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Wednesday 29th Mar 2017

LABRLOGO

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ezequiel Carrera, TOR Colton & The Wolfman 5 USAT Sports 4 USAT Fantasy 2  
Ryan Dull, OAK Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Justin Wilson, DET USAT Fantasy 2 Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Rafael Ortega, LAA USAT Sports 2      
Michael Tonkin, MIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Joel Peralta, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Caleb Joseph, BAL RotoWire 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Mike Aviles, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 USAT Fantasy 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 2 USAT Fantasy 1
Andrew Romine, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Enny Romero, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Fernando Salas, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Jake Diekman, TEX USAT Fantasy 1  
Ji-Man Choi, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Nick Vincent, SEA USAT Fantasy 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

What a fun and goofy week of mental gyrations it was in AL LABR, all of which came to a climax Sunday at midnight ET. Bids were certainly made on a small cluster of players, but at this point, no one was willing to gamble more than a five spot.

Within the journey of my own team, on Thursday, my third sacker, Danny Valencia went down with a pulled hamstring. Unfortunately, no one else on my roster could play third, and the only free agent hot corner choices were Andrew Romine (.122 over eight at-bats) and Mike Aviles (.111 over nine at-bats), neither of whom was remotely appealing, and both of whom play for Detroit.

I decided to sit tight and see if a trade would arrive in the next week, rather than essentially fill a hole with a vacuum.

But, at the deadline, Chris Liss advised me that Luis Valbuena was available, so we completed the trade of Valbuena and Matt Shoemaker for Jesse Hahn and Steven Wright.

In the mean time Larry Schechter decided that Aviles was worth the risk, so he dropped a buck on the Tiger and now we can all see whether the results are pain or pleasure.

In other moves, the big ticket free agent was the Jays Ezequiel Carrera, who cost Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf $5, but also got bids of $2 and $4.

In fact, five of the nine free agents acquired this week had multiple bids. Tim Heaney of USAT Fantasy rostered Justin Wilson for $2, while another $2 shot and three $1 attempts failed. In addition to Aviles, Schechter copped Junichi Tazawa for a dollar, but there was another pair of $1 tries, I nabbed Ruan Dull for $2, besting a pair of $1 shots, and Caleb Joseph, whom I released last week went to Chris Liss for a buck, but another owner tried the same only to lose out to Chris via place in the standings.

Surprisingly, Rafael Ortega was plucked by Steve Gardner for two uncontested dollars, Michael Tonkin and Joel Peralta both went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a buck each.

Todd's Take

Why all the chatter on Justin Wilson? In their seemingly infinite loop attempt to plug up the back-end of their bullpen, the Tigers signed Francisco Rodriguez who's been a successful closer the past couple of seasons despite losing a couple fee off his fastball. On top of a week with a couple of rough outings, K-Rod left the club Sunday due to an undisclosed family medical emergency. Despite being a southpaw, Wilson has closer stuff and is in line to get some change opportunities in the short term. Alex Wilson (last season's closer down the stretch) and Mark Lowe are also in the mix.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tyler Holt, CIN Inside Edge 7      
Daniel Castro, ATL RotoExperts 7 Baseball HQ 2 ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA RotoExperts 6 Inside Edge 1    
Andrew Bailey, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1  
Jason Rogers, PIT Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN - Karabell 1 Inside Edge 1  
Caleb Cotham, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 3 ESPN - Karabell 1    
Adam Rosales, SD Mastersball 3 RotoWire - DVR 2 ESPN - Karabell 1 Inside Edge 1
    Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Cesar Vargas, SD Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Alex Presley, MIL RotoWire - DVR 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1  
David Lough, PHI Mastersball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
    Inside Edge 1    
David Phelps, MIA Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Brett Wallace, SD Inside Edge 1      
Ryan Buchter, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      
Joe Blanton, LAD Inside Edge 1 Baseball HQ 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Charlie Culberson, LAD Inside Edge 1
Colin Walsh, MIL RotoExperts 1
Dalier Hinojosa, PHI Baseball HQ 1
Derek Law, SF Baseball HQ 1
Eric Campbell, NYM Inside Edge 1
Rickie Weeks, ARI Inside Edge 1
Yadiel Rivera, MIL RotoExperts 1
Yusmeiro Petit, WSH Baseball HQ 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

After a relatively quiet week last time, the NL LABR crew was very active in bidding, with 14 players going to seven different owners. Two $7 players led the way – Tyler Holt and Daniel Castro.

Cincinnati center fielder Holt is now on the roster of Inside Edge’s Steve Moyer. The regular player at that position, Billy Hamilton, is out with a thumb injury, opening up at-bats. If Holt - who was with the Indians last season – can show anything with the bat, the Reds should find somewhere for him to play. Castro is receiving starter’s work on Atlanta’s infield with Hector Olivera sitting in assault limbo, from which he may not emerge any time soon.

Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS Inc. made a bet on the Philadelphia closer race, putting their $5 down on Andrew Bailey. The former ninth-inning specialist with Oakland (2009-11) appeared to grab the Philly job this spring, but lost his grasp on it almost as quickly and ended up opening the year in Triple-A. There is no reason to believe that Bailey couldn’t get another shot as the fourth candidate in line this young season

Todd's Take

There are two more closer bets placed this week in NL LABR. We'll save one for a moment as that's who I acquired in the Mixed League. The other is Caleb Cotham who has pitched himself into contention for some saves if the Reds' threat to relieve J.J. Hoover of his duties comes to fruition. Cotham's case looked better before a Saturday implosion versus the Cubs. That said, the Cubbies are going to ruin a lot of bullpen ERAs. Cotham's isn't especially dominant, averaging about 93 mph on his fastball. The perceived lead candidate to replace Hoover is southpaw Tony Cingrani but that would leave Cincinnati devoid of another left-handed reliever which could be the opening Cotham needs.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kendall Graveman, OAK @TheFantasyFix 7 RotoExperts 3 Rotowire 2 USA TODAY Sports 2
    MLB.com 2 Baseball HQ 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Jordy Mercer, PIT USA TODAY Sports 5 Fantasy Alarm 4 Baseball Prospectus 1 Razzball 1
David Phelps, MIA Mastersball 4      
Aaron Blair, ATL RotoExperts 3 Baseball Prospectus 1    
Adam Duvall, CIN Fangraphs 3      
Steven Wright, BOS Baseball Prospectus 3 Rotowire 2 MLB.com 2  
David Freese, PIT USA TODAY Fantasy 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball Prospectus 1  
Andrelton Simmons, LAA Fantasy Alarm 2      
Anthony Cingrani, CIN Razzball 2      
Caleb Cotham, CIN USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Mastersball 1    
Tucker Barnhart, CIN RotoExperts 1      
Desmond Jennings, TB USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Jon Jay, SD USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Hector Neris, PHI Rotowire 1      
Mark Reynolds, COL Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 4    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Sean Rodriguez, PIT USA TODAY Sports 4
Brandon Drury, ARI USA TODAY Sports 1
Jered Weaver, LAA Baseball Prospectus 1
Logan Verrett, NYM Mastersball 1
Martin Perez, TEX Baseball Prospectus 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Seung-Hwan Oh, STL Rotowire 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

The suspense is over, David Phelps is the other speculative closer choice referenced above. The Miami Marlins have announced their intention to move Phelps into late-inning duty. This is a new role as Phelps is usually a useful swingman, going multiple innings in relief along with some spot starts. On the 'pen, Phelps has cranked up the strikeouts, fanning hitters at a 10.6 per nine innings clipped while dropping his walk rate to 2.45. These are closer like numbers and while A.J. Ramos got the job done after usurping the gig from Steve Cishek, the Fish must not have been convinced he's the guy as they declared an open competition in the spring with Carter Capps - winner gets to close. We all know what happened to Capps, leaving the saves to Ramos...at least for now.

Todd's Take

 This was a tough week as my squad could use another starting pitcher with Tyson Ross hurt. Kendall Graveman has two starts this week, one at Detroit and the other at home versus Houston. Both offer strikeout potential and Graveman has upped his K-rate thus far, but both also sport dangerous offenses so the decision was made to go the safe route this week while keeping a lookout for an emerging starter.

