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The Z Files: OK, I'm SOLD
5 days ago
Todd Zola reconsiders his stance against adding holds as a roto category, and takes a look at the impact it would have on relievers like Devin Williams.
The Z Files: Projections and the New Rules
19 days ago
Todd Zola looks at how the changes coming to MLB in 2023 affect player projections, including how a more balanced schedule might impact pitchers like Dylan Cease.
The Z Files: Saving the Best for First
50 days ago
Todd Zola discusses the strategic decisions made to lock up a 2022 title in the Premature Edraftulation League, and nabs Trea Turner to headline the 2023 roster.
The Z Files: NFBC Holdem Rankings and Strategies
58 days ago
Todd Zola shares his gameplan and his rankings for NFBC Postseason Holdem contests.
The Z Files: Whipping Your Team Into Shape
104 days ago
Todd Zola tries to dispel the myth that it's harder to make up ground in the ratio categories in roto formats, and examines when it makes sense to roster relievers like Andres Munoz over middling SPs.
The Z Files: Raking Since the Break
113 days ago
Todd Zola looks at players who have been putting a hurting on the ball since the All-Star break as Matt Chapman's results continue to lag behind his batted-ball profile.
The Z Files: The Rundown on Runs
122 days ago
Todd Zola takes another look at the 2022 offensive environment as Dylan Cease has helped lead a summer resurgence in strikeouts and run suppression across the league.
The Z Files: First Half Earnings Review - Outfielders, Starting Pitchers and Relievers
132 days ago
Todd Zola completes his look at first-half earnings and notes that Michael Harris might be among the most valuable hitters in the game if he'd begun the year in the majors.
The Z Files: First Half Earnings Review: Catchers and Infielders
136 days ago
Todd Zola examines the best catchers and infielders of the first half, with Jonah Heim part of a group of young backstops who made some noise.
The Z Files: Pitcher Streaming -- A Cautionary Tale
147 days ago
Todd Zola reconsiders some recent assumptions he made in regard to picking opponents for streaming options like Seattle's Marco Gonzales.
The Z Files: Humidor Me
153 days ago
Todd Zola digs into the numbers to try and determine whether the installation of a humidor in St. Louis has helped Paul Goldschmidt and company launch more homers.
The Z Files: Improving Rest of Season Projections
161 days ago
Todd Zola explains some of the work he's been doing to improve his rest-of-season projections, with the math spitting out some pessimistic numbers for Jose Berrios.
The Z Files: What Happens When the Luck Runs Out?
172 days ago
Todd Zola reviews some pitchers who may have benefitted from good luck to date and isn't convinced Sandy Alcantara has graduated from very good pitcher to true ace.
The Z Files: Flyball Exit Velocity Changes
180 days ago
Todd Zola looks at players hitting the ball with more or less authority than last season, including Toronto's Matt Chapman.
The Z Files: Taking Stock of a Memorial Day Mock
187 days ago
Todd Zola analyzes the results from a Memorial Day mock draft as Mookie Betts re-establishes himself as a top fantasy pick.
The Z Files: Time For a Change
193 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down whether adjustments are warranted on the rest-of-season projections for a number of pitchers, including Atlanta's Kyle Wright.
The Z Files: Sometimes, Crime Does Pay
201 days ago
Todd Zola examines the league-wide stolen-base environment and identifies some speedy players who could be valuable as streaming options, including Andres Gimenez.
The Z Files: Trade Knows Neither Friends Nor Kindred
209 days ago
Todd Zola discusses ways to become a better trader by recognizing the areas in which you can improve, and how ceiling can't be overlooked when acquiring players like Jesus Luzardo.
The Z Files: The Offense Rests
215 days ago
Todd Zola digs into some possible causes of the swoon in offense MLB has seen so far, including power outages for sluggers like Marcus Semien.
The Z Files: Coming to Grips with Small-Sample Analysis
224 days ago
Todd Zola considers all the reasons why we want to believe small-sample analysis can help us be the first to recognize a breakout player or an actionable trend.
The Z Files: Weekly Rankings Primer
238 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down how the Weekly Hitting and Weekly Pitching Rankings columns are put together, and explains why he tries not to overreact to early-season surprises.
The Z Files: The Real Truth About Exit Velocity
266 days ago
Todd Zola re-examines his conclusions about how much of a benefit players like Bryce Harper get from hitting the ball very, very hard.
The Z Files: OK, I Get the Point
277 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at how he approaches a best ball points league like RazzSlam, and why he's willing to invest early in a top catcher like Will Smith.
The Z Files: My Guys
The Z Files: My Guys
289 days ago
289 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at players he's been gravitating toward in early drafts and finds he's picking up a lot of Xander Bogaerts shares while other managers chase pitching.
The Z Files: Adjusting NL Pitching for the Universal DH
298 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at what kind of impact the universal DH might have on the numbers for National League pitchers such as Zack Wheeler.
The Z Files: Spinning the 2021 Season
304 days ago
Todd Zola examines the impact of spin-rate changes that may have resulted from last season's sticky stuff crackdown and which put pitchers like Lucas Giolito in the spotlight.
The Z Files: Visualizing the Player Pool
312 days ago
Todd Zola examines the nature of scarcity in fantasy drafts and how it impacts where you might slot a player such as Fernando Tatis onto your roster.
The Z Files: Saving the Best for Last
321 days ago
Todd Zola examines recent draft trends when it comes to closers and weighs the pros and cons of spending an early pick on the likes of Emmanuel Clase.
The Z Files: 2022 Picks and Pans
332 days ago
Todd Zola offers his picks and pans for 2022 and thinks Max Fried will be able to build on his strong playoff run.
The Z Files: Projecting Home Runs Using Flyball Exit Velocity, Part Two
341 days ago
Todd Zola continues his look at some breakout power hitters from 2021, including Brewers sensation Willy Adames.