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August Auction Values for Fantasy Football PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 13:01

While there are tons of place to get rankings that are very good, the ADP (Average Draft Position) and AAV (Average Auction Values) that are reported should not be used as we have no idea how old they are or whether the league they were drafted for corresponds with what YOU need.

What I like is real draft information, and you can find some articles that will give you isolated examples. Even harder to find are real money league auction values, so I thought I would share the auction prices from a just concluded 12-team, PPR league where the starting lineups are QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/WR/TE/K/DST.

To get the most out of this information, STOP reading now and get your current rankings or cheatsheet. Then you can mark the prices next to each name and it gives you a better idea of where some drafters got value and what true market perception is regarding auction pricing.

I will give you the top 12 quarterbacks and tight ends but expand to 24 running backs and wide receivers and any other players I thought were particularly interesting. Ready?

QUARTERBACKS – I think people tend to overpay for the top quarterbacks but that is why there are 31 flavors.

Quarterbacks $
Peyton Manning 30
Drew Brees 29
Aaron Rodgers 25
Andrew Luck 24
Matthew Stafford 22
Tom Brady 18
Matt Ryan 13
Colin Kaepernick 12
Robert Griffin 9
Nick Foles 8
Cam Newton 8
Russell Wilson 4

Foles especially was a great value in this auction. There were also a few QBBC attempts that were quite good – one team getting Jay Cutler for $5 and Ben Roethlisberger for $4 which is likely better than my Carson Palmer for $4 paired with a $2 Ryan Tannehill. Funny that Tom Brady, who barely makes the top ten quarterbacks in rankings and most high stakes drafts still commands a higher price.

RUNNING BACKS – The very best are very expensive and the next group isn’t cheap, so some prices are a matter of preferred team composition.

Running Backs $
Jamaal Charles 55
LeSean McCoy 55
Matt Forte 50
Adrian Peterson 50
Eddie Lacy 46
DeMarco Murray 37
Montee Ball 35
Giovani Bernard 35
Le'Veon Bell 34
Marshawn Lynch 34
Andre Ellington 30
Rashad Jennings 27
C.J. Spiller 26
Doug Martin 26
Zac Stacy 26
Arian Foster 24
Toby Gerhart 23
Reggie Bush 22
Alfred Morris 21
Shane Vereen 19
Joique Bell 17
Ryan Mathews 15
Ray Rice 15
Lamar Miller 13

Prices seem normal although I must credit one of my opponents who nominated Dri Archer for a dollar early in the draft and got him for that price before the cloud of news was out about Bell and Blount.

WIDE RECEIVERS – Yes, in PPR leagues the very best cost as much as the top running backs and the mid prices extend longer in leagues where you start three (or more). I added a few extra names you might be interested in.

Wide Receivers $
Calvin Johnson 54
Demaryius Thomas 52
Dez Bryant 47
A.J. Green 47
Brandon Marshall 45
Jordy Nelson 44
Julio Jones 41
Antonio Brown 40
Randall Cobb 32
Alshon Jeffery 31
Keenan Allen 29
Cordarrelle Patterson 25
Andre Johnson 24
Vincent Jackson 24
Roddy White 23
T.Y. Hilton 22
Emmanuel Sanders 22
Pierre Garcon 21
Victor Cruz 20
Julian Edelman 20
Larry Fitzgerald 18
DeSean Jackson 17
Wes Welker 17
Michael Floyd 16
Percy Harvin 16
Brandin Cooks 16
Kendall Wright 15
Mike Wallace 10

The interesting thing to me was a change also seen in some drafts now with Saints rookie wideout Brandin Cooks having more market value than the Bills’ Sammy Watkins, who went for just $4. 

TIGHT ENDS – This is where there is even more of a market split – especially after the top four were off the board.

Tight Ends $
Jimmy Graham 46
Julius Thomas 27
Rob Gronkowski 24
Jordan Cameron 17
Jordan Reed 9
Jason Witten 9
Kyle Rudolph 9
Dennis Pitta 9
Greg Olsen 9
Vernon Davis 9
Charles Clay 6
Martellus Bennett 5

Remember that “sleepers” is really a term that shouldn’t be used with so much information available on the internet, but in case you thought they were much cheaper, Zach Ertz went for $3, Travis Kelce went for $4 and Ladarius Green also escaped dollar days at $2.

Hope this helps whet your auction appetite. If there are specific players not mentioned, you can ask below or in the Forums.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 August 2014 21:50
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:59

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ibanez

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Raul Ibanez, KC $5 KFFL.com 5 ESPN.com 1
Avisail Garcia, CWS $4 Colton & The Wolfman 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 3 ESPN.com 2
Ricky Nolasco, MIN $1 KFFL.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Ryan Cook, OAK KFFL.com 1
Brennan Boesch, LAA KFFL.com 1

Todd's Take

We'll give Perry the day off; the AL Tout action has kept him rather busy the past several weeks.

