Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 1











-   Week 1 –

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 and may be outside the TOP 10 at each position.


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 we think will have a big game for you this week and players that have a tough row to hoe. They are the ones you want to start and players you need to bench. This week we will talk about 6 players that will help or hurt your team in week 1, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play.  As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Mac & Cheese Pasta Salad.


Lets get to it.



Drew BreesAdrian PetersonCalvin JohnsonJimmy Graham
Tom BradyJamaal CharlesDez BryantTony Gonzalez
Matthew StaffordLeSean McCoyJulio JonesJason Witten
Matt RyanC.J. SpillerDemaryius ThomasAntonio Gates
Tony RomoTrent RichardsonRoddy WhiteBrandon Pettigrew
Cam NewtonDoug MartinA.J. GreenJermichael Finley
Aaron RodgersDavid WilsonLarry FitzgeraldVernon Davis
Andrew LuckMarshawn LynchBrandon MarshallKyle Rudolph
Peyton ManningSteven JacksonDanny AmendolaJordan Cameron
Russell WilsonRay RiceAndre JohnsonJared Cook


NFL Week 1 Games


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Thu, Sep 5 Baltimore @ Denver 8:30 PM ET



Sun, Sep 8 New England @ Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Cincinnati @ Chicago 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Miami @ Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Atlanta @ New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Tampa Bay @ N.Y. Jets 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Tennessee @ Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Minnesota @ Detroit 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Oakland @ Indianapolis 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Seattle @ Carolina 1:00 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Kansas City @ Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET


Sun, Sep 8 Arizona @ St. Louis 4:25 PM ET
Sun, Sep 8 Green Bay @ San Francisco 4:25 PM ET


Sun, Sep 8 N.Y. Giants @ Dallas 8:30 PM ET


Mon, Sep 9 Philadelphia @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Mon, Sep 9 Houston @ San Diego 10:15 PM ET


Here is a handy NFL Schedule Grid you can refer to throughout the season…

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For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. To get to this number and above, you will need at minimum 12 points from each of your starters (a little more from your QB and a few from your kickers and defense). This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.


Here are the basic league settings that we are basing our predictions on…

QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
TDs=6 pts0 pts allowed=10
passing=25 yds/pt2-6=7
receiving=10 yds/pt7-13=4
rushing=10 yds/pt14-20=1
reception=1 pt21-27=0
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt






Shane Vereen @BUF

Shane Vereen is a PPR beast-in-the-making. He is, already, one of the best receiving backs in the league, that is why I targeted him for the FANFOOD Fantasy Football Teams. Stevan Ridley might be a strong rusher, but he pulled in just six passes last year, (6). Vereen is the receiving back in New England, and he could pull in well over 500-600 receiving yards in 2013, if not more. As for Week 1, he is a sneaky fantasy FLEX start against a subpar Bills’ defense.



Darren McFadden vs IND

You know we are no fans of RunDMC, but this week he looks good (on paper). Darren faces a Colts rushing defense that ranked 4th-to-last against the run in 2012; Indy surrendered over 136 rushing yards per game on the ground. McFadden is in a contract year, so he is playing for big money and will come out of the gate strong. He also has a history of monster week 1 games. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a total of 120 yards and a score this week.



Chris Givens vs ARI

Sure Chris faces a tough Cardinals passing defense, one that might be better than last year’s stats even suggest (5th against the pass). He is going to be the breakout player of the year and this game starts it all. We could easily see 5 or more catches for over 80 yards and a score the STL WR. (that would give your team 17 points), I’ll take that.







Ahmad Bradshaw vs OAK

Bradshaw looks to be the man in Indy, but he’ll likely be eased into the starting lineup as he missed ALL the preseason games. He is practicing with the second teamers and will be limited against the lowly Raiders. Sure the Colts are likely to jump in front quickly and pound Oakland with the running game, but if you believe he will tear it up in garbage time, you don’t know Vic! Ballard will get most of the mop up duty as Indy rests Ahmad so he will be fully healthy for week 2. You probably drafted him as your RB3/FLEX, but he will not be a good option this week. Look to fill your starting roster with someone else.



Giovani Bernard, @ CHI

Gio has a bright future with the Bengals offense, but you can expect them to ease him into the mix. He’ll see some touches, but they’ll be limited. Urlacher may be gone, but the Bears still have a very strong defensive squad. Chicago ranked #1 against the run from a fantasy perspective in 2012. Bernard may break out at some point, but not this soon. Don’t count on him for even your FLEX for week 1.



Steve Smith, @ SEA

Seattle boasts one of the strongest secondaries in the NFL. In fact, they gave up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers in 2012. With Newton looking inaccurate and out of sync in the preseason, there’s cause for much concern about Steve Smith in Week 1. You probably drafted him as your WR2 and will need to look at other options.








COLTS vs Raiders

The COLTS DST is ranked low and probably available in your league. They are the dandy of the fantasy football world for week 1 with a great matchup against the Raiders. Terrelle Pryor is going to get the start for Oakland and was pretty bad against Seattle in his final preseason game. Sure he could cause some problems on the ground (as well as run his way out of some sacks), but he is unproven and the Raiders O-line is a joke. They also be without blocking TE David Ausberry.

Although the Colts gave up some big numbers at times last year, they’ve added several pieces this offseason—Aubrayo Franklin, Ricky Jean-Francois, Erik Walden, Greg Toler, LaRon Landry—and should continue to improve with Chuck Pagano and Greg Manusky at the helm.

While I see Pryor running his way out of some sacks, the COLTS are going to get to him each time he drops back. The question is will he have to? They will feed Run DMC the ball ALL game unless they get behind big early. If you don’t have one of the top DSTs in your league, you could do worse than starting everyone’s favorite streaming squad from Indy.


Other Tools:

Fantasy Pros – who should I start?

Yahoo Game Day Calls

Fantasy Sports Portal – Sit/Start Tool

Fantasy Football Docs

FF Toolbox – weekly cheatsheets

CBS Sports Weekly Projections






Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pasta Salad


Ok, I know summer is just about over and you are wondering why we are talking pasta salad. We came across this recipe and had to add it to the FANFOOD recipes.  It’s different, and we are all about that. We are going to make it tomorrow for our Friday Night Guests along with the smoked meatloaf recipe posted this week. Any adjustments that need to be make will be posted here.



1 lb. Elbow Macaroni
1 (14 oz) jar Alfredo Sauce
12oz. Light Mayo
2 Tomatoes
1 bunch basil
1 (16oz.) pkg of Shredded Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese



Cook pasta and cool completely.

Mix remaining ingredients.

Chill for about an hour before serving.





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