, Mia Phil Hertz 0      
ERomero, Was Phil Hertz 0      
JGrimm, ChC Scott Wilderman 0      

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big money came out in NL Tout this weekend, as four players went for more than $80 and the two triple-digit players went to Mastersball competitors.

Heading the list is Milwaukee outfielder Brett Phillips, who Lord Zola acquired for $117. The top prospect made his MLB this past week and has the talent to grab at-bats with Ryan Braun out and Keon Broxton struggling.

I topped eight other owners by going $112 for infielder/outfielder Jose Pirela of San Diego. Promoted to the bigs on June 6, the 27-year old had raked in Triple-A, with a .331 average, .387 OBP, 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 48 games. His first week with the Padres was exceptional, with an 11-for-22 mark at the plate, including three doubles, two home runs and five RBI - from the leadoff position.

The other two top-dollar players went to the same owner, Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ. Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb ($86) made his MLB debut on Saturday and threw 6 1/3 innings of four-hit ball, with seven strikeouts and two walks, while allowing just an unearned run. A rotation spot for the lefty looks to be his for the taking.

Hertz added Elias Diaz of Pittsburgh on an uncontested bid for $82. Originally called up at the start of the month with Chris Stewart was injured, Diaz has been seeing semi-regular playing time behind the plate with starter Francisco Cervelli sidelined with a concussion, and has performed admirably.

Todd's Take

Brian is too kind, justifying my Phillips purchase despite knowing the real story. Though, he also knew I'd share, so here goes. I was very lucky Phillips was listed alphabetically above Jose Pirela, else I may be explaining why I spent $117 bones on an injured scrub, out for the season. No excuses, just an explanation, I carelessly clicked on Phillips and even more carelessly didn't check the bid to make sure it was right. I can use Phillips, but suspect Lewis Brinson will get the look and not Phillips. Another example of do as I say, not as I do.

pat neshek

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
MSmith, TB Scott Pianowski 313 Fred Zinkie 254 Derek Van Riper 159 Zach Steinhorn 158
    Joe Pisapia 148 Scott Swanay 87 Scott Engel 29
    Tim Heaney 25    
PNeshek, Phi Joe Pisapia 128 Scott Pianowski 89 Derek Van Riper 79 Scott Swanay 45
    Zach Steinhorn 28 Tim Heaney 3  
BFarmer, Det Joe Pisapia 118 Jeff Zimmerman 89 Fred Zinkie 67 Scott Engel 32
    Ray Flowers 17 Tim Heaney 5  
JHoffman, Col Al Melchior 103 Scott Swanay 87 Zach Steinhorn 36 Fred Zinkie 30
    Scott Engel 17 Ray Flowers 17 Tim Heaney 5
KFreeland, Col Zach Steinhorn 67 Fred Zinkie 30    
JPirela, SD Scott Pianowski 60 Derek Van Riper 57 Fred Zinkie 1  
SNewcomb, Atl Scott Swanay 48 Zach Steinhorn 34 Fred Zinkie 30 Scott Engel 4
    Tim Heaney 3    
MAlbers, Was Scott Swanay 45 Scott Engel 33 Zach Steinhorn 27 Fred Zinkie 0
JNicasio, Pit Scott Swanay 45      
EDiaz, Pit Ray Flowers 37      
ACashner, Tex Scott Engel 31 Zach Steinhorn 23    
CUtley, LAD Zach Steinhorn 23      
JUrena, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 20      
JHammel, KC Ray Flowers 17      
JMercer, Pit Scott Engel 17      
AMeyer, LAA Scott Engel 11      
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 8      
SGaviglio, Sea Scott Engel 8      
SGennett, Cin Tim Heaney 5 Scott Engel 16    
SFeldman, Cin Fred Zinkie 2 Ray Flowers 14    
EButler, ChC Fred Zinkie 2 Zach Steinhorn 18    
JMcGee, Col Zach Steinhorn 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JFaria, TB Joe Pisapia 78                                                    
MJoyce, Oak Zach Steinhorn 16      
MMaldonado, LAA Ray Flowers 11      
ABarnes, LAD Ray Flowers 6      
CGimenez, Min Ray Flowers 6      
RChirinos, Tex Ray Flowers 6      
CRuiz, Sea Ray Flowers 4      
NHundley, SF Ray Flowers 4      
FCordero, SD Tim Heaney 3      
BParker, LAA Zach Steinhorn 1 Fred Zinkie 0    
JSmith, Tor Zach Steinhorn 1      
BPhillips, Mil Tim Heaney 0      
DDescalso, Ari Tim Heaney 0      
KKela, Tex Fred Zinkie 0      

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The question heading into this weekend's FAAB bidding was more about how much Mallex Smith would go for as opposed to whether or not he would be the most expensive purchase. The answer? 313 bucks. Smith can flat out run, and he's always posted solid OBP numbers while in the Minors. In other words, he could be a fantasy force as long as he's getting regular at-bats, which should not be an issue for the foreseeable future with Kevin Kiermaier expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a fractured hip.

On the closer front, the mystery continues in Philadelphia and Washington. Pat Neshek recorded the most recent save for the Phillies while Koda Glover is now on the DL and Matt Albers has been the most reliable Nationals reliever so far this season. I'd rather spend $45 on Albers than $128 on Neshek, but I'm not overly optimistic regarding the long-term mixed league value of either pitcher.

With eight quality starts in his last nine outings, Kyle Freeland has been one of the more consistent hurlers in the game for quite some time now. The Rockies rookie is a two-start pitcher this week with a pair of favorable matchups (@PIT, vs. SF), so I was surprised that there wasn't more interest in him. Maybe it's the low strikeout rate (5.7 K/9), but for a reasonable $67 price tag, I'll take my chances.

As for my other additions, Chase Utley might just be a temporary solution at CI for me until Justin Bour returns, but he has quietly been productive this year, productive enough to deserve a spot on deep mixed league rosters, especially OBP leagues. The Jake McGee addition enables me to start him this week instead of Matt Moore at Coors Field. It's as simple as that.

Todd's Take

The times, they are a-changin'. For years, it was hard to imagine one, let alone two Rockies starting pitchers being sought after in mixed league free agency. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the bar has been lowered as the league ERA is on the rise, sitting at 4.27, .4 runs higher than just five years ago. More importantly, the Rockies own the league's best road ERA, a tidy 3.31. Chew on that.

 sean newcomb

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
SNewcomb, Atl Jeff Boggis 201 Tim McLeod 113 Scott White 47 Corey Parson 31
    D.J. Short 30 Greg Ambrosius 0  
JHarrison, Pit D.J. Short 120 Greg Ambrosius 68 Adam Ronis 47 Scott White 22
    Perry Van Hook 17 Tim McLeod 16 Tom Kessenich 7
PNeshek, Phi Perry Van Hook 69 Al Melchior 103 Scott White 37 Corey Parson 30
    Adam Ronis 18    
JHader, Mil Tom Kessenich 67      
JBiagini, Tor D.J. Short 60 Adam Ronis 18 Perry Van Hook 11 Tim McLeod 8
    Scott White 4 Greg Ambrosius 2 Corey Parson 2
TPham, StL Rudy Gamble 43 D.J. Short 40 Tim McCullough 31 Corey Parson 11
    Charlie Wiegert 7 Scott White 4 Perry Van Hook 3
JFaria, TB Tim McLeod 37 Scott White 7 Greg Ambrosius 6 Adam Ronis 4
MAlbers, Was Corey Parson 28 Adam Ronis 18 Scott White 17  
BFarmer, Det Scott White 17 Al Melchior 83 Charlie Wiegert 12 Tim McLeod 2
SGennett, Cin Perry Van Hook 17      
HKendrick, Phi Tim McLeod 14 Perry Van Hook 17 Charlie Wiegert 7 Adam Ronis 4
SGaviglio, Sea Perry Van Hook 11      
BLively, Phi Tim McLeod 7      
BJohnson, Bos Charlie Wiegert 7 Greg Ambrosius 1    
DSmyly, Sea Rudy Gamble 6      
JPirela, SD Tim McLeod 3 Adam Ronis 3    
MMontgomery, ChC Greg Ambrosius 2 Perry Van Hook 2    
ALind, Was Greg Ambrosius 2      
CAdams, NYY Scott White 1      
MMinor, KC Greg Ambrosius 0 Greg Ambrosius 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
JHoffman, Col Al Melchior 103                             
JNicasio, Pit Perry Van Hook 23 Corey Parson 2 Greg Ambrosius 1                         
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 8                             
ECarrera, Tor Perry Van Hook 7 Greg Ambrosius 1                           
TMoore, Mia Perry Van Hook 7                             
CGreen, NYY Perry Van Hook 4                             
FGalvis, Phi Tim McLeod 1                             
TAdleman, Cin Corey Parson 1                             
PCorbin, Ari Greg Ambrosius 0                             

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Twelve of the 15 Touts placed bids this cycle, leading to multiple bids on many players. The high bid was $201 for Atlanta starting pitcher Sean Newcomb. Six teams bid on the rookie with numbers all over the lot. The low ones probably question whether the recently promoted top prospect will even stay in the rotation. Tim McLeod was the tough luck runner up with a bid of $113, which would win most nights.

