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Wednesday 29th Mar 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.

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

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

PLEASE NOTE: As part of the site transition, the reader's comments section was temporarily disabled. It's active again so please feel free to ask questions, share your thoughts, etc. A staff member will check the comments periodically and either answer the question or direct it to the person being queried.

chestor cuthbert full

ivan nova full

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

INova, NYY Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 102 Jeff Erickson 47 Jason Collette 26 Steve Moyer 13
CCuthbert, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 102 Mike Podhorzer 16    
RTorreyes, NYY Jeff Erickson 53      
JPolanco, Min Chris Liss 45      
DStoren, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 36 Rob Leibowitz 8    
NSmith, LAA Seth Trachtman 30      
ABregman, Hou Jeff Erickson 23      
MAndriese, TB Mike Podhorzer 16      
BWilson, Tex Jeff Erickson 13 Mike Podhorzer 0    
RFlaherty, Bal Mike Podhorzer 13 Jeff Erickson 13 Steve Moyer 0  
JPeralta, Sea Jeff Erickson 5 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
RNunez, Oak Jeff Erickson 3 Jeff Erickson 5    
JChavez, Tor Rob Leibowitz 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0    
CGimenez, Cle Jason Collette 2 Mike Podhorzer 0    
JMusgrove, Hou Jeff Erickson 1      
CBYoung, Bos Mike Podhorzer 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Steve Moyer 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
EKratz, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0      
JThole, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CBedrosian, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 22  
RRua, Tex Jeff Erickson 5  
GSanchez, NYY Jeff Erickson 5  
JMateo, NYY Jeff Erickson 5  
CWilson, LAA Rob Leibowitz 4  
MMorin, LAA Rob Leibowitz 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
WHarris, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
ZDuke, CWS Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It was a week in AL Tout where the fickle hands of playing time and owner approval converged, meaning a cluster of recent additions to teams were jettisoned in favor of new players and related hope for innings or at-bats that are increasingly becoming scarce out of the free agent pool.

Jeff Erickson let go of Matt Dominguez after a week in deference to Yankees second sacker Roland Torreyes ($53), while Mike Podhorzer dropped Brett Nicholas for Eric Kratz ($0), Rob Leibowitz bid farewell to Alex Meyer acquiring Jesse Chavez ($3), and Jason Collette, in a never-ending drive to build backstop strength from out of the free agent pool, dumped Hank Conger and added Chris Giminez for $2.

The top bid price of the week was a tie between Rick Wolf and Glen Colton who spent $102 on Yankees hurler Ivan Nova, while team Wolf/Colton also allotted the same $102 amount for Royal Cheslor Cuthbert, while also tweaking their bullpen for the tune of $36 for Drew Storen.

But, aside from single moves out of Chris Liss (Jorge Polanco for $45), and Seth Trachtman (Nate Smith for $30), the remaining players were nabbed by said teams Podhorzer and Erickson, with RotoWire braintrust Jeff also adding shortstop Alex Bregman ($23), backstop Bobby Wilson ($13), third sacker Renato Nunez ($3), Joel Peralta ($5), and Joe Musgrove ($1), while Podhorzer also rostered Matt Andriese ($16), Josh Thole ($0), Ryan Flaherty ($13), and Boston flychaser Chris B Young ($1).

That means the two bottom teams in the standings are desperately looking for help, with Erickson making a total of six moves with Podhorzer exchanging five players meaning the pair was responsible for 11 of the 17 totals moves made this week.

Todd's Take

Jeff's pick-up of Bregman takes advantage of the Tout Wars rule allowing acquisition of a minor league player so long as he's active for the week and was won with a non-zero bid. It also is an example of some forward thinking as Evan Gattis has been sent to the farm to work on his catching skills. The Astros recognize they have a bunch of bats that can serve as designated hitter to help ease the logjam at first base. For instance, Tyler White can slot in which in turn opens up third (White has been dabbling at the hot corner as well as first). Bregman is a natural shortstop but Houston does not have a problem there. Perhaps Bregman is called up to help at third. It's worth the shot.

Speaking of Gattis, the narrative is with catcher eligibility, Gattis' value (I cringe every time I use that term) spikes. Count me in the minority that isn't so giddy. Granted this emanates from a 15-team mixed, no-trading perspective but I drafted a couple of decent catchers in those leagues and took Gattis at a big discount to be my DH/UT. After waiting a month, he's finally active and or course can't hit his way out of a paper bag. Now he's sent to Corpus Christi and while he'll come back and eventually have a "C" next to his name on set lineup pages, he's not going to play full time. The end result is I'll have a pretty decent third catcher and a sub par utility. Early in the season the proxy DH/UT was pretty good but as injuries set in, that player is now likely active at a position. Granted, Gattis was originally drafted at a discount, but still, the best laid plans....

 alex presley full

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

APresley, Mil Andy Behrens 129 Grey Albright 61 Brian Walton 56 Grey Albright 51
    Scott Wilderman 21 Steve Gardner 15  
RStripling, LAD Derek Carty 112 Tristan H. Cockcroft 31 Scott Wilderman 17 Brian Walton 5
    Grey Albright 1 Phil Hertz 1  
RBrignac, Atl Grey Albright 96 Andy Behrens 61    
TWolters, Col Grey Albright 88 Derek Carty 42 Brian Walton 13 Phil Hertz 3
    Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
JuGuerra, Mil Derek Carty 54 Scott Wilderman 3 Grey Albright 1  
MFoltynewicz, Atl Phil Hertz 37 Grey Albright 1    
DSwanson, Atl Steve Gardner 22      
RWeeks, Ari Grey Albright 21 Grey Albright 42    
MWilliamson, SF Mike Gianella 17 Grey Albright 32 Scott Wilderman 11 Phil Hertz 1
CHerrmann, Ari Grey Albright 12 Phil Hertz 1    
HRobles, NYM Todd Zola 7 Grey Albright 1 Derek Carty 0  
MLorenzen, Cin Ray Guilfoyle 1      
PBaez, LAD Grey Albright 1      
TFederowicz, ChC Phil Hertz 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CHeisey, Was Grey Albright 21  
JMathis, Mia Grey Albright 12  
KSkipworth, Cin Grey Albright 12  
RCabrera, Cin Grey Albright 12  
RRivera, NYM Grey Albright 12 Phil Hertz 0
ADickerson, SD Grey Albright 11  
CDArnaud, Atl Grey Albright 11  
CGillespie, Mia Grey Albright 11  
MTuiasosopo, Atl Grey Albright 11  
RKalish, ChC Grey Albright 11  
YRodriguez, Cin Grey Albright 11  
LColeman, LAD Todd Zola 7  
CMurray, Phi Todd Zola 2  
TLincecum, FA Andy Behrens 2  
ACaminero, Pit Grey Albright 1  
ASimon, Cin Phil Hertz 1  
JOsich, SF Grey Albright 1  
JBlevins, NYM Derek Carty 0  
TWood, ChC Derek Carty 0  
ZDavies, Mil Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

The name Alex Presley is well-known, likely from disappointments from his time with Pittsburgh. The outfielder is back with Milwaukee and his hot bat drew a lot of interest from among the Touts. The winner at $129 is Andy Behrens of Yahoo.

Starting pitcher Ross Stripling of the Dodgers had a near no-hit debut, then a trio of rough outings since. The rookie had a strong start on Sunday against the Blue Jays, allowing just one run on one hit over six innings. That and his next appearance at home against the sputtering Cardinals may have given Derek Carty encouragement to place a successful $112 bid.

Grey Albright has already spent over 70 percent of his full-year FAAB stipend. This week, he bought five players, including two at just under $100 each. The first is a rebound candidate like Presley in Reid Brignac ($96), now an infielder with the rebuilding Braves. The other is catcher Tony Wolters of Colorado ($88), who could be sharing time indefinitely due to Nick Hundley’s oblique injury. As Albright owns Hundley, the aggressive bid is understandable.

I was shut out this week after making half-hearted bids on Presley, Wolters and Stripling. I need pitching, but I am not confident in Stripling and saw nothing else on the wire worth buying.

Todd's Take

Like Brian, I was looking at pitching this week as Carlos Martinez was questionable for his mid-week start when bids were due. Also not being enthralled with the available option, the choice was a get-me-over curve ball in Hansel Robles. The Mets reliever has been throwing a lot of pitches over the plate as evidenced by fanning 17 against only four walks in 12 1/3rd frames.

Now I have a bit of a conundrum as the latest news has Martinez scheduled for Saturday. Tout rules force Robles to be active so in order to keep Martinez active as well, someone else needs to be reserved. Possibilities include Tyler Lyons or David Phelps. There's a benefit to keeping Lyons active as he could pick up the start in the event Martinez isn't able to go. Phelps is also quite useful, vulturing a couple of helpful saves as well as supporting ratios with decent strikeouts. There is another possibility; sliding Martinez into the swingman spot and reserving Phil Gosselin. Shoot, I pushed for that rule to be enacted, I may as well use it.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CRea, SD Scott Engel 124 Ray Flowers 11    
JSmoak, Tor Ray Flowers 89 Scott Pianowski 33 Scott Engel 1  
OArcia, Min Scott Engel 86 Ray Flowers 79 Tim Heaney 36 Derek Van Riper 11
GSoto, LAA Ray Flowers 59 Scott Pianowski 12 Nando DiFino 11  
AMorgan, Phi Al Melchior 54      
CYoung, KC Cory Schwartz 38 Derek Van Riper 11 Fred Zinkie 2  
JTaillon, Pit Tim Heaney 36      
TMay, Min Tim Heaney 36 Scott Pianowski 10    
SPearce, TB Al Melchior 36 Ray Flowers 39 Derek Van Riper 12  
JLamb, Cin Derek Van Riper 31 Fred Zinkie 7    
APresley, Mil Scott Pianowski 31 Al Melchior 33 Ray Flowers 29 Derek Van Riper 1
CCasali, TB Scott Engel 25 Scott Engel 28 Scott Pianowski 11 Nando DiFino 11
JNicolino, Mia Scott Engel 24      
JHazelbaker, StL Derek Van Riper 21 Ray Flowers 29    
TLaStella, ChC Al Melchior 21 Ray Flowers 32 Scott Pianowski 22  
CVargas, SD Nando DiFino 19      
YAlonso, Oak Nando DiFino 14 Ray Flowers 19    
TFederowicz, ChC Nando DiFino 11      
AReed, NYM Ray Flowers 11 Scott Pianowski 0    
PStrop, ChC Scott Pianowski 10 Tim Heaney 1    
SDelabar, Cin Nando DiFino 8      
CDevenski, Hou Fred Zinkie 2 Al Melchior 11 Scott Pianowski 10 Tim Heaney 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

