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LABR FAAB REPORT: Week of April 7 PDF Print E-mail
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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.

colabello

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Colabello, Chris MIN 21 Mastersball 21 Fangraphs 19 RotoWire 11 Baseball HQ
9 Winning Fantasy Baseball 8 USA TODAY Sports
Garcia, Leury CWS 6 RotoWire
Herrera, Jonathan BOS 4 Winning Fantasy Baseball 5 RotoWire 3 RotoWire 3 Baseball HQ
1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Furbush, Charlie SEA 2 SiriusXM
Belisario, Ronald CWS 2 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Correia, Kevin MIN 2 Colton & The Wolfman 1 Fangraphs
Cervelli, Francisco NYY 2 Colton & The Wolfman 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball
Adduci, James TEX 1 RotoWire
Diaz, Jonathan TOR 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ
Wilson, Josh TEX 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Martinez, Nicholas TEX 1 Fangraphs
Punto, Nick OAK 1 Fangraphs 1 Baseball HQ 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Fuld, Sam OAK 1 Baseball HQ 5 Mastersball 3 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 RotoWire
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1 Baseball HQ 4 Mastersball 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 Baseball HQ
1 RotoWire

UNAWARDED BIDS

Johnson, Elliot CLE 2 Winning Fantasy Baseball 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Rzepczynski, Marc CLE 1 Yahoo! Sports
Escobar, Eduardo MIN 1 RotoWire 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Pelfrey, Mike MIN 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Davis, Wade KC 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Betances, Dellin NYY 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Stewart, Ian LAA 1 Baseball HQ
Romine, Andrew DET 1 Baseball HQ
Kelly, Don DET 1 Baseball HQ

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

With Mark Teixeira down I made a large bid for Chris Colabello and won him at $21. He has settled into hitting cleanup as the Twins DH in the early going and producing and the injury to Josh Willingham has lessened the chance he loses at bats to Jason Kubel. There were six bids for Colabello and I actually won the tie-breaker at $21 while there was a $19 underbid.

Almost all of the other bids this week in the AL were for a dollar or two although Chris Liss of Rotowire hopes the White Sox give more at bats to Leury Garcia for his winning $6 bid – especially this week in a three game set in Colorado.

ishikawa

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Ishikawa, Travis, PIT 8 Sandlot Shrink 3 USA TODAY Sports 1 ESPN - Karabell 1 Baseball HQ
Frandsen, Kevin, WSH 2 USA TODAY Sports
Laird, Gerald, ATL 1 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Brown, Andrew, NYM 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Sanchez, Tony, PIT 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc. 1 Baseball HQ
Gwynn, Tony, PHI 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Parra, Manny, CIN 1 Inside Edge
Hernandez, Cesar, PHI 1 ESPN - Karabell
Morales, Franklin, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nieves, Wil, PHI 1 Baseball HQ
Adrianza, Ehire, SF 1 Baseball HQ

UNAWARDED BIDS

Nix, Jayson, PHI 2 Sandlot Shrink 1 Baseball HQ
Baker, John, CHC 1 Baseball HQ 1 Sandlot Shrink
Descalso, Daniel, STL 1 Baseball HQ
Harrison, Josh, PIT 1 Baseball HQ
Rivera, Rene, SD 1 Baseball HQ
Solano, Donovan, MIA 1 Baseball HQ
Bastardo, Antonio, PHI 1 Colton & The Wolfman 1 RotoExperts
Machi, Jean, SF 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Ottavino, Adam, COL 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Stammen, Craig, WSH 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Watson, Tony, PIT 1 Colton & The Wolfman
Nady, Xavier, SD 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Perez, Juan, SF 1 NFBC/Stats, Inc.
Johnson, Reed, MIA 1 Sandlot Shrink

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

I would say caution was the key word following the first week of National League LABR FAAB moves.

When we consider the top bid of the week was $8 that brought former Giant Travis Ishikawa to the roster of the Sandlot Shrink. Owner Bob Radomski outdistanced two $1 bids, and one of $3 to earn the rights to the good field, decent OBP, but otherwise lackluster first base option.

@theNFBC Greg Ambrosius and Shawn Childs made three such moves, filling space with the likes of Andrew Brown, and Tonys Sanchez and Gwynn.

Doug Dennis of @BBHQ grabbed the unlikely duo of Wil Nieves and Ehire Adianza, while ESPN's Eric Karabell selected Cesar Hernandez with his dollar. Fantasy Alarmers Glenn Colton and Rick Wolf snatched Franklin Morales in the same manner.

However, perhaps the most interesting move—and perhaps that with the most upside—was by save hungry Steve Moyer from the Inside Edge, who grabbed Manny Parra, again for a dollar, and unchallenged.

