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Friday 22nd Sep 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.

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. 

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.

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.

alec asher

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Alec Asher, BAL Mastersball 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                  
Alex Presley, DET Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Deven Marrero, BOS Baseball Prospectus 1                                                    
Daniel Robertson, CLE Fangraphs 1                                                    
Danny Farquhar, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                    
Shane Greene, DET USA TODAY Sports 1                                                    
Tyler Clippard, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
John Hicks, DET Baseball Prospectus 1                                                                           
Zach McAllister, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Liam Hendriks, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Chris Beck, CWS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1                                                                           
Nick Vincent, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           
Bryan Shaw, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1                                                                           

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With Memorial Day upon us, the moves in LABR all pointed to pitching, and I led the pack with a $13 bid on Alec Asher, besting one $1 bid, meaning I could have saved $11, but who knows these things?

For now with Aaron Sanchez and AJ Griffin on the DL, and Jordan Zimmermann not worth his weight in soba noodles, Asher seemed like a good gamble.

But, as far as the $11 difference is concerned, no other player even mustered a bid of over $1.

Among the $1 arms the desperado owners sought, Shane Greene (to Steve Gardner), Tyler Clippard (to Larry Schechter), and Danny Farquhar (Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs) met new homes, while Alex Presley (Dave Adler), Caleb Joseph and Deven Marrero (Mike Gianella), and Daniel Robertson (Eno Sarris) fit the player position bid bill for the week.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Todd's Take

I'm going to take the other side of Lawr's "who knows these things?" query. Obviously, no one truly KNOWS, but as I've discussed, looking at previous bids for similar players sometimes helps frame a logical amount. For example, The most recent starting pitchers acquired in AL LABR were Christian Bergman for $3 and Nick Martinez for $5. Very early in the season, Jordan Montgomery cost $9, Jesse Hahn fetched $6 while Derek Holland drew $5. It can be argued a mid-to-high single digit bid was likely to bag Asher.

That said, if you're not worried about saving budget for the trade deadline, I'm all about making sure you get the players you want previous to July 31. Hence, I have no issues with an aggressive bid. I just thought this was a good example of how it's possible to ballpark a reasonable bid.

Dinelson Lamet

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Dinelson Lamet, SD Lenny Melnick 11 Baseball HQ 6 Mastersball 3 USA TODAY Sports 2
Paul DeJong, STL ESPN - Karabell 3 Mastersball 1    
Franchy Cordero, SD ESPN - Karabell 2      
Chase d'Arnaud, SD Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Karabell 1  
Randall Delgado, ARI Baseball HQ 1      
Jake McGee, COL Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Andrew Chafin, ARI Baseball HQ 1      
Josh Fields, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Aaron Hill, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Gift Ngoepe, PIT ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ 1                                                  
Chris Rusin, COL Baseball HQ 1                                                    
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Baseball HQ 1                                                    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Dinelson Lamet was promoted from Triple-A and made his MLB debut for the Padres against a banged-up Mets lineup at Citi Field on Thursday. The 24-year old right-hander performed admirably, allowing just five baserunners and one run with eight strikeouts over five innings. It did not appear to be a fluke, as Lamet had logged a 3.23 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 39 innings in the Pacific Coast League this season. That was good enough for Lenny Melnick, who topped five other bidders at $11. Lamet’s first game on Lenny’s roster will against be the Cubs at home on Tuesday in a potential two-start week.

Eric Karabell of ESPN dropped $3 for infielder Paul DeJong of the Cardinals, who homered in his first MLB at-bat on Sunday and could find himself in the mix for playing time given the unsettled Cardinals offense.

The only other bid over the $1 minimum this week was a $2 offer from Karabell for new Padre Franchy Cordero. With Manuel Margot on the disabled list, Cordero may receive an extended trial in the San Diego outfield.