CCuthbert, KC Scott Engel 27  
WPeralta, Mil Derek Van Riper 21  
MAdams, StL Derek Van Riper 21  
BGuyer, TB Ray Flowers 19 Al Melchior 12
JJay, SD Ray Flowers 19  
GBlanco, SF Ray Flowers 19  
AHechavarria, Mia Ray Flowers 19  
AGose, Det Ray Flowers 19  
KHerrera, KC Ray Flowers 11 Tim Heaney 1
DPhelps, Mia Ray Flowers 11 Tim Heaney 1
SOh, StL Scott Pianowski 10  
KSiegrist, StL Scott Pianowski 10  
DLee, Sea Derek Van Riper 2  
RRaburn, Col Derek Van Riper 1  
BMaurer, SD Tim Heaney 1  
AWarren, ChC Tim Heaney 1  
TClippard, Ari Scott Pianowski 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Colin Rea has now pieced together five straight starts of three earned runs or fewer, and his most recent outing (8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER vs. Mets) was his best one to date. Rea's performance of late along with his two-start status for this week were likely the main factors that prompted Scott Engel to shell out 124 FAAB bucks for his services. But I usually avoid two-start pitchers with at least one matchup that carries disaster potential, and his first start of the week, on the road against the Cubs, certainly fits that description.

For every Kris Bryant, there's a Justin Smoak, a highly regarded prospect who could never quite achieve consistency at the big league level. With Chris Colabello currently serving an 80-game PED suspension, Smoak is getting every day at-bats as Toronto's starting first baseman, and he's producing, batting .286 with two homers, eight RBI, eight runs scored and a .423 OBP through 63 at-bats. The problem is that we have seen these types of hot stretches from Smoak numerous times in the past only to be disappointed in the end.

Oswaldo Arcia could prove to be one of the better FAAB pickups of the season if he can rediscover the stroke that helped him swat 20 homers in just 372 at-bats back in 2014. The 25-year-old is on pace for 21 home runs this season and a more disciplined approach at the plate has led to a .361 OBP. Playing time could become an issue for him should his bat go cold, but maybe the breakout season that many expected in 2015 will come in 2016.

Todd's Take

Something to keep in mind with Smoak is the Jays are in AT&T to begin the week which likely means he'll be sitting in favor of Edwin Encarnacion - but in general I agree with Zach, Smoak is interesting as that Blue Jay lineup has yet to click and you know it will.

Zach also referenced the Cubs and their dangerous offense. One big reason for their success is a significant spike in contact as compared to last season. In a Pavlovian manner, DFS player check to see who is pitching against the Astros since they fan a ton, but are also capable to laying a crooked number on you in a heartbeat. That was the Cubs last season. This year, they're even more potent but don't offer the high-risk, high-reward platform of strikeouts for opposing hurlers.

 jose ramirez full

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JoRamirez, Cle Greg Ambrosius 111      
CRea, SD Stacie Stern 86      
ABradley, Ari Stacie Stern 48      
DStraily, Cin Patrick Mayo 44 Perry Van Hook 23 Rudy Gamble 2 Craig Mish 1
RNolasco, Min Ray Murphy 32      
CCuthbert, KC Stacie Stern 18      
MNapoli, Cle Adam Ronis 13 Rudy Gamble 3    
CDevenski, Hou Craig Mish 11      
TWolters, Col Craig Mish 6 Charlie Wiegert 2    
MReynolds, Col Rudy Gamble 3 Greg Ambrosius 77 Perry Van Hook 0  
DRoss, ChC Charlie Wiegert 2      
DPhelps, Mia Rudy Gamble 1      
MJoyce, Pit Perry Van Hook 0      
APresley, Mil Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

DEspinosa, Was Greg Ambrosius 55  
AGarcia, CWS Adam Ronis 12  
TBarnhart, Cin Craig Mish 1 Charlie Wiegert 0
CHerrmann, Ari Charlie Wiegert 0  
GSoto, LAA Charlie Wiegert 0  
TBrown, SF Charlie Wiegert 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Bidding was quiet in the mixed draft league as seven of the 15 teams were silent. Maybe they didn’t think the free agents were better than what they have or perhaps didn’t want them active in the coming week.  Either way, there were some interesting bids and some good strategy on display.

Greg Ambrosius registered the high bid, winning Indians’ super utility man Jose Ramirez for $111. Ramirez, even though he isn’t the starter at any one position, gets enough at bats and qualifies at ample positions to be very useful. Ambrosius’ contingency was $77 on Rockies Mark Reynolds. The corner infielder could be a very good fill-in with six games in Coors Field this week. Since Ambrosius won Ramirez, Rudy Gamble’s $3 bid best my $0 bid for Reynolds.

Charlie Wiegert needed to replace Devin Mesoraco. The Godfather strung six catchers, bidding $2 for his top two then $0 for the others. The idea being, Wiegert favored a couple a little more than the others but they’re all so close it wasn’t worth draining his FAAB. Listing six would surely fill the spot.

Similarly, I bid $0 on three players in an effort to fill two spots, feeling they all were in a great spot to have a solid week. One was Reynolds. Another was Matt Joyce as the Pittsburgh Pirates are on the road with dates in two very friendly hitting venues: The Great American Ballpark and Wrigley Field. The Bucs are slated to face five righties which means the lefty swinging Joyce should see significant action. The third was Brewer’s outfielder Alex Presley as the Brew Crew will play three games in Miami and four at home versus a depleted Padres pitching staff. Presley has been hitting second as Milwaukee plays musical outfielders, hoping to land on something productive. The gambit worked as no one else bid on either of the fly-chasers.

Fellow Arizona resident Stacie Stern spent $48 on the Diamondbacks Archie Bradley for his Monday start in Coors Field. The plans are this to be one-and-down for the Snakes righty but there’s a good chance Bradley gets an extended look at some point this season so if the First Lady of Fantasy can stash him long enough, her mile-high risk could pay off.

Todd's Take

Hopefully Stacie won't mind if I share this but as a game operator, I suspect she shares the sentiment. I'm the Secretary of Waiver and Transactions (SWAT) for the Mixed Draft league and have fulfilled a similar role in countless others, both industry and private. A few minutes before deadline, Ms. Stern sent me a note, explaining she couldn't find Bradley in the available player list. Unlike some services, our scoring site, OnRoto, conveniently has two separate pull down menus for free agents. Excluding farm players facilitates navigating the inventory. However, if you're new to the site you may not realize there are two different options.

As she should, Stacie shot me the note asking how to find Bradley. She also apologized for being a bother.

Answering queries of this nature is absolutely not a bother. In fact, it's my JOB.

Do you know what is a bother? Dealing with a disgruntled owner that couldn't find Bradley but instead of inquiring, opted not to place a bid. Then, after seeing the hurler listed in the transaction report, bombards the inboxes of the rest of the league with vitriol, demanding the acquisition be reversed.

Please don't misinterpret as that didn't happen - this time. But trust me, similar scenarios have occurred over the years.

The solution is simple. If you don't know, ask. That's what we're here for.

 derek dietrich full

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DDietrich, Mia Brent Hershey 73  
RDeLaRosa, Ari Jeff Zimmerman 63 Andrea LaMont 25
MEstrada, Tor Jake Ciely 33  
COwings, Ari Andrea LaMont 29  
DDeShields, Tex Jake Ciely 25  
JCastro, Hou Andrea LaMont 24  
CTillman, Bal Andrea LaMont 22 Jake Ciely 10
NKarns, Sea Jake Ciely 20  
TGlasnow, Pit Jake Ciely 5  

UNAWARDED BIDS

JLamb, Ari Brent Hershey 70  
DStraily, Cin Patrick Mayo 44  
JoRamirez, Cle Brent Hershey 31 Andrea LaMont 19
MLatos, CWS Andrea LaMont 26  
JGray, Col Andrea LaMont 20  
TChatwood, Col Jake Ciely 20  
CUtley, LAD Andrea LaMont 17  
AHill, Mil Andrea LaMont 14  
TLaStella, ChC Andrea LaMont 12  
CBuchholz, Bos Andrea LaMont 7 Jake Ciely 5
RPorcello, Bos Andrea LaMont 7  
CHerrmann, Ari Andrea LaMont 5  
CRea, SD Jake Ciely 5  
DNavarro, CWS Andrea LaMont 5  
GSoto, LAA Andrea LaMont 5  
BWilson, Tex Andrea LaMont 4  
ERamirez, TB Jeff Zimmerman 0  
SOh, StL Jeff Zimmerman 0  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

There were only two contested bids in Tout H2H this week.

Andrea LaMont was outbid for Rubby De La Rosa by Jeff Zimmerman, and she won her bid for Chris Tillman (who Jake Ciely bid on, though he won all his higher ranked targets, so that hardly mattered).

I was not in this week's game. The one name I looked at was Tillman, who is off to a fine start, but for me he would have replaced Rich Hill, who has been just as good and strikes out more guys. I started the year deep in the hole in FAAB, due to the penalty after my dreadful 2015 in Tout NL, so passing this week was easy.