I guess as the season progresses we will see just who really was the savior in that move.

franciscorodriguez

MIXED LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

Rodriguez, Francisco MIL 23 Rotowire-Erickson 16 Baseball HQ 11 DFSEdge 8 Fangraphs
8 KFFL.com 2 USA TODAY Sports
Lindstrom, Matt CWS 18 Fangraphs 18 Bloomberg Sports 13 Rotowire-Erickson 13 DFSEdge
12 Baseball HQ 8 KFFL.com
Fields, Josh HOU 18 Bloomberg Sports 7 Rotowire-Erickson 7 Baseball HQ 6 KFFL.com
Valverde, Jose NYM 18 Bloomberg Sports 19 Rotowire-Erickson 12 Fangraphs 8 KFFL.com
7 Baseball HQ
Koehler, Tom MIA 14 Mastersball 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Hale, David ATL 13 Mastersball
Meek, Evan BAL 13 Mastersball
McGehee, Casey MIA 13 Mastersball 7 RotoExperts 6 KFFL.com 2 Bloomberg Sports
Webb, Daniel CWS 12 Mastersball 2 Baseball HQ
Solarte, Yangervis NYY 6 KFFL.com 3 RotoExperts
Colabello, Chris MIN 5 MLB.com 4 USA TODAY Sports 2 KFFL.com 2 Bloomberg Sports
Hammel, Jason CHC 4 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Buehrle, Mark TOR 3 Baseball HQ 1 Rotowire-Erickson 1 MLB.com
Lough, David BAL 2 MLB.com
Hanigan, Ryan TB 2 Mastersball
Danks, John CWS 2 KFFL.com
Vargas, Jason KC 2 KFFL.com 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 MLB.com
Smith, Seth SD 1 USA TODAY Sports 1 Baseball HQ
Withrow, Chris LAD 1 USA TODAY Sports
Harang, Aaron ATL 1 MLB.com
Murphy, David CLE 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports

UNAWARDED BIDS

Uribe, Juan LAD 11 Mastersball 2 Bloomberg Sports
Elias, Roenis SEA 9 Mastersball 1 KFFL.com 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Callaspo, Alberto Jose OAK 2 KFFL.com
Johnson, Josh SD 2 Fangraphs 1 Bloomberg Sports
Chen, Bruce KC 2 Baseball HQ
Gibson, Kyle MIN 2 Baseball HQ
Guzman, Jesus HOU 1 USA TODAY Sports
Volquez, Edinson PIT 1 Rotowire-Erickson
Belisario, Ronald CWS 1 Mastersball
Cervelli, Francisco NYY 1 Mastersball
Corporan, Carlos HOU 1 Mastersball
Doolittle, Sean OAK 1 Mastersball
Doumit, Ryan ATL 1 Mastersball
Gillaspie, Conor CWS 1 Mastersball 1 MLB.com
Iannetta, Chris LAA 1 Mastersball
Izturis, Maicer TOR 1 Mastersball
Kintzler, Brandon MIL 1 Mastersball
Lobaton, Jose WSH 1 Mastersball
Murphy, Donnie TEX 1 Mastersball
Nix, Jayson PHI 1 Mastersball
Sanchez, Hector SF 1 Mastersball
Suzuki, Kurt MIN 1 Mastersball
Tazawa, Junichi BOS 1 Mastersball
Vincent, Nick SD 1 Mastersball
Watson, Tony PIT 1 Mastersball
Britton, Zach BAL 1 Baseball HQ
Casilla, Santiago SF 1 Baseball HQ
Gregerson, Luke OAK 1 Baseball HQ
Herrera, Kelvin KC 1 Baseball HQ
Parra, Manny CIN 1 Baseball HQ
Snider, Travis PIT 1 Baseball HQ 1 USA TODAY Sports

Todd Zola's Commentary

I guess I'll never learn. I spent the last few weeks of LABR last season lamenting having no FAAB so what did I do? I just blew two-thirds of my 2014 wad on five speculative players for which I could have paid less than half what I did. Oh well. My squad has been hit hard with injuries (lost Kris Medlen for the season plus Will Middlebrooks, Doug Fister, Aroldis Chapman, Jose Reyes and Wilson Ramos). So I'm looking to hold down the fort and when the injured players return, it's like a winning FAAB bid. I know, but it makes me feel a little better.

Actually, if either of Evan Meek or Daniel Webb become closer, the gambit will have paid off. Check out Meek. I think there may be something there. He almost was the Pirates' closer a few years back, got hurt and has been lost in the shuffle in Washington.

The big bucks this week went to K-Rod and Papa Grande - a couple of guys actually with the job. I figured they'd go for more which makes my speculative bids on Webb and Meek look even more bloated.

