Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma’s recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It’s quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the cranky, argumentative Thelma. After Vinton moved in with Thelma, he became romantically interested in Thelma’s next-door neighbor Naomi. They soon got married and Naomi moved into Thelma’s house as well. Thelma’s daughters, the spoiled, rich, snobbish Ellen and the foulmouthed Eunice, and Eunice’s husband Ed occasionally visit and hilarity ensues.


Here are Mama’s  ”must-starts” followed by a recipe for Jambalaya baked in a Dutch oven.


Mama’s “Must Starts” week 9


“Ellen, would you like some wine? “Well why not? There’s nothing like good wine and friends”. “Or cheap wine and relatives.”

“You’ve heard of the Pet Rock, well let me introduce you to the Pet Lock.” Mama: “Vint you’ve had some stupid ideas, but this one qualifies you for Handicap parking.”

“That’s what families are all about, doing things that make you miserable.”




Arian Foster

Doug Martin

Matt Forte

LeSean McCoy

Trent Richardson

Alfred Morris

Ray Rice

Adrian Peterson

Jamaal Charles

Marshawn Lynch

Ryan Mathews

Darren McFadden




A.J. Green

Demaryius Thomas

Steve Smith

Brandon Marshall

Calvin Johnson

Vincent Jackson

Roddy White

Percy Harvin

Marques Colston

Victor Cruz

Reggie Wayne

Jordy Nelson




Drew Brees

Matt Ryan

Matthew Stafford

Robert Griffin III

Cam Newton

Ben Roethlisberger

Aaron Rodgers

Eli Manning

Peyton Manning

Michael Vick




Jason Witten

Owen Daniels

Martellus Bennett

Tony Gonzalez

Brandon Pettigrew

Jermichael Finley

Antonio Gates

Jared CookKyle Rudolph

Jimmy Graham

 Greg Olsen 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.




Josh Freeman @ OAK

Freeman has posted 92 fantasy points in standard scoring the past three weeks. If you are stuck at QB like I am with tommy boy on a bye, why not roll the dice? I like Josh against the Oakland defense that while playing pretty will against opposing QBs, they really haven’t faced any great ones other than Matty Ice.


Jonathan Stewart @ WAS

The ‘Skins defense is not good against the run. They have allowed either a touchdown or 100 total yards to an opposing running back in every game this season with seven touchdowns total. He may be splitting duties, though I expect both to get enough yards and scores to make starting Stewart a good choice.


DeSean Jackson @ NO

“DeMouth” is not my favorite FF player, but Vick will have to prove he is worthy of the starting gig. Jackson seems to have some huge games at times, and I believe this will be one of them. The Saints defense is like a submarine with a screen door giving up the most fantasy points to opposing receivers with 13 touchdowns allowed and 11 reaching double digits. If Vick can’t get it going against them, I see pine in his future.



LaRod Stephens-Howling @ GB

LSH is the starter in the desert although he had a bad game last week against the niners.This week he gets the Packers who have allowed just one rushing touchdown to a running back at home in four games. I don’t see another one this week. Bench LSH.


Chris Johnson vs. CHI

CJ.5K has has double digits in fantasy points in four of his past five games. Sounds good right? This week he faces the Bears who have not allowed a running back to score since week 1 and only one 100 yard game since week 2. Temper expectations and bench CJ if you can.


Steve Johnson @ HOU

The Texans have shut down WR1s all year. Jordy Nelson is the only one to post good number against them. Stevie has 4 scores on the year, but only has one game with more than 80 yards. It may be hard to bench him as well, but I think you must do it, unless 4-7 points is OK with you.





Baked Black Pot Jambalaya

6 cups Meat: either chicken, shrimp, oysters, or crawfish or sausage or combination of each
2 cups Uncooked long grain rice
1/2 cup Margarine — melted
1/2 cup Vegetable cooking oil
2 cups Onions — chopped
1 Bell pepper — chopped
4 Cloves garlic – minced
1/2 cup Whole tomato — squeezed
3 cups Chicken broth
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
1 tablespoons Kitchen Bouquet
3 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoons Cayenne pepper
1/4 Stick sweet cream butter — Melted
1/2 cup Green onions — sliced
4 tablespoons Parsley — minced


In a 5 quart cast iron Dutch oven, mix rice and melted margarine together thoroughly, making sure all rice is coated. In a skillet, heat the cooking oil over high heat and Sauté the onions, bell pepper and garlic until they start to brown. Drop in meats and fry them along with the seasonings. Mix the meats and sautéed vegetables into the raw rice, and toss in the remaining ingredients, except the green onions and parsley. Pour in the butter and mix everything together until well blended. Cover the Dutch oven tightly and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Toss in green onions and parsley, stir the jambalaya to mix all the ingredients, cover the pot and continue to bake for another 15 minutes or until the rice is tender and flaky.



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