While no lead is insurmountable, Dave Adler from Baseball HQ can at least start making the ice to cool down the champagne as he holds a 27-point lead over the field. There is, however, quite a battle for the runner-up spot as four teams are jostling for the place and show spots, even though there's nothing more than pride on the line. Good thing that's more than enough for most privileged to play in LABR. All the bids came from those in the upper-portion of the standings as they are all looking to finish as high as possible. This is a quiet week in the AL in general, but it will be interesting to see how much action comes from the lower tier as we head down the stretch as compared to Tout Wars, which has a rule designed to keep all the teams engaged (see Todd's Take from the NL Tout report).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

rymerliriano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rymer Liriano, SD $31 ESPN - Karabell 31 USA TODAY Sports 9 Baseball HQ 7
NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Colton & The Wolfman 2
Michael Taylor, WSH $3 ESPN - Karabell 3 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 2
Philip Gosselin, ATL $2 Colton & The Wolfman 2 USA TODAY Sports 1
Kevin Correia, LAD $1 Inside Edge 1
Elian Herrera, MIL $1 Inside Edge 1
Darin Ruf, PHI $1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

None

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

As the sands of the 2014 slip into the bottom half of the hourglass, suddenly the LABR owners are willing to spend, as in ESPN's Eric Karabell who dropped $31 for the interesting Padres flychaser, Rymer Liriano. Eric bested four other bids ranging from $2-$9. Eric indeed went deep on prospect outfielders, also obtaining Washington's Michael Taylor for $3 (there was also a $2 shot).

Rick Wolf and Glenn Colton copped the Braves interesting second sacker Phillip Gosselin for just $2, beating out just one $1 attempt.

I cannot remember how much Darin Ruf cost when he first came up a year ago, but he only cost Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs, of NFBC/STATS, a dollar this week, unchallenged even.

Finally, Steve Moyer of the Inside Edge took a shot on new Dodger arm Kevin Correia for one of his remaining three bucks, and then spent one more for the Brewers infielder Elian Herrera.

Todd's Take

You can never predict what will occur but a couple week's back it was suggested that missing out at the MLB trading deadline may not be a bad thing since there are often August moves that can still be difference-makers. In a tight league, Rymer Liriano can definitely make an impact as can Michael Taylor if he continues to play (though Jayson Werth should be back soon and the Nationals are in contention and not in a position to play youngsters).

This is not to say you should make sure you have FAAB in August; that's dictated by the circumstances the previous four-plus months. But it does suggest not to assume nothing will be available and spend cavalierly after the deadline, especially in a non-Vickrey league like LABR.

MIXED LEAGUE

avisail_garcia

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Avisail Garcia, CWS $7 MLB.com 7
Kevin Correia, LAD $3 MLB.com 3
Rymer Liriano, SD $3 Baseball HQ 3
Zach Walters, CLE $2 Mastersball 2
Justin Turner, LAD $1 Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Danny Valencia, TOR $1 Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Brandon Crawford, SF $1 Fangraphs 1
Tsuyoshi Wada, CHC $1 Baseball Prospectus 1 MLB.com 3 RotoExperts 1
Travis Snider, PIT $1 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com 1
Kristopher Negron, CIN $1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Mastersball 2
Jordan Schafer, MIN $1 MLB.com 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

Jonathan Schoop, BAL Mastersball 2 Baseball Prospectus 1 USA TODAY Sports 1
Marwin Gonzalez, HOU Mastersball 2
Yunel Escobar, TB Baseball Prospectus 1 Fangraphs 1
Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA Mastersball 1
Alberto Jose Callaspo, OAK Mastersball 1
Andy Parrino, OAK Fangraphs 1
Brett Oberholtzer, HOU Baseball Prospectus 1
Cliff Pennington, ARI Baseball Prospectus 1
Ike Davis, PIT Baseball HQ 1
Jacob Lamb, ARI Baseball HQ 1
Jose Ramirez, CLE Baseball Prospectus 1
Munenori Kawasaki, TOR Mastersball 1
Robbie Grossman, HOU MLB.com 1

Todd Zola's Commentary

There were some nice outfielders available this week. Too bad I have five healthy fly-chasers with a sixth at utility but I do have an opening in the middle. Walters should continue to share at bats with Mike Aviles but I should have Brandon Phillips back soon.

There's a great race going on here as Baseball HQ and MLB.com are tied and not so coincidentally very active this week. But it's nice to see they're not the only ones.

Todd's Take

Confession time -- not making an excuse, there is no excuse, but I'm sharing to show we all make mistakes. The free agent mechanism for the site running LABR requires a final step to save the bids that I have failed to click on several occasions this season. Right before doing LABR FAAB I do my NFBC bids and that does not require the final save so I sometimes clumsily forget to do it here. Don't get me wrong; I made far bigger errors in terms of drafting and team management throughout the course of the season. I'm just suggesting to save yourself ample time to do things right, something that will be more important as fantasy football shares our time.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 13:23
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:15

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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 - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jordandanks

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JorDanks, CWS 1 Jeff Erickson 5 Andy Behrens 0 Steve Moyer 0
Chris Liss 0
RRay, Det 1 Jason Collette 8 Chris Liss 0
ARomine, Det 1 Joe Sheehan 1
TWilhelmsen, Sea 1 Joe Sheehan 1
FAbad, Oak 1 Joe Sheehan 1
NFreiman, Oak 1 Lawr Michaels 7
MTanaka, NYY 1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 1
THolt, Cle 0 Andy Behrens 1 Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer 0
BBoesch, LAA 0 Steve Moyer 1 Andy Behrens 0
NMartinez, Tex 0 Chris Liss 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

RRaburn, Cle Lawr Michaels 2
AParrino, Oak Andy Behrens 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

You can really tell the season is moving towards a close as the moves are mostly triage in nature with a few interesting speculative plays here and there. The grab of Tanaka for a $1 was a low-risk/high-reward move if the Japanese right-hander can somehow make it back to the Majors in September. If the Yankees didn’t have a shot at the wild card, Tanaka would have been shut down, period.

