This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Break time is over. It's time for the Premature Edraftulation League, the first official National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) league of the 2019 season. To be honest, the start is delayed a week this year as we usually commence the festivities the last week of the regular season.
While Team Podcast improved upon its 2017 finish, Derek VanRiper and I finished a disappointing fourth, one spot from cashing. Last season, we picked 12th, choosing Max Scherzer. This time, we'll select from the six-hole. The following is how I'm looking at things, which I've already shared with DVR. His approach is similar. We haven't yet finalized the early plan, but have it trimmed down to a couple of pathways.
Regardless of where you're picking, the first decision is mapping out how to approach pitching. Especially in an NFBC league, it's paramount to get a starter in the first three rounds. Will there be successful teams waiting longer? Absolutely, but I promise the bulk of the competitive clubs will have an anchor among their first three picks.
It isn't exactly groundbreaking analysis to decree there's a changing of the guard with Scherzer usurping "first pitcher off the board" honors from Clayton Kershaw. The question is, how early will Mad Max go?
The numbers speak for themselves, as he's coming off his first 300-strikeout season. Yet, there will be some, likely not High Stakes players, warning drafters of Scherzer's age as he'll be 35 next July. Is this risk warranted? Not