Brandon Funston

  • High Fives: Souza dancing on the Week 9 wire

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    As we head into Week 9 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 ...

    2. Ryan Howard - His power potential is well documented, but he's a severe drain on AVG

    3. Justin Morneau - He has a history of concussion problems but worth stashing on your DL for now

    3. David Freese - Still hitting in the heart of a very good batting order; six hits over his last four games

    4. Adam Lind - Ability to crush right-handers; he'll finish the year with 25-plus HRs

    5. Justin Bour - Homered in each of his last two games, seeing regular playing time.

       

    1. Jung Ho Kang - Crushing the ball lately, he offers uncommon HR upside for his position(s)

    2. Addison Russell - I certainly did not expect him to be this reliable at the plate, this quickly

     

    2. Preston Tucker - His ownership percentage is a joke (6%). Wake up, gamers.

    4. Adam Eaton - Bat is starting to come around. Favorable lineup position with decent speed

       

  • Over/Under: Ryan Howard on the rebound

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was persona non grata in spring fantasy drafts following a rough three-year stretch, but he's been much better than expected in '15, owning a 34-HR pace to go with a palattable .261 batting average. Can Howard maintain this renewed level of respectability - O/U final '15 batting average of .2499 and 25.5 HRs?

    Brandon – OVER on both. Howard is actually a career .265 hitter, and only once in a full season has he hit below .250, so I think he has a reasonable chance to go over this mark (but not by much). As for the home runs, I think he finishes at least in the upper 20s range if he can log 600 plate appearances.

    Scott –  I hate to say UNDER because Howard's a fun guy to root for, especially when you consider how so much of the Internet ganged up on him in recent years. But high-strikeout, high-FB hitters tend to be the streakiest types of hitters, for good and for bad. It's a perfect time to see if you can lock in the profits. Someone in your league needs pop and might be ready to overpay. 

    Dalton – 1) Revere 2) Davis 3) Aoki 4) Burns 5) DeShields 6) Marisnick 

    Dalton – .255-8-18

  • High Fives: Nab Napoli off the Week 8 wire

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    As we head into Week 8 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. Ryan Howard - I made an early drop and deeply regret it; forget the contract, enjoy the Cadillac trots (nine over last month)

       

       

       

       

  • Draft Do-Over, Rounds 7-12: Finally, Strasburg

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    The height of the preseason '15 fantasy baseball draft season was just two months ago. But, in our instant gratification roto world, it might as well have been two years ago. The what-have-you-done-for-me-lately environment can cause perception of player values to change quickly. With that in mind, we asked the Yahoo crew to hit the reset button on the '15 season with a 12-round blog mock draft do-over. You can take a look at Rounds 1-6 here . Below is the pick-by-pick analysis for the second half of the draft  (and please note the roster restrictions in the draft grid at the bottom of the page) ...

    ROUND 7

    Pick 73: Carlos Santana, Cle, C/1/3 –   Seems like he's dodged a bullet, injury-wise. We know he's good for 25-or-so homers, with better counting stats than most C-eligible players.   ( Andy Behrens )

    Pick 74: Kole Calhoun, LAA, OF – Can't argue with the lineup spot (clean-up), and he can assist in all categories.   ( Behrens )

    ROUND 8

    ROUND 9

    ROUND 10

    ROUND 11

    ROUND 12

    TALE OF THE TAPE (Final Team-By-Team Rosters)

  • Draft Do-Over: Harper now hanging in elite company

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    The height of the preseason '15 fantasy baseball draft season was just two months ago. But, in our instant gratification roto world, it might as well have been two years ago. Our what-have-you-done-for-me-lately environment can cause perception of player values to change quickly. With that in mind, we asked the Yahoo crew to hit the reset button on the '15 season with a 12-round blog mock draft do-over. Take a look at the first six rounds - the second half of the draft will come out on Friday (and please note the roster restrictions in the draft grid at the bottom of the page) ...

    ROUND 1

    Pick 1: Mike Trout, LAA, OF –   Trout was the consensus top pick back in March, and he's delivered in all five categories thus far. ( Andy Behrens )

    Pick 2: Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1/3 – Bryce Harper would have been the splash pick here, obviously. But I'm gonna go ahead and take the world's best hitter, thankyouverymuch.   ( Behrens )

    Pick 3: Bryce Harper, Was, OF –   He's bound to regress some, but it's pretty impressive to lead the NL both in homers and walks. The huge season many have been expecting is finally upon us. ( Dalton Del Don )

    ROUND 2

    ROUND 3

  • High Fives: Diamondbacks in the Week 7 waiver rough

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 15 days ago

    As we head into Week 7 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 ...

