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Looking Back at 2018 Park Factors
5 days ago
Todd Zola runs park factors from the recently concluded campaign and takes a look at the impact the Chase Field humidor had on sluggers like Paul Goldschmidt.
Mad About Max
Mad About Max
October 4th
October 4th
Todd Zola looks at his strategy for drafting an ace heading into the first NFBC league of the 2019 season, and wonders how early might be too early for Max Scherzer.
Confession Time
Confession Time
September 28th
September 28th
Todd Zola looks back at a couple of tough years in showcase leagues and wonders if he's been relying too heavily on projected breakouts from young players like Luis Castillo.
Navigating the Home Stretch
September 20th
Todd Zola looks at some factors that could impact playing time over the final days of the season, such as whether Mookie Betts will stay in the lineup to try and win a batting title or rest up for the playoffs.
Finding a Final Boost
Finding a Final Boost
September 13th
September 13th
Todd Zola looks at some under-the-radar hitters who could provide your lineup with crucial late-season production, including the Royals' Adalberto Mondesi.
Streaming Pitchers for Fun and Profit
September 6th
Todd Zola digs into team hitting splits to try and figure out the best spots in which to stream marginal pitchers during your stretch run, such as the Braves' Julio Teheran.
Prepping For the Stretch Run, Part Four
August 31st
Todd Zola completes his look at players and strategies that can move the needle over the final weeks of the season and wonders if Josh Donaldson will find himself in a new uniform.
Prepping For the Stretch Run, Part Three
August 25th
Todd Zola provides some information you may not have considered to help with crucial roster decisions and notes that Aaron Hicks and the Yankees have the busiest remaining schedule in the league.
Prepping For the Stretch Run, Part Two
August 16th
Todd Zola looks at how feasible it is to make up ground in ERA and WHIP over the final quarter of the season, and how much a top reliever like Andrew Miller can help you do it.
Prepping For the Stretch Run
August 9th
Todd Zola breaks down what sort of production you can expect over the final quarter of the season, even if you're rostering a surging player like Matt Carpenter.
Deadline Deal B-Sides
August 4th
Todd Zola looks at some lesser players whose fortunes improved as a result of trade deadline deals and wonders how Tommy Pham will handle playing in Tropicana Field.
The Myth of the Second-Half Player
July 27th
Todd Zola looks at the idea of second-half players and finds little evidence to suggest a hitter such as Joey Votto has an innate ability to find another gear in the second half.
First-Half Observations
July 20th
Todd Zola takes a look at the fantasy landscape coming out of the All-Star break, including the circumstances that have led to Jose Peraza landing in the NL top 10 among hitters in earned value to date.
Common Post-Break Mistakes
July 12th
Todd Zola lists four common strategic errors fantasy GMs can make coming out of the All-Star break, including underestimating the impact an ace like Chris Sale can have on your ratios.
NL Rotation Overview
July 5th
Todd Zola concludes his tour of big-league depth charts with a look at rotations in the National League, including a more charitable view of the Rockies' recent demotion of Jon Gray.
AL Rotation Overview
June 29th
Todd Zola shifts back to the American League for a look at each team's rotation situation, where Ervin Santana might finally be closing in on his 2018 debut for the Twins.
NL Playing Time Overview
June 22nd
Todd Zola examines playing time situations in the Senior Circuit, where Ryan Braun is one of a number of players caught in crowded outfields.
AL Playing Time Overview
June 14th
Todd Zola checks out the playing time situations across the American League and wonders when Tigers prospect Christin Stewart will make his big-league debut.
Looking Back At Preseason Expectations, Part Three
June 7th
Todd Zola concludes his comparison of preseason projections to June reality with the pitchers, as the Astros' Charlie Morton continues to exceed expectations..
Looking Back At Preseason Expectations, Part Two
May 31st
Todd Zola continues his comparison of current production to spring projections and doesn't see much regression ahead for Michael Brantley if he can stay healthy.
Looking Back at Preseason Expectations, Part One
May 25th
Todd Zola compares the top fantasy producers around the infield to preseason projections and is still kicking himself for not grabbing more Freddie Freeman shares when he had the chance.
Taking a Second Look
May 18th
Todd Zola explains the underlying skills or approach changes that have caused him to re-evaluate some surprising pitchers, including Boston's Rick Porcello.
Contact Rate Risers
May 10th
Todd Zola examines hitters who have seen a spike in their contact rate but isn't yet convinced Javier Baez's gains are for real.
The Curious Case of Curtailed Contact Rates
May 3rd
Todd Zola looks at some hitters off to disappointing starts due to a lagging contact rate, including the A's Matt Olson.
What, Me Worry?
What, Me Worry?
April 26th
April 26th
Todd Zola takes a look at some pitchers off to poor starts that he's heavily invested in, such as Robbie Ray, and explains why he's willing to be patient with them.
Buying High
Buying High
April 19th
April 19th
Todd Zola explains the concept of buying high on a player and identifies some trade targets he expects to regress less than you might think, including White Sox speedster Tim Anderson.
Early Season Ponderings
April 12th
Todd Zola extols the virtues of DFS leagues and wonders if we correctly account for the effect of cold weather on young players like Luis Castillo.
Early Season Approach
April 6th
Todd Zola takes a look at how the fantasy landscape has changed from its early days and why early season trends and hot starts from players like Matt Davidson can't simply be ignored.
Weekly Rankings Primer
March 30th
Todd Zola explains how he generates the Weekly Pitcher and Hitter Rankings and why his methods can quickly spot a breakout hurler like Chase Anderson.
Pitching Tiers
Pitching Tiers
March 22nd
March 22nd
Todd Zola offers up his pitching tiers for 2018 and explains how to approach assembling a roster topped by an ace like Chris Sale.