 

 

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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

CVazquez, Bos Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 151 Lawr Michaels 95 Mike Podhorzer 82 Jason Collette 57
    Rob Leibowitz 27 Steve Moyer 0  
OArcia, Min Chris Liss 113 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51 Mike Podhorzer 32  
ENunez, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 22 Chris Liss 34 Steve Moyer 0  
DHutchison, Tor Jason Collette 12      
BNicholas, Tex Mike Podhorzer 12 Steve Moyer 0    
RDull, Oak Chris Liss 5      
TMotter, TB Jason Collette 5      
RoPerez, Cle Jason Collette 3 Rob Leibowitz 0    
MLowe, Det Larry Schechter 2 Rob Leibowitz 0    
DavMurphy, Min Mike Podhorzer 2      
JTazawa, Bos Rob Leibowitz 0      
ARomine, NYY Rob Leibowitz 0 Mike Podhorzer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

ROrtega, LAA Mike Podhorzer 12  
JChavez, Tor Jason Collette 8 Rob Leibowitz 0
ARomine, Det Jason Collette 2  
BBrach, Bal Chris Liss 0  
BWilson, Det Rob Leibowitz 0  
DGee, KC Rob Leibowitz 0  
JThole, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0  
LHochevar, KC Rob Leibowitz 0  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Covering the holes of the wounded was a driving force in AL Tout this past week, with the likes of Glen Perkins, Shin-Soo Choo, and Robinson Chirinos all moving to the Red Cross Tent. That means teams eyeing rosters and free agents and possibilities with nine owners trying to replace wounded, under-performing, and demoted.

Fantasy Alarm's Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton dropped $151--tops for the day--to replace Eric Kratz with Boston's Christian Vazquez, a player coveted by no fewer than four other teams with bids of $27 (Chris Liss), $57 (Jason Collette), $82 (Mike Podhorzer), and my bid of $95.

Chris Liss then made a solid move acquiring the hero of Minnesota's weekend sweep of the Angels, bagging Oswaldo Garcia for $113 besting bids of
$51 and $32.

Liss also bagged Ryan Dull for $5, while team Wolf/Colten smartly snagged Edward Nunez for $22 to replace Justin Smoak.

Fangraphs Podhorzer lost on the marquee names, but did nab Brett NIcholas for $12 (replacing Blake Swihart) and then David Murphy for $2.

Rotowire and Fangraphs's Jason Collette covered his bases with Drew Hutchinson ($2) and hitters Taylor Motter ($5) and Roberto Perez ($3).

Finally, Larry Schechter rostered Mark Lowe ($2), and Rob Leibowitz picked up Junichi Tazawa ($0) so six teams actually did change their squads.

Todd's Take

Who is Taylor Motter and why is Jason Collette willing to take a goose-egg for the week and use one of his four reserve spots for him? Motter was the voted the most outstanding rookie of the Tampa Bay Rays spring. He's an outfielder by trade but like most Rays, can play all over the place. Last year in Triple-A Durham, the then 25-year old hit a robust 0.292 with 14 homers and 26 bags. He was a bit old for the level so keep expectations in check but anytime you can play more than one spot and contribute in multiple categories, there are usually pathways to fantasy utility.

That said, other than Steven Souza dealing with a jammed finger which isn't considered serious, Tampa is healthy. Jason is as plugged into the Rays as much as anyone can be without working for a club so he must feel Motter will be called up at some point, despite getting off to a rather tepid start in the minors.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JChacin, Atl Mike Gianella 104 Scott Wilderman 32 Steve Gardner 21 Phil Hertz 14
TWolters, Col Grey Albright 88 Brian Walton 32 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Derek Carty 11
LVerrett, NYM Tristan H. Cockcroft 35 Scott Wilderman 25 Steve Gardner 19 Brian Walton 12
    Lenny Melnick  7    
DStraily, Cin Brian Walton 32 Grey Albright 11 Scott Wilderman 11 Phil Hertz 1
CMorton, Phi Derek Carty 32 Mike Gianella 47    
BBarnes, Col Grey Albright 31 Ray Guilfoyle 15 Brian Walton 2  
MWilliamson, SF Brian Walton 22      
AAmarista, SD Derek Carty 22 Grey Albright 21 Ray Guilfoyle 20 Andy Behrens 7
    Phil Hertz 6    
ZDavies, Mil Brian Walton 13      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Phil Hertz 4      
HNeris, Phi Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton 1    
BreAnderson, LAD Andy Behrens 1      
RBuchter, SD Scott Wilderman 0 Brian Walton 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DCastro, Atl Grey Albright 21
EAdrianza, SF Grey Albright 21
DRoss, ChC Grey Albright 5
JMathis, Mia Grey Albright 5
CBethancourt, SD Grey Albright 5
FRivero, Was Brian Walton 2
CaVillanueva, SD Brian Walton 1
CHeisey, Was Brian Walton 1
CWithrow, Atl Brian Walton 1
MDenDekker, Was Brian Walton 1
TThornburg, Mil Brian Walton 1
BOberholtzer, Phi Scott Wilderman 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Jhoulys Chacin is well-known from his time in Colorado’s rotation. In 2016, the right-hander is an Atlanta Brave. After starting the season in Triple-A, Chacin returned to the bigs, where he strung together 11 scoreless innings over two starts before running out of gas during Sunday’s sixth inning. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus was the winning bidder at $104. The defending champion is on a mission to improve his pitching. On Sunday night, Mike also added James Shields in a trade for Yasmany Grandal.

With Colorado catcher Nick Hundley out indefinitely due to a concussion, it only stands to reason that his NL Tout owner, Grey Albright, shelled out the most cash, $88, for Hundley’s primary reserve, Tony Wolters. The Rockies’ other alternative behind the plate, Dustin Garneau, is already owned.

Even though he has bounced around this year – to Houston, then to Cincinnati – with Dan Straily getting a shot to start for the Reds on Monday, I was willing to spend $32. Unless he delivers results in a hurry, though, odds are that Straily will be back in the pen with the returns of Anthony DeSclafani and John Lamb nearing. Honestly, it could happen either way.

Todd's Take

I sort of blew it this week as I completely missed I have an injured Scott Van Slyke active. Our site, OnRoto designates injured players with an asterisk and I still missed it. I can slide Eric Campbell into his place but there's a couple of fly-chasers in Chris Heisey and Matt Den Dekker that would be better than taking a zero.

It's too early to be overly concerned with categories but to this point, my speed and runs are lagging behind the other categories which makes sense having lost A.J. Pollock. I have Jose Peraza on reserve so perhaps there are steals on the way but it is interesting to note the majority of moves this week involved pitchers and thus far, that's the strength of my team.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KJepsen, Min Zach Steinhorn 227 Fred Zinkie 110 Scott Engel 91 Al Melchior 71 Scott Pianowski 63
    Tim Heaney 46 Bret Sayre 21    
CAnderson, Mil Bret Sayre 167 Fred Zinkie 30 Scott Pianowski 29 Joe Pisapia 6 Fred Zinkie 4
ADiaz, StL Al Melchior 94 Fred Zinkie 91 Scott Pianowski 39 Bret Sayre 24 Derek Van Riper 21
TRoark, Was Scott Swanay 83 Bret Sayre 62 Fred Zinkie 15 Cory Schwartz 6 Fred Zinkie 4
MUpton, SD Cory Schwartz 81 Scott Pianowski 81 Bret Sayre 45 Fred Zinkie 30  
EHernandez, LAD Derek Van Riper 77 Scott Swanay 44 Bret Sayre 0    
TWolters, Col Gene McCaffrey 72 Scott Engel 28      
JSaltalamacchia, Det Al Melchior 58 Ray Flowers 41 Scott Swanay 34 Scott Engel 24 Cory Schwartz 16
    Tim Heaney 11      
RHoward, Phi Zach Steinhorn 52        
CPerez, LAA Ray Flowers 28        
SOh, StL Scott Engel 27        
CVazquez, Bos Scott Engel 26 Ray Flowers 31 Gene McCaffrey 17    
CBettis, Col Cory Schwartz 11 Fred Zinkie 0      
JHardy, Bal Bret Sayre 11        
JChacin, Atl Joe Pisapia 8 Bret Sayre 21 Fred Zinkie 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MShoemaker, LAA Bret Sayre 51
MReynolds, Col Scott Swanay 24
LVerrett, NYM Scott Engel 14
JPhegley, Oak Gene McCaffrey 2
APierzynski, Atl Gene McCaffrey 2
MJoyce, Pit Bret Sayre 0
DFreese, Pit Bret Sayre 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

I had the luxury of a few days to figure out how much I was going to bid for Kevin Jepsen's services, but that didn't make the decision any easier. Jepsen has proven to be a capable closer when called upon, but his ninth inning role will be a temporary one. Then again, Glen Perkins hasn't exactly been a model of health over the course of his career, and yesterday's news that Perkins is unlikely to return when first eligible convinced me to raise my bid, which was originally $206. So, that turned out to be a total waste of FAAB, as I would have easily won Jepsen anyway. Then there's the threat of Trevor May becoming the long-term closer choice should Perkins miss an extended period of time. But I do like to be aggressive with my FAAB spending early in the season, and Todd's comment last week that the new $1000 budget allows for more aggressive bidding, even though we no longer use the vickrey process, did influence my thought process here. I have confidence in Jepsen, but whether or not this will prove to be an overbid remains to be seen. Betting against the health of Glen Perkins does seem like a well-educated bet.

