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Wednesday 22nd Nov 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

James Shields, CWS Colton & The Wolfman 57 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 37 SiriusXM 36 ESPN.com 29
    RotoWire 17 Baseball HQ 9  
Chris Parmelee, NYY Baseball HQ 7 ESPN.com 2    
Ricky Nolasco, MIN SiriusXM 7 Colton & The Wolfman 11    
Luis Sardinas, SEA ESPN.com 2      
Shane Robinson, LAA Baseball HQ 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1    
John Axford, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1      
Ryan Flaherty, BAL ESPN.com 1      
Kurt Suzuki, MIN RotoWire 1      
Shawn O'Malley, SEA Winning Fantasy Baseball 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jefry Marte, LAA Baseball HQ 2  
Mike Aviles, DET Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jake Smolinski, OAK Baseball HQ 1 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Stefen Romero, SEA Baseball HQ 1  
Mychal Givens, BAL Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Justin Wilson, DET Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Enny Romero, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1  
Jared Hoying, TEX ESPN.com 1  
Gregorio Petit, LAA ESPN.com 1  
Fernando Rodriguez, OAK RotoWire 1  
Michael Martinez, CLE Winning Fantasy Baseball 1  

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As we would expect, the big ticket FAAB item this week was ex-Padre, new Pale Hose James Shields who went to Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton for a solid $57, a tidy sum, but not as much as we might have anticipated. Colton and the Wolfman easily bested bids of $9, $17, $29, $36, and $37.

Rick and Glenn adding reliever John Axford ($1), were among a cluster of other buck adds in the form of Shane Robinson (Dave Adler of BBHQ), Shawn O'Malley (Larry Schechter), Kurt Suzuki (Chris Liss), and Ryan Flaherty (Tristan Cockcroft).

In the middle, Adler grabbed Chris Parmelee for $7, besting a pair of $2 attempts, while Ray Flowers rostered Ricky Nolasco for $3, outbidding a pair of $2 throws, while league leader Cockcroft added Luis Sardinas for $2.

Todd's Take

The look on Shields face in the introductory image is familiar. That's the same expression I had when the winning bids were announced in the AL only NFBC league. My squad is doing well but the pitching is precarious with Felix Hernandez hurt and Steven Wright active. Jose Quintana is doing his part while Jesse Hahn reminded us this week how hittable be can be at times. Still, the club is in the title hunt and I have the FAAB hammer. I didn't want to go all-in, but I also didn't want a competitor getting a potential difference-maker on the cheap. Dropping $317 of the $1000 budget left me with with $652, the fifth most in the league. I lost the hammer, but have the services of Shields for a lot longer than the time players acquired at the trade deadline are helpful.

So now the question is will Shields be helpful? I promise all you'll read is how risky he is, seeing as how he was homer-prone in Petco and is now moving to U.S. Cellular Field. Yeah, that's a huge concern. Though, I'm not convinced he'll give up appreciably more homers. What I'm counting on is a veteran who's been through the wars is again pitching in meaningful games. Sure, the weather in San Diego is perfect but it must be hard for a guy whose moniker was Big Game, in the twilight of a very successful career, to take the ball knowing if he gets a win, it will be one of about 70 the team accrues on the season. Chris Sale can do the heavy lifting. Jose Quintana is quietly having an All-Star campaign. Just go out there and give me seven strong and I'll be fine.

At least that's what I keep saying to myself.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Jimmy Paredes, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 16 Colton & The Wolfman 2    
James Loney, NYM Mastersball 13 Colton & The Wolfman 12 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Inside Edge 2
    RotoWire - DVR 1    
Carlos Torres, MIL Sandlot Shrink 4      
Joe Blanton, LAD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2 Inside Edge 1 USA TODAY Sports 1  
Ross Ohlendorf, CIN Mastersball 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1    
Stephen Drew, WSH Inside Edge 1      
Tyler Lyons, STL Inside Edge 1      
Adam Rosales, SD Colton & The Wolfman 1 Inside Edge 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