Josh Harrison was a surprise on the free agent list, with seven teams bidding on the versatile Pirate. D.J. Short won Harrison at $120.

A new closer usually garners a ot of attention so I was surprised Pat Neshek, the new Phillies closer, got only three bids. I might have been more suprised my $69 winning bid was several dollars more than the other two bids combined.

Derek Holland has gotten stale on my bench so I put in a group of small bids for a successor and won my second choice, Sam Gaviglio of the Mariners for $11. Joe Biagini, my first choice with a like $11 toss, went for $60 to D.J. Short.

Another surprise was winning my second choice on the outfielder list. I didn't expect to get Harrison for $17 nor figured to get Scooter Gennett for that price. I feel 2B/OF eligibility and hitting in Great American Ballpark, on top of the four homer game, should have elicited more bids.

Todd's Take

As was discussed in the companion LABR report, my sense is Hector Neris has been put in what amounts to time-out and won't be stripped of the closer role for very long.

NFBC's Tom Kessenich follows the Brewers so he's in tune with the club. Tom may feel (as I do) Hader may start in the bullpen, but it won't be long before the club moves him to the rotation. The other angle is Milwaukee has a twin bill on Tuesday so Hader may grab a one-and-done start, then Tom can decide what to do next week. Something to keep in mind is Hader was working out of the bullpen before he was called up, perhaps to conserve innings as the Brewers are surprisingly in playoff contention, albeit just over two months into a six-month marathon.

mallex smith

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
MSmith, TB Vlad Sedler 179 Dr. Roto 170    
JHoffman, Col Jake Ciely 95 Peter Kreutzer 36 Dr. Roto 25 Vlad Sedler 2
PNeshek, Phi Andrea LaMont 56 Vlad Sedler 37    
JRoss, Was Vlad Sedler 34      
MAlbers, Was Vlad Sedler 29      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Dr. Roto 25 Vlad Sedler 12    
TBeckham, TB Dr. Roto 23      
BFarmer, Det Peter Kreutzer 11 Vlad Sedler 12    
TWolters, Col Peter Kreutzer 11      
CCron, LAA Vlad Sedler 6      
CSabathia, NYY Clay Link 6 Vlad Sedler 12    
WFlores, NYM Andrea LaMont 6      
JLeclerc, Tex Peter Kreutzer 6      
AAvila, Det Andrea LaMont 2      
AMeyer, LAA Vlad Sedler 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
TMancini, Bal Dr. Roto 23                                                                           
EDiaz, Pit Peter Kreutzer 11      
JReddick, Hou Vlad Sedler 6      
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 6      
AChafin, Ari Peter Kreutzer 4      
WRamos, TB Andrea LaMont 3      
ASlater, SF Vlad Sedler 2      
BParker, LAA Peter Kreutzer 2      
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 2      

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I sometimes wonder if we're all getting better at bidding as we go along.

Last night, Vlad Sedler put down a bid of $179 on Mallex Smith, a former prospect, recently a bit tarnished, who is now suddenly given a chance at regular playing time and is off to a good start with lots of steals. What's not to like?

Dr. Roto saw $170 and bid it, for a heartbreakingly close loss. And no one else bid a farthing. Because their teams are so good they don't need a speedy outfielder? Or because they didn't want a speedy outfielder who was going to cost so much?

The other bid of consequence this week was for Jeff Hoffman, another touted arm out of the Rockies system. He's off a run of three quality starts, and draw a 95 bid from Jake Ciely. I had the second highest bid of 36. Not heartbreaking, like the Smith loss, but I was hoping in the face of Coors Field the bidding would be more modest.

The thing about Hoffman is that those three quality starts all came on the road, against Philly, San Diego, and the Cubs. We have yet to see how he'll react when the balls start carrying, but with 34 strikeouts in 27 innings, and only three walks, we were willing to take our chances.

Jake was willing to take a bit more of one.

Todd's Take

While this is true in all leagues, it's even more apropos in category-driven head to head formats. There's a chance the limited interest in Smith was due to team construct, with owners more concerned about the other categories than speed. Dr. Roto obviously wanted another burner. if I was in this league and had some spare steals, I'd be making an appointment to talk with Dr. Roto.

 

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.

mallex smith 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Jake Junis, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13 Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Brian Johnson, BOS Rotowire 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 Baseball Prospectus 2  
Chris Tillman, BAL Winning Fantasy Baseball 9      
Buck Farmer, DET Baseball HQ 7 ESPN.com 6 SiriusXM 2 Baseball Prospectus 2
    Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Peter Bourjos, TB Baseball Prospectus 3      
Ruben Tejada, BAL USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Baseball HQ 1      
Dan Jennings, CWS SiriusXM 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Christian Bergman, SEA Baseball HQ 6                                                    
Jaycob Brugman, OAK Baseball Prospectus 3      
Sam Gaviglio, SEA Rotowire 3      
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Danny Barnes, TOR Rotowire 1 SiriusXM 1    
Josh Rutledge, BOS Baseball HQ 1      
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Tommy Hunter, TB Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The scramble for starting pitching continues in AL LABR as a quartet of arms drew the top four bids. Brian Johnson went to Clay Link and RotoWire for $13, outbidding three other owners. Continuing the theme, Royals rookie starter Jake Junis fetched $13 from Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius, though only one other owner had interest. Chris Tillman went unopposed to Larry Schechter for nine bucks. Finishing off the high level search for arms, Dave Adler copped Buck Farmer for $7, besting four more bids.

Yes, emphasizing pitching is indeed everything these days.

As for hitters, Steve Gardner acquired Ruben Tejada for a dollar, Peter Bourjos went to Mike Gianella for three, and Cheslor Cuthbert also moved to team Adler for another dollar.

Finally, Dan Jennings rounded out the bidding with Ray Flowers bagging the reliever for a buck.

Todd's Take

Eight teams bid on the four starting pitchers Lawr discussed. Only three teams bid on two different hurlers. Farmer garnered the most bids, which makes sense to me as I like him the best of the lot. It appears he figured something out in Triple-A, throwing more strikes while keeping the ball in the yard. Coming into the season, I was on Matthew Boyd, but his struggles have paved the way for Farmer to nail down the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation, something that has troubled them for a few years.

The only pitcher receiving one bid was Tillman. When someone as savvy as Larry bids on someone as... well... crappy as Tillman, I like to try to figure out why. The most obvious reason would be Larry is eschewing ratios in an effort to pound up as many wins and whiffs as possible. This is in sync with his current stead, sitting next to last in ERA and fourth from the bottom in WHIP. The thing is, Larry has Dallas Keuchel, David Price and Felix Hernandez, not to mention Aroldis Chapman about to come off the DL. Granted, Keuchel and King Felix are on the DL while Price could see a return visit at any time. Still, there's points to be had in WHIP (moving in ERA would be tough). LABR rules force Tillman to be active this week. The O's righty will take the hill in Guaranteed Rate Park to take on a White Sox club not especially dangerous versus right-handers. Maybe Larry is playing both sides of the fence. Tillman's match-up isn't terrible so perhaps the plan is to let things flesh out a little longer, and if it appears racking up whiffs will earn more points than will be lost in ratios, Tillman fits that strategy just fine. Keuchel, Hernandez and Price can be dealt for offense, with their spots being taken by other starting pitchers no one else wants. It's obviously not something one does heading into a season, but it's something I've had to use on occasion, with varying degrees of success. This much I know. The times it's worked, I wasn't going to compete without doing it and the times it failed, I wasn't going anywhere anyway.

jose pirela

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Jose Pirela, SD Mastersball 15 USA TODAY Sports 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    Derek Carty 1    
Sean Newcomb, ATL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Mastersball 7 Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Pat Neshek, PHI Yakkertech 6 USA TODAY Sports 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 2
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Tyler Moore, MIA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Lenny Melnick 3 Derek Carty 1  
Pedro Baez, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1      
George Kontos, SF Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Enny Romero, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2                                                    
Aaron Hill, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1    
Hunter Strickland, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Oliver Perez, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Ryan Raburn, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Johan Camargo, ATL Mastersball 1      
Kelby Tomlinson, SF Mastersball 1      
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Derek Carty 1      

Brian Walton's Commentary

With $40 of draft-day middle infield value moved to the disabled list this past week in Jonathan Villar and Cesar Hernandez and my team skidding into the cellar, I needed some help badly. As a result, I bid extremely aggressively for San Diego call-up Jose Pirela and got my man. Despite being second base eligible, Pirela has primarily been playing left field and leading off for the Padres. In his first week up, the 27-year old former Yankees prospect batted .500, including five extra base hits. Unfortunately, I will not receive those stats.

