Fantasy Baseball 3 IN/OUT week 23











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




-   Week  23 –

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 players that can help or hurt your team in week 23 PLUS the FANFOOD two-start pitcher of the week. As always, it’s followed by a great recipe. This time it’s Grilled Whiskey Salmon.


Lets get to it.



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Michael Cuddyer – 1B/RF, COL
week 23 matchups: @ S.F., @ ARI

Mike has collected 10 hits in his past 5 games. While his overall numbers are better at home, he is hitting pretty well on the road. All of his week 23 games are away from the thin air in Coors Field, but he has to be a permanent fixture in your lineup if you want to roll through the playoffs and win your fantasy league championship.



Daniel Murphy – 1B/2B, NYM
week 23 matchups: vs WAS, vs MIA

Murph is riding a nine-game hit streak and while he hasn’t been the permanent fixture that cudds is, he has to be in your lineup in week 23. He was a sleeper pick going into the season and if you got him and stuck with him all year, you are being rewarded. On the season he is sporting a blah blah line of .284/.314/.407 but looks to score over 100 runs on the season.



David Ortiz – 1B, BOS
week 23 matchups: @TB, vs NYY

David Ortiz was one of seven Boston batters to homer in his team’s 20-4 win over the Tigers Wednesday, going 3 for 5 with two home runs, three runs and four RBI. In the past two game he has 5 hits. Although he hadn’t homered since Aug. 17 before hitting two Wednesday, and he added his 30th double of the season in the big night for the Red Sox. Ortiz has hit .315/.399/.566 with 26 home runs and 89 RBI in 445 at-bats.






Aaron Hill – 2B, ARI
week 23 matchups: @LAD, vs COL

Double A has just two hits since the calendar flipped and at one point saw his BA drop under .300. He had a nice August, but is starting to fade.  If you were counting on the production that he put up in the last month you will be disappointed in week 23, look to replace Hill.



Nick Markakis – RF, BAL
week 23 matchups: vs NYY, @ TOR

“Man Crush” also has but 2 hits in the month, and has seen his BA hover in the .270 range for around a month, meaning he is not doing much at the plate.  He is doing just enough for his reall team but not enough to help your fake team win your weekly matchups. There are plenty of options for your team in the outfield for week 23 and it’s time to stop crushing so hard, and break up with the so-so right fielder.



Dustin Ackley – 1B/2B/LF/CF, SEA
week 23 matchups: vs HOU, @ STL

Dustin finished the month strong with 15 hits in his last 9 games of August, but can you count on the versatile player in week 23 and for the all important fantasy playoffs? NO. He was another sleeper candidate coming into the 2013 season, but he never got it going and has overall numbers of .255/.305/.347, with just 27 RBIs and 35 runs. That is the reason why his is probably on your waiver wire and should stay there.



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 23:


Two-Start Pitchers
Start #1Start #2
Yu Darvish(09/10)(09/15)
vs. PITvs. OAK
Francisco LirianoJarrod Parker
Max Scherzer(09/09)(09/15)
@ CHWvs. KC
Chris SaleErvin Santana
Chris Sale(09/09)(09/15)
vs. DETvs. CLE
Max ScherzerZach McAllister
Jered Weaver(09/09)(09/14)
Pedro HernandezBrett Oberholtzer
Francisco Liriano(09/10)(09/15)
@ TEXvs. CHC
Yu DarvishJeff Samardzija
Jordan Zimmermann(09/10)(09/15)
@ NYMvs. PHI
Dillon GeeEthan Martin
Gio Gonzalez(09/09)(09/14)
@ NYMvs. PHI
Carlos TorresCole Hamels
Chris Tillman(09/09)(09/14)
vs. NYY@ TOR
CC SabathiaEsmil Rogers
Julio Teheran(09/10)(09/15)
@ MIAvs. SD
Tom KoehlerRobbie Erlin
Jeff Samardzija(09/10)(09/15)
Tony CingraniFrancisco Liriano
Kris Medlen(09/09)(09/14)
@ MIAvs. SD
Henderson AlvarezIan Kennedy
CC Sabathia(09/09)(09/14)
Chris TillmanJon Lester





Bronson Arroyo, CIN
week 23 starts: 09/09 vs CHC (Jackson) &  09/15 @ MIL (Estrada)


Arroyo didn’t factor into the decision in his team’s 5-4 loss to the Cardinals Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out four and walking none in seven innings. It was Arroyo’s first no-decision since June 19, and he went 7-4 in the 11 starts between that start and Wednesday. He takes a 13-10 record, 3.62 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 112:27 K:BB ratio into Monday’s game against the Cubs and then has a second start later in the week in Milwaukee.


