Brandon Funston

  • Week 13 Starts/Sits: Giant letdown

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 2 hrs ago

    With fantasy playoffs on the line for many owners this week, it's time to turn our attention away from the gluttonous distractions of Thanksgiving and focus on optimizing fantasy lineups for the all-important weekend. With that in mind, here are some players that I think look better or worse than usual this week:

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    [Week 13 rankings: Quarterback| Running Back | Receiver| Tight End | Kicker| DST]

     

  • All-Thanksgiving Team '14: Russell, rookie receivers and Rob Lowe

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Before we turn our attention to blissfully congruous plates full of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and stuffing, let's first offer some words of gratitude to those players that have consistently stuffed our fantasy stat sheets this season. Here are the players the Yahoo fantasy staff would like to give thanks to this holiday season:

    Who are you most thankful for at QB? Brandon Funston – RUSSELL WILSON. As a Seahawks fan, the team's Super Bowl hangover has been tough to watch at times. But you have to wonder just how much further this team would fall in the standings without Wilson. Despite a receiving corps that lacks a single true playmaker (especially now that Percy Harvin has been booted), Wilson has delivered top 5 QB returns through the first three months of the season. And he's done it mostly on the ground (644 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs). He's a magician at work behind center, holding this team (and your fantasy team) together with sleight of hand and misdirection despite a severe lack of protection and supporting talent in the passing game.

    Who are you most thankful for at RB?

    Who are you most thankful for at WR?

  • Week 12 Starts/Sits: Back both Browns backs

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    With the fantasy playoffs just a couple weeks out, roster decisions have hit a critical stage.  One wrong move could mean sudden death for your fantasy playoff hopes. With that in mind, here are some players that I think look better (San Diego passing game) or worse (Detroit passing game) than usual this week:

     

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  • Dissenting Opinions: Get rich with T-Rich?

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanation . So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 12 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:

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    Love him: Keenan Allen, SD, WR - Funston WR rank No. 16 (Yahoo rank No. 25)

    Hate him: Golden Tate, Det, WR - Funston WR rank No. 31 (Yahoo No. 20)

    Love him: Trent Richardson, Ind, RB - Del Don RB rank No. 9 (Yahoo No. 14)

    ANDY BEHRENS

    SCOTT PIANOWSKI

    BRAD EVANS

  • Week 11 Starts/Sits: Off the Mark

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    For most leagues, the trade deadline has officially passed, and the fantasy playoffs are on the Week 14 horizon. For those fighting for playoff spots/positioning, every starting roster mistake now becomes magnified. In an attempt to aid those navigating this potentially lethal fantasy minefield, here's the lowdown on some players that I think look better or worse than usual this week:

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    Bonus TE Sit: For those that have clued into Ertz's fantasy ineptness a long time ago, I'll offer up Mychal Rivera as another "Sit" candidate. San Diego has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to the TE position, and Rivera failed to catch a pass against the Chargers in Week 6 (he was targeted three times). Santana's brother has been on a nice run of late (No. 3 fantasy TE over the past month), but I think his production drys up this week.

  • Big Board: Rookie receivers on the rise

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 15 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 football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for an owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis during the season.

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    Note: "vs. ECR" compares my rank to the Expert Consensus Rank (ECR) as compiled by FantasyPros.

    DROPPED OUT: Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB; Cam Newton, Car, QB; Matt Ryan, Atl, QB; Ronnie Hillman, Den, RB (foot);

    (TEs) Martellus Bennett, Chi; Greg Olsen, Car ; Dwayne Allen, Ind; Larry Donnell, NYG

  • Dissenting Opinions: Carolina on our mind

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    Group-think can be an especially scary thing when it comes to fantasy football rankings. After all, the unpredictable nature of the NFL game is part of what makes fantasy football so popular, and why some people like to say that the NFL acronym stands for "No F****** Logic." But when one of our Yahoo fantasy football analysts veers particularly far away from the rankings consensus, our curious nature begs for an explanation . So, with that in mind, I've identified two players from our Week 10 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:

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    Love him: Jonathan Stewart, Car, RB - Funston RB rank No. 17 (Yahoo rank No. 25)

    Hate him: Doug Baldwin, Sea, WR - Funston WR rank No. 52 (Yahoo No. 34)

    Love him: Brandon Lafell, NE, WR - Del Don WR rank No. 14 (Yahoo No. 19)

    SCOTT PIANOWSKI

    BRAD EVANS

    ANDY BEHRENS

     

  • Week 10 Starts/Sits: Not your average Joe

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 21 days ago

    Just one more six-team bye week for fantasy owners to endure, and this one is a particularly rough one, with the top two offenses in the league (Indy and New England) sitting out. With pickings slim, here's the lowdown on some players that I think look better or worse than usual this week:

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