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Sunday 23rd Jul 2017

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.

Here's the LABR report, Tout Wars is below.

labr2

There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

rich_hill

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rich Hill, BOS 6 USA TODAY Sports 6
Taylor Featherston, LAA 1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Perry Van Hook's Commentary..

There were five teams with no FAAB units left and I had just one dollar left but I used it to get Angels MI Taylor Featherton to upgrade from Danny Santana, MIN who was replacing Hanley Ramirez. I needed to use that dollar if I could improve my lineup with just two weeks to play and with the lead of Steve Gardner, USA Today reduced to under ten points.

Gardner was the only other bidder Sunday and landed Boston SP Rich Hill for $6 - the fantasy irony since I added Hill in my AL only league and will now have to bench or root against him. [wink]

Todd's Take

Those of us of a certain age recall when Rich Hill made sniglets famous. A sniglet was a made up word that sounded real. For example, every spring I write a piece about Mocksterbation.

What?

That was Rich Hall?

Never mind.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tommy_pham

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Thomas Pham, STL 9 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9 Inside Edge 4 RotoWire - DVR 3
Brandon Finnegan, CIN 6 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 6 RotoWire - DVR 1
John Lamb, CIN 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 RotoWire - DVR 1
Logan Verrett, NYM 6 Colton & The Wolfman 6 USA TODAY Sports 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
RotoWire - DVR 1
Dustin Garneau, COL 3 Inside Edge 3 RotoWire - DVR 1
Clint Robinson, WSH 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 RotoWire - DVR 1
Adam Conley, MIA 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 6
Tom Murphy, COL 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Williams Perez, ATL 2 Sandlot Shrink 2 RotoWire - DVR 3
Addison Reed, NYM 1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Colton & The Wolfman 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

Adam Morgan, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 1
Antonio Bastardo, PIT NFBC/Stats, Inc. 9
Logan Schafer, MIL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the 2015 season winds up, there were actual bidding wars for this week's free agents, starting with Thomas Pham, who went to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs for $9, besting bids of $3 and $4, while Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton picked up John Lamb for $6 (there was a bid for $1) along with Logan Verrett (two bids of $1 and $3).

Steve Moyer picked up Dustin Garneau grabbing the Rockie for $3 winning the hitter due to place in the standings.

Derek Van Riper acquired Clint Robinson and Adam Conley ($3 each) and Addison Reed for a dollar, while team Childs/Ambrosius signed Tom Murphy and the Sandlot Shrink signed Williams Perez in a search for innings.

Todd's Take

The St. Louis Cardinals remind me of the fantasy player that is always in the mix. Because they're so good every year you look at their draft, usually coming away with the feeling that finally they're going to have an off-year. What they put together doesn't seem that impressive. But by the end of the season, they're exactly where they always end up, in the thick of things. The little moves they make along the way work out - like Tommy Pham. Coming into the season, the Redbirds were deploying Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay in center field. Neither really shined which opened the door for Randal Grichuk to get a shot and though he's more of a corner outfielder, he was getting the job done while contributing offensively (albeit with too many strikeouts). When Grichuk went down it looked like it was Bourjos and Jay again. Pham said not so fast and has taken over, sporting a nifty .859 OPS/.366 wOBA. His defense has been about average with some metrics saying slightly below and others suggesting a little above.

MIXED LEAGUE

corey-seager

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Corey Seager, LAD 3 USA TODAY Sports 3 FantasyScore 2
Adam Conley, MIA 3 Razzball 3
Alex Rios, KC 1 FantasyScore 1
Matt Shoemaker, LAA 1 FantasyScore 1
Marcus Stroman, TOR 1 FantasyScore 1 MLB.com 1
Rich Hill, BOS 1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Thomas Pham, STL USA TODAY Sports 2
Tyler Duffey, MIN FantasyScore 1 MLB.com 1
Doug Fister, WSH FantasyScore 1
Jarred Cosart, MIA MLB.com 1
Tanner Roark, WSH FantasyScore 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

This league is going down to the wire with Baseball Prospectus beginning Week 25 with a slim three point lead over MLB.com. Both teams have been working the wire all year so it's no surprise they're both well-positioned for the stretch run. The rest of us are playing for pride, though some -- OK most, alright all but two teams doing it from higher in the standings than me. Kole Calhoun deserved better than that.

Todd's Take

The Dodgers keep insisting Jimmy Rollins is still their shortstop though that's becoming harder and harder to believe with every Corey Seager knock. I regretfully dealt him away in one keeper league but have him on the farm in an NL only league and am already looking forward to rooting for him the next three seasons.

toutbanner

There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

christian-colon

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CColon, KC 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
AAvila, Det 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
RRoss, Bos 1 Jeff Erickson 15
RDull, Oak 1 Jeff Erickson 1
JWilson, NYY 0 Ron Shandler 0
MGivens, Bal 0 Ron Shandler 0
SFuld, Oak 0 Ron Shandler 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MMahtook, TB Jeff Erickson 15 Ron Shandler 0
JVillar, Hou Jeff Erickson 10
RFlaherty, Bal Jeff Erickson 10
NFranklin, TB Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
BWilson, Tex Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CBlair, Oak Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
CFien, Min Ron Shandler 0
TFeatherston, LAA Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0

Todd's Take

The Red Sox are like a Little League team giving all their pitchers a chance to be the closer, It's Robbie Ross Jr.'s turn. I'm a little surprised Heath Hembree hasn't been given a look since he's been bred for late-inning duty his whole career. On the other hand, he's not missing many bats.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tim-hudson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

THudson, SF 5 Mike Gianella 15 Phil Hertz 5 Steve Gardner 3
Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
JRogers, Mil 4 Todd Zola 21 Phil Hertz 3 Mike Gianella 3
BFinnegan, Cin 4 Gene McCaffrey 7 Steve Gardner 3 Peter Kreutzer 3
Brian Walton 0
LSchafer, Mil 1 Todd Zola 21
JJeffress, Mil 1 Steve Gardner 3 Derek Carty 0
PGosselin, Ari 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
AReed, NYM 1 Phil Hertz 3 Brian Walton 0
CAdames, Col 1 Gene McCaffrey 17 Brian Walton 0
CStewart, Pit 1 Phil Hertz 1
CHeisey, LAD 1 Mike Gianella 3
MRojas, Mia 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
PStrop, ChC 0 Brian Walton 0 Phil Hertz 0 Derek Carty 0
DCastro, Atl 0 Brian Walton 0
JCollmenter, Ari 0 Phil Hertz 3
BTreinen, Was 0 Derek Carty 0
PBaez, LAD 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

TMoore, Was Todd Zola 21
PMoylan, Atl Gene McCaffrey 7
EAdrianza, SF Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
TSnider, Pit Mike Gianella 3
PGosselin, Ari Peter Kreutzer 3
ZDavies, Mil Steve Gardner 3
HPerez, Mil Brian Walton 0
HRobles, NYM Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

With half the league holding $17 or more of FAAB, there was still plenty of money available. Most of the action, however, was focused on a trio of players – one old and one new pitcher plus a first baseman. Despite the interest level, none went for more than $5 as the cash offers were spread around.

First up was warhorse Tim Hudson, nabbed by league leader Mike Gianella for $5 (down from $15 due to Vickrey Rule). San Francisco’s 40-year-old right-hander had been slowed by a hip injury and is no longer much help with strikeouts. Yet, Hudson has gotten better in each of his three starts since returning to the rotation, including six scoreless innings against Arizona on Sunday.

The newbie is the Reds’ Brandon Finnegan. Though the lefty was picked up at the trade deadline when coming over from Kansas City, his initial owner likely grew tired of waiting for the 22-year-old to make his first Cincy start and dropped him. After Finnegan held the Brewers to a solo home run in 5 2/3 innings in his starting debut last week, Gene McCaffrey won the bidding at $4 ($7 Vickrey).

Our own Todd Zola picked up Brewers first baseman Jason Rogers for $4 ($21 Vickrey). The 260-pounder is primarily being used against left-handers and as a pinch hitter and blasted a home run and plated three this past week.