I also placed a $7 bid on talented Braves rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb, but lost out by $2 to Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats Inc. In his big-league debut on Saturday the 24-year old, a former Angels first-rounder, limited the Mets to four hits and an unearned run over 6 1/3 innings.

Middle relievers with strong ratios always have a place in –only leagues and three of them were among the additions this week. My next contingent bid after Newcomb was on the Phillies’ Pat Neshek, but I was outbid again, this time with Steve Moyer of Yakkertech the winner at $6. Neshek has an advantage over the other relievers picked up this week – Pedro Baez of the Dodgers and George Kontos of the Giants – being the steadiest arm in a shaky pen. I ended up with Kontos, but to be honest, I am mad at myself for not noticing Baez was in this week’s free agent pool. Kudos to USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner and his wise under-the-radar addition.

Todd's Take

Perhaps Brian was implying it, but another advantage enjoyed by Neshek is he could be in line for a couple of saves as Hector Neris has been hanging splitters lately. By the tone of the reports, it's not so much that Neris has been relieved of his closing duties as he's being put in time-out for a little while. The report last week said Phillies manager Pete Mackanin wanted to talk to Neris about his recent outings, implying he wasn't going to get the call in the ninth until he was able to recapture the splitter that rendered him so effective last season. Neither Neshek nor Neris has pitched since June 6 so it's unclear if Neris needs to work out the kinks in the bullpen or show his Skipper he can get hitters out under real game conditions.

I really like Brian's pick-up of Jose Pirela. Obviously, he's not going to keep up his current pace, but the 27-year old was crushing Triple-A upon his promotion, slashing .331/.387/.635 with eight steals for El Paso. We're getting close to the point where conserving FAAB for the trade deadline is in play. If you don't think you'll be in the running for one of the top cross-overs, assuming there are any, it's worth making an aggressive play for the Padres IF/OF.

lewis brinson

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Mallex Smith, TB Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 27 Yahoo Sports 38 MLB.com 26 Baseball HQ 23
    Fangraphs 16 Scout Fantasy 12 Fantasy Alarm 12
    @TheFantasyFix 11 USA TODAY Sports 8 Mastersball 7
    Rotowire 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2  
Lewis Brinson, MIL Fantasy Alarm 12 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 17 Fangraphs 12 @TheFantasyFix 4
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2    
Matt Albers, WSH Fangraphs 8 Scout Fantasy 2 @TheFantasyFix 2 MLB.com 1
Buck Farmer, DET MLB.com 8 Baseball Prospectus 3 Mastersball 3 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2
    Scout Fantasy 2 Rotowire 1  
Jose Pirela, SD USA TODAY Sports 6 Mastersball 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 MLB.com 1
         
Sean Newcomb, ATL Baseball Prospectus 6 MLB.com 5 Scout Fantasy 5 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2
    USA TODAY Sports 2    
Pat Neshek, PHI @TheFantasyFix 5 USA TODAY Sports 3 Scout Fantasy 3 Rotowire 2
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2    
Mike Montgomery, CHC USA TODAY Sports 3 Scout Fantasy 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Alex Meyer, LAA Baseball Prospectus 3 Rotowire 2 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Jake Junis, KC Mastersball 2      
Seth Lugo, NYM RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 @TheFantasyFix 6 Scout Fantasy 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
    Rotowire 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
C.J. Cron, LAA Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire 1  
Scott Feldman, CIN Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Joe Panik, SF Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Kyle Gibson, MIN Baseball Prospectus 1      
Chase Headley, NYY Baseball HQ 1      
Chris Iannetta, ARI Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 Scout Fantasy 1    
Cory Spangenberg, SD MLB.com 1      
Tyler Moore, MIA Baseball HQ 1 Fantasy Alarm 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Scooter Gennett, CIN Fantasy Alarm 11                                                    
Jose Iglesias, DET Fantasy Alarm 6      
Daniel Robertson, TB Fantasy Alarm 2 MLB.com 1    
Chase Utley, LAD Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Eric Sogard, MIL Rotowire 1 MLB.com 1    
Alec Asher, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Sandy Leon, BOS Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Christian Bergman, SEA Rotowire 1      
Franchy Cordero, SD Rotowire 1      
Matt Joyce, OAK Rotowire 1      
Keone Kela, TEX Scout Fantasy 1      

Todd Zola's Commentary

Something I've talked about the past few seasons is how prospects being called up after the Super-Two deadline is the Mixed League equivalent of the trade deadline in AL and NL only formats. We're getting close, but not quite there yet. Though, a few worth prospects have been summoned, the latest being Brewers outfielder, Lewis Brinson. Milwaukee also advanced top pitching prospect Josh Hader, but he has no mixed league potential yet since he'll start out as a reliever. Brinson is your classic toolsy player needing to make enough contact to have his power and speed play for fantasy.

While Brisnon drew a modest five tries, Mallex Smith received bids from four-fifths of the 15-team league. Coincidentally, the three owners not bidding on Smith don't chew Dentyne gum. No doubt, you know the deal with Smith, he runs about 50 percent of the time he reaches base, but you can't steal first. His hitting the ground running upon taking over for Kevin Kiermaier elevated the bidding to a point I knew I had no chance. The kicker is I own Kiermaier, but you likely guess that anyway the manner this season is going.

The other top prospect making his debut was Braves lefty Sean Newcomb. Newcomb has no issues missing bats. The problem is, when he's not missing bats, he's missing the strike zone.

Not only did I lose Kiermaier, but Devon Travis returned to the DL as well. I had ample bodies on my bench to field a lineup without making a move, but since I still am a C.J. Cron truther, in part because we play in a fantasy football league together (I've never met him), I dropped a buck on the Halos first-sacker.

Todd's Take

One step forward, two steps back. That's the story of my season. I'm sticking with my goal of landing in the middle third of the standings by the end of June, but even that will be an ordeal. I've been approached with some trade offers, but I haven't had the courage to sit down and do the category math, figuring out where I can manage the categories, like what was discussed above. Doing so feels like an admission of failure, though I know deep down it's the right thing to do for my flailing squad.

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.

 eric young jr

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Eric Young Jr., LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 27 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 24 Mastersball 13 Colton & The Wolfman 9
    USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 3  
John Hicks, DET Mastersball 8 Yahoo! Sports 1    
Yusmeiro Petit, LAA Rotowire 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1    
Eric Skoglund, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Matt Olson, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Matt Barnes, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Kyle Gibson, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Liam Hendriks, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2                                                                           
Francisco Rodriguez, DET Rotowire 2                                                                           
Shane Peterson, TB Mastersball 2                                                                           
Sam Gaviglio, SEA Rotowire 1                                                                           
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Larry Schechter came busting out just like the month of June is supposed to, spending $27 on the Angels Eric Young, Jr, hoping the speedy though aging outfielder can give a boost to his offense. Larry beat out five owners hoping to secure the rights to Young Jr., with bids ranging from $3 to $24.

I had actually made a $13 shot to own Young which failed, but I nailed John Hicks for my roster for the second time, both being for $8, as I juggle my roster trying to compensate for the loss of Dustin Pedroia.

Clay Link bid $4 on Yusmeiro Petit, while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs bought Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund for a couple of bucks. Note that all three of these last winning bids fought off challenges of $1 each.

Completing the week's action Schechter got Matt Barnes for a buck, and Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf bought the rights to Kyle Gibson and Matt Olson for a dollar each.

