Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 21











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




-   Week  21 –

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.

As your fantasy baseball league playoffs near, this is the week that will determine if you are in the money, or on the outside looking in. Here are 6 players that can help or hurt your team (along with all the two-start pitchers for the week & our pick) for your fight to make the playoffs.

As always, it’s followed by a great recipe.

This time it’s Frijoles Borrachos, Drunken beans, cooked in beer.

Lets get to it.



3 IN


Matt Wieters – C, BAL
week 21 matchups: @BOS, @NYY

Wieters has homered four times in his last 14 games (11 starts). He’s slugging .556 with an .847 OPS and ten RBIs, If you are hurting at the backstop position, it is time to get him back in there and may just be available on your waiver wire. Take the chance.



Will Middlebrooks – 3B, BOS
week 21 matchups: vs BAL, vs CWS

Will hit his 11th homer and made his major league debut recently. he slid over for the final three innings when Pedroia came out of the blowout. There was no injury reported for Pedroia or anything, so Middlebrooks will be back at third. Middlebrooks has batted .441 with a pair of jacks and seven RBIs in his 11 games this month, providing the BoSox with the kind of offense they expect from him. How long will the good times last? Impossible to say, because in the long term his BA should reside somewhere near the middle of the gap between his .288 from 2012 and .228 this season. Unquestionably, his power is legit, though, and as long as he’s locked in, he’s likelier to deliver numbers in related categories. If you are looking to fill a UTIL position or hurting at 3rd, you Will be rewarded with Middlebrooks.



Curtis Granderson – LF/CF/RF, NYY
week 21 matchups: @TOR, vs BAL

Granderson went 1 for 3 and hit his fourth homer in yesterday’s 5-3 win over the Blue Jays, extending his modest hitting streak to five games. Granderson also walked and scored two runs. Granderson, who’s 14 for 37 with three home runs and seven RBI since coming back to the team in early August, has hit .278/.393/.456 in 90 at-bats. It’s the second straight week we are recommending starting grandy, ride him while he is hot.






Jimmy Rollins – SS, PHI
week 21 matchups: @NNY, @CHC

Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said he would like to see Rollins be less pull-happy and to focus on hitting line drives instead of for power numbers he said that Jimmy needed to focus on hitting ground balls and line drives. Oddly enough, Rollins has already been eschewing flyballs for grounders and liners this season, and as his Fantasy owners know all too well, the results haven’t been favorable. Whether Rollins’ flyball rate rebounds or it shrinks further, the prospects for a rebound look grim based on his year-to-date stats. It may finally be time to move on from the 14-year veteran, especially for this week.



Chase Headley – 3B, SD
week 21 matchups: @ARI, @LAD

The San Diego Padres have placed Chase Headley on waivers. Placing players on waivers is standard procedure and deals don’t often happen, but this may be different. With Headley unwilling to negotiate a contract extension during the season, could the Padres try to trade Headley? He is under contract for the rest of this year and all of next year and there is a decent chance that Headley is claimed. With Chase now on waivers, there are many teams that could show interest in him. That doesn’t mean you should put him on your roster for week 21. He is striking out at a very high rate recently (40%) and has just 1 RBI since the beginning of the month.



Nate McLouth – LF, CF, BAL
week 21 matchups: @BOS, @NYY

Nate started the month off strong with 6 RBIs in the first two games, but since then he has only 1 multi-hit game. and just two RBIs. lately his is striking out about a quarter of the time. He “broke” out of a 17 AB hitless streak on Wednesday with that aforementioned mutil-hit game. You can find better options for your OF right now.



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 21:


PlayerStart #1Start #2
Justin Verlander DET(08/27)(09/01)
vs. OAKvs. CLE
A.J. GriffinDanny Salazar
Zack Greinke LAD(08/26)(09/01)
vs. CHCvs. SD
Jake ArrietaTyson Ross
Anibal Sanchez DET(08/26)(08/31)
vs. OAKvs. CLE
Sonny GrayZach McAllister
Cliff Lee PHI(08/26)(08/31)
Zack WheelerChris Rusin
James Shields KC(08/27)(09/01)
Kevin CorreiaJ.A. Happ
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA(08/27)(09/01)
vs. TEX@ HOU
Derek HollandBrett Oberholtzer
C.J. Wilson LAA(08/27)(09/01)
TBAKyle Lohse




Zack Wheeler, NYM
week 21 starts: 08/26 vs PHI (Lee), 08/31 @ WAS (Haren)

Zack tossed a quality start as he earned his sixth win of the season Tuesday night against the Braves at Citi Field. The rookie right-hander yielded three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over 6 2/3 innings of a 5-3 victory. Wheeler has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts and owns a 3.04 ERA over that span. He is scheduled to make his next start Monday at home against Philadelphia. He allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings in his previous meeting against the Phillies on July 20. In his second start he get the Nats at home against, both his opposing pitchers are chucking the ball good lately, so beware.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 21:


