Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He's the defending champion in NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR 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 nominated for the 2015 Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year.
May 20, 2017
Todd Zola's weekly pitcher rankings has Carlos Carrasco on top in a two-start week after he dodged an injury bullet and had a start pushed back.
May 20, 2017
Todd Zola's hitter rankings feature a rare eight-game slate this week for the Tigers, though all of their games are on the road.
May 18, 2017
Todd Zola updates his rest-of-season projections and looks at some of the biggest disappointments, including Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.
May 13, 2017
Atop the NL in Todd Zola's weekly pitcher rankings is Stephen Strasburg, who perhaps surprisingly has managed to stay healthy in the year of the injury.
May 13, 2017
Todd Zola likes seeing Freddie Freeman at home for five games this week, as he breaks down his weekly hitter rankings.
May 11, 2017
Todd Zola switches focus to pitchers who are striking out more or fewer batters than expected this season and is pessimistic about Danny Duffy's chances of rebounding.
May 6, 2017
Todd Zola likes what he's seeing from Jeff Samardzija, whose bloated ERA doesn't match his underlying numbers. That and more in this week's pitcher rankings.
May 6, 2017
Todd Zola breaks down each team's schedule for the upcoming week, and few look as good as the Diamondbacks, who will spend the week at home.
May 4, 2017
Todd Zola looks at hitters who have significantly changed their strikeout rates so far in 2017, and offers a surprising recommendation for those invested in Jose Altuve.
April 29, 2017
Todd Zola ranks this week's starting pitchers as Minnesota prospect Jose Berrios is expected to make his 2017 debut after crushing Triple-A.
April 27, 2017
Todd Zola cautions against the misuse of new-fangled stats.
April 21, 2017
Todd Zola's weekly pitcher rankings features none other than Clayton Kershaw on top as the Dodgers hurler has two starts this week.
April 20, 2017
Todd Zola explains how he's trying to develop a more objective approach to the Weekly Pitcher Rankings, and why Kevin Gausman's early-season struggles might not drop him as much as you'd expect.
April 14, 2017
Listen to the guys analyze Jesse Winker's future before and after he was called up today by the Reds.
April 14, 2017
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitcher as Washington's Max Scherzer could have a big week with matchups against a couple of whiff-prone teams.
April 13, 2017
Todd Zola offers some strategy tips for analyzing your league's weekly FAAB bidding, and reminds you not to lose track of an early drop who might have value later in the season, such as Delino DeShields.
April 8, 2017
Todd Zola ranks this week's starting pitchers as the Cubs' Jon Lester gets two starts at friendly Wrigley Field. Is that enough to make him this week's top starter?
April 6, 2017
Todd Zola analyzes park factors for all 30 clubs, and thinks pitching in Great American Ballpark might not be such a handicap for young Reds hurlers like Brandon Finnegan.
March 31, 2017
Todd Zola ranks Week 1's starting pitchers as Chris Archer has a fortunate opening with two home starts in what he hopes will be a rebound campaign.
March 30, 2017
Todd Zola explains why he doesn't bother calculating inflation rate in keeper leagues, and why it's often better to protect or trade for a stud like Mike Trout than pay up for him at the auction.
March 26, 2017
Todd co-hosts the A.L. Only Tout Wars in NYC and covers a bunch of pitching topics.
March 23, 2017
Todd Zola offers his views on how to manage your resources effectively at the auction table, and how to budget properly for an ace pitcher like Madison Bumgarner.
March 16, 2017
Todd Zola takes a look to see if playing in the WBC has an impact, positive or negative, on the regular season performances of its participants, including Team USA hero Adam Jones.
March 9, 2017
Todd Zola interviews noted fantasy expert Todd Zola about the results of the AL and NL LABR auctions, and explains why he wasn't surprised that Jose Altuve went for more than Mike Trout.
March 2, 2017
Todd Zola looks at the Kentucky Derby System for assigning draft slots, and admits that Nolan Arendado is one of the few players he likes more than drafting at the wheel.
February 22, 2017
Todd Zola uses the recent update of Rotowire's Composite Rankings to examine players he's higher or lower on than the consensus, including Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman.
February 16, 2017
Todd Zola delves into his process when it comes to draft prep and strategy, and explains why Trea Turner isn't likely to land on any of his rosters.
February 9, 2017
Todd Zola has little time for the idea that mock drafts and ADP lists are only useful if they're based on money leagues, and explains why he's willing to fade elite second basemen such as Brian Dozier.
