The Z Files: The Two-Headed Monster

The Z Files: The Two-Headed Monster

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

One down, far too many to go. Earlier this week, we put the raps on the Premature Edraftulation draft, the first official National Fantasy Baseball Championship league of the 2021 season. Knock on wood, we'll play this one out, as last season's edition was put to pasture by the pandemic.

Premature Edraftulation is an NFBC satellite, commencing the final week of the previous season. It's a standard 15-team league with seven reserves and FAAB. For the past several years, I've partnered with the smoothest voice in fantasy podcasting, Derek VanRiper. This season, DVR and I drew the eighth pick – more on that in a moment.

While I will be reviewing the squad, it won't be in the standard boilerplate manner. Instead, I'll share my mindset at the time of some of the selections.

By means of a setup, I don't usually team up in drafts. Other than this annual pairing with Derek, I fly solo. There have been a handful of exceptions over the years, including a couple of high-profile victories, but my preference is to go it alone.

Other than it's fun to cyber-hang with DVR for a couple of weeks and I respect his fantasy baseball acumen, there's a selfish reason to get the "Industry Scum" together each September. While DVR and I have some overlap in terms of player analysis and game theory approach, there are differences which I find enlightening.

If co-managers contend each would have drafted the exact same team without the other's input,

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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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