The Z Files: First Half Takeaways
The Z Files: First Half Takeaways

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

Last week, the first half All-Star teams were presented, both in terms of total earnings and profit. Admittedly, the exercise is as much for entertainment as a lesson, but the names are fun to look at, especially in context with our rosters. That said, a couple of things stood out as the lists were put together, serving as a launching pad into the second half and efficient managing of our fantasy clubs.

Initially, I didn't think much of the fact the first 12 and second 12 batters neatly fit into a standard legal lineup. Usually, there's at least one hitter in the top 12, often an outfielder, squeezed out of first-team honors due to a position crunch, then another in the next dozen etc.

Upon closer inspection, not only weren't there any leftover outfielders, in order to render a First Team Overall legal lineup, Cody Bellinger (1B/OF) and Ketel Marte (2B/OF) landed in the outfield with Nolan Arenado (3B) occupying Utility. In the Second Team Overall outfield was Whit Merrifield (2B/OF) with Xander Bogaerts (SS) at Utility. In order to fill the Third Team Overall outfield, it was necessary to snub a half-dozen more productive infielders and elevate Kris Bryant (3B/OF) into the fifth OF spot.

Here's the position breakdown for the three First Half Overall teams:


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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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