Todd's Take

Actually, I also picked up Logan Schafer to pair with Rogers - and felt a little creepy doing so. We've discussed a couple of Vickrey loopholes in the past and this week, I was the guy that took advantage. I shouldn't feel bad, rules are rules. But yet, after submitting my bids knowing I was going to add some extra work for the NL Swat, the venerable Captain Hook, I felt a little guilty. At least the bid was uncontested,

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

starkin-castro

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SCastro, ChC 4 Cory Schwartz 4 Scott Pianowski 3 Scott Swanay 3
Patrick Davitt 1 Tim Heaney 1 Derek Van Riper 0
TPham, StL 3 Scott Pianowski 9 Scott Swanay 3 Fred Zinkie 2
Tim Heaney 0 Derek Van Riper 0
RHill, Bos 2 Scott Pianowski 2 Fred Zinkie 1
DGarneau, Col 1 Al Melchior 1
SRodriguez, Pit 1 Patrick Davitt 1
SPearce, Bal 1 Fred Zinkie 1 Cory Schwartz 2
MBuehrle, Tor 1 Zach Steinhorn 5
ADeAza, SF 1 Scott Swanay 3
TWood, ChC 0 Cory Schwartz 0
BCecil, Tor 0 Cory Schwartz 0
PStrop, ChC 0 Cory Schwartz 0
EJohnson, CWS 0 Tim Heaney 0
LVerrett, NYM 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CSpangenberg, SD Scott Swanay 3 Cory Schwartz 0
HKendrick, LAD Scott Swanay 3 Scott Pianowski 1
MMahtook, TB Scott Swanay 3
ChJohnson, Cle Scott Swanay 3
TRoark, Was Scott Pianowski 2
DMurphy, LAA Cory Schwartz 2
EHerrera, Mil Cory Schwartz 2
RGoins, Tor Fred Zinkie 1 Cory Schwartz 1
JRuggiano, LAD Scott Pianowski 1
BGuyer, TB Cory Schwartz 1
AColome, TB Cory Schwartz 0
AReed, NYM Cory Schwartz 0
CHatcher, LAD Cory Schwartz 0
CMartin, Oak Tim Heaney 0
JChacin, Ari Tim Heaney 0
KTomlinson, SF Fred Zinkie 0
MGonzalez, Hou Cory Schwartz 0
SRomo, SF Cory Schwartz 0
TGott, LAA Cory Schwartz 0
TWatson, Pit Cory Schwartz 0
WHarris, Hou Cory Schwartz 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

 Why was Starlin Castro available in this league, a 15-team mixed? I'm still trying to figure it out, especially since he's batting .419 (18-for-43) with four homers, 13 RBI and ten runs scored in September.

Thomas Pham's hot hitting has earned him regular playing time and even more importantly, a lineup promotion to the No. 2 hole. With only two weeks to go in the season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Pham remain in that spot the rest of the way and provide plenty of production for his fantasy owners, especially in the runs department.

After hours of studying the league standings (OK, maybe not hours), I have come to the conclusion that thanks to two straight weeks of awful pitching that has resulted in a substantial ERA and WHIP hike, the only way for me to win this thing is to gain significant ground in wins. That means playing nine starting pitchers. That also means playing starting pitchers who are backed by strong offenses. I'd say that the Blue Jays are a pretty strong offense, so why not take a chance on Mark Buehrle, with a favorable matchup against the Rays? As an added bonus, he will be facing Chris Archer, one of my other pitchers. So I'm guaranteed to get a win out of that game. Or maybe not.

Todd's Take

Less than three points separate the top three teams with another three teams within shouting distance of the top. The tightness of the standings is reflected with the bidding though non-contenders are also still active. This is good to see - make the winner earn their points and not back into a couple by passing a dormant team.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

torii-hunter

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

THunter, Min 12 Rudy Gamble 13 Adam Ronis 11 Tim McLeod 2
TPham, StL 1 Tim McLeod 3 Rudy Gamble 12
FGutierrez, Sea 1 Adam Ronis 4 Tim McLeod 3
MSemien, Oak 1 Eno Sarris 6 Adam Ronis 1
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Eno Sarris 1
CRobinson, Was 1 Perry Van Hook 7
BFinnegan, Cin 1 Perry Van Hook 7 Adam Ronis 1
RHill, Bos 1 Adam Ronis 7
SPearce, Bal 1 Rudy Gamble 12 Adam Ronis 2
AConley, Mia 1 Rudy Gamble 15
JCosart, Mia 1 Rudy Gamble 15

UNAWARDED BIDS

CSabathia, NYY Rudy Gamble 15
LChisenhall, Cle Rudy Gamble 12
TLaStella, ChC Perry Van Hook 6
YEscobar, Was Eno Sarris 2 Adam Ronis 2
EAybar, LAA Adam Ronis 1
JChacin, Ari Eno Sarris 1
MMahtook, TB Tim McLeod 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Very interesting battle for the services of Torii Hunter, MIN this week. Rudy Gamble the current leader bid $13 for Hunter and needed twelve of that to best the $11 bid of 2nd place Adam Ronis.

I bid $7 each on Brandon Finnegan, CIN and Clint Robinson, WAS and got both for a dollar. Hopefully they can help my team gain enough points in the last two weeks to climb from a 4th place tie to one of the top positions - stanger things have happened in fourteen+ days.

Todd's Take

Here, the top two teams are separated by half a point with two weeks left - though there are three other teams still in the picture. The bidding again is a nice mix between contenders and non-contenders. 

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

toutbanner

There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

sean-nolin

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

SNolin, Oak 7 Steve Moyer 7 Jason Collette 7
ARios, KC 10 Larry Schechter 11 Mike Podhorzer 22 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4
Ron Shandler 1
NReimold, Bal 12 Mike Podhorzer 22 Larry Schechter 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 4
CPennington, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 1 Chris Liss 1 Mike Podhorzer 0
JShuck, CWS 1 Ron Shandler 1
RHill, Bos 1 Jason Collette 5
MAviles, Cle 0 Mike Podhorzer 0 Larry Schechter 1
DMachado, Det 0 Mike Podhorzer 0
DNorris, Det 0 Chris Liss 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMontero, Sea Larry Schechter 11
CGonzalez, Tex Steve Moyer 7
JVillar, Hou Ron Shandler 1
TFeatherston, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0
BRyan, NYY Chris Liss 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

I looked real hard at Alex Rios and realized he wasn't any better than anyone on my roster. No room for overly aggressive hitters who can't get on base to steal and have lost all their punch at the plate. I should've grabbed Sean Nolin last week when I wrote about him. His last start was an improvement and more in line with his minor league performance.  

Todd's Take

We had another FAAB snafu this week with Vickrey. There are two factors feeding into this. The first is Tout Wars doesn't prioritze the "rounds" of bidding. If you want three players you enter three blocks of bidding but no block takes precedent over the others. The problem with that is the system that automates the assignment of free agents looks at things on a round by round basis so if you list your lowest bid first, it may not see a higher bid for a different player in an ensuing block that beats another owner's first block. The second issue is we allow the adjustment of dollars left after Vickrey while the bids are still being awarded. As an example, say your max bid is 10 and you bid 10 on Smith and 10 on Jones in two separate blocks. You get Smith for 2 bringing your remaining FAAB to 8. The system then sees your bid of 10 for Jones and rejects it since you only have 8 units remaining. The Secretary of Waivers and Transactions (SWAT), in this case your humble pundit - me, has to do it by hand. If the bids are submitted in a certain manner you can get an endless loop. Fortunately we've never had that but we've come close.

Other than bagging Vickrey I'm not completely sure of the best fix. We can ask the owners to submit their bids in descending order of amount but that won't fix everything. We can work with the site operator to get the bids assigned more in line with how we want by not having the mechanism prioritze rounds but that won't fix the fact it doesn't so the in-round adjustment of the bids based on what is left.

I'm also 100 percent sure that only a couple of the owners realize this is how the system works and play into it. The others set their bids according to their max so they don't end up contributing to the loop.

The take-home lesson is if you have some quirks to a rule and use artificial intelligence to administer the rule(s), make sure it's doing the job as desired. And if not, make sure your SWAT is both diligent and patient.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

justin_ruggiano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JRuggiano, LAD 6 Peter Kreutzer 6 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5
TRoark, Was 5 Mike Gianella 21 Peter Kreutzer 4 Phil Hertz 3
Brian Walton 0
GGarcia, StL 3 Ray Guilfoyle 5 Peter Kreutzer 2
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Peter Kreutzer 2
APena, Mil 1 Phil Hertz 3 Peter Kreutzer 2
MMaldonado, Mil 1 Ray Guilfoyle 1 Phil Hertz 5
TMurphy, Col 1 Phil Hertz 3 Ray Guilfoyle 2
ADuvall, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 8
KSampson, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 3
RYnoa, Col 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz 5
RWeber, Atl 0 Brian Walton 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

HPerez, Mil Phil Hertz 13 Peter Kreutzer 0
GKontos, SF Mike Gianella 8
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 8
TThornburg, Mil Mike Gianella 8
TMoore, Was Phil Hertz 5
JRogers, Mil Phil Hertz 5
MRojas, Mia Phil Hertz 5
DDescalso, Col Ray Guilfoyle 2 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
ZDavies, Mil Phil Hertz 2
JHerrera, ChC Phil Hertz 1 Peter Kreutzer 0
AAsher, Phi Phil Hertz 0
BBogusevic, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
CStewart, Pit Phil Hertz 0
DRoss, ChC Phil Hertz 0
NAshley, Mil Phil Hertz 0
RCabrera, Cin Phil Hertz 0
SBrito, Ari Peter Kreutzer 0
SSchebler, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
TWood, ChC Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

As the season winds down, good players still remain on the National League Tout waiver wire. Three went for more than one dollar this week.