Todd's Take

Young Jr.'s call-up was necessitated after the unfortunate injury to Mike Trout as well as Cameron Maybin visiting the disabled list with a sore oblique. Further, potential corner outfielder Jefry Marte was sent down to bring back C.J. Cron, who's been raking on the farm. Revere and Young Jr. will hold down the fort until Maybin comes back, which could be as early as later this week. At that time, it's unclear how the playing time will be divided among the similar players. Young Jr. is a switch-hitter while Revere and Maybin both swing right-handed. All three will play, but if had to handicap it, my guess is Revere draws the short end of the straw, playing mostly against just southpaws.

ty blach

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Ty Blach, SF Lenny Melnick 16 Mastersball 15 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 USA TODAY Sports 4
    Yahoo - DDD 2 Baseball HQ 2  
Ben Lively, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 Baseball HQ 2    
Austin Slater, SF Mastersball 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Derek Carty 1
    Sandlot Shrink 1    
Jeff Locke, MIA Baseball HQ 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Trevor Williams, PIT Mastersball 3 Baseball HQ 1    
Orlando Calixte, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Derek Carty 1 Mastersball 1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Brandon Morrow, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Brett Eibner, LAD Mastersball 1 Derek Carty 1    
Kyle Freeland, COL Baseball HQ 1      
Jarred Cosart, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Nick Ahmed, ARI Derek Carty 1 Sandlot Shrink 1    
Matt Cain, SF Yahoo - DDD 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Alexi Amarista, COL Yakkertech 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Dustin McGowan, MIA Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Kirby Yates, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Pedro Baez, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1                                                                           
Ross Stripling, LAD Lenny Melnick 1                                                                           
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA Mastersball 1                                                                           
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Mastersball 1                                                                           

Brian Walton's Commentary

The San Francisco Giants may be disappointing on the field, but I targeted two players from their roster this week. I only won the bidding on one, however.

Back on May 22, Ty Blach of the Giants had been released by his prior NL LABR owner. The right-hander went unclaimed last week, but not this time around. After five straight quality starts, including a complete-game shutout over the Phillies Friday night, he drew interest from eight league owners. Unfortunately for me, my $15 offer was $1 short of the one submitted by winner Lenny Melnick.

San Francisco’s outfield has been a wasteland this season. Austin Slater has been called up from the minors and seems to have a decent shot a continued playing time – if he can perform. With my $4 offer, I outbid three others. My release was Justin Ruggiano, who had been one of Slater’s predecessors, but found himself designated for assignment this past week.

There was lively interest in Ben Lively, the new right-handed Phillies starter. The 25-year old went to Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats Inc. for $6. On one hand, Lively tossed seven innings of scoreless ball in his debut, but he struck out none.

I did pick up a pitcher, with my $3 offer for Trevor Williams of Pittsburgh edging out two others. With injuries impacting the Pirates’ rotation, the 25-year old was shifted from the bullpen into a starting role a month ago. Of his five starts, only his most recent was of the quality variety. I am hoping consistency is just ahead.

Todd's Take

The Abyss by the Bay, otherwise known as the Giants outfield. The original plan was for Jarrett Parker to platoon in left with Mac Williamson. Both got hurt early. Williamson returned, only to be sent down to Triple-A while Parker hopes to rejoin the club in mid-May. Further dampening matters is Denard Span and Hunter Pence have both had DL stints. Span returned a few weeks ago while Pence was just activated on Sunday. The corresponding move was sending the still maturing Christian Arroyo back down for more development. This pushes Eduardo Nunez back to the hot corner, opening up left field for Austin Slater and Orlando Calixte. Slater and Calixte are both righty swingers, so either can serve as the Parker's platoon partner. Both can also dabble in the infield. Slater likely has the edge since he was crushing it in the minors. However, neither Span nor Pence are bastions of health. Of course, Wiliamson could find his stroke and/or Arroyo could regain confidence, forcing their way back into the Show. Still, short term, Slater and Calixte are worthy of a pick-up in a deep league, with a possible pathway to more playing time down the road.

jeff hoffman

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Eric Young Jr., LAA USA TODAY Sports 8 Baseball HQ 5 Fantasy Alarm 3 Scout Fantasy 1
Jeff Hoffman, COL Scout Fantasy 7 @TheFantasyFix 4 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2  
Robbie Grossman, MIN Fantasy Alarm 6 USA TODAY Sports 5 Scout Fantasy 1  
Randall Delgado, ARI Baseball HQ 4 Mastersball 3 Scout Fantasy 2 MLB.com 1
David Paulino, HOU Baseball HQ 4 MLB.com 2 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1  
Seth Lugo, NYM @TheFantasyFix 3 Scout Fantasy 1    
Trevor Williams, PIT Mastersball 3      
Jordan Zimmermann, DET Baseball HQ 2      
Ben Lively, PHI MLB.com 2      
Arodys Vizcaino, ATL RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2      
Danny Santana, ATL Baseball HQ 1      
Chad Pinder, OAK Scout Fantasy 1 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1    
Austin Barnes, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1      
Austin Slater, SF RotoExperts/ FNTSY 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Jake Marisnick, HOU USA TODAY Sports 2                                                    
Scooter Gennett, CIN USA TODAY Sports 2                                                    
Martin Maldonado, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1 @TheFantasyFix 1                                                  
Sandy Leon, BOS @TheFantasyFix 1                                                    
Tucker Barnhart, CIN @TheFantasyFix 1                                                    
Alex Meyer, LAA Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Jeff Locke, MIA Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Joey Rickard, BAL Fantasy Alarm 1                                                    
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                    

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching was the order of the day in Mixed LABR, led by Jeff Hoffman. I've mentioned this a couple of times, strong Sunday performances often draw elevated bids, with Hoffman being the latest example. The Rockies righty stifled the Padres over seven three-hit innings, allowing just one run while fanning nine with one walk. This drew the attention of Dr. Roto to the tune of a $7 bid, as well as helping me take down a small DFS GPP (pardon the humblebrag).

Relievers-turned-starters Randall Delgado and David Paulino impressed Ray Murphy enough to pay $4 for each. Delgado is interesing as he was supposed to be am injury fill-in, but has pitched well in a starting role. If Patrick Corbin doesn't pick it up, Delgado's rotation stay may become permanent. Long-term, Paulino strives to be a starter, but injuries to Joe Musgrove and Charlie Morton have opened a spot for Paulino as well as Brad Peacock.

Seth Lugo gave the Mets a much-needed shot in the arm in the scond half last season, Alan Harrison hopes he does the same as Lugo is set to finally make his 2017 debut after missing time with a slight UCL tear in his throwing elbow.

There's an interesting discussion on the Baseball HR forums concerning Jordan Zimmermann reverting back to the slider grip he used with the Nationals and how this could be the panacea to his woes with the Tigers. Perhaps Ray saw his, stimulating a $2 bid for the veteran righty.

My colleague Brian Walton alluded to Ben Lively and his paucity of punch outs. Even though Citizens Bank Park plays neutral for runs, I'm reticent to stream a raw rookie with a low strikeout rate in that venue. Instead, I picked up Trevor Williams, another potential streamer that doesn't miss many bats. The difference is I'm more comfortable using a pitcher in PNC Park. By rule, Williams has to be active this week, which is fine as the Miami Marlins will visit the Steel City with Williams taking the ball for the Bucs.

Todd's Take

The grinding continues as I try to execute the first stage of my comeback, getting into the middle third of the standings by the end of the month. I actually made it to 11th, before falling back to 14th. Despite missing a bunch of key cogs early, my bats should eventually get my counting stats into respectability. Pitching, on the other hand, presents a huge challenge. Competing in saves will be tough without Zach Britton. Believing in Derek Holland turned out to be a poor life decision. Julio Teheran and John Lackey have done me no favors. With five points in ERA and WHIP, I don't have to rush to a decision, but punting ratios to fortify wins, strikeouts and saves is a possibility. Of course, in order to do that, I need some trade chits, most likely Teheran and Lackey. But if they get it going so I can get back a worthwhile return, I may be better off keeping them. Ultimately, it matters how fast they right the ship and how much more damage they inflict.

