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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.

andrew cashner

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ACashner, Tex Rob Leibowitz 164 Nando DiFino 33    
CRuiz, Sea Wolf/Colton 26 Mike Podhorzer 3    
NMartinez, Tex Wolf/Colton 21 Jeff Erickson 3    
BZimmer, Cle Chris Liss 21      
DRobertson, TB Seth Trachtman 21 Chris Liss 5 Jeff Erickson 2 Wolf/Colton 0
LHendriks, Oak Nando DiFino 18      
BMaxwell, Oak Jason Collette 13 Mike Podhorzer 3 Wolf/Colton 1 Patrick Davitt 0
ZMcAllister, Cle Nando DiFino 4      
JStaumont, KC Jeff Erickson 3      
JHolder, NYY Patrick Davitt 2      
NVincent, Sea Chris Liss 2      
JSucre, TB Mike Podhorzer 1 Patrick Davitt 0    
YPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 0 Jeff Erickson 1    
RGoins, Tor Wolf/Colton 0 Seth Trachtman 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

KKendrick, Bos Rob Leibowitz 5      
DOverton, Sea Rob Leibowitz 3      
AMeyer, LAA Chris Liss 2      
BPeacock, Hou Chris Liss 1 Rob Leibowitz 0 Jeff Erickson 0 Seth Trachtman 0
MBolsinger, Tor Jeff Erickson 1      
RTepera, Tor Wolf/Colton 1      
RTorreyes, NYY Wolf/Colton 0 Seth Trachtman 0    
CBassitt, Oak Chris Liss 0      
CColon, KC Wolf/Colton 0      
CDArnaud, Bos Wolf/Colton 0      
JGraterol, LAA Wolf/Colton 0      
MMartinez, Cle Wolf/Colton 0      
RFlaherty, Bal Wolf/Colton 0      
TGosewisch, Sea Wolf/Colton 0      
HHembree, Bos Rob Leibowitz 0      
PKozma, Tex Seth Trachtman 0      

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In a week that seemed to scream low key, Rob Leibowitz dropped nearly 20% of his FAAB budget on Rangers starter Andrew Cashner. Cashner's 2.63 ERA may pass the eye test, but note his more unsightly 15 whiffs to 19 walks in 27.1 innings.

That is a lot, and Rob's team is languishing, so the question is can a guy like Cashner make a difference?

Contextually, first, having been in Rob's position, one has to do something to shake things up. Second, that is what FAAB is for. But, third, and most important, being at the bottom of the standings is a rugged row to hoe, however, it is also important to remember though we are a just over month into the season and even a good team endures 4-5 lousy weeks. Ideally Rob got his out of the way off the top, for surely while many of us have been struggling this time of year, similarly I have had those hot streaks that pushed my team towards the top. And, well, like I said, you have to try to do something.

Elsewhere, pitchers and catchers led the FAAB du jour, with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton going $26 on Carlos Ruiz, Jason Collette put $13 on Bruce Maxwell, while Mike Podhorzer went the minimalist $1 route for Jesus Sucre.

Rick and Glenn also reached down for an arm, spending $21 on Nick Martinez, Chris Liss went the same $21 for Tribe prospect fly-chaser Bradley Zimmer, while Nando DiFino spent $18 on Liam Hendricks.

One other move of interest: Defending champ Seth Trachtman spent $18 on Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson, who does have a suspect line (.191-3-6) but also a chunk of power/speed potential.

Todd's Take

Whenever I see a prospect acquired in FAAB, I like investigate the reason. Remember the Tout Wars rules, we can acquire minor leaguers so long as the bid is non-zero and the player resides on our roster all week.

Chris Liss placed a fairly aggressive $21 bid on Bradley Zimmer. The 24-year old is slashing a modest .264/.327/.495 at Triple-A Columbus with a 30 percent strikeout rate. If it weren't for the punch outs, Zimmer may already be with the big club. Chris sees an outfield with Abraham Almonte, Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer as nothing special, but more importantly, Michael Brantley hurt his ankle over the weekend. At bid time, the prognosis was unclear, though Monday, it was announced the club feels it's minor, maybe costing Brantley a game or two. Still, it's well worth the gambit as Zimmer will likely get the call as soon as his strikeouts lessen.

Jeff Erickson plunked a three-spot on Kansas City future starting pitcher Josh Staumont, toiling for Triple-A Omaha. Staumont has been clocked at over 100 mph but lacks control. Keeping in mind Omaha is in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, he's recorded a 4.35 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. More telling is an 11.8 K/9 with a 5.1 BB/9. With heat like that, the bullpen is a viable safety net, but it's understandable why the Royals are hoping the 23-year old righty hones his control as he has top of the rotation potential. Even with Ian Kennedy out, there isn't an immediate need for a starter in Kansas City. That said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Staumont debut sometime this season.

 gregor blanco

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

GBlanco, Ari Andy Behrens 169 Steve Gardner 28 Brian Walton 12 Craig Mish 1
MGarza, Mil Scott Wilderman 72 Brian Walton 11 Phil Hertz 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
JTurner, Was Phil Hertz 72 Todd Zola 13 Brian Walton 11 Grey Albright 11
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
TPham, StL Grey Albright 61 Steve Gardner 53 Phil Hertz 47 Mike Gianella 34
    Craig Mish 27 Brian Walton 23 Scott Wilderman 12
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
BTreinen, Was Lenny Melnick  45 Grey Albright 1    
JUrena, Mia Brian Walton 35 Scott Wilderman 33 Grey Albright 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
MSierra, StL Mike Gianella 26 Craig Mish 6    
MAlbers, Was Grey Albright 11 Brian Walton 12    
KPlawecki, NYM Mike Gianella 8 Phil Hertz 2    
LAdams, Atl Steve Gardner 5      
TAdleman, Cin Phil Hertz 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
PValaika, Col Todd Zola 3      
JTorres, SD Scott Wilderman 1      
JBlevins, NYM Scott Wilderman 1      
WLeBlanc, Pit Scott Wilderman 1 Todd Zola 0    
RHanigan, Col Phil Hertz 1 Mike Gianella 4    
JRuggiano, SF Craig Mish 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAmarista, Col Mike Gianella 6
ACole, Was Phil Hertz 3
EButler, ChC Phil Hertz 1
JBarrett, Ari Grey Albright 1
JBlanton, Was Grey Albright 1
JMathis, Ari Mike Gianella 6
PNeshek, Phi Scott Wilderman 1
RDavis, Cin Phil Hertz 4
RRuiz, Atl Todd Zola 1
TMilone, Mil Phil Hertz 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

For this year, Tout Wars abandoned the Vickrey Rule for FAAB bidding, which set the price for an acquired player at $1 more than the second-highest bid. This week, that change cost Andy Behrens of Yahoo $141, or 14.1 percent of his full-year spending. Several others also felt the no-Vickrey sting.

The primary subject is Gregor Blanco, fresh off the disabled list. The veteran outfielder is expected to serve as a reserve for Arizona, which led to mild bidding from two others that stopped at $28. Behrens’ only offer of the week was the $169 winner. He clearly knew what he wanted and bid to win.

In fact, across the league, pocketbooks opened wider than at any time during April. Oddly, $72 was the top price fetched for two rebounding pitchers from different owners.

Matt Garza, whose best seasons are several years behind in the rear-view mirror, is off to a very good start for Milwaukee. Specifically, through three starts, the 33-year old sports a 2.55 ERA and 15:3 strikeout to walk count. That drew the attention of three owners, willing to pay up to $11, plus the winner, Scott Wilderman of onRoto.

Not long ago, Jacob Turner was a promising starter for the Marlins. In 2017, he is a minor league addition who made one start followed by three appearances out of the Nationals bullpen. With the surprising demotion of Joe Ross and a potential rotation opening, four owners went up to $13 for Turner, but all lost to BaseballHQ’s Phil Hertz.

Todd's Take

Needing to replace the disabled Adrian Gonzalez and the demoted Scott Van Slyke, I filtered for available corner infielder to find exactly one guy with a chance of at bats this week.

One.

ONE!!!!!

Fortunately, my $3 try on Pat Valaika got the job done. The Rox are home all week so maybe I'll luck into some mile-high production.

Faced with the inevitability of carrying a zero this week, I though about taking advantage of the aforementioned prospect rule and dropping a buck on a farmhand.

The only two first baseman with a realistic shot of helping this season are already stashed on reserve. Mike Gianella scooped Rhys Hoskins (Phillies) last week while Scott Wilderman is sitting (not literally) on Dominic Smith (Mets). I did throw a buck at the Braves Rio Ruiz as a back-up to Valaika, but he is only third base eligible so I would have been saddled with two goose eggs. Both Lucas Duda and Jhonny Peralta are nearing a return so help is on the way from my DL.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