The group begins with the Dodgers’ Justin Ruggiano, who went to Peter Kreutzer, aka Ask Rotoman, for $6. With good success against lefties, the outfielder had two home runs and seven RBI in just 11 at-bats last week. Alas, Kreutzer does not get those results.

Next up is Washington’s Tanner Roark for $5. With Stephen Strasburg’s continued injury challenges and Joe Ross being pulled from the rotation to limit his innings, opportunity to start again was created for Roark. Mike Gianella was the winning bidder, with his $21 Vickrey bid reduced.

St. Louis second baseman Greg Garcia has been seeing time with regular starter Kolten Wong slowed by a strained calf. Garcia, grandson of former MLB manager Dave Garcia, will likely return to the bench unless Wong suffers a recurrence. Ray Guilfoyle of Fake Teams was the $3 winner ($5 Vickrey).

Todd's Take

I'm walking in the proverbial quicksand as we close out the season. I've been jumping in and out of last place with only a couple of points within my grasp. Not only is my squad disappointing, the standings distribution is such that I couldn't chase points to reduce my 2016 FAAB penalty for finishing below the points threshold. This is the second year in a row that I'll finish at the bottom. While I've never won a Tout title, I'm usually competitive. I can't believe I've forgotten how to play this game but it's going to be a long off-season pontificating on what to do next March.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jared-eickhoff

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CRobinson, Was 1 Al Melchior 6
YGarcia, LAD 1 Al Melchior 1
LHendriks, Tor 1 Al Melchior 1
TKoehler, Mia 1 Scott Engel 1
MBolsinger, LAD 1 Cory Schwartz 5
JEickhoff, Phi 1 Zach Steinhorn 6 Fred Zinkie 0
RHoward, Phi 1 Scott Swanay 4
NReimold, Bal 1 Fred Zinkie 5 Scott Swanay 4
THudson, SF 1 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie 0
HConger, Hou 0 Tim Heaney 0
AEllis, LAD 0 Fred Zinkie 0
TDuffey, Min 0 Fred Zinkie 0
KelJohnson, NYM 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SCastro, ChC Scott Swanay 4
THudson, SF Tim Heaney 1
TRoark, Was Tim Heaney 1
JCosart, Mia Scott Engel 1
JDanks, CWS Tim Heaney 1
JDeLaRosa, Col Tim Heaney 1
JHellickson, Ari Tim Heaney 1
NTropeano, LAA Tim Heaney 1
GSoto, CWS Fred Zinkie 0
MGonzalez, Hou Fred Zinkie 0
RHanigan, Bos Fred Zinkie 0
SClevenger, Bal Fred Zinkie 0
TFlowers, CWS Fred Zinkie 0
WRosario, Col Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Welcome to dollar days! For the first time this season, no player was purchased for a price higher than $1, and to be honest, there really isn't a whole lot to talk about. So I'll just touch on my $1 addition of Jerad Eickhoff and call it a day. We're at the point in the season where a few particularly poor pitching performances can eliminate any hope of gaining ground in ERA and WHIP, so owners need to be very careful. A number of my starting pitchers have unfavorable matchups this week, so even though Eickhoff has only a handful of big league starts under his belt, I feel a bit more comfortable with him, facing a Braves club that happens to be the lowest-scoring team in the Majors. Eickhoff has registered four quality starts in five tries, the only exception being a rough outing in Fenway Park, which is always a tough place to pitch. Banking on rookie pitchers when you're in the thick of a title race is risky, but in this case, it's a calculated risk, so I'll live with it.

Todd's Take

I agree with Zach's take on Eickhoff. The other starter worth a note is Tim Hudson, who has a two-start week if you're chasing wins. He won't get many whiffs and there's a reason why he lost his rotation spot earlier in the season, but AT&T gives him a cushion for a pair of home tilts versus Cincinnati and Arizona - a pair of clubs that do better at home and could scuffle with the huge shift in park factor.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

logan_verrett

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DGarneau, Col 1 Rudy Gamble 21
NReimold, Bal 1 Adam Ronis 6 Tim McLeod 3
GBird, NYY 1 Tim McLeod 4
LVerrett, NYM 1 Adam Ronis 4

UNAWARDED BIDS

HConger, Hou Rudy Gamble 7
JSaltalamacchia, Ari Rudy Gamble 7
GBird, NYY Adam Ronis 5
FGutierrez, Sea Adam Ronis 1
MBourn, Atl Tim McLeod 0
TraThompson, CWS Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Rudy Gamble of Razzball needed a catcher, dropping Nick Hundley and bidding $21 on Rockies replacement Dustin Garneau, who had two home runs this week, and won him for a Vickrey adjusted price of $1. The other one dollar pickups were Nolan Reimold (6/1) and Logan Verrett (4/1) by Adam Ronis, and Greg Bird (4/1) by Tim McLeod. With a full roster and players I viewed better than the replacements (either for this week or for the balance of the season), I chose to hope there will be someone better to bid on next week.

Todd's Take

With the news that Mark Teixeira is out for the season, I'm a little surprised there wasn't more of a push for Gregory Bird.

Something to note about Garneau is the Rockies play three road games to begin the week and then embark on a 10-game home stand before ending the season on the road for the last week. So Colorado has 10 of their next 13 at home and then Adam can decide if he wants Garneau on the road that last week, though three games are in hitter-friendly Chase Field.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

carlos_perez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Carlos Perez, LAA 6 USA TODAY Sports 6
Ryan Flaherty, BAL 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Cliff Pennington, TOR Baseball HQ 1
Mike Aviles, CLE Baseball HQ 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With five teams out of FAAB  and several of us having just $1 left there didn't figure to be very much bidding and in fact there were just two bidders both successful in their quests. League leader Steve Gardner of USA Today also controls the FAAB claims for the rest of the year with $19 left after his purchase of Angel catcher Carlos Perez this week for $6. Dave Adler, BaseballHQ used one of his two remaining dollars to get the versatile Ryan Flaherty, BAL.

Todd's Take

The lack of players available and the winner-take-all nature of industry leagues made this a quiet week. The thing to realize is some don't like making moves, feeling those battling should fight things out themselves but the problem with that is by not doing moves, you are influencing things the same as if you were making moves. So what if you pick up a free agent that vaults you passed a team fighting for the title. By not doing anything, you are making it easier for one of those teams to pass you.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

alejandro_de_aza

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Alejandro De Aza, SF 11 Baseball HQ 11 RotoWire - DVR 5
Michael Cuddyer, NYM 11 Baseball HQ 11
Jhoulys Chacin, ARI 9 Colton & The Wolfman 9
Justin Ruggiano, LAD 9 Colton & The Wolfman 9 RotoWire - DVR 1
Daniel Descalso, COL 6 Inside Edge 6
Martin Maldonado, MIL 2 Inside Edge 2 RotoWire - DVR 1
Bud Norris, SD 1 RotoWire - DVR 1
Chris Stewart, PIT 1 RotoWire - DVR 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brett Wallace, SD Baseball HQ 11
Adam Morgan, PHI Colton & The Wolfman 9
Alexi Amarista, SD Inside Edge 2
Nevin Ashley, MIL Inside Edge 2
Ariel Pena, MIL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Logan Verrett, NYM Colton & The Wolfman 1
Williams Perez, ATL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Rafael Ynoa, COL Inside Edge 1
Tyler Thornburg, MIL RotoWire - DVR 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

A week after the September roster expansion which always focuses on rookies the NL LABR moves look like a veterans reunion, starting with Doug Dennis who picked up Alejandro De Aza for his BBHQ team for $11, besting one bid of $5 while De Aza joins his third team this season. Doug also shot $11 for Michael Cuddyer, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe spent $9 on Jhoulys Chacin, and $9 on outfielder Justin Ruggiano (there was a $1 challenge for the rights to Ruggiano).

Derek Carty went $6 for Daniel Descalso and then $2 for Martin Maldonado, while Derek Van Riper, jockeying with Eric Karabell for first added Bud Norris and Chris Stewart (each for a buck) to his roster to stay on Karabell's ESPN team for a final push.

Todd's Take

So that it doesn't appear I was calling out my AL LABR brethren - with my record in industry leagues the last couple of years I can't call out anyone - had their been the quality and quantity of players available similar to NL LABR, I'm sure the bidding would have been just as enthusiastic. My above comment was a general observation, not focused on AL LABR.

