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Friday 22nd Sep 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

Whit Merrifield, KC RotoWire 9 Colton & The Wolfman 6 Baseball HQ 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
    USAT Fantasy 1    
Pat Dean, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 6      
Matt Boyd, DET NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5      
Taylor Motter, TB Baseball HQ 4 USAT Fantasy 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Colin Moran, HOU USAT Fantasy 1      
Austin Romine, NYY USAT Sports 1      
Dustin Ackley, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jake Smolinski, OAK NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USAT Fantasy 1
Jared Hoying, TEX Baseball HQ 1  
Luis Sardinas, SEA Baseball HQ 1  
Mike Aviles, DET Baseball HQ 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

There might be fireworks in waiting for the Memorial holiday, but in general the moves in AL LABR were quiet.

A grand total of six pick-ups were all the week of FAAB produced, however a couple of players did find themselves the target of multiple owners.

Chris Liss bagged Royals infielder Whit Merrifield for $9, besting bids of $6, $4, and a pair of $1 shots. And the scrum for infielder Taylor Motter was won by Dave Adler who beat out bids of $1 and $2.

The rest of the field was uncontested with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton getting Pat Dean for $6, Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs picking up Matt Boyd for $5, along with Dustin Ackley, whom I bought in the auction for $8 and then jettisoned to the roster numbers game, for a buck.

Finishing up Tim Heaney bagged Colin Moran for a dollar, and Steve Gardner a like amount for Austin Romine.

Todd's Take

Whit Merrifield sounds more like an old-school pro wrestler that get's squashed by the stars than a baseball player. As a 27-year old, Merrifield is well past the prospect phase and quite honestly, his minor league numbers are uninspiring, save for decent contact and some speed. However, since being summoned by the injury-riddled Royals, Merrifield's versatility has come in handy, first filling in for Mike Moustakas, then Alex Gordon and then Moustakas again, after the third-sacker was ruled out for the season. Merrifield also has seen time at the keystone as regular second baseman Omar Infante has been slumping. If you're looking for power, there are better options but if a couple of bags along with some runs are your fancy, Merrified's versatility should keep him in the lineup, not to mention provide roster flexibility with middle, corner and outfield eligibility.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Daniel Wright, CIN NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6  
Greg Garcia, STL USA TODAY Sports 4  
Chris Rusin, COL Colton & The Wolfman 2  
Christian Friedrich, SD Colton & The Wolfman 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Albert Suarez, SF RotoExperts 1  
Dustin Garneau, COL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Joe Blanton, LAD Colton & The Wolfman 1
Wily Peralta, MIL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Neftali Feliz, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Cole Gillespie, MIA USA TODAY Sports 1
Miguel Rojas, MIA USA TODAY Sports 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

The highest-dollar player this week at $6 is a bit of a surprise - Daniel Wright of Cincinnati, added by Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats Inc. Taking the rotation spot of injured Tim Adelman, the 25-year-old made his big league debut last Tuesday against the Dodgers. The right-hander allowed seven hits and four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. It is hard to be too optimistic about the ninth different pitcher to have started a game for the anemic Reds this season – one who began 2016 as a Double-A reliever.

Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf took a flyer on two $2 players, one a current Colorado left-handed pitcher in Chris Rusin and the other an ex-Rockie lefty in Padres’ scrap heap reclaim Christian Friedrich. Other than two disastrous outings against the Giants this season – one of which was this past week – Rusin has posted a solid 2.50 ERA. The downside is that LABR does not allow streaming. Through three appearances, Friedrich holds a sharp 1.85 ERA, but has an 11/10 strikeout to walk count in 16 1/3 innings.

The Colton and Wolf duo also bid on new New York Met James Loney, but because the first baseman has not yet been officially added to the 25-man roster, he remains ineligible for another week.

Todd's Take

Before I go on, I'm sure Steve Gardner is well aware of what I'm about to discuss, but this is a perfect opportunity to use Greg Garcia as an example of a mistake some make when putting in bids. Garcia has started three straight games while appearing in the contest before that. In this four-game span, he's 6-for-12 with a homer, four runs and a pair of RBI. When you sort the available free agents by looking at the past seven days (or current period), Garcia stands out. However, the reason he's been in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup is Matt Carpenter was away on paternity leave for three days. The regular third baseman returned Sunday but Redbirds skipper Mike Matheny wanted to keep Garcia's hot, left-handed stick in the lineup so he gave righty-swinging Aledmys Diaz Sunday off with Stephen Strasburg on the hill. The point is, Garcia isn't going to continue to play regularly. It's integral to practice due diligence before dropping some FAAB on a player that appears to be in a groove.

Let's circle back to Mr. Gardner. Steve has a hole to fill with Lucas Duda sidelined. His roster is set up such that the replacement can slot in utility so he just needs a bat, irrespective of position. Check out the hitters receiving attention this week - not exactly a treasure trove of goodness. Garcia may not play every day, but a little research reveals the Cardinals have released Ruben Tejada so there's at minimum a bench spot available until Jhonny Peralta returns. Additional digging uncovers the note that Peralta cut his finger over the weekend, stalling his rehab for a few days, which in turn prolongs Garcia's chance at seeing action. Further, second baseman Kolten Wong is already losing playing time to Jedd Gyorko when a southpaw is on the hill, perhaps Matheny decides to ride the hot hand and take more at bats from Wong and give them to Garcia. This is all conjecture, but the pathway to some at bats for Garcia is plausible. Considering the alternatives, it makes perfect sense for NL only fantasy players to throw a dart at Garcia. Just temper your bid since Garcia may in fact lose his roster spot when Peralta returns sometime in June. I promise when the 15-team mixed league NFBC bids are posted, Garcia will be picked up, likely by an owner that didn't take the time to research the scenario.

I gotta admit, I wrote that with an uneasy feeling Brian was looking over my shoulder, seeing as that he covers the St. Louis Cardinals for a living.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Logan Morrison, TB USA TODAY Sports 5 Baseball HQ 3 Razzball 1
Wilmer Flores, NYM ESPN.com 5    
Bobby Wilson, TEX Mastersball 3 USA TODAY Fantasy 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Whit Merrifield, KC MLB.com 3 MLB.com 1  
Hyun Soo Kim, BAL Fangraphs 2    
Williams Perez, ATL RotoWire 2    
Carlos Perez, LAA USA TODAY Sports 1 RotoExperts 1  
Christian Friedrich, SD Razzball 1 RotoWire 1  
Franklin Gutierrez, SEA RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Mike Bolsinger, LAD Baseball HQ 1    
Robbie Grossman, MIN MLB.com 1    
Pat Dean, MIN MLB.com 1    
CC Sabathia, NYY MLB.com 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Gregor Blanco, SF MLB.com 3
Caleb Joseph, BAL Mastersball 1
Chris Gimenez, CLE Mastersball 1
Dioner Navarro, CWS Mastersball 1
Dustin Garneau, COL Mastersball 1
Hank Conger, TB Mastersball 1
Josh Phegley, OAK Mastersball 1
Desmond Jennings, TB MLB.com 1
Ichiro Suzuki, MIA MLB.com 1
Paulo Orlando, KC MLB.com 1
Peter O'Brien, ARI MLB.com 1
Chase Anderson, MIL Razzball 1
David Ross, CHC USA TODAY Sports 1
Greg Garcia, STL USA TODAY Sports 1

 

Todd Zola's Commentary

Phew, thankfully one of my Mixed LABR colleagues didn't pick up Garcia. Though, Steve did bid on him as a contingency to Logan Morrison who copped the high bid this period. LoMo, and the Tampa Bay Rays in general have awoken from their early season malaise and have been putting points on the board in bunches lately.

My ESPN colleague and injury guru Stephania Bell is anticipating David Wright continues to lose playing time as she nabbed likely replacement Wilmer Flores. The curious nature of Wright's recent woes are the club insists it's a separate neck issue, distinct from the spinal stenosis condition he's been dealing with.

My sole move this week was grabbing Bobby Wilson to replace Salvador Perez as the Kansas City backstop is slated to miss 7 to 10 days with a quad contusion after colliding with Cheslor Cuthbert.

