The Z Files: Hi, Can I Talk to Derek Please?
The Z Files: Hi, Can I Talk to Derek Please?

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

At some point on Sunday, former RotoWire staffer, my ex-podcast and radio partner and all-around good guy Derek VanRiper and I will be on the clock in an actual NFBC draft. It's become a tradition, the Premature Edraftulation League commences on the final Sunday of the season. DVR and I have the second pick.

We didn't fare so well this season, finishing at best fifth. At one point, we had over 70 pitching points (out of 75 maximum) but only 17 hitting points. We've skyrocketed all the way to 26 hitting points though we've lost about 10 pitching points in the process. Our first pick was Max Scherzer; DVR and I haven't talked about the pick this year yet, but I can promise it won't be Scherzer – or any pitcher for that matter.

What follows is a hypothetical conversation I'll have with Derek, albeit pretty one-sided. It will be weird for him, considering he makes his living, or a good deal of it, talking.

Hey DVR, what do you think, we'll be up soon. Obviously, we'll be choosing between Mike Trout, Ronald Acuna and Christian Yelich. I haven't run my numbers yet but it's pretty obvious these are the top three. I really don't have a preference; if you feel strongly about one, I'm happy to go that way. That said, here are my thoughts.

The party line is going to be Acuna and Yelich are better for fantasy because Trout only stole 11 bases this

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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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