MIXED LEAGUE

dustin-garneau

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Dustin Garneau, COL 11 Razzball 11 BSports 2
Logan Verrett, NYM 6 Razzball 6
Michael Conforto, NYM 2 BSports 2
Michael Bolsinger, LAD 2 Razzball 2
J.P. Arencibia, TB 2 Baseball HQ 2
Roenis Elias, SEA 1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

John Lamb, CIN Razzball 3
Chris Gimenez, TEX Razzball 2
Adam Warren, NYY Razzball 1
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, ARI Baseball HQ 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

I looked, I really did, but despite being low in the standings, there were no improvement I could see over what I have on reserve already. February and the 2016 Mixed LABR draft can't get here soon enough.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

roenis-elias

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RElias, Sea 7 Chris Liss 9 Lawr Michaels 6 Jason Collette 6
HConger, Hou 3 Mike Podhorzer 6 Mike Podhorzer 3 Andy Behrens 2
Jeff Erickson 2 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
JButler, TB 1 Steve Moyer 14 Andy Behrens 2 Ron Shandler 0
BBrach, Bal 1 Lawr Michaels 1
DNava, TB 1 Mike Podhorzer 4 Jeff Erickson 1 Ron Shandler 0
RWolf, Det 1 Ron Shandler 1 Jeff Erickson 1
CGimenez, Tex 1 Jeff Erickson 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
DAlvarez, Bal 1 Andy Behrens 3 Jeff Erickson 3
SSouza, TB 1 Jason Collette 3
ChJohnson, Cle 1 Mike Podhorzer 6
GGreen, LAA 1 Jeff Erickson 3 Mike Podhorzer 3
TBeckham, TB 0 Seth Trachtman 0
KCowart, LAA 0 Ron Shandler 0 Jeff Erickson 1
RoPerez, Cle 0 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
PNeshek, Hou 0 Larry Schechter 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

MStroman, Tor Chris Liss 9
JArencibia, TB Andy Behrens 2
RRivera, TB Andy Behrens 2
BMatusz, Bal Lawr Michaels 1
FAbad, Oak Lawr Michaels 1
JSmolinksi, Oak Jeff Erickson 1
CPennington, Tor Seth Trachtman 0
ESogard, Oak Seth Trachtman 0
JSucre, Sea Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
MStassi, Hou Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 0
NJones, CWS Larry Schechter 0
POrlando, KC Steve Moyer 0 Ron Shandler 0
RMadson, KC Larry Schechter 0
SDyson, Tex Larry Schechter 0
SFuld, Oak Steve Moyer 0 Andy Behrens 0
TSipp, Hou Larry Schechter 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

After making my trade (acquired Shawn Tolleson and Ivan Nova from Chris Liss for Sonny Gray), there really wasn't anything out there of significant that I"m interested in. I am more interested to see if any of the September call-ups (unlikely) are slated to get substantial playing time. The saves standings are so tight, adding a single closer could vault me several points up in the standings. At this point I'm more interested in protecting my FAAB for 2016 than anything else.

Todd's Take

One name sticks out to me among the reshuffling of retreads - Hank Conger. Getting an edge in at bats gets more difficult as the season wears on, finding a catcher this late is a nice pull. Conger should play regularly at least until mid-September, maybe longer. Max Stassi assumes Conger's back-up role.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Michael-Lorezen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MLorenzen, Cin 1 Phil Hertz 12
DGarneau, Col 1 Todd Zola 9 Phil Hertz 0
FRodney, ChC 1 Peter Kreutzer 9
LVerrett, NYM 1 Peter Kreutzer 7
JChacin, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 6
SGilmartin, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 5
CNarveson, Mia 1 Phil Hertz 3
CStewart, Pit 1 Phil Hertz 3
EHerrera, Mil 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3 Derek Carty 0
JGomes, Atl 1 Todd Zola 3 Derek Carty 0
RStephenson, Cin 1 Brian Walton 1
MFoltynewicz, Atl 0 Derek Carty 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
KBarraclough, Mia 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Mike Gianella 5
KQuackenbush, SD 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Mike Gianella 5 Derek Carty 0
MMcBride, Col 0 Derek Carty 0
TLaStella, ChC 0 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3

UNAWARDED BIDS

ARecker, NYM Todd Zola 6
BEllington, Mia Mike Gianella 5
BTreinen, Was Mike Gianella 5
CJimenez, Mil Mike Gianella 5
SLeCure, Cin Mike Gianella 5
HRobles, NYM Mike Gianella 5
AAsher, Phi Phil Hertz 4 Peter Kreutzer 0
JPerez, SF Todd Zola 3 Derek Carty 0
CRobinson, Was Phil Hertz 1 Derek Carty 0
EAdrianza, SF Derek Carty 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
JCollmenter, Ari Phil Hertz 0
JWilliams, Phi Peter Kreutzer 0
MRojas, Mia Derek Carty 0
TCruz, StL Todd Zola 0
TThornburg, Mil Scott Wilderman 0
YFlande, Col Peter Kreutzer 0
DDescalso, Col Derek Carty 0
DRoss, ChC Todd Zola 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

There is plenty of FAAB remaining in budgets to spend in National League Tout Wars. Not surprisingly, the league had at least six chains of one or more $5 or greater bids this period. However, in a bit of an unusual situation, the money was chasing completely different players. As a result, Vickrey Rules led to 11 $1 players and five $0 acquisitions this week.

The highest raw bid was on Reds starter Michael Lorenzen ($12 by Phil Hertz), who has a tough Monday draw against the Cubs. Then again, maybe the Baby Bears will be tired after celebrating Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter Sunday night. I spent my last dollar on Lorenzen’s potential September rotation-mate in Robert Stephenson. The 22-year-old’s immediate value will be tied to the health of his forearm, which caused him to miss a start in Triple-A two weeks ago.

Peter Kreutzer was willing to bid $9 on new Cubs reliever Fernando Rodney, despite no assurance of saves ahead, and $7 on yet another promising Mets rookie pitcher, Logan Verrett. The latter should be back from the minors in 10 days with a September role TBD.

Todd Zola needed a catcher and likes Dustin Garneau enough to have offered $9. Getting half his at-bats in Colorado is somewhat promising, though they will be as a reserve. Post-hype Mets back up backstop Anthony Recker was his Plan B.

Todd's Take

Much like the AL, NL Tout recycled a lot of fringe players this week. Michael Lorenzen isn't so much recycling as giving another look at a young arm. Lorenzen mercifully will replace David Holmberg who's allowed eight homers with just three whiffs over his last three starts. The Reds will be an interesting team to watch down the stretch. My colleague Brian took a shot on Stephenson. Also looking for an audition in the Queen's City is Brandon Finnegan, acquired along with John Lamb in the Johnny Cueto deal.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

jean_machi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JMachi, Bos 8 Al Melchior 18 Ray Flowers 7
JEickhoff, Phi 1 Scott Pianowski 9 Tim Heaney 0 Derek Van Riper 0
MConforto, NYM 1 Scott Pianowski 1 Derek Van Riper 0
KJepsen, Min 1 Ray Flowers 6
EEscobar, Min 1 Ray Flowers 6
ABlanco, Phi 1 Ray Flowers 1
MShoemaker, LAA 1 Fred Zinkie 9 Scott Pianowski 9 Tim Heaney 0
CRupp, Phi 1 Cory Schwartz 10
JBaez, ChC 1 Tim Heaney 3
ABrooks, Oak 0 Derek Van Riper 0
AAltherr, Phi 0 Derek Van Riper 0 Tim Heaney 3 Ray Flowers 2
CCrawford, LAD 0 Tim Heaney 1
KTomlinson, SF 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

DNava, TB Ray Flowers 4
JPeraza, LAD Tim Heaney 1
AEllis, LAD Cory Schwartz 0 Tim Heaney 0
CCrisp, Oak Tim Heaney 0
MStassi, Hou Tim Heaney 0
RElias, Sea Scott Pianowski 0
RGoins, Tor Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

When there's only one player purchased at a price higher than $1, you know it's a slow week on the FAAB front. And that was exactly the case this week, with Jean Machi earning the distinction. After struggling mightily in two of his last three outings, Junichi Tazawa has officially been replaced by Machi as the Red Sox closer. Machi tossed a perfect inning to pick up the save against the Mets on Saturday, but with a 5.21 ERA and 1.39 WHIP for the season, he's clearly no sure thing. Al Melchior is pretty much locked in at his current position in the saves standings, so the Machi addition probably won't affect the final standings. But at this point in the season, there's not a whole lot of value in eight FAAB bucks anyway.

