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.
PLEASE NOTE: Tout Wars will run FAAB on Thursday night this week. The Tout Wars FAAB report will be posted on Friday.
|Shane Greene, NYY||$8||Mastersball 8||RotoWire 5||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Chris Dickerson, CLE||$6||SiriusXM 6||USA TODAY Sports 1||Mastersball 1|
|Dan Johnson, TOR||$5||Baseball HQ 5||SiriusXM 3|
|Kris Johnson, MIN||$4||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 4|
|Jake Smolinski, TEX||$4||USA TODAY Sports 4||SiriusXM 3||Mastersball 2|
|Baseball HQ 2||Fangraphs 2|
|Josh Fields, HOU||$2||SiriusXM 2||Mastersball 1|
|John Axford, CLE||$1||Mastersball 1|
|Adam Warren, NYY||$1||RotoWire 1||SiriusXM 1|
|Casey Fien, MIN||$1||SiriusXM 1|
|Munenori Kawasaki, TOR||SiriusXM 1||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1||Mastersball 1|
|Aaron Loup, TOR||SiriusXM 1|
|Adrian Nieto, CWS||SiriusXM 1|
|Andrew Romine, DET||SiriusXM 1|
|Brad Brach, BAL||SiriusXM 1|
|Bruce Chen, KC||NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1|
|Caleb Thielbar, MIN||SiriusXM 1|
|Carlos Corporan, HOU||SiriusXM 1|
|Charlie Furbush, SEA||SiriusXM 1|
|Chris Gimenez, TEX||SiriusXM 1|
|Christian Vazquez, BOS||SiriusXM 1|
|David Lough, BAL||SiriusXM 1|
|Fernando Abad, OAK||SiriusXM 1|
|Francisco Cervelli, NYY||SiriusXM 1|
|Joel Hanrahan, DET||Mastersball 1|
|Joel Peralta, TB||SiriusXM 1|
|John McDonald, LAA||SiriusXM 1|
|Josh Thole, TOR||SiriusXM 1|
|Kirby Yates, TB||SiriusXM 1|
|Neal Cotts, TEX||SiriusXM 1|
|Scott Atchison, CLE||SiriusXM 1|
|Shawn Tolleson, TEX||SiriusXM 1|
|Yoervis Medina, SEA||SiriusXM 1|
|Zelous Wheeler, NYY||SiriusXM 1|
Perry Van Hook's Commentary.
Well it will be hard to fill all my DL'd slots and those woefully under-performing but I attempted to spend half my remaining $24 FAAB to do it. The problem is that there are several teams with a lot of money and more than half the league has more than I do.
So I bid $8 on Shane Greene, NYY, the only viable starting pitcher available this week thus blocking the two teams with less than that amount and hoping to win a standings tie-breaker if the big purses also bid more on those teams.
And that turned out to be the high bid for the week my $8 bid besting the $5 underbid and several one dollar bids.
Chris Dickerson, new Indians outfielder was won by Sirius/XM’s Ray Flowers
I'm going to be honest. While these hitters may not be world beater, I'm a little surprised Christian Vazquez and Zelous Wheeler went undrafted - especially Vazquez. The new Red Sox catcher will be playing a lot so replacing a back-up catcher with a starter for the rest of the season could have been a nice little boost. Come to think of it, it still can. Anyone want to put a gentleman's bet whether Vazquez will be picked up next week?
|Arismendy Alcantara, CHC||$37||Colton & The Wolfman 37||RotoExperts 15||Inside Edge 13|
|Baseball HQ 9||Sandlot Shrink 3||Fantasy Insiders 2|
|Jimmy Nelson, MIL||$15||RotoExperts 15||Colton & The Wolfman 13||Colton & The Wolfman 2|
|Inside Edge 1|
|Tony Cruz, STL||$10||USA TODAY Sports 10||Sandlot Shrink 3|
|Cameron Rupp, PHI||$2||Sandlot Shrink 2||USA TODAY Sports 1|
|Mike Olt, CHC||$2||Baseball HQ 2|
|Grady Sizemore, PHI||$1||Fantasy Insiders 1||Colton & The Wolfman 1||Inside Edge 1|
|Charlie Culberson, COL||$1||RotoExperts 1|
|Kevin Quackenbush, SD||$1||Inside Edge 1|
|Ramon Santiago, CIN||$1||Colton & The Wolfman 1|
Lawr Michaels' Commentary
Finally, as we hit the break, the NL LABR owners opened their wallets a bit, starting with Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton, who copped the big prize of Arismendy Alcantara, shelling out $37 for the Cubs exciting second sacker/shortstop/outfielder.