Todd's Take

Let's dissect the Wilson bid. Looking at the contingencies, Wilson's $3 gambit was backed by a series of $1 wishes, the minimum allowable bid in the LABR formats. Perez should be out one, maybe two transaction periods so it wasn't necessary to forfeit significant assets for a couple week stay. That said, my club is built around Clayton Kershaw with a presumed safe set of sticks to remain competitive while attempting to dominate pitching. As such, I really can't afford to lose too much by way of counting stats. Wilson isn't on the same level as Perez, but of all the available receivers. he's playing the most, is in a productive lineup and plays half his games in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park so he's worthy of a small investment. My team was in second at the time of the FAAB run which means losing a tiebreaker to everyone but (temporary) league leader Howard Bender of the Fantasy Alarm. I say temporary in a playful manner as the gentleman known as RotoBuzzGuy is one of the industry's good eggs, making it a little more fun for all of us. OK, where was I. Oh yeah, I worked in the humble-brag of being in second to explain why I bid $3, so as not to lose out to a team bidding $2. After Wilson, I really didn't care who I was awarded, hence the string of buck bids.

 

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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

MShoemaker, LAA Chris Liss 88 Mike Podhorzer 13    
TKemp, Hou Rob Leibowitz 74 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 41 Seth Trachtman 26 Ron Shandler 5
MClevinger, Cle Seth Trachtman 56 Chris Liss 44 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 41 Steve Moyer 13
JRutledge, Bos Ron Shandler 37      
RGrossman, Min Ron Shandler 27 Mike Podhorzer 23 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21 Seth Trachtman 6
    Jason Collette 5    
HConger, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21      
CMoran, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 21 Seth Trachtman 13    
ARomine, Det Jason Collette 6      
TLincecum, LAA Mike Podhorzer 2      

UNAWARDED BIDS

RTorreyes, NYY Ron Shandler 5
SRobinson, LAA Ron Shandler 5
TMotter, TB Jason Collette 4
JBandy, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JThole, Tor Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

While Jimmy Paredes was actually drafted in LABR, the new Jay was indeed a free agent in LABR, and with an injury to Ketel Marte, I thought I needed to fill that gap until either Marte, or Devon Travis (who is on my DL) returns to action. Additionally, Paredes makes a strong bench reserve player thanks to his potential flexibility, playing first, second, and the outfield. That was enough for me to dump $145 of FAAB, besting the $87 second highest bid for the rights to the utilityman.

A lot more bucks were dropped on similar redemption-type players, with Chris Liss going $88 for Matt Shoemaker, who was drafted and dropped, Ron Shandler kicking out $27 for Robbie Grossman and $37 for Josh Rutledge, and Mike Podhorzer getting away with a $2 winning bid for Tim Lincecum.

Rob Leibowitz looked for some hitting help by grabbing Tony Kemp for $74 to spell Seth Smith with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton made a pair of purchases with catcher Hank Conger and Colin Moran, both at $21 while Seth Trachtman ($56 for Mike Clevinger) and Jason Collette ($6 for Andrew Romine) finished up the week's moves.

Todd's Take

Just like we did with the LABR report, it's time to take a look at the standings with an eye on the remaining FAAB relative to the team's placement.

  Pts FAAB
1. Larry Schechter 93 $947
2. Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 71.5 $627
3. Seth Trachtman 71 $526
4. Jason Collette 70.5 $808
5. Lawr Michaels 70.5 $535
6. Patrick Davitt 63 $772
7. Steve Moyer 60 $697
8. Rob Leibowitz 58.5 $814
9. Chris Liss 58 $600
10. Ron Shandler 57 $836
11. Jeff Erickson 54 $651
12. Mike Podhorzer 53 $944

By means of review, Tout Wars starts with $1000 less any penalty incurred for finishing below a minimum points threshold. There's free movement from active to reserve with the sole caveat being a players won in FAAB must be active that week.

Coming into the season I thought those that played in the NFBC may have a better handle on managing a $1000 budget since this is the first year Tout Wars adopted the system while the NFBC has been using it for its existence. That's probably just me over-thinking as usual but it was a notion to follows. That said, having been the Secretary of Waivers and Transactions for this league for several years, I'm familiar with the spending habits and while there was no doubt a learning curve, owners that usually spend have been spending while those that are frugal have still nickel-and-dimed their bids despite the bloated budget.

The standings are interesting in that Larry Schechter has a big league then there's two groups of tightly bunched squads. This makes trading quite intiguing since there are so many teams close to yours in the standings making most offers of the challenge variety and less needs for needs, at least for now.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MBourn, Ari Brian Walton 122 Scott Wilderman 83 Steve Gardner 69 Todd Zola 57
    Phil Hertz 27 Grey Albright 21 Mike Gianella 14
    Andy Behrens 9 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5  
KBroxton, Mil Scott Wilderman 52 Grey Albright 22 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Steve Gardner 8
    Phil Hertz 2    
MCain, SF Steve Gardner 44 Phil Hertz 11 Brian Walton 3 Grey Albright 2
CBethancourt, SD Phil Hertz 37 Brian Walton 2    
ZDavies, Mil Mike Gianella 14      
HPerez, Mil Mike Gianella 14 Grey Albright 1    
ABregman, Hou Steve Gardner 12      
DWright, Cin Tristan H. Cockcroft 3      
CEstevez, Col Ray Guilfoyle 3      
TThornburg, Mil Grey Albright 3 Steve Gardner 31 Brian Walton 1  
HRenfroe, SD Phil Hertz 2      
ROhlendorf, Cin Brian Walton 2      
JBarrett, Ari Brian Walton 0 Steve Gardner 15 Phil Hertz 0  

UNAWARDED BIDS

FRivero, Was Grey Albright 2
JGrimm, ChC Brian Walton 0
MBowman, StL Brian Walton 0
TCahill, ChC Brian Walton 0
RCabrera, Cin Phil Hertz 0
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

I get it. Michael Bourn is old news, tired iron – a guy who was released from Toronto’s High-A club after not sticking on the worst team in Major League Baseball – the Atlanta Braves. Then again, the 33-year-old has a full-time job, hitting second for the Arizona Diamondbacks and playing center field. I am second-to-last in the league in steals and that is one thing Bourn can do, so I bid big to win, $122.

Outfielder Keon Broxton came on strong this spring for Milwaukee and made the club out of spring training. Like so many others, when the lights came on for the regular season, the rookie wilted. Now back after a good showing in Triple-A, there is playing time to be had with Domingo Santana on the shelf. Scott Wilderman of our stats provider, onRoto.com, had the winning offer of $52.

Christian Bethancourt is known as a failed Braves catching prospect dealt to San Diego. With Derek Norris far under the Mendoza Line for the season, Bethancourt is not only seeing time behind the plate, he also was slated to make his first career start in right field this past week. Regular at-bats matter in NL Tout, and Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ was willing to spend $37 to roster the third-year player.

Todd's Take

  Pts FAAB
1. Phil Hertz 85 $200
2. Andy Behrens 81.5 $726
3. Todd Zola 80 $337
4. Steve Gardner 72.5 $709
5. Derek Carty 72 $759
6. Lenny Melnick 60.5 $856
7. Scott Wilderman 59.5 $713
8. Ray Guilfoyle 59 $762
9. Brian Walton 58.5 $576
10. Mike Gianella 58.5 $775
11. Tristan H. Cockcroft 51.5 $738
12. Grey Albright 41.5 $274

As Lawr has pointed out for the first quarter of the season, action in the AL side of things has been tempered with more activity in the Senior Circuit. That's readily seen with the above table as only Lenny Melnick is under $800. As opposed to LABR, two of the top three teams have been very liberal with spending (with a certain team keeping a $310 redemption for A.J. Pollock in his back pocket).

