The Z Files: Practice What You Preach
The Z Files: Practice What You Preach

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Yeah, I know. No one cares about your team but you. Yet, we all still live-tweet draft picks then blog about why we chose who we did. Maybe someone cares after all.

After last week's discussion, Chasing Aces, where I detailed the reasons it's not obligatory to draft pitching early, I thought I'd share a couple of teams I've drafted since the piece hit cyberspace. However, first I want to clarify a couple things from the initial column.

I wasn't suggesting waiting on pitching is better than taking arms early, but rather drafting pitching later can work. One of the keys to success in this part-hobby, part-obsession of ours is adapting to the current environment. You must stay ahead of the curve.

For years, the mantra was wait on pitching. Then, strikeouts began to cluster more in the top tiers, so those bucking the trend and drafting pitching early had considerable success. One reason they were able to do it was the hitting inventory wasn't as top-heavy as it is now. You could put together a strong offense even after expending early picks on hurlers.

Contests like the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) are monkey-see-monkey-do competitions. The success of those drafting at least one ace was evident. What was once contrarian became mainstream; early pitching was the preferred approach.

We're now at the point two concurrent forces are changing the playing field again, so it's time to stay ahead of the curve and not blindly try to catch up

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 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 named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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