LMorrison, TB Scott Pianowski 103 Fred Zinkie 89 Ron Shandler 78 Derek Van Riper 67
    Scott Engel 14    
MGarza, Mil Tim Heaney 46      
AWilson, Det Tim Heaney 36      
TPham, StL Scott Engel 34 Scott Swanay 24    
JTurner, Was Brent Hershey 33 Tim Heaney 0    
JBiagini, Tor Al Melchior 23 Fred Zinkie 0    
CSpangenberg, SD Ron Shandler 18      
MGonzalez, CWS Zach Steinhorn 17 Fred Zinkie 10    
DEspinosa, LAA Gene McCaffrey 13      
MMontgomery, ChC Gene McCaffrey 11 Tim Heaney 16 Scott Swanay 0  
BHand, SD Gene McCaffrey 9 Scott Pianowski 0 Fred Zinkie 0  
JNelson, Mil Scott Swanay 8      
TBauer, Cle Scott Swanay 8 Brent Hershey 5 Jeff Zimmerman 1  
MPerez, Tex Scott Engel 7      
SLeon, Bos Scott Pianowski 7 Bret Sayre 0    
MMaldonado, LAA Brent Hershey 1      
MClevinger, Cle Jeff Zimmerman 1      
YGomes, Cle Bret Sayre 0      
AReed, NYM Fred Zinkie 0      
AWarren, NYY Scott Pianowski 0 Gene McCaffrey 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DODay, Bal Tim Heaney 16  
SGreene, Det Tim Heaney 16  
TDuffey, Min Gene McCaffrey 11  
CEdwards, ChC Gene McCaffrey 11  
WPeralta, Mil Tim Heaney 6  
ACashner, Tex Tim Heaney 6  
JSoria, KC Tim Heaney 6  
JuGuerra, Mil Tim Heaney 6  
TRivera, NYM Scott Engel 5  
MFiers, Hou Scott Swanay 4  
RHanigan, Col Scott Pianowski 3  
NMartinez, Tex Brent Hershey 2  
MMontero, ChC Brent Hershey 1  
MAlbers, Was Jeff Zimmerman 0 Bret Sayre 0
FRivero, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 0  
ASwarzak, CWS Scott Pianowski 0  
ACole, Was Tim Heaney 0  
EButler, ChC Tim Heaney 0  
JDeLaRosa, Ari Tim Heaney 0  
RDull, Oak Tim Heaney 0  
TClippard, NYY Tim Heaney 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Logan Morrison's red-hot start to May (.353 AVG, 2 HR, 4 RBI) was enough to garner a triple-digit winning bid and the top spot for this week's FAAB run. Let's see if Morrison, who has never quite lived up to expectations as a former top prospect, can maintain mixed league relevance for the entire season. The good news is that although it seems like he's been around forever, he's still only 29 years of age. Also note that he's a little more appealing in OBP leagues, as his career OBP is a respectable .327, this compared to his underwhelming .245 career batting average.

The runner-up award for this week goes to Matt Garza, who has quietly pitched well through three starts this season, registering a 2.55 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 15-to-3 K/BB ratio. Garza used to be a household name in fantasyland but injuries and ineffectiveness have plagued him in recent years, and he was sidelined for the first few weeks of this season due to a groin injury. Maybe a healthy Garza could be of use to mixed league fantasy owners going forward. But considering his 5.18 ERA and 1.54 WHIP from 2015-2016, I have my doubts.

The injury to Cole Hamels left me scrambling to find an adequate SP replacement, at least for this week. Thanks in large part to the crazy high number of injured starting pitchers, the waiver wire pickings were slim. Ultimately, I settled on Miguel Gonzalez, who is boring but has notched four quality starts in six tries so far. This week, Gonzalez gets to face the same Twins team that he limited to two runs across six innings back on April 8. I'd gladly take another quality start.

Todd's Take

Yikes, Zach wasn't kidding as two reliever-turned-starters along with Garza lead the bidding for arms this week. I think young Mr. Steinhorn did well nabbing Gonzalez.

Cory Spangenberg is an intriguing pick-up if you have a void in the middle. He's playing left for the Padres, earning outfield eligibility while also playing third against southpaws. One more game at the hot corner will give Spangenberg eligibility at three spots. With so many injuries, having the ability to move Spangenberg around helps get the best players in your active lineup each week.

 jerad eickhoff

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JEickhoff, Phi Scott White 167 D.J. Short 130 Corey Parson 111 Anthony Perri 34
    Tim McLeod 32 Rudy Gamble 16 Adam Ronis 7
KFreeland, Col Tom Kessenich 66      
CGranderson, NYM Jeff Boggis 57 D.J. Short 25 Anthony Perri 14 Corey Parson 12
AGriffin, Tex Jeff Boggis 56 Corey Parson 32 Charlie Wiegert 12 Adam Ronis 7
TCollins, Det Jeff Boggis 56      
CTaylor, LAD Perry Van Hook 47      
TPham, StL Perry Van Hook 43 Corey Parson 12 Adam Ronis 7  
BTreinen, Was Jeff Boggis 34      
LValbuena, LAA D.J. Short 25      
MMontgomery, ChC Corey Parson 23 D.J. Short 20 Anthony Perri 11  
NKarns, KC Charlie Wiegert 22 Adam Ronis 2    
MGonzalez, CWS Tim McCullough 21 Scott White 0    
GGarcia, StL Tim McCullough 21      
AAvila, Det Tim McCullough 21 Ray Murphy 16 Tom Kessenich 4 Perry Van Hook 1
    Scott White 0    
KVargas, Min Corey Parson 12 Adam Ronis 7    
JSoria, KC Tim McLeod 7      
DGarneau, Col Rudy Gamble 6 Perry Van Hook 0    
CVazquez, Bos Tom Kessenich 4      
CIannetta, Ari Ray Murphy 4 Rudy Gamble 1    
MAlbers, Was Rudy Gamble 3 Greg Ambrosius 0    
TChatwood, Col Jeff Boggis 2      
TBeede, SF Tim McLeod 2      
MMontero, ChC Perry Van Hook 1 Scott White 0    
AOttavino, Col Adam Ronis 1 Tim McLeod 2    
TDuffey, Min Greg Ambrosius 0      
ASwarzak, CWS Scott White 0      
MMaldonado, LAA Scott White 0 Perry Van Hook 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JTurner, Was Corey Parson 21    
CHerrmann, Ari Ray Murphy 4    
ONarvaez, CWS Rudy Gamble 4    
RChirinos, Tex Tom Kessenich 4    
MClevinger, Cle Greg Ambrosius 3 Corey Parson 2 Rudy Gamble 1
ACole, Was Charlie Wiegert 2    
JSmoak, Tor Adam Ronis 2    
JSucre, TB Tom Kessenich 2    
KSuzuki, Atl Tom Kessenich 2    
BGamel, Sea Charlie Wiegert 1    
JChavez, LAA Rudy Gamble 1    
KBarraclough, Mia Tim McLeod 1    
RMontero, NYM Rudy Gamble 1    
KMiddleton, LAA Greg Ambrosius 0    
RHanigan, Col Perry Van Hook 0    
YGallardo, Sea Greg Ambrosius 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

They say one man's trash in another man's treasure, and Sunday's FAAB report for the Mixed Draft League would certainly suggest either I like to drop good players or that they got much better looking in a week. Three of the week's high bids, Eickhoff ($167), Freeland ($66), and Granderson ($56), are players I dropped in the past two weeks.

Scott White bid the $167 to roster Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff while Tom Kessenich got Kyle Freeland for $66 and Jeff Boggis got the next three expensive players winning A.J. Griffin for $56 and outfielders Curtis Granderson for $57 and Tyler Colins for another $56.

In an effort to get some more offense I replaced Freddy Galvis with Dodger Chris Taylor for $47. Presently, Taylor qualifes at third base, but he'll add second base to his resume in two more games and heads to Coors Field over the weekend. I also added new Cardinal fly chaser Tommy Pham for $43. Needing a cheap catcher to replace Austin Romine, I received my second $1 choice with Miguel Montero. My first choice was Alex Avila who went for $21.

Todd's Take

As Perry hints, one of the toughest aspects of a mixed league is figuring when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. It's harder in a 10 or 12 team format since the available inventory to churn is so much plusher. This may sound like an excuse or sour grapes, but I personally struggle in mixed leagues with fewer than 15 teams. I'm wired to let water reach its level. I trust the research that concludes streaks are non-predictive. Yet, there's always someone riding strikes, drawing all aces. Yes, there's luck involved in all aspects of this game. An an analytical guy, it's frustrating when the right call isn't always rewarded.

yonder alonso 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

YAlonso, Oak Clay Link 104 Peter Kreutzer 3    
JSamardzija, SF Vlad Sedler 69 Clay Link 55    
MGonzalez, Hou Howard Bender 69 Clay Link 34 Jake Ciely 15  
GGonzalez, Was Clay Link 56 Vlad Sedler 19    
TCahill, SD Clay Link 51 Jeff Mans 37 Clay Link 34 Vlad Sedler 25
    Peter Kreutzer 4    
NKarns, KC Jeff Mans 37 Vlad Sedler 37 Clay Link 12  
ATriggs, Oak Dr. Roto 25      
SPerez, KC Vlad Sedler 23 Peter Kreutzer 3 Andrea LaMont 0  
JCotton, Oak Vlad Sedler 19      
AHicks, NYY Andrea LaMont 16      
TBeckham, TB Vlad Sedler 14 Clay Link 23    
KWong, StL Peter Kreutzer 11      
JWilson, Det Jake Ciely 5 Clay Link 44 Peter Kreutzer 5  
JFields, LAD Peter Kreutzer 4      
DNorris, TB Peter Kreutzer 3      
AReed, NYM Peter Kreutzer 3      
RChirinos, Tex Andrea LaMont 2      

UNAWARDED BIDS

ZCozart, Cin Clay Link 29 Jake Ciely 5
BSnell, TB Jeff Mans 28  
MAndriese, TB Jeff Mans 15 Clay Link 11
MMontgomery, ChC Dr. Roto 15  
AMiranda, Sea Vlad Sedler 9  
HSantiago, Min Vlad Sedler 9  
DMesoraco, Cin Vlad Sedler 8  
AGriffin, Tex Vlad Sedler 7  
JBenoit, Phi Clay Link 5  
AToles, LAD Peter Kreutzer 3  
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 3  
KVargas, Min Clay Link 3  
RHanigan, Col Vlad Sedler 3  
DGarneau, Col Vlad Sedler 2  
LMorrison, TB Clay Link 2  
MMontero, ChC Vlad Sedler 1 Andrea LaMont 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

A disastrous week for me. My hitting stunk. A team "built for OBP" had an OBP of .276! And on the pitching side I managed to lose WHIP, despite winning ERA 2.43 to 4.64. So I went 1-5 against Clay Link, whose team was in last place.

Give credit to Clay. He had a strong week. He bested all but one team in Runs, was middle of the pack in HR, had the most RBI, and the highest OBP. And he tied for third-most wins. He would have done well against anyone. And then he was aggressive in waivers.

