Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 13











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




-   Week 13  –

Each week, the FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT will not include players that are locks for your starting rosters, just the ones that are considered “fringe” starters. The 3 IN/OUT are the ones 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. This week we will talk about the players that can help or hurt your team in week 13.

And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe

This time it’s grilled Tuna Appetizers

Lets get to it.



3 IN



Austin Jackson – CF, DET
week 13 matchups: vs LAA, @TB

It’s been a week since the Tigers activated Austin Jackson from the 15-day disabled list. He was cleared to return after making it through three rehab games with no issues with his hamstring, and he wound up missing over a month with the injury. Jackson has gone 7 for 13 in his last three games after going 0 for 3 in his first game off the DL. Get him in your lineup for week 13.


Michael Young – 1B/2B/3B, PHI
week 13 matchups: @ SD, @ LAD

Michael Young joined the 1,000-RBI club when he hit a two-run homer off Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez in the first inning this past Wednesday. Young became the 242nd MLB player to reach 1,000 career RBI, according to He’s among 18 active players who have reached that plateau. Young’s homer Wednesday contributed to his eighth multi-hit game in June. Since May 28, Young is batting .368 (25 for 68) with a .559 slugging percentage, .936 OPS, a triple, two home runs, five doubles, seven RBI and eight runs in 16 games. Sounds like a solid two bagger to me for week 13.


Peter Bourjos – CF, LAA
week 13 matchups: @DET, @HOU

Peter Bourjos went 3-for-4 with a homer, a stolen base and three RBI in yesterday’s win against the Mariners. The speedy outfielder is 15-for-36 (.417) since returning from the disabled list (hamstring) on June 10. He’s stolen three bases in those 10 games, assuaging doubt that a lingering malady would slow him down. Bourjos has put up a dynamite .345/.392/.479 line with three homers and four stolen bases in 32 games. It was his fifth multi-hit game in the last six. Bourjos is batting .345 on the season in 119 at-bats, including .500 over that time. He might be available on your league’s waiver wire, but not for long.






Starlin Castro – SS, CHC
week 13 matchups: @MIL, @SEA

Starlin Castro finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout Wednesday in the Cubs’ loss to the Cardinals,  is now batting .235/.269/.327 and there seems to be no end in sight for his offensive struggles. He went  4-for-26 on the last road trip, heading into last week, his average dropped to .235 and has stayed there. Manager Dale Sveum, however, doesn’t want to give Castro a day off and agreed with president Theo Epstein’s assertion that Castro has regressed. Doesn’t sound like a starter for your team this coming week


Jurickson Profar – 2B, TEX
week 13 matchups: @NYY, vs CIN

When Ian Kinsler returned to the Rangers’ lineup last weekend, it looked like it could be the end of regular playing time for Jurickson Profar. However, after sitting for one day, Profar has been in the lineup a bunch, starting at third base, designated hitter, and shortstop. Profar also has been working on playing the outfield, so clearly the Rangers are committed to giving him at least semi-regular playing time. Fantasy owners can stop worrying about Profar’s number of at-bats and start worrying about his lack of production. The combination of power, speed and plate discipline made Profar an exciting prospect, especially when he was putting up strong numbers at Double-A as a 19-year-old. However, he hasn’t seen the benefits of his speed in the big leagues, either in the form of stolen bases or doubles and triples. He has a couple of interesting matchups this week as I could see him having a couple of big games in the Bronx, but I would still bench the super utility guy.


Anthony Rizzo – 1B, CHC
week 13 matchups: @MIL, @SEA

Rizzo had played the team’s first 68 games before taking Tuesday off and he needed it, because he had seen his average drop about 20 points since the start of June. He hasn’t homered since May 18, and has a .241/.327/.444 slash line with 10 homers and 39 RBI this season. He does seem to play better on the road, but I would bench him even though all of his week 13 games are away from home.


