Brandon Funston

  • Upon further review: Maclin might be a KC masterpiece after all

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 22 hrs ago

    With preseason play nearing its end, I've asked the Yahoo fanalysts to identify which players did the most to sway their opinions (positively and negatively) from where they were initially valued before training camps got underway. I will kick this exercise off with a player that, while he seriously damaged his value in the fantasy court of public opinion, I can't help but keep moving up my WR draft board.

    Going Up

    Brandon Marshall, NYJ, WR: Leading the Jets’ receiving corps in targets throughout the preseason, Marshall looks rejuvenated and ready to bounce back from a down year. He’s a fantastic value in the fifth round. (Liz Loza)

    Bishop Sankey, Ten, RB: Sankey remains in line to receive a healthy share of the workload in a not-totally-zombified offense, so he's not such a bad late-round dice roll. I don't trust him, obviously, but I can tolerate him after Pick No. 100. (Andy Behrens)

  • High Fives: A fantasy draft

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    With the NFL preseason underway, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Liz Loza offer their top-5 takes on the fantasy football landscape, starting with their dream scenario for the opening rounds of a fantasy draft. Let's get to it ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!]

    3. Latavius Murray - Murray's ceiling is tremendous . Just silly. Assuming good health in 2015, he can force his way into the first round of 2016 drafts.   

       

    1. Chris Polk - I think he's more talented than Alfred Blue, and if Arian Foster misses a sizeable chunk of games, I expect that Polk will bubble to the top

    1. Brandon Coleman - He's been a stand out in camp and has surpassed Nick Toon as the team's third receiver. He'd likely take over Colston's role were the vet to go down. 

       

       

    5. Andrew Luck -  You don't get to 40 (or 50) TDs without throwing a few picks. 

       

  • High Fives: Jets offense starting to take flight

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    With the NFL preseason underway, Brandon Funston, Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on the fantasy football landscape, starting with the biggest winners and losers of the preseason, to this point. Let's get to it ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!]

    3. Ameer Abdullah -  Juke-button moves, acceleration and versatility on display. Expensive in drafts (ADP around 40.0), but should be a 14-15 tch/g back from the get go.  

       

    1. Robert Griffin III - Still can't stay healthy, still can't say the right things in the media ...

    1. Joseph Randle  - The offensive line is wonderful, but that doesn't mean just anyone can star in front of it. Randle hasn't proven much this summer.  

       

       

    5. Julio Jones - Dots are connecting for a career year (scheme, ordinary cast, contract push, etc). 

       

  • Mini-Mock: Best of players owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    So here's how this works. Each Monday, the Yahoo fantasy crew jumps on a conference call to discuss the week that was/will be. From time to time, as part of this process, we decide to include a short mock draft - roughly one-eighth the size of a normal draft, I shall call it mini mock. This week's mini mock draft (six rounds) each expert required to draft players currently owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!] Round 1 Pick 1 — Ryan Mathews, Phi, RB (Brandon Funston)

    Funston says – Expected to get 8-10 touches per game as it stands, which sits just fine for the player pool we are pulling from here. But the upside goes through the roof if DeMarco Murray goes down.

    Round 1 Pick 2 — Stevie Johnson, SD, WR (Scott Pianowski)

    Pianowman says –  Put a coin in the slot machine. Cherry, cherry, cherry. Eddie Royal was useful in this position last year, and Johnson has more physical gifts than Royal.

  • High Fives: Gronk a top TD favorite

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 19 days ago

    With the NFL preseason underway, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Liz Loza offer their top-5 takes on the fantasy football landscape, starting with players that are likely to hit pay dirt most often in '15. Let's get to it ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!]

    3. Adrian Peterson - AP finished with double-digit TDs in each of his first seven seasons, with a high of 18. He's no Asiata, but he's good. 

       

    1. Dorial Green-Beckham  - Justin Hunter might screw up just enough to give DGB a shot. The rookie is very raw, but Tennesse needs an "X" receiver with playmaking potential. 