I had my choice of Chris Colabello, Yangervis Solarte and Casey McGehee to fill in at corner and opted for McGehee figuring he is most likely to keep the job.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 16:31
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of April 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 09:41

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It's back! 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. This year all four 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.

solarte

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

MLindstrom, CWS 29 (35) Larry Schechter 28 Rob Leibowitz 24 Mike Podhorzer 19 Jeff Erickson
12 Chris Liss
YSolarte, NYY 17 (16) Larry Schechter 15 Jason Collette 14 Mike Podhorzer 12 Andy Behrens
11 Chris Liss 7 Jeff Erickson 1 Wolf/Colton
0 Steve Moyer
AGonzalez, Det 4 (5) Jason Collette 3 Jeff Erickson 0 Steve Moyer
GCecchini, Bos 4 (5) Chris Liss 3 Rob Leibowitz
KCorreia, Min 3 (5) Jeff Erickson 3 Joe Sheehan 2 Wolf/Colton 0 Rob Leibowitz
SRodriguez, TB 3 (12) Andy Behrens 2 Lawr Michaels
MAlbers, Hou 2 Jason Collette 1 Chris Liss 0 Ron Shandler 0 Jeff Erickson
ASanchez, Tor 1 (3) Rob Leibowitz
JDiaz, Tor 1 Jeff Erickson
CLewis, Tex 1 (5) Jeff Erickson
FAbad, Oak 0 Ron Shandler
DYoung, Bal 0 Chris Liss 0 Steve Moyer
CCowgill, LAA 0 Chris Liss

UNAWARDED BIDS

BCecil, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 0 Ron Shandler 0 Rob Leibowitz
SDelabar, Tor 1 Larry Schechter 0 Jeff Erickson
JSmith, LAA 1 Larry Schechter
MPelfrey, Min 1 Jeff Erickson
RBelisario, CWS 0 Wolf/Colton 0 Jeff Erickson
TWilhelmsen, Sea 0 Rob Leibowitz
WDavis, KC 0 Jeff Erickson
JoWilson, Tex 0 Jeff Erickson
ACrow, KC 0 Jeff Erickson
SKelley, NYY 0 Jason Collette
EJohnson, Cle 0 Jason Collette
RChirinos, Tex 0 Chris Liss

 Rob Leibowitz' Commentary

This week's most coveted FAAB target Matt Lindstrom is the first in likely many closers de jour. I made a substantial bid, but given a history of mediocre strikeout rates (for a closer) and especially difficulty versus left handers, I did not make an extreme bid either, just one I'd be comfortable with in case the righty somehow sticks in the role for the season. I was actually in the end a bit surprised I had the second highest bid, figuring teams needing saves more than me would spend a bit more. That should say a lot of about how long most Touts thinks he'll actually stick as closer.

Will Middlebrooks is on the DL and given a lack of faith in his on-base abilities as well room on my roster due to several disabled players, I made a $3 bid to roster Garin Cecchini on the off-chance he gets promoted later in the season. Tip of my hat to Chris Liss who had the same idea.

Similarly I made a play for the Blue Jays top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez should he get a mid-season call-up. Initially I simply wanted to bench Dustin McGowan for a reliever. The fragile one still has some upside and a rotation spot, so no reason to drop him outright, but gave me the thought to target Sanchez in the first place. Now that I have Sanchez, just have to hope he crushes in the minors.

Yangervis Solarte got some love as a result of the Mark Teixeira injury. He'll probably be starting for the next two weeks and should still see action at 2B and 3B over the remainder of the season. The switch-hitter is a very good contact hitter with high single-digits to low-teens pop. He won't help much in the OBP department though.