Todd's Take

Lamet is interesting. Brian referenced his outstanding strikeout rate. On the flip side, Lamet's control needs work, as he walked 20 in those 39 frames. The 6'4", 187 pound right-hander averages 95 mph on his fastball, meaning he throws a few even harder. Considering that velocity coming from a tall and lanky frame with spotty control, I can't imagine hitters are all that comfortable the first few times they step into the box. I have a feeling I'll be deploying Lamet in a DFS lineup or two, trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

leury garcia

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS  

PLAYER WINNING BID      
Dinelson Lamet, SD Scout Fantasy 8 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Leury Garcia, CWS Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 6      
Ty Blach, SF Fantasy Alarm 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 Scout Fantasy 1  
Josh Tomlin, CLE Baseball HQ 2 MLB.com 1    
Jorge Bonifacio, KC RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2      
Miguel Montero, CHC Scout Fantasy 1      
Yovani Gallardo, SEA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER        
Robbie Grossman, MIN Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5                                                                           
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball HQ 2                                                                           
Adalberto Mejia, MIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Chris Herrmann, ARI Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Kurt Suzuki, ATL Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Martin Maldonado, LAA Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Paul Sewald, NYM Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           
Tucker Barnhart, CIN Scout Fantasy 1                                                                           

Todd Zola's Commentary

Oh man, I really hope Howard Bender of Fantasy Alarm doesn't read this as I'm about to rave about his acquisition of Giants rookie hurler, Ty Blach. The Rotobuzzguy lives in the Bay area so he's no doubt aware Blach's tossed at least seven stanzas in five of his last six outings. Considering the average start is fewer then six innings, that's an impressive run, especially for a freshman. Blach's minuscule 3.5 K/9 suggests he'll have some not-so-impressive efforts, but with AT&T at his back, the 26-year old southpaw has a place on a mixed league roster.

Todd's Take

No moves for Team Todd this week, but I am getting a couple of injured hitters back as Josh Donaldson and Asdrubal Cabrera were both activated from the DL over the weekend. I jettisoned Chase Headley and reluctantly, C.J. Cron. Donaldson goes in for Headley while Cabrera bumps Christian Arroyo to reserve. I have a tough row to hoe, languishing in the lower third of the 15-team league. I've set the goal of moving into the middle third by the end of June, with an eye on the upper third by the All-Star break. At that point, I could get Madison Bumgarner back for the stretch. One step at a time though, time to make a move now that my hitting is mostly healthy.

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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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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.

jorge bonifacio

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBonifacio, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 183 Jeff Erickson 57 Rob Leibowitz 44  
MKopech, CWS Chris Liss 37      
JHoying, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Mike Podhorzer 12    
JPazos, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Larry Schechter 13 Jason Collette 2  
DRobertson, TB Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30 Larry Schechter 13 Nando DiFino 13
MCastro, Bal Nando DiFino 11      
CGreen, NYY Jason Collette 6      
JPhegley, Oak Jason Collette 2 Seth Trachtman 0    
AMejia, Min Jason Collette 2      
CFrazier, NYY Jeff Erickson 1      
KSmith, CWS Mike Podhorzer 0      
AAlford, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2    
RTorreyes, NYY Larry Schechter 0      
CGimenez, Min Seth Trachtman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

SCishek, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 30  
WGarcia, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 19  
SGreene, Det Jason Collette 2  
BWorkman, Bos Jason Collette 1  
BPowell, Sea Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMahtook, Det Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
PBourjos, TB Rob Leibowitz 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MMartinez, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0 Larry Schechter 0
DRobertson, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
DMachado, Det Larry Schechter 0  
EAdrianza, Min Larry Schechter 0  
DButera, KC Jason Collette 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The big moves in AL Tout this week started with trades. Steve Moyer is attempting to jump-start his squad by swapping Kyle Seager, Tyler Thornberg and Dan Otero to Chris Liss for Lance McCullers, Miguel Gonzalez, and Josh Rutledge.

Then Larry Schechter and I made the big gamble swap, with Larry sending me Troy Tulowitzki in exchange for current Yankees closer Dellin Betances.

Fantasy Alarm brain trust Rick Wolf and his partner Glenn Colton dug deep, going $183 for the rights to Jorge Bonifacio, then went $30 each on Jared Hoying and Seattle hurler James Pazos, meaning 25% of a budget drop on three players to ideally jump-start the Alarm team.

Chris Liss gambled $37 on White Sox prospect Michael Kopech to earn second most dollars spent while Nando DiFino put $11 on Miguel Castro ($11).

Jason Collette led the circuit with the most moves, acquiring Daniel Robertson ($16), Josh Phegley ($2) Chad Green ($6), and Adalberto Mejia ($2).