I've been surprised by the limited bidding in this new league, but the reality is that for the most part the 12 teams have rostered better players than those on the Free Agent list in the early going. A quick survey:

Of this week's nine moves, three were to replace guys who went on the DL (Moustakas, Hundley, Street, replaced by Dietrich, Castro and Tillman).

Jake Ciely rejiggered his pitching staff, swapping Manaea and Nicasio (both stashed), and dropped O'Day, to pick up Estrada, Glasnow (spec), and Karns.

Jeff Zimmerman decided to get off the Yordano Ventura Highway, going with De La Rosa (aye there's the Rubby). De La Rosa is striking more hitters out this year, which might help. At the same time, he seems to be hurt by Chase Field and its altitude.

Andrea LaMont swapped out Cesar Hernandez for Chris Owings, which is a pretty fair challenge move. I like it, but it's close.

Finally, Ciely sat the ailing Domingo Santana and picked up Delino Deshields, who has yet to recapture the magic from 2015, but for the time being is a legitimate regular outfielder, exactly the type of move you would expect to see in such a shallow league.

One more note: Tout Wars has a rule that pick ups must be on the active roster for a week. Jake Ciely accessed that rule to make a spec play for Tyler Glasnow this week, which means he's going with eight pitchers this week instead of nine. That's a calculated risk, and a reason perhaps that teams are a little shy about additions. They have to replace an active player, not a reserve. That definitely changes the equation.

Todd's Take

Wow - for the first time in a long time, I'm cyber-speechless. Peter did exactly what I had planned and that's investigate the current rosters in an effort to discern the reason for minimal churning. While I do think my industry brethren are still wired to trust their original expectations and be patient, Peter is right, there just aren't that many areas to upgrade. Thanks PK, I can punch out a little early today.

 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: As part of the site transition, the reader's comments section was temporarily disabled. It's active again so please feel free to ask questions, share your thoughts, etc. A staff member will check the comments periodically and either answer the question or direct it to the person being queried.

chestor cuthbert full

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Cheslor Cuthbert, KC Colton & The Wolfman 14    
Jorge Polanco, MIN RotoWire 7    
Bobby Wilson, TEX Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 1  
Hyun-soo Kim, BAL Fangraphs 3 RotoWire 2  
Mike Montgomery, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Ricky Nolasco, MIN Fangraphs 2    
Josh Thole, TOR Baseball HQ 1    
Cam Bedrosian, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Joel Peralta, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ronald Torreyes, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Ryan Flaherty, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs 1
Cliff Pennington, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Dustin Ackley, NYY Fangraphs 1  
Liam Hendriks, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Mike Aviles, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Paul Janish, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Robbie Ross Jr., BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Ryan Hanigan, BOS Fangraphs 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Moves in AL LABR were clearly concerted this week, with just five teams making bids while all 12 teams worked at preserving precious FAAB money in the event of trades and promotions as the season moves into the warmer months.

The big coup was Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbing Cheslor Cuthbert for what turned out to be 14 uncontested dollars. The same held for the unchallenged Twin Jorge Polanco who went to Chris Liss for $7, while Eno Sarris bagged a pair of hitters, in Hyun-soo Kim ($2) and Bobby Wilson ($1) along with the annual Ricky Nolasco crap-shoot for $2.

Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs dropped $2 on hurlers Mike Montgomery and a dollar for Joel Peralta, while Josh Thole ($1) was plucked by BaseballHQ while team Colton/Wolf finished their expenditures off with Cam Bedrosian, also for a dollar.

Among the moves, the only challenge bid was a second one dollar bid on Bobby Wilson, one of a pair of catchers taken this week to try to fill the ever empty slot of benign backstop.

Six weeks into the season, seven of the 12 owners still have at least 90 of their original allotment of 100 FAAB units.

Todd's Take

When I formatted the grid and saw no other bids for Cuthbert my first thought was uh oh, I screwed up again - because, well, there's precedent. OK, the fill-in Royals hot cornerman isn't the second coming of Mike Schmidt but he'll be playing a lot while Mike Moustakas is out and that's worth something. Then I recalled LABR's more stringent rules with respect to acquiring free agents. You either need a natural opening or release the player the pick-up replaces. Colton & the Wolfman lost Moustakas so it makes sense they were aggressive. But why no other bids? Checking out the rosters (a jump-link is available with each league heading directly under each photo), there's one team that definitely could use regular at bats while two others were borderline. That is, Cuthbert was only a minor upgrade, if at all, over the player he'd bump. Then, of course, when Moustakas is back, Cuthbert is sent down or plays sparingly.

It'll be interesting to compare the interest in Cuthbert here to AL Tout Wars.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Anthony Cingrani, CIN Inside Edge 13 Mastersball 7 Colton & The Wolfman 6 RotoExperts 6
    NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Derek Carty 1  
Hernan Perez, MIL RotoExperts 11 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Junior Guerra, MIL Derek Carty 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Chris Herrmann, ARI Derek Carty 3      
Yusmeiro Petit, WSH Derek Carty 2 Baseball HQ 1    
Ryan Buchter, SD Baseball HQ 1 Derek Carty 1    
Wily Peralta, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Yadiel Rivera, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Conor Gillaspie, SF RotoWire - DVR 1      
Chase d'Arnaud, ATL Mastersball 1      
Eddie Butler, COL Inside Edge 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Derek Law, SF Derek Carty 1
Hansel Robles, NYM Derek Carty 1
Trevor Cahill, CHC Derek Carty 1
Reid Brignac, ATL Mastersball 1

Brian Walton's Commentary


I hate to admit it because I know it will please him, but I can’t help it. Steve Moyer of Inside Edge is getting under my skin. Earlier this season, he outbid me for Cardinals rookie outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. This time, I finished second to him in spirited bidding (six contenders) for Tony Cingrani ($13). The left-hander may or may not be in the lead of the Reds closer committee, but with the best skills and the other candidates imploding, I like his chances. Moyer liked it $6 better, though.

Third baseman Hernan Perez ($11) has the dual advantage of playing for the rebuilding Brewers and the fact there is no clear starter at his position. The 25-year-old has a couple of home runs this month, including one on Sunday. It was only Perez’ third May start, however, though more playing time could have been earned, and perhaps even a roster spot secured after Scooter Gennett returns next week. Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts was the only bidder offering more than $1, paying $11 for the opportunity to roster Perez.

Todd's Take

Brian's pick-up of Chase d'Arnaud reinforces how some DFS players may have a bit of an edge when it comes to FAAB. Having known Brian for a number of years, he does his homework so I'l bet he knew d'Arnaud will be playing second against southpaws after the Braves farmed out Jace Peterson. Remember when Peterson was a thing? That was awesome. Anyway, Daniel Castro is flipping between third and second while Reid Brignac (who never really was a thing) plays third against right-handers. Being on the short side of a platoon doesn't yield many at bats, but it's better than taking a goose-egg. Peterson was sent down on May 2, with d'Arnaud getting promoted that same day. Before Sunday, Atlanta had faced only one lefty since the move. So if you did FAAB before your scoring site added Sunday's game (against another left-hander) you would have seen only five at bats for d'Arnaud and possibly glossed over him. However, if you're a regular DFS player, you had a better chance of being aware of d'Arnaud's role and made a note of it for your seasonal leagues.

This segues into an interesting suggestion. While it's possible to get this from looking at box scores, there are a couple of sites that track team's starting lineups for DFS purposes. Looking at the past week's worth of starting lineup all on one page facilitates differentiating spot starts from platoon scenarios, not to mention helps track hitters in new lineup spots. My favorite source is The Baseball Press.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tyler Chatwood, COL FNTSY 9 USA TODAY Sports 6 RotoExperts 4 RotoWire 2
Jonathan Gray, COL USA TODAY Sports 5 Baseball HQ 4 USA TODAY Fantasy 1 RotoExperts 1
Alex Presley, MIL RotoExperts 4      
Aaron Hill, MIL Baseball Prospectus 3      
Ross Ohlendorf, CIN Razzball 3      
Anthony Cingrani, CIN FNTSY 3 RotoWire 2 USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Christian Colon, KC ESPN.com 2      
Tommy La Stella, CHC USA TODAY Sports 2      
Cesar Vargas, SD RotoWire 2      
Curt Casali, TB FNTSY 2 Razzball 1    
Tyler Lyons, STL Mastersball 1      
Martin Perez, TEX USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Adam Morgan, PHI MLB.com 1      
Carson Smith, BOS USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
John Lamb, CIN MLB.com 1 Razzball 2    
Trevor Brown, SF USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Mark Reynolds, COL Razzball 1 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Colin Rea, SD RotoExperts 1 USA TODAY Sports 3    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Daniel Straily, CIN Razzball 2 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Chris Devenski, HOU USA TODAY Sports 2 RotoWire 1  
Chase Utley, LAD USA TODAY Sports 2    
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN Razzball 1 RotoExperts 1  
Bryan Holaday, TEX Razzball 1    
Justin Smoak, TOR RotoExperts 1    
Kevin Plawecki, NYM Razzball 1    
Kyle Barraclough, MIA MLB.com 1    
Ryan Howard, PHI Baseball Prospectus 1    
Tony Wolters, COL Razzball 1    

Todd Zola's Commentary

Let the Tyler Lyons era commence! Mixed LABR could be the only league I don't own Carlos Martinez so acquiring Lyons wasn't a handcuff but more because I'd like another decent starting pitcher and I didn't like what was available this week. Like Tout Wars, we're required to have FAAB acquisitions active so Lyons will take the spot of either Trevor May, Kevin Jepsen or David Phelps. Yeah, I'm fishing for some cheap saves. There's no guarantee Lyons would take Martinez's spot but with Marco Gonzales out for the season. that's one fewer arm to compete with.