josevalverde

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JValverde, NYM 42 (45) Derek Carty 41 Peter Kreutzer 32 Lenny Melnick 25 Mike Gianella
19 Steve Gardner 15 Tristan H. Cockcroft 9 Gene McCaffrey
8 Phil Hertz 7 Brian Walton
RKalish, ChC 21 Phil Hertz 21 Derek Carty 7 Seth Trachtman 5 Peter Kreutzer
0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
AHarang, Atl 16 (32) Lenny Melnick 15 Steve Gardner 9 Mike Gianella 8 Tristan H. Cockcroft
6 Peter Kreutzer 5 Steve Gardner 2 Scott Wilderman
1 Seth Trachtman 0 Derek Carty
RHernandez, Phi 13 (21) Phil Hertz 12 Seth Trachtman 6 Peter Kreutzer
TIshikawa, Pit 8 Brian Walton 8 Phil Hertz 8 Derek Carty 6 Peter Kreutzer
4 Gene McCaffrey 3 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JArias, SF 8 (10) Seth Trachtman 7 Phil Hertz 3 Lenny Melnick 2 Scott Wilderman
1 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
BHicks, SF 7 (11) Lenny Melnick 6 Phil Hertz 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
0 Seth Trachtman
LOverbay, Mil 7 Peter Kreutzer 7 Phil Hertz 4 Brian Walton 1 Tristan H. Cockcroft
1 Derek Carty
AAmarista, SD 4 (9) Gene McCaffrey 5 Phil Hertz 3 Scott Wilderman 0 Peter Kreutzer
0 Seth Trachtman
ASimon, Cin 3 (7)Peter Kreutzer 4 Steve Gardner 2 Tristan H. Cockcroft 2 Scott Wilderman
0 Brian Walton
KFarnsworth, NYM 2 (8) Phil Hertz 1 Brian Walton
BHand, Mia 1 Brian Walton 0 Peter Kreutzer
MParra, Cin 1 (5) Brian Walton 4 Steve Gardner
RPena, Atl 1 Gene McCaffrey
ABastardo, Phi 3 Lenny Melnick 3 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Mike Gianella
SPimentel, Pit 1 (5) Peter Kreutzer 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
TCampana, Ari 1 (5) Peter Kreutzer 0 Phil Hertz
CCulberson, Col 1 (5) Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Seth Trachtman
CPennington, Ari 1 Scott Wilderman 0 Gene McCaffrey
TSanchez, Pit 1 (2) Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner
LOndrusek, Cin 1 (4) Steve Gardner
CStammen, Was 0 Derek Carty 2 Phil Hertz
TStauffer, SD 0 Derek Carty 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
GLaird, Atl 0 Mike Gianella 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
KSiegrist, StL 0 Mike Gianella 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Derek Carty
KSlowey, Mia 0 Peter Kreutzer
CWithrow, LAD 0 Seth Trachtman 4 Steve Gardner 0 Peter Kreutzer
MAdams, Phi 0 Seth Trachtman 1 Phil Hertz
RJohnson, Mia 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Peter Kreutzer
AOttavino, Col 0 Steve Gardner 0 Brian Walton
TBarnhart, Cin 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft

UNAWARDED BIDS

CFiggins, LAD 5 Phil Hertz
RDetwiler, Was 3 Phil Hertz
JMachi, SF 2 Phil Hertz
FGalvis, Phi 1 Phil Hertz
EAdrianza, SF 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey
JBaker, ChC 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Steve Gardner 0 Scott Wilderman
JFamilia, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft
JSatin, NYM 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Phil Hertz 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton
SLeon, Was 0 Tristan H. Cockcroft 0 Mike Gianella
BZiegler, Ari 0 Seth Trachtman
JWalden, Atl 0 Seth Trachtman 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Derek Carty
MEllis, StL 0 Seth Trachtman
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Scott Wilderman
AMBrown, NYM 0 Phil Hertz
CHernandez, Phi 0 Phil Hertz
GGermen, NYM 0 Phil Hertz
JNix, Phi 0 Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey 0 Brian Walton
JPerez, SF 0 Phil Hertz
KFrandsen, Was 0 Phil Hertz 0 Gene McCaffrey
DHuff, SF 0 Peter Kreutzer
NSoto, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
RSantiago, Cin 0 Peter Kreutzer
TWatson, Pit 0 Peter Kreutzer 0 Brian Walton
CBarmes, Pit 0 Lenny Melnick
JLyles, Col 0 Derek Carty
GDobbs, Mia 0 Brian Walton

Brian Walton's Commentary

The big money primarily chased pitching in the first round of bidding in 2014. Volume was high due to the numbers of players to be disabled in this transaction round.

The only new closer in the Senior Circuit not rostered on draft day is the Mets' Jose Valverde. Given the 34-year-old's checkered past, many bids reflected an uncertain view of the future for Papa Grande. Derek Carty, however, did not flinch. A point to file away: Kyle Farnsworth went for $40 less to Phil Hertz of BaseballHQ. Also, keep an eye on my stealth addition of Cincinnati's Manny Parra for $1.

Speaking of Hertz, he dropped over one-third of his allocated FAAB, $34, on outfielder Ryan Kalish plus hurler Roberto Hernandez. While Kalish had a big day on Sunday for the Cubs, Phil won't get those stats. Another performance like that may not occur again soon. The pitcher currently known as Hernandez had an up and down spring, but logged a decent initial regular season start. Then again, it was against Kalish's Cubs.

One impressive start turned veteran Aaron Harang from being ignored entirely to a $16 player for Lenny Melnick. Melnick is apparently not concerned that the bad Aaron we know far too well may show up again at any moment.