Robbie Ray started yesterday for Detroit and will pick up at least one more start due to injuries to the rotation. The 22-year has pitched solidly, but not dominantly, in Triple-A and alarmingly has seen his K/9 drop 3 points since last season. The left, who has never been known for the consistency of his command, profiles as a #3 or #4 type starter at best.

Todd's Take

To further embellish the Tanaka move, Tout Wars rules require all players purchased in FAAB to be active for the entire transaction period so not only are Colton and the Wolfman taking a chance Tanaka comes back, they're taking a zero from a pitching spot this week. It's a calculated risk, one they feel won't cut into their double-digit lead.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

mtaylor

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MTaylor, Was 15 Todd Zola 23 Scott Wilderman 14 Steve Gardner 12
Derek Carty 5 Peter Kreutzer 4 Tristan H. Cockcroft 3
KCorreia, LAD 3 Todd Zola 7 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Steve Gardner 0
MDunn, Mia 1 Steve Gardner 2 Peter Kreutzer 0
JWilliams, Phi 1 Mike Gianella 10
JAffeldt, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer 1
EHerrera, Mil 0 Peter Kreutzer 1
JNix, Pit 0 Derek Carty 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

MRojas, LAD Todd Zola 7 Derek Carty 0
MSzczur, ChC Peter Kreutzer 1
AOttavino, Col Todd Zola 0
ARamos, Mia Todd Zola 0
AVarvaro, Atl Peter Kreutzer 0
CaVillanueva, ChC Todd Zola 0
DDescalso, StL Peter Kreutzer 0
JArias, SF Steve Gardner 0
JMachi, SF Todd Zola 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
RSantiago, Cin Derek Carty 0
SSchumaker, Cin Steve Gardner 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

"All FAABed up and no place to go" pretty much sums up my position in NL Tout. Thanks to a $13 recovery from the release of the disappointing Cliff Lee, I have $36 in my kitty, second-most in the league.  

The bad news is that there is almost no one to buy. Waiver trade activity across MLB is basically at a standstill as Bud Selig's goal of parity was enhanced by the creation of the second wild card. Sellers are at a minimum, with teams like the Phillies that should be selling remaining on the sidelines.

Not only were there no trades this past week, top prospects predicted to come up in September are also gone. Every name-brand prospect is already taken and stashed away in this league. I have one such player in the Phillies' Maikel Franco.

As I remained on the sidelines, our own Lord Zola won both free agents this week to go for more than $1. Washington's Michael Taylor was the lone double-digit price acquisition, with Todd's $23 offer reduced to $15. As long as Jayson Werth's shoulder injury situation remains unclear, Taylor should continue to see at-bats in the Nats' outfield.

Kevin Correia seems to be on about his eighth of nine lives, but the veteran hurler had a decent debut as a member of the Dodgers and has a first-place offense behind him. Zola, who was looking for a replacement for injured Charlie Morton, could have done much worse for $3.

Todd's Take

The battle for 60 points. As a few have us have talked about throughout the season, Tout Wars has a rule designed to keep as many engaged as possible. AL and NL Tout owners are docked a FAAB dollar for each point they finish below the threshold of 60. I'm at 53.5 now (was at 57 yesterday) so there's some work to do. I actually have one bullet left in terms of a trade with Dee Gordon but I also had a hole in the outfield and am hoping Taylor sees some at bats for a few more days while I go about finding a new owner for Gordon. I'd like to think I'd be doing this anyway, but the rule is definitely a motivating factor as well.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

cuddyerm

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MCuddyer, Col 17 Scott Swanay 35 Zach Steinhorn 16
CCarrasco, Cle 10 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 9 Fred Zinkie 3
AGarcia, CWS 9 Fred Zinkie 30 Zach Steinhorn 8 Nando DiFino 7
TCahill, Ari 2 Scott Pianowski 5 Derek Van Riper 15 Ray Flowers 4
Tim Heaney 1
JTurner, LAD 1 Ray Flowers 6
SRomo, SF 1 Ray Flowers 4
JCosart, Mia 1 Ray Guilfoyle 5 Ray Flowers 6 Fred Zinkie 0
JFamilia, NYM 1 Ray Flowers 6
EInciarte, Ari 1 Ray Flowers 3
RGrossman, Hou 1 Scott Pianowski 6 Fred Zinkie 5 Ray Flowers 3
TSnider, Pit 1 Paul Singman 7 Scott Swanay 35 Fred Zinkie 5
Scott Pianowski 5 Ray Flowers 2
JWilliams, Phi 1 Patrick Davitt 3
ZWalters, Cle 1 Nando DiFino 3 Fred Zinkie 0
MMoustakas, KC 1 Nando DiFino 7 Fred Zinkie 0
JHapp, Tor 1 Scott Pianowski 5
SGreene, NYY 1 Paul Singman 6 Fred Zinkie 3
JSoler, ChC 1 Ray Guilfoyle 30
ABurnett, Phi 1 Tim Heaney 1
MTaylor, Was 1 Al Melchior 15
KCorreia, LAD 1 Fred Zinkie 5
BPena, Cin 0 Scott Pianowski 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