Travis Wood, CHC Mastersball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Andrew Bailey, PHI Inside Edge 1  
Brandon Snyder, ATL Inside Edge 1  
Clint Robinson, WSH Inside Edge 1  
Jim Henderson, NYM Inside Edge 1  
Miguel Rojas, MIA Inside Edge 1  
Carlos Villanueva, SD Mastersball 1  
Adam Morgan, PHI NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  
Neftali Feliz, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1  

Brian Walton's Commentary

New Phillies utilityman Jimmy Paredes fetched the high bid in NL LABR this week at $16. Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs of NFBC/Stats, Inc. were surprisingly the lone bidders for a player who almost certainly will be seeing regular at-bats for a team looking for answers offensively.

Though the trade of James Loney to the Mets was announced prior to last week’s LABR waiver deadline, the veteran first baseman had not yet officially been placed on New York’s roster. As a result, a $6 bid by Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf of Full Moon Sports was nullified due to league rules.

With the emptiness at first base that is known as Ryan Howard killing my slumping team, I decided to join the Loney fray this week, bidding double last week’s top amount, plus $1. $13 is also $2 more than the most expensive free agent position players this season to date (Hernan Perez and Jeremy Hazelbaker). Another way to look at is that $13 is one-seventh of my full-year budget.

Even so, despite the league-wide scuffle for at-bats, this is still Loney, after all. Perhaps as a result, no one else bid, not even Colton/Wolf, so I spent $12 too much.

Now that Brandon Maurer has clearly pitched himself out of San Diego’s closing hierarchy and is pitching poorly, I dumped him over the side for another volatile reliever in Ross Ohlendorf ($2). At least the latter still has a chance to get the Reds closers job that no one seems to want.

Todd's Take

Some have questioned why a rebuilding team like the Phillies would want a journeyman like Paredes. True, the Phillies are readying for the future and Paredes isn't likely to be a major part. However, with their promising pitching at the Major League level and prospects J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and Roman Quinn in the pipeline, it won't be long before the team in the City of Brotherly Love is fighting again. Paredes is a nice stop-gap that can play all over, helping the squad give their maturing staff a little more run support.

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MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Archie Bradley, ARI Baseball HQ 19 Baseball Prospectus 13 RotoWire 10 Mastersball 7
    Fangraphs 5 RotoExperts 1 Razzball 1
    USA TODAY Fantasy 1    
Will Harris, HOU Baseball HQ 12 USA TODAY Fantasy 7 MLB.com 5 RotoWire 5
    Fangraphs 4 Baseball Prospectus 4 RotoExperts 1
Zach Davies, MIL Mastersball 7 Baseball HQ 1    
Julio Urias, LAD RotoWire 5 Razzball 2 MLB.com 1  
James Paxton, SEA Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 1    
Chris Young, BOS Baseball HQ 2      
Jarrett Parker, SF USA TODAY Fantasy 2 Baseball HQ 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 RotoExperts 1
Seung Hwan Oh, STL Mastersball 2      
Tyler Naquin, CLE MLB.com 1      
David Ross, CHC USA TODAY Fantasy 1      
Austin Romine, NYY Baseball HQ 1      
Michael Feliz, HOU USA TODAY Fantasy 1 RotoExperts 1    
John Jaso, PIT Razzball 1      
Dae-Ho Lee, SEA RotoExperts 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

Martin Prado, MIA USA TODAY Fantasy 2
Bryan Holaday, TEX Baseball HQ 1
Drew Butera, KC Baseball HQ 1
Jake Marisnick, HOU Baseball HQ 1
Dioner Navarro, CWS USA TODAY Fantasy 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching was the theme of this week's bidding as four starters and one potential closer drew the five highest bids. Archie Bradley leads the way as he's coming off consecutive outings highlighted with 19 whiffs to only four walks in 13 2/3rd frames. LABR rules require acquisitions to be active so Ray Murphy will have the Snakes righty in there when the strikeout-prone Tampa Bay Rays visit the desert.

