Brandon Funston

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

    Brandon Funston at Roto Arcade 2 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 8 days 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 10 days 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 14 days 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 15 days 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 20 days 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.) 

  • High Fives: Down on the corner

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 21 days ago

    In conjunction with our Corner Infield position primer, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on various topics concerning the fantasy corner infield positions, including the 1B/3B 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: Dishing on Gattis, and other catchers

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 23 days ago

    In conjunction with our Catcher position primer, Brandon Funston, Dalton Del Don and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on various topics concerning the fantasy catcher position, including the backstops 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: Which baseball players could see fantasy boost with new teams?

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 23 days ago

    In this week's High Fives, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on, among other things, the players most likely to get a value boost from an offseason change of venue, and the hitters most likely to rebound after a disappointing '14. Let's get to it ...

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  • High Fives: Speedsters Gordon, Hamilton overrated

    Brandon Funston at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    The return of High Fives is long overdue. For those that are unfamiliar with this drill, Yahoo! fantasy experts will offer their quick hitters on certain topics in the world of fantasy sports. This week, Brandon Funston, Andy Behrens and Scott Pianowski offer their top-5 takes on the upcoming fantasy baseball season. Topics include, among others, fantasy baseball's overrated, and underrated and, in honor of the upcoming Oscar awards show, the movies you can't live without. Let's get to it ...

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