Todd's Take

So this next part will tempt fate a bit, but to be honest, I stopped worrying about that after my college intramural softball team spat in karma's face during the semi-finals of the playoffs my super-senior year. I took five years to finish undergrad. The story was since I switched my major late (which I did) I needed to take a couple courses over the summer to fulfill the requirements of my degree -- or stay a fifth year, take a couple other courses and get a double-major. That's what I opted to do but the real reason was I failed to win an intramural championship in the first four years and the memories of never owning one of those ratty gray t-shirts the championship teams received would haunt me forever. So yeah, I stayed an extra year. Anyway, we had a NO-HITTER in SLO-PITCH softball going. We all knew it but were of course not saying anything. With one out to go, just before the pitcher was readying to lob the ball towards home plate, our right fielder called time out then yelled, "Hey everybody, one more out and we have a no-hitter." We got the out and I actually drove in the winning run in the championship game. For what it's worth, I have no clue where that t-shirt is (nor would it fit) but I still have that memory. Actually, this is the 30th anniversary of that fateful year.

Now I forget the point...

Oh yeah. In order to compose this section I'm going to need to use phrases like, "My team is doing well to this point." I'm presently in second (it's a 15-team league) with double-digit points in seven of the ten categories. However, I have just two in steals and 3.5 in saves. That said, if you're going to be deficient in any category, that's the proper two since two players can essentially fix the issue. As alluded to above, I'm trolling for more saves as K-Rod is my main source. With respect to speed, potential stolen base contributors Charlie Blackmon, Christian Yelich, Ketel Marte and Kevin Pillar have an aggregate of eight so far. Colleagues have tested the water with some intriguing trade offers to fortify both categories but I'm being obstinate. With respect to saves, I'm reticent to give up a contributor for a stat available for FAAB, at least for another month or so. I may even have a closer down the road as Tony Zych and Joaquin Benoit are both stashed on reserve. Looking at steals, the players offered certainly run, but they're not impact guys. If my other speed sources don't get it going, more points would be lost than gained by dealing an asset that contributes elsewhere.

My dilemma is trying to figure out if this is the right course of action or if a more proactive approach would be better. If you think not winning an intramural title would have eaten at me, that's nothing compared to the frustration of never winning LABR or Tout Wars.

What to do, what to do....

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alex Meyer, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 ESPN.com 6 USA TODAY Sports 2  
Rafael Ortega, LAA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Fangraphs 1  
Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 6 USA TODAY Sports 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Fangraphs 1
Fernando Salas, LAA USA TODAY Sports 2      
Mike Wright, BAL Fangraphs 1      
Nick Vincent, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Mastersball 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Hyun-soo Kim, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Fangraphs 1
Gavin Floyd, TOR Mastersball 2  
Jose Alvarez, LAA Fangraphs 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY Fangraphs 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

With Sean Manaea (Tim Heaney), Jose Berrios (Ray Flowers), and Mike Fulmer (Doug Dennis) snatched up on draft day, the free agent market took its own turn this cycle, starting with the $11 Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs dropped on Twins pitcher Alex Meyer, besting three bids--one of $6, and a pair at $2).

Having traded Jesse Hahn and Steven Wright for Luis Valbuena and Matt Shoemaker last week (I needed a third sacker to cover for the injured Danny Valencia), I thought I could let Shoemaker make one start (how much could that hurt). Two innings, nine hits, and seven runs later I had an answer, so I was able to cover the spot vacated by Shoemaker when down by snatching up Chris Devenski, the Astros pitcher for $6, outlasting two more $2 bids and one of a buck.

Three more pitchers, Fernando Salas ($2 to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton), Mike Wright ($1 to Eno Sarris), and Nick Vincent ($1 to Brandon Funston) were rostered, unchallenged, while only only one batter--Rafael Ortega--was purchased by Steve Gardner for $7, besting shots at $5 and $1.

Because LABR allows a six-man reserve list, plus a DL, the free agent market is thin, but it seems owners are plugging lineup holes while also letting the numbers stabilize to see what is really needed to be competitive

Todd's Take

Let's play a game of "What if." What if Berrios. Manaea and Fulmer were available this week, what would they have cost? Alex Meyer went for 11 FAAB units so that's the baseline. Of the three, Berrios is ranked higher on most prospect lists, followed my Manaea then Fulmer. Fulmer likely would have needed a high to mid-teens bid with Manaea in the twenties. Berrios is the wild-card as it's easy to see someone breaking the bank. Personally, a mid-30s bid seems right.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Justin Nicolino, MIA RotoExperts 9    
Adam Morgan, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Baseball HQ 2  
Matt Szczur, CHC RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1  
Kyle Barraclough, MIA RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT RotoExperts 3    
Ivan De Jesus, CIN Baseball HQ 2 RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1
Ramon Flores, MIL Baseball HQ 2    
David Hernandez, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Baseball HQ 1  
Ruben Tejada, STL Baseball HQ 1    
Tucker Barnhart, CIN RotoExperts 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Miguel Rojas, MIA RotoExperts 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Rickie Weeks, ARI Baseball HQ 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Colin Walsh, MIL Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Hernan Perez, MIL RotoExperts 1 Baseball HQ 1
Matthew den Dekker, WSH RotoExperts 1  
David Ross, CHC RotoExperts 1  
Chris Stewart, PIT RotoExperts 1  
Stephen Drew, WSH Baseball HQ 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

It was a relatively quiet week this time around in NL LABR, with no players going for more than single-digit prices. The three moves that most caught my eye were made by the same owner, RotoExperts’ Lenny Melnick.

$9 fetched lefty Justin Nicolino of Miami, a player who Melnick also grabbed in NL Tout Wars. The 24-year-old held the Dodgers to two hits over 7 1/3 innings in his first MLB start of 2016, however, he fanned just two. Look for strikeouts elsewhere.

Kyle Barraclough is a hard throwing right-handed reliever who made a nice debut for the Marlins in 2015, but surprisingly opened 2016 down in Triple-A. Back with the Fish now, Barraclough looks to be slotted as the seventh inning man ahead of David Phelps and closer A.J. Ramos. I really like this $3 addition.

Melnick’s third buy was also for a bullpen arm, Arquimedes Caminero of Pittsburgh ($3), who has reclaimed having the coolest name in the Senior Circuit now that Socrates Brito has been demoted. Caminero was a dependable set up man with just under a strikeout per inning for the 2015 Bucs, but his bad spring has continued through the first month of the regular season (5.68 ERA and 10 walks in 12 2/3 innings). In his defense, the right-hander did grab a vulture save two weekends ago. Ironically, this same weekend, I gave up on Caminero, releasing him in NL Tout.

Todd's Take

In a recent column I wrote for Rotowire, the notion of offering choices in trades was discussed. One reason is we all view players differently. The NL LABR bidding offers a neat little example of this. Lenny Melnick bid on (and won) Justin Nicolino but he didn't include contingencies. On the other hand, the duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs along with Doug Dennis both bid on Adam Morgan but not Nicolino. Obviously we're not talking about Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta here, but it does help emphasize we all see players differently.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Sean Manaea, OAK Baseball Prospectus 18 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 8 Razzball 8 @TheFantasyFix 4
    USA TODAY Fantasy 2 RotoExperts 1  
Jesse Hahn, OAK Razzball 16 MLB.com 8 Baseball Prospectus 7 @TheFantasyFix 6
    Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 RotoExperts 1  
Seth Smith, SEA ESPN.com 16 MLB.com 1    
Trevor May, MIN Mastersball 13 USA TODAY Sports 2 @TheFantasyFix 1  
Brandon Drury, ARI Mastersball 13 MLB.com 8 USA TODAY Fantasy 3 RotoExperts 1
Michael Fulmer, DET Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 11 ESPN.com 8 Baseball Prospectus 3 Razzball 2
    @TheFantasyFix 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Dioner Navarro, CWS Baseball HQ 9 Fantasy Alarm 3 USA TODAY Sports 2 @TheFantasyFix 1
    Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
Joe Smith, LAA USA TODAY Fantasy 7 Baseball Prospectus 9 Fangraphs 7 Razzball 6
    @TheFantasyFix 5 MLB.com 2  
Danny Santana, MIN Fantasy Alarm 6 Baseball HQ 2 @TheFantasyFix 1 MLB.com 1
Jackie Bradley Jr., BOS USA TODAY Fantasy 6 MLB.com 3 Baseball HQ 2 RotoExperts 2
    @TheFantasyFix 1    
Ricky Nolasco, MIN @TheFantasyFix 6 USA TODAY Sports 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Daniel Hudson, ARI ESPN.com 5      
Alex Meyer, MIN Razzball 3      
A.J. Griffin, TEX USA TODAY Sports 3 @TheFantasyFix 3 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2  
David Ross, CHC Fantasy Alarm 1      
Coco Crisp, OAK Baseball HQ 1 Fantasy Alarm 3    
Carlos Ruiz, PHI @TheFantasyFix 1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
Tyler Flowers, ATL Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Tyler Naquin, CLE MLB.com 1      
Geovany Soto, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1 @TheFantasyFix 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kevin Plawecki, NYM Baseball HQ 6 USA TODAY Sports 1
Chris Devenski, HOU Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2  
Brad Brach, BAL Razzball 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Trevor Brown, SF Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
Ross Ohlendorf, CIN Razzball 1  
Colin Rea, SD USA TODAY Sports 2  

Todd Zola's Commentary

As was discussed a couple weeks back, one of my shortcoming in this format is waiting until I need to replace a hurt player and not being more proactive about upgrading a weak spot. I've been looking to improve upon Eduardo Escobar and/or Martin Prado. C.J. Cron and Ben Paulsen are on the bench while Almedys Diaz was occupying utility. The return of Charlie Blackmon means Diaz can replace Escobar. In previous seasons I would have stayed put and waited for Cron to heat up. This time I took the plunge with Brandon Drury. For the record, I don't believe in riding streaks but I do recognize team management tends to give more playing time to pereived hot players and there's worse lineup spots than ahead of Paul Goldschmidt.