Finally, Mike Podhorzer joined a troika of owners making $0 bids, copping White Sox backstop Kevan Smith.

Todd's Take

Bonifacio isn't a top prospect, but he'll likely make a living playing major league baseball for the next decade or so. He doesn't excel at anything, but does nothing poorly. If his contact rate were higher, I'd be more optimistic. The 75 percent range is good enough to stay employed but not enough to be a regular unless it comes with more power and/or speed. That said, in a deep league, at bats are currency and Bonifacio is currently getting semi-regular playing time, on the soft side of a platoon with Brandon Moss along with occasionally spelling the struggling Alex Gordon.

 rio ruiz

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RRuiz, Atl Derek Carty 82 Mike Gianella 34 Steve Gardner 33 Brian Walton 25
    Scott Wilderman 6    
ESogard, Mil Steve Gardner 45 Mike Gianella 36 Craig Mish 11 Brian Walton 2
    Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
RDelgado, Ari Todd Zola 17      
AAmarista, Col Mike Gianella 6 Steve Gardner 37 Brian Walton 3 Craig Mish 1
    Derek Carty 0    
LSims, Atl Brian Walton 3      
JLocke, Mia Craig Mish 1      
DLamet, SD Craig Mish 1      
BEibner, LAD Craig Mish 1 Steve Gardner 0    
CColon, Mia Mike Gianella 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBowman, StL Todd Zola 13  
BStassi, Phi Mike Gianella 6 Steve Gardner 0
BGoodwin, Was Steve Gardner 5 Derek Carty 0
CTorres, Mil Brian Walton 2  
MMorse, SF Steve Gardner 0  
TKelly, Phi Mike Gianella 0  
DSantana, Atl Derek Carty 0  
JLobaton, Was Derek Carty 0  
RFuentes, Ari Derek Carty 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I was prepared to bid $100 for Atlanta infielder Rio Ruiz – until the Braves acquired Matt Adams over the weekend to play first base in Freddie Freeman’s two-month absence. That move essentially makes the rookie the short-term fill-in for third baseman Adonis Garcia - with the latter is on track to return this week. Stashing Ruiz for later in the season would not be a bad move, but I was not willing to spend $82 like Derek Carty did. We will see who read the situation most accurately.

Veteran Eric Sogard is shaking up the shaky middle infield for the surprising first-place Milwaukee Brewers. The veteran has been red-hot, batting .450 for the week with five RBI. Steve Gardner of USA TODAY bid $45 in hopes Sogard can continue to amaze – or at least sustain healthy results.

Randall Delgado is pitcher about whom many fantasy owners once had high hopes. While that did not come to pass, the right-hander has become an effective long man and our Lord Zola dropped $17 to acquire the Arizona hurler.

Fantasy interest in Alexi Amarista was never high as the infielder slogged through five years in San Diego with an aggregate .233 batting average. Now a member of the high-flying Rockies, Amarista is contributing when called upon to the tune of a .347 mark. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was interested enough to drop $6 to see how long the 28-year old can sustain.

Todd's Take

I think it was two weeks ago I mentioned placing a bid on Ruiz, then still in the minors, since I was going to take a zero at the spot had I not acquired my top choice at the time, Pat Valaika. I say top, but mean only since there were no other corner infielders even eligible. I sort of wish I eschewed Valaika and went right to Ruiz, who I think will see some decent playing time, even with Matt Adams in town.

In the name of a smooth segue, at the time Valaika was filling in for the injured Trevor Story. Lately, those duties belong to Amarista, who as Brian suggests, took full advantage. However, in the name of cheesy segues, the story is about to change as the Rockies sophomore shortstop is slated to come off the DL early this week, pushing Amarista into a back-up role.