I considered bidding on Chase Anderson, who has a pair of promising matchups on tap for this week against the Twins and Phillies, but I'm already deep in starting pitching, so this would have been an unnecessary move. Not surprisingly, Anderson fetched a generous bid, though I wasn't expecting 167 bucks. This makes me feel a little better about the Jepsen investment.

Through 13 games, Ryan Howard already has four homers. With my starting corner infielder, Pedro Alvarez, off to a slow start, I figured there was little downside in adding Howard as CI bench depth, even if it means I have to keep him active for a week. Power isn't easy to find on the waiver wire.

Todd's Take

Cool, Zach reads my stuff. I knew there was a reason I liked him.

Jepsen is one of several examples of a good but not great reliever being ahead of a teammate with stronger skills on the basis of having closed a little previously. As Zach suggested, Perkins has an injury history, closing up shop early each of the past two campaigns. Jepsen did the job down the stretch but look out for Trevor May who has taken very nicely to the bullpen. That said, Zach's aggressiveness was the right call...saves is saves.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JBour, Mia Eno Sarris 103 Perry Van Hook 69 Rudy Gamble 1
JChacin, Atl Perry Van Hook 69    
ADiaz, StL Charlie Wiegert 55 Anthony Perri 43 Adam Ronis 13
TraThompson, LAD Perry Van Hook 47 Ray Murphy 0  
BBrach, Bal Stacie Stern 34    
CVazquez, Bos Tim McLeod 27 Tom Kessenich 6  
MWisler, Atl Greg Ambrosius 22    
WPeralta, Mil Patrick Mayo 22    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Tom Kessenich 19 Anthony Perri 12  
ZCozart, Cin Adam Ronis 12    
PHughes, Min Tim McLeod 11    
JPeavy, SF Rudy Gamble 4    
ADuvall, Cin Ray Murphy 2    
TZych, Sea Eno Sarris 1    
DFreese, Pit Perry Van Hook 0    
TWolters, Col Craig Mish 0 Tim McLeod 18  

UNAWARDED BIDS

LVerrett, NYM Perry Van Hook 47 Tim McLeod 2  
JTomlin, Cle Perry Van Hook 43    
KHerrera, KC Greg Ambrosius 21 Eno Sarris 1 Tim McLeod 1
MPerez, Tex Greg Ambrosius 11    
NAhmed, Ari Adam Ronis 11    
JoRamirez, Cle Adam Ronis 6 Perry Van Hook 0  
ENunez, Min Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 0  
ABradley, Ari Perry Van Hook 2    
GSoto, LAA Tim McLeod 2    
RDull, Oak Stacie Stern 2    
BGuyer, TB Ray Murphy 1    
BHoladay, Tex Tom Kessenich 1    
BTreinen, Was Eno Sarris 1    
CRuiz, Phi Tom Kessenich 1    
DRoss, ChC Tom Kessenich 1    
KSuzuki, Min Tom Kessenich 1    
TFlowers, Atl Tom Kessenich 1    
AAmarista, SD Perry Van Hook 0    
BBarnes, Col Perry Van Hook 0    
JHardy, Bal Adam Ronis 0    
KelJohnson, Atl Ray Murphy 0    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Perry Van Hook 0    
NReimold, Bal Perry Van Hook 0    
SSmith, Sea Perry Van Hook 0    

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As the saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's rose."

Applied to fantasy sports, the phrase haunts when Justin Bour was thrown out with the garbage a couple of weeks ago, and suddenly a power surge turns the first baseman back into a flower.

Even worse, Eno Sarris coveted the trash even more meaning Sarris copped the Marlin’s first baseman for Sunday’s high bid of $103, while my second choice for a corner guy was at least the FAAB painless David Freese for a zero dollar bid.

Elsewhere, replacement catchers were at a premium as the James McCann owner Tom Kessenich hopes Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent home run barrage will be worth $19 while Tim McLeod the Blake Swihart owner ponied up $27 to secure Christian Vazquez. Both new catchers did in fact have other suitors.

Taking what looks like a wild swing at a starting pitcher now with this third big league club for a $69 bid is somewhat different when we realize that Jhoulys Chacin who could never harness the promise in Colorado is still just twenty eight years old and has a fresh start in Atlanta. I also added Dodger outfielder Trayce Thompson who should see plenty of at bats this week in Cincinnati and Colorado and hopefully keep hitting well. Todd will at least  be happy the $0 bids were put to good use.

Todd's Take

While I am pleased to see some $0 bids, I am a little sad Perry doesn't still have Justin Bour. Granted, I'm higher on him than most but by season's end, I expect Bour and Christian Yelich to take the best advantage of the closer and lower fences in the Aquarium, also known as Marlins Park.

Speaking of David Freese, as  DFS dabbler I follow lineups and if baffles me that the Pirates are using Freese in the three-hole. To his credit, the journeyman hot cornerman is hitting well but I just can't bring myself to include Freese in a Bucs stack which takes the most prolific spot to get DFS points out of the equation.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KJepsen, Min Michael Beller 161    
KHerrera, KC Jeff Zimmerman 133 Peter Kreutzer 0  
CVazquez, Bos Michael Beller 75 Howard Bender 44  
AConley, Mia Peter Kreutzer 61    
BMoss, StL Paul Sporer 33    
JSaltalamacchia, Det Andrea LaMont 21 Andrea LaMont 21  
TBarnhart, Cin Howard Bender 10    
NAhmed, Ari Jeff Boggis 6 Peter Kreutzer 0  
SGennett, Mil Andrea LaMont 4    
CBeltran, NYY Peter Kreutzer 4 Paul Sporer 25  
ENunez, Min Jeff Boggis 2    
ADiaz, StL Peter Kreutzer 0    
JWilson, Det Peter Kreutzer 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

EHernandez, LAD Paul Sporer 28
TWolters, Col Andrea LaMont 10
SGreene, Det Peter Kreutzer 5
CPerez, LAA Howard Bender 4
JPhegley, Oak Howard Bender 2
APagan, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
CDevenski, Hou Peter Kreutzer 0
DValencia, Oak Peter Kreutzer 0
JBarbato, NYY Peter Kreutzer 0
JChacin, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
JHardy, Bal Peter Kreutzer 0
LVerrett, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
MWisler, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
RDavis, Cle Peter Kreutzer 0
SOh, StL Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

It can't be stressed too much. A new league with a format nobody has played before is going to leave us lurching, trying to figure out what works and what doesn't.

My opening "week" was great, I went 6-0, but compared to the teams I wasn't playing my team wasn't nearly as dominant. So it seemed wise to try to improve.

But in a shallow 12-team mixed league it is hard to tell what wire scraps are real improvement and which are simply a flash in last week's pan. My play was to bench the struggling Brad Miller and Eddie Rosario, eject bench players Matt Adams and Wilmer Flores, and add last week's hot sticks, which turned out to be Aledmys Diaz and Carlos Beltran, for little money.

Beltran is a veteran and hot right now, which I hope continues. My $4 bid wasn't challenged, except for a contingent bid that didn't come into play.

Diaz can clearly hit but faces playing time pressures with the return of Ruben Tejada from the DL. I didn't lose much by dumping Flores, and can only hope that Diaz continues to play. If he's sent to the minors, I'll be able to promote Miller the next day, so for $0 this wasn't an all or nothing commitment.

Which leads us to Adam Conley, who struck out a noticeable number of batters in his start against the Mets last week. He looked pretty good in 11 starts last year, and impressed against the Mets. He only went one inning in his first start this year, struggling against the Nats and then getting pulled after a rain delay. His two starts this week are against Washington at home and on the road in San Francisco, two helpful parks if not helpful teams.

He replaces Brandon Finnegan, whose lively arm impresses but whose many walks hurt. He has one start this week, at Great American against the discerning and big swinging Cubs. Better to skip that one.

What did other teams do as we figure this out? I made a somewhat aggressive bid on Conley and no one else bid at all, but that wasn't unusual. Michael Beller made a big bid on Kevin Jepsen that was not challenged, and Jeff Zimmerman made a substantial bid on Kelvin Herrera, that faced only a $0 contingent bid.

Five teams did not bid, which demonstrates how the pool of richer free agent talent must contend with richer deeper rosters.

This week's H2H play lasts just seven days. Bring it on!