In the process they trounced bids of $15, $13, $9, $3, and $2, indicating the desire of the Fantasy Alarmers was not misplaced.
Still searching for arms, Lenny Melnick snatched Jimmy Nelson for $15, also seriously outbidding a couple of wannabe Nelson owners who only mustered $2 and $1 shots.
Then, Steve Gardner gambled that catcher Tony Cruz will get some playing time in deference to the Yadier Molina injury, spending $10 and winning the new Cardinal over just one $3 bid.
From there the bids dropped to a couple of bucks for Cameron Rupp (to Bob Radomski and the Sandlot Shrink) and Mike Olt (Doug Dennis of BBHQ).
The $1 crap shoots were just that, as much for the Major League teams as the players and new roto owners, starting with the seemingly worn out Grady Sizemore who went to Derek Carty (Fantasy Insiders), although perhaps the fact that Derek earned the new Philly, not so much by outbidding two other $1 shots, but rather by being lower in the standings.
Granted, there's no guarantee Alcantara plays regularly for the Cubs going forward. And there's a chance someone of consequence gets traded to the Senior Circuit in a couple of weeks. But there's something to be said for the bird-in-hand principle and placing a hefty bid on Alcantara is a strategy I can rubber stamp, and indeed mimicked in the NFBC NL-only auction. I had the third most FAAB left, sitting in a decent spot (though my place in the standings isn't so decent). Alcantara doesn't require an all-in bid, it just takes you off the hammer at the deadline. The best part is you still have some FAAB left over for waiver-wire moves as well as the September roster machinations where early shut-downs avail unexpected playing time opportunities.
|Arismendy Alcantara, CHC||$15||Razzball 15||MLB.com 14||MLB.com 6|
|Jimmy Nelson, MIL||$9||MLB.com 9||RotoExperts 5|
|Aaron Harang, ATL||$5||USA TODAY Sports 5||KFFL.com 1|
|Kevin Kiermaier, TB||$3||MLB.com 3||ESPN.com 2||KFFL.com 1|
|Christian Vazquez, BOS||$2||ESPN.com 2|
|Kenneth Giles, PHI||$1||RotoExperts 1|
|Chris Coghlan, CHC||$1||KFFL.com 1||ESPN.com 1||RotoExperts 1|
|Chris Parmelee, MIN||$1||ESPN.com 1|
|Ichiro Suzuki, NYY||$1||ESPN.com 1|
|Brad Ziegler, ARI||$1||KFFL.com 1|
|David Phelps, NYY||USA TODAY Sports 3||KFFL.com 1|
|Neftali Feliz, TEX||USA TODAY Sports 3|
|Chris Iannetta, LAA||ESPN.com 2|
|Brandon Crawford, SF||Razzball 1|
|Brayan Pena, CIN||ESPN.com 1|
|Chase Anderson, ARI||KFFL.com 1|
|Chris Colabello, MIN||KFFL.com 1||ESPN.com 1|
|Christian Bethancourt, ATL||ESPN.com 1|
|Daniel Nava, BOS||ESPN.com 1|
|Logan Forsythe, TB||ESPN.com 1|
|Sam Fuld, MIN||KFFL.com 1|
|Shane Greene, NYY||KFFL.com 1|
|Zack Cozart, CIN||Razzball 1|
Todd Zola's Commentary
Interesting, Vazquez found a home in the mixed league but not AL-only...just sayin'. The rumors of Joakim Soria and Jonathan Papelbon being on the move sparked interest in Neftali Feliz and Ken Giles. Giles is an interesting add in keeper leagues as he has a shot to pitch himself into the closer gig in Philly next season.
The fight to finish out of last is taking shape nicely as a few of us are jostling between 13th and 15th. Silly as this seems, the experience garnered from scrapping for points now helps the effort in the future when those points may lead to a money spot.