Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT week 14

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-   Week  14 –

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.

It’s the start of the Fake Football Playoffs and if you are fortunate enough to be one of the teams that qualified, you are most likely going with the guys that got you there. You might have one position you are not sure about and that is your FLEX position, below are 6 players 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.

6 players that will help or hurt your team in week 14, and a bonus DST that you can plug and play.  As always, it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Grande Marnier® Chicken

 

Lets get to it.

 

 

 

Week 14

 

QBRBWRTE
Peyton ManningMatt ForteCalvin JohnsonRob Gronkowski
Nick FolesJamaal CharlesA.J. GreenJimmy Graham
Tom BradyAdrian PetersonBrandon MarshallVernon Davis
Drew BreesDeMarco MurrayAndre JohnsonJason Witten
Matthew StaffordChris JohnsonJosh GordonJared Cook
Cam NewtonEddie LacyLarry FitzgeraldJulius Thomas
Josh McCownLe’Veon BellVincent JacksonTony Gonzalez
Carson PalmerMaurice Jones-DrewDeSean JacksonCharles Clay
Philip RiversAndre BrownDez BryantHeath Miller
Matt RyanMarshawn LynchTorrey SmithAntonio Gates


 

 - WEEK 14 -

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Thursday, Dec. 5

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 8:25

 

Sunday, Dec. 8

 

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens, 1

Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals, 1

Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots, 1

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets, 1

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles, 1

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers , 1

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1

Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins, 1

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos, 4:05

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25

New York Giants at San Diego Chargers, 4:25

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 

 

 

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 8:30 

 

 

Monday, Dec. 9

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, 8:40

 

 

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

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FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT Week 14

 

For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. You never want to concern yourself with what your opponent is doing, just aim to get to this number, hope for more and let the chips fall where they may. To reach this goal you will need (at minimum) 12 points from each of your starting skill positions, over 20 from your QB, more than a few from your kicker and at least 11 from your defense. This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.

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

 

Roster:
QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
Settings:
offensedefense
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
28-34=-1
35+=-4
Sack=2
INT=2
fumble=2
TD=6
safety=2
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt

 

 

 

 

 

Lamar Miller @ PIT

 

from fftoolbox:
It seems that everyone that follows the NFL knows that the Dolphins should have been using Lamar Miller more often this season, but for some reason the Dolphins coaching staff had a man crush on Daniel Thomas and refused to hand the reins to Miller. Nothing like an injury to change that and force the coaches’ hands. Last week (in the first game with Thomas out), Miami handed the ball off to Miller a career 22 times. Unfortunately it only went for 72 yards. It should be noted that he did this against the best rush defense in the NFL, the NY Jets, who are only giving up a paltry 77 total rushing yards per game. With Thomas done for the season, look for the Dolphins to continue to feed Miller the ball. If you need help at RB2 or flex, don’t hesitate to get Miller in the game
 
from rotoworld:
Lamar Miller (pectoral) was limited in Wednesday’s practice. Miller is making his first appearance on the injury report all season. Miller posted a respectable 72 yards on 22 carries against a stout Jets defense last week. He’ll be a borderline RB2 this week against the Steelers.
 
from CBSsports:
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller picked up the slack in the running game during a 23-3 win Week 13 at N.Y. Jets in the absence of Daniel Thomas, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. Though Miller averaged just 3.3 yards per carry, coach Joe Philbin was happy with how Miller performed while getting a career-high 22 carries. “I’m delighted,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said during his Monday news conference, per ESPN. “I thought [offensive coordinator] Mike [Sherman] did a great job sticking with the run. …I thought [Miller] did a nice job. I thought his reads were good and he stayed on course pretty well. The thing we’re looking for with all our backs is the ability to break more tackles and have more explosive runs.” Miller finished with 72 rushing yards, which was his third-highest total this season. He came close to scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but he had a 4-yard score come off the board after replayed showed he was down at the 1-yard line. Miller got a carry on the next play, but he was stopped for no gain and Miami settled for a field goal. “With Daniel being out, he was told by me and his coach, Jeff Nixon, that he would carry the bulk of the load and, therefore, he was able to do that,” Sherman said. “Most backs will tell you the more carries, the more effective, and I would tend to agree. They get a better feel for the game, a better feel for the cuts.”