Four infielders went in the $7-8 range. Corner players Travis Ishikawa and Lyle Overbay were found on the scratch and dent table, but still have value for at-bats expected to be received. I bought the former to cover for injured Darin Ruf. Middle infielders Brandon Hicks and Joaquin Arias were the others acquired.

franciscorodriguez

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION 

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

FRodriguez, Mil 34 (60) Cory Schwartz 33 Zach Steinhorn 22 Nando DiFino 20 Scott Swanay
19 Patrick Davitt 18 David Gonos 16 Al Melchior
15 Ray Guilfoyle 8 Ray Flowers 8 Derek Van Riper
6 Tim Heaney
JValverde, NYM 20 Scott Swanay 55 Cory Schwartz 19 Patrick Davitt 15 Scott Pianowski
15 David Gonos 12 Zach Steinhorn 10 Ray Guilfoyle
8 Ray Flowers 7 Paul Singman 7 Derek Van Riper
6 Tim Heaney
CBlackmon, Col 14 Scott Pianowski 13 Ray Guilfoyle 9 David Gonos 8 Paul Singman
3 Ray Flowers 2 Scott Swanay
MLindstrom, CWS 13 (19) Patrick Davitt 40 Cory Schwartz 15 Scott Swanay 11 Paul Singman
10 Zach Steinhorn 8 Ray Flowers 8 David Gonos
6 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper
MSemien, CWS 7 Scott Swanay 6 Al Melchior 3 Ray Flowers 2 Cory Schwartz
0 Tim Heaney
JMejia, NYM 6 (10) Scott Pianowski 8 Nando DiFino 5 Fred Zinkie 3 Ray Flowers
1 Tim Heaney
JBroxton, Cin 6 (14) Scott Swanay 30 Cory Schwartz 8 Ray Flowers 8 Scott Swanay
5 Tim Heaney 5 Paul Singman
CColabello, Min 5 (6) Nando DiFino 10 Scott Pianowski 4 Fred Zinkie 3 Tim Heaney
3 Ray Flowers
JFields, Hou 4 David Gonos 8 Ray Flowers 3 Tim Heaney
PStrop, ChC 4 (8) Ray Flowers 10 Scott Swanay 3 Tim Heaney 2 Derek Van Riper
1 Zach Steinhorn
GParra, Ari 2 (4) Fred Zinkie 3 Ray Flowers 3 Scott Swanay 1 Ray Guilfoyle
BMcCarthy, Ari 1 (5) Cory Schwartz 2 Ray Flowers
CMorton, Pit 1 Cory Schwartz 3 Ray Flowers 0 Ray Guilfoyle
JHammel, ChC 1 (6) Cory Schwartz 0 Scott Pianowski
JPinto, Min 1 (2) Cory Schwartz 1 Tim Heaney
AHechavarria, Mia 1(5) David Gonos 3 Ray Flowers
DEspinosa, Was 1 Derek VanRiper 3 Ray Flowers
KGibson, Min 1 (3) Nando DiFino
DWebb, CWS 1(2)  Paul Singman 2 Ray Flowers 0 Scott Pianowski
CMaybin, SD 1 (11) Ray Flowers
JArencibia, Tex 1 Ray Guilfoyle 0 Cory Schwartz
RIbanez, LAA 1 Ray Guilfoyle
CGentry, Oak 1 (5) Scott Swanay 0 Paul Singman
JMercer, Pit 1 (10) Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers
CMcGehee, Mia 1 (3) Tim Heaney 6 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers
JVargas, KC 1 (2) Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
RErlin, SD 1 (3) Tim Heaney
TJordan, Was 1 (3) Tim Heaney
MBuehrle, Tor 1 (2) Zach Steinhorn 5 David Gonos 0 Tim Heaney 0 Fred Zinkie
0 Ray Guilfoyle
AHarang, Atl 0 Fred Zinkie
AHicks, Min 0 Patrick Davitt 4 Scott Swanay 3 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz
BMatusz, Bal 0 Patrick Davitt

