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Fantasy Baseball Podcast: TGFBI, Jarred Kelenic and more!
Yesterday
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap the news from around Major League Baseball. Nick Senzel tabbed the Reds' everyday CF...are you drafting him? Would you draft Senzel over Kelenic?
The Z Files: Changing Wins to Innings and Saves to Solds
Yesterday
Todd Zola examines the impact of new scoring categories on the pitching side, including the rise in value of top set-up men like Tyler Duffey.
SXM Highlights: Zola Likes Harper In 2nd Round
4 days ago
Chris Liss and Todd Zola discuss Bryce Harper going with the 20th pick in Monday's FSGA Champions Draft.
SXM Highlights: Jose Abreu And His Lack of Runs Scored
5 days ago
Chris Liss and Todd Zola discuss the appeal of Jose Abreu. Liss is concerned about his lack of runs scored. Todd sees reasons for optimism
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Realmuto Injury, Dunedin, and More!
8 days ago
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap the news from around Major League Baseball. How significant is Realmuto's injury? What's in store for the new Blue Jay's arena? Find out on this week's fantasy baseball podcast.
The Z Files: Putting a Price on Multiple Eligibility
8 days ago
Todd Zola examines the added value provided by players eligible at multiple positions, such as Cavan Biggio, in different league formats.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: News + Best-Ball Strategy!
15 days ago
Todd Zola and Clay Link recap the news from around Major League Baseball before diving into Todd's latest Z-Files looking at best-ball leagues.
The Z Files: Best Ball Fever
15 days ago
Todd Zola offers his tips for best ball leagues and explains why he shies away from utility-only players like Nelson Cruz.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Bauer to the Dodgers
22 days ago
Todd Zola and Clay Link discuss Trevor Bauer's surprise move to the Dodgers, Kolten Wong to the Brewers and much more!
The Z Files: Revisiting Component Average Exit Velocity
23 days ago
Todd Zola considers the perils of relying on average exit velocity for analysis rather than looking at the component batted-ball types that drive BABIP for a player like Atlanta's Austin Riley.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Signings, Picks and More!
29 days ago
The first Friday RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast of 2021 is live! Todd and Clay discuss a number of topics including this week's signings and their picks in the Arizona Fall League speakers draft.
The Z Files: Dissecting Draft Dynamics
30 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at real-time roster construction during drafts and how staying the course, from Mookie Betts in the first round on down, can produce a winning foundation.
The Z Files: 2021 Positional Player Pool Analysis
34 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down the player pool to look for actionable trends and is amazed by the depth of talent at shortstop, headlined by Fernando Tatis.
The Z Files: Keeper League Inflation Dos and Don'ts
44 days ago
Todd Zola looks ahead to keeper auctions and how inflation can affect pricing, and when it might make sense to protect an expensive ace like Jacob DeGrom.
SXM Highlights: Is Zach Plesac being overvalued?
47 days ago
Jeff and Todd debate whether or not Cleveland starting pitcher Zach Plesac is being overvalued in early expert drafts.
The Z Files: Outfield Studs to Duds
51 days ago
Todd Zola wraps up his positional tiers with the outfield, and finds he can't quit Marcell Ozuna even without knowing what uniform he'll be wearing in 2021.
The Z Files: Your Favorites At Six
58 days ago
Todd Zola marvels at the depth and quality available at shortstop and offers some advice on how to construct an offense around an early-round speedster like Trea Turner.
Baseball Draft Kit: Magazine Mock Draft
60 days ago
Fernando Tatis went No. 1 overall in the Dec. 21 RotoWire Magazine Mock Draft. See the full results here.
The Z Files: Hot Tracks at the Hot Corner
65 days ago
Todd Zola spins the hits at third base, where his tiers approach leaves Jose Ramirez in a class all by himself.
The Z Files: Flexibility Second To None
72 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down his tiers at the keystone and finds a plethora of multiple eligibility options, including the Mets' Jeff McNeil.
The Z Files: Who's on First?
79 days ago
Todd Zola offers up his first base tiers, where Freddie Freeman finally seems to be getting his due.
The Z Files: Catch as Catch Can
87 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down his catcher tiers and notes that Will Smith has the skills, if not the playing time projection, to be his top-ranked backstop.
The Z Files: Starting Pitchers -- A Tierful Experience
94 days ago
Todd Zola offers an alternative to a standard tiered approach to drafting, intended to help determine whether rostering an aging ace like Max Scherzer is right for your squad.
