Brandon Funston

  • High Fives: Randle under microscope as NFL training camps open

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    With NFL training camps opening this week, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Dalton Del Don offer their top-5 takes on the fantasy football landscape, starting with the players that they'll most have under the microscope this preseason. Let's get to it ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!]

    3. Latavius Murray - Stay healthy and hold off the weak positional competition, Latavius. There's RB1 upside here, if things break right.

       

       

       

    5. Colin Kaepernick - I'm a homer and expect Kap to bounce back this year and always wait on QBs

       

  • Daily Dime: Royalty payouts for Thursday

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Thursday's slate on Yahoo, but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

    Eric Hosmer, 1B, at StL (Lackey), $14: Hosmer comes $2-$3 cheaper than the top-shelf 1B options for Thursday, so you're getting MLB's leader in hits (20 in his past 11 games) over the past couple weeks at a nice discount. Hosmer owns a .322 batting average against RHP, and will face Cards righty John Lackey, who he went 1-for-3 against with a double and a run scored in an earlier meeting this season.

    Carlos Correa SS,vs. Bos (Miley), $18: Here's another Houston rookie worth backing against Boston on Thursday, even at this premium price. Correa is riding a seven-game hitting streak and owns a .992 OPS against southpaws this season.

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  • Daily Dime: Pay up for Mets ace on Tuesday

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    Jacob deGrom, SP, at Was (Ross), $54: The cheap options among Tuesday's SPs are pretty dismal, so you might as well buck up for deGrom, who holds a 1.38 ERA over his past 10 starts. The most impressive thing about this mighty streak is that deGrom has allowed just 50 hits-plus-walks in the 72 innings pitched in this span, equaling a 0.69 WHIP that is the best among MLB starters for these past two months. deGrom willl face Washington rookie Joe Ross, who has been excellent in three starts for the Nats, but you'd rather he face the rookie than any of the other starters in the Nats' rotation.

    Justin Bour, 1B, at Ari (Hellickson), $14: Bour has gone 12 straight games without a home run, but the potential to end that streak on Tuesday is ripe. Bour will face Arizona's Jeremy Hellickson, who ranks among the top 20 starters in most home runs allowed per nine innings (1.24). And the D'backs righty has allowed a batting average north of .300 versus LHB - Bour has hit all 10 of his home runs against RHP.

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  • Daily Dime: Cashing in at Coors

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    Troy Tulowitzki, SS, vs Tex (Martinez), $18: With the highest Over/Under line (10.5) among Monday's MLB action, you'll want a piece of the Tex/Col matchup. And Tulo is a nice way to buy in here, as he faces a Rangers hurler (Nick Martinez) that has allowed a .307 average to right-handed hitters this season. Tulo has two home runs in his past four games and should be well rested after getting a day off on Sunday.

    Brandon Beachy, SP, at Atl (Wisler), $29: Making his second start since returning from TJ surgery in early July, Beachy should feel comfortable on the bump in Atlanta, where he has made 24 career starts as a member of the Braves from '10-'13. Beachy will face an Atlanta offense that has gone in the tank during the team's current 1-7 swoon (averaging 2.6 runs per game in that span). In addition to facing an anemic offense, Beachy should benefit from some run support, as the Dodgers own the second-highest OPS in the league vs. RHP, and have also hit the most home runs (99) vs. RHP - that could be problematic for Atlanta's fly-ball heavy rookie righty Matt Wisler.

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  • High Fives: Schwarber sitting pretty on Week 16 wire

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 8 days ago

    As we head into Week 16 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. C.J. Cron - Mashing since recall, perhaps the light is going on

       

       

       

       

  • High Fives: A-Rod among top first-half fantasy surprises

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 15 days ago

    As we head into the '15 mid-way break, Brandon Funston, Scott Pianowski and Andy Behrens offer their top-5 takes on those free agents to target for the second half, in addition to naming their first half surprises, disappointments and All-Stars. Let's get to it ...

    2. Luis Valbuena - You can't use a guy with 19 home runs? Sure you can. The average is awful, but this sort of pop makes the flaws tolerable.

    3. Rougned Odor - He's been on every pitch since his recall

    3. Joe Mauer - Average continues to rise, as he's collected a dozen hits (and two HRs) over last seven games.

    4. Eugenio Suarez - Not sure how much more you really need to see. He's batting .325, doing a little of everything, playing short. 