Luke Gregerson's woes continue so the Astros are giving him a break from closing. Will Harris, along with Michael Feliz and perhaps Ken Giles are the favorites to pick up the slack. As much as I need a closer, I couldn't drop what I figured it would take for Harris. I'm just not that confident he'll be the guy going forward. 

Part one of my free agent foray was grabbing Zach Davies to replace the injured Mike Foltynewicz. Davies has a double-dip on the docket, scheduled to face the Athletics and Mets, both in Miller Park. The hitter-friendly venue is worrisome, but a 29-to-2 strikeout to walk ratio over Davies last four outings, spanning 25 1/3rd stanzas eases the concern.

Part two was a result of ridiculously careless bidding. I blame it on the aftermath of winning James Shields. As mentioned, I had to replace Foltynewicz. After bidding on Bradley and Davies I added Seung Hwan Ho for $2, to make sure I got someone. The assumption was someone may take a $1 flyer on Oh, but not $2. The problem is I already have David Phelps and Joaqin Benoit on reserve so a parachute was already in place. To make a dumb mistake even dumber, I then decided to try to get both starters since I like their match-ups this week. There's a mechanism to duplicate bids so instead of re-entering the second block, I just hit the copy button and was set. If I left it at one block, Davies would be mine with Oh's bid cancelled.

Oh well.

Todd's Take

As alluded to, I really need saves, especially with my second closer, Kevin Jepsen, soiling the rubber. As of Sunday night, I have 23 saves, good for four points. Only seven more saves would land me nine more points. The category is incredibly bunched with my squad at the bottom. With Ketel Marte coming off the DL, I have an extra middle infielder or extra outfielder (using a sixth fly chaser at utility) along with Brandon Drury on reserve so there's plenty of depth to do a two-for-one with the one being a closer. I missed the trade deadline this period but hopefully this time next week I'm dissecting a deal for more saves.

 

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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

WMerrifield, KC Ron Shandler 187 Larry Schechter 106 Chris Liss 56 Jeff Erickson 31
    Seth Trachtman 30 Steve Moyer 27  
FGutierrez, Sea Chris Liss 166 Jeff Erickson 117 Jason Collette 31 Ron Shandler 28
    Steve Moyer 27 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1  
LSardinas, Sea Larry Schechter 42 Seth Trachtman 15 Ron Shandler 11  
ARomine, NYY Jason Collette 41 Ron Shandler 29 Seth Trachtman 1  
BEibner, KC Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 31 Steve Moyer 27    
PDean, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 31 Steve Moyer 27    
MBoyd, Det Steve Moyer 27 Jason Collette 17 Seth Trachtman 16  
TMotter, TB Seth Trachtman 26 Jeff Erickson 11    
BKintzler, Min Jason Collette 4      
FAbad, Min Patrick Davitt 1      
DButera, KC Seth Trachtman 1      
MBush, Tex Seth Trachtman 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

OArcia, Min Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 26
MTonkin, Min Jason Collette 5
LHochevar, KC Jason Collette 2
JSmolinksi, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
SOMalley, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JBandy, LAA Seth Trachtman 1
MGonzalez, CWS Seth Trachtman 1
SRobinson, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JHoying, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Though more active than LABR AL this week, the American League Touts were still quiet on the whole with eight teams making acquisitions as opposed to just six in LABR, although several moves involved players common to both roto leagues.

Ron Shandler made the big pick-up grabbing Whit Merrifield for $187 clams, nearly 19% of his total FAAB budget, as compared to the $9/9% the Royals infielder fetched in LABR, while Seth Trachtmen nabbed Tyler Motter for $26 ($4 in LABR) along with Drew Butera and Matt Bush, each for a buck.

Jason Collette dropped $41 on Austin Romine--now the sixth catcher to grace his roster this season--along with making a stab at Twins hurler Brandon Kintzler for a dollar.

Chris Liss grabbed Franklin Gutierrez who should see steady playing time for $166 while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton spent $31 each on Brett Eibner and another Twins pitcher in Pat Dean.