A couple other acquisitions that stand out are Eduardo Escobar (4 HR, 10 RBI, .375 OBP in August and playing every day now) and Javier Baez (remember him?), who has posted impressive numbers at Triple-A this season and is expected to get called up when rosters expand on Tuesday.

Todd's Take

Ah, recency bias. Matt Shoemaker wasn't just dropped in this league, I received several inquiries asking if he should be dropped after a couple of rough outings. The thing is, the three starts previous to those were scoreless efforts which he repeated this week. As usual, Fred Zinkie was there to take advantage and was all over Shoemaker.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

drew_pomeranz

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DPomeranz, Oak 6 Rudy Gamble 21 Tim McLeod 5
EEscobar, Min 3 Charlie Wiegert 9 Tim McLeod 2
RElias, Sea 1 Ray Murphy 4
RGoins, Tor 1 Perry Van Hook 2
KJepsen, Min 1 Tim McLeod 3
TMay, Min 1 Paul Greco 1
TDuffey, Min 1 Paul Greco 3
JBaez, ChC 1 Adam Ronis 2
DValencia, Oak 0 Perry Van Hook 0 Charlie Wiegert 9

UNAWARDED BIDS

JMachi, Bos Rudy Gamble 11
JoRamirez, Cle Charlie Wiegert 3
DSantana, Mil Charlie Wiegert 3
JGyorko, SD Charlie Wiegert 3
RFlaherty, Bal Perry Van Hook 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The highest bid placed and the highest Vickrey adjusted bid were both for Oakland pitcher Drew Pomeranz who it seems may get a few save chances. At least it was enough for current leader Rudy Gamble to bid $21 which was Vickrey reduced to the $6 winning bid. Charlie Wiegert bid $9, fortunately his first choice was Eduardo Escobar who he got for three dollars because his second choice was Danny Valencia so my $0 bid put the Oakland hitter on my team. I also needed to upgrade at shortstop so bid $2 on Toronto's Ryan Goins with six games this week in Rogers Centre.

Todd's Take

Despite being named Red Sox closer, Jean Machi remains jobless in Mixed Draft. That's probably a good call unless you're desperate for saves and are set in ratios. I've been calling for a closer audition for Heath Hembree. You never know, a month ago I suggested Boston buy Hanley Ramirez a first baseman's mitt.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

james_loney

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

James Loney, TB $9 Fangraphs 9 SiriusXM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Winning Fantasy Baseball 1
Daniel Nava, TB $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Fangraphs 3
Alex Colome, TB $1 Yahoo! Sports 1
Trayce Thompson, CWS $1 Baseball HQ 1
Geovany Soto, CWS $1 Baseball HQ 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Kaleb Cowart, LAA Fangraphs 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Joey Butler, TB NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Will Harris, HOU Yahoo! Sports 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Only five players awarded via FAAB in this league - a product of a very weak free agent list and most teams either out of FAAB or down to their last dollar and perhaps like I did waited hoping there would be an attractive player called up when rosters expand Tuesday we could add next week.

The only player who went for more than a dollar (and all the dollar bids were uncontested) was Tampa first baseman James Loney who drew the winning $9 bid from Eno Sarris, Fangraphs and three losing one dollar underbids.

Todd's Take

Trayce Thompson has a triple slash of .515/.552/.963. A .600 BABIP will do that in 27 at bats. You don't need me to tell you he'll soon return to planet Earth but you may be curious where I feel he'll land. With the caveat that anything can happen in 6 weeks, he reminds me a bit of Steven Souza in terms of expectations. That is, he's going to strike out buy he's also going to hit a few homers and swipe a few bases. You could do worse for a late season flyer, even in mixed leagues.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

adam_conley

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Adam Conley, MIA $2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Colin Rea, SD $2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Carlos Ruiz, PHI $1 Sandlot Shrink 1
Andrew Susac, SF $1 Mastersball 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Steve Cishek, STL NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Ryan Lavarnway, ATL Sandlot Shrink 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

As busy as last week was in NL LABR FAAB moves, this week was dormant.

Only four moves were made with catchers getting the limelight this time.

Bob Radomski grabbed Phils struggling catch Carlos Ruiz (unchallenged for  $1) and I filled a gap with Andrew Susac ($1) while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS made the other moves, nabbing Colin Rea and Adam Conley for a couple of dollars each.

There is still a little money out there, so it will indeed be interesting to see who blows any kind of wad on high expectation unaffiliated September promotions.

Todd's Take

Any time the Padres advance a pitcher it's worth investigating depite the notion Petco Park is playing more hitter friendly. I took a look at how its played by month and it appears April was an aberration that's been skewing the numbers. Anyway, Rea isn't much of a prospect but can fill a need down the stretch since it appears he'll finish the season in the San Diego rotation. He's displaying league average skills with extreme ground ball tendencies, As is often the case, ground ball pitchers carry a high BABIP though Rea's .347 should come down. His primary issue since being called up is stamina as he's topped out at 5 2/3rds frames without pitching into the sixth in his other three outings. This has contributed to a low 57 percent LOB mark. I'm a skills over outcomes analyst and his 7.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 are encouraging, especially if you can pick and choose when you use him.

MIXED LEAGUE

tom-wilhelmsen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA $3 USA TODAY Sports 3
Josh Tomlin, CLE $3 Baseball HQ 3
Ketel Marte, SEA $1 MLB.com 1
Bartolo Colon, NYM $1 MLB.com 1
Mark Canha, OAK $1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Todd Zola's Commentary

I'm at the point where my objective is to keep an active lineup and save FAAB for an injury I can't replace from my reserve. It's not a sexy spot to be in but it's the right thing to do under the circumstances.

Todd's Take

The more I see of Ketel Marte the more intrigued I become. Admittedly, this comes from a DFS point of view as his plate patience and speed translate nicely into a cheap cash game play. At a time where the strikeout is becoming more accepted (see the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs), it's refreshing to see a prospect with a walk rate over the ten percent mark along with a mid-teens strikeout rate. Marte's not a burner but he can swipe a base. When he first came up Marte played center to get his bat in the lineup but now he's playing his natural position at shortstop. If he can handle the spot defensively, the Mariners may have filled a hole that's been an issue since Alex Rodriguez bolted to Texas -- well, maybe not that long ago.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

toutbanner

There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jp-arencibia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JArencibia, TB 5 Steve Moyer 8 Andy Behrens 4 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
MStroman, Tor 3 Larry Schechter 15 Chris Liss 2
NTropeano, LAA 2 Mike Podhorzer 6 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
MOlt, CWS 2 Mike Podhorzer 8 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
RRivera, TB 1 Andy Behrens 2
DPompey, Tor 1 Ron Shandler 2
CSabathia, NYY 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
JPaxton, Sea 1 Chris Liss 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

NJones, CWS Larry Schechter 0
RMadson, KC Larry Schechter 0
SDyson, Tex Larry Schechter 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Stroman's sharp outing and impending MLB call-up got everyone's attention in Tout Wars.  It cannot be understated that Stroman missed most of the season due to a non-arm related injury.  Loss of stuff is not in the picture and if the rust is off, the Jays will have a fresh, upper-end of the rotation, arm to help them on their stretch run.  Stroman isn't the only interesting Blue Jay as Dalton Pompey is back and while he may not play much, he'll be deployed as a pinch-runner/base stealer which could be useful down the stretch.

Sean Nolin, while he does not have Stroman's upside or his command, is already getting an audition in the A's rotation and is a target for those looking for innings down the stretch. The lefty gets swings and misses with a solid fastball, plus changeup combo and could be a mainstay in the A's 2016 rotation.

Todd's Take

The word is the Blue Jays are looking to move to a six-man rotation when Marcus Stroman is ready to return or to just spot start Drew Hutchison at home. Don't expect miracles from Stroman, the main priority for Toronto is getting him playoff-ready, in any capacity.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

austin-jackson

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AJackson, ChC 24 Scott Wilderman 42 Tristan H. Cockcroft 23 Mike Gianella 21
Phil Hertz 13 Peter Kreutzer 2 Brian Walton 0
CRobinson, Was 1 Scott Wilderman 9 Brian Walton 0
BWallace, SD 1 Peter Kreutzer 4
TLyons, StL 1 Peter Kreutzer 1 Scott Wilderman 0
ZGodley, Ari 1 Peter Kreutzer 1
ADeAza, SF 1 Lenny Melnick  2 Scott Wilderman 2
EYoung, NYM 1 Phil Hertz 1
CRusin, Col 1 Phil Hertz 5
JCollmenter, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 2
AHedges, SD 1 Phil Hertz 3
BDrury, Ari 0 Brian Walton 0 Scott Wilderman 2 Lenny Melnick  2

UNAWARDED BIDS

TRoark, Was Phil Hertz 2
ZDavies, Mil Phil Hertz 2
AReed, NYM Phil Hertz 0
GKontos, SF Peter Kreutzer 0
JGrimm, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0
PBaez, LAD Peter Kreutzer 0
PStrop, ChC Peter Kreutzer 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

Eight of the 12 teams in National League Tout Wars still have double-digit FAAB totals after this week’s bidding, with six of them holding more than $20. In other words, there is a lot of money remaining to be spent – but few meaningful options available.