Todd's Take

 Earlier this week, I was contacted by mlb.com's Fred Zinkie as he was looking to deal a closer, dangling Jeurys Familia for one of my starting pitchers. We didn't find a match primarily because I planned on grabbing Trevor May to back up my scuffling Kevin Jepsen. My main closer is Francisco Rodriguez so at some point I'll likely need to make a move but this early in the season I opted not to deal a commodity like a starting pitcher for saves. At least not yet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CDevenski, Hou Ron Shandler 57 Chris Liss 35 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Seth Trachtman 5
MDominguez, Tor Jeff Erickson 51      
TWilson, Bal Jason Collette 44      
AMeyer, Min Rob Leibowitz 41 Chris Liss 33 Mike Podhorzer 18 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
BBrach, Bal Chris Liss 25 Seth Trachtman 25 Jason Collette 16 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6
    Mike Podhorzer 0    
TBeckham, TB Seth Trachtman 12      
JMurphy, Min Mike Podhorzer 7      
FSalas, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 6 Mike Podhorzer 0    
HConger, TB Jason Collette 2      
FRodriguez, Oak Seth Trachtman 1      
RDull, Oak Seth Trachtman 1      
HHembree, Bos Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRua, Tex Jeff Erickson 51
JChavez, Tor Jason Collette 6
JPolanco, Min Seth Trachtman 3
ERomero, TB Jason Collette 2
DButera, KC Jason Collette 1
MHernandez, Bos Seth Trachtman 1
JFields, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Perhaps the best move of this week was made Week 1 by Patrick Davitt, when he proactively spent $205 on Athletics hurler Sean Manaea, meaning the pitcher was not available to the rest of the league while plugging a roster spot at the same time.

Still, there was a bevy of activity, starting with Jeff Erickson who sat disappointing Aaron Hicks, replacing the outfielder with Matt Dominguez for $51. In more moves with hitters, Jason Collette is still trying to fix his backstop problems, meaning this week he dropped Taylor Motter and grabbed Trevor Wilson ($44) and disabled Kevan Smith while replacing the injured Sox with Hank Conger ($2).

The top team of Seth Trachtman grabbed Tim Beckham for $12, Mike Podhorzer acquired JR Murphy ($7) while Rick Wolf and Glen Colton purchased Brandon Guyer for $6.

As for hurlers, even though Ron Shandler has Henry Owens, he made a nice move in buying Chris Devenski for $57, reserving Owens, building depth with pitching, which we all know we will always need. Rob Leibowitz replaced Chris Bassett with Alex Meyer ($41), Chris Liss reserved Drew Storen and grabbed Brad Brach for $25, with Trachtman replacing starters Scott Feldman and Mike Pelfrey with Fernando Rodriguez ($1) and Ryan Dull ($1), while Podhorzer used a $0 bid on Heath Hembree to DL Huston Street.

The bottom line is that the AL Tout owners are still using a broad spectrum of bids, from that $205 Patrick spent on Manaea to the freebie crapshoot of Hembree.

Todd's Take

Lawr's note about Jeff Erickson benching Aaron Hicks reminded me of a short study I want to do. I'll be right back.

Did you miss me? OK, here's the deal. Hicks and Chris Young (the outfielder) are both fourth outfielders expected to see time against southpaws. Most anticipated Hicks picking up time as the season progressed as an injury replacement for the aging and brittle Yankees elder statesman while some expected Young to be in a platoon with Jackie Bradley Jr. and/or work into the left field mix in front of the Green Monster. Through April, neither played that much as the Bronx Bombers have avoided injury and Bradley Jr. has impressed enough with the stick to keep his exceptional glove in the lineup regularly.

Still, it's curious why neither has played much so a quick comparison of plate appearances versus southpaws from last April, last season and this April was determined to see if there are fewer left-handers for platoon specialists to spot in against. Last April, 25.7 percent of plate appearances were against LHP as compared to 24.6 percent this season. Looking at 2015 as a whole, 27 percent came against southpaws so there are fewer opportunities, but not by much.

Oooh, ooh, ooh - I have another idea, please excuse me.

I'm back. Given that these numbers can change by the time I'm done typing (I type slow and need to use the delete key a lot), here are the number of southpaw starters by division as of May 1: 

  • AL East - 6
  • AL Central - 5
  • AL West - 8
  • NL East - 5
  • NL Central - 6
  • NL West - 8

The difference between eight and five is pretty significant, especially if a player is on a team that uses all righties. Lefty-swinging platoon hitters in the AL and NL West get fewer starts than their counterparts in the AL Central and NL East. Obviously these numbers are subject to change and in the short term, the upcoming schedule is the most important factor, but when you're fighting for at bats in a deep league, every edge counts. Oh yeah, if you own Hicks or Young, sit tight. They'll get their at bats.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ISuzuki, Mia Todd Zola 113      
CVargas, SD Scott Wilderman 111 Tristan H. Cockcroft 14 Derek Carty 2  
JNicolino, Mia Lenny Melnick  102 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26    
HPerez, Mil Grey Albright 66 Lenny Melnick 13 Derek Carty 0  
THolt, Cin Grey Albright 66 Brian Walton 1    
OAlbies, Atl Ray Guilfoyle 65      
EBonifacio, Atl Phil Hertz 57      
BWallace, SD Lenny Melnick  42 Grey Albright 66    
AMorgan, Phi Mike Gianella 34 Tristan H. Cockcroft 26 Phil Hertz 18  
MRojas, Mia Ray Guilfoyle 20 Derek Carty 0    
ABlanco, Phi Brian Walton 15 Grey Albright 66 Lenny Melnick 42 Ray Guilfoyle 10
    Derek Carty 0    
TAdleman, Cin Brian Walton 13 Phil Hertz 1    
KBarraclough, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Lenny Melnick 99 Mike Gianella 6 Brian Walton 1
CAnderson, Mil Phil Hertz 2      
DRoss, ChC Brian Walton 2 Mike Gianella 25 Phil Hertz 0  
YPetit, Was Tristan H. Cockcroft 1      
CBethancourt, SD Phil Hertz 1      
NRamirez, ChC Derek Carty 0      
ALiberatore, LAD Derek Carty 0      
EBurriss, Phi Derek Carty 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

TWood, ChC Lenny Melnick 99 Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty 0
MDenDekker, Was Grey Albright 66 Todd Zola 37 Mike Gianella 6
APresley, Mil Grey Albright 66 Brian Walton 1  
CHeisey, Was Grey Albright 66    
RWeeks, Ari Grey Albright 66    
MFoltynewicz, Atl Phil Hertz 4    
TFederowicz, ChC Phil Hertz 2    
HRenfroe, SD Phil Hertz 1    
JUrena, Mia Tristan H. Cockcroft 1    
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 1    
CHerrmann, Ari Phil Hertz 0    
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 0 Derek Carty 0  
JBlanton, LAD Brian Walton 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
JBlevins, NYM Derek Carty 0    
JBroxton, StL Derek Carty 0    
JHowell, LAD Derek Carty 0    
JMathis, Mia Phil Hertz 0    
LColeman, LAD Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    
MCain, SF Phil Hertz 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

It feels like 2001 all over again with Ichiro Suzuki being the top dollar player this week in NL Tout Wars. The Miami outfielder, now 42 years of age and 55 hits short of 3000 in the US, is one of the beneficiaries of Dee Gordon’s suspension, with a new spot on top of manager Don Mattingly’s lineup. Our own Lord Zola was the lone bidder, paying a handsome sum of $113 to call the future Hall of Famer his own.

Cesar Vargas of San Diego had a credible MLB debut two weekends ago against St. Louis, but did not draw any bidding attention until he followed it up with 5 1/3 scoreless innings at Dodger Stadium this past week. OnRoto’s Scott Wilderman spent relatively big, with a winning offer of $111 on the 24-year-old right-hander.

The third over-$100 player this week is another pitcher, Justin Nicolino of Miami, who like Vargas, drew notice by a shutout appearance against the Dodgers. The 24-year-old lefty - back in the bigs after making a dozen starts for the Fish in 2015 - yielded just two hits over 7 1/3 frames in his 2016 debut on Wednesday. Nicolino is now owned by Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts ($102).

Also of note was the $65 buy-and-stash addition of shortstop Ozzie Albies by Ray Guilfoyle of Fake Teams. The 19-year-old Braves prospect was in the news this week due to his promotion from Double-A to Triple-A, making his MLB debut just one call away.

Todd's Take

Is that a nose ring up there with Ichiro? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm stalling. After all, I have 113 uncontested reasons to do so. Here's the deal. I have no regrets as the only bidder for Ichiro. I do however, cop to taking being aggressive too far. With Dee Gordon out, I expect Ichiro to play a little more, giving the Marlins a little speed to use at the top of the order. Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton aren't going anywhere so the hope is Suzuki takes some playing time from Marcell Ozuna, which is quite plausible. Factoring into the decision was I'm feeling the loss of A.J. Pollock the most in steals and runs and Tyler Goeddel,a cheap flyer for runs and steals has scored one more run than me this year while we're tied in steals.

But why 113? Well, 13 is actually a lucky number for me as my Mom was born on June 13. In fact, when afforded the opportunity, I always chose 13 as my uniform number growing up. That explains the 13 part, it's the 100 that, well, I have some 'splaining to do.

