The Z Files: A Dozen Darts
The Z Files: A Dozen Darts

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Isn't September baseball fun? This isn't the time to discuss whether we should cut the fantasy season short. The reality is there's still a little over three weeks left and there's plenty of time to talk about next season's rankings, so let's look at some players with the potential to help down the stretch. Some are familiar names, others a bit more covert.

Before jumping into the players, let's first think about the best teams to target to assure maximum playing time. You want clubs at the extremes, either embroiled in a hotly contested chase for a playoff berth or out of it and dedicated to auditioning specific players for next season. Playoff-bound teams will likely afford their regulars a bit more time off, while non-competing teams could shut down their better hitters once they're mathematically eliminated.

With that as a backdrop, here are some bats getting a lot of playing time and who figure to do so the rest of the season.

Victor Reyes, OF, Detroit Tigers

The 24-year-old, switching-hitting outfielder has hit safely in 13 of 14 games entering the weekend, including nine straight. He's batting .410 in that span (25-for-61) albeit with only one walk and no homers. Reyes has swiped three bags in this stretch and there's no reason for him to stop running. There's no indication the Tigers plan to call up Daz Cameron, so center field looks to be property of Reyes the rest of the season, and perhaps most of next

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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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