He is a kind of hero: he doesn’t use weapons, he’s afraid of heights, and he’s an expert at making complicated machines out of ordinary things quickly. He works in the employ of The Phoenix Foundation, a think tank dedicated to improving mankind. The enemies of world peace and justice continually learn that underestimating this man is a fatal mistake for their plans. These are the adventures of a secret agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness, and his name is Angus MacGyver.   Here are his “must-starts” followed by three FF players that this week can help or hurt you team’s chances of getting into the playoffs, followed by a recipe for perfect Roast Turkey for all you Thanksgiving chefs.


Angus MacGyver’s ”Must Starts” week 9


“A paperclip can be a wondrous thing. More times than I can remember, one of these has gotten me out of a tight spot.”

“If I had some duct tape,
I could fix that.”

“Egg whites are good for a lot of things – lemon meringue pie, angel food cake, and clogging up radiators.”




Adrian Peterson

Stevan Ridley

Steven Jackson

Doug Martin

C.J. Spiller

Frank Gore

LeSean McCoy

Alfred Morris

Willis McGahee

Ray Rice

 Trent Richardson Jamaal Charles




A.J. Green

Reggie Wayne

Vincent Jackson

Calvin Johnson

Julio Jones

Eric Decker

Brandon Marshall

Demaryius Thomas

Wes Welker

Roddy White

Marques Colston

Dez Bryant




Drew Brees

Matthew Stafford

Robert Griffin III

Aaron Rodgers

Matt Ryan

Carson Palmer

Tom Brady

Cam Newton

 Josh Freeman

Peyton Manning

Andrew Luck

 Tony Romo




Jimmy Graham

Aaron Hernandez

Owen Daniels

Rob Gronkowski

Antonio Gates

Greg Olsen

Tony Gonzalez

Jason Witten Jermaine Gresham



Depending on your league settings, chances are that you have some kind of combination of the above for your starting lineup. These are the top options for this week and it is hard to make a case to bench any of them. It’s when you get into the players not on this list where it gets tricky.

For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. To get to this number and above, you will need at minimum 12 points from each of your starters (a little more from your QB and a few from your kickers and defense). This is the threshold for my IN/OUT predictions.






Steven Jackson vs. NYJ

You all know by now that I am no fan of S-Jax. I hardly recommend him any given week, but after watching him play last week with passion and drive, my feelings are starting to change. Maybe it’s a contract thing, maybe he feels the pressure from the youngsters, or maybe he is just fool’s gold. Either way there is no doubt that he had a great game last week against one of the best run defenses in the league. This week he goes against the JETS who have allowed 9 TDs to RBs and seven times this season have allowed them to reach double digits in fantasy points.


Randall Cobb @ DET

Jennings is still not practicing and will be out again this week. This means Cobb continues to shine and be targeted in the Packers high octane offense (he is averaging 9+ targets a game since moving into the WR2 role). On the season, the Lions have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing receivers and six to reach double digits in fantasy points. Cobb should pick up right where he left off before the team’s rest week, where he had more than 10 points in 4 of his past 5 games and got into the endzone 5 times.


Danny Amendola vs. NYJ

I’ll say it again, Danny is a PPR machine. Tony Softli, formerly the Rams VP of player personnel and Panthers director of college scouting, believes Amendola has emerged as a “Blue” player this season. “Blue means play maker and difference maker; an impact player each and every time they touch the field,” explained Softli. “It is a future Pro Bowler that can take over a game with great production.” NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi agrees, saying “the slot receiver is a position all to itself — and in that category, he is a blue — with an arrow up.” Antonio Cromartie plays well against opposing team’s WR1s, but the other JETS corner backs are not good enough to contain Danny. It will be interesting to see how they “defend him”. There will be no reason that they do not target him less than 10 times, and in PPR leagues that means start and don’t blink.



Larry Fitzgerald @ ATL

In your league, your team may be fighting to get into the playoffs or fighting to stay atop of the standings. If this is the case, you have to make the tough calls every week going forward. This is one of them. If you have some back ups like Denarius Moore, Steve Smith, Jeremy Maclin, or even Mike Williams you need to consider replacing Larry “The Arizona Guy”. If you are not in the playoff hunt, just start him. The Falcons backs are playing well lately, and on the season have as many INTs as TDs allowed at 11. That is pretty good. What’s pretty bad is that they give up the big play with 36 going for more than 20 yards. That is good for Fitzy. My prediction is that the Cardinals lay a big fat egg in the east coast early game, and this WR1 scores your team less than 8 points. If you can live with that than start him with confidence.


Rashad Jennings @ HOU

When Maurice went down with injury what did I tell you to Jones-Drew? Pick up Rashad and ride him to your league’s playoffs. I was wrong as he has combined for a mere 16 points in standard scoring and saw his production fall big time as he had only 11 touches last game. This week he plays a very tough defense and there is no reason to play him anymore. You can even cut him loose all together.


Danario Alexander @ DEN

The waiver wire dandy took advantage a good match up last week and a missed tackle en-root to an 80-yard pass play and finished the game with five passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. Denver’s defense does not miss like in year’s past and they are playing very well at home. If you picked him up to start this week, you will be disappointed. If you picked him up for your FF leagues playoffs, you will be rewarded.




Perfect Roast Turkey

With this recipe, you brine the bird overnight or up to 24 hours. This method for roasting your turkey uses cheesecloth soaked in a combination of butter, wine and fresh herbs. While there are many different ways to cook the highlight of your Thanksgiving dinner, I feel that this is the easiest, saving you time to prepare all your accompaniments and visit with your guests.

Feelings differ on cooking your turkey stuffed or un-stuffed. Bottom line is this: A stuffed bird will take longer and the slight difference in flavor of your dressing does not outweigh the extra cooking time or health risk associated with stuffing raw poultry.

2 to 4 days before roasting:

Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.

The night before you’d like to eat (or longer):

Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine (see recipe below). If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for up to 24 hours. (I have been known to put it on the back deck depending on the weather.)


1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey

For the Brine:

1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
1 gallon heavily iced water

Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.


20 ounces cheesecloth
2 lbs butter
2 ounces fresh poultry seasoning, herbs
1 (750 ml) bottles of good white wine

For the Aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
6 leaves sage
Canola oil



Preheat oven to 450°F.

Take 1 lb. of butter and allow it to come to room temperature. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine. Rub rinsed and patted dry turkey with room temperature butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Tuck the wings underneath the bird.

Place cheesecloth over entire turkey.

Cut yourself some to wrap the fresh herbs. Bundle fresh poultry seasoning herbs in strip of cheesecloth and tie to secure. Place the rest of the butter, wine and wrapped herbs in a pot on the stove. Heat on med/low heat until melted and fragrant. Baste entire turkey with butter, wine, herb mixture over the cheesecloth saving some for later.

Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage.

Turn down oven to 325°F.

Place turkey on center rack and baste* after 1 hour with remaining butter/wine mixture and again after 1½ hours. Baste with pan juices every hour or so after that. Every time you baste, rotate the turkey, left to right.

* = Note: Every time you open the oven, your oven temperature will drop, so refrain from basting too often and do not leave the door open too long!

Final temp should be 165°F, but take the bird out of the oven when the thickest part between the thigh and the breast reaches about 155°F. Carryover cooking will bring the temp up another 10° degrees as it rests. Typical resting time before carving is 15-25 minutes. Anything longer is not really necessary.

Plan on 18 to 20 minutes per pound for un-stuffed turkey.





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