    5. Jason Motte - He's a closer, friends. Somehow he's still available in 70% of leagues.

       

    1. Robinson Cano - This recent mini-surge is too little, way too late. Cano was a disastrous turn pick. 

    2. Ian Desmond - This guy will be the only player on my list who hasn't burned me in multiple leagues. 

     

       

       

  • Over/Under: Fish phenom returns

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 19 days ago

    Brandon –  UNDER on the innings pitched, as without Giancarlo Stanton for a month and a half, the Marlins don't appear to have a prayer to make a run back into the wild card hunt. And once the Marlins are officially out of it, no doubt the kid gloves will come out for Fernandez. As for the other O/U numbers here, I'm bullish and will take the UNDER. There's a well-documented history of pitchers coming back from Tommy John surgery as strong as ever, especially when you are talking about the recuperative power of a 22-year-old. Scott – Have to take the UNDER on the workload, as Miami is nowhere near contention and there's absolutely no reason to push things. I'm not worried about the skills out of the box, though, so bank on the ERA being under 3 and the strikeout rate at a zesty level. Enjoy it while it's here. 

    Brandon – After the immediate success of Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu, it was easy to buy into the sudden impact potential of subsequent incoming hyped Cubans. So much for that - you sunk my battleship, Rusney! Alright, here are my revisions - Soler (11/3); Tomas (15/6); Castillo (6/6)

  • High Fives: Mitch Moreland (still) begs for your attention

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    As we head into Week 13 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. Adam Lind - Assuming good health, you're getting 10-15 additional homers and a useful average. Easy add.

    3. Jimmy Paredes - Bat has perked up last few weeks, Wiggy story isn't dead yet

    3. Joe Mauer - Wouldn't be the least bit surprising if he hit .310-ish, rest of season.

    4. Francisco Cervelli - Here's a .300-hitting catcher, available at no cost.

    5. David Freese - Don't think the average sticks at its current level, but I do think the 20-homer pace is real.

       

    1. Luis Valbuena - If the power continues at anything close to this rate, you can live with the AVG hit.

    2. Logan Forsythe - Nope, he still hasn't fallen off. Nice power/speed combo, with positional flexibility.

     

    2. Kevin Kiermaier - I was like 30 seconds late to add him in the F&F league, and it's still bothering me.

       

  • Closing Time: K is for Keuchel

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    We, as a fantasy community, have long ago (last year) come to terms with Dallas Keuchel being a soft-tossing, pitch-to-contact type - well, most of us have come to terms (he's the 22nd-most owned starter despite being currently ranked third among SPs in to-date fantasy production). And we've been willing to overlook his strikeout shortcomings because of the ridiculously good ratios. But after Keuchel punched out a dozen Yankees on Thursday, we may have to recalibrate how we perceive Kid Keuchy.

    Keuchel entered the season having never fanned a double-digit number of hitters in a game. He's now done it twice in his past six outings, and he owns a 9.48 K/9 rate in that span - his career mark entering the season was right around 6.30. And if you are looking for some kind of change in Keuchel's pitch profile to explain his sudden sharp rise in Ks, it's not readily apparent - he's getting hitters to go after pitches outside the zone a bit more, but he's really mixing his four-pitch arsenal in a similar manner to what he's done in the past.

    Alright, here's a few more noteworthy on-field evelopments from Thursday's slimmed-down slate of games:

  • Closing Time: A change does Marco Estrada good

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Marco Estrada deserved better. So it was in Tampa on Wednesday as Toronto's starter carried a no-no into the 8th inning for the second consecutive start. This time he was untouchable (untouchable, meaning perfect), until, with one out in the 8th, Tampa Bay's Logan Forsythe beat out (tie goes to the runner) an infield chopper that 3B Josh Donaldson did all he could do to make the out - and just before that play, he did all that Superman could do to make an out on David DeJesus - seriously, click the link and watch that Donaldson play if you haven't already. Sometimes, Billy Beane, you should just pay the player - and sometimes you should have thicker skin.

    • By my estimation, roughly two-thirds of Yahoo leagues still have a heartbeat. I use Justin Turner, and rookies Billy Burns and Lance McCullers, as my evidence of that - that is (roughly) the percentage of leagues in which they are owned.