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 13:

  • Cliff Lee, 6/24 @ SD Stults 6/29 @ LAD Capuano
  • Gio Gonzalez, 6/25 vs ARI Delgado 6/30 @ NYM Marcum
  • Madison Bumgarner, 6/24 @ LAD Capuano 6/30 @ COL Nicasio
  • Clayton Kershaw, 6/25 vs SF Gaudin 6/30 vs PHI Kendrick
  • Justin Masterson, 6/25 @ BAL Tillman 6/30 @ CHW Axelrod
  • Hiroki Kuroda, 6/25 vs TEX Grimm 6/30 @ BAL Britton
  • C.J. Wilson, 6/25 @ DET Porcello 6/30 @ HOU Lyles
  • Chris Tillman, 6/25 vs CLE Masterson 6/30 vs NYY Kuroda






Eric Stults, SD

week 13 starts: 6/24 vs PHI (Lee) & 6/30 @ MIA (Eovaldi)

Eric Stults could not quite live up to his complete game in his follow-up start Yesterday, but he still pitched well in a no-decision against the Giants. He tossed his fifth quality start in a row in the game, though it was his first time failing to finish the seventh inning in that stretch. He allowed just two runs in 6 1/3 innings of work, but was pulled after allowing a one-out single in the seventh inning. That runner came around to score, blowing a 2-1 Padres lead and leaving hime with a no-decision. He allowed seven hits and two walks in the game, while striking out three batters on 105 pitches. He is now 6-5 on the season with a 3.25 ERA through 15 starts. He is expected to make his next start Monday against the Phillies, and then later in the week in Miami and is a good SP3 for week 13.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 13:

  • Ryan Dempster, 6/25 vs COL Nicasio 6/30 vs TOR Buehrle
  • Ubaldo Jimenez, 6/24 @ BAL Britton 6/29 @ CHW Santiago
  • Rick Porcello, 6/25 vs LAA Wilson 6/30 @ TB Hellickson
  • Ervin Santana, 6/25 vs ATL Medlen 6/30 @ MIN Correia
  • Kyle Kendrick, 6/25 @ SD Marquis 6/30 @ LAD Kershaw
  • Esmil Rogers, 6/24 @ TB Hellickson 6/29 @ BOS Aceves
  • Mark Buehrle, 6/25 @ TB Moore 6/30 @ BOS Dempster
  • Kevin Correia, 6/25 @ MIA Fernandez 6/30 vs KC Santana
  • Edwin Jackson, 6/25 @ MIL Lohse 6/30 @ SEA Bonderman
  • Kyle Lohse, 6/25 vs CHC Jackson 6/30 @ PIT Morton
  • Zach Britton, 6/24 vs CLE Jimenez 6/29 vs NYY Hughes
  • Jeremy Hellickson, 6/24 vs TOR Rogers 6/30 vs DET Porcello
  • Justin Grimm, 6/25 @ NYY Kuroda 6/30 vs CIN Latos
  • Shaun Marcum, 6/25 @ CHW Sale 6/30 vs WAS Gonzalez
  • Randall Delgado, 6/25 @ WAS Gonzalez 6/30 @ ATL Hudson
  • Juan Nicasio, 6/25 @ BOS Dempster 6/30 vs SF Bumgarner
  • Chris Capuano, 6/24 vs SF Bumgarner 6/29 vs PHI Lee




Grilled Tuna Appetizers



8 oz sushi-quality tuna

for the tamarind mixture:
2/3 cup tamarind paste
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sesame for decoration

Ingredients for the yogurt dip:
1/2 cup greek yogurt
fresh coriander, chopped
parsly, chopped
2-3 spring onions, chopped
salt to taste


Cut the tuna in little cubes, about an inch in length, and put them on wooden skewers.

For the Dip:

Chop the fresh coriander, parsley and spring onions and mix it with the Greek yogurt – or simply blend everything together in a food processor. Salt to taste. Keep refrigerated until served.

For the Glaze:

Put tamarind paste into a pot and bring to the boil, then add the sugar. Stir well until fully resolved, add the chili powder and the salt. Cook over low heat for another 15 minutes or so. Then remove from the stove and let chill. I wouldn’t allow it to fully cool down, otherwise you’ll have a hard time getting the gooey mix on the tuna.

Meanwhile briefly roast the seeds (they should not get burned), crush in a mortar and add to the tamarind paste. Also add the oil.

Coat the tuna pieces thoroughly with the tamarind paste and cook on a very hot oiled grill for about a minute, turn over for another minute – or sear alternatively in a hot non stick pan until the outside is nicely caramelized while the inside is still uncooked and pink.


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