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Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two-Start Kershaw is Tops

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.

This week's Z Files discusses the fine tuning of the ranking system. We're looking at the first run with the described changes. To be honest, I'm still not warm and fuzzy with the effect of the opposition, in part because many teams have yet to establish their identity. Don't worry, I'll keep plugging away.

Something came to me as I was adding comments. A neat way to put things in perspective is determining how many starting pitchers will likely be active in your league, then using that as an eye-test cutoff. For example, in a 15-team mixed league, most teams will use seven starting pitchers, with some deploying six, meaning about 100 starters will be active each week. Check out the pitchers near that mark and see which side they fall. I did this with not only 15-team mixed, but also 12-team mixed along with 12-team AL and NL only and was satisfied with the results.

As always, your comments are encouraged. Happy str

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