There's really nothing to read into my acquisition of Delgado other then wanting an option to use when my starters have poor matchups. Losing Madison Bumgarner and Jerad Eickhoff's woes have mitigated the ratio buffer I planned on in March.

 bradley zimmer

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BZimmer, Cle Brent Hershey 187 Ray Flowers 187 Tim Heaney 128 Zach Steinhorn 108
    Fred Zinkie 60 Scott Swanay 48  
MAdams, Atl Gene McCaffrey 177 Derek Van Riper 77 Tim Heaney 58 Fred Zinkie 30
    Scott Swanay 18    
AGonzalez, LAD Tim Heaney 128 Ron Shandler 125 Jeff Zimmerman 67  
LChisenhall, Cle Ron Shandler 126 Scott Pianowski 113 Scott Engel 13 Scott Swanay 1
MJoyce, Oak Ron Shandler 55 Gene McCaffrey 17    
AAvila, Det Al Melchior 50 Brent Hershey 45 Scott Pianowski 37 Fred Zinkie 22
    Ron Shandler 5 Scott Swanay 1  
JChacin, SD Scott Engel 36 Ray Flowers 27    
TBauer, Cle Tim Heaney 32 Jeff Zimmerman 16 Ray Flowers 11  
TGlasnow, Pit Tim Heaney 32 Ron Shandler 27 Ray Flowers 11  
CTaylor, LAD Scott Swanay 28 Ron Shandler 35 Tim Heaney 7 Scott Pianowski 7
KFreeland, Col Ron Shandler 26 Ron Shandler 15    
ASwarzak, CWS Al Melchior 16      
JuGuerra, Mil Fred Zinkie 15 Tim Heaney 16    
YSanchez, CWS Scott Engel 14      
FRivero, Pit Tim Heaney 13 Joe Pisapia 4    
MCanha, Oak Scott Swanay 13 Scott Engel 7    
DPhelps, Mia Jeff Zimmerman 12      
CPinder, Oak Scott Pianowski 11 Scott Swanay 24 Scott Engel 9  
BMiller, TB Tim Heaney 11      
JUrena, Mia Ray Flowers 11 Scott Engel 19    
BPeacock, Hou Scott Pianowski 9      
JSoria, KC Joe Pisapia 8 Fred Zinkie 0    
MFeliz, Hou Joe Pisapia 6 Fred Zinkie 0    
ACordoba, SD Al Melchior 6      
JMauer, Min Derek Van Riper 5      
CRusin, Col Al Melchior 4      
GBlanco, Ari Scott Pianowski 3      
ONarvaez, CWS Ron Shandler 3      
AMeyer, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 1      
DHolmberg, CWS Ron Shandler 1      
RRivera, NYM Fred Zinkie 0 Ron Shandler 1    
ZMcAllister, Cle Fred Zinkie 0 Joe Pisapia 5    
JHoyt, Hou Fred Zinkie 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAlford, Tor Brent Hershey 121
JRiddle, Mia Gene McCaffrey 17
DEspinosa, LAA Ron Shandler 5
MDavidson, CWS Ron Shandler 5
SCishek, Sea Tim Heaney 3
TZych, Sea Tim Heaney 3
RAMondesi, KC Tim Heaney 2
LWeaver, StL Scott Swanay 2
EHernandez, LAD Scott Swanay 1
KSuzuki, Atl Ron Shandler 1
SFeldman, Cin Jeff Zimmerman 1
WHarris, Hou Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As anticipated, Bradley Zimmer headed this week's FAAB purchase list, and for good reason. Through 33 games at Triple-A Columbus, the 24-year-old posted a .294-5-14 line with 22 runs scored and nine swipes, the kind of across-the-board production that fantasy owners crave. The concern with Zimmer is that he strikes out too much, which is true. And it's probably also true that the Indians would have ideally preferred to keep him in the Minors for at least another month but the Abraham Almonte injury forced them to make the move right now. But Zimmer is off to a fine start through five games with Cleveland, batting .267 with one homer, three RBIs, two runs scored and one steal. As long as he continues to produce, there's little reason to think that a return trip to the Minors is in his future.

With Freddie Freeman expected to miss 10-12 weeks, the Braves traded for Matt Adams over the weekend with the idea that Adams will take over as their everyday first baseman, a role that he was never able to earn while with the Cardinals thanks to his struggles against left-handed pitching. But his power potential certainly makes him someone worth owning in deeper mixed leagues, and he carried a hefty $177 FAAB price tag in this particular deep mixed league.

When Adrian Gonzalez landed on the DL, he was released by his previous owner in exchange for a FAAB redemption. Well, the Dodgers first baseman has returned and is fresh off a three-hit performance on Sunday. While Gonzalez is clearly past his prime, he still warrants a roster spot in most league formats and a starting roster spot in most deep-league formats. Great pickup by Tim Heaney.