    2. Ryan Howard - Recent performance has proven that he's not totally worthless. Woo.

    3. Logan Morrison - Controlling his at-bats nicely, has shown pop of late

    3. Trevor Plouffe - Productive lately, with 10 RBIs over the past two weeks

    4. Jon Singleton - He's gotta get the call at some point, right? Soon. This Chris Carter nightmare can't persist.

    5. Chris Colabello - Yup, he's doing it again. Dude is hitting nearly .500 over the past two weeks.

       

    1. Chris Owings - Over the past two weeks, it's basically two hits every night. Nice power/speed combo.

    2. Aaron Hill - Feasting at the plate, before he was sidelined with the flu. Plenty of history here.

     

    2. Ender Inciarte - Still raking, still leading off. Capable of 20-or-so steals.

    4. Andre Ethier - Injuries have cleared a path to regular at-bats; and he's taking full advantage.

  • Over/Under: What's the going price for Bryce?

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was selected, on average, outisde the top 30 in preseason drafts. A month-and-a-half into the season, Harper's production rates among the very best in fantasy. Is it time to cement the roto value of this immensely talented youth inside Round 1   - O/U pick 7.5 overall if you were drafting a team today?

    Brandon –  Well, let's see ... I'm taking Trout, Goldschmidt, Stanton, Nellie Cruz  and Miggy ahead of him, for sure. After that, I put Harper in a group with Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Altuve, Adam Jones, Justin Upton and Han-Ram (maybe I'd consider Carlos Gomez, Tulo, McCutchen and A-Gon in that mix, as well). It's a close call, but I'd probably take an Abreu and/or Han-Ram ahead of him, possibly even Donaldson. Harper's definitely in my updated top 10, but I think he goes just OVER for me here. Scott –  UNDER. I'm buying in. He's commanding the zone better than ever, being selectively aggressive and punishing the pitches he likes. It was high comedy to see him ranked below Andrew McCutchen on so many sites last week. 

    Andy – Grandal .278-14-60; Norris .271-9-58

  • High Fives: Going cuckoo for Coco on the Week 6 waiver wire

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 23 days ago

    As we head into Week 6 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 ...

    2. David Freese - Remains a heart-of-lineup hitter for Halos, on pace for 20-plus HRs

    3. Jimmy Paredes - I remain as skeptical as anyone, but it's tough not to keep using him until he stops hitting

    3. Trevor Plouffe - Productive lately, with three homers and 14 RBIs over the past two weeks

    4. Ryan Howard - His flaws are well established, but he's still clearing fences for Phils

    5. Kennys Vargas - He's delivered five multi-hit games in his last eight

       

    1. Jung Ho Kang - Crushing the ball in recent weeks; Kang offers uncommon power potential

    2. Aaron Hill - Bat seems to be coming to life; had huge day in double-header at Coors last week

     

    2. Colby Rasmus - He picked a nice time to start hitting, with Springer on shelf

    4. Andre Ethier - Injuries have cleared a path to regular at-bats; season average is .288

       

    2. Choosy mothers

  • Over/Under: Assessing the ailing Andrew McCutchen

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 26 days ago

    Pirates elite five-tool outfielder Andrew McCutchen was the consensus No. 2 pick in preseason drafts, but he's struggled mightily to open '15, ranking outside the top 300 fantasy players in the Y! game through the first month of the season. Where would you select him if you were drafting today for rest-of-season value - O/U pick No. 24.5 overall?

    Andy – OVER, slightly. It's not as if I'd take him off the board, but I do think the knee issue he dealt with this spring is perhaps a bigger deal than we'd guessed at the time. His line-drive rate is half of what it was last season. Something's up, beyond bad luck.

    Texas corner Adrian Beltre is another well-established fantasy stud that has left a sour taste in the mouths of his owners to this point. His current OPS (hovering right around .600) is the lowest of his career. The last time he had an OPS below .800 was his final season in Seattle. Can he continue to keep his post-Mariners OPS streak alive - O/U .7999 OPS?

    Dalton – OVER. His K% is actually a career low, and he sports a .225 BABIP (career mark is .299), so I'm chalking this up to some really poor luck over the first month of the year. 

  • High Fives: Red-hot Reddick stands out on Week 5 wire

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 29 days 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 ...

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    3. Trevor Plouffe - Given power-depressed world we live in, 20-25 homer candidate is worth a look