Brandon Funston

  • Over/Under: Gauging Gonzalez

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez clubbed five home runs in the season's opening series. He hasn't reached 30 home runs since he hit 31 in '10 - Can he top his '10 mark - total A-Gon HRs O/U 31.5?

    Brandon –  UNDER, but, oh, so close. A-Gon has only topped this number twice in his career, even finishing with 27 bombs last season despite hitting eight home runs in April. So we've already seen hot starts from him fall short of this number. I think he gets to the 30-HR mark, and I think he finishes as a top 30 fantasy player, but my money is on him falling a HR or two shy of this O/U target. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] Scott – UNDER for me. I'm going to trust the flow of the last four years and not get too jazzed about one terrific week (no matter how gorgeous that swing and follow through looks). As well as Gonzalez is swinging, he was also jumping on some obvious mistakes, too. 

    Which young corner bat has the most fantasy staying power this season - Mark Canha or Jake Lamb?

  • High Fives: Lauding Lind on the Week 2 wire

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago

    As we head into Week 2 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 ...

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    3. Mark Teixeira - Remains BA risk but has two HRs over 16 ABs and plays in Yankee Stadium

     

     

     

     

  • Over/Under: Rebounds for Heyward, Rios?

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    Jason Heyward was the star of MLB's '15 opener, collecting three hits and a SB for his new team,  the Cardinals - can Heyward revive his career in St. Louis -  O/U 39.5 combined HR+SB?

    Brandon –  OVER. He went 27/21 in '12 as a (mostly) 22-year-old, and he's in St. Louis now, the NL's official rehabilitation center for post-hypers. At 25, with his talent, there should be plenty of great years ahead for Heyward, starting with '15. I'll say he finishes with 23 home runs and 18 stolen bases. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up, it's not too late to get in the game] Scott – OVER. You love that No. 2 batting slot in a deep St. Louis lineup, and anytime the Cardinals make a bet on a player, I want to backline the action. 

    J.D. Martinez hit the first MLB regular-season home run of '15. He hit 23 long balls for the Tigers in 123 games in '14 after washing out in Houston. Now a steady fixture in the middle of Detroit's lineup, how many home runs will he deliver this season - O/U 25.5 HRs?

  • Crystal Ball: Fantasy predictions for the 2015 baseball season

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    Fantasy owners, rejoice! The (mostly) meaningless games of spring are nearing an end and the start of the 2015 MLB regular season is nigh. With that in mind, we've asked the Yahoo fantasy experts to gaze into their crystal balls and reveal their visions for the upcoming 2015 season. Here's what our fantasy Four Horsemen had to say:

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    Fantasy MVP

    Brandon Funston: I'm not going to try and get cute with this one. If I had the first pick in a fantasy draft this spring (which, unfortunately, I did not), I'd have taken Mike Trout without hesitation. The fact that one of his main goals for '15 is to increase his stolen bases should be music to his fantasy owners' ears. A return to the 30/30 club is looking good for the biggest fish in the fantasy pond.

    Andy Behrens: I'd love to be a contrarian here, but, well ... there's really only one answer I can give, based on ranks: Mike Trout. He's the best bet to be an asset in all hitting categories.

    Return on Investment MVP

  • Over/Under: Is there hope for spring duds to help your fantasy team?

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 25 days ago

    Brandon –  UNDER. Baez hit nine home runs in 52 games for the Cubs last season, and he's averaged 34.5 HRs in his past two seasons (at various pro levels), so it's easy to believe he'd go over this number with a full season in Chicago. But given his major contact issues, I think Baez is going to get a long Triple-A refresher course to start the season, with the Cubs turning to Arismendy Alcantara at 2B until Baez is deemed ready for a return to Chicago. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] Scott – UNDER. So many holes in his swing, and all of a sudden the Cubs have a deep roster – and a team that thinks it can win now. There's a strong chance Baez will spend part of the year in Iowa. 

    Andy – UNDER. The Cubs do not lack middle-infield options these days, plus the team expects to contend for a postseason appearance. Baez pretty clearly needs more developmental time (no shame in that); I'm not confident he'll see enough major league at-bats to reach this total.

  • High Fives: Visit to the mound

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    In conjunction with our Starting Pitcher primer, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on various topics concerning fantasy starting pitching, including the starters 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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    3. Gerrit Cole - Great pedigree/ park and had a 41:3 K:BB ratio over last five starts last year. 

     

     

     

     

  • Over/Under: Something old, something new

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    Boston slugger David Ortiz heads into his age 39 season having averaged 30 home runs over the past five seasons. Can Big Papi hit that mark in '15 - O/U 29.5 HRs?

    Brandon –  UNDER. I think Boston's depth is going to work against him this season. The Red Sox will have plenty of solid options to give Ortiz extra days off, and I'd expect (after averaging right at 140 games the past two seasons) that he might finish in the 125-135 games played range when all is said and done this season. I'll put him down for 27-28 home runs. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!] Scott – OVER, though it's a shame he's stuck in a park that isn't friendly for left-handed pull power. He's clubbed 42 road homers the last two years. But Ortiz's overall scan is surprisingly stable through his mid-30s, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt for 2015.

    Brandon –  1) Rodney 2) Benoit 3) Uehara 4) K-Rod 5) Papelbon 6) Hawkins 7) Nathan

    Brandon – 1) Soler (26/7) 2) Castillo (11/20) 3) Tomas (20/7)

  • High Fives: Lining up the outfield

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    In conjunction with our Outfield position primer, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on various topics concerning the fantasy outfield positions, including the outfielders 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: Looking up the middle

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    In conjunction with our Middle Infield position primer, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on various topics concerning the fantasy middle infield positions, including the 2B/SS 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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  • Over/Under: In search of bounce-back, breakout candidates

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 1 mth ago

    In '14, Baltimore slugger Chris Davis dropped to 26 home runs, which was 27 fewer than his previous season total (53). Which Davis will we see in '15 - Over/Under 34.5 bombs?

    Brandon – OVER. I'll say he goes slightly over here. He couldn't have been unluckier last season (career-low .242 BABIP), but his 162-game pace was still right near this O/U number. The batting average will remain a problem because of the shift and his contact issues. But with a green light to take adderall and assuming a little better luck in general, he should be able to reach 35 bombs. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Scott – I'll sneak it OVER. It's a fresh start, he's still just 28, the Orioles aren't giving up on him. Davis showed a willingness to hit the ball where it was pitched during his monster 2013 breakout. He can get back to that place. His home park can make him whole again. (Keep drinking that Natty Boh, Pianow.)