His 104 units on Yonder Alonso was the week's biggest bid. Clay had a need, Greg Bird has hit the DL, after not producing the way anyone hoped, and Alonso is producing the way many hoped he would in years past. So there is cause for optimism. On the other hand, the only other bid on Alonso was my second contingent bid for 3.

Howard Bender made one bid: 69 on Marwin Gonzalez, who hits a home run every day. He now owns him.

Link also bought the intriguing Trevor Cahill, for 51. Those of us who owned Cahill for a buck in 2010 will never forget that gift. He's never come close to that level again, and won't this year, but he's throwing strikeouts the way he didn't back then, but maybe the way he did the last couple of years throwing in relief, but with fewer walks. That raises obvious durability issues, but for now he's a starter who is pitching well with decent component stats.

Even in a shallow league that might have value.

For the record, I bought Kolten Wong, who has always been a good on-base guy but a weak contact guy. The contact seems to be a bit improved, and while I'm not hoping for his recent hotness to continue, I'd love something like his career levels of production with 20 or so AB a week, for as long as he can use him.

I also bought Derek Norris, who has been a contact mess the last few years, after showing real promise early in his career. He's been decent the last couple of week, which means I will almost certainly take a 1 for 20 with 1 walk.

Josh Fields and Addison Reed are fine setup guys with good strikeout rates, filling in for hurt and failing setup guys with good strikeout rates.

In a 12-team league, it's surprising how few free agents are better than the reserve list guys we already have.

Todd's Take

I like to joke that we only hear about the swings and approaches that work, not the myriad of alterations resulting in nothing. That said, when someone I respect, like Eno Sarris, sheds light on a player, I pay heed. In March, Eno posted this piece on Alonso on Fangraphs. I own Alonso in a few places, but not enough.

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.

 nick martinez

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Nick Martinez, TEX Rotowire 5 Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Caleb Joseph, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1
Mike Minor, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Brad Peacock, HOU Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jorge Bonifacio, KC ESPN.com 1    
Rickie Weeks Jr., TB Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
James Pazos, SEA Rotowire 1    
Blake Parker, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1    
Willy Garcia, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Tony Zych, SEA Fangraphs 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Chris Gimenez, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 1 Mastersball 1
Juan Graterol, LAA Mastersball 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Aaron Loup, TOR Baseball HQ 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA Baseball HQ 1  
Tuffy Gosewisch, SEA Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Chad Pinder, OAK ESPN.com 1  
James Hoyt, HOU Fangraphs 1  
Matt Belisle, MIN Fangraphs 1  
Alex Claudio, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1  
Matt Barnes, BOS USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zach McAllister, CLE USA TODAY Sports 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

AL LABR turned into a predictable bunch of transactions destined to plug deep league holes, meaning very little money was spent on some that might help some teams.

Clay Link led the league in dollars spent, going $5 for Nick Martinez, and Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius "risked" a couple of bucks on Mike Minor while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe extended the same salary to Caleb Joseph.

From there seven $1 players were acquired, including scintillating names like Brad Peacock, Blake Parker, Rickie Weeks, Jr., and Jorge Bonifacio.

Pretty typical moves for a deep league this time of year. Right now, a bunch of seemingly non-consequential moves. October 1 might tell a different story, however.

Todd's Take

Need whiffs from a middle reliever? Check out Brad Peacock who's playing the Chris Devenski role when the Astros are losing, which thus far isn't very often. With 20 whiffs in 13.1 innings, the converted starter is getting it done from the 'pen. Beware, his .98 WHIP is misleading as he sports an erratic 5.4 BB/9 with a lucky .208 BABIP. 

tommy pham

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tommy Pham, STL Baseball HQ 11 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Mastersball 7 RotoWire - DVR 7
    USA TODAY Sports 5    
Jacob Turner, WSH Lenny Melnick 6 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL Lenny Melnick 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Jose Urena, MIA Mastersball 5 RotoWire - DVR 1    
Tyler Anderson, COL Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Enny Romero, WSH Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Hanigan, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Nick Pivetta, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
A.J. Cole, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Alexi Amarista, COL RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Magneuris Sierra, STL Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Rene Rivera, NYM Lenny Melnick 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Matt Albers, WSH Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Rafael Bautista, WSH Baseball HQ 2  
Josh Fields, LAD Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hunter Strickland, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Jake McGee, COL Baseball HQ 1  
Jorge De La Rosa, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Kevin Plawecki, NYM NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Patrick Kivlehan, CIN Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Outfielder Tommy Pham is 29 years old, and spent all of 2016 with St. Louis without particularly distinguishing himself. This spring, he lost his job as the Cardinals’ primary reserve to unknown Jose Martinez. After a month back at Triple-A, Pham found himself back in the bigs after both Martinez and Stephen Piscotty hit the disabled list. Pham, who can play all three outfield positions, returned with a bang, including a two-home run game Sunday. I was willing to go $7, but that turned out to be third-best behind Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ’s $11, who won on the standings tiebreaker.

Not able to get Pham, I slipped a dollar bid in on a much lower-profile outfielder who joined the Cardinals on Sunday. Magneuris Sierra is a very unusual call up directly from high-A, who is very-well-liked by the organization. Whether the 21-year old is truly ready and will see enough playing time to become relevant could be another matter entirely.

The potential for former Marlin Jacob Turner to slide into the Washington rotation replacing now-minor leaguer Joe Ross was enticing for four owners. Only Lenny Melnick was willing to spend more than a dollar and got his man for $6.

Dustin Garneau could be the poster child for post-hype fatigue. Still, the catcher is receiving a couple of starts per week in Colorado while Tom Murphy remains out and is performing well. Melnick dropped $5 to find out where that takes him.

I also had a winning $5 bid, for Jose Urena. As a reliever, the Marlin’s results had not been distinguished enough to draw any attention. However, in a spot start on Sunday, the 25-year old right-hander carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning against a battered Mets lineup. Still, I am betting on the potential suggested. Looking at the next three scheduled Miami pitchers all carrying ERAs over five indicate the rotation is far from stable.

Todd's Take

Dustin Garneau, and to a lesser extent Ryan Hanigan are intriguing pick-ups this week as the Rockies will be playing at altitude all week. Tony Wolters is on the 7-day concussion DL after taking a bat to the head, leaving Garneau as the primary backstop. Note expected starter Tom Murphy's forearm is taking longer to heal than expected, meaning Garneau's roster spot is secure a little longer, even after Wolters returns.

justin wilson

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Justin Wilson, DET Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 13 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 8 Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 4 Scout Fantasy 4
    Rotowire 3 MLB.com 3 @TheFantasyFix 2
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Fantasy Alarm 7 Yahoo Sports 4 Baseball HQ 4 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 3
    RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 Rotowire 3 Scout Fantasy 1
Ariel Miranda, SEA Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 5 RotoExperts/ FNTSY 3 @TheFantasyFix 2 Mastersball 2
    MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Zack Cozart, CIN RotoExperts/ FNTSY 5 MLB.com 2 Yahoo Sports 1 Rotowire 1
Sandy Leon, BOS Baseball HQ 3 Baseball HQ 3 Yahoo Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
A.J. Griffin, TEX Baseball Prospectus 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 MLB.com 1  
Mike Montgomery, CHC Scout Fantasy 3 Scout Fantasy 3    
Yan Gomes, CLE Baseball HQ 2 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Matt Cain, SF Mastersball 2 Mastersball 2    
Luis Perdomo, SD Mastersball 2 Mastersball 2 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Justin Smoak, TOR Rotowire 2      
Guillermo Heredia, SEA Baseball HQ 2      
Colby Rasmus, TB Fangraphs 2      
Miguel Gonzalez, CWS Yahoo Sports 1 @TheFantasyFix 2 MLB.com 1  
Joe Biagini, TOR Scout Fantasy 1 Scout Fantasy 1 MLB.com 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL Baseball Prospectus 1      
Brad Peacock, HOU USA TODAY Sports 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tommy Pham, STL Fangraphs 2 Scout Fantasy 1
Ben Gamel, SEA RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2 Baseball HQ 2
Scott Feldman, CIN Baseball Prospectus 2 @TheFantasyFix 2
Clayton Richard, SD @TheFantasyFix 2 @TheFantasyFix 1
Mike Clevinger, CLE Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 2  
Tyler Anderson, COL @TheFantasyFix 2  
Tommy Kahnle, CWS Scout Fantasy 1 Baseball Prospectus 1
Kyle Freeland, COL @TheFantasyFix 1  
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball HQ 1  
Chris Iannetta, ARI Baseball HQ 1  
Matt Garza, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1  
Jose Berrios, MIN Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Adam Rosales, OAK Fantasy Alarm 1  
Whit Merrifield, KC Fantasy Alarm 1  
Rafael Montero, NYM Razzball (Rudy Gamble) 1  
Derek Dietrich, MIA Rotowire 1  
Enny Romero, WSH Rotowire 1  
Tim Adleman, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1  
J.J. Hoover, ARI Yahoo Sports 1  
Ryan Madson, OAK Yahoo Sports 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

A pair of blown saves were fresh on everyone's mind, resulting in the only double-digit, courtesy of Jason Collette and Paul Sporer. The voices behind the Sleeper and Bust podcast on Fangraphs laid a baker's dozen on Justin Wilson, hoping to preempt a Francisco Rodriguez demotion. K-Rod had a rough weekend in Oakland, allowing five runs combined, costing the Tigers a pair of wins. Rodriguez's 10 K/9 is impressive, though that comes with an elevated 3.9 ERA. Some are pointing to the 5 mph delta between his not-so-fastball and change as his bugaboo, but last season's difference was just 1 mph more. The main difference between this year and last is in 2016, the veteran was a 2:1 ground ball to fly ball pitcher while thus far in 2017, that's reversed. Additionally, his HR/FB is 21 percent. More fly balls plus an elevated HR/FB is bad news for anyone, especially a closer. Wilson could be a short-term fix, but this smells like a scenario where K-Rod works in low leverage situations a couple times, regression occurs and the homers wane, at which point he'll be reinserted as closer. Long-term, Joe Jimenez looks to be the ninth-inning man.

