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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
Brendan Ryan, NYY 18 RotoWire
Moises Sierra, TOR 6 SiriusXM 1 Colton & Wolf
Esmil Rogers, TOR 2 Colton & Wolf 1 SiriusXM
Ryan Lavarnway, BOS 1 Colton & Wolf
Nicholas Tepesch, TEX 1 Mastersball
Liam Hendriks, MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Sean Doolittle, OAK 1 SiriusXM


Erik Johnson, CWS 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Tommy Hunter, BAL 1 SiriusXM

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Quite a week for gloveman Brendan Ryan as first he gets traded into pin stripes and then gets the top bid in LABR's AL only league as Rotowire's Chris Liss used his last $18 to fill a hole in his lineup with Angel OF Peter Bourjos out for the season.

I got Texas SP Nick Tepesch and his two start week for my last dollar of the year as I try to get to the top of the mid pack group.




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Aaron Harang, NYM 11 Colton & Wolf 7 DerekCarty.com
Tommy Medica, SD 10 USA TODAY Sports 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Edinson Volquez, LAD 7 DerekCarty.com 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Chris Owings, ARI 5 Steve Moyer
Burch Smith, SD 4 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 DerekCarty.com
Chris Coghlan, MIA 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Freddy Garcia, ATL 1 DerekCarty.com
Sean Halton, MIL 1 Colton & Wolf


Daisuke Matsuzaka, NYM 6 Colton & Wolf
David Hale, ATL 3 Colton & Wolf
Brian Flynn, MIA 1 DerekCarty.com

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I guess a call to arms is the theme as we head into the final weeks of the season, as owners try to take advantage of innings and ideally the positive stats that come with, for eight of the 11 claims made were indeed for pitchers.

Equally interesting, is that two of all 11 transactions involved one of the top three teams, that being utilityman Chris Coughlan ($1), and uber-pitching prospect Burch Smith ($1) going to the second place NFBC/STATS team guided by Shawn Childs and Greg Ambrosious. With seven points separating Shawn and Greg from leader Doug Dennis of BBHQ, it will be a tough row to hoe, but, you have to do what you have to do.

In the scramble to finish with as many points as possible, Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf threw dice and FAAB bucks at a pair of veterans in Aaron Harang ($11, with one failed bid of $7, making Harang the high ticket player of the week), Daisuke Matsuzaka (uncontested at $6), and then nabbed Brewers first base prospect Sean Halton (also unchallenged for $1).

Derek Carty took a stab at a pair of reclamation projects with Edinson Volquez ($4) and Freddy Garcia ($1), but LABR curator Steve Gardner took the offensive stab grabbing Padres prospect Tommy Media for $4.

As for me, I find myself in the odd position of having $57 in FAAB, hanging in pretty solid third (17 points back) with a basically full and stable roster.

Meaning unfortunately there is very little that I can do but sit and watch. And, I suppose, pray?




Player Awarded Winning Bid
Tanner Roark, WSH 16 Baseball Prospectus 9 USA TODAY Sports
Sean Doolittle, OAK 9 USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Villar, HOU 6 Baseball Prospectus 3 Fangraphs 1 MLB.com
Angel Pagan, SF 3 MLB.com
Corey Dickerson, COL 3 Fangraphs
Bruce Chen, KC 1 MLB.com
Greg Reynolds, CIN 1 MLB.com
Cody Asche, PHI 1 MLB.com
Cesar Hernandez, PHI 1 MLB.com


Chris Withrow, LAD 2 USA TODAY Sports
Moises Sierra, TOR 1 MLB.com
Grant Green, LAA 1 MLB.com

Todd Zola's Commentary

It's a shame second place is first loser in these showcase leagues since there is a heckuva battle for first loser occuring in Mixed LABR. MLB.com's Fred Zinkie has seperated from the pack with 110 points but six of us are still holding out hope sitting between 93 and 99 points. I'm smack in the middle, somehow holding on without having been able to make a FAAB move all month due to poor budget management.

The trand I am finding interesting is the axiom is there is always pitching available in the wire but for the last few periods, the better players are hitters. I'm not saying the axiom is false, just that it needs adjustment to suggest that in the middle portion of the season, you get more rest-of-season help from pitching. That said, I have never been one to rely on intuition so it would be an interesting study to see the distribution of free agents the past few seasons and perhaps factor that into draft day strategy.

As for today's pick-ups, Villar has the chance to be a difference maker as he can swip five bases (or more) the final two weeks

I know you throw conventional analysis out the window at this point, but Roark's K/9 is below league average, he's been getting by on a lucky hit rate and NO homers in 34 innings.

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