Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of September 3

Welcome to the weekly Tout Wars FAAB report, on its new home right here on the Tout Wars site. Each week, we’ll review the free agent acquisitions from all five leagues, with commentary from a league member, as well as yours truly.

We changed the timing of the weekly run to 1 PM ET every Sunday, with the report posted later that afternoon so you’ll have time to digest and apply to your own leagues. In addition, I’ll be joining Lawr Michaels and Justin Mason on the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY Network every Sunday at 3:20 PM ET to discuss the results.

You can find the complete list of Tout Warriors here. Everyone starts with 1000 FAAB units, less any penalty incurred by finishing below a designated point in the standings. This is a means of keeping everyone motivated to keep playing all season long. The minimum bid is $0. FAAB units can be traded as well as rebated for players released off the DL. The report will list all winning bids along with unsuccessful tries and contingencies. This provides the maximum level of information to help gauge interest on the players.

The American and National League only formats are 12-team leagues, as is the new points-based head to head league, The Mixed Auction and Draft each have 15 clubs. All the leagues have four reserves with an unlimited DL, expect the head to head league, which allows six reserves. The headings above each league are links to publicly accessible sites where you can see standings, roster and a complete review of transactions. The initial auctions and drafts can be found here.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID
AMcCutchen, NYY Rob Leibowitz 455 Jeff Erickson 246 Seth Trachtman 165
Mike Podhorzer 149 Vlad Sedler 101
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton 47 Lawr Michaels 46
Larry Schechter 1
FValdez, Hou Jeff Erickson 246 Vlad Sedler 19 Seth Trachtman 5
IHamilton, CWS Jason Collette 20
DCastillo, TB Doug Dennis 15
DLugo, Det Vlad Sedler 13
AHechavarria, NYY Lawr Michaels 11
JMateo, Oak Patrick Davitt 1
DHess, Bal Seth Trachtman 1
HSantiago, CWS Vlad Sedler 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER
JrgLopez, KC Vlad Sedler 7
JAndreoli, Bal Vlad Sedler 6
BGuyer, Cle Vlad Sedler 2
RBuchter, Oak Vlad Sedler 1
BValera, Bal Lawr Michaels 1

Todd’s Take

A combination of FAAB rebates for DL players in addition to a paucity of difference-making crossover players left a couple AL Toutians with deep pockets. Rob Leibowitz is glad Andrew McCutchen switched leagues as he tries to climb closer to the threshold to lose FAAB for next season. Cutch has a job now, we’ll see how much he pays once Aaron Judge returns.

Jeff Erickson was also able to lighten the wallet, grabbing Astros starter Framber Valdez. Valdez is working in Lance McCullers Jr.’s spot, allowing just two earned runs in his 14.1 innings, albeit with only 10 whiffs and seven walks. Still, starters, especially for contending teams are hard to come by.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID
LDuda, Atl Brian Walton 60
TToussaint, Atl Brian Walton 25 Todd Zola 17 Grey Albright 11
DPoncedeleon, StL Mike Gianella 23 Todd Zola 17 Andy Behrens 2
Tristan H. Cockcroft 0
ZDavies, Mil Mike Gianella 22
CGranderson, Mil Steve Gardner 14
BWilson, Atl Grey Albright 11
BMitchell, SD Todd Zola 7
AGarcia, SF Craig Mish 4
BMorrow, ChC Steve Gardner 2
JBrigham, Mia Craig Mish 1

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER
KWright, Atl Grey Albright 11
AChafin, Ari Craig Mish 0

Todd’s Take

Lucas Duda was the big-ticket item, but with Freddie Freeman in two, Duda will likely be relegated to pinch-hitting duties, perhaps seeing some outfield time after a double-switch.

Starting pitching was the next order of business with five arms scheduled to work this week added to Tout rosters. My personal rank matches that of the bids with the Braves Touki Toussaint leading the way as he’s been announced to open the interleague series with Boston on Labor Day. Daniel Poncedeleon may lose his spot once Adam Wainwright and/or Michael Wacha return, but he has a nice matchup with Detroit this week. Zach Davies makes his return from the DL on Monday, the first of a double -dip. Without a lot of FAAB, I landed on Bryan Mitchell, someone I was expecting to transition to a usable starter after the Yankees dealt him to San Diego.