RMontero, NYM Derek Van Riper 15
DBuchanan, Phi Derek Van Riper 15
RRay, Det Derek Van Riper 15
JSchafer, Min Fred Zinkie 12
LMorrison, Sea Nando DiFino 3 Fred Zinkie 0
DValencia, Tor Ray Flowers 3
JPanik, SF Ray Flowers 3
WVenable, SD Scott Pianowski 5 Nando DiFino 2 Ray Flowers 2
WFlores, NYM Ray Flowers 3 Nando DiFino 2
EStults, SD Ray Flowers 2
ACallaspo, Oak Derek Van Riper 1
TFlowers, CWS Nando DiFino 1
CCapuano, NYY Patrick Davitt 0
KNegron, Cin Scott Pianowski 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

Two weeks ago, Scott Swanay picked up the previously injured Josh Reddick, who was dropped earlier in the season by Scott Pianowski in exchange for a FAAB rebate. This week, Swanay snagged another FAAB reclaim casualty in Michael Cuddyer, and I’m very surprised that Cuddyer garnered only two bids. Unfortunately, I was the second bidder. In his first game action since early-June, Cuddyer wasted no time getting to work, going a combined 5-for-10 with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored in Sunday’s doubleheader. Oh, and he also hit for the cycle in the late game. With his power and on-base percentage (.346 career OBP) contributions, he could have been a key addition in my quest for the title. Too bad.

Avisail Garcia was the other player I placed a bid on this week, and as it turned out, I was the runner-up. Again. Garcia wasn’t even expected to return this season, so what makes losing out on him even more of a bummer is that I happen to be a Dayan Viciedo owner. The more playing time Garcia receives, the worse it will be for Viciedo, who now has added pressure to produce on a more consistent basis.

Derek Van Riper threw the same $15 bid at four different starting pitchers. As it turned out, he secured his first choice in Carlos Carrasco, who is coming off a seven shutout inning performance against a potent Orioles lineup, which was proceeded by a five shutout inning performance against a not as potent Yankees lineup. We’ve been waiting for Carrasco to achieve his potential for awhile now, but if he can close out the season strong, it could go a long way towards helping Derek in his quest for the title.

Todd's Take

Don't look now but Mixed Tout Auction is shaping up to have a very compelling final six weeks. The top six teams are within 11 points with a 22 point drop to the 7th place team. Team management is going to get very interesting with so many teams in play. Just like in pennant races when a team beats a rival and you hear the announcers call it a two-game swing, there are several two-point swings that could help one owner leapfrog the other. You can access the standings by clicking on the header for this section, today above Michael Cuddyer.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

james_paxton

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JPaxton, Sea 7 Tim McLeod 7 Adam Ronis 6 Perry Van Hook 4
Eno Sarris 3 Charlie Wiegert 1
CCrawford, LAD 4 Nicholas Minnix 7 Scott Engel 3 Eno Sarris 2
ODespaigne, SD 1 Eno Sarris 1
KCorreia, LAD 1 Charlie Wiegert 4
RHernandez, LAD 1 Perry Van Hook 4 Charlie Wiegert 1
NFreiman, Oak 1 Anthony Perri 2
OArcia, Min 1 Tim McLeod 1 Anthony Perri 1
TSnider, Pit 1 Scott Engel 2 Anthony Perri 0
JDyson, KC 1 Scott Engel 2
BPena, Cin 1 Tom Kessenich 3
JoRamirez, Cle 1 Adam Ronis 4
CWilson, LAA 1 Adam Ronis 3 Perry Van Hook 4
JMarisnick, Hou 1 Perry Van Hook 6

UNAWARDED BIDS

CColon, KC Perry Van Hook 6
LMorrison, Sea Perry Van Hook 6
ARosales, Tex Adam Ronis 4
CPennington, Ari Adam Ronis 2
YEscobar, TB Adam Ronis 2
CCapuano, NYY Charlie Wiegert 2
JJay, StL Scott Engel 1 Tim McLeod 0
AWebster, Bos Charlie Wiegert 1
JCosart, Mia Charlie Wiegert 1
KGibson, Min Charlie Wiegert 1
MAviles, Cle Adam Ronis 0
ZCozart, Cin Adam Ronis 0
CBuchholz, Bos Charlie Wiegert 0
HNoesi, CWS Charlie Wiegert 0
BGuyer, TB Scott Engel 0
BBoxberger, TB Tim McLeod 0
KGiles, Phi Tim McLeod 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Hyun Jin-Ryu on the DL I wanted to get another starting pitcher and having activated Adam Lind from the DL last week I had dropped Delmon Young and moved Prado from CI to OF, so I wanted an outfielder to replace Prado there so my bids were

  -- $6 to reserve Prado and add Jake Marisnick (HOU), Logan Morrison (SEA), or Christian Colon (KC)

I got Marisnick for one dollar.

 -- $4 to replace the DLed Ryu to add Roberto Hernandez (LAD) with two starts at home; C.J. Wilson (LAA) two road starts for the surging Angels; or James Paxton (SEA) one start @PHL

I got Hernandez for one dollar.