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KBroxton, Mil Nando DiFino 186 Cory Schwartz 0    
MAdams, StL Scott Swanay 124      
MFiers, Hou Joe Pisapia 108 Ray Flowers 47 Cory Schwartz 42 Tim Heaney 21
    Fred Zinkie 5    
KWong, StL Cory Schwartz 88 Ray Flowers 71 Scott Pianowski 44  
LChisenhall, Cle Nando DiFino 82      
TraThompson, LAD Derek Van Riper 67 Cory Schwartz 65 Scott Pianowski 25 Scott Engel 23
JuGuerra, Mil Al Melchior 57 Scott Pianowski 44 Fred Zinkie 18 Tim Heaney 16
    Fred Zinkie 10 Cory Schwartz 2  
MFulmer, Det Cory Schwartz 55 Joe Pisapia 48 Ray Flowers 39 Scott Engel 24
    Tim Heaney 6    
KGiles, Hou Ray Flowers 39 Tim Heaney 4    
RRay, Ari Cory Schwartz 34 Tim Heaney 16    
DGee, KC Fred Zinkie 30 Cory Schwartz 2    
CSabathia, NYY Nando DiFino 29      
JMercer, Pit Zach Steinhorn 22 Fred Zinkie 2    
MMahtook, TB Ray Flowers 22      
TFlowers, Atl Ray Flowers 13 Fred Zinkie 0    
MClevinger, Cle Tim Heaney 6      
ABregman, Hou Bret Sayre 5      
TKoehler, Mia Scott Pianowski 3      
JGiavotella, LAA Fred Zinkie 0      
DPhelps, Mia Fred Zinkie 0 Ray Flowers 13    

UNAWARDED BIDS

JRutledge, Bos Nando DiFino 41  
BWallace, SD Nando DiFino 41  
LMorrison, TB Cory Schwartz 33  
ECampbell, NYM Nando DiFino 31  
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Ray Flowers 23 Cory Schwartz 1
BButler, Oak Nando DiFino 21  
DHernandez, Phi Ray Flowers 17  
DGregorius, NYY Zach Steinhorn 14  
TBarnhart, Cin Ray Flowers 13  
CPerez, LAA Ray Flowers 13  
BWilson, Tex Ray Flowers 13  
CRuiz, Phi Ray Flowers 13  
BHoladay, Tex Ray Flowers 13  
KHerrera, KC Ray Flowers 13  
DAckley, NYY Nando DiFino 11  
DEspinosa, Was Zach Steinhorn 8  
JPaxton, Sea Fred Zinkie 1  
DWright, Cin Fred Zinkie 1  
CReed, Cin Fred Zinkie 1  
AReyes, StL Fred Zinkie 1  
RBuchter, SD Scott Pianowski 1  
MShoemaker, LAA Fred Zinkie 0  
APresley, Mil Cory Schwartz 0  

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

After opening the 2016 season by going 0-for-16 with the Brewers, Keon Broxton registered a .301 batting average to go along with seven homers and 15 steals in 25 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. While the power outburst is somewhat surprising, the speed is legit. Now back in the big leagues, Broxton is currently in line for regular at-bats, and with the stolen base race very tight in this league, an impact speedster could make a huge impact in the overall standings.

Matt Adams has rarely started versus left-handed pitching this year, but he's been productive nonetheless, slashing .281/.340/.461 with four homers and 17 RBI entering play on Monday. The fact that he got the start on Saturday against Diamondbacks southpaw Robbie Ray is worth noting. Could increased playing time be on the horizon?

I reentered the FAAB scene this week, though it was not by choice, as I needed a middle infield replacement for Ketel Marte. None of the options were exciting but I settled on Jordy Mercer, who is off to a solid start this season, boasting a .391 OBP and on pace to set single-season career highs in both RBI and runs. He's not going to make up for Marte's steals, but at least Marte isn't expected to miss more than the minimum 15 days.

Todd's Take

1. Bret Sayre 112 $657
2. Scott Pianowski 108 $561
3. Joe Pisapia 99.5 $720
4. Cory Schwartz 91 $459
5. Zach Steinhorn 88 $710
6. Gene McCaffrey 82 $525
7. Fred Zinkie 81.5 $531
8. David Gonos 79 $663
9. Nando DiFino 75 $224
10. Al Melchior 72.5 $270
11. Derek Van Riper 68.5 $247
12. Tim Heaney 68 $248
13. Ray Flowers 61 $497
14. Scott Swanay 60 $609
15. Scott Engel 54 $243

As I've mentioned, I'm a fan of aggressive spending in mixed formats as there's ways of conserving budget, especially down the stretch. A nice example is how Ray Flowers listed a bunch of catchers at the relatively small $13 bid. That's basically saying, "I don't care which one I get, just give me one of these catchers." An argument can be tendered to string $0 bids if they're all truly the same but chances are Ray wanted to beat out the single digit bids and even though they're all the same bakers dozen bid, they were listed in order of desire.

 

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MMahtook, TB Craig Mish 68    
CLewis, Tex Greg Ambrosius 44    
CHerrmann, Ari Tim McLeod 39    
MClevinger, Cle Greg Ambrosius 33    
DSantana, Min Patrick Mayo 33 Adam Ronis 4 Charlie Wiegert 3
CAnderson, Mil Anthony Perri 26    
TKoehler, Mia Patrick Mayo 19 Greg Ambrosius 30 Craig Mish 1
BWallace, SD Stacie Stern 18    
DGee, KC Craig Mish 9    
KGiles, Hou Tim McLeod 3    
KTomlinson, SF Charlie Wiegert 3    
JTaillon, Pit Charlie Wiegert 2    
AReyes, StL Craig Mish 1    
MByrd, Cle Perry Van Hook 0    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MCain, SF Greg Ambrosius 31
JHahn, Oak Craig Mish 12
TLaStella, ChC Stacie Stern 3
CRamos, Tex Charlie Wiegert 2
MShoemaker, LAA Charlie Wiegert 2
LChisenhall, Cle Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The high bidder for this week's cycle was Craig Mish with a $68 on new Tampa outfielder Mikie Mahtook, hoping to find enough at bats with incumbent center fielder Kevin Kiermaier out for a couple of months.

Among the low bids, however, were gambles on a pair of excellent minor league prospects. Charlie Weigert nabbed Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon for $2, while the active Mish was back with a $1 grab of Cardinals starter Alex Reyes.The good news is Taillon and Reyes were cheap: the bad news is FAAB acquisitions must remain active on the roster for the week meaning zero stats barring a miraculous call-up.

In the middle was Greg Ambrosius still searching to repair his rotation, jettisoning Shelby Miller in lieu of a $33 Mike Clevinger, while saying goodbye to Scott Kazmir for a $44 Colby Lewis.

Personally, I was going to sit out this week's free agent scrum but with Ketel Marte hitting the DL along with two reserve outfielders--Curtis Granderson and Matt Joyce--both likely to suffer with several lefty starters on the late this week, I bid $0 to get an Indians flychaser and the wheel stopped on Marlon Byrd.

Todd's Take

 

1. Rudy Gamble 108 $888
2. Anthony Perri 106 $369
3. Patrick Mayo 105.5 $723
4. Craig Mish 93 $874
5. Tim McLeod 86.5 $222
6. Tom Kessenich 86 $695
7. Charlie Wiegert 85.5 $611
8. Adam Ronis 85 $572
9. Rick Wilton 84.5 $418
10. Tim McCullough 75 $1,000
11. Stacie Stern 68.5 $485
12. Ray Murphy 67.5 $800
13. Eno Sarris 64 $397
14. Perry Van Hook 60 $691
15. Greg Ambrosius 25 $279

 Another mixed-bag. Something to note is the Auction league has been more aggressive than the draft league. That's more likely a function of the league members than the formats but it may give an idea of the range of bids that could land a player in your own leagues.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SDyson, Tex Michael Beller 311 Doug Anderson 293 Paul Sporer 222 Jake Ciely 55
JJaso, Pit Jeff Zimmerman 201      
DValencia, Oak Jeff Zimmerman 178 Jake Ciely 90 Paul Sporer 66 Howard Bender 28
CMaybin, Det Andrea LaMont 172 Michael Beller 141 Jake Ciely 90 Peter Kreutzer 23
TraThompson, LAD Paul Sporer 89 Jake Ciely 35 Peter Kreutzer 17  
AWood, LAD Andrea LaMont 83 Jake Ciely 55    
RDavis, Cle Jake Ciely 55 Howard Bender 28    
CHerrmann, Ari Michael Beller 35 Jake Ciely 1    
JPeralta, StL Michael Beller 32      
CBeltran, NYY Howard Bender 28 Paul Sporer 59    
AWainwright, StL Andrea LaMont 26 Howard Bender 12 Jeff Boggis 2  
TGoeddel, Phi Jake Ciely 15      
MWisler, Atl Jake Ciely 15      
INova, NYY Howard Bender 6      
CVazquez, Bos Andrea LaMont 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

We've been talking here this season about the relative lack of moves in Tout H2H.

Two factors come into play on this issue.

The Tout Wars rule that a purchased player has to spend the week on a roster is a huge inhibitor to shallow league churn. Finding a player who is better than a reserve player is a lot easier, usually, than finding one who is better than an active player.

Plus, the rules make it hard to dump categories and score points, since you're not only playing week to week but also in a Roto contest for each half of the season, and the season as a whole. Miserable OBP guys have a bigger cost in this format.

But the other factor is shallow roster.

