The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part One

The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part One

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

There's a folder named Z Files I store in the cloud. In it, I archive past installments and the associated research. In addition, there's a sub-folder called ON DECK where I store future column topics and outlines, often with links to potential background information. Then there's another one labeled Yeah Right. This is where I keep ideas I'd like to pursue. It's usually just a bullet point since I know I'll never get around to it.

Unless of course, there's a pandemic, delaying the start of the 2020 MLB season.

The top line says, "Download all the NFBC Main Event drafts and crowdsource some research ideas."

It took a couple days, but I copied and pasted 570 Opening Day rosters from last season's Main Event into Excel.

Uh oh, the NFBC has a rule where you don't need to draft a legal lineup with the first 23 picks; you just need to be kosher after 30 picks.

It took three days, but I copied and pasted 570 opening day rosters from last season's Main Event into Excel, with tweaks to list the active lineup in the first 23 cells, then the reserves.

Obviously, I had some ideas for several studies. But you don't survive almost 25 years in this business without a few tricks, so I posted the following on Twitter:

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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. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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