UNAWARDED BIDS

SGennett, Mil 6 Scott Swanay 0 Scott Pianowski
JUribe, LAD 5 Scott Swanay
LForsythe, TB 5 Scott Swanay
YSolarte, NYY 4 Scott Swanay 3 Tim Heaney 3 Ray Flowers 2 David Gonos
JHerrera, Bos 3 Scott Swanay
BRoberts, NYY 3 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz
DDeJesus, TB 3 Ray Flowers
DHale, Atl 3 Ray Flowers
DHolland, Tex 3 Ray Flowers
JDyson, KC 3 Ray Flowers
JKelly, StL 3 Ray Flowers
KSuzuki, Min 3 Ray Flowers 1 Ray Guilfoyle
MOlt, ChC 3 Ray Flowers
SDoolittle, Oak 3 Ray Flowers 0 Paul Singman
ZCozart, Cin 3 Ray Flowers 0 Cory Schwartz
MIzturis, Tor 2 Scott Swanay
NPunto, Oak 2 Scott Swanay
JMcGee, TB 2 Ray Flowers 0 Patrick Davitt
JTazawa, Bos 2 Ray Flowers
SKelley, NYY 2 Ray Flowers
ZMcAllister, Cle 2 Ray Flowers 1 Cory Schwartz
BCrawford, SF 2 David Gonos
JBeckett, LAD 2 Cory Schwartz
JDanks, CWS 1 Tim Heaney 1 Zach Steinhorn 0 Cory Schwartz
LHoes, Hou 1 Tim Heaney
RElias, Sea 1 Tim Heaney
RHanigan, TB 1 Ray Guilfoyle
ARamos, Mia 1 Cory Schwartz
CCarrasco, Cle 1 Cory Schwartz 1 Zach Steinhorn
MLeake, Cin 1 Cory Schwartz
TCahill, Ari 1 Cory Schwartz
ACallaspo, Oak 0 Tim Heaney
JCosart, Hou 0 Tim Heaney 0 Cory Schwartz
JNicasio, Col 0 Tim Heaney
CGillaspie, CWS 0 Scott Pianowski
JGomes, Bos 0 Patrick Davitt
DMurphy, Cle 0 Cory Schwartz
JDeLaRosa, Col 0 Cory Schwartz
RDelgado, Ari 0 Cory Schwartz
SDeduno, Min 0 Cory Schwartz

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

As will be the case numerous times this season, closers were the dominant theme of this week's FAAB bidding, and when I entered in a $33 bid for Francisco Rodriguez, I was almost certain that I would get him. I wasn't desperate for a closer but I figured it would be nice to have three of them, and after Saturday's Brewers-Red Sox game, in which K-Rod picked up his second save of the season while Jim Henderson continued to struggle, I think Rodriguez will hold onto the job for awhile, quite possibly the rest of the season. And as we all know, the ninth inning role is something that he's fairly familiar with. Anyway, I wasn't expecting a $60 bid, but I guess Cory Schwartz is high on K-Rod as well, and with Jose Veras being his second closer, an aggressive bid was understandable. But $60?

Speaking of experienced closers, Jose Valverde has plenty of experience. The only question is whether he is going to implode like he did last year. I'm expecting the Mets to give him a long leash though, as they don't have any clear-cut alternative candidates to replace Tommy John surgery-bound Bobby Parnell. With no closers on his roster and all those extra FAAB dollars in hand after leaving $61 on the table on auction day and redeeming them for FAAB, spending $20 on Valverde will hardly make a dent in Scott Swanay's budget, and it might work out just fine if Valverde can remember how to get outs in the ninth inning.

Despite placing competitive bids on Rodriguez, Valverde and Matt Lindstrom, my only purchase this week turned out to be the ageless Mark Buehrle, who is coming off an outstanding performance in his season debut and now heads into a two-start week. I'm not expecting any more 11 K outings from him this year, but a pair of quality starts would suit me just fine.

mattlindstrom

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

JValverde, NYM 28 (33) Scott Engel 27 Tom Kessenich 21 Grey Albright 13 Tim McLeod
11 Anthony Perri 9 Eno Sarris 4 Adam Ronis
0 Nicholas Minnix
MLindstrom, CWS 22 (27) Tom Kessenich 21 Grey Albright 16 Eno Sarris 12 Ray Murphy
12 Anthony Perri 3 Adam Ronis 1 Charlie Wiegert
0 Nicholas Minnix
FRodriguez, Mil 13 Scott Engel 27 Tom Kessenich 12 Ray Murphy 11 Grey Albright
9 Charlie Wiegert 9 Perry Van Hook 8 Adam Ronis
8 Anthony Perri 6 Eno Sarris 0 Nicholas Minnix
CMcGehee, Mia 10 (16) Tim McLeod 9 Charlie Wiegert 4 Anthony Perri 3 Scott Engel
2 Adam Ronis
JFields, Hou 8 Ray Murphy 7 Perry Van Hook 6 Eno Sarris 5 Scott Engel
3 Tom Kessenich 1 Charlie Wiegert
CBlackmon, Col 7 (11) Perry Van Hook 9 Scott Engel 6 Paul Greco 3 Adam Ronis
3 Anthony Perri
CColabello, Min 7 (26)  Paul Greco 8 Perry Van Hook 6 Nicholas Minnix 5 Ray Murphy
4 Scott Engel 3 Adam Ronis
MBuehrle, Tor 4 (5) Anthony Perri 3 Nicholas Minnix 3 Paul Greco 2 Charlie Wiegert
PStrop, ChC 4 (8) Tim McLeod 7 Scott Engel 7 Tom Kessenich 3 Anthony Perri
3 Charlie Wiegert 1 Adam Ronis
LDuda, NYM 3 (5) Ray Murphy 2 Nicholas Minnix 1 Adam Ronis
JHammel, ChC 2 (3) Paul Sporer 1 Nicholas Minnix
AHarang, Atl 1 (2) Charlie Wiegert 2 Scott Engel 2 Perry Van Hook
AHechavarria, Mia 1 (6) Scott Engel
BChen, KC 1 (2) Perry Van Hook
DEspinosa, Was 1 (6) Nicholas Minnix
JDiaz, Tor 1 Grey Albright
JFamilia, NYM 1 Eno Sarris
JLagares, NYM 1 (3) Anthony Perri 4 Scott Engel
JLoney, TB 1 Adam Ronis
KSuzuki, Min 1 (2) Adam Ronis
RLudwick, Cin 1 (5) Ray Murphy 0 Adam Ronis
SSmith, SD 1 (6) Paul Sporer
TPlouffe, Min 1 (9) Charlie Wiegert 7 Tim McLeod 5 Ray Murphy 0 Adam Ronis
KKendrick, Phi 0 Nicholas Minnix 2 Charlie Wiegert