I would have loved to roster Jacob Lamb this week. He's having a fine season, he gets on base and he's on target for 25 homers or so. That's a good player!

But for me to roster him I would have to move Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado, Chris Carter, or Nick Castellanos to reserve. That isn't going to happen.

Presumably every other team had a similar surfeit of corners, since Lamb was not picked up this week. That has to be a mistake, no?

I put in modest bids on Cameron Maybin, who is a productive hitter off to a hot start off the DL, so long as he is healthy (which isn't that often) and Trayce Thompson, who also had a big week and will continue to play until Andre Ether or Scott Van Slyke is back. Though if he continues to hit as he did last week, those guys got Pipped.

I like both Maybin and Thompson this season, but you have to figure in who you're replacing (in this case, reserving Brandon Drury and dropping Eddie Rosario), and who you're reserving.

Not every FAAB jewel is of equal value to the FAABing masses.

That said, 16 players were picked up this week, and some serious coin was spent. The players are playing.

Todd's Take

Touche, PK, that they are.

With the reminder there's a roto element to the standings, here are the head to head records.

TEAM WIN LOSS PCT FAAB
1. Brent Hershey 30 6 0.833 $925
2. Peter Kreutzer 23 13 0.639 $472
3. Jake Ciely 22 14 0.611 $285
4. Jeff Zimmerman 22 14 0.611 $220
5. Doug Anderson 20 16 0.556 $959
6. Howard Bender 19 17 0.528 $194
7. Stephania Bell 18 18 0.500 $866
8. Jeff Boggis 17 19 0.472 $270
9. Michael Beller 16 20 0.444 $304
10. Jeff Mans 14 22 0.389 $810
11. Paul Sporer 9 27 0.250 $790
12. Andrea LaMont 6 30 0.167 $487

A future Todd's takes will review the combo standings (read: I need to make sure I am getting it right and want to get this posted). There's actually been a lot more spending than I realized. Twelve team leagues are hard. I'll talk about that too down the line.

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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

JChacin, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 101 Rob Leibowitz 46 Steve Moyer 28 Jeff Erickson 25
    Mike Podhorzer 13    
DGee, KC Jeff Erickson 65 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 56 Rob Leibowitz 26 Mike Podhorzer 13
    Steve Moyer 9 Seth Trachtman 8  
MMontgomery, Sea Chris Liss 44      
SMoya, Det Steve Moyer 37 Mike Podhorzer 8    
JCenteno, Min Lawr Michaels 35 Mike Podhorzer 0 Steve Moyer 0  
GPetit, LAA Seth Trachtman 35      
BRyan, LAA Rob Leibowitz 28 Seth Trachtman 12    
JMarisnick, Hou Seth Trachtman 21 Steve Moyer 13 Mike Podhorzer 3  
JWilson, Det Patrick Davitt 9      
RRua, Tex Steve Moyer 9 Mike Podhorzer 2    
CBedrosian, LAA Patrick Davitt 9 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 11 Mike Podhorzer 0  
MFeliz, Hou Jeff Erickson 3 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1    
MWright, Bal Steve Moyer 3      
MMartinez, Cle Mike Podhorzer 1      
CPerez, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0      
TBarnette, Tex Steve Moyer 0      
PNeshek, Hou Steve Moyer 0      
JDiekman, Tex Mike Podhorzer 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Just as with the AL LABR FAAB cycle, owners in the American League Tout Wars were beyond active, with nine making moves. Inside Edge's Steve Moyer lead the way with five pick-ups, dropping $37 on Steven Moya (replacing Mark Cahna), $9 on Ryan Rua (reserving Dalton Pompey) and then attempted to tweak his already low-budget pitching staff by acquiring Mike Wright ($3 replacing Chris Young), rostering Tony Barnette (reserving Brett Cecil) and Pat Neshek (reserving Jered Weaver), both on $0 bids.

Fangraph's Mike Podhorzer made three moves picking up backstop Chris Perez ($0), while moving Kris Medlen to the DL in lieu of Jake Diekman ($0) and finally moving Chris B Young to his reserve list and replacing with the Tribe's Mike Martinez ($1).

So, those two owners comprised nearly half the 18 total moves, although the big spenders of the week were Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, who gambled on former Rockies Jhoulys Chacin (also the high priced LABR pick-up) for $101 besting four other bids ranging from $13 to $46.

RotoWire's Jeff Erickson, who put Yankees top prospect Luis Severino to the DL and replaced him with another former New Yorker, Dillon Gee for $65 while Erickson's Rotowire mate Chris Liss is hoping to squeeze some saves out of Mike Montgomery on whom he dropped $44.

Patrick Davitt did bag Sean Manaea the first week of FAAB moves for $201, but Manaea's ineffectiveness has made Davitt reserve the Athletics prospect in lieu of Tigers Justin Wilson for $9. Patrick also acquired the Angels Cam Bedrosian for $9, reserving Carson Smith.

Seth Trachtman, one of the leading teams at present, is hoping for at-bats from Gregorio Petit ($35) and Jake Marisnick ($21) while Rob Leibowitz, who owns injured Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons tried to fill the gap with Brendon Ryan for $28. But, I too joined the hopeful musical chair replacements for Simmons, as my Cliff Pennington moved to the DL so I spent $35 on hopeful Twins catcher Juan Centeno, moving the 26-year old to my Swing position.

So, we were largely busy busy, with a lot of moves, but the question of impact remains. And, we shall see.

Todd's Take

 It's a little surprising Steven Moya didn't garner more attention. The Tigers tipped their hand by sending Anthony Gose down; Moya is going to get fairly steady at bats, even when Cameron Maybin is finally ready to start his 2016 campaign. Besides the obvious power, the primary asset Moya possesses is swinging left-handed. Other than switch-hitter Victor Martinez, Detroit sports a decidedly right-handed lineup. Moya offers some pop from the left side, providing some balance and making it more difficult for the opposing skipper to manage his bullpen.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AReyes, StL Brian Walton 33 Tristan H. Cockcroft 1    
TJoseph, Phi Tristan H. Cockcroft 101 Todd Zola 77 Brian Walton 25 Scott Wilderman 21
    Phil Hertz 7    
JNiese, Pit Tristan H. Cockcroft 44 Derek Carty 21 Grey Albright 11 Phil Hertz 2
EButler, Col Andy Behrens 71      
WPerez, Atl Derek Carty 21 Tristan H. Cockcroft 21    
JMarinez, Mil Grey Albright 11      
LPerdomo, SD Grey Albright 11      
ARosales, SD Mike Gianella 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 4 Todd Zola 0 Phil Hertz 0
JPirela, SD Mike Gianella 4      
HSanchez, SD Phil Hertz 2      
CDArnaud, Atl Phil Hertz 2      
CGearrin, SF Phil Hertz 1 Grey Albright 1    
CHeisey, Was Scott Wilderman 0 Phil Hertz 0    
JBlanton, LAD Scott Wilderman 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillaspie, SF Phil Hertz 3  
LColeman, LAD Tristan H. Cockcroft 2  
CBethancourt, SD Phil Hertz 2  
JBarrett, Ari Brian Walton 1 Phil Hertz 0
ACaminero, Pit Grey Albright 1  
CHatcher, LAD Grey Albright 1  
DVogelbach, ChC Tristan H. Cockcroft 1  
HRenfroe, SD Phil Hertz 1  
JBroxton, StL Grey Albright 1  
JLoney, SD Phil Hertz 1  
JOsich, SF Grey Albright 1  
MCain, SF Phil Hertz 1  
RCabrera, Cin Phil Hertz 0  
RRivera, NYM Phil Hertz 0  

Brian Walton's Commentary

Tommy Joseph has been raking in the minors, but the Phillies rookie does not qualify at catcher. Still, the first baseman offers tantalizing power potential. On the downside, since his call up on Friday, Joseph has just three plate appearances, with two strikeouts and a walk. That didn’t bother three-time league champion Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN, whose $101 bid topped a number of other interested buyers.

At $44, Cockcroft also won the bidding for Jon Niese of Pittsburgh. The veteran lefty allowed three solo homers over 6 2/3 in his most recent outing, his best start in his last four. Niese improved his season ERA to 5.62 in the process. Cockcroft sees a start against the lowly Braves next.

Eddie Butler drew attention with six scoreless innings against the red-hot Giants last week. His second start of the week was less interesting, with four runs in five innings. Andy Behrens of Yahoo is willing to deal with the inherent Coors risk, paying $71 for the 25-year-old right-hander.