Todd's Take

I like Peter's approach, choosing Conley over Finnegan. The key to 12-team leagues is clever churning which means limiting getting attached to a player. It's like working on a farm - you never name a "pet" that one day may be dinner.

If you are scratching your head after seeing Kelvin Herrera, or possible running to your favorite site to see if Wade Davis is injured, don't fret, K/9 is part of the scoring and Herrera is mowing them down at a healthy 12.2 K/9 clip. I'm a big proponent of K/9, especially instead of holds. The one pitching stat omitted from most leagues that employ alternative categories is innings pitched. That's a really good representation of his skills and importance to his Major League team. It's simple but in general,  the better you are as a starter of reliever, the more innings you toss.

 

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 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

Bryan Holaday, TEX Colton & The Wolfman 6 RotoWire 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Mike Montgomery, SEA RotoWire 5    
Brad Brach, BAL RotoWire 3    
Nolan Reimold, BAL RotoWire 3 USAT Sports 1  
Ricky Nolasco, MIN USAT Fantasy 2    
Eduardo Nunez, MIN ESPN.com 1    
Steve Clevenger, SEA NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Darwin Barney, TOR SiriusXM 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ryan Flaherty, BAL SiriusXM 1 ESPN.com 1
Ronald Torreyes, NYY ESPN.com 1  
Mike Aviles, DET ESPN.com 1  
Josh Thole, TOR NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Cliff Pennington, LAA SiriusXM 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Things settled in AL LABR after a busy first week of filling holes and all across the board.

Week 1 drew a total of 16 acquired with five of those being challenged by multiple bids. In contrast, this week in replacing the hampered Robinson Chirinos, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf picked up Bryan Holaday for $6, enough to beat out $3 and $1 tries. Another catcher, Steve Clevenger went to NFBC/STATS guys Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for a dollar.

But, as expected, pitchers were the big fill, with Rotowire's Jeff Erickson getting both Mike Montgomery ($5) and Brad Bach ($3) along with Nolan Reimold ($3) while Tim Heaney bagged Ricky Nolasco ($2).

Finishing off the week were Ray Flowers (SiriusXM) taking Darwin Barney ($1) and Tristan Cockroft of ESPN nabbing Eduardo Nunez.

Meaning a basically quiet week of moves as we all assess our teams and play and let some numbers settle before making wholesale change.

Todd's Take

As Lawr points out it was a quiet week in AL LABR so I'm going to do something I should have done last week. On April Fool's Day, many of us awoke to what we hoped was a joke but came to learn was quite serious. Our friend and colleague Steve Gardner had a significant health scare. He pulled through and after taking it easy for approximately 24 minutes, Steve is back on the job, which includes overseeing all three LABR competitions. You often hear the expression, "I don't like him but I respect him." Well, not only is Steve one of the most well-liked individuals in the industry, he's among the most highly respected as well. This is a rare combination that is genuine and earned by a select few. On behalf of my Managing Partners Lawr Michaels and Brian Walton, the entire Mastersball staff wishes Steve the best. On a personal note, Steve and I exchanged a couple of e-mails and agreed we're both ridiculously blessed to be a part of an industry with such warm and caring ladies and gentlemen.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jeanmar Gomez, PHI RotoExperts 31 Inside Edge 22 Mastersball 12 Colton & The Wolfman 11
    Derek Carty 11 USA TODAY Sports 11 Baseball HQ 4
Jeremy Hazelbaker, STL Inside Edge 18 Mastersball 11 RotoWire - DVR 9 Derek Carty 4
    Colton & The Wolfman 3 USA TODAY Sports 2  
Ross Stripling, LAD USA TODAY Sports 10 Mastersball 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2  
Aledmys Diaz, STL Mastersball 6 RotoWire - DVR 5 Baseball HQ 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2
    Derek Carty 2    
Tommy La Stella, CHC USA TODAY Sports 6 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Mastersball 1
Micah Johnson, LAD RotoWire - DVR 5 Colton & The Wolfman 2    
Matt Szczur, CHC Mastersball 3 RotoWire - DVR 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Miguel Castro, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3      
Jim Henderson, NYM RotoExperts 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Neftali Feliz, PIT RotoWire - DVR 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Mastersball 1  
Trevor Brown, SF Mastersball 1      
Daniel Straily, CIN Mastersball 1      
Philip Gosselin, ARI RotoExperts 1      
Tucker Barnhart, CIN USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1    
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT Mastersball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brandon Barnes, COL Mastersball 2  
Ivan De Jesus, CIN USA TODAY Sports 2  
Chris Stewart, PIT USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 1
Alfredo Simon, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Yadiel Rivera, MIL Mastersball 1  
Tyler Thornburg, MIL Mastersball 1  
Tony Wolters, COL Mastersball 1  
Randall Delgado, ARI RotoExperts 1  
Ramon Flores, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1  
Michael Blazek, MIL USA TODAY Sports 1  
Joe Blanton, LAD USA TODAY Sports 1  
Greg Garcia, STL Mastersball 1  
Ehire Adrianza, SF Mastersball 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

This week in NL LABR, three players went for more than $10.

The first is the current leader in the Philadelphia closer carousel. Last week’s darling, Dalier Hinojosa, crashed and burned this week, making Jeanmar Gomez the next man up. Two saves in two opportunities led to aggressive bidding, won by The Legend, Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts for $31, just under one-third of his season FAAB kitty. My $12 was a distant second, with three others right behind at $11.

The early season injury to Tommy Pham and the struggles of Randal Grichuk opened the door for 28-year-old rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker to reach the majors for the first time and step directly into the Cardinals’ outfield rotation. An impressive first week will lead to more at-bats – as long as the shine on his apple remains. I think there is a chance Hazelbaker is going to stick around and remain productive, though my bid of $11 was aced out by Steve Moyer of Inside Edge ($18).

Last week, no one knew the name Ross Stripling. After the rookie tossed a 7 1/3-inning no-hitter at the Giants on Friday in his MLB debut, everyone is now familiar with the Dodgers’ fifth starter. Host Steve Gardner of USA TODAY brought home Stripling for $10.

Todd's Take

The days of miserly hoarding FAAB for the trading deadline are a thing of the past. Several years ago, I was the SWAT for both AL and NL Tout and get this...FAAB acquisitions were done BY HAND. Yes, fancy that. We used to have a special MLB trading deadline FAAB and there routinely six or seven teams with 85 or more units. Tout Wars didn't employ Vickrey at that point so those are real totals. If this week's bidding in NL LABR is any indications, the league won't make it out of April with that many teams still holding at least 85 units. Good for them -- you can't benefit from a late July acquisition if you aren't in contention.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jeanmar Gomez, PHI Fantasy Alarm 22 Baseball HQ 12 @TheFantasyFix 11 Rotowire 11
  Mastersball 6 RotoExperts 4 MLB.com 1  
Jeremy Hazelbaker, STL ESPN.com 18 Rotowire 5 @TheFantasyFix 3  
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL Fantasy Alarm 11 @TheFantasyFix 4 Rotowire 1  
Joe Mauer, MIN ESPN.com 5 Rotowire 2    
Nicholas Tropeano, LAA Rotowire 5 RotoExperts 4 @TheFantasyFix 3 MLB.com 2
Mike Napoli, CLE Rotowire 5 Baseball HQ 2    
Bryan Holaday, TEX Rotowire 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
Sam Dyson, TEX @TheFantasyFix 4 USA TODAY Fantasy 1 MLB.com 1  
Scooter Gennett, MIL USA TODAY Sports 3 Rotowire 3 @TheFantasyFix 3  
Chase Anderson, MIL @TheFantasyFix 3 Fantasy Alarm 6    
Jon Jay, SD @TheFantasyFix 3 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Alex Avila, CWS Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 2 Fangraphs 1 Rotowire 1  
John Jaso, PIT USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Rotowire 3 Razzball 1  
Trevor May, MIN Rotowire 2 @TheFantasyFix 2 Mastersball 1 Fantasy Alarm 1
Chris Tillman, BAL MLB.com 2 @TheFantasyFix 7 RotoExperts 2 MLB.com 1
Nate Jones, CWS Baseball Prospectus 1      
Cameron Rupp, PHI Fangraphs 1      
Tony Zych, SEA Mastersball 1      
Taylor Jungmann, MIL USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Ryan Howard, PHI Razzball 1 Rotowire 2    
Austin Barnes, LAD Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1      
Angel Pagan, SF MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Jeremy Hellickson, PHI RotoExperts 1 @TheFantasyFix 5 Baseball HQ 2 Rotowire 2
Joakim Soria, KC USA TODAY Fantasy 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tommy Milone, MIN Fantasy Alarm 8    
Alfredo Simon, CIN Fantasy Alarm 7    
Seung-Hwan Oh, STL Rotowire 2 Fantasy Alarm 2 Baseball Prospectus 1
Ross Stripling, LAD Rotowire 2 MLB.com 1  
A.J. Ellis, LAD Rotowire 1    
A.J. Griffin, TEX Rotowire 1    
Addison Reed, NYM Baseball Prospectus 1    
Chase Utley, LAD Rotowire 1    
Curt Casali, TB Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1    
David Phelps, MIA Mastersball 1    
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DET Rotowire 1    
Jim Henderson, NYM Baseball Prospectus 1    
Joe Smith, LAA Razzball 1    
Jose Ramirez, CLE Rotowire 1    
Koji Uehara, BOS RotoExperts 1    
Kurt Suzuki, MIN Fangraphs 1    
Matt Wisler, ATL USA TODAY Fantasy 1    
Pedro Strop, CHC Mastersball 1    
Preston Tucker, HOU Rotowire 1    
Tom Koehler, MIA MLB.com 1    