Coming into the season, it looked like Marwin Gonzalez was the odd-man out as the loaded Astros brought in veterans Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. Funny how these things work out as the super-utility guy has played 8 at 1B, 4 at 2B, 8 at 3B and 9 in the outfield. He's also smacked nine homers. The power will wane, but the multiple eligibility will remain, which comes in handy with so many hitters carrying the dreaded DL tag.

Todd's Take

Speaking of injuries, I finally have no more to whine about, I mean report. Wait, yes I do as Zach Britton is back on the shelf. By this time next week, I should have Josh Donaldson and J.D. Martinez back, along with C.J. Cron. With offensive support on the way, I looked to fortify a depleted staff with Matt Cain and Luis Perdomo. One replaces Britton while the other fills in for John Lackey while the Cub convalesces on my bench with a Coors start on the docket this week. I would have preferred Ariel Miranda, but being short on FAAB after dealing with the April injury onslaught, I didn't want to go over 2 FAAB units, which was obviously short of the handful Rudy Gamble dropped on the Mariner. Cain is coming off a terrible effort, but I still believe in the rejuvenation as he's relying more on a sinking two-seamer as opposed to his riding four-seamer.

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.

 john hicks

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

John Hicks, DET Mastersball 8 ESPN.com 1    
Chase Whitley, TB Colton & The Wolfman 6 ESPN.com 1    
Ben Gamel, SEA Yahoo! Sports 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9    
Josh Rutledge, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Joe Smith, TOR Yahoo! Sports 2 SiriusXM 1 Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Carlos Ruiz, SEA ESPN.com 1      
Anthony Swarzak, CWS ESPN.com 1 SiriusXM 1 Yahoo! Sports 1  
Frankie Montas, OAK ESPN.com 1 Yahoo! Sports 1    
Alex Wilson, DET SiriusXM 1      
Jesus Sucre, TB USA TODAY Sports 1      
Austin Pruitt, TB Fangraphs 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jorge Bonifacio, KC NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Nick Vincent, SEA SiriusXM 1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Alec Asher, BAL ESPN.com 1  
Boog Powell, SEA Yahoo! Sports 1  
Dan Jennings, CWS SiriusXM 1  
Danny Farquhar, TB SiriusXM 1  
James Pazos, SEA SiriusXM 1  
Jonathan Holder, NYY Fangraphs 1  
Juan Graterol, LAA ESPN.com 1  
Nick Martinez, TEX SiriusXM 1  
Tony Zych, SEA Fangraphs 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Dollar bids dominated the billing cycle as we head towards May Day, for even though I landed the high-priced spread on the Tigers John Hicks, the one challenger was for a buck.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton bagged hurler Chase Whitley for $6, besting a pair of $1 tries. A $4 bid on Ben Gamel by Brandon Funston, and a $3 bid for Josh Rutledge by Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius went unchallenged. A $2 Yahoo! bid on Joe Smith pulled three failed $1 attempts.

From then on, the place in the standings is what determined the outcome of the one-buck battles of Week 5.

Todd's Take

Note there's a good chance Hicks only plays one more game in Miguel Cabrera's stead as the star first baseman is on track to be activated from the DL on Tuesday. That said, Hicks isn't a bad stash if you have the reserve spot since he's a catcher by trade and could be called upon if James McCann or Alex Avila are felled or even if McCann is traded, a possibility if the Tigers aren't competing come July. It isn't likely, but at least Hicks has demonstrated he can hit major league pitching.

A couple of the other top bid winners are in a a battle for playing time. With Leonys Martin clearing waiver and outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma and Haniger shelved, Ben Gamel joins Guillermo Heredia, Taylor Motter and Danny Valencia in the battle for playing time in the Mariners outfield. Gamel doesn't hit for power, but he has a decent eye and can swipe a base, something Seattle is doing more this season. Last week, I advised holding onto Martin. Even though he's no longer on the 40-man roster, it wouldn't be surprising to see him back up if he gets things going on the farm.

It'll be interesting to see how things flesh out at the hot corner in Boston. Rutledge, along with Marco Hernandez and Chase D'Arnaud, plucked off waivers from the Braves, vie for playing time while Pablo Sandoval mends.

christian arroyo

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Christian Arroyo, SF RotoWire - DVR 16 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Baseball HQ 4 Mastersball 3
    Sandlot Shrink 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
J.J. Hoover, ARI Baseball HQ 2      
Hansel Robles, NYM Mastersball 1      
Michael Morse, SF Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Drew Stubbs, SF Derek Carty 1 ESPN - Karabell 1    
Gift Ngoepe, PIT ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Nick Ahmed, ARI Sandlot Shrink 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Alexi Amarista, COL Sandlot Shrink 1
Jorge De La Rosa, ARI Mastersball 1
Kyle Freeland, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Lane Adams, ATL Sandlot Shrink 1
Tyler Anderson, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

Only two free agents fetched more than one bid this week in NL LABR, with almost half the league, six owners, in on new Giants third sacker Christian Arroyo. The $16 offer from Rotowire’s Derek Van Riper, one-sixth of his full-season budget, distanced the next-best bid at $11.

An old, familiar name, also on the injury-plagued San Francisco club, is Mike Morse. With Brandon Belt being outfield capable, Morse could receive starts at first base, as the scuffling Giants look for offense wherever they can find it. I won the $1 bid on a tie-breaker.

One other free agent cost more than $1 this week, and it is another player back from the fantasy dead. Reliever J.J. Hoover, now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, went for $2 to Doug Dennis of BaseballHQ. Any pitcher who shares a bullpen with Fernando Rodney could find himself in the spotlight eventually. Further, Doug knows Hoover well from the latter’s time with Cincinnati.

Todd's Take

Back in the day when I played pick-up hoops -- stop laughing, I really used to play -- the worst thing I could do was sink my first outside shot (I think you need to leave the ground more than an inch to call it a jumper). If I did, anyone on my team not familiar with my game would assume I could shoot. They chose poorly. Comparing my two-handed, no-spin, set shot to a major league baseball player is a huge stretch, but I actually have a point. Those investing a good chunk of FAAB in Arroyo may be doing so after Arroyo went deep twice in his debut week. Long-term, the jury is still out as Arroyo is just 21. He's currently more of a gap hitter, which plays just fine in AT&T. Double-digit homers are possible, just don't count on many more multiple dinger weeks. Arroyo was originally called up to provide a spark at the hot corner, but with shortstop Brandon Crawford sidelined, he'll play at his natural spot, at least this week.

cody bellinger

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cody Bellinger, LAD USA TODAY Sports 15 @TheFantasyFix 9 Baseball HQ 9 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 6
    Fangraphs 2 MLB.com 1  
Michael Taylor, WSH @TheFantasyFix 9 USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 3
Delino DeShields, TEX MLB.com 8 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 Fangraphs 2
Christian Arroyo, SF @TheFantasyFix 8 MLB.com 1    
Jose Reyes, NYM RotoExperts/ FNTSY 7 Mastersball 3 Baseball HQ 3 Yahoo Sports 2
    MLB.com 1    
JC Ramirez, LAA Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 6 USA TODAY Sports 1    
Alex Cobb, TB Fangraphs 3 Yahoo Sports 2 Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 2 MLB.com 1
Erick Aybar, SD RotoExperts/ FNTSY 2      
R.A. Dickey, ATL MLB.com 1      
Christian Vazquez, BOS Rotowire 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ariel Miranda, SEA USA TODAY Sports 2  
Matt Cain, SF MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Blake Parker, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1  
Hansel Robles, NYM USA TODAY Sports 1  
Miguel Montero, CHC Rotowire 1  
Yan Gomes, CLE Rotowire 1  
Zack Cozart, CIN MLB.com 1  
Erasmo Ramirez, TB Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Fangraphs: Sleeper & Bust 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching took a back seat this week with several teams looking to upgrade their infield and outfield. The big haul went to Steve Gardner, netting top prospect Cody Bellinger. The Dodger insist Bellinger's stay will be brief, as he's up to fill in for Joc Pederson. However, with Adrian Gonzalez showing his age, there's pathways to more playing time.

Michael A. Taylor gets first crack at filling Adam Eaton's shoes. Taylor has a little pop and can run, but has been exposed in the contact department when given regular playing time. Currently, the Nationals offense is crushing, as they lead the league in scoring by a wide margin, suggesting Taylor's offense could be secondary to defense. That said, the club is in win-now mode so at some point, Taylor will need to hit. Washington could trade for a center fielder or even turn to one of their promising youngsters, Andrew Stevenson or Victor Robles.

The on-again, off-again playing time for DeShields is back on again, in part due to Jurickson Profar being sent down to the minors. Many thought DeShields would be a bigger part of the Rangers outfield from opening day after he closed out 2016 with a bang, followed by a strong spring. He won't play every day, but when he's in the lineup, DeShields is a threat to swipe some bags.

After a horrendous start to the 2017 campaign, Jose Reyes was dropped all over the fantasy landscape. After a modest six-game hitting streak in which Reyes has gone 9-for-23 with two homers, 6 runs, 3 RBI and a pair of steals, he's back in our good graces. A hot week by Erick Aybar has him back on the map as well.

Todd's Take

Another week, another injury. Make that three as C.J. Cron, Tyler Skaggs and of course, Adam Eaton join Zach Britton, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Finnegan, J.D. Martinez, Jarrett Parker and Marcus Semien on my DL. Actually, the list has one fewer name as I dealt Bike Flip for Bat Flip, acquiring the slumping Jose Bautista from Jake Ciely for Madison Bumgarner. I grabbed Carlos Carrasco at a discount in the February draft, along with Julio Teheran so I felt it was more important to buy low on a potential slugger than hope MadBum can help me in three months. It'll be tough, but with injuries affecting everyone, the plan is to get through this early onset of health woes, then manage the categories as the walking wounded return.