Since I gushed about the potential of suspended Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes in my column last week, I had to ensure I won the bidding, which I did at $33. Memo to self: Next time, run the article after the bidding, not before.

Todd's Take

In this week's LABR report I suggested that sometimes even some of us in the industry overlook things, or perhaps get distracted while managing teams. That was written knowing the following anecdote would be shared here. I wanted to bid on Jon Niese, largely for the reason Brian cited, he's slated to face the hapless Braves this week. Well, as I was setting my bids I received an e-mail requesting some help from someone having difficulties setting their bids in another Tout Wars league. I serve as Secretary of Waivers and Transactions for two of the other formats thus it's my job (literally) to address questions, and since we were so close to deadline the response needed to be immediate. The problem was after I finished answering I forgot I didn't enter the Niese bid and started in on my requests for LABR and the FSTA league. Other than the obvious scatterbrained omission, the real issue was not setting some preliminary bids earlier in the week so all I'd have to do is change amounts or add other contingencies. Truth be told, I usually do just this, but like the PED user that gets caught, I happened to get burned the one time I forget.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SDyson, Tex Derek Van Riper 181 Scott Pianowski 77 Cory Schwartz 71 Ray Flowers 39
    Al Melchior 35    
MFoltynewicz, Atl Nando DiFino 72 Tim Heaney 27 Derek Van Riper 27 Scott Engel 25
BGuyer, TB Scott Engel 57 Cory Schwartz 37 Scott Pianowski 22 Ray Flowers 21
MGonzalez, Hou Scott Pianowski 54 Al Melchior 42 Ray Flowers 38 Cory Schwartz 13
MAndriese, TB Scott Engel 52 Fred Zinkie 35 Scott Swanay 28 Derek Van Riper 27
    Gene McCaffrey 17    
DDuffy, KC Scott Swanay 51 Tim Heaney 27 Nando DiFino 8 Gene McCaffrey 7
    Scott Pianowski 1    
CLewis, Tex Scott Engel 37      
ADeSclafani, Cin Tim Heaney 36      
EButler, Col Nando DiFino 33      
JJay, SD Ray Flowers 29      
DHolland, Tex Tim Heaney 27      
JChacin, LAA Scott Engel 19      
RDickey, Tor Cory Schwartz 17 Derek Van Riper 27 Tim Heaney 27 Nando DiFino 21
    Fred Zinkie 2    
CHerrmann, Ari Nando DiFino 12 Scott Pianowski 33 Fred Zinkie 6  
TGoeddel, Phi Scott Engel 8 Fred Zinkie 6    
CVazquez, Bos Fred Zinkie 6      
TJoseph, Phi Al Melchior 6      
JPeavy, SF Tim Heaney 6      
KSiegrist, StL Scott Pianowski 5      
TWilson, Bal Fred Zinkie 4 Tim Heaney 3    
TJankowski, SD Derek Van Riper 3      
RDavis, Cle Bret Sayre 0      

UNAWARDED BIDS

DLee, Sea Ray Flowers 29 Derek Van Riper 3 Scott Engel 2
CCuthbert, KC Ray Flowers 29    
KelJohnson, Atl Ray Flowers 29    
DHernandez, Phi Ray Flowers 22    
SMoya, Det Ray Flowers 19 Scott Swanay 13  
MAdams, StL Ray Flowers 19 Scott Engel 3  
BWallace, SD Scott Swanay 14    
ABlair, Atl Scott Engel 13    
TFlowers, Atl Nando DiFino 12 Fred Zinkie 0  
RRua, Tex Scott Engel 9 Derek Van Riper 1  
TKoehler, Mia Derek Van Riper 9    
BWilson, Tex Fred Zinkie 0    
LVerrett, NYM Scott Engel 4    
SOh, StL Scott Pianowski 4    
CBethancourt, SD Nando DiFino 4    
WHarris, Hou Scott Pianowski 2    
FSalas, LAA Scott Pianowski 1    
TMurphy, Col Fred Zinkie 1    
CGimenez, Cle Fred Zinkie 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Sam Dyson picked up the save for the Rangers on Sunday in place of regular closer Shawn Tolleson, who blew a save chance on Saturday and has been shaky for much of the season. While I do not think a closer change is imminent (Tolleson did throw 28 pitches on Saturday), Dyson, who sports a stellar 1.89 ERA through 20 appearances this year, is certainly worth stashing.

While Dyson was by far the most expensive player purchased this week, there was plenty of interest in the starting pitching market, with my favorite buys being Danny Duffy and Anthony DeSclafani. With Kris Medlen (who has been mostly ineffective so far) sidelined indefinitely due to a rotator cuff strain, Duffy, who has been excellent out of the bullpen this season, will now move into Kansas City's starting rotation. And if yesterday's abbreviated start (3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K) is any indication, he could remain in the rotation for awhile. Duffy should be good for at least five innings in his next start as he continues to get stretched out.

As for DeSclafani, this is a guy who was a legitimate breakout candidate heading into the season. But an oblique strain has kept him out since late March, and many owners have probably forgotten about him. Although his exact return date is still unknown, DeSclafani threw a successful bullpen session over the weekend, so he's clearly making progress.

Todd's Take

I must be in a mood today as I seem to be disagreeing with my cohorts more than usual today. Actually, the first note isn't so much a disagreement as a caveat. Zach's correct in that Danny Duffy is destined to rejoin the Royals rotation. However the club has an off-day this week with intentions on skipping Duffy and using him out of the bullpen until a fifth starter is needed. With a series against the Red Sox on the ledger, we'll probably see Duffy versus David Ortiz at some point. With respect to how the southpaw may do as a starter, you can't just assume a carryover of peripherals. On the average, a pitcher's skills improve by 17 percent when in the bullpen. Not everyone behaves exactly in that manner but look at a couple of Duffy's mates - Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar. Both are appreciably better as full-time relievers.

The other nit to pick is Shawn Tolleson's leash. Especially with the call-up of potential late-inning reliever Matt Bush (see Lawr's Week 7 Hotpage), a bullpen shake-up could occur sooner than later with Dyson moving into the ninth and Bush handling eighth inning duties.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MPerez, Tex Greg Ambrosius 88      
HAlvarez, Oak Greg Ambrosius 87      
SPearce, TB Stacie Stern 49 Adam Ronis 17 Charlie Wiegert 12  
JuGuerra, Mil Eno Sarris 13      
MGonzalez, Hou Perry Van Hook 27 Stacie Stern 7    
BGuyer, TB Perry Van Hook 27 Charlie Wiegert 20 Bret Sayre 3 Adam Ronis 2
MAndriese, TB Perry Van Hook 27 Adam Ronis 24 Stacie Stern 17  
MMargot, SD Tim McLeod 2      
MFoltynewicz, Atl Ray Murphy 28      
DDuffy, KC Adam Ronis 12      
AGarcia, CWS Adam Ronis 24 Charlie Wiegert 22 Anthony Perri 3  
TBarnhart, Cin Tom Kessenich 4      
BWilson, Tex Craig Mish 3      
CRusin, Col Stacie Stern 16      
TraThompson, LAD Charlie Wiegert 12 Stacie Stern 19    

UNAWARDED BIDS

DSantana, Min Adam Ronis 14
INova, NYY Adam Ronis 2
JChacin, LAA Adam Ronis 2
TGoeddel, Phi Stacie Stern 1
RBuchter, SD Eno Sarris 1
RRua, Tex Stacie Stern 0
LValbuena, Hou Bret Sayre 0
RDavis, Cle Bret Sayre 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

While this week’s moves lacked a hot prospect or new closer as roster targets, owners made a lot of measured attempts to improve pitching staffs. Others added several interesting hitters, most of whom can help with position eligibility.

The top two bids were both by Greg Ambrosius as he attempted to upgrade his KGs – Kendall Graveman and Ken Giles. The winners were current Ranger starter Martin Perez for $88 and soon to be Athletic starter Henderson Alvarez for $87.

The most interesting hitter was Steve Pearce of Tampa Bay. Since Tout position eligibility allows fifteen games at a spot from the previous season, Pearce already qualifies at second base so Stacie Stern can slot her new $49 investment at the keystone immediately and not wait for Pearce to pick-up in-season eligibility filling in for Logan Forsythe the next month.

My team needed some incremental upgrades (especially after my Matt Joyce gaffe from last week) but the top players seemed out of my price range. As a result, I bid $27 each on Marwin Gonzalez, Brandon Guyer, and Matt Andriese, at as least temporary upgrades.