I screwed up, taking the mindset of being short on FAAB so just get the guys I want too far. Replacement level outfielders have cost mid-twenties to low-thirties thus far. There's no real difference between Ichiro this week, David Lough last week or Brandon Barnes the week before. Maybe bidding into the fourties or fifties would have been justified. That way, this bandwidth would be discussing how I reviewed old bids and adjusted accordingly instead of my immunity to triskaidekaphobia.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DDietrich, Mia Fred Zinkie 216 Bret Sayre 66 Tim Heaney 46 Scott Engel 27
    David Gonos 24 Cory Schwartz 12  
JSmith, LAA Ray Flowers 187 Scott Pianowski 77 Scott Engel 66  
AGarcia, CWS Nando DiFino 130 Scott Swanay 77 Tim Heaney 26  
SManaea, Oak Scott Engel 126 Al Melchior 81 Tim Heaney 46 Cory Schwartz 35
DRoss, ChC David Gonos 85 Bret Sayre 0    
KPlawecki, NYM Bret Sayre 73 Al Melchior 34    
BBrach, Bal Tim Heaney 66 Scott Pianowski 21    
JWeaver, LAA David Gonos 59      
HNeris, Phi Al Melchior 58 Scott Swanay 25 Bret Sayre 12 Ray Flowers 11
DSantana, Min Scott Pianowski 45 Scott Engel 16    
TChatwood, Col Cory Schwartz 44   Tim Heaney 16 Fred Zinkie 2
JChacin, Atl Scott Pianowski 37 Tim Heaney 26 Joe Pisapia 22 Al Melchior 5
MFulmer, Det Tim Heaney 36 Al Melchior 34 Joe Pisapia 28 Cory Schwartz 18
MSmith, Atl Scott Engel 34      
TDuffey, Min Al Melchior 34 Scott Engel 17    
NReimold, Bal Scott Engel 33 Al Melchior 27    
JPhegley, Oak Ray Flowers 22 Bret Sayre 0    
RNolasco, Min Ray Flowers 22 Tim Heaney 26    
DStraily, Cin Joe Pisapia 20 Tim Heaney 16    
SSmith, Sea Fred Zinkie 15      
MJoyce, Pit David Gonos 13      
JRollins, CWS Tim Heaney 11 Fred Zinkie 55    
BShaw, Cle Nando DiFino 8      
JLocke, Pit Scott Engel 4      
TBeckham, TB Gene McCaffrey 3      

UNAWARDED BIDS

AMorgan, Phi Al Melchior 32  
GSoto, LAA Ray Flowers 17  
CLewis, Tex David Gonos 22  
CRea, SD Scott Engel 16  
TBarnhart, Cin Ray Flowers 12  
KSuzuki, Min Ray Flowers 12  
SOh, StL Ray Flowers 11 Scott Pianowski 6
DPhelps, Mia Ray Flowers 11  
TWatson, Pit Ray Flowers 11  
KHerrera, KC Ray Flowers 11  
MGivens, Bal Ray Flowers 11  
AReed, NYM Ray Flowers 11  
DCastro, Atl Tim Heaney 6  
TLaStella, ChC Gene McCaffrey 3  
JJay, SD Fred Zinkie 2  
SPearce, TB Tim Heaney 2  
TNaquin, Cle Fred Zinkie 2  
DHernandez, Phi Scott Pianowski 1  
BHoladay, Tex Bret Sayre 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension has opened up more playing time for Derek Dietrich. Although Dietrich is unlikely to wow us with his fantasy prowess, he did reach the double-digit home run mark in just 90 games last season while posting a strong .346 OBP. I'm not so sure I'd shell out 216 FAAB bucks for him, but the 26-year-old utility man should provide Fred Zinkie with decent middle infield production, that is until Fred trades for someone else.

I fully expected Joe Smith to be the most expensive purchase of this FAAB period, and he did garner a formidable $187 winning bid. With the oft-injured Huston Street sidelined due to an oblique strain, Smith will step into the ninth inning role for the Angels, and there's little doubt that he can get the job done. The veteran righty has been an ultra-reliable bullpen arm throughout his career, and he did save 15 games as a fill-in closer back in 2014. Plus, his closer run this year could last awhile, as Street's return date is anyone's guess at this point. To be honest, I'm liking this buy a lot more than my $227 Kevin Jepsen investment from a couple weeks ago.

If only I was a little more patient.

Todd's Take

Maybe it's from more experience in the NFBC 15-team mixed format with 1000 FAAB units but I'm completely on board with Fred Zinkie's hefty bid on Derek Dietrich. A month ago, we eschewed platoon players in leagues this size, aiming for a regular. Now there's bidding wars for Seth Smith. Dietrich may not play every game in Dee Gordon's stead but he'll get the majority of the run, mostly in the leadoff spot ahead of a couple of productive hitters in Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. Add in soon-to-be dual eligibility at second and third and Dietrich is worth a 20 percent or more bid in this format.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MFulmer, Det Eno Sarris 361 Tim McLeod 87 Adam Ronis 77 Rudy Gamble 13
JGyorko, StL Greg Ambrosius 222      
JSmith, LAA Tom Kessenich 160 Greg Ambrosius 111 Adam Ronis 78 Rudy Gamble 37
    Charlie Wiegert 12    
BDrury, Ari Tim McLeod 141 Charlie Wiegert 73 Stacie Stern 49 Adam Ronis 23
TDuffey, Min Rick Wilton 71 Adam Ronis 13 Rudy Gamble 13 Tim McLeod 12
RDeLaRosa, Ari Ray Murphy 63 Eno Sarris 111 Adam Ronis 46 Stacie Stern 39
    Charlie Wiegert 12    
AGriffin, Tex Charlie Wiegert 54 Tim McCullough 12 Adam Ronis 1  
DDietrich, Mia Anthony Perri 43 Adam Ronis 23    
SWright, Bos Tim McLeod 43 Charlie Wiegert 22 Adam Ronis 6  
SSmith, Sea Perry Van Hook 27 Charlie Wiegert 7    
RGoins, Tor Patrick Mayo 25      
JNicolino, Mia Craig Mish 22 Perry Van Hook 17 Charlie Wiegert 12  
AMeyer, Min Rudy Gamble 13 Rudy Gamble 4 Adam Ronis 1  
ENunez, Min Charlie Wiegert 7 Adam Ronis 3 Tom Kessenich 1  
TChatwood, Col Perry Van Hook 7 Adam Ronis 1    
LMartin, Sea Rudy Gamble 4 Tim McLeod 48    
KPlawecki, NYM Rudy Gamble 3 Adam Ronis 0    
CUtley, LAD Adam Ronis 2 Tim McLeod 12 Tom Kessenich 1  
OArcia, Min Tom Kessenich 1      
JLocke, Pit Stacie Stern 1      
CRuiz, Phi Adam Ronis 0      
ROhlendorf, Cin Rudy Gamble 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RNolasco, Min Ray Murphy 43  
SRodriguez, Pit Perry Van Hook 7  
DStraily, Cin Eno Sarris 3  
JMercer, Pit Tom Kessenich 1 Adam Ronis 0
JJay, SD Tom Kessenich 1  
BNicholas, Tex Adam Ronis 0 Rudy Gamble 0
TBarnhart, Cin Adam Ronis 0 Rudy Gamble 0
DRoss, ChC Adam Ronis 0 Rudy Gamble 0
CaJoseph, Bal Adam Ronis 0  
DSantana, Min Adam Ronis 0  
FSalas, LAA Rudy Gamble 0  
GSoto, LAA Adam Ronis 0  
MGivens, Bal Rudy Gamble 0  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It was business as usual for high bids in a mixed league – new closer and top pitching prospect called up.

Joe Smith, subbing for Huston Street, was won for $160 by Tom Kessenich.  Check

Michael Fulmer, now in the Detroit rotation was won for $361 by Eno Sarris. Check. (Think of what might have been if Minnesota Twins Jose Berrios and Oakland Athletics Sean Manaea weren’t already owned?)

The other three digit winning bid - $222 on St. Louis infielder Jedd Gyorko by Greg Ambrosius is befuddling, but when you have a $1,000 budget and a need, anything can happen.

Adding Ryan Raburn worked last week, but the outfielder's upcoming schedule meant looking for help by either reinstating Lonnie Chisenhall from the DL over a week when the Indians would face six right-handed pitchers, or looking to the free agent pool for a fresh face. Having watched Chisenhall over the weekend, I bid $27 to win the left-handed bat of Seth Smith. The Mariners fly-chaser checks in with a much needed OBP over .400 and will face at least four, if not five righties in a seven-game span.

Todd's Take

This has been discussed previously in this space but when certain people make certain bids, it's worth paying attention. Eno Sarris knows pitching like I know pizza so when the Fangraphs writer takes a stand on a hurler, it's worth paying attention. As Perry points out, this league was savvy enough to have stashed Berrios and Manaea but Michael Fulmer got Eno's attention to the tune of a 36 percent bid. Given that I rely on others to do the legwork when I rank prospects for my own game-play but I had Fulmer behind Berrios and Manaea so Eno's bid piques interest and will stimulate some due diligence to see what I may be missing.

Another noteworthy purchase was Brandon Drury by Head2Head Sports Stacie Stern. Stacie lives in Arizona so she is closer to the Dbacks than most. Many times, this could be chalked up to a homer move, others it's bred of familiarity, good or bad. Stacie is sharp; she isn't going to pick up a player because he's local - unless she believes he's worth acquiring. The fact she's closer to the situation lends more credence to the move. And no, this has absolutely nothing to do with confirmation bias since I grabbed Drury in Mixed LABR.

OK, maybe a little.

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSmith, LAA Jeff Mans 158 Howard Bender 86  
BDrury, Ari Peter Kreutzer 103 Jake Ciely 23  
RHill, Oak Peter Kreutzer 83 Jake Ciely 47 Paul Sporer 15
SSmith, Sea Peter Kreutzer 61 Stephania Bell 16  
TRoark, Was Jeff Boggis 52 Peter Kreutzer 64 Paul Sporer 14
HNeris, Phi Jeff Zimmerman 37 Peter Kreutzer 2  
SManaea, Oak Jake Ciely 37    
SWright, Bos Jeff Boggis 28    
BHolt, Bos Jeff Boggis 27    
APierzynski, Atl Doug Anderson 22    
JHellickson, Phi Paul Sporer 11    
MFulmer, Det Stephania Bell 8    
CRuiz, Phi Paul Sporer 7    
CCasali, TB Doug Anderson 7    
DHudson, Ari Stephania Bell 5    

UNAWARDED BIDS

COwings, Ari Peter Kreutzer 27
JHahn, Oak Jake Ciely 20
CBedrosian, LAA Jeff Mans 15
DDietrich, Mia Peter Kreutzer 5
RDeLaRosa, Ari Peter Kreutzer 3
TMay, Min Stephania Bell 3
DRoss, ChC Paul Sporer 2
DPhelps, Mia Peter Kreutzer 1
FSalas, LAA Stephania Bell 1
DSantana, Min Peter Kreutzer 0
TDuffey, Min Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

I have had a successful two periods, despite some underperforming pieces.

