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The Z Files: Playing Time Trends Part Two

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.

Last week, I discussed some playing time trends, for those inclined to adjust expectation to their own tastes. There was an abundance of numbers with a dearth of names. As a follow-up, the players enjoying a playing time bump during the span of the study will be revealed, in an effort to identify commonality to help peg this season’s beneficiaries.

By means of reminder, the hitters' pool was grouped into tiers by number of plate appearances, looking at how many of each level garnered more playing time. Data from the previous six seasons was employed, generating five years’ worth of batters. Age is as of June 1 of the later season.

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