 

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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.

ben gamel

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BGamel, Sea Seth Trachtman 101 Nando DiFino 72 Rob Leibowitz 8
DHernandez, LAA Patrick Davitt 16    
AWilson, Det Steve Moyer 11    
MLatos, Tor Jeff Erickson 11    
TKahnle, CWS Mike Podhorzer 7    
ASwarzak, CWS Mike Podhorzer 7    
JRickard, Bal Jeff Erickson 5    
CAsche, CWS Nando DiFino 2    
DSantana, Min Rob Leibowitz 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

TZych, Sea Steve Moyer 11
BGamel, Sea Jeff Erickson 5
SPeterson, TB Jeff Erickson 5
TKemp, Hou Nando DiFino 2
DHernandez, LAA Mike Podhorzer 2
JHoyt, Hou Mike Podhorzer 1
JRickard, Bal Rob Leibowitz 0
DRobertson, TB Rob Leibowitz 0
BPowell, Sea Rob Leibowitz 0
AWilson, Det Rob Leibowitz 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In general it was a low-key week for AL Tout transactions, with slim pickings in the free agent pool.

Defending champ Seth Trachtman led the league in spending, dropping $101 on the Mariners Ben Gamel, showing commitment necessary to drive to victory.

The dollar drop off then moved to Patrick Davitt who copped David Hernandez for $16, followed by Steve Mpyer--also looking for arms and hoping Alex Wilson of the Tigers will be the tonic.

Jeff Erickson went $11 for Mat Latos, and Mike Podhorzer is trying a double dip of White Sox, with thoughts that Anthony Swarzak and Tommy Kahnle can pick up the injured Felix Hernandez and Tyler Skaggs void.

Erickson also added Joey Rickard ($5). Rounding the moves out were Nando DiFino nabbing Cody Asche ($2) and Rob Leibowitz taking a shot on Danny Santana while C.J. Cron convalesces.

Todd's Take

To spend or not to spend is always a conundrum in single-league formats, with the enticement of having the hammer at the trade deadline the pot at the end of the rainbow. I'll discuss my personal situation in a bit but I like the aggressive approach from Seth. In the spirit of know thy league, there are at least two owners usually spending very little early, hoping for the deadline jewel. You can choose to join them, or make sure you're still in the hunt come July then take your chances. You all know the deal -- get a guy now, have him for five months as compared to the final two months. In another example of know thy league, Nando DiFino has proven to be willing to spend early so a decent bid is needed to acquire a player of quality, which in AL or NL only essentially only requires a pulse and the chance of at bats. Seth's $101 bid was a sage amount considering Nando's $72 try.

christian arroyo

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CArroyo, SF Phil Hertz 333 Tristan H. Cockcroft 221 Mike Gianella 193 Craig Mish 112
    Steve Gardner 107 Grey Albright 61 Derek Carty 22
JBlash, SD Andy Behrens 81 Derek Carty 32 Scott Wilderman 31 Steve Gardner 18
    Grey Albright 17 Tristan H. Cockcroft 12 Mike Gianella 11
    Phil Hertz 0    
RBautista, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 61 Phil Hertz 13 Craig Mish 2  
RHoskins, Phi Mike Gianella 46 Andy Berens 1    
MMorse, SF Steve Gardner 37 Phil Hertz 13 Craig Mish 3  
GNgoepe, Pit Craig Mish 13 Grey Albright 12 Steve Gardner 6 Phil Hertz 1
TAnderson, Col Derek Carty 2      
WPeralta, Cin Brian Walton 2 Steve Gardner 6 Phil Hertz 1  
IHapp, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 1      
JDeLaRosa, Ari Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton 1 Grey Albright 1  
DStubbs, SF Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 13 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
DLaw, SF Andy Behrens 0 Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAmarista, Col Mike Gianella 6  
JBarrett, Ari Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 1
MCabrera, Atl Brian Walton 1  
MWisler, Atl Grey Albright 1  
JNicasio, Pit Phil Hertz 0  
PGosselin, Pit Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

San Francisco third baseman Christian Arroyo has become the new most-expensive player added this season in NL Tout. Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ’s $333 bid, one-third of his full-year stipend, was tops.

Jabari Blash is back from the minor leagues and likely to receive at least platoon at-bats in the very young Padres outfield. The winning offer of $81 was submitted by Andy Behrens of Yahoo.com.

The recently high scoring Washington Nationals added outfielder Rafael Bautista. So did Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN for $61. It is unclear whether Bautista or incumbent Michael A. Taylor will get starts in center with Adam Eaton on the shelf, but it is not coincidence that Cockcroft also owns Eaton.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins of Philadelphia, who is raking in Triple-A, fetched a $46 winning bid from Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus. Owning the disappointing Tommy Joseph in Tout and contender Brock Stassi in NL LABR puts me in a strong position to sense that Mike is definitely on the right wavelength by planning for the future.

Todd's Take

I'll be honest; I have no idea why I didn't at least place a few bids this week. I passed on Arroyo and wasn't one of the eight tries on Blash, despite favoring an aggressive aproach. Further, in the silver lining department, I'm sitting on Madison Bumgarner (not literally, that would be weird). MadBum is slated to be back in three months, right around the trade deadline. As such, I could have my equivalent of a trade deadline acquisition activated from reserve while getting help in the months leading up to that point. If things don't look good, I have the option of releasing the injured lefty, recouping $290 in FAAB. Depending how much I spent until then, that could be sufficient to put me in the running for a top cross-over player. Knowing this going into the bidding, it's even more curious why I didn't enter a single bid this week.

delino deshields

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DDeShields, Tex Zach Steinhorn 178 Scott Pianowski 79 Brent Hershey 43 Tim Heaney 26
    Fred Zinkie 23 Scott Swanay 4  
CArroyo, SF Brent Hershey 79 Scott Engel 64 Al Melchior 12  
KVargas, Min Al Melchior 53 Derek Van Riper 38 Scott Swanay 13  
JBenoit, Phi Zach Steinhorn 53 Ray Flowers 39 Scott Swanay 4  
JBonifacio, KC Brent Hershey 51      
LPerdomo, SD Tim Heaney 46      
MCain, SF Al Melchior 40 Tim Heaney 36 Ron Shandler 18 Ray Flowers 6
JHoover, Ari Ray Flowers 39 Scott Pianowski 31 Brent Hershey 27 Tim Heaney 6
    Scott Swanay 0    
AMiranda, Sea Al Melchior 38 Tim Heaney 36 Derek Van Riper 21 Ron Shandler 18
BreAnderson, ChC Derek Van Riper 38 Ron Shandler 18 Tim Heaney 11 Scott Swanay 7
ASenzatela, Col Tim Heaney 36 Ray Flowers 6 Jeff Zimmerman 1  
ZEflin, Phi Scott Engel 31 Ron Shandler 18 Tim Heaney 11  
MTaylor, Was Joe Pisapia 28 Zach Steinhorn 118 Tim Heaney 26  
HSantiago, Min Bret Sayre 26 Tim Heaney 11    
LGarcia, CWS Scott Engel 21      
AGriffin, Tex Ron Shandler 18      
MDavidson, CWS Scott Engel 13      
TWolters, Col Ray Flowers 13 Scott Pianowski 11    
LValbuena, LAA Scott Swanay 13      
SSmith, Bal Fred Zinkie 13 Gene McCaffrey 2    
EAybar, SD Jeff Zimmerman 12      
BGamel, Sea Al Melchior 12      
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 11 Scott Swanay 0    
ERosario, Min Gene McCaffrey 9 Jeff Zimmerman 5    
AAvila, Det Scott Engel 9 Scott Pianowski 7    
WMerrifield, KC Gene McCaffrey 8      
CVazquez, Bos Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 13    
MBoyd, Det Scott Swanay 5 Tim Heaney 36 Ray Flowers 6  
TKahnle, CWS Bret Sayre 2 Tim Heaney 0    
JSmoak, Tor Tim Heaney 0 Scott Engel 11 Scott Swanay 7 Jeff Zimmerman 5
NVincent, Sea Tim Heaney 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MGonzalez, CWS Ron Shandler 18 Ray Flowers 6
SFeldman, Cin Ray Flowers 9  
GHeredia, Sea Scott Swanay 5  
KKela, Tex Bret Sayre 2 Scott Swanay 0
BPeacock, Hou Bret Sayre 2 Tim Heaney 0
AJackson, Cle Al Melchior 2  
BHand, SD Bret Sayre 2  
BParker, LAA Bret Sayre 2  
CSpangenberg, SD Gene McCaffrey 2  
ARosales, Oak Scott Swanay 2  
TRivera, NYM Gene McCaffrey 1  
HKim, Bal Scott Swanay 0 Gene McCaffrey 0
JJimenez, Det Scott Swanay 0  
BZiegler, Mia Tim Heaney 0  
TClippard, NYY Tim Heaney 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

These are the situations where I wish we still used the Vickrey system for FAAB, as I ended up overpaying by $98 to acquire the services of Delino DeShields. But from a categorical standpoint, DeShields is an ideal fit, as my team has gotten off to a disappointing start in the steals department yet the stolen base standings remain bunched up. I can gain 5-6 points very quickly with one more reliable speed source. Playing time is the issue, however, but DeShields is hitting well right now and has made two straight starts versus right-handed pitching. Hopefully, the Rangers will opt to give him consistent at-bats going forward. The fact that Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua are both struggling certainly helps his chances.

