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Wednesday 18th Oct 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.




Brayan Pena, DET 13 Fangraphs 3 Mastersball
Jose Iglesias, BOS 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Mastersball
Danny Valencia, BAL 2 Colton & Wolf
P.J. Walters, MIN 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Joe Smith, CLE 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 2 Mastersball
Cody Allen, CLE 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 KFFL.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Robert Coello, LAA 1 Colton & Wolf 4 Mastersball
David Ross, BOS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Adam Warren, NYY 1 KFFL.com
Yamaico Navarro, BAL 1 Mastersball


Hector Gimenez, CWS 2 Fangraphs
Andrew Miller, BOS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Brendan Harris, LAA 1 Mastersball
Carlos Triunfel, SEA 1 Mastersball
Leury Garcia, TEX 1 Mastersball
Bryan Shaw, CLE 1 KFFL.com
Caleb Thielbar, MIN 1 KFFL.com
Carlos Corporan, HOU 1 Fangraphs

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Alex Avila continuing almost a year of suckitude, Brayan Pena has continued to get more playing time from Jim Leyland and has responded by hitting .300 while doing a great job behind the plate. Id doesn't take long for LABR caliber players to jump aboard and Fangraphs' Eno Sarris put $13 up to get Penai into his lineup this week.

I was finally successful in getting a replacement for Alberto Gonzalez by getting Yamaico Navarro for a dollar this week (unsuccessful on Jose Iglesias who went for $4). Obviously my $3 bid on Pena was wide right but I was the underbidder. I also bid $4 on Angels reliever Robert Coello whose forkball is baffling AL West hitters and Angel catchers (hint to Hank Conger turn your mitt up not down), but lost it to the Colton/Wolf team. Hopefully they don't get many saves from him.




DJ LeMahieu, COL 17 DerekCarty.com 9 ESPN - Ravitz 6 Colton & Wolf 6 Steve Moyer
1 ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ
Tyler Lyons, STL 6 ESPN - Ravitz 2 DerekCarty.com
Chris Coghlan, MIA 3 Baseball HQ 1 DerekCarty.com
Tyler Chatwood, COL 2 Sandlot Shrink
Chad Qualls, MIA 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Daniel Descalso, STL 1 Steve Moyer 1 Baseball HQ 1 DerekCarty.com
Jeff Kobernus, WSH 1 Colton & Wolf
John Baker, SD 1 Baseball HQ


Guillermo Quiroz, SF 1 Baseball HQ
Jeff Mathis, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
Juan Lagares, NYM 1 Baseball HQ
Justin Wilson, PIT 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Roger Bernadina, WSH 1 Baseball HQ
Ryan Sweeney, CHC 1 Baseball HQ
Scott Van Slyke, LAD 1 Baseball HQ
Tim Stauffer, SD 1 ESPN - Ravitz

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

 As we past Memorial Day, the first important milepost of the season, filling the middle infielder spot seems to be the call to "gloves," if you will.

But, before we look at the troika of defenders nabbed in LABR this week, perhaps the big coup was Nate Ravitz collecting St. Louis starting hurler Tyler Lyons for a relatively cheap $6 bid.

Lyons, hot off a fine start (seven innings, four hits, a run, and four whiffs) is probably going to stay in the Cards rotation as long as he both produces, and the St. Louis rotation is hampered. Which it surely is at present. Only one other bid of $2 came in, meaning pitching is not really where eyes were focused this week (despite Bob Radomski's $2 taking of Tyler Chatwood).

Derek Carty spent a full $17, earning the rights to D.J. LeMahieu, outdistancing five other wanna be owners whose desires stopped at $9.

Then, Chris Coughlan went to Doug Dennis and BaseballHQ for $3 (uncontested), while Steve Moyer picked up Daniel Descalso for a dollar (also uncontested).

If might be a tough season on arms, but this week, apparently it was a tough season up the middle.




Francisco Rodriguez, MIL 11 USA TODAY Sports 7 KFFL.com 5 Sports Grumblings 3 Fangraphs
Kevin Gausman, BAL 8 RotoWire 4 Fangraphs 3 Baseball HQ 2 Sports Grumblings
1 Razzball 1 KFFL.com
John Danks, CWS 7 KFFL.com
Vinnie Pestano, CLE 6 KFFL.com 1 RotoWire
Joe Smith, CLE 5 Sports Grumblings
Corey Kluber, CLE 4 Mastersball 4 Fangraphs 1 RotoWire
Jake Odorizzi, TB 4 RotoWire 3 Fangraphs 2 KFFL.com 1 Razzball
DJ LeMahieu, COL 2 Razzball
Yan Gomes, CLE 2 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ
Mike Fiers, MIL 1 Baseball HQ
Erik Kratz, PHI 1 Baseball HQ 1 KFFL.com
Tim Stauffer, SD 1 RotoWire


Darren O'Day, BAL 6 KFFL.com 5 Sports Grumblings 3 Mastersball
Rex Brothers, COL 6 KFFL.com 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 Sports Grumblings
Cody Allen, CLE 3 Mastersball 1 USA TODAY Sports
Eric Chavez, ARI 3 KFFL.com
Tyler Chatwood, COL 1 Sports Grumblings
Vidal Nuno, NYY 1 Sports Grumblings
Elliot Johnson, KC 1 Razzball
Pedro Florimon, MIN 1 Razzball
Erik Bedard, HOU 1 KFFL.com
Jonathan Pettibone, PHI 1 KFFL.com
Tyler Cloyd, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
Nick Hundley, SD 1 Baseball HQ

Todd Zola's Commentary

Closing time - you don't have to go home but you can't stay here. Three different Indian set up men garnered bids and it looks like Tim Heaney of KFFL got it right, at  least initially as Vinnie Pestano was announced as having first shot at replacing Chris Perez after a shoulder flare-up felled the Tribe stopper. There would be no doubt Pestano was the guy expect he has been injured himself and is still building up arm strength, but his body of work warrants initial dibs. I threw a buck at Cody Allen as a contingency mainly due to solid peripherals. If I got him, I'd hope he got the gig, if not, no biggie.

My real target was Corey Kluber and I did get him. A 43/7 K/BB in 41.1 innings has my attention.

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