Brandon Funston

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

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 14 days 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.

    ROUND 2

    ROUND 3

    ROUND 4

    ROUND 5

  • Big Board: Ringing the Bell for '15

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 29 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.

    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 1 mth 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 1 mth 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 1 mth 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

  • Watch out for a pair of fantasy starters who could cost you a championship

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports Fantasy Minute 1 mth ago

    If you are in the hunt for fantasy championship title hardware in Week 16, watch out for a couple big-name players that could trip you up. At running back, Philly's LeSean McCoy has already been trying to sabotage your title aspirations, as he ranks No. 35 among running backs in total fantasy points over the past two weeks. On Sunday night in Week 15, Philly head coach Chip Kelly awarded goal lines carries to Chris Polk and Darren Sproles, and the two backs combined for three rushing touchdowns. As for Shady, he was left out in the cold. Touchdowns have been elusive for him all season (just four total on the year), and he's unlikely to splash pay dirt this week against a Washington defense that ranks as the third-toughest in fantasy against the RB position. Unfortunately, McCoy and his owners know that all too well as McCoy could muster just 22 rushing yards on 20 carries against his divisional foe in Week 3. At quarterback, beware of Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh's QB is coming off a 360-yard effort (but no TD passes) in Week 15 at Atlanta, and he's averaging 365 passing yards over his past seven contests. But the problem is that he's going up against a KC...

  • Week 15 Starts/Sits: Romo on the rebound

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Most Yahoo fantasy leagues are down to the final four teams (semifinals) this week, and many of the owners who remain have benefited from a healthy amount of good luck to make it this far. That said, common sense still rules the day when it comes to setting your lineup and, with that in mind, here are the players that logic suggests are looking better or worse than usual this week.

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    [Week 15 rankings: Quarterback| Running Back | Receiver| Tight End | Kicker| DST]

  • Dissenting Opinions: Johnny B. Goode or Johnny Rotten?

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth 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 15 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us, and have asked them to explain their reasoning. And since a couple of my colleagues have polarized opinions of Johnny Manziel's first NFL start this week, I'll defer the leadoff spot to the great Johnny Football debate::

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    BRAD EVANS

    Love him: Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB - Evans QB rank No. 11  (Yahoo No. 15)

    ANDY BEHRENS

    BRANDON FUNSTON

    DALTON DEL DON

     

  • Week 14 Starts/Sits: Keenan to short circuit on Revis Island

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    For most owners (and congratulations if you are one of them), the fantasy playoffs have officially arrived. And that means it's time to make some money. With that in mind, here are some players that I think will make it rain (look better than usual) as well as some players that I think will cause only heartache and pain (look worse than usual) this week :

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    [Week 14 rankings: Quarterback| Running Back | Receiver| Tight End | Kicker| DST]

  • Dissenting Opinions: Don't demote Eagles because of tough matchup

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth 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 14 rankingsthat our Yahoo analysts love/hate significantly more than the rest of us (including an Alfred Morris showdown), and have asked them to explain their reasoning. I'll kick things off with a couple of my outliers:

    [Join FanDuel.com's $2.25M Week 14 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 20,675 teams paid]

    Love him: Kenny Stills, NO, WR - Funston WR rank No. 12 (Yahoo rank No. 18)

    Hate him: Alfred Morris, Was, RB - Funston RB rank No. 25 (Yahoo No. 15)

    BRAD EVANS

    DALTON DEL DON

    ANDY BEHRENS

    SCOTT PIANOWSKI