R.A. Dickey TOR(08/26)(08/31)
vs. NYYvs. KC
Phil HughesJeremy Guthrie
A.J. Griffin OAK(08/27)(09/01)
@ DETvs. TB
Justin VerlanderTBA
Kyle Lohse MIL(08/27)(09/01)
@ PITvs. LAA
Gerrit ColeC.J. Wilson
Gerrit Cole PIT(08/27)(09/01)
vs. MILvs. STL
Kyle LohseJake Westbrook
Mike Leake CIN(08/26)(09/01)
Jake WestbrookJuan Nicasio
Danny Salazar CLE(08/27)(09/01)
Mike MinorJustin Verlander
Jeremy Hellickson TB(08/26)(08/31)
Jeremy GuthrieSonny Gray
Tyson Ross SD(08/26)(09/01)
Brandon McCarthyZack Greinke
Kyle Kendrick PHI(08/27)(09/01)
Jonathon NieseJake Arrieta
Sonny Gray OAK(08/26)(08/31)
@ DETvs. TB
Anibal SanchezJeremy Hellickson
Jeremy Guthrie KC(08/26)(08/31)
vs. TB@ TOR
Jeremy HellicksonR.A. Dickey
Felix Doubront BOS(08/27)(09/01)
vs. BALvs. CHW
Miguel GonzalezAndre Rienzo
Miguel Gonzalez BAL(08/27)(09/01)
Felix DoubrontPhil Hughes
Jonathon Niese NYM(08/27)(09/01)
vs. PHI@ WAS
Kyle KendrickRoss Ohlendorf
Phil Hughes NYY(08/26)(09/01)
@ TORvs. BAL
R.A. DickeyMiguel Gonzalez
Jake Westbrook STL(08/26)(09/01)
vs. CIN@ PIT
Mike LeakeGerrit Cole
Brandon McCarthy ARI(08/26)(09/01)
vs. SDvs. SF
Tyson RossBarry Zito
Brett Oberholtzer HOU(08/26)(09/01)
@ CHWvs. SEA
Andre RienzoHisashi Iwakuma
Jake Arrieta CHC(08/26)(09/01)
@ LADvs. PHI
Zack GreinkeKyle Kendrick
Kevin Correia MIN(08/27)(09/01)
vs. KC@ TEX
James ShieldsTravis Blackley
Nate Eovaldi MIA(08/27)(09/01)
Ross OhlendorfBrandon Beachy
Andre Rienzo CHW(08/26)(09/01)
vs. HOU@ BOS
Brett OberholtzerFelix Doubront
Juan Nicasio COL(08/26)(09/01)
vs. SFvs. CIN
Barry ZitoMike Leake
Joe Saunders SEA(08/26)(08/31)
vs. TEX@ HOU
Travis BlackleyDallas Keuchel
Barry Zito SF(08/26)(09/01)
Juan NicasioBrandon McCarthy
J.A. Happ TOR(08/27)(09/01)
vs. NYYvs. KC
Andy PettitteJames Shields
Ross Ohlendorf WAS(08/27)(09/01)
vs. MIAvs. NYM
Nate EovaldiJonathon Niese
Travis Blackley TEX(08/26)(09/01)
@ SEAvs. MIN
Joe SaundersKevin Correia






Frijoles Borrachos - Drunken beans, cooked in beer.


These drunken beans make a great side or supper dish, and also work well for refritos. Plan on a total cooking time of about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The hardness of the water, the altitude, and the obstinancy of the particular beans can all affect the timing.



2 Cups pinto beans
6 Cups water — or more as needed
12 Ounces beer
2 Teaspoons bacon drippings — or peanut oil
1 Large onion — chopped
2 garlic cloves — minced
2 fresh jalapenos or serranos — chopped
2 pickled jalapenos — chopped
1 Teaspoon chili powder
1 Teaspoon salt



Pick through the beans and rinse them, watching for any gravel or grit. Soak the beans in water, enough to cover them by several inches, preferably overnight.

Drain the beans, and add them to a stockpot or a large, heavy saucepan. Cover them with the water and beer. Simmer the beans, uncovered, over low heat.

After 1 hour, stir the beans up from the bottom and check the liquid level. If there is not at least an inch more water than beans, add enough hot water to bring it to that level. Simmer the beans another 30 minutes, then check them again, adding water as needed.

When the beans are well softened, add the remaining ingredients, and continue simmering. Cook at least 15 more minutes, keeping the level of the water just above the beans. The beans are done when they are soft and creamy but not mushy, with each bean retaining its shape. There should be extra liquid at the completion of the cooking time, although the beans should not be soupy. If you want the liquid a little thicker, squash a few of the beans in the bottom of the pot with a potato or bean masher.

Serve the beans immediately, or cover them and keep them warm for as long as 1 hour. Or let them cool, and refrigerate or freeze them for later use.



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