After two excellent starts, Andriese might have been a far more expensive target if he wasn’t starting against the Tigers in Detroit this week. Gonzalez, who qualifies at every infield position, is getting a lot more at-bats for the Astros with Tyler White fading but I wanted him to spell Brian Dozier for a while. Meanwhile, the hot-hitting Guyer wasn’t a clear pick since he doesn’t play every day but fearing the two homers on Sunday might generate interest, I raised my bid. Despite opposing bids into the twenties on Andriese and Guyer, I managed to roster all three: hopefully the trio contributes on the field.

Todd's Take

The multiple eligibility factor brings up an interesting point. With the current inventory of players, in a vacuum, a non-catcher is worth the same regardless of his position. Depending on one's strategy as well as strength and weakness as an evaluator, one may opt to spend more at certain positions. The conundrum I have is how to factor multiple position eligibility into rankings. It's not about the player being worth more but rather how he avails the maximum overall potential in terms of roster construct. If a couple of injured players are stashed on reserve and your third catcher emerges to be a fantasy asset, it may behoove you to put Buster Posey at first or corner, perhaps pushing Mark Trumbo outfield, displacing an under-performer. For this scenario to work, the third catcher needs to be out-producing this struggling outfielder, but that's certainly plausible. No one drafts Posey or Trumbo because of their dual eligibility; that distinction is left for guys like Daniel Murphy, Neil Walker and Mr. Pearce. The end-result is these players can add potential to your roster over the course of the season, I just need to figure out the best means to quantify and account for it in draft preparation and into the season.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DSantana, Min Howard Bender 86    
JGray, Col Andrea LaMont 81 Jake Ciely 5 Peter Kreutzer 0
TDuffey, Min Howard Bender 72 Peter Kreutzer 3  
RPorcello, Bos Andrea LaMont 51 Jake Ciely 10  
MBourn, Ari Stephania Bell 25    
GSoto, LAA Michael Beller 10    
AHill, Mil Jeff Boggis 7    
MAndriese, TB Jeff Boggis 6 Andrea LaMont 31 Jake Ciely 5
JWerth, Was Jeff Boggis 6    
TMay, Min Jake Ciely 5    
TBauer, Cle Peter Kreutzer 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

AWood, LAD Andrea LaMont 31
GBeckham, Atl Stephania Bell 10
RBuchter, SD Peter Kreutzer 0

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

One of the interesting things about the Bidmeister, onRoto.com's auctioning system, is you can see the rankings other teams had. (That's part of the charm of the Mastersball FAAB report, too.)

Last night's FAAB action was mostly about starting pitching, among which there were a few intriguing names bought.

Jonathan Gray drew some interest because he's been pitching well, even in Colorado, and this week will face the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Matt Andriese has had two strong starts to begin his year in the majors.

Rick Porcello has six straight Quality Starts, which matter in this league.

Tyler Duffey has three straight QS and has walked just five in 24.3 innings.

And Trevor Bauer has been pretty good since joining the Indian's rotation. I bid more on Duffey but won Bauer last night. I've been crushed the past two weeks in W+QS and, while I'm not sure either of these guys is going to make a difference, they're each worth a shot.

Big money for hitters went to Danny Santana and Michael Bourn. Bourn should see some at bats because David Peralta landed on the DL in Arizona, while Santana has been the Twins center fielder since Byron Buxton was sent down to the minors.

One final note: There was talk early in the year about the value of relievers, especially those who strike out many, in a league that uses K/9 as a category (as well as ERA and Ratio). Jake Ciely's pickup of Trevor May this week supports this. While May may earn saves if Kevin Jepson falters, his 30 strikeouts in 20 innings can be a real K/9 booster.

Todd's Take

There are two things I'm keeping an eye on in this league. The first is will owners opt to rejigger their teams if their not consistently winning their match-ups, in an effort to focus on certain categories in lieu of others, a common head-to-head tactic. In part to dissuade that action, part of the Tout H2H scoring is standard roto so perhaps that helps defray that ploy. It's still early but it will be interesting to follow.

The other thing is whether at some point the owners open up their wallets and purses to empty their healthy FAAB budgets. I hope I'm wrong about this, especially in a head to head format that encourages full-season attention, but there's usually a few teams that aren't as diligent with managing their team later in the season. This is true in all forms of play - high stakes, industry, home leagues - everywhere. The tie-in here is my experience has taught me it's easy to get the players needed in FAAB later in the season as there's less competition. The manner to address this is to be aggressive early since you don't need a lot of units later - you'll end up with the same pick-ups, regardless. Like mentioned, I'm really hoping (and believe) this group will stay engaged until the very end, but if I were in the league, I'd look to be more aggressive with FAAB going forward.

 

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

Anthony Kemp, HOU Colton & The Wolfman 11 Fangraphs 3
Robbie Grossman, MIN Colton & The Wolfman 3  
Michael Clevinger, CLE NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3  
Hank Conger, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN.com 1
Matt McBride, OAK ESPN.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Matt Bush, TEX ESPN.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Joakim Soria, KC SiriusXM 1  
Josh Rutledge, BOS Fangraphs 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Whit Merrifield, KC Colton & The Wolfman 5    
Taylor Motter, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Jett Bandy, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN.com 1  
Austin Romine, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Dustin Ackley, NYY Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Jake Smolinski, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Tyler Ladendorf, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1    
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK SiriusXM 1    
Kirby Yates, NYY SiriusXM 1    
Tony Sipp, HOU SiriusXM 1    
Tyler Wilson, BAL SiriusXM 1    

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

One would think going into the latest FAAB cycle Jimmy Paredes, now of Toronto, would be among the most sought after this past week. The utility player who hit .275-10-42 last year was activated from the DL by the Orioles, released, and then signed by the Jays. Since Paredes started the season on the DL with an unknown role we would imagine no bidding, but Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius of NFBC/STATS nabbed the utilityman during the reserve draft and immediately dropped him on the DL.

Within the context of the LABR rules, this was a great move, as it allowed the team to DL a player and grab an extra FAAB gamble just as the season began, while giving the special reserve move rights to Paredes. LABR rules allow for unlimited movement from active to reserve for such "$0" players as opposed to regular salaried players who must remain active, and can only be removed if disabled or sent down. If there is no other option, said player must be released. Paredes is currently only eligible at utility but should pick up the requisite five games played to be placed at second, third and outfield down the line. This makes the new Torontonian, who homered last week, a potentially valuable chit in a particularly deep league (by contrast, Paredes went for $145 FAAB in Tout Wars).

So, with Paredes off the table, Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton made three moves, first in bagging Houston's Anthony Kemp for $11, then Twin Robbie Grossman for $3 and finally backstop Hank Conger for $1.

Childs and Ambrosius are going to have to make an activation decision about Paredes next week, but for now the team acquired hurler Mike Clevinger for $3, while Eno Sarris picked up Josh Rutledge for a buck.

ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft made a pair of tweaks bagging Athletics back-up catcher for a buck along with hard throwing Matt Bush for a like amount. McBride is currently only playable in the outfield, needing just one more appearance behind the dish to be catcher-eligible though he's also helping fill the outfield void with Josh Reddick sidelined. To complete the moves, SiriusXM's Ray Flowers added reliever Joakim Soria to his stable.

Todd's Take

It's tradition to check in on the standings and remaining FAAB about a quarter of the way through. Don't worry, I learned several years ago it's not the quarter pole until we're three-quarters of the way through.

  PTS FAAB
USAT Sports 85.5 $90
ESPN.com 85 $97
SiriusXM 79 $95
Winning Fantasy Baseball 79 $97
USAT Fantasy 69 $89
Baseball HQ 64.5 $76
Colton & The Wolfman 58 $55
Mastersball 57 $78
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 53.5 $76
Yahoo! Sports 53 $93
Fangraphs 49.5 $58
RotoWire 47 $73

Interestingly, the top four teams hold the most FAAB. Or maybe this isn't so interesing but more a matter they've avoided the injury bug. Keep in mind Lawr's explanation of the reserve rules which limits player replacement. What will be interesing is if the NL follows a similar pattern and how this compares to the AL Tout Wars league that has freer movement from active to reserve.

