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.
|Ricky Nolasco, MIN||23||Fangraphs 23||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3||RotoWire 1|
|Anthony Bass, HOU||21||Fangraphs 21||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4||Mastersball 1|
|Shawn Kelley, NYY||9||ESPN.com 9||Fangraphs 11||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5|
|Winning Fantasy Baseball 3||USA TODAY Sports 1||Mastersball 1|
|Jordan Danks, CWS||6||Mastersball 6||Winning Fantasy Baseball 3||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Ryan Goins, TOR||5||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5||Winning Fantasy Baseball 4|
|Ryan Roberts, BOS||5||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 5||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX||5||Winning Fantasy Baseball 5||Colton & The Wolfman 3||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Cesar Ramos, TB||4||Mastersball 4|
|Dellin Betances, NYY||3||RotoWire 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2||ESPN.com 1|
|Ian Stewart, LAA||1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Adam Warren, NYY||1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Robinson Chirinos, TEX||1||SiriusXM 1|
|Zach Britton, BAL||1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Chris Herrmann, MIN||Mastersball 1||SiriusXM 1|
|Tyler Collins, DET||Mastersball 1||RotoWire 1|
|Aaron Crow, KC||Mastersball 1|
|Carlos Corporan, HOU||SiriusXM 1|
|Cesar Cabral, NYY||Mastersball 1|
|Dan Otero, OAK||Mastersball 1|
|Darin Mastroianni, MIN||RotoWire 1|
|Don Kelly, DET||Mastersball 1|
|Erik Kratz, TOR||SiriusXM 1|
|Gorkys Hernandez, CWS||Mastersball 1|
|Ian Krol, DET||RotoWire 1|
|Jason Frasor, TEX||Mastersball 1|
|Wade Davis, KC||Fangraphs 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary
Tough week as I lost both David Robertson and Avisail Garcia to the DL. Can’t replace the production but I needed an OF and a P. The best hope for the outfield slot is the recently recalled White Sox flychaser Jordan Danks. Danks had terrific spring training and if that counted should have had him starting instead of heading to AAA Charlotte to start the season. But with Garcia gone for the season with shoulder surgery Danks was called up. Hopefully for him and me, Dayan Viciedo has been terrible – well he can still hit LHP – so Danks should find some at bats. He just needs to hit to keep him in both lineups. I did back that $6 bid up with a series of one dollar bids – an overpay for some listed.
On the pitching side the only possibility was Cesar Ramos of the Rays and I chose to hope for another try based on his great first inning. I was only willing to risk $4 though as there were several good reliever choices to vie for my one dollar underbids.
I got both my players while the most money was spent by Eno Sarris of Fangraphs who tried to fix his pitching staff with Anthony Bass ($21) and Ricky Nolasco ($23) – too bad for him this wasn’t Vickrey bidding as he would have saved thirty plus dollars.
|Jonathan Broxton, CIN||13||Baseball HQ 13||RotoExperts 16|
|Hector Rondon, CHC||6||Sandlot Shrink 6||Colton & The Wolfman 6||Fantasy Insiders 5|
|Baseball HQ 4||RotoWire - DVR 2||Inside Edge 1|
|Kyle Farnsworth, NYM||5||Fantasy Insiders 5||Baseball HQ 1|
|Alfredo Simon, CIN||4||Baseball HQ 4||Sandlot Shrink 4||Fantasy Insiders 1|
|Tim Federowicz, LAD||3||Baseball HQ 3||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2|
|Steven Souza, WSH||3||Colton & The Wolfman 3|
|Freddy Galvis, PHI||3||ESPN - Karabell 3|
|Justin Grimm, CHC||2||RotoWire - DVR 2|
|Xavier Nady, SD||2||Sandlot Shrink 2|
|Gonzalez Germen, NYM||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Adam Ottavino, COL||1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Tony Watson, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jean Machi, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tony Watson, PIT||Baseball HQ 1|
|Jean Machi, SF||Baseball HQ 1|
|Tony Watson, PIT||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Craig Stammen, WSH||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Gonzalez Germen, NYM||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
|Jeff Locke, PIT||RotoExperts 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
In the LABR scramble for saves and backstops, Jonathan Broxton, copped by Doug Dennis of BBHQ led the way with this week's financial transactions. Doug shelled out $13 for the heavyweight, once described by Bay Area OS Michael Duca as "resembling the box your refrigerator was delivered in."
Derek Carty and the Fantasy Insiders, also looking for conversions, took a crapshoot on Kyle Farnsworth (perfect as 4/14 happens to be Farnsworth’s birthday) for $5, beating out a $1 bid.
A couple of grasps at starting arms were Doug also shelling out $4 for Alfredo Simon, unchallenged, while Derek Van Riper of Rotowire hopes the $2 he spend on ex-Ranger Justin Grimm proves to be worth something.