Steve Moyer dropped $27 on Matt Boyd while Patrick Davitt went to Fernando Abad ($1) while reserving Kelvin Herrera in a move to strengthen his bullpen depth.

Rounding out the moves, Larry Schechter bought Luis Sardinas ($42) giving Ryan Goins--whose future playing time is questionable--a chance to chill on his reserve list.

Todd's Take

Quality, not quantity is the theme. It may have been a quiet week in terms of number of bids but there are two, perhaps up to four hitters that can really help a deep league. We touched on Merrifield in the LABR report. As Lawr suggested, Gutierrez is in line for more playing time with Leonys Martin hitting the DL. Sticking with the Mariners, Luis Sardinas has displaced Chris Taylor as Ketel Marte's proxy thus will be steady playing time for at least another week. Finally, the injury-riddled Royals summoned Brett Eibner to help offset the losses of Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon and now Sal Perez. Eibner's playing time is up-in-the-air but it's definitely worth the minimal investment necessary to see how much he plays.

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLoney, NYM Andy Behrens 291 Phil Hertz 33  
CTorres, Mil Steve Gardner 25 Phil Hertz 0  
FRivero, Was Steve Gardner 15 Mike Gianella 3  
GGarcia, StL Steve Gardner 14 Phil Hertz 0  
MRojas, Mia Phil Hertz 2    
JGrimm, ChC Mike Gianella 2 Andy Behrens 0  
JBroxton, StL Mike Gianella 2    
ChJohnson, Mia Grey Albright 1 Andy Behrens 61 Phil Hertz 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillespie, Mia Andy Behrens 15  
BHand, SD Steve Gardner 5  
YPetit, Was Mike Gianella 1 Steve Gardner 0
CFriedrich, SD Phil Hertz 1  
CHeisey, Was Grey Albright 1  
EJackson, Mia Mike Gianella 1  
JLopez, SF Steve Gardner 1  
SDrew, Was Grey Albright 1  
TWood, ChC Mike Gianella 1  
ABlanco, Phi Phil Hertz 0  
CWithrow, Atl Andy Behrens 0  
JBlevins, NYM Steve Gardner 0  
LColeman, LAD Steve Gardner 0  
TCahill, ChC Steve Gardner 0 Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

When San Diego signed James Loney to a minor league deal at the start of the season, I grabbed the first baseman to stash away. A month later, I was discouraged by his tepid minor league results and used his precious reserve spot on another. Now that Loney is a new New York Met, replacing injured Lucas Duda, his guaranteed at-bats led to a very aggressive bid of $291 from Andy Behrens of Yahoo. With the scrapping of Vickrey bidding this year, that is the cost for Loney, rather than $1 more than the second-highest bidder, who offered just $33. In other words, the year-to-year difference gobbled up over 25 percent of Behrens’ full-year FAAB budget.

Former Mets reliever Carlos Torres picked up a pair of saves for the Brewers this past week, though well-traveled Blaine Boyer earned Sunday’s save. Jeremy Jeffress has been solid this season, so the $25 bid from USA TODAY’s Steve Gardner is to secure a potential new closer-in-waiting in Torres.

I remained on the sidelines this period, satisfied with having held onto Arizona prospect Archie Bradley, who had a strong start on Sunday in his return to the majors. The right-hander has moved into my active lineup for the coming week.

Todd's Take

Yikes, that head-shot of Loney looks creepy with the image background blending with the web page. I just have an OCD-like need to use a photo with the current team and there isn't anything available in a Met's uni yet and that was the best I could come up with, cropping out the Tampa jersey.