Todd's Take

The draft side of Tout Mixed may not have as many teams within striking distance but the three that are have a small 3.5 point gap between them. They've been jockeying for the top spot for a couple weeks and this should continue throughout the rest of the season. The key to this race could be which owner does the best job of managing categories, finding the spot where by focusing assets, they can gain the most while losing the least elsewhere. This isn't always a function of where they are in that category but rather where they are nestled among the category distribution.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 10:34
 
LABR FAAB Report: Week of August 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Monday, 11 August 2014 01:46

 

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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.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

zwalters

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Zach Walters, CLE $7 7 Baseball HQ 6 Colton & The Wolfman
Ichiro Suzuki, NYY $6 6 Colton & The Wolfman 3 KFFL.com 1 Fangraphs
1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Jordan Schafer, MIN $1 1 Fangraphs 6 Colton & The Wolfman 1 KFFL.com
1 Winning Fantasy Baseball
T.J. House, CLE $1 1 Fangraphs 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Esmil Rogers, NYY $1 1 Mastersball
Francisco Cervelli, NYY $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Adam Rosales, TEX $1 1 Yahoo! Sports 1 ESPN.com 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Joba Chamberlain, DET $1 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Leury Garcia, CWS $1 1 Colton & The Wolfman

UNAWARDED BIDS

Nolan Reimold, TOR 1 Colton & The Wolfman
David Lough, BAL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Tyler Holt, CLE 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Andrew Romine, DET 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Cole Figueroa, TB 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nick Tepesch, TEX 1 Fangraphs 1 Mastersball

Perry Van Hook's Commentary.

Well with six dollars remaining I am down to just about a dollar per bid week unless something was really interesting and then I likely wouldn’t have enough to win the bid.

This week I just wanted a $1 starter to replace Anibal Sanchez (my DL list with Sanchez and Eaton now back up to five). I ended did get my first choice of Esmil Rogers (NYY) over Nick Tepesch (TEX). Actually many years ago I was impressed with Rogers’ arm but pitching in Toronto was very tough on a young thrower who didn’t have enough command. He looked much better in his start this week, so the Yankees and I have slim hopes.

The high bids for the week were an odd couple. Zach Walters traded to the Indians by the Nationals and now back up from the minors with both David Murphy and Nick Swisher landing on the DL on Sunday went for $7 to league leader Dave Adler of Baseball HQ. Dave is not only atop the standings but going into tonight had the most FAAB. Walters can hit so with enough at bats should fill in nicely. The other half was Ichiro Suzuki, sometimes Yankee outfielder who has hung in there and now has ten stolen bases to support his decent batting average for Colton & The Wolfman.

Todd's Take

Here's the standings and FAAB data for AL LABR.

FAAB PTS
1 Baseball HQ $21 100.5
2 KFFL.com $29 81
3 ESPN.com $6 78.5
4 USA TODAY Sports $0 77.5
5 Winning Fantasy Baseball $3 76
6 SiriusXM $4 59
7 Colton & The Wolfman $5 58.5
8 Fangraphs $0 55.5
9 RotoWire $0 54.5
10 NFBC/Stats $18 54
11 Mastersball $5 47
12 Yahoo! Sports $0 38

Baseball HQ is in a very good spot but KFFL can make it interesing if they get an impact player soon. Keep in mind LABR does not allow $0 bids which is interesting since 4 teams are already maxed out.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

lambj

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Mike Fiers, MIL $23 23 ESPN - Karabell 9 USA TODAY Sports 5 Sandlot Shrink
1 RotoWire - DVR
Jacob Lamb, ARI $13 13 RotoExperts 9 ESPN - Karabell 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
1 RotoWire - DVR 1 Baseball HQ
Kristopher Negron, CIN $2 2 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ 1 RotoWire - DVR
1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jeff Baker, MIA $1 1 Baseball HQ
Miguel Rojas, LAD $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Travis Wood, CHC $1 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
David Buchanan, PHI $1 1 RotoWire - DVR
Michael McKenry, COL $1 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Donovan Solano, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
Alfredo Marte, ARI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Jayson Nix, PIT 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Alfredo Marte, ARI 1 USA TODAY Sports

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

The last minute search for an arm--it seems any live one--continued in NL LABR this week with ESPN's Eric Karabell outlasting three other bids when dropping $23 for Mike Friers.

Add in shaky quasi journeymen hurlers Travis Wood (NFBC/STATS Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs) for a buck, and the ever shaky David Buchanan (a buck unchallenged to Derek van Riper of Rotowire) and that shows the level of hope and frustration associated with trying to boost some pitching points this time of the season.

Rotoexpert Lenny Melnick nabbed Arizona corner guy Jacob Lamb for $13 to lead the expensive position player bids, besting four $1 and one $9 chances, which USA Today's Steve Gardner won the rights to the Reds Kristopher Negronfor $2, outfoxing no fewer than five $1 crapshoots for the middle infielder.

Finishing off, NFBC/STATS also grabbed Miguel Rojas for a buck, while the Sandlot Shrink's Bob Radomski took a chance on backstop Mike McKenry and Doug Dennis of BBHQ did the same with some hopes of production from Jeff Baker, all also for a dollar.

Todd's Take

And now the NL data...

FAAB PTS
1 Inside Edge $3 87
2 RotoExperts $39 82.5
3 Colton & The Wolfman $7 76
4 Yahoo Sports $0 70
5 ESPN - Karabell $69 69.5
6 USA TODAY Sports $21 69
7 RotoWire - DVR $2 67
8 NFBC/Stats $5 65
9 Fantasy Insiders $0 63
10 Baseball HQ $19 59
11 Mastersball $18 45
12 Sandlot Shrink $64 27

This could get interesting as the Rotoexperts added Lamb this week and are in a great spot to add another piece while the Inside Edge likely has 3 $1 bids left. A lot will depend in whether Sandlot Shrick continues to be engaged. Presently ESPN has to bid 40 to freeze RotoExperts out but if Shrink is quiet, Experts get the second dibs. This will be fun to follow.

