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|
|Christopher Archer, TB||18 KFFL.com||8 SiriusXM||7 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Zoilo Almonte, NYY||15 Mastersball||3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||1 KFFL.com||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Ryan Flaherty, BAL||5 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||4 USA TODAY Sports||1 KFFL.com||1 RotoWire|
|J.B. Shuck, LAA||4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Jake McGee, TB||4 SiriusXM||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Steve Delabar, TOR||2 USA TODAY Sports||2 SiriusXM|
|Carlos Corporan, HOU||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Chien-Ming Wang, TOR||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||4 SiriusXM|
|Al Alburquerque, DET||2 SiriusXM|
|Aaron Loup, TOR||1 SiriusXM|
|Joe Smith, CLE||1 SiriusXM|
|Jose Cisnero, HOU||1 SiriusXM|
|Tommy Hunter, BAL||1 SiriusXM|
|Brad Hawpe, LAA||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Don Kelly, DET||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|George Kottaras, KC||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Hector Gimenez, CWS||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Jose Alvarez, DET||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Ryan Lavarnway, BOS||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Yoervis Medina, SEA||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
There were two big bids this week - from the teams in a tight competition for 2nd and 3rd place in the AL league. Nick Minnix (KFFL) had the highest bid - $18 for Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer who finally had a game good enough to convince the ALers to go after him. And I had the second highest as I did not accurately gauge how the league would value new Yankee outfielder Zoilo Almonte bidding $15 when I could have had him for $5. But I needed a shot at some power and there hasn't been much available lately and I won't be able to compete for good crossover players if there are any later this year so Almonte looked like my best shot.
|Player Awarded||Winning Bid|
|Roy Oswalt, COL||9 USA TODAY Sports||9 Yahoo! Sports||7 DerekCarty.com||5 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Caleb Gindl, MIL||4 ESPN - Ravitz||4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Joe Kelly, STL||3 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||2 Colton & Wolf||2 RotoWire||1 Baseball HQ|
|Jeremy Hefner, NYM||3 RotoWire||1 Baseball HQ||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.|
|Brad Ziegler, ARI||2 Baseball HQ|
|Elian Herrera, LAD||2 Colton & Wolf|
|Tim Stauffer, SD||1 ESPN - Karabell|
|Drew Storen, WSH||1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.||1 Baseball HQ|
|Corey Dickerson, COL||1 ESPN - Ravitz|
|Donald Lutz, CIN||1 ESPN - Ravitz|
|Alfredo Simon, CIN||1 ESPN - Karabell|
|Jordan Walden, ATL||1 Baseball HQ|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
League Commissioner Steve Gardner is a hardy soul.
I know. Just a little over a week ago, at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association conclave in Chicago, Steve went to the Cubs/Reds game with Todd Zola, Chris Liss, Dean Peterson, and me, and after the game, despite serious storm clouds brewing, Steve opted to walk the four-plus miles from Wrigley to our hotel with Dean and me.
Still, I did not imagine his courage would extend to spending $9 on former ace Roy Oswalt, now just a pedestrian member of the Rockies rotation.
As Oswalt returned from a self-flicted retirement last year, giving the Rangers a 4-3, 5.80 mark over 59.1 innings, with a 1.525 WHIP, and then found himself in the Colorado rotation last week, turning in much the same skills posting an 0-1, 7.20 record, with a 1.80 ratio over five innings.
Still, a deep league and desperate times can make a fantasy owner go where he never imagined.
Nate Ravitz then gambled that Caleb Gindl might give a little production in the absence of Ryan Braun, to the tune of $4, but actually the two bids I liked a lot, at least in the shadow of the Oswalt claim were $3 for Joe Kelly for Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs of the NFBC/STATS, and the Eric Karabell nabbing the Padres Tim Stauffer for a buck.
On a team that is performing well with a lot of younger players infused (Mike Matheny manages this so much better than Tony LaRussa did), Kelly could indeed pick it up and give some nice numbers. After all, winning is contagious.
As for Stauffer, good things are happening to the Padres, and Stauffer, felled by injuries for over a year now, had good stuff when he went down. Of course it could take him a bit to get into a real groove, but for a dollar?
That kind of gamble is precisely what FAAB is for.
|Player Awarded||Winning Bid|
|Eric Young, NYM||12 MLB.com||7 Fangraphs||2 ESPN.com||2 RotoWire|
|2 Sports Grumblings||1 KFFL.com|
|Roy Oswalt, COL||5 Fangraphs||2 KFFL.com|
|Jayson Nix, NYY||3 ESPN.com|
|Nathan Eovaldi, MIA||3 Fangraphs||1 KFFL.com|
|Oswaldo Arcia, MIN||2 KFFL.com||5 MLB.com||2 RotoWire||2 Mastersball|
|1 Bloomberg Sports||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Martin Perez, TEX||2 RotoWire||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Jordy Mercer, PIT||2 Sports Grumblings||2 Mastersball||2 RotoWire|
|Conor Gillaspie, CWS||2 USA TODAY Sports|
|Gregor Blanco, SF||2 USA TODAY Sports||6 MLB.com||2 KFFL.com||1 Mastersball|
|Steve Lombardozzi, WSH||1 Mastersball|
|Marlon Byrd, NYM||1 ESPN.com||1 RotoWire||1 Bloomberg Sports||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Pedro Ciriaco, SD||1 ESPN.com||1 KFFL.com||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Caleb Gindl, MIL||1 Mastersball|
|Mark Buehrle, TOR||1 Sports Grumblings||1 KFFL.com|
|Charlie Morton, PIT||2 Fangraphs|
|Seth Smith, OAK||1 Sports Grumblings||1 RotoWire|
|Clete Thomas, MIN||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Ed Lucas, MIA||1 USA TODAY Sports|
|Jerome Williams, LAA||1 RotoWire|
|Joaquin Arias, SF||1 Sports Grumblings|
|John Lannan, PHI||1 Sports Grumblings|
|Lyle Overbay, NYY||1 RotoWire|
|Oliver Perez, SEA||1 KFFL.com|
|Randall Delgado, ARI||1 KFFL.com|
|Ryan Raburn, CLE||1 KFFL.com|
|Ryan Sweeney, CHC||1 KFFL.com|
|Skip Schumaker, LAD||1 Mastersball|
|Wily Peralta, MIL||1 KFFL.com|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Next year the pre-season analysis will be "don't draft a Mets' outfielder - there will always be one available as a free agent. This week's dart throw is at Eric Young Jr. and Fred Zinkie hit the bullseye. Personally, I prefer Tim Heaney's choice of Oswaldo Arcia who is back for hos second tour of the Majors. I took a flyer of my own of Caleb Gindl, hoping to get a couple weeks out of him while Ryan Braun recovers. I need some counting stats and am looking to keep as many at bats active as possible. My real target was Gregor Blanco but my $2 bid fell short on both Arcia and Blanco - losing out on a standings tiebreaker.
WARNING: #humblebrag alert - about three weeks ago my squad was in the 60's, now we're in the 90's in 5th place. I still have as many points to go to catch the leader (Fred Zinkie). In an all or nothing league, I may be forced to shop around Clayton Kershaw since he'll fetch me the most in return. I can always manage pitching, but hitting needs to be bullied.