The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Four

The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Four

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Memo to aspiring fantasy sports writers: everyone loves lists. Man, have I got a list for you. In the fourth installment of Winnings Tendencies, we're going to examine winning players.

The criteria are as follows. There were 570 teams in the 2019 National Fantasy Baseball Championship Main Event contest. They were divided into 38 leagues, each with 15 clubs. If a player was drafted by the top overall team, he was awarded 570 points. Everyone picked by the second overall team received 569 points, etc. The final rank is presented as an average of the 38 leagues, so the higher the number, the better. In a separate ranking, players were given 15 points if drafted by a league winner, 14 points for league runner-up, etc. Also included is the average draft position (ADP) from the 38 leagues, the number of league winners drafting each player and the end of season earnings using conventional valuation methods for a 15-team mixed league. Please note, the far left rank column refers to the Overall column.

Rank

Player

Overall

League

ADP

No. Winners

No. Leagues

Earnings

1

Gerrit Cole

400.2

10.6

18.3

7

38

$40

2

Ketel Marte

394.2

10.8

212.7

6

38

$31

3

Rafael Devers

391.4

10.7

120.0

10

38

$35

4

Justin Verlander

382.1

10.4

16.2

3

38

$43

5

Luke Weaver

371.8

10.0

258.1

8

38

$0

6

Josh Bell

370.1

10.3

231.8

4

38

$21

7

Anthony Rendon

367.6

10.2

43.2

7

38

$33

8

Shane Bieber

367.1

10.3

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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