Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 20











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




-   Week 20  –

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. It’s Friday, so lets talk about 6 hitters that can help or hurt your team in week 20 and all the pitchers that will have two starts, plus the one out of the bunch you should use.

And as always, it’s followed by a great recipe. This week it’s Grilled Butter Chicken.

Lets get to it.



3 IN


Aaron Hill – 2B, ARI
week 20 matchup: @ CIN, @ PHI

Five innings after tying Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning with an RBI single, Aaron Hill hit another RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning to give his team three straight walkoff wins against the Orioles. Hill’s two singles were his only hit in six at-bats, and he’s 14 for 33 with three home runs and 11 RBI over his current eight-game hitting streak. It was Hill’s sixth multihit game in his last seven starts. Hill has hit .304/.359/.529 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 191 at-bats.



Brandon Belt – 1B, SF
week 20 matchup: vs BOS, VS PIT

Belt was recently benched for a few games, but he has responded with a vengeance, hitting .412 (14-for-34) with three home runs and seven RBI while compiling a nine-game hitting streak. He’s now batting .273/.351/.471 over 405 plate appearances and has already doubled his home run total from last year. There appears to be something behind this modest power progression, as his fly ball rate has increased from 36.6 percent last season to 43.9 percent this year. Remember, he won’t be 26 until next April.



Curtis Granderson – LF/CF/RF, NYY
week 20 matchup: VS TOR, @ TB

Curtis Granderson can’t mirror the time he missed during Spring Training and the first four months of the regular season, but he is starting to get his timing back at the plate. “My timing is the main thing right now,” Granderson said. “I just got to continue to work with different things — deliveries to the plate, just realizing the rhythm the pitchers are getting into. It’s just something that happens over time.” A broken arm suffered in Spring Training and a broken pinkie sustained in May have kept Granderson out of all but 18 games this season but Granderson is hitting .284/.392/.463 in 67 at-bats.






Anthony Rizzo – 1B, CHC
week 20 matchup: vs WAS, @ SD

Rizzo has 6 hits in his last 10 games scoring just once and driving in only 3. It’s not what you need from your starting 1B. bench him in week 20 and seriously consider dropping.



Michael Young – 1B/2B/3B, PHI
week 20 matchup: vs COL, VS ARI

He has yet to hit a HR in August, and he has only hit three since the beginning of July. He is not scoring runs or driving people in so why would you use a roster spot on him? If it is for the average, even that is not great. However he plays all his games in the bandbox where he hits 40 points higher. but what will those points get you?



Andrelton Simmons – SS, ATL
week 20 matchup: @ NYM, @ STL

Andrelton has zero RBI in August and after a nice July has really gone cold. Many people were talking about him being the MVP for the Braves. Maybe he is just getting tired after starting 25 straight games, as he took a seat on wednesday, but came off the bench hit a double and scored late in the game. That’s not enough to convince us to start him in week 20.



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 20:

  • Gio Gonzalez, 8/19 @ CHC Samardzija 8/24 @ KC Chen
  • David Price, 8/19 @ BAL Gonzalez 8/25 vs NYY Nova
  • Patrick Corbin, 8/20 @ CIN Cingrani 8/25 @ PHI Lannan




Kris Medlen
week 20 starts: 8/20 @ NYM (Gee) & 8/25 @ STL (Lynn)

Kris Medlen allowed one run over seven innings in a win against the Phillies on Tuesday. Medlen was sharp against his division mates, allowing just five hits and a walk. The right-hander has rattled off four straight wins, finally evening his record at 10-10. He owns a 3.72 ERA and has allowed four earned runs over his last 14 innings of work. He will look to throw another quality start against the Mets at Citi Field. He is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in three starts against the Mets this season. Then he gets to face the Cardinals in St. Louis later in week 20.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 20:


