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Friday 22nd 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
Jose Iglesias, BOS 6 SiriusXM 2 KFFL.com 2 Yahoo! Sports
Oliver Perez, SEA 6 Colton & Wolf 3 Mastersball
Clete Thomas, MIN 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Esmil Rogers, TOR 3 Mastersball
Trevor Crowe, HOU 1 Yahoo! Sports
Danny Valencia, BAL 1 Yahoo! Sports 6 SiriusXM
Reid Brignac, NYY 1 Yahoo! Sports


Joe Smith, CLE 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Another new pitcher closing gets the high bid for the week (well at least a tie). Colton & The Wolfman bid $6 to get Mariner's lefty Oliver Perez and hope he will get a few more saves. Ray Flowers also made a winning $6 bid for Jose Iglesias. I must admit that with just one closer I too ventured a bid on Perez, but didn't feel that confident, so won my runner up bid of $3 to put Esmil Rogers, TOR into my rotation to replace Alex Cobb.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Charlie Morton, PIT 5 RotoWire 1 Steve Moyer
Juan Lagares, NYM 5 DerekCarty.com 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Pedro Ciriaco, SD 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Ed Lucas, MIA 2 ESPN - Ravitz 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Scooter Gennett, MIL 1 USA TODAY Sports
Alex Wood, ATL 1 Steve Moyer
Ross Ohlendorf, WSH 1 Steve Moyer
Jeff Mathis, MIA 1 Sandlot Shrink
Laynce Nix, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 ESPN - Ravitz
Chad Tracy, WSH 1 Mastersball 1 ESPN - Ravitz 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Tony Abreu, SF 1 ESPN - Karabell
Jeff Kobernus, WSH 1 DerekCarty.com 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.


Clint Barmes, PIT 1 USA TODAY Sports
Alfredo Simon, CIN 1 Steve Moyer
Ian Krol, WSH 1 Steve Moyer
J.P. Howell, LAD 1 Steve Moyer
Luis Avilan, ATL 1 Steve Moyer
Matt Guerrier, LAD 1 Steve Moyer
Tim Stauffer, SD 1 Steve Moyer
Tom Gorzelanny, MIL 1 Steve Moyer
Caleb Gindl, MIL 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Collin Cowgill, NYM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Donald Lutz, CIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Cesar Izturis, CIN 1 Mastersball

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

 A friend of mine recently dismissed me when I told him my four and five starters in a league were Ervin Santana and Barry Zito.

"I never deal with guys like that," he said, somewhat confident in his assessment.

I did not respond in kind, but what I know that means is he does not play in a tough league. And, by tough, I mean a deep league.

Sure, a 10-team mixed format can be competitive, but to a large degree, if the objective of playing this game is to simulate being a big league GM, then that will be lost. For, everyone will have an All Star team, and should you need a replacement, the free agent pool is loaded with everyday players anxious to plug a hole.

Which brings me to NL LABR this week—and really this season—and just how tough things are.

For, when Charlie Morton—awarded to Jeff Erickson's Rotowire team leads the transactions (along with Juan Lagares) with a $5 bid, and each player had two owners submit failed $1 offers, you know things are so tight they squeak.

That means Jeff needed to take a chance on a 6'5", 235 pound six-year vet with a career line of 23-46, 5.09, over 478.1 innings. Morton has 309 punch-outs (5.4 per nine innings) and a career WHIP of 1.557, and though his 2013 ERA is 3.90, is ratio this season is 1.60.

All I can say is, "Jeff Erickson, you are one brave man." And, if you are one of the guys who bid $1, thank Jeff profusely and often.

As for Lagares, who is four inches shorter and 60 pounds lighter than Morton, but thus far as a Major Leaguer, the Mets infielder is no less successful (.203-1-3 with a .228 OBP over 31 games and 74 at-bats).

It was Derek Carty who bit it on Lagares, so again, if your $1 bid failed, thank Mr. Carty.

As for me, the chum I grabbed was Chad Tracy, filling the hole I created last week when I stupidly swapped Justin Turner. He did only cost me a buck. Maybe he will hit a homer. At least he is in the Majors, unlike, cough cough, Ike Davis.

I would like my friend who does not deal with the likes of Pedro Ciriaco ($3 to Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of NFBC/STATS this week) have to make such a decision, though. Wouldn't you?




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Mike Zunino, SEA 4 KFFL.com
Ross Detwiler, WSH 3 MLB.com 1 Razzball 1 Baseball HQ
Jordan Lyles, HOU 3 MLB.com 1 KFFL.com 1 Baseball HQ
Carter Capps, SEA 3 Sports Grumblings 2 USA TODAY Sports
Miguel Gonzalez, BAL 3 KFFL.com 1 Sports Grumblings
Raul Ibanez, SEA 2 DFSEdge 1 Fangraphs 1 Sports Grumblings
Justin Wilson, PIT 1 USA TODAY Sports
Dylan Axelrod, CWS 1 Razzball
Alexi Amarista, SD 1 Fangraphs
Esmil Rogers, TOR 1 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com


Oliver Perez, SEA 3 Sports Grumblings
Gregor Blanco, SF 2 KFFL.com
Oswaldo Arcia, MIN 2 KFFL.com
David Robertson, NYY 1 USA TODAY Sports
Chien-Ming  Wang, TOR 1 Sports Grumblings
Logan Schafer, MIL 1 Sports Grumblings
Marlon Byrd, NYM 1 Sports Grumblings
Chris Young, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Cody Ransom, CHC 1 KFFL.com
Danny Valencia, BAL 1 KFFL.com
Erik Bedard, HOU 1 KFFL.com
Nate Freiman, OAK 1 KFFL.com
Reid Brignac, NYY 1 KFFL.com
Scooter Gennett, MIL 1 KFFL.com
Jayson Nix, NYY 1 Fangraphs
Jordany Valdespin, NYM 1 Fangraphs

Todd Zola's Commentary

Pitching again dominated the bidding this week which is why some feel it is best to wait on pitching at the draft table. But is it quality pitching? I like Detwiler as a match-up play. Lyles and Gonzalez are interesting. Lyles has picked up his K-rate a bit which along with an already good BB-rate and GB percent renders him mixed-league worthy for sure. Gonzalez has spun a tidy 3.00/1.02 with a 7.4 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 since returning from the DL so maybe you can pick up pitching off the waiver wire. I'm still drafting a couple of front-line starters, but I may rely on FAAB to supplement the middle of my staff in a mixed league.

The closer gambit involved Tom Wilhelmsen being given a breather from the role with Carter Capps and Ollie Perez, yes THAT Ollie Perez filling in. Capps is the closer of the future while Perez has received the early chances.

The top bid went to Seattle catcher Mike Zunino, a favorite of mine after watching him at the AFL. Zunino comes with the dual caveat of young hitters struggle especially hitter, but I was impressed with Zunino's polish and apparent maturity. Still, buyer beware.

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