Other Two-Start Pitchers for week 23:


Two-Start Pitchers
Ervin Santana(09/09)(09/15)
Ubaldo JimenezMax Scherzer
Shelby Miller(09/10)(09/15)
vs. MILvs. SEA
Marco EstradaFelix Hernandez
Ricky Nolasco(09/09)(09/14)
vs. ARIvs. SF
Randall DelgadoTim Lincecum
Jarrod Parker(09/10)(09/15)
Liam HendriksYu Darvish
Tim Lincecum(09/09)(09/14)
vs. COL@ LAD
Jhoulys ChacinRicky Nolasco
Ivan Nova(09/10)(09/15)
Miguel GonzalezRyan Dempster
Bronson Arroyo(09/09)(09/15)
vs. CHC@ MIL
Edwin JacksonMarco Estrada
Jhoulys Chacin(09/09)(09/15)
Tim LincecumRandall Delgado
Gerrit Cole(09/09)(09/14)
@ TEXvs. CHC
Martin PerezEdwin Jackson
Dillon Gee(09/10)(09/15)
vs. WASvs. MIA
Jordan ZimmermannTom Koehler
Martin Perez(09/09)(09/14)
vs. PITvs. OAK
Gerrit ColeBartolo Colon
Ubaldo Jimenez(09/09)(09/14)
vs. KC@ CHW
Ervin SantanaAndre Rienzo
Ryan Dempster(09/10)(09/15)
@ TBvs. NYY
Jeremy HellicksonIvan Nova
Marco Estrada(09/10)(09/15)
@ STLvs. CIN
Shelby MillerBronson Arroyo
Jeremy Hellickson(09/10)(09/15)
vs. BOS@ MIN
Ryan DempsterLiam Hendriks
Miguel Gonzalez(09/10)(09/15)
vs. NYY@ TOR
Ivan NovaTodd Redmond
Ryan Vogelsong(09/10)(09/15)
vs. COL@ LAD
Jorge De La RosaChris Capuano
Randall Delgado(09/09)(09/15)
@ LADvs. COL
Ricky NolascoJhoulys Chacin
Zach McAllister(09/10)(09/15)
vs. KC@ CHW
Jeremy GuthrieChris Sale
Edwin Jackson(09/09)(09/14)
Bronson ArroyoGerrit Cole
Henderson Alvarez(09/09)(09/14)
vs. ATL@ NYM
Kris MedlenCarlos Torres
Carlos Torres(09/09)(09/14)
vs. WASvs. MIA
Gio GonzalezHenderson Alvarez
Jerome Williams(09/10)(09/15)
Todd RedmondPaul Clemens
Chris Capuano(09/10)(09/15)
vs. ARIvs. SF
Trevor CahillRyan Vogelsong
Todd Redmond(09/10)(09/15)
vs. LAAvs. BAL
Jerome WilliamsMiguel Gonzalez
Ethan Martin(09/10)(09/15)
vs. SD@ WAS
Robbie ErlinJordan Zimmermann
Tom Koehler(09/10)(09/15)
vs. ATL@ NYM
Julio TeheranDillon Gee
Liam Hendriks(09/10)(09/15)
vs. OAKvs. TB
Jarrod ParkerJeremy Hellickson
Robbie Erlin(09/10)(09/15)
Ethan MartinJulio Teheran
Pedro Hernandez(09/09)(09/14)
vs. LAAvs. TB
Jered WeaverMatt Moore





Grilled Whiskey Salmon

These salmon fillets are grilled hot and fast with a sweet whiskey marinade that gives them a lot of great flavor and nice, crisp glaze.



4 8-ounce salmon fillets
1/2 cup whiskey
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic



Mix together whiskey, soy sauce, orange juice, oil and garlic.
Place fish in a shallow dish and pour mixture over.
Let salmon sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more.
Oil cooking grate and preheat grill.
Place fish on hot grill and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
The salmon is done when it flakes easily and has faded in color.
Carefully remove fish from grill and serve.



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