Brandon Funston

  • High Fives: Schoop, Travis worthy fantasy baseball pickups

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball '16 season is two months old. As we move steadily into the summer portion of the season, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens take a look at the late-May movers and shakers that should pique the interest of fantasy owners. Let's get to it ....

    3. Jonathan Schoop, Bal - Here's another way-too-available second baseman from the A.L. East, with plenty of power. 

    4.Rajai Davis, Cle - He's playing every day and running at every opportunity (11 SB). We know the speed is legit, too. 

       

    3. Kevin Gausman, Bal -  Gausman hovering around 50 percent ownership still seems crazy, considering his stuff, his ratios and K-upside.

       

    3.  Mallex Smith, Atl -  Get on board, people. He's hit well over the past month, and his speed is near the top of the charts. Swiped 57 bags in the minors last year. 

       

    3.  Ryan Buchter, SD -  He's a high-K reliever with great ratios (0.93 WHIP), working behind Fernando Rodney. Seems promising, no?

       

  • Daily Dime: Riding Ross, Royals and Red Sox

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

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    My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):

    SP: Joe Ross ($41) -  It's a light slate for Thursday, and it shows in the list of available starting options. Ross looks like the top option on the hill as he has posted a rock solid 2.70 ERA this season, despite having lost his past four decisions. His last win, however, was a 6 IP, 1ER effort against a St. Louis squad that he'll oppose on Thursday.

    C: Salvador Perez ($15) -  Plenty to like about Perez for Thursday, including his 12-game hitting streak and his 4-for-11 (1 HR) career track record against White Sox RHP Miguel Gonzalez.

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  • Daily Dime: Manny happy returns for Tuesday

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

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    My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):

    SP: Chris Sale ($60) -  You can't complain about a $60 price tag when you are talking about a pitcher who has nine wins in nine starts, and a 0.99 ERA in his past seven outings. Just pull out the wallet and pay up.

    SP: Nathan Karns ($40) -  Karns is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his past five starts, including a home win against Oakland on May 2. And it doesn't hurt Karns that Oakland is without OF Josh Reddick (thumb), who hit a HR off Karns in an early April matchup.

    OF: Seth Smith ($13) - I like Smith's chances of breaking out of a mini-funk tonight against Oakland RHP Kendall Graveman, who has allowed 39 hits in his past 25 IP.

  • High Fives: Take a trip to Valencia

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball '16 season is already a quarter of the way home. With that in mind, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Andy Behrens take a look at the current movers and shakers on the waiver wire that should pique the interest of fantasy owners. Let's get to it ...

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    3.Jonathan Schoop, Bal  -  Unusual pop for a second baseman, plus he does his hitting in a quality lineup. 

    4.Trea Turner, Was -  It's probably way past time to add him. Very good chance he hits for average right away, with plenty of speed.

       

    3. Trevor Bauer, Cle -  He has 37 Ks in 34.2 innings, with a 1.24 WHIP. Definitely passing the eye test, too. 

       

    3.  Rajai Davis, Cle -  Over his last four games, he's 9-for-16 with 10 runs (ten!) and two steals. Ridiculous.

       

    3.  Hunter Strickland, SF - Everyone's preseason sleeper is pitching well in May, after stumbling in the season's early weeks.

       

  • Daily Dime: Red-hot Bruce tops Thursday's play list

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

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    My full lineup (for all games starting after 4 pm PT):

    SP: Chris Sale ($60) -  The top dollar pitcher on Thursday's board should be worth the heavy cost - he's won all eight of his starts, and the only one that wasn't a Quality Start was a 5.1 IP, 1 ER  effort at Baltimore on May 1

    SP: Michael Wacha ($44) -  I like Wacha at home, where he has a 2.01 ERA this season, and a 2.61 mark for his career

    C: Dioner Navarro ($7) -  No certainty to play, obviously, but if he does, I want him at the bargain-basement price - he has a good (albeit limited) history vs. Houston starter Colin McHugh (2-for-5), and has hit well recently (5-for-12 in his past four contests)

     

  • May Mock: A fantasy baseball '16 draft do-over

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    We are at roughly the quarter pole of the '16 fantasy baseball season, a decent enough sample size to work with as the Yahoo fantasy baseball brain trust decided to re-evaluate the roto landscape by way of a 10-round mock draft exercise.