Who is FRivero and why did he garner bids from a pair of astute owners? That's Washington Nationals reliever Felipe Rivero who as emerged as the top set up man to Jonathan Papelbon which comes with the distinction of being next in line for saves even as a lefty. Rivero debuted as a 23-year old last year, recording an impressive 2.79 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in a modest 48 1/3rd frames. He did a great job keeping the ball in the yard, allowing only two homers. Rivero, who throws hard, averaging 95 mph on his heater, has been scored on in only 6 of his 25 appearances through Sunday night but sports a high 3.91 ERA since two of those were three-run blow-ups. The southpaw has a hold in seven of his last eight efforts including the last five. With a 28-to-5 strikeout to walk ratio in 23 innings, Rivero is useful in this format even if he doesn't get any saves.

So much for grabbing Trevor Gott as a reserve in a bunch of early drafts.

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MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

ABradley, Ari Tim Heaney 86 Scott Engel 16 Fred Zinkie 5  
MShoemaker, LAA Scott Pianowski 77 Tim Heaney 86 Fred Zinkie 69 Al Melchior 57
    Scott Swanay 44 Scott Engel 43 Derek Van Riper 37
AReed, NYM Scott Pianowski 65      
LMorrison, TB Cory Schwartz 57 Ray Flowers 37 Scott Swanay 13 Tim Heaney 12
    Scott Engel 9 Derek Van Riper 2 Fred Zinkie 1
POrlando, KC Ray Flowers 47 Tim Heaney 6 Cory Schwartz 0  
HKim, Bal Scott Swanay 44 Ray Flowers 37 Al Melchior 31  
AReyes, StL Bret Sayre 41 Tim Heaney 16    
RGrossman, Min Cory Schwartz 32 Al Melchior 16 Tim Heaney 6 Fred Zinkie 1
FGutierrez, Sea Derek Van Riper 21 Al Melchior 11    
LValbuena, Hou Tim Heaney 12      
GBlanco, SF Fred Zinkie 8      
WMerrifield, KC Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Pianowski 5 Scott Engel 4  
RDickey, Tor Derek Van Riper 2      
BWilson, Tex Fred Zinkie 0      
TKemp, Hou Al Melchior 0      
PDean, Min Fred Zinkie 0 Derek Van Riper 1    

UNAWARDED BIDS

MBourn, Ari Cory Schwartz 22 Scott Swanay 13 Tim Heaney 6
CAnderson, Mil Tim Heaney 16 Derek Van Riper 2  
BShipley, Ari Tim Heaney 16    
GBeckham, Atl Scott Swanay 13    
KGraveman, Oak Tim Heaney 11    
AJackson, CWS Tim Heaney 6 Cory Schwartz 1  
MTaylor, Was Tim Heaney 6    
JParker, SF Tim Heaney 6    
RBuchter, SD Derek Van Riper 2    
MFeliz, Hou Derek Van Riper 2    
JLocke, Pit Derek Van Riper 2    
TAnderson, CWS Fred Zinkie 2    
TMotter, TB Tim Heaney 2    
MByrd, Cle Cory Schwartz 1    
CCoghlan, Oak Cory Schwartz 1    
SOh, StL Derek Van Riper 1    
KNieuwenhuis, Mil Cory Schwartz 0    
ISuzuki, Mia Cory Schwartz 0    
CAnderson, Mil Fred Zinkie 0    

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Archie Bradley has yet to prove that he deserves a permanent spot in a big league rotation, but he's still just 23, and maybe Sunday's dominant performance against the Padres is a sign that he has turned the corner. The injury to Rubby De La Rosa will allow Bradley to make at least a handful of starts for the Diamondbacks over the next few weeks, and considering his high-end potential, it would not be surprising if the top prospect seizes the opportunity and remains in the Majors for good. Bradley certainly belongs on a Tout Wars roster, though I'd temper expectations for his next start, a tough road matchup against the Cubs.

Speaking of top starting pitching prospects, Alex Reyes, who has just returned to action following a lengthy suspension, has been lights out over his first two starts for Triple-A Memphis, registering a 1.00 ERA to go along with 15 strikeouts across nine innings. There's a good chance that the 21-year-old will make his big league debut at some point this season, and it's looking like his time will come sooner rather than later. I like what Bret Sayre did here, grabbing Reyes now while his FAAB cost is modest.