Rotoman Peter Kreutzer, in his weekly FAAB e-mail to the league, noted that he was surprised by how much less Gonzalez went for as compared to Adams. I couldn't agree more.

Todd's Take

Oh great, now Peter's doing my job in two leagues!

FWIW, I agree, though I don't agree Adams will play against southpaws. At least not in a couple weeks when he's exposed, but we'll see. Unfortunately, it won't be Ruiz platooning as he's also a lefty swinger.

A name slipping under the radar this week is David Phelps. The Marlins hinted at a return to the rotation for the current reliever. The Fish 'pen is deep enough to absorb the loss. Phelps was placed on the bereavement list to begin the week, and isn't stretched out, but smoke usually means fire. I like Phelps as a long-term spec play and in the meantime, he can help support ratios as a reliever.

justin smoak 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BZimmer, Cle Tom Kessenich 351 Jeff Boggis 306 Anthony Perri 124 Adam Ronis 124
    D.J. Short 43 Corey Parson 20 Rudy Gamble 5
JSmoak, Tor Adam Ronis 124 Tim McCullough 122 D.J. Short 78 Ray Murphy 63
    Jeff Boggis 57 Corey Parson 44 Scott White 37
    Rudy Gamble 5 Charlie Wiegert 5  
AFrazier, Pit Perry Van Hook 63 D.J. Short 44 Charlie Wiegert 5 Adam Ronis 0
MAdams, Atl Ray Murphy 63 Tom Kessenich 299 D.J. Short 45 Adam Ronis 29
    Corey Parson 21 Charlie Wiegert 5  
MClevinger, Cle Jeff Boggis 62 Greg Ambrosius 33 Tim McLeod 23 Scott White 10
    D.J. Short 10 Adam Ronis 8 Ray Murphy 8
    Corey Parson 6 Charlie Wiegert 6  
LChisenhall, Cle Jeff Boggis 57 D.J. Short 42 Perry Van Hook 27 Adam Ronis 0
AMeyer, LAA David Gonos 48 Anthony Perri 12    
JChacin, SD Jeff Boggis 37 Anthony Perri 5    
DSmyly, Sea Jeff Boggis 37      
JPazos, Sea Anthony Perri 34      
GMarquez, Col David Gonos 33 Perry Van Hook 11    
BPeacock, Hou Perry Van Hook 17      
JTomlin, Cle Charlie Wiegert 17      
CBergman, Sea Jeff Boggis 12 Tim McLeod 3    
AAmarista, Col David Gonos 12      
AWilson, Det Corey Parson 11 Perry Van Hook 4    
ERamirez, TB D.J. Short 11 Tim McLeod 8 Ray Murphy 8 Greg Ambrosius 4
    Adam Ronis 2    
CGreen, NYY Tim McLeod 5      
LGarcia, CWS Corey Parson 5 Adam Ronis 16    
CArroyo, SF Anthony Perri 4      
JSucre, TB Perry Van Hook 1      
RRivera, NYM Corey Parson 1      
MFiers, Hou Ray Murphy 1      
CPinder, Oak Adam Ronis 0      
DPhelps, Mia Greg Ambrosius 0 Corey Parson 6    

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESogard, Mil Perry Van Hook 11    
JRoss, Was D.J. Short 9    
MCanha, Oak Corey Parson 5 Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 0
JJunis, KC Greg Ambrosius 2    
CHerrmann, Ari Corey Parson 1    
YSanchez, CWS Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 0  
AKnapp, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
CVazquez, Bos Perry Van Hook 0    
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0    
JJay, ChC Perry Van Hook 0    
KSuzuki, Atl Perry Van Hook 0    
MMinor, KC Greg Ambrosius 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Is Bradley Zimmer the next Cody Bellinger? Tom Kessenich hopes so, grabbing Zimmer for a cool $351, just beating a $306 bid from Jeff Boggis. In order to make the high bid worth it, Zimmer needs to make better contact than he displayed in the minors.

The next highest bid was $124 from Adam Ronis to add Toronto first baseman Justin Smoak, whose power plays in any format. Note Smoak's walk rate makes him better for an OBP league like Tout Wars.

