Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 16 – Outfield Edition











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





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 outfielders that can help or hurt your team in week 16 along with a two-start pitcher that help your team win your matchup or give you a ROTO boost. And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe. This time it’s Peruvian Grilled Chicken Skewers.


Lets get to it.



3 IN



Desmond Jennings – LF/CF, TB
week 16 matchups: @BOS, @NYY


Jennings ends the first half on a tear, having posted six multi-hit games in July. The 26-year-old is batting .267/.335/.449 and is on pace for 19 homers, 25 steals and 64 RBI. Jennings is fifth in the American League with 63 runs. Jennings might be the quietest star player in baseball. After spending his first few years playing next to B.J. Upton, he’s now taken over center field full time, and he continues to progress as a hitter at the same time. He has stolen 4 and scored 10 times in his past 10. The Rays have a chance to prove they are for real coming out of the break and I think Desmond will lead the way.



Jayson Werth – CF/RF, WAS
week 16 matchups: vs PIT, vs NYM


He’s been a man on a mission in the month of July, hitting .395 (17-for-43) with two homers, 12 RBI and a stolen base in 13 games. The guy with the silly beard looks primed for a solid second half.



Torii Hunter – RF, DET
week 16 matchups: @CHW, vs PHI


Double I, beep beep, t.o.r. is currently riding a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. The outfielder posted a superb .315/.352/.458 batting line in the first half, and he’s on pace for 12 homers, 76 RBI and 97 runs. I like his matchups for week 16, start him.






Hunter Pence – RF, SF
week 16 matchups: vs CIN, VS CHC


Clean Hunter Pence had a heck of a May, but the rest of his year looks pretty pedestrian. He is an impending free agent that the Giants might be interested in moving if they decided to sell, which seems likely being 6.5 games out of first in the West and 9.5 out of the last wild card spot. He does hit lefties well with five homers and 19 RBI in 89 at-bats, so if your league allows daily changes and you have bad options in RF, go for it if he is facing one.



Nate McLouth – LF/CF, BAL
week 16 matchups: @KC, vs BOS

Nate MC has not homered in 13 games with just 1 RBI and has seen his average drop to the lowest point of the season. While I sorta like the week 16 matchups for him, I just can’t make the recommendation, especially with all the good outfielders coming out of the break. Things could change if he starts hitting the ball out of the park, but don’t count on it.



Alex Rios – RF, CHW
week 16 matchups: vs DET, vs KC


Alex is rumored to be on the trading block, with the Pirates said to be among the teams interested in acquiring the White Sox outfielder. (he also has a good chance to go to the YANKEES). It may be tough to move Rios because of his big contract and his past inconsistent performance. After going 6-6 in a game in Philly, he had just 1 in his last 13 going into the break. Digging deeper, that great game on the 9th was just his second multi-hit game in his past 20. He will need to step it up if he wants on a contender.





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.

While all teams play a full slate of games heading out of the break, There are many teams that where their two-start pitchers have yet to be announced. It really all depends on who takes the hill outta the gate. Teams like BOS,NYY,TOR,HOU,LAA,OAK,SEA,ARI,SD have yet to share them with us. Because of this, I will not list all the opposing pitchers from the known two-starters for week 16. I’ll try to update the list as soon as the information is available, but this will give you a good starting point when setting your lineups.

There are however some known must-start pitchers that will take the mound twice next week and will be in your lineup for the week.


Here are the must start top options and their scheduled opponents in week 16:


  • Chris Sale, 7/22 VS DET 7/27 vs KC
  • Max Scherzer, 7/22 @ CWS 7/27 vs PHI
  • Yu Darvish, 7/22 vs NYY 7/27 @ CLE
  • Shelby Miller, 7/23 vs PHI 7/28 @ ATL
  • Patrick Corbin, 7/23 vs CHC 7/28 vs SD
  • Matt Moore, 7/22 @ BOS 7/27 @ NYY





Hector Santiago – CHW

week 16 starts: 7/23 vs DET &  7/28 vs KC

Santiago has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last six starts.  While I don’t like his first matchup against the powerful lineup of the Tigers, I do like that he should be facing Porcello and if he can keep Detroit to 4 runs or less, he has a shot for the win.  The Royals are just gravy.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 16:


  • Matt Garza, 7/22 @ ARI 7/27 @ SF
  • Hyun Jin Ryu, 7/22 @ TOR 7/27 vs CIN
  • Alexi Ogando, 7/23 vs NYY 7/28 @ CLE
  • Julio Teheran, 7/22 @ NYM 7/27 vs STL
  • Ryan Dempster, 7/22 vs TB 7/27 @ BAL
  • Rick Porcello, 7/23 @ CWS 7/28 vs PHI
  • Jose Fernandez, 7/23 @ COL 7/28 vs PIT
  • Travis Wood, 7/23 @ ARI 7/28 @ SF
  • Bronson Arroyo, 7/22 @ SF 7/27 @ LAD
  • Charlie Morton, 7/22 @ WAS 7/27 @ MIA
  • Tim Lincecum, 7/22 vs CIN 7/28 vs CHC
  • Kris Medlen, 7/23 @ NYM 7/28 vs STL
  • Ubaldo Jimenez, 7/22 @ SEA 7/28 vs TEX
  • Wade Davis, 7/22 vs BAL 7/27 @ CWS
  • Roberto Hernandez, 7/23 @ BOS 7/28 @ NYY
  • Bruce Chen, 7/23 vs BAL 7/28 @ CWS
  • Sam Deduno, 7/23 @ LAA 7/28 @ SEA
  • Gerrit Cole, 7/23 @ WAS 7/28 @ MIA
  • Chris Capuano, 7/23 @ TOR 7/28 vs CIN
  • Scott Feldman, 7/23 @ KC 7/28 vs BOS
  • Dillon Gee, 7/22 vs ATL 7/27 @ WAS
  • Carlos Torres, 7/23 vs ATL 7/28 @ WAS
  • Jonathan Pettibone, 7/23 @ STL 7/28 @ DET
  • Tom Grozelanny, 7/22 vs SD 7/27 @ COL
  • Jhoulys Chacin, 7/23 vs MIA 7/28 vs MIL
  • Kyle Gibson, 7/22 @ LAA 7/27 @ SEA
  • Tom Koehler, 7/22 @ COL 7/27 vs PIT
  • Dan Haren, 7/22 vs PIT 7/27 vs NYM
  • Jason Hammel, 7/22 @ KC 7/27 vs BOS
  • Joe Blanton, 7/22 vs MIN 7/27 @ OAK
  • Ross Detwiler, 7/23 vs PIT 7/28 vs NYM
  • Donovan Hand, 7/23 vs SD 7/28 @ COL
  • Drew Pomeranz, 7/22 vs MIA 7/27 vs MIL





Peruvian Grilled Chicken SkewersAnticuchos de Pollo


This marinade produces some seriously tender and delicious chicken, and it’s great for steaks too. Serve anticuchos de pollo with rice and grilled corn on the cob. This dish is made with aji panca, a mild red chile pepper with a smoky flavor common in Peruvian cooking. You can often find dried aji panca or jarred aji panca paste in specialty stores or Latin food markets.




12 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon cumin
1/4 cup mild chile pepper paste (aji panca, if available)
1/2 cup vinegar, divided
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
4 chicken breast halves
1 red bell pepper
1 large red onion
About 15 large mushrooms
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Wooden skewers (about 15)



Mash the garlic with a rock, or with a mortar and pestle. Add a little water if necessary to make a paste.

Make the marinade: in a bowl, mix the crushed garlic, 1/4 cup of the vinegar, 1/4 cup chile pepper paste, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon salt, and 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper.

Cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch by 2 inch cubes. Place chicken pieces in bowl with the marinade and stir well. Marinate chicken at least one hour, or overnight in the refrigerator for best flavor.

Peel the onion and cut into 1 inch wedges.Remove the seeds and the white part of the bell pepper, and cut into 1 inch chunks.

Place the chicken and vegetable pieces on the wooden skewers, alternating the chicken with the vegetables.

Make a basting mixture of 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and a pinch of cumin.

Prepare the grill, and grill chicken for 5 minutes on each side. Baste chicken several times during cooking.

Cut a piece of the chicken to check for doneness. If the chicken is still pink on the inside, place it back on the grill, checking frequently. Do not overcook.

Remove the chicken from the grill. Serve with rice and corn on the cob.


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