I was a strong preseason supporter of Brandon Drury, who only needed playing time, and now he seems to have it. Is he better than the geriatric Carlos Beltran I've been playing? I'm betting he is. So I bid on him, and won.

Eddie Rosario is a favorite of mine. Has been for a few years. He's athletic and while not a wholly schooled player (weak BB skills) seemed to be one step away from becoming something more this year. That's the beauty of the power/speed combo!

That hasn't happened yet.

And Seth Smith had an atypically excellent week in Seattle. A small bid on a player who might possibly be having a great season is a good way to fill a hole. But I'll admit this is playing a long shot. He's filling the Rosario hole, until it is time to move on.

As for the other bidders, it was mostly small stuff. Jeff Mans put a real and winning bid on Joe Smith. That's some month or two of saves. Well worth a bet.

Jeff Zimmerman won the low end but spirited scrum for Hector Neris, who is striking out nearly 1.5 hitters per inning. Useful in a league that counts K/9, I think.

Jeff Boggis picked up Tanner Roark for a song, after his 17 K game and the 6K game that followed. This week he's still been excellent without duplicating that dominant performance. That is as it should be.

Savviest move of the week for me was Paul Sporer grabbing Jeremy Hellickson for a song.

I think we're all navigating through this league's hybrid rules. Nobody is doing anything weird, we're all trying to be good. That's a fine thing.

One other note: In a league with six reserves, which require's new adds to spend a week on the active roster, there aren't that many clear Adds. Odd but true.

Todd's Take

Some love the head to head format. Others contend there's too much luck involved, both with week-to-week match-ups and getting hot during the playoffs. Odd, fantasy football's popularity pounds sand up fantasy baseball's butt so head to head can't be all bad. Plus, the Tout rules were designed to combat some of that happenstance.

All that's well and good but the real charm of the head to head format is the platform for social interaction and I'm thrilled to see a handful of Tout owners take advantage by talking some smack over Twitter, keeping their followers abreast of their weekly match-up.

Fantasy Alarm's Howard Bender (@rotobuzzguy) sets the tone with Tout H2H esteemed leader, Peter Kreutzer (@kroyte), Jake Ciely (‏@allinkid), Jeff Boggis (@JeffBoggis), Brent Hershey (@BrentHQ) and Paul Sporer (@sporer), among other getting their barbs in. Rock on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ECarrera, Tor Jason Collette 78 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 52 Jeff Erickson 32 Patrick Davitt 11
    Chris Liss 7 Lawr Michaels 6 Steve Moyer 3
    Mike Podhorzer 2    
ROrtega, LAA Lawr Michaels 55 Jeff Erickson 12    
SClevenger, Sea Jason Collette 27 Jeff Erickson 5    
YMoncada, Bos Chris Liss 21      
MZunino, Sea Ron Shandler 18      
ZMcAllister, Cle Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11 Jeff Erickson 3    
KSmith, CWS Jason Collette 11 Mike Podhorzer 1    
JSands, CWS Mike Podhorzer 2      
ARomine, Det Larry Schechter 1      
NVincent, Sea Steve Moyer 0      
EKratz, Hou Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRua, Tex Lawr Michaels 8  
JChoi, LAA Lawr Michaels 5 Larry Schechter 1
ERomero, TB Jason Collette 3  
RRua, Tex Mike Podhorzer 2  
BBrach, Bal Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1 Steve Moyer 0
BWilson, Det Mike Podhorzer 0  
DButera, KC Mike Podhorzer 0  
JThole, Tor Mike Podhorzer 0  
LHochevar, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0  
TBarnette, Tex Steve Moyer 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

In AL Tout there were a lot of FAAB gyrations around trying to make the tools of ignorance make some sense.

Jason Collette's team might be sitting in third place in the current standings, but Jason hardly sat still buying three players in White Sox catcher Kevan Smith ($11), Seattle backstop Steve Clevenger ($27) , thus de- and reconstructing his backstop corps, reserving Tyler Motter, releasing JR Murphy and finally releasing Hank Conger and grabbing Ezequiel Carrera for $78.

Perhaps adding to the backstop confusion was Ron Shandler's reserving Caleb Joseph and dropping $18 on Mike Zunino, while Mike Podhorzer tried to remedy his catcher woes with Eric Kratz for an unchallenged $0 bid.

In other moves, Chris Liss grabbed Yoan Moncada for $21, I got Rafael Ortega for $55, Podhorzer took Jerry Sands for a couple of dollars. and Larry Schechter acquired Andrew Romine for a dollar.

Steve Moyer made a nice speculative relief gamble with Nick Vincent (who got a save Sunday) for a dollar while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton nabbed Zach McAllister for $11.

Todd's Take

Back in the spring at BaseballHQ's First Pitch Forum series, I noted how dreadful the AL-only catching pool is with 15 of the 24 draft-worthy candidates estimated to earn less than $5 (and that's with the scarcity bump baked into the formula). The way to attack that was give in and pay for at least one of the better backstops or go with the flow and play the wire all season until a couple of not-hurt-you receivers land on you roster, assuming you don't get lucky at the draft table.

Jason Collette tried the latter with Conger and Murphy - two of my favorite options if you opted not to pay. Murphy's struggles are surprising as my money was on him grabbing more and more playing time as the season progressed, eventually usurping Kurt Suzuki. Murphy's hitting an anemic 0.094 (3-for-32) but the curious aspect is he's only whiffed four times. I'm still optimistic Murphy will get it in gear but with Tout Wars limited bench space (a rule I favor), Jason decided to release him (along with Conger). Smith is backing up Dioner Navarro while Alex Avila nurses a sore hamstring on the DL. He hit well in the minors and is worth a pickup.

But so is Murphy...next week.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABlair, Atl Ray Guilfoyle 130 Todd Zola 13 Andy Behrens 9  
DCastro, Atl Grey Albright 87 Ray Guilfoyle 60 Steve Gardner 54 Phil Hertz 0
    Todd Zola 0    
CCotham, Cin Grey Albright 83 Ray Guilfoyle 65 Brian Walton 33 Todd Zola 17
    Andy Behrens 11 Mike Gianella 5  
JWeeks, SD Phil Hertz 42 Steve Gardner 11 Mike Gianella 7  
DPhelps, Mia Todd Zola 37 Brian Walton 12 Phil Hertz 11 Mike Gianella 5
DLough, Phi Mike Gianella 27 Phil Hertz 43 Brian Walton 12 Todd Zola 0
ARosales, SD Brian Walton 23 Steve Gardner 14 Todd Zola 13 Grey Albright 11
    Lenny Melnick 8    
TThornburg, Mil Phil Hertz 22 Todd Zola 0    
PGosselin, Ari Todd Zola 13      
ROhlendorf, Cin Andy Behrens 11      
NFeliz, Pit Mike Gianella 5 Phil Hertz 4    
FRivero, Was Brian Walton 2 Phil Hertz 0    
WContreras, ChC Andy Behrens 1      
YRivera, Mil Steve Gardner 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BWood, Cin Ray Guilfoyle 70 Grey Albright 41  
CVargas, SD Ray Guilfoyle 65    
BLogan, Col Grey Albright 17    
MDenDekker, Was Grey Albright 11 Brian Walton 1 Todd Zola 0
CHeisey, Was Grey Albright 11 Brian Walton 2  
APresley, Mil Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 2  
DLaw, SF Phil Hertz 3    
YPetit, Was Phil Hertz 2 Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0
KBarraclough, Mia Phil Hertz 1    
ZLee, LAD Phil Hertz 1    
APresley, Mil Brian Walton 0    
DRoss, ChC Andy Behrens 0    
RDelgado, Ari Todd Zola 0    
THolt, Cin Todd Zola 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Aaron Blair was a big piece of the pie Atlanta received from Arizona in return for Shelby Miller. The 23-year-old right-hander made his Major League debut on Sunday and held the visiting Mets to one run over the first five innings before giving up two in the sixth and was pulled at 80 pitches. The fact that Blair’s next start may line up against the Cubs on Friday did not deter Ray Guilfoyle from Fake Teams from spending $130 on him. As usual, I was second at $33.

Grey Albright of Razzball has been an aggressive bidder this season so it should not be a surprise that he spent a total of $170 on a pair of hitters. In Atlanta, Daniel Castro ($87) was called up from Triple-A and given starter’s at-bats due to the arrest of Hector Olivera two weeks ago. Given the charge is assault and seeing how long the Jose Reyes case is taking to play out seems to make Castro more than a short-term fill in.

Albright’s other addition is one of the entrants in the Cincinnati closer committee, Caleb Cotham ($83). For my money, Tony Cingrani is the man to beat, but Cotham has a good skill set, even if his early numbers are uneven. Yep, I came in second in the bidding again. Interestingly, Blake Wood was a secondary bid from several Tout warriors, but remains on the waiver wire. Pitching in the fifth with the Reds behind on Saturday was not a good signal for Woods’ closing chances soon.

