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Thursday 21st Sep 2017


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

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

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




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Tanner Scheppers TEX 1 Baseball HQ
Chris Stewart NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Ryan Flaherty BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Pedro Hernandez MIN 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Baseball HQ
Joba Chamberlain NYY 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Matt Tuiasosopo DET 1 KFFL.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jerry Blevins OAK 1 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jerome Williams LAA 1 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com
Ronny Cedeno HOU 1 RotoWire


Brandon Gomes TB 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Brayan Pena DET 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Carlos Corporan HOU 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Cody Allen CLE 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Dane De La Rosa LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Darin Downs DET 1 Baseball HQ
George Kottaras KC 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Hank Conger LAA 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Jeff Baker TEX 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Tommy Hunter BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

The free agent list for the LABR AL league is pretty barren – borne out by only one dollar bids on any player this week. I bet my dollar that the Angels may soon need to get Jerome Williams into the rotation since he has been pitching much better than those currently in the rotation and they can’t continue to lose ground in the AL West.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Kevin Gregg CHC 16 Colton & The Wolfman 13 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 12 Steve Moyer 8 Baseball HQ
8 ESPN - Ravitz 7 Sandlot Shrink 5 RotoWire
Jeff Locke PIT 7 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5 Sandlot Shrink 5 USA TODAY Sports 2 Steve Moyer
Brandon Inge PIT 5 RotoWire 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 Baseball HQ
Jonathan Pettibone PHI 5 RotoWire
Derrick Robinson CIN 3 ESPN - Ravitz
Matt Magill LAD 2 USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Herrera COL 1 ESPN - Ravitz 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Juan Lagares NYM 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 ESPN - Karabell

Matt Reynolds ARI 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Jeremy Hefner NYM 2 Colton & The Wolfman
Josh Wilson ARI 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Freddy Galvis PHI 1 ESPN - Karabell
Shane Robinson STL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Dave Sappelt CHC 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Freddy Galvis PHI 1 Colton & The Wolfman

 Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I have to say I was in a good/bad place in NL LABR this week, for I really wanted to pick up LA's Matt Magill as a FAAB pick, but my pitching is not only pretty good, but I had just activated Tony Cingrani while reserving Josh Collmenter, meaning I really did not have a space for the new Dodger arm.

As it is my bud Steve Gardner of USA Today snatched the hurler up for a mere $2 bid.

Steve, I am envious, though I shouldn't be. All else, get on the Magill bandwagon.

The other bids that seemed interesting were Kevin Gregg going to team Wolf/Colton for $16. As Glenn noted in a thread where we congratulated him on his Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame induction (yay Glenn), last week they passed on the reliever and he copped three saves, so this week they bid $16 and landed him. With no one else bidding, meaning Gregg's stock is that well thought of in the LABR circuit.

Finally, Jeff Erickson grabbed Brandon Inge, now a utility infielder with the Pirates. Inge cost Jeff's Rotowire team $5, but i think the rewards will be 10-plus homers, not bad for a utility guy ex post drafto Of course, there is a question about average, but Inge will get some knocks and will also play the corners and second, giving some position flex.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Nolan Arenado COL 36 RotoWire 25 Sports Grumblings 24 Baseball HQ 22 ESPN.com
7 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com
Kevin Gregg CHC 10 ESPN.com 9 RotoWire 5 Baseball HQ 3 KFFL.com
3 Razzball
Ted Lilly LAD 9 ESPN.com 7 Baseball Prospectus 6 Fangraphs 6 KFFL.com
4 MLB.com 2 Razzball 2 RotoWire
2 Sports Grumblings 1 MLB.com
Chris Denorfia SD 6 Baseball Prospectus 2 KFFL.com
David Phelps NYY 4 Fangraphs 3 MLB.com 2 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
1 USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Locke PIT 3 USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Pacheco COL 3 Razzball 1 RotoWire
Will Venable SD 3 MLB.com 1 Baseball HQ
Marwin Gonzalez HOU 3 Baseball Prospectus 1 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
Oswaldo Arcia MIN 3 Baseball HQ
Matt Magill LAD 2 RotoWire
Yuniesky Betancourt MIL 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball 1 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Justin Grimm TEX 2 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings 1 USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Correia MIN 1 Sports Grumblings 1 RotoWire 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com
Brian Dozier MIN 1 RotoWire 1 Sports Grumblings
Mike Carp BOS 1 KFFL.com


Nicholas Tepesch TEX 2 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings 1 USA TODAY Sports
Mark Ellis LAD 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire 1 KFFL.com
Scott Diamond MIN 2 KFFL.com
Sean Rodriguez TB 1 Baseball Prospectus 1 RotoWire
Kyle Blanks SD 1 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
Placido Polanco MIA 1 RotoWire 1 Razzball
Chris Stewart NYY 1 ESPN.com
Bruce Rondon DET 1 KFFL.com
Carter Capps SEA 1 KFFL.com
Dylan Axelrod CWS 1 KFFL.com
Jared Burton MIN 1 KFFL.com
Jarrod Dyson KC 1 KFFL.com
Jonathan Pettibone PHI 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Schafer ATL 1 KFFL.com
Jordan Walden ATL 1 KFFL.com
Robbie Grossman HOU 1 KFFL.com
Luis Valbuena CHC 1 Razzball
Brandon Laird HOU 1 RotoWire
Conor Gillaspie CWS 1 RotoWire
Donovan Solano MIA 1 RotoWire
Steve Lombardozzi WSH 1 RotoWire

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's quite frustrating to be struggling and not see any help on the wire. Truth be told my hitting, while not staunch, is holding its own and will be fine - but my pitching is off to a horrible start <Joe Blanton the stink-eye>>. I'm stacked at corner with Prince Fielder, Billy Butler and Kyle Seager so Nolan Arenado wasn't as attractive to me - I still like Seager.

I could have bid on Kevin Gregg but I already was bit by Mitchell Boggs and am not sure Gregg will continue on as the Cubbies' stopper so I passed.

I considered Ted Lilly and Kevin Correia but neither are dominant enough for me to give up what I have. I am still OK with Clayton Kershaw, Yovani Gallardo and Kris Medlen fronting the rotation and having Alex Cobb and Dillon Gee as the next level. My streamers are Julio Teheran, Ross Detwiler Clayton Richard and Blanton so I feel good there too. 

So I sat on my FAAB this week and will wait for a week where I feel as though I can get a better bang for my buck.

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