The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Six

The Z Files: Winning Tendencies, Part Six

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

So far in the Winning Tendencies series, the focus has been on the draft and its repercussions. It's time to shift to end-of-season rosters. The 570 rosters from the final transaction period have been added to the database, providing a treasure trove of analysis.

Let's start with the basics. Keeping in mind a handful of season-long contributors were released the last few weeks for strategic purposes, an average of 15.5 players remained on a roster all season. Here's the breakdown based on league finish, showing the total number of players kept per team and then breaking the draft into thirds:

Standings

Overall

R1-R10

R11-R20

R21-R30

1st

14.1

8.1

4.3

1.8

2nd

14.3

7.9

4.2

2.2

3rd

14.7

7.9

4.7

2.1

4th

15.3

8.3

4.9

2.1

4th

14.7

8.5

4.2

2.0

6th

14.4

8.0

4.4

2.0

7th

14.2

7.8

4.4

2.0

8th

15.3

8.0

5.1

2.2

9th

15.6

8.1

5.3

2.2

10th

15.8

8.6

5.0

2.3

11th

16.1

8.4

5.0

2.6

12th

16.5

8.5

5.3

2.6

13th

15.8

8.5

5.1

2.2

14th

17.6

8.7

6.1

2.9

15th

18.0

8.9

5.7

3.3

Not only did contending teams draft a better foundation as shown previously, they retained fewer of their drafted players. These results don't account for the number of individual moves, reflecting how hard each team worked in-season, but it does suggest the top teams were less married to their players, willing to cut bait sooner or adroitly releasing them at the end of the season, especially those with injury concerns. For

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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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