MIXED LEAGUE

cjoseph

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Caleb Joseph, BAL $6 6 Towers of Power Baseball Hour 1 Baseball HQ
Christopher Taylor, SEA $6 6 Rotowire-Colton 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com
Chris Capuano, NYY $4 4 Towers of Power Baseball Hour
Mike Fiers, MIL $2 2 Baseball HQ 1 MLB.com
Carlos Carrasco, CLE $2 2 Fangraphs
Francisco Cervelli, NYY $1 1 Baseball HQ
Jordan Pacheco, ARI $1 1 Baseball HQ
Zack Cozart, CIN $1 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Mike Carp, TEX $1 1 Fangraphs

UNAWARDED BIDS

Hank Conger, LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Colby Lewis, TEX 1 Baseball HQ
Jose Ramirez, CLE 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Didi Gregorius, ARI 1 Rotowire-Erickson

Todd Zola's Commentary

We've talked in the past that looking at bids can help discern team needs. I've got Carlos Ruiz sitting on my reserve -- I probably could have gotten something for him in a deal to help fill in another weak spot. 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 14:17
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of August 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 August 2014 01:15

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are four Tout Wars leagues, a 12-team AL only, 12-team NL only, 15-team Mixed Auction League and 15-team Mixed Draft League. The Mixed leagues use on-base-percentage instead of batting average. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

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 is a bid 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 - We have slightly altered the presentation in an effort to help you reconstruct the actual bidding a little better. The amount the owner paid is listed in a column followed by the non-adjusted Vickrey bid. The remaining bids for that player are then listed in order of amount. if the amount of an unawarded bid is greater than what was charged, the bid was a contingency bid by that owner and they were awarded a player of higher priority.

New to the report is "Todd's Take" where Lord Zola will share his unique perspective focusing on FAAB strategy, game theory and league dynamics.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

jschafer

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JSchafer, Min 3 Jeff Erickson 11 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 2 Larry Schechter 1
Steve Moyer 0
JAxford, Cle 1 Jason Collette 2
RRaburn, Cle 1 Larry Schechter 1 Steve Moyer 0
TMay, Min 1 Jeff Erickson 2
ANieto, CWS 0 Chris Liss 0
BMaurer, Sea 0 Chris Liss 0 Jeff Erickson 0
CBrown, Bos 0 Steve Moyer 0
DSantana, Hou 0 Steve Moyer 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

JorDanks, CWS Jeff Erickson 1 Steve Moyer 0
MSierra, CWS Jeff Erickson 1 Steve Moyer 0
DRobertson, Tex Steve Moyer 0

Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

Things got rather quiet after the trade all of the fallout of the trade deadline leaving rather little on the free agent market. The two best purchases of the week may have been by Jeff Erickson who snagged both Jordan Schafer and Trevor May of the Twins. The former top Braves’ prospect has pretty much proven he can’t hit MLB level pitching, but at least his wheels are for real. 19 steals in 112 plate appearances is useful.

Rookie Trevor May was the more intriguing of the two pickups and his rough MLB debut probably was the cause of his $1 purchase price. The 24-year old had an 8.5 K.9 and 3.5 BB/9 in Triple-A, but has a history of command issues and a fairly pronounced fly-ball tendency. There’s upside here given his stuff, but also not a huge margin for error either.

Todd's Take

The results in the National League remind us that there can still be players of consequence available after the MLB trade deadline - even without a waiver deal. I hope there are more players that can help (sure would assist when it comes to providing pithy commentary) as the amount of FAAB left among the AL combatants is pretty tight and it could make for some interesting bidding. For those keeping score at home, here's the standings with the remaining FAAB in AL Tout:

FAAB PTS
1 Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton $24 104.5
2 Rob Leibowitz $18 87.5
3 Jeff Erickson $17 79
4 Lawr Michaels $33 74.5
5 Joe Sheehan $20 71.5
6 Larry Schechter $10 66
7 Ron Shandler $22 66
8 Steve Moyer $28 53
9 Jason Collette $26 52.5
10 Mike Podhorzer $16 45
11 Chris Liss $0 44
12 Andy Behrens $0 36.5

Colton and the Wolfman are in good shape with ample FAAB to continue to plug holes. Lawr has the hammer (which could be relevant as you'll see in a moment) and could at minimum make a run into the proverbial money.

Tout Wars has a rule designed to keep as many owners engaged and that's to penalize squads that finsh below 60 points by subtracting an equivalent amount of FAAB from their initial total nest season. For example, if the season emded today, Steve would begin next year with $93 FAAB. Good thing for Steve the season doesn't end today and he's sitting with the second most FAAB left to help propel his team above the threshold. Knowing Steve as I do, I bet he does it.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

rliriano

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RLiriano, SD 27 Brian Walton 50 Seth Trachtman 26 Peter Kreutzer 13
Mike Gianella 12 Derek Carty 11
JLamb, Ari 19 Seth Trachtman 36 Peter Kreutzer 18 Brian Walton 12
Derek Carty 11 Tristan H. Cockcroft 10 Scott Wilderman 6
Mike Gianella 3
MFiers, Mil 15 Phil Hertz 48 Brian Walton 50 Peter Kreutzer 14
Mike Gianella 12 Steve Gardner 9 Seth Trachtman 8
Tristan H. Cockcroft 8
AlMarte, Ari 6 Seth Trachtman 7 Peter Kreutzer 5 Mike Gianella 3
BPenny, Mia 4 Scott Wilderman 8 Peter Kreutzer 3
ADuvall, SF 1 Brian Walton 10
KNieuwenhuis, NYM 1 Mike Gianella 3 Brian Walton 4 Steve Gardner 0
MThornton, Was 1 Brian Walton 2
VBlack, NYM 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton 1
BZiegler, Ari 0 Derek Carty 0
OPerez, Ari 0 Peter Kreutzer 0
JPerez, SF 0 Steve Gardner 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