This week, just one player was acquired for more than $1. It was new Cubs outfielder Austin Jackson, whom six owners tried to buy. onRoto’s Scott Wilderman plunked down $42, but the Vickrey rule required him to pay $24, $1 more than the second-highest bidder.

Jackson likely represents the last interleague trade piece moving into the NL in 2015. With most top prospects already owned in NL Tout, as well, it seems unlikely that all that available cash will be spent. And as we already know, it cannot be taken with an owner to the next season.

Todd's Take

It remains to be seen how the Cubs use A-Jax but at least short term, he should see decent action as Kyle Schwarber nurses a rib injury. It wouldn't be shocking to see Jackson enter games a defensive replacement. Chances are he's an upgrade over your worst player in NL only but don't let the cost of acquisition skew what he's likely to contribute. There's just nothing left to spend it on.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

brad-miller

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

BMiller, Sea 4 Cory Schwartz 9 Scott Swanay 3 Fred Zinkie 0
BGuyer, TB 3 Fred Zinkie 3 Scott Pianowski 2 Cory Schwartz 1
RElias, Sea 2 Scott Pianowski 3 Tim Heaney 1
RRay, Ari 1 Nando DiFino 3
RGoins, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie 3
MStroman, Tor 1 Fred Zinkie 4
TClippard, NYM 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JArencibia, TB 0 Scott Pianowski 0 Fred Zinkie 0
FDoubront, Oak 0 Tim Heaney 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CRea, SD Nando DiFino 3
HKendrick, LAD Cory Schwartz 1
COwings, Ari Fred Zinkie 0
CSpangenberg, SD Fred Zinkie 0
PGosselin, Ari Fred Zinkie 0
TSaladino, CWS Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

The trade of Austin Jackson has opened up regular playing time for Brad Miller in center field, and Cory Schwartz is hoping that the increased at-bats will lead to increased production. Overall, Miller's 2015 season has been a disappointing one, but he is batting .273 since the All-Star break and offers a bit of power and a bit of speed. Perhaps most importantly for fantasy owners, he's eligible at both shortstop and second base in addition to outfield.

Brandon Guyer has 11 hits in his last 26 at-bats and five RBI in his last four games. Fred Zinkie is hoping that Guyer's hot streak can last a bit longer while I'm hoping that it's already over.

Back to Cory, I do like the $0 addition of Tyler Clippard, who not only could save a game or two down the stretch but will be a positive contributor in ERA and WHIP. Starting elite setup men in place of back end of the rotation starters during the final weeks of the season does have its advantages, particularly in leagues where the ERA and WHIP races are tight.

Todd's Take

What does it take to win a tightly bunched league? There's a reason why Fred Zinkie has multiple Tout Wars and LABR titles. Here's his tweets after the FAAB results were announced:

"In @toutwars I picked up my favorite sleeper for this week -- Brandon Guyer. Five likely starts at leadoff spot vs. LHP."

"Also grabbed Ryan Goins. .481 OBP in past 21 days. Getting on base in the Jays high-scoring lineup is a recipe for success."

I'll spare the diatribe why I don't agree with the notion behind the second tweet (streaks are predictive) but the offshoot of the numbers is Goins is playing nearly every day which is something I agree is paramount. Fred is thinking out of the box to maximize at bats, which is how you separate from a bunched pack.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

corey-seager

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

CSeager, LAD 18 Anthony Perri 35 Perry Van Hook 17 Adam Ronis 12
JGyorko, SD 6 Adam Ronis 6 Anthony Perri 5 Tim McLeod 0
DGregorius, NYY 1 Anthony Perri 2
LMorrison, Sea 1 Tim McLeod 3
MStroman, Tor 1 Tim McLeod 3
CRupp, Phi 1 Grey Albright 1
BMoss, StL 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Eno Sarris 11
DSantana, Mil 1 Eno Sarris 22 Perry Van Hook 4
ESantana, Min 1 Perry Van Hook 3
COwings, Ari 0 Tim McLeod 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

SRomero, Sea Perry Van Hook 4
SOMalley, Sea Perry Van Hook 4
CRobinson, Was Perry Van Hook 4
CRea, SD Perry Van Hook 2
JNicolino, Mia Perry Van Hook 2
CCrawford, LAD Adam Ronis 2
HConger, Hou Grey Albright 1
GBird, NYY Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Unlike LABR where some people have no bidding units, the TOUT mixed league players have plenty of money but sadly, not much interest - only six of the fifteen teams placed bids this week. However there were some high and interesting bids from those teams. The key prize of the night was Dodger prospect Corey Seager who has done well albeit in limited at bats since his callup earlier in the week. I bid $17 of my 22 units on Seager but lost to a $35 bid from Anthony Perri (Baseball Fantastics) so the wrong Perri rostered him for $18. Because he had bid so much (turns out unnecessarily) for Seager, his second bid for Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko was just $5 which lost to a $6 bid from Adam Ronis (who lost his $12 bid on Seager). Had Perri bid less on Seager and more on Gyorko he would have won both but time will tell whether he will get more from Didi Gregorius who he won for $1 than he would have from Gyorko.

My large bid getting squashed meant my underbids did better as I got Brandon Moss for a dollar on a $4 bid and Ervin Santana for a dollar on a $3 bid - and I have more left for next week in my run up the standings.

Todd's Take

Domingo Santana is intriguing. He's not playing every day but that could change, though there's not much time left. While anyone can get hot, he's got the power to hit 6 bombs the rest of the way. I talk a lot about at bats. There are occasions where someone not getting as many at bats as others may have the potential to make a bigger difference. Santana is a perfect example.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jonny-gomes

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

J.P. Arencibia, TB 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Sean Nolin, OAK 1 Baseball HQ 1
Felix Doubront, OAK 1 FantasyScore 1
Jonny Gomes, KC 1 SiriusXM 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Chris Johnson, CLE SiriusXM 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Another short round of bids in the AL LABR league with just four teams bidding for four players so everyone got their target. J.P. Arencibia a catcher who has hit well at least in this go round captured the only two dollar bid from the NFBC duo of Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs.

Perhaps like some other teams I decided my one remaining FAAB unit would have more targets to shoot for next week. Problem was that I could have filled my shortstop slot with Ryan Flaherty who may play more than Danny Santana who I activated from reserve - or not.

Todd's Take

Looks like Arencibia is up to his old tricks - hitting a cluster of homers in between long droughts featuring bountiful strike outs. But with les than a month left, it's worth the chance the homers trump the whiffs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

tanner_roark

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Austin Jackson, CHC 31 USA TODAY Sports 31 Colton & The Wolfman 21 Inside Edge 18
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 13
Tanner Roark, WSH 7 Baseball HQ 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 7
Jarred Cosart, MIA 7 Baseball HQ 7
Hernan Perez, MIL 1 Baseball HQ 1
Erik Kratz, PHI 1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Josh Collmenter, ARI Baseball HQ 3
Daniel Hudson, ARI Baseball HQ 3
Cristhian Adames, COL Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary.

Once again the money flew at the free agents as LABR head cheese, the USA Today's Steve Gardner was willing to drop $31 on outfielder Austin Jackson, besting bids of $13, $18, and $21,

Doug Dennis, of BaseballHQ went deep picking up three players, including Tanner Roark ($7, squeezing a like bid) and then nabbed Jared Cosart, also for $7, and Herman Perez for a buck.

The lone other FAAB purchase went to Bob Radomski and his Sandlot Shrink team who bagged Erik Kratz for a dollar,

Todd's Take

It's been an odd season in the Senior Circuit. There hasn't been much to bid on in terms of free agents and more prospects are being drafted in reserve to begin the season, further diluting the inventory. The key is not assuming next season will be a repeat. Maybe next year trades lean to fortifying the NL at the deadline. That said, more often than not it's the plight of your team that dictates your spending.

MIXED LEAGUE

greg-bird

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Greg Bird, NYY 5 Mastersball 5
Justin Nicolino, MIA 1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Tommy Milone, MIN MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

Real quiet week in Mixed LABR - there's a two-team battle at the top, the rest are just counting the days until next season's draft. I'm just looking to put out the best lineup I can and with Mark Teixeira hurt, Bird will see regular time for another couple weeks.

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.