MIXED LEAGUE AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID
RRay, Ari Zach Steinhorn 82 Bret Sayre 61 Scott Swanay 48
Tim Heaney 4 Jeff Zimmerman 1
LUrias, SD Scott Engel 19 Tim Heaney 4 Jeff Zimmerman 0
JCave, Min Scott Engel 5
BMcCann, Hou Fred Zinkie 5 Jeff Zimmerman 0
JFry, CWS Tim McLeod 4 Jeff Zimmerman 1
TJankowski, SD Fred Zinkie 4
FPena, LAA Al Melchior 3 Zach Steinhorn 22
AJackson, NYM Scott Engel 2
RYarbrough, TB Tim McLeod 1
JRodriguez, Was Tim McLeod 1
FValdez, Hou Jeff Zimmerman 1 Al Melchior 0
JUrena, Mia Tim Heaney 1
SCishek, ChC Fred Zinkie 0
DRobertson, NYY Fred Zinkie 0
CReed, Cin Al Melchior 0
VCaratini, ChC Jeff Zimmerman 0

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER
DStraily, Mia Zach Steinhorn 22
JAlvarado, TB Tim McLeod 3 Fred Zinkie 0
AFrazier, Pit Scott Engel 3 Tim Heaney 0
FHernandez, Sea Al Melchior 3
MMahtook, Det Scott Engel 2
ZDavies, Mil Tim Heaney 1
DHess, Bal Tim McLeod 0
HFillmyer, KC Tim McLeod 0
HDozier, KC Tim Heaney 0
JBruce, NYM Tim Heaney 0
NWalker, NYY Tim Heaney 0
WDifo, Was Tim Heaney 0
JBriceno, LAA Jeff Zimmerman 0
JSucre, TB Jeff Zimmerman 0

Todd’s Take

Robbie Ray’s 11.6 K/9 is excellent, but he’s only pitched more than 5.1 innings once in his last 10 outing so his raw strikeout total isn’t especially high.

I’m a little surprised there wasn’t more interest on David Robertson. Yeah, it’s still a committee but my money is on Robertson to get the bulk of the saves in Aroldis Chapman’s absence.

MIXED LEAGUE DRAFT

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID
TWhite, Hou Adam Ronis 37 Ray Murphy 30 Charlie Wiegert 20
SMatz, NYM Ray Murphy 24 Charlie Wiegert 18 Adam Ronis 3
ABeltre, Tex Ray Murphy 24
TAustin, Min Adam Ronis 23 Charlie Wiegert 12
JUrena, Mia Charlie Wiegert 18
APlutko, Cle Charlie Wiegert 18
YChirinos, TB Charlie Wiegert 18
MShoemaker, LAA Charlie Wiegert 18
MMahtook, Det Ray Murphy 14 Adam Ronis 1
ROHearn, KC Charlie Wiegert 12 Adam Ronis 23
JShields, CWS Jeff Boggis 12

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER
AGomber, StL Charlie Wiegert 18
RLaureano, Oak Adam Ronis 17
AGordon, KC Ray Murphy 14
WChen, Mia Charlie Wiegert 12 Adam Ronis 3
ASenzatela, Col Charlie Wiegert 12
BJohnson, Bos Charlie Wiegert 12
FPena, LAA Charlie Wiegert 12
BMcKinney, Tor Adam Ronis 12

Todd’s Take

If you’ve been using Evan Gattis for your catcher, you understand why Tyler White topped the bidding in the mixed Draft league. White has usurped primary DH duties, posting a 1.097 OPS with nine homers over the past month.

HEAD-TO-HEAD MIXED AUCTION

SUCCESSFUL BIDS

PLAYER WINNING BID
MFulmer, Det Dr. Roto 29
JBeeks, TB Dr. Roto 18
SOhtaniP, LAA Dr. Roto 16
DSpan, Sea Peter Kreutzer 13
MShoemaker, LAA Peter Kreutzer 11

UNAWARDED BIDS

PLAYER
JGant, StL Peter Kreutzer 10 Dr. Roto 9
APlutko, Cle Peter Kreutzer 8
FValdez, Hou Dr. Roto 7
WMiley, Mil Peter Kreutzer 7
NGoodrum, Det Peter Kreutzer 4
RErlin, SD Peter Kreutzer 3
MGonzalez, Hou Peter Kreutzer 1

Todd’s Take

The competitors are looking for any help down the stretch in an effort to track down league leader Jake Ciely. Dr. Roto fortified his pitching staff, hoping the struggling Michael Fulmer returns to form. The righty has two starts next week, facing the White Sox and Cardinals.

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