Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 15

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

 

FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT

 

-   Week 15 CATCHER EDITION –

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 6 catchers that can help or hurt your team in week 15, followed by a great recipe for Grilled Rock Lobster Tacos.

 

Lets get to it.

 

 

3 IN

 

 

Wilson Ramos – C, WAS
week 15 matchups: @ PHI, @ MIA

The Washington backstop returned to action in the July 4 matinee and he quickly made an impact, collecting three hits against Milwaukee, including the game-flipping homer. The tape reflects well on Ramos – he used the entire ballpark over the course of the afternoon, and the round-tripper was a no-doubter. Closing in on his 26th birthday, perhaps Ramos is ready for a snappy second half and needs to be added in your league and started in week 15.

 

Carlos Ruiz – C, PHI
week 15 matchups: vs WAS, vs CHW

Carlos is riding a modest 4-game hit streak but is not showing the power he did last year. He is one of those “fringe” starters for sure and may be a good edition if you are dealing with a catcher in a slump or injuries. While he may not be a permanent edition to your squad, he has some nice matchups at home this coming week.

 

 

Derek Norris – C, OAK
week 15 matchups: @ PIT, vs BOS

Derek delivered the decisive blow during Tuesday’s 8-7 win against the Cubs — a three-run homer off James Russell in the eighth inning. “I was just trying not to do too much, just barrel it and rely on my strengths and not try to get away from my approach,” Norris said, per MLB.com. “I was trying to see something over the middle, try to hit a nice line-drive single up the middle, and I got underneath it just enough to carry it out of the park.” he added, “He does his best work late in games with runners in scoring position,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s gotten big hits for us since he got here last year. You get the big hits in bigger situations, those are the type of things that get you the respect of your teammates and give us confidence that when he comes up in those situations, he’s going to come through.“ Just like Ruiz, Derek may not be a permanent fixture on your team but makes for a nice play in week 15

 

 

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Joe Mauer – C, 1B MIN
week 15 matchups: @ TB, @ NYY

even though joe is batting .315 and hit in each of his last 3 games, he recently went through a 0-17 slump and isn’t feeling great. “I’m all right, just a little beat up, a little under the weather,” Mauer said. “I don’t know if it’s allergies or what that’s going around this clubhouse, but I seemed to find my way into it, too.” I don’t know what it is either, but it wouldn’t come as a surprise if he takes a seat and an early all-star break.

 

 

 

Jonathan Lucroy – C, MIL
week 15 matchups: vs CIN, @ ARI

Lucroy has seen his average drop to .269, hasn’t homered in awhile and has just a couple of RBIs in his last 10 games. I wouldn’t start him until he proves worthy.

 

 

Matt Wieters – C, BAL
week 15 matchups: vs TEX, vs TOR

Matt hasn’t had a hit in his last 9 ABs, and just one homer in his last 10 games, to go along with just 3 RBIs. His average is all the way down to .225 and not helping any ROTO teams. Its time to bench or drop the struggling catcher.

 

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 15:

  • Justin Verlander, 7/9 vs CHW Quintana 7/14 vs TEX Perez
  • Max Scherzer, 7/8 @ CLE Kazmir 7/13 vs TEX Holland
  • Zack Greinke, 7/8 @ ARI Delgado 7/13 vs COL Chatwood
  • Felix Hernandez ,7/8 vs BOS Lester 7/13 vs LAA Wilson
  • CC Sabathia, 7/8 vs KC Guthrie 7/13 vs MIN Walters
  • Matt Harvey, 7/8 @ SF Zito 7/14 @ PIT Gomez
  • Matt Cain, 7/9 vs NYM Gee 7/14 @ SD Stults

 

FANFOOD PICK:

 

Shelby Miller, STL

Week 15 starts, 7/9 vs HOU (Norris) &  7/14 @ CHC (Wood)

Shelby snapped a two-game losing streak is his last start, as he received a plethora of run support in a 12-2 win over the Angels. Miller didn’t need much of that support, however, as he was on top of his game. He made just one mistake, allowing a two-run home run to Hank Conger in the second inning, but he already had a 7-0 lead at that point. Those were the only runs Miller would allow in six innings, as he ended his mini slide. Miller struck out six batters and walked two, while allowing five hits. He threw 70 of 102 pitches for strikes, as he pushed his record to 9-6. Miller carries a 2.80 ERA into week 15 with starts against the Astros and Cubs.