Todd's Take

It's a little surprising Hyun-Soo Kim didn't attract more attention, especially in an on-base percentage league. Recall in the spring the Orioles literally tried to give the Korean back to his homeland but he declined. Kim found himself on the Baltimore bench with Joey Rickard claiming left field to open the campaign. It took a while but Rickard's 15 minutes lasted a little longer than many thought. Kim has been playing regularly for over a week and is responding. Will he play every day? Probably not, but he's looking like the latent source of OBP he profiled as back in the spring. Keep in mind that's his game - good plate skills as opposed to the power expected from Byung-ho Park. Kim's been hitting second so he's also a nice source of runs.

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MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MShoemaker, LAA Adam Ronis 112 Perry Van Hook 32 Eno Sarris 13  
CSabathia, NYY Adam Ronis 66 Adam Ronis 77 Anthony Perri 3  
LMorrison, TB Ray Murphy 55 Tim McLeod 18 Perry Van Hook 3 Rudy Gamble 3
WMerrifield, KC Ray Murphy 55 Perry Van Hook 0    
CUtley, LAD Tim McLeod 22      
MBourn, Ari Perry Van Hook 17 Eno Sarris 3    
JLowrie, Oak Rudy Gamble 16      
JJay, SD Eno Sarris 11      
RGrossman, Min Eno Sarris 6      
TMotter, TB Ray Murphy 3      
TJoseph, Phi Tim McLeod 3      
MReynolds, Col Rudy Gamble 3      
SRodriguez, Pit Perry Van Hook 2      
CVazquez, Bos Rudy Gamble 2      
PDean, Min Perry Van Hook 2      
DFister, Hou Craig Mish 1      

UNAWARDED BIDS

GBeckham, Atl Tim McLeod 9
AHechavarria, Mia Ray Murphy 3
DGregorius, NYY Ray Murphy 3
JMercer, Pit Ray Murphy 3
LChisenhall, Cle Eno Sarris 3
SSmith, Sea Rudy Gamble 3
HKim, Bal Eno Sarris 1
AGarcia, Atl Perry Van Hook 0
RRua, Tex Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

A low number of free agents were rostered this week with both of the high bids going to starting pitchers looking to make big rebounds from early season woes. Matt Shoemaker already has begun to right his ship, costing Adam Ronis $112. But, Ronis doubled down on a $66 bet that C.C. Sabathia's remake could stay on course in a two-start week.

There were two winning double nickel bids netting Ray Murphy both Royals utilityman Whit Merrifield, with the resurgent Tampa first sacker Logan Morrison.

I bid $32 on Shoemaker, which was clearly an underbid, but wound up with Twins starter Pat Dean for $2, hoping his start in Oakland will be close to his fine effort last week. I also landed Michael "re-Bourn" in Arizona, hoping the outfielder will have a full week of play before David Peralta is back from his rehab outings.

Todd's Take

So what's gotten into Matt Shoemaker? Over his first seven starts he fanned 22 as compared to 23 in his last two outings. There's a couple of differences in his approach, notably more reliance on his splitter and the ability to dial it up an extra couple of mph. Perhaps it was a matter of confidence, but nearly half of Shoemaker's tosses the past two games have been splitters with only 33 percent fastballs. Earlier he was throwing the heater more than half the time with the splitter checking in about 20 percent. As mentioned, he's touched 94/95 his last two appearances after maxing in the 91-93 range earlier. This is all well and good - the question being whether he can sustain it? With the safety of pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium at his back and Mike Trout and company warming up at the dish, I agree with those paying decent FAAB to find out.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JLamb, Ari Brent Hershey 95 Peter Kreutzer 33 Jake Ciely 20
MShoemaker, LAA Jake Ciely 25    
JoRamirez, Cle Peter Kreutzer 24    
JTomlin, Cle Andrea LaMont 14 Jake Ciely 15  
KBarraclough, Mia Howard Bender 14    
CUtley, LAD Jeff Boggis 11    
SOh, StL Howard Bender 11 Peter Kreutzer 4 Jeff Zimmerman 1
MGivens, Bal Howard Bender 11    
TThornburg, Mil Peter Kreutzer 5    
NMarkakis, Atl Jeff Zimmerman 3    
DPhelps, Mia Peter Kreutzer 3    
KMaeda, LAD Jeff Zimmerman 2    
MTonkin, Min Peter Kreutzer 2    