    We had each of our six participating pundits - special thanks to Rotowire's Chris Liss for joining the usual Yahoo roto voices - playing the owner for two separate teams in order to simulate a 12-team draft environment. And we put no position requirements/restrictions on this draft, so the results would give us a better idea of how players' values are currently being viewed without the bias of having to weigh position need into the process. So here is an at-a-glance breakdown of our at-the-moment mock draft (with some of my commentary thrown in to spots where it seemed most appropriate):

     

    ROUND 1

     1. Clayton Kershaw, LAD, SP -- 88:4 K-to-BB ratio - in leagues with Innings Pitched caps, like the Yahoo default, Kershaw makes perfect sense as the No. 1 choice. (Chris Liss 1)

    2. Bryce Harper, Was, OF --  (Chris Liss 2)

    3. Mike Trout, LAA, OF --  (Dalton Del Don 1)

    5. Manny Machado, Bal, 3/S --  (Brandon Funston 1)

     

  • Daily Dime: Armed to the teeth

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

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    My full lineup:

    SP: Clayton Kershaw ($60) -  Brings a 77:4 K-to-BB ratio into this contest against Angels' starter Jered Weaver, who owns a WHIP (1.59) that's nearly as high as Kershaw's ERA (1.74)

    SP: Danny Salazar ($51) -   Among those with at least six starts, Salazar's 1.90 ERA is eighth-best in MLB, while opposing Reds starter Alfredo Simon (8.67) sports the league's worst - I like Salazar's chances

    C: Matt Wieters ($9) -  Goes against M's starter Wade Miley, who has allowed 14 hits and 11 runs over 6.1 career innings (two starts) at Camden Yards - Wieters accounted for one of those hits against Miley, that being a home run.

     

  • High Fives: Make a move for Marcell

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 16 days ago

    The Yahoo Fantasy Baseball '16 season is in full swing. And each week, Yahoo pundits (Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don) take a look at the the movers and shakers on the waiver wire that should pique the interest of fantasy owners. Let's get to it ...

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    3. Carlos Beltran, NYY - Has three homers over last four games. Had .877 OPS after All-Star break last season

    4. Angel Pagan, SF - Should return from hamstring injury soon. Has hit well when on the field this year

       

    3. Tony Cingrani, Cin - Well, he's probably the favorite for saves in the Cincy pen right now

       

    3. Mallex Smith, ATL - Has four steals in last 10 games, including one in each of last two, so grab him if you need stolen bases

       

    3. Trevor May, Min - Has 27 strikeouts over 19.0 innings, and Kevin Jepsen is struggling. Who knows about Glenn Perkins' health

       

  • Daily Dime: Adam Jones leads budget bat brigade

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 17 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

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    My full lineup, which is an exercise in building an offense on an extreme budget:

    SP: Clayton Kershaw ($58) -   A man that needs no introduction/explanantion.

    SP: Vince Velasquez ($49) -   Velasquez is coming off his shakiest outing of the year (4 ER, 6 IP @ MIA), but he's still holding opponents to just a .188 batting average, and he'll be facing the league's worst offense (by far) in the Atlanta Braves. 

    C: Christian Vazquez ($8) -   Just looking for a warm body here - Vazquez is coming off a three-hit game and will face Houston LHP Dallas Kuechel, who has been a disaster on the road (5.84 ERA, 1.62 WHIP).

  • Daily Dime: Adding some Braun to your lineup

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    As always when playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, be sure to check the final lineups and the weather.

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    My full lineup:

    SP: Joe Ross ($43) -  Ross, he of the 1.23 ERA, hosts a Detroit squad that is on a seven-game slide in which it has averaged less than 2.9 runs per game. Ross also owns a 2.28 career ERA at home.

    SP: Masahiro Tanaka ($45) -  You can pretty much count on something in the Quality Start neighborhood from Tanaka, who has pitched at least five innings and allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his six turns this season. He'll oppose KC starter Kris Medlen, who owns a 6.85 ERA on the season.

    2B: Jonathan Schoop ($12) -  Schoop brings an 11-game hitting streak to his Tuesday matchup with Minnesota rookie starter Jose Berrios.