 UNAWARDED BIDS

JKubel, Min 5 Ray Murphy
BCecil, Tor 3 Tom Kessenich
CGillaspie, CWS 2 Perry Van Hook
JPacheco, Col 2 Perry Van Hook
JLobaton, Was 2 Adam Ronis
RHanigan, TB 2 Adam Ronis
JSmith, LAA 1 Tim McLeod
JTazawa, Bos 1 Tim McLeod
LGregerson, Oak 1 Tim McLeod
GGermen, NYM 1 Eno Sarris
RElias, Sea 1 Anthony Perri 1 Scott Engel
HConger, LAA 1 Adam Ronis
JPinto, Min 1 Adam Ronis
BRoberts, NYY 0 Nicholas Minnix
SFeldman, Hou 0 Nicholas Minnix
YSolarte, NYY 0 Nicholas Minnix
BreAnderson, Col 0 Anthony Perri
JArencibia, Tex 0 Adam Ronis

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

As always in the early weeks of a season people are looking for saves. In this league Jose Valverde went for $28 this week while Matt Lindstrom went for $22; Francisco Rodriguez went for $13; and Josh Fields for $8.

I had bought Jonathan Broxton for $3 last week and DLed him this year to pick up another pitcher but bid only single digits for KRod and Fields since I already had LaTroy Hawkins, Casey Janssen, and Jonathan Broxton but had to settle for Bruce Chen and his late week start against the Twins for $2.

I though the two clear hitter pickups – Charlie Blackmon and Chris Colabello would go for more and had bid $11 on Blackmon and $8 on Colabello and got Blackmon for $7 which was the same price that Colabello went for.

 

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Rotoderby: Upside versus Reliability PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Drooker   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:28

Donald's Ducks

Fairly basic approach, as I went through the list and tried to find players who would hit more HR's than last year for various reasons. The first eight were Craig, Headley, Pujols, Fielder, Bautista, Myers, Heyward and Puig. Their totals left me with room for 78 additional HR's, so I added Cabrera and Beltre.

Quack-Ups

Used reliability as the main focus on this entry, utilizing players with zero (or close to zero) DL days. The first eight were Hosmer, Goldschmidt, Encarnacion, Rosario, Rios, Myers, Puig and Trout. Their totals left me with room for 33 additional HR's, so I added Craig and Pujols.

Obviously, the downside is that four players are on both teams and a significant injury to one of them could derail the chances of both squads. Normal DL stints, however, will still allow the teams to be competitive in the monthly standings. _____________________________________________________________________

The staff at Mastersball is joining our colleagues at Fantasy Alarm in a private Rotoderby league. Over the next several days, those of us participating will write a blog discussing our strategy. A few of us are so enthralled that we're also playing for real. So if you've always wanted to be in a league with one of us, now's your chance. Just click on the logo below and sign up!

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 22:44
 
Longball Derby: Miggy and Trumbo Lead the Way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pasko Varnica   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:16

Zen Master says “Know your league.” RotoDerby teams have one unmodifiable lineup for the entire season with 6 infielders and 4 outfielders. Scoring is simple: 5 points per HR, 1 point for each RBI and minus 1 for a strikeout. That’s it.

RotoDerby has pre-assigned a salary to each player equal to the number of homers they hit last season. Teams cannot exceed a total of 220. The choice of players is limited to those hitting at least 13 long balls last season.

Let’s look at how to build a team i.e., at the RotoDerby strategy. First, since it is a single lineup cast in stone before the start of the season, I eliminated players who have a history of injuries. A perennial wishful thinking, I know. I stayed away from Matt Kemp, Albert Pujols and the likes.

Next step was to create a custom players ranking appropriate for RotoDerby. Since most rankings are roto 5x5 oriented, I modified Mastersball projections by adding a column having the formula ((HR*5)+RBI-K). Then I sorted the spreadsheet. Unsurprisingly, Miguel Cabrera and his 233 projected RotoDerby points came on top but Mike Trout, a jewel in the crown of the Roto 5x5 leagues, was 68th. Know your league!