UNAWARDED BIDS

YSolarte, SD Brent Hershey 51  
NTropeano, LAA Jake Ciely 15  
ENunez, Min Peter Kreutzer 14 Jeff Boggis 11
JDiekman, Tex Howard Bender 6  
RBuchter, SD Howard Bender 2 Peter Kreutzer 2
AReed, NYM Peter Kreutzer 2  
FRivero, Was Peter Kreutzer 2  
KSiegrist, StL Peter Kreutzer 2  
MFeliz, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
PStrop, ChC Howard Bender 1  

Peter Kreutzer's Commentary

This week, after taking a schlumping from Andrea LaMont, the Rotolady, I saw a flaw in my approach.

My hitters are pretty good, but not great. Some weeks I may win there, some I may lose, but my team is stronger if I can win three categories in pitching. The best chance to do that is with relievers.

Relievers are less reliable, and less influential, but in a three qualitative game they matter a lot. Especially when you have, as I do, the king of starters, Jake Arrieta. Well, no, not last week.

So this week I bagged all my promising but erratic starters and added relievers.

So did Howard Bender. He picked up strikeout king and walk king Kyle Barraclough, plus a couple of other relievers named Givens and Oh. Tout rules require 450 innings for a team to score more than 1 in ERA, WHIP and K/9/. Howard has 431 IP this half, so he's going to make it. I have 380, which means I have to put up 70 innings in the next five weeks. We can do that, and I hope do better in the week to weeks.

Brent Hershey, our leader, who lost Mike Moustakas, bid big on Jake Lamb. I was second bidder, after I realized I could make a hole for him by moving Machado to middle infield. Too late, and 60 FAAB dollars short.

I think the week's most interesting move belongs to Jeff Boggis, who swapped out Brandon Phillips for Chase Utley. That could go either way, easily, but Jeff did it. Good luck!

Todd's Take

Excellent timing that Peter's theme was the utility of middle relievers as I've been thinking a lot about that lately. Part of the Platinum offering is weekly projection updates. It's my nature to care as much about the Kyle Barracloughs and Tyler Thornburgs as the Clayton Kershaws and Jake Arrietas. I wish there was a way to make them an integral part of all fantasy formats - not just those tilted to ratio, or as Peter calls them, qualitative categories.

A while back I ran some numbers and observed using KNIP (K per Nine and Innings Pitched) to replace wins and saves rendered a list that distributed middle relievers more evenly among closers. I wrote about it but obviously it got no traction.

Now I have another idea that will likely garner a similar lack of attention. Some leagues already break the pitching pool into starters and relievers, requiring X number of starters and Y number of relievers, sometimes with Z number of one or the other. Why not further delineate into starter, middle and closer? Keeping the standard number of nine hurlers, perhaps 5 starters, 1 middle, 1 closer and 2 "utility" pitchers that can be any of the three.

Eligibility isn't an issue. Starter versus reliever is determined by which the pitcher did more the previous season in terms of appearances. Then everyone with at least five (or ten, or whatever) saves the previous year qualifies at closer. A reliever can gain starter eligibility with five starts or closer designation with five saves. Just like hitters, pitchers retain their original eligibility.

I can hear the counter arguments...

Doing this eliminates the strategy of dumping saves. Yeah, maybe - but the additional planning with regards to how to use the three designations adds so much more.

Saves are dumb. Drafting closers is a crapshoot. Well, so are second catchers.

In my eyes, the game has become so specialized that a middle reliever is every much a position as shortstop. Why not account for that in our fantasy roster requirements?

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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.

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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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
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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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