 

Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 15:

  • Jon Lester, 7/8 @ SEA Hernandez 7/13 @ OAK TBD
  • Bartolo Colon, 7/8 @ PIT Gomez 7/14 vs BOS Webster
  • Julio Teheran, 7/9 @ MIA Turner 7/14 vs CIN Leake
  • Cole Hamels, 7/9 vs WAS Jordan 7/14 vs CHW Quintana
  • Mike Leake, 7/9 @ MIL Hellweg 7/14 @ ATL Teheran
  • Travis Wood, 7/9 vs LAA Williams 7/14 vs STL Miller
  • Mike Minor, 7/8 @ MIA Nolasco 7/13 vs CIN Cingrani
  • Hisashi Iwakuma, 7/9 vs BOS Webster 7/14 vs LAA Weaver
  • Tony Cingrani, 7/8 @ MIL Lohse 7/13 @ ATL Minor
  • Kyle Lohse, 7/8 vs CIN Cingrani 7/14 @ ARI Delgado
  • Randall Delgado, 7/8 vs LAD Greinke 7/13 vs MIL Lohse
  • Ian Kennedy, 7/9 vs LAD Capuano 7/14 vs MIL Hellweg
  • Tyler Chatwood, 7/8 @ SD Volquez 7/13 @ LAD Greinke
  • Jhoulys Chacin, 7/9 @ SD Stults 7/14 @ LAD Capuano
  • Chris Capuano, 7/9 @ ARI Kennedy 7/14 vs COL Chacin
  • Edinson Volquez, 7/8 vs COL Chatwood 7/13 vs SF Zito
  • Eric Stults, 7/9 vs COL Chacin 7/14 vs SF Cain
  • Barry Zito, 7/8 vs NYM Harvey 7/13 @ SD Volquez
  • Ross Detwiler, 7/8 @ PHI Lannan 7/13 @ MIA Koehler
  • Taylor Jordan, 7/9 @ PHI Hamels 7/14 @ MIA Nolasco
  • Matt Garza, 7/8 @ CHW Santiago 7/13 vs STL Kelly
  • Miguel Gonzalez, 7/8 vs TEX Holland 7/13 vs TOR Wang
  • Allen Webster, 7/9 @ SEA Iwakuma 7/14 @ OAK Colon
  • David Phelps, 7/9 vs KC Shields 7/14 vs MIN Gibson
  • Roberto Hernandez, 7/8 vs MIN Walters 7/13 vs HOU Keuchel
  • Chris Archer, 7/9 vs MIN Gibson 7/14 vs HOU Bedard
  • Josh Johnson, 7/9 @ CLE Jimenez 7/14 @ BAL TBD
  • Hector Santiago, 7/8 vs CHC Garza 7/13 @ PHI Lannan
  • Jose Quintana, 7/9 @ DET Verlander 7/14 @ PHI Hamels
  • Scott Kazmir, 7/8 vs DET Scherzer 7/13 vs KC Guthrie
  • Ubaldo Jimenez,7/9 vs TOR Johnson 7/14 vs KC Shields
  • Jeremy Guthrie, 7/8 @ NYY Sabathia 7/13 @ CLE Kazmir
  • James Shields, 7/9 @ NYY Phelps 7/14 @ CLE Jimenez
  • P.J. Walters, 7/8 @ TB Hernandez 7/13 @ NYY Sabathia
  • Kyle Gibson, 7/9 @ TB Archer 7/14 @ NYY Phelps
  • Derek Holland, 7/8 @ BAL Gonzalez 7/13 @ DET Scherzer
  • Martin Perez, 7/9 @ BAL TBD 7/14 @ DET Verlander
  • Johnny Hellweg, 7/9 vs CIN Leake 7/14 @ ARI Kennedy
  • Jeanmar Gomez, 7/8 vs OAK Colon 7/14 vs NYM Harvey
  • Ricky Nolasco, 7/8 vs ATL Minor 7/14 vs WAS Jordan
  • John Lannan, 7/8 vs WAS Detwiler 7/13 vs CHW Santiago

 

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Grilled Rock Lobster Tacos

 

You don’t have to order lobster out to enjoy a fabulous meal. Try this casual take on fish tacos full of tropical flavors like avocado, papaya and coconut. You can also substitute shrimp or white fish in place of the lobster for an equally delicious meal.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 rock lobster tails

 

for the tails:

2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup olive oil
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

for the tacos:

2 cups watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 avocados, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 papayas cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon jerk seasoning
Soft flour tortillas or hard taco shells, for serving
1 head iceberg lettuce, torn or shredded
1 ounce Shredded coconut
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

PREPARATION

Preheat grill for high heat.
Squeeze lemon juice into a small bowl, and slowly whisk in olive oil. Whisk in salt, paprika, white pepper, and garlic powder.
Split lobster tails lengthwise with a large knife, and brush flesh side of tail with marinade.
Lightly oil grill grate. Place tails, flesh side down, on preheated grill.
Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, and basting frequently with marinade.
Discard any remaining marinade. Lobster is done when opaque and firm to the touch.
Cut tails in half, lengthwise, and remove the vein. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
Combine lobster with watermelon, avocado, papaya and cilantro.
In a small bowl, whisk lime juice with jerk seasoning, salt and pepper.
Pour over lobster mixture and refrigerate one hour, stirring occasionally.
Place in soft taco shells on a bed of lettuce, then sprinkle with coconut.

 

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