Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT – Championship Week

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Because it’s never too early to start thinking about your next week’s matchup.

 

FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT

 

-   Week  24 –

So it has come to this, two teams – one championship.  You probably want to dance with the ones that brought ya, and I don’t blame ya. If you have a couple of positions that you are concerned with, the final 3 IN/OUT of the season are players that you may have on the bench or ones that you can find on the waiver wire. Either way, they are the players you should start and players you need to bench. Here are 6 players that can help or hurt your team in week 24 along with our pick for a starting pitcher with two-starts this coming week.

And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe. This time it’s Fire Nuts.

Lets get to it.

 

 

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Jayson Werth – CF/RF, WAS
week 24 Matchups: vs ATL, vs MIA

The bearded one has 11 hits in his last 6 games and is batting well over .300 for the year and is quietly leading the National League in slugging percentage and OPS. If for some reason have him on your bench, get him in there for the championship.

 

 


Kole Calhoun – RF, LAA
week 24 Matchups: @ OAK, vs SEA

Since coming up to the Angels, Kole has been an RBI machine. During Wednesday night’s 5-4 win over the Blue Jays, the Angels’ redheaded spark plug drove in a couple of runs, including the game-winning one, via two sacrifice flies. Calhoun has now driven in a run in 14 of his last 15 starts — the first player in Angels history to do so — and leads all Major League rookies with 25 RBIs since being called up on July 28. “Overall, he’s one of those guys that the sum is greater than the parts,” said C.J. Wilson, who got the win thanks to Calhoun’s eighth-inning sac fly. “If you look at him on paper, he’s not one of those guys like [Mike] Trout who’s going to wow you. It’s not like he’s 6-3, 240 [pounds]. But he’s got great strike-zone discipline, he uses the whole field, he has an incredible arm, he runs really good routes in the outfield — he just plays baseball really well.” he added, If we had more guys like him, we’d be better off, because he brings every single freckle and every inch to the batter’s box and to the outfield every at-bat, every game.” If for some reason you have a banged up RF or a UTIL spot available, plug, play and win.

 

 

Josh Donaldson – 3B, OAK
week 24 Matchups: vs LAA, vs MIN

Josh returned to action this past Tuesday in Minnesota following a quad injury. After looking good in batting practice, Donaldson quickly went 1 for 4 with a run scored in the loss to the Twins. He has three hits and two RBIs since. He will be a nice option at 3B for your team this week.

 

 

 

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Ben Zobrist – SS/2B/RF, TB
week 24 Matchups: vs TEX, vs BAL

Ben’s BA has been around .270 for the entire year and he has not lived up to the expectations that many had in the spring. While there may not be many great other options at short for your team, unless Jonathan Villar, or Brian Dozier are available, you will have to stick with Zobrist.

 

 

Todd Frazier – 1B/3B/LF, CIN
week 24 Matchups: @ HOU, @ PIT

His numbers rival Zobrist’s but his average is much poorer. You may be tempted to fill injury needs with Todd, but don’t do it and try other third basemen such as Middlebrooks or Lawrie.

 

 

Torii Hunter – RF, DET
week 24 Matchups: vs SEA, vs CHI

Tori with two i’s has just 6 hits and just 1 RBI this month. and has seen his OPS drop to .789. The OPS is the sum of a player’s on-base percentage and slugging average, representing the ability of a player to both get on base and to hit for power, two important hitting skills. An OPS of .900 or higher gets you to upper echelon of hitters. Hunter must be getting tired and it wouldn’t surprise to see him get some extra rest this week. You might want to take another look at RFs like Nick Swisher and the aforementioned Kole Calhoun.

 

 

 

Two-Start Pitcher of the Week

The FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT Two-start pitcher will not include top tier starters. Those pitchers will always be on your starting roster for the upcoming week. It’s those fringe starters, the ones you use to fill your last roster spot that we think will give you 2 quality starts in one week.

