This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Some say two heads are better than one. For the last few years, Derek VanRiper and I have put that to the test, rather unsuccessfully. We hope to flip the script in the 2020 Premature Edraftulation League, a National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) satellite league commencing on the last day of the MLB season.
This draft was a little different. We hammered out the first 10 picks in the usual manner – in our respective offices. With First Pitch Arizona moved up a couple weeks to accommodate the earlier Arizona Fall League schedule, Derek and I were together for most of the next 20 or so picks, though distracted by some combination of ballgames, friends, seminars, and for the younger, non-diabetic half of the duo, beer. Even so, I'm personally happier with this draft than any since we formed Team Industry Scum.
Drafting with a partner is tough. Some only draft in that manner while others only fly solo. I've had partners over the years, teaming with the late Lawr Michaels in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association league, winning in 2014. However, DVR and I have yet to crack the code as a team. Hopefully this season will be the breakthrough.
I think the reason I like this squad more than others is we put off pitching after drafting Max Scherzer the previous two seasons. There's nothing wrong with starting a team with Scherzer, no regrets on that account, but I was pleased knowing the first pick would be a