The Z Files: Relievers -- From Tears to Tiers
102 days ago
Todd Zola looks at a volatile reliever pool heading into 2021 and finds that Aroldis Chapman is part of a much smaller elite tier than usual.
The Z Files: Should Playoff Performance Influence Projections and Rankings?
109 days ago
Todd Zola ponders whether it makes sense to include 2020 postseason performances in 2021 projections, and looks at how considering different factors impacts Randy Arozarena's projected numbers.
The Z Files: Early Draft Pick Follies
117 days ago
Todd Zola looks at how early selections can impact subsequent picks when constructing a roster, and why simply taking the "best" player available isn't always the best course of action.
The Z Files: Focusing On the Big Picture
124 days ago
Todd Zola considers how to handle the extra uncertainty that will accompany projections for 2020 breakout players like Zach Plesac, no matter how much effort is put into generating them.
The Z Files: The Two-Headed Monster
133 days ago
Todd Zola reviews his first draft of 2021 and explains why he finds value in co-managing the team, as well as why Juan Soto got the nod with the eighth overall pick.
The Z Files: Adjusting 2021 Projections for the Regional Schedule
142 days ago
Todd Zola considers how to approach 2020's regional schedule when it comes to next year's projections, and what it might mean for Central-division stars like Yu Darvish.
The Z Files: So Much To Think About
156 days ago
Todd Zola contemplates all the extra factors that will go into his 2021 projections and wonders if a significant postseason workload might be an advantage for pitchers like Jesus Luzardo.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Capitol Offense
161 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings features the defending champion Nationals reduced to playing the role of spoiler with eight home games.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Down the Stretch They Come
161 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's pitching as the season comes into the final stretch. What's that mean for aces like Gerrit Cole with the playoffs on tap?
The Z Files: Under the Microscope -- Fernando Tatis
163 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down Fernando Tatis' stellar 2020 performance and considers the question of whether he'll emerge as the consensus first overall pick in next year's drafts.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Double the Run
168 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings has the Cardinals on top with 10 games scheduled this week, including three doubleheaders.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Last Call
168 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's staring pitching as the regular season comes down the stretch. This the last week to be relatively confident in two-start opportunities.
The Z Files: Three-Week Planner
174 days ago
Todd Zola shares his charts of remaining schedules so fantasy managers can take advantage of players with the most games left.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: To the Nines
175 days ago
Todd Zola's hitter rankings features three teams with nine games this week, including the A's.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Flourishing Freshmen
175 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching, as Cristian Javier is one of a handful of young hurlers with two starts.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: New York, New York
182 days ago
Todd Zola's hitter rankings features five teams with eight games this week, including the Yankees.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Let's Play Two
182 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching as the Indians' Shane Bieber is one of the few dependable two-start options.
The Z Files: Top 50 Fantasy Pitchers So Far
183 days ago
Todd Zola looks over the top pitching earners so far in 2020 and finds that Liam Hendriks has proven to be one of the few closers worth a big investment.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Damage in the Desert
189 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings features a struggling Diamondbacks squad that could break out with seven home games against weak pitching.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Back to Normal
189 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching as two-start hurlers are back in full effect, including Chicago's Lucas Giolito, who's in a groove.
The Z Files: Top 50 Fantasy Hitters So Far
190 days ago
Todd Zola compiles his top 50 fantasy earners among hitters to date, and it should be no surprise which young star tops the list.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Let's Play Two
196 days ago
Todd Zola's hitter rankings feature a slew of double-headers, including two for the Cardinals, who have a nine-game week.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Double Trouble
196 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's pitching, but despite the slew of doubleheaders, the two-start outlook remains bleak.
The Z Files: New Beginnings
197 days ago
Todd Zola looks at starting pitchers he may have underestimated coming into the season, including a trio of Cubs and Atlanta's Max Fried.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: City of Brotherly Runs
203 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings has the Phillies on top with seven home games against mediocre pitching.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Slim Pickings
203 days ago
Todd Zola ranks starting pitchers in a week with few elite two-start hurlers. Max Scherzer is scheduled for two starts, but he's also dealing with a hamstring injury.
The Z Files: It's Early, But ...
205 days ago
Todd Zola recommends not putting too much emphasis on early-season data but notes that, unlike Aaron Judge, many batters aren't making contact with their usual authority so far.