Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 17











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




-   Week 17 – Shortstops

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 shortstops that can help or hurt your team in week 17.  And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe.

This time it’s how to make Cornbread from scratch, the rest is up to you.

Lets get to it.



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Martin Prado – 2B/3B/SS/LF, ARI
Week 17 matchups: @TB, @Tex, @BOS

Prado collected two hits, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base Wednesday against the Cubs. Martin has managed four multi-hit games since the All-Star break. He is batting .391 (9 for 23) with one triple, one home run, four runs, six RBI, three walks and one stolen base in six games since the second half began. He is looking like he will have a nice second half for your squad and his team will have the services of a DH all week.




Andrelton Simmons – SS, ATL
Week 17 matchups: vs COL, @PHI
Andrelton Simmons homered for the second time in as many games in Wednesday’s 8-2 win over the Mets. It was Simmons’ seventh straight game with a hit, a stretch over which he has four home runs. Simmons has hit .244/.285/.365 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and five stolen bases in 397 at-bats and looks to continue this in week 17.




Ben Zobrist – 2B/SS/RF, TB
Week 17 matchups: vs ARI, vs SF

Rays infielder Ben Zobrist started the second half of the season with a bang last week, as his three hits helped lead the Rays to an 8-5 win over the Blue Jays. Zobrist went 3 for 5 with his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot. He added a double, while finishing the game with one run scored and one driven in. He has 3 multi hit games since and all week 17 games at home, where he hits about 40 points higher. start with confidence.







Jed Lowrie – 2B/SS, OAK
Week 17 matchups: vs TOR, vs TEX

Jed has 4 hits since the break and 0 RBIs. His average is quickly falling which was the only reason to have him on your roster. He’s not going to steal you any bases and the power potential is long gone. That as the fact that he hits better on the road tells you to bench for week 17.




Ian Desmond – SS, WAS
Week 17 matchups: @DET, @MIL
Desmond’s blister has been “acting up” recently, according to manager Davey Johnson. Until he sat a game, Desmond had played in 99 of a possible 100 games this year and was hitting .275/.322/.472 in 375 at-bats, before taking a seat. In his return yesterday, he had a hit and scored a run, but the hand must be bothering him because he hasn’t had a multi hit game since the first game after the break. Ian has the most even splits I have seen, but still think he is still going to struggle, so take the chance on someone else.





Jean Segura – SS, MIL
Week 17 matchups: @CHC, vs WAS

Jean had a pretty good start outta the break, but has is stuck in an 0-13 rut. He hasn’t hit a HR in over a month. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Tuesday that Logan Schafer will see the bulk of the action in left field following Ryan Braun’s suspension. Schafer will hit second, while shortstop Jean Segura will bat third for the Brewers. “I know Segura doesn’t want to hit third every day,” said Roenicke. “He told me he’s fine with doing it once in a while. He may be hitting third every day. He’s handled it well. I like what it does with the lineup. If Schafer is second, I like where it puts [catcher Jonathan] Lucroy fourth and [center fielder Carlos Gomez] fifth. Then it depends on who’s hot after that and whether Schafer stays hot in that second spot.




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 17:


  • Jered Weaver, 7/29 @ TEX Holland 8/3 vs TOR Rogers
  • C.J. Wilson, 7/30 @ TEX TBD 8/4 vs TOR Buehrle
  • Derek Holland, 7/29 vs LAA Weaver 8/3 @ OAK Parker
  • Jeff Locke, 7/30 vs STL Lynn 8/4 vs COL Nicasio
  • A.J. Burnett, 7/30 vs STL Lynn 8/3 vs COL De La Rosa
  • Lance Lynn, 7/30 @ PIT Burnett 8/4 @ CIN Cingrani
  • Jeff Samardzija, 7/29 vs MIL Lohse 8/2 vs LAD Ryu
  • Francisco Liriano, 7/29 vs STL Westbrook 8/2 vs COL Chacin
  • Ervin Santana, 7/30 @ MIN Pelfrey 8/4 @ NYM Hefner






Ricky Nolasco – LAD

Week 17 starts: 7/30 vs NYY (Pettitte) & 8/4 @ CHC (Jackson)
Ricky Nolasco gave up two earned runs on just two hits and four walks while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings in his team’s 8-3 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday. However, he did not factor into the decision in the extra-innings victory. Nolasco has surrendered three earned runs or less in each of his first four starts with the Dodgers, but he’s walked nine batters over his last three outings while failing to complete six innings in any of those starts. He gets another interleague game in his next start Tuesday, this time against the Yankees, and then later in the week against the Cubbies in Chicago.



Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 17:


  • A.J. Griffin, 7/29 vs TOR Rogers 8/4 vs TEX TBD
  • Jake Peavy, 7/30 @ CLE Kazmir 8/4 @ DET Porcello
  • Wei-Yin Chen, 7/30 vs HOU Norris 8/4 vs SEA Saunders
  • Ricky Nolasco, 7/30 vs NYY Pettitte 8/4 @ CHC Jackson
  • Yovani Gallardo, 7/30 @ CHC Villanueva 8/4 vs WAS Ohlendorf
  • Kyle Lohse, 7/29 @ CHC Samardzija 8/3 vs WAS Jordan
  • Jorge De La Rosa, 7/29 @ ATL Hudson 8/3 @ PIT Burnett
  • Ian Kennedy, 7/30 @ TB Price 8/4 @ BOS Doubront
  • Jake Westbrook ,7/29 @ PIT Liriano 8/3 @ CIN Reynolds
  • Scott Kazmir,7/30 vs CHW Peavy 8/4 @ MIA Eovaldi
  • Felix Doubront, 7/30 vs SEA Saunders 8/4 vs ARI Kennedy
  • Jeremy Hefner, 7/29 @ MIA Turner 8/4 vs KC Santana
  • Mark Buehrle, 7/30 @ OAK Straily 8/4 @ LAA Wilson
  • Edwin Jackson, 7/30 vs MIL Gallardo 8/4 vs LAD Nolasco
  • Joe Saunders, 7/30 @ BOS Doubront 8/4 @ BAL Chen
  • John Danks, 7/29 @ CLE McAllister 8/3 @ DET Scherzer
  • Zach McAllister, 7/29 vs CHW Danks 8/3 @ MIA Turner
  • Alex Wood, 7/30 vs COL Nicasio 8/4 @ PHI Lannan
  • John Lannan, 7/30 vs SF Zito 8/4 vs ATL Wood
  • Jacob Turner, 7/29 vs NYM Hefner 8/3 vs CLE McAllister
  • Esmil Rogers, 7/29 @ OAK Griffin 8/3 @ LAA Weaver
  • Nate Eovaldi, 7/30 vs NYM Wheeler 8/4 vs CLE Kazmir
  • Juan Nicasio, 7/30 @ ATL Wood 8/4 @ PIT Locke
  • Mike Pelfrey, 7/30 vs KC Santana 8/4 vs HOU TBD




Basic Cornbread from scratch


Sure you can use a mix, or just buy some from the store, but here is how you make a basic cornbread. What other ingredients you add is up to you.


1 Cup all-purpose flour
1 Cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 Cup whipping cream
1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1/4 Cup honey


Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs.
Add cream, oil, and honey to eggs; beat well.
Stir into the dry mixture just until moistened. Pour into a greased 9 in. baking pan.
Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes clean.





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