  • Ivan Nova, 8/20 vs TOR Johnson 8/25 @ TB Price
  • Jon Lester, 8/19 @ SF Lincecum 8/25 @ LAD Capuano
  • Jeff Samardzija, 8/19 vs WAS Gonzalez 8/24 @ SD Stults
  • Bronson Arroyo, 8/19 vs ARI Delgado 8/24 vs MIL Estrada
  • Josh Johnson, 8/20 @ NYY Nova 8/25 @ HOU Oberholtzer
  • Jose Fernandez, 8/19 vs LAD Ryu 8/24 vs COL Manship
  • Tony Cingrani, 8/20 vs ARI Corbin 8/25 vs MIL Thorburg
  • Shelby Miller, 8/19 @ MIL Thornburg 8/24 vs ATL Teheran
  • Hyun Jin Ryu, 8/19 @ MIA Fernandez 8/24 vs BOS Dempster
  • Tim Lincecum, 8/19 vs BOS Lester 8/24 vs PIT TBD
  • Andrew Cashner, 8/19 vs PIT TBD 8/25 vs CHC Rusin
  • Rick Porcello, 8/20 vs MIN Pelfrey 8/25 @ NYM Mejia
  • Jarrod Parker, 8/19 vs SEA Harang 8/25 @ BAL Gonzalez
  • Jacob Turner, 8/20 vs LAD Capuano 8/25 vs COL De La Rosa
  • John Danks, 8/20 @ KC Santana 8/25 vs TEX TBD
  • Zach McAllister, 8/19 @ LAA Weaver 8/25 vs MIN Pelfrey
  • Miguel Gonzalez, 8/19 vs TB Price 8/25 vs OAK Parker
  • Ervin Santana, 8/20 vs CWS Danks 8/25 vs WAS Haren
  • Kyle Gibson, 8/19 vs NYM Harvey 8/24 @ CLE Salazar
  • Mike Pelfrey, 8/20 @ DET Porcello 8/25 @ CLE McAllister
  • Jered Weaver, 8/19 vs CLE McAllister 8/25 @ SEA Harang
  • Aaron Harang ,8/19 @ OAK Parker 8/25 vs LAA Weaver
  • Ethan Martin, 8/19 vs COL Manship 8/24 vs ARI Delgado
  • John Lannan, 8/20 vs COL De La Rosa 8/25 vs ARI Corbin
  • Dan Haren, 8/20 @ CHC Rusin 8/25 @ KC Santana
  • Chris Rusin, 8/20 vs WAS Haren 8/25 @ SD Cashner
  • Tyler Thornburg, 8/19 vs STL Miller 8/25 @ CIN Cingrani
  • Francisco Liriano, 8/20 @ SD Ross 8/25 @ SF Vogelsong
  • Lance Lynn, 8/20 @ MIL Lohse 8/25 vs ATL Medlen
  • Randall Delgado, 8/19 @ CIN Arroyo 8/24 @ PHI Martin
  • Jeff Manship, 8/19 @ PHI Martin 8/24 @ MIA Fernandez
  • Jorge De La Rosa, 8/20 @ PHI Lannan 8/25 @ MIA Turner
  • Chris Capuano, 8/20 @ MIA Turner 8/25 vs BOS Lester
  • Ryan Vogelsong, 8/20 vs BOS Peavy 8/25 vs PIT Liriano




Grilled Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is a flavorful Indian spiced chicken dish. Now you can make it on the grill. Use a whole chicken cut up for best results. You may use melted butter or ghee, also known as clarified butter, which can be found in any Indian grocery store.



1 3 to 4 pound quartered chicken, skin removed
1/2 cup onion, pureed
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup melted butter or ghee (clarified butter)
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 serrano chili, seeded and minced
2 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 tablespoon coriander seed, ground
1 tablespoon oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt



Place skinless quartered chicken in a shallow glass dish.
Combine all remaining ingredients, except butter or ghee, in a bowl.
Pour mixture onto chicken. Cover dish and allow to marinate in refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
Remove chicken from refrigerator and allow to stand for 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, take half cup butter and melt in a saucepan; cook for 3-5 minutes.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
Place chicken on lightly oiled grill rack and cook for 25-30 minutes, turning chicken and basting with melted butter often.
When chicken is fully cooked, remove from grill and serve with remaining melted butter on top.


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