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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.

eric young jr

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
EYoung, LAA Steve Moyer 217 Seth Trachtman 123 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 103 Jason Collette 77
    Mike Podhorzer 44 Lawr Michaels 36  
DPaulino, Hou Nando DiFino 56 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 23 Chris Liss 23 Mike Podhorzer 7
    Seth Trachtman 1    
ESkoglund, KC Jason Collette 42 Rob Leibowitz 26 Chris Liss 23 Patrick Davitt 11
    Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4    
BBurns, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 23 Jason Collette 23    
DMachado, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21      
RRefsnyder, NYY Nando DiFino 12 Mike Podhorzer 0    
DMarrero, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4 Mike Podhorzer 0    
RGoins, Tor Chris Liss 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Mike Podhorzer 0  
YPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 1      
MOlson, Oak Mike Podhorzer 1      
CGimenez, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
CCuthbert, KC Mike Podhorzer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4    
KGibson, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
CBergman, Sea Jason Collette 15      
NGoody, Cle Jason Collette 2      
TomHunter, TB Seth Trachtman 1      
EAdrianza, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
EGonzalez, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0      
RTorreyes, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Clearly, within both the LABR and Tout Wars leagues, Eric Young Jr. was the prize of the week.

In LABR Larry Schechter spent $27 of his total FAAB budget of $100 on Young hoping to give a boost to his team, and in Tout, Steve Moyer spent $217 out of a $1000 budget, suggesting among the veteran fantasy universe, Young Jr. portends to be a strong fantasy asset in deep formats.

Five additional owners--including me--made bids to obtain Young ($36, $44, $71, $103, and $123)--including the top three teams in the standings further supporting a lot of value was placed on Young's potential

What makes Moyer's move interesting is over the years Steve has been the kind of player to hoard his FAAB, anticipating inter-league swaps at the trade deadline, hoping to cash in with a big name and drive to end the season. With seven teams holding a larger balance than Moyer as of now, it will be interesting to see how owners manage their FAAB and rosters as we move towards the deadline.

Pitching was where the Touts looked next, with Nando DiFino grabbing David Paulino ($56) while Jason Collette grabbed Eric Skoglund ($42).

Elsewhere, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton hope to patch a couple of holes and boost their offense, obtaining Deven Marrero ($21) and Billy Burns ($23).

DiFino also bagged Rob Refsnyder ($12) grabbing two players in Paulino and Refsnyder who were on my roster just a week ago, and were lost to the reserve numbers game.

Todd's Take

Remember Billy Burns? It was just two years ago he played in 125 games for Oakland, amassing 555 plate appearances with 26 steals. This led to some aggressive drafting last season, hoping for even more stolen bases. Unfortunately, Burns flamed out, eventually leaving the Athletics for the Royals. He's been toiling at Triple-A Omaha, slashing .248/.358/.275 with 13 bags in 20 tries. A .110 point delta between average and OBP is encouraging. However, a 65 percent success rate is lousy, especially for a 27-year old whose only asset is his legs (note a SLP less than his OBP). More importantly, Kansas City demoted Jorge Soler since they're playing several games in NL parks so they'll be devoid of the DH. While the party line is this gives Soler a chance for regular at bats this week, the club also likely hopes he'll restore some confidence. Don't expect much from Burns, he's a nice bench player to have when playing ball, Senior Circuit style.

chase drnoud

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
CDArnaud, SD Steve Gardner 57 Phil Hertz 6    
ASlater, SF Brian Walton 25 Craig Mish 7 Phil Hertz 6 Derek Carty 0
BLively, Phi Grey Albright 21 0    
TWilliams, Pit Phil Hertz 9 0    
JAlbMartinez, StL Phil Hertz 6 Mike Gianella 6 Brian Walton 1 Craig Mish 0
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 4 Derek Carty 0    
SKingery, Phi Craig Mish 2 0    
SBrault, Pit Andy Behrens 1 0    
SRomo, LAD Craig Mish 0 Phil Hertz 0    
JARamirez, Atl Andy Behrens 0 0    
OCalixte, SF Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 44 Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 3
    Brian Walton 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
PKivlehan, Cin Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 1                                                  
BEibner, LAD Brian Walton 3 Derek Carty 0                                                  
BreAnderson, ChC Phil Hertz 0                                                    
FSalas, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
GGarcia, StL Phil Hertz 0                                                    
JEdgin, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
PSewald, NYM Phil Hertz 0                                                    
WPeralta, Cin Phil Hertz 0                                                    
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0                                                    
AChafin, Ari Grey Albright 0                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two weeks ago, infielder Chase d’Arnaud was recently claimed off waivers by San Diego from Boston, joining his third team this season (Atlanta prior). When the veteran took off with a decent .261 average and three stolen bases, Steve Gardner of USA TODAY took notice, to the tune of a winning $57 bid.

Needing outfield help with Randal Grichuk demoted to high-A to reboot his bat, I took a $25 chance that Austin Slater will have a sustaining role in the Giants outfield going forward. In hindsight, $8 would have been enough.

Ben Lively joined the Phillies this past week and tossed seven innings of shutout baseball at the Giants on Saturday. Despite a strong minor league record, the 25-year old is not a strikeout artist, but it he can sustain a low ERA and WHIP, that could surely help new owner Grey Albright, who bid $21.

Todd's Take

What a difference a year makes. Much like in Mixed LABR, it's been a lousy couple of months. In the LABR report, I talked about setting attainable goals for a struggling team. In Tout Wars, we're penalized FAAB if we finish the season under a set number or points, which is 60 in the NL format. The FAAB is subtracted from the following season's budget, serving as an inducement to keep fighting for points all season. My first goal in this league is to eclipse the 60-point mark so I'll have my full supply of FAAB next season. The funny thing is having less than then maximum has led me to being more aggressive, and more successful in picking up free agents in the past. Still, I'd rather have the total allotment. It won't be easy as I'm nestled second from the bottom with 46.5 points.

tommy pham

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
TPham, StL Al Melchior 133 Scott Swanay 56    
CAnderson, Mil Jeff Zimmerman 131 Joe Pisapia 110 Fred Zinkie 85 Bret Sayre 79
    Derek Van Riper 67 Ray Flowers 67 Scott Swanay 56
    Scott Engel 51 Zach Steinhorn 32 Tim Heaney 3
GParra, Col Ray Flowers 87 Scott Engel 41    
RDelgado, Ari Brent Hershey 76 Ray Flowers 34 Scott Swanay 24 Ron Shandler 21
    Fred Zinkie 3    
ESogard, Mil Al Melchior 55      
BLively, Phi Scott Engel 44 Ray Flowers 27 Fred Zinkie 13 Ron Shandler 11
HRyu, LAD Scott Swanay 44 Ron Shandler 13 Tim Heaney 3  
TMotter, Sea Scott Engel 39 Al Melchior 81 Fred Zinkie 14  
EYoung, LAA Scott Swanay 35      
MFiers, Hou Ray Flowers 34 Ray Flowers 28 Fred Zinkie 3  
SLugo, NYM Scott Engel 33 Fred Zinkie 3 Ron Shandler 3 Tim Heaney 1
JJunis, KC Derek Van Riper 22      
TChatwood, Col Ron Shandler 21      
TWolters, Col Gene McCaffrey 17 Ron Shandler 1    
MZunino, Sea Tim Heaney 16 Ray Flowers 28 Ron Shandler 12  
DPaulino, Hou Fred Zinkie 13      
CPinder, Oak Fred Zinkie 7 Scott Engel 21    
BJohnson, Bos Fred Zinkie 3      
AKnapp, Phi Ron Shandler 3      
WFlores, NYM Ron Shandler 1 Scott Swanay 24    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ESkoglund, KC Scott Engel 32 Ray Flowers 17    
FCordero, SD Al Melchior 32      
SGaviglio, Sea Scott Engel 29      
AAsher, Bal Ray Flowers 27      
CBergman, Sea Scott Engel 21      
AGarcia, Atl Ray Flowers 18      
SGennett, Cin Al Melchior 5      
CUtley, LAD Ron Shandler 1      
ECarrera, Tor Ron Shandler 1      
MMaldonado, LAA Ron Shandler 1      
JMercer, Pit Fred Zinkie 0      
JRiddle, Mia Fred Zinkie 0      
MMinor, KC Fred Zinkie 0      
NAhmed, Ari Fred Zinkie 0      
OCalixte, SF Fred Zinkie 0      
TWilliams, Pit Fred Zinkie 0      
YPetit, LAA Fred Zinkie 0                                                    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Fresh off an impressive month of May in which he batted .320 with five homers, 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored, Tommy Pham has earned a spot on a Tout Wars Mixed Auction league roster, as Al Melchior was willing to shell out triple-digit FAAB dollars to secure his Mike Trout replacement. Good luck with that! Kidding aside, Pham did launch nine home runs in just 159 at-bats last season, so the power potential is certainly there, and he's seeing regular playing time right now. Still, Pham is already 29 years old and has yet to secure a permanent place in a big league starting lineup, so he's no sure thing.