Joaquin Benoit already lost the ninth inning gig once this season, but it's not like the Phillies gave him a fair leash. Outside of his blown save on April 16, Benoit hasn't allowed a run. Maybe Philadelphia will stick with Hector Neris as their closer, but maybe they will go in a different direction after his Saturday meltdown. In that case, Benoit is still a viable veteran alternative. Although I don't necessarily need a third closer, as a Francisco Rodriguez owner, I figured that Benoit could prove to be a useful asset in the unlikely but possible event that K-Rod eventually gets demoted from the closer role.

Joe Pisapia's $28 purchase of Michael A. Taylor (my fallback option to DeShields) has the potential to pay off in a big way. The AVG/OBP probably won't be pretty, but Taylor does offer an intriguing mix of power and speed, and it sounds like the Nationals will give him every opportunity to hold onto the starting centerfield job in the wake of Adam Eaton's season-ending injury.

Todd's Take

A couple things fascinate me: the human mind and pitching. Let's look at this week's grabs in this league. Luis Perdomo, Matt Cain, Ariel Miranda, Brett Anderson, Antonio Senzatela, Zach Eflin, Hector Santiago, A.J. Griffin and Matthew Boyd were all acquired. This isn't about who was picked up, but someone who wasn't.

Why did Miguel Gonzalez, sporting a 2.88 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over his last 112.1 innings extending back into last season garner only two contingency bids and is still not owned?

Is it recency bias? Gonzalez allowed 14 hits and six earned runs in six innings last time out in Detroit. Perdomo, Cain, Miranda, Eflin and Boyd all had nice efforts last week. Santiago and Griffin are returning from injury after starting the season strong. Senzatela struggled last time but was solid in three previous outings.

Is it match-up? Gonzalez draw the Orioles in Camden Yards while Anderson is home for a pair in Wrigley Field.

Is it his home venue being perceived as a hitter's park? The newly named Guaranteed Rate Park's run index is 96. Don't confuse hitter's park with homer-friendly venue.

Is it a low 5.8 K/9? Perhaps, though a 1.6 BB/9 helps mitigate that, at least in terms of ratios.

The answer is likely, "because he's Miguel Gonzalez and he really stinks, he's just lucky and I don't trust him to continue."

There's some basis to that as a .276 BABIP over the discussed span is low. On the other hand, he's a fly ball pitcher, so a low BABIP isn't unusual. That means his 5 percent HR/FB is the real culprit. This is supported by a 3.39 FIP and 4.68 xFIP over that span. Keep in mind xFIP regresses home run rate while FIP doesn't.

I'm torn. There's absolutely recency bias in play, but there's also regression brewing. For me, the low K-rate is the deciding factor, especially in mixed leagues. This week's match-ups aside, I prefer Gonzalez to Senzatela, Anderson and Perdomo (who I still like, just still raw). The only ones I'd definitely take over Gonzalez are Cain and Boyd. The thing is, choosing Cain is probably recency bias on my part.

When the human mind meets pitching, things get interesting.

 michael a taylor

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MTaylor, Was Tom Kessenich 62 Corey Parson 41 Anthony Perri 34 Adam Ronis 27
    Rudy Gamble 5    
CMorton, Hou Scott White 53 D.J. Short 50 Corey Parson 27 Charlie Wiegert 7
    Rudy Gamble 3    
JCRamirez, LAA Anthony Perri 33 Charlie Wiegert 9    
RGrossman, Min D.J. Short 32 Jeff Boggis 6 Rudy Gamble 3 Adam Ronis 0
DHolland, CWS Perry Van Hook 27 Tim McLeod 13 Charlie Wiegert 11  
FGalvis, Phi Perry Van Hook 17 Rudy Gamble 5    
JWilson, Det Tim McLeod 17 Scott White 23    
AAlmonte, Cle Perry Van Hook 13      
JHoover, Ari Charlie Wiegert 13 Perry Van Hook 16 Corey Parson 2  
AMiranda, Sea Charlie Wiegert 12 Tim McLeod 9 Corey Parson 5  
SFeldman, Cin Anthony Perri 9      
TBeckham, TB Corey Parson 7 Perry Van Hook 13    
WMerrifield, KC Rudy Gamble 5      
ZEflin, Phi Tim McLeod 4      
RRua, Tex Adam Ronis 2      
ARosario, NYM Adam Ronis 2      
GHeredia, Sea Perry Van Hook 0 Adam Ronis 2    
BHand, SD Scott White 0      
TKahnle, CWS Scott White 0      
JLeclerc, Tex Scott White 0      
BPeacock, Hou Scott White 0 Tim McLeod 5    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MCain, SF Anthony Perri 12  
RBuchter, SD Tim McLeod 9  
KFreeland, Col Perry Van Hook 7  
LGarcia, CWS Rudy Gamble 3 Adam Ronis 2
JPeterson, Atl Perry Van Hook 3  
RDickey, Atl Charlie Wiegert 3  
JSmoak, Tor Adam Ronis 2  
ASwarzak, CWS Scott White 0  
BParker, LAA Scott White 0  
HRobles, NYM Scott White 0  
HRondon, ChC Scott White 0  
JSmith, Tor Scott White 0  
KBarraclough, Mia Scott White 0  
KKela, Tex Scott White 0  
AAlmora, ChC Perry Van Hook 0  
BGamel, Sea Perry Van Hook 0  
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 0  
HKim, Bal Perry Van Hook 0  
JAdduci, Det Perry Van Hook 0  
JOsuna, Pit Perry Van Hook 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Without a newly ordained closer open the purse strings, the high bid fell to a replacement center fielder, Michael A. Taylor, won by Tom Kessenich for $62.

A trio of interesting starting pitchers garnered the next three high bids as Charlie Morton was won by Scott White for $53, J.C. Ramirez went for $33 to Anthony Perri and I won Derek Holland's start in Kansas City for $27.

I also needed to disable Taylor's predecessor Adam Eaton and won Abraham Almonte for $13. The GrandyMan can't so it so I finally dropped him to add a $0 Guillermo Heredia. Needing to give Javier Baez some bench time, Freddy Galvis was landed for $17 and a full week of at bats, with four games in Wrigley Field. Hopefully, the wind is blowing out with no Cubs or Phillies pitchers in my lineup.

Todd's Take

Speaking of pitching, friend and colleague Eno Sarris took time away from his new home at BeerGraphs to visit his old and still sometimes home at FanGraphs to author this piece on JC Ramirez. It's well worth the read, but the bottom line is Anthony Perri may have happened upon a nice starter with his $33 purchase.

 bud norris

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CBellinger, LAD Clay Link 224 Vlad Sedler 157    
JGallo, Tex Paul Sporer 166 Andrea LaMont 121 Clay Link 51 Kyle Elfrink 8
BNorris, LAA Kyle Elfrink 49 Jake Ciely 35    
MTaylor, Was Vlad Sedler 47      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Dr. Roto 30 Vlad Sedler 16    
SSchebler, Cin Kyle Elfrink 29 Dr. Roto 23 Clay Link 1  
JReyes, NYM Andrea LaMont 22 Peter Kreutzer 13 Jake Ciely 2  
ACobb, TB Vlad Sedler 16      
TKahnle, CWS Paul Sporer 11 Peter Kreutzer 0    
WMiley, Bal Andrea LaMont 9      
SGray, Oak Vlad Sedler 9      
NMarkakis, Atl Jake Ciely 5      
AWood, LAD Jake Ciely 5      
AAltherr, Phi Andrea LaMont 3 Dr. Roto 10 Jake Ciely 2 Kyle Elfrink 1
AAvila, Det Andrea LaMont 0      
JTorres, SD Peter Kreutzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

JWilson, Det Kyle Elfrink 22
DGregorius, NYY Andrea LaMont 21
TBeckham, TB Kyle Elfrink 15
ZCozart, Cin Andrea LaMont 13
JBenoit, Phi Kyle Elfrink 10
ATriggs, Oak Andrea LaMont 7
AWainwright, StL Andrea LaMont 7
AHicks, NYY Andrea LaMont 5
AMiranda, Sea Andrea LaMont 1
BPeacock, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
JHoover, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
JSmith, Tor Peter Kreutzer 0
CVazquez, Bos Andrea LaMont 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Conditions were ripe for a bidding war. A top rookie talent, Cody Bellinger, was called up by the Dodgers to fill in while Joc Pederson was out. He batted leadoff in his second ML game, then hit two dingers on Saturday during the team's comeback win. Even though Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Bellinger will return to Triple-A on Friday when Pederson is back, Pederson owner Clay Link went large -- 224 units large.

Vlad Sedler had the losing bid of 157. These are both strong bids for five days or so of a guy destined for the minors right now, but it's a long season. If Bellinger is up with Pederson's ding, he can be expected back whenever there's a Dodger need. Belinger was terrific in the AFL and was off to a hot start in Triple-A this year. He could force his way into the major league lineup at any time, and could be a big help even in a 12-team league later this year. He's well worth stashing.

The other big ticket item this week was Joey Gallo. Nobody doubted his power, and nobody doubted his ability to swing and miss, both of which he has shown this season in ample quantities so far, but his ability to draw walks has him getting on base in one-third of his at bats, which makes him playable in an OBP league. Paul Sporer placed the biggest bet on Gallo, with Andrea LaMont just behind him.

In other injury related news, Vlad Sedler bought Michael Taylor for 49, a modest amount. Taylor is getting first crack at Adam Eaton's job after Eaton was hurt and out for the season. There wasn't much enthusiasm for Taylor, Vlad was the only bidder, because he has failed in the past to hold onto the spot, despite having a bit of a power-speed combo going for him. Taylor has contact issues, though not as bad as Gallo, but is not inclined to draw walks.

Todd's Take

I want some of what Bud Norris is having. Where did this come from? For the record, I'm not implying anything, just riffing off an old movie line. Last season, Norris started in the rotation but was moved to the bullpen. After some success as a reliever, Norris spend the second half of 2016 as a swing man, This year,he's been exclusively a reliever, recording a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 19 K and 6 BB in 14 frames. His fastball velocity hasn't changed; the main difference is a huge bump in cutter usage. Norris may cede the closer back to Cam Bedrosian when Bedrosian is back, but it's not like the second-generation closer is free from further injury. With the protection of Angels Stadium and good defense having his back, Norris is roster-worthy even when he's not closing.

