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The Z Files: Making My Pitch For KDS Draft Slots

Todd Zola

Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He's the defending champion in NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was nominated for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year.

Most of you are familiar with the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). For those not, the NFBC runs several competitions with an overall champion, along with multiple stand-alone high stakes leagues. The majority are 12- and 15-team mixed, mostly snake drafts but some auctions.

One of the attractions of the NFBC is incorporating the Kentucky Derby System (KDS) into draft order. Each participant lists their draft spot preferences. Teams are drawn randomly, but instead of the first team being assigned the first overall pick, they get their first KDS listing. This continues until all the spots are accounted for.

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