BPaulsen, Col Brian Walton 4
SDyson, Mia Brian Walton 2
ARamos, Mia Brian Walton 1
ATorres, SD Brian Walton 1
JAffeldt, SF Gene McCaffrey 0
SLeCure, Cin Derek Carty 0
JNix, Pit Steve Gardner 0

Brian Walton's Commentary

While there were no interleague trades of substance this past week, FAAB money was still spent – on young players being promoted from the minors into the National League.

Top San Diego prospect Rymer Liriano has been red hot in the minors and received the call on Sunday. With a combination of power and speed, Liriano could contribute in multiple categories. As a result, I bid $50, and it required $27. I am very familiar with Liriano, having held him through his Tommy John 2013 season in the XFL keeper league.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have at-bats available at third base and prospect Jake Lamb is up to take them. Seth Trachtman had the most money in the league and still does, even after spending $19 on the 23-year-old.

From one player’s misfortune comes opportunity for another. So it goes with Matt Garza’s injury, re-opening the door for Mike Fiers to get a shot at the Milwaukee rotation. Fiers has pitched well in Triple-A, but had to wait behind a hotter prospect in Jimmy Nelson to return to the bigs. Unless another injury occurs, Fiers’ value seems tied to the length of Garza’s recovery. Phil Hertz spent $15 to roster Fiers.

Though he does not fit this week’s theme, I cannot let the latest rebirth of Brad Penny pass. Scott Wilderman is hoping there is more than one good start remaining in the arm of the 36-year-old, back in his original stomping grounds in Miami.

Todd's Take

I remember Liriano from the Arizona Fall League - he's an impressive phycial specimen as the above photo suggests.

Liriano, Lamb and Fiers all have the opportunity to be fantasy difference-makers down the stretch. Of course, all it takes is a full-time role. Liriano should get that opportunity while Fiers has at least a month, likely the rest of the season. Lamb's at bats aren't assured but since he's competing with Jordan Pacheco, if Lamb hits, he should get the lion's share of playing time.

Here's the NL standings and remaining FAAB:

FAAB PTS
1 Tristan H. Cockcroft $29 88.5
2 Seth Trachtman $44 85.5
3 Steve Gardner $13 80.5
4 Phil Hertz $35 67
5 Derek Carty $11 64.5
6 Peter Kreutzer $36 64
7 Mike Gianella $14 60
8 Lenny Melnick $28 59
9 Todd Zola $34 57
10 Gene McCaffrey $20 56.5
11 Brian Walton $36 51.5
12 Scott Wilderman $33 46

Seth already made a move for Lamb this week and still has the hammer so he could add another player of consequence. Steve needs to hope no one like that is available. Tristan will be able to fill in holes since he's behind not only Seth but four others.Personally, I'm not going to win but I'll fight for jumping into the top-half. Set goals, try to achieve them and use that experience in following seasons.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

neovaldi

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

NEovaldi, Mia 13 Scott Swanay 20 Zach Steinhorn 12 Ray Guilfoyle 10
Ray Flowers 4
Tim Heaney 1
MFiers, Mil 11 Scott Pianowski 32 Derek Van Riper 10 Al Melchior 9
Ray Flowers 7 Fred Zinkie 4
WCastillo, ChC 2 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Pianowski 1
DMurphy, Cle 1 David Gonos 13
BOberholtzer, Hou 1 Ray Flowers 5 Derek Van Riper 5
CTaylor, Sea 1 Fred Zinkie 6 Ray Flowers 2
BBoxberger, TB 1 Scott Swanay 13 Tim Heaney 0
TWada, ChC 1 Paul Singman 4
TMilone, Min 1 Tim Heaney 1 Fred Zinkie 0
RLiriano, SD 1 Tim Heaney 3
BNorris, Bal 1 Derek Van Riper 10
EVolquez, Pit 1 Derek Van Riper 10

UNAWARDED BIDS

AMiller, Bal Scott Swanay 13
DODay, Bal Scott Swanay 13
JLyles, Col Derek Van Riper 10
TCahill, Ari Derek Van Riper 5 Tim Heaney 0
EStults, SD Ray Flowers 3
JCosart, Mia Derek Van Riper 5
JGuthrie, KC Ray Flowers 1
JHapp, Tor Tim Heaney 0
MMoustakas, KC Ray Flowers 3
MTaylor, Was Tim Heaney 1
RGrossman, Hou Tim Heaney 1
CCarrasco, Cle Tim Heaney 0
RGrossman, Hou Fred Zinkie 0

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

My decision to trade Nathan Eovaldi just prior to the All-Star break worked out rather well, as he went on to give up 18 runs over his first three second half starts, a stretch that earned him a trip to the waiver wire. But the erratic righty has put together two straight dominant outings since, so I figured that re-acquiring him could be a worthwhile move. I also figured that there was enough distrust of Eovaldi that my $12 bid could very well turn out to be the winning bid. Not quite, as Scott Swanay’s late-season FAAB spending spree continues. Yeah, I’m a little bummed out, but maybe cashing in my Eovaldi earnings while I had the chance will turn out to be the wiser choice in the long run.

