1. Most of the guys here think Funston knows just as much if not less than they do...so that's why he gets the ribbing. He's just trying to cater to the "average" player (knows a little bit about drafting but still would reach to get players they like regardless of fantasy value).
2. RB's are important because they are scarce. Same principle in fantasy baseball with the steal guys or stud hitters at a weak position. Like Chone Figgins would ever be picked in the 2nd round of a draft if he didn't steal 55 bases a year...
Yes, this year the first 12-14 picks really should be RB's because there are so few unquestioned backs that people feel will perform well.
3. I'm sure you can find total points fantasy football leagues, but I don't like roto for fantasy football. H2H mimics the game of football the best...you only have a few scant chances to win because there are only 16 games, so you have to make them all count each week by playing the guys you feel will score the most points. Even with roto football scoring, I don't think drafting patterns would change that much. RB's still get the most rushing yards and can get quite a bit of receiving yards as well. No WR is going to run for 500 rush yards and get 1500 receiving yards...and no QB will do it either.
3b. As I said before, the scoring is the closest we can get to the real game as possible. As far as fantasy drafting goes, you can pick Manning really high and do well, but it normally would require the others in your league to have no clue and allow you to get top RB's and WR's at the same time. Value drafting attempts to maximize your scoring, and scarcity dictates RB's go before top QB's.
Once again back to baseball...is Jose Reyes really the 25th best player or Podsednik the 60th best player? No; they're only picked there because they steal a ton and score a lot of runs. David Ortiz went about 6th this year in fantasy drafts...but a lot of people would argue that he was the MVP of the league last year, so shouldn't he have been picked 2nd behind Pujols? He wasn't because he only helps in 4 catgories whereas players like A-Rod or Vlad have the ability to help you in all 5 categories.
So in actuality, fantasy football is a little bit like fantasy baseball, but since baseball has such a long season, roto is the best way to determine which team is best over the long haul. With a relatively short 16 game schedule for football, H2H scoring shows which team was best the most times each week and who had the better team during the one "big game" where it's all on the line.
Hopefully I didn't step on your toes too badly there, we even welcome "dark siders" here every chance we get.