The only bid I entered this week was for Chase Anderson, who has tossed a combined 14 scoreless innings over his last two starts to go along with 18 strikeouts. Anderson, who is 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP across 11 starts this season with 59 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings, is in line to make two starts this week, which almost certainly factored into Jeff Zimmerman's hefty $131 bid. The problem is that Anderson's second start of the week will come on the road against a Diamondbacks team that leads the Majors in both runs scored and OPS at home, so I was scared away from going higher than $32. I fully expected to be outbid. I didn't quite expect to be outbid by $99. But with the state of starting pitching this year, I cannot say I was overly surprised.

Todd's Take

Zach alluded to the Snakes prowess in the desert. Keep in mind sometime this month, construction on a Chase Field humidor should be complete. While it remains to be seen how it will affect the Dbacks offense, it should help the pitchers, especially Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker and perhaps Zach Godley. Warning, it gets mathy, but THIS PIECE by Alan Nathan posted on the Hardball Times quantifies the potential effect.

robert gsellman 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
RGsellman, NYM Tim McLeod 111 Ray Murphy 20 Greg Ambrosius 7 Corey Parson 3
    Adam Ronis 3    
SLugo, NYM D.J. Short 50 Corey Parson 16    
JHoffman, Col Corey Parson 32      
BGamel, Sea Tim McCullough 32 Perry Van Hook 13 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 1
RDelgado, Ari Corey Parson 22 Corey Parson 23 Ray Murphy 22 Greg Ambrosius 0
DPaulino, Hou Ray Murphy 21 D.J. Short 30    
LChisenhall, Cle Ray Murphy 15 Perry Van Hook 2    
EVolquez, Mia Jeff Boggis 12 D.J. Short 40    
GParra, Col Scott White 11 Adam Ronis 6 Charlie Wiegert 2  
EYoung, LAA Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 2 Adam Ronis 1  
TWilliams, Pit Perry Van Hook 7      
AGarcia, Atl Perry Van Hook 2      
JJunis, KC Greg Ambrosius 2      
FCordero, SD Perry Van Hook 2      
NKingham, Pit Tim McLeod 1      
AVizcaino, Atl Scott White 1 Adam Ronis 1    
FBarreto, Oak Scott White 1      
KKela, Tex Adam Ronis 1 Corey Parson 1    
CKuhl, Pit Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
ESkoglund, KC D.J. Short 50 Perry Van Hook 7 Tim McLeod 3                         
BLively, Phi Tim McLeod 28 Greg Ambrosius 1    
JLocke, Mia Perry Van Hook 7      
ALind, Was Perry Van Hook 2      
STravis, Bos Charlie Wiegert 2      
BJohnson, Bos Greg Ambrosius 1      
CShaw, SF Scott White 1      
DSantana, Atl Charlie Wiegert 1      
JAguilar, Mil Corey Parson 1 Scott White 0    
NPivetta, Phi Greg Ambrosius 1      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It must be snowing up in Canada as Tim McLeod went over his skis with $111 to roster Met starter Robert Gsellman.

The next highest winning bid was $32 as Corey Parsons landed Rockie pitcher Jeff Hoffman for that while Tim McCullough won Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel for the same amount.

I was trying to save money this week as none of the available players were significant upgrades to what I have - especially some of the pitchers who have to be active this period. I wanted an outfielder to replace the disappointing Jake Marisnick. Gamel was the first choice but $13 didn't cut it. Next, I had three fly chasers at $2 and won the last choice, San Diego's Frenchy Cordero.

I also wanted a change at utility and put $2 each on Adonis Garcia and Adam Lind, winning Garcia.

On the pitching side I put in three modest $7 bids, winning first choice of Pirate starter Trevor Williams who has been very good his last two starts and has one home start against the Marlins this week.

Todd's Take

I don't know if it's snowing north of the border but I live 20 miles west of Boston and have to keep my door and windows closed to keep the heat in -- on June 5th. That's just not right.

Tim hopes his triple-digit bid on Gsellman is right. Last year's second half sensation has scuffled early on, primarily a result of a big drop in strikeouts, supported by a low swinging strike rate. Keep in mind last season's increases in whiffs was out of character for Gsellman so what we're seeing now is likely the fact as compared to last season's fluke.

Seth Lugo joined Gsellman in providing the Mets a post All-Star break shot in the arm and is finally ready to make his 2017 debut. Given the choice between the two, I'll take Lugo for his greater strikeout potential.

Dinelson Lamet

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
DLamet, SD Peter Kreutzer 181 Jake Ciely 37 Vlad Sedler 19                         
AReed, NYM Kyle Elfrink 79 Clay Link 19 Dr. Roto 10                         
EYoung, LAA Howard Bender 66 Vlad Sedler 9                           
CAnderson, Mil Jake Ciely 47 Vlad Sedler 1                           
JNelson, Mil Dr. Roto 35 Vlad Sedler 3                           
RGrossman, Min Howard Bender 33 Howard Bender 66                           
JLowrie, Oak Kyle Elfrink 25 Vlad Sedler 18                           
AWainwright, StL Jake Ciely 25                             
JMercer, Pit Kyle Elfrink 19 Andrea LaMont 7                           
MMaldonado, LAA Andrea LaMont 13                             
ALoup, Tor Kyle Elfrink 11                             
RPorcello, Bos Clay Link 9                             
DSwanson, Atl Vlad Sedler 6                             
CVazquez, Bos Andrea LaMont 6                             
MFiers, Hou Vlad Sedler 4                             
ASimmons, LAA Andrea LaMont 2                             

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
BPeacock, Hou Peter Kreutzer 81 Clay Link 3                                                  
JHoffman, Col Dr. Roto 30                                                    
JCotton, Oak Dr. Roto 10                                                    
JRickard, Bal Howard Bender 9                                                    
MFoltynewicz, Atl Clay Link 4                                                    
ACabrera, NYM Vlad Sedler 3                                                    
ARomine, Det Howard Bender 3                                                    
CSabathia, NYY Clay Link 3                                                    
HSantiago, Min Vlad Sedler 3                                                    
ERosario, Min Howard Bender 1                                                    
MZunino, Sea Andrea LaMont 1                                                    

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I looked at Dinelson Lamet's first two starts and saw a man who struck out 16 in 10 innings. Having gone most of the year with just Clayton Kershaw and Steven Strasburg as starters, I'm right at the innings minimum pace. No one expects a San Diego pitcher to win many games, but Lamet won his first two starts. And he's been effective avoiding walks, though the sample is decidedly small on that count. As a free agent I saw the potential for gold in Lamet, and decided that some other team might bid in the low $100s. Taking no chances, unless I ran into a wild bidder, I became the wild bidder, winning Lamet with a 181 offer. The next highest was Jake Ciely's 37.

Ciely settled for Adam Wainwright for 25, which is a steal. No one else bid for him, and my recollection is I didn't even see him on the list. He was some sort of ghost free agent. He's been sharp lately and could be a powerful pickup, though with only 21 K in his last 26.3 IP (during which he was 4-0, allowing one earned run), he's not going to help Ciely in K/9.

In the week after I dropped the skills-failing Addison Reed he saved two games (even though it seemed the Mets lost every day), which made him an attractive buy for Kyle Elfrink.

The league looked at the starter market and ranked them: Lamet, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, Adam Wainwright, Rick Porcello, Mike Fiers.

On the hitting side, the hot start of Eric Young Jr. earned him a 66 bid from Howard Bender. Young is still a speedster with good on base skills, which makes him a better play in this OBP league than he is in BA leagues. But he's also a sub-par defender being asked to play center field. Unless the bat stays hot, his job is precarious. But the fact that in these days of Angel injuries in the outfield, Young is playing center and Ben Revere is in left is a harsh statement about Revere's skills.

Todd's Take

The resurgence of Jimmy Nelson has gone largely unnoticed in fantasy circles. Truth be told, many of us were one year too early, expecting this performance level last season. Perhaps some are shying away from the stigma of Miller Park. That's a mistake as the venue is just a tick above neutral for runs. The perception stems from Miller Park being one of, if not the best place to hit homers in the league. There's a handful of venues very generous to the long ball but stingier to runs, with Yankee Stadium, Globe Life Park, Citizens Bank Park and The Great American Ballpark some others. To Peter's point about K/9, Nelson has upped his punch out pace to a hitter an inning with excellent control. 

