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The Z Files: Sometimes, Crime Does Pay
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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
8 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
14 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
23 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
37 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
65 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
76 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
88 days ago
88 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
97 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
103 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
111 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
120 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
131 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
140 days ago
Todd Zola continues his look at some breakout power hitters from 2021, including Brewers sensation Willy Adames.
The Z Files: Projecting Home Runs Using Flyball Exit Velocity
151 days ago
Todd Zola puts last week's research into practice and tries to determine whether breakout power hitters from last season, such as Joey Votto, are due to give back their gains.
The Z Files: The Truth about Exit Velocity
163 days ago
Todd Zola does a deep dive on how much utility hitter exit velocity has when it comes to predicting breakout seasons like Vladimir Guerrero's.
The Z Files: Difficult Pitching Projections, Part Two
177 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some more pitchers he had difficulty determining a ranking for, including the surprising Bailey Ober.
The Z Files: Difficult Pitching Projections, Part One
184 days ago
Todd Zola does a deep dive on some pitchers he's ranking differently than the general consensus, starting right near the top with Walker Buehler.
The Z Files: Setting Up Better Staffs
193 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the impact of changes in pitcher usage on fantasy staffs and finds it's becoming increasingly necessary to roster top middle relievers such as Devin Williams.
The Z Files: Dissection of an Early Draft, Part Two
203 days ago
Todd Zola wraps up his first draft of the 2022 season and comes away with a fair amount of risk on the roster in upside plays like Andrew Vaughn.
The Z Files: Dissection of an Early Draft Part One
205 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down the picks he made with Derek VanRiper in his first draft of the 2022 season, including the surprising (for him) selection of a pitcher in the first round.
The Z Files: Playoff Primer, NFBC Postseason Holdem
225 days ago
Todd Zola discusses his strategy in assembling a lineup for the NFBC's postseason contest and recommends considering your alternatives if a player like Freddie Freeman gets eliminated.
The Z Files: Playoffs Primer, Part 1
228 days ago
Todd Zola helps prepare you for postseason baseball by offering pointers on how to rank players like Kevin Gausman in playoff leagues.
The Z Files: An Early View of the First Round
239 days ago
Todd Zola gives his early thoughts on potential first-round picks in 2022 drafts and thinks Trea Turner deserves strong consideration for the top spot.
The Z Files: A Meeting of My Mind
246 days ago
Todd Zola considers what went wrong with his 2021 rosters, including a consistent lack of stolen bases exacerbated by another injury-plagued campaign from Adalberto Mondesi.
The Z Files: September Schedule Review
262 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down September schedules for each club, as Jose Ramirez and Cleveland pace the field with a whopping 34 games.
The Z Files: Thoughts Just Past the Quarter Pole
270 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some interesting statistical trends heading into the home stretch and notes that Whit Merrifield isn't the only Royal moving the needle in steals these days.
The Z Files: My Top 250 Rest-of-Season Pitchers
277 days ago
Todd Zola offers his projected pitcher rankings for the stretch run as two National League teams split the top four spots between them.
The Z Files: My Top 350 Rest-of-Season Hitters
282 days ago
Todd Zola offers up his hitter rankings for the rest of the season, as scheduling and a stacked lineup makes Bo Bichette one of a trio of Blue Jays in the top 10.
The Z Files: More Trading Thoughts
292 days ago
Todd Zola muses about trade-related topics and wonders why top prospects getting moved in keeper leagues is becoming as rare as an MLB team being willing to part with a controllable asset like Austin Martin.