Tough times when the reserve pool is as iffy as our economy.
|Brandon Morrow, TOR||17||DFSEdge 17||Fangraphs 8||Baseball HQ 5|
|USA TODAY Sports 2||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Jonathan Broxton, CIN||17||RotoExperts 17||Fangraphs 6||KFFL.com 4|
|Sean Doolittle, OAK||14||Bloomberg Sports 14||Mastersball 3||KFFL.com 2|
|Rotowire-Colton 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Edward Mujica, BOS||13||RotoExperts 13||Bloomberg Sports 8||KFFL.com 3|
|Mastersball 2||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Edinson Volquez, PIT||8||KFFL.com 8||USA TODAY Sports 2|
|Scott Feldman, HOU||7||DFSEdge 7||USA TODAY Sports 4||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Shawn Kelley, NYY||7||Mastersball 7||Baseball Prospectus 5||Bloomberg Sports 4|
|KFFL.com 4||Rotowire-Colton 3||Fangraphs 3|
|USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Conor Gillaspie, CWS||6||Towers of Power 6||RotoExperts 2||Mastersball 1|
|Zach McAllister, CLE||5||Baseball Prospectus 5||Towers of Power 4||Mastersball 2|
|Josh Collmenter, ARI||4||Baseball HQ 4|
|Hector Rondon, CHC||4||KFFL.com 4||Rotowire-Colton 1|
|Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK||2||Towers of Power 2||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|J.B. Shuck, LAA||1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Bruce Chen, KC||1||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Garrett Jones, MIA||1||Mastersball 1||Razzball 1|
|Travis Snider, PIT||1||Razzball 1||Baseball HQ 1||Mastersball 1|
|Luke Gregerson, OAK||1||Rotowire-Colton 1||RotoExperts 5||Mastersball 3|
|KFFL.com 2||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Juan Uribe, LAD||1||Rotowire-Erickson 1||Bloomberg Sports 1||Mastersball 1|
|Jose Lobaton, WSH||1||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Roenis Elias, SEA||1||USA TODAY Sports 1||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Danny Espinosa, WSH||RotoExperts 2||Mastersball 1|
|Ryan Cook, OAK||KFFL.com 2|
|Anthony Bass, HOU||Bloomberg Sports 2|
|Juan Lagares, NYM||Rotowire-Erickson 1||Mastersball 1|
|Alex Presley, HOU||Mastersball 1||Baseball HQ 1|
|Adam Ottavino, COL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Jeremy Guthrie, KC||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Kyle Gibson, MIN||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Tony Watson, PIT||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Tyler Thornburg, MIL||Baseball Prospectus 1|
|Al Alburquerque, DET||KFFL.com 1|
|Carlos E. Martinez, STL||KFFL.com 1|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA||Mastersball 1|
|Brandon Crawford, SF||Mastersball 1|
|Kevin Frandsen, WSH||Mastersball 1|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX||Mastersball 1|
|Steve Lombardozzi, BAL||Mastersball 1|
|Donnie Murphy, TEX||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, TEX||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Luis Valbuena, CHC||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Mike Aviles, CLE||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Nyjer Morgan, CLE||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Ryan Raburn, CLE||Rotowire-Erickson 1|
|Juan Nicasio, COL||USA TODAY Sports 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
What changed? I always wonder that around this time of year. It was just a couple of weeks ago the pungent aroma emanating from some players was so strong we laughed at the mere possibility of picking them for our fantasy baseball teams. Brandon Morrow? Too risky. Scott Feldman? He's terrible. Edinson Volquez? Really, I mean REALLY?!?!
Has our sense of smell been desensitized? Is that it? Is it all relative? There's been matriculation and this is the best of what's left?
Or do we really feel Feldman and Volquez are new guys? We preach not to panic over slow starts, why do we seemingly ignore fast ones? Or again, is it more desparation or grasping at the potential? Remember when your Little League coach said you can't hit it if you don't swing? Maybe this is just the equivalent of swinging real hard - in case we indeed make contact.
I can't speak for my competitors. I'm sure there's a plethora of reason why last week's crap is this week's catch. My team has been decimated with injuries (Jose Reyes, Doug Fister, Kris Medlen, Aroldis Chapman, David Robertson, Avisail Garcia, Wilson Ramos, Will Middlebrooks) and I'm even sweating out the news on Dustin Pedroia. But even with all the woes, if it sucked a month ago it still sucks today so I am taking the band-aid approach then will think of each returning player as a FAAB acquisition. I don't feel the sennd of urgency just yet to go the high-risk-high-reward route. My opponents will all suffer injuries. If there is any silver lining to my M*A*S*H unit it's the early season replacements are much better than those available later. While others are acquiring crap from free agency, my injured players will be returning so hopefully I can make up the ground I am now losing.
My pick-ups this week were Shawn Kelley (he was worth more to me than everyone else. even for a week or two since I have Robertson) and the boring but reliable Garrett Jones.
With the injury to Pedroia, the regret I have this week was not making a stronger play for Danny Espinosa who should be seeing regular run with Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf for more than a month.