The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Three

The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Three

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Welcome to the third part of Winning Tendencies, an in-depth look at the 2019 National Fantasy Baseball Championship's Main Event contest, with an eye towards observations and strategies applicable to general rotisserie formats. This installment focuses on a few specific aspects of roster construction, breaking down how teams approached pitchers, catchers and multiple eligibility players.

By means of review, the 2019 NFBC Main Event consisted of 38 individual 15-team leagues, each crowning a champion. All 570 clubs were then lumped together in the overall to determine the Overall Winner.

Much of the data will be presented an average of each standings place. In addition, the majority of the forthcoming research involves the level of draft capital invested in each area. This is quantified via the table presented in last week's Winning Tendencies, Part Two where each draft spot is assigned expected earning based on historical data, borrowing results from conventional $260 budget per team auction pricing.

PITCHERS

If you play or follow the NFBC, it's no secret the pitching market is aggressive, probably ahead of most home leagues and certainly more so than standalone industry leagues, although the latter is catching up. The NFBC has unique rules, most notably being devoid of trading, which funnels a higher percentage of assets towards the mound.

To lay the groundwork, let's determine the percentage of draft capital teams dedicated to hitting. Keep in mind this is solely representative of the Opening Day lineups. Obviously, how a team manages their pitching shapes their success,

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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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