LABR rebates FAAB equivalent to the auction price for players on the disabled list and released by their owner. Colton & The Wolfman reclaimed $22 for Garrett Richards.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Chase Anderson, MIL Baseball HQ 2 RotoExperts 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL USA TODAY Sports 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
David Lough, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell 1
Eric Campbell, NYM ESPN - Karabell 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
David Ross, CHC USA TODAY Sports 1  
Hansel Robles, NYM Derek Carty 1  

UNAWARDED BIDS

Joe Blanton, LAD USA TODAY Sports 2
Derek Law, SF Derek Carty 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

A pair of Milwaukee Brewers at $2 each were the most expensive free agents of the six players added this week in NL LABR.

On the down side, Chase Anderson has served up 11 home runs over his last six starts. On the positive side, the 28-year-old has allowed just five runs in his last 14 2/3 innings. That is on the heels of having yielded 21 tallies over his prior 18 1/3 frames. Dave Adler of BaseballHQ is betting the recent Anderson will be the guy we will see going forward.

Jeremy Jeffress has locked down the closer job, with the set up role having evolved to Tyler Thornburg. While the 27-year-old Thornburg’s ERA is only so-so at 3.86, his 29 strikeouts to seven walks in just 18 2/3 innings made the right-hander’s acquisition appealing to new owner and league commissioner Steve Gardner of USA TODAY.

I had no roster openings this week, but if I had, I would have bid on Thornburg, who picked up a stray save last week.

Todd's Take

  PTS FAAB
Mastersball 94 $73
Sandlot Shrink 89 $99
Baseball HQ 81 $89
Derek Carty 70.5 $94
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 67 $72
RotoExperts 64 $15
RotoWire - DVR 62.5 $100
Colton & The Wolfman 58 $74
Yahoo Sports 57.5 $100
USA TODAY Sports 50.5 $77
ESPN - Karabell 43.5 $90
Inside Edge 42.5 $25

OK, the theory doesn't completely carry over as the top team has been a little agressive while the next three have been more miserly. Derek Van Riper, my Wednesday podcast partner at Rotowire released Kyle Schwarber with $24 added back to his total. While it doesn't completely balance the loss of Schwarber for the season, DVR has been able to be aggressive early on and still be in the running for an impact NL transplant in 10 or so weeks.

Especially in a league with the penalty of needing to drop anunder-performer in order to replace him, it will be fun to follow what Dalton Del Don from Yahoo! and Eric Karabell from ESPN do with their FAAB. Having been in their shoes many times, it's tempting to wait for the big gun at the deadline but you still need to be in a position to make it matter.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Evan Gattis, HOU @TheFantasyFix 16 USA TODAY Sports 15 MLB.com 12 FG - Sleeper & Bust 3
Trayce Thompson, LAD @TheFantasyFix 13 RotoWire 7 USA TODAY Sports 6 Fangraphs 6
    FG - Sleeper & Bust 3 RotoExperts 2 MLB.com 1
Michael Bourn, ARI Fantasy Alarm 11 USA TODAY Sports 4    
Jorge Soler, CHC @TheFantasyFix 10 USA TODAY Sports 5 Fangraphs 3 FG - Sleeper & Bust 2
Johnny Giavotella, LAA Mastersball 7      
Tommy Joseph, PHI USA TODAY Sports 6 Baseball HQ 3    
Chris Herrmann, ARI RotoWire 5 USA TODAY Sports 4 MLB.com 2 RotoExperts 1
Junior Guerra, MIL RotoWire 5 FG - Sleeper & Bust 3 MLB.com 3 Baseball Prospectus 1
    RotoExperts 1    
Tony Wolters, COL Baseball HQ 3      
Derek Holland, TEX MLB.com 3      
Danny Duffy, KC Baseball Prospectus 3      
Doug Fister, HOU MLB.com 2      
Tyler White, HOU USA TODAY Sports 2 RotoExperts 1    
Blake Swihart, BOS Fangraphs 2 Baseball HQ 3    
Daniel Straily, CIN FG - Sleeper & Bust 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 MLB.com 1 RotoExperts 1
Mark Reynolds, COL Razzball 1 USA TODAY Sports 1    
Tyler Goeddel, PHI RotoExperts 1      
Christian Bethancourt, SD RotoExperts 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Desmond Jennings, TB @TheFantasyFix 11
Fernando Salas, LAA RotoWire 3
Chase Anderson, MIL Baseball Prospectus 1
Michael Clevinger, CLE FG - Sleeper & Bust 1
Chase d'Arnaud, ATL Fantasy Alarm 1
Danny Espinosa, WSH Mastersball 1
Erick Aybar, ATL Mastersball 1
Freddy Galvis, PHI Mastersball 1
Gregorio Petit, LAA Mastersball 1
Nick Ahmed, ARI Mastersball 1
Tim Beckham, TB Mastersball 1
Tom Koehler, MIA MLB.com 1
Zach Davies, MIL MLB.com 1
Ryan Howard, PHI Razzball 1
Yonder Alonso, OAK Razzball 1
Nick Vincent, SEA RotoExperts 1
Ryan Buchter, SD RotoWire 1
Bobby Wilson, TEX USA TODAY Sports 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

So I spent the better part of Sunday evening replacing Ketel Marte in about ten leagues (not an exaggeration). The good news is he's looking at a minimum stay on the disabled list, The bad news is there's not a ton available as you can ascertain from my string of contingency bids backing the acquisition of Johnny Giavotella. Devon Travis is on my reserve so I didn't feel desperate since the Blue Jays second baseman is due back soon and looks like he'll take over the keystone sack full time. That said, Giavotella is a regular too and could provide some trade fodder after Marte and Travis are both ready.

The big buys this week are all familiar names, save Trayce Thompson. The Dodgers have been mixing and matching their outfield with Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke injured. Thompson was on the small side of a platoon but has bashed his way to a full-time gig - at least for now. Alan Harrison hopes it's for the season.

Alan also invested a big chunk of FAAB on Evan Gattis, the new Astros back-up receiver along with remaining designated hitter. Gattis won't play as much as he did when he didn't need to bring a mitt to the park but he'll be fine as a backstop once he squats behind the plate five times. The founder of the Fantasy Fix also added Jorge Soler as Jason Heyward is supposed to miss a few more games, giving Soler some added playing time.

Howard Bender grabbed Michael Bourn and the potential of some cheap speed. The Diamondbacks need a center fielder with David Peralta hurt so Bourn will get some run while he's out.

Todd's Take

  PTS FAAB
Mastersball 112.5 $45
Fantasy Alarm 109.5 $14
Rotowire 102.5 $55
Baseball HQ 96 $77
Baseball Prospectus 88.5 $71
MLB.com 85 $84
Fangraphs 84.5 $66
@TheFantasyFix 73.5 $24
Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 72 $67
RotoExperts 70.5 $7
Razzball 66 $62
FNTSY 63.5 $71
USA TODAY Fantasy 60.5 $49
USA TODAY Sports 58 $47
ESPN.com 57.5 $47

The key here is Mixed LABR allows free movement from active to reserve to mimic the format the majority of our audience plays. Thus, we have the ability to stash slow starters and not release them. As an example, Justin Upton can be reserved by his Mixed owner while his AL owner is hoping he gets things together. The other major difference is we don't have to decide whether to hang onto our budget to have the hammer at the trade deadline. Although, for mixed leagues, the passing of the Super-2 date is the equivalent of the trading deadline as they'll be an influx of potentially impact talent.

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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

Jhoulys Chacin, LAA Fangraphs 13 Colton & The Wolfman 11 Baseball HQ 9 RotoWire 4
    USAT Fantasy 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Matt Andriese, TB Baseball HQ 13 Colton & The Wolfman 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 11 Fangraphs 11
    USAT Sports 6 USAT Fantasy 1  
Dillon Gee, KC Colton & The Wolfman 11 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Baseball HQ 1  
Steven Moya, DET Baseball HQ 8 USAT Fantasy 6 USAT Sports 5  
Mike Wright, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1   Colton & The Wolfman 2
Ryan Rua, TEX NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USAT Fantasy 1 Baseball HQ 1
Juan Centeno, MIN Baseball HQ 1      
Michael Feliz, HOU USAT Fantasy 1      
Gavin Floyd, TOR RotoWire 1      
Jake Diekman, TEX SiriusXM 1 USAT Fantasy 1    
Drew Stubbs, TEX USAT Fantasy 1 Baseball HQ 1    
Ronald Torreyes, NYY Yahoo! Sports USAT Fantasy 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tyler Wilson, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 6  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK SiriusXM 1 USAT Fantasy 1
Dustin Ackley, NYY NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USAT Fantasy 1
Josh Rutledge, BOS NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USAT Fantasy 1
Ryan Flaherty, BAL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 USAT Fantasy 1
Gregorio Petit, LAA USAT Fantasy 1  
Jefry Marte, LAA USAT Fantasy 1  
Joakim Soria, KC USAT Fantasy 1  
Ryan Hanigan, BOS USAT Fantasy 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

This week provided an unusually active set of owners with nine of the twelve teams making moves to replace dead or injured wood.

