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The Z Files: Reading the Market

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.

I apologize, this may be preaching to the choir for some, but last week, I discussed the changing market in a specific economy as the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) auctions are dedicating more budget to pitching than ever before. The objective of the piece wasn’t intended to be a primer for that format, but instead to use it as an example of how auction players need to be proactive and ready to adjust on the fly if the market is pricing players differently than expected. The message was, what many consider to be “overpaying” is in fact the proper shift of funds to sync up with the new market’s willingness to spend.

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