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The Z Files: 2022 Picks and Pans
11 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
20 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
31 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
43 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
57 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
64 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
73 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
83 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
85 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
105 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
108 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
119 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
126 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
142 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
150 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
157 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
162 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
172 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.
The Z Files: Trading Ethics
181 days ago
Todd Zola discusses the ethics of dealing top players like Whit Merrifield when you're out of the title picture in your league.
The Z Files: What a Relief
194 days ago
Todd Zola looks over the top relief options for any open roster spots on your staff coming out of the All-Star break, including potential new Phillies closer Ranger Suarez.
The Z Files: A Practical Approach to Standings Analysis
202 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at how much second-half movement is generally possible in each roto category and how much impact an elite base stealer like Whit Merrifield can have on your fortunes.
The Z Files: In Case You Missed It
209 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at 10 hitters who have turned their seasons around, including Seattle shortstop J.P. Crawford.
The Z Files: Okay, Now What?
214 days ago
Todd Zola takes another dive into spin rate and tries to establish some parameters on what a significant change in rpm might look like for pitchers such as Sonny Gray.
The Z Files: Spin City
The Z Files: Spin City
219 days ago
219 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the spin rate leaderboards on individual pitches and finds some surprising numbers from veteran hurlers like Adam Wainwright.
The Z Files: Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
228 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the narratives being used to explain league-wide numbers so far in 2021, as spin rate artists like Trevor Bauer come under increasing scrutiny.
The Z Files: Memorial Day Weekend Thoughts
237 days ago
Todd Zola offers up the top of his draft board for second-chance leagues and factors in more than just projected earnings for Jacob deGrom.
The Z Files: Six Underperforming Arms
244 days ago
Todd Zola takes a dive into the numbers on a half-dozen disappointing hurlers, including the Angels' Dylan Bundy.
The Z Files: Five Surprise Arms
251 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at some early-season pitching surprises, including Taijuan Walker, to try and determine who will regress and who might maintain their gains.
The Z Files: Early Season Power Targets
257 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at early-season data on average flyball exit velocity and distance and thinks there is a power surge in C.J. Cron's future.
The Z Files: Investigating Strikeout Rate Gains
264 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down pitchers who have seen big spikes in their strikeout rates, such as Dustin May, to try and determine if the improvements are sustainable.