Brandon Funston

  • Over/Under: Assessing the ailing Andrew McCutchen

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 22 mins 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 2 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

       

     

       

       

  • Over/Under: Teixeira, A-Rod enjoying a career revival

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira leads all first basemen with eight home runs. Will the  career revival lead him beyond the 30-HR mark for the first time since '11 - O/U 21.5 ROS home runs?

    Andy – We knew Teixeira had power, didn't we? I don't feel as if I've learned anything unexpected here. All of our preseason concerns still exist (disastrous AVG, injury potential, age). I'll take the UNDER. I have no doubt this guy can hit another 20 or so homers, rest-of-season. But I'm not about to bet on a trouble-free campaign.

    Joey Votto is enjoying a huge bounce-back campaign, thus far, with an OPS among the league leaders. Can the Reds' Canadian clubber, who owns a career OPS above .950 but has topped that mark just once in the past four seasons, finish with an OPS clip above his career average - O/U .9549 OPS?

    Dalton – OVER. I'm convinced his recent down years were solely due to injuries, and he sure looks fully healthy now. He's one of baseball's five best hitters and also benefits from playing in GAB, which has increased HR for LHB by an MLB-high 52 percent over the past three seasons.

    Dalton – Kemp (.295-22), Upton (.275-28), Myers (.260-18).

  • High Fives: Houston's Lowrie buzzing on the Week 4 wire

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    As we head into Week 4 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 ...

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    3. Jimmy Paredes - This year's Steve Pearce? This has Wiggy written all over it

       

  • Baseball Big Board: Votto, Cruz splash the top 10

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 12 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: The "Stock" column above is based upon my final preseason Yahoo rankings. Going forward, it will reflect changes from the previous Big Board update. On the Bubble

    Corners: Alex Rodriguez, NYY; Matt Carpenter, StL; Billy Butler, Oak; David Ortiz, Bos; Kyle Seager, Sea; Evan Longoria, TB; Pablo Sandoval, Bos; David Wright, NYM; Carlos Santana, Cle; Victor Martinez, Det; Ryan Zimmerman, Was

    Relievers: David Robertson, ChW; Craig Kimbrel, SDG; Andrew Miller, NYY

  • Over/Under: With Addison Russell's arrival, youth is served in Chicago

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    George Springer generated plenty of fantasy buzz in '14 with 20 home runs in his 78-game MLB debut, but it's no secret that his contact issues make him a batting average liability. With just one home run through his first 13 games of '15, to go along with 18 strikeouts and a sub-Mendoza BA, what is your state of concern in regards to Springer - O/U .235 batting average and 25.5 home runs?

    Andy – I'll take the UNDER on both stats, but my rest-of-season projections would actually come in very close to these numbers. I think a reasonable forecast would be something like .232, with the possibility of a 20/20 season in terms of power and speed.

    Another vaunted Cubs prospect, middle infielder Addison Russell, has joined the party in the Windy City. What should fantasy owners expect - project his roto line?

    Dalton – I'll say Russell goes .240-55-12-50-5. He's a great real life prospect and possibly a great fantasy option down the road, but I wouldn't expect too much in 2015. 

    Andy – SEGURA, Utley, Semien, Travis and Russell. I've made a clean break with Brett Lawrie, and you will not force me to consider him. No way. Nuh-uh. No, no, no.

  • High Fives: Week 3 fantasy waiver wire finds include Jake Lamb

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 17 days ago

    As we head into Week 3 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. Yonder Alonso - Vanilla play, but here comes four games at Coors Field

       

  • Over/Under: Gauging Gonzalez

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 21 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 23 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 27 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?