Brandon Funston

  • High Fives: Dishing on Gattis, and other catchers

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    In conjunction with our Catcher position primer, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on various topics concerning the fantasy catcher position, including the backstops that are most overvalued and undervalued for '15 drafts, as well as a nod to both the future and the past. Let's get to it ...

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  • High Fives: Which baseball players could see fantasy boost with new teams?

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    In this week's High Fives, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on, among other things, the players most likely to get a value boost from an offseason change of venue, and the hitters most likely to rebound after a disappointing '14. Let's get to it ...

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    Top 5 fantasy middle relievers for '15

     

    Top 5 defunct stadiums that you would have most liked to visit

  • High Fives: Speedsters Gordon, Hamilton overrated

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    The return of High Fives is long overdue. For those that are unfamiliar with this drill, Yahoo! fantasy experts will offer their quick hitters on certain topics in the world of fantasy sports. This week, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on the upcoming fantasy baseball season. Topics include, among others, fantasy baseball's overrated, and underrated and, in honor of the upcoming Oscar awards show, the movies you can't live without. Let's get to it ...

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  • High Fives: Fantasy baseball's most overrated/underrated

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    The return of High Fives is long overdue. For those that are unfamiliar with this drill, Yahoo! fantasy experts will offer their quick hitters on certain topics in the world of fantasy sports. This week, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on the upcoming fantasy baseball season. Topics include, among others, fantasy baseball's overrated, and underrated and, in honor of the upcoming Oscar awards show, the movies you can't live without. Let's get to it ...

     

     

     

     

  • Baseball Big Board: First basemen rule initial rankings

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 20 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: "vs. ECR" compares my rank to the Expert Consensus Rank (ECR) as compiled by FantasyPros.

  • Mini mock: Trout the top catch in '15 drafts

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    With the fantasy gridiron game now on the backburner for at least a few months, the Yahoo fantasy crew decided it was a good time to take a preliminary stroll around the diamond in advance of the official opening of Fantasy Baseball '15. This particular drill consisted of six Yahoos tasked with drafting for two separate teams (to simulate a 12-team draft), with each team comprising a roster of 12 players - C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, SP, SP, SP, RP. Here's a round-by-round account of how our abbreviated mock exercise played out:

    ROUND 1

    SCOTT PIANOWSKI 1 - Mike Trout, LAA, OF: Even if he doesn't feel like running too much, he offers the mix of upside and floor that you demand from this slot.

    SCOTT PIANOWSKI 2 - Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1B: We'll see where his health is at in the spring. Nonetheless, he was hobbling in September but still mashing. He's had 11 straight dominant years. That means something.

    BRANDON FUNSTON 1 - Clayton Kershaw, LAD, SP: Through age 26 season, he's picked up three Cy Young awards and has logged six straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 (under 2.00 in each of past two) and five straight with 200-plus Ks.

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  • Big Board: Ringing the Bell for '15

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 2 mths 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.

    Note: "Rank" shows where a player was ranked at his position in '14 in terms of fantasy points per game (min. 6 games).

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    Note: You can check out where the rest of the fantasy expert community ranks players on the Big Board at FantasyPros.

  • Exit Interview, WR: Rookie class provides major talent infusion

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    The '14 fantasy receiver class will forever be linked to one of the greatest infusions of rookie talent that the NFL has ever seen at the WR position. Instant stars like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, to name just a few, helped propel many fantasy owners into their league's postseason. So as we put a bow on top of the season that was, and start formulating early ideas about the '15 camapign, it only makes sense to start with the young ones:

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    More Exit Interviews: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Tight Ends

    Among the vaunted '14 rookie receiver class, what does your top 10 (in order) of '15 look like?  

  • Week 16 Starts/Sits: Sparkling with Andre

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 2 mths ago

    I wish I could say I was among those still working towards a fantasy title this week, but, alas, I was knocked out in a couple leagues in the aftermath of a bloody Sunday in Week 15 in which many big names came up short (Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Josh Gordon, I'm looking at you). That said, I still have some scratch on the line in some consolation contests, which means I'm still working hard to uncover this week's likely booms and busts. So, for the final time this season I offer you the players that jump out to me for looking better or worse than usual this week. Best of luck in your championship matchups, and happy holidays!

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  • Dissenting Opinions: Shady dealings

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 2 mths 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 16 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: Andre Johnson, Hou, WR - Funston WR rank No. 21  (Yahoo No. 28)

    Hate him: LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB - Funston RB rank No. 25  (Yahoo No. 16)

    DALTON DEL DON

    Love him: LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB - Del Don RB rank No. 10 (Yahoo No. 16)

    BRAD EVANS

    ANDY BEHRENS