Todd Zola's Commentary

Not surprisingly, it was a spirited week of bidding as many were caught off-guard by last week's early deadline in combo with residual holes from a February draft. The new flavor-of-the-week in term of saves drew the most heat. I know saves are important but at the end of the day he's still Jeanmar Gomez, he plays for a stinky team and he's not very good. Pass.

Tyson Ross found his way onto many of my teams and now he finds his way onto many of my reserve and disabled lists. It's a significant blow but one that can be absorbed, in part because Clayton Kershaw was selected with the fourth overall pick. Eventually I'll find a starter to use in Ross' stead but quite frankly, there wasn't anything that moved the needle this week so going the safe route with high-skilled relievers was the plan. OK, the string begin with stinky Gomez but for $6 I'll take 6 saves. Trevor Maywent elsewhere but Seattle Mariners' unheralded rookie Tony Zych was awarded. The 25-year old impressed last season and is off to a white-hot start to 2016, fanning nine in five frames with just a single walk. Additionally, Steve Cishek is one of the more unstable closers in the league, thus why Joaquin Benoit was secured in the draft. Now I have Benoit insurance that also supports ratios with nice whiffs.

Todd's Take

One of the things to do early in the season is follow the tendencies of those new to your league. Howard Bender of the Fantasy Alarm and Alan Harrison of The Fantasy Fix are first-time LABR participants so I'm keeping an eye on how aggressively they're bidding on free agents to not only get a feel for what I may need to bid if we're both in need of the same position but also to set a sense for what they may be looking at to improve their roster. Some newcomers like to be active early, in both FAAB and the trade market and it's nice to be ahead of those not doing their homework.

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

Christian Vazquez, BOS Mastersball 13 RotoWire 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 8 USAT Fantasy 7
  Baseball HQ 3 ESPN.com 2    
Dae-Ho Lee, SEA USAT Fantasy 2      
Brett Nicholas, TEX USAT Fantasy 1      
Mychal Givens, BAL SiriusXM 1      
John Barbato, NYY Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Mastersball 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Rafael Ortega, LAA USAT Fantasy 2  
Fernando Salas, LAA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 SiriusXM 1
Austin Romine, NYY USAT Fantasy 1  
Bobby Wilson, DET USAT Fantasy 1  
Chris Devenski, HOU Mastersball 1  
Fernando Abad, MIN Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK SiriusXM 1  
Joel Peralta, SEA SiriusXM 1  
Josh Fields, HOU SiriusXM 1  
Josh Thole, TOR USAT Fantasy 1  
Junichi Tazawa, BOS Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Justin Wilson, DET SiriusXM 1  
Ronald Torreyes, NYY USAT Fantasy 1  
Ryan Dull, OAK Mastersball 1  
Ryan Pressly, MIN Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  
Tyler Collins, DET USAT Fantasy 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Considering injuries, cold bats, and demotions, the AL LABR had a relatively quiet week that saw only six acquisitions, albeit only one contested one.

Boston backstop was the focus of the only bidding frenzy which saw me replace Caleb Joseph with Vazquez for $13, knocking off attempts of $11, $8, $7, $3, and $2.

In a smooth move, Tim Heaney of USAT Fantasy Sports picked up Mariners first sacker Dae-Ho Lee for $2 as well as Brett Nicholas ($1), while Ray Flowers of SiriusXM took Mychal Givens for a buck and Larry Schechter grabbed John Barbato at the same price.

But, what now will interest me is with the dearth of catchers in the American League, first if Joseph will be a hot commodity in the market next week, and second, bearing in mind Matt Wieters durability, and the Red Sox recent luck with developing catchers, that maybe I should have well left enough along?

Todd's Take

It's a bit surprising that Angels' outfielder Rafael Ortega only drew a back-up bid. He's not a difference maker but he appears to be on the strong side of a platoon, hitting second followed by three future Hall-of-Famers in Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. OK, maybe two real Hall-of-Famers and a third who'd make the MastersHall. Woah, I like that - MastersHall.

I know moves in LABR are a bit restrictive, but it still is curious that no one needed the services of a guy that should get 25 plate appearances a week until Daniel Nava returns.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tyler Chatwood, COL Mastersball 7 Inside Edge 1    
Logan Verrett, NYM RotoExperts 2 Mastersball 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Jhoulys Chacin, ATL Inside Edge 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Tony Wolters, COL USA TODAY Sports 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 Mastersball 1  
Felipe Rivero, WSH USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1  
Ramon Flores, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1 Derek Carty 1    
Brandon Barnes, COL RotoWire - DVR 1 Derek Carty 1 Mastersball 1  
Matthew den Dekker, WSH Mastersball 1      
Alexi Amarista, SD ESPN - Karabell 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 RotoWire - DVR 1  
Chris Heisey, WSH ESPN - Karabell 1 Derek Carty 1 Mastersball 1  
Jeff Francoeur, ATL Derek Carty 1      
Emmanuel Burriss, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Hector Neris, PHI Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1    
Tyler Thornburg, MIL Baseball HQ 1 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Carlos Villanueva, SD Mastersball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Adam Rosales, SD RotoWire - DVR 1  
Charlie Culberson, LAD RotoWire - DVR 1  
Dalier Hinojosa, PHI Mastersball 1  
Daniel Castro, ATL ESPN - Karabell 1  
George Kontos, SF Baseball HQ 1  
Hansel Robles, NYM Baseball HQ 1  
Joe Blanton, LAD Baseball HQ 1  
Ryan Buchter, SD Mastersball 1  
Yadiel Rivera, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

I am clearly more in love with Tyler Chatwood than anyone else in the league. I spent $7 for a Colorado starter who by definition should perhaps be only used at home - though his very early career splits do not yet support my concern. The risk I have assumed is that players cannot be reserved in LABR unless sent down or injured. Knowing that, my bid should have been much less – and I would have gotten my man, anyway.

Only two other players went for more than $1 this week in NL LABR, both at $2.

Steve Moyer of InsideEdge picked up right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Unlike my addition Chatwood, Chacin no longer starts for Colorado. Now with Atlanta, the right-hander threw 11 scoreless innings over two starts before he encountered trouble in his sixth inning on Sunday.

Logan Verrett is the beneficiary of Jacob deGrom’s uncertain status – due to his injured lat plus health concerns with his newborn baby son. On just about any other club, if Verrett performs well, he might have a shot at staying in the rotation. That would be much tougher given the Mets’ talented starting five, however. Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts was the winning bidder.