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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.

sam travis

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
STravis, Bos Rob Leibowitz 143 Jason Collette 31 Mike Podhorzer 2                         
MPelfrey, CWS Lawr Michaels 84      
AAsher, Bal Lawr Michaels 63 Seth Trachtman 3    
BJohnson, Bos Lawr Michaels 43      
RDevers, Bos Chris Liss 29      
MGonzalez, CWS Larry Schechter 18 Seth Trachtman 3    
WGarcia, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 13      
JHicks, Det Larry Schechter 8 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8 Mike Podhorzer 0  
NFontana, LAA Mike Podhorzer 2      
SGaviglio, Sea Steve Moyer 0      
DButera, KC Larry Schechter 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
DMarrero, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8 Mike Podhorzer 0                                                  
DMachado, Det Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 8                                                    
JGraterol, LAA Larry Schechter 0                                                    
MAlmonte, KC Steve Moyer 0                                                    
TZych, Sea Steve Moyer 0                                                    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Of the 11 moves made in AL Tout Wars Sunday, over half were made by two teams, those being Larry Schechter, and me. Even with that, the high priced spread of the week came in the form of Boston first sacker Sam Travis, on whom Rob Leibowitz gambled $143 hoping to spark some offense along with some Memorial Day fireworks.

Chris Liss dropped $29 on another Bostonian, third sacker Rafael Devers, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton spent $13 on Willy Garcia ,with the remaining trannies not involving someone named Lawrence at birth were Steve Moyer (Sam Gaviglio, $0) and league leader Mike Podhorzer spending $2 on Nolan Fontana

The leaves the moves by Schechter, nabbing Miguel Gonzalez ($18), John Hicks ($8), and Drew Butera ($0), and then me.

My three moves, totalling $190 were on Mike Plefrey ($84), Alec Asher ($63), and Brian Johnson ($43, in an effort to both bolster and plan ahead. Right now, my squad is in a reasonably solid third place, but I am 20 points behind Podhorzer. I have Jesse Hahn going on the DL, with a chance that Kendall Graveman could also be put on the shelf to go with an ineffective Jordan Zimmermann.

Grabbing all three hurlers allows me to DL the pair of Oaklanders and bench Zimmermann--who probably will not be yanked from the rotation in the foreseeable future and who will likely have a hot spell out there sometime--and hide the three starters, replacing them with one ensconced (Pelfrey), one like to got back to the pen where he has been effective (Asher) and one who was sent back to the minors, but will surely be back (Johnson).

In a deep league like Tout, basically this gives me three more chess pieces with which to play, and while it is doubtful all three hurlers really deliver, let alone remain on my roster the rest of the season, there is a strong chance one of the three will deliver some points. In the end, however, at this time in the season, there is no point in half-stepping or waiting for a trade deadline deal to exploit for a couple of reasons.

One is that I have already spent enough that I would never bag a top name traded to the AL, but more important, waiting six weeks to try and grab some starts to catch suggests it will be too late by definition.

What it boils down to is building out my active roster as well as bench with as many options--as in players who are grabbing as many at-bats or innings--as I can and exploit playing time. As we go into the hot months, knowing how the DL is dinging us all, and how erratic pitching can be this crazy season, these pickups give me as good a chance to keep the innings and strikeouts, along with whatever wins or saves can be contributed,

For, the more at-bats, innings, and options any owner can plan, the better off in theory he or she--and their team--will be.

Todd's Take

There's a strong Red Sox flavor to this week's moves, headed by Sam Travis. The Red Sox summoned the 23-year old first baseman to handle the soft side of a platoon with Mitch Moreland. The original plan was for Hanley Ramirez to grab his first baseman's mitt with a southpaw on the hill, but residual shoulder woes prohibit him from playing defense.

As is his style, Chris Liss placed a preemptive bid on Devers, hoping the Red Sos turn to their top prospect to fill the black hole at the hot corner. Lately, Deven Marrero has added a hot stick to his outstanding glove work, plus Pablo Sandoval is on the way. Still, keep in mind Boston advanced Yoan Moncada last season so there's a chance they repeat history.

As Lawr mentioned, Brian Johnson was rewarded with his complete game shutout with a trip back to Triple-A. With four months left, the chances of someone in the rotation getting hurt are pretty good.

frenchy cordero

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
FCordero, SD Craig Mish 17 Todd Zola 17 Phil Hertz 15 Mike Gianella 14
RFuentes, Ari Todd Zola 17 Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0  
PDeJong, StL Mike Gianella 14 Brian Walton 12 Craig Mish 11  
DSantana, Atl Mike Gianella 14 Phil Hertz 0    
NFranklin, Mil Mike Gianella 14      
AWojciechowski, Cin Phil Hertz 4      
JBrebbia, StL Craig Mish 1      
BGoodwin, Was Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 14    
ABlanco, Phi Derek Carty 0 Mike Gianella 6    
MAlbers, Was Mike Gianella 0 Grey Albright 0    
RStephenson, Cin Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0    
PSewald, NYM Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0    
MBowman, StL Mike Gianella 0      
CHatcher, LAD Grey Albright 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
RRaburn, CWS Phil Hertz 4                                                    
BreAnderson, ChC Phil Hertz 3                                                    
TAdleman, Cin Phil Hertz 1                                                    
WPeralta, Cin Phil Hertz 0 Mike Gianella 0                                                  
SFreeman, Atl Steve Gardner 0                                                    
TMoore, Mia Phil Hertz 0                                                    
TWilliams, Pit Phil Hertz 0                                                    
JARamirez, Atl Mike Gianella 0                                                    
AChafin, Ari Grey Albright 0                                                    
JFields, LAD Grey Albright 0                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

On Sunday, Kolten Wong was placed on St. Louis’ disabled list with an elbow injury. His roster replacement is a third baseman-shortstop who can also play second in Paul DeJong (dee-YUNG). The 2015 draftee is known for his power, leading the Cardinals system in long balls when called up. If he hits, DeJong could see time at third with Jedd Gyorko sliding over to second. Joining the team in Sunday’s fourth-inning, the newcomer victimized Rockies closer Greg Holland with a pinch-hit home run. Currently with just four points in homers, I was willing to gamble $12 on DeJong being able to earn some playing time for what has been an anemic Cardinals offense in 2017, but I was aced out by $2 by Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus.

Having lost Ryan Braun and Manuel Margot this week from his offense, Gianella also added two other hitters on identical $14 bids. They are former Minnesota Twin Danny Santana, now with Atlanta, and former top prospect, now journeyman Nick Franklin of the Brewers.

The top dollar players this week in NL Tout went for $17 each. Both Todd Zola and Craig Mish took a shot at Padres outfielder and all-world name Franchy Cordero, with Mish winning on tiebreaker. Lord Zola ended up with outfielder Rey Fuentes of Arizona instead, who has struggled in the early going.

Todd's Take

Typical of the goings-on this season, after all my ranting and raving about how I bid to reduce chances for a tie, I end up tied. Not only that, I lost the tie-breaker to the only team able to win a tiebreaker with me. Yeah, do the math, we award players to the team lower in the standings, meaning I'm in second to last. It happened quickly about ten days ago after an especially disastrous pitching day. Usually, when you lose that many points that quickly, the categories are compressed so jumping back up is possible. That's indeed the case, but my pitching, which was supposed to be carrying my squad, is in trouble. The issues go beyond losing Madison Bumgarner. Jerad Eickhoff, Jeremy Hellickson and Zach Davies have all been disappointments. I know, we're not talking about Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine here, but all three ended last season on a strong note, with indications they'd keep it up this season. I'm concerned about Hellickson and the disappearing strikeouts, but still hold out hope Eickhoff and Davies can right the ship.

joe ross

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JRoss, Was Gene McCaffrey 417 Derek Van Riper 177 Zach Steinhorn 108 Scott Engel 91
    Bret Sayre 88 Scott Swanay 48 Tim Heaney 37
    Fred Zinkie 35    
MDavidson, CWS Scott Pianowski 91 Ron Shandler 45 Scott Engel 24  
DLamet, SD Scott Engel 78 Scott Engel 77 Gene McCaffrey 77 Jeff Zimmerman 69
    Tim Heaney 37 Fred Zinkie 35 Al Melchior 11
CCarter, NYY Bret Sayre 68      
ASenzatela, Col Zach Steinhorn 38 Jeff Zimmerman 35 Scott Engel 34 Zach Steinhorn 16
ASimmons, LAA Ron Shandler 25 Tim Heaney 4    
BRevere, LAA Tim Heaney 12      
TAdleman, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 5      
MMontero, ChC Brent Hershey 4      
AVizcaino, Atl Tim Heaney 3 Zach Steinhorn 2    
LWeaver, StL Scott Swanay 3      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
SGaviglio, Sea Gene McCaffrey 18                                                                           
TChatwood, Col Zach Steinhorn 16                                                                           
EHernandez, LAD Bret Sayre 5                                                                           
ECarrera, Tor Ron Shandler 1                                                                           
FCordero, SD Ron Shandler 1                                                                           
JHardy, Bal Tim Heaney 1                                                                           
JMarisnick, Hou Tim Heaney 1                                                                           
JMercer, Pit Tim Heaney 1                                                                           
STravis, Bos Ron Shandler 1                                                                           
WFlores, NYM Tim Heaney 1                                                                           
WHarris, Hou Scott Engel 1                                                                           
MMaldonado, LAA Brent Hershey 0                                                                           