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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.

jaff decker

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JDecker, Oak Lawr Michaels 75 Steve Moyer 14 Jeff Erickson 5 Wolf/Colton 0
JHicks, Det Jeff Erickson 66 Chris Liss 66 Wolf/Colton 36 Jason Collette 6
BPeacock, Hou Chris Liss 56      
JRutledge, Bos Chris Liss 44      
JBonifacio, KC Steve Moyer 21 Jeff Erickson 66 Chris Liss 1  
FMontas, Oak Rob Leibowitz 16      
ONarvaez, CWS Steve Moyer 14      
KKela, Tex Steve Moyer 14 Chris Liss 5    
TDuffey, Min Larry Schechter 8      
HHembree, Bos Rob Leibowitz 7      
JCRamirez, LAA Wolf/Colton 6 Mike Podhorzer 3    
CWhitley, TB Wolf/Colton 6      
RWeeks, TB Jason Collette 6 Chris Liss 1 Wolf/Colton 0  
RPressly, Min Larry Schechter 2      
MClevinger, Cle Jason Collette 2      
MMahtook, Det Seth Trachtman 1 Jeff Erickson 5    
JAdduci, Det Wolf/Colton 1      
SSelsky, Bos Chris Liss 1      
MHernandez, Bos Seth Trachtman 0 Wolf/Colton 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

PBourjos, TB Lawr Michaels 25 Jeff Erickson 1 Chris Liss 1
AWilson, Det Chris Liss 9    
YPetit, LAA Rob Leibowitz 3    
NVincent, Sea Rob Leibowitz 2    
ZPutnam, CWS Rob Leibowitz 2    
CColon, KC Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton 0  
DRobertson, TB Jeff Erickson 1    
MBelisle, Min Rob Leibowitz 1    
MOlson, Oak Chris Liss 1    
TomHunter, TB Rob Leibowitz 1    
ZMcAllister, Cle Rob Leibowitz 1    
CGentry, Bal Wolf/Colton 0    
JMay, CWS Wolf/Colton 0    
SPeterson, TB Wolf/Colton 0    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Perhaps part of the fun, not to mention interest, in summarizing the LABR moves and the Tout moves each week is that Tout allows a $1000 a year to blow on free agent pick-ups while LABR reduces the seasonal budget by 90%, giving just 100 clams to try and buy the same commodities.

So, while five bucks was as far as the prices were pushed for LABR moves this past week for the rights to Angels reliever Blake Parker, Parker was snatched up already in Tout by Mike Podhorzer for a buck, leaving Cam Bedrosian owner Chris Liss with a hole and the leading filler gone. Still, Chris went $56 to get Brad Peacock to replace the Camster.

Even with that, the high priced spread this week was Oakland's "new" outfielder, Jaff Decker who has been threatening rosters since he was drafted #1 by the Padres in 2008. I went $75 for Decker, whom I think will get some good playing time, but a week ago, Decker went in LABR for $2 a week ago to BBHQ's Dave Adler.

Elsewhere among the Tout moves, Liss also spent $44 on Josh Rutledge to spell the 10-day DL stint of Miguel Cabrera, but Jeff Erickson was really the big spender going $66 for John Hicks, whom Jeff thinks might also get some at-bats while Miggy recuperates.

On the lower end, meaning the teen dollar range which would be expensive in LABR, Omar Narvaez went to Steve Moyer for $14, who spent a like amount on Keone Kela, and upped the ante to $21 for Jorge Bonifacio, while Rob Leibowitz spent $16 on Athletcs current long-man Frankie Montas.

However, there were a few low-end buys that were interesting speculations. Team Wolf/Colton went after JC Ramirez and Larry Schechter went $8 on Tyler Duffey (who went for $3 in LABR), Seth Trachtman snatched up Mikie Mahtook for just a buck while this week's leader, Jason Collette spent six bucks on his newest hometown fave, Rickie Weeks.

Todd's Take

Piggy-backing on Lawr's point between the LABR and Tout Wars budgets, everyone assumes a $5 bid in LABR is equivalent to a $50 bid in Tout Wars. I suppose this is the case, but there's a couple major differences. Using 5 and 50 doesn't work as well as 50 and 500. The big difference is a $50 bid in LABR leaves just 50 $1 bids whereas a $500 bid leaves 500 such acquisitions. Not to mention, Tout Wars allows $0 bids. The National Fantasy Baseball Championship uses the $1000 budget, but no $0 bids (the way it should be, in my not so humble opinion). For me, a $5 LABR bid should equate to more than $50 in Tout Wars and the NFBC.

enrique hernandez 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

EHernandez, LAD Andy Behrens 91 Steve Gardner 75 Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 32
    Craig Mish 19 Mike Gianella 14 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1
    Derek Carty 0    
SVanSlyke, LAD Todd Zola 37 Scott Wilderman 12 Steve Gardner 2 Derek Carty 0
MCain, SF Todd Zola 37 Phil Hertz 2    
ACordoba, SD Todd Zola 27 Mike Gianella 14 Steve Gardner 8 Scott Wilderman 5
    Craig Mish 2 Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
ZEflin, Phi Brian Walton 23 Todd Zola 17 Phil Hertz 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
TRivera, NYM Steve Gardner 18 Andy Behrens 51 Mike Gianella 14 Phil Hertz 0
PErvin, Cin Mike Gianella 14      
CTaylor, LAD Scott Wilderman 13 Todd Zola 33 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
PKivlehan, Cin Steve Gardner 2      
AEllis, Mia Phil Hertz 1      
RStripling, LAD Grey Albright 1      
TAdleman, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Brian Walton 12 Phil Hertz 0  
JGrimm, ChC Derek Carty 0      
NRamirez, SF Derek Carty 0      
JWeaver, SD Phil Hertz 0      
CHeisey, Was Derek Carty 0 Steve Gardner 2    
RRivera, NYM Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0    
ERomero, Was Phil Hertz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

LSardinas, SD Mike Gianella 14 Scott Wilderman 2  
CDArnaud, Atl Steve Gardner 8 Todd Zola 3 Scott Wilderman 1
MBowman, StL Brian Walton 1    
AAmarista, Col Phil Hertz 0    
DLaw, SF Phil Hertz 0    
JUrena, Mia Phil Hertz 0    
MGarza, Mil Phil Hertz 0    
PGosselin, Pit Phil Hertz 0    
KQuackenbush, SD Derek Carty 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Two home runs and three RBI over 15 at-bats made Kike Hernandez the league’s top target this week. Though five owners made their top offer for the Dodgers utiltyman, only one could be the winner. That is Andy Behrens of Yahoo at $91.

Another Dodger, Scott Van Slyke, has long been a power threat, though his at-bats have been sporadic. While the outfielder is batting just .182 to date, Todd Zola’s $37 bid suggests he sees better results ahead.

Speaking of $37, that was Lord Zola’s number for a blast from the past, Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Though the club is off to a rough opening to the season, it is due to the offense. Cain has quietly put together two strong starts in a row, allowing just two runs in his last 12 innings.

Todd's Take

As Brian notes, some slug actually bid on Matt Cain. Oh wait, that was me. Like in Mixed LABR, I'm saddled with replacing Madison Bumgarner. Obviously, I'm not counting on Cain to do that, but with two starts in pitcher-friendly AT&T, I'll take my chances this week.

Injuries to Lucas Duda and Jhonny Peralta left a couple of hitting holes, filled by Scott Van Slyke and Allen Cordoba. Van Slyke starts against some lefties so I'm hoping he gets some action early in the week with the Dodgers drawing Ty Blach and Matt Moore. They conclude the week against three Philly righties, so I'll hope for a couple of pinch-hitting at bats. I discussed Cordoba in the LABR report. In brief, there's a pathway to playing time with Erick Aybar off to a slow start.

trevor rosenthal

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

TRosenthal, StL Scott Pianowski 99 Scott Swanay 2    
BNorris, LAA Bret Sayre 73 Scott Pianowski 53 Brent Hershey 51  
KWong, StL Bret Sayre 64 Scott Pianowski 59 Tim Heaney 22 Gene McCaffrey 17
    Scott Swanay 4    
ASimmons, LAA Scott Pianowski 55 Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Swanay 3  
AHicks, NYY Scott Pianowski 49 Scott Pianowski 39 Scott Swanay 6  
JBarnes, Mil Tim Heaney 48 Al Melchior 36    
KGlover, Was Scott Swanay 44 Zach Steinhorn 32 Jeff Zimmerman 22 Derek Van Riper 1
JCRamirez, LAA Al Melchior 44      
JWilson, Det Jeff Zimmerman 42 Scott Swanay 14    
TBlach, SF Fred Zinkie 42 Al Melchior 32    
ARomine, NYY Ron Shandler 32 Tim Heaney 4    
WMiley, Bal Derek Van Riper 22 Tim Heaney 11    
LMorrison, TB Tim Heaney 22 Scott Engel 11 Derek Van Riper 1 Al Melchior 1
MPrado, Mia Al Melchior 21 Tim Heaney 8    
RTorreyes, NYY Scott Engel 19 Scott Swanay 2    
DVogelbach, Sea Fred Zinkie 18      
ERamirez, TB Brent Hershey 17      
CHerrmann, Ari Tim Heaney 13      
ARosario, NYM Fred Zinkie 5      
JMercer, Pit Scott Swanay 3 Gene McCaffrey 0    
YEscobar, LAA Derek Van Riper 1      
JHardy, Bal Gene McCaffrey 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBoyd, Det Scott Swanay 28 Fred Zinkie 3  
JSmoak, Tor Bret Sayre 24 Tim Heaney 22 Scott Engel 11
AVizcaino, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 22    
ARomine, Det Al Melchior 16    
KKela, Tex Scott Swanay 13    
AGarcia, Atl Tim Heaney 8 Al Melchior 1  
GGarcia, StL Al Melchior 6    
YGomes, Cle Tim Heaney 4    
BPeacock, Hou Scott Pianowski 3    
ARosales, Oak Scott Swanay 3    
SGennett, Cin Scott Swanay 2 Gene McCaffrey 0  
EAybar, SD Scott Swanay 2    
TKahnle, CWS Scott Swanay 1    
BHand, SD Bret Sayre 1    
AAvila, Det Tim Heaney 1    
AWarren, NYY Scott Swanay 0    
HHembree, Bos Scott Swanay 0    
NVincent, Sea Scott Swanay 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

