Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 18











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




-   Week  18 –

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. Here are 6 players that can help or hurt your team in week 18. And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe. This time it’s S’mores Empanadas on the grill.

Lets get to it.


3 IN



Wil Myers – RF, TB
week 18 matchups: @ARI, @LAD

Wil with one L is currently riding a 12-game hit streak with many of them the multi hit variety. He’s been moved up to the 3 hole in the Rays lineup and those are the reasons he is a good start for your team in week 18.



Kendrys Morales – 1B, SEA
week 18 matchups: vs TOR, vs MIL

The Texas Rangers had expressed interest in Seattle Mariners Kendrys Morales, but the Mariners were not interested in trading. Kendrys Morales went 4-for-5 yesterday to raise his average to .291. Morales went 9-for-13 in the series against the Boston, but all nine hits were singles. He has 16 homers and 25 doubles on the season and should keep in going and is on one of his hot streaks.



Chris Johnson – 1B/3B. ATL
week 18 matchups: @ WAS, vs MIA

Johnson may have a shot at the batting title, and is currently riding a seven-game hit streak with all of them being the multihit variety. His average is all of the way up to .346 for the season. With six homers, 41 runs scored, 39 RBI and no steals, don’t get too excited, but ride him if you have a struggling player manning the hot corner or at first.






Dustin Ackley – 1B/2B/CF, SEA
week 18 matchups: vs TOR, vs MIL

Dustin came out of the all-star break with a couple of 3-hit games, but has been cold since. He is not scoring runs or driving them in, and his batting average is .212, which is up 16 points from his low point in early July. I am sure you can find a better player for those roster spots.



Everth Cabrera – 2B/SS, SD
week 18 matchups: vs BAL, @ CIN

You can safely assume that Cabrera’s going to be suspended this year — and he doesn’t really have much of a reason to appeal, unless he’s hoping to fight that losing “save face” battle that everyone sees right through. Maybe this is affecting his play, because his average is taking the slow road down from the high point in early July. Speed is his thing and he only has six of his 37 since then. It’s time to start looking to replace Yahoo’s 67th ranked player in the game.



Mike Napoli – C/1B, BOS
week 18 matchups: @ HOU, @ KC

The only thing to like about Mike is the fact that he plays a full slate of games in week 18 and some of them are in Houston’s bandbox. Napoli has started six straight games until sitting yesterday. Napoli is hitting .257/.341/.459 in 366 at-bats. If he could only play the YANKEES every game, because he can’t drive in runs against anyone else.




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 18:


  • Clayton Kershaw, 8/5 @ STL Wainwright 8/10 vs TB Moore
  • Adam Wainwright, 8/5 vs LAD Kershaw 8/11 vs CHC Villanueva
  • Chris Sale, 8/6 vs NYY Kuroda 8/11 vs MIN Diamond
  • Justin Masterson, 8/6 vs DET Verlander 8/11 vs LAA Williams
  • Justin Verlander, 8/6 @ CLE Masterson 8/11 @ NYY Pettitte
  • Gio Gonzalez, 8/5 vs ATL MInor 8/10 vs PHI Lannan
  • Hisashi Iwakuma, 8/5 vs TOR Dickey 8/11 vs MIL Peralta
  • Jordan Zimmermann, 8/6 vs ATL Teheran 8/11 vs PHI Kendrick
  • James Shields, 8/6 vs MIN Diamond 8/11 vs BOS Dempster
  • Mike Minor, 8/5 @ WAS Gonzalez 8/11 vs MIA Alvarez
  • Jeff Locke, 8/6 vs MIA Alvarez 8/11 @ COL Chatwood





R.A. Dickey – TOR
week 18 starts: 8/5 @ SEA (Iwakuma) & 8/11 vs OAK (Griffin)

Dickey recorded a quality start despite not factoring into the decision in his team’s 5-1 win over the A’s Wednesday, giving up two runs (zero earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out three in six innings. Although the quality start was Dickey’s first in three games, he is the FANFOOD two-start pick for week 18. He takes a 4.66 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Monday’s start against the Mariners and then gets to do it again to the A’s at home on Sunday.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 18:

  • Anibal Sanchez 8/5 @ CLE Kluber 8/10 @ NYY Hughes
  • Tyler Chatwood 8/6 @ NYM Wheeler 8/11 vs PIT Locke
  • John Lackey 8/5 @ HOU Bedard 8/10 @ KC Guthrie
  • Zack Wheeler 8/6 vs COL Chatwood 8/11 @ ARI TBD
  • Ryan Dempster 8/6 @ HOU Lyles 8/11 @ KC Shields
  • Ricky Nolasco 8/6 @ STL Kelly 8/11 vs TB Price
  • Kyle Kendrick 8/6 vs CHC Jackson 8/11 @ WAS Zimmermann
  • Corey Kluber 8/5 vs DET Sanchez 8/10 vs LAA Wilson
  • Jose Quintana 8/5 vs NYY Pettitte 8/10 vs MIN Correia
  • Andy Pettitte 8/5 @ CHW Quintana 8/11 vs DET Verlander
  • Matt Cain 8/6 vs MIL Peralta 8/11 vs BAL Chen
  • Jeremy Guthrie 8/5 vs MIN Correia 8/10 vs BOS Lackey
  • Chad Gaudin 8/5 vs MIL Gallardo 8/10 vs BAL Feldman
  • Edwin Jackson 8/6 @ PHI Kendrick 8/11 @ STL Kelly
  • Joe Kelly 8/6 vs LAD NOlasco 8/11 vs CHC Jackson
  • Martin Perez 8/5 @ LAA Williams 8/11 @ HOU Bedard
  • Kevin Correia 8/5 @ KC Guthrie 8/10 @ CHW Quintana
  • Henderson Alvarez 8/6 @ PIT Locke 8/11 @ ATL Minor
  • Jerome WIlliams 8/5 vs TEX Perez 8/11 @ CLE Masterson
  • Erik Bedard 8/5 vs BOS Lackey 8/11 vs TEX Perez
  • Scott Diamond 8/6 @ KC Shields 8/11 @ CHW Sale
  • Wily Peralta 8/6 @ SF Cain 8/11 @ SEA Iwakuma




S’mores Empanadas on the grill


S’mores Empanadas is a perfect latin dessert and great on the grill. A crisp buttery crust surrounds a rich, sweet and gooey chocolate and marshmallow filling. Getting that smoky flavor is just a bonus.



For the Dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoonfine salt
1/2 cupc old unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
3 tablespoonsice water

For the Empanadas:
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 large egg, beaten


To make the dough place the flour and salt in a food processor.
Add the butter, egg and water.

Process for about 1 minute or until a dough forms.

Gather the dough into a ball and place in the refrigerator for about 25 minutes.

Preheat the grill with indirect heat to 400F and pizza stone on the side away from fire.
Roll out the dough into a large sheet and cut out 12 circles.

To form the empanadas, evenly pile the mini marshmallows and chocolate chips in the center of the empanada discs. Brush the edges with the beaten egg to help better seal them.
Fold the empanada discs and seal the edges with a fork or your fingers.

Place on a plate and brush the tops of the empanadas with the rest of the beaten egg.
Chill for about 20 minutes.

Place empanadas on the pizza stone on the grill and cook until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm and gooey.



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