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Joe Ross was sent to the Minors earlier this month to work on his mechanics, but he made a triumphant return to the Majors last Tuesday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball versus the Mariners. Considering the lack of starting pitching available on the waiver wire, I was fairly confident that the Nationals righty would lead the pack in this week's FAAB bidding. Considering his fine track record as a big leaguer along with my need for quality starting pitching, I wanted him. When I originally entered a bid of $168, I thought I had a good chance of getting him. Then came yesterday's rough outing against the light-hitting Padres, which I figured would lower Ross' FAAB price tag substantially. So I changed my bid to $108. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to save some money while still adding Ross? Well, that seemed like a good plan. Not only would my original bid of $168 have fallen short, but it would not have even been the second-highest bid, as Gene McCaffrey made Ross the highest-priced FAAB purchase so far this season at $417. Will he be worth it? We shall see, but there are now concerns about his stamina and declining velocity over the course of yesterday's start, so he's less of a sure thing than he seemed just a few days ago.

Antonio Senzatela is far from a sure thing, but as a much cheaper alternative to Ross, I'll give him a try. The majority opinion is that he will eventually lose mixed league relevance. However, after Senzatela's latest start in which he blanked the Cardinals over eight innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.19, it is fair to wonder if the majority opinion could be incorrect.

Todd's Take

Reports from the nation's capital indicate Ross fell back into bad habits, dropping his arm slot, losing movement as well as velocity. The good news is there doesn't appear to be an injury. The bad news is Ross doesn't appear to have the concentration to repeat his mechanics. So long as Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg remain healthy, the Nationals can be a little patient with Ross. It wouldn't be shocking if the team sporadically skipped his turn, working with him in the bullpen to find a way to iron out his mechanics.

Dinelson Lamet

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
JRoss, Was Corey Parson 99 Tim McLeod 91 D.J. Short 55 Anthony Perri 43
    Jeff Boggis 27 Scott White 17 Charlie Wiegert 17
    Adam Ronis 3    
DLamet, SD Tim McLeod 83 Perry Van Hook 69 D.J. Short 65 Corey Parson 49
    Rudy Gamble 3    
JBonifacio, KC D.J. Short 55 Adam Ronis 13 Jeff Boggis 2 Scott White 0
TBlach, SF Charlie Wiegert 38 Tim McLeod 67 Perry Van Hook 11 Corey Parson 11
MDavidson, CWS Tim McLeod 29      
CAnderson, Mil Jeff Boggis 27 Scott White 17    
JMarisnick, Hou Perry Van Hook 27      
CRasmus, TB Ray Murphy 14 Adam Ronis 3    
TChatwood, Col Perry Van Hook 13 Jeff Boggis 2    
ABradley, Ari Tim McLeod 11      
YSanchez, CWS Tom Kessenich 9 Adam Ronis 0 Greg Ambrosius 0  
ACordoba, SD Adam Ronis 3      
TMotter, Sea Jeff Boggis 2 Tom Kessenich 1    
AKnapp, Phi Perry Van Hook 1      
RHoskins, Phi Scott White 1      
LBrinson, Mil Rudy Gamble 1      
AMejia, Min Corey Parson 1      
RChirinos, Tex Corey Parson 0      
OArcia, Mil Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
DMengden, Oak Tim McLeod 32                                                                           
ERosario, Min Ray Murphy 14                                                                           
RDelgado, Ari Perry Van Hook 11                                                                           
ESogard, Mil Tom Kessenich 2                                                                           
SGennett, Cin Tom Kessenich 2                                                                           
ARomine, Det Tom Kessenich 1                                                                           
CVazquez, Bos Perry Van Hook 1                                                                           
RGoins, Tor Tom Kessenich 1                                                                           
RGsellman, NYM Corey Parson 1                                                                           
BTreinen, Was Perry Van Hook 0                                                                           
CSpangenberg, SD Greg Ambrosius 0                                                                           
JPolanco, Min Greg Ambrosius 0                                                                           
MAlbers, Was Perry Van Hook 0                                                                           
TBarnhart, Cin Corey Parson 0                                                                           

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Starting pitchers fetched the highest prices this week as returning Nationals starter Joe Ross got $99 from Corey Parsons, while Padres rookie Dinelson Lamet's excellent first outing prompted an $83 bid from Tim McLeod.

The highest winning bid for a position player was the $55 D.J. Short spent on Royals fly chaser Jorge Bonifacio, owner of four home runs in the last six games for Kansas City.

It was back to Russian roulette for my second catcher spot with Jesus Sucre not performing up to expectations. I had Miguel Montero on reserve and while Miggy has been good in limited action, the roster spot is more important than a third catcher. So I bid one dollar on Andrew Knapp and Christian Vazquez, winning Knapp to replace Montero. By rule, Knapp has to be active, so I moved Scure to utility with the intent of replacing him with available Jake Marisnick. The Houston outfielder had a good week, which should result in continued playing time as the Astros visit Minnesota for three games then finish in Arlington for a trio against the Rangers. Marisnick cost me $27 so I am hoping I read the schedule tea leaves correctly.

My $69 bid for Lamet was second best so I settled for Rockie starter Tyler Chatwood for $13 who has an intriguing two start week home against the Mariners and then at the strikeout happy Padres over the weekend.

Todd's Take

Jorge Bonifacio's early-season exploits have gone largely unnoticed. The 23-year old outfielder has swatted five homers over the last two weeks. With Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler under-performing, Bonifacio has been a needed spark for Kansas City. With a 27 percent strikeout rate, Bonifacio will eventually hit a cold spell, but in leagues with a decent sized reserve list, you can ride the wave while having an exit strategy in place.

adam frazier

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
AFrazier, Pit Jake Ciely 48 Vlad Sedler 35 Clay Link 21 Peter Kreutzer 11
SSouza, TB Clay Link 46 Dr. Roto 12 Vlad Sedler 9  
DPomeranz, Bos Howard Bender 44 Dr. Roto 35    
MAndriese, TB Dr. Roto 27      
TAnderson, Col Vlad Sedler 17      
MAlmonte, KC Stephania Bell 15      
BMcCarthy, LAD Clay Link 11      
TRosenthal, StL Peter Kreutzer 5      
JBlevins, NYM Peter Kreutzer 4      
JBonifacio, KC Dr. Roto 3      
JHoyt, Hou Peter Kreutzer 2      
JMcGee, Col Peter Kreutzer 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
TWolters, Col Jake Ciely 28                                                    
DLamet, SD Jake Ciely 18                                                    
BPeacock, Hou Clay Link 6 Vlad Sedler 4                                                  
ZGodley, Ari Vlad Sedler 4                                                    
JRiddle, Mia Clay Link 2      
JFields, LAD Peter Kreutzer 1      
CSabathia, NYY Clay Link 1      
RGrossman, Min Clay Link 1      

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Big bid of the week goes to Jake Ciely, who picks off Adam Frazier, the Pirates leadoff man now. Frazier had decent strike zone judgement last year, and has improved it this year, which makes him a OBP asset (he has a .382 OBP last week while hitting just .192) even if he isn't expected to post big homer or steals numbers.

I discarded four high-K relievers who have either been terrible (Shawn Kelley) or not had a high K rate, in favor of James Hoyt, Trevor Rosenthal, Jerry Blevins and Jake McGee. That isn't going to solve my big problem, which is my speedy high OBP guys aren't running much or getting on base, but currently no one is out there who can.

Todd's Take

Like a few others, I was reticent jumping on the Adam Frazier-train. Like Peter suggests, he doesn't profile to be a stat-sheet stuffer. However, hitting leadoff enhances his fantasy potential. Note, in leagues with 5-game in-season eligibility, Frazier also qualifies at second base.

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