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The Z Files: A Case Study on Roster Construction
Yesterday
Todd Zola uses a pair of retro drafts for the 1999 season to illustrate how getting the most raw value, such as by landing consensus top pick Pedro Martinez, doesn't necessarily lead to success.
All-Time Philadelphia Phillies Draft
3 days ago
Aaron Nola is the only current Philadelphia Phillies player taken in the All-Time Phillies draft.
The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Four
11 days ago
Todd Zola continues his breakdown of last year's NFBC Main Event rosters and explains why he thinks Christian Yelich showed up on so few league-winning squads.
The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Three
14 days ago
Todd Zola continues his dive into NFBC Main Event data and finds that remarkably few of last year's successful squads invested early in a top closer like Kenley Jansen.
All-Time Chicago White Sox Draft
17 days ago
Jose Abreu was the only current White Sox hitter taken in this draft, though not the only current player. See who else Bennett Karoll, Todd Zola and Jeff Erickson drafted.
The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Two
19 days ago
Todd Zola dives deeper into last year's NFBC Main Event draft data and finds a strong case for DJ LeMahieu as the 2019 fantasy MVP.
The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part One
23 days ago
Todd Zola dives into the data from last year's NFBC Main Event leagues and discovers that over-investing in specialists like Edwin Diaz can produce a risky path to a championship.
All-Time St. Louis Cardinals Draft
24 days ago
Adam Wainwright was among a handful of active players taken in the All-Time Cardinals draft. See who else Brian Walton, Todd Zola and Jeff Erickson selected.
The Z Files: Anticipating the New Fantasy Environment
29 days ago
Todd Zola considers the impact a modified MLB schedule could have on player performance and fantasy value, and explains why securing an elite closer like Kirby Yates could be crucial.
The Z Files: Neutralizing Park Factors
37 days ago
Todd Zola adjusts the numbers to consider games being played in neutral venues and finds a surprising potential impact on Nationals hitters such as Juan Soto.
All-Time Pittsburgh Pirates Draft
38 days ago
John Toperzer, Todd Zola and Jeff Erickson drafted from the All-Time Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday's SiriusXM show. Here are the results.
The Z Files: Tips for Best Ball Leagues
46 days ago
Todd Zola offers some pointers for best ball formats and explains why J.T. Realmuto has been the only catcher he's prioritized drafting.
The Z Files: The Effect of Temperature on Park Factors
50 days ago
Todd Zola considers the impact of cold weather on home run rates and run scoring and wonders if Jacob deGrom will miss pitching at Citi Field in April.
The Z Files: Flattening the Valuation Curve
61 days ago
Todd Zola considers the impact of a shortened schedule on player valuation and thinks elite pitchers like Gerrit Cole might not take a hit even without the same advantage in innings volume.
The Z Files: Online Auction Tips
69 days ago
Todd Zola offers timely advice on how to run and participate in online auctions and warns that not all draft rooms handle multi-position players like Brian Anderson the same way.
RotoWire Roundtable: Updated Composite Rankings
74 days ago
Individual sets of fantasy baseball rankings by Jeff Erickson, Todd Zola, Clay Link and Erik Halterman are compiled into a top 300 composite ranking, with a two-week delay to the season factored in.
The Z Files: Fallacies of Keeper League Inflation
76 days ago
Todd Zola concludes his review of valuation theory with a look at inflation in keeper leagues, and why it could be a waste of time to calculate the "correct" inflated salary for studs like Ronald Acuna.
The Z Files: The Flaws with Auction Pricing
80 days ago
Todd Zola turns his attention to how projected auction prices can be skewed and explains why it's OK to pay a few extra dollars for an elite option like Jacob deGrom.
RotoWire Roundtable: Top 300 Composite Rankings
86 days ago
Individual sets of fantasy baseball rankings by Jeff Erickson, Clay Link, Todd Zola and Erik Halterman are compiled into a composite ranking.
The Z Files: Pitching In to Get an Edge
91 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the kinds of pitchers unduly penalized by standard valuation systems, including hurlers like Domingo German who are set to miss significant time.
The Z Files: Minding the Gaps
96 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down how to properly value players likely to miss time as well as the multi-position players who can help optimize your roster moves, such as Jeff McNeil.
The Z Files: Flaws and Limitations of Valuation Theory
104 days ago
Todd Zola digs into the common methods for projecting value in fantasy baseball and explains why specialists like Mallex Smith may not have their true worth captured.
The Z Files: Applying Component Average Exit Velocity
110 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some players with noteworthy component exit velocities last year, such as Keston Hiura, and uses that data to project a more realistic BABIP for them in 2020.
The Z Files: The Relationship Between HR and Flyball Average Exit Velocity
118 days ago
Todd Zola takes a deep dive into average exit velocity on flyballs and discovers that Gio Urshela's power display last year may not have been fueled by luck after all.
The Z Files: Is Average Exit Velocity on Groundballs Useful?
125 days ago
Todd Zola dives into the weeds on how the average exit velocity on groundballs impacts BABIP while also looking at other factors, such as the elite sprint speed of players like Trea Turner.
The Z Files: The Do's and Don'ts of ADP
132 days ago
Todd Zola examines the best ways to apply ADP to your own draft and advises you to keep league context in mind when considering the high price tag on top prospects like Luis Robert.
The Z Files: 2020 Park Factor Notes
139 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the changes being made to ballparks and thinks Brandon Belt could get a power boost from the Giants moving in the fences at Oracle Park.
The Z Files: Tips for Projecting Playing Time
146 days ago
Todd Zola shares his tips on how to project playing time and tries to explain why Mike Trout doesn't get downgraded for the games he's missed in recent years.
The Z Files: Top 50 Outfielders, Part Two
151 days ago
Todd Zola finishes his initial outfield rankings and finds a virtual dead heat at the top of the list, with Ronald Acuna Jr. one of the trio of studs in the mix for the No. 1 spot.
The Z Files: Top 50 Outfielders, Part One
160 days ago
Todd Zola delivers the first installment of his top 50 outfielders and isn't too worried about the impact the Rangers' move to a new ballpark will have on Joey Gallo's power.