There were a group of $60+ winning bids, including $63 from yours truly for Adam Frazier. The Pirates 2B/OF picked up where he left off before a recent DL stint. Frazier gives fantasy players a little bit of power, some steals and good OBP. It behooves the Bucs to keep him in the lineup. With him, they are a .500 club - when he doesn't play they win about a third of those games. The position flexibility is a plus for weekly lineups. Joining the $60 club are Braves first baseman Matt Adams, who also went for $63 to Ray Murphy, while $62 landed Mike Clevinger for Jeff Boggis.

With Tony Wolters back, I needed another cheap catcher to replace Ryan Hanigan. As such, Jesus Sucre was worth a dollar atop my list and he will be in my lineup this week. Wanting to add two pitchers, $17 was enough to add Astros new SP Brad Peacock, who will start at least once for Houston this period. I wasn't so lucky with a cheap stab at Detroit's Alex Wilson. With an eight game week, including a doubleheader on Friday, Alex may vulture a save or two from fellow Wilson, Justin. My $4 fell to an $11 try from Corey Parson.

Todd's Take

Speaking of others doing my job for me, my friend and ESPN colleague Tristan Cockcroft wrote a nice piece on Smoak (and others) supporting Perry's take on his pick.

Why all the fuss over Mike Clevinger? Filling in for Corey Kluber, Clevinger spun a Kluber-like gem last week against the Astros in Minute Maid Park, holding the home team scoreless for seven innings, allowing just two hits and a pair of walks, fanning eight along the way. Clevinger will likely head back down to Triple-A when the former Cy Young award winner returns but he'll get at least one more start this week against the Reds.

ian happ 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

IHapp, ChC Michael Beller 313 Dr. Roto 300 Jake Ciely 125 Peter Kreutzer 44
CTaylor, LAD Paul Sporer 69 Peter Kreutzer 37 Dr. Roto 10  
MClevinger, Cle Jake Ciely 65 Vlad Sedler 13 Dr. Roto 1  
JSmoak, Tor Howard Bender 52 Paul Sporer 37 Jake Ciely 25  
AAvila, Det Kyle Elfrink 47      
SGray, Oak Howard Bender 42      
JHahn, Oak Jeff Mans 36      
BZimmer, Cle Jake Ciely 35 Dr. Roto 5    
BHand, SD Vlad Sedler 29 Dr. Roto 2    
LGarcia, CWS Andrea LaMont 22 Dr. Roto 1    
CPinder, Oak Paul Sporer 21 Paul Sporer 16    
FRivero, Pit Dr. Roto 20      
DSwanson, Atl Dr. Roto 15      
JBandy, Mil Stephania Bell 15 Howard Bender 12    
CHerrmann, Ari Andrea LaMont 11      
DPhelps, Mia Dr. Roto 4 Michael Beller 1    
WMerrifield, KC Andrea LaMont 1      
ECarrera, Tor Dr. Roto 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AFrazier, Pit Howard Bender 51
CTillman, Bal Howard Bender 32
ACashner, Tex Jeff Mans 27
DHolland, CWS Jeff Mans 17
AWainwright, StL Howard Bender 12
AMeyer, LAA Jeff Mans 9
JNelson, Mil Andrea LaMont 6
RRua, Tex Howard Bender 3
DPomeranz, Bos Dr. Roto 2
JLowrie, Oak Andrea LaMont 2
MMaldonado, LAA Andrea LaMont 2
MCanha, Oak Dr. Roto 1

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

One big thing happened in Tout H2H this week, and it is likely to make Michael Beller very happy or very unhappy. He spent $313 on Ian Happ, edging out Dr. Roto's 300 bid. Happ has continued his hot start to the season in Triple-A since being promoted to the majors, and suddenly seems entrenched in the Cubs outfield. He's a potential difference-maker for Beller, who is at the bottom of the middle of the pack, and surely would have helped the good Dr., who has been buried in the first quarter.

There was lots of other bidding this week, with some interesting names involved, like Bradley Zimmer and the suddenly so-hot-he-has-flames-coming-out-his-ears Justin Smoak. He has smoke coming out, too, I suspect. But mostly this was otherwise a roster of teams grasping at hot hands, with the only risk the commitment to keep each of these guys active for a week.

It will be interesting to see how many of them are active next week.

Todd's Take

Another busy week in the head-to-head universe, in part due to quality of available players, in part from injury-induced needs but also I sense the league is more in tune with category management necessary to succeed in this format than this time last season.

 

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