Here is the Tout Wars report. LABR is available below.

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There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. All use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

medlen-kris

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KMedlen, KC 9 Steve Moyer 24 Rob Leibowitz 8 Jeff Erickson 7
WVenable, Tex 5 Seth Trachtman 6 Jeff Erickson 7 Mike Podhorzer 4
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 3
GBird, NYY 3 Steve Moyer 23 Jeff Erickson 7 Seth Trachtman 2
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Mike Podhorzer 1
GBeckham, CWS 1 Seth Trachtman 1 Mike Podhorzer 0
CCasali, TB 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
RStrausborger, Tex 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2
MBarnes, Bos 1 Andy Behrens 1
BFarmer, Det 1 Andy Behrens 4
SPearce, Bal 1 Mike Podhorzer 6
AOgando, Bos 1 Mike Podhorzer 1
KJepsen, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 19
HAlberto, Tex 0 Seth Trachtman 0
CShreve, NYY 0 Andy Behrens 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

POrlando, KC Seth Trachtman 1
BMatusz, Bal Andy Behrens 0
DNava, TB Mike Podhorzer 0
ESogard, Oak Seth Trachtman 0
JSands, Cle Mike Podhorzer 0
KCowart, LAA Mike Podhorzer 0
LHochevar, KC Andy Behrens 0
PNeshek, Hou Andy Behrens 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week I went all in with my $8 remaining FAAB on Kris Medlen. He's replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the KC rotation. So far he has looked pretty sharp, looking like the pre-injury Kris Medlen, complete with solid control, a low-nineties fastball, good curve, and changeup, generating solid swing and miss numbers. I didn't get him but at least I made Steve Moyer spend a little of what he had left.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised that Jeff Erickson's bid on Kevin Jepsen went unchallenged. Jeff has 29 saves then directly above him it goes 32, 33, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 43. That's a tightly bunched group and even a couple saves could mean multiple points. Perhaps it's because third place is 15 points away from first and fourth/fifth place are both 25 points away. Jeff's in second, trying to catch his Rotowire partner Chris Liss and will need some more help in the category, but at least he's attacking a spot where there's a big net gain.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

jared-eickoff

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

DSantana, Mil 27 Steve Gardner 30 Brian Walton 26 Phil Hertz 22
AAltherr, Phi 25 Brian Walton 26 Gene McCaffrey 24 Phil Hertz 22
Scott Wilderman 16 Tristan H. Cockcroft 11 Derek Carty 2
JEickhoff, Phi 4 Scott Wilderman 13 Peter Kreutzer 3 Brian Walton 0
Derek Carty 0 Phil Hertz 0
JBourgeois, Cin 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 5 Derek Carty 1
TJankowski, SD 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft 15 Brian Walton 26 Phil Hertz 22
Scott Wilderman 6 Brian Walton 0
TPham, StL 1 Scott Wilderman 7 Brian Walton 2 Phil Hertz 1
Brian Walton 0 Derek Carty 0
AGarcia, Atl 1 Peter Kreutzer 11 Derek Carty 0
DRuf, Phi 1 Phil Hertz 22 Peter Kreutzer 5 Scott Wilderman 0
Derek Carty 0
DHudson, Ari 1 Phil Hertz 3
DSweeney, Phi 0 Brian Walton 26 Phil Hertz 0
JJeffress, Mil 0 Phil Hertz 0 Steve Gardner 4
YPetit, SF 0 Phil Hertz 0 Scott Wilderman 0
BBoesch, Cin 0 Derek Carty 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

RLaMarre, Cin Scott Wilderman 6
BWallace, SD Peter Kreutzer 2
LVerrett, NYM Phil Hertz 2
KQuackenbush, SD Scott Wilderman 0
BTreinen, Was Scott Wilderman 0
JCollmenter, Ari Phil Hertz 0
BTreinen, Was Phil Hertz 0
BMorris, Mia Phil Hertz 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

So there haven’t been many big names coming into the National League this summer. There are still some interesting names who moved in trade (in return for departing stars) and are receiving auditions with their new teams. In other cases, jobs are opening up for prospect auditions.

Just this week, a young outfielder in a new home is getting at-bats, and therefore drawing big interest in NL Tout. Domingo Santana joined Milwaukee from Houston in the Carlos Gomez deal. Two other outfield prospects are also seeing considerable playing time - Aaron Altherr with Philadelphia and San Diego’s Travis Jankowski.

The pitcher drawing the most interest in bidding this week is yet another Phillies prospect fresh from the farm, Jerad Eickhoff. The right-hander opened eyes by tossing six scoreless innings at Miami in his MLB debut Friday night.

I bid on all four, but with the third-most money remaining at $26, I put it all behind one player to ensure I got him.

My top priority, Santana, went to Steve Gardner of USA Today for $27 ($30 Vickrey). I ended up with Altherr for $25 ($26 Vickrey), who was batting third for the new-look Phils on Sunday.

With the heavy bidding on the other two outfielders, Jankowski slipped under the radar to Tristan H. Cockcroft for just $1 ($15 Vickrey). That is my bargain pick of the week, though Scott Wilderman also did very nicely getting Eickhoff for $4 ($13 Vickrey).

Todd's Take

League leader Mike Gianella probably wasn't happy to see three-time defending champion Tristan Cockcroft picking up Jankowski. This is going down to the wire and presently, Tristan is tied for 10th in steals with 66. There's a challenger right behind with 64 with the two ahead of him recording 68 and 70. That's 2.5 readily available points along with a buffer so he doesn't get passed. Every point counts -- considering that Tristan also had his bid reduced, I agree with Brian -- this was quite the fortuitous deal.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

mark_canha

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

KMedlen, KC 10 Al Melchior 22 Fred Zinkie 9 Cory Schwartz 6
Scott Engel 4 Tim Heaney 3 Scott Pianowski 2
Derek Van Riper 0
MCanha, Oak 9 Ray Flowers 11 Scott Pianowski 8 Tim Heaney 2
TShaw, Bos 3 Scott Engel 5 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper 0
GBird, NYY 1 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper 0
WMiley, Bos 1 Cory Schwartz 3 Derek Van Riper 0
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 David Gonos 12
TTurner, Was 1 Al Melchior 4
HOwens, Bos 1 Scott Engel 2
AWainwright, StL 1 Patrick Davitt 19
AHechavarria, Mia 1 Fred Zinkie 1
DSantana, Mil 0 Derek Van Riper 0 Ray Flowers 11
ERosario, Min 0 Derek Van Riper 0
JNicolino, Mia 0 Derek Van Riper 0 Scott Engel 2
CCasali, TB 0 Scott Pianowski 0
AMorgan, Phi 0 Scott Pianowski 0
DPomeranz, Oak 0 Cory Schwartz 0
JTomlin, Cle 0 Fred Zinkie 0
JBlanton, Pit 0 Fred Zinkie 0
SClevenger, Bal 0 Fred Zinkie 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

CGillespie, Mia Ray Flowers 7
JLagares, NYM Ray Flowers 7
JDeLaRosa, Col Cory Schwartz 0 Fred Zinkie 0
AAltherr, Phi Derek Van Riper 0
ABlanco, Phi Fred Zinkie 0
ASanchez, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
CRea, SD Scott Pianowski 0
DMurphy, LAA Derek Van Riper 0
JEickhoff, Phi Fred Zinkie 0
KTomlinson, SF Fred Zinkie 0
LHendriks, Tor Cory Schwartz 0
MConforto, NYM Derek Van Riper 0
MStroman, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
RGoins, Tor Fred Zinkie 0
TDuffey, Min Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

At this point in the season, one hot player could mean the difference between winning and not winning a league, or in Al Melchior's case, the difference between a FAAB penalty and no FAAB penalty for next year. Finally fed up with the mediocre pitching of Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals have decided to insert Kris Medlen into Guthrie's starting rotation spot, and the move makes plenty of sense. Since being activated from the 60-day DL late last month, Medlen has registered a 2.51 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in seven relief appearances to go along with 14 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. This is a guy who pitched to a 3.11 ERA while winning 15 games back in 2013 before missing one and a half seasons due to Tommy John surgery, so the talent is unquestioned, and a strong finish to 2015 seems likely.

I found it noteworthy that Patrick Davitt, one of the seven owners (yes, seven!) still in the title hunt, was willing to sacrifice one week's worth of pitcher stats in acquiring Adam Wainwright, who might make it back by mid-September but might end up working out of the bullpen. It just seems to me that the downside outweighs the upside. But then again, I'm not a big risk-taker when it comes to fantasy baseball team management.