My ideal team had Cabrera (my understanding is that last year’s injury was not significant) and Mark Trumbo, who in Arizona may impersonate last year’s Chris Davis. Unfortunately, there was no way to fit them both within the 220 budget. Technically, it was possible, but the team would not be ideal, with two expensive players using most of the allotted budget. Consequently, I chose to have two teams, one with Cabrera and the other with Trumbo.

I created my two teams using the custom spreadsheet. I wish that I had a computer program, say, an Excel formula, but that would have required entering RotoDerby values by hand. If this were Buffett’s billion-dollar bracket, I would have done it. But it is not. So I created the lineups by hand, going back and forth several times, adding and removing players until I found the ideal combination of productive players worth a total of 220.

The projected RotoDerby points of my two teams are a tad below 1,200. Will that be enough? Who knows, RotoDerby is new. What’s the projected total of your teams? Can you build a lineup that exceeds 1,200 points?

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The staff at Mastersball is joining our colleagues at Fantasy Alarm in a private Rotoderby league. Over the next several days, those of us participating will write a blog discussing our strategy. A few of us are so enthralled that we're also playing for real. So if you've always wanted to be in a league with one of us, now's your chance. Just click on the logo below and sign up!

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 21:06
 
Longball Derby: Core Philosophy Focuses on RBI's and K's PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Carey   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:13

After reading Marc’s post yesterday regarding his two squads for the Rotoderby Longball Challenge, my first reaction was that maybe I hadn’t put enough thought into constructing my rosters as he apparently had. At the very least, while my approach in essence was based on the same basic principles, I did not go down the path of constructing two squads so uniquely different.  Rather, my two squads are both anchored by the same core of six players, so instead of taking two very different paths to the 220 home run cap, after identifying who I wanted that core to consist of, I only shuffled four cards from one team to the next.

As I hinted at above, my method of selecting which guys I wanted was pretty basic. Having only HR, RBI’s and strikeouts to consider, my first consideration was to look for players who don’t strike out too much. Next, I tried to identify who I thought had the most room for improvement in their power numbers, since the cost to “buy” a player is his home run total from a year ago. Here is the Core 6 I decided to roll with in both leagues:

Albert Pujols (17) - I agree with Marc’s assessment that Pujols is too good to pass up at this price. A rebound to 30 homers looks good and he has never struck out more than 100 times in a season.

David Wright (18) - Again, I like the combination of price, lack of strikeouts and lineup position here. There isn’t a ton of HR upside here, but I think he can get back to 25 and make a push for 30.

Hanley Ramirez (20) - He has nice power upside, hits third in a great lineup and doesn’t strike out out too much. The best value in my book at SS.

Edwin Encarnacion (36) - I wanted a guy with 40 home run potential as a lynchpin, and EE has the added plus of not killing you when it comes to strikeouts, averaging only 72 the last three years.

Wil Myers (13) - Myers is priced at the bottom of the scale, and as such I decided to roll with him on both teams based purely on upside. He doesn’t have a ton of power potential and is the most strikeout prone of my core, but he will hit fourth for TB, which should mean he has a great chance to improve significantly in his first full season.

Bryce Harper (20) - Again a bet on the upside of a young hitter breaking out, this time with a little health risk added. Still, hitting third means if he can stay on the field, the results will come.

So after locking down the core of my teams, all that was left was to figure out how to allocate the remaining 96 home runs to maximum effect: You have to roster 6 IF and 4 OF, so I was looking for two of each to fill out both squads.

Team 1 - Anthony Rizzo (23), Adrian Beltre (30), Alex Rios (18), Carlos Beltran (24)

This group is anchored by Beltre, and then mixes in Rizzo’s upside with two hitters moving into nice power ballparks. All four are locked into the middle of their lineups and  Rizzo led this quartet in K’s a year ago with 127.

Team 2 - Miguel Cabrera (44), Allen Craig (13), Jason Heyward (14), Giancarlo Stanton (24)

This quartet is led by the best player in the format, and a guy I wanted on at least one team. That led to searching for bargains and Craig and Heyward fit the bill. Like Cabrera, I wanted to take the shot on Stanton’s power upside at least once, so I paired him with the MVP.

So for the most part, my approach was to focus on guys with RBI upside who don't strike out too much and are locked into the middle of their respective lineups. We'll see if it works.

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The staff at Mastersball is joining our colleagues at Fantasy Alarm in a private Rotoderby league. Over the next several days, those of us participating will write a blog discussing our strategy. A few of us are so enthralled that we're also playing for real. So if you've always wanted to be in a league with one of us, now's your chance. Just click on the logo below and sign up!

 

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