       

       

    5. Josh Hill - He may not be Jimmy Graham, but in the back half of the 11th round I'll take Graham-lite. 

       

  • Mini Mock: Luck, Gronk stand out as positional outliers

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 22 days ago

    So here's how this works. Each Monday, the Yahoo fantasy crew jumps on a conference call to discuss the week that was/will be. From time to time, as part of this process, we decide to include a short mock draft - roughly one-eighth the size of a normal draft, I shall call it mini mock. This week's mini mock draft (six rounds) was a tip of the iceberg, head of the class, cream of the crop (etc.) exercise, with each expert required to draft a QB, two RBs, two WRs, and a TE from the entire player pool ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!] Round 1 Pick 1 — Marshawn Lynch, Sea, RB (Brandon Funston)

    Round 1 Pick 2 — Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB (Scott Pianowski)

    Pianowman says – In an exercise of this depth, it's all about upside. Bell is obvious No. 1 player without the suspension, that we should agree on.

    Round 1 Pick 3 — Jamaal Charles, KC, RB (Dalton Del Don)

    Round 1 Pick 4 — Adrian Peterson, Min, RB (Andy Behrens)

    Round 2 Pick 1 — C.J. Anderson, Den, RB (Loza)

  • High Fives: Projecting preseason risers and fallers

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 24 days ago

    With the NFL preseason underway, Brandon Funston, Brad Evans and Liz Loza offer their top-5 takes on the fantasy football landscape, starting with players that could see a drastic change in their fantasy value between now and the kickoff of the '15 regular season. Let's get to it ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!]

    3. Alfred Blue - Foster's cloudy timetable has the second-year RB's value on the rise. However, hard to buy on the bull. Polk by far the more appealing option available much later. 

       

    1.  LeSean McCoy -  Buffalo’s question marks under center will continue to scare owners away from Shady’s situation. 

       

       

    5.  Allen Robinson  - Fully healthy and crushing it at camp, Robinson is the X receiver that Blake Bortles and Jacksonville desperately need. 

       

  • Catching up with running backs: Abdullah among 10 PPR targets

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 27 days ago

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      Danny Woodhead, SD (ADP 99) - Woodhead finished as the No. 12 PPR running back (76 receptions) in his last healthy campaign ('13), and rookie Melvin Gordon has not shown well in pass pro this summer. QB Philip Rivers loves to throw to his RBs (SD has averaged a fourth-place finish in RB receptions over the past eight seasons) and, when those opportunities arise, Woodhead is the one who is going to, once again, be in the position to cash in.

  • Big Board: Kicking '15 off in Beast Mode

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 28 days ago

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    Note: "vs. ECR" compares my rank to the Expert Consensus Rank (ECR) as compiled by FantasyPros.

    Dropped Out: Arian Foster, Hou, RB (groin)

    ON THE BUBBLE: (QBs) Eli Manning, NYG ; Peyton Manning, Den; Tony Romo, Dal; Cam Newton, Car; Tom Brady, NE (suspended) (RBs) Duke Johnson, Cle; Giovani Bernard, Cin; LeGarrette Blount, NE; Isaiah Crowell, Cle (WRs) Martavis Bryant, Pit; Jordan Matthews, Phi; Emmanuel Sanders, Den; DeSean Jackson, Was; Brandon Marsahll, NYJ; Roddy White, Atl; Julian Edelman, NE; Sammy Watkins, Buf; Amari Cooper, Oak (TEs) Greg Olsen, Car ; Travis Kelce, KC

  • High Fives: Players on the move, on the rise

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    With the NFL preseason underway, Brandon Funston, Brad Evans and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on the fantasy football landscape, starting with players that find themselves in new training camp surroundings. Let's get to it ... [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!]

    3. Andre Johnson - Rotation of suck in HOU limited the future HOFer's abilities greatly. Now tied to arguably the best QB in the AFC, he has reasonable odds of finally cracking the 10-TD mark.

       

       

       

    5. Shane Vereen - The Giants wouldn't have added him if they weren't going to pepper him with targets