Todd's Take

Please check the LABR report for my analysis of David Phelps. I wouldn't mind another starter to replace the injured (again) Robbie Erlin but opted for the emerging later inning reliever. Phil Gosselin was also acquired to take the spot of Scott Van Slyke. The Snakes are playing musical infielders and with Chris Owings and Brandon Drury dabbling in the outfield, that frees up infield time for Gosselin. There won't be a ton in the way of counting stats but Gosselin is scrappy and could emerge with more playing time like he did last season. Hopefully he's just a stop-gap as I'm still figuring out how to replace A.J. Pollock.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABlair, Atl Derek Van Riper 157 Scott Engel 84    
ADuvall, Cin Ray Flowers 81 Scott Swanay 76 Al Melchior 66 Scott Engel 39
    David Gonos 33    
TCingrani, Cin Scott Pianowski 77 Nando DiFino 21 Ray Flowers 19 Derek Van Riper 11
MReynolds, Col Scott Swanay 73 Derek Van Riper 1 Bret Sayre 0  
RDeLaRosa, Ari Tim Heaney 56      
CCotham, Cin Al Melchior 51 Scott Pianowski 66 Ray Flowers 19  
SDyson, Tex Ray Flowers 42      
SRodriguez, Pit Scott Engel 41      
ENunez, Min Fred Zinkie 40 Scott Engel 38 Zach Steinhorn 12 Derek Van Riper 1
    Bret Sayre 0    
AGriffin, Tex Scott Engel 33 Ray Flowers 9    
CUtley, LAD Derek Van Riper 21      
TFlowers, Atl Scott Engel 21 Scott Pianowski 11 Scott Swanay 0  
DFreese, Pit Zach Steinhorn 18 Derek Van Riper 1 Bret Sayre 0  
SWright, Bos Fred Zinkie 6 Derek Van Riper 2 Cory Schwartz 0  
HOwens, Bos Scott Engel 6 Derek Van Riper 77    
TBrown, SF Scott Pianowski 5      
RRaburn, Col Fred Zinkie 3      
JMercer, Pit Bret Sayre 1 Fred Zinkie 1 Derek Van Riper 1  
AHill, Mil Bret Sayre 0 Zach Steinhorn 4    
APierzynski, Atl Scott Swanay 0 Scott Pianowski 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

RNolasco, Min Tim Heaney 26  
JWilson, Det Ray Flowers 19  
KHerrera, KC Ray Flowers 19  
JWeaver, LAA Ray Flowers 18  
HNeris, Phi Ray Flowers 17  
KSiegrist, StL Ray Flowers 17  
ABailey, Phi Scott Pianowski 13 Ray Flowers 9
BShaw, Cle Ray Flowers 9  
KQuackenbush, SD Ray Flowers 9  
KUehara, Bos Ray Flowers 9  
OArcia, Min Fred Zinkie 3  
SSmith, Sea Fred Zinkie 3  
TClippard, Ari Scott Pianowski 3  
LVerrett, NYM Derek Van Riper 2  
MLowe, Det Derek Van Riper 2  
RStephenson, Cin Derek Van Riper 1  
TDuffey, Min Derek Van Riper 1  
CCasali, TB Scott Swanay 0  
DPhelps, Mia Al Melchior 0  
JUribe, Cle Bret Sayre 0  
KSuzuki, Min Scott Swanay 0  
TSaladino, CWS Bret Sayre 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Aaron Blair pitched fairly well in his big league debut on Sunday and sports an impressive 3.13 ERA and 1.15 WHIP across 67 career minor league games (66 starts). But when it comes to his immediate fantasy value, the most important factor is that the rebuilding Braves will likely provide him with a legitimate opportunity to stick in their rotation, and this was probably the factor that swayed Derek Van Riper to bid a substantial $157. Personally, I need to see more from Blair before I'd feel comfortable with him in a mixed league, but maybe by next week, his FAAB price would have exceeded $157, so grabbing him now could turn out to be the prudent move.

The closer situation in Cincinnati is a mess, and as of now, there is no clear leader of the pack in the competition to replace J.J. Hoover. Tony Cingrani has the stuff to succeed in the role, but he has issued eight free passes through eight innings this season. Not good. Caleb Cotham has been the most effective reliever for the Reds so far, but he has only 21 games of big league experience under his belt. This is why I like to draft at least two reliable closers. Desperately playing the waiver wire closer game, especially in deeper leagues, is not fun.

Trevor Plouffe's trip to the DL, which of course had to happen after last Monday's lineup deadline, forced me to start Brandon Drury as he was the only other third baseman on my roster (Tout Wars allows mid-week substitutions for players placed on the DL). Although I do like Drury, the bottom line is that he's not playing every day. So in order to maximize my counting stats, I figured that it was a good idea to add a third baseman. David Freese is nothing special, but he's swinging a hot bat out of the gate and is currently hitting in the heart of Pittsburgh's lineup. Hopefully, the hot streak lasts for a bit longer until Plouffe returns. If not, I might head right back to the waiver wire next week.

Todd's Take

Zach touched on one of the two players that caught my eye - David Freese. The chance Freese ends the season in the three-hole are slim but I agree with Zach, ride it out. The other intriguing acquisition was my Wednesday Rotowire Podcast partner Derek Van Riper's buy of Chase Utley. It's not so much DVR took the plunge but rather his bid went uncontested with some lesser middle infielders also purchased. Howie Kendrick is playing third and left, leaving the keystone sack for Utley except when a real tough lefty is on the hill.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

HNeris, Phi Eno Sarris 113 Tim McLeod 8    
TBauer, Cle Adam Ronis 37      
AGarcia, Atl Tim McLeod 18 Tom Kessenich 2    
ABlair, Atl Tom Kessenich 11 Adam Ronis 4    
KGraveman, Oak Greg Ambrosius 11 Adam Ronis 32 Eno Sarris 13 Ray Murphy 4
JHardy, Bal Tom Kessenich 9      
JTomlin, Cle Ray Murphy 4 Rudy Gamble 4    
KSiegrist, StL Tim McLeod 3      
CCotham, Cin Rudy Gamble 2 Adam Ronis 4 Tom Kessenich 3  
RRaburn, Col Perry Van Hook 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CUtley, LAD Adam Ronis 31 Tim McLeod 6 Tom Kessenich 4 Perry Van Hook 0
JMercer, Pit Tim McLeod 16 Tom Kessenich 1    
OArcia, Min Adam Ronis 13 Tom Kessenich 4    
ENunez, Min Tim McLeod 11 Adam Ronis 4 Tom Kessenich 1  
DFister, Hou Greg Ambrosius 5      
ROhlendorf, Cin Tom Kessenich 3      
NJones, CWS Tim McLeod 2      
DStubbs, Atl Tom Kessenich 1      
JJay, SD Tom Kessenich 1      
KHerrera, KC Tim McLeod 1      
MByrd, Cle Tom Kessenich 1      
JRollins, CWS Perry Van Hook 0      
SRodriguez, Pit Perry Van Hook 0      

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

It didn’t look like there would be a lot of bidding this week – no new closers or players called up of particular interest. But Touts are always looking and thinking so there were a few speculative bids.

The highest winning bid of the evening was for Phillies reliever Hector Neris at $113 by Eno Sarris – ironic because in Sunday’s action Neris gave up his first run of the season. Jeanmar Gomez doesn’t have everyone’s confidence, perhaps even his clubs’ as Andrew Bailey was called up (but did not attract any bids). On the same wavelength was Rudy Gamble with his two dollar bid for potential Reds’ committee member Caleb Cotham as J.J. Hoover has purportedly lost the job in Cincinnati.

Another good speculator was Adam Ronis who bid $37 for Trevor Bauer, likely on the thought that if Carlos Carrasco, already sent to the DL with his hamstring issue, is going to miss significant time, Bauer might be back in the Indians’ rotation.

Based on the feeling there wouldn’t be a lot of bidding and the fact that I have an extra roster spot with Martin Prado DL eligible because of his maternity leave, I bid $0 for several players who might help next week and won the top choice, Rockies outfielder Ryan Raburn. The righty swinger is hitting very well and looks like he should have some meaningful at-bats in four home games versus Pittsburgh and three road games in Arizona’s hitter friendly Chase Field. The Bucs are scheduled to start southpaws Jeff Locke and Jon Niese while the Snakes will send Robbie Ray to the hill meaning Raburn will get three starts plus pinch-hitting duty. Adding him means Tyler Naquin can be reserved to see if he survives as the Cleveland center fielder with the imminent return of Michael Brantley on Monday.

Todd's Take

I like how Perry took into account Raburn's favorable venues and match-ups against three southpaws. When you're working on the fringes, it's the little things that provide an edge. We all do it with pitchers so why not think similarly with hitters?

Apparently more Touts disagree with me as Utley wasn't acquired, though he was the contingency for several owners. This is also a reflection of how deep the second base pool is with quantity (but not quality). There's a ton of useful but non-game changers that qualify at second.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BShaw, Cle Jeff Zimmerman 54  
ABlair, Atl Jeff Boggis 52 Jake Ciely 14
DPomeranz, SD Howard Bender 48 Jake Ciely 19
HSantiago, LAA Jake Ciely 19  
MGivens, Bal Brent Hershey 2  

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMay, Min Brent Hershey 2
SOh, StL Howard Bender 1
HNeris, Phi Brent Hershey 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Scant action in H2H. Let's blame the shallow league, which has hoovered most of the relevant talent. At least we hope so.

That Drew Pomeranz was available and sold for just 48 makes my point. Three good starts earned one modest bid.

There was only one bid on Braves semi-phenom Aaron Blair, who joins the rotation for a team that is not going to win many games. Not exciting.

But the week's biggest bid went to Bryan Shaw. Relievers are of value in this league, at least those with high strikeout rates, which historically doesn't include Shaw.

Todd's Take

To be honest, it's surprising there's not more churn in this league. It's likely due to the culture of those in the industry that aren't as used to shallower formats and are more programmed to play the patience game. We all want confirmation our initial player evaluations were correct so we hold onto them longer than we should in some instances. The truth is, we should also trust our in-season analysis and make moves to improve our teams. This isn't an admission we were wrong, but rather an indication we're actively paying attention and reevaluating. While this should be done in all leagues, the available inventory of a 12-team mixer lends itself to more churn since the exit strategy for a failed move is less painful than deeper leagues.

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