 

FANFOOD Says: Start him in your FLEX over players like Steve Smith, Jarrett Boykin and DeAngelo Williams.

 

 

 

Bobby Rainey vs BUF

 

from rotoworld:
Bobby Rainey rushed 17 times for 63 yards in Tampa’s Week 13 loss to the Panthers. He added two catches for eight yards. Rainey found more holes than he did against the Lions in Week 12, but it was still tough sledding against one of the league’s better run defenses. The good news is, Rainey out-touched Brian Leonard 19-2, and gets a slightly more burnable Bills run D in Week 14. Rainey will be a FLEX option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
 
from CBSsports:
Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey has had two disappointing performances since breaking out for 163 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing) during a 41-28 win Week 11 vs. Atlanta. Well, Rainey finally might break his slump Week 14 vs. Buffalo. In Rainey’s defense, he’s faced two pretty good run defenses the last two weeks in the Lions and Panthers. Running backs have averaged just 61.6 rushing yards per week against Detroit and 71.3 rushing yards per week against the Panthers. Running backs are averaging just 15.3 Fantasy points per week against the Bills, which is tied for the 10th-lowest average, but running backs are averaging 108.1 rushing yards per week. Running backs have also totaled five rushing touchdowns in the last three games against Buffalo. The trend has started to change against Buffalo, as running backs have averaged 24 Fantasy points the last three weeks. Even though Rainey is coming off two bad games, the Bucs continue to feed him the football. The last time he had a favorable matchup, he went off against the Falcons. Rainey could be in for another good game Week 14, so Fantasy owners have to give strong consideration to starting him.
 
from fftoolbox:
Bobby Rainey had a breakout game (in the first game after Mike James’ injury) with 163 yards and two touchdowns. Since then he has been very quiet, putting up only 98 total yards in his last two games, but that likely had more to do with facing two of the better run defenses in the NFL than his ability to produce. This week Rainey should have a much easier time finding holes to run, as Tampa Bay hosts the Bills who have the ninth worst rush defense in the league. Rainey makes for a good flex start this week and if you are weak at RB2 he could be worth a look there as well.
 

FANFOOD Says: Start him as your FLEX over players such as Dwayne Bowe, Eric Decker and Danny Woodhead.

 

 

Riley Cooper vs DET

 

from cbSsports:
Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper caught three passes for 48 yards in Sunday’s 24-21 win over the Cardinals. He was targeted six times (tied for the team lead). This was the second consecutive game in which Cooper has failed to hit the 50-yard mark, and the third time in five games in which he’s finished with fewer than 50 receiving yards (while not scoring a touchdown in any of those games). In the other two games, however, Cooper averaged 120.5 yards and scored five total touchdowns. And he’s seen no more than seven and no fewer than five targets in any game over that span.
 
from fftoolbox:
Eagles QB Nick Foles has been on a roll this season, but really on fire since coming back from injury in week 9; his go-to guy has been Riley Cooper. Over the last four games, Cooper has caught 14 receptions for 326 yards and five touchdowns and also drawn a few big pass interference calls. Cooper has already surpassed his career highs, doubling his high in yards and touchdowns. This week Cooper has an above average match up vs. the Detroit Lions whose pass defense is the seventh worst in the NFL. Cooper makes for a very good start at WR or as a flex; if he is on your bench, make him a starter.
 
from rotoworld:
Riley Cooper caught three passes for 48 yards in Sunday’s Week 13 win over the Cardinals. Cooper made one of the highlight plays of the Week, reaching up with one hand for a high pass from Nick Foles, hauling it in, spinning off a defender and running for 24 yards. He also drew a pass interference call in the end zone late. Over the last four games, Cooper is averaging 3.5 catches for 81.5 yards and has scored five touchdowns. He’ll be a fine WR3 against a weak Lions secondary in Week 14.