Todd's Take

While I agree with Brian that the Mets' rotation is solid, there are pathways for Verrett to find his way to the hill as a starter once deGrom is back. The irony is #5 starter, 42-year old Bartolo Colon has started at least 30 games each of the past three seasons so he's not the weak link in terms of durability. The Mets are likely to be careful with Steven Matz' innings and to a lesser extent, Noah Syndergaard as well. And with Matt Harvey's early season struggles, would it surprise anyone if Harvey gets a 15-day vacation at some point? The general protocol for deep leagues is to carry solid relievers that can help ratios with the hope they get a shot to close. There's nothing with with hoping for an end game of starting.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Aledmys Diaz, STL Mastersball 13 @TheFantasyFix 2 RotoExperts 2  
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, DET Rotowire 12 Baseball HQ 6 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Mallex Smith, ATL Fangraphs 9 MLB.com 2 RotoExperts 2  
Mat Latos, CWS Fantasy Alarm 8 RotoExperts 3 MLB.com 1 Rotowire 1
Jhoulys Chacin, ATL FNTSY 7 MLB.com 1    
Christian Vazquez, BOS Razzball 5 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 5 RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 1
Eduardo Nunez, MIN RotoExperts 4      
Enrique Hernandez, LAD USA TODAY Fantasy 3 Mastersball 13 MLB.com 1 Rotowire 1
Jose Ramirez, CLE USA TODAY Fantasy 3      
John Jaso, PIT Rotowire 3 @TheFantasyFix 1    
Ross Stripling, LAD RotoExperts 2 MLB.com 1    
Adonis Garcia, ATL RotoExperts 2      
Matt Wisler, ATL USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Brandon Maurer, SD Razzball 1      
Preston Tucker, HOU MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1    
Chad Bettis, COL MLB.com 1 Fantasy Alarm 6    
Tony Wolters, COL Baseball HQ 1      
J.J. Hardy, BAL @TheFantasyFix 1 RotoExperts 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Coco Crisp, OAK @TheFantasyFix 1 MLB.com 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 1
Blake Treinen, WSH Razzball 1    
Brandon Drury, ARI Rotowire 1    
Caleb Joseph, BAL Baseball HQ 1    
Geovany Soto, LAA Baseball HQ 1    
Kendall Graveman, OAK RotoExperts 1    
Nick Ahmed, ARI Rotowire 1    
Ryan Raburn, COL MLB.com 1    
Seth Smith, SEA MLB.com 1    
Trayce Thompson, LAD MLB.com 1    

Todd Zola's Commentary

The injuries to James McCann and Nick Hundley along with the unexpected demotion of Blake Swihart put three teams in the market for backstops. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a big power week which no doubt contributed to the dozen FAAB units Jeff Erickson of Rotowire dropped on the veteran. Salty will see regular at bats in Motown while McCann is out. Christian Vazquez has the reputation as one of the best pitch-framers and throwers in the game. His arm strength is still just 90 percent post-Tommy John surgery but that didn't stop him from executing his patented back-pick throw at first. At least in the short term, Vazquez should catch three of five games which makes him mixed league worthy and Razzball's new receiver for $5. The last hole was filled by converted middle infielder, turned catcher Tony Wolters, requiring just the minimum $1 bid from Ray Murphy and Brent Hershey. I have a weird feeling the co-managers of Baseball HQ may get the best bang for the buck of the trio.

Mallex Smith, basically a clone of the man he's replacing, Ender Inciarte drew a healthy $9 bid from Alan Harrison of Fangraphs while Howard Bender isn't alarmed with Mat Latos poor season last year, costing the Fantasy Alarm's Mock Draft Army head poobah $8.

Todd's Take

One of the shortcomings in my mixed LABR play has been looking to improve my squad when I don't have a natural spot to upgrade - natural meaning injured or sent to the minors. My middle infield is occupied by Eduardo Escobar, who's hitting a decent 0.282 but he has no homers, no steals and just two RBI with two runs. That's pretty vacuous. Alemdys Diaz, on the other hand has 18 combined runs plus RBI, though is in danger of losing his job when Ruben Tejada is ready to return. I didn't drop Escobar, just reserved him so if Diaz doesn't work out, I'm down some FAAB but in a mixed league, that doesn't concern me.

 

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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 will be posted later.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BHoladay, Tex Jeff Erickson 111 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 51    
SWright, Bos Seth Trachtman 58      
MMontgomery, Sea Chris Liss 31      
DDuffy, KC Chris Liss 24 Chris Liss 11    
AGriffin, Tex Jeff Erickson 21      
DBarney, Tor Lawr Michaels 20 Patrick Davitt 3 Steve Moyer 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
TBeckham, TB Patrick Davitt 3 Mike Podhorzer 0    
MAviles, Det Patrick Davitt 3      
CDevenski, Hou Patrick Davitt 3      
JWeaver, LAA Steve Moyer 3 Jeff Erickson 15    
ABenintendi, Bos Chris Liss 3      
FSalas, LAA Jason Collette 2      
MMinor, KC Rob Leibowitz 0      
RRua, Tex Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BBrach, Bal Chris Liss 7    
CShreve, NYY Chris Liss 7    
BShaw, Cle Chris Liss 5 Rob Leibowitz 0  
JShuck, CWS Patrick Davitt 3 Chris Liss 3 Mike Podhorzer 0
ECarrera, Tor Patrick Davitt 3 Mike Podhorzer 0  
RoPerez, Cle Jeff Erickson 2    
RTorreyes, NYY Chris Liss 2    
BNicholas, Tex Jeff Erickson 1    
EJohnson, CWS Jason Collette 1    
ERomero, TB Jason Collette 1    
JChoi, LAA Chris Liss 1    
RRoss, Bos Patrick Davitt 1    
SClevenger, Sea Patrick Davitt 1    
TSipp, Hou Patrick Davitt 1    
JChavez, Tor Rob Leibowitz 0    
LHochevar, KC Rob Leibowitz 0    
PNeshek, Hou Rob Leibowitz 0    
SGeltz, TB Rob Leibowitz 0    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Injuries forced that hand of several Tout owners this week, leading off with Jeff Erickson who went $111 for Bryan Holaday, replacing Robinson Chirinos who is down for a couple of months. Similarly, RotoHeaven's Rob Leibowitz scored Mike Minor--for $0--replacing Andrew Heaney, while Patrick Davitt made two of his three moves in replacing Danny Santana with a $3 Tim Beckham, and anticipated Sin-Shoo Choo hitting the DL by picking up Mike Aviles ($3) to cover for the week. Last week Patrick went $205 for Sean Manaea, so it seems the Touts are still adjusting to the Tout change which increased the FAAB budget to $1000 from $100, and eliminated Vickery..

In his last move, Davitt also purchased Chris Devenski ($3) and reserved Manaea in anticipation of a call-up this summer.

In other moves, Seth Trachtman reserved Scott Feldman and put out the second largest chunk of change, paying $58 for knuckleballer Steven Wright, while RotoWire's Chris Liss made a troika of moves: reserved Aroldis Chapman with Mike Montgomery ($31), Tim Anderson with Danny Duffy ($24, and a move I like), and stashed Oswaldo Arcacia and grabbed hot Boston prospect Andrew Benintendi for $3.

Finally I decided I liked that at-bat odds of Darwin Barney more than those of Cliff Pennington, so I grabbed Barney for $20 to get some at-bats till Devon Travis returns to the fold.

Fewer moves this week suggests owners are assessing their resources and watching numbers settle before the wave of trades and jockeying kicks into gear.

Todd's Take

Or, maybe, there just weren't many players to bid on this week.

As you'll soon see, the National League had some spirited bidding. If the players are there, the bids will come. Something to keep in mind is while on the surface it appears Tout Wars uses "only" four reserves, there's an unlimited DL. When the Warriors get done fleshing out their moves for the week, there will be 23 players in the league with DL status - that's the equivalent of a six-man reserve list. And. it won't be long before even more hit the DL so if the intent of switching to a four-man reserve was to lengthen the free agent pool, having unlimited DL spots counteracts that.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JGomez, Phi Phil Hertz 275 Ray Guilfoyle 180 Derek Carty 142 Phil Hertz 112
    Brian Walton 103 Andy Behrens 92 Todd Zola 77
    Steve Gardner 37 Tristan H. Cockcroft 21 Grey Albright 20
    Lenny Melnick  15    
JHazelbaker, StL Todd Zola 177 Grey Albright 105 Brian Walton 88 Phil Hertz 47
    Steve Gardner 43 Scott Wilderman 22 Andy Behrens 0
ADiaz, StL Phil Hertz 143 Tristan H. Cockcroft 81 Grey Albright 35 Mike Gianella 28
    Brian Walton 23 Derek Carty 22 Andy Behrens 7
RErlin, SD Todd Zola 113 Tristan H. Cockcroft 34 Phil Hertz 23 Lenny Melnick  12
TLaStella, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 65 Steve Gardner 61 Phil Hertz 17 Andy Behrens 8
    Scott Wilderman 1 Todd Zola 1  
ASimon, Cin Andy Behrens 61 Phil Hertz 34    
MSzczur, ChC Scott Wilderman 41 Grey Albright 30 Steve Gardner 29 Mike Gianella 12
    Andy Behrens 4    
MJohnson, LAD Grey Albright 35 Phil Hertz 33 Tristan H. Cockcroft 21  
ABarnes, LAD Scott Wilderman 11      
JLoney, SD Brian Walton 11      
ACaminero, Pit Brian Walton 11 Todd Zola 17 Ray Guilfoyle 1  
MCastro, Col Ray Guilfoyle 10      
JHenderson, NYM Brian Walton 10 Lenny Melnick  6 Phil Hertz 4  
IDeJesus, Cin Steve Gardner 9 Andy Behrens 2    
JPacheco, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Todd Zola 1    
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 0      
ISuzuki, Mia Andy Behrens 0      
JFrancoeur, Atl Andy Behrens 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARosales, SD Grey Albright 35    
DPhelps, Mia Todd Zola 17 Brian Walton 2 Todd Zola 1
JimJohnson, Atl Brian Walton 10    
RWeeks, Ari Grey Albright 10    
CBethancourt, SD Scott Wilderman 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0  
DRoss, ChC Scott Wilderman 5    
BWallace, SD Scott Wilderman 5    
SManess, StL Todd Zola 3    
DStraily, Cin Brian Walton 2    
TThornburg, Mil Brian Walton 1    
JChacin, Atl Phil Hertz 1    
MDenDekker, Was Todd Zola 1    
HNeris, Phi Phil Hertz 0    
BOberholtzer, Phi Phil Hertz 0    
TWolters, Col Tristan H. Cockcroft 0    

Brian Walton's Commentary

Four players found new homes this week in National League Tout at prices over $100. Two were each acquired by two owners – Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ and our own Lord Zola.

