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The Z Files: The Two-Headed Monster
Todd Zola reviews his first 2020 draft, selected in partnership with Derek VanRiper, and explains why he's bullish on Yoan Moncada.
The Z Files: Intriguing 2019 Park Factor Notes
9 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some of the park factor fallout from 2019 and tries to figure out how Target Field could suppress power even as Nelson Cruz and the Twins assaulted the single-season homer record.
The Z Files: It's Better To Be Lucky and Good
14 days ago
Todd Zola looks back on his TGFBI-winning roster and notes there was more than luck involved in him drafting breakout players like Cody Bellinger.
The Z Files: Hi, Can I Talk to Derek Please?
21 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the options that will be available with the second overall pick in his first draft of 2020, with Christian Yelich on the short list.
The Z Files: Tips for the Final Week
28 days ago
Todd Zola offers some tips for the final week of the fantasy season and recommends loading up on players from teams still in the playoff hunt, such as Jason Heyward and the Cubs.
The Z Files: Ten More Late Season Darts
35 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some last-minute shopping options to boost your fantasy squad and thinks Zack Collins' plate discipline could be an asset down the stretch in formats that value OBP.
The Z Files: A Dozen Darts
42 days ago
Todd Zola suggests some hitters who should see enough playing time in September to help you make a final push, including surprising Orioles catcher Pedro Severino.
The Z Files: Second-Half Bullpen and Basepath Observations
49 days ago
Todd Zola digs into recent stolen base and bullpen numbers looking for an edge and notes that Trea Turner isn't the only National who's been tearing up the basepaths lately.
The Z Files: Welcome to The Show
56 days ago
Todd Zola checks out some recently promoted youngsters, including the Mariners' Jake Fraley, to see whether they can give your fantasy squad a boost down the stretch.
The Z Files: Team Schedules at the Quarter Pole
63 days ago
Todd Zola crunches the numbers on every team's schedule over the final quarter of the season and thinks Rangers hitters, such as Nomar Mazara, could have big finishes.
The Z Files: Finding Production from Weaker Lineups
70 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at some under-the-radar hitters who can help you for the stretch run, including Kansas City slugger Jorge Soler.
The Z Files: The Trade Deadline and Park Factors
77 days ago
Todd Zola digs into the impact new home venues could have on the players moved at the trade deadline and thinks Trevor Bauer should be just fine in Cincinnati.
The Z Files: Can They Be Trusted?
84 days ago
Todd Zola digs into the profiles of pitchers who have shown marked improvement lately, such as Reynaldo Lopez, to try and determine whether they're worth rostering.
The Z Files: Stealing Points
91 days ago
Todd Zola examines ways to improve your position in stolen bases and whether it's worth acquiring or deploying a speedster like Mallex Smith.
The Z Files: Eight First Half Disappointments
98 days ago
Todd Zola looks into the hitters who have most failed to meet expectations in the first half and thinks Andrew Benintendi's increased launch angle should eventually start paying dividends.
The Z Files: First Half Takeaways
105 days ago
Todd Zola has some takeaways from last week's list of top first-half earners and finds that rostering contributors with position flex like Ketel Marte has been even more important this season.
The Z Files: First Half Fantasy All-Stars
111 days ago
Todd Zola looks at the top first-half players by earnings and profit and finds that few players have provided a better return on investment than Mariners slugger Daniel Vogelbach.
The Z Files: Catching a Break
119 days ago
Todd Zola notes that the catcher position hasn't been quite the fantasy wasteland it's usually expected to be and looks at the second-half prospects for some breakout backstops, including Mitch Garver.
The Z Files: A Look at Spin Rate
126 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at the physics behind spin rate and pitch movement and examines some of the factors driving Lucas Giolito's breakout campaign.
The Z Files: Average Exit Velocity and Launch Angle
133 days ago
Todd Zola discusses how looking at the averages for exit velocity and launch angle can present an incomplete picture, and analyzes what's driving the power surge of players like Cody Bellinger.
The Z Files: Keeper and Dynasty League Dynamics
140 days ago
Todd Zola offers some tips on how to handle trade season in keeper and dynasty leagues and stresses the importance of determining whether aging aces like Justin Verlander fit your target window for success.
The Z Files: Changing Expectations, Part 2
147 days ago
Todd Zola follows up last week's batch of hitters who have changed their baseline expectations with pitchers who have done the same, including the Reds' Luis Castillo.
The Z Files: Changing Expectations
154 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at hitters like the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger who have moved the needle the most since the preseason, for better or for worse.
The Z Files: Second Chances
161 days ago
Todd Zola looks at the pre and post-Memorial Day hitting leaderboards from 2018 to examine how much fortunes can change over the rest of the season, as they did last year for Max Muncy.
The Z Files: Oh, What a Relief It... Isn't?
168 days ago
Todd Zola takes another look at the value of high-strikeout middle relievers, such as the Mets' Seth Lugo, in the current run-scoring environment.
The Z Files: Early Playing Time Beneficiaries
175 days ago
Todd Zola looks at players who are well ahead of their preseason playing time projections and doesn't think Luke Voit is coming out of the Yankees' lineup any time soon.
The Z Files: Pilfering Points
183 days ago
Todd Zola analyzes the factors that could help predict which teams will be more active on the basepaths and where to look for help in steals if you weren't able roster a proven speedster like Dee Gordon.
The Z Files: Third Time Is the Charm
190 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some early pitching performances that have forced him to reconsider his rest-of-season projections, including an impressive start for Luis Castillo.
The Z Files: Early Season Musings
197 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some emerging trends and interesting angles from the first week-plus of baseball and recommends not giving up too quickly on Chris Sale.
The Z Files: A Daily Moves League Case Study
204 days ago
Todd Zola gives a glimpse at how to take advantage of your league's rule set by explaining why he built a pitching staff around dominant middle relievers such as Chad Green.