 

FANFOOD Says: Start him as your FLEX over other players like Chris Ivory, Ryan Mathews and Keenan Allen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rashad Jennings @ NYJ

 

from fftoolbox:
Rashad Jennings has been on an impressive run, topping 100 total yards in four of his last five games. Jennings was on his way to a poor rushing total in week 13 before suffering a concussion, but did save his fantasy day with two rushing touchdowns. Fantasy owners will need to be cautious with Jennings this week as he is going to have to be cleared by team doctors to be able to play against the Jets. The Jets have been stellar defending the run this season, allowing just 77 yards per game on the ground, best in the league. Even if Jennings is able to play this week, fantasy owners should only start the Raiders running back if they have no other decent options.
 
from rotoworld:
Rashad Jennings (concussion) was limited in Wednesday’s practice. Although the fact that he practiced at all is a good sign, beat writer Jerry McDonald makes it clear Jennings has “yet to be fully cleared” for Week 14 against the Jets. With Jennings limited, and Darren McFadden (ankle/hamstring) and Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee) unavailable for Wednesday’s practice, the Raiders were so depleted at tailback that they converted DB Taiwan Jones to running back. Jones did play the position in college.
 
from cbSsports:
Raiders running back Rashad Jennings wasn’t around at the end of a Week 13 loss at Dallas because he suffered a concussion in the final minutes of the game. However, it’s looking like Jennings will be ready to roll Week 14 at N.Y. Jets, giving Fantasy owners the opportunity to start the fifth-year back. Though, you might want to keep Jennings on your bench Week 14. It’s hard to fathom seeing how Jennings has scored in double digit in Fantasy points four of the last five games, averaging 15.8 Fantasy points in that span. But the Jets do pose a difficult matchup. Running backs are averaging 11.3 Fantasy points per week against New York, which is the second-lowest average. Running backs are also averaging just 66.3 rushing yards and 21.4 receiving yards, while totaling seven touchdowns (six rushing) in 12 games. Only four running backs have totaled at least 10 Fantasy points against New York. They are Doug Martin, Fred Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Stevan Ridley. It’s probably to consider other alternatives over Jennings Week 14 since the Jets have been very good against the run this season. Jennings is at best a low-end No. 3 Fantasy running back or flex option.

 

FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of FLEX options like Cecil Shorts, James Jones and Nate Burleson.

 

 

Jordan Reed vs KC

 

from rotoworld:
Jordan Reed (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Reed is back in the league’s concussion protocols after suffering a setback on Sunday and will need to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can practice or play this week. He’ll be a TE1 if active for Week 14 against Kansas City.
 
from cbSsports:
With Jordan Reed continuing to miss practice with a concussion that has already sidelined him for two games, Logan Paulsen seems like a good bet to start at tight end for the Redskins Week 14 against the Chiefs. Granted, Reed would certainly be the preferrable option for Fantasy owners. He had emerged as quarterback Robert Griffin III’s go-to guy in the four games leading up to Week 11, when he suffered the concussion, averaging 6.8 catches for 80.8 yards. But Paulsen did at least score a touchdown in his absence in Week 13, catching three passes for 41 yards. Of course, he’ll have a hard time matching even those modest numbers in Week 14. The Chiefs have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to tight ends this season. Reed would be a must-start against him just because of the kind of numbers he puts up at a position where they’re still relatively scarce. But Paulsen? Better steer clear in Fantasy.
 
from fftoolbox:
Hot for several weeks, rookie tight end Jordan Reed burned owners in Week 13 with a late scratch to his lingering concussion symptoms. Reed was initially cleared to play, leading to many fantasy owners keeping him in their starting lineups, before a pregame headache forced the rookie to miss the game. Fantasy owners should watch this situation closely; if Reed is still having symptoms as the week moves along, they will need to make alternate plans for a starting tight end. Owners should have a backup plan in place for this week. Perhaps most importantly, Kansas City allows the fewest points to fantasy TEs. Unless Reed appears good to-go by mid-week, the overall trust with this play won’t be that great.

 

FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of TEs like Garrett Graham, Coby Fleener and Delanie Walker.

 

Donald Brown @ CIN

 

from rotoworld:
Coach Chuck Pagano said he started Donald Brown Sunday because Brown he “earned the opportunity.” Brown has been badly outplaying Trent Richardson ever since the trade with Cleveland. The situation came to a head against the Titans as Brown played 52 snaps and Richardson saw just 13. “We’re always trying to just make decisions based on what’s best for the team and what gives us the best chance to win,” Pagano said. Brown will be the feature back against the Bengals in Week 14, leaving T-Rich as a change-of-pace option
 
from fantasysharks:
Has emerged as the go to RB for the Colts. Though a tough matchup this week makes him a risky option, but his receiving skills could help slow down the Bengals aggressive pass rush and make him a worthy option.
 