A week after spending $179 on three players, Hertz dropped a cool $418. In other words, almost 60 percent of his full year FAAB budget is gone after two weeks. His week 2 purchases begin with the third man up as closer in Philadelphia, Jeanmar Gomez ($275). Next-best bid was $180.

Hertz’ other purchase is St. Louis’ shortstop Aledmys Diaz ($143). The Cuban rookie is actually the fourth man up at the position, after injured Jhonny Peralta and Ruben Tejada and Jedd Gyorko. The latter, better as a second baseman, lacks the glove to play short every day, so if Diaz keeps hitting, he could hold the job for at least the first half of the season – until Peralta is ready to return.

Lord Z spent a more modest $280 on his duo – led off by St. Louis’ 28-year-old rookie outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker ($177). I have already written about the 28-year-old’s opportunity in our LABR report, but suffice it to say that it looks like Hazelbaker may have what it takes to stick and perhaps earn part-time starting duties.

Robbie Erlin ($113) rounds out this period’s big-dollar acquisitions. After losing out on a rotation spot this spring, the right-hander was quickly recalled – to help shore up the Padres’ bullpen. Tyson Ross’ injury changed matters, transforming Erlin from an uninteresting reliever into a two-start pitcher this coming week.

Speaking of San Diego, I made a speculative $11 bid on first baseman James Loney. Though the former Rays starter is in the minor leagues, my bet indicates some confidence that the 31-year-old will be called upon to try to help the ailing Padres offense soon. I have to take a week of empty stats unless it is very, very soon.

Todd's Take

This is something I point out every season - the human mind works in odd ways. Of the 31 winning bids in AL and NL Tout Wars, eight end in "1", with no winners actually being $1. That's about 25 percent as compared to random probablity predicting ten percent. The likely reason for so many bids ending in 1 is to best those ending in 0. My personal rule of thumb is to never end a bid in 0, 1, 5 or 6 - unless I'm stringing multiple bids and just want one player at that price. With a $100 budget, every dollar counted. And while it's not like every buck doesn't count with $1000 to work with, there's more wiggle room, especially since, as Lawr suggested, we're all calibrating to the new system both in terms of individuals and learning how are league-mated are doing it.

The reason for not ending in 0 or 5 should be intuitive - those are the most common bids. Some realized this (or I told them) and began ending bids in 1 or 6. So like Vizzini matching wits with the Dread Pirate Roberts, ending bids with 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 or 9 should win a couple extra players over the course of the season. Now I just need to develop an immunity to iocane.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SGennett, Mil Gene McCaffrey 227 Tim Heaney 56 Cory Schwartz 32 Bret Sayre 31
    Derek Van Riper 21 Al Melchior 16  
JGomez, Phi Gene McCaffrey 133 Scott Pianowski 103 Tim Heaney 67 Al Melchior 54
    Scott Engel 33    
UJimenez, Bal Tim Heaney 67      
NTropeano, LAA Tim Heaney 67 Derek Van Riper 47 Al Melchior 44 Fred Zinkie 20
APagan, SF Cory Schwartz 56 Tim Heaney 26 Fred Zinkie 25 David Gonos 7
BHoladay, Tex Scott Pianowski 50      
CCrisp, Oak Tim Heaney 46 Cory Schwartz 5    
EEscobar, Min Scott Swanay 44 Fred Zinkie 10    
MCain, SF David Gonos 43 Nando DiFino 7    
JJay, SD Fred Zinkie 37 Cory Schwartz 2    
JIglesias, Det David Gonos 36      
TJungmann, Mil Tim Heaney 36 David Gonos 43    
AAvila, CWS Scott Swanay 34 Scott Engel 1    
KGraveman, Oak Nando DiFino 34 Cory Schwartz 11 Derek Van Riper 1  
NAhmed, Ari Tim Heaney 26      
RStripling, LAD Al Melchior 25 Cory Schwartz 19 Scott Engel 11 Tim Heaney 6
TMay, Min Joe Pisapia 18 Nando DiFino 4    
JoRamirez, Cle Al Melchior 16 Gene McCaffrey 17    
JHazelbaker, StL Scott Pianowski 15 Cory Schwartz 9 Fred Zinkie 0  
AGarcia, Atl Nando DiFino 14      
TMilone, Min Cory Schwartz 12      
GSanchez, NYY Scott Swanay 5      
NFeliz, Pit Derek Van Riper 2      
CRuiz, Phi Scott Engel 0 Scott Swanay 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

CAnderson, Mil Tim Heaney 36 David Gonos 6  
JSaltalamacchia, Det Scott Swanay 34    
MReynolds, Col Scott Swanay 34    
SSchebler, Cin Scott Swanay 28    
MUpton, SD Fred Zinkie 25 Tim Heaney 16 Cory Schwartz 12
JSmoak, Tor Scott Swanay 24    
MKepler, Min Tim Heaney 16    
AGriffin, Tex Tim Heaney 6    
MShoemaker, LAA Tim Heaney 6    
TChatwood, Col Cory Schwartz 6    
TCingrani, Cin Joe Pisapia 4    
OInfante, KC Gene McCaffrey 3    
JWeaver, LAA Cory Schwartz 2 Tim Heaney 6  
KSuzuki, Min Scott Swanay 0 Scott Engel 0  
APierzynski, Atl Scott Swanay 0    
JPhegley, Oak Scott Swanay 0    
GSoto, LAA Scott Swanay 0    
CPerez, LAA Scott Swanay 0    
DRuf, Phi Fred Zinkie 0    
MByrd, Cle Fred Zinkie 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Last week it was Al Melchior and this week it was Gene McCaffrey who decided that it was time to go on a spending spree. McCaffrey shelled out a combined 360 bucks, 36 percent of his season budget, for Scooter Gennett and Jeanmar Gomez. Maybe I haven't gotten used to thinking about these bids in the context of the new $1000 budget but this seems like a lot. His hot start to the season notwithstanding, Gennett's career offensive numbers are nothing special from a fantasy perspective. Then again, Gene didn't have a big league second baseman on his roster, so perhaps that had something to do with the aggressive bid.

As for Gomez, he's clearly the Phillies' ninth inning choice for now after recording two saves last week. Whether or not he's clearly the Phillies' ninth inning choice two weeks from now remains to be seen. Note that Gomez entered this year with only one career save across six big league seasons. Also note his career 4.13 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.

I ultimately chose to sit on the FAAB sidelines this week, though I was tempted to bid on both Angel Pagan and Matt Cain. But with Nori Aoki already on my squad, I felt that adding Pagan, who possesses a similar skill set to Aoki, was unnecessary. And despite Cain's solid season debut, I wanted no part of his next matchup, versus the Rockies at Coors Field. Tout Wars rules stipulate that all players added via FAAB must be in active lineups for at least one week. Not surprisingly, both Giants found a place on a Tout Wars roster, and I think both of these purchases could prove to be wise ones in the long run.

Todd's Take

I'm going to disagree with Zach about Gene "Wise Guy" McCaffrey's bids being overly aggressive. As was discussed last week, while Zach is correct about Gene spending 36 percent of his budget, it isn't the same as spending 36 out of a max of 100. The previous discussion pointed out that spending 360 out of 1000 leaves 640 $1 bids while spending 36 from 100 avails just 64. Another way to look at it is experience from the NFBC (which uses a $1000 budget) has taught me later in the season there will be many successful $1 and $2 bids with the $1000 cap. Last season, this would have been 1 or 2 percent of the budget - now it's one-tenth of that.