 

Here are the must start top options and their scheduled opponents in week 24:

  • Alex Cobb: TEX (Garza), BAL (Feldman)
  • Felix Hernandez: @DET (Sanchez), @LAA (Wilson)
  • David Price: TEX (Tepesch), BAL (Gonzalez)
  • Joe Kelly: @COL (Nicasio), @MIL (Peralta)
  • A.J. Burnett: SD (Cashner), CIN (Arroyo)
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu: @ARI (Cahill), @SD (Stults)
  • Zack Greinke: @ARI (Corbin), @SD (Ross)
  • Mike Minor: @WAS (Haren), @CHC (Jackson)
  • James Shields: CLE (Kazmir), TEX (Garza)
  • C.J. Wilson: @OAK (Gray), SEA (Hernandez)
  • Anibal Sanchez: SEA (Hernandez), CWS (Sale)
  • Cliff Lee: MIA, NYM (Harang)

 

FANFOOD PICK:

 

Sonny Gray - OAK

week 24 starts: 09/16 vs. LAA (wilson) & 09/21 vs. MIN (Hernandez)

Sonny Gray matched up opposite Mike Pelfrey on Wednesday night in Minnesota. It was no contest when all was said and done in the 18-3 win. Gray earned the win to improve to .500 at 3-3 on the season. He received plenty of offensive support as Oakland scored 10 times in the fourth inning alone and didn’t stop there. Gray cruised to victory as he allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks over five innings. He threw 91 pitches and struck out seven. Gray has gone 2-1 in his last three starts but has allowed just four runs over that span of 19 2/3 innings with 21 Ks. The youngster has been a nice starter for the Athletics down the stretch. He’ll make his next scheduled start Monday to open a series at home against the Angels then later in the week against the Twins and the Ks he has in that game may put you over the top in your Championship matchup.

 

Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 24:

 

  • Andy Pettitte: @TOR (Dickey), @OAK (Griffin)
  • Corey Kluber: @KC (Duffy), HOU (Bedard)
  • Jake Peavy: BAL (Feldman), TOR (Dickey)
  • R.A. Dickey: NYY (Pettitte), @BOS (Peavy)
  • Patrick Corbin: LAD (Greinke), @COL (Nicasio)
  • Matt Garza: @TB (Cobb), @KC (Shields)
  • Tanner Roark: ATL (Wood), MIA (Flynn)
  • Yusmeiro Petit: @NYM (Wheeler), @NYY (Pettitte)
  • Jeff Locke: SD (Stults), CIN (Leake)
  • Wily Peralta: CHC (Jackson), STL (Kelly)
  • Juan Nicasio: STL (Kelly), ARI (Corbin)
  • Jorge De La Rosa: STL (Lynn), ARI (Cahill)
  • Edwin Jackson: @MIL (Peralta), ATL (Minor)
  • Trevor Cahill: LAD (Ryu), @COL (De La Rosa)
  • Mike Leake: @HOU (Bedard), @PIT (Locke)
  • Nick Tepesch: @TB (Price), @KC (Guthrie)
  • A.J. Griffin: LAA (Richards), MIN (Hendriks)
  • Rick Porcello: SEA (Saunders), CWS (Rienzo)
  • Scott Kazmir: @KC (Shields), HOU (Harrell)
  • Scott Feldman: @BOS (Peavy), @TB (Cobb)
  • Joe Saunders: @DET (Porcello), @LAA (Williams)
  • Liam Hendriks: @CWS (Johnson), SEA (Hernandez)
  • Erik Bedard: CIN (Leake), @CLE (Kluber)
  • Dan Haren: ATL (Minor), MIA (Koehler)
  • Lance Lynn: @COL (De La Rosa), @MIL (Gallardo)
  • Brian Flynn: @PHI (Halladay), @WAS (Roark)

 

 

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Fire Nuts

 

When you look at this, it sounds like these peanuts will be too hot to eat. The smoking process however tones down the heat and gives the peanuts a delicious flavor. You must use raw, unsalted, not roasted, nuts for this recipe to work.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups raw peanuts
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce
salt to taste

 

PREPARATION

Pour nuts and hot sauce into a bowl.
Let sit 30 minutes or until the nuts of soaked up the hot sauce.
Place on a smoker safe cooking dish large enough to make one layer of nuts.
Lightly salt.
Place in prepared smoker at 200-220 degrees F.
Smoke for one hour or until brown and dry.
Remove from smoker and place on absorbent paper to cool.
Serve.

 

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