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The Z Files: 2022 Picks and Pans
10 days ago
Todd Zola offers his picks and pans for 2022 and thinks Max Fried will be able to build on his strong playoff run.
The Z Files: Projecting Home Runs Using Flyball Exit Velocity, Part Two
19 days ago
Todd Zola continues his look at some breakout power hitters from 2021, including Brewers sensation Willy Adames.
The Z Files: Projecting Home Runs Using Flyball Exit Velocity
30 days ago
Todd Zola puts last week's research into practice and tries to determine whether breakout power hitters from last season, such as Joey Votto, are due to give back their gains.
The Z Files: The Truth about Exit Velocity
42 days ago
Todd Zola does a deep dive on how much utility hitter exit velocity has when it comes to predicting breakout seasons like Vladimir Guerrero's.
The Z Files: Difficult Pitching Projections, Part Two
56 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some more pitchers he had difficulty determining a ranking for, including the surprising Bailey Ober.
The Z Files: Difficult Pitching Projections, Part One
63 days ago
Todd Zola does a deep dive on some pitchers he's ranking differently than the general consensus, starting right near the top with Walker Buehler.
The Z Files: Setting Up Better Staffs
72 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the impact of changes in pitcher usage on fantasy staffs and finds it's becoming increasingly necessary to roster top middle relievers such as Devin Williams.
The Z Files: Dissection of an Early Draft, Part Two
82 days ago
Todd Zola wraps up his first draft of the 2022 season and comes away with a fair amount of risk on the roster in upside plays like Andrew Vaughn.
The Z Files: Dissection of an Early Draft Part One
84 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down the picks he made with Derek VanRiper in his first draft of the 2022 season, including the surprising (for him) selection of a pitcher in the first round.
The Z Files: Playoff Primer, NFBC Postseason Holdem
104 days ago
Todd Zola discusses his strategy in assembling a lineup for the NFBC's postseason contest and recommends considering your alternatives if a player like Freddie Freeman gets eliminated.
Playoff Primer: The Rankings
106 days ago
Todd Zola ranks players by position for fantasy playoff leagues. Chicago's Jose Abreu is tough to beat at first base.
The Z Files: Playoffs Primer, Part 1
107 days ago
Todd Zola helps prepare you for postseason baseball by offering pointers on how to rank players like Kevin Gausman in playoff leagues.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Raise the Jolly Roger
116 days ago
Todd Zola's final hitter rankings of the season features a Pirates team with seven games on tap.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Saving the Best For Last
116 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the starting pitching for the final weekend of the season, as Zack Wheeler has two more chances to embellish his Cy Young resume.
The Z Files: An Early View of the First Round
118 days ago
Todd Zola gives his early thoughts on potential first-round picks in 2022 drafts and thinks Trea Turner deserves strong consideration for the top spot.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Indians Lead Way to Century Mark
123 days ago
Todd Zola's hitter projections feature an Indians squad with nine of the whopping 100 games on the schedule this busy week.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Good News, Bad News?
123 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching, which offers plenty of double-dippers but only a few quality arms like Robbie Ray with two starts.
The Z Files: A Meeting of My Mind
125 days ago
Todd Zola considers what went wrong with his 2021 rosters, including a consistent lack of stolen bases exacerbated by another injury-plagued campaign from Adalberto Mondesi.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: A Left-Handed Compliment
130 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings features a Nationals squad that has six home games.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: The Race to 200 Innings
130 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching as top-ranked Gerrit Cole likely will be with the great majority of starters who won't reach 200 innings this year.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Birdland
137 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings features two squads, the Blue Jays and Orioles, with eight games this week.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: A September to Remember?
137 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching as September opens with both Cy Young awards still to be decided.
The Z Files: September Schedule Review
141 days ago
Todd Zola breaks down September schedules for each club, as Jose Ramirez and Cleveland pace the field with a whopping 34 games.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Two Wheelering
144 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching, led by Zack Wheeler facing a pair of favorable matchups.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Splitting the Difference
144 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings are highlighted by the Rockies playing four of their seven games at Coors Field.
The Z Files: Thoughts Just Past the Quarter Pole
149 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some interesting statistical trends heading into the home stretch and notes that Whit Merrifield isn't the only Royal moving the needle in steals these days.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Snakes in the Keystone State
151 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings feature a Diamondbacks team that has seven games scheduled in Pennsylvania.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Flaherty will get you everywhere
151 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching, as Jack Flaherty has a pair of soft matchups.
The Z Files: My Top 250 Rest-of-Season Pitchers
156 days ago
Todd Zola offers his projected pitcher rankings for the stretch run as two National League teams split the top four spots between them.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: The House that Ruth Built
158 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings features a Yankees squad that will be at home for eight games.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Welcome Back
158 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching, and Gerrit Cole tops the charts in his return from the COVID list.
The Z Files: My Top 350 Rest-of-Season Hitters
161 days ago
Todd Zola offers up his hitter rankings for the rest of the season, as scheduling and a stacked lineup makes Bo Bichette one of a trio of Blue Jays in the top 10.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Brew Crew Cruising
165 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings features a Brewers club on an NL Central tour this week.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Mad Max Road Fury
165 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching as Max Scherzer gets a two-start week for the Dodgers.
The Z Files: More Trading Thoughts
171 days ago
Todd Zola muses about trade-related topics and wonders why top prospects getting moved in keeper leagues is becoming as rare as an MLB team being willing to part with a controllable asset like Austin Martin.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Rogers That, Jays Home To Roost
172 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly hitter rankings has the Blue Jays on top with with eight games at home.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Familiar Faces in Different Places
172 days ago
Todd Zola ranks Gerrit Cole atop his pitcher list in a week that has a number of hurlers debuting for new teams following the trade deadline.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Mets and Tigers and Cubs, Oh My
179 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week’s hitting as the Mets have eight games on tap.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Aces Flying Solo
179 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week’s starting pitching as Julio Urias is one of the few top-quality pitchers with two starts.
The Z Files: Trading Ethics
180 days ago
Todd Zola discusses the ethics of dealing top players like Whit Merrifield when you're out of the title picture in your league.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Get Your Dodger Dogs Here
186 days ago
Todd Zola's hitter rankings features a Dodgers team at Chavez Ravine all week.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Giants Steps
186 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching, and the Giants' Kevin Gausman is on top with two starts.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Twinning Out of the Break
188 days ago
Todd Zola's hitter rankings features a Twins team that has 12 games scheduled for leagues with extended scoring periods. He has rankings for the weekend slate too.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: The Short and Long of It
188 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the starting pitchers for the next scoring periods. No surprise, Jacob deGrom is on top.
The Z Files: What a Relief
193 days ago
Todd Zola looks over the top relief options for any open roster spots on your staff coming out of the All-Star break, including potential new Phillies closer Ranger Suarez.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Like the Good Old Days
200 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's hitting, as all 30 teams play at least six games, including the Nationals, who have seven on the road.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Halfway Home
200 days ago
Todd Zola's weekly pitcher rankings feature the first half's best hurler, Jacob deGrom, at the top of the charts.
The Z Files: A Practical Approach to Standings Analysis
201 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at how much second-half movement is generally possible in each roto category and how much impact an elite base stealer like Whit Merrifield can have on your fortunes.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Rocky Mountain High
207 days ago
Todd Zola maps out the upcoming week of games with his hitter rankings, where Colorado checks in with the top run-scoring index thanks to a full slate of home games at Coors Field.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Sometimes One is Better than Two
207 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the pitchers for the upcoming week, where Milwaukee's Brandon Woodruff and his two-step against the Cubs and Pirates gives him the edge over the field.