The common thought going into 2016 was there was enough pitching to go around. Look at this week's moves; the American League hitters did not get the message. Eno Sarris of Fangraphs spent $13 for a somewhat used Jhoulys Chacin, besting six bids ranging from $2 to $11, while Dave Adler dropped a like amount on the Rays Matt Andriese, besting five bids--three of them for $11--trying to boost his pitching numbers.

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton also got into the festivities, spending $11 on Dillon Gee along with $6 for the rights to Mike Wright.

Adler also lead the charge on position players, topping three bids to acquire the Tigers Steven Moya, while Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosius took Ryan Rua for $4, beating out two wannabe owners.

At the bottom of the player food chain were a flurry of $1 moves such as new Ranger Drew Stubbs along with Michael Feliz both going to Tim Heaney. Chris Liss took a shot on Gavin Floyd while Ray Flowers bagged A.J. Griffin and top team ESPN owner Tristan Cockcroft plugged a gap with Ryan Flaherty.

With nearly one-fourth of the season gone, and numbers stabilizing there is a concerted scramble to find production wherever possible. The gambles on former highly touted prospects like Chacin, Stubbs and Floyd suggest there is hope some gas is left in the respective player's tank.

Todd's Take

I'm higher on Jhoulys Chacin than the esteemed Mr. Michaels. In many of my NFBC 15-team leagues, Chacin, Matt Andriese and Mike Foltynewicz were available. After pondering how to rank them and what to bid, Chacin was listed on top, followed by Foltynewicz then Andiese. The latter pair will be explained in a bit, let's focus on the Halos' new right-hander.

I'm guessing from writing about DFS pitching as part of my work-week, Chacin's decent peripherals have me encouraged. Granted, lefty swingers are pounding him, but if Chacin can maintain anywhere near the 9.1 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 he currently boasts, the 5.40 ERA will come down and be playable in AL only and as a streamer in mixed leagues. With all the injuries in the Angels rotation, Chacin should continue to take the hill every fifth day, half the time in pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium. Now if only his offense could provide him with some support, though coming from Atlanta, that's nothing new.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Matt Cain, SF NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13 RotoExperts 1    
Tommy Joseph, PHI RotoExperts 9 Baseball HQ 5 Mastersball 2  
Jon Niese, PIT RotoExperts 7 Baseball HQ 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4  
Jake Peavy, SF Baseball HQ 5 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2    
Tim Adleman, CIN Baseball HQ 2      
Jose Pirela, SD Baseball HQ 1      
Tyler Goeddel, PHI Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 RotoExperts 3 Baseball HQ 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

Christian Friedrich, SD RotoExperts 2
Clint Robinson, WSH NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Joe Blanton, LAD Baseball HQ 1
Louis Coleman, LAD Baseball HQ 1

Brian Walton's Commentary

After several relatively quiet weeks, the NL LABR crew opened up their wallets.

Two vintage starts from Matt Cain of the red-hot Giants were enough to lead Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of STATS, Inc. to spend $13, one-seventh of their full-year FAAB. If Cain continues to turn back the clock, this bid will repay itself many times over. (Interestingly, in NL Tout Wars, Cain remains on the waiver wire.)

In addition to his considerable power potential and playing time opportunity on the Phillies, Tommy Joseph still qualifies at catcher (unlike in Tout). That makes the first baseman even more valuable, with the winning bid at $9, from Lenny Melnick of RotoExperts.

Pirates lefty Jon Niese also drew considerable attention as he lowered his season ERA under 6.00 this past week. Derek Van Riper of RotoWire made the top offer of $7.

Todd's Take

Not only can you get a peek at some under-the-radar names and how the industry ranks them from these reports, sometimes you can glean an extra nugget. For example, I own Tyler Goeddel in NL Tout Wars. He's on reserve since after an early-season spurt, his playing time dried up. A little due diligence was necessary after seeing four suitors this week in NL LABR.

Alas, Goeddel has started six of the past seven games, collecting a hit in five, scoring three runs while knocking in four, not to mention swiping a bag. In contrast, my Week 6 utility spot was occupied by Matt Joyce and his 0-for-2 week. Goeddel's week would almost assuredly caught my attention when setting lineups for Week 7, but you never know. Stuff happens, computers act finicky, the phone rings at the most inopportune time. Suffice it to say Goeddel is now active, and I have NL LABR to thank for it.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Oswaldo Arcia, MIN FNTSY 8      
Ervin Santana, MIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 8 Fantasy Alarm 4    
Matt Andriese, TB RotoExperts 7 USA TODAY Sports 4 MLB.com 4 Mastersball 3
    Baseball HQ 1    
Ivan Nova, NYY Fantasy Alarm 6 Baseball HQ 4    
Gordon Beckham, ATL ESPN.com 4      
Mike Foltynewicz, ATL Mastersball 3 @TheFantasyFix 2 RotoExperts 2 Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1
Dillon Gee, KC ESPN.com 3      
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU USA TODAY Fantasy 3 MLB.com 2 Razzball 1  
Matt Cain, SF Baseball HQ 3      
Chase Utley, LAD Razzball 2 @TheFantasyFix 2    
Brandon Guyer, TB USA TODAY Sports 2      
Jose Ramirez, CLE USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Razzball 1    
Tyler Wilson, BAL MLB.com 1      
Justin Smoak, TOR RotoExperts 1 USA TODAY Fantasy 3    
Kevin Plawecki, NYM Razzball 1      
Robbie Ray, ARI Razzball 1      
Chris Coghlan, OAK Baseball HQ 1 Razzball 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Daniel Straily, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 3 Razzball 1
Jose Peraza, CIN USA TODAY Fantasy 2  
Trayce Thompson, LAD USA TODAY Fantasy 1  
Freddy Galvis, PHI Razzball 1  
Jeff Locke, PIT Razzball 1  
Seung-Hwan Oh, STL Fantasy Alarm 1  
Eddie Butler, COL Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  
Tim Adleman, CIN Fangraphs - Sleeper & Bust 1  

Todd Zola's Commentary

After a few weeks devoid of interesting starting pitching, eight new hurlers will be active this per LABR rules. Unlike the NFBC where Matt Cain can be stashed, Ray Murphy and Brent Hershey of BaseballHQ are required to have the San Francisco veteran right-hander active for his date with the dangerous Chicago Cubs, albeit at home in AT&T Park. For what it's worth, Cain's ensuing outing lines up as a Coors affair. Hopefully Ray or Brent's PCs don't go wonky or one rings the other up just as they were going to take Cain out.

The upcoming match-up is what landed me on Mike Foltynewicz instead of Matt Andriese, along with cautious optimism regarding a couple of improvement from the Atlanta Braves righty. Foltynewicz is slated to next work in PNC Park against the Pirates while the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Field are next on Andriese's docket. Neither are at all favorable, but PNC is a pitcher's park and Foltynewicz is displaying improved control. There is concern over a low swinging strike rate, portending a drop in his current 7.7 K/9. On the other hand, he does throw 95 so perhaps he'll figure out how to miss more bats.

Ervin Santana garnered the top big among the arms. Back woes delayed his start to the season but now that the Twins veteran is healthy, Jason Collette and Paul Sporer grabbed Big Erv. 

Todd's Take

Standings are still unstable which means when your team collectively regresses, you're likely to gain or lose points depending on the correction. As an example, all it takes is a couple of hitters to be carrying a fortunate batting average on balls in play (BABIP) which can propel your squad to the top of the average category. Chances are these players are also accounting for a little extra run production. if your batting average is buoyed by luck and you're not doing as well in the counting categories, that's a bad sign since your average is likely to drop. Perhaps looking to deal someone with an empty average for a low average hitter but decent production will help. What's done is done, you're not going to lose the lucky hits. Going forward your player shouldn't be unlucky, they should simply so as expected so you have that gift batting average buffer to burn.

Similarly, check out your ERA and WHIP. Normally, WHIP is the leader with ERA the follower. There's luck involved with both but ERA displays larger variance. If your ERA is one of the league's best but your WHIP isn't so hot, plan for losing some points once Lady Luck decides to visit someone else and your ERA falls down towards the WHIP.

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