Tim Heaney’s addition of Tommy Milone for a mere one dollar is a move that has profit written all over it. Milone is very quietly enjoying the best season of his career, yet he was by default bumped from Oakland’s starting staff following the club’s acquisitions of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Then came the Jon Lester trade, and barring multiple injuries, there was no chance that Milone would return to the rotation, so he was dealt to the Twins at the trade deadline. While in Oakland, Milone was a useful fantasy option for home starts, and with Target Field being another pitcher-friendly park, he belongs on the mixed league radar going forward.

Todd's Take

I'm a little surprised no one in Mixed Auction has discovered the treasure that is Brad Boxberger. The normal mode of thinking is middle relievers aren't useful in mixed leagues but we're at the point of the season when protecting ratios while adding on a few strikeouts and putting wins on the back-burner is viable. Other top candidates include Wade Davis, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Tyler Clippard.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

mfiers

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

RLiriano, SD 7 Tim McLeod 7 Nicholas Minnix 6
MFiers, Mil 6 Ray Murphy 6 Perry Van Hook 6 Eno Sarris 1
JArencibia, Tex 3 Scott Engel 3 Tim McLeod 3 Anthony Perri 1
Nicholas Minnix 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JFamilia, NYM 3 Tim McLeod 5 Nicholas Minnix 2
KHendricks, ChC 3 Tim McLeod 6 Perry Van Hook 2 Nicholas Minnix 0
KNegron, Cin 3 Perry Van Hook 6 Anthony Perri 2
GSizemore, Phi 1 Eno Sarris 1 Paul Sporer 3
TMay, Min 1 Eno Sarris 1
WVenable, SD 1 Paul Sporer 8 Nicholas Minnix 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JSchafer, Min 1 Ray Murphy 6
CLewis, Tex 1 Ray Murphy 6
CCarrasco, Cle 1 Nicholas Minnix 4 Tim McLeod 3
JHapp, Tor 1 Anthony Perri 1 Nicholas Minnix 0
CJoseph, Bal 1 Anthony Perri 3
JLamb, Ari 1 Scott Engel 3
AGarcia, ChW 1 Tim McLeod 3
CVazquez, Bos 1 Tim McLeod 1
JRutledge, Col 0 Nicholas Minnix 0
JLagares, NYM 0 Anthony Perri 0 Perry Van Hook 0
DYoung, Bal 0 Perry Van Hook 0
BOberholtzer, Hou 0 Perry Van Hook 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

NReimold, Tor Paul Sporer 6
CCrawford, LAD Ray Murphy 6
DValencia, Tor Perry Van Hook 3
WFlores, NYM Scott Engel 2
AAlburquerque, Det Tim McLeod 2
JJay, StL Tim McLeod 2
AAlmonte, SD Eno Sarris 1
THouse, Cle Eno Sarris 1 Scott Engel 1
ALoup, Tor Tim McLeod 1
BBoxberger, TB Perry Van Hook 0
CCowgill, LAA Perry Van Hook 0
CParmelee, Min Perry Van Hook 0
DLough, Bal Perry Van Hook 0
ECarrera, Det Perry Van Hook 0
EnChavez, Sea Perry Van Hook 0 Anthony Perri 0
JBroxton, Cin Perry Van Hook 0
CCapuano, NYY Nicholas Minnix 0
JCosart, Mia Nicholas Minnix 0 Perry Van Hook 0
JDyson, KC Nicholas Minnix 0
RSweeney, ChC Nicholas Minnix 0

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well $6 was the most popular bid of the night – even if the results show more players went for a dollar. Having lost Anibal Sanchez I wanted the best starting pitcher I could get or at least one with a very good matchup without spending too much. My choice was Mike Fiers, back in the Milwaukee Brewers rotation where he has shone before so I ventured $6. That was the winning amount but I lost the standings tie-breaker to Ray Murphy and also got out bid for the Cubs Kyle Hendricks (by a $6 bid), so I will have to settle for Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer (home vs the Twins this Wednesday), the highest of my zero dollar bids.

I have a good middle infield but couldn’t leave the white hot Kristopher Negron currently manning 2B for Cincinnati and as luck would have it my $6 bid was Vickrey reduced to $3.

I also had a list of $0 outfielders to replace David Murphy and got my first choice of Delmon Young, back from obscurity once again.

Actually the highest winning bid was $7 as Tim McLeod was forced to use all of that to roster Rymer Liriano. That topped one of the eight – yes $6 bids, this one from Nick Minnix.

Todd's Take

Perry mentioned how popular $6 was for a bid and it may not be a coincidence. In an auction, there's a psychological barrier upping a bid that ends in nine. It's the same idea as charging $2.99 per pound (or per gallon) as opposed to $3.00 (or whatever).

Over the years, I've noticed a larger percentage of bids being a multiple of $5 ($5, $10, $15 etc.). As such, I favor ending in 2 or 7 -- to account for the person that's also aware of this and ends in 1 or 6. I also spent the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 13:13
 
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