Bottom line? Be even more aggressive with a $1000 budget. You'll still get the same guys later and are more assured of getting the players you want early.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NMazara, Tex Adam Ronis 234 Ray Murphy 222 Anthony Perri 202 Stacie Stern 118
JGomez, Phi Patrick Mayo 134 Tim McLeod 68 Anthony Perri 54 Eno Sarris 33
    Rudy Gamble 27 Adam Ronis 27 Perry Van Hook 13
NTropeano, LAA Stacie Stern 129 Anthony Perri 34 Eno Sarris 33 Tim McLeod 14
    Adam Ronis 13 Charlie Wiegert 8  
BHolt, Bos Stacie Stern 116 Adam Ronis 43 Perry Van Hook 31 Anthony Perri 31
    Ray Murphy 11 Tim McCullough 8 Charlie Wiegert 7
RStripling, LAD Greg Ambrosius 97 Anthony Perri 34 Perry Van Hook 13 Charlie Wiegert 8
    Rick Wilton 5    
APagan, SF Tim McLeod 47 Stacie Stern 67    
JJaso, Pit Ray Murphy 44      
DGregorius, NYY Anthony Perri 34      
MSmith, Atl Anthony Perri 34 Ray Murphy 33 Adam Ronis 77  
MLatos, CWS Anthony Perri 23 Greg Ambrosius 41 Charlie Wiegert 4  
UJimenez, Bal Charlie Wiegert 13      
ASimon, Cin Perry Van Hook 13      
JJay, SD Perry Van Hook 11      
JHazelbaker, StL Charlie Wiegert 7 Perry Van Hook 11    
AEllis, LAD Greg Ambrosius 6      
MShoemaker, LAA Eno Sarris 6      
RRay, Ari Rudy Gamble 6 Greg Ambrosius 41    
LMorrison, TB Ray Murphy 6      
YEscobar, LAA Ray Murphy 5 Stacie Stern 67    
AAvila, CWS Rudy Gamble 4 Greg Ambrosius 5    
TMay, Min Adam Ronis 4      
CCrisp, Oak Ray Murphy 4 Charlie Wiegert 5    
CLewis, Tex Tom Kessenich 3      
JHellickson, Phi Ray Murphy 2 Tom Kessenich 1    
JSmith, LAA Rudy Gamble 2      
TKoehler, Mia Rick Wilton 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

BNorris, Atl Greg Ambrosius 47 Tom Kessenich 1
AGarcia, Atl Anthony Perri 37  
CUtley, LAD Anthony Perri 23  
ADiaz, StL Adam Ronis 12 Charlie Wiegert 5
ZCozart, Cin Adam Ronis 12  
JoRamirez, Cle Adam Ronis 12  
MSzczur, ChC Perry Van Hook 11  
KSuzuki, Min Greg Ambrosius 6  
CRuiz, Phi Greg Ambrosius 5  
MCain, SF Charlie Wiegert 4  
PHughes, Min Ray Murphy 2  
MCain, SF Ray Murphy 2  
TZych, Sea Tom Kessenich 1  
KGraveman, Oak Eno Sarris 1  
JSaltalamacchia, Det Rudy Gamble 1  
INova, NYY Tom Kessenich 1  
DFarquhar, TB Tom Kessenich 1  
CYoung, KC Tom Kessenich 1  
CaJoseph, Bal Rudy Gamble 1  
BHoladay, Tex Rudy Gamble 1  

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

While the Tout leagues always have weekly battles for new or even hopeful closers in particular and pitching in general, every once in a while a hot young hitter will grab the headline. Such was the case this Sunday as seven of the fifteen teams bid on new Phillies closer du jour Jeanmar Gomez with a range of $13 all the way up to Patrick Mayo's winning bid of $134 which paled in comparison to the $234 it took for Adam Ronis to roster new Texas Ranger right fielder Nomar Mazara.

While there were only four teams that bid on Mazara who went 3-for-4 with a home run in his first Major League game, all four bids were over $100 and three were for more than $200. Young starting pitchers not on opening day rosters received the next two highest winning bids, the Angels' Nick Tropeano won by Stacie Stern for $129, while the Dodgers newest pitcher Ross Stripling fetched $97 from Greg Ambrosius.

In an effort to add a pitcher and a hitter for my underperforming squad, the bids were not anywhere near winning Stripling or Gomez but sufficient to land Reds' starter Alfredo Simon, and Padres' flychaser Jon Jay.

Interesting one of the best pitchers from Week 1, Jeremy Hellickson, went for just $2. Perhaps too many of the Touts had their ratios torched by the former Ray and Diamondback hurler and don't think his first two starts for the Phillies will be matched in coming weeks.

Todd's Take

I'll be honest, I'm not sure which is more frustrating, the fact that it's obvious not everyone in the Mixed Draft realizes $0 bids are allowed or the league members don't read this report and see me whining about this every season.

I agree with Perry's assessment of Jeremy Hellickson. As a DFS analyst and player, even more difficult that picking a pitcher to ride that evening is identifying one to pig-pile on. History says Hellickson is a prime target for a stack - he's homer prone and his new digs, Citizens Bank Park, is homer friendly. But on the other hand, he seemed to figure something out late last season which has carried over to this campaign. One of the things I like about the shortened reserve list alluded to earlier is not only does Hellickson's owner Ray Murphy of BaseballHQ have to keep Hellickson active this week, he needs to be confident he remains an asset (or plans on dropping hm) since reserve spots are so valuable. This removes the luck element of an arbitrary grab and stash to see how the player develops.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RStripling, LAD Jeff Boggis 221  
TWhite, Hou Jeff Boggis 212 Michael Beller 147
JGomez, Phi Howard Bender 156 Jake Ciely 26
MSaunders, Tor Howard Bender 138  
CTillman, Bal Jeff Boggis 111  
MSmith, Atl Jake Ciely 111  
MKepler, Min Michael Beller 72  
JHazelbaker, StL Stephania Bell 41  
NTropeano, LAA Jake Ciely 26  
JBenoit, Sea Doug Anderson 12  
YGallardo, Bal Stephania Bell 10  
BHoladay, Tex Peter Kreutzer 0  
MCastro, Col Peter Kreutzer 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

JRickard, Bal Howard Bender 72
CBeltran, NYY Howard Bender 38
CPerez, LAA Peter Kreutzer 0
HConger, TB Peter Kreutzer 0
APierzynski, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
MMontgomery, Sea Peter Kreutzer 0
JHenderson, NYM Peter Kreutzer 0
SOh, StL Peter Kreutzer 0

 

 

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

Tout Wars H2H has an odd format, so all advice is filtered through idiosyncratic rules. Buyer beware.

I entered the week with a catcher on the DL (Yasmani Grandal), and I wanted to replace him. The obvious choice was Robinson Chirinos, but he broke his forearm this weekend, is on the 60 day DL and can't be counted on to have value this year (much less this week) when he is healthy. I put in a $0 bid on B Holaday, his replacement, and I'm glad I got him for no $.

I also jettisoned Kevin Gausman, ace prospect but injured prospect, for Miguel Castro, young phenom with some control issues. I'm not sure Castro was the best choice (I put contingent bids on Mike Montgomery, Jim Henderson, and SY Oh) but he is the most dominant pitcher out there, if you disregard walks. And he's young and presumably will get smarter. Risky, but a play.

I also reserved Ender Inciarte, who is hurt, and activated Jorge Soler, who should play more this week now that Kyle Schwarber, his platoon mate, is out for the season. We'll play the matchups week to week with these guys.

Jeff Boggis made big bets on Ross "No-Hitter Manque" Stripling, for $221, Chris Tillman coming off an excellent start for $111, and Tyler White for $212, off to a hot start in Houston, for $212.

Michael Beller did put in a bid for $147 for White, but otherwise Boggis's bids were not contested.

But other $100+ bids included Mallex Smith (in play because Inciarte is hurt), Michael Saunders, and Jeanmar Gomez (because saves, maybe),

Did I mention that 12 team mixed leagues are weird?

Todd's Take

Yes Peter, 12-teamers are weird. There's an interesting dichotomy, one which I cop to not being all that proficient at dealing with in the NFBC. A 12-team roster should have starters at each position. Granted, some are high-floor, low ceiling types (let's call them Nick Markakis). The free agent pool is usually dotted with risky but high-upside players. Old school fantasy players are wired to let things play out and since a 12-team roster has no holes on the surface, my lean is to let water find its level. However, looking at the transactions of the 12-team NFBC leagues, the successful teams churn the heck out of their roster. It can't all be cogent analysis, some of it has to be the spaghetti method - throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks. I'm curious to see what works in the Tout H2H league since there's an interesting mix of younger players more programmed to take chances with those possessing the wait-and-see gene in their DNA.

 

 

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