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The Z Files: Best of Both Worlds
2 days ago
Todd Zola professes his love for season-long DFS leagues, a format that avoids the havoc injuries to key players like Chris Sale can wreak on your chances of success.
The Z Files: The Myth of Overspending
10 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down why and how conventional valuation systems break down, and examines what it really means to overpay in an auction for an elite hitter like Christian Yelich.
The Z Files: How To Create an Auction Budget
16 days ago
Todd Zola discusses his method of prepping for an auction and how he was able to adjust on the fly in AL LABR when the bidding for aces like Justin Verlander got too pricey.
Auction Strategy Primer
23 days ago
Todd Zola offers some tips for navigating auctions and suggests having a purpose for every nomination, such as tossing Max Scherzer out early to establish a ceiling on ace salaries.
Freeze List Tips
Freeze List Tips
30 days ago
30 days ago
Todd Zola examines some overlooked factors in putting together freeze lists in keeper and dynasty leagues, including the hidden cost of blocking your utility spot with a player like Khris Davis.
In Defense of Being Bearish
37 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at a couple of young stars he has ranked below their current market price, including the Braves' Ronald Acuna.
Building an Aceless Staff
44 days ago
Todd Zola looks at what it would take to build a competitive pitching staff without using early picks on true aces and focuses on upside arms like Zack Wheeler.
Practice What You Preach
51 days ago
Todd Zola looks at a couple of recent drafts in which he avoided chasing aces early, and instead found himself with Mike Foltynewicz topping his staff.
Chasing Aces
Chasing Aces
58 days ago
58 days ago
Todd Zola dives into the numbers to take a look at whether it's really necessary to grab an ace like Chris Sale with an early-round pick.
Hacking the System
Hacking the System
65 days ago
65 days ago
Todd Zola looks at a number of hitters who may be undervalued once you account for the stats accumulated by their temporary replacements on an active roster, such as the Rays' Tommy Pham.
The Truth About Tiered Drafting
72 days ago
Todd Zola explains how to utilize a tiered ranking of the player pool and when it might make sense to pass up Whit Merrifield for a player with similar value but a different skill set.
Finding Profit At the Margins
79 days ago
Todd Zola looks at how profitable some common draft strategies can be, including how much extra value multi-position eligibility is worth for players like Javier Baez.
Does Defense Matter?
Does Defense Matter?
85 days ago
85 days ago
Todd Zola examines how far we've come with analyzing how glove work can impact a pitcher's performance and whether it's worth getting into the weeds on how much an A's defense led by Matt Chapman can swing BABIP for Oakland hurlers.
Historical Draft Slot Values
92 days ago
Todd Zola looks at the average expected earnings for each slot in a snake draft and explains why drafting No. 1 doesn't always guarantee victory.
Drafting a Pitching Staff
100 days ago
Todd Zola walks through how he assembles a fantasy pitching staff and explains why Max Scherzer is the only hurler to get a pre-draft plan named after him.
Catching Targets
Catching Targets
107 days ago
107 days ago
Todd Zola looks for early-draft value at fantasy's weakest position and finds he's a little more optimistic than the market on Salvador Perez.
Early Market Disagreements Part Two
113 days ago
Todd Zola looks at five players he's not willing to spend current market price on, including rising Rays ace Blake Snell.
Early Market Disagreements
120 days ago
Todd Zola takes another look at five players he's more bullish on than the market right now, and thinks a better season from the Arizona offense could help Paul Goldschmidt regain some of his luster.
What Is a Projection?
What Is a Projection?
127 days ago
127 days ago
Todd Zola examines the philosophy behind player projections, and looks at why having a projected stat line for Anthony Rendon doesn't necessarily help you judge whether he's a good fit for the roster you're constructing.
Historical Top 200
Historical Top 200
133 days ago
133 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the end-of-season top-200 performers over the last five years and thinks Charlie Blackmon's being discounted too heavily in early drafts given his track record.
Early Top 15 Pitchers
Early Top 15 Pitchers
142 days ago
142 days ago
Todd Zola offers his initial list of the top arms heading into 2019, and doesn't think Luis Severino's second half is a good enough reason to keep him out of the top 10.
Early Top 15 Hitters
Early Top 15 Hitters
149 days ago
149 days ago
Todd Zola lists his initial top 15 fantasy hitters heading into 2019, and warns against jumping the gun on assuming a big regression from Jose Ramirez.
Early Player Pool Observations
156 days ago
Todd Zola offers his early thoughts on the shape of the 2019 player pool and suggests that J.T. Realmuto may be the only catcher left worth an early-round investment.
Looking Back at 2018 Park Factors
163 days ago
Todd Zola runs park factors from the recently concluded campaign and takes a look at the impact the Chase Field humidor had on sluggers like Paul Goldschmidt.
Mad About Max
Mad About Max
170 days ago
170 days ago
Todd Zola looks at his strategy for drafting an ace heading into the first NFBC league of the 2019 season, and wonders how early might be too early for Max Scherzer.
Confession Time
Confession Time
176 days ago
176 days ago
Todd Zola looks back at a couple of tough years in showcase leagues and wonders if he's been relying too heavily on projected breakouts from young players like Luis Castillo.
Navigating the Home Stretch
184 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some factors that could impact playing time over the final days of the season, such as whether Mookie Betts will stay in the lineup to try and win a batting title or rest up for the playoffs.
Finding a Final Boost
Finding a Final Boost
191 days ago
191 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some under-the-radar hitters who could provide your lineup with crucial late-season production, including the Royals' Adalberto Mondesi.
Streaming Pitchers for Fun and Profit
198 days ago
Todd Zola digs into team hitting splits to try and figure out the best spots in which to stream marginal pitchers during your stretch run, such as the Braves' Julio Teheran.
Prepping For the Stretch Run, Part Four
204 days ago
Todd Zola completes his look at players and strategies that can move the needle over the final weeks of the season and wonders if Josh Donaldson will find himself in a new uniform.