Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 19 hrs ago
As we head into Week 5 of the fantasy baseball season, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens offer their top-5 takes on those players bucking for employment in fantasy leagues. Each week, we'll take a trip around the diamond to uncover the best help that your FAAB dollars can buy. Let's get to it ...
3. Trevor Plouffe - Given power-depressed world we live in, 20-25 homer candidate is worth a look
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 5 days ago
Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira leads all first basemen with eight home runs. Will the career revival lead him beyond the 30-HR mark for the first time since '11 - O/U 21.5 ROS home runs?
Andy – We knew Teixeira had power, didn't we? I don't feel as if I've learned anything unexpected here. All of our preseason concerns still exist (disastrous AVG, injury potential, age). I'll take the UNDER. I have no doubt this guy can hit another 20 or so homers, rest-of-season. But I'm not about to bet on a trouble-free campaign.
Joey Votto is enjoying a huge bounce-back campaign, thus far, with an OPS among the league leaders. Can the Reds' Canadian clubber, who owns a career OPS above .950 but has topped that mark just once in the past four seasons, finish with an OPS clip above his career average - O/U .9549 OPS?
Dalton – OVER. I'm convinced his recent down years were solely due to injuries, and he sure looks fully healthy now. He's one of baseball's five best hitters and also benefits from playing in GAB, which has increased HR for LHB by an MLB-high 52 percent over the past three seasons.
Dalton – Kemp (.295-22), Upton (.275-28), Myers (.260-18).
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 7 days ago
As we head into Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don offer their top-5 takes on those players bucking for employment in fantasy leagues. Each week, we'll take a trip around the diamond to uncover the best help that your FAAB dollars can buy. Let's get to it ...
3. Jimmy Paredes - This year's Steve Pearce? This has Wiggy written all over it
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago
The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy baseball players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy baseball default scoring settings (5x5) are used as the baseline for the Big Board. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ]
Note: The "Stock" column above is based upon my final preseason Yahoo rankings. Going forward, it will reflect changes from the previous Big Board update. On the Bubble
Corners: Alex Rodriguez, NYY; Matt Carpenter, StL; Billy Butler, Oak; David Ortiz, Bos; Kyle Seager, Sea; Evan Longoria, TB; Pablo Sandoval, Bos; David Wright, NYM; Carlos Santana, Cle; Victor Martinez, Det; Ryan Zimmerman, Was
Relievers: David Robertson, ChW; Craig Kimbrel, SDG; Andrew Miller, NYY
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 12 days ago
George Springer generated plenty of fantasy buzz in '14 with 20 home runs in his 78-game MLB debut, but it's no secret that his contact issues make him a batting average liability. With just one home run through his first 13 games of '15, to go along with 18 strikeouts and a sub-Mendoza BA, what is your state of concern in regards to Springer - O/U .235 batting average and 25.5 home runs?
Andy – I'll take the UNDER on both stats, but my rest-of-season projections would actually come in very close to these numbers. I think a reasonable forecast would be something like .232, with the possibility of a 20/20 season in terms of power and speed.
Another vaunted Cubs prospect, middle infielder Addison Russell, has joined the party in the Windy City. What should fantasy owners expect - project his roto line?
Dalton – I'll say Russell goes .240-55-12-50-5. He's a great real life prospect and possibly a great fantasy option down the road, but I wouldn't expect too much in 2015.
Andy – SEGURA, Utley, Semien, Travis and Russell. I've made a clean break with Brett Lawrie, and you will not force me to consider him. No way. Nuh-uh. No, no, no.
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago
As we head into Week 3 of the fantasy baseball season, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens offer their top-5 takes on those players bucking for employment in fantasy leagues. Each week, we'll take a trip around the diamond to uncover the best help that your FAAB dollars can buy. Let's get to it ...
3. Yonder Alonso - Vanilla play, but here comes four games at Coors Field
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 19 days ago
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez clubbed five home runs in the season's opening series. He hasn't reached 30 home runs since he hit 31 in '10 - Can he top his '10 mark - total A-Gon HRs O/U 31.5?
Brandon – UNDER, but, oh, so close. A-Gon has only topped this number twice in his career, even finishing with 27 bombs last season despite hitting eight home runs in April. So we've already seen hot starts from him fall short of this number. I think he gets to the 30-HR mark, and I think he finishes as a top 30 fantasy player, but my money is on him falling a HR or two shy of this O/U target. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] Scott – UNDER for me. I'm going to trust the flow of the last four years and not get too jazzed about one terrific week (no matter how gorgeous that swing and follow through looks). As well as Gonzalez is swinging, he was also jumping on some obvious mistakes, too.
Which young corner bat has the most fantasy staying power this season - Mark Canha or Jake Lamb?
Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 21 days ago
As we head into Week 2 of the fantasy baseball season, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Andy Behrens offer their top-5 takes on those players bucking for employment in fantasy leagues. Each week, we'll take a trip around the diamond to uncover the best help that your FAAB dollars can buy. Let's get to it ...
3. Mark Teixeira - Remains BA risk but has two HRs over 16 ABs and plays in Yankee Stadium
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 25 days ago
Jason Heyward was the star of MLB's '15 opener, collecting three hits and a SB for his new team, the Cardinals - can Heyward revive his career in St. Louis - O/U 39.5 combined HR+SB?
Brandon – OVER. He went 27/21 in '12 as a (mostly) 22-year-old, and he's in St. Louis now, the NL's official rehabilitation center for post-hypers. At 25, with his talent, there should be plenty of great years ahead for Heyward, starting with '15. I'll say he finishes with 23 home runs and 18 stolen bases. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up, it's not too late to get in the game] Scott – OVER. You love that No. 2 batting slot in a deep St. Louis lineup, and anytime the Cardinals make a bet on a player, I want to backline the action.
J.D. Martinez hit the first MLB regular-season home run of '15. He hit 23 long balls for the Tigers in 123 games in '14 after washing out in Houston. Now a steady fixture in the middle of Detroit's lineup, how many home runs will he deliver this season - O/U 25.5 HRs?
Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago
Fantasy owners, rejoice! The (mostly) meaningless games of spring are nearing an end and the start of the 2015 MLB regular season is nigh. With that in mind, we've asked the Yahoo fantasy experts to gaze into their crystal balls and reveal their visions for the upcoming 2015 season. Here's what our fantasy Four Horsemen had to say:
Brandon Funston: I'm not going to try and get cute with this one. If I had the first pick in a fantasy draft this spring (which, unfortunately, I did not), I'd have taken Mike Trout without hesitation. The fact that one of his main goals for '15 is to increase his stolen bases should be music to his fantasy owners' ears. A return to the 30/30 club is looking good for the biggest fish in the fantasy pond.
Andy Behrens: I'd love to be a contrarian here, but, well ... there's really only one answer I can give, based on ranks: Mike Trout. He's the best bet to be an asset in all hitting categories.
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