from cbSsports:
The good news for Colts running back Donald Brown: his 16 touches in Week 13 were a season high, and the game marked the second time in three with Brown getting 15 or more touches. Additionally, Trent Richardson was relegated to backup duty, and Brown scored his third touchdown in three games. The bad news: Fourteen carries are still kind of low for a starting running back (for Fantasy purposes, at least), and Brown is facing a Bengals defense in Week 14 that has been brutal on opposing running backs. The Bengals haven’t allowed a running back to score a touchdown since Week 4. They’ve only given up three touchdowns on the season to running backs. And only Lamar Miller and Johnathan Franklin have run for over 100 yards. Brown has a bigger role on his team, which gives him a nice uptick in value. But his Week 14 situation makes Brown a tough start, even with his recent success in finding the end zone. He’s a borderline flex play in deeper Fantasy formats.

 

FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of FLEX options like Montee Ball, Golden Tate and Hakeem Nicks.

 

 

 

 

FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week

 

@ NYJ

 

from FFStarters:
Looking for a high upside defense for week 14? The Oakland Raiders are available in over 90% of Yahoo leagues and get the turnover challenged New York Jets this week. It doesn’t matter if it’s Geno Smith or Matt Simms under center for the Jets; neither is capable of making it through a game without turnovers and sacks. The Raiders are not a special defense and rank pretty much in the bottom 3rd in defensive fantasy points scored, but when playing the waiver wire for a defense, you look for the plus matchups. There is no better plus matchup this week than Oakland’s defense facing the Jets offense.from The Fake Football:
As we hit the first week of the fantasy playoffs, I would look to stream Oakland for their Week 14 matchup with the New York Jets. Opposing defenses have been absolutely feasting on the Jets lately, and the debate between Geno Smith and Matt Simms sounds like a debate between tons of points and tons of points for D/ST streamers.from RotoBaller:
The New York Jets offense and Geno Smith have been horrible the past few weeks, making them a goldmine for fantasy owners who are streaming defenses on a weekly basis. This past week, the Jets scored just three points while giving up four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble — good for 17 fantasy points to the opposing defense. In Week 12, the Jets gave up 16 fantasy points to the Ravens D/ST, and in Week 11 they allowed 19 points to the Bills. Make sure to add the Oakland Raiders defense this week, as they are the next team to shut down the Jets offense and rack up points for fantasy owners. Another intriguing matchup comes as the Raiders play a Jets team who have committed to Geno Smith at quarterback despite him not completing more than 10 passes in a game for over a month. The Raiders are -3 in the giveaway / takeaway battle this year, but the Jets are a league worst -18 so opportunity awaits in Week 14.
 
from rotoprofessor:
This is more about the Jets offense than the Raiders defense. In a lot of cases, that is what happens when you fill your defense on a week to week basis. The Jets just cannot do anything when they have the ball. Talent is pretty much nonexistent, as is any firepower or explosiveness. Whether it is Matt Simms or Geno Smith at quarterback, Oakland has the advantage. They are traveling to New York for the game, but thanks to playing on Thanksgiving, they are well rested. While the Raiders only have seven interceptions so far on the season, that is likely to change this week regardless of who is under center. And if it doesn’t change, that will likely be because the Jets are just not passing the ball. The last two weeks, New York has shown no ability at all to move the ball, and I don’t expect that to be different this week.

 

FANFOOD Says: Sit him in favor of DSTs like the RAMS, the PACKERS, and even the 49ers.


 

 

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Grand Marnier® Chicken

 

Chicken is breaded and browned, then baked in a reduction of orange juice and white wine, before being topped off with a splash of Grand Marinier. 

 

INGREDIENTS

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup milk
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 cup olive oil
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup orange juice
1 (10.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1/4 cup brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)

 

PREPARATION

Slice chicken breasts in thirds horizontally to make 12 thin chicken fillets. Lightly pound each piece. Place in a dish, and pour milk over them. Soak for 10 minutes. In a shallow bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge chicken pieces in the bread crumb mixture, and place in the hot oil. Quickly brown on both sides, then remove to a buttered 9×13 inch baking dish, or similar size. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place orange slices over the top of the chicken.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Drain the oil from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup. Heat the reserved oil with the wine over medium heat until reduced by 1/2. Add broth and orange juice, and reduce by 1/2 again. Pour the sauce over the chicken, then drizzle with Grand Marinier.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly.

 

 

 

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