Todd's Take

Zach alluded to it, this league is going down to the wire as well. He also made another comment about being risk averse. I've talked about this on Baseball HQ Radio and have written about it on Fantasy Alarm -- while I share that philosophy with Zach, it's no longer the way to play the game, at least not in a high stakes or industry setting. It's my biggest obstacle in both formats (and DFS) and something I need to overcome. Maybe I should jump out of an airplane. On second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

grady_sizemore

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

AAltherr, Phi 4 Perry Van Hook 4 Tim McLeod 4 Brent Hershey 3
GSizemore, TB 1 Anthony Perri 5
CMorton, Pit 1 Anthony Perri 5 Perry Van Hook 6 Eno Sarris 3
MCain, SF 1 Ray Murphy 6
JTomlin, Cle 1 Ray Murphy 6
TTurner, Was 1 Brent Hershey 7
MCanha, Oak 1 Brent Hershey 2 Adam Ronis 2
KMedlen, KC 1 Perry Van Hook 11 Adam Ronis 3
JLamb, Cin 1 Adam Ronis 8 Perry Van Hook 2
JDeLaRosa, Col 1 Perry Van Hook 7
JHoover, Cin 1 Tim McLeod 3
AReed, Hou 1 Tim McLeod 1
TJungmann, Mil 1 Eno Sarris 7
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 Adam Ronis 9
JWerth, Was 1 Rudy Gamble 11 Adam Ronis 2

UNAWARDED BIDS

ESantana, Min Eno Sarris 6
JEickhoff, Phi Perry Van Hook 5
RDelgado, Ari Ray Murphy 2
TDuffey, Min Perry Van Hook 2
LChisenhall, Cle Perry Van Hook 2
NSwisher, Atl Brent Hershey 1
JoRamirez, Cle Rudy Gamble 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Time to swing for the fences and hope that George Springer gets back in early September and that the recently activated Freddie Freeman can be productive right away. I bid on several starting pitchers to buttress my all starter staff and ended up with ... Kris Medlen, KC with two starts who I bid $11 for but rostered for the Vickrey reduced $1 winning bid as was the case with Jorge De La Rosa, COL who has two road starts (check his road versus home numbers) whom I bid $7 on. I bid on new Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr and had to spend my full $4 bid to get him from Brent Hershey, BaseballHQ - the only winning bid above a dollar this week.

Todd's Take

It continues to baffle me why there aren't more $0 bids in this league. At first I assumed not everyone was aware of the rule allowing it but it's been several years this trend exists. I'm not judging, just don't have anything else to say and want to get this thing posted.

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There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo..

AMERICAN LEAGUE

kevin-jepsen

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Kevin Jepsen, MIN 2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 Baseball HQ 1
Kris Medlen, KC 2 Mastersball 2 Baseball HQ 1
Gregory Bird, NYY 2 Mastersball 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Tom Wilhelmsen, SEA 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Mark Lowe, TOR 1 Baseball HQ 1
Steve Clevenger, BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Stephen Drew, NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Will Venable, TEX 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Steven Geltz, TB 1 Yahoo! Sports 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Aaron Sanchez, TOR Yahoo! Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1
Alex Colome, TB Yahoo! Sports 1
Brandon Gomes, TB Colton & The Wolfman 1
Carlos Perez, LAA Colton & The Wolfman 1
Felix Doubront, OAK Colton & The Wolfman 1
Neal Cotts, MIN Baseball HQ 1
Will Harris, HOU Yahoo! Sports 1

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Down to the short strokes with FAAB budgets and two players I really wanted - Kris Medlen, KC starting pitcher who will have two starts this week replacing Jeremy Guthrie in the Royals rotation and Greg Bird the Yankee prospect who has been able to more than fill in for Mark Teixeira. With only five FAAB units left for the season and below others I thought my best play was to bid two dollars each and see what happened.

Voila! Got both so Medlen replaces the DLed Anibal Sanchez and Bird even if he doesn't get as many at bats when Teixeira is back should get me more power stats than James Loney. I also got to activate Lance McCullers recently recalled by the Astros and reserve Martin Perez who is likely to have his turn skipped this week by the Rangers.

Todd's Take

Pssst - AL LABR, if you want to win a guy, bid $3.

Actually, chances are the guys are hoping for some reinforcements at the September call-ups. Something to keep in mind is the season started a week later which pushes everything up a week. So one one hand, if the player is called up on September 1 you may get him an extra week, the teams that let players stay on the farm through playoffs will be called up a week later than normal and you'll get the same length of time from them - just shifted a week.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

aaron-altherr

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Aaron Altherr, PHI 41 Baseball HQ 41 Inside Edge 21 RotoExperts 12
Colton & The Wolfman 11 Inside Edge 4
Travis Jankowski, SD 27 Colton & The Wolfman 27
Domingo Santana, MIL 21 Inside Edge 21 Colton & The Wolfman 27
Jerad Eickhoff, PHI 13 Mastersball 13 Inside Edge 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Michael Morse, PIT 6 Inside Edge 6 Baseball HQ 1
Logan Verrett, NYM 4 Inside Edge 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1
Jason Bourgeois, CIN 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Baseball HQ 1
Kendry Flores, MIA 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3
Kelby Tomlinson, SF 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 3
Trea Turner, WSH 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Justin Nicolino, MIA 3 Sandlot Shrink 3
Darnell Sweeney, PHI 3 RotoWire - DVR 3 Colton & The Wolfman 1
Justin Grimm, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1
Jose Lobaton, WSH 1 Sandlot Shrink 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Brad Hand, MIA Inside Edge 4
Colin Rea, SD NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Arquimedes Caminero, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Carlos Ruiz, PHI Sandlot Shrink 1
Pedro Baez, LAD Baseball HQ 1
Ryan LaMarre, CIN Colton & The Wolfman 1
Ryan Lavarnway, ATL Sandlot Shrink 1
Thomas Pham, STL Colton & The Wolfman 1
Travis Ishikawa, PIT Baseball HQ 1

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

It was a big and competitive week for transactions in NL LABR as teams emptied their wallets in anticipation of roster expansion. In all eight teams acquired new players in what might be the most active week of the season for FAAB moves.

Doug Dennis dropped $41 on the Phils Aaron Altherr, besting four bids between $11-$21, while Glenn Colton and Rick Wolfe grabbed hitters Travis Jankowski ($27)  and $3 for Jason Bourgeois and a buck for Justin Grimm..

Steve Moyer then spent on Domingo Santiago for $21, just edging out an $18 stab. Moyer also bagged Mike Morse ($6) and Logan Verrett $1)

I successfully bid $13 for Jerad Eickhoff to replace demoted Chris Heston, beating out a couple of tries at $3 and $4, while Bob Radomski's Sandlot Shrink team picked up Justin Nicolino ($3) and Jose Lobaton ($1).

Derek Van Riper of Rotowire nabbed hot Nats property Trea Turner along with Darnell Sweeney and Kelby Tomlinson--all for $3 each--while Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs brought home Kendry Flores for the same price.

Todd's Take

Geez, this week was almost as good as - heck, it may even be better - than trade deadline week in NL LABR. It's all about category management so regardless how you rank the available players, if you want pop it was Santana, if you want speed it was Jankowski and if you want across the board help it was Altherr. They all should get similar playing time down the stretch.

MIXED LEAGUE

domingo-santana-brewers

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Domingo Santana, MIL 4 FantasyScore 4 Fangraphs 1 MLB.com 1
Travis Shaw, BOS 4 USA TODAY Sports 4 Baseball HQ 1 FantasyScore 1
Bruce Rondon, DET 3 FantasyScore 3
Ryan Vogelsong, SF 2 Razzball 2
Kris Medlen, KC 2 MLB.com 2
Travis Jankowski, SD 1 Fangraphs 1 FantasyScore 1
Randall Delgado, ARI 1 Baseball HQ 1
Joaquin Benoit, SD 1 FNTSY 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Junichi Tazawa, BOS FantasyScore 3
Gregory Bird, NYY FantasyScore 1
Henry Urrutia, BAL FantasyScore 1
J.J. Hoover, CIN FantasyScore 1
Mark Canha, OAK FantasyScore 1
Michael Conforto, NYM Fangraphs 1
Thomas Pham, STL FantasyScore 1
Tyler Collins, DET Fangraphs 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

It';s interesting that only one team needed a closer and both options, Rondon and Tazawa, blew a save over the weekend. While Tazawa may be the better pitcher, I agree with ranking Rondon higher since there's a better chance he closes down the stretch. Boston has indicated they intend to limit Tazawa's innings while Detroit wants to see what Rondon can do.

Todd's Take

There's some pretty solid hitters available in Jankowski and Santana with a nice contrast that Jankowski a speed merchant playing in a park conducive to speed while Santana is a power hitter playing for a team (and in a park) that favor power hitters. I think they're both nice pulls for this time of the season.

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