In a relatively quiet FAAB week, at least in terms of total dollars spent, a trio of speculative closers stands out. Trevor Rosenthal, the most expensive purchase for this week at $99, used to be an elite fantasy closer until midway through last season, when things fell apart, largely due to control problems. But he's pitched well so far this year, the most noteworthy stat being his 11-to-0 K/BB ratio across 5 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Seung-Hwan Oh, who was dominant last season as Rosenthal's ninth inning replacement, hasn't been nearly as sharp so far this year, though he has tossed four scoreless innings after allowing runs in four of his first five appearances. Maybe Rosenthal will not return to his old role this year. Or maybe Oh's inconsistency will continue. Either way, it's worth the 99 bucks to take a flier on the former St. Louis stopper.

Cam Bedrosian has been outstanding as the Angels closer so far (6 2/3 scoreless innings, nine strikeouts). But a groin strain has now landed him on the DL, which is good news for Bud Norris, who picked up the save for the Halos on Saturday. However, Blake Parker could figure into the saves mix as well, and Bedrosian's injury might not be too serious, so Norris' fantasy relevance might be short-lived.

Finally, I was about to go two straight weeks without making a FAAB bid until the Nats turned to Koda Glover, not Shawn Kelley, for the save last night. And Glover proceeded to earn his second save in as many days. Perhaps this was simply a situation of Kelley, who has undergone two Tommy John surgeries, needing an additional rest day. Or maybe deep down, Dusty Baker would really prefer to leave Kelley in the eighth inning. So, I figured a token bid of $32 on Glover was in order, though I was not going to be surprised if the winning bid was in the triple-digits. The strange thing is that I almost won Glover, but he instead went to Scott Swanay, who just so happens to be the owner of Shawn Kelley. I guess that's the way it should be.

Todd's Take

Granted, it's not especially relevant, or helpful to your game play, but stuff like this fascinates me. There's not much difference between Trevor Rosenthal, Jacob Barnes and Koda Glover. All three are speculative closers, though most would likely peg Glover with the best chance to lead the trio in saves the rest of the campaign. Oddly, no one bidding on Glover bid on Barnes, and vice versa. For Scott P, it was Rosenthal or bust while Scott S preferred Glover to Rosenthal, and won him.

 aaron altherr

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Corey Parson 79 Adam Ronis 39 Perry Van Hook 17 Rudy Gamble 14
TBlach, SF Perry Van Hook 56 Corey Parson 4 Greg Ambrosius 2  
TMotter, Sea Corey Parson 46 Perry Van Hook 17 Adam Ronis 12 Anthony Perri 7
TCahill, SD Ray Murphy 42 Greg Ambrosius 0    
WMiley, Bal Tom Kessenich 36 Scott White 23 Charlie Wiegert 2  
BNorris, LAA Greg Ambrosius 27 Adam Ronis 27 Jeff Boggis 26 Corey Parson 2
MPina, Mil Jeff Boggis 26      
MDavidson, CWS Perry Van Hook 17 Corey Parson 12    
DMesoraco, Cin Scott White 17      
MGonzalez, Hou Tim McCullough 15      
AHicks, NYY Perry Van Hook 13 Corey Parson 41 Tom Kessenich 11 Corey Parson 6
CRichard, SD Anthony Perri 12      
YAlonso, Oak Adam Ronis 12      
ARosales, Oak Ray Murphy 10      
JLowrie, Oak Tim McCullough 9      
YEscobar, LAA Ray Murphy 3 Corey Parson 3    
JChacin, SD Greg Ambrosius 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

WMerrifield, KC Perry Van Hook 17
DNava, Phi Perry Van Hook 4
RGrossman, Min Perry Van Hook 4
DVogelbach, Sea Adam Ronis 2
EEscobar, Min Perry Van Hook 2

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Eleven Touts participated in this relatively active week of bidding. There were two prmary sets of targets: emerging bats and starting pitchers.

Starting with the sticks, the high bid was for Phillies fly chaser Aaron Altherr whose hot week spurred Corey Parson to put up $76, hoping for continued playing time. Parson also dropped $46 on Taylor Motter, fresh off his Sunday grand slam. Motter began the season as a fantasy outfielder, picking up shortstop eligibility as he's filling in for the disabled Jean Segura. It will be interesting to see if Motter gets full time at bats in the outfield (or possibly first base) when Segura returns next week.

Next comes starting pitchers, featuring a duo enjoying a double dip. I placed the high bid on Ty Blach of the Giants, spending $56 for his home pair against the Dodgers and Padres while hoping he grabs the job and stays in the rotation beyond the 6-8 weeks that the MadCyclist will be on the DL. Ray Murphy put $42 on Padre starter Trevor Cahill, with Tom Kessenich winning Orioles hurler Wade Miley and his two-start week for $36. Miley has impressed thus far, sporting a 1.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP, supported by 24 whiffs in 19 innings.

With Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechevarria back on the left side of the Marlins infield, I need to replace Miguel Rojas, my temporary replacement for the vacationing Josh Dondaldson. Newly acquired Pale Hose 3B/DH Matt Davidson ($17) will be inserted. Also wanting to upgrade at least one of my struggling outfielders, Travis Jankowski was selected to walk the plank and cede his spot to Yankees Aaron Hicks for $13, my third choice behind Altherr and Motter.

Todd's Take

Sure, now that I'm off Altherr, he does what I thought he'd do for a couple of years. Odubel has done what I expected Altherr to do, but injuries got in the way. With Howie Kendrick sidelined, it's Altherr's time to shine. At least I have him on my first-place Scoresheet team, hashtag humblebrag.

michael conforto

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MConforto, NYM Clay Link 124 Dr. Roto 65 Vlad Sedler 59
JVargas, KC Michael Beller 84 Paul Sporer 2  
JBandy, Mil Jake Ciely 64    
TMancini, Bal Dr. Roto 55 Jake Ciely 37 Andrea LaMont 32
KPillar, Tor Dr. Roto 45    
MEstrada, Tor Howard Bender 41 Jake Ciely 6  
PCorbin, Ari Kyle Elfrink 35 Vlad Sedler 8  
BMcCarthy, LAD Andrea LaMont 33 Vlad Sedler 13  
RDavis, Oak Andrea LaMont 32    
JMontgomery, NYY Howard Bender 31    
JReddick, Hou Kyle Elfrink 25 Dr. Roto 31  
DPomeranz, Bos Vlad Sedler 23    
CKuhl, Pit Vlad Sedler 18 Howard Bender 21  
JPanik, SF Vlad Sedler 16    
RSchimpf, SD Michael Beller 14    
JBarnes, Mil Clay Link 6    
TRosenthal, StL Jake Ciely 6 Peter Kreutzer 1  
JLeclerc, Tex Peter Kreutzer 1 Paul Sporer 0  
TClippard, NYY Paul Sporer 0 Peter Kreutzer 0  
WPeralta, Cin Paul Sporer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AAltherr, Phi Dr. Roto 31  
WMiley, Bal Andrea LaMont 27  
JZimmermann, Det Kyle Elfrink 22  
WChen, Mia Kyle Elfrink 21 Vlad Sedler 4
KWong, StL Dr. Roto 15  
LChisenhall, Cle Kyle Elfrink 15  
AToles, LAD Dr. Roto 12  
JHellickson, Phi Howard Bender 11  
ASenzatela, Col Howard Bender 7  
AWainwright, StL Vlad Sedler 7  
JHahn, Oak Vlad Sedler 6  
BNorris, LAA Clay Link 5  
MGonzalez, CWS Howard Bender 3  
ZPutnam, CWS Paul Sporer 0  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Even in the 12 team mixed pool there was a decided lack of excitement this week.

Well, Clay Link was righteously excited about Michael Conforto, who might possibly conceivably have a chance at regular playing time. If he keeps hitting the way we all knew he could he will.

But otherwise this week's adds were not an exciting set. But what was a little exciting were the releases.

Dansby Swanson. Luke Gregerson. Nick Markakis. Daniel Norris. Joaquin Benoit. Jaime Garcia. Gio Gonzalez. Alex Wood. Stephen Pearce.

These are not all stars, but all have played at a high quality or have recently come with high expectations. It surprises that there isn't room on a six-man reserve list (plus DL guys) for some of these. But I'm not looking closely.

In a 12 team mixed league, who you roster and how you handle your reserves has to be idiosyncratic. As much potential as those names above have, there are plenty of other marginal players who are performing better right now. Which is why each week we come back to the free agent list to replenish.

I suspect I'll be bidding on some of those names in the future, though probably not next week.

NOTE: Howard Bender and I have renewed our match bet of last year. The winner of this week's H2H matchup between Bender and Rotoman gets to stay at home with pride, while the loser visits a local haunt carrying a sign that the winner is really a winner. We'll revisit the results next week, and look for a picture on Facebook (and elsewhere).

Todd's Take

As alluded to last week, you can't tell me the bids here on Conforto and elsewhere on Motter weren't at least partially a result of a strong Sunday performance. Well, you can tell me, but I won't believe you. The lesson is keep that in mind when ruminating on an amount. Not that I won't believe you... recency effect. 

 

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