February 6, 2017
Are catchers being priced correctly? Todd Zola takes a closer look.
February 1, 2017
Todd Zola reviews some data from early NFBC auctions, and recommends spending what it takes to lock up a high-strikeout ace like Max Scherzer.
January 25, 2017
Todd Zola has some buyer's remorse after taking Dustin Pedroia in a recent industry league, but argues it's more important to acquire value than worry about hitting statistical targets during your draft.
January 18, 2017
Todd Zola looks at the decisions that go into compiling your freeze list in keeper leagues, and whether it's worth extending the contracts of young players like Jackie Bradley.
January 11, 2017
Todd Zola examines different approaches for handling saves, and wonders if most fantasy owners are properly pricing the production of elite closers like Kenley Jansen.
January 3, 2017
Todd Zola looks at the various strategies you can employ at your draft or auction to stay competitive if you plan on stocking up in stolen bases by investing in a top base stealer like Jose Altuve.
December 28, 2016
Todd Zola examines the overall trends for how many players actually break out in home runs and steals every season, and likes Nick Castellanos' chances of taking another step forward in 2017.
December 21, 2016
Todd Zola looks at some pitchers selected in the later rounds of a recent NFBC draft who might turn out to be gems, such as the Angels' Tyler Skaggs.
December 13, 2016
Todd Zola examines 12 hitters who are being drafted later than their Top 350 ranking, and notes that trade rumors have made Carlos Gonzalez a potential steal if he does stay in Colorado.
December 7, 2016
Todd Zola walks back his knee-jerk reaction to putting Eric Thames in the top 350, as the former Mariner makes his return to MLB with the Brewers and brings some very impressive numbers with him from Korea.
November 29, 2016
Todd Zola ponders some draft strategies for 2017, including whether Nolan Arenado's elite counting stats make him a viable first overall pick.
November 22, 2016
Todd Zola looks at some pitchers he has ranked differently than the consensus, and suspects this will be another season in which Yu Darvish is long gone before he's willing to pull the trigger.
November 16, 2016
Todd Zola compares his own rankings to the composite 2017 Top 350, and thinks that Robinson Cano's fly ball luck last year isn't being properly accounted for.
October 25, 2016
Todd Zola recounts how he and Derek Van Riper continued filling out their roster in the 2017 season's first draft, including waiting until the 19th round to fill first base with the Astros' A.J. Reed.
October 17, 2016
Todd Zola continues analyzing the strategy behind the picks he and Derek Van Riper have made in the first draft of the 2017 season, and gets out of his comfort zone with young slugger Miguel Sano.
October 7, 2016
Todd Zola recaps some of the decisions he and Derek Van Riper have made as they take part in the very first draft of the 2017 season, but nabbing Mike Trout with the first overall pick was one of the easiest ones.
September 29, 2016
Todd Zola ponders what to do with the first pick in the very first draft of the 2017 season, and how the market will value a breakout player like Jonathan Villar.
September 23, 2016
Todd Zola leaves some notes to himself for his 2017 drafts, including a reminder to focus more on hitting early given his knack for consistently finding valuable arms like Brandon Finnegan in the late rounds.
September 17, 2016
Todd Zola looks for an edge in the stolen base category over the final weeks of the season, and recommends focusing on exploitable teams and pitchers such as Noah Syndergaard.
September 8, 2016
Todd Zola dissects the remaining schedule for every major league team to find players to pick up down the stretch who could mean the difference between winning and losing your league.
September 1, 2016
Todd Zola looks at how feasible it is to make up ground this late in the season in the hitting counting stats and why easier to find extra power than speed when players like Billy Hamilton dominate that category.
August 25, 2016
Todd Zola stresses the importance of playing time over talent down the stretch and examines the factors that could impact the September promotion of prospects like Manuel Margot.
August 18, 2016
Todd Zola makes the case for not giving up on improving in the ratio categories this late in the season and why it's still worth adding a player who can give you a boost in those areas, such as KC's Danny Duffy.
August 11, 2016
Todd Zola looks ahead to next season and wonders whether Mookie Betts will be overvalued at the draft table based on the likely swoon in the offense around him.
August 4, 2016
Todd Zola examines how to handle the aftermath of a busy trade deadline and warns that there's more to post-deadline FAAB bidding than just throwing max money at Jonathan Lucroy.
July 28, 2016
Todd Zola shares some thoughts that have been rattling around in his head, including how much of an impact Dee Gordon will have down the stretch.
July 22, 2016
Todd Zola breaks down the idea of using in-season park factors to gain an edge and suggests that the huge change in Marlins Park for left-handed hitters (such as division rival Bryce Harper) may not be what it seems.
July 7, 2016
Todd Zola discusses some adjustments he made to his top 350 but still finds himself lagging behind the consensus ranking when it comes to Diamondbacks slugger Jake Lamb.
July 1, 2016
Todd Zola discusses some of the tough decisions he had in assembling his second half Top 350 rankings as well as the factors that led Jose Altuve to the No. 1 spot.
June 22, 2016
Todd Zola looks under the hood of wOBA, a metric that's becoming increasingly popular in both DFS and seasonal analysis, and notes it doesn't fully capture the value of base stealers like Jonathan Villar.
June 16, 2016
Todd Zola finishes his review of surprising starts with a group of pitchers headlined by Jon Lester, who's been providing elite numbers despite a preseason label as an SP2.
June 9, 2016
Todd Zola looks at the rest-of-season projections for 10 hitters off to surprisingly good starts and doesn't like Eduardo Nunez's chances of keeping up his current pace.
June 1, 2016
Todd Zola unveils his updated pitcher rankings, including a surprise appearance in the top 20 by Rays' left-hander Drew Smyly.
May 25, 2016
Todd Zola answers some questions stemming from his updated top 20 hitters and explains why he isn't nuts for leaving out Mookie Betts.
May 19, 2016
Todd Zola revises his rest-of-season projections based on changing contact rates and run-scoring environments, resulting in a big drop for his preseason top pick, Paul Goldschmidt.
May 12, 2016
Todd Zola looks at big changes in player contact rates to determine whether we should change our expectations for some early over-achievers and under-performers, including the Royals' Alex Gordon.
May 5, 2016
Todd Zola takes another look at some pitchers he dismissed as scrubs before Opening Day, and touts the value of keeping an open mind.
April 28, 2016
Todd Zola puts the spreadsheets down and looks at the human element of making deals, and why it might sometimes make sense to trade a speedster like Jose Altuve for a lesser slugger
April 24, 2016
Todd Zola gives him free agent suggestions for the Senior Circuit, and notes that Chase Utley is getting more playing time than expected with the Dodgers.
April 21, 2016
Todd Zola looks at some common rules of thumb used in assembling DFS lineups and whether they are worthwhile from a statistical standpoint, including the reverse platoon split of players like Yoenis Cespedes
April 14, 2016
Todd Zola offers some pointers on early season roster management, and notes that a lesser base stealer may not be the best replacement for A.J. Pollock
April 7, 2016
Todd Zola explores the kinds of pitchers to use in DFS cash games, and why it makes sense to pay up for top-shelf hurlers like Chris Archer
March 30, 2016
Todd Zola shares his approach for handling auction budgets and giving himself the flexibility to land a star like Giancarlo Stanton even if he goes for a little more than his target bid
March 23, 2016
Todd Zola breaks down how NFBC historical data led him to focus on ERA when assembling his pitching tiers, putting Clayton Kershaw in a tier all by himself
March 17, 2016
Todd Zola looks at projecting pitcher performance and whether last year's unexpected performances, like that of Chris Sale, can expected again.
March 10, 2016
Todd Zola gets into the weeds on projecting hitter performance, and finds a lot of volatility in Carlos Correa's range of plausible outcomes for 2016
March 2, 2016
Todd Zola pulls back for a big-picture look at auction dynamics and the tendencies that drive the bidding on elite players like Paul Goldschmidt
February 24, 2016
Todd Zola examines some full-season fantasy lessons he's learned from playing DFS, including how much their spot in the batting order can impact the value of players like Kolten Wong
February 17, 2016
Todd Zola uses metrics outside a pitcher's control to find hurlers due for better luck and better numbers in 2016, including Indians ace Corey Kluber
February 10, 2016
Todd Zola breaks down a few key stats to try to baseline three players for the upcoming season, including whether Dee Gordon's BABIP could come close to last year's .383 average.
February 3, 2016
Todd Zola discusses his unease with how regression is often cited by fantasy analysts and players, while explaining the term that really should be used for players returning to the mean.
January 27, 2016
In his debut column for RotoWire, Todd Zola explains how he did his top-350 rankings and explains why his spot for A.J. Pollock - fifth overall - may not be where he would draft him.